This Weekend In Wine Country: Plate Food Like A Pro With Chef Louis Maldonado And Ceramicist Jered Nelson

Wish your dishes had a bit more dazzle? This Sunday, Spoonbar Chef Louis Maldonado will partner with ceramicist Jered Nelson at the Healdsburg hotspot for “Clay With Food: The Art of The Plate.” The demo includes insider tips, yummy and beautifully plated snacks, as well as a pop-up shop of Nelson’s ceramics, which he designs for leading Bay Area chefs and restaurants. For a special preview of the event, we asked Chef Maldonado his top three suggestions for serving food with style:

What is the most basic rule of plating food?

Do whatever comes naturally and let it happen. If you force the presentation, it won't have any life or soul.Clay With Food: Chef Chef Louis Maldonado and ceramicist Jered Nelson at Spoonbar in Healdsburg

Do you prefer plating the food in the kitchen or bringing multiple plates to the table?

I prefer multiple plates. For a family dinner or nice soirée, it will look like more food than it actually is. You might have a sauce here, assorted vegetables on different plates, a salad in a bowl, and meats spread out on larger plates. It always creates excitement when lots of beautiful plates are placed down. It also creates drama and is visually appealing.

 Clay With Food: Chef Chef Louis Maldonado and ceramicist Jered Nelson at Spoonbar in Healdsburg

Which surface or material will create an appealing presentation?

I love matte finished ceramic and textured stoneware. Antique glass with etching and alabaster are also favorites.

For more information and registration visit the Spoonbar website.

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