Supper Service

GOODS: Summer serving dishes

All too often, outdoor party hosts end up splitting salad for 25 guests into a mish-mash of semilarge mixing bowls pulled from the dark recesses of their kitchen cupboards. While there’s nothing wrong with mixed-use bowls, why not show off your garden salad or grilled vegetables in an elegant container that can actually contain it all? Although English trugs were originally used for hauling harvested flowers and vegetables from the garden, they work just as well as serving dishes. Modern, food-friendly designs have recently hit the shelves in home and gardening stores—go for the polished look of the acacia trugs from Smith & Hawken (26 NW 23rd Ave; 503-274-9561), which come in large ($89) and small ($39) sizes.