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Braising Basics

Braising Basics

Similar to pot roasting, braising uses a combination of both moist and dry heat. In many instances, foods are first seared and then cooked slowly at a low temperature with liquid in a closed container.

Saving Space with Seating Capacity

Saving Space with Seating Capacity

Your restaurant is designed for pragmatism and comfort, especially when it comes to front-of-house operations. This is the area where customers must feel comfortable and at ease and where employees can operate efficiently and quickly - all without influencing the perception of relaxation. Seating and table arrangements are a key component to this efficient setup, and understanding seating capacities can help ensure that you purchase the right types and amounts of seats for your table setups.

Top Restaurant Complaints

Top Restaurant Complaints

We’ve all had that customer that seems to gripe about everything, but many customers who may sit in silence could actually also have some issues with your restaurant as well. While you may think that this isn’t necessarily of concern when these issues aren’t brought up within your own four walls, the fact of the matter is that those complaints may result in less loyalty, return patronage, and even some social media blunders down the road. So what are some of the most common complaints that customers have about restaurants?

Controlling Food Costs

Controlling Food Costs

There are many variables that play into your bottom line. From unchanging costs like rent to fluctuating costs like utilities, restaurant owners and accountants have their hands full when navigating the financial pitfalls that can turn a profit into a sinkhole.

Keeping a Well-Organized Kitchen

Organization is essential for the home and restaurant alike. While organization within a home kitchen can certainly impact one’s happiness, the fact of the matter is that organization in a commercial kitchen holds even more importance.



Servicing Your Steamer Unit

Servicing Your Steamer Unit

Ensuring that you’re servicing your steamer unit correctly can extend its life and keep it functioning efficiently for the duration. Here are 5 servicing tips for your commercial steamer. 

Food Pan Carriers

Catering involves the purchase of equipment that is specialized for the transportation of foods in a safe and sanitary manner from your restaurant to a venue. For those offering buffet-style catering, hot and cold food bars are one of the most important pieces of equipment. To stock your bar, you’ll need to invest in food pan carriers to get the prepared items to the venue.

Appetizers Taking the Spotlight

Appetizers Taking the Spotlight

Some may call them starters while others may refer to them as tapas, small plates, or samplers. No matter what your restaurant calls them, your appetizers have probably seen a lot more action in recent months. In fact, a research study done by Mintel has shown that 80% of respondents have stated that they have created their main courses by ordering one or more appetizers instead of ordering from the main menu.

Portable Catering Equipment

Portable Catering Equipment

Catering adds another dimension of service capabilities for restaurants opting for this route. But with catering, restaurant owners are required to invest in additional pieces of equipment in order to keep products at safe temperatures as well as for preparation off-site.


Tips for Buying Equipment

Tips for Buying Equipment

With so much selection typically comes confusion. What exactly do I need? What’s important when buying my commercial equipment? How do I know that I’m getting the right equipment for the job?


Blender Basics

Blender Basics

Blenders are used around the commercial kitchen to create a variety of dishes and menu items. From smoothies to sauces, blenders are a great tool for spicing up your menu and improving customer satisfaction.


Freshness Monitoring Systems

Freshness Monitoring Systems

A great chef can prepare succulent dishes, but their efforts go to waste when those items are left to the elements. Freshness is key for many customers, and they can tell the difference between a new pot of coffee and one that’s been sitting on the burner for hours. Let’s take a look at what FMS is, its applications, and how you can use it in your kitchen!



Labeling Changes

Labeling Changes

Does your restaurant operate 20 or more locations under the same name with essentially the same menu items? If so, you may be required by the FDA to provide customers with nutrition information about your menu items come December 1st of this year.


Steamers Can Add A Fishy Appetizer To Any Restaurant Menu

Steamers Can Add A Fishy Appetizer To Any Restaurant Menu

If you have ever been to a seafood restaurant, chances are you know what steamers are.

A Rice Cooker Can Be Steeped In History

A Rice Cooker Can Be Steeped In History

Simple as it may seem, you'll need the proper restaurant equipment to cook rice. A rice cooker is a great way to have a dedicated station for making this grain.

The Restaurant Equipment That Your Restaurant Needs To Stay In Business

The Restaurant Equipment That Your Restaurant Needs To Stay In Business

If you're a baker, you know that there's never enough time in the day to tackle everything that's on the agenda.

The Rotary Club Emphasizes The Kitchen In Its 'Homes of Distinction' Tour

The Rotary Club Emphasizes The Kitchen In Its 'Homes of Distinction' Tour

The Rotary Club has awarded prizes to homeowners who opted for modern themes this year in their 11th annual "Home of Distinction" Tour, reports San Louis Obispo's The Tribune. Special emphasis seemed to focus on everyone's favorite room: the kitchen.

Should You Use Restaurant Equipment In A Home Kitchen?

Should You Use Restaurant Equipment In A Home Kitchen?

You've been to culinary school, and while you were there you got attached to the quality restaurant supplies the kitchens there had you use. Maybe you're a professional chef, and when you go home you want to have the same amenities there that you do in your place of work. Should you have commercial grills, commercial ovens and commercial ranges installed in your home?

In Order To Provide Adequate Nutrition, School's Need To Invest In More Proper Equipment

In Order To Provide Adequate Nutrition, School's Need To Invest In More Proper Equipment

A sad trend has been quietly picking up speed in United States schools: instead of being served quality cooked meals to students, more schools are serving up pre-prepared foods that only require a zap in the microwave to make them table-ready.

Commercial Pizza Ovens Help Chefs Create The Perfect Pie

Commercial Pizza Ovens Help Chefs Create The Perfect Pie

Pizza is a staple item on many menus all over the country because it can be adapted to suit almost any taste.

Benefits of Purchasing a Dishwasher with Booster

Benefits of Purchasing a Dishwasher with Booster

While many restaurants may not see the full benefit of investing in a booster heater, knowing what it can do you for you, your kitchen, and your restaurant as a whole may surely help give you the assurance you need to invest in this long-term money-saving machine. So what advantage is there if I purchase a dishwasher with a booster?


Sushi Restaurants Can Display New Menu Items

Sushi Restaurants Can Display New Menu Items

An establishment looking to employ this Japanese dish can use restaurant equipment to keep the finished product cool.

Stock Your Restaurant with a Library of Fine Wine

Stock Your Restaurant with a Library of Fine Wine

When guests choose the restaurants they wish to dine at, it is often because of the food and beverages that are on the menus. In many cases, people look to eat at establishments with an expansive wine list. Wine complements many meals, and people of all backgrounds enjoy pairing different kinds with the food that they eat.



A Large Commercial Range Makes Cooking Easier For Chefs

A Large Commercial Range Makes Cooking Easier For Chefs

Chefs who want to open their own restaurants may want to consider how restaurant equipment, such as a commercial range, can help create a wide array of meals.

Gas Equipment Extras: Are They Worth the Investment?

Gas Equipment Extras: Are They Worth the Investment?

There are many solutions to these issues with your gas equipment that you should consider to lessen the possibility of a problem!


Why Lease your Restaurant Equipment if You Have Cash on Hand?

Why Lease your Restaurant Equipment if You Have Cash on Hand?

For new and veteran foodservice operators alike, purchasing new equipment can be a financial burden. Many turn to leasing in order to cope with the costly investment, but some wonder whether or not leasing is the right choice if they already have available funds.


Design Gives Competitive Edge

Design Gives Competitive Edge

 In the world of restaurant marketing, any difference that sets you apart from your competitors; Design is no different! In any business, it pays to have a distinctive design. And we will help you to make it the best!

The Technology of Today's Restaurant Equipment

The Technology of Today's Restaurant Equipment

The technology of today’s equipment has surely been a game-changer for many restaurant owners and managers!


It’s Not How Much You Make, It’s What You Keep That Counts

It’s Not How Much You Make, It’s What You Keep That Counts

A valuable lesson to learn and most importantly, this will have a dramatic impact on the bottom line of your restaurant’s (or other foodservice business) profitability.

Project Advice / Induction vs. Gas

This article is aimed at the newcomer planning to open a restaurant or similar food service related business. However, there are items touched on that make it a worthwhile read even for veteran operators.

Kitchen Display: From Back to Front

Kitchen Display: From Back to Front

Traditionally, restaurants have created clear boundaries between the front- and back-of-house operations by separating the kitchen from dining area. Consider bringing your closed-system kitchen out to the forefront and on display in your restaurant.

Different Flavors Of Coffee Can Add A Spark To Any Meal

Different Flavors Of Coffee Can Add A Spark To Any Meal

Coffee is an intrinsic part of the working world in the United States.

Kitchen Design: Money Saved is Money Earned: Heat Recovery Technology

Kitchen Design: Money Saved is Money Earned: Heat Recovery Technology

Money saved is money earned, and your bottom line will feel the benefits of having a well-planned strategy for saving dollars. Let’s take a look at one new technology in particular known as the heat recovery system!






Foamed Art Inflation

Foamed Art Inflation

Coffee and espresso drinks can enhance a beverage menu, and with fall right around the corner, many are brushing off the dust from their commercial espresso machine to cater to the increase in demand. One aspect that many overlook, though, is proving to be a huge profit booster: Foam Art.





Kitchen Design Configurations

Kitchen Design Configurations

Based on your space and needs, there are four standard configurations that designers will typically use for your kitchen setup.

  



Kitchen Design : Planning a ‘Green’ Kitchen

Kitchen Design : Planning a ‘Green’ Kitchen

When planning the layout of your kitchen, many designers look at what a restaurant owner values: efficiency, organization, and eco-friendly goals. Regardless of your restaurant’s situation, the benefits of a green kitchen can be both cost-effective and ethically-motivated, affecting your customers, footprint, and bottom-line.



What Energy Efficient Ventless Dishwashers Mean to You

What Energy Efficient Ventless Dishwashers Mean to You

Energy efficiency is the name of the game in modern commercial equipment, and the newest dishwashers are manufacturing some formidable players! You may as well invest in a dishwasher that has more to offer than just sparkling dishes - and an energy efficient ventless dishwasher is the way to go!



The Importance of Ice Scoops in Your Commercial Kitchen

The Importance of Ice Scoops in Your Commercial Kitchen

When employees think of food safety, do they ever stop to consider that ice is almost like a type of ‘food’? In fact, your ice bin can be a breeding ground for bacteria and other contaminants, and many times it goes directly into your customer’s meals and beverages. The importance of using safe practice methods with your ice bin cannot be understated, and investing in a variety of scoops and tongs while keeping the bin itself well-maintained is the key to putting the freeze on contaminants in your ice bin.


Open Kitchen Designs May Impact Food Quality

Open Kitchen Designs May Impact Food Quality

Your commercial kitchen is the hub for menu inspirations and chef creations, and many opt to do this ‘behind closed doors’ - or, at least, partially hidden from customer view. Over the past few years, there’s been a trend towards open kitchen designs that leave everything on the table for customers to see at any time, and some studies are showing that this may be leading to an improvement in meal quality.

Serving Stations

Serving Stations

Restaurants who offer a buffet line or hotels with a continental breakfast need to invest in specialized equipment to handle self-service tasks.






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