Dinnerware that breaks the mold

Remember when all plates were round? Today's cutting-edge dishes are just as likely to be square, rectangular, triangular, scalloped or kidney-shaped.

As chefs have embraced global cuisines and are experimenting with more artistic presentations, they are looking for dinnerware to make a bold statement.

G.E.T. Enterprises, Inc., has introduced a series of melamine serving and buffet service patterns with bold shapes, patterns and colors. Its Venetian Series has a classic look in yellow and ocher, is dishwasher safe, durable and affordable. Its new Brew & Bake Collection is classic black and white, suitable for dessert, coffee or cappuccino service.

For tabletop pieces that are fun, funky and eclectic, Impulse Enterprises features several vibrantly colored selections in acrylics and other unusual materials. Want a bamboo tray or bright lacquer bowl to complement your menu or milieu? You can search their site, www.impulseenterprises.com, by product category, material, color or theme to find just the right accent and table setting.

Some operators want dinnerware that doesn't compete with the food but provides an elegant backdrop. Mikasa by Cardinal has three lines, Grands Chefs, Grandes Tables and Spirit New Design, each of which focuses on classic white. With names such as Divinity, Sublime, Purity and Moon, you can almost feel the cool serenity of the pieces. Cardinal/ Mikasa is also one of the largest U.S.-based tabletop suppliers, providing one-stop shopping for glassware, flatware and decorative accessories that mix or match perfectly.

More From FoodService Director

Industry News & Opinion

The menu served at Ottawa General Hospital in Ottawa, Ontario, is headed for an overhaul after its CEO and management team ate a strict hospital food diet for a week and were unhappy with their options. The foodservice department has been fielding patient complaints for years, but decided to take action after facing the issue head on.

“Getting food managers to eat three meals of hospital food a day for a week brought the point home that much of the food being served was bland, institutional and not what people would normally eat,” Director of Food Services Kevin Peters told Ottawa...

Industry News & Opinion

With overtime pay likely to become a reality for some salaried foodservice employees after Dec. 1, operators are rethinking what they expect managers to do off-site as part of their responsibilities. Answering email or scheduling shifts at home didn’t matter when the employees were exempted from overtime if they earned more than $23,660 per year. But with that threshold more than doubling on Dec. 1 to $47,476, a half hour spent here and there on administrative tasks could push a salaried manager over the 40-hours-per-week threshold and entitle him or her to overtime. And how does the...

Menu Development
frozen raspberries

“As a chef, I pretty much have grown up through the business thinking that fresh was always better—produce, fish and meats, especially,” says Ryan Conklin, executive chef for UNC Rex Healthcare’s culinary and nutrition services. “But the more ‘re-educated’ I get, the more I’m learning that some frozen options may be more appropriate for me to be using on my menus.”

Right now, the perception of frozen foods doesn’t match the reality, especially for high-volume foodservice operators, says Conklin. Often, chefs and operators picture not-great product that’s been sitting in a block of...

Sponsored Content
Roasted Beet Salad Pickled Blueberries
From Blueberry Council.

What’s trending in the culinary world? The basics! According to the NRA, diners today are craving authenticity, simplicity and freshness on menus. But basic ingredients don’t have to lead to boring menu options.

It’s easy to fall into the latest craze to capture consumer attention and drive sales. But we’ve learned it’s not always about novelty. Instilling a feeling of nostalgia and familiarity by using well-known and well-loved ingredients in new, experimental dishes can lead to an increase in adventurous dining decisions, while staying in your customers’...

FSD Resources