Almost Everything in Molly Baz’s Crate & Barrel Line Is Multipurpose—Even the Seafood Tower
Time to invite friends over.
Published May 4, 2023 9:00 AM
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Take one peek into Molly Baz’s Los Angeles home and it’s clear that the cookbook author and food personality has some seriously great taste. And now that she’s launched her first line of kitchen tools and servingware with Crate & Barrel, you can bring that design goodness into your kitchen—and dining room and outdoor space—too.
“Selfishly, [my husband, Ben Willett, and I] were like, let’s design the collection we’d want to see in our home,” she says with a laugh. That means cooking essentials in her signature primary colors (but also butter yellow, like her kitchen), cork coasters that mimic her floors, and lots of soothing wood pieces. Or in the words of Crate & Barrel SVP and head of design Sebastian Brauer: “Memphis, but in a California way.”
Molly Baz x Crate & Barrel Collection
The collection includes the basics for cooking—even a ¾ teaspoon, praise be—but one of the best things about the 58 pieces is that many are multipurpose essentials for gathering a crowd—and that can mean just a party of two. For instance, a salad bowl (with handles!) goes from countertop to table with ease and can be used as a fruit bowl when it’s off duty. (Storytime: At a recent dinner Baz hosted in New York to celebrate the collaboration, guests served themselves with the oversize tongs as waiters brought the bowl around the table.)
There’s also spritz-ready colorful glassware, a wood snack tray loosely inspired by iconic New York bar Bemelmans, and an ice bucket, which Baz has used to serve fried chicken or, in the case of that New York dinner, smashed potatoes.
Baz even made a seafood tower, which she was sure she’d have to convince Crate & Barrel to let her include, but it turns out that a serving piece with three tiers, even one that’s technically meant for shellfish, can be used to set out, well, anything. At that same party, Baz filled the top level with butter and the bottom layers with torn bread.
“The whole idea for the collection is that everything that lives in the kitchen can easily be seen on the table and vice versa,” Baz says. “If at the end of the night after having a dinner party, your kitchen’s a mess and this whole line is like all over the place—the kitchen will look better for it.” You heard Baz: Call your friends; it’s time to throw a dinner party.