US20090282860A1 - Cold Buffet Food Tray - Google Patents

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US20090282860A1
US20090282860A1 US12121153 US12115308A US2009282860A1 US 20090282860 A1 US20090282860 A1 US 20090282860A1 US 12121153 US12121153 US 12121153 US 12115308 A US12115308 A US 12115308A US 2009282860 A1 US2009282860 A1 US 2009282860A1
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    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F25REFRIGERATION OR COOLING; COMBINED HEATING AND REFRIGERATION SYSTEMS; HEAT PUMP SYSTEMS; MANUFACTURE OR STORAGE OF ICE; LIQUEFACTION SOLIDIFICATION OF GASES
    • F25DREFRIGERATORS; COLD ROOMS; ICE-BOXES; COOLING OR FREEZING APPARATUS NOT COVERED BY ANY OTHER SUBCLASS
    • F25D3/00Devices using other cold materials; Devices using cold-storage bodies
    • F25D3/02Devices using other cold materials; Devices using cold-storage bodies using ice, e.g. ice-boxes
    • F25D3/06Movable containers
    • F25D3/08Movable containers portable, i.e. adapted to be carried personally
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A47FURNITURE; DOMESTIC ARTICLES OR APPLIANCES; COFFEE MILLS; SPICE MILLS; SUCTION CLEANERS IN GENERAL
    • A47GHOUSEHOLD OR TABLE EQUIPMENT
    • A47G23/00Other table equipment
    • A47G23/06Serving trays
    • A47G23/0683Serving trays with means for keeping food cool or hot
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F25REFRIGERATION OR COOLING; COMBINED HEATING AND REFRIGERATION SYSTEMS; HEAT PUMP SYSTEMS; MANUFACTURE OR STORAGE OF ICE; LIQUEFACTION SOLIDIFICATION OF GASES
    • F25DREFRIGERATORS; COLD ROOMS; ICE-BOXES; COOLING OR FREEZING APPARATUS NOT COVERED BY ANY OTHER SUBCLASS
    • F25D2303/00Details of devices using other cold materials; Details of devices using cold-storage bodies
    • F25D2303/08Devices using cold storage material, i.e. ice or other freezable liquid
    • F25D2303/082Devices using cold storage material, i.e. ice or other freezable liquid disposed in a cold storage element not forming part of a container for products to be cooled, e.g. ice pack or gel accumulator
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F25REFRIGERATION OR COOLING; COMBINED HEATING AND REFRIGERATION SYSTEMS; HEAT PUMP SYSTEMS; MANUFACTURE OR STORAGE OF ICE; LIQUEFACTION SOLIDIFICATION OF GASES
    • F25DREFRIGERATORS; COLD ROOMS; ICE-BOXES; COOLING OR FREEZING APPARATUS NOT COVERED BY ANY OTHER SUBCLASS
    • F25D2303/00Details of devices using other cold materials; Details of devices using cold-storage bodies
    • F25D2303/08Devices using cold storage material, i.e. ice or other freezable liquid
    • F25D2303/084Position of the cold storage material in relationship to a product to be cooled
    • F25D2303/0845Position of the cold storage material in relationship to a product to be cooled below the product
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F25REFRIGERATION OR COOLING; COMBINED HEATING AND REFRIGERATION SYSTEMS; HEAT PUMP SYSTEMS; MANUFACTURE OR STORAGE OF ICE; LIQUEFACTION SOLIDIFICATION OF GASES
    • F25DREFRIGERATORS; COLD ROOMS; ICE-BOXES; COOLING OR FREEZING APPARATUS NOT COVERED BY ANY OTHER SUBCLASS
    • F25D2331/00Details or arrangements of other cooling or freezing apparatus not provided for in other groups of this subclass
    • F25D2331/80Type of cooled receptacles
    • F25D2331/812Trays

Abstract

This invention relates generally to a food tray designed to keep food cold while being served. More specifically, but without limitation, the invention is directed toward a raised buffet food tray with a refrigeration compartment capable of receiving at least one cooling pack and accessible without lifting or removing the food tray.

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    BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • 1. Field of the Invention
  • This invention relates generally to a food tray designed to keep food cold while being served. More specifically, but without limitation, the invention is directed toward a buffet food tray with a refrigeration compartment accessible without lifting or removing the food tray.
  • 2. Description of Related Art
  • In the food service business, buffet food trays are commonly used to serve food. Typically, food is kept hot in a buffet food tray by using a small flame or other heating means under the tray. However, if food is to be served cold rather than hot, the options available are to serve the food at room temperature, set the buffet food tray in ice, or set the tray in a second container with ice packs or some other coolant.
  • Setting a buffet food tray in ice is messy and an unattractive presentation. Over time, the ice melts and the tray must be removed from the ice in order to replace the melted ice. Similarly, if the tray is placed in a second container with some other coolant such as ice packs, the food tray and second container must be separated in order to replace the ice packs. Not only does this disrupt the flow of people through the buffet line, but it can create a mess around the buffet food tray. Thus, a buffet food tray designed to keep food cold without requiring that the food tray be lifted or moved is needed.
  • BRIEF SUMMARY
  • This invention relates to a buffet food tray designed to keep food cold while being served in a table, buffet line, or similar setting without requiring the food tray be lifted or moved to replenish the cold supply. In an embodiment of the present invention, the food tray is footed, or otherwise raised, so that the underside of the tray does not rest on the table or other supporting surface such as a cabinet or floor. The food tray contains a refrigeration compartment that is coupled to the underside of the tray and that is capable of receiving at least one cooling pack. The refrigeration compartment may be accessible by any closable access means such as a hinged door or drawer. When the refrigeration is in an open configuration, one may place a cooling pack within the refrigeration compartment. When the refrigeration compartment is in a closed configuration, the cooling pack is held in the refrigeration compartment and against the underside of the tray thereby cooling the tray. The footed or raised tray allows the user to access the refrigeration compartment to change the cooling pack without having to lift or move the food tray.
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
  • FIG. 1 is a top perspective view of an embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 2 is a bottom perspective view of an embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 3 is a front view of an embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 4 is a cross-sectional view of an embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 5 is a perspective view of an embodiment of the present invention.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION
  • The following is a detailed exemplary description of an embodiment of the invention, in a number of its various aspects. Those skilled in the art will understand that the specificity provided herein is intended for illustrative purposes with respect to an exemplary embodiment, only, and is not to be interpreted as limiting the scope of the invention or claims.
  • This invention relates to a food tray 10 designed to keep food cold while being served without requiring the food tray 10 be lifted or moved to replenish the cold supply. In an embodiment of the present invention, the food tray 10, which includes a substantially horizontal platter for holding foods, is raised by a support such that the underside 30 of the food tray 10 does not rest on a table. For purposes of this description, the term table is used to refer to any surface upon which the food tray may be placed, including but not limited to a table, buffet line, console, counter, floor, or other supporting surface. FIGS. 1-5 illustrate a particular embodiment of the invention in which a food tray 10 is supported by feet 20 on the underside of the tray 30. The feet 20 serve to raise the tray 10 such that the underside of the tray 30 is accessible without physically lifting or moving the food tray 10. The food tray 10 may be supported in any other method known in the art such as by a stand.
  • In an embodiment of the present invention, the food tray 10 contains a refrigeration compartment 40. As shown in the Figures, the refrigeration compartment 40 is coupled to the underside 30 of the food tray 10 and has an open configuration and closed configuration. When in the open configuration, the refrigeration compartment is accessible for inserting or removing a cold pack. FIG. 4 illustrates a particular embodiment of the invention in which the refrigeration compartment 40 is accessible via a hinged door. A latch 70 is used to controllably maintain the hinged door in the open or closed configurations. In an alternative embodiment of the invention, the refrigeration compartment may be accessible via a drawer which may be moved from the open configuration to the closed configuration.
  • The footed, or otherwise raised, food tray 10 allows the user to access the refrigeration compartment 40 without lifting or moving the food tray 10. This allows the cooling packs 90 to be easily and quickly replaced without making a mess or severely interrupting the food line. When the refrigeration compartment 40 is in the open configuration, cooling packs 90 may be placed in the refrigeration compartment 40. Upon closing the refrigeration compartment 40, the cooling packs 90 are held in the refrigeration compartment 40 and pressed against the underside 30 of the food tray 10. Thus, the food tray 10 and the food 100 contained therein are cooled.
  • The refrigeration compartment 40 is capable of receiving at least one cooling pack 90. In the embodiment illustrated in FIG. 5, the refrigeration compartment 40 contains one cooling pack 90 that covers essentially the entire area under the food tray 10. In various embodiments, the refrigeration compartment 40 may receive multiple cooling packs 90. For example, using a food tray 10 configured to receive two foods 100, the refrigeration compartment 40 likewise may receive two cooling packs 90 that correspond with the two foods 100 as illustrated in FIGS. 1, 2 and 3. Of course, it is not necessary that the number of cooling packs 90 correspond with the number of foods 100 held by the food tray 10. One cooling pack may be used with a food tray that serves more than one food.

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  1. 1. A food tray for chilling food placed thereon for service from a table comprising:
    a substantially horizontal platter for holding food;
    a refrigeration compartment coupled to the underside of said platter, said refrigeration compartment having an open configuration and a closed configuration, wherein said open configuration is adapted to allow access to said compartment for inserting into or removing therefrom a cold pack and said closed configuration is adapted to maintain a cold pack in substantial contact with the underside of said platter; and,
    a support fixed to the underside of the platter elevating said refrigeration compartment sufficiently above said table to allow access thereto when in said open configuration without having to lift said tray from said table.
  2. 2. The food tray of claim 1, where the support is a plurality of feet.
  3. 3. The food tray of claim 1, where the support is a stand.
  4. 4. The food tray of claim 1, where the compartment comprises a hinged door that may be moved from the open configuration to the closed configuration, and a latch to controllably maintain said door in said open or closed configuration.
  5. 5. The food tray of claim 1, where the compartment comprises a drawer that may be moved from the open configuration to the closed configuration.
  6. 6. A serving tray for chilling food placed thereon for service from a table comprising:
    a substantially horizontal platter for holding food;
    a refrigeration compartment coupled to the underside of said platter, said refrigeration compartment having closable access means adapted to allow access to said compartment for inserting into or removing therefrom a cold pack and to maintain a cold pack in substantial contact with the underside of said platter; and,
    support means fixed to the underside of the platter elevating said refrigeration compartment sufficiently above said table to allow access thereto without having to lift said tray from said table.
  7. 7. The serving tray of claim 6, where said support means is a plurality of feet.
  8. 8. The serving tray of claim 6, where said support means is a stand.
  9. 9. The serving tray of claim 6, where said closable access means comprises a hinged door that may be moved from an open configuration to a closed configuration, and a latch to controllably maintain said door in said open or closed configuration.
  10. 10. The serving tray of claim 6, where said closable access means comprises a drawer that may be moved from an open configuration to a closed configuration, and a latch to controllably maintain said door in said open or closed configuration.
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