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Kid-Friendly Supplies for Restaurants

Kid-Friendly Supplies for Restaurants

Family-friendly restaurants from fast-food to fast-casual need to invest extra time, money, and effort into ensuring that their establishment is safe and appropriately-stocked for children.





Bakeries Should Create Unique Cookies To Satisfy Customers' Sweet Teeth

Bakeries Should Create Unique Cookies To Satisfy Customers' Sweet Teeth

When taking a look at popular culinary trends, one can see that cookies are a common part of American culture.


How to Select Commercial Shelving Units for Kitchen Efficiency

How to Select Commercial Shelving Units for Kitchen Efficiency

Your kitchen setup truly isn’t complete until you’ve invested some effort into well-placed and carefully-selected shelving units.





Pork Roll Is A Great Dish For Diners And Breakfast Cafes

Pork Roll Is A Great Dish For Diners And Breakfast Cafes

If you are not from central New Jersey, it is unlikely you are familiar with the term pork roll.

Keep your Cakes Fresh in Refrigerated Display Cases

Keep your Cakes Fresh in Refrigerated Display Cases

If you work in a bakery that specializes in frosted cakes and other similarly delicious treats, you know that it doesn't take long for that frosting to start to look a little droopy. That's why it's a good idea to refrigerate your cakes until the time of sale.






Alternate Uses for Commercial Refrigerators

Alternate Uses for Commercial Refrigerators

Commercial refrigerators are a standard in any collection of restaurant equipment. Refrigeration is a necessity of almost any kitchen if you want to keep food and liquids fresh for cooking.





Quality Restaurant Storage Equipment Promotes Positive Reputation

Quality Restaurant Storage Equipment Promotes Positive Reputation

Restaurants need good storage solutions to stay in business, as everything that is stored in the kitchen directly relates to positive customer interactions. If food goes bad while in storage and is served to guests, many negative consequences are sure to follow. Restaurants can eliminate the chances of serving spoiled food by purchasing the necessary restaurant equipment, such as a Beverage Air commercial freezer.





Ice Machine Add-Ons

Ice Machine Add-Ons

To prolong the life of our ice machines and extend the time between maintenance calls, many choose to spend a little more time on the extras! With a few simple add-ons, one can turn their ice machine into a long-lasting, energy saving unit.


Increase Customer Impulse Buys with Display Bins

Increase Customer Impulse Buys with Display Bins

While every restaurant or commercial eatery knows the importance of getting customers to come in, sit down, relax and enjoy the atmosphere, we also must not overlook another segment of business that has very low overhead and the possibility for an added revenue stream with high profitability.

Using Football 'Fan Engagement' Tactics for Your Restaurant

Using Football 'Fan Engagement' Tactics for Your Restaurant

About 65% of Americans enjoy football, and the season is just beginning. While this brings in a whole new wave of influences in the restaurant market, the sport itself also has a lot to offer in return. Football leagues keep their fans engaged, and it’s through the use of these marketing tactics that football still remains the highlight of the season. Use some of these ‘fan engagement’ tactics within your restaurant's own walls to reap the benefits of engaged customers as well!

That's a Wrap! Adding Wrap Stations to Your Commercial Kitchen

That's a Wrap! Adding Wrap Stations to Your Commercial Kitchen

Purchasing items in bulk, prepping items for a buffet/catering line, sealing items for freezing...all of these tasks have one thing in common. Foods that aren’t prepackaged or need to be divvied up for storage or transport will likely need covered for a variety of reasons, and while many may choose to use containers with lids, the fact of the matter is that plastic wraps are used most often by experienced bakers, chefs, and food prep employees alike. Let’s take a closer look at the benefits of wrap stations for your commercial kitchen.




America's Food: 3 Ways to Cook a Hot Dog

America's Food: 3 Ways to Cook a Hot Dog

Americans spend over three billion dollars on hot dogs and sausages each year. Knowing this, it only makes sense that you would want to add hot dogs to your menu. Luckily, with the right equipment, hot dogs are very easy to cook and serve. In addition, the right hot dog equipment keeps hot dogs at a warm, safe temperature for human consumption.
Soft Serve Machines: Performing Routine Maintenance

Soft Serve Machines: Performing Routine Maintenance

Here are a few maintenance tips for your soft serve machine as reviewed and confirmed by Jeff Resnick with Spaceman USA.



Outfitting Your Chefs: Kitchen Uniforms

Outfitting Your Chefs: Kitchen Uniforms

Chef uniforms exude professionalism while serving the purpose of protecting the wearer as well as your customers, and they’re an essential piece of protective wear for food safety purposes as well. 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.







Spotless Pots and Pans: 3 Effective Ways to Keep Cookware Grime-Free

Stainless steel equipment in your kitchen may only need a simple wipe-down at the end of the night to keep up appearances, but pots and pans tend to see more action during the course of any given day and can accumulate grime and buildup that can burn out your supply of ‘elbow grease’ when you’re only using cleaners designed for easier-to-clean appliances. Foods like milk can become scorched in a pot or pan and are notoriously difficult to remove, but with a few of these simple tips, you can get your pots and pans back to looking brand new in no time.





5 Best Food Truck Ideas

Like brick-and-mortar restaurants, food truck designs, menus, and themes can influence the flow of traffic and interested patrons. One of the best parts about food truck ownership is one’s ability to get creative with a specific cuisine type and style, allowing for more unique flavor profiles. As food trucks become more competitive in their styles and selections, some trucks are coming out on top as customer favorites.




National Ice Cream Month

National Ice Cream Month

In the proclamation in 1984 designating Ice Cream Day as the third Sunday in July, President Reagan called for all people of the United States to observe these events with "appropriate ceremonies and activities." Here are a few ways your restaurant can incorporate this frozen, creamy treat.


Shrimp Recipes for Summer

Shrimp Recipes for Summer

Summer brings with it new waves of trends and demands - many of which center around seasonal items like seafood! Shrimp are a classic choice, and restaurants across America will see a spike in shrimp sales during the warm weather months.


Conveyor Cooking

Conveyor Cooking

If you’re a pizzeria owner, you’re probably no stranger to conveyor ovens. True, conveyor ovens can improve your kitchen’s speed, durability, and overall efficiency, but these ovens are sometimes taken for granted, and the basics of proper installation, operation, and maintenance can get left by the wayside.

 

Hands-Free Faucets

Hands-Free Faucets

Hands-free faucets have become a widely-accepted part of restaurant bathrooms. But have you considered using them in the kitchen as well?

There are many advantages to using a touchless sink, and those advantages can be compounded in a commercial kitchen environment! From an economical, environmental, and food safety standpoint, switching to hands-free faucet technology might be the way of the future - and a great means of improving your restaurant as a whole!

The benefits of hands-free faucets can affect many areas of the kitchen and your restaurant.

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.



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!






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.


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!



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!






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!

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!





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.

Keep Calm and Drink Coffee: A Guide to Various Styles of Coffee Makers

Keep Calm and Drink Coffee: A Guide to Various Styles of Coffee Makers

The best part of any morning is that first taste of freshly brewed coffee. There is no doubt that a good cup of Joe goes a long way, as it can mean the start of a new day, a well-deserved break, or the conclusion of a great meal. While coffee is a must-have in many people’s lives, there are several different types of coffee makers to choose from. Here is a guide to help you to decide which coffee maker is best suited for your needs. 


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