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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

Customization Options for Eco-Takeouts® Reusable To-Go Containers

A little less than a decade ago, G.E.T. introduced an innovative line of reusable to-go containers, Eco-Takeouts®. Since then, plenty of colleges and universities around the country have found value in implementing an Eco-Takeouts® reusable program on their campuses because of the cost savings, reduced waste, and environmental friendliness over using disposable to-go containers. 

Secondary schools may find value in customization because it’s a great way to show school pride, act as a walking billboard for your school’s brand, and reinforce your Eco-Takeouts® program. Even better, you may be surprised by how many options you have, how affordable it can be, and how quickly some customization can be produced at G.E.T.

You can add a custom logo, design, or color to any Eco-Takeouts® container. G.E.T. will even partner with you to help you find exactly what you’re looking for.

Let’s break down the options, costs, and turnaround times of different customization applications so that you have everything you need to create a successful program.

Topics: Eco-Friendly Dining Campus Dining Dinnerware

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.

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

6 Melamine Dinnerware Myths: Debunking Common Misconceptions

When you think melamine dinnerware, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Do you think of elegant, contemporary tableware, or do you think of poolside plates from 30 years ago? If you answered the latter you’re not alone, but you’re also not up to speed on modern melamine. Today’s melamine is anything but utilitarian: it’s modern, on-trend, and sophisticated.

As industry leaders of on-trend melamine tableware, we at G.E.T. know there are a lot of outdated perceptions about what melamine can and can’t do. Let’s debunk them, shall we?

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

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.

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

The Best Way to Implement Eco-Takeouts® Reusable Food Containers

Secondary education dining facilities around the country are switching from disposable polystyrene food containers (such as Styrofoam™ clamshells)  to a more cost-effective and sustainable program with Eco-Takeouts® reusable food containers. In these programs, university dining facilities and students work together to reduce waste and save money.
Topics: For Dealers Eco-Friendly Dining Campus Dining Dinnerware

How Does Using Color With Your Plating Affect Your Food Presentation?

Here at G.E.T., we are often asked to explain how using color dinnerware can affect your food presentation. We all know that the visual appearance of your location and the food is the first and longest lasting impression your dining guests will notice. If the presentation of the food is bad, our brains will naturally tell us we should not eat it or it may not be as we had hoped. On the contrary, if the food presentation looks good, our brains believe it will taste as great as it looks and our excitement engrosses us in the full experience! 

The color of the food itself is very important. However, the color of a plate it is served on also has a huge impact on how we perceive a meal. In this article, we will take a look at how different colors can affect the presentation of your food and how to best complement your cuisine with color.

Topics: Banquet Dining Campus Dining Dinnerware For Hotels For Restaurants

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. 

Topics: Banquet Dining Campus Dining Dinnerware For Hotels For Restaurants