For the Love of Flatware

April 18, 2013
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When designing a restaurant, every little detail counts- particularly when thinking about your customers’ experience. Picking the best tabletop supplies for your front of house is a prime example. One of the most widely used and commonly reordered tabletop items in the restaurant business is Flatware. Needed in just about every dining application, flatware ranges in style, weight, quality and aesthetic to fit your needs. It is also one of the most commonly reordered items for restaurateurs given its high usage and high turnover, making it important to find a flatware selection that is both reasonable in price and aesthetically pleasing.

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 Here are the top considerations for you to take in when investing in flatware:

APPEARANCE: Does it fit the decor of your establishment and compliment your tabletop? At Mission we stock a large assortment of flatware from the most basic designs to elaborate patterns.

COST: Is the cost justifiable for not only the initial purchase but replacement purchases down the line?

WEIGHT: Since the weight of flatware is a true sign of its quality, are you purchasing flatware that will make a good impression in the mind of your customer?

DURABILITY: Will the flatware you choose weather the test of time with heavy commercial use?

Stainless steel flatware is the most popular kind in the foodservice industry and it comes in many varieties for you, the most common being 18/0 and 18/8 or 18/10. The numbers represent the amount of chromium and nickel that are in the steel alloy. Chromium in effect is what gives the stainless its “hardness” and luster while nickel is what is adhered to the base metal to resist corrosion. Chromium also plays a major role in resisting corrosion. Here is the basic break down:

18/0 stainless: 18/0 stainless is the best economical option for the price-conscious customer. Here are some features of 18/0 stainless steel:

  • 18% chromium 0% nickel
  • Subject to staining
  • Soft Shine
  • Light Weight
  • Cost-Effective

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18/8 or 18/10 stainless: By adding nickel to the equation, this type of stainless flatware is going to be a step above the 18/0.

  • Durable
  • Brilliant Luster
  • Rust-Resistant
  • Easy to maintain
  • Ok in chemical sanitizing dishmachines

Get the best variety and the best wholesale prices on Stainless Steel Flatware for your restaurant business or your home when you shop at Mission Restaurant Supply! 

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