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November 18, 2010 |
W. Howard Lester, former chairman and chief executive of gourmet cookware retailer Williams-Sonoma Inc. , died Monday at his home in Indian Wells after battling cancer, the company announced. He was 75. Lester and a partner bought San Francisco-based Williams-Sonoma from founder Chuck Williams for $100,000 in 1978, when it generated $4 million in annual sales and had four stores ? on Sutter Street in San Francisco, on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa and at the Town and Country Village in Palo Alto.
August 30, 2007 |
Williams-Sonoma Inc., the biggest U.S. gourmet-cookware chain, reported profit Wednesday that exceeded analysts' estimates and increased its full-year earnings forecast. The stock price rose the most in more than five years. The retailer's Pottery Barn unit, whose 190 stores account for half of revenue, boosted sales at locations open at least a year for the first time in five quarters.
January 10, 2007 |
Gourmet-cookware retailer Williams-Sonoma Inc. on Tuesday reported holiday sales that exceeded analysts' estimates on gains at all but one of its chains. The company's stock rose 5.85%, the most in more than two years. Sales at Williams-Sonoma's stores open more than a year rose 1.1% for the eight weeks through Dec. 24, the San Francisco-based retailer said. Total revenue gained 3.6% to $900.4 million.
June 7, 2006 |
Terra-cotta cazuelas not only look good, they can be used in the oven, the microwave or on the stove top. But you have to treat them right. Cazuelas can be brittle when new, so they should be soaked for several hours before their first use. Once soaked, they can be used for cooking, although exposure to high heat from a direct flame isn't recommended. Resoak them occasionally to restore their moisture content. Five-inch cazuelas, about $3.
June 1, 2006 |
Linking prostate cancer to a widespread industrial compound, scientists have found that exposure to a chemical that leaks from plastic causes genetic changes in animals' developing prostate glands that are precursors of the most common form of cancer in males. The chemical, bisphenol A, or BPA, is used in the manufacture of hard, polycarbonate plastic for baby bottles, microwave cookware and other consumer goods, and it has been detected in nearly every human body tested.
February 22, 2006 |
FIRST we started buying pizza stones, massive pottery slabs that bake more evenly than flimsy metal sheets ever can. Since then, some bold souls have been on a mighty quest for ever more slow, traditional cooking. They buy brick linings for their ovens or even install brick ovens in their backyards. So maybe it's time for stone pots to make a comeback. That's stone, not stoneware. Stoneware is just a kind of clay fired at a high temperature.