Food processors and mixers have evolved considerably in the past decade to become more versatile and more powerful, meaning they can satisfy a growing number of food preparation tasks in greater capacities. A food processor has a central motor, usually self contained, that drives a shaft to which a blade or other cutting implement is [...]
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Overhead warmers are fairly simple devices. They are typically used to keep food that is ready to be served warm before it goes out on the server’s tray. Overhead warmers have three main parts: 1. Element 2. On/off switch 3. Infinite Control Read on below for instructions on how to test and replace these three parts, or go here [...]
I want to talk about some products that can really help your food safety efforts: 1. Stainless steel 1/6 pans for your prep table coolers. Stainless is a much better conductor than plastic, so keep your foods in them and it will help you avoid critical cold holding violations from the health department. Additionally, do [...]
Commercial dishwashers are energy hogs, pure and simple. There’s no way to get around it, and the best you can do is try to mitigate the costs associated with dishwashing by employing a few effective strategies. Wash full racks only. It’s so obvious it almost seems dumb to say, but train your kitchen staff to [...]
Running a successful, profitable restaurant is just like being a stock broker: you must diversify to minimize risk. This lesson is even more relevant today considering the current economic climate. So, you have a great concept, some popular menu items, and a decent dinner rush. Good. But your profit margins could be better, and your [...]
Those of you familiar with the HACCP approach to food safety know that HACCP is just one part of the food safety puzzle in your restaurant. It’s very good at managing cooking and holding temperatures for food product, which should be considered the first line of defense against pathogens that could sicken customers. But HACCP [...]
If you’re at all familiar with the favorite local haunts of Boulder and downtown Denver, then you probably know a Big Red F restaurant or two, even if that name doesn’t ring a bell. Big Red F is a group of unique concepts started by Culinary Institute of America graduate, former Q’s Restaurant owner, and [...]
One of the most important responsibilites of any restaurateur is the proper implementation of a food safety program. A lapse in food safety can spell the doom of your restaurant, and if you’re just opening a new restaurant, it can mean a delayed opening night. Good food safety isn’t something you achieve once and then [...]
A Chipotle restaurant in Gurnee Mills, IL recently gained Platinum level certification through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, which is run by the United States Green Building Council. The restaurant was built on the cutting edge of environmentally sustainable technology, boasting a six-kilowatt wind turbine, a 2,500 gallon cistern for storing [...]
Chef Radek Cerny’s love of French cuisine is explained easily by using another of his passions for comparison: fast cars. “Why buy a Fiat when you can drive a Ferrari?” he asks without further elaboration. And none needed. A taste of his exquisite menu explains the rest. The celebrated chef and owner of the critically [...]
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