Farm-to-table dining has fueled the industrial chic look, which has become a leading design trends in recent years. This look reminds us of barns and turn-of-the-century warehouses. The feel reinforces food that is less processed and more natural.
It’s a local, fresh look—even sustainable. People like the feeling they gain from it, because it gives a sense of comfort and security. A lot of pieces such as centerpieces or décor, are repurposed or reclaimed. Our décor selection echoes a lot of that with crates and bottles.
It’s important for your farm-to-table buffet to support this theme of authenticity. Follow these two rules to accomplish the look.
Rule No. 1 for Farm-to-Table Buffets: Use Color Carefully
Color can be one of the most impactful elements of visual merchandising. So, it’s important to use it carefully in your farm-to-table buffet. In fact, you may want to eliminate color altogether in your displayware, and stick to vessels that are black, white or have a wood look. White is particularly good for providing a bright background that lets the color of your food stand out.
Subtle use of color in your accents, such as pops of green grass may be appropriate. Otherwise, stick to color that is within the range of the wood used in your chafers and décor.
Rule No. 2 for Farm-to-Table Buffets: Incorporate a Variety of Textures
The farm-to-table look is all about mixing and matching. A tabletop might incorporate a mix of China patterns. The buffet can similarly be pieced together with unfinished brick, pallets or other wood. Avoid stainless steel and other shiny or smooth surfaces. As a base for the buffet, use burlap or a runner with nubby texture.
Chalkboard is an excellent choice for signage. Use it for labeling the foods but also tell a story about the food. People are interested in learning where their food comes from and how it is grown.