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Mikasa 5315822 Foundation Pure 15 oz White Bowl

Mikasa 5315822 Foundation Pure 15 oz White Bowl

$174.00
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Mikasa 5320435 Foundation Bevel 11.5 oz White Bowl

Mikasa 5320435 Foundation Bevel 11.5 oz White Bowl

$54.75
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Mikasa 5316378 Azure Water Color 3 oz Blue Bowl

Mikasa 5316378 Azure Water Color 3 oz Blue Bowl

$156.00
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Mikasa 5315967 Reckless 10.67" Round Black Coupe Rim Plate

Mikasa 5315967 Reckless 10.67" Round Black Coupe Rim Plate

$288.00
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Mikasa 5316391 Azure Sky 10.67" Round Blue Coupe Rim Plate

Mikasa 5316391 Azure Sky 10.67" Round Blue Coupe Rim Plate

$228.00
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Mikasa 5316271 Smoke Marmol 6" Round Black Coupe Rim Plate

Mikasa 5316271 Smoke Marmol 6" Round Black Coupe Rim Plate

$120.00
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Mikasa 5315737 Azure Sky 6" Round Blue Coupe Rim Plate

Mikasa 5315737 Azure Sky 6" Round Blue Coupe Rim Plate

$120.00
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Mikasa 5316170 Foundation Bevel White Pepper Shaker

Mikasa 5316170 Foundation Bevel White Pepper Shaker

$42.00
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Mikasa 5315879 Foundation Joker White Salt Shaker

Mikasa 5315879 Foundation Joker White Salt Shaker

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Mikasa 5316157 Foundation Bevel 27 oz White Tea Pot

Mikasa 5316157 Foundation Bevel 27 oz White Tea Pot

$180.00
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Mikasa 5315814 Foundation Alzar 3 oz White Espresso Cup

Mikasa 5315814 Foundation Alzar 3 oz White Espresso Cup

$78.00
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Mikasa 5316162 Foundation Bevel White Coffee Jug Lid

Mikasa 5316162 Foundation Bevel White Coffee Jug Lid

$7.50
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Mikasa 5316165 Foundation Bevel 2 oz White Sugar Bowl

Mikasa 5316165 Foundation Bevel 2 oz White Sugar Bowl

$60.00
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Mikasa 5316204 Foundation Joker 2" Egg Cup

Mikasa 5316204 Foundation Joker 2" Egg Cup

$84.00
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Mikasa 5316173 Smoke Brezza 3 oz Black Bowl

Mikasa 5316173 Smoke Brezza 3 oz Black Bowl

$156.00
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Mikasa 5316210 Foundation Joker 6 oz White Stackable Bowl

Mikasa 5316210 Foundation Joker 6 oz White Stackable Bowl

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Dishing Up Commercial Dinnerware Serving Accessories

Choosing the right accessories for your food-service establishment is like picking the perfect hot sauce for your chicken wings. They can transform your dining experience from "meh" to "money."

When you're serving killer food, you need unique presentations. The right accessories can enhance the dining experience, making it truly memorable.

Just like your customers have diverse tastes, they also have diverse preferences when it comes to dinnerware. From classic elegance to rustic charm, our large selection ensures something for everyone.

Durability: The "Iron Cast" of Your Dinnerware Ensemble

Your dinnerware should be more reliable than a meatloaf recipe—strong, dependable, and always ready to impress. Eleven36 carries dinnerware accessories in a variety of materials to suit the needs of your establishment. 

  • Porcelain: the fine wine of dinnerware—sophisticated, classy, and always a good choice for any quality restaurant.
  • Melamine Dinnerware: Melamine dishes are like a stand-up comic—light, tough, and always ready for a quick turnaround, making them the perfect choice for many eateries.
  • Stainless Steel: the trusty steak knife of dinnerware—strong, sleek, and always up for the job.
  • Ceramics: the playful side of dinnerware—unique, fun, and always ready to make a statement.

Building Your Set: The Recipe for Success

Creating the perfect dinnerware set is like making a classic lasagna—it's all about layering the right ingredients.

Restaurant Plates

Plates are the hearty main course in your dinnerware set, needed for every course, from appetizers to desserts. Porcelain plates are a common choice for most restaurants outside of fast food restaurants.

Serving Platters

Platters and serving dishes are the show-offs of the table, always ready to present your culinary creations in style. Whether you're serving family-style meals or want to make a statement, platters give you the freedom to be creative.

Bowls

Bowls are the comfort food of your dinnerware set, perfect for anything from soup to cereal. We carry various options, including salad bowls and pasta bowls.

Accessorizing: Because Even Plates Need Jewelry

Accessorizing your dinnerware set is like adding a little garnish to your dish—it's all about the finishing touches. From sauce cups and vegetable insets to dessert dishes, we've got the best selection. Accessories don't stop at dishes! Think of tableware essentials, too – salt shakers, ramekins, bread baskets, and sugar packet holders are just as much a part of the set!

Matching Sets: Twinning is Winning

A coordinating set of dinner plates, serving dishes, and bowls is like a well-tuned kitchen crew—they work together seamlessly to deliver an unforgettable dining experience.

Matching dinnerware sets effortlessly bring harmony and elegance to your table setting. From a uniform color palette to consistent patterns and designs, matching sets create a cohesive dining experience pleasing to the eye.

One benefit of matching sets is the ease of shopping. Instead of hunting for individual pieces that work together, you can purchase a set, knowing each piece was designed to complement the others.

Another advantage is the consistency it brings to your restaurant or home dining experience. Whether it's a casual meal or a formal event, a matching set always looks polished and put together.

Matching sets often offer better value for money. Buying a complete set is typically cheaper than purchasing individual pieces separately. Plus, sets usually include a range of items, from dinner plates and soup bowls to dessert dishes and coffee mugs or tea cups, ensuring you're prepared for every course.

Mixing and Matching: Shaking Up the Table

While matching sets offer convenience and consistency, mixing and matching dinnerware allows you to show creativity and add a personal touch to your table settings.

Mixing and matching can be as simple as combining different colors and patterns within the same style. For example, you might pair polka-dot plates with striped bowls for a fun, whimsical look. Or mix pastel-colored plates with white serving dishes for a soft, romantic vibe.

You can also mix and match different styles for a more eclectic look. Pair rustic wooden chargers with sleek modern plates or combine vintage floral teacups with contemporary geometric saucers.

Remember, balance is key to successful mixing and matching. Choose one element, like color or pattern, to keep consistent and mix up the others. This ensures your table setting looks coordinated, not chaotic.

Design and Aesthetics: Dressing Up Your Table

Elevating your design and aesthetics is like adding that final sprinkle of parsley—it's all about food presentation!

  • Modern designs are like a sleek slice of sashimi—simple, elegant, and always on trend. 
  • Classic styles are like your favorite comfort food—timeless, appealing, and always in good taste.
  • Rustic charm is like a farm-to-table meal—warm, homely, and full of character.

Restaurant Themes: It's Dinner Theater, Baby!

Incorporating your restaurant theme into your dinnerware choices is the secret ingredient that ties everything together and gives your dinnerware that extra "wow" factor.

Buying Considerations: Don't Put All Your Eggs in One Basket

When buying commercial dishes, you must consider all your ingredients before cooking. Dinnerware, tableware, and accessories are some of the most seen, touched, and used pieces of equipment in your restaurant – they make a huge statement! Take time and care to consider the following important points before choosing your dinnerware and accessories.

Restaurant Dinnerware for Every Occasion: From Picnics to Presidential Dinners

Just like you wouldn't serve a hot dog at a state dinner, you need the right dinnerware for every occasion.

  • For casual restaurants, you want dinnerware that's as laid back and approachable as a backyard barbecue.
  • For fine-dining restaurants, you need dinnerware that's as elegant and sophisticated as a five-course meal.
  • For buffet-style serving, you need efficient designs that can stand up against a busy service.

Stackability: We're Piling on the Praise

Stackable designs are the secret ingredient to a well-organized kitchen.

  • Saving space with stackable designs is like finding the perfect spot for your spatula—it just makes sense. 
  • Safety storing your dinnerware collection is a must. Just like you wouldn't store your knife blade up, there are smart ways to store your dinnerware.

Handling with Care: It's Not Just for Fragile Packages

Choosing easy-to-handle dinnerware is like picking the right tool for the job—it makes everything run smoother.

  • Lightweight options are easy to use and always ready to help. Consider your staff carrying burdensome plates and platters, multiple trips to and from the kitchen per table, and what that means for appearance and efficiency.
  • Ergonomic designs are like non-slip shoes—designed to keep things running smoothly and safely. No accidental tips, slips, or spills to ruin a customer's or staff member's night!

Some Like It Hot: Heat Retention

Heat retention is like having a warming rack in your oven—it keeps your food at the perfect temperature until it's time to serve.

Just like a fluffy oven mitt keeps your hands safe from the heat, certain materials are known for their superior heat retention properties. These materials ensure your culinary creations stay warm from the kitchen to the table.

  • Ceramics, for example, are renowned for their heat-retaining abilities. Thanks to their dense composition, ceramic plates and bowls can hold onto heat for longer, keeping your food warm throughout the meal.
  • Cast iron is another material that's a superstar for keeping food warm. Its high thermal mass means it absorbs heat slowly and releases it equally slowly—perfect for keeping that steak sizzling!

Remember that while these materials excel in heat retention, they also take longer to cool down. So be sure to handle them with care when they're hot.

Warm This Way: Innovative Designs Maximizing Heat Retention

Innovation isn't just about creating new things; it's about improving what we already have. And that's exactly what's happening in the world of dinnerware design.

  • For example, double-walled bowls and dishes are innovative designs that maximize heat retention. The air trapped between the walls acts as an insulator, helping to keep food warmer for longer.
  • Another innovative design is the use of lids or covers. Not only do they prevent heat from escaping, but they also protect the food from external contaminants. You might say these designs are putting a lid on lukewarm meals!

Whether you're serving a piping hot risotto or keeping a pot of tea warm for your guests, remember that the right materials and designs can make the difference in delivering the perfect warm meal.

Casting Call: Choosing the Right Brand

Choosing the right brand and manufacturer makes all the difference. Reputable brands are like your go-to recipes—they always deliver consistent results. At Eleven36, we carry products of the utmost quality to ensure your commercial kitchen has restaurant supplies you can count on. 

Our most popular brands include:

Take the time to compare manufacturer credentials and reviews on products you’re considering. Just like you wouldn’t put a new dish on the menu without reviews, you wouldn’t purchase dinner- and tableware that’s never been tried or isn’t trusted.

Exploring Dinnerware Collections: It's Like a Treasure Hunt

Most commercial dinnerware and accessories product lines are complete collections that consist of all the necessary pieces. Digging into these collections allows you to explore a little bit of everything before deciding – like collection themes and benefits.

  • If you want a cohesive dining experience, look for consistent themes and designs across a collection. Consistency in theme is just as important as consistency in your menu!
  • Purchasing from a single collection is a one-stop-shop; eliminate the guesswork with convenient, coordinated dishes and accessories. When it's time to replace, you can easily find everything you need. If it's time to upgrade, explore the newest version of your favorite go-to collection.

The Last Bite: Choose Eleven36 as Your Commercial Dinnerware and Accessories Supplier

Choosing the right commercial dinnerware serving accessories takes thought, creativity, and a dash of flavor. Ready to take your dining experience to the next level? Contact us today to learn more. At Eleven36, we're all about delivering unforgettable dining experiences!