Continuing our theme on fire, today we’re going to talk about chafing dishes. Chafing dishes are decorative portable containers for serving buffet items. They have a ledge on the bottom for holding a heat source. Many restaurants use them to put hot items out on a buffet without using heat lamps, which can dry food out.
Winco makes a large variety of chafing dishes. There are several things to consider before choosing one. First, how much capacity do you need per dish? Most chafing dishes come in 6 quart and 8 quart sizes. Second is features. Most restaurants will need more than one chafing dish. From there, it’s a matter of choosing what decorative features you want. Round or rectangle? Metal accents or not? Mirror finish, or not? Utilitarian or upscale? Lids that open in several ways? The choice is yours.
The prices range widely depending on the features you want. You can get a simple chafing dish for around $30 or get an extra heavyweight one for over $300. There’s lots of options in between though, so start with thinking about your features and that will guide your price.
Once you’ve decided on a dish, don’t forget the fuel! We sell that too here at Restaurant Supply. Chafing dishes are sturdy and last for quite a long time, so why not splurge on the model that compliments your restaurant the best?