Blog posts tagged with 'glass stemware'

How to Transport Stemware

Stemware is a notoriously tricky product to transport when you’re a party rental company or caterer. Because of its delicate nature, and a need to ensure breakage doesn’t occur, finding the best transportation methods when taking glass and crystal stemware offsite to an event is so important. We’ve rounded up the best methods for transporting stemware so you can figure out what method best supports your business needs. Read on to learn more:

Glass Racks

Glass racks come in two different materials – wire and plastic. Wire glass racks similar to Ten Strawberry Street’s below are designed to keep glasses safe when being transferred from one event to the next.

Wire Glass Racks

They are also designed to be used in the dishwasher, so you can store, transport, and wash your glass stemware all in the same unit. They need to be wrapped to avoid contamination of bugs or dust.

Plastic glass racks like the ones below, are also designed for safe transport of glass stemware. They are a little heavier than wire glass racks but provide built in protection against bugs or dust. They are also dishwasher safe so they can go from storage of the glasses to transport to an event to the dishwasher to be washed.

Plastic Glass Racks

Catering Boxes

Cheaper than the wire or plastic glass racks, catering boxes are another option party rental company’s use for transporting stemware. These are lighter than wire glass racks and made of strong, durable polypropylene plastic corrugated material. These will not last as long as wire or plastic glass racks but tend to be almost half the price. They are open to contamination and party rental companies tend to wrap them with saran wrap to ensure dust and bugs don’t get in.

Medium Catering Glassware Box

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Where to Buy Pilsner Glasses in Canada

Pilsner Glasses

Pilsner glasses are a staple for almost all restaurants, pubs and banquet halls that serve a great pilsner lager. They help to reveal the colour, carbonation of a nice pale lager while maintaining the beer head. They’re tall, slender and tapered in appearance and often smaller than a pint (16 fl oz/ 473mL) glass – between 200mL (6.7 fl oz) to 400mL (13.5 fl oz). If you’ve already been buying pilsner glasses then this post isn’t really for you – unless you’re not happy with your current supplier. If you’re in the market to purchase pilsner glasses, one of the most common things ask is where to buy pilsner glasses in Canada?

This post will round up 4 other suppliers besides National Event Supply, who also sell pilsner glasses in Canada.

1. Canadian Restaurant Supply

Based in Kelowna, British Columbia, and founded in 2000, Canadian Restaurant Supply offers commercial foodservice facility planning & design services as well as meeting the day to day equipment, smallware and tableware requirements. They sell Arcoroc®, Libbey® and Strahl® pilsner glasses ranging in volume from 10oz to 14oz.

2. (Hamilton Store Fixtures)

Based in Hamilton, Ontario, is Hamilton Store Fixtures online ecommerce site, selling tableware, bar supplies, equipment, sanitation & safety, and smallwares for more than 80 years. They sell Libbey pilsner glasses in 10.5oz to 15.5oz volumes.

3. Nella Cutlery

Synonymous with restaurant supply in Toronto, Nella Cutlery has two locations serving the greater Toronto Area with food equipment, refrigeration, bar equipment, material handling & storage, espresso machines, smallwares and knives with knife service. They sell Winco pilsner glasses in 12oz or 23oz volumes.

4. Hendrix Restaurant Equipment & Supply

Based in Brockville, Ontario with 10 locations across Canada, Hendrix Restaurant Equipment and Supply sells foodservice equipment, food prep, smallwares, chef knives, tabletop & serving, worktables & shelving, sinks & plumbing, furniture & fixtures, storage & transport, cleaning supplies, textiles & apparel both in their brick and mortar locations as well as online. Hendrix specifically sells Libbey pilsner glasses in 6oz, 10oz, 12oz and 15oz volumes.

Hopefully one of these companies (if not us!) can help you find the pilsner glasses you need.

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Must-Have Margaritas for your Cinco de Mayo Menu

In celebration of Cinco de Mayo we’re busting out our margarita glasses and providing our restauranteurs and chefs with some of the must-have margarita recipes for your menu. We’re willing to taste test for you as well!

The Proper Margarita Recipe (or as Chow’s Senior Editor says “the only way to make margaritas”)

Perfect Margarita

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What you need:

  • Salt for rimming
  • Margarita Glass or Rocks Glass
  • Ice
  • 1 ½ oz 100 percent agave tequila
  • 1 oz freshly squeeze lime juice
  • ½ oz Cointreau (not Triple Sec)

For complete instructions head over to for the play by play.

The Best Coconut Margarita Recipe (that’s a lot of margarita’s one had to drink to lay claim to “the best”)

Coconut Margarita

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What you need:

  • Margarita Glass or Rocks Glass
  • 1½ ounces Patron reposado tequila
  • ½ ounce cointreau
  • 1 ounce coconut cream
  • 1 ounce coconut milk
  • ½ ounce fresh lime juice
  • Splash of half and half
  • Splash of simple syrup (1/2 cup sugar, ½ cup water brought to a boil until sugar dissolved, then cooled.)
  • lime wedges for garnish

This recipe looks absolutely divine and the story behind the Patron Tequila Express train along with images is a great read and visual experience! To read the full story and get the instructions, head on over to

Skinny Marg’s Recipe

Skinny Margs Margarita

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What you need:

  • Margarita Glass or Rocks Glass
  • 1 ounce añejo tequila
  • 1 ounce Cointreau
  • ½ ounce lime juice
  • 1 pinch pink Himalayan salt
  • Polar® Ginger Lemonade Seltzer

For the health conscious guest, here’s a margarita lighter on the waistline but heavy on the flavour. For instructions on how to make, head over to

Blood Orange Margarita Recipe

Blood Orange


What you need:

  • Margarita Glass or Rocks Glass
  • 3 oz juice from a freshly squeezed blood orange
  • 2 oz 100% agave tequila
  • 1 oz Triple Sec orange flavoured liqueur
  • splash of agave syrup (optional yet recommended by recipe creators Todd Porter & Diane Cu)

Todd Porter & Diane Cu’s blood orange margarita recipe is making my mouth water as I write this post. Check out their recipe, full instructions to produce this gorgeously hued drink along with their fantastic and famous food photography at

Strawberry Margarita Mocktail Recipe

Virgin Margarita

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What you need:

  • Margarita Glass or Rocks Glass
  • 10 oz frozen strawberries, thawed
  • 6 oz can frozen limeade concentrate
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 20 oz lemon-lime soda, chilled
  • 3 cups of crushed ice
  • Fresh strawberries for garnish (optional)

Let’s be honest – not everyone can or wants to indulge in alcoholic libations so I’ve included a mockarita (?)… mocktail margarita (?) …whatever you want to call it for those wanting to live on the edge without the edge in the drink! For full recipe and instructions, head over to

What are your favourite recipes? Let us know in the comments!

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Crystal Wine Glasses vs Glass Wine Glasses For Restaurants

Anyone not in the foodservice and restaurant industry would not understand the need to write a blog post about crystal and glass stemware and glassware – however you and I both know that even something as miniscule as the choice of glass material for your guest’s choice of beverage goes a long way towards enhancing the aesthetics and atmosphere of the restaurant. If you’re reading this blog post though, chances are you’re in the midst of determining what type of crystal and glass wine glasses make the most sense for your establishment. We’ll shed more light below on why choose crystal wine glasses over glass wine glasses and vice versa.

Victoria Crystal

Crystal Wineglasses

  • Traditionally used in upscale fine dining establishments or restaurants less prone to breakage
  • Older crystal wine glasses can have lead in them. Most crystal wine glasses these days are unleaded due to the fact that lead used to leech into the beverage making it hazardous for a person’s health
  • Help to control the temperature of the wine
  • Accentuates the aroma and flavours of the wine
  • Allows light to refract through the glass making them sparkle on the table
  • Light in weight
  • Frailer and therefore more fragile than glass stemware
  • Sometimes hand washable only
  • Average cost is more expensive than glass stemware thus replacement costs are higher

Glass Wineglasses

Glass Wineglasses

  • Traditionally used in more casual dining atmospheres and restaurants where more breakage occurs (i.e. pubs / bars)
  • Doesn’t shine the way crystal does as it is slightly more opaque
  • More affordable than crystal so replacement costs are lower than average
  • More durable than crystal
  • Thicker structure (thicker bowl, rim, foot and stem) generally
  • Dishwasher safe

Restaurants with an extensive wine menu and upscale offerings or restaurants looking to position themselves as a food and wine destination would do best purchasing crystal wine glasses. Fast Casual restaurants, pubs and bars would do best purchasing glass wine glasses enabling them to optimize the durability of the glass.

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How to use a Cocktail Plate

One of the biggest struggles when attending a cocktail reception is the awkwardness of juggling a wine glass and plate of appetizers. It pretty much means foregoing either the wine or the appetizers or the entire attendee pool clusters around the food stations and cruiser tables so they have places to set their plates or glasses. What if you could offer your customers a solution to this problem?

Cocktail PlateEnter the Cocktail Plate.

This nifty plate allows for guests to hold their crystal wine glass and appetizer plate in one hand enabling them to freely use the other hand to shake hands of newly acquainted guests or use gestures to properly illustrate their story.

One of the questions we get asked most is "How do you use a cocktail plate?"

The answer lies ahead.

Imagine you’ve just arrived at a party and after some preliminary circling have headed for the bar to imbibe in a fabulous Chardonnay.

Step 1: Pick up fabulous Chardonnay

Stemmed Wine Glass

In order to make sure you behave professionally and alcohol doesn’t cloud your judgement, you’re going to want to have something to eat. So you head to the food stations to pick up some food.

Step 2: Pick up appetizers

Cocktail Plate with Appetizers

By now you have two hands full and none available to network with. Here’s where the cocktail plate really shines.

Step 3: Place stem of wine glass in ‘c’ indent of cocktail plate and let wine glass rest on plate

Using a Cocktail Plate

Voila! One hand free to shake hands with everyone in the room!

A note of caution: This cocktail plate really shines when you’re mixing and mingling standing up – just be careful that you remove your wine glass BEFORE placing your plate down on a table. If you forget this, you’ll have a glass of wine all over yourself, the table or both.

Cocktail Plate Wine Glass Falling Over

Your customers will love being able to rent a plate like this that helps solve a common networking problem.

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