With celebratory gatherings getting more intimate and special, a new foodie trend seems to have arisen to suit these smaller get-togethers. The name of the game is grazing platters aka a wooden tray loaded with deconstructed food that the guests can mix and match to suit their platter.
Not only do these food-laden trays looks appetising and oh-so-Instagram-worthy, but they also offer an ease of serving and eating that is only possible in small, intimate groups.
"Grazing is a more decadent alternative to the buffet. It's a humble spread and a modern take on a traditional buffet. The table is laden with fresh combinations of food which is cheese, bread, olives, fruits, crudites, nuts and dips that hardly requires cooking," says Preeti Rathod, founder of Theatric Platter, an eco-conscious grazing food company that specialises in grazing tables, boxes and platters.
She adds, "Grazing tables is a show-stopping experience for guests where the guest walks in and has a wow moment. We all love it when everything is thought over and detailed. We all are done with the same concept of catering which is very common and predictable. The grazing table has a sociable aspect to it, it brings people together to nibble & giggle. It's a visual feast!"
Here are some of her suggestions to create your own grazing platter:
One of the top three creations by the brand, the cheese cones are a great idea to serve your guests nibbles while they move across the room to socialise. It is a great alternative to dessert plates which are often handed out to guests to carry snacks and more often than not, ends up spilling over!
Line your platter: "Make sure the platter is clean or you can opt for a parchment paper so it's easier to clean. Add bowls of different sizes and heights to add texture. Also, in terms of food, make sure you take bright coloured seasonal fruits so it looks fresh and not dull. Basically, there are no rules, let your palate take control!"
Keep it cheesy: "Choose 2-3 varieties of cheese such as soft, spreadable and hard ones, neatly cut into bite-size. Make sure you keep your cheese out an hour before serving so it's soft. Keep one flavour mild and the other cheese flavour bold so that it stands out on its own. Serve with flavoured crackers and add crudites or fruits to nibble."