Farm to table. Rustic, natural, organic, comfort. The buzzwords flying around food, chefs and restaurants have hit the tabletop, from earthenware plates to mason jars, simple silverware and roughed-up wooden furniture. From the East Coast to the West, the consensus on trends is clear: it's all about farmhouse simplicity.
Rustic Dinnerware When it comes to dinnerware it's all about the farm to the tabletop, literally. For the first time in years, stark white seems to be on the outs, at least on the independent restaurant scene. Earth-colored, pottery-style plates with slightly rough textures and imperfect shapes — the kind you might see in a country home — are in. Bare tables are in, tablecloths are out. Smaller plates are in for food sharing menus.
Earthen colours help act as a backdrop for beautiful, natural, organic food. The explosion of potters and ceramic specialists increasing their lines for commercial foodservice is evidence of this growing trend.
There are more mismatched table settings and everything being individualized.
Stoneware fits beautifully into this "Farm To Table" trend, with quality feeling pieces and stoneware glazes that are rustic and earthy looking and can be combined into so many unique combinations. Add dark or light flux for even more gorgeous options! See Mayco's stoneware glazes and flux and Duncan's Renaissance glazes
Earthenware tableware is also a good choice using Pottery looking glazes to get that rustic, natural and organic feel. Duncan's Artisan Glazes, Mayco's Elements and Gare Pottery Glazes are low fire but give that pottery look.
Why not have a Farm to Table Event, create beautiful tableware and serve some local organic snacks. Maybe network with a local restaurant that promotes Farm to Table - do a cooking and creating tableware series of events. Children's programs where they learn about the farm to table movement and then create a plate or mug, read a story and have a locally produced snack.