Commercial-grade plates are designed to withstand the heavy wear and tear experienced in food service establishments. For this reason, homeowners are often drawn to restaurant dinnerware, but no matter who the owner will be, when looking for these items, it is important to select a material that matches the intended use.
Plates made from plastic, known as melamine, are ideal for those that need a nearly indestructible product that can come in many different shapes and colors. For full-service dinners, ceramic dinnerware is available that can be patterned like fine china, have a metal rim or be basic white in color. Dinnerware made from woven wood finds its way into bars, picnics or several other venues to create a fun, party-like atmosphere.
To increase the visual appeal of a table setting, many establishments place a large plate, called a charger, underneath the dinner plate. Chargers are usually found in upscale eateries or at family holiday dinners. Glass plates are also used to increase the visual appeal of food items and are usually reserved for appetizers or salads. No matter what material you are looking for, you can find the perfect restaurant dinnerware here.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dinnerware
What different styles are there?
Most of the dinnerware we sell can be broken down into 3 categories:
Chinaware: The "fanciest" of the 3 groups, a heavier porcelain or similar material made into very elegant plates, normally white or off-white in color
Melamine: The least breakable of the 3. Great for use in restaurants that serve children, Melamine dinnerware is made with the composite known as Melamine, a type of plastic that can be easily colored and resists breakage much better than other materials
Tenmoku: A very interesting-looking type of pottery, tenmoku is a glaze added to clay or porcelain pottery that gives a rust-colored, shiny speckled crystalline coat that is great for use in Oriental-themed restaurants
What types of dishes do you sell?
Our stock of dinnerware is constantly updating, but we currently sell Bouillon cups, bowls, creamers, cups and saucers, plates and platters. Also found in this section is our Chinaware Accessories like dish dollies to transport your dishes. We sell most of these items from the same series or brands, so you can mix (and more importantly, match) your cups, plates, bowls etc.
What quantities are there?
Typically, our dishes come in cases of 36, with bulk discounts for buying more than 10 cases. Some dishes are sold in quantities of 12 or 48 as well. Each product is clearly marked in several places to tell you exactly how many you'll be ordering at a time.
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