So what’s the big idea?
The Green Platters is a meat-free grazing alternative to traditional party catering. We create delicious vegan and vegetarian grazing tables and sharing platters using local, artisanal foods wherever possible. We are also Hong Kong’s first grazing company to provide eco-friendly, biodegradable packaging and I’m very proud to say our business is 95% plastic-free. And a percentage of our profits are also divided between a charity in Hong Kong and another in India.
How did you come up with the idea?
In the lead-up to my daughter’s birthday party last year I was trying to come up with ways to entertain guests other than traditional catering. I wanted to make sure everyone’s dietary restrictions were taken care of. I’m a trained baker and event stylist and I’ve been aware of the growing trend for grazing tables, so I thought it would be a neat idea to be able to create a meat-free, environmentally sustainable alternative to the traditional buffet table.
How tough was it getting the business up-and-running?
I’m really thankful for the lovely network of people in Hong Kong. Everyone I came into contact with was so open to meeting up, answering my questions and referring me on to others. This made things so much smoother.
Where do you source your ingredients?
I place huge emphasis on sourcing organic, healthy produce that has been sustainably and locally produced. We work with some great Hong Kong-based vendors to source great-quality seasonal produce.
Do you have a favourite platter?
I love them all! I’m lucky because I have the opportunity to go and meet my customers and help them create a stunning, customised table to wow their guests. We’ve also now introduced platters and boxes for gifting and entertaining on-the-go. I must admit I’m really liking our pallet picnic grazing table and also the large areca-leaf platter – it has five artisanal cheeses and gourmet savouries and has become my go-to plate!
What are The Green Platters eco-credentials?
Being “green” is one of our core values. We use bio-degradable and compostable packaging options. Our areca-leaf platters are put together using fallen palm leaves that are 100% chemical-free. And we are also committed to using minimal plastic – we’re the first Hong Kong-based grazing company to offer eco-friendly packaging.