Serving bowls are used for more than just tabletop displays. Some can be used to elegantly display hot foods, while others are designed to add color to your cold food bars. There are special bowls designed for hot applications, cold food tables or even for all-purpose applications. In a pinch, some of these models can even be used for serving punch. Choose the type of serving bowl that is best for your needs; crocks are ideal for cold food bars, casserole-style bowls and bakers for serving hot items, salad models for serving cold items or chips, and pasta-style dishes for serving hot or cold pastas of any kind.
When choosing a material type for your serving bowl, there are a number of options. Metal serving bowls look great at fancy buffets or formal events, and serve well as a dual punch server. However, most transfer heat very quickly, so if they are used to serve very hot foods, diners can burn their hands. But do not worry, an insulated metal bowl is a good option for serving hot and cold foods alike. Plastic bowls are ideal for serving cold foods and snack foods like pretzels or crackers, while wooden models should only be used for cold, solid foods like nuts or candy.
Another important consideration when purchasing a serving bowl is the shape. The shape is mostly important because it will add a unique look to your buffet. Octagonal and slanted bowls are great for adding an extra element of fun and a unique visual effect to the food display. However, a round or square serving bowl is a classic choice that will match any kind of decor you can imagine.
In this section you will find a great selection of different serving bowls all categorized by type. When you serve pasta, make sure you have the right pasta serving bowl for the job, choose a great salad bowl, casserole dish and more. When you don't know what menu item you are serving but you know you need a great bowl, check out our All-purpose serving bowl section to find exactly what you need.