John Boos Cutting Boards
John Boos has become a brand name synonomous with quality all-wood cutting boards, and is one of the oldest continuing U.S. manufacturers of kitchen products (in business continuously since 1887). While its history is rich, as a retailer we are even more proud of them for receiving their Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certification. Their FSC certified lumber is derived only from forests that are properly managed according to the highest standards of social, environmental, and economic considerations. John Boos continues to meet the demand from consumers, designers, chefs, and culinary experts across the globe with this commitment to the environment. John Boos is also a member of the National Hardwood Lumbermen's Association, which is specifically commited to well-managed North American hardwood forest management. Built from select northern hard rock maple, their butcher blocks will last for generations. They are made to professional standards by expertly trained John Boos Craftsmen, some of whom have been with the company for 40 years.
In 1892 the Boos family sold interest in the company to the Gravenhorst family. This family continues to actively manage John Boos Inc, over 100 years of management! By 1920, extra buildings and kiln capacity were added and by the 1940s, John Boos butcher blocks were found in many restaurants, food stores and butcher shops in America. The company continued to expand throughout the next 50 years, as Appalachian Red Oak stayed in great demand, not only in the food-service industry, but also in the home. In addition to the standard old-style butcher blocks, John Boos added kitchen islands, countertop cutting boards, and work tables. Their blocks are supplied to institutions, restaurants and even the White House kitchen. John Boos stainless and stainless/wood combinations are designed for restaurant use or quality-conscious consumers in the residential market. They are VERY heavy duty.
John Boos has also added metal tables, which had replaced the butcher block as a necessary product in the majority of food-service/supermarket establishments 20 years ago. Work tables with poly or synthetic tops, stainless steel tops and maple tops are also manufactured. The company has their dry kilns in Effingham, IL, where there are 140 employees. Most of the hardwood used for manufacturing is shipped from Great Lakes states via truck, while their second largest commodity, stainless steel, comes from steel warehouses and distribution centers in Chicago, Indianapolis, and St. Louis. The company currently is cutting up about five million feet of maple and oak each year.
Cleaning John Boos Cutting Boards, by Rachel Ray
John Boos & Co. Cucina products, butcher blocks and cutting boards are being used by celebrity chefs throughout the United States. Celebrity chefs currently using John Boos products are Rachel Ray (seen at right), Charlie Trotter, Ming Tsai, Paul Kahan, Susan Spicer at Bayona Restaurant in New Orleans, and Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feninger at Border Grill in Santa Monica, California.
In addition, the country’s premier food channel, “THE FOOD NETWORK” features chefs, such as Mario Batali and Emeril Lagasse, who prepare meals every day on John Boos cutting boards. In most cases Boos cutting boards are used on the daily and weekly television programs sponsored for the chefs. In 1994 John Boos was awarded the Gold Medal for Excellence in Foodservice Equipment by the Chefs of America.