How to : create platter perfection

How to : create platter perfection

The expression 'you eat with your eyes first' is certainly true when creating the ultimate platter. Our favourite meal, for any occasion, we teamed up with our friends at Nautilus to provide you with the perfect cheese and wine pairings, plus tips on how to pull a platter look together.

1. Perfect pairings

Sure, cheese and wine goes together, but certain pairings are divine! Our friends at Nautilus have introduced us to some of their favourite pairings. These literally are a match-made-in heaven. Permission to drool. 

2. Seasonal sides

In summer it's all about ripe stone fruits and berries, in winter time we like to keep our platters seasonal by opting for Tamarillos (which peak in availability around July and August) and persimons, with baby carrots and parsnips as crudités. Keep the tops of the carrots on to add some greenery to your platter.

3. Mix textures on the plate and table

Tactile wooden boards, cool smooth slate, matte marble and soft linen. Playing with textures on your table makes the experience of eating food more sensual.

Top tip: with soft cheeses, place a square of scrunched-up greaseproof paper underneath to protect your boards, this also adds another element of texture. 

4. Opposites attract

Salty with sweet, crunchy with soft, position the accompaniments to your cheeses accordingly so the best pairings are easily grazed. Salted almondsor spicy chutney paired next to milder cheeses, goats cheese drizzled in honey... Yum.

5. Layer platter on platter

Create different heights and more visual interest by layering platters on your table, rather than lining them up next to one another. This will allow your fruits, veggies and nuts to overflow from one platter to the next, creating a feast for the eyes. Arrange linen napkins underneath platters as placemats or to one side for catching spills. 

6. More is more

With your platters layered, allow fruits, nuts, crackers and bread to fill in the gaps on your platters, spilling over the sides of platters and making everything look in abundance!

Now you're ready to Instagram your perfect platter (before your guests arrive of course!). Be sure to tag us in @citta so we can drool over your perfect platter photos.  

Sofa series : entertaining space

Sofa series : entertaining space

Sofa series : open plan space

Sofa series : open plan space