A Trivet Is No Trivial Matter

by in Entertaining, Holidays, October 6th, 2012

felt trivets
Even the most delicious cuisine is enhanced by presentation. Think of it as a backdrop, a stage set that brings your feast to life. What I bring to the party is everything but the food itself. I’ve always been fascinated by how food is presented on tables and settings of all types. In this new weekly column, I’ll be sharing my favorite design snippets and scenarios, based on my adventures as a Food Network designer and an avid connoisseur of style and design. So feel free to indulge here, but with your eyes only.

Think of these as essential presentation elements. The collectible trivet, from the most basic to the highly embellished, protects your counter and table surfaces from heat damage.

metal trivetsYet trivets stand alone as decorative objects, the stage from which your bubbling creations seduce your dinner guests. Originally designed for cooking in a fireplace, where they prevented pots and pans from wobbling, trivets have come out of the fire and onto your kitchen or dining room table.

They can easily be found in all materials and sizes and have as many feet as there are numbers. Towels and pot holders will do in a pinch, but trivets lend a serene grace, and they last for years.

Nothing should come between you and your best cookware, except, perhaps, a trivet.

I’ve collected many trivets in my travels for Food Network prop collection. Above and below are some of my favorites.

wood trivets

Design Director Wendy Waxman has been at Food Network since its inception decorating sets, designing tabletop displays and special events, and styling cookbooks. Among her projects are the altar displays for Iron Chef America and the sets of 30 Minute Meals, Secrets of a Restaurant Chef, Cooking for Real and Ten Dollar Dinners. Wendy’s favorite pastime is sleuthing for colorful objects and she can be spotted pursuing her quest anywhere, anytime.

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    Affix your tiles to nontextured surface of the stone tile in any pattern that includes seams/joints using heat resistant glue and then wait for the adhesive to dry per any package instructions before applying grout.

  2. jenifer says:

    Hello Wendy, I have been watching the food network for years, it seems it's all we ever have on the tv! That being said, I see above that you help with the sets of Rachel Ray's and you also have written this blog about trivits. I was wondering if you might be able to point me in the right direction of the adorable trivits she has on her shows. The ones that look like little bubbles or circles if you will. They look to be a rubber or plastic or pvc type material and they are many colors. Either Orange and gray or other colors. Thanks so much for any help!

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  4. Letterboxes says:

    With iron ones, look at the mark on the underside of the trivet. Some marks have a higher value than others. For porcelain trivets, look for ones intact with minimal scratches or chips.

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