Multi-Course Discourse

Patricia Boyer, Lois Bloom - November 2011

When it comes to this engaging array of conversation pieces, Lois Bloom and Patricia Boyer have something to say.


    Tablecraft ( Stylish stainless-steel “Ying & Yang” presentation bowls from the “Remington” collection have a distinctive rice pattern. At 18 1/2” by 8”, they’re perfect for arrays of appetizers and desserts.

    Lenox ( Sleek “Tronada” flatware by Dansk has handles wrapped with an etched ring pattern. Forged in 18/10 gleaming stainless steel, the collection also includes a cocktail fork, butter knife, and bouillon, iced beverage, and demitasse spoons.


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    Steelite International USA ( Ideal for the amuse bouche, the 4" diameter “Antiplate” is part of the “Crucial Detail” collection of unique presentation and serving pieces. The spoon rests in the 2" empty well.

    Richard Ginori 1735 ( “Broken Dinner” porcelain was designed in 2010 by Paola Navone. The concept is to tell the 250-plus year history of Ginori. Stapling was a method of porcelain repair, dating back to the 18th century. The design is created with decals on “Antico Doccio,” which dates back to 1740.

    Apilco ( Serve a platter of hors d’oeuvres, charcuterie, or a seafood salad on the “Epicure” oval showplate. A hole on the rim holds a 1 ounce sauce cup. It stands on a short foot and measures 13.6" by 9.6". Both the plate and cup are available in either black matte or white porcelain.


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    Bernardaud ( From the “Lounge” collection, the “Jambon Presentation Plate” makes a striking appearance with thinly sliced Serrano ham or prosciutto draped around its 11.2" deep by 4" high cone shape.

    Izabel Lam New York ( The “Heirloom Glass” collection of brilliant red/orange fused glass is available in many shapes and a rich blend of colors. Shown are the 13" Round Bowl with 2" rim and accompanying 8 1/4" by 5" high chrome-plated stand.

    Korin ( The 8 1/4" deep by 5" high cobalt glass bowl has gold flakes spun randomly throughout as each hand-crafted bowl is finished on the wheel for a one-of-a-kind piece.


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    Riedel ( The upright stance and coiled base of the “Mamba” mouth-blown lead crystal decanter are reminiscent of the world’s fastest snake, the black mamba. Running through the coils aerates the wine faster than the traditional shape. No two are exactly alike. Available in clear or accented in limited edition black or green.

    American Metalcraft ( The double-wall construction of the brushed stainless-steel “Swirl” wine bucket keeps the wine chilled without dripping and sweating. An integrated stand is also available.


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    Oneida Foodservice ( The 5" “Octavia” bone-china 5" egg cup from Wedgwood lends a stylish flare to the humble egg.

    Villeroy & Boch ( “Flow” porcelain bowls with handles range from the 1 ounce Amuse Bouche to the 61 ounce “Eyecatcher Buffet.” The 1 ounce and 20 1/4 ounce sizes are shown.


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    Libbey Foodservice ( From the World Tableware “Chef’s Selection” comes this 3-piece service, including the 16" by 5 1/2" “Slate” rectangular plate, the 2 3/4 ounce “Slate” dipping bowl, and the 8-hole 10" arched skewer holder.

    Orion Trading & Design ( Forged in hand-hammered 18/10 stainless steel, the 11 1/3" by 8" “Chalice de Mer” makes a dramatic presentation for fruits de mer, with ice placed under the strainer to keep contents chilled. It may also be used for salads or desserts.

    Seltmann ( “VIP.Future” is a new collection of espresso, cappuccino, and coffee cups and mugs with the dramatically angled design. It’s also available decorated with bold mix-and-match geometrics in black and white.