Befores & Afters

Patricia Boyer, Lois Bloom - November 2013

From first perceptions to lasting post-prandial impressions, the right vessels for first and last courses can turn a meal into a gastronomic experience. Lois Bloom and Patricia Boyer set out their favorite pieces.


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    Alessi Add a level of ease to cheese service with “Milky Way Minor” knives, designed by Gian Franco and Anna Gasparini. The 22.3 cm knife for semi-hard cheeses and 22.4 cm knife for soft cheeses are shown.

    Guy Degrenne Make a stunning presentation for hors d’oeuvres, appetizers, and desserts with elements of the “Gourmet Collection”: the 4.8" black matte finish ceramic plate centers on the 11.8" by 10.2" oval plate, which is covered by the mouth-blown glass cloche with a 2" porcelain stopper.


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    Orion Trading and Design Freeform and rimless, the 8 1/4" by 7" white porcelain “Organic” plate is perfect for shareable hors d’oeuvres, a first course, and a variety of desserts.

    Rosenthal Hotel From the “in.gredienti” collection, the 11" ovoid “TOC” plate has a round well, which can hold the 2 2/3" “Copetta” bowl—a combination that’s great for cheese and condiments or shared appetizers.


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    Izabel Lam The footed, irregularly round “Rain” porcelain bowl measures 5.5" in diameter and 2.5" high. Reinforced with magnesium for strength and durability, it’s available with a metallic silver glaze (shown), white porcelain, or with a metallic gold glaze. Use it to serve dessert, as a tray for truffles and chocolates, or to elevate an amuse bouche.

    Richard Ginori 1735 The uses for “Impero” 3 1/4 ounce covered demitasse cup & saucer range from sips of soup to delectable pots de crème.

    Kenilworth Trading Company The 12" by 4" “Juniper” porcelain rectangle with three indents and the 3 ounce, 3" by 2 1/4" “Basil” cup are part of the “Allspice” collection from RAK Porcelain.


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    Sambonet The “Elite” pastry stand in 18/10 stainless steel is 7 1/8" in diameter and 8" high. It is also available in silver plate.

    Libbey From World Tableware, “Potter’s Touch” adds a colorful counterpoint to a simple setting. The 12" by 4" rectangle is shown in rust; the line is also available in blue, green, and purple.


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    Oneida Foodservice Contemporary “Nexus,” part of the Wedgwood Hotel Porcelain collection from Sant’ Andrea, was created by the English design team of David Queensberry and Martin Hunt. The 9" round flat plate is shown.

    Villeroy & Boch The wide-rimmed, flat 8" by 8" glass plate from the “Nubo” collection can serve a first course, hors d’oeuvres, or a selection of pastries. Also available 10" and 12 1/2" sizes.

    Steelite International USA Use the “Stellar” shot glass from Rona at either end of the meal. It stands 4" high and holds 1 1/2 ounces.