As you can tell from my pictures, I'm big on solid serving pieces and plates. My everyday dishes are white and most of my serving pieces are too. I find that white doesn't distract and keeps the focus on my food. To change things up, I add a few wooden and now some slate serving pieces, which have become my new favorites. Slate platters, like the one I have from Brooklyn Slate Company
, are perfect serving pieces because they are simple, provide high contrast to light foods (like cheese), and are easy to clean (getting dried soft cheese off of a cutting board hours after a party isn't fun - that doesn't happen with slate). I love that you can write on slate with chalk, so no one needs to guess or ask what's being served. Its's also fun for a tasting, like the honey tasting I served (pictured above).
Brooklyn Slate Company's slate platters
($25-32) are locally made (in NYS), super sturdy and they come perfect for gift giving. Each slate (choose black or red slate) comes with a burlap bag for storage and a little packet of chalk. I used the burlap bag to wrap the slate for gifting, and added a ribbon to complete the wrapping. It's a great gift either for your own serving arsenal or for you favorite hostess. Makes a great housewarming gift too.