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Marco G. Miller

Marco G. Miller

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7 Ways to Get Your Bar or Restaurant Game Day Ready in 2018

If you operate a bar, sports bar, or casual restaurant, game days offer excellent opportunities to pull in a crowd. And with football, baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, and more, you’ve got these opportunities throughout the year, so it’s smart to take full advantage.

Your guests have their pick of where to watch the game (now more than ever, according to Nation’s Restaurant News), so, why will they choose you over the guy down the street? If your tabletops are on-trend and you’re serving up presentations that no one else can touch, the question becomes why wouldn’t they choose you?

Whether you’re counting touchdowns, goals, or baskets, we’ve assembled a quick list to help you hit a home run every game day of the year. We’re keeping the focus on small, affordable changes you can apply right away to: 

  • Differentiate yourself from the competition
  • Create inviting, unexpected, and trend-forward presentations your guests will love
  • Save money by using alternative, perfect-for-rowdy-crowds materials to reduce broken plates and glasses

Ready to play ball?

Which Common Plastic is Best for Foodservice Drinkware: Tritan vs. SAN vs. PC

As a foodservice operator, you may not have given much thought to which kind of plastic your drinkware is made from. Considering the tight margins in this industry, you've probably focused more on price than anything else. But what if we told you that focusing on the material your plastic drinkware is made from can have a bigger impact on your overall bottom line than just looking at the price? 

It's true. Depending on your operational needs and brand positioning, you may be spending more than you need to on your drinkware. Or you may not be spending very much, but replacing your drinkware more often due to chipping, cracking, or breaking, which costs you more in the long run. 

We're going to give you an overview of three different kinds of drinkware plastics - Tritan™, SAN, and PC - to see how they compare in terms of durability, replacement rates, and segment use cases. 

Topics: For Dealers Banquet Dining Campus Dining Drinkware For Hotels For Restaurants

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: Banquet Dining Campus Dining Drinkware For Hotels For Restaurants

4 Easy Steps to Extend Plastic Drinkware’s Service Life

Congratulations! You’ve decided to use plastic drinkware at your foodservice establishment due to the many advantages over glassware. With new designs available in plastic drinkware, your beverage service can look as good as glassware, but won’t shatter like glass if it’s dropped, increasing guest and employee safety. Plastic drinking glasses also tend to have a longer service life because they're more durable than glass, but it's important to note that they can break if the circumstances are right. 

To get the most out of your investment, you'll need to practice proper handling, care, and maintenance.

We’re going to walk you through 4 easy care and maintenance steps designed to help you extend the service life of your plastic drinkware. By the end of this article, you’ll be an expert at keeping your plastic glasses looking beautiful for as long as possible, saving your operation money and upholding brand standards. Let’s take a look, shall we?

Topics: Banquet Dining Campus Dining For Hotels For Restaurants

Most Durable Dinnerware for Casual or Fast-Casual Restaurant: Disposable vs Melamine vs China

Casual Dining Restaurant

Typically a casual dining concept/restaurant will offer full table service (waiters and waitresses serve 100%) vs. limited table service (partially served/helped by waiter/waitress) and the length of time the customer spends in that restaurant is longer than a fast-casual (order and pick up by customer) concept. All of these options involve inside seating with moderate ranges of food options and quality and therefore, the operator will tend to lean towards a more reusable option vs. a disposable option because their guests are expecting more of an upgraded/home like presentation.

Topics: For Dealers Banquet Dining Campus Dining Dinnerware For Restaurants

What Determines the Cost for Melamine Bowls? Factors and Price Ranges

Whether you’re serving a soup and sandwich lunch special, an entrée salad, or pasta, bowls are an important dinnerware item in any commercial foodservice operation. In this article, we will look at the factors that will impact the cost for melamine bowls, things to consider before purchasing bowls, and price ranges.

Topics: Banquet Dining Campus Dining Dinnerware For Hotels For Restaurants