When we think about dinner service in Western culture, it typically involves sitting down to rolled cutlery, maybe a bread plate, a water glass, possibly a candle, or even a salt and pepper shaker. What you typically don’t see is an empty plate, as plates are most often brought from the back-of-the-house with food on them.
Color plays a huge role in our dining experiences.
All across the foodservice industry, operators are looking for new ways to express their sustainability. In many cases, consumers are demanding this shift in ethos and are willing to pay more to the operations that can provide it.
Every year, a panel of judges reviews tabletops from across the country to determine the Performance in Tabletop Awards from Foodservice Equipment & Supplies. These recognitions are the result of excellence in a variety of criteria including four main factors.
By definition, "vintage" holds enduring interest. Whether it's a level of importance or quality, we hold on to things from the past because they tease our sentiments and remind us of whimsical memories.
It's no wonder we're seeing vintage trends in everything from fashion to furniture, and the tabletop is no different.
We've already talked about the love/hate relationship chefs have with the current sauce dot trend, but a recent article in Restaurant Hospitality brought up another popular plating concept - simplicity.
Photography has impacted foodservice probably more than any other industry in any era of business. It's impossible to browse social media without finding images of lunch or dinner, of "food porn," or of #InstaFood.
Pop up dinners are all the rage. They give chefs the opportunity to interact with their most loyal followers in intimate, unique settings, while providing an element of exclusivity and adventure reserved for those "in the know."