The Best Way to Keep Buffet Foods Warm

Whether you’re serving food in your restaurant or catering a special event, keeping foods warm on a buffet is always a top concern. This maximizes food safety as well as customer satisfaction, letting you serve – and keep – your food at just the right temperature.

Using the Right Food Service Equipment and Supplies

The proper food service equipment and supplies can help you keep foods warm on a buffet. These include the following:
• Chafing dishes

Also known as chafers, these dishes utilize a water pan underneath the dish to help keep items hot. An electric source or chafer fuel candle is used to heat the pan, which keeps the dish warm. The newest type of chafer is an induction chafer, which eliminates the need for fuel or a water pan.

Chafers come in a variety of attractive shapes and sizes, so they’re appropriate for any dish you need to keep warm. Their lids come in different styles to suit different needs. Roll-top lids are convenient when guests serve themselves, or use lift-off covers if your personnel will be serving.
• Warming drawers

Warming drawers can help keep food warm until you’re ready to serve it on the buffet. This way, you’ll be able to prepare enough food in advance so you don’t run out, but you’ll also be able to keep it warm before it’s actually placed on the buffet.

For the best Oklahoma City restaurant supply, contact Oswalt Restaurant Supply. We’d be happy to help you select the right items to help you keep foods warm on your buffet.

Gear up for Wedding Catering

How to Make Your Wedding Catering Jobs Proceed More Smoothly

If you’re a restaurant or dedicated caterer, wedding season probably fills you with anticipation – and more than a little anxiety! These tips will help you be well prepared for bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, and receptions.

Make Sure You Have Enough Staff

If you have a restaurant or dedicated catering business, you may have enough staff to handle your day-to-day operations, but you may need some additional hands on deck during wedding season. Hire additional temporary staff if needed to help with prep, delivery, and serving.

Publicize Your Services

To increase your business, you’ll need to let prospective brides and grooms know about your catering services. Participate in any local bridal fairs to reach your target audience, and come well prepared with samples to help draw people to your booth and wow them with your food.

Make Sure You Have the Equipment You Need

The best staff and the best food won’t mean much if you don’t have the equipment needed to properly execute, transport, present, and serve your menu. Replace any equipment that’s on its last legs, and add the new pieces you need to make wedding season go more smoothly.

Oswalt Restaurant Supply can help you get the right commercial kitchen equipment for your wedding catering jobs. From items to help you safely store and transport your food to serving platters and tiers that will show it off to its best advantage, we have a wide variety of catering products. Contact us for help in choosing what you need.

The Moscow Mule: Your New Signature Cocktail

An essential bar supply for a Moscow Mule.

Vodka remains the most popular liquor for cocktails in the United States, serving as the key component of over 35 of the top 100 cocktails. Common drinks, like the Bloody Mary, the vodka martini or Screwdriver are always a hit with guests, but if you want to wow them, take a chance on the Moscow Mule.

The Moscow Mule was created in 1941, and quickly grew in popularity along the coasts, especially with celebrities. John Martin, the American distributor of Smirnoff vodka, faced serious financial issues due to low sales and an unknown brand. He developed the Moscow Mule as a marketing scheme, and traveled the country pitching his vodka to bartenders. By the end of the decade, the Moscow Mule rode the surge of demand for vodka drinks and became a staple of bars and resorts throughout the country. Many credit the Moscow Mule for saving Smirnoff, and making it a household name.

The Moscow Mule is a smooth, semi-sweet drink that’s refreshing on warm days, and comforting during cold nights. The drink is typically served in a copper mug, though a Collins glass can be used if you don’t have the proper bar supplies.

Ingredients:
• ½ oz. Lime Juice
• 2 oz. Vodka
• 5 oz. Ginger Beer
Mixing:
• Squeeze the lime into the mug, and drop the rind in for extra flavor
• Add ice to taste
• Fill with vodka and ginger beer, or ginger ale for a sweeter drink
• Stir gently
• Garnish with a lime

Having the right bar supplies isn’t enough to make your party stand out; you need drinks that your guests will remember. For your next party, knock their socks off with a tasty Moscow Mule.

A quick bar guide for the Moscow Mule.

Overview of True Refrigeration Reach-In Refrigerators

True Refrigeration: Overview of Reach-In Refrigerators

Busy commercial kitchens, restaurants and fast-food outlets find that reach-in refrigerators make life easier for staff and customers because they’re convenient for easy shelf-stocking and self-service. True Refrigeration manufactures a large variety of traditional reach-ins to choose from when you’re looking for food service equipment and supplies. Continue reading

Equip your Food Prep Station for Speed and Efficiency

The very heart and success of your commercial kitchen or food service business can very much depend on food prep. The quality of your service largely depends on the prep staff for everything from meat and vegetables for any dish to soups and sauces. Ensuring your kitchen and staff has the appropriate tools to make food prep easy and efficient can significantly reduce your costs in labor and food waste. Hobart food processors are designed for speed and accuracy, making them an indispensable part of your commercial kitchen. Continue reading

True Refrigeration: Overview of Reach-In Refrigerators

Busy commercial kitchens, restaurants and fast-food outlets find that reach-in refrigerators make life easier for staff and customers because they’re convenient for easy shelf-stocking and self-service. True Refrigeration manufacture a large variety of traditional reach-ins to choose from when you’re looking for food service equipment and supplies. Continue reading

How to Care for Restaurant Cutlery

Quality commercial cutlery can last a lifetime, but only if it is properly cared for. When it comes to investing in cutlery for your business, it’s important to take proper precautions to protect that investment in the future. The tips below show how to care for restaurant cutlery so you can get the most out of your knives.

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Choosing Shelving for Your Commercial Kitchen

With the right kind of shelving in your commercial kitchen, you can easily organize trays of food to be served at a later time. There are many different styles of commercial kitchen shelving, so you have to determine which option will work best for you. The guide below will explain how to choose the best shelving for your commercial kitchen so you can use it effectively.

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Which Commercial Dishwasher Is Right for My Restaurant?

Door Type Dishwasher

Door Type Dishwasher

Choosing the right commercial dishwasher for your restaurant could make a big difference in the efficiency of your kitchen.  If you get something too small that can’t keep up with your washing, you will quickly run out of dishes.  If you get something too large, you may take up valuable space in the line and be wasting energy and money.  Here are some suggestions to better answer the question: Which commercial dishwasher is right for my restaurant?

Under Counter Dishwashers

As the name suggests under counter dishwashers fit underneath a counter. They are small, low-setting dishwashers that are closely related to traditional home dishwashers. Under counter dishwashers are great for saving space, but they are not effective for large-volume needs.

  • Best Use: Bars, small nursing homes, daycares, churches, and community centers
  • Capacity: Up to 35 small dishwasher racks per hour

Door-Type Dishwashers

Door-type dishwashers are loaded from the front, and most of them have a side door to pass the racks through when they are finished. These are great space savers because they fit into the corner of most dishwashing areas, with dish tables on both sides for efficiency. They work well for small establishments that need more than an under counter dishwasher.

  • Best Use: Small restaurants, hospitals, nursing homes, and schools that serve up to 250 meals during breakfast, lunch, or dinner
  • Capacity: Up to 80 dish racks an hour

Conveyor Dishwashers

Conveyor dishwashers are some of the largest models in the industry. They work much like an assembly line, where dishes come in the front dirty and come out of the back clean. While there are differences in size based on capacity, most conveyor dishwashers are large and best suited for big kitchens.

  • Best Use: Hospitals, large restaurants, university dining halls, large cafeterias, and other establishments serving 250-1500 meals in peak hours
  • Capacity: Up to 400 dishwasher racks per hour

How to Pick the Best Commercial Dishwasher

Consider the size of your kitchen and the overall needs of your establishment. If you only serve 50 meals during your peak hours, you would have no reason to buy a conveyor dishwasher. If you need to wash dishes for a buffet-style restaurant, an under counter machine will not be enough for you. When you want the best fit for your commercial kitchen, you will find the best commercial dishwasher at Oswalt.  Come into our showroom or call to talk to our experts!