Food pros dish on the crown jewels of their dinner spreads.

By Oset Babür
September 29, 2020
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Credit: Victor Protasio

Whether we’re hosting a dinner party or (lately) setting a lavish smaller spread, selecting the perfect vessel to complete each dish is one of our most treasured rituals. Turns out, we’re not alone. We asked chefs, food writers, and social butterflies to share their favorite conversation-starting and joy-sparking serving pieces. Here are their favorite finds, sourced from Australia to Italy.

Mud Large Pebble Bowl 


Author Hetty McKinnon is “quite picky” when it comes to serving vessels. “The slightly raised sides keep all the ingredients on the plate when dishing up,” she says. “It’s particularly great for oven-to-table recipes, like gratins and shakshuka for a large group.” $191 at shophorne.com

Felt + Fat Serving Tray


For Pam Willis, owner of Pammy’s in Cambridge, Massachusetts, these marbled platters are a beautiful alternative to wooden boards for displaying antipasto. “In fall, [I’d use it for] spaghetti squash with chile honey, whole-leaf mint, Taggiasca olives, and breadcrumbs,” she says. From $62 at feltandfat.com

Splatterware Platter


Compartés Chocolatier owner Jonathan Grahm loves using this glazed earthenware splatter piece for his chicken soup ragù pasta. Sourced from Puglia, Italy, this eye-catching piece is dishwasher-safe, making it an easy choice for impromptu, low-key celebrations. $240 at marchsf.com

Sarah Cihat Stellar Large Bowl


Trevor Moran collaborated with potter Sarah Cihat while executive chef of The Catbird Seat and plans on doing so again for his upcoming project in Nashville. Each one of these delicate, marbled porcelain bowls is slightly different, making them perfect for gifting or collecting. $100 at sarahcihat.com

Not Work Related Quadrant Serving Dish


L.A. food writer Katie Okamoto was drawn to Sarah Hussaini’s pieces at her studio Not Work Related for her strong architectural discipline as well as her playfulness, as evidenced in this stoneware serving piece with satin glaze. $135 at shopnotworkrelated.com