Choosing the right types of dinnerware for your foodservice operation can save you money and lots of headaches. This buying guide will introduce you to the many choices you will have to make when determining what dinnerware to purchase. With hundreds of choices at WebstaurantStore to choose from, where do you begin?
Are you a casual, high-volume establishment, or an upscale, fine-dining restaurant that seats 30? Your dinnerware needs will differ based on how many your restaurant seats and what type of dining environment you offer. Refer to our China Requirements Guide for guidelines on seating and table settings.
Square, rectangle, triangle, and other various shapes
Bright white, American white, Porcelain white, Speckled, Colored
Cost & Availability
Dinnerware is not a fixed cost. With constant use and commercial washing, dinnerware will eventually need to be replaced.
You can keep the initial and future costs of buying dinnerware low if the company you purchase from stocks the items you’re looking for. We stock all of our Choice brand chinaware, and some of our other top-selling brands like white Tuxton China. If a company says they will stock a new pattern just for you, customers often pay a premium for that service. Buying a stock pattern from WebstaurantStore allows you to take advantage of our purchasing volume and stay in full control of your dinnerware costs.
WebstaurantStore ships most orders within one day and currently reaches 75% of the United States within two business days. You can save extra on shipping costs by putting through larger case orders. Because WebstaurantStore specializes in getting large orders to businesses as quickly as possible, the more your business orders, the better your shipping cost will be per case. Check out our Time and Money Saving Shopping Tips for more information!
How can you tell if the chinaware you’re about to purchase is durable enough for your needs? Ask questions: there is no industry standard on durability. Every manufacturer is different and the guarantees on dinnerware vary widely.
Does your dinnerware pattern come with a chip warranty?
CAC China round plates and platters have a one-year chip warranty
Choice China round plates and platters have a one-year chip warranty
Hall China has a lifetime chip warranty
Homer Laughlin has a lifetime chip warranty
Tuxton has a limited lifetime edge chip warranty
Which is best: high alumina or flint body?
Alumina is a durable substance that acts as a partial replacement for silica. A high-alumina body offers a variety of benefits such as increased strength so resistance against chipping and breakage is improved
Alumina compound increases the whiteness of the finished product
High-alumina improves thermal conductivity, helping food to stay warm for longer periods of time
Is your dinnerware fully vitrified?
Fully vitrified means that your dinnerware is non-porous. Fully vitrified dinnerware is stronger and thinner than ware fired at lower temperatures.
A fully vitrified product does not absorb water, leading to less internal stress from expanding and contracting. This helps to prevent breakage and ensures a long life for your china with normal use
Does your dinnerware stack rim to rim?
Rim-to-rim stacking is designed so that plates rest on the outer rims, rather than resting the unglazed bottom of a plate on top of a glazed surface
This type of stacking prevents scratching and other damage to the surface of your valuable china
Shape, Size and Color
The color, size of the rim, or the type of edge of a chinaware pattern can completely change the way your food is presented to your guests.
Note: It is always best to get a sample before placing chinaware orders. Colors may vary depending on manufacturer.
Care, Maintenance and Storage
As the saying goes, “Dishes don’t break…they are broken.” It’s important to take good care of your chinaware to keep your replacement costs low.
Never stack plates higher than 12” on a shelf. Use a plate dispenser for easy storage
Store by size: plates in stacks, cups in racks
China should be stored at or below food plating area
Shelves should be non-magnetic stainless steel
Use a plastic or rubber scraper, or our line of white scrub pads to remove food
Do not store wet dishes
Please remember to always follow the manufacturer’s care, maintenance and storage instructions for best results.
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