Question: How can I keep food warm on a dinner plate after it is served?

January 9, 2011
Food gets cold quickly once it is served to guests. I warm their dinner plates in my warming drawer but the food quickly becomes cold. Any suggestions for keeping it warm once served?


Chris Paulk's picture

If the plates have been warmed and the food is warm- there is not a whole lot you can do. They make some warming pads- that are basically a pot holder filled with a material that will keep the bottom of a dish set on it warm, but they will make the plate unsteady. You can try using a warm charger plate- a larger plate than your serving plate- under the serving plate to see if that helps.
There is a company called Hot Smart that makes a plate they claim will keep food hot for 30 minutes it's pretty expensive and I'm a little skeptical. If you have heavy stoneware - the heat lasts longer than china when pre-heating your plates.

Ashley E's picture

Most of the time I use stoneware to bake and cook with. It always keeps the food nice and hot until I'm rady to serve it. I would say, as well, just keep warming the plates and keeping the oven low, keeping the food hot. OR just tell everyone to eat quicker :)

I know using the grill is a great place to keep food hot if your oven is full. Just make sure its clean. I've had a few dishes come out tasting of smokey goodness when not intended to!