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Fanciful raw veggies taste better when carved

Lauren Brooks in Newton with her Crudité Creations that include a “lily” and a “flower.”

ESSDRAS M SUAREZ/GLOBE STAFF

Lauren Brooks in Newton with her Crudité Creations that include a “lily” and a “flower.”

Lauren Brooks can carve a calla lily out of a stalk of fennel, or a water lily from an onion, with impressive speed and dexterity. It’s not just a hobby. Her skill is the basis for
Crudité Creations, a business she launched a little over a year ago. Brooks takes the crudité platter ($45 to $125) — that veggie-and-dip party combo that can be flat or boring — to a whole new level, creating elaborate arrangements of colorful, artfully carved raw vegetables in decorative containers. The veggies aren’t your garden-variety carrot and celery sticks; to add extra color and interest, Brooks goes in for items like purple cauliflower, rainbow carrots, and kohlrabi. She also offers homemade dips such as white bean and caramelized onion.

With a background in fashion marketing, the Newton mother of two has found that kids are willing to eat almost any vegetable when it’s presented enticingly. “My 10-year-old is very picky, but she’ll eat kohlrabi from an arrangement — true story,” says Brooks. Customers have bought her creations for weddings, bar mitzvahs, condolence calls, and more. Almost without fail, she says, “People smile when they see them.” Crudité Creations, 617-416-2609, www.cruditecreations.com. Delivery available throughout Massachusetts, southern New Hampshire, and Rhode Island.

The “lily.”

ESSDRAS M SUAREZ/GLOBE STAFF

The “lily.”

JANE DORNBUSCH

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