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Working in a restaurant? Then these articles are probably perfect for you! From server issues to recipes for the cook, these are some of our favorite In The Restaurant finds.

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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On the Rocks: The Best Liquors Served on Ice

There’s something about sipping a drink on the rocks that makes anyone come off as a class act. And while pouring Black Velvet onto a handful of ice cubes probably won’t impress anyone, knowing which drinks serve best over ice in a rocks glass will impress your friends, peers and family, …

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Attract and Retain Employees

Labor costs are one of the largest expenses facing restaurants today. Even with a proposed $15 minimum wage set aside, the cost to attract, hire and retain a good workforce costs a lot of time and money—all of these things made tougher of course, when there’s a limited pool of …

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Safety in the Restaurant: Walk-in Coolers

It wasn’t long ago that an employee of the Westin Peachtree Plaza was found dead inside of a walk-in freezer in Atlanta, GA. These tragic stories are a grim reminder of why many businesses develop safety procedures in the first place. However over time it seems we naturally become desensitized …

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Pasta Jay’s: A Boulder Icon

There are a few constants one may rely on when living in the city of Boulder: The city uncomfortably swells during the annual freshman move-in The lighted star that appears on the mountain during every holiday season The scores of people waiting for a table on the corner of Pasta …

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Beware of the Open Kitchen

I recently had the pleasure of dining at a popular new restaurant in town that recently opened. I’d estimate the restaurant was at least a multi-million buildout given the well-equipped kitchen and beautiful interior design. The restaurant features an open kitchen that faces the main dining room (which works well …

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Contaminated Ice

I’ll give you fair warning, talking about contaminated ice isn’t a pretty subject. There’s a reason why health inspectors check for microbial contamination in your ice bin on each visit. Between the risk of bacteria, mold and even blood (yes, blood), the ice you’re serving to guests is not only …

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Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fire

Cooking comes with inherent risks. One of the biggest risks facing commercial kitchens? Fires. Even the cleanest, most well-ordered kitchens have equipment like deep fryers, stoves with open flames, charcoal ovens, electrical panels, greasy rags, and exhaust ducts, all of which can start a kitchen fire if proper precautions aren’t …

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