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Keeping Your Menu and Social Media Fresh

Keeping Your Menu and Social Media Fresh

Chances are, the majority of your customers are on some social media platform. Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram - there are a multitude of social media outlets that can be utilized to reach your customers at little to no cost to you! While you may have recognized the value of social media for brand marketing, avoiding social media pitfalls and keeping your content fresh is key to having a successful social media platform.



Dinner is Served! Necessary Serving Equipment for Your Restaurant

Dinner is Served! Necessary Serving Equipment for Your Restaurant

It is clear that back-of-house preparation, cooking, and storing equipment is crucial to keep a restaurant up and running smoothly. Similarly, front-of-house serving equipment is equally as important to run a successful restaurant. Commercial serving equipment includes pieces such as serving spoons, serving trays, and serving bowls, each consisting of a variety of sizes, shapes, materials, and purposes.

Energy Costs and Calculations

Energy Costs and Calculations

When considering energy efficient products, the lifetime savings can be substantial! Let’s take a look at how energy efficient appliances can benefit your bottom line as well as how to calculate the true impact on your energy costs.



Why You Should Be Paying More Attention To Organic Food

Why You Should Be Paying More Attention To Organic Food

If you’re wondering if it is the real deal, and interested in transitioning to a fully organic food business or at least incorporating organic ingredients to your current menu items based on what you’ve heard, questions like “what makes food organic” and “why is it good for you and your business” are certainly on your mind, so we’re here to give you a crash course on organic food.

Setting Tables for Success

Setting Tables for Success

Like decorating a house, table settings enhance the aesthetics of the location while serving a pragmatic purpose.


Avoiding Hidden Expenses

Avoiding Hidden Expenses

Hidden expenses chip away at your restaurant’s profits. From inefficient setups to poorly-maintenanced equipment and unnecessary and expensive investments, restaurant owners should be constantly vigilant of these financial drains.


Back to School Commercial Kitchen Style

Back to School Commercial Kitchen Style

Now that summer is in full swing, it’s time to start preparing for the school season! Many of your supplies will see an increase in usage as kids head back to school, so make sure your restaurant is prepared.






Choosing a Member of a Buying Group Fit for Your Needs

very restaurant needs to supply their kitchen with foodservice equipment, but identical products can be sold at vastly different costs depending on the dealer. CKitchen is your premier buying group member for all of your foodservice equipment needs, and choosing us as your dealer can save you substantial money, effort, and headache in the long run!

Snub Smoking in the Workplace

Snub Smoking in the Workplace

The food and hospitality industry is the second-highest occupation hampered by smoking. Helping yourself or your employees to kick the habit can improve the overall quality of your restaurant and the industry as a whole.







Freshen Your Menu: Salad Bars

Freshen Your Menu: Salad Bars

Salad bars are generally easy to maintain, simple to restock, and effortless to market! Let’s take a look at a few points when freshening your menu with the addition of a salad bar.

Convenience Store Must-Haves

Convenience Store Must-Haves

Whether you’re opening a new convenience store or looking to revamp your old establishment, checking your ‘must have’ equipment should be your first step. 

Old Space, New Restaurant

Old Space, New Restaurant

Opening a restaurant or expanding your franchise starts with picking the right location. Choosing an old space to build your new restaurant can set you on a path towards success.









Joining The Booming Meatless Movement: What Food Has Protein Besides Meat And How To Serve It Right

Joining The Booming Meatless Movement: What Food Has Protein Besides Meat And How To Serve It Right

Naturally, with the changing foodservice landscape and the growing appetite for alternative protein sources begs the questions: “What foods contain protein besides meat? And how can you serve it at your restaurant?”

Seafood Ideas for Lent

Seafood Ideas for Lent

Starting Ash Wednesday and lasting all the way through Easter Sunday is Lent.  If your restaurant isn’t paying attention to this crowd, then you’re missing out on potential profits and satisfied customers. 


Grocery Store Restaurants

Grocery Store Restaurants

Local grocers are changing with the times, and the transformation from strictly retail to a mesh of retail and quick-serve dining may be the new norm in just a few years!







Freshen Your Menu: Gluten-Free Items

Freshen Your Menu: Gluten-Free Items

Where there’s customer demand, your restaurant needs to be prepared with high-quality supply! If you haven’t done so yet, it’s time to freshen your menu with gluten-free items.

Recipes: Summer Side Dishes

Recipes: Summer Side Dishes

Consider that now is the time that many are also focused on their physique (bikini season!), so offering light, produce-based sides is sure to be a hit. If you’re stuck on what to offer, here are a few blockbusters that are tried-and-true.






Manitowoc 0% Financing

Manitowoc 0% Financing

Let’s take a look at some of the specials out this month that can affordably bring a Manitowoc Ice Machine into your kitchen within days.

HACCP for Small Restaurant Businesses

HACCP for Small Restaurant Businesses

So rather than questioning the HACCP guidelines, let’s take a look at what it takes for small restaurants to meet these standards.

Summer Drink Favorites

Summer Drink Favorites

House-made drinks are a great way to cater to your customers, and with Mother Nature turning up the heat, now is a better time than ever to perfect some Summer favorites into your menu! For blended beverages, ensure you’ve invested in a bar blender designated specifically for blended versions of cocktails and glass rimmer to garnish your glasses with sugar or salt! Similarly, a juicer will help bring that fresh citrus taste to all of your drinks. Here are four blended cocktails to ensure your bartenders have perfected for your summer lineup.

What are Your Servers Doing Wrong?

Your servers are the face of your restaurant. Even the best of menu items can be tainted with an inefficient or incapable waiter or waitress, and perceptions can be altered with a drink left unfilled or a rude attitude.

Recipe: Quinoa Dishes

Recipe: Quinoa Dishes

For the cooked quinoa for a fluffy, beautiful texture! From here, you can play with recipes and seasonings for a perfect quinoa dish. Here are a few recipes to get you started.





Suggestive Selling

Suggestive Selling

Suggestive selling is an easy way to increase ticket averages and tips in an unobtrusive and pleasant manner. Let’s take a closer look at suggestive selling and how to incorporate it into your restaurant in a way that is profitable.




From Brick-and-Mortar to Food-on-Wheels

From Brick-and-Mortar to Food-on-Wheels

We recently talked about the food truck fad and whether or not we can expect to see it stick around (hint: we can), but what’s it really like to cross from brick-and-mortar to food-on-wheels?






Stainless Steel: The Basics

Stainless Steel: The Basics

Stainless steel is a well-known and widely-used material, especially in restaurants. Going back to basics, let’s delve into what stainless steel actually is, what the different grades are, and what types of finishes can be used.






Shake Up Your Menu For St. Patrick's Day

Shake Up Your Menu For St. Patrick's Day

On St. Patrick's Day in the United States, the streets of many cities and towns are awash in a tide of green decorations and Irish pride.

What Can You Make With A Food Processor? What Are Its Novel Uses?

What Can You Make With A Food Processor? What Are Its Novel Uses?

In foodservice, speed and consistency are vital. Being able to unlock a food processor full potential can do wonders for your business, so today, we’re going to go on a deep dive on the mighty food processor.

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