White dishes have reigned supreme in the foodservice universe, and probably always will, for their extreme flexibility and ability to make virtually every type of food shine. But, when used wisely, infusing distinctive colors and styles to the presentation can bring new energy and create a unique character that sets a restaurant apart.
Expressive dinnerware can make for an experience that is funky, eclectic or adventurous—and always memorable. Whether it’s a colorful accent or a full-on visual spectacle, here are five tips for bringing new hues, textures and shapes to food presentation and standing out more.
1. A little goes a long way
It doesn’t take a rainbow of dinnerware to introduce a fresh look. Consider mixing in just a few elements to the existing collection. Whether for a shared plate or the chef’s specials, a unique accent piece of tableware can focus attention on the main attraction.
2. Striking contrasts
Creating vivid contrast between the dinnerware and food helps create presentations that pop. Dishes that can look mundane against a white plate, like fettuccini alfredo or white rice, take on new depth and interest when plated against a rich color. This kind of contrast can dramatically influence diners’ perception of food. In fact, contrasting the food and plate has even been proven to make a smaller amount of food look more substantial—great for presenting dishes with a more modest portion. Well-chosen color complements are a great way to create pleasing contrast.
4. Organic hues and textures
In addition to going to the vibrant side of the color spectrum, dinnerware can also create a rich natural aesthetic that brings a cultivated feel. Introducing organic textures and design can further intensify the character and intrigue of the menu.
Libbey offers a full spectrum of creative options
Restaurant guests constantly crave something new. That’s why Libbey® is always bringing fresh, insight-driven tabletop solutions that help operators serve one-of-a-kind experiences. We help blend a venue’s unique character with today’s major culinary trends, keeping guests coming back for more. For more inspiration, explore the new Libbey Professional Tabletop Collection catalog or visit foodservice.libbey.com.