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
$14.99

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Berard
$20.06 $20.00

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

Mud Pie
$15.00

Cast aluminum, pumpkin shaped slotted serving spoon from Mud Pie features a curved handle. Measures 6.5" long.

Artisan
$13.99

Prepare your creations in the kitchen just like the professionals with the Artisan 3-Piece 13-Inch Stainless Steel Serving Spoon S...et. Baste roasts, stir soups and stews, serve sauces, and more with this set of heavy-duty serving spoons. Crafted from 1.5-millimeter-thick stainless steel, this set includes a solid, slotted, and perforated spoon for multiple applications in your kitchen. Each spoon measures 13 inches long, great for reaching into deep pots and serving hot food. Drain off liquid from wet foods with the slotted or perforated spoons, and pour sauce or gravy with the solid spoon. This set includes one slotted spoon, one perforated spoon, and one solid spoon. 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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Christofle
$289.00

Dine in classic style with this Rubans serving fork from Christofle. Launched in 1926, this elegant piece of flatware boasts delic...ate crossed ribbon accents that are characteristic of the Louis XVI style. Plated in the finest Christofle silver, the Rubans range is simply luxurious and complements a wide range of dinner services. In order to keep your cutlery in the best condition, wash in the dishwasher with powder detergent only, no liquids or gels & open the door after the cycle is finished to avoid condensation marks. Key features: * Material: Christofle silver plated * Approx. dimensions: L26.5cm * Plated in the finest Christofle silver * With crossed ribbon accents * Characteristic of the Louis XVI style * Dishwasher safe - use powder detergent only * More flatware styles available from Christofle read more

Dragon Crest
$29.17

Serve up a spooky salad with these fun aluminum serving forks. Use these long bony silver skeleton hands for serving salads pasta ...and more for your Halloween feast or any time of the year. Item weight 1.00lbsItem dimensions 7.00 W x 2.25 H x 7.50... read more

Ginkgo International
$16.78 $16.66

Sleek and contemporary, the Skandia flatware collection from Ginkgo features slender necks, modern proportions, and fluidly curved... handles that narrow to a flat end. Its timeless Scandinavian styling takes this pattern easily from everyday meals to special occasion dining. We offer open stock so that you can add to your flatware set as needed. All pieces are crafted of mirror-polished 18/10 stainless steel, providing superb balance and a satisfying heft. Flatware will not tarnish and is dishwasher safe, but avoid prolonged exposure to water or acidic foods to prevent spotting. A 43-piece flatware set is also available, for a more complete service. Ginkgo is a family-owned company, designing quality traditional and contemporary flatware at the best value since 1977. read more

Towle Living
$16.94

Versatile enough for daily use or special occasions, the Basic Collection by Towle combines ample proportions, a handsome design, ...and a beautiful gleaming finish. Though substantial in construction, these pieces are easy to handle and graceful in action. Made of high quality stainless steel, these pieces should last through the years. Dishwasher safe and never needs polishing. 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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Elegance
$22.23 $22.22

For over 30 years, Elegance has been known for elegant design at accessible prices. From home to hotel and everywhere in between, ...Elegance has made high end products. This elegant stainless steel knife and server is accented by a Golden Vine handle. Perfect for cutting cakes, pies and cheese. read more

Jean Dubost Laguiole
$102.96

The Laguiole knife has been used in the south of France for over 200 years. Jean Dubost's family, inspired by the traditional peas...ant tool, has been crafting the artisan blades since 1920. Surrounded by legend and myth, the Laguiole knife still carries the mark of its ancestors. A bee that is found engraved on all Laguiole products, was originally part of Napoleon Bonaparte's imperial seal. Local legend states it was bestowed upon the Laguiole village as a token of Napoleon's gratitude for the townspeople's courage during his many battles. Others insist that the bee represents the knife's reliability. The blade, made of high-grade stainless steel, is stamped, then ground and then polished in over 25 different manual production stages. Soft and subtle to the touch, a Laguiole knife will stay sharp and will never rust. Recently, the Laguiole mark has expanded to include flatware, wine waiters and cutlery crafted with the same quality and craftsmanship. Trusted and revered in kitchens and restaurants through-out France, the Dubost family is happy for the Laguiole tradition to finally reach this side of the Atlantic. read more

Neron Coutellerie
$72.95

Coutellerie Neron is a well known Laguiole and cutlery manufacturer, located in Thiers, France, the capital of French cutlery. Ori...ginal French products with a traditional and functional design. Enjoy the beauty of this Product manufactured in France. Carving set comes with carving fork and carving knife. read more

Unik Occasions
$23.06 $18.68

Share the love by slicing and serving your wedding cake with this elegant silver cake knife and server set! shaped in a whimsical ...heart, the server makes for a decorative piece, perfect to set by your wedding cake. With the hearts at the ends of the handles, this set becomes part of the romantic atmosphere that surrounds your special day. You can also use this set during other romantic events, such as valentine's day and anniversaries with your love. 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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Crate&Barrel
$4.95

A beautiful modern spreader with comfortable, exaggerated flat oval handle and all-purpose wide blade. \u2022 Stainless steel \u20...22 Dishwasher safe; avoid citrus-scented detergents \u2022 Made in China read more

Crate&Barrel
$3.95

Richly grained Mediterranean olivewood reveals its distinctive character in this fine handcrafted utensil. Each will vary in color..., grain and texture. \u2022 100% olivewood \u2022 Hand wash \u2022 Made in Albania read more

Crate&Barrel
$39.95

Fine textural pattern inspired by feathery prairie grasses etches modern flatware with casual, natural appeal. \u2022 18/10 stainl...ess steel \u2022 Dishwasher safe; avoid citrus-scented detergents \u2022 Made in Vietnam read more

Couture
$99.95

Couture, our most popular flatware pattern, elevates to the next level with a stunning copper finish. Well balanced and comfortabl...e in hand, the serving set includes a pie server, slotted spoon, spoon, fork and butter knife. \u2022 18/10 Stainless... 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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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... 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. \u2022 Stainless steel \u2022 Forged \u2022 Dishwasher-safe with non citrus... read more

Lenox
$80.00 $45.99

Crafted of best-quality stainless steel, the Eternal Frost flatware collection is intended for formal as well as informal entertai...ning. The Eternal Frost pattern is sleek and sophisticated, with a squared channel design banded in a contrasting... read more

Lenox
$43.00 $29.99

Clean lines and an almost architectural shape give this flatware a modern, sophisticated feel. The handles widen gently, ending in... a gracefully beveled edge. Made from stainless steel for a substantial weight and comfortable feel. Includes cold meat... read more

Lenox
$67.00 $39.99

Inspired by a posh necklace, this elegant cake knife and server are must-have accessories for setting a luxurious dessert table. L...ong and slender, this serveware features a tube of white pearls to complement the lustrous silver blades. read more

Lenox
$79.00 $59.99

Crafted of best-quality stainless steel, the Eternal Gold flatware collection is intended for formal entertaining. The Eternal Gol...d pattern is sleek and sophisticated, with a gold-banded, squared channel design. read more

Lenox
$100.00 $79.99

Crafted of best-quality stainless steel, the Eternal Gold flatware collection is intended for formal entertaining. The Eternal Gol...d pattern is sleek and sophisticated, with a gold-banded, squared channel design. read more

Lenox
$86.00 $59.99

Crafted of best-quality stainless steel, the Eternal Frost serving set is made for every day and occasion with a squared channel d...esign banded in a contrasting matte finish. Coordinates with Lenox place settings. read more

Lenox
$60.00 $41.99

Crafted of best-quality stainless steel, the Eternal flatware collection is intended for informal entertaining as well as everyday... use. read more

Lenox
$64.00 $44.99

Clean lines and notched details combine for classic elegance. Set includes: pierced tablespoon, tablespoon, gravy ladle and sugar ...spoon. read more

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