New restaurant equipment and back-of-the-house technology

Uniformly fashionable

A bit of style in your uniforms and shoes can go a long way in creating a brand identity and making a favorable impression on your customers.


Holding the lines

In the most basic sense, warmers and holding cabinets keep food warm. But as with most equipment purchases, finding the best one for your operation isn’t simply a matter of deciding which is cheapest.

As the winter of 2010-11 finally (and blessedly) winds down, it might seem a bit early to be thinking about frozen desserts and “slushy” drinks. But summer is just a few short months away in the northern states and in full swing down south.

There’s one simple rule when buying knives for your kitchen: The right knife for the right job. It may sound logical enough, but grabbing any old knife that’s nearby to do a job can lead to lost productivity and a shorter lifespan for the knife. So here’s a shortlist of the very basic, must-have knives for every kitchen, along with some thoughts from the folks who use knives most—chefs.

When it comes to this year's crop of new products, once again it's all about "green."

Three seems to be the magic number when it comes to ice machines. Most of the important facts you need to know about buying an ice machine come in easy-to-remember sets of three.

With their typical bland colors and limited materials palette, one would assume that not much thought is given to selecting the workman-like coverings for walls and ceilings in restaurant kitchens— and it’s easy to see why it might appear that way: If no one is going to see it, does it really matter what goes on them?

Though the basic principles remain the same, several manufacturers have developed new equipment to help save both time and energy.

Timing may not be everything, but when it comes to getting the best price on a wide variety of purchases, it can make a big difference.

On both the sweet and savory sides of the restaurant kitchen, mixers are true workhorses—whether the job is beating a small batch of cake batter or mashing...

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