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How to Serve Pasta: Plates vs Bowls?

Here at G.E.T., our customers are always asking us what is better for pasta serving, a bowl or a plate? This is a great question, and like most questions, when it comes to selecting the correct tableware, the answer varies depending on multiple factors. Some of those factors are operational, but in many cases, it's personal preference.

Like food, the presentation of food and the choices made for your dinnerware are creative solutions. Let's take a look at some of the operational factors and then share some creative options you may want to consider for serving pasta in a bowl or on a plate.

Topics: Banquet Dining Plating Ideas Campus Dining Dinnerware For Hotels For Restaurants

Cast Iron: Natural vs. Coated for Foodservice Applications

When you think of cast iron, you may imagine antique potbelly stoves or cooking by the campfire. Cast iron is a wonderful metal for cooking, as evidenced by its centuries of use. It’s just as effective today, but it isn’t quite as versatile as stainless steel and aluminum - the two most common foodservice metals.

Cast iron comes in two configurations: natural, also referred to as uncoated, and enamel- or porcelain-coated. Both options create excellent cooking implements, and they both look fantastic. In fact, cast iron's elegant look has aided in the growing interest in using it to cook and serve.

Keep up with the cast iron trend by learning about the differences between natural and coated cast iron for foodservice applications, but know that it comes with its challenges for ease of use in kitchens and foodservice operations. 

Topics: Banquet Dining Campus Dining Dinnerware Serveware For Restaurants

Melamine Dinnerware Finishes: Cost and Benefits Comparison

With many options to choose from for selecting a dinnerware finish for your melamine tableware, how do you go about selecting a finish that fits not only your restaurant’s personality, but your operation as well?

In this article, not only will I give you cost comparisons for melamine dinnerware finishes, but I will also discuss the benefits of each finish for different types of operations.

Topics: Banquet Dining Campus Dining Dinnerware For Hotels For Restaurants

Which Kind of Metal Basket Coating is Best for Foodservice Operations?

Metal baskets are a familiar item in foodservice. They’re versatile, durable, and come in a plethora of shapes, sizes, and designs. They’re used for fried appetizers, bread baskets, shared dishes, and entrées. But with so many choices out there, how do you even know where to begin looking for the right metal foodservice basket for your operation?

We’re going to help you get started by exploring some of the coatings commonly used on metal baskets for foodservice. Why? Because most metal baskets used in foodservice are made from low carbon steel, which can easily corrode. For that reason, it’s almost always coated with a food-safe material.

By starting with understanding common foodservice metal basket coatings, you can narrow down which qualities are most important to your operation and move forward from there.

Topics: Banquet Dining Campus Dining Dinnerware For Restaurants

Replacement Rate for Commercial Dinnerware: China vs. Melamine

When considering dinnerware options for a commercial foodservice business, the replacement rate is a crucial factor and cannot be overlooked. Let's review the suggested replacement rates for both china, which we'll sometimes also refer to interchangeably as porcelain, and melamine dinnerware, and discuss what you can do to maximize the longevity of your tableware.

Topics: For Dealers Banquet Dining Campus Dining Dinnerware For Hotels For Restaurants

Stainless Steel & Aluminum Uses in Foodservice Operations

Imagine a commercial kitchen with no stainless steel or aluminum. It’s hard to do, isn’t it? That’s because stainless steel and aluminum are the most commonly used metals in foodservice. Stainless is a bit more popular than aluminum, but they’re both used in countless front-of-the-house applications.

But what’s the difference between the two metals? Why would you use one over the other, or does it even matter? We’re going to walk you through the qualities of each metal and showcase some of G.E.T.'s front-of-the-house examples where each metal shines on its own.

Topics: Banquet Dining Campus Dining Dinnerware Serveware For Restaurants

Custom Design Decal on Melamine Dinnerware: Benefits and Cost

One of the easiest ways to bring personality or add your brand's messaging to your melamine dinnerware is to apply a custom decal – a thin food safe paper with a graphic which is compressed on top of melamine plates and bowls during the manufacturing process. In this post, I will share some ideas on why you should consider personalizing your melamine dinnerware and give you a perspective on how much this may cost you.

Topics: Banquet Dining Campus Dining Dinnerware For Hotels For Restaurants

Which Is Better for Catering: Chafing Fuel vs. Induction Heat

On-site and off-site caterers need reliable heat sources to effectively serve their clients' guests. With indoor and outdoor event sites and varying restrictions on open flame, it's a good idea to build in some nimbleness to your catering operation. 

Chafing fuel is an old go-to for caterers. But induction heat has enjoyed popularity growth recently, in part because of new options on the market, making it less expensive than it used to be. They're both effective heat sources that perform similar job functions, but in different ways. Let's see how they stack up against each other. 

Topics: Banquet Dining Campus Dining Serveware For Hotels For Restaurants

Cost of Melamine vs China Dinnerware: Which is More Expensive?

When searching for commercial foodservice dinnerware to buy, the “Cost of Melamine vs. China Dinnerware: Which is More Expensive” question gets asked a lot. Because of the variety of options for both melamine and china dinnerware, this is a tough question to answer. However, let's discuss some general pricing guidelines and realistic price ranges for what operators can expect to spend and things to consider.

Topics: For Dealers Banquet Dining Campus Dining Dinnerware For Hotels For Restaurants

Melamine Plates vs. China Plates: Do Your Restaurant Customers Really Care?

Okay, dealer sales reps out there, tell us if you’ve heard this one before: I can’t use melamine plates in my restaurant because my guests expect – demand – china.

A thousand times? A million? Probably more than you can count. 

In reality, however, these operators are wrong. Most restaurant guests do not care whether they’re served on china or melamine, most notably because they dont notice the difference in material or even pick up the dinner plate. 

To be clear, guests care about many things regarding their dining experience, including certain aspects of dinnerware, but what it’s made from isn’t among their concerns. 

We’re here to help you break through the misconception of diners preferring china to melamine, show you what they do care about in terms of dinnerware, and highlight the benefits of using melamine plates: the most operationally friendly choice on the market.

Topics: For Dealers Dinnerware For Hotels For Restaurants