Posts by Jenifer Aquino

Top 10 Grilling Mistakes You’re Probably Making

Top 10 Grilling Mistakes You’re Probably Making

Grilling is an art and a science. For some people it is a thrilling hobby, while others make a career behind the grill.

Even if you’re someone who uses a grill regularly at home or work, you’ve probably thought about ways to improve your results. Even with the most high-end commercial grill or the best meat slicer, it’s important to avoid common grilling problems.

Bouncing Forward Through Technology: Restaurant Design Trends Shaping Customer Experience

Bouncing Forward Through Technology: Restaurant Design Trends Shaping Customer Experience

It is clearer now more than ever that technology is an indispensable component of any foodservice structure that will define the future restaurant design. Experts in the NRA's Restaurant Industry 2030 report forecast that the foodservice landscape is about to further embrace these technological innovations.

7 New Year Gift Ideas for the Chef Who Has Everything

7 New Year Gift Ideas for the Chef Who Has Everything

When you need a gift for a chef, you probably tend to shy away from all things culinary. From an outsider's perspective, it's hard to know where to begin.

Keep these New Year gift ideas in mind – they're perfect for the chef who already has everything.

Converting Your Walk-In Freezer to a Cooler

Converting Your Walk-In Freezer to a Cooler

Your walk-in freezer can be refurbished into a walk-in cooler to reflect your restaurant’s needs, but it’s a little more complicated than simply turning up the temperature. Have a look at these tips to see if changing your freezer to a cooler is do’able and appropriate for your restaurant.

Taking Foam Out of the Equation

Taking Foam Out of the Equation

From delivery to take-out to packaging customer leftovers, styrofoam boxes are an integral part of food transportation for many. As part of environmentally-friendly initiatives, many large cities are choosing to ban the use of foam containers altogether.


How to cook lobster tails

How to cook lobster tails

Learn how to cook lobster tails, from shopping to prepping, to cooking and serving, in this handy guide.


Mexican Menu

Mexican Menu

Whether you’re designing an entire menu with adding a hint of ethnic entrees to your lineup, there are a few essentials to keep in mind for your Mexican menu.


Serving and Selling Tea

Serving and Selling Tea

Knowing how to sell and serve your selection of tea can make the difference between merely offering tea to making a profit.

Food of Thrones: Updating your menu, winter is coming

Food of Thrones: Updating your menu, winter is coming

You don’t need a dragon glass to fight the low temperatures – a simple change in the menu this winter will be enough!
Long-term Cost of Choosing Chemicals for Short-term Savings

Long-term Cost of Choosing Chemicals for Short-term Savings

Choosing the right dishwasher for your restaurant is an important choice with long-lasting effects. While many choose a low-temp dishwasher with chemical sanitizing for the short-term savings, the long-term costs may be substantial enough to consider!






U.S. Housing Market Helps Entrepreneurs Cook Up New Restaurants

U.S. Housing Market Helps Entrepreneurs Cook Up New Restaurants

Mydesert.com reported that a diner in Rancho Mirage, California closed after four years of business, but was immediately purchased by a person looking to transform it into a Greek restaurant. Using existing equipment gives restaurant owners the opportunity to focus their efforts in other areas, but they can use the additional funds to invest in top-of-the-line equipment if necessary.

Juice Bar Evolution

Juice Bar Evolution

Venturing out past the traditional juice selections and towards trendy favorites can keep you ahead of the game and on top of your profits.
Meat Preparation Equipment

Meat Preparation Equipment

Many operators choose to purchase meats in bulk to save on costs. While this can save money, the reality is that you will need to invest in specialty equipment in order to get the meat from bulk form into succulent tenderloins, ground burgers, or thick filets. Here are a few of our favorites from CKitchen.





Choosing Top-Mounted Refrigeration

Choosing Top-Mounted Refrigeration

Refrigeration and cooling units are an integral part to every restaurant’s kitchen. As a potentially huge sinkhole for energy consumption, correct selection and placement of these kitchen monsters can mean the difference between a wise investment and a costly mistake. When it comes to selection of your reach-in refrigeration, there are two main categories to choose from: top-mounted and bottom-mounted. Choosing a top-mounted reach-in unit for the back of the house is ideal!

Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner in Your Restaurant

Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner in Your Restaurant

Are you thinking of keeping your restaurant doors open on Thanksgiving?
Here are a few tips to help you decide on what’s important and what’s not important for your special Thanksgiving event!

Cold Weather Foods

Cold Weather Foods

Comfort foods shaped around richer, thicker, and more flavorful dishes should comprise the bulk of your fall and winter menu selections. If you haven’t already, start to warm up to the idea of a renovated menu for the cold weather seasons.

Gas vs Electric Fryer

Gas vs Electric Fryer

Analyzing the differences that gas and electric fryers present can help you decide which one is right for your needs. Here are some key points to look at!

Great Ways to Market Your Restaurant for Fall

Great Ways to Market Your Restaurant for Fall

Fall is a great time to make changes to your commercial kitchen design or even the entire restaurant so customers will be excited about their dining experience. As the season changes and people get into a different, and usually more structured, routine, consider these different ideas designed to attract and retain new visitors.
Braising Techniques for Ribs

Braising Techniques for Ribs

From the French word ‘braiser’, braising is a combination-cooking method that uses both moist and dry heats and is typically reserved for meats from the front end of the beast. Meaty beef short ribs in particular are a great choice for braising! 

3 Characteristics of an Authentic Irish Pub

3 Characteristics of an Authentic Irish Pub

When you walk in to many of today’s bars, it is not uncommon to hear loud thumping music and to find a young crowd dancing and drinking watery mixed drinks. As you can probably guess, this is not an authentic pub. Authentic Irish pubs are a bit more rare to come across these days. 


Sound Matters: Reduce Noise Clutter in Your Kitchen

Sound Matters: Reduce Noise Clutter in Your Kitchen

Sound matters in a dining experience, and having noise clutter in the dining area can be offputting for guests. With baby boomers seeking an experience of cuisine, service, and ambiance, it pays to make the changes to reduce noise in your restaurant.

Not Your Regular Water Cooler

Not Your Regular Water Cooler

The standard water cooler might not be an office icon like it used to be, but countertop ice makers and water dispensers can be a great, eco-friendly addition to your restaurant.

4 Ways to Turn Your Bar into a Traditional Irish Pub

4 Ways to Turn Your Bar into a Traditional Irish Pub

In Ireland, pubs are an essential part of the Irish social scene. They are not just bars; they are social places where people gather to drink, converse, have lunch, make friends, and take a break. Irish pubs tend to offer a warm, cozy, and welcoming atmosphere where you can feel like you are in your home-away-from-home. Because of all of these reasons, it is very common that people wish to turn their bars into traditional Irish pubs.





Blending Flavor and Function: Commercial Kitchen Blenders

Blending Flavor and Function: Commercial Kitchen Blenders

Smoothies can spice up a beverage menu while giving customers healthier options when it comes time for dessert. Setting themselves apart from other blended beverages, smoothies have become more than just a fad; they’re a trend that’s here to stay!



Specialty Warewashers

Specialty Warewashers

Warewashing equipment is essential for many restaurants, especially if you deal with high volume traffic. Here are a few specialty washers to keep in mind when shopping for the right warewashing unit for your restaurant!




3 of the Most Famous Pubs in New York

3 of the Most Famous Pubs in New York

Pubs have become quite popular across the world these days due to their laidback, warm, and welcoming atmosphere. Some of the best pubs can be found in New York City, NY. Listed below are just three of the most famous pubs in New York City today.





Choosing Tabletops

Choosing Tabletops

Choosing the right tables can improve aesthetics while serving a pragmatic purpose. Let’s break down some of the details to see what might work best for your restaurant!


5 Secrets to Restaurant Menu Design

Your menu - along with your restaurant’s atmosphere and waitstaff - are what needs to sell each and every meal. But there’s more to your menu than just a layout of pretty pictures. In fact, in today’s society, many have become accustomed to certain structures and setups that help lead them through a menu and to the exact item they’ve been looking for.

Is It Time to Replace Your Refrigerated Merchandiser?

Your refrigerated merchandiser is meant to capture the attention of your customers and reel in some impulse buys, but if it’s catching their attention in all the wrong ways due to its broken-down appearance, then it may be time to replace.



Fire Safety in Your Commercial Kitchen

Commercial kitchens are loaded with industrial equipment that can cause a fire. From hot surfaces to open flames to multiple electrical and gas connections, fires can start with a simple accident or overlooked precaution.




Certain Restaurant Equipment Can Make A Cheesy Dish More Enjoyable

Certain Restaurant Equipment Can Make A Cheesy Dish More Enjoyable

Americans are fascinated with cheese. Any meal can be made better just by throwing on some extra cheddar.

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. 

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. 

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!

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?

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.


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!



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!


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