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When I was first introduced to the Stardust Collection at Walker Zanger’s Los Angeles showroom, my mind immediately began swirling with thoughts of the glamourous moments that could be created while entertaining at home. Highly-textured lava stone mixed with metallics may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about creating the perfect dish for guests, but for me as a food and tabletop stylist, it definitely lends the opportunity for unexpected luxury. This collection is filled with deep dark hues and warm earth-toned palettes while showcasing a slight twinkle of celestial sparkle mixed with patterns reminiscent of 70s glam and opulence—all of these scream, “Oh là là!”
I’ve picked three of my favorites from the collection and turned each into a spirited, culinary pairing. From era-appropriate cocktails to foods that mimics the colors and textures of each tile, I’m so excited to share my inspiration from the Stardust collection with you! It’s five o’clock somewhere…
Cosmos in Glam
Happy hour is the perfect time to play up the drama with dark colors and texture. Serving a shared dish—such as steamed mussels in a butter garlic sauce alongside a few coupes of champagne—makes for an easy-to-pull-together (but still luxurious) way to celebrate moments together at home. The inspiration for this dish pairing was the black and grey metallic notes in the color Glam that are very similar to the mussels’ shells. Slight sand-like texture from the lava stone paired with a glimmer of iridescence… these two are a match made in heaven, especially when you tie in the dark flatware and blooms. Never be afraid of monochromatic décor; the impact can be surprisingly stunning when layering different textures!
Link in Twilight + Apollo in Moon Rock
The minute I saw the Link tile in Twilight, I felt like I was sitting in a swanky, mid-century hotel lounge. The tiles are strong, the texture is striking and it makes you want to take a seat and enjoy the view… perhaps with a tropical cocktail in hand!? Tiki cocktails were making a moment during this era, and the Singapore Sling was one of the most popular drinks of the time. This vibrant libation was considered both glamorous and exotic—not to mention it is both daring in color and garnish, which pops off so perfectly from the tile’s moonscape tones! I really felt the need to play with pattern for this cocktail and doubled up the Link tiles on top of Apollo in Moon Rock. By sticking to a common color theme, contrasting patterns deliver a very strong geometric message without feeling too busy. But make sure you don’t stop the layering there! Design doesn’t stop on the table top—make sure to carry the theme over into your cocktail as well by having fun with the garnishing. Try to experiment with contrasting colored tropical fruits in fun shapes and textures topped with edible blooms. There is no question that this happy hour will transport you into sunshine no matter what time of year!
Hexagon Mosaic in Solar
Is there anything more magnificent than the natural pattern found in the bee’s honeycomb!? So structured and perfect—a pattern so soothing on the eyes. When I saw this tile, I knew I had to choose the Solar colorway; the warm natural tones with a slight sunlit gleam reminded me of the natural grasses lining a honeybee farm I recently visited in Point Reyes, CA. To take that gorgeous memory further, I wanted to mirror those shapes, textures and colors with a beautiful cheese board for friends using fresh honeycomb from the farm. Where a cheese board is a common sight at many gatherings, it should never be boring! By adding vibrant ingredients that range from sour to sweet and play off the tile’s color palette, you create an adventure of flavors to try. Fruits and pickles play nicely together, especially when arranged delicately around cheeses of choice. By topping your masterpiece with a brick of fresh honeycomb, you’re adding an unexpected whimsical touch that will be appreciated by all… and what a perfect time of year to start playing with different flavor combinations for the upcoming holidays!
Thank goodness there’s a weekend in sight with so many happy hours to entertain with any of these recipes in mind. Even better, let’s mix together all three. Which tiles get you in the mood to entertain with the sparkle and glamour of the Stardust collection!?