Smallwares - Dinnerware, Glassware, & More
The term “smallwares” encompasses hundreds of different products – everything from utensils to cookware for the kitchen, and glassware to dinnerware for the dining room. Cleaning supplies including mops, brooms, and buckets are also considered smallwares. Smallwares are typically divided into two different sections, Front of House and Back of House, depending on the use for the utensils or tools.
Every detail of your dining establishment has the ability to make an impression for the better or for worse. Since a customer’s perception is strongly influenced by your tabletop, cheap flatware paired with elegant china is never recommended. Your tabletop should always compliment the quality of the food being served. From Sample to Selection, Dine Company has the perfect curated smallwares selection for you.
Smallwares Purchasing Strategy: Front-of-House
To keep your foodservice establishment operating efficiently and effectively it’s important to match your purchasing strategy and product selection. Front of the House smallwares include chefware, flatware, catering supplies, glassware, dinnerware and more. Front of House smallwares selection is important so that foodservice establishments are able to control their customer’s perceptions and their inventory procurement cycle. After all, your customers probably never see the equipment in the kitchen, but they do see the dinnerware, glassware, and flatware in the dining room. For instance, if a casual quick-service restaurant stocked the highest quality china plates, they would be routinely ordering very expensive replacements. The same holds true that if a fine dining foodservice establishment ordered all disposable smallwares, the perception of their restaurant would diminish.
At Dine Company, we offer smallwares package options for opening foodservice establishments. We have the ability to offer custom logo’s for glassware and plateware. This can set you apart from other foodservice establishments and can either be sold to customers or used at your restaurant. We offer opening packages as well as free local delivery on orders over $150. Free dinnerware, glassware, and flatware samples are also available at Dine Company. Ask a Dine Company Customer Care associate for more information. See below for helpful resources for your Front of House product selection like our bar service and dining guides.
Smallwares Purchasing Strategy: Back-of-House
While going through the design process and choosing new equipment is the first thing people think of when opening a new restaurant, smallwares should never be put on the back burner. Before purchasing utensils and prep tools for Back-of-House, consider your budget, available storage space and menu selections. Common Back-of-House smallwares include everything from cookware and cutlery to carts and cleaning supplies. It’s imperative that restaurants buy items that can serve several purposes for their cooking staff. It’s also important to have a small reserve of these items so that when or if they break or incur wear or tear a replacement is available on hand. At Dine Company, we offer helpful resources such as our smallwares checklists to help make your purchasing strategy as simple as possible. See below for these resources or call a customer care associate for assistance today at 502-637-3232.
At Dine Company, we stock smallwares from Browne, Carlisle, Cambro, Winco, Homer Laughlin, ITI, Libbey, Anchor Hocking, and many more of the foodservice industry’s leading manufacturers in our Louisville, KY store. From sample to selection we have trained sales people who can help you determine the correct quantities and styles needed in your new kitchen or dining room.
Do you need assistance selecting the right smallwares for your establishment? Call one of our product specialists today. At Dine Company we make foodservice easy! Our knowledgeable sales staff will listen to your specific needs and help you select the right tools for your operation. Shop our selection anytime in-store or online at shop.dinecompany.com/smallwares