Post Restaurant Show Tabletop Trends For The Summer

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Article written by Andrew Beres, Sarah Bulmer, and Morgan Tucker

The team behind LMT has returned from this year’s National Restaurant Association show with a lot going on. We previewed what to expect in the coming months and we can’t wait to share our finds with you.

Here are the tabletop trends and developments that have us buzzing with excitement going into summer.

Summer Sparkle

Metals in a wide range of tones and finishes can now grace your buffet, in addition to your bar and tabletop. American Metalcraft and Front of the House presented metal vessels and utensils for large-format applications. Paderno presented an affordable collection of mini copper cookware. Even vintage finished metals are being used in new and fabulous ways. Steelite introduced a range of accessory cheese knives that match our exclusive Prime Cru collection to keep your Stilton in style and your Parmesan on point.

Copper Glow, from Villeroy & Boch, is a diverse new range that combines metallic tones with classic porcelain. A hand-painted, rosy copper finish is applied to Villeroy’s elegant white body, creating a celestial collection that’s unlike any other. It contrasts beautifully with the copper-brown accents of La Scala Patina. Rustic yet refined, La Scala Patina’s copper rim application fades in and out of the décor to give the classic pattern a warm, vintage touch.

Revol also continues to push the boundaries of tabletop design. Touch the night sky with their new gold-brushed Solstice collection. Metallic platinum, gold, and copper tones dance with Revol’s rich true black porcelain, playing with light and creating a truly unique look for the table. Deep, high-gloss red floods the plates and bowls of Solar Storm, bringing high drama. Overall, tone and texture are king in this bold collection.

Sensuous Summer Bodies

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Hepburn by Nude Glass is an elegant study in height. This long-stemmed coupe made its stunning debut at the show. It anchors a new collection of stylish, graceful glasses of various heights, and serves as a voluptuous supplement to an elegant tabletop package. Pair this cocktail coupe with Stem Zero – Nude’s striking, skinny-stemmed wineglass collection. Stem Zero relaunched at NRA with a new Ion coating to make this line one of the most durable and refined on the market. Speaking of curves, Crucial Detail’s signature pitchers got some line extensions last month. Our favorite curvy lady is now available in 17 and 25 oz capacities.

Who’s coming to the circus?

Today’s tabletop trends are a study in textural variety, and glassware is no exception. Big Top from Nude Glass features striking, ribbed etching along its sides and an elegant sheer rim. We love this contemporary and lively rendition of a midcentury modern aesthetic. A rounded heavy base adds a playful element – picture an elephant balancing on a ball at the circus – but its marvelous $5 cost is no joke. Big Top is certain to be a ringleader – no lion tamer required! If your party does get out of hand, a new stackable beverage pitcher from our friend at Drinique is the perfect accessory – unbreakable Tritan co-polyester can handle anything.

ROSÉ, all day, all summer

We’re outfitting tabletops all over the country to match our favorite drink of the season. LMT has expanded our Chena collection from Anfora Mexico with Chena Pink, a collection of four coupe plates in our exclusive matte pink. You can visit the Happiest Hour in New York City to see these brand new plates in action. Homer Laughlin presented Terrace, a collection of candy-colored dinnerware on the classic scalloped Carolyn body that complements Chena Pink beautifully. Bauscher Hepp introduced their new partnership with Emsa to offer every color coffee server you could dream of and, as usual, we’re partial to pink.

We’re so excited to introduce new products from our factory partners. For inquiries and more of the latest tabletop trends, please visit www.littlemtucker.com or contact littlemtucker@mtucker.com.

Morgan Tucker is Director of Business Development at M. Tucker, a division of Singer Equipment Company. Ms. Tucker works with a wide diversity of acclaimed restaurateurs, celebrated chefs, and industry leaders across the U.S. Her website littlemtucker.com is an exceptional resource for equipment and supplies solutions. Morgan is based in NYC and can be reached at mptucker@mtucker.com.