Monthly Archives: December 2015

  1. Buy Your Dinnerware for Charity

    Buy Your Dinnerware for Charity

    Restaurant dinnerware is usually one of the last things that restaurant owners think about. After all, it’s just something to put the food on, right? But, for those who subscribe to the theory that eating at a restaurant should be an experience (which we do), that dinnerware contributes visual artistry to the food, thereby enhancing its flavor.

    In New York, there are a bunch of college students who are pairing their custom-created restaurant dinnerware with the dishes that they are serving on them. It’s a chance to explore the creative process and give that something extra back to the community. The project, known as the Harvest Dinner Project, will benefit the Lord’s Table feeding program.

    People who are eating at the event have the opportunity to purchase the dinnerware that they eat from, so that they can commemorate the great experience that they had. Most everything within the meal will have been sourced locally – emphasizing the necessity for sourcing local.

    “This is about participation, community engagement, and spotlighting the issue of feeding our neighbors. It also crystallizes the experiential learning and community involvement opportunities we promote.” A professional chef in the local area will provide a seven course meal.

    What does your restaurant dinnerware contribute to your eating experience? We’d love to know.

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  2. Butternut Squash is Best with a Robot Coupe Blixer

    Butternut Squash is Best with a Robot Coupe Blixer

    The Robot coupe Blixer was made for the winter months. There are so many tasty treats that you can make with the Blixer that we’re not able to list them out here, but rest assured that if you can blend it, the Robot Coupe can take it. We’ve been dreaming of a butternut squashy new year this week.

    A rich, creamy butternut squash soup is simple to make, yet will please your guests immensely. It takes a little squash, butter, heavy cream, and brown sugar. From there, you have a sweet, sweet mixture that all of your diners will love. We’re thinking about blending up a batch from this recipe posted in the Cleveland paper over the next few days.

    While that was a traditional recipe for squash soup, you’re more than welcome to add some Indian spices to the mix to give it a little more spice and savory twist. Here’s one recipe that you can use the Robot coupe for, where you’re also adding ginger, coriander, turmeric, and more. There is less emphasis on the heavy cream and more on the flavor. This one’s from Detroit.

    Traveling south to San Antonio, you can spice up your squash soup by diving into some kabocha squash and putting in some potatoes to the mix. Add some lemons, celery, and cilantro and you have a fresh soup that your patrons are sure to love.

    The Robot Coupe Blixer is versatile and can blend many ingredients into soups, stews, and delights that will please your guests.

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  3. Artisan Potato Chip Companies Growing

    Artisan Potato Chip Companies Growing

    There are many successful businesses out there that start with just an inkling of an idea. Jeanne and Matt Rue wanted to use the unused fryer. They’d already been selling things online, so they decided to make potato chips. It was easy. In a short time, they sold their first three bags of home-made potato chips.

    They didn’t know what they’d do next, but they gradually started learning more about the potato chip making business. The Rues sold their first bags of chips in bread bags and used hand written labels. Their potato chips gradually gained some prominence, and sales began to increase.

    Eventually, they worked their way up to needing a production facility and commercial fryers. Since there were others potato chip making places in the area, it was the perfect opportunity to have a discussion about how they would be able to work together.

    The power was in the distribution. From a single countertop fryer, this couple started to grow the business through talking with others and eventually getting a distribution deal. Their cottage industry is growing, and it’s not showing any signs of stopping.

    This is just one story about how a couple has gotten to achieve their dreams by providing worthwhile food to the community. You can read a couple more in the Columbus Dispatch here.

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  4. Best Foods to Donate to Food Banks

    Best Foods to Donate to Food Banks

    When the holiday season rolls around, the restaurant shelving at food banks gets full. In fact, in a lot of cases, the donations account for around half of food supplies for the rest of the year. We thought that we’d share information about what to donate to the food banks.

    What’s in demand?

    • Peanut butter
    • Canned fish
    • Canned fruit
    • Canned vegetables

    Stay away from

    • Ramen noodles
    • High sugar cereals
    • Junk food
    • Home-canned foods
    • Food packaged in glass jars

    Food banks can’t take food that has expired, either. It’s mentioned that you should provide food that you would eat and things which are desired rather than the things which you can’t figure out what to do with. If you’re in doubt about what the food bank accepts, ask them.

    Another thing to consider is to simply give money to the food bank of your choice. The reason is that those food banks can get exactly what they need, and they would be able to get the food in bulk. In other words, their dollars have more buying power than retail donations.

    Food banks in this country are doing an amazing job of keeping people fed, but they rely upon the donations that you provide. This holiday season, consider giving what you can to your favorite charity of choice. Consider asking your food bank or soup kitchen if they need any equipment?

    “The best ways to donate to food banks” was originally published in MarketWatch.

     

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  5. Do You Use an Undercounter at your Bar?

    Do You Use an Undercounter at your Bar?

    What type of undercounter equipment do you have at your bar? While it’s true that you might not need as much firepower as the refrigerators and ice machines in the back, having a True undercounter refrigerator and a Scotsman undercounter ice machine help you meet the demands of your patrons just that much faster. Having the ice on hand makes for both happy bartenders and happy customers.

    You can store nearly anything in your True undercounter refrigerator, too. Most of the bartenders that we know use them to store their favorite garnishes and mixers, but you can take it one step further by getting a couple of them working for you simultaneously. One for the garnishes, one for the mixers. Put that with a Scotsman undercounter ice machine and you’re saving your bar back so much time that they can put more of their attention to learning the ropes.

    Of course, here at Restaurant Supply, we have the rest of the equipment that makes for a perfectly functioning bar: commercial sinks, undercounter restaurant shelving, and more. Basically, if you need to trick out your bar, we’re more than happy to help you find what you need. Get in contact with us, and let us help you make running a bar that much easier.

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  6. Barbeque and Blues in Greenville

    Barbeque and Blues in Greenville

    If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you’ll know that we believe that food is art and that expressions of creativity can happen whether you’re working with the commercial ovens or the commercial toasters. Food is love, magic, and more.

    When restaurants team up with musicians… the results can be extraordinary.

    Barbeque and blues go together so well that there should be more restaurants based on the concept. The Village of West Greenville is bringing it home with their concept of blues and barbeque. Two people who see the art in everything are teaming up together to bring it home. The business itself is really trying to capture the spirit of Greenville.

    Roots Smokehouse will open inside Dr. Mac Arnold’s Blues Restaurant. This represents something new in the field of restaurants, pairing these two together – a pair which seems so natural. The owner of the smokehouse gained his reputation by smoking meats, seafood, and vegetables.

    And Dr. Mac Arnold… “Working with Mac is a pleasure. He’s this legend. We’ve got a great spot and the plan is not to just be here temporarily and move on,” says the owner of Roots. We’re looking forward to seeing what their commercial ovens can churn out when they open in January.

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  7. McDonald's Releases Shirt Celebrating Breakfast

    McDonald's Releases Shirt Celebrating Breakfast

    Seems like everywhere you turn, you see people talking about the McDonald’s all-day breakfast. People can get Egg McMuffins and hash browns any time of the day or night, but there are some fans who wanted to show their love of McDonald’s’ commercial fryers just that little bit more. Now it’s possible to get a t-shirt commemorating your delight with the fast food chain.

    One of the franchises in Oakbrook, Illinois decided to take their love of their food just a little further. You can get a sweet picture of “Breakfast Friends Forever” and celebrate mornings and evenings with your friends and loved ones. You can also get smartphone accessories which were inspired by the breakfast menu.

    This opens the door for some of the other merchandising opportunities that are with our favorite fast food chains. We’d love to see someone make a cartoon version of the Empura fryers or even a sweet mosaic of napkin rings to commemorate the stay of guests in the restaurants.

    Congratulations go out to Singapore-based artist Aaron Thong for the design that he came up with for the McDonald’s franchise. “I love making this stuff. It’s even more awesome when people get to see the stuff I made.”

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  8. Kwik Trip Wins Convenience Store Award

    Kwik Trip Wins Convenience Store Award

    Variety is the spice of life, especially when it comes to convenience stores. We’d like to extend a hearty congratulations to the Kwik Trip chain, based in La Crosse, WI, as the winner of the Convenience Store News Foodservice Innovators Awards. This chain of stores has been setting the standard in innovation.

    There are several stores under the Kwik Trip umbrella, including Tobacco Outlet Plus, Kwik Trip, and Kwik Star, employing over 14,000 coworkers. Their reputation was based on food safety and their deals. Where these guys really shine, however, is in the variety of products that they offer.

    When hungry commuters step into a Kwik Trip, they can get nearly tasty treat that they want. Their chain boasts a bakery which supplies many of its stores. They make some good use of the commercial convection ovens with all of their bagels, breads, and croissants. All of the goodies are ready to grab and go.

    They’re also innovators in bringing lower calorie foods to their patrons. Healthy menus and that variety will help keep people coming back to the stores. Their restaurant equipment is working overtime, most likely 24 hours a day. These guys are the ones to watch with their promotions and other steps to innovation.

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  9. Repurpose your Old Kitchen Equipment

    Repurpose your Old Kitchen Equipment

    At Restaurant Supply, we are all about the use of personal creativity in the creation of delightful works of edible art. Everything that we sell is to help our favorite chefs and restaurant owners push forward and make masterpieces. That creativity and ingenuity can be used to devise other pieces of art, too.

    Commercial sinks are traditionally used for only one thing, but they can be repurposed to form something beautiful like planters and storage areas. The stainless steel design can be used as part of an Art Deco project or of something completely different.

    Let’s say that you have a number of spoons laying around – perhaps got a little too much restaurant flatware for your purposes. Out of those, you can craft beautiful flowers that hold tiny tea lights. The luminescent glow will add a tranquil touch to your table.

    You can even turn an oven into a lounge chair! We never thought about that, but upon seeing the picture (over here) it definitely works. Or, if you decide to get a little old school, you can transform your cast iron stove into a decorative art piece.

    When you’re dreaming about remodeling your commercial kitchen, offer a couple of thoughts to repurposing the unusable equipment to art projects – donate them to an art school or otherwise go wild.

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  10. Food Trends for 2016

    Food Trends for 2016

    What food trends do you expect to see in 2016? Are you thinking that you might see some bugs in your restaurant’s commercial refrigerators? How about sustainable food? Let’s take a look at some of the trends which may make it into our restaurants this coming year.

    Discarded food

    Food waste has been one of those topics that we’ve touched upon here a lot in the Restaurant Supply blog. The amount of food wasted in the industry is absolutely staggering. You’ll be seeing more efforts of people reclaiming those discarded and ugly vegetables.

    Sustainability

    Going hand in hand with using food waste is the concept of sustainability. Chefs want to make sure that the food that is eaten can be carried on for generations to come, rather than simply used up – wasting the resources of the water and the soil. With the chef’s focus, that need for sustainability becomes infused in the restaurants.

    Hawaiian Poke

    This was on the top trends for last year, and it’s still ready to make a difference. We’re looking forward to seeing the deconstructed sushi make its way to all parts of the country with it’s wonderful ‘ice cream bowl’ like demeanor. Hawaiian and different.

    We’re looking forward to seeing what 2016 brings – we know that all of the restaurant owners out there are just itching to bring some delights to the table. What is going to be in your commercial refrigerators for the new year?

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