Food as Edible Art – Dining in Style

Food as Edible Art – Dining in Style: Why is the presentation and beauty of our food important?  People eat with their eyes before they eat with their mouths.  Food does not have to be complicated to be enjoyed, but it must look appetizing, it should invite you to forget about the stresses of the day, it should lift your spirits and prepare you to relax and enjoy. So, yes, presentation is extremely important to serving excellent food. Consuming an artistically prepared plate of food is almost a spiritual experience.

 

Food as Edible Art – Dining in Style

Edible Art – Food as Art

Why is the presentation and beauty of our food important?  People eat with their eyes before they eat with their mouths.  Food does not have to be complicated to be enjoyed, but it must look appetizing, it should invite you to forget about the stresses of the day, it should lift your spirits and prepare you to relax and enjoy. So, yes, presentation is extremely important to serving excellent food. Consuming an artistically prepared plate of food is almost a spiritual experience.  It gives you the awareness that the chef put tremendous effort and consideration into preparing such a masterpiece for both your eyes and your palate.

We are, after all, hunter gatherers, filled with a sense that what looks good, beautiful and appetizing is safe to eat.  How inviting is a bowl of blue mush? Not very, its color is totally un-appetizing as is the texture.  When you come back from a vacation, what do you talk about? What we hear is talk about the food, the restaurants, and the gourmet delights.

But professionals also agree that food should not look like the chef worked to make it look good (even though she might have done just that). Cautions our friend, former Chef at Chez Panisse, Joanne Weir and author of From Tapas to Meze (Crown, 1994)  “don’t play with the food, you want it to look like it just fell off the tree and onto the plate.”

At Beechwood Inn we do not want our diners to be intimidated by their plate. It should be simple, down to earth and approachable – but the ceramic plate remains our canvas to give you the most beautiful yet appetizing presentation possible.  We hope you will enjoy these images.

Food as Edible Art – Dining in Style

By Chef David Darugh

Beechwood Inn

At Beechwood Inn we strive to make your dinner from only the freshest products available.  Then our chefs work carefully to plate your food with the best colors and textures so as to make your dining expereince wonderful. Come take a Beechwood Inn Cooking Class and learn to make edible art.