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Do You Replace Silverware Between Courses?

Hardly anyone thinks about the flatware while they’re eating at the table, but it can be a source of much consternation for some. There are some restaurants out there who refuse to change their flatware between courses. In very fine dining places, this just won’t do!

While it might mean the additional use of a commercial dishwasher, the practice of putting out new silverware for each course should be honored. That way, the flavors from the first course don’t spread over into the additional courses, or contamination from the table doesn’t transmit to the fork.

There are places out there who force their patrons to eat with the same silverware over all of the courses. If they’re determined to do that, they should also provide a fork rest to make sure that each diner has a place to put the restaurant flatware while they’re not using it. Restaurants should be attentive to the guests, and while not replacing the flatware between each course is not a major infraction, it is definitely unsanitary.

What do you do with your restaurant flatware when you’re not eating with it? Do you put it on the table? Do you think that you should be offered freshly washed silverware in between courses? Is a napkin or a fork rest sufficient? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Does Your Restaurant Flatware need an Upgrade?

Everything that you bring into your restaurant, from your restaurant equipment to your restaurant flatware, makes an impression on your customers. Your customers look at everything when they come into your place. Quality is never something to let go by the wayside.

Everyone who walks into your restaurant has the power to talk with their friends and share their experiences on social media applications like Yelp, Zomato, and Google. With that power, the stress of having something out of place can be tremendous. You may ask yourself a lot of questions. For instance, does your restaurant flatware need an upgrade?

When you first started your restaurant, did you start off with the odds and ends of silverware coming from your house? Having a uniform approach to the flatware at your place contributes to the overall impressions that your customers will have. And of course, you’ll want to keep it as clean as you can!

While you don’t necessarily need the best of the best to keep your place running, you do need to have the most appropriate flatware for your decor. In fact, your flatware can be the centerpiece of your entire restaurant! What does your flatware say about you and your business?

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The Feeling of Opening a New Restaurant

It’s been a few years since we were last in college, but we remember the thrill of getting the notebooks and getting everything set up for the coming attraction. Opening a new restaurant gives that same giddy feeling: dreaming of the menu, installing restaurant equipment, hiring new employees… it’s that flurry of action that makes it so exhilarating.

Do you have the tables and chairs? Do you have enough restaurant smallwares? Have you done a trial run to make sure that you have all of the counter space that you need? Only experience will tell if you got the right Empura Electric Fryer for your needs, but just getting it in the first place can give you a boost of confidence.

You can make that giddy feeling last a lifetime when you keep everything clean and you know that your customers are satisfied with your food. Treating people right and to good meals is a calling for some, and opening that first restaurant, whether you’re looking at a deli or a buffet or a fine dining location, is an amazing feat.

So, like going to college, opening a restaurant can be one of the biggest thrills of the year. And, like any good college experience, make sure that you’re prepared for it, and you will be rewarded with great memories.

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LED Candles are Safer

For romantic settings, the cliche is to use candles. But there are many more options than normal candles for the table.   You can choose to go for subtly illuminating tealights, or you can expand your repertoire a little bit to have flameless LED candles.  There are some candle-like solutions which come with remote controls!

One of the questions that you have to ask yourself as a restaurant owner is do you value the authenticity of having a real candle at the table over the safety of having simply an LED?  What is truly the difference?

Well, wax candles will drip the wax all over the table if you’re not careful.  They can stain your tablecloths. The longer that your patrons stay, the more likely you’re going to have a mess to clean up when they’re done with their meal. Candles have to have holders too, but many types of holders are easy to knock over. This is a fire hazard to you, your workers, the restaurant patrons, and even your business.

We suggest giving Hollowick LED Candles a try. They are flameless and also last a lot longer than the regular candles.  You can charge and recharge them without having to worry about replacing them.  In many cases, they last longer than the relationships that they’re celebrating!

You can have romantic dinners at your restaurant without having to worry about the waxy results of real candlelight.  Purists may disagree, but the soft lighting of an LED candle is just the same.

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How to Choose Flatware

download (90)Flatware may seem like a pretty easy thing to buy. It’s just a matter of getting the right pattern and having everything match right? There’s actually more to it than that! The material it is made out of and how it is constructed are also big factors that determine the quality.

Flatware is normally made of stainless steel, since true silverware will tarnish easily and is hard to clean in the restaurant environment. But there are several types of stainless steel used for flatware: 18/10, 18/8, and 18/0. The first number says how much chrome is in the steel, which is the important part to make steel stainless. The second number is how much nickel is in there as well. Nickle softens the shine of the chrome to make it look more like silver. The higher the nickel percentage, the more silver-like the flatware looks.

Then there is how the pieces are made. They could be poured from molds (hollow handled), stamped, or forged. Each category is heavier than the one proceeding. Which weight you choose is a matter of choice, though very light pieces of flatware may feel flimsy and low-quality compared to heavier ones.

Style, weight, and material are the key features to look for when choosing flatware or silverware. For more information, check out our utensils page.