If coq au vin and E.Dehillerin make your heart flutter, and if cookbooks, copper and cast iron make you weak in the knees, you’re in luck. Those who appreciate the art of cooking, rejoice! A slice of nirvana exists in Austin that will leave your kitchen fancies fulfilled: Métier Cook’s Supply.
This shop is a labor of love for husband and wife owners, Todd Duplechan and Jessica Maher. Neither are new to the world of culinary arts. In January 2012, the couple opened Lenoir, a small restaurant with an enchanting outdoor wine garden.
Then one year ago, the couple opened Métier Cook’s Supply next door to complement Lenoir. In their words, “Our goal is to help people enjoy cooking with great products and helpful knowledge on how to use them. We want to help folks find the right tools for their experience and interest, and we want to find the right home for the beautiful vintage items that we carry.”
Charm and inspiration reign within the light filled, whitewashed walls of Métier. The store is housed in a quaint grey bungalow with white trim. Out front, a bright red door with matching mailbox exudes a sense of vibrancy.
Entering, you’ll notice a nook filled with culinary porn (new and vintage cookbooks and boxes filled with old culinary periodicals). A tapestry chair sits below a window and adds a touch of warmth, along with a refreshing spot to relax while trying to narrow down your purchases.
The room opposite has a long glass display case filled with glistening, sharp handmade Japanese, American and Swiss knives. At the back of the store, you’ll pass an assortment of eye candy: aprons, chef’s apparel, wooden nesting bowls, pie tins, cake stands, Milk Glass kitchenware, copper coffee pots, mid-century glassware and walls of basic and advanced baking supplies.
Métier feels like a modern day, pocket sized E.Dehillerin, the famous cooking supply store that’s been a staple in Paris since 1820 and has welcomed a multitude of culinary enthusiasts, including Julia Child.
In addition to offering professional chefs and hobbyists a place to stock up on kitchen gadgets, the store hosts events like book signings, pie making classes and knife skill/sharpening demonstrations.
Whether you’re in the market to add zest to your recipes or a cocktail mixer to shake up your libations, Métier Cook’s Supply is here to inspire you to unfurl your apron (or help you find a new one)!
Mark your calendar for Labor Day weekend, when this local business is having a summer front lawn sale which will include complementary beer! See their website for details.
@theAustinot wants to know:
What is the last treasure you found at Métier Cook’s Supply?