Who can say no to food just off the grill? This starts with the “unhealthy” juicy steaks and burgers to more healthy fare – grilled lean meat, fish or vegetables. Grill restaurants can also grill ribs, pizzas or fish steaks.
If you plan to get serve grilled food for your restaurant or simply want to get your share of grilled food at home, here are some items you need from your wholesale restaurant supply store:
- Heavy-duty grill. The choice between gas or charcoal will depend primarily on what your kitchen can accommodate and your local government’s safety standards. When buying a grill, look for one that is sturdy and big enough for your restaurant’s needs. If you want to smoke your meats with wood chips, a lid will also be necessary.
- Condiment stand. Have all your spices and sauces in one easy-to-reach stand.
- Basting brush. Get that barbecue sauce in every nook and cranny of the meats or ribs. There are silicone basting brushes that are easy to use, heat-resistant and washable.
- Grill and meat thermometer. Know exactly how hot the grill is so that you avoid burning your food. You will also need a meat thermometer to help you determine whether the meat is done. These precision tools take out the guesswork and helps guarantee preferred results.
- Oven mitts. Keep your hands burn-free with oven mitts that allow for manual dexterity and are still heat-resistant. One option is to use a welder’s glove.
- Tongs. If you are using charcoal, you need one pair of tongs to move the coals around to distribute the heat from the coals evenly across the grill. Two more pairs would be used during cooking, one to get the raw meat from the plate to the grill and to turn the meat around. The second one will be to for sanitary purposes – getting the cooked meat ready to serve the customers. Go for locking tongs so that it is easier to grip the grilled items. For meats, avoid using a grilling fork since poking into the meat releases its juices and dries it out.
- Flippers. Flip those burger patties, fish and other fragile grill items without worrying about breaking them up. Flippers also help to ensure that these gets done just the way the customers like them. The flippers should be thin enough so that they can slide under the grill items and solid enough so that heavier items do not fall off.
- Barbecue brush. Clean your grill to minimize the food sticking into the grates. The ideal barbecue brush should be handy enough so that it can go even at the back of the grill. It should also be able to effectively clean the grill without scratching the grill’s protective coating.
- Grill tray. Choose a metallic version, which can retain the heat so that food off the grill stays deliciously warm as it goes from the grill to the kitchen and on to the customer’s plates.
- Rib rack. Make the most of your grill space by using a rib rack to stand ribs and meats vertically.
Get more sales for your baked goods by displaying your baked goods in all their mouth-watering splendor. You don’t simply put these baked items on the menu, display them where they can capture the customers’ attention and get them to buy on impulse. (Never mind that they have already resolved to stay on their diet and say no to sweets!)
Here are some ways to display the baked goods to catch your customers’ eye:
- Choose the right display case or bakery rack. Browse through the website’s list of restaurant supplies and equipment to find the appropriate display equipment for your goodies. You can display cookies, breads or pastries using a dry bakery display case. These are mainly for items that do not need refrigeration. Another option is a refrigerated display case, which is needed if your baked goods have dairy, meat or cheese components. The display cases serve not just to highlight these products but also to ensure that they are free from contaminants.
- Determine the size of the display case. How many types of products do you wish to display? This will help you know the width and height of the display case, as well as the number of layers the display can handle.
- Incorporate splashes of color. When displaying colorful cupcakes or cakes, color is usually not a problem because the cupcakes and cakes supply their own splashes of color to the display. However, if you are displaying breads or pastries, these usually have tan, cream or dark brown hues. To make the display easier on the eyes, incorporate splashes of color using the labels, the trays or adding decorative elements such as bright fake flowers or bakery-related figurines (e.g. a figurine of a hale and hearty baker surveying all the baked goods on display). Another way to add color to the display is to also show the main ingredients of the baked goods on display. For instance, if you wish to display fresh herbs beside your herb-based breads and pastries or bright red strawberries or bright yellow lemons for your pies.
- Make wise use of lighting. Highlight the baked goods so that their colors, textures and overall appearance look more appealing. Avoid the mistake of overlighting or underlighting your display case but ensure that the cases are well lighted. Use lighting that does not produce too much heat, as this can affect the quality of the baked goods. That is why it is better to use ambient lighting that is strategically placed to shine on the display case.
- Give the impression of plenty. When you are displaying these products, it is best to create a sense of abundance. As a rule of thumb, each product should have a dozen on display. You can also place different types of bread on an overflowing basket. This gives the customer a feeling that he has an abundance of choices.
- Add related products. To add more visual interest, mix other products with your baked goods display. You can also display your specialty jams and jellies, cheeses or bottled olive oil. This allows your customers to match complementary products in one sitting.
- Play the name game. Don’t just settle for plain, boring names for your products. Use creative names that are attractively printed out on small name cards.
- Keep your display spotless. Check for crumbs, grease stains or frosting smudges. Clean these up and keep the tissue or wax paper fresh. The glass should also be squeaky clean, without any finger smudges.