The Wild Kitchen


When Wood Looks Like Marble: Inside Spalting

December 12, 2018 tim mcguire

When Wood Looks Like Marble: Inside Spalting

Ever wonder what's going on behind those beautiful marbled streaks of black running through an otherwise light colored wooden piece? Our in-house spoonmaker, Tim, describes some of the science behind spalting, what makes spalted pieces special, and breaks it all down for us in a quick and interesting read. Sometimes the root cause or aftermath of a tree’s death can create an awe-inspiring look for a finished product. Take, for example, a process intertwined with tree death called spalting, which can create odd pigmentation, such as light green or pink streaks and splotches, “bleach” darker wood to light brown or...


6 Things We Learned Testing Natural Dish Soap

November 18, 2018 Molly McGuire

6 Things We Learned Testing Natural Dish Soap

I'm going to be honest. I love my Dawn dish soap in the classic blue bottle. We have a bustling family of five, two businesses, and six pets, and our dishes pile up high. There's no time for products that don't work. So when I took home a bottle of Opulent Blends Dish Soap, I really hoped that it would perform well. We're selling it at the store, after all. But I also held my breath. Here's what I found to be true... 1. The ingredient list really is all natural. Since the term "natural" isn't actually regulated, there's no...


Market Schedule, May-June 2017

May 10, 2017 Molly McGuire

Market Schedule, May-June 2017

Have you been looking forward to the next opportunity to shop our beautiful handmade wares in person? Come meet founding artist Tim McGuire and learn about his processes while browsing heirloom quality classic favorites like spatulas and spoons along with newer items like bottle openers, chop stick sets, and baguette trays. Wild Cherry will be making appearances at four must-visit shows across seven different days in May and June. Read on to learn more about each as quoted from their own respective pages.  Renegade Chicago Pop-Up, May 13th-14th Halsted St. in Pilsen (Between S 18th St. and S Canalport Ave.)"Hey, Chicago! We’re...


What to do if your spoon has a case of the Fuzzies?

October 21, 2015 tim mcguire

Oh no, the Fuzzies?!? You have a beautiful, favorite wooden utensil that fits perfectly in your hand and you would never part with. You go to wash it for the first time and you feel the coarse, yet fuzzy feeling that no one ever wishes to feel! Your spoon has a case of acute grainy-ness (A.K.A - the Fuzzies...enter foreboding music).   So why did this happen? This unfortunate ailment can happen to nearly any spoon, or wooden utensil. No matter how fine of a sanding it is given it before its' first oiling. During the first wash it it can...


The Wild Kitchen: Fried Coconut Banana's

March 06, 2015 tim mcguire

Our first episode of The Wild Kitchen on Youtube will be featuring a yummy Thai dessert; "Fried Coconut Bananas". This episode will air on Friday, March 13th...so settle down with your favorite Thai dish and maybe we'll even have a Friday the 13th surprise !!!