Tablescape: French Market Allure

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  • Seasonal vegetables, a side of delectable crepes and a dash of music radiate France’s farm-to-table freshness upon all the senses.

     
    FROM THE Spring 2015 ISSUE
     
  • Seasonal vegetables, a side of delectable crepes and a dash of music radiate France’s farm-to-table freshness upon all the senses.

     
    FROM THE Spring 2015 ISSUE
     
  • Seasonal vegetables, a side of delectable crepes and a dash of music radiate France’s farm-to-table freshness upon all the senses.

     
    FROM THE Spring 2015 ISSUE
     

Guests at the ninth annual ISES Designer Showcase held at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum in Denver were treated to five elaborate tablescapes, including Team Le Marche’s authentic Parisian Market that was awarded Best Overall Design.

With a theme revolving around the beauty of food, what better place to pull inspiration from than a country that views it not as a necessity, but a pleasure, an art form and a way to spend quality time with friends and loved ones.

“Food becomes a really important part of your existence in our industry,” explains Lauren Szymeczko, creative design manager at Three Tomatoes Catering and lead on the French vignette. “Food is love. Every meal should be celebrated. I wanted to portray this through my Parisian market-to-table inspiration.”

Surrounded with a set of mismatched chairs, a wooden rectangular table was topped with a burlap table runner and a unique centerpiece consisting of an array of greens, vegetables and a few white roses. Vanessa Platinum plates were selected for their vintage look.

Three tomatoes (representing the catering company) sat at the head of each plate, along with printed Kraft paper sleeve menus, which encompassed flatware and floral napkins. Taper candles were spread around the tabletop, along with three candelabras made from distressed, tarnished metal stemming out of a long centerpiece.

Focused on freshness with an emphasis on a real experience, the tablescape was staged to resemble a traditional French home. The color palette was kept very simple, allowing the produce to pop with a dynamic contrast between the green and purple vegetables.

“We wanted it to feel real, not so staged and more eclectic, as if we were in someone’s home having lunch,” says Szymeczko. “We envisioned riding our bikes through Paris, visiting a local market, gathering seasonal items and bringing our fresh findings home to the table. We even had French music playing on a record player; we wanted everything to be really alive with emphasis on simplicity.”

A crepe stand allowed for an interactive dynamic with guests, as well as bringing the vendor aspect found at many outdoor markets into play. Suspended globe string lights by Scott Hittelman of Lighting & Design by Scott, added a warm and romantic element, while a water fountain and assorted crated veggies aided in creating the outdoor market feel.

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DÉCOR ‘N MORE | decornmoreinc.com | Backdrop, fountain & more
EVENT RENTS | eventrents.net | Table, chairs & tableware
ISABELLE KLINE DESIGN | isabelleklinedesign.com | Tablescape & floral
LIGHTING & DESIGN BY SCOTT | lightinganddesignbyscott.com | Lighting
THE MINDFUL BIKE | mindfulbike.com | Bicycle prop
THREE TOMATOES CATERING | threetomatoes.com | Cuisine

How much is too much? At many meetings and events, frazzled and fractured attention spans are put in hyperdrive with a wall-to-wall, dawnto-dusk agenda.

“Things are so rushed in today’s world,” says Angela Coleman, manager of events and meetings for KPMG, LLC in Denver. “Everybody’s got to do five things at once. We’re learning quickly that it doesn’t always benefit our attendees or conferencegoers.”

 

Denver’s McNichols Civic Center Building was decked out Willy Wonka style on June 20, 2017, for the ninth annual International Live Events Association (ILEA) Denver Excellence Awards. Members and guests celebrated the accomplishments of their peers and enjoyed cocktails, dinner and dancing. A team of judges from the Chicago chapter of ILEA selected the winners.

 

For the past five years, Destination Colorado has been switching up its Customer Appreciation Event from golf to experiential. This year, partner suppliers helped host planners for a private dinner reception at Red Rocks Amphitheatre followed by a 1964 Beatles tribute band performance. Nostalgic costume items, a photo booth and a roped-off seating section at Red Rocks were part of the fun.