Monthly Archives: April 2011

Self Contained Ice Machines: Reviewing 3 Industry Leaders

Whether you own a hotel, restaurant or bar, you are going to need ice on hand. Run out and it will surely have a negative effect on your business. When you are purchasing an ice machine, there are many things … Continue reading

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Which Commercial Kitchen Trade Show Should You Attend in 2011?

Getting a good look at what’s new, improved, or both in the food service industry is best done in person. This is why I have always been a large supporter of trade shows and exhibitions. There is nothing like getting … Continue reading

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How to Bring your Menu to the Crowd: Warm Food Displays

Making an impression on your guests is simple if you can show off your food. The way that you do it depends on what type of image or service you are providing. From the smorgasbord to a roast presentation that … Continue reading

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Spring Cleaning Checklist for the Industrial and Commercial Kitchen

Yup, it’s that time of year again. We all know it needs to be done. In many cases it is already long overdue. Of course, I am talking about all those once or twice a year activities that every commercial … Continue reading

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Choosing the Right Direct Draw System for Your Restaurant or Bar

What is Direct Draw? A direct draw system, or kegerator, is a system that both cools and serves your beer or other kegged beverages at the flip of a switch. Obviously, this innovation transformed the food service industry overnight and … Continue reading

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How to Speed Up Your Commercial Kitchen

One of the things I am always trying to improve is the overall speed of my kitchen. What I’ve found is that planning and organization go a lot further than trying to act like a dictator. It all falls under … Continue reading

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Consumer Tips for Having a Great Dinner Out

While a lot of time is spent on commercial kitchen and restaurant owners here, it is always important to turn the glass around and look at those in the seats. It’s a fact that the vast majority of chefs and … Continue reading

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Are Menu Prices an Issue in 2011?

Each year the NRN (Nation’s Restaurant News) publishes a survey of consumers to find out what the likely buying trends will be. Unfortunately, the news for 2011 may not be good for restaurant owners who are already struggling with higher … Continue reading

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Knives in the Commercial Kitchen: What to Look for

Many commercial kitchen owners and operators usually pick a brand of knives and stick to it. This is a mistake. While there are certainly some manufacturers that stand above the rest, none of them make the best of everything. If … Continue reading

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