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Does Beer Glassware Matter?

How many times have you gone to dinner, ordered a beer, and received it in a typical pint glass like one of these? Chances are probably far too many to count. Industry trends are shifting and consumers now expect restaurants to go the extra mile. If you serve beer at your restaurant, the extra mile for you consists of choosing a variety of beer glasses. Here are a few common types of beer glasses:

Goblet Glass

Goblet Glasses

Goblets are typically used to serve sipping beers like Belgian ales, and IPAs. These glasses are similar to wine glasses but have a shorter stem with a wide opening. You can find goblets in many different sizes.


Pilsner Glass

Pilsner Glasses

Pilsners are tall, slim glasses that are used to serve light beers. This type of glass typically holds less than a pint glass, but you can find them in a variety of sizes. The slim design allows drinkers to view the unique colors and carbonation bubbles inside their beer.


Snifter Glass

Snifter Glasses

Snifters are similar to goblet glasses, but they are usually larger and more round. These glasses are sometimes used for brandy, but they can be used for fruity beer or beer that has a strong aroma.


Thistle Glass

Thistle Glasses

Thistle glasses have a small stem like the goblet, but they are much taller. Thistles are used for Scottish ales and they allow you to swirl your beer to release the aroma.



So to answer the question, “Does beer glassware matter?” – yes! Beer deserves a fancy glass just like wine!



Facts about Flatware

When you shop for flatware you probably see brands advertise their flatware as 18/10 or 18/0 stainless steel. So what does that mean exactly? The top number, 18, refers to the chromium content: 18/10 or 18/0 flatware has 18% chromium.  Chromium provides flatware with rust resistant properties.

The second number, 10 or 0, refers to the nickel content. 18/10 flatware has 10% nickel content. The higher the nickel content, the more protection and durability it has, which is why 18/10 flatware is priced higher than 18/0 flatware. In addition to protection and durability, nickel makes the flatware shiny. The more nickel, the more shine! An 18/0 product will not keep its shine as time goes on because it has 0% nickel content. However, 18/0 is generally less expensive, perfect for high volume restaurants that go through a lot of flatware.

The chromium and nickel percentages do not correlate with the weight of the stainless steel so be sure to ask for samples of the product or view all options available to determine the right look and feel for your business.

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And The Best Kind Of Plate To Eat On Is…

Set of round plates or dishes on white background
If you’re a quick-service restaurant, you may use a basket with paper; toss out the paper, wash the basket, and you have a simple way to sling out french fries, hamburgers, and hot dogs. With soup or salad, you need a deep bowl that’ll hold a good amount of liquid or leafage for lighter lunches. Every once in a while, you might need a particular dish for a particular concept, such as manicotti, but for most every day dishes, you’re going to want a standard, every day plate that can be used across the board in your restaurant.

The BBC reports on a study that shows sometimes simple is best. White and round dishes might be the key to making food look and taste better. A test was preformed with the same cheesecake, on white round dishes, white square dishes, black round dishes, and black square dishes. The white round dishes were found to lead to more pleasurable eating experiences, but the opinion might stem from the mindset and emotional connections that are to be made with the design. White is traditionally connected to “purity”, and the white round plate might be just too iconic for serving food that anything different seems off. If anything, white plates can help show the cleanliness of the dish. Black square plates were found to have their own home, with being used for more critical judgements and

Slates might look nice or be used for unique effect, but may present problems with items rolling or draining off of the plate during serving or eating.

There are a variety of white round dishes availably for purchase. Width can range from 16 inches, 10 inches, to even 6.5 inches, but they all offer the same concept of holding food in a clean and concise circular carrying plate.

Have you considered that you might need to upgrade your dishes? Over the years, wear and tear can happen even to the cleanest and safest restaurants. Chips and damage can be joined by stains and streaks, and no matter how clean you try to get the dishes, it’s always a good idea to have new ones in backup.

Beyond ordering new white round dishes for the everyday sale, you might want to consider a few black square dishes for such creative moments. If you want a true response to new dishes, you might want to put items on there to get true responses to your dishes. For soup dishes, you’re left with no choice but to have deeper bowls, in which you should want to stick with white round ones as well.

Now, glasses and mugs, baskets and utensils? There’s a whole possible world of what to do with those, and there’s no particular study saying one color is better than another (although, round mugs would make sense).