The concept of the design of the platter and cloches derived from the culture of the people who built and are building Canada; inviting, sharing, supportive, diverse yet harmonious.
The form of the platter emulates a drop of water on a lake and the ripple it creates capturing one of the most tranquil and beautiful moments you can experience in a Canadian natural setting.
Water itself signifies the life force. Everything grows from water and our bodies are made up primarily of water. Canada is fortunate to have one of the biggest reserves of fresh water in the world. We are thankful for this and we happily share our waters.
Elements of the platter highlight distinctive features of our country. The garnishes on the outer ring recall the diversity, equality and harmony which underpin Canadian society. Each meat portion is raised on five arms shaped like rib bones exhibiting the exertion of team work. There are also three detachable small trays on the platter which recall hockey pucks and/or cranberry farming ponds hinting at our culture and cuisine.
A circular shape unites all these elements following the practice of the indigenous sunrise ceremony, a symbol of communal sharing. With the drop of water at the focal point we expressed our respect for the cycle of growth and the sharing of life’s bounty through food.