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Going Green at The Rayback Collective

The best leaders lead by example. We often talk about our chefs as stewards of the food system, educating us about nose-to-tail dining or our impact on local food systems. But you don’t have to be a chef to enact change within your communities. As customers we have the power …

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3 Ways to Tackle Rising Labor Costs

With new labor laws going into effect, restaurants are starting to feel the pinch—and they’re responding. Here are just a few ways you can tackle the rising labor costs: 1. Automation At a bustling 2-story restaurant in San Diego known for cheap beers and tacos, raising food prices wasn’t an option. …

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Are Guest Checks Dead?

With an estimated 2 billion smartphone users in the world, it’s safe to say technology is here to stay. As tableside ordering and payment becomes more common, you may be asking what’s next for the humble guest check. Guest checks have long been helpful for recording orders (including sides, substitutions …

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What Are Hood Filters and Why Do You Need Them?

Hood filters might not be the most glamorous item in your kitchen, but you’d be amiss without it. Hood filters are designed to remove smoke, grease and other debris from the air before it hits your ventilation system. Without this line of defense, these materials would build up in your air …

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Sustainability and Your Glassware

When you think of sustainability in your restaurant, chances are you’re thinking about one of the following: Food waste Energy waste Single-use (disposable) waste But have you thought about glassware waste? That’s the question Root Down was faced with after examining the amount of glassware breakage in the restaurant. Considered …

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Let’s Talk Umami Factor: Preserved Lemons

I first came across preserved lemons on a trip to NYC back in 2012. A seemingly ordinary pasta dish suddenly became extraordinary with the addition of one simple ingredient. There was a slight citrus in the dish, but not overpowering; it was soft and subtle, and its aroma rivaled that …

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Food Trends We’re Tired Of

Usually when an ingredient rises to critical acclaim status it’s because a chef took an innovative spin on its preparation or made it more palatable. Take kale, an ingredient long relegated as a garnish beneath a scoop of chicken salad finally received its turn in the spotlight when it was …

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10 Things You Need For the Perfect Patio Party

Summer screams the need to be outside, and if you’re like us, you’ll love any excuse to have a party. Here’s our list of 10 things you’ll want in (and out) of the kitchen to throw a wicked party on your patio. Chef’s Knife We can’t think of a more …

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Support Local Farms – Join a CSA

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) isn’t a new concept, but there are still a lot of people who aren’t familiar with it. If you’re one of those people, not to worry—I’m here to help! Here’s how it works: A CSA program provides individuals with direct access to high quality, fresh produce …

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The Big Eat in Denver, Colorado

What happens when you ask a group of chefs, restaurateurs, bar and general managers to throw a party for the city of Denver? You get The Big Eat, Denver’s signature culinary party featuring more than 70 Denver-area restaurants serving up unlimited small bites, beer, wine and cocktails. Hosted by EatDenver, …

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Commercial Kitchen DIY: Gas Connections

When you decided to open a restaurant, you probably did so because you had a passion for cooking (Hopefully, because it certainly isn’t for the profit margins!). You know your way around a Santoku and chinois, and can set up a proper mise en place blindfolded. From spatulas, knives, mixing …

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Types of Cookware Materials

As a cook in a commercial kitchen, consistency is key to keeping food costs low and customers happy. Knowing which types of pan materials are best suited to the foods you cook is helpful when creating a good menu. For example, if your restaurant specializes in homemade pasta sauces, I wouldn’t …

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[CONTEST ALERT] Enter to Win Food Storage Essentials by Cambro

Food safety starts with food storage. Keeping your products fresh and free from cross-contamination ensures customers stay safe. Cambro’s collection of food storage containers are NSF certified and made of virtually unbreakable polycarbonate. Clear sides with printed measurements make it easy to see product inside. So what are you waiting …

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