Also, what is the best way to do so and which temperature does it need to be?
Sent by Bart
Editor: Bart, it's not absolutely essential that plates be warmed before serving food, but it's a nice touch. It helps keep food warm longer on the plate, and it's especially helpful for things like pasta that tend to get cold quickly.
You can warm plates in the oven, microwave, or dishwasher, or run hot water over them. Here's a post that outlines each method:
Readers, do you warm the plates before serving food? What's your preferred method?
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