Monthly Archives: November 2015

  1. The Scotsman N0422A-1

    N0422A-1There is a moment that happens just before the ice drops, that moment of hesitation, where you wonder what kind of ice is going to fall out of the machine. This happens every time that we go to a restaurant and press the dispenser lever. We’d like to think that more smiles happen when pressing the lever to get ice out of a dispenser hooked up to the Scotsman N0422A-1.

    This Scotsman produces nugget ice, which is (in our humble opinion) the best ice in the world for drinking. Crunchable and delicious, it’s like the ice itself is in a rush to get into th

  2. Playing "I Spy" with Turbo Air

    Turbo Air LogoOne of the best things in the world is to spot equipment that we sell ‘out in the wild.’ Today was a perfect example of that: we spotted several Turbo Air merchandising cases at the diner that we happened to be at. The experience just brought a smile to our faces.

    The first thing that we spotted, right by the counter, was a Turbo Air Bakery Display case. This was one of the larger models, of course, because the entirety was filled with luscious cakes and pies. We know that presentation has as much to do with the taste as the taste itself. These cakes and pi

  3. Choosing an Ice Machine Size

    Machine Size RangeA lot of businesses fall into the middle ground where they don’t need to have a huge ice machine on their premises, but they do need to have something that produces more than the standard residential ice machine.

    The ice machine companies have thought about this and produced small undercounter ice machines for those who need them. These types of machines produce nugget and other styles of ice for those who need it. So, you can have the super performance of the Ice-o-Matic or the Scotsman without having to commit to hundreds and thousands of pounds of ice per day.

    These types of small undercounter ice machines are perfect for applications like doctor’s offices, gyms, and more. Do you have lots

  4. Aching Back? Get an Ice Machine Stand

    Ice Machine StandIf there’s anything that restaurant owners from all over the country will do, it’s mention that there is no space for their tools and equipment in the kitchen. Sometimes, there’s very little room to put the ice machine, and it ends up being stuffed into highly awkward places. For some, the ice machines are a bit too low, and workers have to crouch down to get the ice. That’s where ice machine stands come in.

    An ice machine stand can take the bending out of getting ice. One simply mounts the ice machine, whether you’re looking at a Hoshizaki, Manitowoc, or Scotsman, on the stand, and you&

  5. Cocktails for Thanksgiving

    CocktailsThanksgiving conjures up images of turkey, stuffing, and green bean casserole, but what do some people do after the festivities? They head out and watch bartenders create drinks using ice from their undercounter ice machines. Here are some combinations for drinks that you might not have thought about.

    Identity Crisis

    Thanksgiving puts a mishmash of delights on a collision course. You can have your celebration any way that you choose, even create your own tradition. This drink brings together the blending of the cultures with Mezcal, Angostura Bitters, Agave Syrup, Lemon Juice, and dry sparkling wine. You can get the fizz, the smoky, and the sweet all together.

    Mix these ingredie

  6. Vitamix Gets the Job Done

    5028Doing your job well means that you have to have all of the right tools at your disposal. Bartenders have a lot of help in the back, from the undercounter ice machine to having a blender that’s powerful enough to turn ice into slush at a moment’s notice.

    The Vitamix 5028 has everything that a bartender could need. There is scalable acceleration so there are no hassles with getting the speed wrong. Scalable acceleration also allows chefs to use the blender for many different purposes like grinding, pureeing, blending, and chopping.

    Mixologists also use these features to make different types of drinks. As a barkeep, have you ever let something go a little bit too long and you end up with mush rather than something that you just intended to grind? Maybe the puree is a little TOO pureed? The Vitamix can help with that. This model has a

  7. Choosing an Ice Machine for a Food Truck

    Food TruckIf you’re going to be serving drinks on your food truck, you probably want to get your hands on an undercounter ice machine. That way, you won’t have to depend on only the shape of the ice that you’ get from the ice vendors. But, what do you look for in an undercounter ice machine for your food truck?


    Size will most likely be the deciding factor for whether to put a specific ice machine on your truck. Many of the modern commercial ice machines can fit up to 18” wide, and they definitely fit under the counter for usage.


    How many customers do you expect to be serving in a day? Think about it in terms of pounds of ice per customers – we’d suggest that fo

  8. Fire Chief in Hot Water for Buying Ice Machine Without Permission

    NewbernOlen Parker, the mayor of Newbern, TN, had some hard questions for the fire chief of his fair city. Apparently, there were several policy violations, including insurance billing, expenditures for the Fireman’s Fund, and other purchasing decisions. The ice machine might have been the final push to cause the fire chief to resign.

    Fire Chief Phillip Cottrell, Assistant Fire Chief Trevor Cottrell, and Dylan Cottrell and Dustin Warren left the fire department amid irritation about improper billing and paperwork. The fire chief didn’t bill insurance, which resulted in the loss of revenue to Newbern’s coffers.

    In fact, the loss is estimated around $33,000.

    The fire department’s discretionary fund has been hit with consistent

  9. Do you have a Noisy Hotel Ice Machine?

    Old Ice MachineIt’s the little things that make a guest’s stay special and memorable. People, when they stay at hotels, want everything to go right. They want there to be a special experience rather than something run of the mill. Little changes can be made to make that happen, starting from the hotel ice machine.

    Hotel ice machines have the reputation of being the loudest things in the hotel, next to the compressors for the air conditioner. In most cases, the reason for the ice machine’s noise is that it has not been well maintained or looked after.

    Another reason for people hating the ice machines at hotels is that they are usually older than the hills, something that some hotels are proud of. “We’ve had this ice machine since the Reagan Ad

  10. Mechanics Turn to Amenities to Avoid Bored Customers

    AmenitiesIt’s all about the experience. Businesses want to provide their customers with an out of the ordinary experience so that customers will talk about it on social media and encourage their friends to go. It's all about the experience these days.

    Even mechanics are no longer about just providing the best service, they want to give their customers a delightful waiting room experience. Shops are investing in the large screen televisions, ice and water dispensers, even chai and coffee machines. And, some are going all out.One Houston repair shop has a huge aquarium, designer chairs, gourmet coffee, candy, and biscotti. There are even kid’s areas which include recycled coloring books and more. There are some shops which even have the work areas set up with wi-fi.

    The idea is that if people are going to be stuck there waiting

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