Joining the Small Plate Trend

The small plate trend is sweeping the foodservice industry and shows no signs of stopping!  Whether you’re serving dips, appetizers, or desserts, small plate service allows customers to sample and share various menu items, resulting in a memorable dining experience for them and a higher profit margin for restaurant operators.

Tomlinson’s flight boards and paddles, mini cast iron cookware, and Simpli-Flex 2000 sample cup dispenser each support the small plate trend in various unique ways.


Flight Boards and Paddles

flight-board-w-beerTomlinson flight boards and paddles are perfect for sampling and serving craft beers, wines, liquors, desserts and much more!  These servers allow customers to sample multiple menu items with a creative presentation.

Made of NSF-approved Richlite, Tomlinson’s flight boards and paddles are heat-resistant to 200°F (93°C), water and stain-resistant, and dishwasher safe.  Flight boards and paddles are available with 3, 4, or 5-hole designs, and custom sizes are available.

Mini Cast Iron Pieces

Miniature cast iron pieces are perhaps the most versatile kitchen-to-table option in theLarge 3 squares food.jpg foodservice industry.  Not only are these pieces particularly trendy in residential kitchens, but they are also wildly popular in full service restaurants and other foodservice operations.   These diverse pieces are perfect for dips, appetizers, desserts, and just about anything else!

Tomlinson’s mini cast iron pieces are available in an array of styles, and wooden underliners are available for most pieces.

Simpli-Flex 2000 Portion Cup Dispenser

SFP2000 While flight boards, flight paddles, and miniature cast iron cookware work wonderfully in full service restaurants, it can be challenging to find ways for customers to sample selections in a fast casual setting.  Tomlinson’s Simpli-Flex 2000 Portion Cup Dispenser can be mounted in-counter/cabinet or under-counter/on the wall, making it a perfect front- or back-of-house sample cup organizer.

Samples allow customers to taste ice creams, frozen yogurts, soups, stews, sauces, beverages, toppings and more to determine the selection they would like to purchase. This simple customer service practice boosts customer satisfaction and creates an interactive in-store experience.

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