Lisa Hartratkin Take

The Indoor Chef Meets The Great Outdoors By Lisa Hartratkin Take a big dollop of upscale lifestyle trends, blend in some recent advances in appliance technologies, and season with a healthy sprinkling of economic strength. That's the recipe for combining outdoor dining elegance with indoor conveniences, and it's been fueled in good part by the outdoor cookers, grills and cooktops that began showing up several years ago. Manufacturers are adding still greater functionality to the mix, with varied cooking options and more refrigeration. Result? A tempting appeal to high-end and custom kitchen clients and a growing profit and showroom display opportunity for dealers. GE Appliances' Monogram Manager Merrell Grant

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