Are you obsessed with Le Creuset? I certainly am. There's a reason that professional chefs and food bloggers are in love with these functional pieces of artwork. You can do almost anything in them, and they're so high-quality they'll last forever. The only problem - they don't come cheap. Lucky for us, the Le Creuset Factory-to-Table Sale is coming up, allowing you to buy a new beautiful piece for a good cause.
The Factory-to-Table sales event will take place this year in Charleston, South Carolina. The special event features large discounts on a selection of the treasured premium cookware, including rare colors and shapes. They plan to bring all categories of the Le Creuset products, including the classic cast iron cookware, enamel on steel, stainless steel, stoneware, tools, and accessories.
Tickets for the event are on sale now, and 100 percent of the ticket sales benefit good causes. This year, Le Creuset will donate these funds to The Green Heart Project and the Culinary Institute of Charleston at Trident Technical College.
This is the company's fourth Factory Sale event, following successful past events in Fort Worth, Texas, and Nashville, Tennessee. The sale runs from Thursday, November 9, to Sunday, November 12, with two special VIP sessions on Thursday. Pre-registration is required to gain access to the event's scheduled shopping sessions.
For those who can make it to Charleston, you'll find a large selection of Le Cresuet items for up to 70 percent off retail price with even more special discounts in store. If you're wondering what you should focus on, here are some of our Le Creuset standbys.
1. Dutch Oven
A 4 1/2-quart round Dutch Oven and a larger, 6 3/4-quart oval Dutch Oven are necessities at my house. The smaller Dutch oven is really the only one you need, good for anything and everything from making soup to rich rice dishes like gumbo.
The small size makes it easy to store and versatile for a large number of recipes. I like having a larger oval Dutch oven around for roasting whole birds and making large batches of stock and broth.
Le Creuset braisers are a perfect way to transform tough cuts of meat (like short ribs or lamb shanks) into a beautiful meal. You can start it out on the stovetop, searing your meat, and then transfer it to the oven to finish cooking low and slow.
Its small profile makes it easy to store and lighter to move around as you're braising. The domed lid is designed to circulate steam, cooking your food to perfection.
The classic roaster pan is perfect for roasting chickens (obviously), but also for any casserole need. It's my favorite for making lasagna these days. It's designed for even heat distribution so you won't need to worry about one part of the casserole cooking before the other.
It doesn't hurt that it looks stunning when you bring it to the table! They also make a smaller, oval roaster pan for making small dishes like potatoes au gratin.
This griddle pan is one of my favorite kitchen tools. Sometimes, it's too cold outside and I don't feel like going out to grill. Other times, I want to griddle inside, but I don't want my food to drown in all that grease.
The ribbed cooking surface makes the perfect faux-grill, giving your food grill marks and draining the grease for healthy cooking. It makes a perfect grilled cheese, too.
No pot is calling the kettle black here! These kettles are as functional as they are beautiful. Choose your favorite color to complement (or contrast) your kitchen setup. Every time it whistles, you'll swear it's singing to you!
The Le Creuset Factory Sale runs from November 9-November 12 at Charleston Area Convention Center, 5000 Coliseum Dr., Hall B, N Charleston. On-site parking is free for the event.