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Painless ways to increase your restaurant profits

Restaurants

I’ve been fascinated lately with the concept of mindful eating and how to “hack” your environments to lose weight and maintain healthy habits painlessly. I came across author, leading behavioural economist and food psychologist Brian Wansink on my quest for more information regarding mindful eating and how mindless eating can cause weight to creep on.

While I started out reading his book “Slim by Design: Mindless Eating Solutions for Everyday Life” by Brian Wansink from a personal standpoint, while I was reading the chapter on restaurants it occurred to me that there was information in the book that could benefit restaurant owners and franchisees that have some control over their menu and porcelain dinnerware collections. I’ve rounded up some of the best tips to easily and painlessly increase your restaurant profits – without your customers knowing you’re doing it and still leaving satisfied!

1. Buy smaller plates (example – downsize from an 11in plate to just under a 10 inch plate). For buffet owners, portions still look to be equivalent, but there’s actually less food being eaten, less food being wasted and the buffet restaurant therefore spends less. For table service restaurants – buying smaller plates still applies because diners feel like they’re getting better value for their money even when there’s less food on a smaller plate.

2. Ask your wait staff to sit diners farthest from the buffet. It makes food less tempting for diners as they can’t see the buffet easily, and makes it less convenient to go up to get more food.

3. Add descriptive words to lower food cost items to entice more sales – words that are sensory (crisp, pillowy, velvety), nostalgic (old-style, grandma’s), geographic (peruvian, southwestern). Diners are more tempted to order a crisp summer salad with avocado and shrimp then a shrimp salad.

4. Offer half plate portions. Most restaurant portions nowadays are large enough that a number of diners consciously choose to only eat half their entrée and take the rest home. If your restaurant is renowned for generous portions, diners that are just not that hungry may even be inclined to choose another restaurant. They may or may not order an appetizer or dessert depending on their appetite. With half plate portions, diners are more likely to feel they have room for an appetizer or dessert and a drink – equating to more money spent per cheque. Jamie Oliver’s restaurant in Yorkdale, Jamie’s Italian Restaurant, does half plate pasta portions well.

To learn more tricks to increase your restaurant profits, buy Slim by Design by Brian Wansink on Amazon Canada or Chapters.

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New Coupe Dinnerware Line in Stock

Back in February, we announced a number of new porcelain tabletop supplies we added to inventory. I’ve been neglecting our blog posts as we had two tradeshows to plan and attend at the end of February – the Rental Show and Restaurants Canada Show. Now that we’re back – it’s time to get back to our regularly scheduled blogging program. As I mentioned we have been hard at work ordering additional inventory and getting ready for the busy season. We recently received a container of porcelain restaurant tabletop supplies – updating our stock levels of Hotelier, Quadrato, and our porcelain platters and serving bowls, as well as introducing new pieces of inventory – which you can see here. Here’s a first look at the new Coupe dinnerware line we’ve added to our inventory!

Coupe 12” Oversize Plate

SKU: 33.COUPE/30

Coupe Oversize Plate

  • Measures: 12inches diameter
  • Durable porcelain, made in China
  • Dishwasher / Commercial dishwasher safe
  • Oven safe up to 400F
  • Microwave Safe
  • Inner pack: 3 pcs
  • Master Case: 12 pcs

Coupe 10.25” Dinner Plate

SKU: 33.COUPE/26

Coupe Dinner Plate

  • Measures: 10.25 inches in diameter
  • Dishwasher / Commercial Dishwasher Safe
  • Durable porcelain, made in China
  • Microwave Safe
  • Oven safe to 400F
  • Master Case: 24 pcs
  • Inner Pack: 4 pcs

Coupe 8” Dessert/Salad Plate

SKU: 33.COUPE/20

Coupe Dessert Plate

  • Measures: 8 inches in diameter
  • Dishwasher / Commercial Dishwasher safe
  • Durable porcelain, made in China
  • Microwave Safe
  • Oven Safe to 400F
  • Master Case: 48 pcs
  • Inner Pack: 6 pcs

Coupe 6” Side Plate

SKU: 33.COUPE/15

Coupe Side Plate

  • Measures: 6 inches in diameter
  • Dishwasher / Commercial Dishwasher Safe
  • Microwave Safe
  • Oven Safe to 400F
  • Durable porcelain, made in China
  • Master Case: 96 pcs
  • Inner Pack: 6 pcs

Coupe Cup

SKU: O4048

Coupe Cup

  • Measures:3.5" diameter x 2.5 inches high
  • Volume: 7oz
  • Saucer sold separately
  • Dishwasher / Commercial Dishwasher Safe
  • Microwave Safe
  • Oven Safe to 400F
  • Durable Porcelain, made in China
  • Master Case: 72 pcs
  • Inner Pack: 6 pcs

Coupe Saucer

SKU: O4051

Coupe Saucer

  • Measures: 5 5/8 inches in diameter
  • Cup sold separately
  • Dishwasher / Commercial Dishwasher Safe
  • Microwave Safe
  • Oven Safe to 400F
  • Durable porcelain, made in China
  • Master Pack: 96 pcs
  • Inner Pack: 6 pcs

For more information or a quote on any of our coupe dinnerware items including shipping to your location:

 

New Porcelain Restaurant Tabletop Supplies in Stock

We have been hard at work this past month ordering additional inventory and getting ready for the busy season. It seems like just yesterday it was the holidays and now we’re imminently expecting spring! We recently received a container of porcelain restaurant tabletop supplies – updating our stock levels of Hotelier, Quadrato, and our porcelain platters and serving bowls, as well as introducing new pieces of inventory. Here’s a first look at the new tabletop items we’ve added to our inventory!

Porcelain Sugar Caddy

SKU: H3952

H3952 Sugar Caddy

  • Measures 2 ½” w x 4” l x 1 5/8”h
  • Fits 14-18 sugar/sweetener packets
  • Durable porcelain, made in China
  • Dishwasher / Commercial dishwasher safe
  • Oven safe up to 400F
  • Microwave Safe
  • Inner pack: 6 pcs
  • Master Case: 72 pcs

8oz Cappuccino Cup

SKU: H3080

H3080 8oz Cappuccino Cup

  • Volume: 8oz
  • Saucer purchased separately
  • Dishwasher / Commercial Dishwasher Safe
  • Durable porcelain, made in China
  • Microwave Safe
  • Oven safe to 400F
  • Master Case: 72 pcs
  • Inner Pack: 6 pcs

Saucer for 8oz Cappuccino Cup

SKU: H3081

Saucer for 8oz Cappuccino Cup

  • Measures 5 7/8” diameter
  • 8oz cappuccino cup purchased separately
  • Dishwasher / Commercial Dishwasher safe
  • Durable porcelain, made in China
  • Microwave Safe
  • Oven Safe to 400F
  • Master Case: 72 pcs
  • Inner Pack: 6 pcs

Noodle Bowl

SKU: A1184

A1184 Noodle Bowl

  • Measures: 10 7/8” diameter / 3 7/8” h
  • Volume: 18oz / 76oz (completely full)
  • Dishwasher / Commercial Dishwasher Safe
  • Microwave Safe
  • Oven Safe to 400F
  • Durable porcelain, made in China
  • Master Case: 12 pcs
  • Inner Pack: 3 pcs

9” Porcelain Pasta Bowl

SKU: H3025

H3025 9in Pasta BowlH3025 9in Pasta Bowl

  • Measures: 9” diameter / 1 ½” h
  • Dishwasher / Commercial Dishwasher Safe
  • Microwave Safe
  • Oven Safe to 400F
  • Durable Porcelain, made in China
  • Master Case: 24 pcs
  • Inner Pack: 4 pcs

4oz Creamer

SKU: H3949

H3949 4oz Creamer

  • Volume: 4oz
  • Dishwasher / Commercial Dishwasher Safe
  • Microwave Safe
  • Oven Safe to 400F
  • Durable porcelain, made in China
  • Master Pack: 96 pcs
  • Inner Pack: 6 pcs

For more information or a quote on any of our new items including shipping to your location:

 

How to Transport Dinnerware

Transporting plates for catering is a huge concern when a caterer or party rental company is delivering for a special event setup. The transportation method that the plates are stored in needs to ensure that the plates are stable, don’t knock up against each other and also are contained from dust and/or bugs. They need to also be able to easily handle and stack. Here are some of the ways that plates are transported for catering or party rental:

Wire Plate Racks

Wire Plate Racks

Picture Source: Webstaurant Store

Wire plate racks are generally coated in plastic and designed to safely store and transport dinner plates. The wire racks hold the plates apart similar to a dishwasher’s rack so they can be run through the dishwasher for easy cleanup. Afterwards, caterers or party rental companies can wrap the wire racks with saran wrap to keep them sanitary.

Plastic Milk Crates

Plastic Milk Crate

Photo Source: Drader Manufacturing

Plastic milk crates are used by catering and party rental companies as a way of transporting plates to and from event sites. Generally they are taken out of the crate, washed in a commercial dishwasher and then placed back in the crate clean. The milk crate is then saran wrapped to keep the plates sanitary and free of dust / bugs.

Plastic Plate Racks

Plastic Dish Rack

Picture Source: Webstaurant Store

Plastic plate racks are designed to hold plates during a washing cycle. The durable racks have pegs that allow the separating of plates so they can quickly air dry after washing. The plate is made secure in the rack during washing cycles & transportation to reduce chipping and breakage while the rack is stackable to save space.

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New 11 inch Pasta Plate in Stock

We have been expanding our tabletop selection with a new pieces in our melamine serveware and new stemmed water glass as well as new spun polyester linens. I’m pleased to announce a new addition to our restaurant-quality porcelain dinnerware: a new 11 inch Shallow Pasta Plate.

Shallow Pasta Plate

This restaurant-quality porcelain pasta bowl is sophisticated enough for a fine dining establishment yet sturdy enough for a fast-casual atmosphere.

Perfect for serving appetizer salads as well as pasta, this versatile 11 inch shallow pasta bowl also offers a fantastic presentation for expertly plated steak, chicken or fish entrees. The clean, simple lines of the bowl and pristine white colour coordinates seamlessly with other dinnerware and serving pieces.

It is oven safe to 400F, dishwasher / commercial dishwasher safe, microwave safe and made in China. It measures 11 inches diameter and 2.25 inches high. It is available in inner packs of 3 or a full case of 18 pieces.

For a quote including shipping to your location of our new 11 inch pasta plate: