Earth Day Project: Critter Cups!

Since today is Earth Day, we wanted a way of highlighting our huge selection of Green Restaurant Supplies. Not only is working towards sustainability a great thing to do for the environment, but many municipalities are legislating it. What's more, depending on your customer base, going green can be great marketing for your business. So, to remind you all of all the great green products , we decided to do what we do best in our office: make a snack.

Our snack, which we're calling "Critter Cups", is a take-off of the classic "worms and dirt" treat, only made personal size. We used Fabri-Kal's eco-friendly souffle cups, which are compostable and made of corn plastic. To those we added pudding, crushed up cookies, gummy worms, and a mint sprig for a bit of foliage. The end result was a yummy, individually portioned party treat great for kids of all ages!



Critter Cup Steps

Posted in: Green Products | By Steven Ziegler

Google Launches New Cocktail Tool

After a long day at the office or a stressful day in the field, sometimes a personal happy hour is the only thing you need to take off the edge. You go home, open your liquor cabinet, look in the fridge, and take out a glass. But then you suddenly forget how to actually make that Moscow Mule. Is it gin or rum? No, wait - maybe it's vodka! Truth is, unless you're a bartender, it's easy to forget how to make even the most popular cocktails. That's where Google comes in to save the day!

How the Cocktail Tool Works

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Last month, after Google realized how uneducated the world is on mixology, they decided to launch a new feature known as the Cocktail Tool. After researching some of the most popular Google search queries, they found that people really need to brush up on their bartending skills! To help bartenders and consumers out, you can now read everything you need to know about a specific drink within seconds, without even clicking on an outside link. By simply typing in the name of a drink, or by asking a question like, “How do I make a (insert your poison),” Google will automatically generate a mini side blurb next to the list of search results. They provide an image, recipe, brief history, and they even suggest garnishes and glassware for serving! This new feature works on your desktop, mobile device, and on your Google app. You now have the largest cocktail recipe book ever invented right at your fingertips wherever you go!

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How Does this Affect Your Bar

Not only does this tool allow every person with internet access to look up their favorite drink recipe, it also forces bartenders to brush up on their skills... which means the pressure is on! With customers entering your bar, night club, or restaurant with more knowledge than ever before, there’s no excuse for messing up a drink, even if it’s as old school as a Singapore Sling. Your customers may have the recipe on their phone while they’re ordering to make sure you include every one of the liquors they see listed.

The feature is also good for bartenders in training. You can consider having a tablet located behind-the-bar, so new bartenders can quickly access a recipe if they have a mind blank. Not only will this put less stress on employees, but it will make customers less anxious and impatient if they’re waiting for their new bartender to ask someone else for assistance.


Go ahead and try it out! After work today or after the kids go to bed, search any drink you can think of. Whether it’s a Moscow mule, margarita, white Russian, or a Bloody Mary, which are all on the top searched drinks list of 2015, you’ll be winding down in no time. Now excuse me while I go figure out how to make a whiskey sour – it’s 5 o’clock somewhere!

Posted in: Features | By Ashley Kufera

Mother's Day Restaurant Checklist

American consumers will spend approximately $3.1 billion dollars to treat their mothers to a special meal out on Mother’s Day this year. When over half of the country’s mothers (54.7% to be exact) are being taken out to eat in a single day, restauranteurs must pay special attention to keep their establishments running smoothly. With large volumes of customers expecting to have a special experience, the last thing you want to do is run out of essential supplies. We’ve compiled a list of essential items to stock up on so that you and your guests will have the best Mother’s Day possible.

Buffet Supplies

Mother’s Day brunch is a special tradition for many American families. A breakfast or brunch buffet with specialty menu items can be a great way to serve the masses of customers coming through the door. Stocking up on extra buffet supplies, like those listed below, is always a good idea when you are expecting a crowd.

Disposables

Disposables can be lifesaving on high volume holidays, especially if you run a casual eatery. Avoid an overflowing dishwasher with our disposable cutlery, or simply send guests home with their leftovers in a disposable take-out box. And, because disposables are great for any time of the year, there’s no need to worry about ordering too much!

Front-of-House

Families take their mothers to your establishment because they know that you can make their day special. Tabletop items are great for providing that unique touch that customers are looking for. By stocking up on these items, you can avoid running out of necessities during busy times of the day, ensuring that you can turn tables over to new guests as quickly as possible.

Posted in: Holidays | By Brandon Lesko

Going Green for Earth Day

Since its inception in 1970, Earth Day has brought about a global environmental movement, raising public awareness on important issues including pollution, deforestation, and the growing need for clean energy. With April 22nd rapidly approaching, you may be wondering what you as a restaurant owner can do to help.With these five simple tips, you can get your restaurant in line with the green movement, feel better about your footprint, and advertise to customers that your restaurant cares about the earth.

Composting

1. Try Composting

When organic waste rots in landfills, it produces methane gas, a contributor to ozone depletion and global warming. Composting allows organic waste to be safely turned into fertile soil that can be used for a variety of purposes, including landscaping, farming, and gardening. By composting your restaurant’s waste in house or using an external service, you will save on trash pickups while simultaneously helping to save the ozone layer.

2. Streamline Kitchen Operations

There are a variety of ways to reduce waste in restaurant kitchens. Try giving your kitchen a waste audit, and assessing your strengths and weaknesses. Get in touch with your suppliers and make sure that you’re getting the exact amount of fresh food that you need. If you notice a particular dish is constantly being returned to the kitchen uneaten, try reducing the portion size. When it comes to going green in your restaurant, a good place to start is in the kitchen.

Conserve Energy

3. Conserve Energy

Energy conservation can make a huge difference in both your environmental footprint and your cost of operations. Restaurant kitchens use large, energy-burning appliances all day long, and while some of that is unavoidable, there are plenty of ways to reduce the amount of wasted energy in your establishment. From more drastic measures, like replacing your appliances with energy efficient products, to easy fixes, like turning off lights when a room isn’t being used, these changes can make a big difference.

4. Use Eco-Friendly Disposables

In casual and take-out establishments, disposable paper, plastic, and foam products are used daily. To keep the environmental damage to a minimum without changing your entire business model, try using biodegradable paper products like these eco-friendly cold cups, straws, and take-out containers. Unlike the changes you make in the kitchen, customers will come in contact with your environmental efforts firsthand, making this a great opportunity to market to your eco-conscious customers.

5. Add Some Local Flavor

Local Food

By using local sources either seasonally or year round, you will help your community, the environment, and maybe even your wallet. If your food comes from your backyard, it takes less energy to get to you than if it comes from halfway across the country. Establish a relationship with farmers and suppliers in your area and see the difference you can make!

Earth Day isn’t about one person saving the world singlehandedly. It’s about global collaboration in an effort to keep the land we live in as clean and healthy as possible. As a restaurant owner, there are so many opportunities to make a difference. Try implementing any number of these tips in honor of Earth Day and combine both the benefits of marketing yourself as an eco-friendly restaurant, with the positive feeling of helping to preserve the planet we all share.

Posted in: | By Sabrina Bomberger
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