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5 Risks of Serving Food on Wood Boards, and the Better Choice

No doubt, as a foodservice operator, you’ve likely witnessed the uptrend of using real wood boards to serve food. You’ve surely seen this practice regardless of which segment you work or eat in, whether it’s a restaurant, catering service, hotel, or bar: Wood is everywhere.

Grasping the reason why doesn’t pose much of a challenge: Wood creates beautiful, warm presentations with an authentic vintage aesthetic. Who wouldn’t want to offer their guests these cozy emotional connections?

But there’s a problem with real wood – five, to be specific. They range from expense-related constraints to sobering sanitary issues that every foodservice operator should be aware of.

Let’s take a peek at what happens when food is served on wood boards. We’ll also show you what you, as a foodservice operator, can do about it while still achieving your desired presentation style.

 

Topics: Campus Dining Dinnerware For Hotels For Restaurants

Top 5 Ways to Affordably Upgrade Your Tabletop Without Replacing Your Plateware

When you first got into foodservice as a junior manager some ten or so years ago, the world was a different place. The Great Recession was just beginning to peak at us, smartphones were nascent, and full-service casual restaurants like yours still had the lion’s share of the restaurant market.

Now, as a GM, you’re living and working during one of the most rapidly changing times in foodservice history. Today, you’re facing complexities and disruptions like:

  • Fighting delivery proliferation, lower grocery prices, and the rising popularity of meal kits
  • Preparing for, or, depending on which markets you serve feeling the brunt of substantial minimum wage increases, low unemployment challenges, and constantly rising health care costs
  • Losing market share to an ever-growing, overcrowded competitive landscape

Nation's Restaurant News recently reported on the seriously crammed restaurant market:

"[The increase in the number of restaurants] is making the industry vastly more competitive, giving consumers more choice than they've ever had. They don't tolerate restaurants that are too expensive, too tired, too old or just plain out of favor." 

We know it’s hard out there. Every penny counts. That’s why we’ve put together this short list of the top 5 ways you can easily set yourself apart from the competition by making small, affordable changes to your tabletop. Simply by upgrading a single piece of dinnerware, you can:

  • Save the money and headaches inherent with replacing your entire plateware inventory
  • Increase the value perceived by your guests and possibly charge a bit more by doing so
  • Earn new and repeat business, cementing your place in the market
  • Create picture-ready plates for social media and be able to enjoy the fruits of your labor when your online presence gets a boost

Let’s get to upgrading!

 

Topics: Campus Dining Dinnerware For Hotels For Restaurants

12 Creative Plating Ideas: Onion Rings

Onion rings: Most folks in America can’t imagine a life without them. These crunchy, sweet, and salty delights are enjoyed by diners at all kinds of restaurants from greasy spoon mom and pops to fast food, fast casual, and casual chains all over the country.

We’ve taken it upon ourselves to orchestrate some creative ways to plate onion rings that fit a variety of styles, themes, and levels of formality. 

Topics: Plating Ideas Campus Dining Dinnerware For Hotels For Restaurants

Introducing Heiss Aluminum Induction Cookware

Heiss™ aluminum cookware is now available from G.E.T. Watch the introductory video featuring our resident metals expert, Mike Halles, as he tells you the many benefits this innovative cookware will bring to your foodservice operation.  

If you prefer to read, we've provided a transcription below the video. Enjoy! 

 

Topics: For Dealers Banquet Dining Campus Dining Dinnerware Serveware For Hotels For Restaurants

How Long Does Melamine Dinnerware Last in Commercial Foodservice?

As a foodservice operator, understanding your long-term investments (e.g., equipment, smallwares, etc.) can help your overall budget planning. Here at G.E.T., we're experts in alternative material dinnerware, so let's focus on that part of your operation. Many operators invest in dinnerware made from melamine because it’s one of the most durable food-safe materials on the market. 

But how long will your melamine dinnerware actually last before you need to replace it?

The truth is that a few factors play into this answer. And you actually have quite a bit of control over how long your pieces last. We'll tell you why.

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

How to Minimize Catering Food Waste

We recently noticed that our customers have been more interested in 1/2 and 1/3 size food pans for their chafing dishes than the typical hotel pans they usually request. This shift in demand got us curious about what's going on in the catering industry, so we asked around.

There are some smart caterers out there! They've figure out how a very simple technique can significantly reduce food waste and keep more money in their pockets. It was a really great tip for us, so we're here to share it with you.  

Topics: Banquet Dining Eco-Friendly Dining Campus Dining Serveware For Hotels

8 Tips for a Profitable Salad Bar

Consumers' demand for healthy dining options isn't likely to go anywhere anytime soon. When there's demand, supply is typically not far behind, hence the proliferation of salad concepts, including self-serve salad bars. 

While you may earn repeat customers with salad bars, operators often find them expensive with low returns. As a veteran restaurateur with more than 2 decades of experience with salad bars, I've put together my own list of 8 Ways to Increase Profits at Your Salad Bar that will keep you guests coming back for more. Any operator can benefit from these tips whether you're installing your first salad bar or enhancing a legacy system. 

Topics: Campus Dining Serveware For Restaurants

Cost of Plastic vs. Glass Drinkware for Foodservice

All foodservice establishments need drinkware for guests, regardless of the style or volume of service. If you’re a foodservice operator, you may have been faced with the decision of whether to purchase glass or plastic drinkware. But with so many options, the choice can be difficult to navigate or even know where to start.

You have your bottom line to consider, as always, but what other areas of operation might be impacted by the material you choose? Most importantly, how will your decision impact your bottom line beyond the initial investment?

Here at G.E.T., we’re big fans of our customers getting the best bang for their buck, but also finding the perfect product to fit brand and service style needs. We’ve put together some key cost points to consider when deciding between plastic or glass drinkware.

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

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

Drinkware for Foodservice: Key Attributes to Consider When Buying

Whether you're a first-time foodservice operator opening your premier location, or you're a 30-year veteran  who's interested in overhauling your drinkware program, taking a few key attributes into consideration can help you make the best drinkware purchase for your establishment. Generally, knowing what you want in terms of ounce capacity, material (PC, SAN, or Tritan™ plastics, or glass), and segment use cases will help guide you to the best products for your needs. 

Topics: Banquet Dining Campus Dining Drinkware For Hotels For Restaurants