Ice Types and Their Various Uses

Ice Types and Their Various Uses

Ice machines have come a long way since they were first patented in 1851, and commercial ice makers now offer a variety of ice types. Knowing the difference in ice types and their various uses can help you choose the ideal ice maker for your business.

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.


Draft Beer Coolers

Draft Beer Coolers

Summer is the perfect time to invest in a draft beer cooler for your bar in order to serve beer on tap. It’s a customer favorite for a variety of reasons; Beer on tap tastes fresher and more flavorful than from a can or bottle, and it’s simply an option that your patrons cannot obtain from a simple liquor store! To make the most of your investment, spending the proper effort and time in choosing and maintaining a draft beer cooler is key!






Advances in Coffee Equipment

Advances in Coffee Equipment

The process of brewing coffee by dripping water over ground coffee beans has mostly gone unchanged for the past 80 years. In response, the selection of coffee equipment has evolved very little, hindering the advancement of our favorite caffeinated beverage (of course, unless you’re a soda drinker and prefer carbonation and caffeine over slow-roasted coffee beans!). Recently, though, many players have made advancements in the field, pushing the limits of coffee brewing as we know it!



Ice Machines: How to Decide on Details

Ice Machines: How to Decide on Details

Deciding on the details - from the size of your machine to the type of ice it produces - can make all the difference in its integration into the efficiency of your kitchen.







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.





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.







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! 

Air-Cooled vs Water-Cooled Ice Machines

Air-Cooled vs Water-Cooled Ice Machines

Compressors come in three main types: air-cooled, water-cooled, and remote-cooled. Choosing between the three is dependent on your restaurant’s specific needs.



Choosing a Commercial Cooler/Freezer Compressor

Choosing a Commercial Cooler/Freezer Compressor

Commercial coolers and freezers are essential to any restaurant kitchen. If you’re new to the game, here are a few tips to choosing the right cooler or freezer compressor. 

Choosing the Right Ice Machine

Choosing the Right Ice Machine

Shopping for a new ice machine can be a little overwhelming, especially if you’re in the market for the first time. These units are critical for most food service operations, so choosing the wrong ice machine for your needs can spell disaster in the long-run.

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? 

Convection Oven Basics

Convection Oven Basics

During your shopping endeavour, you’ll inevitably reach a crossroad between the standard oven versus convection ovens. Since the 1950s, convection ovens have made their way into restaurant kitchens around the world, and for good reason.


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. 


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!

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!

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.

New Year, New Needs

New Year, New Needs

This year, rather than being reactive in your equipment needs, it’s time to be proactive and prepared for another successful season!  

NSF-Rated Sinks

When it comes to square utility sinks and NSF-rated sinks, the differences can be stark.

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.

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.

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.




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.



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!

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

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.

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. 





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!






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.


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.



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