Patent Number: 6,637,322

Title: Apparatus for maintaining cooked food in a ready-to-serve condition using a freestanding cover for food trays

Abstract: A freestanding cover for a food tray has a flange section and a support section extending downwardly from the flange section. The support section supports the cover independently of the tray, with the flange section positioned above the tray opening. The freestanding cover is inserted into a heated compartment in a food warming cabinet and is supported on a retaining mechanism positioned on the shelf of the food warming cabinet. The retaining mechanism, in the form of a wire rack, prevents the cover from moving forward or backward. With the cover retained by the wire rack, a tray containing previously cooked food portions may be inserted into and removed from a receiving space in the cover, leaving the cover inside of the compartment.

Inventors: Veltrop; Loren J. (Deerfield, IL)

Assignee: Prince Castle Inc.

International Classification: A47J 37/10 (20060101); A47J 39/00 (20060101); A47J 39/02 (20060101); A23L 001/00 (); A47J 037/00 (); A47J 039/02 (); F24C 007/04 (); F27D 011/00 ()

Expiration Date: 10/28/2020