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How to Drive Up Sales at the Bar

How to Drive Up Sales at the Bar

“Just a glass of water.” If this is what your customers order a drink when they come into your restaurant, then you’re missing out on a huge portion of profit at your bar!


Manitowoc's Focus on Innovation

Manitowoc's Focus on Innovation

For foodservice equipment engineers, innovation is key to creating trendy, efficient restaurant equipment. As menus develop and trends flourish, producing appliances to reflect these new and evolving restaurant demands is what defines a successful foodservice equipment company. As a leader in foodservice equipment, Manitowoc has the process of innovation down to a tee! Knowing how a company like Manitowoc creates, develops, and initiates innovative products is beneficial to your purchasing decisions.




Keep Calm and Drink Coffee: A Guide to Various Styles of Coffee Makers

Keep Calm and Drink Coffee: A Guide to Various Styles of Coffee Makers

The best part of any morning is that first taste of freshly brewed coffee. There is no doubt that a good cup of Joe goes a long way, as it can mean the start of a new day, a well-deserved break, or the conclusion of a great meal. While coffee is a must-have in many people’s lives, there are several different types of coffee makers to choose from. Here is a guide to help you to decide which coffee maker is best suited for your needs. 


Creating Chocolate-Dipped Confections

Creating Chocolate-Dipped Confections

Chocolate should always be considered in some form on your dessert menu, but many are choosing to add chocolate in ways that are more subtle than a simple ‘slice of chocolate cake’. Rather than offering chocolate as the main part of the dish, let’s take a look at some ways to add chocolate-dipped confections into your menu to add appeal, interest, and flavor to your desserts.

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.

Understanding Codes for Sinks

Understanding Codes for Sinks

The FDA Food Code requires that every commercial kitchen needs adequate hand washing and utensil washing facilities available. Based on these codes, you can structure your kitchen’s setup to meet these criteria to ensure that you have adequate tools to maintain a safe and sanitary environment for your employees and your guests! Here are a few tips in regards to your kitchen’s dishwashers and sinks.

Pleasing the "Demand Generation"

Pleasing the "Demand Generation"

Millenials, also known as the ‘Demand Generation’, have grown up on a foodservice style focused on DIY and customization. Let’s have a look at what some of the popular chains are delving into to cater to this DIY demand.

Hands-Free Sinks and Automatic Soap Dispensers

Hands-Free Sinks and Automatic Soap Dispensers

Touchless faucets and soap dispensers have become more popular in recent years, but many reserve these for use in public bathrooms. In fact, there are hands-free sinks and dispensers available for kitchen use as well. There are many advantages to using a touchless sink, and those advantages can be compounded in a commercial kitchen environment. From an economical, environmental, and food safety standpoint, switching to hands-free faucet technology might be the way of the future. 


Commercial Ventilation Systems

Commercial Ventilation Systems

The equipment you choose to outfit your kitchen is a huge investment, but many restaurant owners overlook one of the most important pieces of the design: commercial ventilation systems. Whether you’re designing a new kitchen or improving on your old one, investing appropriate time and effort in your ventilation system should take priority. 






Benefits of Booster Heaters

You may have heard of a booster heater but overlooked the additional investment for any variety of reasons. But the fact of the matter is that adding a booster heater to your dishwashing unit can drastically decrease your energy and water consumption, creating a more efficient dishwashing setup.


4 Methods of Maintaining Stainless Steel in Your Commercial Kitchen

4 Methods of Maintaining Stainless Steel in Your Commercial Kitchen

Most items of commercial kitchen equipment at CKitchen and commercial kitchens around the world is comprised primarily of one material: stainless steel. Due to its anti-rust and anti-corrosion properties, stainless steel has become a material of choice for many equipment manufacturers.



Responding to Taste Trends

Responding to Taste Trends

Keeping on top of the latest trends in the industry is what keeps your restaurant profitable, as you’re able to cater best to what customers want today. Here are some different ways to respond to the taste trends of your customers.




Take A Hint From Chain Restaurants And Target Customers With Limited-Time Offers

Take A Hint From Chain Restaurants And Target Customers With Limited-Time Offers

Restaurants across the country use many different promotions to draw in new customers. One simply has to turn on the television to see innumerable advertisements that broadcast limited-time flavors and special culinary giveaways.

Baked Chicken Can Be Healthier And More Delicious Than Fried Varieties

Baked Chicken Can Be Healthier And More Delicious Than Fried Varieties

If food tastes like chicken, it probably tastes pretty good.


Is Serving Alcohol Right for Your Restaurant?

Is Serving Alcohol Right for Your Restaurant?

Many fine dining establishments or casual dining restaurants choose to serve alcohol in addition to their regular menu items. This gives guests bigger beverage selections and opens up your restaurant for boosts in beverage sales as well.


Catering Companies Can Benefit From The Use Of Quality Restaurant Equipment

Catering Companies Can Benefit From The Use Of Quality Restaurant Equipment

Many different events use the services provided by catering companies. These professionals supply decorative food arrangements to weddings, corporate meetings and more, often providing staff members to serve cuisine, as well. 

Casinos Can Employ Restaurant Equipment To Keep Gamblers And Patrons Happy

Casinos Can Employ Restaurant Equipment To Keep Gamblers And Patrons Happy

Though casinos feature rows and rows of slot machines and card tables, they have many other areas that cater to patrons' needs and desires.

Deep Fryers Can Help Restaurants Prepare for Spring Sports

Deep Fryers Can Help Restaurants Prepare for Spring Sports


When Americans watch sports, they often have a hankering for hot, greasy food that tastes fantastic. This is why staples like pizza, french fries and chicken wings are in such high demand during the NFL season. After the Super Bowl, the months of February, March and April are a perfect time for a manager to purchase restaurant equipment to prepare for baseball and the popular NHL and NBA playoffs.




Kitchen Design: The Cooler Side of Cooling

Kitchen Design: The Cooler Side of Cooling

Commercial refrigeration manufacturers are shaping the future of refrigeration designs. Driven by skyrocketing energy costs and governmental restrictions, these manufacturers have become truly innovative in their refrigeration unit designs, ushering in a cooler side of cooling!









Summer's Favorite Dessert

Summer's Favorite Dessert

Whether your restaurant is quick-serve or dine-in, you’ve probably already incorporated icecream in some form on your dessert menu. While many turn to a traditional cone or sundae, many restaurants forget to tap into the potential of a gourmet ice cream dessert.


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.


Gluten-Free Gluttony!

Gluten-Free Gluttony!

The gluten-free trend doesn’t seem to be slowing just yet, and while many folks are looking for gluten-free options, they’re also becoming more picky about the results. With more gluten-free options popping up in restaurants across America, those who opt for the gluten-free menu are looking for more tasteful, flavorful dishes.


HACCP: Water Management

HACCP: Water Management

The HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) standards regulate a variety of aspects in restaurant management, and one of these points is water management. The HACCP system’s control of water systems can help to ensure that your restaurant maintains its food safety integrity by creating a healthy, clean water system for restaurant use and for the environment!

Add A Take-Out Section To Your Restaurant For Improved Business

Add A Take-Out Section To Your Restaurant For Improved Business

Though many people enjoy the full experience of sit-down dining, there are others who simply do not have the time or patience to order from a server and wait for the food.


Gas vs Electric Equipment: Which Fits Your Kitchen Better?

Gas vs Electric Equipment: Which Fits Your Kitchen Better?

Initial cost, rates, efficiency, cooking power, and other factors to consider in building a production lineup that meets your needs and standards.








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.

Design Awards

Design Awards

The design of one’s restaurant can intensify the experience of dining out while encouraging guests to wine and dine a little longer, spending more in the long-run.

Grease Traps

Grease Traps

Grease disposal can be a hassle for many small business owners, but some states and municipalities require these units to help keep sewer systems clean and free of grease waste from restaurants. Cue: grease traps. These devices, optional for some and mandatory for others, are used to intercept most grease and solids in plumbing systems before it ever reaches your wastewater disposal unit and further sewer lines. Knowing the ins and outs of grease traps can help you make an informed decision on which trap is right for your restaurant and can help reduce your restaurant’s impact on the local wastewater systems!






Customer Responsibilities

Customer Responsibilities

Customer service should play a major role in any restaurant, but when does one draw the line at accepting responsibility and forfeiting it to the party who may actually be responsible? 

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.



Dinner is Served! Necessary Serving Equipment for Your Restaurant

Dinner is Served! Necessary Serving Equipment for Your Restaurant

It is clear that back-of-house preparation, cooking, and storing equipment is crucial to keep a restaurant up and running smoothly. Similarly, front-of-house serving equipment is equally as important to run a successful restaurant. Commercial serving equipment includes pieces such as serving spoons, serving trays, and serving bowls, each consisting of a variety of sizes, shapes, materials, and purposes.

Energy Costs and Calculations

Energy Costs and Calculations

When considering energy efficient products, the lifetime savings can be substantial! Let’s take a look at how energy efficient appliances can benefit your bottom line as well as how to calculate the true impact on your energy costs.

Avoiding Hidden Expenses

Avoiding Hidden Expenses

Hidden expenses chip away at your restaurant’s profits. From inefficient setups to poorly-maintenanced equipment and unnecessary and expensive investments, restaurant owners should be constantly vigilant of these financial drains.


Setting Tables for Success

Setting Tables for Success

Like decorating a house, table settings enhance the aesthetics of the location while serving a pragmatic purpose.


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

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!

Snub Smoking in the Workplace

Snub Smoking in the Workplace

The food and hospitality industry is the second-highest occupation hampered by smoking. Helping yourself or your employees to kick the habit can improve the overall quality of your restaurant and the industry as a whole.







Freshen Your Menu: Salad Bars

Freshen Your Menu: Salad Bars

Salad bars are generally easy to maintain, simple to restock, and effortless to market! Let’s take a look at a few points when freshening your menu with the addition of a salad bar.

Convenience Store Must-Haves

Convenience Store Must-Haves

Whether you’re opening a new convenience store or looking to revamp your old establishment, checking your ‘must have’ equipment should be your first step. 

Old Space, New Restaurant

Old Space, New Restaurant

Opening a restaurant or expanding your franchise starts with picking the right location. Choosing an old space to build your new restaurant can set you on a path towards success.










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