Stainless Steel Countertops: The Ideal Restaurant Kitchen Surface
The equipment used in a commercial kitchen has to withstand both the test of time and the demands of constant, daily use. This is true for cookware and smallwares, such as pots, pans, and knives; and heavy equipment, such as range tops, ovens, and refrigerators; but, in particular, it is especially true of restaurant food preparation surfaces. Prep tables, counters, and cutting surfaces are essential to any commercial kitchen, and when it comes to making this vital purchase for your kitchen, the experts recommend eschewing the beauty of granite and the timelessness of butcher block. Instead, for no-fail results and long-term satisfaction, choose food preparation surfaces made of stainless steel.
Welcoming the Solo Diner
Eating alone is, for many people, an uncomfortable and awkward experience. Today, however, smart restaurateurs, with an eye on trends and demographics, are looking at the solo diner as an ever-increasing source of business.
Single diners – already ill at ease in a new restaurant – are sensitive to a number of things that a restaurant owner may not be aware of. These include factors like staff vocabulary, seating layout, and more. Making your restaurant more solo-friendly can both increase your business and secure your reputation as a forward-thinking, open-minded entrepreneur. With just a few minor changes and additions, your restaurant can make leaps in attracting and welcoming the savvy solo diner.
According to Fortune, the percentage of Americans living by themselves has doubled since 1960; in addition, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that consumption by U.S. singles contributes close to $2 trillion to the economy annually. In the U.S. restaurant industry, reservations for one are on the rise: the number of solo diners has grown by 62 percent, making them the fastest-growing table party size. Put into financial terms, ignoring the particular needs of solo diners is tantamount to giving the cold shoulder to a big chunk of business. Instead, it’s time to figure out how to throw out the welcome mat.
Learn How to Talk to Solo Customers
Lemons are the Perfect Addition to a Summer Menu
As temperatures rise and the novelty of the summer heat starts to wear off, the search for lighter foods becomes all consuming. Cold soups and salads are summer staples but, for me, if a dish isn’t lemony, it isn’t summery. From lemonade to lemon meringue pie, from lemon-based salad dressing to lemon-flavored Italian ices, the tart, unique, refreshing taste of lemons is synonymous with summer, and a cooking prerequisite for the hot summer months.
Different Types of Raw Fish
Raw fish is all the rage right now, but in order to find a method in the madness we need to set things straight. What we’re talking about is raw or marinated fish dishes, with a variety of names that only the most dedicated foodie will easily differentiate between. Whereas raw fish dishes have been popular for a while on the West Coast, they are now creeping inland due to the never-ending search for new and unusual foods and because of the many plusses of eating raw fish, primarily the unique taste.
Raw Fish Should Come with Precautions
Before you eat raw fish – and certainly before you prepare it on your own – check out the guidelines for whether raw fish is safe to eat set forth by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Opting for high quality should be the number-one rule. (…Read More…)
Who isn’t looking to squeeze a few more fruits and vegetables into their diets these days? In fact, the National Restaurant Association featured several health-related topics in its 2016 roundup of the top 20 food trends, including everything from locally grown produce to healthful kids’ meals.
America is a melting pot made up of people with many different tastes and preferences. Have you ever stopped to question what tops the list of favorite foods in this country? Well, you no longer have to wonder.
According to research commissioned by Davidson’s Safest Choice Pasteurized Eggs as reported by the Daily Mail, one food comes out the clear victor in the roundup of all-time favorite American foods: Steak. Let’s take a closer look at this meaty meal, along with highlighting some tips for grilling the most tender, flavorful steaks. (…Read More…)
Not only do seasonal foods have tremendous benefits for both people and the planet, but they’re also increasingly in vogue, due in no small part to the inspiration of the White House Kitchen Garden.
In fact, consumers are showing a strong preference for all things seasonal, with CNN Money recently declaring, “Seasonal is the new local.”
As your restaurant prepares to make the shift from summer to autumn, let’s take a closer look at why seasonal matters, along with six tips aimed at helping ensure that your fall menu is seasonably pleasing to diners. (…Read More…)
There’s no denying that Americans and ice cream are a match made in food heaven. Just how much do we love this cold, creamy treat? To the tune of more than 40 pounds of ice cream each every year, according to figures from City A.M. (…Read More…)
Outdoor dining spaces can increase revenue by as much as 30 percent or more, according to a report from The Chicago Tribune.
It’s no surprise that so many restaurants are investing in exterior eating areas — particularly when you factor in research from the Simons Advisory Group indicating that a $200,000 investment in outdoor seating boosts overall sales by $500,000. (…Read More…)
We’re all familiar with the old adage insisting that “cleanliness is next to godliness.” This sentiment holds no more true than in the restaurant business. (…Read More…)