Please The Palate Pick of the Week: The Sip Shield Mask

I wear a mask when I go to the market. I wear a mask when I take a walk. I wear a mask when I workout. I wear a mask when I meet up with friends for a social distanced gathering. But, when food or drink is served, the mask comes off. That was until I got my Sip Shield mask, the Please The Palate pick of the week.

We are told that wearing a mask keeps us safe. But, when people are eating and drinking, they tend to pull the mask down or off and leave it off until they are finished. We would be that much safer if we could keep our masks on when we are in between sips or courses. But it can be a pain to take the mask off and on.

That is why the Sip Shield is true innovation. It is the mask that we all likely envisioned when we were trying to figure out how we could keep our masks on while eating. We might have been thinking about a mask like this, but sommelier Matthew Kaner and designer Leilani Shimoda created it.

The Sip Shield mask is a functional face mask for today’s Covid world. Produced in Los Angeles, it is made from recycled 100% cotton. It is breathable, adjustable and washable. It comes in two sizes, S/M and M/L, and three colors, blue chambray, grey chambray and black linen. It comes with adjustable ear straps, a nose bridge, and best of all, an invisible zipper.

While wearing the mask, should you want to take a drink, eat, or just grab a breath of fresh air, unzip the mask. Then, zip it back up when you are finished. It is that simple. You do not have to pull the mask below your chin. You do not need to take the mask off and hang in around your wrist or lay in on the table next to you. Just unzip and then zip. Now we can keep our masks on at all times.

From birthday gifts to holiday gifts to stocking stuffers to “just because” gifts, the Sip Shield mask makes the perfect gift. The Sip Shield mask sells for $26 or 3 for $60. Or you can give someone a gift card.


Wearing a mask is part of our lives for now so why not add a Sip Shield to your collection for when you are heading out to eat.