Cool Wedding Gift — for Grooms

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Above: Clever barbecue tongs lock onto their grillable targets with a snappy one-hand operation.

By Wini Moranville

What tops this year’s list of “it” wedding gifts? Certainly, beautiful dishes, linens and flatware will charm the happy couple, especially women. “Brides always pick something lovely and meaningful, such as platters, cake plates and cake domes that tap into their individualistic styles,” says Teresa Adams-Tomka, owner of Kitchen Collage, the city’s ultimate source for impeccably curated kitchenware and dinnerware.

But if you’re looking for something the groom will appreciate, consider a set of Rösle Tongs ($35). “Guys love these,” Adams-Tomka says.
Note that these aren’t just any old tongs: They’re calibrated to open only when facing down, and they’ll only lock shut when facing up (most tongs require both hands to lock the open and closed positions). That’s right: You can single-handedly grab the tongs, open them up and flip steaks on the grill, without having to set down your beer.

No wonder guys love them. “It’s kind of a neat party trick,” Adam-Tomka says.

If you’re looking for something a little more sophisticated, she points to a great chef’s knife as a gratifying option. “I have some clients who will only ever buy a great chef’s knife for the couple whenever they’re invited to the wedding.” She suggests an 8-inch Wüstoff chef’s knife (or a 6-inch knife if the larger knife seems a bit intimidating for newer cooks); both cost $99.

Kitchen Collage is at 430 E. Locust St.; 515-270-8202;

Wini Moranville writes about food, wine and dining for dsm magazine and dsmWeekly. Follow her on Facebook atAll Things Food–DSM.

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