Newly launched catering company Pinch Food Design is shaking up the New York event scene, not just with their delicious bite-size foods but also with their innovative and interactive food displays and serving trays. Co-owned by chef Bob Spiegel and designer TJ Girard, the company aims to meld the culinary and design worlds with never-before-seen presentations and custom-made "food furniture."
I recently got a chance to check out the goods firsthand at Pinch's launch party, held at Skylight West, where, instead of a typical crudité buffet, I was greeted with the company's signature hors d'oeuvres "hedge" (top left) featuring veggies standing on skewers with dips displayed on shelves below. There was also antipasti arranged on waist-level Lazy Susans (with built-in compartments for napkins, utensils, and plates) and two chef's tables offering interactive demonstrations. Even the bars had hidden compartments filled with snacks like Brussels sprout and hummus chips (which I had my fair share of while waiting for refills of Pinch's amazing jalapeno elderflower gimlets). Also cool: The periodical "pop-up" food presentations. One even involved the waiters serving pretzels that hung from a wire they were holding aloft. To find out more about what Pinch Food Design can offer for weddings, visit pinchfooddesign.com, and find more innovative menu ideas in our Food & Drinks gallery. —Lauren Matthews