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.
Commercial dinnerware includes bowls, plates, platters, cups and mugs, in addition to accessories, such as creamers, salt and pepper shakers, and other ancillary items used on the table.
Buffetware is about more than serving capabilities and aesthetics. These items also can help foodservice operators control food shrink and waste. Durability, functionality and appearance are key factors to consider when specifying these items.
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.