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One Easy Customer Loyalty Tip for Restaurants

Most people go into foodservice to create profitable businesses. Yes, it's still about the food, but ultimately, businesses need to maintain healthy margins to survive in this highly competitive market. Earning repeat customers is one of the best ways to establish a well respected and growing restaurant brand.

What makes your guests come back? Some things are obvious, like food, service, perceived value, and creating special experiences. Even a sense of community and belonging help garner raving fans. But not many folks think of tableware, even though it plays a huge role in cementing positive perceptions and experiences for your guests. Let's take a look at how it can help customer retention efforts at restaurants. 

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Creative Plating Ideas: Small Plate Catering

Caterers often use disposable small plates for serving appetizer, dessert, and snack-sized dishes. However, doing so creates an on-going expense and doesn't always deliver in the durability and aesthetics departments. 

Reusable small plates made from melamine, plastic, and metal not only create high-end presentations, they significantly reduce the year-over-year cost operators must budget for due to low replacement rates. Additionally, each of these materials are sturdy and won't fall or fold in on your guests. 

Some caterers may even be able to charge more for their services due to upgraded presentations. Reusable small plates may very well translate into saving money while simultaneously pulling in higher-priced events. 

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Melamine Dinnerware & NSF Certification in Foodservice: Do You Really Need It?

G.E.T. has led the melamine dinnerware category for more than 30 years. We know melamine. We know all the wonderful benefits it brings foodservice operators, from contemporary designs and unsurpassed durability to low replacement rates. 

As self-proclaimed melamine enthusiasts, we're also aware of the different qualities of melamine on the market. In a foodservice environment where operators count on their melamine daily to withstand sometimes relentless use in service and commercial dishwashers, only high-quality melamine can meet those needs. 

With the bulk of melamine dinnerware supply coming from overseas, how can foodservice professionals ensure their investments will result in the highest performance while also exceeding food-safety standards? Certification from the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) bridges the gap between foreign and domestic regulations ensuring operators get the most out of their purchase. 

But is it really necessary? 


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Avoid these Common Food-Safe Surface Mistakes

Unless you're a foodservice operator who's mastered the art of levitating food, your food is going to come into contact with surfaces. A lot of them. Our food is constantly in contact with something at every point in its life cycle. 

As a foodservice operator, your #1 priority is the safety of your guests and staff. Period. It doesn’t matter how delicious a dish is if it comes into contact with an unapproved surface resulting in illness or injury. Your guests count on your food safety knowledge every time they visit your establishment. And we want you to count on us at G.E.T. to light the way toward excellent tabletop execution, especially when it comes to food-safe surfaces. 

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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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What Happens if You Put Melamine Dinnerware Under Food Warmer Heat Lamps?

Foodservice operators have enjoyed melamine dinnerware for decades due to its range of applications, stylish yet functional designs, and low replacement rates compared to china. If you're a seasoned melamine dinnerware user, you're probably familiar with the recommended restrictions when it comes to heat exposure. Broadly speaking, melamine plates shouldn't be exposed to more than 160°F, which means it shouldn't be microwaved, put in the oven, or used with heat lamps. 

Here at G.E.T., we've spoken to foodservice operators who have dutifully followed these recommendations, but they don't know why. Fortunately, with our 30+ years of experience and as a leader in the category, we're perfectly positioned to answer the why behind these recommendations. So, what happens if you put your melamine dinnerware under a heat lamp in a commercial kitchen, and what does it mean for your foodservice establishment and guest experience? 

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Why NSF Certification is the Most Important Foodservice Credential You've Never Heard Of

Foodservice is all about bringing people together around a table and creating experiences that make people happy. Even though the end result is about as hyper-local as you can get - sitting around a table - a global industry works hard in the background to make these great experiences happen. 

Many of the tabletop items used in commercial foodservice are manufactured overseas, then distributed and sold to American restaurateurs. But America (and Europe, for that matter) has some of the most stringent regulations when it comes to food safety, including the products that are used to make, store, and serve food. So how do we know which companies are making the best products that also live up to American regulatory standards? 

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Enameled Cast Iron vs. Induction-Ready Cast Aluminum Cookware

Mike Halles, G.E.T.'s resident metals expert, compares cast iron to induction-ready cast aluminum at the 2017 National Restaurant Assosication show in Chicago, Illinois.  Watch the video or read the transcript to learn about what induction-ready cast aluminum is and what it can do for your foodservice operation.  

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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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Is Melamine Dinnerware Microwave-Safe?

Melamine dinnerware has enjoyed recent surges in popularity among foodservice operators thanks to advances in alternative materials design. Now available in an array of styles, foodservice operators enjoy the different décor themes supported by modern-day melamine. From elegant and understated to modern cosmopolitan, melamine dinnerware resembles china but is also break-resistant, dishwasher-safe, and often less expensive than china. 

But of all the advantages melamine dinnerware brings to foodservice, there’s at least one thing it doesn't do well: Melamine dinnerware is not a great candidate for the microwave. G.E.T. is one of the foremost authorities on melamine dinnerware with more than 30 years of experience. We’ll tell you why we recommend keeping your melamine dinnerware out of the microwave if you're in commercial foodservice and what will happen if you microwave it anyway. We all break the rules sometimes, right? 

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