Embrace The Dark Side

By Sebastien Centner

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Scallop crudo with apple salsa & white grape molasses
Spinach tarts with pickled onions and beets, heritage greens
Cider-brined Cornish hen stuffed with cranberry bourbon garnish
Braised beef short ribs with caramelized onions & sauteed rapini
Brioche & sausage stuffing

It happens to all of us at some point during the winter: We put awayhf-eatertain2 our stark white dinnerware and unveil our metallic embellished or holiday-patterned plates that only certain guests ever have the privilege of eating from. But this season, I encourage you to keep the gold, silver, pewter or even red or green in storage and opt for a sleek, monochromatic palette.

This year, my team has chosen an all-black look for the holiday dinner. Our table was already black, but you could use a black linen for the base. Incorporating a couple of grey accents with the ornate trivets and satin napkins helps to add a touch more dimension to the tablescape.

Instead of black, you could also opt for mid to dark greys, which will have a similar effect. Overall, you’ll want your food to be the real star, with a vibrancy of colours—greens, oranges, browns. Décor is minimal. The cookware acts as the “jewel pieces”. Staub cookware is a favourite of mine, as the craftsmanship is top notch for professional and home chefs.

Here’s to the endless memories you’ll make entertaining your family and friends this season. Happy Holidays!

hf-eater4Sebastien Centner is the Director of Eatertainment Special Events & Catering, one of Canada’s leading event and catering companies. A regular contributor to Homefront, Sebastien can also be seen on The Marilyn Denis Show and The Morning Show offering entertaining ideas and inspiration to Canadians across the country. www.eatertainment.com

You can find complete recipes and instructions for Homefront Entertains at homefrontmagazine.ca. Simply click on Entertaining > Homefront Entertains.

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Food menu courtesy of Executive Chef Christopher Matthews
Table styling courtesy Suzanne Dunbar-Saunders.

Cookware & Serving Accessories by STAUB #cookwithstaub, zwilling.ca. Plateware, Flatware & Glassware courtesy Event Rental Group.