August 7, 2014 at 1:00 am

Good stuff: All-Clad pans, organic pasta, charity wine

The Local Epicurean makes pasta and pesto. (Kate Lawson / The Detroit News)

One good cookware

All-Clad has just launched a collection designed in partnership with renowned chef Thomas Keller. It is the first-ever collection specifically designed to deliver optimal results for culinary techniques including sautéing, making sauces, braising and steaming. It also features flared edges for drip-free pouring, shapes that nest, universal lids for versatility and easy storage, newly engineered ergonomic handles and low-maintenance brushed stainless exteriors. The collection is available in three sets — four-piece Foundation Set, eight-piece Integrity Set and the 11-Piece Inspiration Set — and exclusively at Williams-Sonoma stores and online at Prices for sets range from $44.95 for an individual piece to $1,599.95 for the 11-Piece Inspiration Set.

One good pasta

Grand Rapids-based Local Epicurean offers organic, small-batch traditional and gluten-free pastas and pestos using local Michigan products. Choose from unique vegan and botanical-flavored pasta such as Aged Gouda & Black Truffle, Thai Basil & Lemongrass, and Pansy & Purple Basil, to name a few. To see the whole list, visit Or you can buy it from Whole Foods or Birmingham farmer’s market on Sundays. Prices average about $8.95 for a 7-ounce package.

One good wine

Colby Groom is now 16 years old. Just prior to his 10th birthday, he underwent back-to-back open-heart surgeries. He is now a seasoned volunteer with the American Heart Association and was inspired to raise money for heart research through creating a wine with his dad, notable winemaker Daryl Groom. Thus Colby Red was born. Colby Red is a flavorful California cuvee of Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Shiraz, Merlot & Petite Sirah. Proceeds from the $12.99 bottle go to organizations across the country that support heart health (so far, they’ve reached $500,000 in donations). In Michigan, Great Lakes Wine distributes Colby Red; look for it at your favorite wine shop.

All-Clad teams with celebrity chef Thomas Keller. (All-Clad)
Colby Red raises money for heart health. (Groom Wines)