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The Ice-O-Matic Elevation Series

August 5, 2020 | No Comments »

Ice-O-Matic’s Elevation Series is 20% more efficient than standard models, and designed with BPA-free plastic and recyclable parts! With its dual exhaust, the Elevation Series can be installed numerous ways. With an exclusive design that discharges hot air from both the side and the top, tight spaces are no longer an issue where the otherwise would be.

Installation is a breeze with the plug and play design that uses the Universal Smart Harness control that makes it easy to service and simplifies installation. Mission-critical indicators inform operators ahead of any potential problems.

Clean up is just as simple! One touch descaling and sanitizing keep the Elevation Series in peak performance and safety, and lets operators know when cleaning is required.

Features:

ONE TOUCH CLEANING- One touch to sanitize, one touch to de-lime. LEDs signal when cleaning is required.

FOOD ZONE- Sanitation has never been easier. Unique plastic food zone parts snap in and out and are dishwasher safe.

DUAL EXHAUST- Groundbreaking technology allows hot-air discharge from the side or the top of every unit.

WATER DISTRIBUTION TUBE- No bottle brushes required. Easily removed and disassembled for cleaning. Dishwasher safe.

Generate More Positive Reviews for Your Restaurant

August 3, 2020 | No Comments »

The number of positive reviews your foodservice operation receives will significantly impact your bottom line. A study conducted by Trip Advisor found that online reviews influence 94% of US diners.

When is the last time you checked sites like Yelp, Google, Open Table, and social media to read the feedback guests have left about your restaurant? These days, even one negative review can deter someone from choosing to eat at your establishment.

So how do you earn more positive reviews? Here are a few ways to ask for positive reviews:

  • Place QR codes on to-go containers so that guests can scan and leave a review.
  • Hand out takeaway cards asking for reviews on the sites you’re listed on. Encourage people to leave the card (with their name and email address written down) in a bowl on the way out once they’ve completed the reviews. Once a month, draw one card from that month’s collection to win a free appetizer or dessert (incentivizing the review process can make a big difference!).
  • If you hand out mints, wet-wipes, or other small items after guests have finished their meals, consider printing review reminders on the packaging.
  • Set up a review station near the entrance, encouraging guests to leave a review before they leave. Designate a tablet for this purpose and place clear signage around it. Remind your staff to point it out before guests leave their tables.

When you commit to exceeding expectations and building relationships with your customers, while also focusing on ways to ask for positive reviews tactfully, you will see an uptick in the amount of great feedback being left on your restaurant profiles.

The Cooper-Atkins Kwikswitch

July 27, 2020 | No Comments »

Cooper-Atkins continues to be at the forefront of innovative food safety tools with the introduction of the KwikSwitch Folding Thermocouple Kit.

The KwikSwitch is a folding thermocouple instrument featuring a replaceable probe while maintaining a total system accuracy of ±1°F (±0.5°C). Business hours can be busy, so it takes only one second to get a reading that is +/- 1°F. This easy-to-use device turns on and off by simply flipping the probe open and closed. It includes a 1000 hour battery with automatic shut-off after 10 minutes of no use. From receiving to plating, your KwikSwitch can utilize any “Type K” probe, simply switch it out as needed. To add even more versatility, they made it compatible with induction cooking equipment. This tool will become an operator’s best friend with the large, easy to read LCD screen with a back-lit display for low light settings and a temperature range of -40 to 500°F.

The KwikSwitch is fast, accurate, versatile, NSF certified, IPX7 waterproof rated, made of durable ABS plastic, and built with Cooper-Atkins quality.

The Benefits of Blast Chilling, Shock Freezing, and American Panel’s HurriChill

July 20, 2020 | No Comments »

American Panel, experts for more than 50 years, can provide everything you need to know about blast chilling and shock freezing. Here are some benefits you can expect to receive when using blast chilling and shock freezing in your establishment:

Food Safety: When it comes to food safety, minimizing time spent in the danger zone (140˚F to 40˚F) is key. To limit the danger of bacterial contamination in food, it is extremely important to lower its temperature rapidly. Micro-organisms work fast, especially at temperatures between 140˚F and 40˚F.

Food Quality: When food is slowly chilled, cells are damaged. This process has a negative effect on taste, aroma, overall appeal, and customer satisfaction. Blast chilling and shock freezing captures the flavor and food quality and minimizes the breakdown.

Wider Menu: Blast chilling and shock freezing allows restaurants to provide a more varied menu of delicious, fresh-tasting choices! With a HurriChill blast chiller/shock freezer, chefs can complete semi-finished dishes in record time.

Save Valuable Time: Blast chilling and shock freezing allows menu items to be prepared faster and ahead of time. Schedules are easier to maintain and significant time is saved throughout the week as meals are prepared and served.

Improve/Extend Shelf Life: This is a big factor. Increase shelf life up to five days with your HurriChill blast chiller. If long term storage is required, shock freezing prolongs shelf life for several months. We will talk about the difference between blast chilling and shock freezing later in this article.

Less Waste: Discarded leftovers can become a thing of the past. Blast chilling or shock freezing allows operators to plan and use leftover food products efficiently.

Less Product Shrinkage: Weigh this HurriChill advantage: the rapid speed of blast chilling protects moisture in the food from evaporation up to 15%. This is significant when you look at the high cost of food today.

Saves Labor: Chefs can now produce seven days’ worth of food in just three or four days. Think about the huge benefits and cost savings that brings your operation.

Smarter Food Purchasing: Think of the money that could be saved by buying in bulk at lower prices without the risk factors that come with buying food in bulk. When you introduce blast chilling and shock freezing into the food prep process, seasonal items become more accessible–and you’ll avoid the risk of running out of popular menu items during peak periods.

Your Bottom Line: Increase customer satisfaction and loyalty, reduce costs, increase profits, and more.

The Vulcan VSX Series Commercial Gas Countertop Food Steamer Oven

July 15, 2020 | No Comments »

Best suited for operations that prefer to run on national gas or propane, the Vulcan VSX gas countertop steamer features electronic controls and ready / cook lights.  An ignition light also informs the operator that the steam generator has filled, the gas burner has ignited and that the steam generator is heating.  The 45,000 BTU/hr. steamer also includes 4″ legs for countertop operation.

Features:

  • A la carte steamer with stainless steel exterior and cooking compartment with coved interior corners
  • Controls include 60-minute timer, buzzer, cook/ready light and power switch for easy operation of this food steamer
  • Heavy gauge stainless steel door
  • Convenient deliming port
  • Split water line connection
  • 4″ legs

Continental Refrigerator Gives Operators Flexible Solutions

July 13, 2020 | No Comments »

Restaurants facing the challenges of the COVID virus are often needing product flexibility within their foodservice operation.

Continental Refrigerator has always been about product flexibility. Their refrigeration equipment is built with flexible components and options that can easily be changed in the field. Continental is working hard to engineer their units for safer, cleaner kitchen environments. They have added new options that allow the surfaces of refrigeration equipment to be more sanitary.

One of the many sanitation solutions Continental offers is the SANIGUARD antimicrobial coated handles. SANIGUARD antimicrobial product protection utilizes a patented, inorganic silver-ion technology to inhibit the growth of non-public health bacteria, odor-causing molds and mildews, staining, and product deterioration. This is a great solution to keep handles cleaner and fresher between routine cleanings.

Continental Refrigerator also offers the option of foot treadles for upright refrigeration units. Foot treadles are being attached to the bottom of upright refrigeration units to allow the foodservice operators to use their foot, rather than their hands, to open the door. This keeps dirty hands off of handles and reduces the risk of spread from high-touch surfaces.

The Nexis LED Candle System from Hollowick

July 8, 2020 | No Comments »

The Nexis LED Candle System from Hollowick is packed full of features that make it one of the most advanced rechargeable candle system in the market! Take a look at the features that back up that claim:

  • A state-of-the-art wireless charging technology that consumes up to 50% less energy than comparable induction charging systems.
  • When lifted from the charging tray, the Nexis candles automatically turn on. There are no buttons needed!
  • Easily transport the candles on the charging tray to and from your event.
  • A magnetic remote control secures to the top of the charging tray, or any magnetic device.
  • Choose from four different run modes that match the look you desire: flicker, flicker high light, steady, and steady high light.
  • Avoid overcharging the battery with built-in safeguards in the power supply, tray, and candles.

Keeping Clean with Fisher’s Navigator Sensor Faucets

July 6, 2020 | No Comments »

With Fisher’s Navigator Sensor Faucets, you could conserve almost a gallon of water for every effective hand wash. In a restaurant, saving a gallon of water for every hand wash can equate to huge savings on your bottom line! Washing your hands without touching faucet handles also can help reduce disease and illnesses. Fisher cares about providing solutions to benefit employees, customers, and your business.

The Navigator Sensor Faucets kit includes a faucet, control unit, supply lines, AC adapter and mixing valve. These innovative systems are available as a wall mount or a deck mount unit. They have a built-in filter to ensure particle-free water, adjustable shut-off delay to reduce water waste, and mechanical mixing valve to prevent scalding.

See the video below to see what sets Fisher apart!

CMA’s 181-VL High Temperature Undercounter Dishmachine

July 1, 2020 | No Comments »

Finding a temperature balance for a bartender’s dish machine usually has its tradeoffs. A dishmachine with too low of a temperature doesn’t reliably rinse away cosmetics, leaving glass with a stain that casts a doubt how clean the glass actually is. And while effective at cleaning, high-temperature dishmachines create too much water vapor and steam for front-of-the-house applications.

The solution? CMA’s 181-VL undercounter dishmachine! It is uses a single rack, and is front loading with a heat recovery system that reduces water vapor for bar applications. No more fogged up glassware, bottles and mirrors…and no more lipstick stains!

The 181-VL is Energy Star Approved for reduced energy costs. It uses only a cold water supply, but has an on board Safe-T-Temp booster heater for a consistent 180° final rinse. It has a three-minute cycle and can wash 600 glasses per hour. With a raised door for easy unloading, and an automatic fill function, it couldn’t be simpler for employees to operate.

Other features include the Soft Start. This feature gently ramps-up the water pressure at the beginning of each cycle so that delicate stemware and glasses aren’t knocked over or broken by an initial blast of wash water. This feature also reduces noise.

The 181-VL is also built to last! With 304 stainless steel construction, a 1.0 HP corrosion resistant pump, and stainless steel upper and lower wash arm. Cleaning the 181-VL is also easy, as it has a removable stainless steel pump protection screen.

Amana’s Commercial Xpress IQ ARX Ovens

June 30, 2020 | No Comments »

The faster, safer, and smarter Amana Commercial Xpress IQ ARX Ovens combine forced air, convection, and microwave to cook food fast and consistently! They don’t take up much space, and have no need for ventilation. It has more than 1200 programmable menu items through the customizable True-Touch HD touchscreen!

In an effort to keep hands and arms away from the hot surface, Amana dropped the inner door well below the cooking surface for safe removal from the cavity. Cleaning is easy too, with non-stick oven liners to help keep it maintained and efficient!

Check out the video below to see many more features this awesome oven provides:

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