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Bugambilia® Cold Bar Systems for Foodservice: Tiles vs. Fit Perfect™

Salad bars, ice cream bars, and frozen yogurt bars may occupy different ends of the health food spectrum, but they all have one thing in common: Ingredients need to be kept below at least 40°F to stay within the temperature safety zone. Bar-style service often goes hand in hand with refrigerated cold wells. Cold wells allow you to use different sized food pans to get just the right configuration of your products depending on what you're serving. 

Foodservice operators have a few options regarding systems that hold food pans in place on cold wells. Two popular options made by Bugambilia® are the Tile and Fit Perfect™ systems, which feature unique, resin-coated aluminum food pans. We're going to compare these two systems to give you an idea of which one might be best for your cold well service because here at G.E.T., we always want our customers to know their options. 

Topics: Commercial Tableware Reviews

What Happens if You Put Melamine Dinnerware Under Food Warmer Heat Lamps?

Foodservice operators have enjoyed melamine dinnerware for decades due to its range of applications, stylish yet functional designs, and low replacement rates compared to china. If you're a seasoned melamine dinnerware user, you're probably familiar with the recommended restrictions when it comes to heat exposure. Broadly speaking, melamine plates shouldn't be exposed to more than 160°F, which means it shouldn't be microwaved, put in the oven, or used with heat lamps. 

Here at G.E.T., we've spoken to foodservice operators who have dutifully followed these recommendations, but they don't know why. Fortunately, with our 30+ years of experience and as a leader in the category, we're perfectly positioned to answer the why behind these recommendations. So, what happens if you put your melamine dinnerware under a heat lamp in a commercial kitchen, and what does it mean for your foodservice establishment and guest experience? 

Topics: Commercial Tableware Problems

Review of Bugambilia® Fit Perfect™: The Easy Setup Cold Bar Solution for Foodservice

Plenty of foodservice operators know cold bars (aka cold wells) are wonderful tools for accommodating salad, ice cream, frozen yogurt bars, and pretty much any kind of cold food you'd want to mix and match to delight your guests. They're especially popular and useful in very high-volume foodservice at college, university, and corporate dining facilities because guests often serve themselves. 

But what if you want to rearrange your cold bar setup? Historically, this has been  cost - and time-prohibitive for operators due to the way a lot of cold bars are set up. 

Topics: Commercial Tableware Reviews

Why NSF Certification is the Most Important Foodservice Credential You've Never Heard Of

Foodservice is all about bringing people together around a table and creating experiences that make people happy. Even though the end result is about as hyper-local as you can get - sitting around a table - a global industry works hard in the background to make these great experiences happen. 

Many of the tabletop items used in commercial foodservice are manufactured overseas, then distributed and sold to American restaurateurs. But America (and Europe, for that matter) has some of the most stringent regulations when it comes to food safety, including the products that are used to make, store, and serve food. So how do we know which companies are making the best products that also live up to American regulatory standards? 

Topics: Commercial Tableware Problems

Plastic vs Glass Drinkware for Commercial Foodservice: Which is Better?

From intimate dining rooms to service for thousands, every foodservice establishment needs beverage service to accompany their menu. Drinks can be as commonplace as tea and water or as complex as craft cocktails. Regardless of your beverage service style, you can't serve drinks without drinkware. 

But do you go with plastic or glass? These days plastic drinkware often looks just as sharp, shiny, and clear as their glass counterparts. And it's super easy to add custom branded logos and designs to plastic drinkware. So how do you choose? 

Both excellent choices, these two materials can impact service flow and your bottom line in different ways. We're going to take a look at plastic and glass drinkware to see how they stack up. We'll cover a few key areas that can have the most impact on foodservice operations: costs, aesthetics, and broken glass' affect on operations. 

Topics: Commercial Tableware Reviews

Enamel Cast Iron vs Induction-Ready Cast Aluminum Cookware

Mike Halles, G.E.T.'s resident metals expert, compares cast iron to induction-ready cast aluminum at the 2017 National Restaurant Assosication show in Chicago, Illinois.  Watch the video or read the transcript to learn about what induction-ready cast aluminum is and what it can do for your foodservice operation.  

Topics: Commercial Tableware Reviews

10 Creative Pizza Plating Ideas

Pizza is an iconic, global dish that originated in Naples and is now enjoyed worldwide. It's the perfect blank canvass for chefs and home cooks alike. You can stick with traditional toppings, or get creative with unexpected ingredients like smoked salmon, capers, and field greens, or even dessert pizzas. Whether you like soft flatbread, crispy Neapolitan, Chicago-style deep dish, or enormous New York-style slices, once you decide on your dough, your options for toppings are almost endless. 

Americans eat about 100 acres of pizza a day. With such a high level of commitment to this cheesy delight, let's explore some creative ways for foodservice operators to plate one of the country's go-to menu items. 

 

Topics: Serving Ideas

Protein Buildup on Plastic Drinkware: Causes, Solutions, Best Practices

It’s no secret that plastic drinkware is one of the most popular items used by foodservice operators. They’re available in a range of styles and sizes, well priced, and typically have a long service life. Regardless of how much love they get from operators and guests alike, there’s still one thing infinitely more attracted to plastic drinkware than people: protein buildup. 

Protein buildup, as much as it loves plastic drinkware, is really a bully in your kitchen. It dulls formerly shiny drinkware, or can make crystal clear plastic drinking glasses appear dingy. From a food safety standpoint, this is not an issue. But from a branding and budgeting standpoint, it absolutely is. 

While there seems to be a natural attraction between protein buildup and plastic glasses, it’s not a match made in heaven. The good news here is that these two are pretty easy to break up if you follow industry-accepted best practices. We’ll show you some easy ways to avoid protein buildup in your plastic drinkware in the first place, and remedies if it happens anyway.

 

Topics: Commercial Tableware Problems

Is Melamine Dinnerware Microwave-Safe?

Melamine dinnerware has enjoyed recent surges in popularity among foodservice operators thanks to advances in alternative materials design. Now available in an array of styles, foodservice operators enjoy the different décor themes supported by modern-day melamine. From elegant and understated to modern cosmopolitan, melamine dinnerware resembles china, but is also break-resistant, dishwasher-safe, and often less expensive than china. 

But of all the advantages melamine dinnerware brings to foodservice, there’s at least one thing it doesn't do well: Melamine dinnerware is not a great candidate for the microwave. G.E.T. is one of the foremost authorities on melamine dinnerware with more than 30 years of experience. We’ll tell you why we recommend keeping your melamine dinnerware out of the microwave if you're in commercial foodservice and what will happen if you microwave it anyway. We all break the rules sometimes, right? 

Topics: Commercial Tableware Problems

How to Estimate the Cost of Melamine Dinnerware for Foodservice

When trying to figure the actual price of something, most folks don't want to hear “It depends.” However, when our customers here at G.E.T. ask about the cost of melamine dinnerware, the truth is several variations come into play. As much as we would love to have a straightforward answer, it really just depends. Our 30+ years' experience with melamine dinnerware puts us in a great position to help foodservice operators estimate the cost of their investment. 

In the spirit of helping foodservice operators plan effectively for dinnerware purchases, we're going to review some of the variables you'll want to keep in mind to estimate the cost of melamine dinnerware for your establishment. 

Topics: Commercial Tableware Cost