SPARQ Soapstone Review: Entertaining with Style

Posted on Apr 23 2014 - 1:08am by Susan Bewley

Disclosure: I received these products for free to review. The opinions in my review are honest and my own.

 

Like many other people I am looking forward to getting outside now that it is warmer, and entertaining family and friends now that we have a grill. Now that we have our house in order, I can’t wait to have people over eating a variety of yummy treats and grilled goodies. The only problem is that I do not have much in the way of serving dishes. Don’t get me wrong, I have some large pieces that came with my dish set, but nothing that really looks amazing. As I was looking for the perfect and practical serving dishes for us, I was approached by SPARQ, asking if we wanted to review two of their amazing soapstone products. As I already had a personal love for soapstone, I couldn’t wait for them to arrive!

SPARQ: Who Are They

Looking for high quality, eco-friendly entertaining products that are not only elegant but practical? If so, we think you will love SPARQ’s line of hand-crafted soapstone products. Each of their products are designed to keep food or wine at the perfect temperature, while also making your food visually appealing during serving. With their contemporary design and practicality they are perfect for just about any family. As well, SPARQ is based in Denver, Colorado, and is proud to have their products made right in the United States! To learn more about their amazing products make sure to check out the SPARQ website or connect with them on Facebook or Twitter.

SPARQ

SPARQ: Soapstone Serving Slab

Looking for a way to display food while also keeping its internal temperature perfect? If so, you will love the SPARQ Soapstone Serving Slab. This appetizer tray is designed to not only make your food look stunning during serving, but keep the temperature just right since it can be heated or chilled. This means you can keep bread or freshly baked cookies warm when they come out of the oven -for anyone who entertains this seems like a must have for serving. I personally like to use it for displaying fresh fruit and keeping it cool. Based on my own experience with the SPARQ Soapstone Serving Slab, I am happy to give it an A rating!

Appetizer Plate

SPARQ: Soapstone Griddle

I will freely admit, this was the product from SPARQ that I was truly excited to try. The SPARQ Soapstone Griddle is an organic, all natural way to cook without using Teflon or other products that use dangerous non-stick chemicals on cookware. Since soapstone evenly distributes heat, you can cook just about anything with ease on this griddle. You can even put this on top of your outdoor grill to help seal in the natural juices of your food without any grease flare-ups. With a natural non-stick surface this stone is perfect for just about anything, allowing you to cook meat or vegetables, warm bread, and cut or even cook pizza on this stone. Personally, I love this griddle since it just so versatile with both sides being a great cooking surface. Now I can’t wait for our next cookout so I can make amazing steaks with this griddle! Based on my own experience, I am happy to give the SPARQ Soapstone Griddle an A rating!

SPARQ Griddle

SPARQ: Where to Purchase

Would you love to purchase one of these beautiful stones for yourself? You can the SPARQ Soapstone Serving Slab on Amazon.com or the SPARQ website. Once you have used one of these gorgeous and practical stones you will see why I love them!

 

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Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

78 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Sandra VanHoey April 23, 2014 at 8:51 am - Reply

    I have never heard of soapstone before and since we do a lot of entertaining, this might be something to look into.

  2. anna pry April 23, 2014 at 11:51 am - Reply

    i didnt know you could use them to serve and keep foods hot or cold, i’d love to have one for parties

  3. Jennifer Hiles April 23, 2014 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    I’ve never heard of Sparq until now but I would love to get the Soapstone Griddle for my husband. We grill out almost daily and this looks like it would be perfect. I love the natural quality of it and that it will heat evenly!

  4. md Kennedy April 23, 2014 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    I’d love to have this for cookies – there is nothing better than a warm cookie even after you are done cooking all of them!

  5. katrina c. April 23, 2014 at 1:26 pm - Reply

    That serving slab looks amazing! We do a lot of entertaining, and a BIG concern is always keeping food warm/cold. I think I need one for Mother’s Day! 🙂

  6. lisa April 23, 2014 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    How cool. This is new to me. I’d love to try it.

  7. Cheryl Rahkonen April 23, 2014 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    I did not know that you could cook with soapstone-how awesome. I have a griddle but it is aluminum and I cannot use it on my cooktop. I would love to have the soapstone as I am sure it could probably be used on the ceramic cooktop. I am going to check out the other products at Sparq–I am really excited about this.

  8. Rhonda Martin April 23, 2014 at 4:18 pm - Reply

    The Sparq Soapstone is just wonderful. I went to their web site to see all the products they offer. I wanted one of each. The concept of Glass instead of plastic and stone instead of teflon is my idea of the perfect kitchen. I have depleted all the plastic dishes. Now it’s time to work on the teflon. Rid one piece at a time. They are expensive compared to teflon so it will take me a while to replace it all but everyone I buy is one less teflon I’ll be using. I have a Pizza stone. A griddle next would be nice!

    • Susan Bewley April 23, 2014 at 5:12 pm - Reply

      I have been slowly moving my baking dishes to stone and titanium. 🙂

  9. Amy Adams April 23, 2014 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    I love both products already. First, the serving slab. That sounds perfect for fruit as well as a cold cuts and cheese tray. And the griddle, WOW, I would love to grill some juicy steaks on that puppy. My only negative here is that you didn’t mention how long it takes for the griddle to heat up on the grill. We have a charcoal grill and it takes a while to heat up. Does the griddle heat up in the same amount of time the charcoal grill does?

    • Susan Bewley April 24, 2014 at 1:36 am - Reply

      We have a propane grill and the directions were a bit confusing. It recommend having it on the grill for two hours prior to cooking. I couldn’t imagine leaving our grill on that long. I had it on there for a half hour to an hour and then was cooking. I think it is all about knowing your grill 🙂

  10. Vlad & Barkly's Dee April 23, 2014 at 9:26 pm - Reply

    These soapstones sound perfectly magical for grilling! I always have problems with vegetables wanting to fall through the grill, and this sounds like the perfect way to stop that from occurring.

  11. sherry butcher April 23, 2014 at 10:00 pm - Reply

    Love to have the change to replace my telflon pans since it takes away to do it one at a time. This would be great for me and my friends.

  12. Sandy McFadden April 23, 2014 at 10:21 pm - Reply

    I have never heard of this soapstone product. But, after reading about it I would love to have the griddle because it evenly cooks doesn’t require teflon to keep it from sticking. And it keeps it warm while sealing in the juices. Thank you so much for sharing.

  13. teresa williams April 24, 2014 at 12:45 am - Reply

    I am impressed! I honestly didn’t know they made cook wear out of soapstone, or that it would be non-stick. This sounds wonderful and I would love to try it! Heading over to the Sparq website now….

  14. Sally T. April 24, 2014 at 1:51 am - Reply

    The soapstone sounds amazing to cook on,the food looked so good and what
    could be easier to entertain with.I will be going to the website to
    learn more about the soapstone.

  15. Holly Thomas April 24, 2014 at 4:46 am - Reply

    This would be great to add to my husband’s grilling equipment, we love to make pizza on the grill.

  16. Carlene R. April 24, 2014 at 9:28 am - Reply

    I have seen these types of products before but was not informed enough about them. This was very informative and make me want to go out and get one for my husband to cook on the grill with tonight 😉

  17. Clarence Compton April 24, 2014 at 9:55 am - Reply

    Prep cook and serve on the same griddle. Love less cleanup!!!!!!

  18. katrina c. April 24, 2014 at 10:25 am - Reply

    My husband is quite impressed when I was explaining this to him. He had never heard of soapstone either, so we did some more research and as a gift to ourselves(we don’t get many!) We’re ordering some next payday! Woo Hoo! Can’t wait use them and show them off!

    • Susan Bewley April 24, 2014 at 11:53 am - Reply

      Make sure to take pictures and send them to me you get it! They are so beautiful and do such a great job. Just as a fair warning, they are heavy 😉

  19. Helga April 24, 2014 at 11:38 am - Reply

    I would love to try soapstone. I have never used this kind of griddle and it sounds wonderful.

  20. Dana Rodriguez April 24, 2014 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    I have never heard of these but they sound amazing.We love to cook and my fiance’ is grilling every weekend year round so I think he would LOVE these.Our grill is propane also and two hours does sound like a really long time to heat up.I can’t wait to tell him about these!

  21. Margot C April 24, 2014 at 6:49 pm - Reply

    What an absolutely fascinating thing. I have never heard of this. I might not want to cook on it because I would be afraid to stain it; maybe just serve with it.

  22. David Smith April 25, 2014 at 4:00 am - Reply

    I knew that wood stoves could be made from soapstone and they hold the heat exceptionally well, so I’m not surprised that these trays and griddles are made from soapstone. My only experience with soapstone before is some carvings that we had and one I was working on as a project when I was a kid in Alaska. That soapstone was very soft, we used a pocket knife and other steel things to carve the soapstone. I hope these are much harder material that what I had to work with. I’d love to win this because I would much rather cook with a natural material and soapstone is an excellent material for evenly conducting heat.

    • Susan Bewley April 25, 2014 at 10:46 am - Reply

      These are pretty hard. They almost feel like marble but not.

  23. Sherry Compton April 25, 2014 at 7:44 am - Reply

    I have heard so many good things about the quality and durability of soapstone, but I didn’t realize they made griddles, too. I hadn’t thought beyond counters and boards, but I love this idea. We are grilling out tonight for the first time this season, and this would be great to have.

  24. dawn rader April 25, 2014 at 7:53 am - Reply

    I had never heard of Soapstone until now. I always have an issue with things sticking to the bbq or falling through the grate. This is such a great idea! I use my bbq 12 months out of the year!

  25. Jen S. April 25, 2014 at 9:02 am - Reply

    I love that you can cook on the outdoor grill with it or use it as an indoor grill. The serving trays are beautiful also. Thank you for introducing us to these products and this company!

  26. Loraine Ellis April 25, 2014 at 9:54 am - Reply

    I like that this prevents grease flare-ups. I hope to be more efficient to bbq more and I think this would help!

  27. Anita April 25, 2014 at 10:10 am - Reply

    I have never seen this.now I have to get one.maybe everyone I knew will to.Thanks

  28. Beanybopp April 25, 2014 at 12:37 pm - Reply

    I have never heard or seen soapstone used like this before! I love how it can be used on the grill to keep grease flare-ups away…my husband was very close to getting burned the one time from a large drop of grease dropping into the grill while flipping. He had some singed hairs and thank goodness that’s it. I also love that it will keep foods warm/cold when serving.

  29. Michelle Salais April 25, 2014 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    This product review is amazing. I’m totally loving it. I like that you can keep things warm or cold on it, or grill or bake pizza on it too. Just another thing to go on my Amazon wishlist!

  30. Rosanne April 25, 2014 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    It is a great looking grilling piece. I love that it keep the temperature even after it’s come off the grill

  31. Jennifer April 25, 2014 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    I’ve never heard about SPARQ before…this could be a wonderful gift for my husband coming up Father’s Day in a few months 😉 thank you!

  32. Sandy VanHoey April 25, 2014 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    I would love to try these griddles. They seem very practical. We have alot of outdoor parties and we could put these to good use. Thank you for this giveaway

  33. jeanne p April 25, 2014 at 9:14 pm - Reply

    I had never heard of soapstone prior to reading about it here and on their website. I’d love to be able to replace the buffet warmer I have (that barely keeps food warm) and the ice bowl used to place cooled foods on top of, with these elegant pieces.

  34. Jana Brantley April 25, 2014 at 9:20 pm - Reply

    I have not heard of SPARQ before now, would love to try your products! I have heard of soapstone counter tops, but not used in cooking.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    Jana Brantley
    janaluvsdaisies@gmail.com

  35. Dorothy Teel April 26, 2014 at 9:03 am - Reply

    Wow this sounds neat, I did not know that soapstone could be used as a cooking, keep warm or cold vehicle, I like that it can be used on grills and that it flips over and can use grill or flat side, I also found out that they are out of Denver, Colorado, very nice idea will need to keep my eyes open,

  36. Cynthia C April 26, 2014 at 10:49 am - Reply

    I love how versatile this is. I can think of lots of ways to use it and would make good use of it.

  37. Kevin B April 26, 2014 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    This sounds like a very versatile company. The soap stone griddle sounds perfect, be able to use both sides is a plus. The idea of keeping fresh baked goods warm while serving is a great feature.

  38. denise low April 26, 2014 at 6:53 pm - Reply

    Sounds great although I havent tried the soapstone. And its great that its not go teflon. I would love it.

  39. melisa April 26, 2014 at 7:50 pm - Reply

    I love soapstone! I’ve always wanted a soapstone sink…maybe one of these days. I’ve not heard of sparq before this post, they are based in Denver, my hometown! I went to the website and saw their great looking products, but I couldn’t see if they had an actual store in Denver to visit…

  40. Maria D. April 26, 2014 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the review of the Sparq products – I’ve been wanting a griddle for a while but I’ve been confused by all of the different things I’ve read about them – your review makes it simple to understand and it does look like a product I could use. I really liked the serving slab too and the idea that it keeps the temperature you need for whatever you are serving!

  41. nancy munson April 27, 2014 at 10:56 am - Reply

    I have never heard of SPARQ before. I do like how the soapstone can keep food at a perfect temperature, and that it does not use teflon.

  42. Kelly Powell April 27, 2014 at 1:04 pm - Reply

    I’ve never heard of Sparq until now. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  43. Jane Ritz April 27, 2014 at 5:14 pm - Reply

    I learned so much from this. I never knew you could use soapstone for cooking. I also didn’t know it would keep your food warm. This sounds absolutely wonderful!

  44. sa collins April 29, 2014 at 9:08 am - Reply

    I have never heard of their products before today but I think that they are georgous and practical. I love that they can be used for either hot or cold and that they are eco friendly. Thank you for the beautiful giveaway.

  45. Nancy Loring April 29, 2014 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    This is the first I have heard of soapstone products. I love the idea of keeping my food evenly heated while it is being served. A soapsone griddle sounds like it would be great to cook with.

  46. Stacy April 29, 2014 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    Ihave never heard of soap stone, I do enjoy stonewear and long life products in my kitchen.

  47. Trish F April 30, 2014 at 12:52 am - Reply

    I love the look of soapstone and always love the pictures of soapstone farmhouse sinks and counter tops. However, I have read that they really aren’t that practical and can stain easily, but for Sparq to make these product that would surely get grease on then maybe it is more durable than I thought. Thanks for the review. I would be interested to see how they stand up.

  48. Michelle L. April 30, 2014 at 6:26 am - Reply

    This is the first time I have heard about Sparq. I am happy to know there are organic products on the market such as this griddle, that are American made.

  49. Karen Delaney May 1, 2014 at 3:35 pm - Reply

    I love soapstone, for many of the reasons you’ve mentioned. Heat distribution is great. I even bought an old soapstone bed warmer a few years ago. Heat it up on the woodstove, and the cold winter nights are a little bit warmer!

  50. Susan Cervelli May 1, 2014 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    I love using a cast iron skillet on my grill. Now that the weather is getting warmer i can’t wait toget outside and grill. This stone looks amazing and i would love to have one.

  51. roberta May 1, 2014 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    I have never heard of soapstone, but I love to use a griddle to cook breakfast. I have a large family with 7 children all grown with families of their own when we have breakfast we need at least two griddle

  52. janet aycock May 1, 2014 at 11:02 pm - Reply

    i have never heard of soapstone but it sounds like it would be a great product and i would love to win one

  53. Rebecca Swenor May 2, 2014 at 1:27 am - Reply

    This would really come in handy in the summer months. Stone cooks great and even. Love this giveaway.

  54. Connie worm May 3, 2014 at 3:03 am - Reply

    I’ve never heard of this before and would LUV to own one and even get one for my in-laws because they camp a lot being retired awsome product

  55. Deborah Caudill May 4, 2014 at 2:35 am - Reply

    I am not much of a cook, but my 24 year old son is turning into quite a good cook. I just read your post on the soapstone griddle and I am really behind the times because I had no idea that this type of cookware even existed. The fact that you can use this inside or even outside on your grill is amazing to me. You can also use both sides to cook on, or to serve on. Apparently, the soapstone holds heat or cold so it will keep things hot out of the oven or fruit cool from the refrigerator. Thanks for such an excellent review. I definitely am going to buy some pieces for my son.

  56. robyn donnelly May 4, 2014 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    Your review is very informational and well said. I enjoy reading your reviews. I could use one of these griddles in my kitchen.

  57. Julie W May 5, 2014 at 11:56 am - Reply

    This is not only practical but it’s also pretty. I love that you can use it on the grill as well.

  58. Christy N May 5, 2014 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    This is a completely “new to me” use for soapstone and I would love to try it on the grill.

  59. Monica Kirkham May 5, 2014 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    I’m such a simpleton when it comes to cookware and have really not paid much attention to the griddle I used. I honestly never really considered chemicals that may be used in the production of non-stick cookware and love the concept here. I also really like the design of this griddle and agree, that based on the pictures posted here, it adds to the visual appeal of food!!

  60. Jesselyn A/Jesstinger May 5, 2014 at 11:23 pm - Reply

    If we had one of these, my Honey/Hubby would immediately commandeer it. He’s been talking about something like this (especially the Sparq Soapstone GRIDDLE) for ages ~ we just didn’t know such a thing existed! Armed with one of these wonderful griddles, my Hubby would probably happily take over most of the cook responsibilitis this summer (which I would love!) and then being able to prep and serve everything together would make it a great team effort. Thanks for the great review ~ which took a “pre-existing” interest in the product and turned it into a top ranking wish list item. Thanks for THAT and for the generous giveaway!!

  61. Yana Lyfar May 6, 2014 at 12:29 am - Reply

    This is something I’ve never used before, however, looks very useful. My husband would really like one for grilling. It will make grilling hassle free

  62. Lauryn R May 6, 2014 at 11:47 am - Reply

    This is such a great invention! I had no idea that something like this existed and I am so intrigued! I love that it keeps your food at the perfect temperature, I usually cover everything with foil and that is definitely not visually appealing! I would love to have something like this for the summer!

  63. Laura May 6, 2014 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    I have never tried Soapstone before. It looks beautiful and I love that it is naturally non-stick!

  64. Rita Spratlen May 6, 2014 at 6:08 pm - Reply

    I have not heard of this brand or product before. This sounds like it would be wonderful to serve your guests on and keep things the right temperature. Thanks for the nice review.

  65. maria carrasco May 6, 2014 at 11:31 pm - Reply

    I have never heard of soapstone before but it would be great to own one. I would love to use it on the grill.

  66. Mya Murphy May 7, 2014 at 2:46 am - Reply

    The versatility really rocks!! I am new to this, most definitely but it looks awesome!!

  67. Cynthia Sizemore May 7, 2014 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    I have never heard of these soap stone products before.I love that they are organic but it seems to me like you would get different tastes from each different grill/griddle.

  68. Lily Kwan May 7, 2014 at 6:31 pm - Reply

    These soapstone products look very nice. Thanks for sharing!

  69. Kathy Pease May 7, 2014 at 7:18 pm - Reply

    This looks really great. My family would love this for hamburgers, I bet they would taste great cooked on this 🙂

  70. Allyson Bossie May 7, 2014 at 7:40 pm - Reply

    I have been wanting to try a soapstone, and I haven’t had a chance. I love the organic way to cook, plus I don’t have an indoor grill/griddle so this is definitely something I am interested in

  71. Anne E May 7, 2014 at 7:57 pm - Reply

    I love soapstone! I had no idea you could grill with it. These products look great.

  72. laurie May 7, 2014 at 8:07 pm - Reply

    this is a great product. I didn’t know that they made anything like this

  73. Buddy Garrett May 7, 2014 at 9:47 pm - Reply

    I love this griddle. I like that it is organic, all natural, cooks without chemicals. I like that it distributes heat evenly and you can cook almost everything on it even pizza.

  74. RICHARD HICKS May 7, 2014 at 9:51 pm - Reply

    I am new to sparq but like the product. Keeping the food warm after cooking is important and this will do the job!

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