Serving Utensils Buying Guide

Function meets fashion in well-designed serving utensils that neatly deliver your cuisine to your guests' plates. Give these tabletop tools the attention they deserve.

Types of Serving Utensils

Types of Serving Utensils

After you provide a place setting for each guest, be sure your dining table is set with specialized serving utensils for any foods you want to serve family-style. Serving utensils are designed to transfer food safely from a main dish to individual plates without spills or contamination. Each utensil is named for the task it performs, but most can assume other related roles.

Serving Spoons

It's easy to see the difference between a spoon intended for serving and one designed for eating. The former is larger overall, with a longer handle and a rounder, deeper bowl. Sizes range from 8-9 inches long for a casserole spoon to 6 inches for a sugar spoon. Between these sizes are salad spoons and medium serving spoons with pierced or slotted bowls that drain excess liquid from fruits and vegetables. Small wood serving spoons come in handy for guests to serve themselves items such as olives or condiments. Another type of serving spoon, a ladle has a long handle and deep bowl that makes it easy to safely serve hot soup or stew from a deep pot or tureen. A punch ladle features pour spouts on either side of the bowl. Smaller in scale are ladles for gravy or salad dressing.

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Boston Creative company
$17.99

Large serving spoon "nana's tea xoxo " - coffee spoon - flatware spoon -trendy spoon- cute spoon - engraved spoon - spoon gift thi...s high quality stainless spoon engraved as ' large serving spoon "nana's tea xoxo " ' using industrial standard engraving machine, so the impression will remain forever even after billion washes. Spoon size : 7 inches table size spoon we are the manufacturers and we have sold more than 10000 spoons globally. We know what you like ,we have so many collections of gifts please check our other spoon designs and book art designs. Featuring: Personalized wedding gifts? Anniversary gifts? Bridal shower gifts? Engagement gifts? Mother's day gifts? Father's day gifts? Birthday gifts? Valentine's day gifts ?Gift ideas? Gifts for animal lovers? Gifts for coffee lovers? Gifts for grandma? Gifts for grandpa? Gifts for grandparents? Gifts for mom? Gifts for dad? Gifts for parents? Gifts for couples. read more

Artisan
$13.99

Artisan Metal Works heavy duty Stainless Steel Kitchen Spoons are all 13" long. The solid, slotted and perforated styles can be us...ed for multiple applications in the kitchen. Artisan Metal Works is a 107 year old company that is known for exeptionalism in the foodservice industry. read more

Berard
$19.99

Made in France from a single piece of the finest olive wood, this handcrafted slotted spoon offers original beauty (no two are ide...ntical) and exceptional convenience in the kitchen. The all-purpose spoon provides a round head that works well for stirring soup or mixing ingredients, a slotted design that drains away excess moisture when serving, and a long handle that helps keep hands a safe distance from the heat. The use of wood not only brings the beauty of nature indoors, but it has also been found to be more hygienic than plastic. Furthermore, out of respect for the environment, the particular olive wood used by Berard comes from sustainably managed forests, so the piece can be enjoyed for years to come and with peace of mind. The versatile piece features a lovely satin finish, made up of a combination of mineral oil and beeswax, which protects the wood and offers added strength and resilience. Safe to use with all cookware, the slotted spoon measures approximately 11-2/3 by 2 by 1/5 inches and should be hand washed only and dried thoroughly after each use. From the ManufacturerBerard is located in the mountains of Royans, which border the northern edge of Provence in France. Since 1892, Berard has specialized in creating kitchen products from carefully selected woods such as beechwood, boxwood and olivewood. The quality of Berard products are the result of a century of know-how. The Berard objective is to offer the best in kitchen and decorative wood products both in traditional as well as innovative shapes and materials. Because Berard has been making wood items for over a century, our artisans truly understand the various woods and how to best create wonderful and useful articles from this warm and beautiful material. Our products may have irregular graining, veining or knots. Each piece is hand crafted based on the characteristics of the wood it is to be made from. Whether using these articles for cooking, serving or decorating, these unique items not only highlight your good taste but also your enjoyment of natural things. Features: Handcrafted in France, using traditional methods Each piece is artisanaly produced by artisans who are adept at working with wood. The unique nature of the wood means that no two pieces are alike and dimensions will vary from piece to piece. The little imperfections in the wood are characteristic of the hand crafted nature of each piece. The quality of Berard products are the result of century of know-how. Year after year, Berard has been synonymous with quality, authenticity and reliability. All of our olivewood items come from agricultural orchards and each tree is cut with respect to the laws that protect each country and the use of olive wood. Environment's Respect: Wood is a natural resource which is crucial to the balance of life on our planet. Using it as a raw material means respecting it from its origins...the forest or orchard...all the way through to recycling. On these issues, Berard's position is one of clarity and integrity: only species from forests and orchards which are managed in a sustainable manner are used. Respect of origin, strict management of quantities and careful selection of species are long-standing values at Berard. read more

Browne Foodservice
$13.61

This eclipse slotted serving spoon is ergonomic stay cool tapered, hollow handle design provides comfortable grip. Durable 18/8 mi...rror finish stainless steel construction. Unique arc handle "easy pick up" design reduces slippage in servingware and provides ease of handling. Angled serving area keeps food off the table if utensil is put down. Measures 10-inch length. read more

Serving Forks

A salad-serving fork is often sold paired with a similar-shape salad-serving spoon, except the fork has a forked bowl. A meat fork is designed for serving carved meats and poultry. Small forks have tines shaped to serve pickles and hors d'oeuvres.

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Leifheit
$24.34

This elegant Proline Serving Fork is the perfect companion for carving and dishing up those special meals you work so hard to prep...are. What makes the Proline "always a better idea"? Each piece is made with stainless steel for strength, but also with a style that is elegant, pure and trendy. You will appreciate each piece in our Proline for its durability, ease of use, and beauty that makes each piece it's own work of art. All Proline products are dishwasher safe, and come with a 5 year guarantee, making Proline an unbeatable value for your home. read more

Yamazaki
$11.67

Yamazaki's Appel has sleek modern lines for a contemporary table.

Fortessa
$23.00 $17.50

Dimensions: 9.3H in.. Stainless steel construction. Silver finish. Dishwasher-safe. Preferred by chefs everywhere. Flatware at its... finest can be found in this Fortessa Metropolitan Stainless Steel Serving Fork. Measuring more than nine inches in length and weighing just over one-and-a-half pounds, the Metropolitan’s hefty design was built for balance and easy handling. Its 18/10 stainless steel construction was withstands stains and rust while boasting a stylish retro pattern. The Metropolitan’s sturdier and heavier design makes it ideal for serving heartier dishes over the holidays before transitioning seamlessly into the backyard barbecues of spring and summer. A perfect addition or upgrade to your current dinnerware collection, this stainless steel serving fork is dishwasher safe. read more

J.A. Henckels International
$42.00 $24.99

Stain-resistant high-carbon steel blade. Polyoxymethylene handle for strength and durability. Firmly holds meat while cutting. Han...d-wash only. Measures 11.25 inches including handle. Hold poultry and roasts steady while cutting with the J.A. Henckels International Classic Meat Fork. This fork will hold meat firmly so you can carve perfect slices every time. It's drop-forged at high temperatures to give it superior strength and durability and the three rivets on the polyoxymethylene handle make it virtually unbreakable.Additional Features:Hot drop-forged construction for extra strengthHandle is triple-riveted for superior strengthFull tang provides proper balanceHand-honed precision cutting edgeWarranty included; see product guarantee areaAbout Zwilling J.A. Henckels:JA Henckels has been producing the best in German steel knife design since 1895. Their products are designed for everyday use giving you the maximum value for your money. This modern company uses innovative technology to create the highest-quality products. They're so sure you'll be satisfied with their products that they back each one with a lifetime warranty. With several lines of quality cutlery and other products you're sure to find the perfect housewarming or wedding gift or addition to your own kitchen. read more

Knives

A carving knife efficiently slices steaks, turkey, or ham. To accommodate the different textures of soft and hard cheeses, cheese knife sets contain up to four styles: spreader, wedge blade, pronged knife, and cleaver. A cake knife's long serrated blade passes cleanly through tall tortes and layer cakes. Butter knives measure 6-7 inches and have a tapered blade that is wide at the end to balance butter pats.

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Monique Lhuillier Waterford
$74.99

Serve baked goods in exquisite style with the Monique Waterford Opulence Metal Cake Knife and Server Set. Traditional in spirit wi...th an updated curled ribbon design for today's lifestyle. read more

$59.99

Serve up sweets with kate spade new york's Juno Drive 2-Piece Dessert Set. Silver plated with colorful 2-tone enamel handles in gr...een and turquoise, each piece is charmingly engraved, the cake knife with "Piece of Cake" and the server with "Flour Girl." read more

Mikasa
$39.99

Perfect for a wedding, anniversary party or other romantic event, this dessert serving set features delicate ribbon swirls that ta...ke the form of hearts. Handles are silver plated with stainless steel blades. read more

Other Servers

Wedge-shape pastry servers sometimes have slotted holes for easy serving of pie or cake. A pierced surface also helps square servers drain grease from casseroles or sauteed foods. The variety of other servers include domed asparagus servers and tongs for sugar cubes, whole potatoes, or rolls.

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IPAC
$19.99

Now there’s a new way to handle messy, peanut butter-covered knives. This innovative spreader has a weighted handle that allows it... to stand up — no more dirty dishes or messy counters. read more

Utensil Sets

If your entertaining falls on the simple side, consider preassembled collections of serving utensils called hostess sets, serving sets, or completer sets. The most popular utensils included are serving spoons (plain and slotted), pastry servers, butter knives, and sugar spoons. Packaged sets can be more affordable than buying pieces individually.

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Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

The extent of your serving-utensil collection is up to you and dependent on how formally you entertain. Starter or hostess sets are often available to match individual place settings or 20-piece or larger silverware sets. In addition, and if your flatware or silverware is available as open stock, you can purchase individual items to suit what you like to serve.

Material

Metal -- stainless steel, sterling silver, or silver plate -- is the most popular material for serving utensils. For casual use, utensils are available in wood, bamboo, acrylic, and nylon, although these materials are most often designed for serving salads and cold pastas.

Style

Buying serving utensils in the same pattern as your place settings is a foolproof way to set a coordinated table. If exact pattern matches are not available, look for simple lines and a finish that is compatible with your flatware. Utensils should be consistent in detail; the design looks the same on a large spoon as well as a cocktail fork.

Storage and Care

If you have limited space, look for versatile utensils that can do double duty serving more than one type of food. Follow manufacturer instructions for washing; utensils with decorative handles of wood, crystal, or enamel may not be dishwasher-safe.

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Brylane Home
$49.99 $15.99

This 5-pc. serving set comes with everything you need to add a beautiful touch to your table in stunning gold. It also coordiantes... perfectly with our gold flatware!   stainless steel dishwasher safe imported when it comes to tabletop essentials we've got you covered, from drinkware to beautiful linens!   Includes: serving fork, serving spoon, gravy spoon, butter knife and slotted spoon.   Why Buy? Perfect for the holidays, this elegant serving set looks great on the tabletop and comes at an unbeatable price. At BrylaneHome, you get easy-care solutions with lasting quality. read more

Crate&Barrel
$19.80 $17.95

Crafted in stainless steel with a brushed satin finish, this a la carte collection mixes seamlessly to create a custom setting or ...to supplement your existing pattern. Clean rounded forms shape a versatile collection, ranging from traditional designs to specialty pieces. • Stainless Steel • Brushed satin finish • Dishwasher safe; avoid citrus-scented detergents • Made in Vietnam or China read more

Crate&Barrel
$19.80 $17.95

Ultimate flexibility in flatware. Customize your flatware collection with the pieces you need. These polished salad forks are smoo...th in the hand with nice quality and weight. • Stainless steel • Forged • Dishwasher-safe with non citrus detergent read more

CB2
$32.35 $31.95

modern harvest. Geometric shapes serve up a gem-like effect, handmade of stoneware in a fresh colorful glaze. Raised rim adds 3D d...epth to small bites and sweets, cheese and charcuterie. Made to mix and layer a multifaceted palette of shape, scale and color.Head to Idea Central for modern fall decorating ideas at minimal prices. • Handmade • Stoneware • Hi-gloss glaze • Dishwasher- and microwave-safe; oven-safe at 350 degrees for no more than 2 hours • Made in China read more

Crate&Barrel
$0.95 $.47

Add a polished touch to condiment service with this simply styled spreader, designed for smooth smearing of butters and mayos, jam...s and honey, pate and more. Pristine white porcelain is highly durable. • 100% white porcelain • Dishwasher-safe • Hand wash recommended for longer life read more

Crate&Barrel
$12.95 $9.97

Professional-quality, versatile ladle has a long ergonomic handle and a polished finish. Lightweight yet durable and scratch-resis...tant. • 18/8 stainless steel • Rust-proof • Dishwasher-safe • Made in China read more

Wusthof
$125.00 $99.95

In keeping with the tradition of Wusthof's Classic cutlery line, this high-carbon steel fork spears and anchors meats for safe, ef...ficient carving and serving. The perfectly balanced, triple-riveted handle with a full, visible tang is stronger and more sanitary than wood. View all Wusthof products Wusthof and other Wedding Registry offers • High-carbon stain-free steel • Synthetic handle • Hand wash • Made in Germany read more

Unique Bargains
$17.99 $8.81

Rice paddle scoop, made of wood, easy to clean and convenient for hanging when you do not use it. Widely used in restaurant, eater...y, home, etc. read more

Mud Pie
$24.00 $18.00

"Mud Pie Circa 9-in. 'Happy Everything' Cake Server. Vintage style and must-have function come together in this sleek cake server.... Designed with a stamped Happy Everything message, this sweet piece is perfect for baking your favorite dessert." read more

Oneida
$16.50 $11.99

Add to your Oneida Dover flatware collection with this Salad Fork, crafted with the same natural elegance. This item is also ideal... for replacement pieces. Made of High Quality 18/10 Stainless Steel with hi-luster finish. Dishwasher safe. Measures 6 5/8. This item needs to be special ordered. Click the text image for detailed information. Order InformationIn the event that the item is not in stock, it will be special ordered and may take 2-14 weeks for delivery. After placing your order, you will be notified within 7 days by email with a more precise ship date. If that date is unsatisfactory, you may cancel your order without penalty within 2 business days. If the order is not cancelled within 2 business days, your credit card will be charged. Cancellations after 2 business days will be subject to a 25% cancellation fee. read more

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