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appetizers and amuse-bouches

Meant to educate and delight, an amuse-bouche (French for "mouth amuser") is a one-bite sample chosen for diners by the chef. These unexpected appetizers stimulate the taste buds and preview the chef's approach to cooking and presentation. The objects in this display might themselves be considered such tasty tidbits—intended to tantalize visitors into sampling all of the ingenious objects on this exhibition’s menu. Note the innovation and technical variety of the two disparate, origami-like items—a lunch box and an animal trap—that fold or snap shut, and the "back of the house" tools for kitchen efficiency, such as the lamp oil canister, or for food preparation, like the flavor injector and measuring tools. The utility of such utensils nicely complements the eye-appeal of the ornamental items used for table service.