An Epicurean Experience
We even gave the cuisine a vineyard vibe, serving sherry-glazed beef and other hors d'oeuvres on wooden planks known as wine staves. And because aroma is a key component of wine, we used subtle scents, such as the delicate perfume of fresh lavender, to give the decor a deeper dimension. Here, a bed of young garlic atop a wine stave is a beautiful backdrop for haute hors d'oeuvres: petite Parmesan pudding on focaccia, filet of beef with Spanish sherry, smoked duck breast on thyme crepe with port and beef kebab with saffron-vanilla cream, all by Francisco Machado for Nine Catering, ninecatering.com. Similar wine staves available on eBay, ebay.com.