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Pat Hammond Mar 27, 1998 12:20 PM

I'm trying to locate a supplier for a crepe making
appliance that is popular in Paris. It is sort of a
hot plate/griddle thing. One sees these vendors
everywhere there. I think there must be some in this
country, though I've not seen them here in the midwest.

Thanks. pat

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    Steve Townshend Feb 11, 2000 04:04 PM

    I would also be interested in any imfromation that you may have found on these crepe cookers. I was at the bevery hills farmers market a month ago and saw a vender with a portable crepe cooker. I have a catering buisness and if thought this would be a great idea for
    a brunch presentation. I live on the east coast and figured when I got home I would simply just order one. Not so easy. I have asked many equiptment venders and they have not heard of this machine. Please help.
    Thanks,
    Steve

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      Tom Feb 12, 2000 02:24 PM

      I think what you're looking for is a Maxim Electric Crepe Maker, which, when heated, is inverted and dipped into a pie plate filled with batter. Seconds later, presto! A light on the handle signals when the crepe is done. I got mine at Broadway Panhandlers in SoHo, but I think Williams Sonoma also carries the crepe maker. The factory, The Maxim Company, is in Newark, NJ; they may well have a web site.

      Good luck and happy catering!

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        pat hammond Feb 14, 2000 09:12 AM

        I'm sorry that I can't add anything helpful to Tom's post. I have checked with Williams Sonoma and they do have the one Tom described, except that's not what I was after; it might work for your purposes. I wanted the kind I saw on the streets of Paris. How about asking the guy at the Farmer's Market where he got his? He'll either cooperate or tell you to get lost. Good luck and please let us hear what you find. p.

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        Tracy Tischer Apr 22, 1999 09:29 PM

        Dear Pat,

        You and I have the same dream!!! I dream of having a
        little crepe stand on a street corner in San Diego
        someday. I have just started researching it - in fact
        I am going to Paris in June to do just that! Whatever
        information I find I will send to you. I have the
        Williams & Sonoma crepe maker and it is very nice, but
        I dont think it is quite as big as the ones in Paris.
        It has a nonstick surface that may not endure like the
        ones there, but it would work nicely for a crepe stand
        if you had two of them. If you are like me you
        probably would like the original item. I'll keep you
        posted!

        Sincerely,

        Tracy

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          pat hammond Apr 23, 1999 09:48 AM

          Hi Tracy: I'll wait baited breath for news about your
          Paris research. And thanks for thinking of me. pat

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          Cindi Jan 29, 1999 03:47 PM

          William Sonoma has a crepe machine-griddle in their
          catalog. They do not specify a brand name. It was
          made for them to sell.

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            pat hammond Feb 1, 1999 11:05 AM

            Cindi: Thanks very much. I haven't had a chance to
            check it out yet but I surely will. pat

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            Lily Kuo Jan 12, 1999 01:05 AM

            They sell them through the Williams Sonoma Cooking
            Catalogue. $149.

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              andre sale Dec 19, 1998 10:22 AM

              crepes de france

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                Steven A. Shaw Mar 31, 1998 03:47 PM

                Pat:

                I saw one in Zabar's in Manhattan a couple of months
                ago. You can get the number from 212 information.
                Zabar's does mail order. Another gigantic New York
                kitchen supply place is called Broadway Panhandler,
                which also ships everywhere and should have the device.

                Still, it is not necessary to have a special machine
                to make crepes. Even in France, the machines are not
                exactly cheap. You would have to make a lot of crepes
                to justify the expenditure. In Julia Child's video on
                crepe making, she uses the back of a non-stick skillet
                (i.e., inverting it over the burner). I tried it last
                year and made dozens of crepes with no problem. Her
                other secret: Use Wondra flour instead of regular.

                Best regards,

                Steven
                New York Restaurant Reviews
                www.shaw-review.com

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                  pat hammond Mar 31, 1998 04:35 PM

                  Steven: Thanks. I know how to make crepes in normal
                  quantities but someday I'm going to be the little old
                  lady you see at the seashore making sweet and savory
                  crepes for my small but devoted clientele. It's just
                  an idea now of course. Thanks again. pat

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                    Steven Shaw Apr 4, 1998 01:37 PM

                    Well, if you aspire to be a professional then you need
                    to get a really grimy, beat-up machine and cover it
                    with aluminum foil and bits of charred batter. You
                    should have told me about this last week when I was in
                    Brittany. I could have stolen one for you. There is a
                    particularly grubby place in Dinan that would have
                    provided the perfect unit. Still, if you can only make
                    it as far as Paris there are some pretty good examples
                    along Rue Montparnasse--but there is no seashore there
                    and most of the cooks are men.

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