Foodservice Equipment & Supplies

MAR 2018

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MARCH 2018 • FOODSERVICE EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES • 21 TABLETOP AWARDS perfmance in 2018 The front of the house shines as FE&S celebrates the tops in tabletop installations. The following pages recognize excellence in the strategic and functional application of tabletop design in five categories: ● Restaurant with a per-person check average of more than $30 ● Restaurant with a per-person check average of less than $30 ● On-site foodservice ● Banquet and catering ● Club and resort foodservice Our judges select the winners based on: ● Overall appearance ● The tabletop's ability to support the overall menu ● How the tabletop represents the overall concept ● How conducive the tabletop is to the operation's style of service FE&S would like to thank the following individuals for donating their time and expertise as judges: Angelo Parhas of Zepole Restaurant Supply, Dennis Semro and Dana Tanyeri. Tabletop Trends In reviewing the entries for what was the most competitive tabletop competition in FE&S' 70-year history, our judges noted several trends: ● The idea that blue does not work well with food has been blown out of the water. And it works particularly well with warm wood- colored tabletops. ● Custom china is making a comeback. ● Warm elegance is back in vogue among tabletops from all industry segments. ● Because operators are not using table- cloths, they appear to be investing in higher quality wood tables. In contrast, laminate tabletops are on the way out. ● Cast iron and wood serving pieces contin- ue to grow in popularity as operators find more unique uses for these serving items. ● Colored plates were very popular through- out all segments of the competition. Lots of organic shapes, speckled colors and more. ● Adding logos to everyday glassware is gaining in popularity. The focus on the cocktail culture continues to place an emphasis on specialty glasses. Visit for additional photos of each of the winning installations.

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