chafing dish

chaf·​ing dish | \ ˈchā-fiŋ- How to pronounce chafing dish (audio) \

Definition of chafing dish

: a utensil for cooking or keeping food warm at the table

Examples of chafing dish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During the game, keep foods at their proper temperatures Keep hot foods hot with a food warmer, chafing dish, or hot plate. Keep cold foods cold by placing dishes in a shallow container with ice. Portion out food. Katie Wedell, USA TODAY, 11 Feb. 2022 Tilapia and sea bass are delivered whole-body, draped across a rectangular chafing dish, smothered in a spicy sauce. Susan Dunne,, 6 Dec. 2021 And yet the chafing dish has the genteel task of keeping food warm. Bernadette Kinlaw, Arkansas Online, 31 May 2021 The family held a sale, offering up every last chafing dish and buffet accessory to clear out space for their next venture: an Asian market. Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 Mar. 2021 The aproned matriarch proffering the burnished bird, extended family leaning in toward chafing dish and wobbly aspic. Washington Post, 20 Oct. 2020 The buffet is small and simple, with a streamlined salad bar station at one end, the main event in a half dozen adjacent chafing dishes under a hood, and just beyond this, the starters and dessert. Larry Olmsted, USA TODAY, 25 Feb. 2020 Castaway will no longer be serving brunch in large chafing dishes and will instead move toward more specialty selections which include crab-cake eggs benedict as well as lobster and waffles — a more expensive spin on chicken and waffles, Smith said. Anthony Clark Carpio,, 2 May 2018 Unlike many American food trends of the 1890s, such as the Waldorf salad and chafing dishes, the club sandwich has endured, immune to obsolescence. Smithsonian, 4 Nov. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of chafing dish

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chafing dish

Middle English chafing, present participle of chaufen, chafen to warm

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