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Shining simplicity

See what DH Design Inc. and ONYX are planning for Dine By Design East

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Denise Hermanson of DH Design Inc. is matched with chef Tahir Salamat, executive chef of ONYX. Collage by Janice Hudson.

Denise Hermanson heads DH Design Inc., a busy design house in Halifax that specializes in high-end residential and multi-dwelling property development. Denise draws on a variety of modern design principles to create dynamic spaces infused with texture, warmth and flare.

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For the gala at Dine By Design East, Denise is matched with chef Tahir Salamat, executive chef of ONYX, a fun and fashionable resto bar on Argyle Street known for its globally influenced small-plates menu.

Called “Mother of Pearl,” Denise’s Dine By Design East space aims to capture the simplicity and elegance of an oyster. “As a designer, I believe you can create anything with the right inspiration,” she says. “If I could dine anywhere, it would be in an oyster.”

She says she loves design that combines formal with a splash of whimsy. “Dining should always be a shared, fun experience,” she says. “Everything always seems to taste better when it’s laid out on a nicely set table. And lighting is the cornerstone of ambiance and intimacy, so dimmable lighting and candles for a twinkle effect.”

Denise Hermanson at work on her Dine By Design East display; some of the inspiration photos for her booth.

Denise Hermanson at work on her Dine By Design East display; some of the inspiration photos for her booth.

Chef Tahir, recently voted Culinarian of the Year by the Nova Scotia Association of Chefs and Cooks, brings a unique global influence to his culinary style. “I’ve been all around the world, from Asia to Europe, the Far East and Africa,” he says. “I bring a lot of culture to my cooking.”

To complement Denise’s design, he is planning a menu of decadent recipes, including Oyster Rockefeller with Passion Fruit Pearls, and Chicken Chops, a delicious staple on the menu at ONYX.

Be sure to attend the Dine By Design East on October 30 to see Denise’s space—and savour chef Tahir’s recipes—for yourself. Tickets are selling fast: click here to purchase yours.