Chef and Caterer Elaina Vazquez Shows You Her Favorite Things

The knives, the Staub, and the cookbook central to this pro chef’s home kitchen.

Photos: Anna Knott

Given her fine-dining background (which includes stints with star chefs Joël Robuchon and Graham Elliot), it’s no surprise that Elaina Vazquez, 32, emphasizes aesthetics with her five-year-old catering business, Boutique Bites.

“The visual is key; so much thought, time, and effort go into presentation,” she says of her miniature edible creations, conceived as a less sloppy way to feed dressed-up partygoers. Vazquez’s training also spurred a love of luxury that is evident in the West Town home she shares with her husband, Anthony Martin, a chef and partner at Tru, and their Chihuahua, Deebo.

Here, Vazquez offers a glimpse of some of her most treasured items.

Steak Knives

Steak Knives

($475 for similar set of six, laguiole.com)
“These add a great touch to the table for dinner parties.”

 

Calf-Hair Bootie

Calf-Hair Bootie

($478, Cole Haan, 673 N. Michigan Ave.)
“I love the chunky heel and pop of gold.”

 

‘The French Laundry Cookbook’ by Thomas Keller

The French Laundry Cookbook

($50, amazon.com)
“I read this cover to cover during culinary school and still reference it.”

 

Wooden Bookshelves

Wooden Bookshelves

($5,000, custom-designed by Jose Aranda Cabinets & Woodwork, San Jose, Calif.)
“These were on my must-have list when my husband and I bought our home.”

 

Jax & Bones Dog Bed

Jax & Bones Dog Bed

($108, Citizen Stone, 1440 N. Dayton St.)
“This matches our decor, and our dog loves it.”

 

Staub Cocotte

Staub Cocotte

($86, staubusa.com)
“I started my career in French techniques, and this is very classical French.”

 

Wool Blend Blazer

Wool Blend Blazer

(from $1,500, Frederick Lynn, 9 E. Huron St.)
“I wear blazers to tasting events.”

 

Porcelain Plates

Porcelain Plates

($40 for set of four, West Elm, 1000 W. North Ave.)
“I’m constantly looking for opulence and luxury. I love the odd shape and gold rim.”

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