Kristy Hadeka, a stylish foodie of a fourth-generation slate family, never assumed she'd end up in slate like the rest of her family; but after she and Brooklyn designer Sean Tice saw it's applications in food, there was no turning back.
Few of us experience quarries anymore, but for Brooklynites, Sean Tice and Kristy Hadeka, quarries are life.
Hadeka grew up fourth-generation in a family of quarry owners in upstate New York. As a stylish, metropolitan, foodie, Kristy never dreamed she would end up falling back into slate.
After meeting Brooklyn graphic designer Sean Tice, the two snagged a few pieces of scrap slate on a trip to Hadeka's family quarry. Back in Brooklyn, they used the slate as coasters and trivets, then gifted some to friends.
The marriage of the raw unearthed material, with the natural purity of food, was an instant success.
Hadeka and Tice are now regulars to the family quarry, bringing it back to Brooklyn and crafting a bow-tie-look to this once blue-collar chunk of stone. The two designers are careful to achieve a purposeful balance in the stone's aesthetic. They pay homage to its rough roots by chipping the edges with a slate cutter, then freshening it up for its new, metropolitan lifemeticulously cleaning and polishing it.
Each of Hadeka and Tice's labored boards are unique in cut, shape, and edging, for an overall one-of-a-kind product.
The visual, art-like distinction of the platters make Brooklyn Slate's 10-by-14 cheese board perfect for laying out multiple cheese pairings or anything else you want to showcase (think chocolates to sushi). You can give the boards an added touch with the included soapstone chalk that you can use to label the night's varietals.
This holiday, whether your hosting, or bringing a gift, Brooklyn Slate's boards are sure to impress.
Photography courtesy of: CamLin Productions and Brooklyn Slate, Co.