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How Technology Is Being Incorporated into the Food-Service Industry

From choosing their meals, to ordering their food, to paying their bill, people all over the world have begun using various forms of technology to improve their experiences with different food services. With all different types of technology on the rise, it is no wonder that restaurants are finding it to be a good idea to incorporate various technological ideas into their establishments.


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.

3 Dessert Ideas for the Grill

3 Dessert Ideas for the Grill

Your commercial grill probably sees a lot of action at lunch and dinnertime, while griddles are typically reserved for breakfast items. If you don’t serve breakfast, then you’re likely reserving your grills for main course items across the board. But there are many desserts that can be made on your grill as well, and those sear marks that makes meats so tasty can enhance the flavor profile of your desserts too! Here are three dessert ideas to use for your commercial grill. 

Condiment Stations

Condiment Stations

Condiment stations may seem like an afterthought for many, but the fact of the matter is that they can leave a lasting impression on your customers while nicking away at your restaurant’s resources.






Digital Scales : Measuring Up to Excellence

Digital Scales : Measuring Up to Excellence

Consistency in your menu items truly boils down to how well you measure your ingredients. In the argument for digital kitchen scales, there are many factors that prove that utilizing digital scales in your everyday operations is the best way to measure items in your restaurant.







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!







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.

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?

Using Football 'Fan Engagement' Tactics for Your Restaurant

Using Football 'Fan Engagement' Tactics for Your Restaurant

About 65% of Americans enjoy football, and the season is just beginning. While this brings in a whole new wave of influences in the restaurant market, the sport itself also has a lot to offer in return. Football leagues keep their fans engaged, and it’s through the use of these marketing tactics that football still remains the highlight of the season. Use some of these ‘fan engagement’ tactics within your restaurant's own walls to reap the benefits of engaged customers as well!

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.

Self Expression and Modern Dining

Self Expression and Modern Dining

What once was a source of necessity, food has now evolved to becoming much more. Indeed, we take pride in our meals (as one can clearly see with Instagram photos of their soon-to-be-consumed items), and people are willing to pay top dollar for a meal that ‘tells a story’ (cage-free eggs, free-range chicken, etc).

Promotional Ideas for Your Restaurant

Promotional Ideas for Your Restaurant

A well-designed restaurant, flavorful menu, and friendly service are certainly aspects to restaurant management that can earn you more business. While these necessities can certainly help you retain your loyal customers, you’ll still need more than a simple word-of-mouth from your current clientele to ensure that your restaurant stays profitable.


Cage-Free Eggs

Cage-Free Eggs

Consumers’ changing opinions about food transparency and animal welfare are driving changes in the restaurant industry, and cage-free eggs are topping the list of concerns for many.

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?

Adding Adventure to Your Restaurant

Trends are what drive menu options and restaurant marketing techniques, ensuring that restaurants keep up with the ever-changing consumer. Leaders in the industry will tell you that, indeed, adding a little adventure can pay off for your restaurant.

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.

That's a Wrap! Adding Wrap Stations to Your Commercial Kitchen

That's a Wrap! Adding Wrap Stations to Your Commercial Kitchen

Purchasing items in bulk, prepping items for a buffet/catering line, sealing items for freezing...all of these tasks have one thing in common. Foods that aren’t prepackaged or need to be divvied up for storage or transport will likely need covered for a variety of reasons, and while many may choose to use containers with lids, the fact of the matter is that plastic wraps are used most often by experienced bakers, chefs, and food prep employees alike. Let’s take a closer look at the benefits of wrap stations for your commercial kitchen.




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.



What's in a Name: 10 Restaurants Sporting Punny Names

What’s in a name, you ask? Well, quite a bit, actually. In the business world, there is nothing more important than making an impact right off the bat, and what better way to do this than with your name and a little bit of humor? Like with a pun! We’ve all seen shops and restaurants with cheesy puns as names, right? And you’ve got to admit… they’re actually pretty catchy! Take a look at this list of ten various eateries sporting awfully punny names:





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.



Pumpkin-Inspired Recipes: Cream of Pumpkin Soup & Roasted Pumpkin, Arugula, and Dried Cherry Salad

Looking for an easy and unique salad to serve to your customers this fall season? Or a new and creative soup to offer as an appetizer? Two delicious side-dishes you’ll have to try out in your restaurant this fall season are Cream of Pumpkin Soup and Roasted Pumpkin, Arugula, and Dried Cherry Salad. Take a look at each of these easy, unique, and creative recipes below. You’ll surely want to add these to your recipe book to come back to in the future!




How to Avoid Cross-Contamination in Your Restaurant

On Wednesday, October 21, 2015, two lawsuits were filed against the owners of a San Jose Mexican restaurant, Mariscos San Juan #3, where the food made nearly 100 people ill, and left 24 people with confirmed cases of Shigella, a contagious diarrhoeal disease. As of Friday, October 23, 2015, the number of outbreak-associated cases of Shigella had increased to 141, and the number of confirmed cases had risen to 49.





4 Ways Restaurants Try to Get You to Spend More Money

Asking questions like, “Do you want fries with your meal?” or “Would you like to supersize that?” are not the only ways for foodservice establishments to increase sales. Believe it or not, you may have been subjected to sales pitches like these, or other sneaky upselling techniques, without even knowing it. The truth is, the tactics that restaurants use to try and get you to spend some extra money are much subtler than you may realize. Here are a few of them to be aware of from now on.

4 Ways Restaurants Try to Get You to Spend More Money

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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.

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.

5 Tips for Ordering Wine at a Restaurant

If you’re not a wine expert and you don’t already have a favorite type of wine, ordering wine in a restaurant can be intimidating, stressful, and potentially embarrassing. Dining out and ordering wine with your meal should not be such a negative experience! Here are five steps to help you through the process of ordering the perfect wine at a restaurant:



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:

The Many Uses of a Braising Pan with Recipes

The Many Uses of a Braising Pan with Recipes

Another plus is that cuts of meat you would otherwise avoid and which typically cost less because they are harder to work with, can in fact be made into delicious meals through the braising method in a proper braising pan.

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.


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.


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