Posts by Cynthia Maier

How Technology Is Being Incorporated into the Food-Service Industry

From choosing their meals, to ordering their food, to paying their bill, people all over the world have begun using various forms of technology to improve their experiences with different food services. With all different types of technology on the rise, it is no wonder that restaurants are finding it to be a good idea to incorporate various technological ideas into their establishments.


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.




What's in a Name: 10 Restaurants Sporting Punny Names

What’s in a name, you ask? Well, quite a bit, actually. In the business world, there is nothing more important than making an impact right off the bat, and what better way to do this than with your name and a little bit of humor? Like with a pun! We’ve all seen shops and restaurants with cheesy puns as names, right? And you’ve got to admit… they’re actually pretty catchy! Take a look at this list of ten various eateries sporting awfully punny names:





Pumpkin-Inspired Recipes: Cream of Pumpkin Soup & Roasted Pumpkin, Arugula, and Dried Cherry Salad

Looking for an easy and unique salad to serve to your customers this fall season? Or a new and creative soup to offer as an appetizer? Two delicious side-dishes you’ll have to try out in your restaurant this fall season are Cream of Pumpkin Soup and Roasted Pumpkin, Arugula, and Dried Cherry Salad. Take a look at each of these easy, unique, and creative recipes below. You’ll surely want to add these to your recipe book to come back to in the future!




How to Avoid Cross-Contamination in Your Restaurant

On Wednesday, October 21, 2015, two lawsuits were filed against the owners of a San Jose Mexican restaurant, Mariscos San Juan #3, where the food made nearly 100 people ill, and left 24 people with confirmed cases of Shigella, a contagious diarrhoeal disease. As of Friday, October 23, 2015, the number of outbreak-associated cases of Shigella had increased to 141, and the number of confirmed cases had risen to 49.





4 Ways Restaurants Try to Get You to Spend More Money

Asking questions like, “Do you want fries with your meal?” or “Would you like to supersize that?” are not the only ways for foodservice establishments to increase sales. Believe it or not, you may have been subjected to sales pitches like these, or other sneaky upselling techniques, without even knowing it. The truth is, the tactics that restaurants use to try and get you to spend some extra money are much subtler than you may realize. Here are a few of them to be aware of from now on.

4 Ways Restaurants Try to Get You to Spend More Money

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5 Tips for Ordering Wine at a Restaurant

If you’re not a wine expert and you don’t already have a favorite type of wine, ordering wine in a restaurant can be intimidating, stressful, and potentially embarrassing. Dining out and ordering wine with your meal should not be such a negative experience! Here are five steps to help you through the process of ordering the perfect wine at a restaurant:



Servicing Your Garbage Disposal

While many restaurants are making the switch to composting and other types of food waste disposal, the fact of the matter is that traditional garbage disposals are still likely here to stay in order to keep sinks free of large pieces of food waste that may sink to the bottom and make their way into the plumbing systems.



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.





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.







Refrigerated Prep Table Maintenance

Refrigerated Prep Table Maintenance

Refrigerated prep tables are pivotal for many restaurant kitchens, giving employees the ability to utilize the benefits of a refrigerated area and a prep area in one. To extend the life of your refrigerated prep table as well as ensure a safe work environment, regular maintenance is the key.



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.





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.


Is Fast-Casual a Fast-Acting Fad?

Is Fast-Casual a Fast-Acting Fad?

The recent surges in growth and success of fast-casual restaurants has certainly reshaped the structure of restaurant dining in recent years. Investors can’t get enough of the trend - and rightly so. The fast-casual sector has certainly earned its place as a high-demand stock, and investors wisely acted by purchasing even small fast-casual chain restaurants knowing they’re likely to succeed. But economy trends are pointing to a pitfall that may befall the fast-casual fad, and that’s the ‘bubble’. Is the fast-casual bubble about to burst?


Unique Kitchen Organizers

Unique Kitchen Organizers

Just because you’re operating a commercial kitchen doesn’t mean that appearances in the kitchen have to be industrial and plain. In fact, many organizers used in at-home kitchens can easily be translated to the commercial kitchen and can help improve storage neatness and kitchen aesthetics.

Using Digital Scales

Using Digital Scales

While cups and measuring spoons have been used for years to measure ingredients, digital scales are truly the way to go when it comes to accurate measurement.

Fall Flavors Moving into Menus

Fall Flavors Moving into Menus

The fall season is upon us, and while the weather may still be warm, restaurants are already planning their fall  menus. In fact, fall is one of the most specialized seasons in terms of flavors that can draw crowds. The jokes about ‘pumpkin flavored everything’ have a well-rooted base in truth, and those who forego fall flavors in their menus are also missing out on a huge chunk of seasonal profits. The flavors of fall are ever evolving, and this year we may see more of the savory and less of the sweet.



Casinos Can Employ Restaurant Equipment To Keep Gamblers And Patrons Happy

Casinos Can Employ Restaurant Equipment To Keep Gamblers And Patrons Happy

Though casinos feature rows and rows of slot machines and card tables, they have many other areas that cater to patrons' needs and desires.

Gluten-Free Gluttony!

Gluten-Free Gluttony!

The gluten-free trend doesn’t seem to be slowing just yet, and while many folks are looking for gluten-free options, they’re also becoming more picky about the results. With more gluten-free options popping up in restaurants across America, those who opt for the gluten-free menu are looking for more tasteful, flavorful dishes.


Responding to Taste Trends

Responding to Taste Trends

Keeping on top of the latest trends in the industry is what keeps your restaurant profitable, as you’re able to cater best to what customers want today. Here are some different ways to respond to the taste trends of your customers.




Benefits of Booster Heaters

You may have heard of a booster heater but overlooked the additional investment for any variety of reasons. But the fact of the matter is that adding a booster heater to your dishwashing unit can drastically decrease your energy and water consumption, creating a more efficient dishwashing setup.


Dough Sheeters

Dough Sheeters

From bakeries to pizzerias, restaurants should consider investing in a dough sheeter to boost production and decrease labor costs.


Panera's New 'No' List

Just recently, Panera announced that it will be removing a swath of ingredients from its list in an effort for a more natural menu selection. Their ‘No’ list targets the removal of artificial colors, flavors, preservatives and sweeteners by 2016. 


High Fuel Costs Can Be Subsidized With Efficient Restaurant Equipment

High Fuel Costs Can Be Subsidized With Efficient Restaurant Equipment

Just like any other machinery, restaurant equipment needs fuel to function properly. 




Chain Restaurants Increase Slightly While Independent Establishments Decline

Chain Restaurants Increase Slightly While Independent Establishments Decline

Despite the many different types of food and drink that establishments serve, there are really only two types of restaurants- a chain eatery that has other locations nationwide, and a mom-and-pop store that only has a few local shops. 

African Cuisine Will Make Customers' Mouths Water

African Cuisine Will Make Customers' Mouths Water

The northern coasts of Africa offer sweeping views of the Mediterranean Sea, and the fish and other animals that come from this body of water are among the more delicious varieties found in the world. 

Baked Chicken Can Be Healthier And More Delicious Than Fried Varieties

Baked Chicken Can Be Healthier And More Delicious Than Fried Varieties

If food tastes like chicken, it probably tastes pretty good.


Odd Combinations Of Food Can Invite Delicious Results

Odd Combinations Of Food Can Invite Delicious Results

History is filled with strange combinations of food that have turned out to be quite appetizing.

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.

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.


A slow cooker can improve efficiency at a restaurant

A slow cooker can improve efficiency at a restaurant

In some instances, it is more efficient for a restaurant to cook one batch of a staple product at the beginning of each day.

Water Filtration

Water Filtration

Filtration is an essential part of water sourcing in any restaurant kitchen and can impact the quality and taste of beverages as well as the longevity and maintenance requirements for your equipment.


The Cuisine Range Can Cook Multiple Meals At A Time

The Cuisine Range Can Cook Multiple Meals At A Time

Restaurants require several pieces of equipment in order to create their meals.

Choosing Chairs for Your Restaurant

Choosing Chairs for Your Restaurant

Restaurant furnishings are what helps put your customers at ease during their dining experience, and the chairs you choose can have a large impact on the comfort of your guests. Consider some of these tips before ordering the seating accommodations for your establishment. 







Beef Up Your Bussing Station

Beef Up Your Bussing Station

In order to ensure that your bussers have all that they need to do their job, you’ll want to beef up your bussing stations and prepare your bussers for busy rush hours. First, there are a few essential steps for bussers to making sure that they’re performing at their best!



Braising Pans Are Simple To Use and Make For Uncomplicated Recipes

Braising Pans Are Simple To Use and Make For Uncomplicated Recipes

In some cases the more complicated a recipe the better the taste.

Barbecue Basics

Barbecue Basics

Summertime weather means pit beef and barbecue to boot! 


Rice, Rice, And More... Rice!

Rice, Rice, And More... Rice!

Rice is a food that, in America at least, usually takes something of a backseat to whatever other foods it's paired with.


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