Posts by Jenifer Aquino

Using Social Media to Your Advantage

Using Social Media to Your Advantage

With the ability to give a first impression, spread a viral campaign, and market to a growing population of internet-savvy customers, social media is one of the best investments of time, money, and effort when it comes to marketing your restaurant. By knowing how to organize your method of web-based advertising and utilizing social media websites appropriately, your restaurant can reap the benefits of social media and gain a viral foothold. 

New Developments in Commercial Reach-in Refrigerators and Freezers

New Developments in Commercial Reach-in Refrigerators and Freezers

For manufacturers, electronic controls offer easier inventory management, and for kitchen staff, these controls are easier to operate due to their simple up and down buttons that change case temperatures.

Refrigeration controls are devices used inside refrigerated units to regulate the environment in the unit. Temperatures are controlled within a certain tolerance that can vary. Newer controls provide alarms and logging for HACCP compliance. They let users know if temperatures are out of balance or if a power outage occurs.

Fryer Buying Guide

Fryer Buying Guide

Commercial Fryer a must have in almost all commercial food operations. Choose the right one for your needs!

Cheese Melters vs Salamanders

Cheese Melters vs Salamanders

When it comes to specialty broilers, those with light broiling needs may find themselves faced with confusion. Cheese melters and salamander broilers are both great finishing tools for those who need to melt items at low temperatures over fully-cooked products. So what’s the big difference?

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.

Heat and Hold Soup Warmers

Heat and Hold Soup Warmers

If you plan to have a set selection or set quantity of soups daily, invest in heat and hold warmer for each soup. Turn them on first thing in the morning and have yourself ready for the rest of the day.






Recipe: Flatbreads

Recipe: Flatbreads

Flatbreads have been used for centuries in a multitude of culinary cuisine, and with a variety of types of flatbread, it’s a versatile addition to any restaurant.


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Pumpkin-Inspired Recipes: Pumpkin Chocolate-Chip Scones

Pumpkin-Inspired Recipes: Pumpkin Chocolate-Chip Scones

Looking for the perfect pumpkin-inspired dessert to serve at your restaurant this fall season? Well, look no further! This simple and delicious Pumpkin Chocolate-Chip Scones recipe is just the recipe you’ve been searching for. If you’ve ever made scones, you know that they aren’t too difficult to make. They are actually pretty quick and easy to make, so once you get the hang of it, you can be sure to have a readily available supply of these little pieces of Heaven in your restaurant at all times!


How to Choose the Perfect Restaurant for Your Business Meeting

How to Choose the Perfect Restaurant for Your Business Meeting

As you can imagine, choosing an appropriate location for an important meeting is absolutely crucial in the business world. When deciding on a restaurant to hold your meeting at, it is critical that you ensure everyone involved is as comfortable and content as possible, and that the meeting will be as much of a success as possible in the end.



Appetizer Ideas for Fall

Appetizer Ideas for Fall

The fall season is in full swing as restaurants, cafes, and coffee shops introduce a multitude of spiced favorites to their menus. Many foodservice establishments tend to focus on revamping their beverage and dessert menus for the season, but their traditional menus stay mostly unchanged. Now’s the time to add a little flavor to your appetizer menu with these appetizer ideas for fall!

All-Day Breakfast

All-Day Breakfast

If you haven’t considered adding breakfast as an all-day menu offering, then the phrase ‘better late than never’ is appropriate!

5 Tips for Photographing Food in Restaurants

5 Tips for Photographing Food in Restaurants

Have you ever been in a restaurant with a meal that looked so delicious that you wanted to take a picture of it to upload to Facebook, Twitter, or even your blog… but when you tried to capture the essence of your delicious-looking food, you ended up getting nothing but disappointment? Well, you’re certainly not alone. Often times, taking photos of food in restaurants turns out to be a very difficult job. Here are five tips to help you be more successful in taking a photograph of your food the next time around:



5 of the Best Foods to Try in Charleston

5 of the Best Foods to Try in Charleston

While there are plenty of excellent reasons to visit Charleston, South Carolina, there is one reason that seems to be above all others: the food. Charleston has been referred to as the “culinary destination of the deep South, ” as the city offers foods of all types. Whether it is fresh seafood, fried food, or other Lowcountry cuisine that you are craving, one thing you can be sure of is that your meal in Charleston will stand out from all other foods in tourist areas. Below, are just five of the best foods you MUST try in Charleston!

Convenience for Millenials: How C-Stores are Capturing the Millenial Market

Convenience for Millenials: How C-Stores are Capturing the Millenial Market

Convenience stores are notorious for capturing sales based on impulse buys, and who better to market those impulses towards than the Millennial generation?


5 Tips for Ordering a Vegan Meal at Any Restaurant

Anyone with special dietary needs or desires knows that there is nothing more frustrating than going out to eat at a restaurant and not knowing what to order, or whether or not the food that you’re about to bite into is even safe for you. In a perfect world, all restaurants would have specialized menus to meet everyone’s specific needs, and nobody would never have to ask millions of questions about ingredients or how their food is being made.



Receiving Good Service at a Restaurant May Actually Be in Your Control

If you have ever received less-than-quality service at a restaurant or other eatery, did you take a moment to consider that perhaps you may have had something to do with it? Of course it is true that some servers may not be as good as others at their job, but it is also possible that you actually influenced the service you received. Here are some key things to keep in mind that may influence your future restaurant experiences for the better.



Coffee Delivery

Coffee Delivery

Starbucks, a leader in the coffee industry, has recently taken steps to bring coffee to your doorstep - literally! Their pilot program for coffee delivery was announced earlier this year, and now select businesses can order coffee through a dedicated website and have it delivered right to their office.

Thanksgiving Marketing Ideas for Restaurant Owners

Thanksgiving Marketing Ideas for Restaurant Owners

Thanksgiving season is one of the best times of the year for restaurants to bring in new clients and increase their business with existing clients. It is the time of the year when people spend the most money, so it is important for restaurant owners to take advantage of this by doing some quality marketing to ensure that some of this money is spent at their restaurants. Here are some ways for your restaurant to promote business during the Thanksgiving season:

Product Focus: Vulcan Ranges

In our ‘Product Focus’ blog series, we’ll discuss many of the industry leaders in commercial kitchen equipment, highlighting what sets them apart from the rest! In this post, we’ll delve a little deeper into one of the leaders in cooking equipment: Vulcan.


Jamie Oliver: Restauranteur, Celebrity Chef, and So Much More

Who is this Jamie Oliver we’ve all heard so much about? Let’s take a closer look.

Born James Trevor Oliver, Jamie Oliver is one of the era’s most famous individuals in the areas of food-focused television shows, cookbooks, and movements. Oliver began his journey as a pastry chef almost two decades ago and is now a world-renowned restaurateur, celebrity chef, and media personality. Most recently, Oliver is known for his global campaign for better food education.


Thanksgiving Menu Ideas for Restaurants

Thanksgiving Menu Ideas for Restaurants

Here are just a few categories containing delicious menu items that can be found in restaurants, on and around Thanksgiving Day.



How Food Industry Professionals Are Using Technology to Better Run Their Businesses

How Food Industry Professionals Are Using Technology to Better Run Their Businesses

Working in the food industry is not an easy job. Restaurant owners, cafe owners, and other food industry managers have a tough job, filled with tons of tasks and chores. Luckily, in today’s day and age, people in the food industry are able to use technology to better organize their businesses.



The Importance of Being Food Allergy Safe

The Importance of Being Food Allergy Safe

Dairy, eggs, soy, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat: Does your restaurant include in part or in whole any of these items?  

Know When to Replace Your Beverage Dispenser

Know When to Replace Your Beverage Dispenser

While regular maintenance can help extend the life of your beverage dispenser, the fact of the matter is that everything, in due time, will wear and tear and become either too costly to repair or too outdated to fit in with your evolving commercial kitchen. Here are some signs that could signify that it’s time to replace your beverage dispenser.



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.




Spiced Fall Favorites

Spiced Fall Favorites

Astronomical fall in the Northern Hemisphere begins in just a few weeks on September 23, and many are already prepping their menus and their inventories to cater to fall flavor demands. While many may simply think that a fall menu means adding a little extra pumpkin, cinnamon, or nutmeg spice to each and every item, the fact of the matter is that those who take the time to truly commit to a revamped menu will likely also feel the boost in profits that is sure to follow.

Creating Chocolate-Dipped Confections

Creating Chocolate-Dipped Confections

Chocolate should always be considered in some form on your dessert menu, but many are choosing to add chocolate in ways that are more subtle than a simple ‘slice of chocolate cake’. Rather than offering chocolate as the main part of the dish, let’s take a look at some ways to add chocolate-dipped confections into your menu to add appeal, interest, and flavor to your desserts. 

Indulging in Ingredient Bins

Indulging in Ingredient Bins

Purchasing items in bulk is a great way to cut down on costs, and many restaurants utilize this tactic to try to make the most of their ingredient purchases. While you may have to invest more time and effort into breaking down your bulk into usable portions (freezing extras for later), many find that the savings is worth the effort. 

Food Innovation: Seaweed that Tastes Like Bacon

Food Innovation: Seaweed that Tastes Like Bacon

Part of staying ahead of the game when you’re running a foodservice establishment is following trends and capitalizing on new and unique ingredients and flavors. Just recently, Oregon State University researchers stumbled upon what may be the newest fad in the industry: seaweed that tastes like bacon.


Choosing the Right Alcohol Glass

Choosing the Right Alcohol Glass

Alcohol comes in many forms, and serving these beverages requires a variety of different shaped glasses to enhance the appearance and flavor of the beverage itself.


4 Methods of Maintaining Stainless Steel in Your Commercial Kitchen

4 Methods of Maintaining Stainless Steel in Your Commercial Kitchen

Most items of commercial kitchen equipment at CKitchen and commercial kitchens around the world is comprised primarily of one material: stainless steel. Due to its anti-rust and anti-corrosion properties, stainless steel has become a material of choice for many equipment manufacturers.



Is Serving Alcohol Right for Your Restaurant?

Is Serving Alcohol Right for Your Restaurant?

Many fine dining establishments or casual dining restaurants choose to serve alcohol in addition to their regular menu items. This gives guests bigger beverage selections and opens up your restaurant for boosts in beverage sales as well.


Commercial Meat Slicers

Commercial Meat Slicers

Anyone with a deli-style meat selection will certainly need to invest in extra equipment that a traditional restaurant may not. One big area of difference is with your meat slicing equipment. Choosing the appropriate slicer for your kitchen can make or break your efficiency and final product.


Ceviche

Ceviche

Some of the hottest trends in the industry today focus on ethnic cuisines, and Peruvian cuisine is a front-runner in the race for foodservice domination.


Latest Restaurant Design Makeovers

Latest Restaurant Design Makeovers

The layout and design of a restaurant can help drive traffic, attract customers, and improve efficiency. For well-established restaurants, a full re-design is like re-imagining your brand. Redesigns have the ability to turn heads and bring in new customers, even if the menu hasn’t drastically changed.


Evaluate Your Options When Choosing To Open A Restaurant Or Culinary Establishment

Evaluate Your Options When Choosing To Open A Restaurant Or Culinary Establishment

Many people dream of opening their own restaurant one day, but very few actually sit down and plan out how to reach this goal. Renting commercial real estate, purchasing restaurant equipment and hiring employees all require extensive preparation to ensure that actions remain within legal boundaries. 




Restaurant Industry Booming As Establishments Hire New Employees

Restaurant Industry Booming As Establishments Hire New Employees

As the economy in the United States begins to experience a welcome improvement, many people who were previously unemployed are beginning to find well-paying jobs in a variety of industries.

Add A Take-Out Section To Your Restaurant For Improved Business

Add A Take-Out Section To Your Restaurant For Improved Business

Though many people enjoy the full experience of sit-down dining, there are others who simply do not have the time or patience to order from a server and wait for the food.


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.


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