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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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5 Risks of Serving Food on Wood Boards, and the Better Choice

No doubt, as a foodservice operator, you’ve likely witnessed the uptrend of using real wood boards to serve food. You’ve surely seen this practice regardless of which segment you work or eat in, whether it’s a restaurant, catering service, hotel, or bar: Wood is everywhere.

Grasping the reason why doesn’t pose much of a challenge: Wood creates beautiful, warm presentations with an authentic vintage aesthetic. Who wouldn’t want to offer their guests these cozy emotional connections?

But there’s a problem with real wood – five, to be specific. They range from expense-related constraints to sobering sanitary issues that every foodservice operator should be aware of.

Let’s take a peek at what happens when food is served on wood boards. We’ll also show you what you, as a foodservice operator, can do about it while still achieving your desired presentation style.

 

Topics: Campus Dining Dinnerware For Hotels For Restaurants

Top 5 Ways to Affordably Upgrade Your Tabletop Without Replacing Your Plateware

When you first got into foodservice as a junior manager some ten or so years ago, the world was a different place. The Great Recession was just beginning to peak at us, smartphones were nascent, and full-service casual restaurants like yours still had the lion’s share of the restaurant market.

Now, as a GM, you’re living and working during one of the most rapidly changing times in foodservice history. Today, you’re facing complexities and disruptions like:

  • Fighting delivery proliferation, lower grocery prices, and the rising popularity of meal kits
  • Preparing for, or, depending on which markets you serve feeling the brunt of substantial minimum wage increases, low unemployment challenges, and constantly rising health care costs
  • Losing market share to an ever-growing, overcrowded competitive landscape

Nation's Restaurant News recently reported on the seriously crammed restaurant market:

"[The increase in the number of restaurants] is making the industry vastly more competitive, giving consumers more choice than they've ever had. They don't tolerate restaurants that are too expensive, too tired, too old or just plain out of favor." 

We know it’s hard out there. Every penny counts. That’s why we’ve put together this short list of the top 5 ways you can easily set yourself apart from the competition by making small, affordable changes to your tabletop. Simply by upgrading a single piece of dinnerware, you can:

  • Save the money and headaches inherent with replacing your entire plateware inventory
  • Increase the value perceived by your guests and possibly charge a bit more by doing so
  • Earn new and repeat business, cementing your place in the market
  • Create picture-ready plates for social media and be able to enjoy the fruits of your labor when your online presence gets a boost

Let’s get to upgrading!

 

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12 Creative Plating Ideas: Onion Rings

Onion rings: Most folks in America can’t imagine a life without them. These crunchy, sweet, and salty delights are enjoyed by diners at all kinds of restaurants from greasy spoon mom and pops to fast food, fast casual, and casual chains all over the country.

We’ve taken it upon ourselves to orchestrate some creative ways to plate onion rings that fit a variety of styles, themes, and levels of formality. 

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