Set the tone when you set the table with the plates, bowls and other dinnerware pieces that best fit the style of your institutional foodservice. Shop top items like our melamine and polycarbonate plates or our insulated plates and bowls below.
From soup bowls to pasta bowls, melamine plates in square shape or round, Cook’s Direct has a great selection of dinnerware for institutional foodservice. We carry dinnerware from top industry brands including Cambro, Dinex, Cook’s Brand, Carlisle, and Thunder Group. Whether you are looking for a break-resistant melamine plates to polycarbonate salad bowls to china for your fine dining areas, you’ll find the dinnerware you need at Cook’s Direct.
If you need assistance in choosing the dinnerware for your foodservice establishment, please give us a call at 866-613-2617 and our customer service team will be able to assist you in finding the right dinnerware for your foodservice operation.
When selecting the best dinnerware for your institutional dining area, you will want to take into consideration the following things:
- Is it important that I select dinnerware that can handle the high heat or chemicals in dishwashing?
- Do I need my break-resistant dinnerware for my institutional dining area?
- Is my dinnerware purchase part of a bigger project such as a dining hall renovation or new dining area?
Whether you are picking out a melamine for your campus dining hall, polycarbonate plates for your community center or china dinnerware for your corporate catering business, you will want to consider closely what is the best fit for you. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call one of our experts.
Material: When it comes to commercial or bulk dinnerware, you have several options to choose from, including porcelain, polycarbonate, and melamine. Porcelain and stoneware are popular choices for their durability and classic look, while melamine is a lightweight and shatterproof option that is great for outdoor dining or high-volume settings.
Size and shape: Especially if you are a restaurant, consider the type of food you will be serving and choose restaurant dinnerware that is appropriately sized and shaped. For example, if you frequently serve pasta dishes, you may want to choose bowls with a wider rim to prevent spills. Likewise, if you serve steak or other large proteins, choose plates with ample surface area.
Color and design: While white and beige (especially for institutional foodservice) are classic colors for dinnerware, you may want to consider adding some color or pattern to your collection to add visual interest to your table. Keep in mind that bold colors and patterns may be harder to coordinate with other tableware and décor.
Dishwasher and microwave safety: Check to make sure that the dinnerware you choose is dishwasher and microwave safe, as these features can save time and increase efficiency in a commercial kitchen.
Durability: Look for dinnerware that is chip-resistant and able to withstand frequent use and washing. If your budget allows, consider investing in higher-end dinnerware that is designed for commercial use, as these products are often more durable and longer-lasting.
Quantity: Finally, especially if you serve large groups of people or are a restaurant, make sure to order enough dinnerware to accommodate your busiest days and account for breakage and loss. It's better to have a few extra plates or bowls on hand than to run out mid-service.
Vollrath 52870 Serving Bowl
Carlisle 10" Plates
Cambro 9 oz Insulated Dome Lid
Cambro 9-9/16" Pellet Underliners
Cambro CLSB9190 Disposable Lid Fits MDSB9
Cambro MDSB5110 Shoreline Collection Insulated 5oz Bowl
Cambro MDSB9110 Shoreline Collection Insulated 9oz Bowl
Cook's 8 oz Brown Stacking Bowl
Carlisle 650B03 Salad Bowl 6-1/2" Black
Carlisle 691907 Petal Mist Bowl
Cook's 8 Oz Round Flex Bowl
Thunder Group ML351BL1 Salsa Bowl
Thunder Group ML351CB1 Salsa Bowl
Thunder Group ML352BL1 Salsa Bowl
Vollrath 62300 Plate Cover
Vollrath 62303 Plate Cover
Vollrath 62309 Plate Cover
Vollrath 62311 Stainless Steel Plate Cover
Vollrath 62313 Plate Cover
Vollrath 62315 Plate Cover
Vollrath 62318 Plate Cover
Vollrath 62327 Plate Cover