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Why Every Restaurant Needs a Website

Still trying to convince yourself that your business doesn’t need a website? Think that Facebook page is doing you just fine? Think again. Here are a few stats we pulled together to help you get a better understanding of just how valuable a website can be for your restaurant (including a mobile website).

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Blender Recipes

Blender Recipes

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When going through and asking our Tundrites what their favorite piece of kitchen equipment is, they have answers that range from knives to cast iron skillets to bottle openers (yes, someone actually said that a bottle opener was their favorite), but it rarely fails when asking them what the first item they bought was when they started here: a blender.

Some favor the Vitamix, while others are loyal to Blendtec or Waring, but they will all vouch for the incredible-ness that is the commercial blender.  When a blender this powerful can promise to crush, blend, and obliterate almost anything you put in it, you’ve got more than just a household blender – you’ve got a machine capable of doing a lot of the heavy lifting in the cooking process.

Forget smoothies, we’re talking about full-fledged recipes that can be whipped up in a blender in no time.  Want proof?  Here are some of our favorite blender recipes.

Blender-tastic Salsa

Because salsa is so easy to make and the ingredients are easily found in almost every kitchen, there’s no reason not to blend up a quick batch when you’re craving salsa.

Ingredients

1 14 ½ ounce can of tomatoes with green chilies

1 14 ½ ounce can of whole canned tomatoes (with juice)

1 medium jalapeno (quartered)

¼ cup yellow onion (quartered)

2 cloves garlic

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon cumin

¼ teaspoon sugar

Blend It!

  1. Place all of the ingredients into the blender.
  2. Depending on how smooth or chunky you want your salsa, either hit the puree buttons a couple of times to give the ingredients a nice chop or turn the blender on for about a minute to make the ingredients come out smoother.
  3. Pour the salsa in a covered container and refrigerate for 2 hours.  This allows the flavors to blend and gives the salsa its full flavor potential.  If you think you need to add more salt or a dash of spice, this is when you’d start adjusting ingredients.

Blended Gazpacho

A blender is perfect for pureeing hot soups– and immersion blenders make this task much easier – but to stick with the theme of making a meal in a blender, let’s stick with cold soups.  Gazpacho is famously known as a chunky soup, but this recipe purees the soup to creamy perfection – perfect for those of you that aren’t fans of chunks of tomatoes in your soup.

Ingredients

1 1/2 pounds vine-ripened tomatoes (peeled, deseeded, quartered)

1 cucumber (deseeded, chopped into chunks)

1 red bell pepper (seeded, quartered)

1 jalapeno (seeded, quartered)

3 garlic cloves (peeled)

½ red onion (quartered)

2 slices of wheat bread (broken up into smaller chunks)

¼ teaspoon ground cumin

¼ cup of extra virgin olive oil

3 teaspoons of sherry

Salt and white pepper to taste

Blend It!

  1. Place all ingredients in the blender.
  2. Start blender on low as the larger chunks are slowly broken up, then continue to chop on a higher speed for roughly 3 minutes.
  3. When done, taste to see if more salt or pepper need to be added.
  4. Chill soup in fridge for a couple of hours.  Taste again before serving.  Top with croutons for an added crunch.

Blender-Style Basil & Walnut Pesto

Yes, you’ll have to make the noodles on the stove, but everything else gets thrown right in the blender!  For 2 cups of pesto, use the directions below.

Ingredients

½ cup extra virgin olive oil

4 cloves garlic (peeled)

½ cup walnuts

4 cups fresh basil leaves

½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

2 teaspoons lemon juice

½ teaspoon salt

Blend It!

  1. Place all of the ingredients into the blender.
  2. Start the blender on low so that the big chunks get chopped up, then slowly increase the speed.  Blend for about 1 minute or until the pesto is at the consistency you like.
  3. Serve on top of noodles.

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Catering & Buffet Specialty Shop Must-Have’s

Catering & Buffet Specialty Shop Must Haves

Although catering season seems to always be in high growth, we see that during the holidays and the warmer months, catering sales definitely hit an all-time high.  It’s the time of year that people would rather be catered too than spend hours in the kitchen, and when wedding bells are set to ring, there’s always a caterer needed.  Our Catering & Buffet Specialty Shop offers a variety of products to keep you in high production and we’ve broken them up into these top categories.

1. Beverage Station

From beautiful infusion jars to help display tasty drinks to economy water pitchers, we have hundreds of different beverage station options for you to choose from.

2. Buffet Supplies

This category is a catch all for everything you’d expect to see in a buffet line, including esthetically pleasing food holders and steam pans.

3. Catering Displays

Beauty on a catered wedding line is a must, and our catering displays help you show off your hard work in style.

4. Catering & Buffet Equipment

The work horse of the backline, catering and buffet equipment is what holds the food at the appropriate serving temperature and allows for serving up hot eats right in front of the customers.

5. Catering Serveware

A side partner to equipment, and often overlooked, serveware is what helps hold everything together in the catering line-up.  From chafing dishes to simple salad bowls, serveware will be one of the places you’ll likely spend the most time.

6. Serving Utensils

At a catering event, not just any utensils will do, they have to show the splendor the event deserves.  In our collection of serving utensils, you’ll find plenty of eye-pleasing products to help deliver your next event in style.  

7. Catering Storage & Transport

More often than not, a catered event doesn’t cook food up at the venue, which is where catering storage and transport equipment comes in handy.  These products help keep food at the adequate serving temperature as it’s transported from one place to the next.

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Meeting the Dreamstaurant Winner: Snow & Co

A few weeks ago, our team packed up and flew out to meet our Dreamstaurant contest winners – Snow & Co.  Of course, the flight was a short one from Denver to Kansas City, but the anticipation of seeing what the new building looked like, what the existing building looked like, and being able to meet the winners face-to-face seemed to last much longer than the plane ride.

Meeting the Dreamstaurant Winner: Snow & Co

When we landed in Kansas City, our first stop was in Gladstone.  Gladstone is a beautiful city that is working to redevelop their entire downtown area.  As of now, there are a few outdated buildings, but in recent years they’ve added a new natatorium and community center, ice skating and hockey rink (that turns into an amphitheater in the summer), new doctor offices, prestigious grade schools, and new living spaces for future residents.  As we met with the people from the town hall, they were very excited to share more information about their quaint, yet fast growing town, and even more excited to see that Snow & Co was going to part of the towns future.  They spoke of Gladstone as the “environment to live, because it’s stable.”  A bedroom community that was almost maxed out on living space, but working hard to build new homes for future residents.  They were also working to bring the entire community a place to gather – the new downtown area.

Before we headed down to the new Snow & Co location, Andy Talbert and Jerry Nevins, the Snow & Co founders, talked with our VP of Design, Jeff Katz, about what they’re doing now and what direction they want to see the next Snow & Co take.  Talbert and Nevins both had a lot of passion and energy about their business, that we could tell that there was a lot they brought to the business that could ensure the success of the 2nd location.  We learned about their equipment needs – lots of frozen drink machines, of course – and that the new space would be much larger than the 1st location, which meant plenty of room for new opportunities.  The feel and aesthetics were to remain the same in the new location – lounge feel, encourage guests to have conversations, comfortable, and inviting (think coffee shop meets bar). There were possibilities to offer more food (lunch and dinner), but in keeping with the bar environment.  There was also possibility of offering meeting space or private areas for events such as work meetings and bachelorette parties.  The drinks were to remain a specialty item on the list – not just frozen drinks sloshed together, but higher-end, hand-crafted cocktails.  As I quickly scribbled down my notes, Katz and our VP of eCommerce, Jeff Day, were able to fully soak in the business behind the Snow & Co brand and what they foresee in the future.

However, to pull it all together and get a full picture of what we were going to be working with, we had to start with what the current building looked like.  Without a vision, it’s hard to see the potential here, but what we saw was a big open box that could be completely remodeled into something beautiful.  There was plenty of lawn area for outside seating and plenty of inside square footage (of the 5,600 sq ft, Snow & Co would be using 4,400 sq ft) to really build-out the new restaurant.  Of course, at first glance, it looks a little rough around the edges, but when you get Katz into the mix, there are always possibilities at hand.

Meeting the Dreamstaurant Winner: Snow & Co

Meeting the Dreamstaurant Winner: Snow & Co

Meeting the Dreamstaurant Winner: Snow & Co

Meeting the Dreamstaurant Winner: Snow & Co

Meeting the Dreamstaurant Winner: Snow & Co

Meeting the Dreamstaurant Winner: Snow & Co

Meeting the Dreamstaurant Winner: Snow & Co

After we concluded our meeting with the city of Gladstone, it was time to visit the current location in downtown Kansas City.

Set in the beautiful art district, the existing Snow & Co has an audience of young entrepreneurs and art connoisseurs that visit Snow & Co for a sip of a cocktail between intermission from the close by opera house and to sit and relax after work for happy hour.  When we walked in, you got the vibe that this place was a place for mixing and mingling.  There were minimal tables, and tons of chairs meant to be portable so guests could create their own personal circle if they’d like.  The colors were bright, but still aesthetically pleasing, and the natural lighting helped to bring out those beautiful colors, as soon as you walked in.  As Talbert served up yummy cocktail samplers of the frozen concoctions, Nevins walked us through the FOH and BOH operations of Snow & Co.  We learned that they mainly served local product, but wouldn’t sacrifice taste simply for staying local – if there was better vodka elsewhere, well, it’s best to make sure those cocktails keep that high-end flavor the guests expected.  Their menu was detailed enough to let you learn more about each of the cocktails, but splashed in with some creative writing to let guests know it was still laid back and fun.

I walked around and took numerous pictures, trying to take in the overall feel of the place.  I started noticing people coming in and sitting at the tables.  They would open their laptops, order a drink, laugh, mingle, and have a simple end of the day closing – much like you’d expect to see at a coffee shop.  It felt very comfortable, yet still keeping to the trendy style the local art district brought to the community.

Meeting the Dreamstaurant Winner: Snow & Co

Meeting the Dreamstaurant Winner: Snow & Co

Meeting the Dreamstaurant Winner: Snow & Co

Meeting the Dreamstaurant Winner: Snow & Co

Meeting the Dreamstaurant Winner: Snow & Co

Meeting the Dreamstaurant Winner: Snow & Co

Meeting the Dreamstaurant Winner: Snow & Co

As we closed our day with Snow & Co, we had to say our goodbyes and return back to Colorado, but rest assured, there will be more updates as Snow & Co continues to move forward.  The architect they are working with, Yaeger Architecture, has already sent over initial sketches on layout, and is beginning to work with our team to ensure the flow is spot on for the guests and staff.

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Eco-Friendly Must-Have’s

Eco Friendly Must Haves

Yes, we’re in Boulder and happy to say that the majority of our summer events are waste free, because of things like compostable dinnerware and compost bins that helps create a waste stream that encourages people to go green, but we know that there are many more of your out there that also believe in going green and putting forth efforts to help save our planet.  We created our Eco-Friendly Specialty Shop so you can learn more about our go green products, but wanted to highlight some of our favorite categories below.

1. Compostable Dinnerware

For those looking to host waste free events, compostable dinnerware is a must.  Consumers aren’t expecting to carry around glass or melamine dinnerware, but do expect to have their event eats served up on a durable plate or bowl that can easily be thrown out.  Forget the styrofoam and stick with compostable friendly dinnerware.

2. Automatic Hand Dryers

Automatic hand dryers are a great way to go green while saving money.  With automatic hand dryers there’s no need for paper towels (that constantly need to be restocked) and they use far less energy than similar hand dryers that continuously run.

3. Eco-Friendly Cleaners

The thing with cleaning solutions and agents is that you’re stuck breathing in chemicals that are potentially harmful.  Eco-friendly cleaners are safer for you and they work to save the planet by encouraging you to use the same smaller plastic bottle over and over – less plastic in the landfills. And to add to the benefits of eco-friendly cleaners, you don’t have to worry about losing cleaning power; in fact, many commercial and residential users boast about getting a better clean than traditional cleaners.

4. Recycle and Compost Bins

Speaking of green events, recycle and compost bins are perfect for helping the crowds know where to stash their waste.  They’re also great in the kitchen for helping to remember where waste items should go.  And it also helps guide waste streams correctly to the recycling facility.

5. Efficient Faucets

Much like the automatic hand dryers, efficient faucets work to save you money while lending to making your establishment greener.  You’ve seen these faucets in hundreds of places – a simple wave of your hand activates them – but if you don’t have them in your own restaurant you should definitely look into getting your hands on some.

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Tundra’s Web Loyalty Program

Tundra’s Web Loyalty Program

Being able to reward our customers for shopping at eTundra.com is kind of exciting. Starting April 1st, you will earn up to 5% credit back on every dollar you spend while shopping online. Continue earning credits all quarter long (through June 30th) and then apply those credits towards purchases in the first month of the following quarter. Wash, rinse, repeat!

Tundra’s Loyalty Program makes it easy to earn credits, see those credits online in “My Account”, and apply those credits to future purchases.

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Enhanced Web Tools Make Shopping Even Easier

Enhanced Web Tools Make Shopping Even Easier

What would a new website be without enhanced tools to help make your shopping experience even easier? Since the launch of our website last year, we’ve been working hard to bring you the simplest way to get what you and your business needs. Here are just a few of those tools.

Companion Items. What if you didn’t know when shopping for an ice machine, that you should also keep an eye out for a water filter and installation kit? With our new Companion Items feature, you’ll see these crucial items on the product page as a friendly reminder of the odds and ends you may also need to finish the set-up of your new investment.

Save 4 Later. Not quite sure you’re ready to buy everything in your cart? That’s okay, because now you can save it for later. We thought this would be helpful for items that you know you need, but aren’t quite ready to commit to.

PayPal. What if you could pay using one of the world’s most trusted payment companies? Now you can, because we offer the option for PayPal at check out, a company that safely holds your credit card information so you don’t have to fish for that information every time you return. We all know that saving time is just as important as being secure when shopping online. Plus we can’t forget to mention the greatness of Paypal is two-fold, because now our customers can take advantage of the Bill Me Later® program. We are thrilled to offer our customers one of the most competitive leasing options out there.

International Shipping. What if you lived outside of the USA and needed an order? Well, we now ship internationally too! Just look for the international shipping button on the shopping cart page.

Take advantage of our improved website!

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Our Favorite Mexican Restaurant Supplies

Our Favorite Mexican Restaurant SuppliesIt’s a little early to be celebrating Cinco de Mayo, but we’re already craving Mexican comfort food and frozen margaritas!  Let’s wrap up spring break with some of these Mexican restaurant essentials.

1. Mexican Dinnerware

Our Mexican dinnerware comes in a variety of sizes, shapes, material, and collections.  Show off your favorite menu item in any of our hundreds of different options in dinnerware, all of which come in a variety of colors to choose from.

2. Mexican Glassware

Mexico is known for its bright, vivid colors in everything from design to tabletop settings to clothing.  Why not keep with tradition and ensure your glassware makes the same bold statement?  Our collection of Mexican glassware comes in simple glasses where the color is around the rim of the glass (like in the image above) or ones that are festive in color.  Check out our full collection of glassware!

3. Mortar & Pestles

Mortar and pestles are commonly found in the BOH of restaurants for crushing spices and peppers and blending sauces and marinades.  But we’ve seen some Mexican restaurants kick it up a notch by using a mortar and pestle to whip up a batch of tableside guacamole – what a great way to show off presentation.

4. Mexican Fry Baskets

No Mexican restaurant would be complete without a variety of fry baskets, including baskets to make taco salad bowls, tostada shells, taco shells, chimichangas, and burritos.  Most of our baskets ship free too!

5. Tortilla Presses

A commercial tortilla press is how busy Mexican restaurants keep up with demand.  With press surfaces of 15” or more, multiple tortillas can be made at the same time.

6. Frozen Drink Machines

Did someone say frozen drinks – yes, it’s margarita time!  The bar staff can pre-make mixed drinks in these frozen drink machines so they don’t have to worry about blending up all of the ingredients each time a guest orders another margarita.

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#2 Tundra Value Exceed Customer Expectations

#2 Tundra Value Exceed Customer Expectations Meet our team and you’ll agree, they love helping our customers.

A lot of companies can say they have a friendly staff, but not a lot of them can also boast that their staff is exceptionally knowledgeable in their field… however, we can!

We may be a bit persnickety about who we bring on board to join our team, but it’s because we knew from the beginning that we had to do more than just offer a friendly smile. We had to take it a step further by helping our customers learn more about their equipment (even if it meant do-it-yourself repair work on that equipment), their industry, and their business. To do that, we had to bring on team members that knew their stuff , and we’re not just talking about Chefs and managers, we also have in-house repair technicians and food service industry experts. Besides, how could we truly follow Tundra value #2 if we did it any other way? We couldn’t…

Simple as that.

Give us a call, reach out to us on the web, or get social with us on Facebook with your questions. We’ll make sure you’re put in contact with someone that can help exceed your expectations and make your life a little bit easier.

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Join Us in a Fix-It-Relationship with Over 7,500 Added Parts

Join Us in a Fix It Relationship with Over 7,500 Added Parts

We already offer more than 25,000 parts to help you make the needed repairs on many of your food service equipment and products, but with the addition of 7,500 more parts, we’re starting to feel that a unity is in order. No more do-it-yourself (DIY), it’s time for us to do-it-together (DIT).

Learn more by giving our team a call. We can help you save money by knowing what parts you need to have on hand for quick repairs and when you should and shouldn’t call the repair technician. Join with us in a fix-it-relationship and learn more about our expanded parts section.

It’s time for us to do–it–together.

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