Appliances, Design and Décor
Featuring Kitchen designer Rick Glickman
We have received correspondence from our readers, searching for advice in designing, refreshing and updating their home kosher kitchen. The kitchen is the heart and soul of the Jewish home. It is where food memories are made; recipe creations are treasured, and culinary heirlooms are born and shared.
From time to time we will be sharing information about new appliances, kitchen design, kitchen layouts and more, all focused on the kosher and Sabbath observant lifestyle. To launch our new series, we have heard from some readers and had the pleasure of expert advice, shared by longtime kitchen designer Rick Glickman of Dream Kitchens in Chicago.
This feature is ongoing and we invite you to send pictures, design ideas, tips and suggestions for creating spectacular kosher kitchens, large or small, budget or luxury. We can’t wait to hear from you!
Tips from Kitchen Maven Rick Glickman:
Countertops: Quartz! Quartz countertops are easier to kasher for Passover. Some brand names are Silestone and Caesarstone. (Be aware, that even when quartz is used, some Rabbis still advise covering the countertop for Passover).
If a parve area is created, it should be smaller than the milk and meat area and contain a microwave, sink and oven, along with parve bakeware and utensils. Most homemakers make salads and baked goods in a parve area.
Appliances: For details, and to check the latest kosher news on appliances appropriate for the observant home visit Star-K Certified Appliances.
More Design tips:
We asked Rick about the biggest kitchen mistake to avoid: “Fitting 10 lbs. of kashrut in a 5 lb. sized kitchen.”
We received the following comments/suggestions from our readers:
If possible, place the work areas of your kitchen near windows, so that you can look outside while cooking and have plenty of light.
Plan for ample storage space.
If affordable, buy two separate full sized dishwashers.
Create an eating area in the kitchen for snacks or casual meals.
If budget allows, create an appliance garage at waist level. This makes for easy lifting of appliances and keeps the counter looking sleek.
Allow for as much counter/prep space as possible.
Plan a place for your electric hot plates, blechs and Shabbos water urn.
About Rick Glickman
Rick Glickman is one of the country’s leading experts on kitchen and bath design. He is the president of twenty-year old Dream Kitchens, Inc. of Highland Park, Illinois and draws on his knowledge of restaurant operation and design to bring his clients solutions from a cook’s perspective. Rick is recognized by his peers as both a leader and mentor. He has been featured on television and in more than 25different publications including leading national magazines such as Woman’s Day and Better Homes & Gardens.
His expertise in kosher kitchen design stems from being raised in an Orthodox Jewish home. In his large family everyone took turns helping in the kitchen. Rick quickly came to appreciate an efficient kosher-friendly design that lent itself to easy clean up. As a child, because his father was a pulpit Rabbi, he moved to several small communities. Rick found himself repeatedly explaining to his non-kosher friends what he could and couldn’t eat in their homes.
Over the years, Rick has owned several kosher restaurants, and has designed dozens of kosher kitchens, both residential and commercial, in North America and Israel. Dream Kitchens, Inc. is located at 799 Central Ave., Suite #230, Highland Park IL, 60035 or visit their web site at DreamKitchens.com .You can also like Dream Kitchens on Facebook.
Do you have a question for kosher kitchen expert Rick Glickman? Email
July 23, 2012