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GROSGRAIN HOMEWARES

08-Mar-2017
Written by Emma Brancatisano

Photography by Des Harris


When it comes to entertaining, nothing says a communal bite among friends more so than a two-metre wooden board overflowing with Turkish mezze.

Think fresh figs, laden with herbs and crumbled feta, aside a colourful array of heirloom tomatoes, meats and breadsticks - a feast that not only tastes tantalising, but looks as pretty as a picture.

For most of us, this can only resemble the work of Instagram’s most heralded food stylists. But owner of homewares store ‘Grosgrain Homewares’, Lisa Cribb, is easing our tentative minds, one workshop at a time.

“A lot of people feel daunted by the size of a gigantic cheese board and wonder how they’re ever going to fill it. We’re all so time-poor these days so we wanted to show people how entertaining on a large scale can actually be quite easy,” Cribb said.

Tucked away in Wahroonga - a pocket Cribb describes as “homewares heaven” - lives ‘Grosgrain Homewares’, a business with modest beginnings that is now the home of a series of locally-run workshops.

“I started by selling homewares through markets and holding open days at my home. When things progressed, I moved up to Wahroonga and, from there, things have evolved organically,” Cribb said.

“I grew up in a household that loved art and crafts, and I had a childhood obsession of my own with Grosgrain ribbons. So it was a natural pick for me!”

Over the years, Cribb has crafted and filled a rustic, French-inspired space, one
that “suits our casual Australian lifestyle”, with locally-sourced homewares.

“I import some myself, however I’m always looking to support local artisans and young creatives,” Cribb said.
The workshop series came into fruition in 2016, as a way of showcasing Cribb’s in-store items.

“We started with Christmas crafts, and then expanded into calligraphy, watercolour brush lettering - both of which are very popular - and now food styling,” Cribb said.

“We sell a lot of really, really large food presentation boards, so we wanted to be able to show people how to use them.”

The ninety minute workshop takes an intimate group of participants behind the scenes of food styling, showing how those rather daunting cheese boards can translate into easy, large-scale entertaining.

Leading the workshop is Annabel, a food providore who has spent years in the industry with the likes of Bourke Street Bakery and QANTAS.

“Annabel really simplifies things. She takes people through assembling a board and shares some shortcuts and tips around how to make your food look professional… even if it is pre-bought!” Cribb said.

Once the food has been styled, the phones come out (no judgements, here) and the champagne is popped, leaving participants to sit down and enjoy a meal with a glass of bubbly and some new-found friends.

“Share food is communal - that’s what this is really about. And there’s always plenty to go around!”


Feeling inspired?

Head to the website to view

all upcoming workshops at Grosgrain Homewares.

grosgrain.com.au

3/29-31 Redleaf Avenue, Wahroonga / 02 9489 9915

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