Serving Fierce and Fancy: Plating Tips with Fishs Eddy
Entertaining can be as challenging as it is rewarding. Whether it is fancy finger foods or an artistic multi-course meal, serving up your best presentation will make a stronger, longer-lasting impression that will be Instagram worthy.
Get ahead by starting with a well rounded collection of eye-catching Fishs Eddy ceramic tableware. The New York City based dish designers who take serving to new heights, quite literally, with items like the Topographical Cheese Tray. Play with peaks and take your hors d'oeuvres higher on the mapped range of New York State.
This is only the tip of the iceberg, the selection of Fishs Eddy in Room 2046 offers a variety of eccentric tableware for any theme. Organize charcuterie by colour on the artist's palette cheese tray. Have a bountiful mound of berries in the ceramic berry bowl for a meta meal, or spell things out for your guests on the memo notebook tray with water soluble markers to label your snacks.
There is more to presentation than just the plates, below are some expert tips to follow through with and get your Michelin star meal ready.
1. Know your audience: Choosing the right plate for the right experience is half the battle. Consider if your guests will be sitting and served or mingling and helping themselves. Does the food require cutlery, dips or any other accompaniments? Choose your best plates for the meal at hand.
2. Organize your work station: Set up a mise en place, the french culinary term for prepping and laying out ingredients and garnishes for efficient and streamlined cooking and plating. This will make it easier to distribute portions and help you focus on achieving uniformity.
3. Use culinary tools to your advantage: Any true artisan knows that for best results you need the right tool for the job, even if that tool happens to be your hands. For example, take the time to fill squeeze bottles for precision sauce control.
4. Compose your layout: Here are a few things to consider when adding food to the plate. Choose a focal point, usually the protein or most enticing item on the menu, then add an sides always in odd numbers. Odd numbers are more aesthetically pleasing and help the focal point stand out. When moving food onto the plate, start from the middle and be careful not to overload, save some white space around the plate.
5. Mix and match: If traditional white plates aren't your thing, contrast your food with vivid colours and shapes. When it comes to the food itself mix and match textures, colours, and sizes. Be sure to play to all the senses and show different elements of the food. In the case of meat, display the seared and cooked side, so at first glance your guest can appreciate the expert level of your culinary prowess.
6. Clean it up: Drain or remove the remnants of the cooking process before setting it on the plate. Wipe away splatters and crumbs that draw away from the foods natural beauty.
7. Harness the garnish: Always add fresh ingredients when plating. Garnish your dish with items that make sense flavour-wise, not just because they are pretty. Whatever you choose should act as a loveable side-kick in flavour and appearance, never distracting from the hero.
8. Enjoy the process: It's most important that you have fun and exercise your creativity. Do not stress out about it. If you're not a 5-star plating artist, the food will be the crowd pleaser as long as it's tasty and abundant.
Seek more inspiration from the food wizards at Pinch Food Design who know how to plate like pros. Co-owners TJ Girard and Bob Spiegel, are known for their unforgettable party food and one-of-a-kind design sensibility.
Their book, Inspired Bites reveals trade secrets, offering up irresistible recipes for your next cocktail party—paired with DIY projects for presenting food in fun, elegant, and original ways.