I received the most interesting present over Christmas that I’ve been meaning to write about for a couple weeks now. This was something I didn’t even know existed, but now that I know it exists, I shouldn’t be the least bit surprised, because it’s marvelous! I don’t know how we made do without one before. I can hear you saying, enough suspense already. Alright, so what I received over Christmas was a Slateplate. It is, as the name implies, a plate made out of slate! Amusing, right?!
Believe me, it sounded weird at first to me too, but let me assure you that it’s a more than fitting gift. Slate has never been my idea of something elegant or classy, but I may have to revisit those thoughts after my experience with this gift. It simply exudes an aura of sophistication that most objects don’t possess.
So more specifically, what I received was a slate cheese board from the company Slateplate. It’s an absolutely gorgeous, lush black color, which, let me tell you, rarely encompasses my feelings toward anything black. The black, for a slate serving board though, is a perfect fit. They even use it as plates for restaurants. As you can see in the link, the deep black really makes the food pop! Here, they discuss different materials used for restaurant dinnerware: https://www.slateplate.com/pages/which-tableware-material-should-you-use When you spread out a smattering of colorful foods, they look indescribably more beautiful on the slate than they do on ordinary serving platters.
I know it’s advertised as a cheese board, but so far my favorite thing to serve on it has been fruits and vegetables. Slices of apples, chopped melons, pineapple, grapes, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, diced peppers, and of course dressing or dipping sauce, are only some of the best candidates for the slate. The rainbow of colors produced even by the most ordinary food create a really fun and classy atmosphere. I cannot wait, I really cannot wait to be able to use the slate as a serving dish at my next house party. It’s just one of those things you know will be a hit, because it’s so unique, and so magnificently complements any array of food you’d dare to put on it.
The slate is perfectly clean, which wasn’t a concern of mine, but I feel some people might worry about that given that by its nature it’s a rock. The edges of the slate have been manufactured to perfect smoothness, so there isn’t a single rough patch on the entire thing. The top of it is cool to the touch and smooth, but Slateplate assures me it can also be used for piping hot food as well, which I have yet to try. It’s easy as pie to clean, just some soapy water and a sponge gets everything off it in seconds. According to Slateplate it’s also dishwasher safe, so if we put something messier on it, I think I’ll give that a whirl as well. It even has these cute little acrylic feet on the bottom with excellent grip so that it won’t slide on your countertops or table.
My husband, though he won’t admit it, has taken a liking to the slate. I caught him snacking off it once, whole slate in his lap, while he was watching TV. Our two sons adore it too. They can’t wait to “eat off the rock” again. Slateplate appears to offer a variety of sizes, so maybe one of these days I’ll surprise them and order a dinner set to use as regular plates. Wouldn’t that shock them!
While it seemed like something odd and little, I must admit to this being one of my favorite gifts this year. It was unique, thoughtful, and I’m sure a definite crowd pleaser. I can’t wait to get more usage out of my splendid slateplate.