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Dinner 7: A Farm to Table Holiday

The Table

No Comments 20 December 2010

Chef Robert Harris, owner & chef of Season to Taste Catering, invited us to the new Table at Season to Taste to sit down to a gourmet dinner, and although he provides perfectly suitable restaurant-style tableware to his customers, we decided to bring our own.

We chose to leave the large table mostly bare, skipping the tablecloth and using a single steel gray Libeco Home Vence tablerunner across the center of the table, leaving most of the wood surface exposed. This emphasizes Harris’ farm to table philosophy and the country kitchen feel of his dining table. For the rest of the table, we wanted something more sophisticated and urbane than a typical kitschy Christmas table setting to rest against the linen charcoal-like backdrop.

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Dinner 7: A Farm to Table Holiday

The Food

2 Comments 17 December 2010

Contributed by Bryce Lambert

Chef Robert Harris, owner & chef of Season to Taste Catering, invited us to the new Table at Season to Taste, to sit down to a gourmet farm to table dinner for ten. They’ve recently installed a dining table in their Cambridge kitchen and made it available to small parties for their unique take on private dining. In the returning tradition of table d’hôte, Chef Harris creates a custom prix fixe menu based on the freshest seasonal ingredients, completing the menu with wine pairings.

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Dinner 6: Thanksgiving

The Table

2 Comments 23 November 2010

Contributed by Melissa Ragonese

The Setting: Chilewich mat, Libeco Vence gold linen napkin, David Mellor Classic flatware, and Simon Pearce Cavendish dinnerware

The Setting: Chilewich mat, Libeco Vence gold linen napkin, David Mellor Classic flatware, and Simon Pearce Cavendish dinnerware

This November, in observation of the holiday, we decided to put together a pre-Thanksgiving Thanksgiving for some friends, before the in-laws showed up. The architect of this dinner’s tablescape, Melissa Ragonese, offers her comments below on assembling a simple and modern table setting that maintains touches of the traditional colors and textures of Thanksgiving. Read the recipes in Part 1 and view more photos on our Flickr.

I started with the Libeco Home Vence linen napkins, using them like color swatches to begin a color scheme for our table. picked gold, because I thought the color had a touch mustard-orange and was the start to a subtle, earthy twist on the conventional Thanksgiving color palette. From the napkins, I moved onto the tablecloth, selecting the Libeco Vence tablecloth in café noir, as a dark, simple, backdrop for our table. Linen offers so much more texture and character than your usual cotton tablecloth. I felt the Libeco Fjord celadon tablerunner‘s earthy green color contrasts well with the café noir tablecloth and make the table linen pop a bit. Libeco Home collections always mix together well and allow for more combinations of textures and colors than we can count. When choosing a placemat, I always default to Chilewich, for their robustness and the assortment of colors and textures they come in. The mica Chilewich lattice tablemat, along with the eggplant-colored candles I chose, brings out the tablecloth’s dark brown coloring.

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Dinner 4: Summer Chill

Sizzling, Sweaty Summer Supper

No Comments 26 August 2010

By Hairee Lee

The day is so hot it feels like air itself is sweating…and sweating all over you. This summer has ushered in some of the hottest and most humid days in my memory of summers past, the kind of hot that makes the mere idea of eating, chewing even, feel exhausting and the prospect of standing before a hot stove obscene.

But one of the best things about summer for me (well every season really, with small variations in beverage, menu, and thermostat) is drinking chilled white wine over the course of the long twilight hours of late summer and enjoying a meal with friends. What could be better than to accept an invitation from my friend and cook, Laura, for a summer dinner party that combines her culinary skills with the demands of the weather?

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