FINALISTS OF THE 2017 TABLETOP COMPETITION
CHEESE PAPERS ENHANCE PLATTERS
Cheese papers enhance cheese and charcuterie presentations. Choose from a green leaf pattern or rich olive wood pattern to dress up serving boards and trays. Green leaves are available in 3 sizes, 4¼-in. x 2½-in., 7-in. x 4½-in. and 12-in. x 7-in. Olive wood papers, which look like a cross-section cut, come in 4-in. x 3-in., 7-in. x 5-in. and 12-in. x 8-in. sizes. Mix and match sizes. The papers are of course, food-safe and grease resistant, and come in pack of 180 for small sizes, 64 for medium and 22 for large.
A CUT ABOVE OTHER CHEESE KNIVES
Evolution Cheese Knives are sleek, easy to handle and utterly modern. Made in 1 piece from stainless with a satin-stainless finish, the knives have a retail look but are durable for commercial foodservice. Choose from 7 styles to pair with hard, semi-soft and soft cheeses and cheese spreads and only choose the ones you need; the knives are sold separately, not in sets.
TRAYS STACK IN YOUR FAVOR
Anfora/Steelite Crete line of round trays are available in 4 finishes, White, Black, Chena (wheat) matte, and Roca. Roca, with a granite-looking glaze is especially good for reducing the appearance of metal marks over time. Choose an assortment from 5 sizes: 4-in., 6-in., 7½-in., 9-in. and 105/8-in. diameters. The trays can mix and match, by color and size, feature a low rim and have a foot that makes them completely and compactly stackable, easy to transport and store. Ideal for casual to upscale operations.
ENAMELWARE LOOK WITH NO CHIPPING
Available in a unique assortment of shapes in a matte white glaze, the Brisa collection is inspired by enamelware but is fully vitrified so it won’t chip or rust as enamelware can over time. The reactive blue glaze on the rim and body is hand-applied; no 2 pieces look alike. The line adds a fresh look combining the warmth of pottery and nostalgia of enamelware, while delivering the durability you need for restaurant service. Especially suited to coastal dining and pairing with fresh seafood.
GREAT-LOOKING GLASSES STACK
Arcoroc Barware includes shot, rocks, double old-fashioned, high-ball, cooler and beverage glass styles. Heavy bottoms hold them steady for quick mixology and subtle ledges in the glass sides mean they won’t stick when stacked. The collection includes 4 designs: 13 styles in Triborough with panels that refract light, 12 styles in sleek Skyscraper with clean lines that taper toward the base, Urbane with 8 models, featuring a simple horizontal stacking ledge, and Facets with a diamond-cut pattern in 10 styles.
BUFFET RISES TO THE OCCASION
Cal Mil’s Mid Century Riser System is simple to customize into an unlimited number of buffet riser configurations. Made of handsome walnut, the 18-in.H risers, 24-in.W shelves and add-ons—including a beverage dispenser and condiment caddies—connect in assorted ways using brass- or chrome-accented brackets.
Cal Mil Plastic
REPURPOSED PALLETS CRADLE CRAFT BREWS
Constructed from recycled pallets, the Madera Taster Crate features 4, 2¼-in.-diameter cut-outs to fit a wide assortment of glasses. The clever construction makes the caddy easy for servers to transport, but still shows off the beverages. A write-on top lets servers label all the beverages in the tester serving. Crate measures 13-in.W x 4-in.D x 2½-in.H.
Cal Mil Plastic
WHITE WARE COMES IN 26 SHAPES & SIZES
The Halcyon servingware collection offers perfect plating for a variety of cuisines and food styles. Made from durable bone-white melamine, the line provides artful plating choices for sushi, salads, pasta, appetizers and much more. Also included: dip bowls, flight trays and spoons for single-bites. Oil- and stain-resistant, the line includes 26 shapes and sizes of plates, bowls, trays and serving cups and is safe for temperatures to 212°F.
Carlisle FoodService Products
THAT’S A SPICY MILL
This dual-use spice mill, featuring an anodized shaft and ceramic grinding mechanism, can be used for salt or pepper. Each mill is equipped with 2 etched top knobs for choice of seasoning. It’s available in 3 colors, red, white and black, and the triangular design of the acrylic housing offers modern styling and is easy to grip. The grinding mechanism has a lifetime guarantee. Measures 4½-in.H.
PETRIFIED WOOD-LOOK IS VIBRANT
cheforward’s Lapis Petrified Boards bring history to the table in the form of beautiful, centuries-old, fossilized wood. Finishes include Gold Canyon Jasper Agate with a brilliant gold hue and green and brown accents. Pinolith is striking with a stark black and white finish. Senora Sunrise has a vivid green-turquoise, deep red and black tones and a history as a healing stone. Lapis boards pair the visual impact of petrified wood with the easy care and use of heavy-duty melamine. Dishmachine safe.
RUSTIC CHARM, RESTAURANT-READY
The natural-looking edging on Delfin’s Marisol Rustic line is not a decal that will eventually wear off; it’s hand-applied and incorporated in the formation of the melamine, so every piece looks unique and will last. Every piece is shaped differently as well, delivering an organic pottery look. Dishes come in a choice of 4 colors: Sage, Sandshell, Driftwood and Clay.
REAL GLASS LOOK
Drinique’s new Caliber line is made from BPA-free Eastman Tritan Copolyester, manufactured 100% in the U.S. with a lifetime guarantee against cracking and breaking. Unique, thick walls withstand repeated washings in commercial dishmachines. Glasses, including rocks, double rocks, pint and cooler, stack without sticking, making the line easy to store.
BUFFET SYSTEM MAKES AN IMPRESSION
The stainless All-In-One LeXus Modular Buffet Stand is constructed in 1 piece with no rivets. Available in 2 sizes, each comprises a base that can accommodate up to 9 add-ons that deliver myriad configurations and functions, from grills and griddles to cheese trays, induction adapters, beverage dispensers, risers, shelves and more. The stainless finish blends with any décor and any level of catered affair. Use for hot, cold and combination buffets and cooking stations.
POTTERY LOOK, SHATTERPROOF PERFORMANCE
Urban Mill dinnerware offers a rustic, crackled glaze design in shatterproof melamine. It’s purposefully crafted with a distressed feel to mimic the look of hand-painted pottery. The irregular shapes in rustic colors complement any menu presentation. Dishmachine safe and NSF-certified, the ware combines the on-trend look of handmade pottery with unbreakable melamine strength.
MELAMINE WITH A LITTLE SPARKLE
Cosmo dinnerware offers a sleek yet rich metallic blue color that will instantly upgrade any culinary creation and add an elegant and chic touch to the dining table. Cosmo Irregular Round Coupe Plate, 9-in. in diameter, has an organic shape with the appearance of china, but it’s actually shatterproof, scratch-resistant melamine. The glaze is fairly thick and carries a slight interior sparkle that adds depth to the dish. It’s more resilient and resistant to drops and dings than china, porcelain and ceramic, and it’s dishmachine safe.
METALLICS ARE HOT
Copper brings the metallic trend to ceramics in a big way. You get all the richness of the metal with none of the care or keeping real copper pieces present. The line carries servingware and tabletop accessories including bowls, cups, bakers, au gratin dishes, dishes with handles, trays, ramekins and sauce cups. The smooth sheen of the coppery tone, the wide array of pieces and the practicality of these durable, oven-to-table pieces make them a versatile, on-trend choice.
Hepp and WMF, under BauscherHepp, have added a new finish to several cutlery collections. By individually blasting each piece with small beads, each utensil ends up with a matte look that creates an elegant presentation for any table setting. The finish, which also hides fingerprints, is available on Aura Pearl by Hepp, a sleek, modern collection with long lines and a beautiful curve; Accent Pearl by Hepp, a contemporary design with straight lines and slightly rounded contours; Profile Pearl by Hepp, also contemporary, precisely crafted and slender; Baguette Pearl by Hepp, traditional, beautifully rounded with nice heft; and Juwel Pearl by WMF, well-proportioned with faceted tips.
NATURE AS CANVAS
Homer Laughlin captures the natural beauty and energy of nature in its new Fresco dinnerware. Fresco was created in collaboration with John Britt, a studio potter, educator, and author whose specialty is ceramic glazes. Fresco’s unique soft-matte glaze evokes the beauty of the earth’s surface through the use of minerals in the pottery-making process. The result is a 1-of-a-kind design revealed in unique, swirling patterns. Fresco’s earth tones and distinctive finish offer a rustic presence that’s sure to impress and inspire both chefs and diners. No 2 pieces are alike. The line will showcase any cuisine and set an engaging tabletop.
Homer Laughlin China Co.
EARTHY, SIMPLE, STUNNING
Refreshing the tabletop with a unique design inspired by organic textures and rich, natural colors, Savannah stoneware gives your table an appealing, comfortable vibe. Dishes come in a choice of 3 warm earth tones, khaki, basil and terracotta, which are glazed onto a gently embossed and textured surface. This handmade pattern creates a design and feel that fulfills the foodservice industry’s hunger for more simplistic tabletop settings. The line is available with square plates, cups, saucers, packet caddies, platters, bowls and more.
“T” STANDS FOR TERRIFIC
Each glass in the T-Glass Collection has a foot that allows for swirling of wine and an easy balance of the glass, while also minimizing heat transference. With 5 varietal-specific designs, the T-Glass includes the ideal glass for any wine, but also is versatile enough to use with any type of beverage. T-Glass is dishmachine safe. Choose from a 21-oz. Pinot Noir glass, 24-oz. Cabernet/Merlot glass, 15-oz. Riesling glass, 9.3-oz. Prosecco glass, and an 11.8-oz. Sauvignon glass.
Vinea Collection features a chimney design that balances aromas and directs wine to the center of the tongue, lessening the acidity and allowing the intended flavors to be more present. The bowl shape enables alcohol vapors to condense on the wall without interfering with aromas. The lightweight stem glasses boast high-tech, lead-free crystal glass SON.hyx and the stem glasses are titanium reinforced to resist breakage.
IT’S TEA TIME
Steeped in tradition yet spirited in design, Lancaster Garden brings an unexpected twist to tea time. This 3-time-fired vitrified porcelain dinnerware highlights original, classic design on unique shapes; mix and match white with 3 colors to create different settings. The dinnerware has a lifetime edge chip warranty and 5-yr. shine resilience warranty.
Lexia flatware features contemporary curves enhanced by the Oneida Relic finish; the flatware doesn’t show scratches or fingerprints, leaving a virtually flawless setting for customers at the table every time. The weathered or worn appearance is soft and appealing to the touch. “Cool design; I love the organic finish,” comments one judge.
Display desserts or appetizers with class in these Double Wall Short Mini Glasses. The unique, double-wall design gives the illusion that the contents are floating in air. Ideal for crème brulée, mousse or oyster shooters, you can bake up to 350°F directly in the glass. Reuse and recycle the glasses; they’re dishmachine safe. Choose from different shapes.
FRIES ON THE GO
Ideal for to-go applications or a fun twist on restaurant service, the Happy Fries News Print, Closable Perforated Snack Cup sports perforated holes on the side that allow French fries to vent. Fold the cup’s top for customers on the go, or stand it on a tray or plate for those dining in. Order 1,000 cups per case.
WHO DOESN’T LOVE TACOS?
A single, disposable tray, Packnwood’s Kraft & White Taco Tray offers an easy way to present tacos or pita breads. Employees will appreciate how easy it is to fill tacos and keep their shape. Order 1,000 trays per case.
READY TO PRESENT
Impress diners with the crisp, clean, innovative design—most notably the folded presentation plate—of the Canopée Collection. Each piece features Pillivuyt’s iconic pleats and brings a stunning look to your tabletop, used individually or as a collection. Easily handled and stored, Canopée items are lightweight and stackable.
COLORS OF THE SEA
Present fine foods with the Sea Collection, part of the Playground Collection. Sea mixes deep blues and amber tones, reminiscent of the waves and ocean spray for which it’s named. Sea offers a subtle layering of texture and color throughout and comes in flat, round coupes, bowls and rectangular platters.
MORE TIME TO SERVE
Applicable for banquet or possibly healthcare applications, notes one judge, Tempcontrol gives employees more time to plate a dish and serve it. Using integrated heating and cooling technology, Tempcontrol keeps dinnerware warm (131°F) or cold (39°F) for more than 30 min. Put the dinnerware in the oven, heating cabinet, fridge or freezer and it will capture the heat or cold and slowly release it while maintaining an exact, constant temperature.
Succession Collection returns to traditional techniques of molding using strings; every piece is handmade in a French factory. Setting shapes in the porcelain, the object creates the illusion of a material still in movement, bringing artistic design to restaurants, hotel lobbies and more. This strong, resistant porcelain resists heat up to 932°F and is dishmachine safe.
MID-CENTURY, MODERN DRINKWARE
Characterized by clean simplicity with fresh, modern lines, Rona’s new Mode Collection is as captivating to the eyes as a unique wine is alluring to the palate. Wine glasses with square tapered bowls, accentuate long, slender pulled stems, creating a sophisticated contemporary look. This collection is suited for fine, upscale dining yet an affordable option for casual settings as well.
GET THE FARM-TO-TABLE LOOK
Natura Fresh Market Buffet System lets you create different displays for every event. The modular system sports high-quality bamboo that uses a triple layer technology to ensure each product stands up to high-traffic use. Each piece has a protective coating to prevent warping, scratching and water damage. Add ice tub inserts for cold displays; a drip tray catches condensation.
MEET YOUR NEW INFUSER
Serve and display herbal iced teas, flavored vodkas and more with Infusion Beverage Dispensers, available in 3-gal. or 5-gal. sizes. Display fruits and herbs through the transparent window. Each dispenser features a crystalized handle that adds an element of luxury. A removable chamber keeps fruits separate to ensure beverages remain free from contaminates. Made from high-quality sheets of opaque acrylic, the infuser was sustainably designed for zero material waste.
STYLE COMES NATURALLY
Scape Dinnerware touts a natural look with tactile textures and subtle colors— ceramic pieces come in pure white or cool grey, clear or smoky glass and muted, earthy tones in melamine. Mix and match components of 20 ceramic, 16 glass and 27 melamine items to create your own tabletop style. Steelite’s lifetime edge chip warranty guarantees Scape’s ceramic items against cracks and breakages.
WHAT’S OLD IS NEW AGAIN
Fleur de Lis vintage-inspired drinkware highlights intricate etchings of a delicate botanical design. The collection, constructed of German-made brilliant crystal, comes in the following styles: 5¾-oz. Nick & Nora glass, 8-oz. Sparkling Saucer glass, 10¾-oz. Versailles glass and 14¼-oz. New York Bar glass.
FULL OF POWER
Power drinkware undergoes a production process with the stem pulled from the opposite direction for a nearly flat bottom to the bowl. Constructed of German-made brilliant crystal, the wine glasses makes a dramatic appearance on a tabletop while offering customers a quality wine-tasting experience. One judge had never seen a wine glass with such a flat base before.
NATURALLY ATTRACTIVE DISPLAY PIECES
Frostone Naturals offers a Bamboo Collection and Granite Collection—both are lightweight, durable melamine designs meant to easily move to and from deli cases or buffet tables. (Think displays for pastas, salads and more.) Bamboo combines a bamboo decal interior and matte black or white exterior. Granite joins a granite decal interior and matte red or white exterior. Both can hold foods up to 212°F, are easy to clean and dishmachine safe, but not microwave or oven safe.
The Concrete Collection features the same quality of Tafelstern porcelain with an applied decal that provides the look and feel of real concrete. It’s available on 4 flat coupes and 3 deep coupes. It has a natural look and a lot of texture; it works well in any facility looking to set itself apart from the crowd. “Love this design—rustic, industrial. Concrete is in,” comments one judge.
ONE COLLECTION, MANY APPLICATIONS
The Biseki Collection sports many different pieces, including wide-rim bowls, cereal bowls, low-profile coupe bowls, coupe plates, oven skillets, cups and saucers. Biseki looks like stoneware but is porcelain. The blue-gray, versatile dinnerware works well in all kinds of settings, from rustic to elegant.
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Stylish and versatile, the Kona Collection offers square and rectangle shapes that provide a canvas for charcuterie, appetizers, sushi, tapas and desserts. An outer edge of porcelain white makes the center’s “lava” glaze (deep brown with slight golden flecks on the ridges) and wood-grain embossing stand out. The dinnerware collection includes 4 sizes of squares and 4 sizes of rectangles ranging from 6 in. to 16 in.
NEW WAYS WITH ORGANIC
Made of natural slate, Vertex China’s Slate Collection boasts rich tones and textures; the dark hues lend an extra vibrancy to menu items. Slate comes in a variety of sizes and 4 different shapes: round, rectangle, rectangle with inset (to keep sauces and juices on the plate) and an amorphous shape. Chill the servingware to keep cold foods cold; use it for any meal course or for your buffet needs.
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