Need a way to present food in a self-service or buffet style dining hall? Here at Concept Cuisine we have a fantastic selection of chafing dishes wholesale to choose from, allowing you to showcase your food in an elegant and professional manner. What Is A Chafing Dish? The name chafer originates from the French word chauffer which means “to make warm”. These dishes are often used in buffet style restaurants or banquets where food needs to be kept warm for a long period of time. You can present a wide range of foods in a chafing dish, including but not limited to curries, soups, meats, and vegetables. Wait, Isn’t That A Bain Marie?Whilst both are similar in design and both can be used to keep food warm, Bains Marie can also be used for cooking. Should You Choose A Fuel Powered Chafer Or An Electric Dish? In general there are two choices with regards to how you keep the food inside the chafer warm. Firstly you could choose a fuel powered chafer with a fuel source such as gel or wick fuel. Alternatively, you could opt for an electric chafer which uses electricity to keep the food warm. There are advantages and disadvantages of both electric and fuel chafers, so neither is better than the other. For example, the electric design can be used for indoor events when you’re concerned about having flames indoors; however they also require access to electrical outlets, which requires careful planning to avoid cord hazards. Different Shapes And Styles To Choose From Different menu items are best served/displayed in different shaped chafing dishes, some of which include: RectangleArguably one of the most recognisable styles of chafer, the rectangular dish is often used for main entrees, providing a large amount of space for the dish to be stored in, and allowing easy access for ease of serving. SquareThis style is sometimes used for appetisers and side dishes. The shared quadrilateral shape of the rectangle and square mean they can work well together side by side. For example, you could have the main dish in the rectangle chafer, with a choice of either boiled rice or fried rice in two separate square dishes. OvalProviding a stylish and contemporary appearance, they’re the ideal choice if you want a chafer to make a particular menu item stand out. SoupThis style of container is usually used to hold soup or other liquid based dishes such as a stew. However, they are not limited to evening and lunchtime meals; they can also hold breakfast dishes such as a hot/warm cereal. Additionally it’s also important to consider which cover you choose as different foods and serving styles favour different types of lid. For example, a roll top cover is idea for buffets and self-service events where guests serve themselves as the cover can be rolled backwards and forwards, making it easy to open with a single hand. You could even choose a glass top cover so guests can see the food inside the chafer without needing to open the lid, thus reducing the amount of heat loss as your guests navigate through the different dishes available. On the other hand, lift off covers are best used when food is being presented in a chafer, but is still being served to guests by service staff. This chafer lid style allows the cover to be completely removed, which provides catering businesses with lots of opportunities for presentation. You could also use these style chafers to serve side dishes; they’re especially great for side dishes intended to be shared by multiple guests at the table, such as a small food item, or perhaps a sauce. Professional Catering Supplies - What Makes Concept Cuisine So Special? Our range includes everything hospitality businesses need to present their food and drink in an aesthetic that reflects their brand. However, there are lots of online stores where you can source your crockery, cutlery, glassware, and other catering items, so why should you choose to purchase your catering supplies from Concept Cuisine? What makes us better than the rest? We think it can be summarised into one word; quality Simply put, if it’s not good enough, we don’t offer it for sale. We are so confident in the quality of the products available on our online store, we’re happy to provide a 30 day no-quibble guarantee, so you can enjoy peace of mind and shop with confidence. Also, if you spend £75, you can enjoy free UK delivery. With Concept Cuisine, you can browse through a diverse range of crockery and tableware items, so you don’t have to compromise between quality and affordability, with our online store, you can fully equip your kitchen without breaking your budget. To Make An Enquiry, Please Get In Touch With A Member Of Staff It’s of upmost importance that you business is equipped with high quality restaurant catering supplies. If you have any questions or if you would like to make an enquiry, you can get in touch with a member of our team by giving us a call on 02087955712. Additionally, those who would prefer to get in touch with our staff via the internet, please send any questions you have to us by email. Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.