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3 Tips For Creating A Food Allergy Protocol In Your Restaurant

Posted by on Jun 7th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips For Creating A Food Allergy Protocol In Your Restaurant

Researchers have stated they believe that food allergies plague an estimated 15 million Americans across the nation today, and this number is on the rise. There has been a 50% increase in the number of food allergies among children in the past 14 years alone. To prevent food allergies from posing a serious risk to your restaurant patrons, it’s essential that you take the time to create an allergy protocol within your establishment. Here are three tips you can use to help your staff better identify and deal with food allergies in the future. 1. Always ask about food allergies. Every staff member that interacts with restaurant patrons should be asking if there are any food allergies the kitchen and wait staff need to be aware of. The gathering of information regarding food allergies should begin with the hostess, who can inform the waiter or waitress about the food allergy before his or her first visit to the table. Gathering information about food allergies at the door gives the wait staff a heads up that asking about food allergies will be essential when helping specific patrons complete their order. 2. Educate your wait staff. It is absolutely vital that the wait staff understands each ingredient that goes into the dishes offered on your restaurant’s menu, as well as the cooking methodology used to prepare each dish available to customers. Quizzing your wait staff regularly on ingredients allows them to be able to steer patrons with food allergies away from menu items that could trigger a potentially deadly attack. You should also allow your wait staff to watch how each menu item is prepared so that they will be able to offer additional insight into any peanut oils or shellfish sauces used during preparation that could pose a risk for your diners. 3. Isolate plates going to diners with a food allergy. Even if a specific dish doesn’t contain known allergens, the potential for cross-contamination in a commercial kitchen is present. By designating specific areas and tools within the kitchen for the preparation of meals for customers who have food allergies, and keeping these plated meals separate from other items being delivered to the table, you will be able to reduce the chances of an allergy-free dish becoming inadvertently cross-contaminated. A thorough and comprehensive allergy protocol that includes asking about food allergies each time staff members interact with diners, educating wait staff on ingredients and preparation methods, and isolation of allergy-free plates will help you prevent potentially deadly allergic reactions in your restaurant in the future. Contact a service like contract food service management to learn...

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3 Perfect Food Options For A Classy Rustic Wedding

Posted by on Feb 13th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Perfect Food Options For A Classy Rustic Wedding

The idea of a classy rustic wedding is one that’s picked up considerable steam in recent years, and for good reason. This type of aesthetic is welcoming to a huge range of people, making it perfect for large weddings where lots of different groups are coming together. However, this extremely accepting environment can be hard to cook for, since most people can’t decide whether to cater (literally) to the glitzy or the unpretentious side of this aesthetic. In order to cover all of your bases and keep the high-low look consistent at your wedding, here are some food options that can be dressed up or dressed down in order to perfectly suit any classy rustic wedding.  Clam Bake If your wedding is set to take place by the beach, then there’s hardly a better option for a rustic lunch or dinner than a clam bake. As opposed to something more pretentious, a good, old-fashioned clam bake can be done without white-gloved waiters and classical music. Serving this type of dinner buffet style and with a decor that’s reminiscent of a New England clam shack will make people comfortable and, perhaps more importantly, well fed. Steamers are a must for this type of meal, as is some corn bread and maybe a raw bar if you really want to check off all the boxes on an authentic seaside dinner.  Barbecue A good, old-fashioned barbecue is a classic option for keeping it rustic but refined for several reasons. First, everyone loves barbecue, from the family carnivore to the pickiest vegan, especially if your menu is varied and features options like barbecue tofu or seitan. Second, barbecue will work for any budget, since you can feed a lot of people on the cheap or have a skilled chef come in and show a high-brow crowd that BBQ catering isn’t just for tailgates.  Wild Game Having your wedding catered with wild game or foods that are often procured in the great outdoors is a great way for your guests to try something they’ve never had before. A quail egg steak tartare is a classic that’s sure to please at more refined weddings. On the other hand, alligator po’ boys are a bayou classic for a more casual option if your wedding has a Southern theme. Another plus to this option is that you can tailor it to your exact location, so a wedding in Baltimore, for example, can give your cousins from Nevada a taste of the region that they likely wouldn’t have tried...

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Cool Wedding Venues You Might Not Have Considered

Posted by on Oct 13th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Cool Wedding Venues You Might Not Have Considered

When you are choosing a wedding venue, you are likely putting yourself under a great deal of pressure to find the perfect place to host everything. You might be adding unnecessary stress to your life because no venue is going to be perfect. However, if you have seen many different banquet rooms in hotels and reception halls and none of them caught your eye, this could be a sign that you are going to need to think outside the box in order to make sure that you are truly happy with your choice. Here are some unusual wedding venues that you shouldn’t rule out. 1. Conservatory or Zoo Garden If you are planning on having a summer wedding, you might want to consider having your reception at a venue that has butterflies, such as a conservatory or the butterfly gardens at your local zoo. Your guests will be enchanted with the butterflies fluttering around their heads and remember your wedding for years to come. Butterfly gardens also tend to contain a stunning array of flowers and other plants, allowing you to skimp on the decorating costs because the venue is already spectacular. 2. Art Museum Another place to consider having your wedding is the local art museum. You will be able to ask to have certain halls or floors open that have your favorite paintings or exhibits. This is a great way to show your taste and style without actually having to decorate much of the venue yourself. You will only have to provide minimal decorations to the area where you will be serving food because this area will be away from the paintings. Art museums also give guests who are not into dancing something to occupy themselves with while the part of the wedding that does not suit them is going on. 3. Winery Finally, consider having your wedding at a winery. The winery will be able to help you with the decorations, as well as supply the alcohol. When you buy in bulk from the local owners, you will likely be able to get a better deal on the wine than you would be able to get elsewhere. The wineries will also be prepped with a kitchen since most wineries pair wine tastings with different types of food that complement their wine. This means that you can hire a kitchen staff to prepare the food onsite rather than risk having it get cold by bringing in a catering company. For more information, talk to a company that specializes in wedding...

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Tips For Accommodating Dietary Restrictions And Allergies At Your Memorial Day Party

Posted by on May 9th, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

So, you’re planning on having a big Memorial Day party, and you’re having a hard time planning the menu. It’s no wonder. Gone are the days when a host or hostess can simply serve up hotdogs and hamburgers to a crowd and assume that everyone will leave satisfied. If you’re having a large group of people over at your house, you can pretty safely assume that there will be at least one vegetarian or vegan, and at least one or two people with allergies or other dietary restrictions. These tips will help you serve all your guests food that they’ll like and enjoy.  Go Vegan Vegetarians eat no meat, but will consume dairy products. Vegans can eat no meat, no dairy and no animal products of any kind. This includes, but is not limited to, honey, eggs, cheese and yogurt. Vegetarians can eat vegan food, but vegans may not be able to eat vegetarian food. If you’re grilling hamburgers in the back yard and want to ensure that any vegetarians or vegans will have something to eat, grill some vegan patties without cheese. Doing this will ensure that your vegan and vegetarian guests will have a hamburger patty to eat. If your vegetarian guests would like cheese on their patty, tell them they may request cheese on a case-by-case basis.  Clearly Label All Foods that Involve Peanuts Peanut allergies can be deadly. To prevent problems, the best policy is to avoid putting any peanuts in any of the foods you serve. If you must serve food with peanuts, make sure that the peanuts are clearly visible on top of the food (not hidden inside), and label the foods on the table as containing peanuts.  Offer Healthy Salads Some of your guests may have restrictions in their diet relating to cholesterol and fat. To accommodate these guests, serve healthy bowls of salad alongside the burgers. Chunks of baked chicken or turkey can be sprinkled on top of the salad to provide healthy protein, but leave the meat off of the salad and allow the guests to put the meat on themselves. This will ensure that your vegetarian and vegan guests will also be able to eat the salad.  Hire a Catering Company The easiest way to ensure that your Memorial Day party will accommodate the dietary restrictions of all your guests is to hire a catering company to bring in the food. When you place the order, ask the catering company to accommodate these dietary restrictions. Catering companies naturally design their menus to accommodate a variety of dietary needs at all private parties. In addition to the fact that your catering company will ensure that all your guests are properly served, hiring outside help will take the pressure off of your shoulders and will give you a chance to enjoy your party along with the rest of your...

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Stove Parts Suppliers: All About The STAR Certification Program For Owners & Businesses

Posted by on Feb 19th, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Stove part suppliers (such as K & D Factory Service Inc) carry a diverse selection of kitchen-related appliances, from grills and griddles to ranges and ovens, you can find it all at places like these. But you probably didn’t know that you can sign up for certification classes and equipment training courses at many stove parts supply stores. This article is about the STAR Certification program that many suppliers participate in and what exactly it can provide for individuals and for those who work in the industry. STAR Certification Training: Appliance Training  Most stove parts supply stores offer customers and restaurant professionals the opportunity to complete a STAR Certification course. This certification training encompasses every aspect of the food service industry and is great for individuals with a desire to better understand their appliances, as well as for businesses looking to increase the knowledge and customer service of their employees. Customer Service Training  Not only do STAR certifications train individuals in how to properly use and care for their equipment, but those who are taking the class to improve their knowledge as an employee will be happy to learn that the course also includes training in customer service. This includes training in customer interaction prior to and following service calls, repairs, and installations, and is designed to cultivate more satisfying business-to-customer relationships. Parts Management & Inventory  The STAR training also covers things like parts management. This is another area where many businesses may lack formal training and organization, and the certification class includes everything from managing warehouse parts and inventory to parts management out in the field.  Administration Training  The certification also covers important administration aspects of the stove parts business. Regarding service calls, employees are trained in how to properly and efficiently dispatch a service technician. Of course, for technicians, the training also includes common troubleshooting techniques for various cooking equipment and all the processing details employees need to understand when performing a service call.  Planned Maintenance  Another aspect if the certification class is to ensure that participants understand the nuances of maintenance, including all the requirements and safety precautions technicians are expected to abide by in their work. This part of the training also covers individual appliance specifications to ensure that students understand the differences in protocol across different models.  Overall, the STAR Certification is a comprehensive, accelerated training course in everything ‘kitchen appliance.’ Whether you’re a homeowner or the proprietor of your own parts supply store, these courses can teach you all about the diagnostic aspect of service and maintenance, as well as help you understand whether or not your unit is operating at its maximum...

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