Charger This is a plate, usually made of metal, but can also be of a porcelain or ceramic material. Most of the ones I've seen in stores are gold or silver plated or pewter. This plate is larger than the dinner or main course plate and holds the dinner plate and all the other plates and liners. It is removed along with the dinner plate just before the entree is served. Then the entree is placed on the dinner plate and served to the guest. The charger is returned to the kitchen.