It’s officially catering season! We are beginning a fun mini-series all about catering and everything you will need to be the best caterer you can be this year. We are starting out with the basics here, and will move on to a few specifics and fun details! We hope this series is helpful for you and your business this year, and we wish you all the best this catering season! Chafers: Chafers are arguably the most important factor for a successful catering event. These dishes are large metal containers that are connected to a heat source (more on that later). […]
Are you considering the addition of an ice cream machine in your new restaurant but don’t know where to start? We have established some pointers to help!
Patterned, matte, shiny, smooth, textured… there are so many kinds of flatware you can buy for your restaurant. Not sure which to pick? We’ve done the research for you.
Commercial mixers are named for the way they mix. Once we determine if a mixer is a planetary, spiral, or vertical cutter mixer, we then have to determine where it is going to sit in the commercial kitchen. The options are either the bench mixer, floor mixer or the smaller stand mixer. Let’s define all of these mixers and perhaps help you determine which one is right for your commercial kitchen, bakery or restaurant. Mixer Types The mixer type is defined by how the mixing occurs. If the agitator of the mixer is the actual moving part and the […]
Reach-In Refrigeration Overview Refrigeration is one of the most, if not the most, important elements in a kitchen. Having a smoothly operating refrigeration system enables all other parts of the kitchen to work efficiently. The reach in refrigerator is ideal for most food service establishments; however, it is important that your reach in refrigeration system is optimized for your specific kitchen needs. Door Sections When deciding on what reach-in door would be best for you kitchen, first think about how much space you have available that can be dedicated to a refrigerator. Be sure to measure the space available and […]
Nearly every restaurant, commercial kitchen, concessions stand, bar, deli, coffee shop, food truck, hotel and hospital needs an ice machine. Bar none. In many cases, you need more than one and perhaps an ice bin to hold your ice. What determines the right ice machine is the type of ice you need and how much ice you need in a day. Let’s take a look at those options. Ice Types Ice type is something to consider, based on how you intend to use ice. There are several types of ice an ice maker can produce, including crescent style, bullet style, […]
Shelving Overview Space is a valuable resource in all kitchens and the management of space must be handled carefully to maximize kitchen efficiency. Often times there just is not enough space in a commercial kitchen to store everything from equipment to tableware and utensils. However, through planning and utilization of the right shelving system this issue can be properly handled and create a more smoothly run operation. Style We provide shelving units in both open-wire and solid styles in a number of different finishes and materials for each. Open-Wire Shelving Excellent for a cost effective storage solution. This style is best […]
Banquet, buffet and catered events all rely on chafers to present their foods to the adoring and consuming crowd. Chafing dishes can tell a lot about the company who choose it and certainly there are many functions of chafing dishes that make it the right or wrong one for your company. So we’re going to go through the different aspects of chafers too help you determine the right chafing dish for your needs. We’ll take a look at the shape, the sizes, the cover types, the heat source and the finishes to help you decide what kind of impression you […]
OK. So a commercial kitchen does not have to have a food processor to prep foods or puree soups. A chef or prep cook can use other appliances already in the kitchen, like blenders. They can painstakingly chop vegetables very small by hand. They can grate whole blocks of cheese with traditional cheese graters. Or shred a large amount of potatoes the old fashioned way. Or knead small amounts of dough. They can, they just shouldn’t. The true worth of a commercial food processor is time saved. It is truly a versatile tool whose sole purpose is to increase efficiency […]
There are four main factors to consider when purchasing a pizza oven for your commercial pizza kitchen: space or area for an oven, what you pizza output is (volume), what kinds of pizza you bake and price. Let’s take a look at three types of commercial pizza ovens and determine which is right for your commercial pizza kitchen. Countertop Pizza Ovens Perfect for space savers, these ovens have a lower production capacity than other types of pizza ovens. What you gain in space, you give up in output. These small sized ovens are ideal for concession stands, convenience stores, […]