On Oct. 2 HSN in conjunction with culinary personality, "Iron Chef" judge and author Donatella Arpaia premiered her new kitchen and culinary collection at her restaurant Donatella Pizzeria and Restaurant & DBar. During this intimate event guests got to view and sample Donatella’s exclusive line, which will officially launch on Monday October 7 on 5:00pm EDT on HSN. Named by Zagat as the “Hostest with the Mostest”, Donatella mixes authentic Italian food with a modern, glamorous flare.
Specialties include Donatella’s award winning meatballs. Featured as “Best Meatballs” in NY Magazine, these meatballs made from fresh garlic, cheeses and herbs are flash frozen for a light and fluffy texture. Packaged in a microwavable and reusable jar, Donatella’s selection of pasta sauces come in three flavors Marinara, Spicy Arrabbiata, and Tuscan Vodka. Donatella also offers her custom portable pizza oven, which distributes heat evenly for a perfect crust and holds pizzas up to 12" in diameter.
Her Pearl Essence Stoneware collection brings a fusion of traditional and modern elegance. Each piece with crystal accents is unique to Donatella’s signature look and feel. Her rectangular baker, ceramic serving tray and ramekins are all freezer, dishwasher, microwave and oven safe.
With food preparation and presentation already made easy, the collection is completed with cocktail and luncheon napkin and placemat sets. Made from 100% cotton, these disposable napkins can be thrown away after a single use. They are pre-pressed and are perfect for parties and entertaining. Check out our exclusive interview with the mastermind herself:
Q: How did you come up with the concept of the disposable napkins?
Up until two years ago I was a city girl. I got married and had a baby, got a house in Connecticut and started having parties for 20 to 30 people. I went insane over the fact that people were breaking all my good stuff and then I started looking at disposable stuff in general thinking they’re so ugly. One of the most frustrating things especially during holidays are linens because you can have a tablecloth at Christmas time and even if you have an expensive one it takes up storage, it’s wrinkled, no one wants to iron anymore. I just thought there has to be something better out there that is easy and also fashionable and have fun with it too and there’s no commitment afterwards. Sometimes you buy a tablecloth and feel committed to it even though you’re tired of it. Setting the table should be the most fun part and you should bring you style and flavor with the changes of the seasons. That’s how it all happened.
Q: Tell me about the gemstone accents to your stoneware?
I fought for those and everyone said you can’t make it oven, dishwasher and microwave safe. I feel like in the stoneware line there’s either the grandma stuff you see, the retro stuff and then there’s these high fashion things that no one would ever buy and they break. When I developed it in partner HSN we did a lot of research and found a developer that could create this cut crystal. I just like to bring glamor and fashion to the kitchen. I just like to bing everything out but not too overdone. I think in terms of the kitchen, no ones speaking to the modern urban woman but in an affordable craft-able way.
Yanique Bourjolly contributed reporting.