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Judging a Menu by its Cover

By Lee Davis, CFSP The old saying is “never judge a book by its cover,” but the very reason that has become an “old saying” is because people do it all the time. People also judge a menu by its cover. The holidays are coming and one of the easiest ways to make a great first impression on your guests is to replace those outdated, faded, worn, stained,...
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Garland’s Induction Island Cooking Suites

By Lee Davis CFSP I talked with Gerry Kinsella, Senior Business Development Manager for Garland the other day and asked him about the latest trends in Island Cooking Suites. There was no hesitation. “Induction” he said. “Garland’s Island Induction Suites look great and are extremely functional. They offer energy savings, safety, and speed. They can be individualized according to the needs of the operator…Induction is ideal for integration...
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Tips For Replacing a Walk-in

By Lee Davis, CFSP Let’s face it. Replacing a walk-in is a little more expensive and complicated that replacing a toaster. So when your food isn’t staying frozen anymore, and the ice buildup jams your walk-in door open, then it’s time to make some serious decisions. I asked Lynn Burge, Advertising Manager at Master-Bilt, to give me a few tips on how to go about selecting the right...
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Energy Saving, Smart Refrigeration From Cold Zone

By Lee Davis, CFSP How would you like to purchase an energy saving device for your walk-in refrigeration system that pays for itself in two years, and then continues to deliver dividends throughout the life of your system? Cold Zone, a premium brand of Heat Transfer Products Group, LLC, offers just such a device. It’s called the Surveillant Evaporator Controller. Reading the “Theory of Operation” literature from Cold...
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Distinguish a Salamander from a Cheesemelter

By Lee Davis, CFSP The word “salamander” comes from Latin, Greek and Old French. It refers to a “legendary lizard-like creature that could live in fire.” It seems that over time, the zoologists adopted the lizard reference in that etymology to describe those slithery little amphibians that live under rotten logs. The chefs, on the other hand, focused more on the fire reference, and adopted the word to...
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Panasonic Commercial Microwaves: Did you know?

I met with Chef Ken Megarr of Panasonic the other day. I wanted to learn about what’s new with Panasonic Commercial Microwave Ovens and maybe grab a recipe for the NFL opening game. As always, Chef Ken was eager to oblige, but seized the opportunity to turn our conversation into a training moment. “An educated customer is my best customer,” Chef Ken said. “Did you know,” said Chef...
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Structural Concepts: Oasis Undercounter Grab & Go

By Lee Davis, CFSP Point of sale merchandising is hardly a new concept. Down at my favorite truck stop, they frequently have a galvanized washtub full of ice and cold drinks sitting on the floor next to the cash register. On a hot summer day, it’s hard not to notice those frosty cold bottles of pop and add one to your final order while checking out…just be careful...
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Fisher Ultra-Spray/Plus and 7Plus

By Lee Davis, CFSP Jeff Westley, Vice President of Sales at Fisher Manufacturing, recently showed me the next generation of Fisher Ultra-Spray pre-rinse valves: the Ultra-Spray/Plus. Providing both energy and water savings, it blasts soiled dishes using only 1.15 gallons of water per minute (GPMs). That number exceeds the EPA’s new WaterSense standard of 1.28 GPM. The unit comes in approved brass or stainless steel. It is interchangeable...
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Small Plates with International Tableware

By Matt Kurnick Recently we had the opportunity to talk small plates with International Tableware. ITI’s newest collection Tastings and Samplers is perfect for the chef seeking flexibility. The collection features a wide range of piece that fit an equally varied list of operations. From tapas, to bar food, to sushi, to appetizers, this collection of small plates can meet any chef’s needs while helping him or her...
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Carlisle EZ Access Food Pan Lids

By Matt Kurnick The new Carlisle EZ Access Food Pan Lids have several distinct features that set them apart from similar products. The clear, NSF certified lids feature a 30% larger opening than similar lids. They come in two sizes to fit either 1/3 or 1/6 size food pans. The lids can come with one, two or no notches. And the flat interior space makes it extremely easy...