At Beekman 1802, we believe in heirlooms. We believe that heirlooms are anything that has an emotional value greater than its monetary value. Whenever we are designing something, we always think about whether it has that quality. If it’s a food product, it has to be something so unique that you’d want to share it. If it’s a product for the home, it has to be something made with such quality that it will last to the next generation.

Even our recipes are meant to be so simple and delicious that you’ll make them over and over again for your family, thus making them heirlooms for your table.

When we started planning out our new cookbook, Beekman 1802 Heirloom Vegetable, our intent was to create recipes that highlighted and flattered every single vegetable in our garden.

We used many of artist Frances Palmer‘s extraordinary ceramic pieces in the book.   When we were setting up shots during the photo shoot we often “cheated” the plates and platters a bit towards the camera–given them little bit of a lift.

Why don’t we do this when we are setting a platter of extraordinary food on our table?  It should receive its best “presentation”.

Working with Frances we came up with the idea of a unique platter that has just the slightest “heel” so that it truly elevates any culinary creation you put in it. The angle is minimal and the dish deep enough that you don’t have to worry about anything sliding out.  Every time you set the dish on your table, it will look just like a page out of the Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook!

“It is wonderful to be a part of Josh and Brent’s new cookbook, Beekman 1802 Heirloom Vegetable,” says Palmer.  “I share their commitment to quality, farming organically and making delicious meals with the best ingredients.  I am delighted to design a special Beekman 1802 platter in celebration of the book’s publication.”

I was intrigued by Brent’s request for a tilted foot.  I looked to Dutch still life paintings that present vegetables and flowers in this way.  I designed a baroque shape with scalloped edges and fluting that follows round organic forms.”

Each scallop, each bead, and each mark is hand-made and completely food-safe.



Click here to see the platter in the Beekman 1802 Mercantile








by Josh and Brent

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