Tabletop & Smallwares

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.

Dinnerware Q&A with Anne Ladd, director of merchandising for TriMark SS Kemp, Cleveland

Product Knowledge Guide: Dinnerware

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.

Tips for Specifying Cutlery

Lisa Hackworth, product and marketing specialist, The Wasserstrom Co., Columbus, Ohio, offers a few tricks of the trade that can help operators pick the right cutlery for their businesses.

Product Knowledge Guide: Cutlery

Even with the technological advancements in cutting and slicing equipment, cutlery remains a staple in most commercial kitchens.

What to Consider When Specifying Buffetware

Lisa Hackworth, product and marketing specialist at The Wasserstrom Co., Columbus, Ohio, explores the ins and outs of the right type of buffetware.

Product Knowledge Guide: Buffetware

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.

Product Knowledge Guide: Glassware

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.

Specifying Tips for Glassware

While operators may have a good sense of glassware styles needed for their business, there are a number of factors impacting the specifying process.

Q&A: Anne Ladd, director of tabletop and merchandising, TriMark SS Kemp, Cleveland, Ohio

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.

Consultant Q&A: Tabletop Accessories

Q&A: Chris Crocetti, director of business development, R.W. Smith’s Southeast region on tabletop accessories

Product Knowledge Guide: Tabletop Accessories

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.

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