Edible Flowers

Edible flowers are the new rage in haute cuisine. The culinary use of flowers dates back thousands of years. However, not all flowers are edible, so be sure to do your research before adding any flower to a meal. You also should NEVER use pesticides or other chemicals on any part of any plant that produces blossoms you plan to eat, and never harvest flowers growing by the roadside. It is best to order your edible flowers from a reputable grower who deals specifically in high quality edible flowers. We recommend  Gourmet Sweet Botanicals.

 

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Flowers can be used in teas, salads, or as a garnish to add a bit of whimsy and color to your presentation. There are recipes that call to add spice flower petals in pasta dough, sweet petals in homemade ice cream, or syrups for cocktails.  Here are just some of the flowers you can eat:

1. Bee Balm–  minty flavor                                     2. Marigolds–  spicy, tangy taste

3. Chamomile– sweet taste. Found in teas           4. Hibiscus–  similar flavor to cranberries

5. Rose– more of a bitter taste                               6. Sunflowers– Petals can be eaten, and the bud

                              can be steamed like an artichoke.

7.  Violets- great addition to salads                       8. Tulips–  cucumber like taste

9. Lilacs– great to infuse with ice cream               10. Honey Suckle– Sweet taste

 

 

Edible flowers

Edible flowers are the new rage in haute cuisine

 The culinary use of flowers dates back thousands of years. However, not all flowers are edible, so be sure to do your research before adding any flower to a meal. You also should NEVER use pesticides or other chemicals on any part of any plant that produces blossoms you plan to eat, and never harvest flowers growing by the roadside. It is best to order your edible flowers from a reputable growers who deals specifically in edible flowers such as Gourmet Sweet Botanicals.

 Flowers can be used in teas, salads, or as a garnish to add a bit of whimsy and color to your presentation. There are recipes that call to add spice flower petals in pasta dough, sweet petals in homemade ice cream, or syrups for cocktails.  Here are just some of the flowers you can eat:

1. Bee Balm- Has a minty flavor                                       2. Marigolds- Have a spicy, tangy taste

3. Chamomile- has a sweet taste. Found in teas           4. Hibiscus-  Has a similar flavor to cranberries

5. Rose- has more of a bitter taste                                   6. Sunflowers- Petals can be eaten, and the bud

can be steamed like an artichoke.

7.  Violets- are great tasting in salads                              8. Tulips- Have a cucumber like taste

9. Lilacs- are great to infuse with ice cream                   10. Honey Suckle Petals- Sweet taste

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Tips for a stunning tablescape for an elegant brunch or dinner party

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Tablescapes aren’t just for weddings anymore. In this age of Pinterest, every brunch or dinner party is an opportunity to design a gorgeous table for guests to admire. A tablescape is the first thing guests see, and will set the tone for any brunch or dinner party. 

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Get Inspired

Inspiration is all around you, in nature, fashion and home décor. Its all about the details from a single serving dish, a favorite flower, or single pinecone can inspire a whole tablescape design. We recommend to choose 2-3 colors, complimenting color hues are easy to work with but keep an open mind.

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Use Place Cards as Decor

Place Cards are a great opportunity to add another interesting design element to your table. Instead of typical folding cards, consider writing guests’ names on stones, leaves, lemons, a mini pumpkin but the options are endless. 

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Centerpieces are the focal of any dinner party

Think outside of the vase and get creative with elements that can be infused into your design. To create a cluster of potted succulents, terrariums with a collection of air plants. Also if you are serving Italian cuisine, you could feature a lemon tree or lemon inspired design as your centerpiece, and serve Limoncello for desert!

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Keep things above or below eye level.

One of the most common table design mistakes is height and scale. You want to have a centerpiece above or below eye level. We love a long leafy garland with a row of small bud vases. They make a chic statement while still leaving plenty of room at the table. For longer tables, play with scale by interspersing a variety of candleholders and votive candles in varying heights.

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Layers, Layers, Layers

 

If there was one rule of thumb for creating the ultimate tablescape and ensure rave review it is a table design with layers. Similar to a cityscape profile, there are objects of varying heights and proportions that give it a natural feel. So as you choose your elements, from tableware, lighting and centerpiece, add height, depth and a mix of materials in varied shapes and sizes.

Venue – The Mutter Museum, Philadelphia PA 

Photos – Ashley Gerrity Photography