• Tablescape: French Market Allure

     
    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.

  • Tablescape: French Market Allure

     
    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.

  • Tablescape: French Market Allure

     
    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.

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

Denver-based Urban Villages has launched construction of the 265-room Populus at 14th Street and Colfax Avenue in the Civic Center Park area. Slated for completion in late 2023, the country’s first carbon positive hotel is ironically being built on the site of Colorado’s first gas station.

 

Triple Creek Ranch in Darby, Montana, has named Molly Smith and Kristen Snavely co-general managers of the all-inclusive luxury property situated in the Bitterroot Valley. Smith is returning to Triple Creek Ranch after a brief hiatus. Previously serving as GM for four years after working her way up from pastry chef, she has since perfected her skills at The Inn at Hastings Park in Massachusetts, another Relais & Châteaux property. 

 

With meetings returning to normal as the COVID-19 pandemic levels out, outdoor mountain pursuits are finding more time on meeting agendas. Taking events outdoors not only boosts attendees’ comfort level as they ease back into in-person meetings, time spent in nature is proven to improve brain health and stimulate creative thinking as well.

We’ll be looking at this topic in-depth in the Spring/Summer 2022 issue of Mountain Meetings. Consider this as an introduction to some of the possibilities.