As you know, I am a connoisseur of fancy things. I speak in a fake British accent, hold my pinky aloft, and always fold my napkins in some sort of delightful bird shape. Not really, but years of eating at restaurants has taught me how to make even the most mundane food look fancy. So here are my tips to fancy things up!
- Write a menu. This is a lot of work, I know. But hey, so is cooking! Plus, it might help you plan your menu if you’re forced to actually write it down and print it out. Bonus points for nice cardstock or fancy fonts. Just please don’t use Comic Sans or Papyrus. No one takes those fonts seriously.
- Find other names for your food. That chocolate cake you baked? Couldn’t you call it a dense bittersweet chocolate cake with meringue topping? Sounds way more impressive, n’est-ce pas?
- Serve tiny portions. NOTHING is fancier than tiny portions. If you can, break everything down into individual things. Think simplicity.
- Serve things on platters. Seems more impressive.
- Never serve things how they would appear in a grocery store/nature. This cookie, for example, was cracked open, the filling remade from scratch, and put back together all caddywhompus. It is no longer a cookie – it is a work of art.