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Dillard’s Next Tabletop Designers Revealed!

Dillard’s and Red Clay are excited to announce not 1 but 3 (!) winners for the Red Clay Farm to Table Design project!

You told us which wooden servingware you wanted to see in our stores for April 2013 – and here they are.

(Drumroll, please).



Congratulations to:



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Touchdown! The Best Tailgating Recipes

You can feel the buzz around you –cooler weather, family and friends decked out in an explosion of color, the thundering roar of the stadium…

It’s Game Day!

College football is revving up, and fans everywhere are breaking out their tents and chairs, cleaning out grills and coolers and brushing up on the fight song. Check out our handy-dandy tailgating checklists to make sure you don’t forget anything.

Tailgating Setup Checklist – You can print out this checklist – we’ve left spaces for you to check as you go along!

Tailgating Food and Beverages Checklist – Print this out and check things off as you go along!

You need 3 basic things for tailgating:

  1. Gear.
  2. Friends who support the same teams as you.
  3. And food.

Easy ready-to-go tailgating snacks, like Deviled Eggs and Chicken and Honey Sandwiches make concentrating on supporting the team so much easier.

If you are the go-to tailgating grill, check out these awesome Tailgating Recipes for the Grill, like Vegetable Kabobs and Honey-BBQ Chicken.

For hardcore fans, your tailgating menu can even reflect the teams you support. Take a look at these 14 Team-Inspired Tailgating Dishes and College Football Cupcakes.

Can’t get enough? We’ve got you covered.

Get ideas for the sartorial side of tailgating – dressing for games is definitely a highlight of going, and no matter what your style, you can incorporate winning fashion into it.

Or check out our entertaining tips for those away games or when a big group is gathering to watch the game on TV.

Which college teams do you support? Let us know!

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Farm To Table Project: Last Day to Vote!

Growing up, my family had china, fine china, Christmas china – and paper plates. More often than not, if I was being schlepped to dance class or Girl Scouts, I was eating off a paper plate (or out of a bag).

But, every now and again, there was this great big wooden serving bowl that my mother would use to serve simple salads or soups out of. It had the most beautiful shape and finish – plus a wood grain texture that made it different from all our other servingware.  And therefore, I remember it (I couldn’t even tell you what color our regular china was).

Many of the submissions in Dillard’s Farm to Table design project remind me of this bowl – not because they look similar, but because they leave a lasting impression.

The Farm to Table voting deadline has been extended until tonight at midnight – it is the last day to vote on which designs will be sold in Dillard’s stores in 2013!

Like this bowl? Vote here for it in the Red Clay Farm to Table project.

Smoked Salmon-Avocado Salad would be tasty and easy to serve from this bowl.

Like this bowl? Vote here for it in the Red Clay Farm to Table project.

Try serving some Quick Hummus Dip in this bowl; pair it with flatbread, pita chips or your favorite vegetable.

Like this bowl? Vote here for it in the Red Clay Farm to Table project.

The temperatures will be changing soon, and nothing is better as a starter or main course than a selection of Creamy Fall Soups. These recipes contain some fall product favorites, like squash, apples and pumpkin.

We hope you had as much fun picking out your favorites as we did. Go check out and vote on other creative submissions before midnight tonight!

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Which submission did you vote for as your favorite? 

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Bonus Word of the Week: Amuse-Bouche

Happy Labor Day! To celebrate the holiday, we have a bonus Word of the Week.

Amuse-Bouche (uh-MYUZ-boosh) – noun

A small, single bite, similar to an hors d’œuvre. It is usually given as a freebie before a meal, a preview of the chef’s vision or cooking style, offered at their discretion. It is not on the menu. In French, it translates literally to “mouth amuser.”

Present your own Amuse-Bouche in a serving plate like SEPP by Atomare Design. SEPP is a submission in our Farm to Table project.

This unusual serving can be freely divided into smaller or larger compartments to accommodate the dish.

Like this serving plate? Vote here to see in it Dillard’s stores in Spring 2013. You can also check out and vote on other creative submissions.

By the very nature of Amuse-Bouche, it can be whatever your palate imagines. For inspiration, you can view some of Southern Living’s “bites” ’ here.

Now, go create some Amuse-Bouche (or use it in a sentence) and make us proud!

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The “Everything” Platter: Endless Possibilities

“I’m only going to buy one thing,” you think as you walk into a store. That one thing might be cutlery for your friend’s upcoming wedding. One thing, one thing…

But then, the servingware catches your eye. A serving platter, and it’s so unique, it starts to give you dreams of merrymaking grandeur. You don’t regularly host dinner parties or entertain, but this dish makes you want to.

Such a dish exists! (Or rather, it will if you want it to). Like the platter below? Vote here to see it in Dillard’s stores in Spring 2013. You can also check out and vote on other creative submissions.

This handy all-in-one serving dish, designed by Chariton Alexakis for our Farm to Table project, has endless possibilities.

Put this tasty Peanut Butter Dip in the middle, and surround it with pieces of fruit, varying the degrees of sweetness. Strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, honeydew, grapes – go wild! Or, fill it with snackables like different mixtures of nuts, cheese straws, trail mixes and the like. There are 9 spaces to fill.

A salsa dip in the middle, with various textures of chips surrounding it is sure to be a winner. You can also place the chips in the middle compartment, with different dips in the surrounding spaces.

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What arrangements would you put in this bowl? Let us know in the comments below!

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Plate Presentation: 4 Tips to Keep in Mind


When you serve food, picture what it looks like on the plate. Meat on the left. Potatoes next to it. Are you bored already?

Heighten the visual appeal of your plates with our suggestions, featuring submissions from our Farm to Table project.


Set the tone with the shape of the plate – you can use a traditional round shape, like this design submission from Chariton Alexakis, or go with a modern square.

You can also contrast the shape of your food with the shape of the plate. Try these triangle-shaped Pickled Summer Squash Quesadillas for a tantalizing statement.


For wooden servingware, like these Mango Plates by Julian Lwin,  use brightly colored food to contrast the darker shade of the plate.

A Grilled Marinated Vegetable Salad has lively red, yellow and green hues that complement the plate beautifully.


Decorating a plate is as easy as adding a sprig of parsley! Using garnishes, especially edible garnishes that accompany the dish, is an excellent way to adorn a plate.

  • Herbs that work well with the food:
  • Sauces
  • Edible flowers (Many edible flowers are also herbs, like chives and garlic).

Serve this Shrimp and Artichoke Salad, garnished with lemon wedges and edible flowers, on these plates by Marco Gallegos.


Switch up where the food is placed. In this Chicken Scaloppine with Spinach and Linguine, the pasta, asparagus, spinach and tomatoes are served on top of the chicken, instead of the other way around.

These plates by Rhiannon Fleming will look picture-perfect with chicken scaloppine.

Sometimes it is ok to play with your food.

Like any of these plates? Check them out, as well as other creative submissions and vote here to see them in Dillard’s stores in Spring 2013.



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Servers: Pear Appetizers and Main Dishes


Autumn has a way of sneaking in under windows and doors – all of a sudden, you need that extra blanket on the bed and fun layers to transition from summer to fall.

Pears are in season right now; the sweet, tangy and crisp varieties of the fruit make delicious arrangements for our featured Farm to Table submission: Present and Oblong servers.

Like these servers? Vote here to see them in Dillard’s stores in Spring 2013. You can also check out and vote on other creative submissions.

These servers can be used to present all courses of a meal – the starters, the main dish and dessert!


Pile an oblong server high with fragrant Rosemary, Pear and Asiago Scones.


We are going to do something unusual and “pear” the appetizer (sorry, couldn’t resist!)  Pancetta Crisps with Goat Cheese and Pear – with this decadent Stuffed Pumpkin with Cranberry-Raisin Bread Pudding. Arranging the crisps artfully around the pumpkin dish on either an oblong or present server is sure to make a lasting impression.

The stuffed pumpkin calls for all things sinfully delightful: butter, sugar, pecans, cranberries and a rich Lemon-Vanilla Sauce.

Main Dish:

The present-shaped servers are perfect to display the Spicy Fruit-Stuffed Pork Loin with Roasted Pears and Onions. As the recipe notes, you won’t need a centerpiece if this is on the menu – this savory meat with pear glaze and bits of dried fruit and sage will steal the show.

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What’s your favorite thing about fall? Let us know in the comments below!


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