When it comes to food plating and presentation, you have a lot of options. Do you want to choose kitchenware with smooth, contemporary lines so that nothing distracts from the visual appeal of your food? Or, would you rather play up
your dish by choosing pieces with detailed edging and intricate designs? The possibilities are limitless, which is one thing that makes plating so difficult. Unless you have a natural eye for design, you might struggle to determine what looks good. That’s where having the right serving plates and trays come into play.
1. Keep Things Simple
Food plating and presentation can actually affect how much we enjoy the meal. While colorful plates can be pretty, research has shown that plates with basic colors, such as black, white, or metallic, enhance the way our senses perceive the scent, sight, and taste of the food. The lustrous beauty of a Mexican pewter plate, like this Contemporary Raised Square Medium Tray, also highlights the beauty of the food quite remarkably. When there are no competing colors to draw the eye away, you only see the bold tones of the food itself. Delicious!
2. Visualize Your Plate
Before you begin experimenting with food plating and presentation, it’s a good idea to sit back and visualize how the meal will look. This will help you avoid slapping food onto the plate and then regretting where you put it, which could result in a big mess. Consider things like symmetry, balance, and color as you play with ideas in your head. When in doubt, make a "throwaway" serving to test out how you would like your plate to look. If it turns out well, you can serve it. If not, you can stick it in the fridge to enjoy as a snack later on.
3. Go with a Cohesive Theme
Another fun way to do food plating and presentation is to choose kitchenware that fits with the theme of your meal. For example, if you want to cook up that rainbow trout you caught at the river, choosing a fish-themed dish, such as this Mexican pewter Curved Fish Tray, will make the meal even more special.
The collection at PK Fine Imports has a variety of fine Mexican pewter items with fun themes. Choose our tropical pieces for a Hawaiian luau or our bamboo pieces for a delicious meal of Chinese food. If you’re having guests, they’ll be sure to appreciate the effort, but this can be a fun way to make everyday family meals more enjoyable.
4. Make the Meal Colorful
No matter what type of dinnerware you choose, the food plating and presentation will look better if you choose colorful foods. Not only are these foods prettier, but research has shown that they also promote health. By making your plate a rainbow, you’ll offer beauty and nutrition in one tasty meal.