Invented and patented in 1858 by John Landis Mason, a Philadelphia tinsmith, Mason jars were once used solely in canning to preserve food. However, Mason jar drinking glasses have become one of the trendiest ways to serve food and drink in restaurants. Ideal for serving beverages like lemonade, iced tea, water, beer and more – have you seen the “redneck wine glasses” that are given as wedding favors? – the foodservice industry has recently taken Mason jars to new levels, as restaurants find more and more ways to use these versatile jars.
Some restaurants are proving that Mason jars are perfect for serving anything from cold beverages to salads – we even highlighted the rustic appeal of these reusable jars in our Eco-Friendly Wedding Ideas post. But, these vintage vessels are popular with restaurants for more than just their beverage-serving appeal:
|Place tea lights in them for tabletop lighting or use them to hold fresh-cut flowers for centerpieces.||Store take-away items in them like drink straws and silverware.||Fill them with after-dinner mints and place them at registers and cash-out areas.|
These old-fashioned jars are taking on a modern twist in foodservice, and becoming the focal point for weddings, parties, catered events and more! Have a favorite use for mason jars? Let us know by leaving a comment!