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Grazing table

Posted by sues2 
Grazing table
February 22, 2019 01:10AM
Can someone please tell me how you can set up a grazing table and keep it chilled until the guests arrive?
Re: Grazing table
February 22, 2019 10:04PM
Hi Sues2, I have done a few grazing tables and generally don't set up highly perishable food until the last minute.
Things like side of salmon and pate etc... I leave a space for and just slot them in before people arrive.
Cheese I put in earlier as think that it is best at room temperature.
I also add the sliced baguette in at the last minute so it doesn't dry out.
Crackers, popcorn, pretzel, cheese, chips all goes in to form the base and then the other things at the end.
Re: Grazing table
February 23, 2019 02:47AM
Thanks for that Helen. I love the look of them and thought I would set up one for my 60th.
Re: Grazing table
February 24, 2019 02:05AM
I had not heard of grazing tables. Is that a buffet set up for nibbles?
Re: Grazing table
February 24, 2019 05:15PM
Here's a link to a site which will give you a good idea of what a huge grazing table looks like from Food to Love newsletter. Makes my mouth water!spinning smiley sticking its tongue out
[www.foodtolove.co.nz] and at the bottom of the web site - don't forget to click on this link [www.platterandgraze.com] to see the most beautiful table creations.
Regards,
Dawn.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/24/2019 05:23PM by Dawn.
Re: Grazing table
February 24, 2019 10:57PM
Great links, Dawn. Looks amazing, so colourful and imaginative. I’ll try something like this when the opportunity arises. Personally, I’d go for bite sized food that can just be picked up and will leave the platter with an appetising look till the end. I saw on one site a platter with hummus where oil had been poured into an indentation and I could imagine that it would get rather messy looking when it runs into adjoining food. However there are ways around it. There were also halved passion fruit which would require a spoon for scooping unless this was just a photo prop. Yes, I am definitely going to do this.
Re: Grazing table
February 25, 2019 02:27AM
Oh yum. Eating with eyes is in full force here!
Re: Grazing table
February 25, 2019 03:28AM
Doesn't appeal to me in the slightest. I'd much prefer a proper buffet and not lots of bits and pieces.
Re: Grazing table
February 25, 2019 05:31AM
Kone Wrote:
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> Doesn't appeal to me in the slightest. I'd much
> prefer a bproper buffet and not lots of bits and
> pieces.
B
I too love a good buffet. I would use this instead of the various things I put out for drinks s o that people could help themselves instead of me/husband passing plates and bowls around.
Re: Grazing table
February 25, 2019 03:53PM
I felt the same as K - far too much to be appetising.
Re: Grazing table
February 25, 2019 05:04PM
Stephanie39 Wrote:
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> I felt the same as K - far too much to be
> appetising.

Me too. I like food to look clean and uncluttered, and to me those table displays are overhandled and messy, not appetising at all.
Re: Grazing table
February 25, 2019 05:52PM
Grazing tables have meant that I am happy to entertain more often.
I get put off having drinks because of the amount of fiddly food that is time consuming to create.
With a grazing table you can put everything out and people gravitate to it as they like.
Quite a few of our friends have done the same over summer.
I think what I like about them is the ability to pick a bit here and a bit there.
I buy a roll of thick brown paper from Look Sharp and yes while oil does show, the paper is pretty thick.

I did a sweet one for my daughters birthday gathering. The teens had a lovely time oohing and ahhing over simple things such as pineapple lumps, berries, little meringues, gummy snakes etc...
Re: Grazing table
February 26, 2019 02:39AM
If I invite people round for drinks, I enjoy stretching myself to make foods they will hopefully enjoy. Never ever would I go out and buy stuff from a supermarket deli. I find most of charcuterie available there way too salty anyway... and decorously arrange it on a brown paper cloth to make it look more than it was. To me this is the epitome of lazy invites not to mention it is very expensive. Way more expensive than my own efforts. When I entertain I want to do it with a joyful heart and expectations of - ooohhhh that was soooo good - not have everybody know that I was so overworked I couldn't be bothered making something special for them.
Re: Grazing table
February 27, 2019 07:18AM
Totally agree Kone, Stephanie and TPANDAV - it looks to me like a pig swill, so unappealing.

Of course there is the added benefit of rolling up the brown paper afterwards and putting it in the bin - no washing up required (read: hosing out the pig stall).

Also from experience I know that people are more likely to take something from a platter that is offered than go to a table and help themselves. For that reason I like to put platters in strategic places around the room so that I can offer food as I circulate. I like to have someone running around with the warm/hot food.

So it's platters for me and hopefully grazing tables will quietly disappear and be remembered as a passing fad.

Regards,

Barbara Anne



Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 02/27/2019 07:46AM by Barbara Anne.
Re: Grazing table
February 28, 2019 12:54AM
I do see your points but I still think there is a time and a place - at our place anyway. smiling smiley
Daisy and her teen friends loved the sweet table that I did for Daisy's birthday gathering.
There was virtually nothing left. I have also seen some with just summer fruit and they look so beautiful.

A friend of mine did one when she hosted about 50 of us - to compliment some hand around food as well.
I had great conversations with people over the side of hot smoked salmon and pouring over delicious oozy cheese.

As I said earlier, we had drinks for about 60 pre Christmas and while I stood in the kitchen cooking whitebait fritters for the first hour, once they were done and dusted it was the grazing table. Most of it was eaten.
I guess it depends on how you set it up and how crowded the food is. Or we just all agree to disagree and thats fine too.
Re: Grazing table
February 28, 2019 05:38PM
I'm quite enjoying the diverse takes on this topic. I can appreciate the sense of it being the way to go at your age and stage, Helen. I had lunch with three women friends earlier in the week and we were bemoaning the fact that entertaining is just too hard at our age, so anything that makes social activity easier and fun is a good idea. Take photos of your next grazing table to convince us!
Re: Grazing table
February 28, 2019 06:12PM
As with Stephanie39, I enjoyed reading the different takes on the suggestion of a grazing table vs other preferences.
To each their own.
Re: Grazing table
February 28, 2019 07:50PM
This was a really interesting topic, I'd never heard of grazing tables before. I'm in the camp that doesn't find them appealing and I've been staring at the photos trying to figure out why. I think it's because the food's all so close together that it would be very difficult when people are taking it for them not to touch all the other food and that gives me the shudders. To me it's something that's more for Instagram than for actual people, but all power to the people that like them! Nobody's forcing me to make onesmiling smiley.
Re: Grazing table
March 01, 2019 05:53PM
Entertaining is difficult at any age now with the diverse food preferences that have sprung up in the last 20 years. My husband took a shine to a couple a few years ago and invited them to dinner. I contacted them to ask if they had any dietary likes and dislikes and was advised they were Vegan. "Oh poopski". That first effort of mine went down a treat and they were keen for a repeat invite. Everything in that first meal was grown above the ground. I asked if they'd enjoy a curry next and it was a resounding YESSSSSSS, we love curries....caveat...not too spicy. .

I made a lovely vegetarian curry which they only picked at. Not a hot one, but a mild tasty one. Turned out they didn't eat anything grown under the ground, such as kumara, potatoes and carrots.Didn't eat peas either. They picked at cauliflower, green beans and were rather tentative about the pumpkin too. They ate huge chunks of bread I'd made without any of the special vegan spread. For dessert I'd made a chocolate mousse and had forgotten that eggs were on the no go list as well and the Black Boy Peach preserves I served with it were treated with much suspicion when told they were peaches. That didn't go well either.

Disaster. Last time I let my husband invite anyone to dinner.
Re: Grazing table
March 01, 2019 06:08PM
Oh Kone that is too funny.
Re: Grazing table
March 01, 2019 08:31PM
At this time in my life, if I had to make every morsel I served, I would never entertain. Time is just too short. My preference would be to make everything, but it's just not realistic right now. Most of our friends are in the same boat, and we're happy to spend time together nibbling on perhaps some mediocre food, but very much enjoying each other's company.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/01/2019 08:32PM by Jenna.
Re: Grazing table
March 01, 2019 09:50PM
I agree with Marnie, interesting comments and each to their own, and Jenna re time.

No criticism meant to any of the thoughts and expressions in the posts above smiling smiley, but I would enjoy the experience of a grazing table, and I would hate to think that guests might think less of the host/hostess for not going to more trouble by providing home made food for nibbles/nibbling.
Regards,
Dawn.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/01/2019 09:53PM by Dawn.
Re: Grazing table
March 01, 2019 10:48PM
Jenna Wrote:
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> At this time in my life, if I had to make every
> morsel I served, I would never entertain. Time is
> just too short. My preference would be to make
> everything, but it's just not realistic right now.
> Most of our friends are in the same boat, and
> we're happy to spend time together nibbling on
> perhaps some mediocre food, but very much enjoying
> each other's company.

Jenna, that ‘mediocre’ food will taste absolutely fabulous when it’s accompanied by a glass or to of your preferred beverage.drinking smiley

Changed to to two.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/01/2019 10:49PM by Chris.
Re: Grazing table
March 01, 2019 11:14PM
Chris -- a stirring round of Cards Against Humanity helps remove attention from food too! If you're not familiar with it, it a hugely offensive, but hilariously funny adults card game smiling smiley
Re: Grazing table
March 02, 2019 12:27AM
Jenna Wrote:
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> Chris -- a stirring round of Cards Against
> Humanity helps remove attention from food too! If
> you're not familiar with it, it a hugely
> offensive, but hilariously funny adults card game
> smiling smiley

Will check it out!
Re: Grazing table
March 02, 2019 05:12AM
Hi Jenna - completely off topic but I loved Cards Against Humanity when we played it on Christmas night after a few glasses of 'lemonade'. I just about needed a change of underwear seeing the things I had to read out! and the rest of the family were laughing at me laughing!
And as for a grazing table, I'm afraid I'm in the yuck camp - doesn't seem to be any serving utensils, and the thought of others' sticky fingers...
Re: Grazing table
March 03, 2019 01:38AM
Sometimes I like to make a special effort with new exciting fully prepared dishes but like Jenna if I did that all the time we would never entertain.

I have only eaten off a couple of grazing tables and I think they are fun trendy way to entertain.

I also like sausage rolls (purchased) cooked with tomato sauce (purchased)

I quite like ready salted chips with traditional onion soup dip too.

I am very happy to cater for vegetarian, kosher, halal, vegan, gluten intolerant friends........ The only eating things above the ground fad is a step too far for my sanity levels....... If you wish to eat that way (and this is a choice, not an ethical, religious or allergy based decision) you probably should not expect others to pander to you......
Re: Grazing table
March 05, 2019 01:11AM
I think it is just a way of people selecting what they want to eat. Hamburger Friday is like this at our place but on a much smaller version. Ingredients for everyone, all separate, sauces , toppings, etc. Frees up the cook and people tend to chat to each other while they are constructing.
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