How to choose the right dishes for your restaurant, cafe, event planning, and catering business.

Where should you buy dishes for your cafe, restaurant, event planning or catering business? What utensils do you need? and how to calculate the right amount of cutlery and plates that are required for your business to function?

This and a few more useful tips you will find in the article below.

What is the Tableware role?

Tableware is not just a “stand” for food as it may look at first. It is proven that a well-chosen elegant tableware set is not just a smart marketing move (as it may emphasize a particular theme, your style or represent your brand), it also can affect your customer’s mood and as a result his appetite.

So what are the rules that would help you to choose the ideal dishes for your cafe, restaurant, or your event planning or catering business?

Dishes that sells

We all would agree that expensive porcelain plates in an ordinary buffet would look ridiculous, not mentioning its financial unprofitability.

Parallel, an elegant restaurant would never use glass plates, as it would make it look cheap and tasteless, to say the less.

In both scenarios, the right chosen dinnerware sets would have a direct impact on those businesses monthly income, by attracting more new costumers and helping to cut additional unneeded expenses.

Cookware

This is all that your team of cooks needs for cooking. And this is the case when the appearance almost does not matter. Practicality, versatility, and ease of use come to the fore.

This is all that your team of cooks needs for cooking. And this is the case when the appearance almost does not matter. Practicality, versatility, and ease of use come to the fore.

The standard cookware list usually includes:


Pans
Stew pans
Ladles
Cutting boards
Knives
Forceps
Paddles and beaters
Gastronorm containers
Food storage containers

Serving dishes

Plates and Cutlery
Glassware
Portion salad bowls
Ice cream bowls, butter dips, sauceboats
Tea and coffee pairs
Salt shakers, pepper shakers, sugar bowls

Cutlery

Sticks or forks?
The choice of devices depends on the class of the institution. If you do not plan on serving lobsters to the guest, a standard table set of forks, spoons, a knife and spoons for tea and coffee will do.

Premium establishments should take care of cutlery for different categories of dishes, including special appliances for delicacies. For example, snail tongs. Or exquisite chopsticks when it comes to an Asian restaurant.

Glassware

The shape and type of glassware will depend on the specific drinks that you intend to offer to your guests. Try to give the client his “Wine” in the wrong glass – and this will be his first and last time he will use your service.

Disposable Dinnerware

Do you need disposable dinnerware? Yes, especially if the format of your establishment is fast food, a summer or roadside cafe, a family or a small size restaurant, or if you offer catering and event planning services.

The right dinnerware for your business – how to choose?

Focus on the menu, the size, and level of your business.
The larger the establishment, the more dishes will have to be bought and eventually replaced with time.

How to count?

We take the recommended rate (the so-called coefficient) for each type of dishes, multiply by the number of seats in the hall and add about 10% for eventual “replacement”.

Where to buy?

Choose a trusted supplier and work with him!
Even thou there is a bilateral interest in this “relationship”, it will be much more profitable for you than buying from random sources since your supplier will try his best to keep this relationship going.

Keep in mind!

Dinnerware sets and other kitchen utensils are made for home use, not for restaurants or catering use. Therefore they will eventually have to be replaced, some sooner, some later. It is critical to keep that in mind, since at the year-end that may end up to be a big chunk of your profit throw away.

Put your numbers together and see yourself what is more profitable for your particular business model, old-style or disposable!

And don’t forget! Want to succeed in the restaurant, cafe, event planning or catering business?

Stay professional in everything you do and do not forget, in the field of hospitality there are no trifles.

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