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  • The Grommet Wholesale Restaurant Tour

    Trade show season is approaching and while you may be busy making showroom appointments and planning out your market, have you thought about where you’re going to eat?

    Pasta Da Pulcinella- Atlanta, GA

    Ian Markowitz, Director of Key Accounts, is a true foodie and takes pride in keeping The Grommet Wholesale team well fed while on the road. He’s already started making reservations for our the winter cycle and in case you want to try a new, Grommet-approved spot, here are a few of our favorites.



    If you’re looking for great Tex-Mex fare in an awesome atmosphere then look no further. Superica has two locations but we prefer going to the one at Krog Street Market. In fact, we usually show up to our reservation early to walk around Krog Street and get dumplings at Gu’s Dumplings.

    Pasta Da Pulcinella

    A cozy Italian restaurant with good wine and pasta is exactly what we need after a long day on our feet. The food is delicious and the service is outstanding. Definitely try the Tortelli de Melli, a great combination of sausage and apples tucked into ravioli in a brown butter sauce. You can make a reservation via OpenTable.

    endive Publik house

    We’re a big fan of ordering lots of small plates so we can taste a little bit of everything which is why we like going to endive Publik house. You can make a reservation, but keep in mind they are only open for dinner Thursday through Saturday. Try the Smoked Duck Pizza, well worth it.


    Las Vegas

    Lotus of Siam

    If you’re in the mood for Thai food we highly recommend Lotus of Siam which is not far from the strip. It can be busy so we recommend making a reservation. It’s well known for some of the most authentic Thai food you can get in the US and was such a hit they left their spot in a rundown strip mall for their new location.

    Carson Kitchen

    Edison light bulbs and having the menu presented on a wooden board are two good signs of an excellent New-American Restaurant. If the weather’s nice, sit on their outdoor patio but make sure you save room for dessert, their glazed doughnut bread pudding is divine.


    Therapy’s motto “Savor. Sip. Share” is our exact motto. Our favorite bites to share are the Chicken & Waffle Sliders, Fried Mac Croquettes, Street Corn and Charred Brussel Sprouts. Make a reservation on OpenTable.



    Rodeo Goat

    Our first stop after landing in Dallas is the Rodeo Goat, a no-frills, low key spot with 20 different burgers to choose from. It can be overwhelming but trust us, you can’t go wrong. No reservation needed.

    18th & Vine

    No trip to Texas is complete without BBQ. We recommend ordering the Two ‘Que Plate so you get to try two BBQ meats and their burnt ends are some of our favorites.

    Pecan Lodge

    Since one BBQ restaurant isn’t enough, especially in Texas, we also go to Pecan Lodge for a quick and delicious meal. Between the Brisket and the Southern Fried Chicken, you’re in for a treat. Order at the counter and they’ll bring out your food. Oh, and be sure to get a side of Mac & Cheese for the table! No reservations needed, but expect to wait to order, but trust us, it’s worth it.


    New York City

    Pio Pio

    For a Peruvian fare, we recommend Pio Pio. Peruvian food is a combination of meats and potatoes with a bit of an Asian flair. There are quite a few around the city, but we usually go to the one closest to the Javits, Pio Pio 8 in Hell’s Kitchen. They have a great rotisserie chicken and excellent Aji Verde. To make a reservation call 212-459-2929.


    If you couldn’t tell, we love small plates which makes BEA a great restaurant for us. It has a great atmosphere and the food is outstanding with a good cocktail menu to boot and old school movies on the walls to keep you entertained. We recommend the steak and potatoes, a fun take on Steak Frites with a spicy tomato sauce.  Go to Yelp to make a reservation.

    Tír na Nóg

    Hailing from Massachusetts, we are big fans of the New England Patriots and it turns out Tír na Nóg supports Pats Nation, too. The NY NOW Winter show tends to coincide with the Super Bowl so going to a Pats bar to watch the game has become a tradition. Make a reservation on OpenTable. And go Pats!


    Do you have any recommendations for us? We’d love to hear from you!

    Comment with your go-to restaurant after a long day at Market.

  • 2018 Summer Trade Show Schedule

    The blue bins filled with samples are packed and stacked. Flights and Airbnbs are booked. And the merchandising plan is set. It’s time for the Summer Trade Show circuit.

    Starting next Monday, we’ll be crisscrossing the country with dozens of our best selling products. If you’re at any one of the shows listed below, make sure you stop by and say hello. We’ll have product demos, show specials, and, of course, our trademark Grommet Wholesale charm.


    Informal poll: should we start making tour date t-shirts like bands do? Leave your answer in the comments below.

    Before you leave, check out our six tips for conquering any trade show.

    And when you get back, learn about what you can do to promote your purchase and excite your customers about what's new. 

    Finally, follow the action of each show on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

  • 2017 Summer Trade Show Schedule

    Summer trade show season is upon us, folks. At The Grommet office, we are packing up the metaphorical tour bus with some of the newest additions to our catalog and getting ready to hit the road. If you're planning to attend any of these shows, stop by our booth and say hello. We'd love to meet you!


    June 21 - 25: Dallas Market Center (TM 634)

    July 13 - 17: AmericasMart Atlanta (3-2-900)

    July 20 - 24: LA Mart (Lobby)

    July 30 - Aug. 2: Las Vegas Market (P1-1104)

    August 4 - 8: Minneapolis Mart (233- 4)

    August 15 - 17: Independent Garden Center Show (1522)

    August 17 - 19: Ace Hardware Show (3684)

    August 19 - 23: NY Now Market (NC1/Lobby)


    Before you hit the road, be sure to review our six tips for successfully conquering any trade show.

    Catch the action of each show by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

  • Winter 2017 Trade Show Schedule

    Today we excitedly embark on the Winter 2017 trade show circuit. Our first stop: Atlanta, Georgia for AmericasMart Atlanta. If you’re attending this or any of the shows below, make sure to stop by and say hello. We’d love to see you and we’re sure you’ll love to see the newest products in our catalog.

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