Canape And Silver Service Of Bread In Restaurants

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The Silver Service Of Bread

The silver service of bread involves using silverware to deliver bread to a guest’s plate. It is a very traditional style of service and it is usually used in fine-dining restaurants. In the post, we will have a look into the equipment that you will need, creating tongs with a spoon and fork, and silver service of bread.

Equipment

When offering silver service of bread, there are a few basic things that you will need:

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  • A plate or tray, for carrying the bread to the table.
  • A beautifully clean and neat napkin to line the plate or tray (To show to the guest that the bread is on something clean and beautiful). This can help also to keep the bread worm.
  • A set of tongs to place the bread to the guest plate. If you don’t have tongs, a main course fork and dessert spoon will be a good replacement.

Creating Tongs With a Fork And Spoon

When doing silver service of bread at your restaurant is better to use a fork and spoon instead of a tong. This shows that you are trained and professional. To get this technique right, follow these two simple steps:

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  1. Use your bottom three fingers to hold the spoon. Place the spoon on top of your middle and little fingers and place your ring finger on top of the spoon to secure it as shown in the picture. Alternatively, if you find it easier, you can simply place the spoon on top of your last three fingers and secure the handle with your little finger.
  2. You can then place the fork between your remaining two fingers – your forefinger and thumb. If the item you are serving is flat, it may be easier to have the prongs of the fork facing away from the spoon because it creates a smaller gap when closed. If it is a round item, such as a bread roll in our case, it is butter to turn the fork so that the prongs face the spoon to create a round shape.

Silver Service Of Bread

Before bringing the bread to the table, ensure that the butter accompaniments have been placed on the table. Hold the bread tray with your left hand and the tongs in your right hand, whether proper tongs or a spoon and fork. Remember that we always serve bread and its accompaniments to the ladies first. This is basic manners and shows that you are courteous.

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Approach the guest on the left and present the bread to the guest by saying for example: “Mr. John, may I offer you some fresh, whole-wheat bread or a warm sourdough roll?” You can now use the tong to pick up the bread and place it onto your guest’s side plate. Remember that you should serve the bread from the guest’s left-hand side, as this will allow you to place the bread neatly onto their side plate. By doing it on this side, you will avoid having to cross the centre line and stretch across the guest.

Canape Service

Just as bread services are complimentary services to provide to the guest, some Restaurants have also served canapes to guests before their meal. Let’s have a better understanding first of what Canapes are.

What Are Canapes?

Canapes are little savory treats from the Chef that are usually small enough to be eaten by hand in just one bite. Traditionally, a canape is a base of bread or pastry and a topping such as meat, caviar, cheese or relish. Nowadays, canapes may refer to any bite-size treat.

Serving Canapes At The Table

When serving canapes to a seated guest, you should deliver canapes to the middle of the table with easy access for all the guests. If it’s not possible to place them in the middle, place them near a lady. It is very important that you do present canapes by saying exactly what they are made of. Remember that guest didn’t ordered them, and so they may weary to enjoy one if they have allergens or any dietary requirements, such as not eating meat. Same as in the bread service, ensure that you have enough quantity for all the guests.

FAQ’s:

How To Create Tongs With a Spoon And Fork?

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1- Use your bottom three fingers to hold the spoon. Place the spoon on top of your middle and little fingers and place your ring finger on top of the spoon to secure it as shown in the picture
2 – You can then place the fork between your remaining two fingers – your forefinger and thumb.

What Are Canapes?

Canapes are little savory treats from the Chef that are usually small enough to be eaten by hand in just one bite.

In Silver Service You Should Use Fork And Spoon?

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Is it advised you use a fork and spoon instead of a tong? This shows that you are trained and professional. To get this technique right, follow these two simple steps:

Serving From The Left Or Right Side In Silver Service?

When doing silver service, you should always serve from the left-hand side of the guests and always ladies first.

All the images in this post are not copyrighted and have been taken by the author of this post. Featured image it’s from Pixabay (Not copyrighted and commercial use rights)

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Adriatik
Adriatik
The founder and owner of Hotels & Hoteliers. A hotelier with over 15 years of experience working in different international branded Hotels. My Expertise is mainly in Food & Beverages and Front Office.

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