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Kitchen Uniforms

Kitchen Uniforms

Chef uniforms exude professionalism while serving the purpose of protecting the wearer as well as your customers. As an operative tool in any kitchen, you should know the true purpose of each piece as well as the dos and don'ts in regards to your chef’s uniforms.



What Can I Do About My Drafty Dining Room?

What Can I Do About My Drafty Dining Room?

If you’re finding that your dining room is drafty or stuffy, then it might be time to take a look at your exhaust system. 

High-Volume Prep Equipment

High-Volume Prep Equipment

Peak hours and busy restaurants benefit the most from equipment that cuts down on time and increases efficiency. Fortunately, the restaurant industry leaders have spoken, and commercial kitchen equipment suppliers responded by providing equipment that helps to cut down on prep time and effort!






Janitorial Checklist

Janitorial Checklist

Do you consider your restaurant ‘clean as a whistle’? While that sounds snazzy, it may not be good enough to pass with an A+ health inspection. 

Design Gives Competitive Edge

Design Gives Competitive Edge

 In the world of restaurant marketing, any difference that sets you apart from your competitors; Design is no different! In any business, it pays to have a distinctive design. And we will help you to make it the best!

Lava Cake Recipe

Lava Cake Recipe

Lava cake, chocolate meltdown, molten chocolate cake - this gooey dessert goes by many names but boils down to one general recipe. Its best-selling qualities are in the simplicity of its ingredients which include chocolate cake, fudge-filled center, and a side of ice cream to sweeten the deal! The recipe incorporates a version of a chocolate flourless cake with a souffle, creating a molten center surrounded by rich cake.






Tips for Using Your Cook and Hold Oven

Tips for Using Your Cook and Hold Oven

Cook and hold ovens are an excellent addition to any kitchen looking to invest in equipment that can handle the tasks of many. With such versatility, cook and hold ovens give cooks the ability to multi-task while increasing food yields.


Apps for your Restaurant

Apps for your Restaurant

We live in an age of digitization - where patrons can check ratings, browse photos, and navigate through a multitude of customer reviews before ever setting foot in your brick and mortar restaurant. Rather than getting carried away at the mercy of your patrons, it’s time to take control and be an interactive player by using and being involved in phone applications for the foodservice industry. Not only can your restaurant benefit in business, but the organization in back-of-house operations can also be streamlined! If you haven’t already, it’s time to spend some focused effort on apps that are appropriate for your restaurant.


Start Seeing Less of Your Spouse!

Start Seeing Less of Your Spouse!

Made ya’ look! But don’t feel guilty for clicking on the link; we’re talking about health food items for your menu.


Stock Up On Stock Pots

Stock Up On Stock Pots

Choosing the correct stock pot for the job can be a little confusing, and many resort to simply guessing at which one to pick, sometimes resulting in less-than-desirable outcomes. By taking into account size, shape, structure, and material makeup, your kitchen can benefit in efficiency and production of stock pot dishes!



Decorative Heat Lamps

Decorative Heat Lamps

Decorative heat lamps are many times overlooked in the grand scheme of restaurant setups, and employees either rely off of standard heat lamps or warming platters to merely get the job done. 

From Online Traffic to Brick-and-Mortar Sales

From Online Traffic to Brick-and-Mortar Sales

The end goal is to increase sales, there are a few things you can do to get your customers off of their computer and into your restaurant.

When Life Hands You Lemons...

When Life Hands You Lemons...

Lemons are an integral part of any bar, and restaurants tend to use them across their menus as well. If you aren’t using the entire lemon in your restaurant, you’re missing out on some of the key health benefits that they provide!

Recipes: Breads and Biscuits

Recipes: Breads and Biscuits

Breads make their way into your pre-meal appetizers and main-course dishes. Rather than slacking and purchasing ready-made breads (which typically lack in freshness and flavor that a house-made bread could provide!), consider making your breads and biscuits on-site by giving some of these tried-and-true recipes a try!






Kitchen Design - Storage

Kitchen Design - Storage

The more organized a kitchen design is, the more conducive the environment to efficient work practices. By simply walking through your kitchen and paying attention to how storage is utilized and where scraps of unused space are located, you can create a plan for your kitchen’s storage design.




14 Ways To Safely and Successfully Reopen Your Restaurant During the COVID-19 Pandemic

14 Ways To Safely and Successfully Reopen Your Restaurant During the COVID-19 Pandemic

With new considerations that come into play, you will have to retrofit your operation to accommodate the new set of rules and expectations. What are restaurant operators doing to reopen safely?

Increasing Ticket Averages and Tips

Increasing Ticket Averages and Tips

By combining the use of upselling as suggestive-selling in regards to appetizers and desserts, you can increase your ticket averages and even tips! Learning to use appetizer and dessert sales to increase ticket averages and tips can equate to an exponentially more profitable restaurant business.




Equipment for Your Breakfast Buffet

Equipment for Your Breakfast Buffet

Breakfast buffets can be similar to a catering lineup, and many of the pieces of equipment you’d use on a regular basis either in your everyday food preparations or catering can be used for breakfast as well. But breakfast brings with it a few special demands in your equipment.


The Technology of Today's Restaurant Equipment

The Technology of Today's Restaurant Equipment

The technology of today’s equipment has surely been a game-changer for many restaurant owners and managers!


Let's Toast to Toasters! Two Main Types of Commercial Toasters

Let's Toast to Toasters! Two Main Types of Commercial Toasters

Commercial toasters are ideal for foodservice businesses such as bakeries, delis, diners, restaurants, buffets and the like, as they are able to produce large amounts of bread products in a short amount of time. There are several different types of commercial toasters to choose from when shopping for a new appliance for your kitchen. Two of the major types of toasters are conveyor toasters and pop-up toasters. Each of these types of toasters has very different characteristics, so be sure to do your research before deciding which toaster is right for you and your kitchen!

Grilling Up Profits for Your Restaurant

Grilling Up Profits for Your Restaurant

Over the past few years, we’ve seen a trend towards healthier grilled items versus the traditional fried favorites. Even fast-food chains have gotten in on the grilled action by adding grilled versions of their standard fried lineups in order to please the masses - and to much success! While you may not want to toss your commercial fryer just yet, consider a few of these grilling options for your restaurant in order to tap into the health trends and satisfy more of your customers. 

Grilling is known to be a better option than cooking with oil (such as frying) because the fats liquefy and fall off the food during the cooking process. If you plan to incorporate grilled items into your menu, you’ll want to invest in the right grill for the job.


Compounding Butter

Compounding Butter

Flavored butter can turn a boring piece of bread into a flavorful experience, and compounding butter, simply put, is just another word for flavored butter.


3 Fun Ways to Expand Your Career: Bars, Vacations, and Restaurants

3 Fun Ways to Expand Your Career: Bars, Vacations, and Restaurants

All professionals feel the need to grow and expand their businesses, but many of them are on tight budgets just like the rest of the world. So why not think outside the box and combine fun-money with work-money?! Who says your professional development can’t be fun? As long as you stay in-check and well-balanced, it is a win-win situation for you and your business alike! Here are three ways to have fun while simultaneously investing in your professional development!



Did You Know? : Freshness Monitoring Systems (FMS)

Did You Know? : Freshness Monitoring Systems (FMS)

The key to a great cup of coffee is freshness, as we emphasized in our previous post about Choosing Coffee. Unfortunately, proper tracking and monitoring can fall to the wayside in a busy kitchen, causing coffee to become old, stale, and burnt. In fact, monitoring coffee on a consistent basis can become a burden in both labor and cost! Kevin Curtis and Karol Renau co-developed the Curtis Wireless Freshness Monitoring System (FMS), which now has uses beyond monitoring the freshness of your coffee. Let’s take a look at what FMS is, its applications, and how you can use it in your kitchen!





How to Drive Up Sales at the Bar

How to Drive Up Sales at the Bar

“Just a glass of water.” If this is what your customers order a drink when they come into your restaurant, then you’re missing out on a huge portion of profit at your bar!


Manitowoc's Focus on Innovation

Manitowoc's Focus on Innovation

For foodservice equipment engineers, innovation is key to creating trendy, efficient restaurant equipment. As menus develop and trends flourish, producing appliances to reflect these new and evolving restaurant demands is what defines a successful foodservice equipment company. As a leader in foodservice equipment, Manitowoc has the process of innovation down to a tee! Knowing how a company like Manitowoc creates, develops, and initiates innovative products is beneficial to your purchasing decisions.




How To Manage A Restaurant: 5 Tips To Stay Active During The Coronavirus Pandemic

How To Manage A Restaurant: 5 Tips To Stay Active During The Coronavirus Pandemic

These are truly unprecedented times for the foodservice industry. The coronavirus has disrupted normal services, with restaurants forced to shut down as the public is urged to practice social distancing and self-quarantine. As the crisis drags on and the future remains unclear, there is no better time than now to reflect on ways of how to manage a restaurant effectively in the face of a crisis.

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