Orchestrated art: Setting the table

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Article By: 24 Carrots Catering and Events
Written By: Carizza Rose

If you’ve ever watched the opening sequence of Chef’s Table, you know that the art of setting a table is an orchestrated art. (If you haven’t, it’s available on Netflix, and you’re welcome 😉

 

Back of the house magic!

Yes, the back of the house is undoubtedly where the magic happens, but the place setting is the guest’s first impression, and thus, equally important. There are a lot of nuisances on a table setting that vary depending on the situation (restaurants, bistros, catering), but today we’d like to take you behind the  scenes and approach this from a wedding and event production stand point.

Place Setting Diagram Example:

Helpful hints:

  • Table setting varies from event to event based on the menu (i.e. most fine-dining menus require an extra knife – one for salad, one for entrée. Most menus do not require any spoons unless they have coffee service).
  • All flatware needs to be placed 1 inch from the edge of the table.  It must be polished and clear of any spots.

 

These hints are great for hosting at home, setting up photo shoots, or just being one step ahead of your other A-type personality friends. When you book your caterer, they’ll be happy to arrange dinnerware rentals on your behalf – you don’t have to worry about counts, setting up, or cleaning up. Some clients choose to arrange their own rentals themselves or use their wedding planner for this task. Caterers love collaboration and are happy to assist with guidance on table setting rentals based upon your menu (such as sizes appropriate for service, quantities, and padding). Please don’t hesitate to ask them for help!

 

 

If you’re interested in learning more, 24 carrots is honored to be a part of LVL Academy this year, expanding on “Table Top How To’s”. More information and registration here: http://www.lvlevents.com/lvl-academy

Happy place-setting!

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