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Photos: Best Poolside & Patio Creative Serveware Ideas for Hospitality

Whether it's summertime in your neck of the woods, or you're lucky enough to have a tropical climate year-round, guests will travel far and wide seeking out hotels and resorts with excellent poolside and patio amenities. Operators want to offer their guests the very best in terms of food and presentation, but glass in pool and patio areas is almost universally prohibited. This can limit the kinds of materials available to operators of mid- and upper-tier hospitality establishments.  

That's why we at G.E.T. curated photo ideas showing all the beautiful ways you can achieve higher-end brand positioning using outdoor-friendly serveware. Float on down the page and drink in some inspiration!

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10 Creative Pizza Plating Ideas

Pizza is an iconic, global dish that originated in Naples and is now enjoyed worldwide. It's the perfect blank canvass for chefs and home cooks alike. You can stick with traditional toppings, or get creative with unexpected ingredients like smoked salmon, capers, and field greens, or even dessert pizzas. Whether you like soft flatbread, crispy Neapolitan, Chicago-style deep dish, or enormous New York-style slices, once you decide on your dough, your options for toppings are almost endless. 

Americans eat about 100 acres of pizza a day. With such a high level of commitment to this cheesy delight, let's explore some creative ways for foodservice operators to plate one of the country's go-to menu items. 

 

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10 Creative Taco Plating Ideas

Tacos! What's not to love? From corn to flour, crispy to soft, large to small, traditional street food to Asian fusion, the time-honored taco is the perfect handheld device you'll never have to plug in. Did you know tortillas have been on most of NASA's extended shuttle missions since 1985? It's true. Tacos have been in space for more than 30 years and nobody told you. Space tacos. Wrap your mind around that for a minute. 

Unfortunately, not everybody can float around a spaceship plucking their taco dinner out of the air. For those of us left to consume our tacos within Earth's gravitational pull, we'll need a way to serve them. We've put together 10 creative ideas for crafting the perfect taco presentation for your guests. 

Let's taco 'bout it, shell we? 

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10 Creative Ways to Serve Pasta

Pasta: a two-syllable word that has thousands of iterations and variations each pulling from various cultural and regional influences. Whether serving a warm, rustic version of grandma’s lasagna in a diner or a classic Italian puttanesca in a high-end establishment, presentation is key. We'll show different pasta plating options that will benefit kitchen and wait staff, and delight guests.

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13 Creative Ways to Serve Wings

Eaters of all ages love wings. They’re fun, messy, and delicious, and there are as many different ways to plate wings as there are flavor options. From casual to rustic, we'll show you a variety of ways to present your wings that will draw your guests into the dining experience. After all, we eat with our eyes, so serving up wings on an engaging plate that best fits your brand is a must.

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10 Creative Salad Plating Ideas

Salad is so much fun because of the endless possibilities. It’s crisp, fresh, healthy, wholesome, delicious, and beautiful. From crunchy nuts and berries that pop, to soft cheese with the perfect taste to complement your flavor profile, we know you’ve spent a lot of time finding just the right recipes for your guests. Now that you’ve created perfect salad offerings, let’s explore how you can turn them into beautiful presentations with the right plating option, setting the tone for your guests’ dining experience. Keep reading for 10 creative salad plating ideas.

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10 Creative Ways to Serve Sushi

Sushi is one of the most elegant foods in Asian cuisine, so much so that it is often considered food art. The artistic food appearance of this dish is just as important as how it tastes, which is why HOW you present it helps entice the eater into engaging in so many of its unique combinations. We put together a few creative options of simple, yet elegant dinnerware that could be a perfect canvas for your sushi art. 

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13 Creative Ways to Serve Entrée: Soup and Sandwich

Just like your menu, atmosphere, and customer service, how you plate your food directly reflects your brand. It is ancillary and sometimes a last-minute serving element of how your restaurant and food should be perceived by your customer. Below we will look at several ways to take the most simple offerings and how you can showcase them in ways to best represent your brand and message.

It may sound obvious, but the time-honored combo lunch is still a go-to for diners. Soup and sandwich combinations are a perfect solution for both the operator and the customer due to a fixed price. The soup & sandwich combo value promotion targets the lunch crowd, small eaters, or retirees.

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17 Creative Ways to Serve Entrée: Burger and Fries

Burgers and fries are an All-American classic that never goes out of style or loses its appeal to the consumer. As burgers continue to get reinvented and revamped, it is important to make sure you are framing your culinary classics and highlighting your offerings in ways that match your vision and brand.

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10 Creative Ways to Serve Appetizers: Appetizer Sampler Platter

The appetizer sampler platter. A must have on any menu. Unfortunately, somehow the mixing of three or more culinary creations leaves a less than visually appealing tabletop presentation. Below are 10 ways to not only highlight your offerings, but delight your guests at the same time. A win-win for everyone!

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