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What Is a Breakfast Platter?

By Bethany Keene
Updated May 16, 2024
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A breakfast platter refers to the way breakfast is served and displayed either on a table or on a buffet line. Serving trays allow for pleasing presentation of the food, and allow a number of different people to take from the platter and put the food on their own plates. For events where large groups of people will be sitting down at the table or passing through the buffet line at once, serving the food on different breakfast platters makes this process much easier. Typically, only one food of each type of displayed on a breakfast platter at a time, to accommodate people with dietary restrictions or preferences.

There are some standard foods to be found on a breakfast platter at most restaurants or buffets; often, these foods are kept in a chafing dish to keep them warm. Scrambled eggs, meats such as bacon, ham, or sausage, and some form of potatoes, such as hash browns, are common foods found here. Some countries also serve baked beans with breakfast; of course, different foods may certainly be found around the world based on culture and people's food preferences. Fresh fruit, bagels, pastries, or muffins are frequently also found on breakfast platters.

If serving food on a breakfast platter, it is important to keep the hot foods hot and the cold foods cold to avoid bacteria growth; this can potentially lead to food poisoning. In some cases, foods that can be kept at room temperature, such as muffins and bagels, might make a better choice for this reason. Other foods, such as pancakes and French toast, may be easier to keep warm without needing to actually keep them hot such as meat and eggs.

For room service or serving breakfast in bed, a breakfast platter might take on a different function. These might feature a tray with individual dividers to keep food separate, and to provide a place to put coffee or juice to prevent it from sliding around. Hotels or resorts may offer breakfast platters of a certain "theme," such as with foods from a certain area of the world, or with a certain special ingredient such as chocolate. It might be served with chocolate chip pancakes and hot chocolate, for example, or chocolate covered strawberries. This can be a fun way to eat breakfast for a special occasion, or can be a great way for a bride and groom to treat wedding guests who are in town to visit.

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Discussion Comments

By tigers88 — On Jan 14, 2013

Does anyone have any experience with serving large number of pre-made pancakes? How can I keep them hot without them drying out?

By backdraft — On Jan 14, 2013

I am surprised to say this, but I had an amazing breakfast at a hotel in Dallas last week.

It was basically a normal continental breakfast, but everything was amazing. The pastries were fresh. The coffee was strong and tasty. Even the orange juice tasted like it was quality. This was not the fanciest hotel in the world so I was really surprised at how good this breakfast was. I will probably stay there again just to look forward to the meal.

By Ivan83 — On Jan 13, 2013
I have worked as a receptionist for most of my career and have had to put together numerous breakfast platters to accommodate early meetings.

Usually, I go with pastries or donuts. You want to have as few components as possible. I have tried bagels, but then people want to spread on cream cheese and it just becomes a distraction.

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