Update: Emeril Sends A New Set of Pans to the Lady in Elyria

Thanks to Dan, I caught wind of this update to yesterday’s story about the lady who defended herself against would-be robbers with her favorite saucepan.

Her biggest regret about the incident was that the police were forced to take her favorite saucepan away as it was material evidence.

It seems that her sorrow will be assuaged by none other than chef Emeril Lagasse, whose name graces the pan in question. Lagasse is sending an entire set of his signature series All-Clad pans to Ellen Basinski to replace the one which is now sealed in an evidence bag back at the Elyria police station.

It’s a nice ending to this rather unlikely, but happy tale.

I rather think that Lagasse should use the story in marketing his pans. Imagine it: “Not only can you make a mean bolognaise in my pans, but BAM! You can also use them to bash a burglar’s head in!”


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  1. That’s really nice of him…
    I have two of his saucepans, and I have to say, they are excellent. I was skeptical at first – they were a gift, and I thought – Emeril? That guy with the “bam”? Won’t these just be some cheap pans with his logo on them? – but no, in fact they are great. They have glass lids so so can see what’s in them and not overcook it, a nice heft – and they are way cheaper than other “big” brand names. Good job, Emeril!

    Comment by Diane — February 28, 2009 #

  2. Pans aren’t just for cooking. Here’s something useful you can do with a pan in a kitchen.

    Comment by Trig — February 28, 2009 #

  3. I agree. I have a couple Emeril pans, and I love them. Better than I like his cooking-show style, actually. Very nice of him.

    Comment by Christy — March 3, 2009 #

  4. haha this is a great story! well done, emeril! and the lady of course!

    Comment by Maninas — March 4, 2009 #

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