My adventures recreating Alinea Restaurant’s food at home

Vellum Envelopes

Serveware for DRY SHOT, Red Pepper, Garlic, Oregano, pages 157-158.

Vellum Envelopes
I use vellum (Clearprint Design Vellum #1000HP, from Clearprint Paper Company), all the time. It’s like really thick tracing paper made for drafting.

In fact, here’s a preliminary sketch (on left, and final on right) I did on vellum for a poster design earlier this year:

If you can’t find drafting vellum, use baking parchment, or go to your local stationery store and look for vellum, tracing, or onionskin typing paper. anything will really do. Heck, since this is a “dry shot,” you could even put it in a shot glass.

Although nowhere near the complex crease patterns for Robert J. Lang’s insane one-sheet origami creations, here’s mine (red indicates mountain folds, blue indicates valley folds):

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I used a couple of 11×17 inch sheets. Take one horizontally (17 inches wide x 11 inches high) in your hand. Fold a flap 2.83 inches over and continue, so you have an accordian-folded piece that measures 2.83 inches wide x 11 inches high.

Then cut apart along lines C and E, so you have three V-shaped pieces.

Fold edges under at H and over at I, so you have 2.5 inch flaps. Folding them on opposite sides will allow your envelope to stand by itself.

Clearprint Design Vellum #1000HP, from Blick Art Supplies
Metal straight edge or ruler
X-ACTO blade, #11
Cutting pad

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