Since I’m a little behind on my recipe-writing and photo uploading for this week’s eaten-in pleasures, I thought I’d direct you to something I did manage to accomplish: this Brooklyn Based piece on where to find the most clever, crafty, kitschy and most importantly, NOT disposable dinnerware that you can be proud to serve with at your next party.
vintage juice glasses at the Carroll Gardens store Deluxa
My legs are still a little sore from the tour de china (as in the plates) I took over the weekend, checking out these Brooklyn stores. It was a lot of fun cobbling together my favorites for the story, and my only wish is that I’d been better equipped to actually buy some of the stuff I saw along the way. Dishes, glassware, flatware, bowls — fun dinnerware is actually a topic of great interest to me, having written advertising copy for several different makers over the last year for my nine-to-five. But as for actual practice, my cupboard collection is pretty thin. Observant readers might be wise to the fact that I own but one set of dinner plates (with the sage-green rims). Are you as sick of them as I am?
So while I contemplate adding some unique new pieces to my collection (and where I’m going to put them), I thought I’d poll you on a particular question. My most recent dinnerware purchase was of ten basic, white ceramic wide-rimmed soup bowls. I find them infinitely better suited to serving so many types of dishes — not just soup. Pastas, risotto, saucy meat courses, or even this potato and beet green hash with a poached egg below. I can’t live without them now. Plus, they make everything look so attractive and professional somehow.
So that’s my defining dinnerware discovery of the moment. Is there a type of tableware, or certain piece, that you’ve fallen in love with and can’t recommend enough?