Presenting food with panache

Presenting food with panache

The longer days and warmer nights have begun and that's got the team at Total Food Equipment thinking about entertaining.

Gathering together a group of friends and family for brunch, lunch, nibbles or dinner is a perfect way to celebrate the end of the Winter hibernation and the start of the summer season.

Great food tastes better when it looks good so when it comes to serving fabulous food, gorgeous platters and premium presentation go hand in hand. We first feast with our eyes so it’s important to ensure platters, plates and bowls provide the perfect backdrop to showcase your food.

Here are some top tips for presenting food in ways that heighten the sense of anticipation and excitement for your guests:

+ Have fun with colours, patterns and textures. Where possible, use pale platters or bowls for bold vibrant coloured foods and choose darker platters for lighter coloured offerings.

+ Mix it up. Use colours and shapes creatively for a visual extravaganza. Arrange sushi in rows, stack crackers in piles, and arrange assorted vegetables, nuts and dried fruits around a cheese wheel.

+ Avoid crowding and keep it fresh. Food is more appealing when spread generously on a tray or platter. But start with less and top up frequently.

+ Tool up. Have the right knives and slicing tools on hand to ensure slick presentation and clean cutting lines for pizza, pies, pastries, cake, breads and cheeses.

+ Garnish with flair. Try edible flowers, microgreens and herbs, fresh chillies or a dusting of paprika or turmeric to make your platter pop.

+ Get creative. Repurpose kitchenware to add the surprise factor. Chopping boards, preserving jars, recycled food cans, brown paper, cups and glasses can lift a table setting.

Exotic serving range as good as gold

Impress your guests by bringing an exotic twist to your table this summer.

The Nadee range of trays, platters, bowls, urns and jugs is exquisite and enticing. Made in India, the range is hand beaten by skilled artisans and offers a variety of sizes and shapes that are as practical as they are pretty. Gold and gleaming or black and matt, the brass platters are totally food safe.

03 366 6912 | tfe.co.nz

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