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What Determines the Cost for Melamine Bowls? Factors and Price Ranges

Whether you’re serving a soup and sandwich lunch special, an entrée salad, or pasta, bowls are an important dinnerware item in any commercial foodservice operation. In this article, we will look at the factors that will impact the cost for melamine bowls, things to consider before purchasing bowls, and price ranges.

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Most Durable Dinnerware for Casual or Fast-Casual Restaurant: Disposable vs Melamine vs China

Casual Dining Restaurant

Typically a casual dining concept/restaurant will offer full table service (waiters and waitresses serve 100%) vs. limited table service (partially served/helped by waiter/waitress) and the length of time the customer spends in that restaurant is longer than a fast-casual (order and pick up by customer) concept. All of these options involve inside seating with moderate ranges of food options and quality and therefore, the operator will tend to lean towards a more reusable option vs. a disposable option because their guests are expecting more of an upgraded/home like presentation.

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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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What is the Difference Between Commercial Grade and Retail Melamine Dinnerware?

Is there a difference between commercial and retail grade melamine dinnerware?

We are frequently asked this question from customers, especially when they are looking to understand if the value of commercial grade melamine justifies the investment in it as opposed to buying retail grade melamine. After all, isn’t it all the same?

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Protein Buildup on Plastic Drinkware: Causes, Solutions, Best Practices

It’s no secret that plastic drinkware is one of the most popular items used by foodservice operators. They’re available in a range of styles and sizes, well priced, and typically have a long service life. Regardless of how much love they get from operators and guests alike, there’s still one thing infinitely more attracted to plastic drinkware than people: protein buildup. 

Protein buildup, as much as it loves plastic drinkware, is really a bully in your kitchen. It dulls formerly shiny drinkware, or can make crystal clear plastic drinking glasses appear dingy. From a food safety standpoint, this is not an issue. But from a branding and budgeting standpoint, it absolutely is. 

While there seems to be a natural attraction between protein buildup and plastic glasses, it’s not a match made in heaven. The good news here is that these two are pretty easy to break up if you follow industry-accepted best practices. We’ll show you some easy ways to avoid protein buildup in your plastic drinkware in the first place, and remedies if it happens anyway.

 

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Which Common Plastic is Best for Foodservice Drinkware: Tritan vs. SAN vs. PC

As a foodservice operator, you may not have given much thought to which kind of plastic your drinkware is made from. Considering the tight margins in this industry, you've probably focused more on price than anything else. But what if we told you that focusing on the material your plastic drinkware is made from can have a bigger impact on your overall bottom line than just looking at the price? 

It's true. Depending on your operational needs and brand positioning, you may be spending more than you need to on your drinkware. Or you may not be spending very much, but replacing your drinkware more often due to chipping, cracking, or breaking, which costs you more in the long run. 

We're going to give you an overview of three different kinds of drinkware plastics - Tritan™, SAN, and PC - to see how they compare in terms of durability, replacement rates, and segment use cases. 

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Grades of Stainless Steel & What They Mean for Your Foodservice Operation

Stainless steel is one of the most commonly used metal alloys. You can find it in industries from automotive to aviation to foodservice because of its excellent versatile properties. However, not all stainless steel is created equal. There are different grades of stainless steel, some of which are food-safe and some that are not. We’re often asked by restaurant operators which grade of stainless steel is the best for their operation.

We’re going to tackle this question for you by breaking down the different qualities of the two most commonly used grades of stainless steel in foodservice: 18/8 and 18/0.

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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.

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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. 

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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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