Weekend Kitchen in Essex Expands


More often than not, we hear of local shops shutting their doors, so it was great news to learn of Weekend Kitchen’s move and expansion. We love this destination in Essex for all kinds of kitchen accoutrements, and we love it even more now. Nancy Kirkiles has a knack for mixing vintage finds with kitchen necessities, and the new, larger space has allowed her to flex her merchandising muscles. You’ll find an extensive selection of her lovely letterpressed cards on thick stock (and you’ll want to stock up), plus a tempting mix of vintage glassware, interesting cookbooks, antique cleavers, teeny silver spoons, crystal salt cellars, linen aprons, essentials for baking; an entire batterie de cuisine. If you’re on a spring cleaning rampage, head here for natural bristle brushes and potions with names like “Boys Bathroom” and Superlative Hand Soap.
Over the years, Nancy has developed a talented team of collaborators. If you’ve been to one of her cooking classes or pop-up dinners, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Chef Paul Barron will continue to offer classes and dinners through Weekend Kitchen (coming up: Potato Gnocchi and Easy Thai), plus home chef services and (coming soon) grab-and-go meals. You’ll find Plenty of Cake, literally. Lesley Moore’s imaginative treats will be available and by custom order (her gluten free versions may just be the best I’ve had), and a refrigerator case is on the way, to be stocked with Arethusa Farm’s ridiculous fresh butter, milk, and cheese.
I’ve been known to race over pre-party for a last minute ladle or gravy boat; now I’ll just have so many more reasons to visit.

Find out more: weekend-kitchen.com, now at 16 Main Street Essex (previously the French Hen space).

Find cooking classes and pop-up dinners here.

Main photo: Plenty of Cake’s Spring Cupcakes by special order. www.plentyofcake.net