Although you might think the name says it all, commercial hot food table knowledge goes far beyond just being a table that keeps foods hot. Fortunately, ShortOrder is here to expand your hot food table horizons and get you up to speed on all there is to know about commercial restaurant equipment.
Hot food tables, also referred to as “steam tables,” come with many different options. While you won’t be able to efficiently use them to cook, they are ideal for heating up and keeping cooked food warm for self-service in the front of house or for serving customers from the back of the house. For buffet-style service, hot food tables are flexible in that they can be freestanding (and thus easy to move around and position in different areas) or can be built into existing counters.
Hot food tables are typically powered by either gas or electricity. This minute factor becomes important when deciding where in your restaurant the hot food table will go and what function it will serve. For instance, if you are using the hot food table to keep food warm in the kitchen in order to serve to customers and there exists only an electrical connection where the hot food table will go, the gas-powered hot food table is probably not your best choice.