5 Tips for Using Chafing Dishes


New to using chafers? These 5 tips will help you successfully host an event. Still not confident, give us a call and we will be happy to help.

  1. Never add fresh food to a chafing dish on the buffet table. Take out the used food pan and replace with a full one.
  2. Round chafing dishes are used for sauces, casserole type entrees and some vegetables. Rectangular chafing dishes are very good for foods that are to be kept flat such as stuffed chicken breasts, fish fillets, lasagna and asparagus spears.
  3. Never use anything but Sterno fuel in the burner.
  4. Stainless steel food pans can be placed in the oven to keep food warm.
  5. Light sterno 15 minutes before opening the buffet.

4 Responses to “5 Tips for Using Chafing Dishes”

  1. Alex the Miami Party Rental Supplier

    Nice list of tips to keep when catering to your guest and avoiding huge costly mistakes. These are great tips… I will use these tips to share… if you don’t mind for my Miami catering service clients. Anyone reading this from Indiana should take them up on their service they do an amazing job, take a look at their facebook page. 🙂

    • Gina

      Hi Alex, you can definitely use the tips for your website! There are so many great catering tips it was hard to condense it to only 5. Feel free to add to the list….

  2. Matthew Rupp

    I own Big Sky Party Rentals in Kansas and I LOVE your site. A lot of good information. We are getting into catering this spring and appreciate the good tips! http://bigskywichita.com

  3. Gina

    You are welcome and thanks for visiting our site! I will have to do more posts about catering tips and tricks!


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