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.

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.

Product Knowledge Guide: Cookware

When it comes to buying cookware, foodservice operators have a number of choices in terms of sizes and materials.

Product Knowledge Guide: Glassware

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.

Product Knowledge Guide: Flatware and Dinnerware

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.

Product Knowledge Guide: Cooking Utensils

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.

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