Imagine you are on a college campus tour and what originally peaked your interest was the reputation of the excellent academic programs this university had. You wanted to take a tour to make sure the campus would be a good fit for you. Your tour guide greets you with a warm smile and shares about their amazing experiences and you then begin your tour. You’ve visited the new labs and simulation rooms, a dorm room, and you are very impressed. Now it is time to see the cafeteria. You walk in to see an premier serving experience filled with various food stations that offer a variety of cuisines. Will you pick the pasta station, the salad station, or maybe go to the farm-to-table serving counter that offers locally sourced meals?
It’s no secret that dining services can make or break a campus tour, but this can be true for nearly every business that offers a dining experience. Whether you are an upscale business looking to create and foster a great company culture or you work in a premier hotel wanting to craft a unique fine dining experience for guests, it is crucial every aspect of your business represents that high-end experience and your foodservice is no exception. Reputation is what brings people in the door, but what keeps them coming back is proving that your offerings are the premier choice and this is greatly impacted by the dining experience you offer.
Premier Dining with Meritage:
The Meritage serving counter line offers an upscale design for high-end dining environments and sets your dining experience apart from others. In previous blogs we have discussed our Essence serving counter line and the many benefits it offers. Our Meritage line has the same quality and materials used in Essence, but offers an elevated level or service with its appearance. So let’s dive into the benefits of these upscale serving counters.
The Meritage line is known for its durability and reliability that last for years. Its 100% stainless steel tubular core construction is key to the durability of this line. This strong interior offers a base that can stand up to the day-to-day rigors of service. Hundreds if not thousands of customers, students, employees, or guests can go through your serving line each day or even for each meal, so having serving counters that can stand the test of time is very important.
The Meritage line also features a plastic “T” molding along the bottom edge on the front and side panels for added protection. Extruded aluminum is used to ensure the best counter edge protection. The extruded aluminum is inserted directly into the wood side panels. This creates a nice visual form and provides useful functionality. In addition to these structural elements, the Meritage line features jointed corners that have fewer visible seams offering a more aesthetic look. When durability meets an upscale appearance, your dining experience will be sure to impress dinners.
Being able to move your point-of-service can be very important for some high-end dining services, but it is not necessary for other elevated foodservice operations. With the Meritage line, you have the ability to choose from having a mobile counter or fixed units that remain in one location. A hotel might value being able to move their counter to different areas, but a corporate business may prefer to keep their counter stationary in their employee dining space.
Having the option to offer heated and refrigerated display case options within the same counter is very important for nearly every dining service. You may be offering a cold salad in your display case at lunch, and for dinner you are offering a pre-portioned warm dish. The Meritage line is completely customizable meaning you choose what works best for your operations. If you need a display case that offers both heat and refrigeration, that is what you will get. If you only need one, then that is how we will build it. It is as simple as that. Creative custom designs are what we specialize in. You dream it, we’ll design it.
Food shields also play a key role in a dining experience. While food shields help keep food safe from continents in the air, it is also important that they are quick and easy to lift so your dinners can access the food conveniently. Our curved food shields for display cases on the Meritage line offer a premier shield solution that is sleek while still providing cover over food. For food shields resting over the top of a counter or island, we purposely have removed the need for center posts to allow for better access to food. Having flexibility in your service that is dinner-focused is crucial for high-end dining environments.
Speaking of personalizing the Meritage line for your specific operational needs, decorative panels are the perfect location to highlight the essence of your university, country club, resort, casino, or other business. These panels offer a unique opportunity to create a custom look within your elevated dining service. These panels are available in laminate, wood veneer or solid wood to fit your exact needs.
When designing or upgrading your fine-dining experience, it can be hard to find the right solution to ensure you are offering elevated service to all who walk through your doors. The Multiteria team members are experts in turning your vision into a reality. The Meritage line has provided a great solution to various hotels, resorts, casinos, colleges and universities, and businesses across the country because of its fully customizable design paired with the durability of the entire structure. Are you ready to explore the Meritage difference today?