Today, the team at American Services wants to inform you regarding the many options you have when looking to add food warming and/or hold equipment to your restaurant. All of these options give you choices regarding cost, functionality, and customer convenience while providing a safe environment for the food you serve. Let’s get started!
Food Bars vs. Hot Food Tables
When considering the addition of a food bar versus a hot food table, there are a number of things to look at. Hot food tables provide a functional stainless steel appearance, the ability to keep food hot longer thanks to being electrically powered, an adjustable thermostat that helps maintain an optimal temperature, and options that allow for greater customer service such as end tables, cutting boards, and added work space features. Food bars offer conveniences like sneeze guards or sun canopies, can be used anywhere since they do not require electricity, can be used on any table top, have the option to be used hot or cold, and provide extra storage within the portable base.
Drawer Warmers vs. Countertop Food Warmers
Drawer warmers are used for holding food in a kitchen since they are not meant to be a display unit. These units are smaller in size, can be used to hold a variety of different food items, and offer varied temperature control for multiple drawers. Countertop food warmers on the other hand are made to serve customers hot food items in a self-serve environment. These units can be ordered with a specific holding purpose in mind or can be used in an all-purpose way.
Finally, if you are looking to keep food warm for a short period of time, an overhead warming unit will work best. When this is the situation, you will be choosing from a heat lamp or heat strip. Heat lamps work well when you need to heat individual pans of food since they direct heat to one specific location. Heat strips are used to cover more length of space with even heat and can be used in sized ranging from 18 inches to 12 feet.
As you can see, there are a number of options out there when it comes to food warming and holing. Ask the Kirkwood area restaurant equipment experts at American Services to help you evaluate your needs in this area of your commercial kitchen today!