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    Slate plates?

    American in france
    Fri Feb 15, 2008 6:31 am
    Experienced "Head Chef" Poster
    Just had a lovely valentine's dinner out last night and our last of 5 courses was brought out on a slate plate. It had a little doodle drawn on it in icing but other than that, it was a slate tile, not square but a little on the rectangle side. It was really great presentation. Anyone heard of using this? I am assuming you would have to seal a tile if you used just a regular one--if that is even possible.
    I hope someone has seen this also because it was really cool and I want to get some for dinner parties but I just need some input first.
    Fri Feb 15, 2008 1:49 pm
    Forum Host
    You've got me curious. You mean SLATE slate?? icon_lol.gif icon_lol.gif

    I mean, slate as in the slabs of stuff treated and used for floors? Or which you see when they dynamite away mountainsides for roads?

    The slate I know is quite brittle and breaks easily -- I'm not sure what they do with floor slate, but surely it is treated, or cut very thickly.

    Intriguing!!!! Also, what is fascinating is that slate is soooo ancient ... sediment layers from probably millions of years back, which have solidified ...

    I hope someone else knows more about this -- I'm really fascinated! I can imagine that it must look dramatic as tableware. icon_eek.gif icon_lol.gif
    Fri Feb 15, 2008 4:46 pm Groupie
    Wow! That is a very different and dramatic idea! I have a slate roof and have some "spare" slates in the carriage house, but never thought of using them as plates!!! Some people are so creative! I would love to see pictures!!!! Thanks for bringing this to our attention - wish I knew more about it but maybe someone else??? Jewel
    American in france
    Sat Feb 16, 2008 6:34 am
    Experienced "Head Chef" Poster
    I don't have pictures of the slate plates, sorry. But I am positive it was slate, as in slate slate. I am thinking they maybe treated the tile with a sealant. It was smoother than normal slate but it didn't have too much of a sheen. I am going to try to head down to the restaurant and ask what they use. It was a really cool presentation though. Keep you posted icon_lol.gif
    Sat Feb 16, 2008 1:10 pm Groupie
    I saw on tv awhile ago someone use a big slate floor tile to serve cheese on. The cheese was presented along the back of the tile and the names of the cheeses were written in chalk in front. Very creative and rustic looking!

    I guess like other stone there's nothing wrong with using it to serve food in, as long as it's clean.

    I have a set of slate coasters I bought one year on vacation.
    Sat Feb 23, 2008 3:59 pm Groupie
    I have seen flat slate trivets (could have been Pottery Barn or Crate and Barrel or one of those stores). It looked like it had a seal on it or a shine as if it were treated in some way. It may have had felt on the bottom too. Maybe you could do a Google image search. Sounds really nice.
    Thu Jul 28, 2011 9:51 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Hi there, I'm actually part of a company that makes the plates you are talking about. They are surprisingly inexpensive and they work really well for serving unique meal items that leave a lasting impression! Since ours are a deep black color, they really make vibrant dishes pop off the table!

    Slate is used a lot for cheese boards and trays and the like, and yes they are sealed, but it is only with mineral oil. They are also non-porous by nature so they are completely food safe. The ones you see in stores are typically going to be designed for use as a cheese board, but we sell many sizes online. Also, felt is ok, but we chose to use clear acrylic feet so that they are dishwasher safe.

    Anyway, we'd love to share some great meals with you on slate plates! You can find us here-

    Happy Eating!!!
    Fri Jul 29, 2011 2:33 pm
    Forum Host
    I'm fascinated!! icon_eek.gif

    Slate is so easily obtained where I am. In fact, DH ordered broken slate for the rutted drive up to our farmhouse (we do not live there, but need to get there).

    Lots have been used to stabilise the farm track surface, but there are still small heaps left ... I must go and have a look! Maybe I can find some I can use!! icon_eek.gificon_biggrin.gif
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