The new definition of “health food” is real food — quality, unprocessed, ethically sourced ingredients that still taste amazing. And today, guests are more attuned than ever to what their diet puts in their bodies — plus how those choices affect much more than themselves.
When you share your guests’ vision for a healthier and environmentally responsible food culture, it’s important to showcase those efforts — putting your fresh ingredients on the best canvas possible.
Read on to learn how the right tableware can highlight every bit of your food and drinks’ goodness — presenting it in fresh, exciting ways.
Let Them Shine
It’s no secret that white dinnerware is a beautiful option for making just about any cuisine look stunning. What’s less understood is the range of shades available and how they can affect the overall vibe and aesthetic of the presentation. Libbey offers hundreds of choices in white dinnerware with body colors that range from brilliant and cool shades to neutral to warm.
Making the right choice not only makes the meal look great, it can also hint at a deeper quality story, according to Kyle Schutte, executive chef of BESA in Detroit, which serves progressive American cuisine in the city’s historic Vinton Building.
“It’s important to me that the plate be a canvas,” Schutte said. “I want the guest to see it and say, ‘This person has intention, this was plated with intention. It must be cooked with intention. It must be sourced with intention.’”
One great way to show off your thoughtfully sourced ingredients is by choosing a more welcoming or natural shade of white dinnerware, such as Libbey’s diverse range of Syracuse® dinnerware in premium Royal Rideau™ body color — an inviting shade that is bright without being stark. New Zipline and Status pattern additions to this body color introduce bold, contemporary options that put a new twist on the classic styles of white dinnerware. The result is a bright, modern look that doesn’t overpower.
Coupes set the stage for healthy alternatives
Guests’ growing desires for refined yet relaxed dining experiences continues to encourage more polished casual environments. With this shift comes a bigger, bolder opportunity for the coupe, in all its forms. Coupe plate’s minimalist aesthetic delivers a blank canvas that naturally draws the eye to the food, making sure the entrée — and its rich, wholesome ingredients — are the star.
Libbey’s range of nearly 100 coupe plate options are ideal for artfully presented and sauced entrees, soups, pastas, sharing plates and more. You can serve your ingredients in any form you desire. They also come in a full spectrum of aesthetics to suit your venue’s unique vibe, putting your creations on a stage you can call your own.
Low on alcohol, high on flavor
About half of U.S. consumers surveyed said they’re trying to reduce their alcohol intake, according to a ISWR drinks market analysis. That means the opportunities for non-alcoholic and low-ABV options continue to rise. Taking a cue from culinary trends, today’s varieties of these drinks are showcasing freshness, clever flavor combinations and originality — proving they can still be exceptionally complex and intriguing. Guests are even enjoying low-alcohol seltzers, another healthier, lower calorie choice that still has some kick.
Without high-proof spirits dominating the drink, there’s more room to experiment and build nuanced flavor profiles. Consider incorporating house-made syrups and tonics, fermented ingredients and non-alcoholic spirits.
Libbey’s expansive selection of tumblers are an ideal way to showcase these healthy, colorful beverage alternatives. A range of designs, profiles and even distinctive textures on the bottom make a statement from drink prep to the last sip. No matter the drink or portion, you’ll find the right shapes and sizes to accommodate them. Finally, versatile glass and go-anywhere materials allow you to serve the best experience to every seat, inside and outside.
More guests are choosing healthier teas over soda, helping make teas the highest margin beverage in a restaurant outside of alcohol. But the story — and profit opportunity — doesn’t end there. You can answer guests’ desire for a better, tastier option in other ways, such as organic smoothies or activated charcoal lemonade.
Elevate your water service by infusing a lively variety of herbs, spices, fruits and vegetables. You can even serve up these infused waters in stylish glass water bottles, which add presentation value while requiring fewer table visits for refills by waitstaff.
Libbey’s extensive beverageware selection helps you give new invigorating form to life’s most essential drink, with premium, eye-catching presentations that definitely warrant a water service price above free.
Libbey Offers a Full Spectrum of Creative Options
Libbey® knows how much grit, gusto and ingenuity it takes to transform a vision into success. That’s why we support you with forward-looking, insight-driven solutions that seize the opportunities of today and tomorrow. We help you blend your venue’s unique character with current and future major culinary trends — keeping your guests coming back for more. For more inspiration, visit foodservice.libbey.com.