Vegetable Parchment Platter

Margaret Dorfman's platters exhibit pressed "floral" arrangements made from parchment-thin vegetable slices
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Margaret Dorfman

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Margaret Dorfman's platters exhibit fresh-from-the-garden looks, but what you might not realize is that her floral arrangements are actually from the vegetable garden. The artist transforms slices of vibrant vegetables into beautiful displays that evoke the stems, leaves, and blooms of popular flowers. Her slender, recycled glass platters make bountiful--and fitting--backdrops for stacks of crisp asparagus spears, crudite, and vivid roasted veggies, as well as after-dinner sweets. Handmade in California.

See how Margaret is striving to be sustainable in the face of drought in California on the blog.

Due to the handmade nature of this item, each is unique and will vary.

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Margaret Dorfman

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Margaret Dorfman

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Margaret's work is made by hand from over 40 different varieties of fresh fruits and vegetables that are cured, dried, pressed and aged in a 10-14 day process. The translucent parchments that result capture and preserve the jewel-like colors and intricate structures that are characteristic of each fruit or vegetable. She calls this Vegetable Parchment, because the texture and translucency calls to mind the vellum parchments of medieval Europe.

Margaret realized at an early age that the best materials like acorns, bark, moss and feathers weren't found in stores. She still believes that the best materials are found in unexpected places, such as Chinatown for lotus root and bok choy, small Mexican mercados for chili peppers and papaya, Japanese markets and Korean groceries for green necked daikon. Though she now uses a produce supplier, she still visits these places with an eye out for the novel.

Everything is cut by hand with an old-fashioned mandolin slicer and a wickedly sharp assortment of knives. Her studio follows sustainable practices, using reclaimed water and recyclable packaging, and no toxic products are used. Leftovers are composted, recycled or donated to the local zoo.

Margaret earned degrees in Linguistics and Anthropology from U.C. Davis. She then went on to gain fluency in American Sign Language, and worked for many years as a sign language interpreter. For the last 13 years she has done this work full-time at her studio in Northern California, where she lives with her husband and son.

"It is deeply satisfying to work with these fruit and vegetables," says Margaret. "There seems to be alchemy involved as they transform from the familiar and commonplace and become objects of unexpected beauty. But I know it is not magic--and I am not really creating something new. I am only uncovering what was always there to see."

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Handmade Made in the USA
Made from
polymer, vegetables, Glass
Measurements
12" L x 4" W x 0.75" H
Care
Hand wash; do not soak. Not intended for holding hot foods or liquids.
Item ID
26563

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UncommonGoodsVegetable Parchment Platter
 
3.3

(based on 6 reviews)

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4.0

beautiful platter, although much smaller than i expected.

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from Pittsburgh, PA

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Pros

  • BEAUTIFUL
  • Unique

Cons

  • small

Best Uses

  • display

Comments about UncommonGoods Vegetable Parchment Platter:

I purchased this as a gift for a friend who is an avid gardener. i'm not sure how she intends to use it, but she loved it! it is beautiful, although much smaller than i anticipated.

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  • Yes
  • Who was the recipient of this product?:
  • Other
  • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
  • Christmas or Hanukkah

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5.0

Everyone loved it!

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from Fl

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Comments about UncommonGoods Vegetable Parchment Platter:

Beautiful

Service and delivery comments:

Everything I ordered arrived on time.

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  • Yes
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  • Other
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  • Christmas or Hanukkah

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1.0

Catalog did not represent the platter acurately

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from Townsend, DE

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Pros

  • Size Expected

Cons

  • Disappointing

Best Uses

  • None

Comments about UncommonGoods Vegetable Parchment Platter:

I was hoping for more color. Instead it had more dark green leaf, and less beautiful purple color which is why I ordered it. Was supposed to be a wedding gift, but I chose to return it.

Service and delivery comments:

Delivery was prompt.

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  • Yes
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  • Other
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  • Wedding

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5.0

Gorgeous and unique serving platter

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from Sacramento, CA

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Pros

  • BEAUTIFUL
  • Durable
  • Unique
  • Well-sized

Cons

    Best Uses

    • display
    • Serving

    Comments about UncommonGoods Vegetable Parchment Platter:

    I gave this to my mother for her birthday and she LOVES IT! She's a bit of a collector of beautiful serving platters, and she didn't have anything this interesting and unique in her collection. She loves vegetables, and this is such a cool and beautiful way to use them!

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    • Yes
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Mother
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    • Birthday

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    3.0

    Much Darker Leaves Than Expected

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    from Austin, Texas

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    Comments about UncommonGoods Vegetable Parchment Platter:

    I have not used the tray so I cannot spew to its utility. It is lovely, to be sure, but completely disappears on my dark countertop. I would have preferred a different photo and/or some copy to warn against this possibility. I am going to return with the request that the package handler exchange it for another that shows lighter leaves. We'll see! Love this concept and everything I get at Uncommon Goods is always a hit.

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    • No
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    • Self
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    • Other

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    2.0

    Not exactly what I had in mind

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    from Boston

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    Pros

    • Design idea

    Cons

    • SIZE
    • Texture

    Best Uses

      Comments about UncommonGoods Vegetable Parchment Platter:

      I was thinking of using this as a serving dish, but it really wasn't large enough. When I thought about keeping it anyway, I didn't like the polymer texture, the vegetables didn't seem as graphic as they were in the photograph. Oh well.

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