12/2018

Combi-Oven: Is it right for me?

Combi-Oven: Is it right for me?

Ovens are central to any restaurant kitchen, but many oversee the potential in a combi-oven for their operations. When space is limited - and most restaurants can relate - the ideal piece of equipment can do the work of two or more traditional counterparts. By combining convection ovens and their steamer counterparts, combi-ovens have worked their way onto the list of one of the most influential and innovative pieces of commercial kitchen equipment. While no appliance is perfect, the combi-oven comes close.


Kitchen Design - Layout of Work Tables

Kitchen Design - Layout of Work Tables

The design of your commercial kitchen should be organized with purpose and intent in mind. Your work tables are an integral part of the grand scheme, and their layout can help streamline your prep area and increase efficiency of your kitchen staff. While a professional designer and consultant will help plan this aspect for you, let’s take a look at what goes into planning the layout of your work tables.



Portion/Price Control : Nixing the Table Condiments

Portion/Price Control : Nixing the Table Condiments

If you offer table condiments that are constantly stocked and stationary on tables, you may be inviting an unnecessary cost into the financial equation. To help get a hold on portion and price control, it may be time to nix the table condiments in your restaurant! 




Big Chain vs. Traditional Pizza

Big Chain vs. Traditional Pizza

From fast food to fine dining, there is a wide range of variety and quality when it comes to pizza. Selection, convenience, and ingredients all play a role when it comes to choosing what type of pizza to buy and where to buy it from, and your restaurant may offer pizza that falls somewhere in the spectrum! Knowing what separates mediocre from gourmet when it comes to pizza can help you solidify your place in the pizza market, and understanding the details that differentiate big chain and traditional styles is important.




Coffee Shop Equipment List

Coffee Shop Equipment List

One of the most important things you need to do as an aspiring coffee shop owner is to invest in the right equipment you need to brew the perfect cup of coffee and the perfect shot of espresso several times every day. Below is a comprehensive list of the most basic equipment you need for your coffee shop!

Commercial Smokers

Commercial Smokers

Smokers can be used as a cooking preparation tool for a variety of kitchen items. With such versatility, most any ingredient in the kitchen is up for grabs!

Induction Cooking 101

Induction Cooking 101

Induction cooking has long been a cooking method of choice for chefs worldwide, but only recently has demand driven prices down, making it an affordable choice for many restaurant owners. From understanding how it works to knowing what you’ll need, here are a few of the basics when it comes to induction burners.

Kitchen Design - Refrigerators, Freezers, and Ice Machines

Kitchen Design - Refrigerators, Freezers, and Ice Machines

While contracting a specialist will alleviate the need for you to worry about any layout issues, here are a few things your professional designer will look for when planning your kitchen layout.

Do I Really Need to Have a Vent Hood for a Dishwasher

Do I Really Need to Have a Vent Hood for a Dishwasher

Do I really need to have a vent hood for my dishwasher?


How To Make Your Menu Work For You

How To Make Your Menu Work For You

Your menu is truly the turning point for your restaurant. With influences reaching back to the kitchen itself, making your menu work for you will boost profits and support your restaurant as a whole.

Summer Trend: Custard, Ice Cream, and Frozen Yogurt

Summer Trend: Custard, Ice Cream, and Frozen Yogurt

Softserve ice cream, custard, and frozen yogurt are best-sellers, but these three treats have many differences between them despite their similar goodness. Knowing how to capitalize on the differences to make the most of your frozen dessert menu can allow you to benefit from specialized dessert menus while bringing in the maximum profit from satisfied customers!







Deck vs Convection Ovens

Deck vs Convection Ovens

Finding the right oven for your restaurant can boil down to details, especially for specialty shops. While convection ovens may seem like the all-around good choice (and typically they are), deck ovens are designed to support a business focused on baking pizza-shop items.








Food Trucks: A Fad, or Here to Stay?

Food Trucks: A Fad, or Here to Stay?

The rapid growth in the mobile food truck industry over the past two years has brought an important question to the surface: Are food trucks a fad, or are they here to stay? With such a rapid and successful growth, many are waiting for what they believe is the necessary and instantaneous rapid decline. While many see quick succession as requiring a time restriction, the fact of the matter is that food trucks might actually be making a permanent niche in the food market! Balancing on the threshold between fad and routine, let’s take a look at food trucks and their impact on the restaurant biz.







Strip Heaters and Bar Warmers

Strip Heaters and Bar Warmers

When chefs create a dish, their intention is for it to be served fresh and warm. Strip heaters, also known as bar warmers, help to maintain prepared foods at a warm temperature, ready to be served!









Ticket Timers - The Clock is Ticking!

Ticket Timers - The Clock is Ticking!

Ticket times are the bane of many chef’s existence, pressuring cooks and waitstaff alike to get quality meals out in a timely manner. While a strict ticket time may be required by corporate or general management, the fact of the matter is that there are many factors that can influence its enforcement, and many more factors influencing its reality.






Healthy Menus

Healthy Menus

In the past decade, there has been a clear trend towards healthy lifestyles, and this has impacted the foodservice industry immensely.  From lean proteins to whole grains and green veggies, here are a few tips to consider when creating a healthy menu selection.

HACCP: Processing

HACCP: Processing

The HACCP system is designed to protect consumers and improve food safety in restaurants. From water and waste management to chemical and biological safety, the HACCP standards are strict and their restrictions unforgiving - all in the name of food safety. Those who meet the HACCP standards and become certified rise above other restaurants, and the effort is definitely worth it! One of the standards to focus on comes with food processing. This critical control point (CCP) is a preventative measure to protect the consumer from a multitude of hazards. Let’s take a closer look at food processing as part of the HACCP standard.






Going Green with LEED

Going Green with LEED

More and more restaurants are going green, and making sure your establishment is up to LEED standard is essential to saving energy and reducing your footprint.


Braising Pans

Braising Pans

When designing your kitchen, you’ve probably come across (or will come across) a conundrum wherein your space allotment doesn’t seem to fit all of your equipment needs. While a professional kitchen designer can help, it also pays to understand what pieces of equipment can serve multiple purposes, cutting out the need for extra accessories and items. Braising pans are such items, and they’re also many times overlooked in restaurants! Braising pans can change the way you operate a kitchen, and are worth a closer look when choosing your restaurant’s equipment. 


Small Plate, Big Impact

Small Plate, Big Impact

Traditionally, appetizers are designed as a shared item while entrees are made for the individual. With smaller plates, chefs have the ability to make a large impact on their customers, keeping them coming back for more!

Quaternary Sanitation In Your Kitchen

Quaternary Sanitation In Your Kitchen

Keeping your kitchen clean is one of the most basic steps in food safety and sanitation. Quaternary sanitation is one option when it comes to ensuring that your kitchen is free of bacteria and microbials! 

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