Running from one New York open market to the next, you would not think that Karen Seiger has time to cook and entertain at home. Ms Seiger, market enthusiast & author of Markets Of New York City and the founder of Sirene Media Works, says she “likes to find meanings in the things I use” and recommends “living in New York City, you have no room for junk, you must invest in some good handmade ceramics. I like platters with characters, it is all about the dinning experience”
Le Fanion - Traditional French Serving Platter. We have one huge one that serves a whole turkey and stuffing and another one that serves a roasted chicken perfectly. Both are glazed in scarlet.
I love bowls and platters with words or secret messages, and this Gratitude Platter is along those lines. It’s beautiful and functional, and ‘Gratitude” is such lovely word to describe the feeling of making dinner for a group of friends and family.
I absolutely love every single thing Laura Zindel makes. I sent her a fan letter once. Not only is it unique and wonderful, but talk about secret surprises at the bottom of the serving plate - insects, snakes, eggs, jellyfish and birds. Her work also reminds me of the best meal I have ever had, which was at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, where Laura's plates grace the tables.
You can’t go wrong with a great chip and dip bowl set, and Appalachian Spring always has a beautiful selection. These are pieces you can use with guests or enjoy by yourself while watching Downton Abbey and munching on pita chips and baba ganoush.
I am a tea fanatic, and so anything to do with tea appeals to me. Darin Gherke's fine Asian style is a departure from my usual choices of more rustic and whimsical tableware. I love my celadon green teapot from Darin, and this tray and tea bowl make tea and cookies even more enjoyable.