Elegant Winter Dinner

For one of our events in December we decided to play off the colors of the season.
They had a wonderful dining table and with our decorations the setting was very glamorous.

 Lots of silver, crystal, white and glitter to make this dinner an elegant feast.

 silver beads, mirrored plates, and crystal beads

 Elegant white, iridescent, and silver Christmas tree bulbs were perfect

 And finally flickering candlelight from tea lights and votives 
was the perfect finishing touch

To welcome the guests we provided them with our classic Blood Orange Pomtini

 For our Amuse Bouche we had Green Apple and Wasabi sorbet garnished with green apple bits


  

For one of our appetizers we served a warm Pork Crostini: seasoned pork, sage cream, sauteed onions on top of an herbed crostini and garnished with a fried sage leaf
 
 Hard at work assembling the pork crostinis
 Our salad had pears, blackberries, walnuts, and handmade
Bleu cheese dressing, stacked vertically

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Sometimes, it’s the presentation that puts a dish over the top.
Keeping busy at the stove!


 Our main course was a dish native to Argentina. Matambre is a rolled flank steak with proscuitto, spinach, bread crumbs and seasonings.
Here, we accompanied it with a serving of mashed potatoes and shelled edamame.


The Art of Plating

At Savory we abide by the 3 P’s of culinary arts:

Preparation
Palatte
Presentation

Of course, the preparation and palatte are important but mostly it’s the presentation that entices the taste buds.

Here are some pictures of a recent event we did with 7 courses of food!

As the guests were arriving and miling about we served them an original specialty drink: a Sparkling Blood Orange Pomtini with a glitter sugar rimmer. The perfect fancy drink for a fancy party!

 
The table setting is also very important. We brought out our best china, silverware and water goblets for this elegant dinner.  We reused old Perrier sparkling water bottles as candle holders, and had a color scheme of whites, light browns and varying shades of green.


One of our Amuse Bouche (literally “mouth amuser” in French) was a Watermelon Gazpacho- a Spanish soup traditionally served cold. These were served in 
white ramekins with a cucumber star cutout.
 Our second amuse bouche was a Prickly Pear sorbet garnished with a sugar shard and a wedge of dragon fruit.

 One of our biggest hits of the night was our newest Buttery Pinyon appetizer: Sauteed pine nuts, spinach and golden raisins atop toasted herbed bread rounds and garnished with Asiago cheese.

 Each salad was arranged by one our employees and served in a coconut shell. The salad was tossed with our original coconut dressing with persimmons, blackberries, and pineapple.

We had a choice of four desserts! A salted caramel gelato in a chocolate cup, fresh berries and cream with a florentine shard, mini killer chocolate cake rounds, and a festive mint panna cotta

Tablescapes

One thing I love about catering and event design is the decorating, it can really bring the entire theme of the menu together beautifully! I do love a great tabletop with beautiful dishes and pretty centerpieces.  We at Savory Event Catering love to go all out for our buffet tables.

Tis the season for a great holiday or New Years’ Eve Party so I thought I would show you a little glimpse into what goes into planning the BEST buffet set-up for your event.

This particular one is a private corporate holiday party. Our very discerning client has high-end taste and wants the menu to be the forefront of the event. We love when we get to work with foodies just like us!
There’s no need for elaborate or tacky knicknaks, cluttering the table, it would distract too much from the menu.

  • We’re going for a clean-line streamlined modern look.
  • All white china and crystal.
  • All the servingware will be void of color, to really make the food POP!
  • We’re using some great fresh ingredients, and food presentation will be paramount.
  • The motif we’re following is “Christmas in New York”

Below are inspiration photos, or you can see the Pinterest Board here.

White Garlands, photo from flickr
Group white, silver, gold ornaments together, or in apothecary jars. Photo from Crate & Barrel
Beautiful tablescape styled by Couture Events styling, Scott Lawrence Photography. Found via Style Me Pretty. I love the glitter accents!
Louis Ghost Chairs by Phillipe Stark (these are a fantasy wish list, but do add a cool element!) Use white florals, crystal elements, lighting is key! Couture Events styling, Scott Lawrence Photography. Found via Style Me Pretty.
However, for our table we’re using this beautiful evergreen emerald green regal green kelly green tablecloths in the most beaufiul woven silk fabric. So much better than the bottom tier polyester linens! Photo from Orange Girl Photographs.
Above, Black white and Red Winter Tahoe wedding by Scott Corridan. Interesting fact, I (Jessica) met him when I was at University in 2006. He is really an inspiring event designer and really opened up my eyes to what an interior design background can lead. If you’re trained in design, it can translate to so many different industries. Sorry for the tangent! Back to the tablescape, what I love is the patterned linens, and again what I’m trying to show is that all the tableware, plates, servingware are simple white to not distract from the food. Photography by Viera Photographics  Found via Style Me Pretty.
White Pinecones as a design element. Love how it sparkles! Photo found here.
Above: White Christmans theme (2008) by the white company. Found via Apartment Therapy
Above, holiday party from Nate Turner originally featured in Domino Magazine 2007 (R.I.P.). Even though the great magazine is no longer in circulation, thank goodness for the wonders of the internet! found via Hostess with the Mostest. Love the tree decorated with divinity candy. Also love the egg nog with floating meringues. We have the BEST egg nog recipe (without the eggs!) I will post later this week for a fun holiday beverage!
HGTV did a holiday special; this is Brook Burke’s home. Generally I thought it was way too over-the-top, but I did like this dessert table with all-white desserts and silver ornament accents.
Fill apothecary jars with white color food items: marshmallows, popcorn, sugar cubes, meringues, even rice would add a fun element! From HGTV. The one thing we’re changing is that instead of white table linens, we’re using the most beautiful evergreen emerald green for a high contrast. Its a nice way to bring in some of the more traditional Christmas colors too.