Why Does Your Restaurant Need an Insulated Food Server?

The hospitality industry is especially busy this time of the year. The holidays are here which means that many people are going on vacation. Thus they tend to go to restaurants more often. Hotels and restaurants have to stock up on various food products to keep up with the demand of the customers. Consequently, they would need more facilities to keep the food items fresh and ready to serve at the correct temperature.

I want to focus on food servers especially insulated food servers and why your restaurant would need one. How would it benefit your restaurant during the holiday season?

The Front Loader Food Server accommodates all third, half and full size standard food pans. Therefore, you can store most of your dishes in this type of kitchen unit. Any full size insert can be replaced with two half-inserts or three third-inserts so that you can maximize storage space inside this handy catering equipment. You don’t have to limit yourself to certain dish sizes when preparing your dishes.

The main benefit with Insulated Servers is that it maintains the correct serving temperatures. The food is kept at an optimal temperature constantly until it is ready to serve. You can opt for either a warm temperature or set it at a cooler temperature depending on the dish. This setting makes it a versatile kitchen equipment suited for any busy restaurant kitchen. The double end loader allows hot and cold food to be stored in two separate compartments. These compartments have wheels for ease of movement.

The Front Loader version is stackable for easy storage and convenient transporting. For a catering business, this is very useful. If you have a need for many food servers, you can purchase more than one and stack them to limit the space they take up. There are also other varieties of Food Servers available that are stackable such as the Top Loader Food Server and the Single Food Server unit. These units are suitable for small to medium sized restaurants and they are ideal as back up food storage for larger restaurants.

Insulated Food Servers are useful units of catering equipment that enable you to keep your food dishes at a constant temperature, whether it is warm or cool. You can prepare the food dishes in the morning and store them in the food server ready to serve at any time during the day at the correct temperature.

CaterWeb stocks a full range of commercial kitchen products and we even offer free demonstrations as well as hands on training if necessary. Visit our website to access our online store or alternatively we welcome you to visit our new showroom.

Please call us at 0861 CATERWEB or e-mail your inquiry to sales@caterweb.co.za so we may assist with your catering equipment requirements!

Ten Handy Buffetware Kitchen Products for the Hospitality Industry

The holiday season has arrived and if you are in the hospitality industry then you know full-well that this is your busiest time of the year. If you have not yet prepared your kitchen for this busy season, then you need to get into gear and get your kitchen in order. To assist you, I’ve compiled a list of ten buffetware kitchen products that will make your kitchen more efficient when trying to cope with the additional customers.

1. Coffee Urn. If you run a breakfast service then you should know that almost every customer demands coffee the moment they sit down. A coffee urn with the freshly prepared coffee that remains constantly heated during breakfast is a huge time saver.

2. Croissant Warmer. Again, as part of your breakfast service, you probably serve croissants. This delicious pastry is served best warm. But trying to reheat a croissant does not quite work, it rather dries the pastry. A croissant warmer keeps the contents at a constant temperature that is ready to serve.

3. Milk Pail Dispenser. This handy kitchen equipment allows you to store the milk ready-to-serve for use in coffee, tea or for cereals. This saves your waiters much time from running between the kitchen and the breakfast area.

4. Cereal Dispensers. Near your milk pail dispenser, it is advisable to have a set of cereal dispensers. Give your customers a variety of cereal options to choose from.

5. Sugar Bowls. Make sure that you have enough sugar bowls at your disposal. Customers will require much sugar for their coffee or tea and even for their cereals.

6. Condiment Station. If you run an elegant establishment where your customers put style first, then you will have to keep that in mind. A condiment station includes all the necessary containers in which to pour the popular condiments while having them all together on one serving station.

7. Chafing Dishes. These are necessary for a breakfast buffet service. You want to ensure that all the breakfast foods are kept warm while it is being served. While allowing customers to return for a second warm plate of breakfast.

8. Ice Bucket. An ice bucket is very useful during this warm summer season. Place an ice bucket filled with ice on your customer’s table to keep their bottle of champagne chilled.

9. Juice Dispensers. It is a good idea to have fresh juice available for your breakfast buffet. Get a few juice dispensers in which you can dispense orange juice, mango juice, and strawberry juice.

10. Trays. As trivial as this might seem, make sure that you have enough trays at the disposal of your customers. It can be frustrating when they get to the buffet area and there are no trays available.

These are the ten buffetware catering equipment that will ease your buffet breakfast service.

CaterWeb stocks a full range of commercial kitchen products and we even offer free demonstrations as well as hands on training if necessary. Visit our website to access our online store or alternatively we welcome you to visit our new showroom.

Please call us at 0861 CATERWEB or e-mail your inquiry to sales@caterweb.co.za so we may assist with your catering equipment requirements!

What Are the Benefits of Chest Freezers and Upright Freezers for Your Restaurant?

If you are a restaurant owner, you have many decisions that you need to make. You need to decide on the menu, the design of your restaurant, your commercial kitchen layout and what catering equipment will make your chef’s job more efficient. Another important decision that has to be made is that of your restaurant’s commercial refrigeration. Should you opt for a chest freezer or an upright freezer? What is the difference and benefits of the two industrial freezers?

Let’s take a look at chest freezers from a chef’s point of view.

Chest freezers have a capacity to hold large quantities of frozen foods. You will find chest freezers with a capacity of 110 litres up to 567 litres. That’s quite a variance but it shows you that whatever your frozen storage requirements, there is a chest freezer that can accommodate you. With such a large capacity option, you are able to store large quantities of meat products over a period of weeks. You can rest assured that the meat products will be just as fresh when you remove them. Then, you also need to decide on whether you would prefer a glass top chest freezer, a granite top or a solid top. If you have a need to see the contents regularly, a glass top is better. But if you are storing frozen goods for a long period of time, there is no need for this option. If you require additional kitchen surface area, then the granite top is better.

Upright freezers also have their benefits and various options available to the chef. These units take up less space in the kitchen opposed to the space that the chest freezer takes up. Upright freezers also have the option of having a solid door or a glass door for the same reason as the chest freezer. So which one you choose will depend on your requirements. These upright units have different capacities from 315 litres to 494 litres. There is more than enough room for large quantities of frozen foods. These are beneficial for storing a variety of frozen foods as you can place them on different shelves. On each shelf you can store a different category of frozen item such as vegetables on one shelf and fruit on another shelf. The added benefit with the upright version is that you can easily see what is inside due to the shelving system; as opposed to the chest freezer where you have to stack everything on top of each other. To find a particular frozen food, you’ll have to remove the ones above it and this could prove to be inconvenient.

These are the two types of catering equipment that you would need to make a decision on whether you choose the upright version or the chest version. Each has its benefits and it all depends on how you run your kitchen as to which one is better for you.

CaterWeb stocks a full range of commercial kitchen products and we even offer free demonstrations as well as hands on training if necessary. Visit our website to access our online store or alternatively we welcome you to visit our new showroom.

Please call us at 0861 CATERWEB or e-mail your inquiry to sales@caterweb.co.za so we may assist with your catering equipment requirements!