June 2015 WebstaurantStore Coupon Code Update

Our June Coupon Code is here and we have some great supplies for you to save on. Use the code JUNESALE to save on paper goods, aprons, and the powerful and popular Solwave 1200 watt microwave. In addition, we have one of our most popular chafers on sale this month, the Choice folding chafer. The frames of these chafers fold down for easy and compact storage, making it a must for caterers, bars, and other food service operators who need to save storage space. At $23.99 with this month's coupon code, you just can't go wrong with these space-saving buffet essentials!

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Posted in: Disposables | By Steven Ziegler

What's in Season in Your Region this Summer?

Strawberries in January? Pears in May? With so many fruits and vegetables being grown in greenhouses or imported from other states and countries, it can be difficult to know what's really in season where you live. We've broken down the contiguous United States into large regions where you can see what produce is seasonal in summer based on your area. Of course, there are variations to our lists depending on where you live specifically, even within a certain region, so be sure to research your area using information from local governments or food guides for more details.

NORTH EAST Summer apples, arugula, asparagus, beans, beets, blueberries, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, cantaloupes, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, cherries, collards, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, fennel, garlic, grapes, green beans, kale, leeks, lettuce, melons, mushrooms, nectarines, okra, onions, peaches, pears, peas, peppers, plums, potatoes, pumpkins, radishes, raspberries, rhubarb, salad greens, spinach, squash, strawberries, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, watermelon, zucchini SOUTH Summer apples, asparagus, beets, blueberries, cabbage, cantaloupes, cauliflower, collards, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, figs, grapes, green beans, okra, oranges, peaches, peas, peppers, plums, potatoes, pumpkins, raspberries, salad greens, spinach, squash, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, watermelon MIDWEST Summer apples, arugula, asparagus, beets, blueberries, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, cantaloupes, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, cherries, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, grapes, kale, leeks, lettuce, melons, mushrooms, onions, peaches, pears, peas, peppers, plums, potatoes, pumpkins, radishes, raspberries, rhubarb, salad greens, spinach, squash, strawberries, tomatoes, turnips, watermelon, zucchini SOUTHWEST Summer apples, arugula, blueberries, cantaloupes, chiles, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, figs, garlic, grapes, green beans, leeks, melons, mushrooms, nectarines, okra, onions, peaches, pears, peppers, plums, pomegranates, potatoes, pumpkins, raspberries, squash, tomatoes, watermelon, zucchini NORTHWEST Summer apples, apricots, artichokes, arugula, asparagus, beets, blueberries, broccoli, cabbage, cantaloupes, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, cherries, chiles, collards, corn, cucumber, eggplant, fennel, figs, garlic, grapes, kale, leeks, lettuce, melons, mushrooms, nectarines, onions, parsnips, pears, peas, peppers, plums, potatoes, radishes, raspberries, rhubarb, salad greens, spinach, squash, strawberries, tomatoes, turnips, watermelon, zucchini

Northeast

Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont

Apples, arugula, asparagus, beans, beets, blueberries, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, cantaloupes, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, cherries, collards, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, fennel, garlic, grapes, green beans, kale, leeks, lettuce, melons, mushrooms, nectarines, okra, onions, peaches, pears, peas, peppers, plums, potatoes, pumpkins, radishes, raspberries, rhubarb, salad greens, spinach, squash, strawberries, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, watermelon, zucchini

Midwest

Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin

Apples, arugula, asparagus, beets, blueberries, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, cantaloupes, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, cherries, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, grapes, kale, leeks, lettuce, melons, mushrooms, onions, peaches, pears, peas, peppers, plums, potatoes, pumpkins, radishes, raspberries, rhubarb, salad greens, spinach, squash, strawberries, tomatoes, turnips, watermelon, zucchini

Northwest

Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming

Apples, apricots, artichokes, arugula, asparagus, beets, blueberries, broccoli, cabbage, cantaloupes, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, cherries, chiles, collards, corn, cucumber, eggplant, fennel, figs, garlic, grapes, kale, leeks, lettuce, melons, mushrooms, nectarines, onions, parsnips, pears, peas, peppers, plums, potatoes, radishes, raspberries, rhubarb, salad greens, spinach, squash, strawberries, tomatoes, turnips, watermelon, zucchini

South

Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia

Apples, asparagus, beets, blueberries, cabbage, cantaloupes, cauliflower, collards, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, figs, grapes, green beans, okra, oranges, peaches, peas, peppers, plums, potatoes, pumpkins, raspberries, salad greens, spinach, squash, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, watermelon

Southwest

Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah

Apples, arugula, blueberries, cantaloupes, chiles, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, figs, garlic, grapes, green beans, leeks, melons, mushrooms, nectarines, okra, onions, peaches, pears, peppers, plums, pomegranates, potatoes, pumpkins, raspberries, squash, tomatoes, watermelon, zucchini

Posted in: Features | By Melissa Walters

5 Drinks of Summer

When the weather starts to warm up, it’s hard to stop thinking about sandy beaches, sunshine, and of course, relaxing outside with an ice cold cocktail. So put your feet up and enjoy the beautiful weather with a drink that will make you feel like you’re on an extended vacation.


1. Caipirinha

This is sunny Brazil’s national drink for a reason! Refreshing citrus makes the Caipirinha an ideal drink to sip on a hot evening.

Caipirinha

Recipe

  • 1/2 lime, quartered
  • 1 tsp. white sugar
  • 1 1/2 oz. Cachaça
  • Squeeze limes and place them in a rocks glass
  • Add sugar
  • Fill with ice
  • Stir in glass

2. Applejito

Fruity apple and cool mint combine with vodka to make a drink with a freshly-picked taste.

Applejito

Recipe

  • 1/3 cup vodka
  • ¼ cup apple juice
  • 1 oz. bar syrup
  • 10 mint leaves, crushed in glass
  • Pour liquid mixture over ice
  • Stir gently in glass
  • Garnish with apple slices

3. Peach Mango Summer Sangria

Perfect for serving a crowd, the fruit, wine, and Grand Marnier mingle together to make this drink a summer favorite.

Peach Mango Sangria

Recipe

  • 1 cup Grand Mariner
  • 1/4 cup bar syrup
  • 1 bottle of white wine (TBD)
  • 1/4 cup mint
  • 1 mango, diced
  • 2 peaches, sliced
  • 1 cup seltzer water (optional, for a little sparkle)
  • Stir all ingredients into a pitcher and serve

4. Gin Basil Smash

When combined with the classic flavor of gin, basil and lemon juice offer a summery perspective in this tasty drink.

Gin Basil Smash

Recipe

  • 4 oz. gin
  • 2 oz. lemon juice
  • 2 oz. bar syrup
  • 10 basil leaves
  • In a cocktail shaker, crush basil leaves with lemon juice and bar syrup
  • Add gin and fill with ice
  • Shake and strain into a glass with more ice
  • Garnish with the basil leaves

5. Mexican Mai Tai

This classic tiki drink gets a makeover with tequila, but still incorporates the tasty citrus flavors of the original.

Mexican Mai Tai

Recipe

  • 1 1/2 oz. tequila
  • 1/2 oz. orange curacao
  • 1/2 oz. orgeat
  • 3/4 oz. lime juice
  • Rimming salt
  • Rim a rocks glass with salt
  • Shake liquid ingredients well
Posted in: Bar Supplies | By Sabrina Bomberger

The Resurgence of Hard Cider and Sour Beer

Although hard cider and sour beer have been around since before Prohibition, they’re just now regaining popularity! Many millennials have been recently introduced to cider and sour beer, but for those who have been able to legally drink for more than five or so years, all we’ve really known is craft beer, wine, craft beer, liquor, and well, craft beer. But the times are changing, and so should you! Learn more about these alternatives to hoppy beers and why you should have one on tap.

Hard Cider

Hard cider and beer have developed a love hate relationship. You see, hard cider used to be what beer is today. It has deep roots in American history, and it was actually the most popular beverage in Colonial times! It all began when apple seeds were originally brought over from England, and the first apple orchards were planted. Cheers, Johnny Appleseed.

However, the 1900s eventually came around, and so did German immigrants with a love for beer. America soon developed an obsession with breweries, and since the Midwest soil was barley-friendly, it was easy to produce. Twenty years later, cider making saw its demise with Prohibition, and unfortunately, it never really had a comeback… until now!

Thanks to the emergence of microbreweries in the 1990s (that’s the love part), cider has made its comeback, and is picking up momentum. In just the past few years, sales have increased, and in 2014 alone, they grew by 71%. Not only are ciders making their ways into bars and pubs across America, but cider bars are popping up along the West and East coasts.

Why America Loves Cider

  • It's made from fermented apples for a crisp and refreshing taste.
  • It can be enjoyed any time of the day – John Adams used to drink it with breakfast to settle his stomach.
  • It's naturally gluten-free which markets well in society with millions of people affected by Celiac disease.
  • Non-wheat diets are becoming a trend.
  • Other fruits and spices can be added in the brewing process for unique flavors.
  • Globalization has given America access to cheaper apples from across the world.

Sour Beer

Like hard cider, sour beer was in existence well before the popular craft beers we enjoy today. Sour beer is most likely one of the oldest styles of beer in the world, and it all started as a beer that brewers thought needed to be fixed. Before refrigeration technology and advances in the science of fermentation, naturally occurring bacteria and yeasts were present in beer, including Lactobacillus, which is known as the sour milk bacteria. These living organisms gave beer a higher acidity level than normal, resulting in a beverage with a sour or “funky” flavor that people weren’t particularly fond of.

In the nineteenth century, after modern advancements in fermentation and refrigeration, most sour beers disappeared for years. And, just like hard cider, they’ve slowly been making a comeback since Belgian sours made their appearance in the 1970s. Now, brewers work to craft the perfect sour beer; and, although the process is hard, the end result is one you shouldn’t miss out on!

Why America Loves Sour Beer

  • It's a delicious combination of sour, sweet, and tangy.
  • It's highly refreshing and light.
  • It serves as a great drink during the spring and summer months.
  • Many wine drinkers enjoy it due to its acidity.
  • Select varieties combine fruit and spices for a unique flavor.
  • People usually only enjoy one sour beer, and it's a common after-dinner drink since it aids in digestion.

It’s important to understand that hard cider and sour beer have been in existence well before many other alcoholic beverages we’ve grown to know and love. These drinks are refreshing, crisp, and unique, and if you own a bar or restaurant, it’s important to have at least one of these options on tap for those who, dare we say it – don’t like most beers!

Posted in: Features | By Ashley Kufera
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