The Artful Plate – Food Art Series

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The Art of Food has been around for centuries; cultures around the world identify themselves by the uniqueness of their plated foods bringing pleasure to our daily lives, bringing people together to feast on lavishly created foods. Food in and of itself has an appeal greater than just hunger. The artistic combination and beauty food has to offer inspires people to get creative in the kitchen.

Well plated and presentable foods/dishes can entice healthy and nutritious food choices from toddlers to adults inspiring families to eat a balanced meal. Studies show when we make food look GOOD, it will taste even better too.

N.C. Cooperative Extension, Forsyth County Center, offered in September 2023 a program series introducing 4 different techniques linked to food art: Focaccia Bread Art, The Mandala Plate (designs that bring balance to your life), Fruit & Vegetable Carving, and Charcuterie Board creations. If you missed these workshops, I have attached the individual recorded sessions for your viewing pleasure. Registration is required to view the recordings. Please follow the prompts to register once you click on the links. Password to access the recordings is: ArtandFood23!

focaccia bread with beautiful flower decoration on top

Homemade Flower Focaccia Bread Art with Herbs and Vegetables

Learn about the origin of focaccia bread, how it is different from other breads and the nutritional values. Learn how to prepare focaccia bread dough and how to decorate the dough before baking. 

Recording: Focaccia Bread Art

PowerPoint Slides: Focaccia Bread Art Presentation  Evaluation: Focaccia Bread Feedback

pattern with vegetables

Vector ornament of vegetables in the flat style . Mandala, sticker, element, decoration, decoration, leaflet, booklet, website about healthy food

Learn about the origin of the mandala designs in art and how it has transferred now to food art. Learn about the symbolism of colors and shapes and how to incorporate them in mandala food art. 

Recording: Mandala Food Art

PowerPoint Slides: Mandala Food Art Presentation

Evaluation: Mandala Food Art Feedback  

bouquet made of melon, grapes, pineapple

Edible Fruit basket arrangement with a variety of fruits at a party

Learn simple carving techniques of fruits and vegetables to entice the eyes with shapes, colors, textures, and aromas. This is a great skill to have to   make presentable dishes for family and friends.

Recording:  Fruit & Vegetable Carving            

PowerPoint Slides: F & V Presentation                        

Evaluation: F & V Feedback 

Charcuterie board

Charcuterie board with a variety of cheeses, salami, chorizzo, prosciutto, honey, grapes, nuts, olives, bread, blueberries and fresh herbs on a white wooden background. A festive snack

Learn the art of placing assorted foods like cured meats, cheeses, fruits, nuts, etc. on a serving board/platter but with a placement that is appealing to the eye. Creating charcuterie board designs can be fun, easy, inexpensive, and aesthetically pleasing to the eye, not to mention fulfilling to your appetite. This is an activity the whole family will enjoy creating.

Recording: Charcuterie Board Designs 

PowerPoint Slides: Charcuterie Board Presentation

Evaluation: Charcuterie Board Feedback