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    How True Refrigeration Units Can Save You Money

    Written by: J. Vigotsky

     

    true refrigeration products

     

    True has been a leader in the commercial refrigeration industry for over 70 years. And although this blog has already covered a few of the many benefits offered by True products, there are still plenty of other reasons for the company’s success. This post will focus exclusively on how one specific feature of True refrigeration units can save you money.

    Also known as RCU, a reverse condensing fan motor does enables users to reverse the condensing fan motor of a refrigeration unit. This action helps keep the condensing coil clean while also reducing negative effects of a dirty coil. So while a fan still operates in a conventional manner, it’ll run in reverse for the first 20 seconds after the unit starts up. Doing so cleans the unit by blowing dust, dirt, and debris off the condensing coil. So since these coils don’t need to contend with unwanted debris, True refrigerators and freezers use 20% less energy than similar units. This helps users save money on electric bills.

     

     

    While a reverse condensing fan motor doesn’t eliminate the need for maintenance, it does prolong the lifespan of your True refrigeration unit. This means you won’t need to purchase new refrigerators and freezers at the same frequency you would with other brands. RCU technology also helps True refrigeration units maintain the coldest temperatures and freshest products. So whether you’re operating a large dining hall kitchen or a cozy concession stand, using a True refrigeration unit pays off in the long run.

    Preparing for Thanksgiving Eve - The Busiest Bar Night of the Year

    Written by: J. Vigotsky

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    Thanksgiving always takes place on the fourth Thursday of November. It’s a day of family, food, and football. But the party really starts the night before. Also known as Blackout Wednesday, Thanksgiving Eve is the busiest bar night of the year—outclassing holidays like New Year’s Eve and St. Patrick’s Day. College students return home from school and reunite with friends, while workers enjoy a night out before their day off on Thanksgiving. As a result all this foot traffic, bars and pubs need to be on their A-game for Thanksgiving Eve. This post offers 5 tips that will help you get the most out of the night.

     

    Use Plastic Beverageware Instead of Glass

     

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    If you usually use glass beverageware to serve drinks, consider switching to plastic for Thanksgiving Eve. When bars and pubs get overcrowded, the chance of accidental collisions between patrons increases. Add in the fact that people will be in an especially celebratory mood, and the chances of glass shattering on the ground are unusually high. The last thing you want in your bar is broken glass. Not only can customers cut themselves, but it’ll be difficult to clean since the bar will be so crowded. Proactively nip the issue in the bud by using plastic beverageware.

     

    Hire Some Extra Muscle

     

    bar bouncer


    There’s a reason Thanksgiving Eve is also referred to as Blackout Wednesday. And while nearly all patrons will be able to maintain control of themselves, there’s an increased chance that an issue will arise. Hiring a bouncer is a great way to prevent unwanted problems. If there’s a fight or even a threat of a fight, a bouncer can help quell the situation before it gets out of hand. The extra business that comes from Thanksgiving Eve is great. But the last thing you want is to end up on the local news as the site of a big bar brawl.

     

    Know When Enough is Enough

     

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    If you sense a patron is getting too rowdy, it’s your responsibility to cut them off—even if they’re trying to buy a round of shots for the entire bar. You might lose out on a little bit of money. But you’ll be ensuring a safe environment for the rest of the night.

     

    Re-Up on Beverages

     

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    You don’t want to be the bar that runs out of someone’s favorite drink. Maybe the customer will opt for something else, and you won’t lose any business in the moment. But that patron will likely remember the instance and next time choose to go somewhere else. So make sure your bar or pub is fully stocked with all kinds of beers, liquors, and wines.


    Have Cleaning Supplies On Hand

     

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    Where there are large groups, there are often large messes. Drinks that are spilled on the floor lead to wet surfaces that are potential safety risks. And if your patrons are fleet of foot enough to avoid slipping, those wet surfaces soon turn extremely sticky. Customers will labor just trying to separate their shoe from the floor, and your bar will soon be known as dirty. Luckily, there are steps you can take to prevent such a fate. Always keep a couple mops and towels on stand-by. If there’s a spill, you’ll be ready to clean it up before it has a chance to offend anyone.

     

    When it comes to Thanksgiving Eve, everyone needs to up their focus. The large crowds put extra stress on staff, so it falls on the owner to make sure everyone is ready. Start preparing early so by the time Blackout Wednesday arrives, you’ll be ready to handle the busiest bar night of the year.

     

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    Why Your Kitchen Needs a Commercial Can Crusher

    Written by: J. Vigotsky

     

    edlund can crusher

     

    Restaurants, cafeterias, and dining halls can go through hundreds of cans of food per day. And after a while, the empty cans start to pile up and take up significant space. That’s why many kitchens have commercial can crushers that help handle waste. If your kitchen does not currently use an Edlund can crusher, here are a few reasons why it should:

     

    Crushing Cans Saves Money

    It doesn’t matter what size or shape a can is. An Edlund can crusher quickly compresses it by 84%. And since crushed cans take up much less space than uncrushed cans, they drastically reduce trash volume. So much so that your number of recycle pick-ups can realistically be cut in half. So if you spend $4300 annually on trash removal, you can expect to save roughly $2000 per year with the help of a can crusher.

    Another way that crushing cans saves money is that it reduces the use of garbage bags. About 42 uncrushed #10 cans fit in a standard 55-gallon trash bag. But if you’re crushing your cans, you can fit a whopping 200 in one of those bags! So if you usually spend $1000 per year on trash bags for cans, a can crusher will reduce your spending to about $200. 

     

    Can Crushers Save Time and Labor

    Transporting garbage bags from the kitchen to the outside dumpster can be a time drain. If cans aren’t crushed, the recyclables might need to be taken out several times per day. During winter this might mean bundling up to deal with the cold. There’s also a risk that kitchen staff might stop and get involved in conversations when they should be working. But by utilizing can crushers, your kitchen staff will be able to work more efficiently and make the most of their time in the kitchen.

     

    Edlund offers a few different commercial can crushers than can effortlessly compress as many as 2000 cans per day. It’s simple as this:

     

     

    Product Highlights - Commercial Mixers and Attachments

    by Dov Soiefer

     

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    What’s the first thing that pops into your mind when you hear the word “mixer”?


    For me it’s dough. For others it may be pizza or a bakery. But did you know that there is a small easy-to-miss part on the top of most commercial mixers called a “hub” that opens up a whole other world of opportunities -- from grating/shredding to grinding and even slicing! One of the great advantages of these attachments is that its only source of power is from the mixer itself. So as long as your mixer works, your attachment will work (mixers are one of the longest lasting pieces of equipment).


    All you need to do is take the round plate off the front of your hub, insert the attachment into the opening, and tighten the screw on the side of the shaft. And walla -- you’re ready to roll!


    Now although the original attachments can be purchased from the mixer manufacturers, they tend to be very overpriced. Below is a list of all the attachments that are just as good and available at a fraction of the price. And most importantly, they're always in our Monsey, NY showroom and ready to ship immediately.

    Grater/shredder attachment:

    GS-12 Includes a standard 3/16” disc. The kugel blade for this attachment is KD-GD (the GS-22 for the larger mixers take the same blade discs).


    Grinder attachment:

    12HCOMPL Includes knife blade and ¼” grinder plate. We stock replacement knives and many more grinder plate sizes.


    Slicer:

    VS-12KDS Can be adjusted to any thickness so multiple blades aren’t needed. This would only work if you already have the GS-12, If you don’t have the attachment and you want to slice, you would have to get the complete slicer attachment VS-12.

     

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    What is Pumpkin Spice?

    Written by: J. Vigotsky

     

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    The fall season brings about harvests, festivals, and perhaps most importantly—pumpkin spice. The delicious seasoning is used in everything from pies to drinks to cookies. Even breakfast items like waffles, pancakes, and muffins feature the renowned spice. Although it’s enjoyed by nearly everyone who tries it, there is a mystery surrounding the fall-time spice. This post will answer the question, “What is Pumpkin Spice?”

     

    Is Pumpkin Spice Made with Real Pumpkin?

    Surprisingly, pumpkin spice traditionally doesn’t have any pumpkin in it. Instead, the spice usually contains a mixture of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and ground cloves. Since pumpkin spice is often homemade, many chefs have their own recipes. It’s worth experimenting to find the perfect combination of ingredients that tastes just right. If you find that one spice in the mix is a bit too strong, simply remove some from the recipe.

    Check out this recipe to get started with making your own pumpkin spice.  Once you’ve thoroughly mixed the ingredients, be sure to store the seasoning in an air-tight jar to ensure freshness.  

     

    Where Did Pumpkin Spice Come From?

     

    pumpkin spice latte

     

    Pumpkin spice was originally offered as “Pumpkin Pie Spice” in the 1950s and 60s by brands like McCormick. The seasoning was primarily used as an additive in pies and cake. But it was only a matter of time before it grew in popularity.

    Pumpkin spice coffee was introduced to the world in the 1990s, but Starbucks soon topped that with its Pumpkin Spice Latte in 2004. The revolutionary beverage was the result of a 3-month long recipe experiment. The Pumpkin Spice Latte was a smash hit from the start. And although it’s only seasonal, the hot drink has been served over 200 million times at Starbucks and has been imitated at countless other coffee shops. Anytime you see #PSL on social media, you can be assured someone is enjoying a pumpkin spice latte.

     

    What is the Future of Pumpkin Spice?

    Today you can’t go anywhere during the fall season without coming across pumpkin spice. While it’s a safe bet that the spice is here to stay, there’s no telling what the future holds. We’re guessing that history will repeat itself, and pumpkin spice will be used in new ways that we currently can’t even imagine.

     

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    Most Popular Food Processors We Stock

    robot coupe r2n

    by Dov Soiefer

    The most basic model we stock is the R2N. Featuring a bowl with an S blade that's used for items that need to be pureed, the R2N which also has a continuous feed option. This model, however, cannot dice at all and a dicing kit cannot be added on even at a later time. A grating disc (27764) is also available.

    Then we stock the R2 DICE, which is basically the same as the R2N but with the dicing option. A 10MM dicing kit is included and other sizes can be purchased separately. We stock all size dicing kits

    Lastly, we stock the CL50 which has an all metal body so it’s more heavy duty BUT works only with continuous feed and does not have a bowl option. The dicing kit is available but must be purchased separately. We also carry Robot Coupe (28061) grating discs.

    In regards to dicing in general, because of the high speed of these units, if you would try to dice a soft tomato it would not give you a perfect cube. Therefore we stock the Dynamic CL006 (3/8”), which although it is a manual machine will dice any fruit or vegetable
    perfectly! We also stock all blade sizes for this model.

    These are only a few of most popular food processors. To view our entire catalog, click here.

    Why Free Samples Are Great for Business

    Written by: J. Vigotsky

     

    free samples great for business

     

    “Free Sample” might be the greatest two-word phrase in the English language. Whether you’re getting cheese, chocolate, or some kind of meat on a stick, it’s nearly impossible to say no to a free sample.  And believe or not, offering free samples is a great way to increase long-term profits—as detailed in this article from The Atlantic. Food courts, specialty shops, and Costcos have been benefitting from giving free samples for years, and there are several reasons why restaurant owners should consider adopting the practice.

     

    Increased Goodwill

    Offering a free taste of an appetizer or a drink is a small gesture that will be much appreciated by your customers. Your customers will not only be more likely to return in the future, but they’ll also recommend your restaurant to friends. You’ll be known for doing something that few other restaurants outside the food court dare to do: give free samples.

     

    Educates Customers

    It can be tough to bring customers up to speed regarding your restaurant’s newest cocktails and appetizers. And even if customers know about your new offerings, they might have a tendency to stick to known commodities. By giving guests free samples of something they haven’t tried yet, you’ll be helping them make informed decisions when ordering their food and drink.

     

    More Sales

    According to a Cornell study, increasing customer satisfaction results in more sales at winery tasting rooms. This same concept can easily be applied to bars and restaurants. The more satisfied your customers, the more likely they are to purchase more items. Whether those items are drinks, appetizers, entrees, or desserts, your restaurant will reap the benefits.

     

    Diners Appreciate Variety

    Alternating free sample offerings encourages customers to frequently visit your restaurant. Whether you decide to offer a different sample every two weeks or every month, the idea is to provide patrons with a good reason to keep coming back. And by providing a unique experience each time, you’ll be doing just that.

     

    For best results, be sure to keep track of what food and drink samples result in the most purchases. Weigh this against the cost of offering the samples to decide what samples are the most profitable for your restaurant. This will help you plan future samples while ensuring that your restaurant maximizes profit.

     

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    The Role of Robots in Restaurants

    Written by: Upserve

     

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    It’s 2018 and our world is rapidly becoming more and more technology focused—and that technology is becoming more and more focused on robots and AI, even in the restaurant industry.

    As Dr. Deepak Sekar told Upserve, “The proliferation of robots handling repetitive tasks in the kitchen will enable humans to focus on more creative pursuits, such as recipe development, as well as interpersonal front-of-house interactions,” adding that he believes that robots will play an integral role in restaurants for years to come.

     

    A.I in Restaurants

    Most successful restaurants are integrating technology into their day-to-day processes. Online Ordering integrations mean fewer staff-hours are spent answering phones. Restaurant POS systems are replacing pen and paper, and inventory is no longer done by hand. Most restaurants are launching digital loyalty programs, nixing the punch hole of yesteryear. The data backs up these trends; Engaged loyal customers spend 60% more than others, for example. The next logical step is for robots to start entering the workforce.

     

    Robots in the Kitchen

     

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    Right now, the majority of robot work in the restaurant industry is being carried out in the kitchen. As CNBC reports, a startup based in (you guessed it) southern California called Miso Robotics built a robot aptly named Flippy to replace the work of fry cooks. “Flippy employs machine learning and computer vision to identify patties on a grill, track them as they cook, flip and then place them on a bun when they’re done.” Other robots like Flippy include Frobot and Sally, a salad-making bot that, unlike the others, operated in a front of house capacity.

    Posted in places like the lobby of a busy Silicon Valley hotel, Sally’s work is customizable. Users are able to tinker with her salad outputs based on variables like calorie count and the addition or subtraction of ingredients based on taste preferences or allergies. Because all of Sally’s ingredients are sanitary and kept separate from the rest, cross-contamination of allergens and the risk of foodborne illness is reduced.

    However, as many benefits as restaurant industry robots might have to offer, there are certainly some drawbacks that have to be considered.

     

    What it Means for Workers

    “Fry cooks, the people who flip burgers (or fillets) all day on a hot grill”—and who Flippy is essentially designed to replace—“move on from the job faster than others in the field,” continues CNBC. While on one hand it’s an advantage for restaurant owners to not have to hassle with turnover and the drain of constant hiring and training of new employees, the proliferation of robots like Flippy will surely eliminate jobs that some Americans rely on.

    “About 80 percent of job losses in American manufacturing over the past 30 years, for example, were the result of technological displacement. And recent studies indicate that the pattern will spread across other industries,” according to a Washington Post article that covered one Flippy robot being laid off from a gig in California for being too slow. Customers flooded the restaurant to get a glimpse of the new burger-making ‘bot, but in doing so created more traffic than Flippy could keep up with.

     

    What Lies Ahead

     

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    While robot creators are adamant that their technology isn’t going to replace human jobs, it appears that the sentiment might objectively be true. Saru Jayaraman, a co-founder of the worker advocacy group Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, told Eater that robots in the kitchen could actually lead to an increase in restaurant employment in the future, pointing to the case of California. The state is “ground zero for both the booming restaurant industry and for automation in restaurants. For starters, even as automation becomes more commonplace in California, restaurant employment there has exploded, increasing 45 percent from 2001 to 2016,” Eater reports.  It’s also true that feeling special and taken care of in a restaurant are human emotions that can best be delivered by other humans.  That’s why it’s important that restaurateurs continue asking their guests for feedback and ways to improve.  So while robots will continue to get more advanced and capable, we believe there will always be a place for humans to deliver remarkable hospitality.

    While the future of restaurant work can’t be predicted for certain, chances are robots are going to have a role in it. But it will be up to humans to determine what that role will be.

    Product Highlights - Soap and Paper Towel Dispensers

    by Dov Soiefer

    soap and paper towel dispenser

     

    How many hand sinks have you sold in your lifetime? Well, if you’ve been doing this for a while chances are quite a few! There are some inspectors which require a hand sink within 10 feet of any cooking zone. Now ask yourself how many hand sinks did you sell with the three basic accessories? If your answer is none then that’s about to change! You see, usually if the customer is purchasing a sink it’s because they don’t want to fail an inspection - but even with the hand sink they will fail if the following three items are missing:

     

    A) “employee must wash hand” sign
    B) soap dispenser
    C) paper towel dispenser

     

    Did you ever wonder why the first question you get after you put your order in at a fast food joint is “will you have some fries with that?” It’s all about the accessories. And, as opposed to McDonald’s “accessory” which leaves you with an extra few guilty pounds on the scale. The accessory you’re offering is actually a necessity. And you are saving the customer a failed inspection!

     

    Below are the models that we always keep in stock:

     

    Soap Dispenser:

    Good: San Jamar S30TBK and S46TBK 
    Inexpensive: Winco SD-100 

     

    Paper Towel Dispenser:

    C-fold or multi-fold: T1790TBK3 
    Roll paper: T990TBK 

     

    Hand Wash Sign:

    SGN-322 

    3 Culinary Adventures for Food Lovers

    Written by: J. Vigotsky

     

    For many people, a large draw of going on vacation is the food. Enjoying delicious food at a nice restaurants can be one of life’s greatest pleasures. But for certain more adventurous food lovers, there might be a better option. This post features 3 culinary adventures that food lovers will adore.

     

    Catch and Cook

     

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    Seafood fraud is becoming an increasingly common issue for restaurants. Usually taking the form of mislabeled or short-weighted dishes, the practice can occur anywhere along the supply chain. And usually diners are none the wiser. But for seafood aficionados who are looking for adventure and want to know exactly what they’re eating, a catch and cook experience is the perfect solution.

    Resorts like the Four Seasons in Oahu let you take to the sea on a fishing charter for a day or half day. Accompanied by a captain, crew, and chef, you’ll put your fisherman skills to the test by trying to reel in some fresh dinner. Complimentary drinks and food are available on the boat, so rest assured that your survival doesn’t depend on your fishing prowess. At the end of the day, the boat returns to land where distinguished chefs prepare the days’ catches as five-star dishes.

    For mainlanders who aren’t quite ready to trek all the way out to Hawaii, Hotel Viking in Newport, RI offers a similar program. Guests can take a private charter out for the day and are accompanied by fishing professionals. Bass, Fluke, Shark, Tuna, Marlin, Mahi, and Wahoo are among the most common fish in the area. Once caught, fish are cleaned, fileted, and then cooked by an executive chef to your precise specifications.

     

    Cycle around Italy

     

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    Italy has long been renowned for its cuisine. And now with Tourissimo, you can experience Italy’s food and wine culture while also traversing the country’s beautiful roads via bicycle. This international adventure is led by a knowledgeable chef who explains practical and cultural aspects of Italian food in great detail. Perfect for working off all the extra calories you’ll be consuming, these bicycle tours cover areas like Sicily and Piedmont.

     

    Winter Sports and Food Festivals

     

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    While a ski trip or a food festival is worth traveling for by itself, some mountain towns are starting to combine the two. In Jackson Hole, Wyoming—one of the most popular ski destinations in the United States—a Food and Wine Winter Fest will be returning for its second year in 2019. Food festivities take place during the evenings, which gives attendees the whole day to enjoy the outdoors. Skiing, tubing, snowshoeing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, sleigh rides, and dog sled tours are just a few of the most popular options.

    Beaver Creek Resort in Colorado features a similar 4-day event that combines outdoor adventure with culinary bliss. Attracting celebrity chefs, the weekend getaway includes full-day itineraries of guided skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing tours along with gourmet meals, craft beverages, and live music.

     

    No matter what you’re into, there’s likely a culinary adventure program for you. It might take some research to find it, but it’ll all be well worth it when you’re on the vacation of a life time.