Artichokes are meant to be enjoyed in their full stemmed glory, and the modern experience of just throwing them down on a plate, circumcised of their stem, leaves something to be desired. These vessels allow you to keep as much as a 5″ stem on your artichoke (or not, it will be fine without one). The vessel gives you ample room for a broth or sauce directly in front of you, allowing less distance for the dripping we all know is going to happen, because gravity. Rather than looking for room on the plate to stow discarded leaves, this provides a deep well for all the detrius, while keeping the choke itself elevated above it. The dish is large enough to have a presence at the table and during presentation, but light enough its easy to carry with one hand. More importantly, these dishes simply do not exist elsewhere- there are no artichoke dishes.