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Better Ingredients? Fast Food Patrons Demand It

Better Ingredients? Fast Food Patrons Demand It

The demand for food transparency is leaving foodservice operators with a hard choice: Invest in better ingredients, or suffer the consequences.


Tea Time!

Tea Time!

Hot beverages are the name of the game during cold-weather seasons, and while the more obvious coffee and espresso drinks are sure to grace most menus, many forget the value of adding tea to the mix.





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.


Save Space and Increase Accessibility with Refrigerated Worktables

Save Space and Increase Accessibility with Refrigerated Worktables

If there's one thing chefs will usually agree upon, it's that there's never enough room in the kitchen. That's why it's necessary to come up with creative ways to make the most of the space you have.

Convenience Store Solutions

Convenience Store Solutions

Your convenience store is designed for just that: convenience! And there’s no better way to get more people in the door and purchasing goods than to add food items to your store.

Tips for Keeping Your Commercial Refrigerator Organized

Tips for Keeping Your Commercial Refrigerator Organized

If you work in a commercial kitchen, it probably grieves you to stop and think about the amount of wasted food that's thrown away each day because it was left to spoil. This can sometimes be an unavoidable eventuality. So there are steps you can take to reduce the amount of waste that occurs in your kitchen - starting with the refrigerator.








The Importance of Customer Satisfaction

The Importance of Customer Satisfaction

With customer reviews and ratings easily available for potential patrons to see, it pays to keep your customers satisfied and your employees trained on the importance of customer satisfaction!

Top vs Bottom Mount Refrigeration

Top vs Bottom Mount Refrigeration

Your refrigerator might arguably be the most important piece of equipment in your kitchen. There are pros and cons to both top and bottom mounted units, so finding which balance suits your restaurant best is the key to choosing the right refrigerator for you.







Convection vs Standard Ovens

Convection vs Standard Ovens

Ovens are a focal point for any kitchen, and choosing the right one for your restaurant can improve efficiency and help boost profits! You'll inevitably come to the crossroad between convection and standard ovens, so what's the big difference? 

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. 

New Labeling Rule

New Labeling Rule

Under the Affordable Care Act, this new regulation requires caloric count to be listed, but only under certain circumstances. Here are a few of the basics of this new legislation!

Support Independent Mom and Pop Restaurants

Support Independent Mom and Pop Restaurants

When do you ditch the default chain cuisine in favor of the perhaps untested waters of the small eatery down the road. Support the 'Mom and Pop' restaurants! 

Commercial Refrigerators Help Restaurants Make Profit

Commercial Refrigerators Help Restaurants Make Profit

Restaurant owners need the necessary equipment to preserve perishable food. Commercial refrigerators are worth the investment, as they help maintain the ingredients that are used for popular meals on a menu.

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!




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!







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. 





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.




Portion Cost and Potential Profits

Portion Cost and Potential Profits

Portion cost is what the restaurant must pay for any given item including ingredients, equipment, labor, and time costs. Offsetting these costs by assigning prices appropriately can not only be profitable, but it can leave guests satisfied and coming back for more.

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.

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.



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.






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!

Seafood Ideas for Lent

Seafood Ideas for Lent

Starting Ash Wednesday and lasting all the way through Easter Sunday is Lent.  If your restaurant isn’t paying attention to this crowd, then you’re missing out on potential profits and satisfied customers. 


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.




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.






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.








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!






Pizzerias May Step Out Of The Norm With Unique Toppings And Crusts

Pizzerias May Step Out Of The Norm With Unique Toppings And Crusts

Though regular cheese pizza has become a staple in many diets, sometimes these pies can be a bit bland.

Wrap Food In Bacon For Delicious Results

Wrap Food In Bacon For Delicious Results

There are few things in life that are more rewarding than a crispy piece of bacon.

Commodity Cost Changes

Commodity Cost Changes

When ordering commodity food items like breads, milks, and eggs for instance, restaurants generally have a ballpark figure that rarely swings to extremes. This helps with planning and finance management, but commodities that we may take for granted in terms of pricing are about to throw us for a loop. Nation’s Restaurant News reports on some of the key commodity cost changes that we may already be seeing or can expect to see change in the near future.

Fines From Health Inspectors Can Be Avoided With Proper Restaurant Equipment

Fines From Health Inspectors Can Be Avoided With Proper Restaurant Equipment

Despite the fact that their jobs entail the most responsibility in the culinary business, health inspectors are sometimes viewed with fear amongst the restaurant community. A single violation can result in hefty fines for an establishment, and in the worst-case scenario, an eatery can be shut down indefinitely.


Owners Experiencing Unfortunate Circumstances Can Get Back On Their Feet With Restaurant Equipment

Owners Experiencing Unfortunate Circumstances Can Get Back On Their Feet With Restaurant Equipment

Natural events like hurricanes or man-made hazards like an electrical fire can destroy a building within a few hours.

Reggae-Themed Restaurant Stirs Up California Restaurant Life

Reggae music conjures images of Jamaica and the Caribbean, everything from palm trees and clear skies to the tropical cuisine served at beachfront restaurants.

Best Items For Your Commercial Grill This Fall

Best Items For Your Commercial Grill This Fall

All good chefs know that offering delicious, seasonal produce is best. Seasonal veggies are not only fresh from the soil, but in most cases they also come from local farms, allowing restaurants to help bolster their community's economy.

The Importance of Proper Sanitation and Foodservice Safety

The Importance of Proper Sanitation and Foodservice Safety

Sanitation is a key component to foodservice safety, and it’s a responsibility that you accept as a foodservice provider for your customers. From allergen management to contamination reduction, sanitation promotes the well-being of your equipment, your workers, and your customers.


Fried Foods are Back in Season!

Fried Foods are Back in Season!

The warmer weather is finally sweeping across America, and many are venturing to patio seating to enjoy the sunny season. With summer comes a shift in customer favorites from your menu, and you’ll probably find that fried foods are picking up in popularity


Restaurant Owners Look To Expand Into New Markets

Restaurant Owners Look To Expand Into New Markets

Restaurant owners can explore their management skills by investing in convenience stores. These professionals may want to broaden their repertoire of establishments after they have successfully opened a few restaurants.

Antique Establishments Should Consider Purchasing Modern Restaurant Equipment

Antique Establishments Should Consider Purchasing Modern Restaurant Equipment

Around the world, there is always a certain amount of nostalgia that surrounds an old restaurant or diner.

The Right Way to Make Braised Short Ribs

The Right Way to Make Braised Short Ribs

One of the best pieces of restaurant equipment to invest in is a commercial braising pan. This useful piece of cookware allows you to create the most sumptuous and flavorful braised meats and vegetables with minimal effort.


Buffalo Or Zesty Sauce Can Be Added To Anything For A Tangy Kick Of Flavor

Buffalo Or Zesty Sauce Can Be Added To Anything For A Tangy Kick Of Flavor

Though it is uncertain when buffalo sauce was invented, all signs point to the city of Buffalo, New York as the home of this tangy sauce.



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