The inspiration was the bakery in the film “It’s Complicated”… When we designed our Escario Central restaurant, I wanted to have a display table near the entry of the restaurant. We could display some of our retail goods, put floral or fruit arrangements, have it serve as an area of interest while folks waited for their lechon to be chopped, or customers could mill about while their tables to be readied. It shouldn’t be a surprise that movies with great restaurant, dining room/table, kitchen and food store scenes are a favorite of mine, so the idea was to try and create something along those lines. Of course we did it on a very modest scale, but one day, I too, will have a food place and central display table like Meryl Streep’s bakery, here. :) Gotta aim high, always.
The tableau changes from week to week. Sometimes there are flowers, sometimes they die off and it isn’t market day yet so there’s something else on the table. Sometimes we get lucky and my favorite broas purveyor from Bohol sends us a shipment of freshly baked broas that we re-sell, and other times there are jams and jellies. Always there is chicharon. For this particular table, we have red/orange and yellow blooms (not sure what the flowers are actually) in kalabasa bowls… a Fall, Halloween, etc. kind of thing.
We also have a tall vase filled with some type of cypress or pine leaves, a harbinger of the holiday season ahead. The burst of color was particularly attractive on this table, and it is one of my favorite tableaus since we opened the restaurant over a month ago. Nearby is the lechon display area…
The bar is in the background. Under the glass-topped table are a couple of wine crates where we store more packages of chicharon. I love it when restaurants also fill this type of table with seasonal produce, and I want to copy that idea as well. So perhaps when bushels of freshly picked corn arrives, we can have it on the table, to indicate to clients what is freshest and seasonal. What is otherwise “precious” real estate where another 3-4 dining tables could have been placed and used to generate revenue, has become a personal favorite space in the restaurant, and it holds its own revenue wise as we have noticed more and more folks touching, examining, and often buying the goods that we put on display. :)