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Winter & wine wonderland

With 15 years of hospitality experience under her belt, Josette Saad certainly knows how to set a beautiful table. After working for major Lebanese hotels, she started the hospitality consultancy, Tourismco, as well as Muscat, a highly personalized catering and event planning business. The art de la table maven walks us through two very different wintertime tables, just in time for the season’s festivities.

According to Saad, art de la table is just like fashion, it changes every season. With each season, as well as for various holidays and events, a new theme can be created – and the sky is the limit. From colors and textures, to special holiday elements, there’s loads you can do on a tabletop. This winter, Saad says the trend is minimalist and cool. Go for a calm white and grey color scheme, and keep things pure, clean and simple.

For the exclusive winter table she created for Taste & Flavors, she evokes the feeling of being at an authentic winery. From statement placemats made of wood, to a centerpiece she fashioned out of an authentic old vine overhung with grapes, as well as charming touches like preserved leaves, cinnamon sticks, wine corks, and lots of candles, the table is cozy yet classy and creative.

Saad stresses that food should always be the most important element on a table. “Food shouldn’t be lost in the décor. It’s the main thing and it should be balanced by the rest of the table.”

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