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How to Estimate the Cost of Melamine Dinnerware for Foodservice

When trying to figure the actual price of something, most folks don't want to hear “It depends.” However, when our customers here at G.E.T. ask about the cost of melamine dinnerware, the truth is several variations come into play. As much as we would love to have a straightforward answer, it really just depends. Our 30+ years' experience with melamine dinnerware puts us in a great position to help foodservice operators estimate the cost of their investment. 

In the spirit of helping foodservice operators plan effectively for dinnerware purchases, we're going to review some of the variables you'll want to keep in mind to estimate the cost of melamine dinnerware for your establishment. 

Topics: Banquet Dining Campus Dining Dinnerware For Hotels For Restaurants

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? 

Topics: Plating Ideas Campus Dining Dinnerware For Hotels For Restaurants

Enameled Cast Iron vs. Cast Aluminum Induction Cookware for Foodservice

It’s the perfect day in your commercial kitchen: You’ve planned the recipes du jour, prepped the meats and veggies, and turned on your stovetop. It’s time to cook! But wait … where’s your cookware? Should you use enameled cast iron or induction-ready cast aluminum? Will your choice affect the outcome of your food? Presentation? Ticket times?

Something as seemingly insignificant as the metal composition of your cookware can impact several areas of your operation in tangible ways. We’re going to take a look at the differences between enameled cast iron and cast aluminum cookware, how it can affect foodservice operations, and which heat sources are best for these metals.

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

Foodservice Baskets & Paper Liners: How to Find the Perfect Pairing

So you’ve just gone through the process of researching, selecting, and buying tabletop baskets that perfectly fit your foodservice operation’s brand. Maybe they’re metal baskets. Maybe they’re plastic. Maybe they’re round, square, oval- or cone-shaped, or even a tray. Regardless of the material, shape, or size of the baskets you chose, there's one thing missing: food-safe paper liners.

Considering the seemingly endless options for foodservice baskets, how do you even begin sorting through food-safe tissue paper to accompany them? We’re going to help you steer through some of the more popular options on the market to make your journey toward excellent food presentation a pleasant one.

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

What Are Eco-Takeouts® Reusable To-Go Containers & Their Benefits?

Offering takeaway meals at colleges, universities, businesses, and industrial sites is a familiar practice because being able to eat on the go is an attractive option for busy students and professionals alike. However, disposable to-go food containers commonly used for carryout meals can create a lot of unnecessary waste and cost for your foodservice operation.

Topics: For Dealers Eco-Friendly Dining Campus Dining Dinnerware

Eco-Takeouts® Care and Maintenance

Eco-Takeouts® are the original reusable to-go food containers introduced by G.E.T. They’re an excellent, environmentally friendly alternative to disposable takeaway food containers. Not only do they exponentially cut down on the amount of waste created by disposable to-go containers, they check several other boxes as well: 

Topics: Eco-Friendly Dining Campus Dining Dinnerware

6 Benefits of Melamine Dinnerware for Indoor Dining

A few decades ago, most folks regarded melamine plateware primarily as a superior option to paper plates for outdoor dining only. Even today, many people still perceive melamine dinnerware to be for poolside or patio use only because it is commonly shown in retail stores for outdoor entertainment solutions. However, just like most of us have moved on from dial-up modems to connect, melamine tableware has entered the 21st century in style due to advancements in alternative materials, design, and manufacturing. 

These advancements are exciting because it means that you now have plenty of elegant options for your foodservice operation, whether you're serving inside or outside.

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

Reusable vs Disposable Dinnerware: Costs & Benefits for a Foodservice Operation

Reusable and disposable dinnerware are both popular choices for foodservice operations. Some operators opt for using disposables because they’re fast, easy to clean up, and seem more economical. Others choose to go with reusable dinnerware because it is more sustainable and can greatly improve the perception of their brand and the accompanying menu.

In a recent study, consumers were asked what they would like to eat their food on when dining out. They responded that they did not want to eat on paper/Styrofoam™, and they did want their plates to be clean and not chipped or cracked.

Here at G.E.T., we've heard from many foodservice operators wondering what the cost difference between, and benefits of these two options might look like. We're going to dig in to how product and operational costs compare between reusable and disposable dinnerware so you can see which choice is best for you. 

Because every operation is unique, from labor costs to rent and beyond, we're taking a broad approach to our calculations. We want to give operators guiding hypothetical calculations upon which they can build a snapshot of the cost difference between disposables and reusables that reflects their specific operational needs. 

Topics: For Dealers Banquet Dining Eco-Friendly Dining Campus Dining Dinnerware For Hotels For Restaurants

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.

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

What Does Implementing an Eco-Takeouts® Reusable To-Go Program Cost Colleges and Universities?

Roughly a decade ago, G.E.T. pioneered the Eco-Takeouts® line of reusable to-go containers. For the first time, this method of meal takeaway offered a reusable feature, as opposed to disposable to-go boxes, to college, university, and business and industry foodservice operators. 

Ever since, it’s been an attractive to-go dining program for secondary education foodservice facilities because Eco-Takeouts® are more cost-effective, sustainable, and operationally friendlier than disposable polystyrene takeout containers.

If you’re curious about what it would cost to implement an Eco-Takeouts® reusable program at your college or university, we’ve got you covered. We’re going to give you an overview of costs, along with some best practices, to help you gain an understanding of what an initial investment in an Eco-Takeouts® to-go program might look like for your school’s dining facilities in the 2017-2018 school year. 

Topics: Eco-Friendly Dining Campus Dining Dinnerware