Fig Leaf Collection
Inspired by the spectacular wine country of Northern California, the Fig Leaf Collection celebrates the lifestyle and elegant yet welcoming spirit of the region. The collection features melamine and fine paper dinnerware in beautiful neutrals and stunning metallic finishes. Outdoor entertaining plays an integral role in the Northern Californian lifestyle. Meals are often served beautifully in the open air surrounded by nature, and the fig leaf and woodgrain details of this collection bring the beauty of nature to a table setting. Casual and chic, the Fig Leaf Collection can be integrated flawlessly with the Michael Aram Fig Leaf collection and is perfect for wine tastings or outdoor events.
MADHOUSE Ideas from Michael Aram
“I love to entertain outdoors in my backyard where, in season I often serve grilled figs stuffed with goat cheese and wrapped in prosciutto. Since figs are a symbol of abundance, I can’t think of anything more perfect to share with friends.” –Michael Aram
Host a Sommelier-Led Patio Wine Party
Transform your patio into the epitome of a Northern California wine tasting venue with this elegant dinnerware and a sommelier-for-hire—one of the newest entertaining trends. Sommeliers are stepping off the restaurant floor and into private homes to lead customized events from a wine class to a wine-pairing dinner party. Hiring a sommelier creates an intimate setting with personalized attention, provides your guests with a unique experience and allows you to sit back and relax during the event.
When planning a sommelier-led event, the first step is to decide the type of event you’d like to host. If you boast an extensive wine collection, host a private cellar tasting. The sommelier will come into your cellar or review a spreadsheet of the wines you have available and make suggestions on which to serve. During the event, the sommelier may share a brief written description of each wine in addition to the stories behind the wines or other details unknown to the experienced wine taster.
If you don’t have a large collection, a sommelier-for-hire can also suggest wines from a local shop for a wine tasting or class. By meeting with you before the event, the sommelier can determine the wine knowledge of your guests and tailor the event to blend education with entertainment. This is a great option for less experienced tasters. Guests may be provided with more extensive descriptions about the wine and perhaps a wine tasting scorecard to track memos about the wines.
For a larger, more extravagant option, some sommeliers partner with a chef (or double as a chef) to create a menu to match wines from your cellar or purchased from a local vendor. You can choose to host a full-fledged dinner party with a wine pairing for each course or an event focused on the wine with appetizers that pair with the different wines. For these events, the team will usually rely on the host for tableware and dinnerware. If you choose to host alfresco, the MADHOUSE Fig Leaf collection of melamine and fine paper options create easy clean up and avoid the fear of damaging more expensive dinnerware.
Welcoming a sommelier into your home for a wine tasting or dinner party is a great way to provide your guests with intimate outdoor entertainment in an elegant yet casual setting. It’s an event not-to-be-forgotten.