How to Save Space in a Restaurant Kitchen

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Restaurant Kitchen With Dishes Stacked Under CounterThink all professional kitchens looks like the spaces on Iron Chef? Think again. In reality, the fact is that professional kitchens are often small and cramped; hardly the conditions you see on TV. What’s more, there are two types of restaurant kitchens: those that run like well-oiled machines, and those that are chaotic and messy. Fortunately, by using space logically, following the rules of ergonomics, and leveraging some equipment that can perform several functions, you can create an efficient kitchen no matter how much restaurant equipment you have filling your space.

Less Is More

Finding items that can do more than they appear is the key to saving kitchen space. Don’t have room for a food processor, blender, coffee grinder, bread maker, and mortar and pestle? One good tool (be it a food processor or a Hamilton Beach blender) can do all of those things and more. And as much as chefs love knives, a kitchen only needs a serrated knife, a chef’s knife, a paring knife, and a slicing knife. And the right box grater can take the place of a mandolin, a spice grinder, and multiple different kinds of shredders at the same time. (more…)

5 Documents You Should Have in Your Restaurant’s Kitchen

Monday, July 7th, 2014

chef-kitchen-clipboardRestaurant kitchens are fast-paced work environments, which means things can get pretty hectic. Having all your restaurant’s essential documents readily available ensures that operations run smoothly and safely. So, which documents are most important to have in your kitchen?

1.    Licenses and Permits

The most important documents to keep accessible in your restaurant are your various licenses and permits. Many state governments mandate that a food service license and sellers permit remain visible in the restaurant. Additionally, most states require that employees have food handler permits, which should be kept on file in the restaurant. If you aren’t sure about what license and permits you need to have, check with your local or state health department.

2.    Employee Handbook

Employee handbooks shouldn’t just be distributed when you hire new employees. Having an employee handbook nearby can aid your employees with any questions they might have about standard operating procedures, job descriptions, or dress codes. This establishes clear expectations for both kitchen managers and employees.

3.    Daily Operations Checklists (more…)

A Lunch Break with the Hobart Corporation

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Hobart Equipment | Short OrderAt Short Order when we work hard, we have to treat ourselves to a lunch break now and then. Today, join What’s Cooking as we learn about the Hobart Corporation.

Before the Kitchen Appliances

With a hundred years of experience combined with an innovative track record, the Hobart Corporation has a story that is compelling and deserving of recognition. It all began in 1897, when the Hobart Electric Manufacturing Company was formed. A strategic and pivotal backbone for the company, it allowed the company to pursue and invest in various product lines such as the electric meat choppers in 1905 or the Model A-80 Mixer, which dominated the commercial mixer market. The company would reorganize itself in 1913 as the Hobart Manufacturing Company and sales would go beyond an impressive $1 million mark that same year. But the Hobart Corporation has never stopped innovating. It would go on to create a whole list of unique products like the first potato slicer, the world’s largest commercial mixer, the first electric slicer, and the classic SaniQuick Cold Water Glasswasher.

Longevity Is Spelled “H-O-B-A-R-T”

The best part about all of these great products is their longevity. Take for example the Hobart Mixer. Back in 1990, the Hobart Corporation recognized the durability of the product with a contest: “Oldest Running Hobart Mixer.” The contest drew 6,000 entries and the winning mixer was a Hobart mixer that was built in 1919 that was originally built and sold to Von Hatten’s Bakery in Fort Smith, AR. And this is just one of the many products that Hobart Corporation prides itself on.

A Variety of Product Lines

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Guide to Buying Restaurant Utility Carts

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Luxor 100S3 Utility CartsWhat can you use a utility cart for? Use your imagination. Towering cakes? You bet. Floral arrangements? For certain. Laundry loads? Yes indeed. There are utility carts of all shapes and sizes, made for all kinds of businesses. So where to start when buying a utility cart? Consider the 3 C’s: capacity, casters, and construction.

Capacity

What will your cart be holding? Will it primarily support pastries, or bear the weight of bussing buckets and dishes? All that poundage can add up pretty quickly, so make sure you account for the weight capacity of your cart. Depending on size and construction, utility carts can hold and evenly distribute between 200 and 1,000 pounds.

Casters

What’s a cart without its casters? Yep. Just a bunch of shelves. Utility carts are available both with and without locking brakes, as well as with ball-bearing casters and swivel casters.

Construction

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Guide to Buying Certified Restaurant Equipment

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

certified-equipmentBecause not all restaurant equipment is created equal, it’s important for your equipment to have the right certifications. But which one does your operation need? And what do all those acronyms stand for, anyway? Just FYI, here’s the DL on the NSF, FCE, CE, and more.

California Low Lead Qualified

Products bearing the California Low Lead Qualified certification are compliant with the California low lead law. To be compliant with this law, plumbing materials that convey or dispense water for human consumption are allowed no more than 0.2% lead in solder and flux and 0.25% in wetted surfaces of pipes, pipe fittings, plumbing fittings and fixtures, as determined by a weighted average.

CE (Certified European)

Equipment with the Certified European label complies with the requirements the European commission has for the import and sale of products.

Energy Star® Certification

An Energy Star® certified appliance is backed by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and has been proven to perform as well as or better than a product of its kind that consumes a higher amount of energy. The certification was created in 1992 to encourage the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Today all kinds of appliances bear an Energy Star® label, from washing machines to ice makers.

EnerLogic™

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New Technologies Debuting at 2014 National Restaurant Association Show

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Are you attending the National Restaurant Association Show this year? The NRA Show plays host to some of the industry’s top chefs, suppliers, and experts. The 2014 National Restaurant Association Show will be held May 17-20 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, and will feature educational sessions led by foodservice industry experts, plus more than 2,000 exhibitors. There are expected to be a lot of interesting, innovative products showcased this year. At Short Order, we’re big on having the right tools and restaurant equipment for the job, whether you’re in the kitchen, at the bar, or front-of-house. Here are the places you’ll find kitchen and restaurant technology showcased at the 2014 NRA Show.

The Kitchen Innovations Pavilion – Featuring recipients of the Kitchen Innovations Award, booth #2440 in the South Hall will showcase supplies that are in the business of creating forward-thinking technologies that focus on solve problems innovatively.

The Technology Pavilion – Located in the North Hall, the Tech Pavilion will feature demonstrations and presentations by operators and suppliers. Topics range from restaurant operations efficiency to customer satisfaction.

Keurig’s New BOLT Carafe Brewing System – The coffee brewer manufacturer is set to unveil a new brewing system that makes a 64-oz. carafe of coffee. It was created specifically to cater to QSRs.

Booth #5575: Exploring Technology Industry Trends with Hudson Riehle – Riehle, an NRA executive, will talk about how QSRs can integrate technology to differentiate their businesses and improve customer satisfaction. Visit booth #5575 on Saturday at 2 PM.

Booth #5575: The In-Store Experience – This presentation will outline how technology is changing QSRs and fast casuals. With a look at innovative additions like touch screens, on-table ordering, apps, and revamped POS systems, there are lots of new ways restaurateurs can take advantage of growing technology trends. Visit booth #5575 on Sunday at 2 PM.

Booth #6229: NCR Corporation – This tech company is planning to discuss the ways any restaurant can leverage new technology to its advantage. NCR will be showcasing some of its solutions including software, hardware, and services geared toward the areas of quick service & fast casual, table service, mobility, back-office, and innovation.

Are you at the NRA Show? What are you looking forward to the most? Let us know by finding Short Order on Twitter or Facebook!

 

4 Things to Know Before Buying a Restaurant Work Table

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Eagle-Work-Table-T2424B-BSWhat, oh what, is a work table good for? Restaurant work tables quite literally support the kitchen’s operations, serving as surfaces for food preparation as well as storage for equipment and cookware. If you’re in the market for a new work table, don’t just buy any old stainless steel standard. Know these 4 things before you choose a restaurant work table for your kitchen.

1. What types of restaurant work tables are there?

Commercial work tables are available with risers or backsplash, or without. You should get a table with a backsplash if your worktable will be up against a wall. The backsplash acts as a barrier that prevents food or liquids from spilling between the wall and the table. Most work tables have undershelving, often adjustable in height, which is ideal for restaurant equipment storage.

2. What size work table should I get?

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What Is Scratch and Dent Restaurant Equipment?

Monday, April 7th, 2014

VulcanV60-clearanceGetting the best price possible on a piece of restaurant equipment is vital for businesses looking to save, but maintaining a bottom line can be tricky, especially for smaller businesses. And indeed, for these businesses, brand new restaurant equipment might be a little outside the budget. Fortunately, scratch and dent restaurant equipment makes a great alternative to paying full price for a piece of kitchen equipment. Clearance scratch and dent equipment comes in all varieties: ranges, ovens, fryers, holding cabinets, char broilers, griddles, hot plates, steamers, cheese melters, braising pans—you name it, you can probably find it at a discount.

So where do those scratches and dents actually come from? Not from misuse at the hands of another fry cook, don’t worry! Discounted scratch and dent restaurant equipment has just experienced a little freight damage. The equipment is still perfectly usable, and performs to the standards you expect from the top restaurant equipment manufacturers. In short, if you don’t mind a few aesthetic blemishes on a new range or fryer, discount restaurant equipment is an exceptionally smart addition to your kitchen.

Are you a business on a budget that has benefited from clearance equipment? What do you think about scratch and dent equipment? Tell us about your experience by finding Short Order on Twitter or Facebook!

How to Choose a New Point of Service (POS) System

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

POS systemsYour restaurant’s point of service (POS) system is what keeps your restaurant’s operations up and running. Transactions need to be handled quickly and smoothly, so POS terminals need to always be working optimally and quickly. If you are on the hunt for an upgrade to your POS systems, consider these 4 factors when choosing a new point of service system for your restaurant.

1. Durability

The construction of a terminal is a good indicator of its quality and ability to stand up to heavy use. To determine its reliability, examine (or get an IT pro to examine) the grade of the materials from which the terminal is made. Commercial grade material, though pricier, will ultimately serve you well, as it is made for intensive, extensive use. This is because POS’s made of commercial grade materials (rather than consumer grade) are constructed specifically to withstand the restaurant environment.

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Now Serving – February 2014 – 10 Tips to Interview Like a Pro

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

FEBRUARY 2014 A monthly newsletter showcasing the taste of cookware ISSUE 62
Now Serving

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, which means an abundance of flowers, chocolate, and dinner reservations. With an increase in dining out this time of year, now is the perfect time to upgrade your restaurant equipment. If you are looking to purchase a new piece of equipment, be sure to click here and check out the Gen2 closeout specials we are currently offering. With a variety of items to choose from, you should be able to find exactly what you’re looking for.

Did you know over $1 billion worth of chocolate is purchased for Valentine’s Day in the United States alone? What’s your favorite type of chocolate-y treat? Stop by our Facebook page and let us know! While you’re there, make sure you take a look at our one-day only deals! And if you review a product online, you will be automatically entered into ShortOrder’s monthly giveaway. Please join us in congratulating this month’s winner: John Holsonback!
Don’t forget to check out our clearance section. We have a wide variety of discontinued, and scratched and dented products that are all covered by the full manufacturer warranty.

In this month’s issue: 10 Tips to Interview Like a Pro, Valentine Milk Shake as a tasty Valentine’s Day treat, and our featured products: a Hamilton Beach Blender, a Beverage-Air Milk Cooler, and an Eagle Drainboard Glassrack.

Do you have any suggestions for us? We are always ready to hear from you. Please drop us a line anytime!

Ann Marie Hillier

10 Tips to Interview Like a Pro

How to Determine Which Candidates are Right for Your Company

Given that your staff is your top resource, it is important to make the most out of your interviews with potential candidates. In her article “10 Tips to Interview Like a Pro,” Dawn Cacciotti, senior vice president, human resources of the National Restaurant Association offers guidance for interviewing job candidates.

 

  • Conduct the interview in a quiet spot which allows you and the candidate to focus on the conversation.
  • Always show the same respect to candidates that you expect from them.
  • Include a variety of questions in the interview, asking candidates yes/no questions, as well as questions that require a more lengthy response.
  • Try to learn more about the candidate’s personality through questions that ask them to provide examples from their past work experience.
  • Make sure to ask follow-up questions which demonstrates genuine interest in the candidate’s answers.
  • If the position requires specific certifications, make sure that the candidate has the necessary background to qualify.
  • Focus on behavioral-based interviewing. Think about the common characteristics of your top performers and ask questions to determine if candidates also possess these traits.
  • Always pay attention to smaller details, such as non-verbal cues from the candidate. Did they come in and smile? Did they dress appropriately for the interview and the position?
  • Consider a test run, giving candidates the opportunity to work half days with their potential team (with pay). This will be a great way to reveal the candidate’s strengths and weaknesses.
  • Allow job candidates to ask you questions which can reveal their preparedness as well as enthusiasm for the opportunity.
  • Have closing comments prepared. Always thank the candidate for their time and interest. Even if you’re not interested in hiring the candidate, it is always important to remain courteous.

 

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Featured Recipe
Valentine Milk Shake
Check out this tasty Valentine’s Day treat from food.com.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups Strawberry Ice Cream
  • 1-2 Cups Milk
  • 2 Tbsp Strawberry Jam
  • 2 Ounces Cherry Kijafa Wine

Directions:

  1. Blend all ingredients until the shake is thick and creamy.
  2. Serve the milk shake in a tall glass topped with whipped cream.
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