Restaurant Interiors : Running a restaurant from your dining room isn’t as complicated as you might think. And, if you enjoy entertaining, it’s great fun! Here’s how Maria from Lisbon hosts like a professional in her own home.
‘I always make lots of courses – I like to enjoy as many tastes as possible in one meal!’
Maria, dinner party host, Portugal
‘Presentation, food, table setting, conversation – they’re all parts of a whole,’ says Maria, who runs a catering business from her kitchen. ‘I like to lay a simple white table cloth, and change around the plates I use. Sometimes I use two service sets for one meal – mixing plain plates with patterned.’
Set up for sharing
‘Everything’s served at the table, so everyone can just help themselves. I bring out a few courses at a time, so dinners always end very late! And we always stay chatting at the table. It’s what I like best – sharing food, and sharing stories.’