how to make takeout look like catering
Published Feb 21, 2016 11:00 AM
produced by ANNA KOCHARIAN photography by MICHAEL WILTBANK
When it comes to planning and prepping for a dinner party, things can get stressful. We know. Enter a rather untraditional concept that requires a fraction of the prep time and an equally delicious outcome. Take a look!
The next time you find yourself tempted to Seamless an entire meal, don’t hold back. While it’s no secret that take-out containers aren’t the most attractive, we rounded up a few clever tricks of the trade, to take your food from on-the-go to dinner party fab.
table setting 101 From fine linens to elegant flatware, a detailed place setting can set a proper tone for the evening, regardless of what’s on the menu. Case in point? Take a peek at how a simple swap-out of containers transformed these classic takeout staples.
solid linen napkins with a slightly textured touch
basic white plates with a delicate gold rim
elegant tumblers for the wine
for the appetizers
for the main course
distract the eye From extravagant centerpieces to an unusually busy table, fill the table with an array of textured accents and eye-catching details. We opted for a few sporadic clusters of exotic palms to set the tone.
ON THE MENU fresh veggie spring rolls
satay sesame chicken
chicken pad thai
beef fried green beans and rice
garnish it Salt and pepper, fresh herbs, and even colorful spice mixtures (if you’re feeling bold) always add a dynamic layer to even the simplest of dishes. Consider these reinvented.
coconut curry soup
Add in strips of chicken, with strands of cilantro, and chopped peanuts.
Topped with diced scallions, jalapenos, cilantro, and peanuts. We garnished the dish with freshly squeezed lime juice and a drizzle of hot sauce.
Fresh sesame seeds and diced jalapenos for a spicy kick.
chicken pad thai
Peanuts and roughly chopped cilantro, lend a refreshing touch to this classic.