A Feast for Your Eyes

Creating banquet presentations as sumptuous to the eyes as pleasing to the palate

The goal of an event, whether a formal wedding reception, casual business luncheon or conference break-time snack buffet, ultimately comes down to creating a memorable experience for guests. Food and beverage service, more specifically how the food and drinks are displayed, plays a prominent role in a guest’s overall experience at an event.

Disney is known for creating outstanding experiences for people visiting its theme parks. Robert Gilbert, executive chef for Magic Kingdom® Park, has said that a great event is about creating an immersive and authentic experience for their guests. He added, “To that end, the food not only needs to pair with the beverage but also the entertainment, décor, lighting, content, etc.”

Creative food presentation is essential. The way food is showcased on the plate and at the banquet table can make an ordinary event extraordinary.

“It’s often said we eat first with our eyes,” said Susan J. Dountas, director of foodservice marketing for Libbey Inc. “Creating an impressive food display that’s a feast for the eye is sure to get guests talking and make your event one to remember.”

The key is to create an exceptional presentation that highlights the food and beverages but doesn’t compromise on a guest’s ability to partake of them. The stylish appearance of Libbey® Foodservice’s patented Banquet Tree® adds a dramatic look to provide the “wow” factor guests want without sacrificing the functionality needed for guests to access the food. A variety of plate and bowl holders can be arranged around the 28” center pillar enabling countless configurations for presentations, big or small, that are the captivating focal point of any banquet display.

The inspired selection of innovative, highly versatile banquet and buffet products from Libbey – with an array of styles, shapes and sizes – brings distinctive aesthetic appeal to any occasion. Mixing and matching materials, from shiny and brushed metal bowls and wood risers to colorful ceramic serveware and small plates in unexpected shapes is an artful way to bring visual interest to event presentations.

“Our Banquet Tree and coordinating serveware enable caterers and chefs to beautifully express their creativity however their imagination leads,” Dountas said. “Additionally, our vast dinnerware, glassware and metalware offerings bring seamless coordination to the entire room, elevating the total experience.”

“Careful attention to every detail will ensure the experience envisioned for the guests comes to life,” she added.

About Libbey Foodservice

Libbey® Foodservice, a division of Libbey Inc., sets the standard in the foodservice industry for design, quality and service. Offering a full spectrum of inspired tableware products from fine dining to casual, it manufactures and distributes the complete tabletop, including Libbey Glassware, Syracuse® China and World® Tableware dinnerware and flatware. In addition, Libbey Foodservice distributes the Artistry Collection™, which includes SCHÖNWALD dinnerware, Spiegelau and Nachtmann glassware, and Reed & Barton flatware, in select markets. For more information, visit

About Libbey Inc.

Based in Toledo, Ohio, Libbey Inc. is one of the largest glass tableware manufacturers in the world. Libbey Inc. operates manufacturing plants in the U.S., Mexico, China, Portugal and the Netherlands. In existence since 1818, the company supplies tabletop products to retail, foodservice and B2B customers in over 100 countries. Libbey's global brand portfolio, in addition to its namesake brand includes Crisa, Royal Leerdam, Syracuse China and World Tableware International. In 2014, Libbey Inc.'s net sales totaled $852.5 million. Additional information is available at