BlackRedGrillFriendsLogoTo me grilling is about FUN and FUNCTION. My line of Grill Friends® and Kitchen Friends™ cooking and grilling tools combine fun, contemporary colors and features with functional designs. After 15 years of grilling and cooking for a living I’ve learned a thing or two about what does and doesn’t work. When I design these pieces, I make sure that each bugsigitem in my line will work as well — around the grill or in the kitchen — for the new cook as it does for me. Each piece is both FUNCTIONAL and FUN because when it doesn’t function, you dont have fun!

For more information:
Kirsten Newman-Teissier—610-459-5575
Elizabeth Karmel—312-951-8394

Grill Friends Introduces the Perfect Fit™ Apron
Tall, Short, thin or thick, One-Size Fits All

Who needs a new apron? You do! Elizabeth Karmel is proud to present the new Grill Friends Perfect Fit™ Apron available in three styles: solid red and black, embroidered with grill-isms; or in the BBQ Tool Belt™ style.

“For years I’ve wondered why home cooks didn’t demand a better fitting apron. At 5 feet, 2 inches, all the aprons on the market are too long for my body so I had to fold them over before I tied them; it was cumbersome and didn’t look great. My tall friends had the opposite problem, the aprons floated over their bodies and they looked like they were wearing a kid’s apron, “says Elizabeth Karmel, food writer, cooking teacher and creator of Grill Friends.

Thanks to the unique Cross-Your-Back design of the new Grill Friends Perfect Fit Apron, it fits everyone—regardless of shape and size. For years, Karmel eliminated aprons from her culinary wardrobe because they were uncomfortable and got in the way. “…it always felt like the apron was wearing me—my new apron is so comfortable that I forget that I have it on, says Karmel. And, not only is it comfortable, the apron is twice as wide as a standard apron which makes it easier to wipe your hands on the sides of the apron without getting “schmutz” on your clothes!”

When Karmel finalized the basic Perfect Fit design, she added features that would make it more functional than any other apron on the market. “I added pockets for essential tools such as an instant-read thermometer and a grommet to slip a towel through, that way I always have a towel at the ready to use as a “hot pad” or to wipe my hands on. The towel goes with me everywhere so I don’t have to run back into the house to get it,” explained Karmel.

The Perfect Fit Apron exhibits true backyard colors in the Grill Friends signature Red and Black. The woven cotton has a soft nap which makes it wash well and feel like your favorite pair of jeans even when it is new. And there is a style suited to individual tastes. For those who prefer understated elegance, the apron comes in solid red and black. But for those brazen backyard cooks, they can show off their bragging rights with embroidered logos that proclaim, “The Grill Meister,” or simply;“BBQ Champ” And for those more playful, the grill talk teases—, “Come on BBQ, Light My Fire,” and “Nice Grill Marks.”

Finally, for the King and Queen of the Grill, there is the BBQ Tool Belt apron. This black apron incorporates all the features of the Perfect Fit Apron, but adds more pockets for all your essential tools including brushes and tongs and comes wrapped with a bonus grilling towel. The smart and fashionable black woven cotton apron with red top-stitching is the perfect gift for all the great grillers in your life—including yourself!

Suggested retail for the Grill Friends Perfect-Fit Apron is $24.99 and the Grill Friends Tool Belt Apron with Bonus Towel is $29.99.

The aprons are available nationally at kitchen, gourmet and housewares stores and online at and

The Perfect-Fit Aprons are distributed by Harold Import Co. along with the rest of the Grill Friends line of ceramic serving pieces and outdoor cooking tools including the award-winning Super Silicone Angled BBQ Brush, Turkey Brining Bag™ with Complete How-To Guide, the GrillMat™; the Grill Friends™ Turkey Sitter and Grill Friends Chicken Sitter, black porcelain vertical roasters for making “Beer-Can” Style turkey and chicken without the can, and the SuperGrater™. Harold Import Co. also distributes Karmel’s cookbook, Taming the Flame: Secrets to Hot-and-Quick Grilling and Low-and-Slow BBQ, published by John Wiley & Sons.

Look for four additional Grill Friends products this Spring; the first-ever Super Silicone Angled BBQ Mop, the Steakhouse Hamburger Press, the Everyday Basting Brush and the Super Silicone Blending Fork. All four products were introduced at the January Atlanta Gift Show and the Winter Fancy Food Show for the spring grilling season. For more information, contact Elizabeth Karmel at 312-951-8394 or e-mail her at

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Note from Elizabeth: To me Grilling is about Fun and Function. My line of Grill Friends™ outdoor cooking tools, aprons and ceramic serving pieces combine fun, contemporary colors and features with functional designs. After 15 years of grilling for a living, I’ve learned a thing or two about what does and doesn’t work. When I designed these pieces, I made sure that each item in my line would work as well around the grill for the first-time griller as it does for me. The ceramics were all designed to help you entertain with ease. Each piece is both Functional and Fun, because when it doesn’t function; you don’t have fun!