Party Pleasers | Creating a Cheese Plate

RebeccaPictures 049Has there ever been a party dish more crowd pleasing than the cheese platter? It’s relatively easy to put together, versatile and has the ability to awaken and please all of your taste buds. In short: it’s a winner. Below we will breakdown how to put together an unforgettable plate of delicacies for your next event.

Start with the Base

Before we get into what you should be serving, let’s talk about how you should serve it. We have a variety of trays that are ideal for displaying any and all types of food platters. If you’re going for something timeless and classic, we recommend the heavy duty wooden tray or the large bamboo leaf serving platter. For a modern and sleek offering, try out the the samurai wooden serving tray. For individual servings (if you prefer not to share), we recommend our pin up wooden square  plates, which come in a variety of sizes. Continue reading

Single Serving Desserts: Deconstructed Lemon Meringue Pie

1From an early age, we are taught that sharing is caring. While going through life, it turns out that in most situations, this adage holds true. In fact, it’s proven that giving and sharing with others actually makes your happier. This is great news for humanity, but as someone who protects her food like a mother would protect her young, the thought of having to share my plate with others troubles me. Not for any real rational reason. I know there is no threat of food shortage and even if something does run out, I could always get more. I think it has to do with the connection that I make with my plate of food. Many times, dishes are structured in such a way that you must take a bite of each component to understand the chef’s full vision. Continue reading

Surviving a Cocktail Party | Pork Belly and Watermelon Skewers

pork1The other day I found myself googling “how to hold a drink with one hand and eat hors d’oeuvres with the other hand at a cocktail party.” The results of my search were not very fruitful, aside from watching this video and learning that I could catch a football with one hand while holding both my drink and my food with the other hand. But, I digress. Cocktail parties can be a lot of fun. Putting on a nice outfit, having a few alcoholic beverages, trying a variety of finger foods and schmoozing with the other attendees. What could possibly go wrong? Continue reading

Red Snapper and Mango Ceviche

pic1Ceviche is a dish that can divide many diners. Just as with certain things in life, there are the fervent supports and there are those who refuse to touch the dish at any cost. At first glance, it may seem odd for such a simple plate of food to evoke such complex emotions. Ceviche is a dish that hails from South America and is prevalent throughout most of Latin America and the Caribbean. There are slight variations among different geographic locations, however the main components are always the same: raw fish or seafood of your choice, a few fruits and vegetables that compliment the protein, an acidic component and the seasoning of your choice. Sounds pretty easy, right? Continue reading

Street Eats | Gnocchi Mac ‘n’ Cheese

IMG_1782When traveling and discovering a new place, be it a new city, country or continent, one of the best and delicious ways to do so is through food. While some like to consult their Michelin guides and shell out some major cash on ten course meals prepared by some of the world’s most famous chefs, others choose to go down a simpler, more down to earth path. Continue reading