Starting a business in the food industry is all about getting winning dishes on the plate and keeping the customers coming back, hungry for more. For people invested in the food and culinary industry it’s mostly the food that matters: the quality of the produce being used, the time it takes to prepare the food, the rawness of the cooked food and the final taste of the prepared dish. Most of what chefs or cooks or bakers do remains limited to the food on the plate—but what about the plate?
Forgetting the Obvious
Often when it comes to thinking about utensils, people in the culinary industry either opt for outlandish, modernistic choice of cutlery or go complete classic and get a proper set of plates, cups, and the like. While the cutlery in itself is often catered to, the one thing that is often overlooked is the tool for organization: plate racks, cup stands, and racks. Ubiquitous items when you come to think of it but most people in getting carried away by the bigger picture forget that food needs to go on a plate, and that the plate needs to be placed somewhere. Somewhere that is safe, convenient, and proper—and here are the five businesses which absolutely cannot do without these nifty utensil holders.
A café or a coffee house has long been people’s first choice to hang out at. Whether they’re out for a steaming hot cup of afternoon coffee or for something similar but with a fancier name—such as espresso, or cappuccino, or latte, or frappe—and it’s never the customers’ job to worry about where you’ve put the mugs and cups. You however as a worker in a café or in a coffeehouse need to have easy access to the cups and mugs, and what better way to have them around than on a handy cup stand or a rack?
Working in a café means a constant influx of orders which have to be doled out to customers as quickly as possible. That of course cannot be done if you’re going around scampering for the right utensils all over the place. A cup stand becomes essential in such a situation. A multi plate display rack like this one can hold a number of plates at one time and works far better than a stack of plates would do.
There are always two sides of working in a bakery: you’re either baking privately, in a space unadulterated by customers and other visitors, or you’re going at it professionally. Whatever the case, you as a baker need a barrage of utensils about, because baking is as much as a science as cooking is an art. And science—no matter what kind—demands lab equipment. And lab equipment in its turn demands to be placed neatly in racks or stands, because otherwise they’re just hazards waiting to happen. You know, like Professor Utonium accidently crashing into a vial and letting all the precious chemical X fall into his cauldron.
While not strictly as demanding in “catering” immediately to hungry customers like in a café or in a bakery, a catering service means you have to constantly be on the go. Every hour is rush hour, and you need all hands-on deck all the time. Being in the catering service means you utilize all the time that you can manage, and a great way to save on time is to have utensils and cutlery in organized spaces which makes it easier to function. Plate racks and cup stands make any caterer’s job easier. A multi-purpose stand that can be used for multiple things can come in quite handy in a catering service.
No brewery can function without its array of glassware: mugs and glasses, and a steady stream of them at that. Working in a brew pub means you full up glasses with liquor as soon as they empty out. The job requires skill and speed—and something that holds your glasses for you to make your job far more efficient than it would otherwise be. A rack will solve all a brewer’s problem in such times.
A cooking class doesn’t really require you to be exceptionally speedy or to cater to hungry customers. When you think about it, it’s almost tranquil. But being tranquil does not mean it’s not demanding and that it doesn’t require for your utensils to be in handy places where they can be easily snatched from. For a cooking class it goes without saying that you need a lot of cutlery and you need it in accessible places—which is exactly what a stand or a rack does.