The festive season calls for many a social gathering.
Up your skills as a host by learning how to make a grazing board that rivals the professionals.
Ruby Red Star Homewares & Lifestyle is a female-owned local business that hosts masterclasses on all things home and heart, from learning how to be a good plant parent, upping your knowledge of skincare, to making perfect grazing platters.
On a sunny Saturday afternoon, we attended Graze Anatomy, where we learned how to build a beautiful grazing platter by Tania Pradun of Amazing Grazers, a catering business specialising in made-to-order gourmet grazing platters, tables and platterboxes.
The intimate masterclass welcomes people of all age and ability. Our session hosted around 12 women, many of which came in pairs as friends or mother-daughter duos. Tania hosts one workshop per month, and says they’re also popular with couples.
There are two parts to the two-hour masterclass. First, Tania demonstrates how she builds her platters. Using detailed explanation and anecdotes, the tone is conversational, and she encourages questions along the way. Then, students must use the second hour and the huge trestle-table filled with fresh and gourmet produce to build their own.
Included in the price of the workshop, each person is given a wooden platter and all of the ingredients necessary, including cheeses, fruit and vegetables, meats, bread and crackers, pickled accompaniments, dips and relishes, nuts and dry fruits, and some other special goodies that are best saved as a surprise.
Perhaps helped by the ever-flowing wine on hand, the chit-chatter is effervescent, and any wary students are encouraged by Tania who spends the second half of the workshop walking the room offering advice.
Once construction is done, students and their platters are photographed, and the platters wrapped up neatly for a safe journey home. Students are also given an unexpected additional bundle filled with a stainless-steel cheese knife, a handy cheat sheet for future grazing endeavours, and an envelope filled with more surprise goodies.
At this point, Tania says two magical words – “dig in!” – and the platter for which she so lovingly demonstrated for the class is quickly demolished.
Students leave with a sense of pride for what they’ve accomplished in just two hours, a huge platter to share with friends and family at home, and the confidence to do it all again.
With their February date already sold out, secure your place at Graze Anatomy with Tania Pradun on Saturday 21 March here.