The Maxwell Moment: The Appliance Connection – The Nutone Food Center

The Maxwell Moment: The Appliance Connection – The Nutone Food Center

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The Maxwell Moment:
The Appliance Connection – The Nutone Food Center

In my continuing quest for vintage appliances for my kitchen I run across some gems. This week I’m demonstrating my new Nutone Food Center. This food-prep wonder was first manufactured in 1956 and was made right up through the mid 90’s. It consists of a unit that is embedded in the counter and serves as a motor for the various attachments that you can get to blend, process, sharpen, crush and grind the food and implements in your kitchen. I have the knife sharpener, blender, food processor, ice crusher and mixer. In this segment, I demonstrate the mixer and then crush some ice for a drink. The ice crusher has a few quirks, as you’ll see. I can’t wait to get this installed in my new kitchen!


Described as part Donna Reed, part Mary Tyler Moore, Maxwell makes kitsch feel classy through her unparalleled personal flair for home design, entertaining and savvy household tips. Inspired by a divine thrift shop purchase of 1950’s nesting bowls, she first began sharing her vintage/classic know-how with other Manhattanites in 1998 through her self-titled cable access television show. With an emphasis on uncompromising fabulousness, Brini quickly garnered a devoted fan base and established herself as the go-to-girl on vintage fashion and mid-century modern treasures. After five years on the local airwaves her show was picked up by the Style Network. The subsequent series has been called a delightful success and has attracted a diverse audience thorough its national platform.

Brini was born in Boston, Massachusetts and raised there and the Midwest. She was a child prodigy in the area of domestic science, piping perfect mashed potatoes at the age of five and redesigning the rumpus room in her family home by age 10. At the Fashion Institute of Technology, between spontaneous bouts of cleaning and organizing the student union she achieved a bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design. She worked in the fashion industry for 5 years, never finding fulfillment until she started developing her television show.

Brini still lives in the same tiny intricately apportioned New York City apartment used as the set for the original television show. She spends her time between shooting the television show and making personal appearances, doing needlepoint, shopping for inspiration in thrift shops and vintage stores and spending time with friends. She’s currently shopping for a second home in Palm Springs California and looking wistfully at vintage 1960’s convertibles on eBay Motors.

Sabrina “Brini” Maxwell is a fictional character created by actor Ben Sander. Described by Guy Trebey of the Village Voice as the “prototypical, pre-feminist, 1960’s homemaker”, Maxwell has also been described as a composite of Doris Day, Mary Tyler Moore, Auntie Mame, That Girl and Donna Reed and came to prominence in the late 90’s as the host of her eponymous television show on Public-access television cable TV in Manhattan.

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The pilot for the original show was produced in 1996. The show debuted on Manhattan Neighborhood Network on January 1, 1998, and aired for 5 years featuring tips, recipes, entertaining ideas, craft projects, home renovation and interior design schemes. It was produced by Sander’s production company V.R.U.S.P. Inc. and directed by Sander’s mother, Mary Jane Wells.

In 2001 Sander was contacted by Amy Briamonte, east coast director of development for west coast based Termite Art Productions (now Creative Differences Productions). Briamonte and Sander developed a pitch for the show for the Bravo network and received an order for a pilot. The pilot was produced in the summer of 2002 for a show titled Charming, Needs Work. The premise for the show was Maxwell lived in an apartment that she redecorated every week.

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  1. Carol Lyons
    Carol Lyons 13 January, 2022, 06:14

    As always, the plunger makes ALL the difference!

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  2. Ella X
    Ella X 13 January, 2022, 06:14

    I can't tell if this is satire….

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  3. Pandurang Khengre
    Pandurang Khengre 13 January, 2022, 06:14

    Where to buy in india

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  4. Selwyn Ramjit
    Selwyn Ramjit 13 January, 2022, 06:14

    is this person a man ?

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  5. Patrice Schreder
    Patrice Schreder 13 January, 2022, 06:14

    My friend's 1974 condo has a TINY kitchen which came with the Nutone motor, but no attachments. I love the mixer & will look for one.

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  6. Axx Mx
    Axx Mx 13 January, 2022, 06:14

    omg i love ur video style Xx so cuute

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  7. Kelly Gregory
    Kelly Gregory 13 January, 2022, 06:14

    Great video! Good Humor.

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  8. Kelly Gregory
    Kelly Gregory 13 January, 2022, 06:14

    I'm 42 yo man… once bought a house custom built in 1959 for an English Professor near a college campus. Totally Frank Lloyd Wright meets Eames Era. I pulled this unit and rocket-ship light fixtures when I sold the house. Thinking of installing it in a Kitchen-Tek Pro 2' x 2' stand alone kitchen cabinet on casters, so it's easy to move from house to house and of the storage will be made to hold all the parts as well secure areas for flour, yeast, etc. If we had a bigger kitchen, I'd put it into a 2' x 3' and make it a true baking cart with a removable rolling surface on top – I'll talk to my wife… reply if I should post photos.

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  9. Jesus Hernandez
    Jesus Hernandez 13 January, 2022, 06:14

    Just nice for a little touch of vodka…

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  10. Carolyn Long
    Carolyn Long 13 January, 2022, 06:14

    Love it! You are a delight!  My Mom and I each got one in the 1960s. I'm so glad parts are still available, as I'm just now replacing a blender because the system is still very powerful and works well. What fun to see your demonstration! I know my 92-year-old Mom will love it too!

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  11. RIXRADvidz
    RIXRADvidz 13 January, 2022, 06:14

    Oh My.!! such an exuberant Ice Crusher.!! I can't wait 'til your kitchen is done, too.!!
    Bye Now.!

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  12. schten12
    schten12 13 January, 2022, 06:14

    OMFG my mom had one of those. I swear to Buddha, Moses, Colonel Sanders, who or whatever you swear to. Yea, I'm getting up there….raised in the 60's and 70's.

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  13. Adam Bryan
    Adam Bryan 13 January, 2022, 06:14

    Brini you really scored on this lovely set! I have access to a motor base and need to look for the accessories! I'm glad to see how some of the accessories work. Enjoy!

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  14. lexavline1
    lexavline1 13 January, 2022, 06:14

    Brini, I love it! Have you considered a Dishmaster for your sink? Check them out on Pam's site 🙂

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  15. Aloysius64
    Aloysius64 13 January, 2022, 06:14

    Always something new! Well done, Brini! XO

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  16. gbklyn
    gbklyn 13 January, 2022, 06:14

    hahahaha omg!

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  17. Venidi Larosa
    Venidi Larosa 13 January, 2022, 06:14

    love it and love the hair but it needs to be longer and bigger 🙂

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  18. Vagrarian
    Vagrarian 13 January, 2022, 06:14

    Oh man, can't wait to see that installed and in action!

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  19. Karisa Diane
    Karisa Diane 13 January, 2022, 06:14

    I live in a basement right now. Brini, you inspire me to make my basement chic and home-y! <3

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