From caterer 49 Squared Catering, planter boxes contain all of the makings of a salad, including heads of baby lettuces and tiny vegetables such as carrots, radishes and squashes buried in soil made of quinoa.
From 49 Squared, a longer view.
The table with the 49 Squared salad centerpieces.
For this sensory culinary adventure from Culinary Capers Catering, table decor was kept to a minimum as "we wanted the food and wine to be the focus of the event," the team says. Dining tables were dressed with moss green silk linen and fresh organic vegetables--including kale, multicolor heirloom carrots, miniature turnips, squashes, and radishes--were strewn down the center of the tables anchored by small vases with fresh herb bundles of basil, rosemary, thyme. During the dinner, guests would rely heavily on their sense of taste and smell which precluded the use of floral decor. Photo by John C. Watson.
At the Culinary Capers event, blindfolded guests depend on their senses of taste and smell. Photo by John C. Watson.
A long view of the Culinary Capers' 'Dinner in the Dark' event. Photo by John C. Watson.
Culinary Capers Catering creates a five-course regional menu paired with wine for 30 guests in the company's commercial kitchen that featured edible herb centerpieces of parsley, basil and chervil planted in birch wood vessels. Guests could tear fresh herbs to garnish their plated courses. Photo by John C. Watson.
A longer view. Photo by John C. Watson.
And a close-up. Photo by John C. Watson.
George Jewell echoes the dessert course in the simple wooden basket of fruit. Photo by George Jewell Catering.
The talented team at The Ice Studio carves more than just ice. Here, their work in the medium of "pumpkin." Photo by Stephan A. Koch.
More from The Ice Studio. Photo by Stephan A. Koch.
A vision in white: "This is our white crudité, composed of gorgeous white asparagus, white bean hummus, crisp endive, cauliflower and many other delicious nibbles," says the team at Marcia Selden Catering and Event Planning. "We used this as an edible centerpiece for a room that was hosting an intimate holiday party. This can also be scaled to fit on individual tables." Photo by Neil Landino.
“This award-winning centerpiece highlights our focus on combining vintage copper cookware from our extensive collection, custom baked bread sticks and flatbreads with the best local, heirloom produce," says the team at Neuman's Kitchen. "Edible is beautiful!“ Photo by Gustavo Campo.
A detail of the centerpiece from Neuman's Kitchen. Photo by Gustavo Campos.
From Occasions Caterers, a sweet centerpiece of chocolate banana Nutella pops with cocoa nibs--a perfect choice for a bar mitzvah kids' table. Photo by Occasions Caterers.
From Occasions, produce including fresh figs, strawberries, apricots and herbs from the company's own garden. Photo by Occasions Caterers.
For a "local and sustainable" dinner with renowned chef/restaurateur Alice Waters, Occasions creates elegant mushroom centerpieces. Photo by Danielle Sara Photography.
Occasions gets guests ready for s'mores--everything they need is in the centerpiece! Photo by Molly Peterson.
An amber field of grain? No, an amber field of grissini, courtesy Occasions. Photo by Pepe Gomez.
Food as art? Yes! For the "30 Americas" opening event at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Occasions constructs a towering teepee of baquettes. Photo by Danielle Sara Photography.
Because they pride themselves on always presenting the unexpected, Thomas Caterers of Distinction creates a centerpiece made of cocktails. Each vase with a flower contains the "Flower Garden" cocktail--a mix of fresh watermelon juice, Cathead Honeysuckle vodka, lemon/lime soda, St. Germaine, lime juice, simple syrup and fresh mint leaves. It is topped with an edible Firestix Mix. Photo by Erin Hession Photography.
A closer view of the Thomas Caterers cocktail centerpiece. Photo by Erin Hession Photography.
Carrots, purple kale, peppers, onions and peas make up this arrangement showcasing a display for a presentation given by owner Steve DeAngelo, Catering and Events by DeAngelo's, regarding sustainability. Floral by Cheri Baber, Event Floral Portland.
Windows Catering says it with cookies, making for a fun centerpiece. Photo by Documentary Associates.
A dramatic chocolate centerpiece from Windows. Photo by Steve Legato.
Windows creates a family-style centerpiece that enables family-style dining. Photo by Juan Carlos Briceno.
From the upcoming book 'Eddie Zaratsian: Custom Florals and Lifestyle' by event florist Eddie Zaratsian, this elegant centerpiece of chocolate cosmos, raisins and champagne grapes. Photo by Marianne Lozano.
Are cabbages even prettier than cabbage roses? Caterers think so, and here are examples of beautiful centerpieces from food, not floral. Dig in!
Hey that unbelievable that they are not flowers but vegetables. Awesome work.