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  1. Why Salad Is King and Why it Matters to your Business!



    Salad is fast leaving behind its humble roots as a small, perhaps wilted, side dish to the main course and becoming the star attraction of the dining experience! Health conscious consumers are craving fresh greens, vegetables, and low carb options, and restaurants across the country are catering with a variety of healthy options.

    Putting an emphasis on super greens, kale remains king of the game, but other micro greens such as arugula and seasonal watercress are key components to creating a salad that will impress. Regular romaine is fine, but offering different options will keep your customers happy (and healthy!) In addition, organic bibb lettuce is a gourmet option well suited to fine dining establishments. Sprouts, which can be easily grown in house, are another super food that the health conscious crowd will quite literally eat up.

    In terms of toppings,
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  3. Industry Trends from the National Restaurant Association

    The National Restaurant Association has released some of their new industry trends for 2016! Here are some of our favorite highlights to keep you current with your business:

    Guava: a long time staple of Latin American and Caribbean cuisine, the guava is going mainstream. Featured in multiple national lines, including a GS Gelato which was the recipient of a FABI award, guava is breaking out as an unusual flavor which almost any palate can appreciate. Guava empanadas, also known as pastelitos, are an easy and fun way to incorporate this trend into your restaurant menu.

    Craft Soda: big company names are getting behind a trend that the folks at Avery and Browns Soda have been doing for years: providing higher quality, lower batch soda options. Coca Cola recently released the Blue Sky line

  4. Thinking about Buying an Ice Machine? Here's What You Need to Know!


    No matter the shape, size, or type, we have an ice machine to suit your needs!



    There are some very basic considerations to take into place before purchasing an ice machine for your business. If you plan on serving cold drinks - you're going to need ice. If you plan on having seafood - you'll need to keep it cold If you have a bar with mixology, you may want different ice shapes and sizes. So it's pretty apparent that yes, you'll need an ice machine. But what sort of a machine to buy? There are many shapes, sizes, and models available, and unless you have unlimited budget/space, you're not going to want to get
  5. Restaurant Tech - Here's What You Should Know!



    How is your restaurant tech? Chances are, you might need an update. The National Restaurant Association reports that up to 30% of restaurants are in serious need of a tech upgrade, but have held off doing so. The main reason? Cost of course. But consider the benefits of keeping updated tech. When your tech is updated, your labor costs go down. With labor being the largest - by far - cost for most restaurants, anything you can do to improve efficiency will also improve your bottom line - long term at least. With that in mind, here are the areas that can certainly be helped by top of the line technology:

    Supply Chain - this is especially important if you have multiple locations. The Darden Restaurant Family is currently rolling out updated Supply Chain Software across all of their locations. How can this help your bottom line? By standardizing the experience at al
  6. Thinking about opening a food truck? Here's what you need to know?


    So, you have a great restaurant concept, but you want to start a bit smaller than a brick and mortar store. Food trucks have been growing in popularity as more social media savvy consumers utilize Twitter and Facebook to follow their mobile food stations and find gourmet meals at great price points. However, there is still a lot that goes into a food truck operations. Here's what you should know:

    1/ Commissary, commissary, commissary. Even though you may be a mobile operation, you still have to practice strict food safety guidelines when working with the general public. You will need a commercial grade kitchen with current grade health inspections in order to operate your truck. Instead of opening your own, find a local one willing to rent out space. Most commissaries are in large warehouses and will welcome the additional business!

    2/ Equipment, equipment, equipment. Although you can find a decent food truck second hand, make sure your equipment is
  7. Weird Ice Cream Flavors


    We all know chocolate, strawberry, even blueberry praline has nothing to some of the most "exotic" ice cream flavors on the market. Would you consider serving any of these? Home made ice cream can be a nice draw for the summer, and with the right equipment you can definitely pull it off. But - maybe think twice before making any of the following flavors below:

    1/ Horseradish - what goes better than sweet cream and sugar and spicy, spicy horseradish? Um, lots of stuff, that's what. Not for the faint hearted and perhaps best as a garnish for carpaccio vs a dessert.

    2/ Foie gras- without tasting, we will rate this one as possibly appealing. The rich, creamy texture of foie gras is at least texturally equivalent to the rich, creamy texture of ice cream. We would try this without protesting too much, but it's still a much less safe combination than, say, berries
  8. Must-Serve Slushy Cocktails

  9. Awesome Uses For Ice You Never Thought Of


     

    Ice… It goes in water, right? Well, it can do a lot more than that. Here are some ideas of how you can use ice in creative ways to make your life a bit easier!


    1. Reheat food without having it dry out by putting

  10. 5 Underrated Uses for Ice Trays

     

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