What’s trending and what’s next?

CESA’s 2019 LET Forum delivers the inside scoop on tableware, barware and kitchen gear


What colours will fire next summer’s tables?  What shape of wine glass, what finish of flat ware? What’s the next trend?  Will copper be keeping its presentation-ware crown going into 2020?  And what gadgets, gear and kitchen contraptions will creative chefs be wielding?  The answers will be found at the 2019 Light Equipment and Tableware (LET) Forum, organised by CESA and held at Whittlebury Hall, Northamptonshire, on March 19 and 20.  Given the popularity of last year’s event, anyone wanting places should reserve them as soon as possible.


The Forum is the annual event where dealers and operators can see, touch and discuss the latest trends in tableware and light equipment, and where manufacturers and suppliers go to launch their new concepts and creations.  It’s a showcase of innovation, which is why it attracts many of the biggest and most dynamic dealer companies.  This year the list of delegates includes Global GSE, Parsley in Time, Brakes, Lockhart and Alliance, who will be getting the inside scoop from suppliers including Elia International, I Grunwerg, FEM and Creative Retail Display.


Delegate places for the LET Forum include the one and half days of the event, overnight accommodation at Whittlebury Hall, including the use of the hotel spa and facilities, and a seat at the LET awards dinner on the night of Tuesday 19 March.  The Forum is free to attend but numbers are limited, so dealers who are interested should contact CESA as soon as possible to reserve their place.  Alternatively they can book here.


After the 2018 Forum Tina Carter of Brakes Catering Equipment said, “I love coming to the Forum, it’s great for new ideas.  It gets better year on year.”  Meanwhile 2018 was the first Forum for Parsley in Time’s Andrea Shearn-Wood.  “It’s good to meet so many suppliers at once,” she said.  “Unlike big exhibitions, the Forum is personal. You don’t get interrupted when you’re talking business. I hope more suppliers do it.”


The 2019 LET Forum starts at 8.30am on 19 March and finishes at lunchtime on 20 March.  Whittlebury Hall is set in beautiful rolling countryside near Towcester.

LET Forum 2019 current list of exhibitors:

Denby Pottery Company

Metcalfe Catering Equipment Ltd

Pro Foodservice Reps



T&G Woodware

Signature FSE

Elia International Ltd

Mitchell and Cooper




I Grunwerg

Neville UK Plc

Creative Retail Display Ltd

Row and Sons


Current list of delegate companies:

Global FSE

Lockhart Catering Equipment

CS Catering Equipment Ltd


Tableware Distribution Ltd


Langford and Chamberlayne

Parsley in Time

Hugh Jordan

United UK LLP

Alliance Disposables Ltd

Brakes Catering Equipment

UHC Group