WHAT SERVEWARE PRODUCTS ARE AVAILABLE AT HABITAT?
If you consider yourself to be something of a cuisine connoisseur, then you’ll be dying for us to dish out a little more information about our serveware collection. After all, there’s no point inviting guests over to be wowed by your food if you don’t have the right equipment with which to serve it.
At Habitat we can offer you an extensive selection of serveware, from serving dishes (with lids or otherwise) to serving trays, salad bowls and a cafetiere. Put simply, all you could need to get you and your guests from hors d'oeuvres through to coffee.
But we’re not just about what’s on show (we aren’t that shallow, we promise), with an impressive range of kitchenon hand to help create that culinary masterpiece, not to mention assist your party in actually eating it. If they can’t quite finish everything (no reflection on your cooking skills, of course) then we can help keep things fresh with food cover options aplenty.
WHAT MATERIALS ARE HABITAT'S SERVEWARE COLLECTIONS MADE FROM?
Our serveware options are crafted in variety of materials, all designed to be fit for purpose - but what might that purpose be?
Glass serving bowls are most often used for carrying cold food, although there are some tempered glass bowls that will be able to withstand some heat. Similarly, wooden dishes are also best for using with cold food, which may explain why salad bowls are often wooden although, personally, we think it’s because the natural aesthetic looks good against all that green. (Tiny tip - if this sounds like your style, bamboo bowls create the same effect.) But that’s just our opinion.
For those who like their food hot, ceramic serving bowls are just the ticket - they don’t conduct the heat, meaning you can carry them from kitchen to dining room without cause (or concern) for injury. If your planned menu involves a mix of chopped vegetables, or perhaps a tempting load of fresh crusty bread, then a marble chopping board is useful for serving. Just think outside the box (or bowl) for a table that gets everyone talking.
SERVEWARE COLURS, SHAPES AND SIZES TO SUIT YOUR SPACE
When shopping for your home serveware collection, you need to consider the many possibilities that lie before you on the serving front. No matter how much you love cooking, we imagine you don’t feed the five thousand on a regular basis - nor that you would want to. Some days you may be eating as a family, other days you might be hosting an intimate dinner party, while other days you may indeed be catering to more people than Britain has in its population. Or thereabouts. With this in mind, the size spectrum of your serveware is vital to think about.
Basic rules to follow in size are as follows: small dishes are perfect for tapas, medium ideal for quiche and cakes, while large dishes are built for platters and roasting trays. We also have specialist trays, fit for serving anything from asparagus and avocado to wraps, potatoes and baguettes.
Luckily, our serving bowls come in a variety of sizes, allowing you to serve using a bowl that is proportionate to the amount of food being served. When making your selection, it might help to remember that some foods hold a lot of volume, namely salads and pastas, therefore larger bowls are best. The latter often works well when served in one extra large dish, with diners invited to help themselves and distribute into smaller bowls from which they eat. Large bowls are also ideal for tortilla chips, while smaller designs may hold hummus or guacamole.
A question of size aside, colours and prints come into play. Are you looking for white serving bowls to complement your white plates, or designs that have more colour and detail to them? Coloured or patterned bowls, such as a statement red designs, will make a striking addition to any table. The key is to make sure your serveware enhances the space around it, without being overpowering. With this in mind, if you have lots of detail in the decor of the table, maybe an elaborate centrepiece, with candles and a decadent tablecloth, then white serveware is best. Alternatively, if you have whitethen you should employ the use of patterns.
Remember that there is always beauty to be found in a contrast. In fact, it’s heralded as a sign of good taste...