How to Set a Table in a Restaurant

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In the day and age of pop-up restaurants and food trucks, will your food service business still find value in knowing how to set a table in a restaurant?

We all know that eating requires more than just our sense of taste. It is a multisensory experience. Chefs go through the lengths to learn and master the art of plating and food presentation, but their hard work needs to be supplemented by appropriate table set-up.

The Importance of Proper Table Setting in a Restaurant

Where the dinnerware, glasses, and cutlery are placed is just as important as how they look.  Here’s why:

1. Table setting sets the expectations of your customer.

How the tables are set is one of the first key indicators of the kind of service the restaurant offers. Formal, full-service, and multi-course dining restaurants always provide the whole package. In less formal restaurants where the setting is casual, the tables are stocked with minimal implements and just the basics.

2. Table settings help set the ambiance.

As with expectations, how the table is set helps create an ambiance for the restaurant to match the food they serve and the décor of the dining room.

3. Table setting helps define the overall customer experience.

Proper table settings are designed for practicality and convenience in dining. Each component is strategically placed according to the order of use per course.

The Basics of How to Set a Table in a Restaurant

There are two basic types of table setting used in restaurants: informal and informal. The general rule for setting up either types is that the utensils are arranged in order of usage. Here are some of the basic principles you need to remember:

Informal Table Setting

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This type of setting is used to serve an informal three-course meal and uses fewer utensils. The plate is in the middle, topped usually with the napkin that’s either carefully folded or encased in a napkin ring.

The forks used are placed on the left, with the dinner fork closest to the plate and the salad fork on the outer left place.

The knife is placed on the right side of the plate with the sharp edge facing left. The soup spoon sits on the outermost right side.

Above the forks is the bread plate with the bread knife lying diagonally on top of it. To the upper right corner of the setting just above the knives and spoons are the glasses: water glass to the left and wine glass to the right.

Formal Table Setting

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The same principles of informal table setting apply to the formal place setting except that, with more courses to serve, there are more utensils to arrange. By principle, there should not be more than three items on each side of the plates. The only exception to this rule is when oysters are being served and a fourth fork is necessary.

Just like the informal table setting, the plate is at the center of the placemat. A charger plate holds the smaller plates for each course.

The forks remain on the left, with the fork for the main course sitting closest to the plate. The first fork from the left is either the small, salad fork or the fish fork, the final placement of which depends on which course is going to be served first.

On the right side, the knives are arranged depending on the arrangement of the corresponding forks, but always the sharp side facing the plate.

The soup spoon then sits on the far right of the plate, unless oysters are going to be served, which means the oyster forks take the space on the right.

The napkin either sits folded or encased in a ring on top of the plate, or folded in a special way to hold the knives.

As with the informal setting, the bread plate and knife are set on the upper left corner of the plate, right above the forks, with the bread knife sitting diagonally on top of the plate. On the upper right corner, just above the knives, the glasses are arranged in a diagonal line, with the water glass farthest from the plate and the red and white wine glasses arranged depending on the order of courses.

The Art of the Centerpiece and Accessories

There are many other things that go onto the table that must also be considered to match the table setting. Aside from making sure that the dinnerware, glassware, and cutlery are pristinely clean and selected to match the overall theme and ambiance of your restaurant, it is just as important to pick the right accessories. These include the choices of placemats (if you are using them) and centerpiece.

Whether you are going for classic candlesticks, or a flower arrangement, or something else entirely, the main principle in choosing a centerpiece is to make sure that it (a) doesn’t take up too much space as to make eating completely uncomfortable for the diners, and (b) doesn’t block the line of vision of the diners.

Making the Right Linen Choice

The right linens to use for your restaurant tables matter the most in creating the best impression and therefore the best dining experience. No one likes eating on rough, stained, or smelly tablecloths and napkins.

Create the perfect dining atmosphere with the help of Economy Linen! Our top-notch range of restaurant linens will complement your table setting to create a classy dining atmosphere.

Speak with a consultant today to learn about the options that await you – call our hotline at 1-800-536-1000 to get started!

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4 Ways to Save Money on Your Spa Business

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You might assume that a spa business brings in a lot of money with their lavish services and upscale clientele. But, realistically, spas incur a considerable amount of extra expenses, liberally bringing down their profit margin. This can be irksome to individuals interested in opening a spa business or even those who have been in the spa business for a while.

No worries, though! We have some tips for you to cut unnecessary costs so your spa  business remains high-quality and emerges as more economical.

Say goodbye to salaried employees.

Every day is different at a spa. Some days you are swamped with back-to-back appointments, trying to figure out how to squeeze in the client who just called and needs their massage today. Other days your spa may be like a ghost town – your employees are waiting around all day hoping a client will walk through the doors.

Your employees are paid for a full day of work even if they’ve only seen one or two clients. This can extensively drain your spa’s finances. You’re paying employees for hours during which the spa is not acquiring any money!

Instead of hiring employees for a full day of work, hire contracted workers that are on call for specified days and times. They would only be paid for the time spent with a client that has booked an appointment with them.

It’s a win-win situation! You’ll only pay employees for actual time spent working and your contractors will try to bring in more clients so they can make more money.

When checking in new clients, get techy. 

When new clients check in, there’s always the daunting task of having them fill out a form detailing their contact information, allergies and concerns. Reception then spends valuable time manually typing all of the material into your database.

A better investment would be to purchase a tablet for clients to fill out the form electronically. Although initially it may seem like a big investment, you’ll be saving both money and time in the long run.

You’ll save money on paper costs, help the environment and make your reception area more efficient, allowing your staff to work on more important tasks.

Source light cleaning tasks to your staff.

Cleanliness at a spa is vital. Just like in the restaurant business, clients have high standards for what they expect when visiting a spa. And for good reason. People can carry viruses, germs and bacteria on their skin and in their hair. Sweating in a sauna, lying completely exposed on linens and touching surfaces with dirty hands makes spas a refuge for potential disease and sickness.

If a client walks in and sees dirty toilets, hair on the floor, and dust everywhere, they’re probably never going to schedule another appointment.

Your logical solution may be to hire cleaning personnel. But before you fork over cash for maid services, consider saving some money by sourcing cleaning tasks to your staff.

Reception should be responsible for doing a quick clean sweep of the spa as they arrive and before they leave each day. Throughout the work day they should tidy up as issues arise and work on weekly tasks such as deep cleaning the floors. Massage therapists and estheticians should be responsible for cleaning up their room once they are finished with each service.

For long-term maintenance of spa towels and linens, a professional service is your best choice. 

Sourcing cleaning duties to your staff is an excellent way to save money, but there are still specific cleaning tasks that should be outsourced. One of these tasks is the maintenance and deep cleaning of your spa towels and linens.

As much as we try to avoid them, stains are inevitable. Additionally, spas experience such a high influx of dirty laundry that it can be difficult to restock cabinets in time. Because of this, less care may be put into the laundry and it may not come out as clean as it could.

A linen service can get out those tough stains and deep clean any of those extra germs that may not be visible to the naked eye. By making this fundamental investment, you won’t need to worry nearly as much about having to repurchase new linens and towels. With pristine linens, your clients will definitely notice a difference in their spa experience.

Save on your spa business!

Interested in opening a spa business or looking for ways to save on your current practice? Here at Economy Linen, we care about the relaxing and detoxifying experience your clients receive when they walk into your spa. Give us a call at 1-800-536-1000 to learn more about the linen services we provide and how we can turn your spa business into a beautiful oasis clients return to again and again.

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Common Medical Problems of 2016

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Medicine has advanced from how it was decades ago. With the increase of technology and scientific innovation, common illnesses from centuries ago are a thing of the past. However, although certain diseases have diminished, others have become more prevalent.

Below are some of the most common issues that medical facilities must take care of in 2016:

  • Diabetes, Heart Disease, Nutrition Problems
  • Common Flu
  • STDs, AIDS, HIV
  • Mental Health Problems
  • Substance Abuse
  • Liver, Kidney, and Pancreatic Diseases
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Lung Infections
  • Cancer
  • Joint pain

Many of these are a result of poor diet and exercise lifestyles. Through the years, there has been an increase in unhealthy food in the average person’s diet as well as a decrease in exercise from technological advances. Following an active lifestyle will prevent many health conditions.

The benefits of a growing technological and scientific field are that medical physicians can diagnose and aim to provide relief to most of these common problems. Medicine is growing and soon we will have cures for most if not all issues.

Medical facilities in need of linen service can contact Economy Linen and Towel Service by calling 1-800-536-1000 today and we will be happy to assist you in getting started with a quality service today!

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