Summer’s bounty is at its peak and food is bursting with flavor and beauty. With so much emphasis on presentation by restaurants and famous chefs, we’re wondering whether people are trying to make their food look a little better at home. Artists know all about presentation, So Have You Heard? traveled to Ashland for Briscoe Art Wing’s Midsummer Dream Art and Music Festival, to ask women: What’s your favorite tip for making food look great?
I’m a caregiver and I cook for my clients too. Several of them have complimented the presentation. When it’s attractive, it gives them more pleasure in their meal. A little sliced red pepper, placed in a certain way… it’s enticing.
I made dinner at my house for Martha Stewarts’ birthday last year. I tried to use all fresh, local, wild and organic. I always try to make things from scratch, so I served homemade ravioli, a salad with greens from the Growers’ Market and I featured all the seasonal highlights of our region. The meal included an alder-smoked wild salmon, grilled pizza and my husband’s peach tart. I pulled out my finest pottery to serve it and she loved it and wanted my recipes.
I try to buy the freshest most organic or biodynamic and try to do the least to it, like simple steamed greens. Mother Nature does a pretty good job providing beautiful food if we look to her.
My favorite tip for making a salad look better is including flowers. Chives and calendula are great and adding herbs in general makes food look more appealing.
At night, I feed the kids on those little divided plates. They don’t like the different food to be touching, so they really like the plates. We’ve got them in different colors, all bright, and the kids can pick their color.
When I do food, I put flowers on the plate and sprinkle the plate edge with parsley. I use leaves and twigs. You want the food to taste luscious and look beautiful.
When I’m presenting a plate I use contrasting colors. I try to use plates that make the food stand out.
When I have friends over for dinner, I use a different plate for every person. We never have the same plates, but they are all colorful. We play a lot with color and texture, and of course the food has to taste good too!