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Persona Survey Terms & Conditions

No Purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to take the survey or enter to win the $100 prize. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning.

The following rules and regulations apply to the Persona Survey offered by Tundra Restaurant Supply (“Sponsor”).

The Persona Survey contest period ends at 11:59 pm MST on September 15, 2014 (the “Contest Period”).

To Enter

Visit the survey landing page at http://blog.etundra.com/tundra/survey-chance-win-100/ during the Persona Survey period and fill out the form on the survey, completely. The survey must be completed before you are entered into the Persona Survey contest. Sponsor is not responsible for entries that are lost, late, garbled, damaged, illegible, or otherwise deficient or incompletely received for any reason. Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical or other errors in offer, administration of the award or in the announcement of the prize. Sponsor, in its sole discretion, reserve the right to disqualify any person tampering with the entry process or otherwise in violation of the rules. Sponsor further reserves the right to cancel, terminate or modify any promotion not capable of completion as planned, including by tampering, unauthorized intervention or force majeure.

The Persona Survey is open to residents who are 18 years of age or older as of the date of entry, except employees of Sponsor and its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies and their immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of each are not eligible. The Persona Survey is void where prohibited by law.

One winner will be selected on or by September 15, 2014. All decisions are final. Odds of winning will be determined by the number of eligible entries received.

PRIZE

One (1) Grand Prize winner will receive a $100 gift card. Retail value of prize is $100. All fees, federal, state and other taxes relating to the use, acceptance and possession of the prize are the sole responsibility of the winner. Prize will be mailed to the winner.

In the event of noncompliance with this or any other requirement, winner will be disqualified. No substitution, exchange or transfer of prize except by Sponsor. By participating, entrants agree to these rules. Entrants are solely responsible for their own actions and agree to hold the Sponsor and any participating sponsors harmless, and their parents, subsidiaries, divisions and related companies and the officers, directors, employees, agents, successors, assigns and licensees from any liability for losses, damages or injuries arising in connection with their participation in the Persona Survey or the award of a prize. Acceptance of prize constitutes consent to use winner’s name and likeness for editorial, advertising, publicity and television broadcast purposes without further compensation except where prohibited. Prize winner need not be present at time of drawing. The Persona Survey is subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations. Income and other taxes, if any and all expenses not detailed in the prize description are the sole responsibility of the winner. If an email address is provided on entry form, entrant acknowledges that he/she 1) is over the age of 18; 2) has read the Sponsor’s privacy policy and; 3) is granting the Sponsor permission to send them marketing messages. (No phone calls please).

JUDGING

By entering, all Contestants agree to receive phone calls and emails from the Sponsor.

Decisions of the judges are final and binding. In the event there are not enough eligible entries, not all prizes will be awarded. If a potential winner is unable, for whatever reason, to accept his or her prize, then the Sponsor reserves the right to award the prize to another Contestant.

Notification of Finalists and Winners

Becoming a finalist is subject to validation and verification of eligibility and compliance with all the terms and conditions set forth in these Terms and Conditions. The potential Finalist(s) and Winner will be selected and notified by telephone and/or email. If a potential Finalist/Winner does not respond to the notification attempt within three (3) days from the first notification attempt, then such potential Finalist/Winner may be disqualified and an alternate potential Finalist/Winner will be selected from among all eligible entries. With respect to notification by telephone, such notification will be deemed given when the potential Finalist/Winner engages in a live conversation with Sponsor or when a message is left on the potential Finalist/Winner’s voicemail service or answering machine by Sponsor, whichever occurs first. Except where prohibited by law, each potential state Finalist/Winner may be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability and Publicity Release and provide any additional information that may be required by Sponsor. If required, potential finalists/winners must return all such required documents via fax (or as otherwise instructed) within forty-eight (48) hours and via U.S. Mail within seven (7) days following attempted notification or such potential Finalist/Winner will be deemed to have forfeited the prize and another potential Finalist/Winner may be selected based on the judging criteria described herein. All notification requirements, as well as other requirements within these Terms and Conditions, will be strictly enforced. Determinations of winner are final and binding.

 

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Take Our Survey for a Chance to Win $100

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Glad you’re here!

We’re trying to learn more about the people that shop, learn, and interact with us. To help us better understand your needs, we invite you to take this short five-minute survey.  In exchange for your time, all survey participants will be entered into a drawing to win a $100 gift card.

Your anonymous answers will help us improve the eTundra.com shopping experience and product catalog so that they align more closely with your needs, interests and goals.

Thanks in advance for your participation!

P.S. The survey takes about 5 minutes to complete—that’s it! Just 5 minutes for a chance to win $100!

For giveaway details, click here.

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April Showers Bring … FREE SHIPPING!

April Showers Bring ... FREE SHIPPING!

It’s really happening, ladies and gentlemen.

Although spring officially started over a month ago, it’s finally starting to feel like spring. The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, and the ladybugs are doing their ladybug thing. (Ladybugs are fascinating insects, btw.)

To celebrate this season of growth and revitalization, we invite you to enjoy free ground shipping for all web orders over $150 with the code APRILFREE. This offer won’t last forever!

Visit eTundra.com now →

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Meet a Tundrite: Jeff Day

Jeff Day, VP of E-commerce

Meet a Tundrite: Jeff DayFavorite kitchen tool: Vitamix blender. I just got one, and I swear my old blender from Target actually cried. These machines make the most amazingly consistent smoothies.

Years with Tundra: 2 years.

Nickname: Captain Awesome. That’s my daily affirmation for myself. No one has ever willingly referred to me by that name.

Chef status: Master of one-pot meals and take-out.

Favorite recipe: I’m from Texas originally, so red meat is a staple for me. Although I’m not much of a chef, I did happen upon an amazing recipe recently for steak in a teriyaki broth.

Who, or what inspires you? I’m inspired by the idea of balance in life. Work can be amazing and very motivating but it can also be all-consuming. My ongoing quest for better balance continues. Namaste! Maybe I should go to yoga instead of just saying ‘namaste.’

What are you afraid of? Failure, so I just don’t.

Most people don’t know this, but: I’m naturally an introvert.

My story: I grew up in a suburb of Dallas, Texas, and am a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, with a degree in marketing (go Longhorns!). I’ve had some amazing professional opportunities in eCommerce over the years, and in a wide variety of locations in the U.S., but never have I felt so connected to a place like I do with Boulder, CO. If you haven’t had an opportunity to visit, I highly recommend it. Oh, and while you are here, check out our showroom. It’s open to the public!

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Why is Restaurant Concept Important?

Why is Restaurant Concept Important?

Finding a restaurant concept is often times under-appreciated, which is likely one reason why so many restaurants fail within the first couple of years.  In truth, the concept of a restaurant is just as important as finding the right chef and location.  It helps you discover more about the environment and economic status of the location, the target audience, the menu, the aesthetics, the marketing, the service type; essentially, it’s putting all of your ideas down on paper so you have a guide as you proceed forward.

Why do so many people not figure out concept before they start building?  Because it’s not as easy as it sounds.  Serious entrepreneurs looking to open a restaurant often confide into a restaurant designer to ensure the concept is concrete, before even moving into the design phase.  And when success is so reliant on concept, it’s unsettling to know that so many of you will read this, and continue to open your doors without thinking critically about concept.

Outside of the importance of finding your concept, let’s chat about what it is.

It’s Research.

If you don’t already know about the economic, environmental, and demographic status in the area, you should do your research first.  You’ll need to know what your target audience is willing to spend, when they’re going to spend, when you should be open, when weather is going to force you to close, etc.  Ask yourself a couple of questions:

  • How many cars pass by the location in a day?
  • When is busy time for the area?  When is down time for the area?
  • What is the weather like?  Does it rain a lot?  Snow?  Will that affect your business?
  • How are you going to be seen by patrons?  How can you increase visibility?
  • Does the location you’re planning on using already have equipment, or are you going to have to invest in new equipment?
  • What other details do you need to research to ensure this is a good choice?

It’s About Competitors.

If you know that there are restaurants that are already successful around you, learn what they’re doing right.  Dine at their establishment, notice the staff, the aesthetics, the food, the smells, the sounds, everything – and take note.  Also, remember the restaurants that aren’t quite as successful, and find out why they aren’t winning – learn from their weaknesses.

It’s About Finding Your Service Type.

You may know what type of food you want to serve, but have you thought about what size the menu should be?  How about the prices you’ll have on the menu that will be in line with your target market?  Have you thought about what type of restaurant service you’ll be offering: fine dining, casual, fast food, delivery, catering, food truck, carry out, etc.?  Knowing these answers before beginning to make restaurant decisions can save you money in the long run.

It’s About Atmosphere.

What is atmosphere?  It’s how you want people to feel when they come into your restaurant.  The smells they encounter, the sights they see, the flavors they taste, the sounds they hear, and the feelings of what they touch.  It’s about how you prepare your food, how the staff treats the people, and the culture of the restaurant.   It’s the experience you want your patrons to have when they visit – and it’s important.

It’s About the Target Market.

You could create a list of ideas around your concept, but if you don’t know your target market, you’ll be missing a big part of bringing it all together.  You need to know who the ideal customer is that will be coming in your doors.  How old are they?  When do they eat out the most?  Do they have kids?  How much money are they likely to spend?  If you’re planning on opening a family-friendly restaurant in a downtown area that primarily caters to patrons that are grabbing a bite to eat during lunch or sipping cocktails during happy hour, you will likely not get as much business as you would if you would have opened up in the burbs.

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Tundra: Catering to Caterers’ Needs Nationwide

Tundra: Catering to Caterers’ Needs Nationwide

Whether you specialize in destination weddings, buttoned-up corporate conferences, fast-paced event concessions, high-volume school lunches, or a little of everything, Tundra has what you need to grow your catering business and keep your staff, clients and patrons happy.

Get What You Need—Fast

Our Catering and Buffet Specialty Shop, located at eTundra.com, offers best-in-class parts, equipment and supplies from top brands like American Metalcraft, Cal-Mil and Winco, and provides several handy filters to help you quickly find what you’re looking for and get back to what matters—running your business.

To keep the shopping experience simple and painless, we have several top-level catering and buffet categories to choose from: beverage station, buffet supplies, displays, equipment, serveware, serving utensils, and storage and transport. From there you can drill down into a variety of sub-categories. Or, if you’re more inclined to type than click, just enter your query into the search bar, and we’ll serve up relevant results faster than you can light a can of Sterno.

And since time is a caterer’s most valuable—and scarce—resource, our Catering and Buffet Specialty Shop lets you shop for items that are eligible for Quick Ship, so you get what you need right when you need it, because no one wants to deliver bad news to Bridezilla.

Save Money

Every catering business, no matter the age, size, or specialty, wants to save money. A penny saved is a penny earned, right? To help cost-conscious caterers, Tundra provides competitive pricing, frequent discounts, free shipping on dozens of items, and a low-price guarantee.

Tundra exists to help your catering business thrive and prosper, and we take that commitment seriously. Whether you’re in the market for an $0.90 salad bowl or a $9,000 Refrigerator Transport Cart, we’ll treat you with respect, courtesy and prompt service.

Head Over to Our Catering and Buffet Specialty Shop!

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Top Back Burner Posts of 2013

Top Back Burner Posts of 2013

We had a lot of changes here at Tundra during 2013, including a brand new website, new videos, and tons of fun content that ranged from crazy outbursts in the restaurant to products in action.  As we pulled together our list of top blog posts for 2013, we didn’t expect to see such a diverse mix of favorites, but nonetheless, you have proven that there’s nothing better than a good green chili recipe and getting your hands dirty with a little bit of DIY.

Without further ado, here are our top blog posts for 2013.

  • Amy’s Baking Company: What a Disaster

    If it wasn’t Amy’s tirades, it was Samy’s complete lack of recognition for anyone other than his wife.  Amy’s Backing Company showed us exactly what not to do when it comes to being on television and back-lashing in social media – we’re still not sure if we’ve regained our composure from this one.

  • Recipe Measurement Converter and Equivalents

    A late comer in the year (as it was posted in October), the Recipe Measurement Converter and Equivalents chart made quite an impact with shares, favorites, tweets, and views; no wonder, it’s an easy cheat sheet for any cook’s kitchen!

  • 6 Tips for Better Plating and Presentation

    When we came up with the idea for this post, we thought that the majority of you would have it down, and that only a handful of you would appreciate a quick list of plating and presentation tips.  But we were wrong – you loved the list!  We can’t blame you either, those food pictures are yummy!

  • 10 Things That Make Restaurant Websites Great

    It’s not just the big brands that are making sure they’re building an online presence, but with it becoming easier and easier for even Ma and Pa shops to jump on board, restaurants that aren’t updating their site are falling behind rather quickly.

  • Green Chili Recipe

    Green chili is a Colorado recipe favorite, and when fall starts getting closer, it’s hard to subdue the craving for a big ‘ole bowl of this chili.  Including how to roast your own chilies, this was our top recipe for the year.

  • From Trash to Treasure: How to Repurpose Old Restaurant Supplies

    We were happy to see that this blog post made the list, because it means that a lot of you are mindful of re-purposing things that could easily be tossed out.  We loved a lot of these ideas, but some of our favorites were those wire whisk lights – beautiful.

  • Kitchen Tricks: How to Cut and Save an Avocado

    It wasn’t so much the slicing and dicing of avocados that we thought would hit home, it was storing the avocado without it turning brown.  Chef Chris Tavano was surprised by the reaction he received on some of our videos this year, because what he saw as “simply chef tricks,” got a lot of us interested in watching more of his videos.

Alright, now it’s your turn to sound off.  What do you want to see in 2014 from the Back Burner?

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Happy Black Friday!

Happy Black Friday!

That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, it’s that special time of year when we chase deep discounts and spend with wild (yet savvy) abandon!

Online vs. Offline? No Contest

The best thing about shopping in online, of course, is you don’t need to wake up at 4am and camp out in the bitter cold before the store opens, or wrestle with rabid deal-seekers for the scraps.

When you shop on the web, you don’t even need change out of your pajamas.

You can be a bit more—how do you say—civilized in your Black Friday shopping. Why not eat some turkey leftovers while you peacefully click with your cursor and find what you need? Forget getting in the car. Just check your email: the deals will have come to YOU through a series of tubes leading to your computer. Magic.

That’s how holiday shopping should be, right? Why make this more difficult than it has to be?

Black Friday at Tundra

Here at Tundra Restaurant Supply, we’re celebrating this high holy day of commerce with a humongous site-wide sale:

Take 15% off any order, no minimum purchase. Just use the code NOVBLK2013 at checkout.*

So whether you need a shiny new piece of equipment or a small yet essential spare part, today is a fantastic time to pick it up. Shop our thousands of sale items and make your savings go even further.

Don’t Miss It!

Alas, Black Friday can’t last forever, so don’t wait too long to enjoy deep discounts on Tundra’s extensive menu of restaurant equipment, supplies and parts, because the savings end tomorrow at 11:59pm MST.

Here’s what to do now: make yourself a nice leftover turkey sandwich, put on some Vince Guaraldi, do a few quick cursor-finger exercises and click over to eTundra.com. (Careful not to get any cranberry sauce on your keyboard.)

Then, after you’ve saved some money on your holiday shopping, sit back and congratulate yourself on a job well done.

Happy Black Friday, everyone.

*Max. savings $150

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A Message from Tundra Restaurant Supply

A Message from Tundra Restaurant Supply

Dear Valued Customers, Community, and Team Members,

Our hearts go out to all of those impacted by the recent storms and flooding that have happened over the past few days in the Boulder, Denver, and surrounding areas. I, personally, send my deepest regards to those in our community, as well as our own team members, that have been struggling with keeping themselves and their home safe.

Because we too are located in the path of flooding areas, it’s unfortunate to announce that we will not be able to make deliveries within the Boulder city limits today; however, we are still open. If it is safe for you to travel, you can visit our showroom at 3825 Walnut St., Boulder, CO 80301.

We will be working throughout the weekend to expedite all deliveries, and ensure they get delivered to you as quickly as possible.

With deepest regards,

A Message from Tundra Restaurant Supply

Ryan Lewis

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And We’re Back… Better Than Ever!

If you visited us as our site went down on the night of July 25th, you probably got a taste of what our new site was going to look like.  A very small sample indeed, but as our maintenance page was up, our developers worked hard to get the new site up!

And We’re Back… Better Than Ever!

New website launches call for tiki torches, sombreros, and a little head scratching.

What You Can Expect

We cleaned house with the new site.  We tried to bring our customers an experience that helped them navigate the site easier, learn about our services, and who we are.   Here’s a few of those fun features…

Stationary Search Bar. The search bar at the top of the site will always be there as you scroll around.  And that search bar includes important information that can help you easily contact us or chat with us, sign in to your account, get help, and visit your shopping cart.

Category Pages.  We now have popular items at the bottom of the product pages, links at the top to helpful articles and posts, faceted navigation so you can narrow down your search, and less clicks to reach the products you’re looking for.

Product Grid Pages. These pages also have faceted navigation on the left side of the screen, interactive breadcrumb so you can easily go back in navigation, larger images, and callouts so you know exactly what items are quick ship items and new items.

And We’re Back… Better Than Ever!

Product Pages. We are now able to support multiple images for our products (look for more to be added soon), social buttons, help section, and related products.

My Account. Now when you login, you’ll have all the information located on one page – payment method, shipping address, contact information, helpful links, and order history.  You can even search by your order number.

Checkout Process. A new shipping policy that lowers rates across the board – that means more money in your pocket!  And from shopping cart to check-out, it only takes 3 steps!

Co-Branded Sites. For our customers that have co-branded sites, you’ll also find that things are much, much cleaner; making it way easier to navigate to the products you’re looking for.

Content. There’s nothing better than launching a beautiful new site with content that mirrors its marketing and branding efforts.  The good news is that we found our voice!  I’m sure you’ve started picking up on it on The Back Burner blog, but that same voice can be seen throughout our site now.

Our Culture.  We’re super excited about our new About Us section.  We went from only 3 pages on our old site, to a whopping 16 on the new site!  You can learn about our culture, fun facts about us, testimonials, and current job openings.

Design Center. Our Design Center also got a big build-out!  We went from 1 dedicated page to 9!  You can learn about our designers, see our portfolio, and soon be able to dream about your own restaurant design!

And We’re Back… Better Than Ever!

Imagery. Speaking of finding our voice, we also started the process of cleaning up our images.  We hope that you’ll find that the images are sharp, clean, and, sometimes, a little fun.

Security. The entire site is now under HTTPS with a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), which is a web protocol that ensures that as your shop, browse, and even checkout your visit with us will be safe and secure.

Now it’s Your Turn

Go to the site and explore.  See all the new things we have to offer, and let us know what you think.  We’re always looking for new ways to bring more to the table, and would love to hear from you.  And, make sure you visit our new 404 page, one of my personal favorites!

*As a side note, I’d like to thank Brennan (one of our awesome developers) for his midnight Taco Bell run.  What would we have done without those awesome midnight munchies!

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