One thing is for sure: our holiday tables will look different this year.
As the season approaches, let’s not forget the importance of presentation. Whether on a tabletop or packed for takeout or delivery, presentation offers a unique opportunity to elevate food and drink. A true strength of our industry is knowing just how to leverage that. We know what our customers want before they want it. We package, bottle, or batch it appropriately, so it feels wholesome, safe, new and exciting.
At Singer, we know that navigating this adaptation is challenging, and so is finding safe, sustainable and serviceable solutions. We built our holiday look book with takeout top of mind. In this digital sourcing guide, you’ll find some of our favorite tools to help usher in a seasonal holiday menu, whether your guests are indoors, outdoors or taking preorders now.
We’re featuring packaging that is sustainable and design-forward. You can feel good about the decisions you’re making for your business, your customers, and the planet. Some of our favorite highlights are featured here.
The makers at VerTerra have been longtime friends and partners – Singer is one of the largest stocking foodservice dealers of their repurposed plant-based plateware and containers. We’ve seen the cool factor in their dinnerware (which is made from fallen palm leaves) for years. We’re thrilled to see that a product that is as responsibly produced as it is chic has entered mainstream foodservice channels. Expect more exciting product developments to come from VerTerra this year.
When it comes to tying the final bow around your holiday takeout menu, may we suggest PacknWood? Their extensive range of kraft containers are accented by creative boxing solutions and adorable accessories. Their prefilled renewable Bamboo mini salt and pepper shakers are a charming way to elevate any delivery order or offer a COVID-safe alternative to dine-in tabletop seasoning.
Cutlery also makes a comeback, as restaurants focus their attention toward sustainable and safe solutions. A few of our favorites include World Centric’s compostable set, EcoProducts Vine cutlery wraps and Hoffmaster’s kraft pouch that can be easily customized.
On the cover of Total Food Service this month, you’ll also find some of Libbey’s latest solutions for secure and swift takeout service. The Aspire cutlery range features a tamper evident pouch, disposable napkin and lightweight flatware that can be reused or repurposed. Libbey has been the cornerstone of American beverage service for generations, and so it makes sense that their collection of lidded bottles is perfect for batching brews and cocktails alike.
If you’re looking for inspiration on how to utilize these sustainable packaging products in your program, look no further than Executive Chef Jamie Simpson’s team at the Culinary Vegetable Institute in Milan, Ohio. This year, their team does what they do best: elevating the vegetable to bring their “Everything But The Turkey” box to your home.
We’ll be featuring these products and images on our Instagram (@singerequipmentco) throughout the month of November and we hope you’ll join us from your tablet to our table. From our family to yours, we wish you a happy, healthy and safe holiday season.