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Table Setting Tips and Techniques
The Grateful Palate Provisions
Posted: Monday, September 9, 2013 7:04 PM
Joined: 26/06/2013
Posts: 15

By Chef Hector Lopez, Director of Provisioning, The Grateful Palate Provisions 

As the winter yachting season begins and our attention shifts to yacht shows and charters, details matter now more than ever.  For this post, I’d like to shift gears from food and briefly touch upon properly dressing a table and why it is so important.  As the saying goes, you only have one chance to make a first impression.  The table sets the tone for the meal.  Be it casual or formal, the table setting is a personal expression that excites guests and can be a great conversation piece.   


Here are a few hints for an impressive table presentation:



  1. Create a unique table by blending different sources.  Plates, glasses and flatware with similar colors but from different sets can be combined to create dramatic results.  Should you choose to go with everything from the same set, mix it up by adding distinctive placemats and napkin rings.
  2. Find fun ways to add color to the table using chargers, unique cloth napkins, flowers or fun place cards. 
  3. Do not put scented candles on the table.  Scents can interfere with the flavors of the food that you are serving. 
  4. Be sure to have the table ready when guests arrive.



At Grateful Palate Provisions, in addition to sourcing the finest specialty meats, wines, vegetables, cooking and household supplies, we work closely with leading flatware, accessory and linen companies. 


Keep in mind, at Grateful Palate Provisions, no order is too big, or too small.  We work with you to plan orders that meet your requirements and won’t sell you anything that you don’t need.  


Grateful Palate Provisions is operating from our new location on the Intracoastal Waterway in Fort Lauderdale ready to serve you by delivery or waterside from our 340 foot dock.  No order is too big or too small, so please contact me at  Visit us on the Web at and like us on Facebook at


I look forward to hearing from you.