One of the most important tasks faced by any restaurant owner is ensuring the availability of quality restaurant equipment. Shopping for cutlery is one of the more essential aspects of this task, and startup restaurant owners will have to spend a considerable amount of time, effort, and money in ensuring that the restaurant is equipped with the most suitable cutlery for the setting.
There are a number of factors to consider when purchasing cutlery or flatware:
These factors will have a lot to do with the quality that could be expected from the cutlery, as well as the satisfaction that customers will get from using them. Paying careful attention to these considerations will also ensure that restaurant owners get the most possible benefits from their investment.
Types of metal used in cutlery
Restaurant cutlery is most commonly made from metal such as sterling silver, silver plate, or gold electroplate. These metals are durable enough to withstand any type of use, and they are especially suitable for more elegant or more formal settings.
Stainless steel offers a good balance between durability and aesthetic appeal. Easy to care for and dishwasher-safe, stainless steel cutlery are also among the most cost-effective options for restaurant equipment.
How many sets should you purchase?
Estimating the amount of flatware needed is an art unto itself. Factors to consider are the number of seats in the restaurant, the turnover rate for service, specialty items offered on the menu, the capacity of the dishwasher, the type of restaurant to be operated, and requirements pertaining to backup inventory. Careful consideration of these factors will ensure the availability of enough cutleries for most any situation.
Cutlery design considerations
When choosing cutlery, careful attention must be given to its design, particularly with regard to how the chosen pieces blend with the other table and serving elements. In most cases, it would be best to go with pieces that complement each other, if not match perfectly as part of a set of tableware. Cutlery that matches the dinnerware and stemware helps reinforce a more unified visual aesthetic and it generally makes tables look less cluttered as well.
The texture of the cutlery
Many people don't give much thought to the texture of the cutlery, but it is actually a more essential factor than you might think. In general, it would be best to match the texture of the cutlery with the grain of the dinnerware and stemware. Cutlery made from the more expensive metals is an ideal match for porcelain, linen, and crystal, due to its smooth texture and shiny appearance. Although plated metals have the same smooth and shiny appearance, they may be less suitable for more formal settings.
Also take note that when matching cutlery with shiny and matte finishes, it would be best to match the predominant texture with the texture of the table.