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So, we're doing a make-your-own-s'mores plate at my restaurant, and the original idea was to use gel sterno in some kind of container and light it tableside- so the nicest-looking and most useful container I have had on hand are some miniature cast-iron pots. 

(they look similar to this: http://www.casa.com/p/lodge-pre-seasoned-half-pint-serving-kettle-272281 )

 

Well, test-run today, and I stupidly didn't think about this, but the pots get insanely hot, and I don't want a lawsuit on my hands. I'm thinking about switching to a wickered sterno, but it also has to look 'pretty'. 

 

Any suggestions? My main concerns are people burning the shit out of themselves; kids especially, people knocking the damn thing over, and also ease of service (servers will light this at the table). I know other restaurants have done similar to this. I'm making the mallows, grahams, chocolate spread in house, and the price is pretty high on this plate.

Thanks =)

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Sorry I don't have a constructive answer, but marshmallow roasted over Sterno sounds pretty gross to me. You might even want to check to make sure Sterno is a food safe fuel, or are you roasting the marshmallow some other way?

Brandon O'Dell

 

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post #3 of 6

Many Asian restaurants do this for their pu pu platter.

They have a similar looking pot, but with a grill inset on top.

They scoop a small amount of sterno inside, light it, then place the grill on top, and bring it to your table.

 

http://www.webstaurantstore.com/hibachi-set-aluminum-dragon-pattern-with-grill-and-fuel-holder/885HG35.html?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=885HG35&utm_campaign=PLA&gclid=CPzn9dmVgrcCFcXe4AodjRIA1g

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Originally Posted by Just Jim View Post

Many Asian restaurants do this for their pu pu platter.

They have a similar looking pot, but with a grill inset on top.

They scoop a small amount of sterno inside, light it, then place the grill on top, and bring it to your table.

 

http://www.webstaurantstore.com/hibachi-set-aluminum-dragon-pattern-with-grill-and-fuel-holder/885HG35.html?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=885HG35&utm_campaign=PLA&gclid=CPzn9dmVgrcCFcXe4AodjRIA1g

That's EXACTLY what I'm looking for. Thank you!

 

And the sterno gel was not my idea. It's what I had to run with. I too am concerned about the food safety issue, however on Sterno's website, they show several food uses- including the mini hibachi grill linked above.

 

http://www.sterno.com/pro/pages/gel.html

 

Obviously, the food wouldn't come into direct contact with the sterno gel. From what I understand the sterno gel is mainly composed of alcohol. I wouldn't see people sticking food directly into the gel ;)

post #5 of 6

I want to add that I gave the link for the image.

I didn't shop pricing.

It's possible you could find them cheaper.

Same with the 5 compartment bowl.

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I want to add that I gave the link for the image.

I didn't shop pricing.

It's possible you could find them cheaper.

Same with the 5 compartment bowl.

Already looking at pricing, about 10/ea through webstaurant, but will see what the owners say. Not that big of an expense in light of things. I don't need the accompanying bowl, plate setup is already done- just the fire thing :)

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