In the eco-friendly world, it will no longer be enough to eat your meal before getting dessert, you will have to eat your plate before you get dessert. In fact, your plate may even be dessert.
In a brilliant moment of inspiration, Université de Montréal industrial design professor Diane Bisson saw a vision of a world in which food product waste was drastically reduced and even recycling, as we know it, would carry a lesser burden. Edible plates and containers... The perfect and thorough recycling method.
Ms. Bisson stewed her ideas for 10 years until she finally applied and won a research grant allowing her to work with dietitians and chefs to create recipes for plates made without without preservatives, artificial colors or sugar. Their creations are beautiful, spanning all the colors of the spectrum with carved designs of varying thicknesses.
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Recipes are primarily vegetable-based, so the plates and containers are nutritious. Two hundred of her 400 edible prototypes were prepared for Ms. Bisson's new book launch at Commissaires design gallery in Montreal. They were very tasty, according to gallery owner Pierre Laramée.
(The book, Edible: The Food As Material will be available in late January. I'll let you know in the comment section below where it's being sold. It will have many recipes for edible containers that you can prepare at home.)
Many of the edible plates made for the book launch were made to blend with the foods they hold, both visually and taste-wise, like a carob plate made to serve sweets. Others included beets or poppyseeds as a base.
"They are very beautiful," Laramée told TheStar.com. "They are all so tempting. There is nothing boring about them."
"My ambition is really to try out as many shapes and as many
gastronomic food combinations as possible so that we can get into many
different markets," said Bisson. "I can see a lot of different venues." Just a few of those venues would be shopping mall food stands, hospitals, and catered food services.
Next project for Ms. Bisson is to work with a caterer to come up with a five course meal with accompanying edible plates and cutlery. Also, she will have to figure out how to preserve her edible plates without common preservatives, as her current container prototypes are drying up after awhile.
Edible plates, containers, and cutlery... Think of how they could tastefully change our world.