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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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Reed & Barton

Featuring a classic beaded design on the handle, the Lyndon Collection of Serving Accessories from Reed and Barton offers style an...d grace to any table setting. Made of durable 18/10 stainless steel, this collection provides functional, easy care essentials for both casual and formal entertaining. Spoon 10 3/8"L This is a Special Order item shipped directly from the manufacturer and may take up to 10 days for delivery. This product is available online only. read more

Williams-Sonoma

We designed and developed our exclusive line of stainless-steel kitchen tools by drawing upon more than fifty years of culinary ex...perience. These professional-quality utensils are crafted of heavy-gauge stainless steel and ergonomically shaped for excellent balance and control?for a difference you can really feel in the hand. We created this spoon with a very deep bowl, so it essentially functions like a ladle for scooping and serving. And with a gleaming polished finish, its an attractive choice for serving at the table. Designed and developed by Williams-Sonoma, and exclusively ours. Made of nonreactive 18/10 stainless steel with a polished finish. Weighted, ergonomic handle offers optimal balance, comfort and feel. Dishwasher safe. 13 3/4" long; 2 3/4-oz. cap. Made in China. read more

Rosle

An essential tool for any kitchen, this sturdy stainless-steel spoon keeps slippery pasta under control. The center hole drains ex...cess liquid into the pot before serving, and its forked edges prevent long noodles from straying. Made of durable 18/10 stainless steel with a satin-finished handle and hanging loop. Single-serving-sized bowl has forked edges to keep noodles in place. From the German company Rösle, manufacturers of quality kitchen tools since 1903. Dishwasher safe. read more

Rosle

A long handle makes this the ideal spoon for basting foods in the oven without burning yourself. This all-purpose tool is also goo...d for stirring, tasting and serving. Made of 18/10 stainless steel. Comfortable round handle for ease of use. Satin-finished handles have hanging loop for convenient storage. From the German company Rösle, manufacturers of quality kitchen tools since 1903. Dishwasher safe. 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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Reed & Barton

Featuring a classic beaded design on the handle, the Lyndon Collection of Serving Accessories from Reed and Barton offers style an...d grace to any table setting. Made of durable 18/10 stainless steel, this collection provides functional, easy care essentials for both casual and formal entertaining. Fork 11 3/8"L. This is a Special Order item shipped directly from the manufacturer and may take up to 10 days for delivery. This product is available online only. read more

CHEFS
$12.79
at Target

The chef's handiest tool is a must-have for every kitchen. The indispensable utensil in every grandmother's kitchen is appropriate...ly named for the multitude of uses: cooking, turning food, prep work and serving. The granny fork checks doneness of roasts or grilled meats, flips pork chops or steaks, holds food in place while slicing and retrieves pickles, olives or fruit from tall jars. Durable triple-riveted Pakkawood handle. Japanese stainless-steel. Hand wash. CHEFS signature collection of professional-grade kitchen tools, cookware, bakeware, dinnerware and more, is available only at CHEFS Catalog. You will love the selection - meticulously crafted and tested to delight the most discerning cook, these tools deliver exceptional quality, performance and durability in the kitchen.Blade Length: 1.5 "Handle Material: HardwoodCutlery Construction: StampedCare and Cleaning: Hand-wash OnlyDimensions: 0.5 " W x 0.5 " H x 10.0 " D Weight: 3.0 Oz. read more

Yamazaki
$19.80 $20.22
at Wayfair

The Charade collection prides itself on creating and offering stainless and serving accessories that are far from ordinary. This c...ollection is designed with unique patterns that possess fully sculpted handles and carefully finished tines. Features: Meat fork Designed to enhance both your table and dining pleasure Material: Stainless steel Dishwasher safe Silver color and undecorated pattern Complements the Charade collection Show Additional Info read more

Yamazaki
$28.22 $40.50
at Wayfair

The Epoch collection is corrosion-resistant and highly durable. This collection sets a year-round table that equally suits comfort...able family dinners and dressier special occasions. Features: Serving Fork Designed with perfect weight and balance Material: Stainless steel Dishwasher safe Silver color Complements the Epoch collection Show Additional Info 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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Wusthof

The Wusthof 10-in. Classic Slicing Knife is a great choice for family get-togethers and everyday meals where large cuts of meat ar...e served. Each 10-inch blade is easily capable of slicing meats cleanly and neatly in a single motion, and the thin... read more

Rosanna

Our classic oversized European flatware is fashioned in heavy stainless steel, accented with durable plastic handles with an elega...nt sheen. Created in Italy by skilled craftsmen, all pieces are dishwasher safe. This flatware will make any table setting... read more

Rosanna

Our classic oversized European flatware is fashioned in heavy stainless steel, accented with durable plastic handles with an elega...nt sheen. Created in Italy by skilled craftsmen, all pieces are dishwasher safe. This flatware will make any table setting... read more

Rosanna
$54.95-$99.95
at Cooking.com

Our classic oversized European flatware is fashioned in heavy stainless steel, accented with durable plastic handles with an elega...nt sheen. Created in Italy by skilled craftsmen, all pieces are dishwasher safe. This flatware will make any table setting... 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

Serve the perfect slice of cake, pie, frittata and more with this clever gadget designed to cut, lift and slide foods neatly onto ...the plate. Double serrated blade is convenient for left- or right-hand use; slide mechanism and ergonomic handle separate from the blade for thorough cleaning.Zyliss® Slice and Serve Pie Server. 11.38"Wx3"Dx2.38"H ABS handle SUS 304 blade PBT sliding blade Top-rack dishwasher-safe Made in China Overall DimensionsWidth: 11.375" Depth: 3" Height: 2.375" read more

Ralph Lauren
$45.50 $65.00
at Ralph Lauren

Crafted from polished silver-plated brass, our Carnegie Ice Tongs are an elegant addition to a well-appointed serving set. Wide ha...ndle tapers to five-prong claws that are hammered to create a textured finish. 7" long. Claws: 1¾" wide. Imported. read more

Ralph Lauren
$35.00 $50.00
at Ralph Lauren

This handsome salad serving set is crafted from gleaming stainless steel and is perfect for formal entertaining. Includes an overs...ized serving spoon and a two-pronged serving fork. Handles feature an interlocking braided design. Each piece is finished with our embossed "RLL" logo at the back. Dishwasher safe. Imported. read more

WMF
$18.79 $20.00
at Casa

WMF Profi Plus Soup Ladle 11.75, Stainless Steel Big ladle for serving soups 11.75long overall, with 3.5 diameter head Contemporar...y European style; made of 18/10 stainless steel Beautifully balanced; polished head; satin-finish handle; hanging loop Seamless, hygienic, dishwasher-safe Need more information on this product? Click here to ask. read more

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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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Vera Wang
$63.79 $70.00
at Casa

Designed to coordinate with vera lace fine china, the vera lace flatware collection communicates its quality and sophistication wi...th a significant weight and dimension. Detailed and balanced this flatware is perfect for both a traditional or modern setting. High quality 18/10 stainless steel flatware. 4 --piece set includes tablespoon, butter knife, sugar spoon, cold meat fork. Dimensions: 2.5 IN x 14.7 IN x 2.7 IN read more

Ginkgo
$48.49 $75.00
at Casa

Traditional and classic, the Pineapple 4-piece hostess set from Ginkgo is an elegant, welcoming way to accessorise your table. The... classic hospitality motif has been executed in a heavy weight 18/10 stainless steel exclusively available from Ginkgo. The 4-piece set includes a serving spoon, pierced spoon, cold meat fork and sauce ladle. All pieces are made from heavy 18/10 stainless steel. Dishwasher safe. Made for your life. Dimensions: 2.25 IN x 7.09 IN x 4.25 IN read more

Lenox
$49.99 $67.00
at Casa

This versatile design is at home in a variety of settings. Use these serving pieces with your favorite formal or casual china and ...crystal stemware. Dimensions: 1.1 IN x 12.0 IN x 2.0 IN read more

Lenox
$46.49 $62.00
at Casa

Perfect for entertaining, this versatile set is perfect for any occasion. Use these serving pieces with your favorite formal or ca...sual china and crystal stemware. Dimensions: 2.0 IN x 8.0 IN x 2.6 IN read more

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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Ralph Lauren
$45.50 $65.00
at Ralph Lauren

Crafted from polished silver-plated brass, our Carnegie Ice Tongs are an elegant addition to a well-appointed serving set. Wide ha...ndle tapers to five-prong claws that are hammered to create a textured finish. 7" long. Claws: 1¾" wide. Imported. read more

Carnegie Ice Tongs
Ralph Lauren
$35.00 $50.00
at Ralph Lauren

This handsome salad serving set is crafted from gleaming stainless steel and is perfect for formal entertaining. Includes an overs...ized serving spoon and a two-pronged serving fork. Handles feature an interlocking braided design. Each piece is finished with our embossed "RLL" logo at the back. Dishwasher safe. Imported. read more

Equestrian Braid Salad Servers
Towle
$42.99 $56.31
at Overstock.com

This Set of His and Hers Salad Servers by Towle, are constructed of easy care nickel-plated zinc. The tip of the handles features ...His and Hers crown icons, adding a regal look to your table setting. You can use the pieces together for hard to serve foods like salad or pasta, or separately for foods like baked beans or potato salad. Materials: Zinc/brass/stainless steel Includes: One 1 His salad fork and one 1 Hers salad spoon Care instructions: Dishwasher safe Dimensions: 10.5 inches long x 2 inches wide x 1 inch deep read more

Towle His and Hers Salad Servers
Zwilling J.A. Henckels
$24.95 $37.00
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Twin Pure kitchen gadgets are versatile and efficient. The perfectly rounded handle is fashioned in 18/10 stainless steel, and tra...nsitions seamlessly into the function part of each tool and gadget. Twin Pure offers perfect control for every cooking task. Features: Twin Pure collection Dimensions: Overall Length - Top to Bottom: 14.6 Inches Overall Width - Side to Side: 4.75 Inches Overall Product Weight: 0.6 Pounds read more

Twin Pure Serving Spoon
Oneida
$26.79 $57.35
at Wayfair

Aquarius excites with its unique curves, bright finish and fluid design. This popular Oneida pattern brings a 'new age' look to to...day's tabletop. The Aquarius style is made with 18/10 stainless steel. Bring life to the table with Oneida. Features: 18/10 Stainless steel Full lifetime warranty Dishwasher safe Special Offer: 13 Issues of Southern Living Magazine Included with your purchase - a $20 value (Subscription and Rebate info) read more

Stainless Steel Aquarius Serving Ladle
Oneida
$26.79 $57.35
at Wayfair

Engaging. Moving. Mod. Satin Aquarius serving fork excites with its unique curves, carefree satin finish, and fluid design. This p...opular Oneida pattern brings a 'new age' look to today's tabletop. Bring life to the table with Oneida and add a touch of elegance. Features: 18/10 Stainless Steel Flatware Full Lifetime Warranty Dishwasher Safe Special Offer: 13 Issues of Southern Living Magazine Included with your purchase - a $20 value (Subscription and Rebate info) read more

Stainless Steel Satin Aquarius Serving Fork
Oneida
$26.79 $57.35
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Graceful. Fresh. Light. A traditional flatware shape with a contemporary finish, Satin Dover blends elegance and rhythmic form for... a refined, romantic design. Raised, reflective flowers and scrolls pop against the handle's satiny center, delivering ''old world charm'' in a whole new way. Features: 18/10 Stainless Steel Flatware Full Lifetime Warranty Dishwasher Safe Special Offer: 13 Issues of Southern Living Magazine Included with your purchase - a $20 value (Subscription and Rebate info) read more

Stainless Steel Satin Dover Serving Ladle
Yamazaki
$28.22 $40.50
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The Epoch collection is corrosion-resistant and highly durable. This collection sets a year-round table that equally suits comfort...able family dinners and dressier special occasions. Features: Serving Spoon Designed with perfect weight and balance Material: Stainless steel Dishwasher safe Silver color Complements the Epoch collection Show Additional Info read more

Epoch Serving Spoon
Yamazaki
$31.29 $48.50
at Wayfair

The Cara Stainless Steel collection features a delicate fan tip held aloft on a pillar of the finest stainless steel, which makes ...this pattern a perfect addition to both your fine China and everyday dishes. Features: Serving Fork Crafted of brightly polished Designed to enhance both your table and dining pleasure Material: 18/8 Stainless Steel Dishwasher safe Complements the Cara Stainless Steel collection Show Additional Info read more

Cara Stainless Steel Serving Fork
Yamazaki
$28.22 $40.50
at Wayfair

The Austen Stainless Steel collection is classically simple in shape and style. Each product features a smoothly contoured, rounde...d handle with a mirror finish. This collection prides itself on creating and offering that is far from ordinary. Features: Serving Fork Designed to enhance both your table and dining pleasure Contoured handle Material: 18/8 Stainless Steel Dishwasher safe Complements the Austen Ice collection Show Additional Info read more

Austen Ice Serving Fork
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