Hotel and steam pans are designed to hold and transport a wide range of foods. These can accommodate entrees, soups, stews, and side dishes. Cold plastic food pans are great at keeping salads and desserts cool. Select models can withstand high temperatures and are microwaveable, so you don’t have to worry about cold food going to wasteIf you are serving food in pans, it is good practice to cover it with lids. Food pan covers help keep your served food at the desired temperature and also keep it safe from environmental contaminants. Bain Marie pots are a great alternative to chafing pots. These consist of a double boiler that can keep large batches of soups, stews, and sauces warm and ready for serving.