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Quaternary Sanitation In Your Kitchen

Quaternary Sanitation In Your Kitchen

Keeping your kitchen clean is one of the most basic steps in food safety and sanitation. Quaternary sanitation is one option when it comes to ensuring that your kitchen is free of bacteria and microbials! 

Going Green with LEED

Going Green with LEED

More and more restaurants are going green, and making sure your establishment is up to LEED standard is essential to saving energy and reducing your footprint.


Choosing the Right food Slicer

Choosing the Right food Slicer

No matter how you slice it, food slicers are not all created equal. As a pivotal piece of equipment for many restaurateurs, choosing the appropriate slicer for your kitchen can make or break your efficiency and final product. There are a few key points to keep in mind when shopping for a meat slicer, and comparing each point to your restaurant’s needs will ensure that your choice is optimal for the job!






Small Business Lease Options

Small Business Lease Options

For small business owners, opening a new restaurant can be a financially daunting task. There are a variety of small business lease options to help you and your business afford quality, name-brand equipment to support your kitchen operations.








4th of July Entertaining

4th of July Entertaining

Holidays bring with them a surge in business for restaurants, and the fourth of July is no different! With unique themes and festive accoutrements, Independence Day is a holiday where you can integrate the traditional and the modern. While some may simply add a few patriotic decorations, the truly business-minded restaurants will take full advantage of a holiday to reap the most benefits. Entertaining your guests can be both rewarding and fun for your restaurant and staff on the 4th of July!




Increasing Ticket Averages and Tips

Increasing Ticket Averages and Tips

By combining the use of upselling as suggestive-selling in regards to appetizers and desserts, you can increase your ticket averages and even tips! Learning to use appetizer and dessert sales to increase ticket averages and tips can equate to an exponentially more profitable restaurant business.




Back to School Commercial Kitchen Style

Back to School Commercial Kitchen Style

Now that summer is in full swing, it’s time to start preparing for the school season! Many of your supplies will see an increase in usage as kids head back to school, so make sure your restaurant is prepared.






Suggestive Selling

Suggestive Selling

Suggestive selling is an easy way to increase ticket averages and tips in an unobtrusive and pleasant manner. Let’s take a closer look at suggestive selling and how to incorporate it into your restaurant in a way that is profitable.




Choosing a Member of a Buying Group Fit for Your Needs

very restaurant needs to supply their kitchen with foodservice equipment, but identical products can be sold at vastly different costs depending on the dealer. CKitchen is your premier buying group member for all of your foodservice equipment needs, and choosing us as your dealer can save you substantial money, effort, and headache in the long run!

Keeping Your Menu and Social Media Fresh

Keeping Your Menu and Social Media Fresh

Chances are, the majority of your customers are on some social media platform. Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram - there are a multitude of social media outlets that can be utilized to reach your customers at little to no cost to you! While you may have recognized the value of social media for brand marketing, avoiding social media pitfalls and keeping your content fresh is key to having a successful social media platform.



Stainless Steel: The Basics

Stainless Steel: The Basics

Stainless steel is a well-known and widely-used material, especially in restaurants. Going back to basics, let’s delve into what stainless steel actually is, what the different grades are, and what types of finishes can be used.






Marketing for the Seasons

Marketing for the Seasons

With seasonal changes typically comes a change in customer base and demand! The most successful businesses - including restaurants - tend to hone in on these seasonal variations, changing up their menu, decor, and advertising tactics to bring in the most profit during each season.




Dog Days of Summer

Dog Days of Summer

Temperatures are at their yearly high, and your restaurant should also be turning up the heat on your summer marketing promotions! Now is a better time than ever to solidify existing customer relationships by offering hot deals and cool treats!







Ramp Up Your Roasted Foods

Ramp Up Your Roasted Foods

With pumpkin spice lattes and fresh apple pies comes another fall favorite: roasted veggies and meats. Harking to memories of juicy morsels with a crisp, sweet shell, roasting is a fan favorite for many Americans. If you haven’t already invested in a roaster, now is the perfect time to add this essential to your kitchen lineup.

Did You Know? EverPure Water Filtration

Did You Know? EverPure Water Filtration

Many restaurant owners invest large amounts of time, money, and effort in finding the perfect commercial-grade kitchen equipment for their restaurant, but those efforts may be in vain. When it comes to beverage dispensers and ice machines, the water used to create ice and add to beverages must reflect the same quality that you purchased in the design of your equipment. In fact, it’s almost essential for you to invest in a water filtration system to cleanse the incoming water lines to your restaurant - specifically, to your beverage and ice machines. EverPure water filtration systems are the perfect solution to filtering the incoming water to your units, leaving a clean, fresh input for your ice makers and beverage dispensers.

 IRS Section 179 Capital Equipment Deduction

IRS Section 179 Capital Equipment Deduction

Owning a small business is costly, and the government is providing tax deductions for those who qualify, making the financial burden a little less heavy. While planning your finances for your new restaurant, it pays to become familiar with Section 179 in order to assist you with making smart capital investments.

Menu Analysis

Menu Analysis

Marketing is what drives sales in your restaurant, and your menu is the best marketing tool for customers who are inside your establishment.


Tips for Keeping Your Griddle 'Like New'

Tips for Keeping Your Griddle 'Like New'

For many breakfast-style eateries and other types of restaurant that use a griddle as a focal point in their kitchen, servicing their commercial griddle should be one of the top priorities. Indeed, a breakdown of this unit can close your shop indefinitely, so take care to follow a few of these tips when servicing your commercial griddle. 





Local Restaurants Setting Up Shop in Airports

Local Restaurants Setting Up Shop in Airports

Many chain restaurants already have branch restaurants within airport terminals to cater to customers on-the-go. These smaller versions of parent establishments tend to use less equipment and a smaller conjugated menu in order to ensure quick service, efficient workflow, and customer satisfaction that one would expect from the larger brick-and-mortar establishment.


Restaurant vs Fast Food: The Health Debate

Restaurant vs Fast Food: The Health Debate

Many customers coming in to a fast-casual or sit-down restaurant tend to assume that they’re making the healthier choice by foregoing fast food options. We all know appearances can be deceiving, so researchers set out to find out whether or not restaurants truly are healthier than fast food.


Crab Recipes to Spice Up Your Menu

Crab Recipes to Spice Up Your Menu

There’s more than your commercial kitchen can offer than a simple pot of steamed crabs. Here are a few recipes to help spice up your restaurant menu!






Keeping Your Flat Top Commercial Grill Clean And Serviceable

Keeping Your Flat Top Commercial Grill Clean And Serviceable

Keeping a commercial grill clean can be a challenging endeavor, especially when burned food is allowed to sit on the grill top and become caked on.

How To Make The Perfect Pancake On Your Griddle

How To Make The Perfect Pancake On Your Griddle

Every breakfast place needs to have at least two things perfected: their coffee and their pancakes. Pancakes are one of the most popular breakfast menu items because there are so many ways they can be served.

Turn Your Restaurant Into A Backyard Barbecue With Some Tasty Dishes And Sauces

Turn Your Restaurant Into A Backyard Barbecue With Some Tasty Dishes And Sauces

There is nothing more satisfying than spending a sunny afternoon feasting on cooked meat and vegetables fresh off the grill. Anyone who has a couple of bags of charcoal and a barbecue can prepare tons of delicious food, and restaurants often try to recreate the authentic flavor and form of backyard meals.

Cooking Oil Can Be Converted Into Biofuel

Cooking Oil Can Be Converted Into Biofuel

The dwindling availability of fossil fuels has led scientists to search every industry for renewable energy sources.

Is Delivery Right for You?

Is Delivery Right for You?

Food service establishments are testing the waters with different options to catering to more customers, and one of those options is delivery. While typically reserved for pizza shops and fast-casual niche restaurants, other establishments are starting to consider diving into the delivery pool as well.


Join The Burger Craze With A Commercial Range

Join The Burger Craze With A Commercial Range

If you are a restaurant owner, you should consider crafting a menu with a wide array of burger options.

Use Alternative Meats For Health-Conscious Customers

Use Alternative Meats For Health-Conscious Customers

Recent studies by culinary professionals have determined that excessive amounts of red meat can lead to long-term complications.

Heated Shelves Are Perfect For Busy Pizzerias

Heated Shelves Are Perfect For Busy Pizzerias

With enough of these devices a pizzeria can bake dozens of pies at the beginning of the day and serve them as demand dictates.

Cook and Hold Ovens

Cook and Hold Ovens

The cook and hold oven is the perfect versatile solution, preparing foods slowly for better results and maximum yields while holding cooked foods safely until serving. If you haven’t considered a cook and hold oven for your restaurant, then it’s time to take a closer look. 



Compact Cooling Units Help Stock In-demand Products

Compact Cooling Units Help Stock In-demand Products

Consumers have grown accustomed to having a variety of drink options at their disposal, which means restaurants can never have enough refrigeration devices to house them all. As a result, many restaurants are boosting their equipment to make room for more products.



Unique Spins On Those Boring Old Menu Items That Will Be A For Sure Crowd Pleaser

Unique Spins On Those Boring Old Menu Items That Will Be A For Sure Crowd Pleaser

Every chef has a least favorite item on the menu. It's either something that just doesn't sell, or it's something that sells so well that you just can't remove it, even though it lacks character.


The Chemistry of Cocktails

The Chemistry of Cocktails

As drinks become something of a science, the bars that support the scientists are starting to look more and more like a lab. There are many new players in the bartender’s arsenal, and here are some to name a few.


Great risotto made easy with a rice cooker

Great risotto made easy with a rice cooker

Being able to offer your guests risotto will add a touch of class to your menu, but only if you can make it just right. Many busy kitchens don't have the time to spend perfecting their risotto recipe, and many cooks are intimidated by the dish.

A Baker's Job Is Easier With Countertop Ovens

A Baker's Job Is Easier With Countertop Ovens

All cooks know that the key to their success often relies on having access to the right restaurant equipment. For bakers, that means having the right kinds of commercial ovens.



Deep Frying From Summer Into Fall

Deep Frying From Summer Into Fall

There's no question about it: one of the most-often used pieces of restaurant equipment in almost any establishment is the deep fryer.

Your Restaurant Is In Need of a Glass Froster

Your Restaurant Is In Need of a Glass Froster

A bar is a bar, and no matter how you look at it, people go to bars to drink - but that's not all they have to do once they get there.

Commercial Microwaves Offer A Leg-Up In The Catering Business

Commercial Microwaves Offer A Leg-Up In The Catering Business

When it comes to commercial microwaves, some chefs will reel back in horror. "A microwave? In the kitchen?" they'll ask, with their hands upon their chests to emphasize their incredulity. 

Commercial Ranges Are A Necessity For Restaurants

Commercial Ranges Are A Necessity For Restaurants

In order for any restaurant to be successful, the staff needs the proper restaurant equipment to prepare enjoyable meals.

A Commercial Range Helps Dishes Become Complex Creations

A Commercial Range Helps Dishes Become Complex Creations

Cooking at home for oneself or even a small group of people is a relatively simple task.



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