If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably put off socialising because your busy lifestyle makes it hard to find time to shop for, and create, the beautiful food your occasion deserves. If that’s true, you might find Platter Wonderland interesting. After winning one of their platter boxes on Instagram, I served it at home to three girlfriends, and was shocked at how stress-free it made catching up with friends.
For owner, Manar Barakat, Platter Wonderland is a second food business. She started her food career with Sundweesh, a Middle Eastern catering company, three and a half years ago. Manar explained that she conceived Platter Wonderland at the beginning of the year with the aim to “create beauty through food.” Her resulting platters have kept some Sunweesh-style mezze influences with hummus, beetroot dip, pumpkin felafel, dried figs and stuffed olives. Her curiousity about food sees them also travel the globe to bring you a boutique selection of charcuterie, fresh fruit and vegetables, cheeses and chocolates.
Catering for my gluten intolerant friend was no problem for Manar, because, as she explained, she “hates it when people miss out”. She produced an appropriate platter box accompanied by two different types of crackers, one of which was wheat-free. The platter box was hand-delivered, at precisely the time we arranged, in a clear-topped cardboard tray that looked presentable, and saved on washing up. Manar’s platter boxes come in Small ($97), Medium ($147) and Large ($267) and cater for two to ten people.
By my reckoning, this generous medium four-person lunch platter box could have easily have fed six. What surprised me about this experience, how much more fun socialising was when my attention was focused totally upon enjoying time with my guests.
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