September 2015 WebstaurantStore Coupon Code Update

September is National Food Safety Month, a month that the National Restaurant Association dedicates to educating food service professionals on important food safety topics. Like our customers, our staff also takes food safety very seriously. Dozens of our customer service team members, writers, product experts, and even photographers are ServSafe Manager certified. On our site, you'll find articles, blog posts, social media posts, and guides on food safety. This month our purple (allergen) thermometer and purple knife are on sale to help you more safely serve customers that have allergies. But the most important thing we do is stock and sell the widest variety of food safety products for the lowest prices. Just check out our Food Safety Products Page to browse our selection. Stay safe!

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By Steven Ziegler

Labor Day Weekend Hotel Essentials

Labor Day is the last major travel opportunity of the summer. Vacation deals and discounts are abundant, so you should make sure your hotel, motel, or resort is ready for the last of the summer tourists! Check out the products below, and consider restocking any low supplies so your guests can be comfortable and enjoy their stay.

Disposable Bathroom Supplies

Did you have a huge crowd of vacationers this summer? If so, you may be running low on necessary bathroom amenities. These products, including shampoo, soap, lotion, and hygiene items, will ensure your customers stay clean, comfortable, and feeling fresh. We even offer personal care kits, shower caps, mouthwash, and toothbrushes, so guests have everything the need. Since these items come in bulk quantities, you'll be able to stock up on plenty to accommodate the influx of visitors. The small bottle sizes will also help you control product waste!

Linens

If the earlier summer months have taken a toll on your bed linens or towels, replenish your stock with these products. We have towels in many thicknesses and sizes for poolside service, hotel bathrooms, and spa use as well as bath mats that prevent guests from slipping on wet floors. These items are perfect for you if some of your original towels were taken from your business or are showing signs of wear. If your bed sheets are looking faded, worn, or stained, freshen your bedrooms up with new sheets and duvet covers, too!

Food and Beverage

It's considerate for establishments to leave coffee makers, ice buckets, or small cooking appliances for guests to use during short or long stays. With these small coffee makers, your guests can make one or several cups of coffee to start their day. If you offer long-stay rooms, our blenders and toasters will help customers prepare some of their own meals, too. You can even use some of these appliances in your own kitchen or keep them on your breakfast buffet table. Our ice buckets are also great for tableside service in your hotel cafe or guest rooms.

With these products, you can replenish your stock and guarantee your guests receive all the comforts of home while they stay at your hotel. From shower essentials to bed sheets, we have all your bed and bath needs covered. Our kitchen appliances and ice buckets can even be used in your hotel buffet. Order them now, and have them ready to go for Labor Day!

Posted in: Holidays | By Melissa Walters

Top Food Trends of 2015: Update

Back in January, we compiled a list of popular predictions of food trends for 2015. Since it’s now August, we figured we’d take a look at how this year’s trends are actually playing out and compare them to what everyone thought would happen. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like any of our predictions made the cut, so here's an updated list of 2015 food trends.

Falafel

Middle Eastern Food

Middle Eastern food seems to be everywhere! Food trucks, restaurants, and carts are popping up all over the country serving dishes with the shawarma, falafel, and hummus we know about, along with more exotic foods, like tabouli, labani, and fattoush salad, that you may not have heard of.

Popcorn

While popcorn is nothing new, grocery stores, happy hours, and specialty stores are bursting with new twists on this old standby. Sweet and savory flavors, like jalapeno white cheddar, s’mores, and maple bacon are now available on everyone’s favorite popped snack, while semi-popped popcorn provides a new, denser texture.

Ghost Pepper

Hot Peppers

Spicy food is getting hotter by the day! Foods in restaurants and eateries of all styles are turning up the heat with different kinds of hot peppers from around the world. Notably, establishments are mentioning the type of peppers used in the sauce or dish, leading to more customer recognition and understanding. While in the past, you might have seen “hot pepper,” it’s not uncommon nowadays to see jalapenos, ghost peppers, habaneros, or serranos on the menu.

Flowers

Flowers are an easy way to bring color and beauty to your signature foods and drinks. Edible flowers like roses and lavender have been used in desserts for years, but have you heard about elderflower and rose lemonade or lavender cheese? Many upscale bars and restaurants are also garnishing their cocktails with colorful flowers instead of traditional fruit slices or olives.

Beef Jerky

Protein

While our prediction of bug snacks might not have panned out, the protein they would have added to our diets has become a major focus this year. Probably in part as a reaction to the Paleo Diet, cured meats like jerky and meat bars, as well as plant-based protein like nuts, lentils, and chick peas have spiked in popularity.

Gelato

Move over ice cream! Gelato’s popularity has been on the rise for the past couple of years, and this year has been no different. The traditional Italian dessert uses more milk and less butterfat and cream than American ice cream. It’s also denser, due to less air incorporated during the churning process, and is served a few degrees warmer than the stuff you're used to, to better highlight the flavors.

Mac 'n Cheese

Upscale Comfort Foods

Who doesn’t love a good dose of nostalgia? Restaurants, food trucks, and other eateries across the country are putting their own spins on your childhood favorites. Artisan grilled cheese, upscale PB&J, and macaroni and cheese made with gourmet ingredients can be found in the most unlikely places, but we’re not complaining. It gives us an easy way to eat comfort food without having to order from the kid’s menu!


While 2015 isn’t over yet, we thought it might be cool to reflect on how accurate or inaccurate our predictions from last winter were. Even if all of our predictions didn’t come true, we’re definitely enjoying the trends of 2015 so far!

Posted in: Trends | By Alyssa Burns

Fat Facts: FDA Bans Trans Fat

The FDA recently banned all artificial trans fat from processed foods, but this decision has raised a lot of questions from the public. What is trans fat? Why is it harmful? What is the difference between trans fat and other fats? If you've been wondering these questions yourself, it's your lucky day because we have answers. Read on to find out some necessary fat facts that will keep you and your customers a little more in-the-know.

Trans Fat

Trans Fat

Here's the deal with trans fat: It comes from partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) that are used to make shelf-stable foods. These foods include items that just about everyone has eaten, like premade cookies, crackers, coffee creamer, frosting, refrigerated dough products, and stick margarine.

At first, trans fat was generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by the FDA, but now the US government is linking this fat to an increased risk of coronary heart disease, which can lead to heart attacks. (Good job, FDA.)

The FDA is banning artificial trans fat use in processed foods, but trans fat can't be completely eliminated because it occurs naturally in meat and dairy products. For some time, food manufacturers have been required to list trans fat on their nutrition labels if their products contain it, but now they will have three years to remove PHOs from their products completely.

Saturated Fat

Like trans fat, saturated fat is no bueno for your health. It occurs naturally in meat and dairy products, but consuming too much will raise your bad cholesterol levels and potentially increase your risk of heart disease. It's different from trans fat because it's not partially hydrogenated. Also, saturated fat is typically solid at room temperature (bacon grease, butter, etc.), making it easier to identify at times.

Unsaturated Fat

Unsaturated Fat

Guess what? Some fats are actually GOOD for you! You heard me right. Unsaturated fats are extremely healthy for people to consume, and our bodies actually need fat in order to absorb vitamins and keep up energy. Typically, unsaturated fat is a liquid at room temperature (cooking oils). Monounsaturated fat and polyunsaturated fat are two of the main good-fat categories. Both are proven to improve blood cholesterol levels, and some studies link them to a lower risk of diabetes.

Monounsaturated Fat

This fat is often found in oils, like olive, canola, safflower, and peanut oils. It also occurs naturally in produce like avocados as well as in many nuts and seeds.

Polyunsaturated Fat

This fat is essential for your body to function, but you don't produce this fat naturally. So, you need to rely on food for it. You can find it in fish like salmon, mackerel, herring, and trout. Nuts, seeds, tofu, and oils, including corn, sunflower, flaxseed, and soybean oils, also contain high levels of this healthy fat.

Now that you know the differences between trans, saturated, and unsaturated fats, you can make choices to swap unhealthy fats for healthy ones! Use cooking oils with high unsaturated fat levels, and consider making menu changes that incorporate more fish, nuts, and produce. With these changes, you can market your menu to growing numbers of health-conscious customers and make diners feel like you're taking their wellbeing seriously.

Posted in: News | By Melissa Walters
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