Wake-Up Call

Patricia Boyer, Lois Bloom - April 2013

Like a bugle sounding reveille, carefully appointed settings can awaken the senses and rouse the breakfast and brunch crowds with an invigorating call to table. Lois Bloom and Patricia Boyer muster an array of fitting candidates.


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    Guy Degrenne Double-walled construction for the body and lid offers better heat preservation in the contemporary “Newport” beverage pot. Available in 12 ounce, 24 ounce (shown), and 40 ounce sizes in 18/10 stainless steel, with an optional strainer for whole leaf tea.

    Villeroy & Boch Adaptable “Affinity” starts the day with a variety of bowls, little dishes, and platters of stackable, durable, edge-chip resistant porcelain. Here, the 12" by 13 1/2" by 9" étagère holds the 11" by 6 3/4" oval platter plus the 1- and 5-ounce individual bowls, and 12 ounce soup bowl, perfect for an entrée with all the trimmings.

    Sambonet Weighty and balanced, “Conca” flatware by Gio Ponti is shown in 18/10 stainless steel. It’s also available in a satin finish and silver plate.

    Garnier-Thiebaut “Valencay White” tablecloth and napkin, “Josephine Ivoire” runner.


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    RAK “Classic Gourmet” was conceived and developed for multiple needs and expectations. A variety of forms are available in stackable porcelain. The versatile salad bowl is 6 5/16" square, 1 3/4" high, and holds 14 ounces.

    WWRD US, LLC From Waterford’s “Marquis” collection, the weighty “Omega” 5 1/4 ounce flute is 8 1/2" high; the 8 1/4" iced beverage holds 17 ounces. An all-purpose wine and double old fashioned are also available.

    Garnier-Thiebaut “Saphir Gris Brise” tablecloth.


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    Churchill Part of the colorful “Rustics Deli Bowl” collection, the ample 74 ounce red glaze ripple bowl (8 1/4" D by 3 1/2" H) is as handy for buffet presentations as for entrée salads. Also available in green and black, it’s shown here in a compatible wooden trivet.

    Oneida “Grace” porcelain follows flowing lines with a high-fire scratch-resistant glaze with a three year warranty. The 15 1/4 ounce teapot and 8 1/2" tortilla platter are shown.

    Rosenthal “Nendoo” brings texture and visual interest to the cup, saucer, and bread and butter plate.

    Garnier-Thiebaut “Azay Ambre” napkin and tablecloth.


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    Izabel Lam The 8" “Morning Tide” round bowl fits the bill, from cereal to fruit, salad, or pasta. The luminous porcelain is strengthened with magnesium for whiteness and durability.

    Orion Trading & Design Crafted of mouth-blown, hand-shaped recycled-glass, the 1 liter “Exon” flared carafe with amber rim is accompanied by two “Tuscany” 8 ounce amber-rimmed juice glasses.

    Garnier-Thiebaut “Mille Eclats Rose” tablecloth.


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    Deshoulières Chef The “Epure” 5.2 ounce creamer, 4.9 ounce covered sugar, and 9 ounce breakfast cup and saucer bring contemporary style to fine Limoges porcelain. The cup may also be used for soup at brunch.

    Steelite International America From Varick’s “Café Porcelain” collection, the 16 ounce rice/cereal bowl measuring 5 1/2" D by 2 1/2"H is accompanied by four 6 ounce 3 5/8" square bowls for toppings. The 15" by 4" by 7 1/2" wooden caddy is available in several stains and finishes.

    Garnier-Thiebaut “Mille Damasse Metal” tablecloth.


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    Tablecraft Double-walled insulation make the “Bali” 13" square hammered bowl useful for warm as well as cool buffet offerings.

    Garnier-Thiebaut “Mille Eclats Rose” tablecloth.