Tabletop & Smallwares includes the features and benefits of various buffet and tabletop servingware, coffee brewers and servers, cutlery, melamime tableware, permanent tableware and tabletop accessories.
Glassware can help tailor a tabletop presentation to be a unique, personal experience for customers. Unlike dinnerware, where food takes precedence, with this category, it’s as much about the glass as it is about the beverage being contained.
While operators may have a good sense of glassware styles needed for their business, there are a number of factors impacting the specifying process.
FE&S: Where does glassware fall in the order of picking tableware?
AL: It’s best to first pick china, then flatware and glassware last. This is because the shape of the china helps determine the glassware style. For example, if the tableware is geometrically shaped, traditional round glassware may not be the way to go. Instead, a square glass or one with texture or three dimensional lines would be more appropriate.
As foodservice operators look to grow their businesses, tabletops continue to shrink to accommodate more seats in restaurants. To better manage the smaller space, many foodservice operators continue to declutter their tabletops.
As with plates and bowls, durability is a main concern when it comes to glassware. Yet, style is not sacrificed, especially with today's stemware.
Although a restaurant's concept typically dictates the style of its tabletop décor, many chefs involved in the process like to put their own stamp on it. Creating a signature look may involve sourcing unique products from overseas or having a manufacturer make a custom piece.
Cooking utensils can be loosely defined as any kitchen accessory that aids in the cooking process. This includes spatulas, spoons, ladles, tongs and whisks. There also are also some high-heat plastic food pans that operators use to prepare and hold food at temperature.