Restaurant Supply Key Terms / Business Solutions / Last Modified: February 22, 2017

Starting a restaurant requires you to understand some restaurant supply key terms that are standard in the food service industry, the ...

Starting a restaurant requires you to understand some restaurant supply key terms that are standard in the food service industry, the same terms that restaurant suppliers use in their product catalogs. These terms will help you identify the food service tools and other commercial restaurant supplies that your particular operation will depend on.

Luckily, online restaurant supply stores group their products according to certain main categories. This product categorization makes it easier to find the tools you need. First, consider what foods your restaurant will prepare from scratch and then decide which wholesale restaurant suppliers can offer you the best deals.

1. Know what kind of cookware and bakeware food service tools your kitchen will use.

2. Understand what restaurant suppliers regard as necessary kitchen equipment.

3. Identify standard restaurant supplies terms, like flatware and glassware.

4. Learn which products commercial restaurant suppliers regard as necessary smallwares.

Identify commercial restaurant equipment cookware and bakeware

Cookware refers to the heavy duty sauté pans, fry pans and stock pots that commercial cooks use to prepare entrees, soups, sauces and side dishes. Bakeware refers to cake and bread pans, baking molds, cookie sheets, muffin pans, cake rings and mixing bowls.

Know the terms describing heavy duty restaurant equipment

Cooking and storage equipment refers to the heavy duty ranges, fryers, refrigerators and freezers, steam tables, holding cabinets and merchandisers that take up most of the space in any commercial kitchen.

Identify the terms describing restaurant tools, like flatware and glassware

Commercial flatware includes dinner plates, bowls and utensils. Glassware used in restaurants means the coffee cups, juice and soda glasses you find in diners and cafes. Use beer mugs, shooters, shot and wine glasses that bars depend on and even glass dessertware that fine restaurants use.

Consider what commercial restaurant equipment suppliers mean by smallwares

Smallwares is a catch-all phrase that refers to restaurant tools, such as processors, blenders, coffee machines and cooking tools, that make any restaurant employee's job easier and more efficient.
  • Cut start up and operating costs when you buy used restaurant equipment.

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