The term ‘amuse bouche’ is French for bite-sized appetizers or hors d’oeuvres, also sometimes called simply ‘starters’. Pastry Chef Corner has a wide range of items designed to serve these before-meal tidbits with style and flair, ranging from the simplest bamboo skewers to a collection of upscale and elegant deluxe, plastic cups. It is currently considered both trendy and environmentally friendly to utilize bamboo disposables at wedding receptions, buffets and other functions where hors d’oeuvres are being served. They are a particular favorite of caterers, as they lend a certain flavor with their varied colors, natural beauty and eco-friendliness.
Bamboo skewers are also great for grilling fish, kabobs, satay, chicken and for serving cubed fruit, cheese and skewered vegetables. Apparently, they are also critical for serving an authentic ‘Signature Cocktail’. It’s important to remember when using bamboo skewers for grilling that they need to be soaked in water beforehand, for 20 to 30 minutes, to prevent them from igniting while on the grill.
Although meant to be disposable after use, these skewers are recyclable (since they are organic) and can even be cleaned and reused if used for other than cooking. Bamboo skewers come in a variety of sizes and designs, and the Pastry Chef Corner has dozens of different styles available. These include loop-top picks from 3.5 inches to 6 inches in length, knotted skewers, paddle skewers and those with a colored mini-ball fixed at the end. They are also available with colorful braided ends and even with a pedestal base for displaying the skewered food in an upright position.
Pastry Chef Corner can be accessed through a couple of websites, bambooskewers.com and restaurantware.com. You will also find a large assortment of other serving ideas on these sites, from mini-boats and bowls to plates and wooden serving cones. Enjoy!