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Steam Tables & Buffet Stations
What Is a Hot Food Table?
A hot food table or hot food bar, as its name suggests, helps warm pans of food and ingredients during preparation and serving. It is one of the most important commercial buffet equipment and is an excellent way to serve hot food in catering events, outdoor parties, and large dining events.
Most food-service establishments, caterers, and restaurants use an electric hot food table, which is the most common anywhere. Other hot food table units, though, can run on natural gas. A hot food table is designed to accommodate various types of food that need to be served hot right away to customers and diners. A hot food bar generally includes steam pans that are designed to hold several different types of dishes. In addition, hot food tables commonly come fitted with a sneeze guard to ensure the hygiene and cleanliness of the food.
What Are Cold Food Tables?
Other important restaurant buffet equipment include cold food tables, more commonly known as buffet stations.
Cold food tables are mainstays in salad bars and other restaurants or food-service establishments that offer cold buffets. They include full-sized serving or restaurant pans and can either be of two types: tabletop or freestyle. Freestanding cold food tables are excellent for restaurant owners that want to set up a cold salad bar where customers can conveniently serve themselves.
Most cold food tables feature casters, which results in convenient transportation or moving around of the units. Generally, tabletop cold food tables are more affordable than their freestanding counterparts, and can easily be transformed into a functional and buffet station that is pleasing to the eye.
Buffet Catering Equipment Available at Rapids Wholesale
Here at Rapids Wholesale, we give you a large selection of buffet service equipment that mainly includes cold food tables and hot food table units, manufactured by some of the most reputable brands in the market today, which include Cambro, Carlisle, Eagle, and Vollrath.
Depending on your preference, you can choose from an electric hot food table or a hot food table that runs on natural gas. Our hot food table units feature sturdy stainless-steel construction, galvanized legs and undershelf, and recessed control panel with a standard polyethylene cutting board that is attached to either side of the table. Each well also has an individual burner controlled by an adjustable gas valve.
On the other hand, our cold food tables feature a tough polyethylene construction with textured finish as well as a thick polyurethane foam insulation designed to hold ice for hours, keeping your food display cold and fresh for your diners and customers.