Food can be art...as can be the vessels it is served in. “Beauty” bowl and platter by Michael Wainwright
Serving Pieces As Impressive As The Food
Packaging is half the battle. The right platter or bowl can make plain fare look glorious. The wrong one has the opposite effect. In great serveware, plain food is pumped up. In blah serveware, plain food is plopped down.
Stocking up on serving pieces lets you use vivid color or glamorous metallics to present pale foods. You can switch modes from a handmade piece reminiscent of the tableware of King Minos, to the sleekest Scandinavian glass.
Just as you get new accessories for your wardrobe each season, think of serveware as accessories for your table. (They’re a more permanent investment, too.) We’ll preview some of our favorite pieces in this section. Click here to tell us about yours.
Pieces that seem to be of limited use can multitask to serve several purposes. These soy sauce dishes, for example, can be used to serve:
- Lemon slices
- Individual condiments,
- Mini sides or accents
- Cocktail nibbles
- Assortments of savory or sweet toppings
(chocolate chips, nuts, coconut)
Or, place them on larger plates to contain runnier foods.
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