The class we learned to make chaud froid platters in was called “Catering and Buffet” or “Garde Manger”. We hosted a weekly buffet in this class and the students took turns running it. The buffet I ran was the one just after learning chaud froid platters, and the theme we chose was “Around the World in 80 Days”. We made chaud froid platters to represent different countries, a world map, and a platter to represent the book Around the World in 80 Days. We also had a little train set going along the buffet table, a model airplane set up near the drinks, and mini hot-air balloons hanging from the ceiling.
My Around the World in 80 Days platter was supposed to be a top hat with the title inside it and a little hot air balloon floating in the distance. To cut the words into the white chaud froid I used an x-acto knife. It took me quite a while to cut out all the letters. I poured my clear aspic on top of it to set it, but I had it too hot still so it melted my chaud froid! I had to let everything dry completely overnight before even attempting to fix it, and ended up quickly re-cutting the lettering half an hour before the buffet opened. I didn’t have time to refill it, but I was happy with my finished product.