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Spring Roll vs. Egg Roll vs. Summer Roll: What Makes Them Different from the Other?

Spring Roll vs. Egg Roll vs. Summer Roll: What Makes Them Different from the Other?

Spring rolls, egg rolls, and summer rolls. We’ve all heard of them and eaten them too! But what sets each of them apart? Time to find out! 

Ckitchen Uncorked Episode #4: Challenges, Equipment Issues & What To Do with Them

Ckitchen Uncorked Episode #4: Challenges, Equipment Issues & What To Do with Them

In this episode, Chitralekha Rathod, our host, speaks with Alexandra Ricciuti, a chef and combi business development manager at Vulcan. Alex walks us through the staffing, training, spacing, and equipment challenges the food industry faces currently, and the benefits of using a combi oven at your brand-new establishment.

Ckitchen Uncorked Episode #3: How to Market Your Restaurant & Bakery: Budgets, Ideas, and Platforms

Ckitchen Uncorked Episode #3: How to Market Your Restaurant & Bakery: Budgets, Ideas, and Platforms

Welcome back, foodies and foodpreneurs! On this week’s episode of CKitchen Uncorked, our budding restaurateur Chitra Rathod from India joins forces with Evan Priesel from Univex to cover one of our most-requested topics yet: Marketing a Restaurant!

Ckitchen Uncorked Episode #2: Restaurant Talks with Nemko! How Much Does It Cost to Start A Food Truck?

Ckitchen Uncorked Episode #2: Restaurant Talks with Nemko! How Much Does It Cost to Start A Food Truck?

On the second edition of our series, our host is joined by Chris Fisher, a sales manager from Nemco. Chris elaborates on the rich NYC food truck culture that has gained momentum in recent years. He also throws light on the various business requirements and the unique equipment necessities for a food truck business model to cut out its slice of glory from the competitive New York landscape.

Ckitchen Uncorked: Restaurant Talks! Podcast #1: How to Start a Restaurant in NYC

Ckitchen Uncorked: Restaurant Talks! Podcast #1: How to Start a Restaurant in NYC

Welcome to CKitchen Uncorked! Join us as we navigate the complex culinary landscape of NYC. We'll be joined by young, up-and-coming restaurateurs as they interview top executives in the industry for cutting-edge advice on setting up a restaurant.

Best of Japanese Cuisine: The Essential Differences between Sushi, Sashimi, Nigiri, Maki, and More

Best of Japanese Cuisine: The Essential Differences between Sushi, Sashimi, Nigiri, Maki, and More

You can serve sushi and sashimi as an appetizer or main course, but are you aware of the various types of sushi/sashimi recipes you can serve? In this blog, we shed some light on the varieties of sushi and sashimi that you can serve at your foodservice establishment!

The Top Commercial Ice Maker Machines By Type Of 2022

The Top Commercial Ice Maker Machines By Type Of 2022

Find out what to look for when buying a commercial ice maker. Invest in the best commercial ice maker machines and let our reviews help you make the decision.

A Beginner’s Guide to Commercial Kitchen Cost: How Much Does it Cost to Buy Restaurant Equipment?

A Beginner’s Guide to Commercial Kitchen Cost: How Much Does it Cost to Buy Restaurant Equipment?

Opening a restaurant isn't cheap. Learn what's the average cost of commercial kitchen equipment, how to choose the right restaurant equipment for your business & more.

Checklist for Opening a Restaurant: Guide on Professional Kitchen Appliances List You’ll Need

Checklist for Opening a Restaurant: Guide on Professional Kitchen Appliances List You’ll Need

Obtaining the proper commercial kitchen equipment is one of the most important aspects of a new restaurant. Here's a checklist of equipment you'll need when opening a restaurant.

How To Color Chocolate: Your Guide To Creating Attractive White Chocolate, Modeling Chocolate, and Candy Melts

How To Color Chocolate: Your Guide To Creating Attractive White Chocolate, Modeling Chocolate, and Candy Melts

We discuss how to make white chocolate, how to color chocolate, & modeling chocolate so that you can easily produce attractive confections and candies for your customers.

The Heroes of Cuisine: About Herbs, Spices, Seasoning, and Flavoring

The Heroes of Cuisine: About Herbs, Spices, Seasoning, and Flavoring

In this article, we’ll learn: What are herbs, spices, seasoning, and flavoring? Is salt also a spice? Is pepper a form of seasoning? How are herbs different from spices?

Virtual Restaurant Brands - How to Establish a Flourishing Foodservice Business in Difficult Financial Times

Virtual Restaurant Brands - How to Establish a Flourishing Foodservice Business in Difficult Financial Times

Existing kitchen setups can be used to produce these specialty dishes without adding any extra expenses or purchasing new equipment for your commercial kitchen. To learn more about virtual restaurant brands, make sure to read our blog.

Automated Pick Up Systems: Express Orders Boost Restaurant Sales

Automated Pick Up Systems: Express Orders Boost Restaurant Sales

How food lockers are helping operators boost profits and revive automat restaurants by perfecting the delivery and pickup setup.

The Complete Smoothie and Juice Bar Equipment List

The Complete Smoothie and Juice Bar Equipment List

 Juicers, blenders, and other essential equipment and supplies for a profitable juice or smoothie bar operation.

5 Innovative Contactless Restaurant Design Ideas That Can Significantly Boost Your Profits

5 Innovative Contactless Restaurant Design Ideas That Can Significantly Boost Your Profits

If you’re thinking about boarding the contactless service train, here are creative tried-and-tested concepts that can help you configure yours. 

Refrigerated Prep Table 101: Finding The Best Model That Meets Your Every Need

Refrigerated Prep Table 101: Finding The Best Model That Meets Your Every Need

Refrigerated prep tables will always have a place in a commercial kitchen. Learn all about the basics, how to choose, and how to maintain and clean them.

Delivery Supplies & Take Out Equipment Complete List

Delivery Supplies & Take Out Equipment Complete List

Let’s start with the type of equipment that will ensure safe and speedy service outside of the four corners of your dining room.

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.


Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid When Using BBQ Grills

Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid When Using BBQ Grills

Grilling is an excellent fuss-free cooking method. Learn what common mistakes beginner grillers make when using BBQ grills and what tips they should follow to avoid them.

Converting Your Walk-In Freezer to a Cooler

Converting Your Walk-In Freezer to a Cooler

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

Mashed potatoes with a twist, vegetarian stews, creamy soups, and other amazing recipes perfect for the cold weather.

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.






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