Serveware Trends in 2015/2016

Serveware is one of my favourite catering and restaurant supplies to talk about. I know it’s nerdy but I really think that with the right kind of serveware (along with the esteemed Chef’s skilled plating skills) a passed hors d’oeuvre, buffet, or catering station can be transformed into a work of art. Caterers, restaurants, event venues and party rental companies need to stay on trend in the competitive market of special events so I thought it made sense to provide a glimpse into what serveware trends we’re seeing from a restaurant and catering supplier point-of-view. Here’s the first of the two part blog post series.

In terms of the latest trends in servingware, buffet trays and gorgeous food displays, there’s still a very rustic, elemental theme happening in the serveware trends. Chefs tend to be using slate, wood, marble, and glass as platters to add another texture and layer to their platings.

Elm Melamine Boards

Picture Source: American Metalcraft

We’re seeing lots of buffets outfitted with lucite / clear acrylic stands similar to these food displays below offered by SmartBuffetware.

3inch Crystal Block Stand

Photo Source: SmartBuffetware

Bite-sized offerings in the form of amuse bouche and single bite hors d’oeuvres are still on trend with Chefs utilizing bamboo skewers, amuse bouche cutleryhors d’oeuvre forks (both disposable and stainless steel), wonton spoons and porcelain tasting spoons for easy sampling.

Amuse Bouche Spoons

As far as shaped serveware is concerned, still trending are square and oval dishes along with other interesting shaped dishes such as a wide rim bowlstraight slanted bowl and quad divided bowl.

Wide Rim Bowl

Glassware is also being used in the form of shot glasses, stemless glasses and martini glasses.

Martini Glass Appetizers

Photo Source: Hostess Handbook

Our Catering Customers and Party Rental Customers are asking for greater varieties of melamine servingware for increased durability from chipping, and breakage.

Melamine Platter

They’re also looking for new and unique shapes and smaller plates for tapas and other hors d’oeuvres.

Mini Flared Bowl

What types of serveware do you see trending? Let us know by tweeting us @NatlEventSupply, post on our timeline on Facebook, our page on LinkedIn or Google.

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