Foodservice Equipment Reports

PRODUCTS: April 2013


This keg wine dispenser has two dedicated temperature zones: one for white wines (45°F) and one for red wines (55°F). Keg wine offers sustainable packaging, and with no corkage or oxidation, keg wine stays fresher longer. An inert gas pumps the wine through the tap and protects the wine from spoiling. The unit is able to store and/or serve up to 4, 20-l. wine kegs (each equivalent to 26 wine bottles).

Micro Matic


The squeeze of the trigger of the Vari-Spray Pre-Rinse Nozzle provides an infinite choice of spray patterns instantly (from a soft, hollow cone to a powerful, solid jet stream) at a low flow rate of 1.25 gpm. It’s made of all-stainless operating parts and warranted for 5 years. The annual savings in water, sewer and energy costs vs. industry standard of 1.42 gpm is about $450. 

Strahman Valves


This 10½-qt. electrical kettle can cook, retherm and hold soup, stew or chili, all in one kettle. Adjustable temperature control settings go up to 205°F. Improved interior insulation helps maintain product temperatures and keeps exterior surfaces cooler. Refrigerated product will rethermalize to 160°F in approximately 42 min. The unit ships with a stainless food insert, hinged lid, ladle and 24 product cards with a black or stainless finish.

Tomlinson Industries 


Small enough for a countertop (31-in. depth, 35-in. or 50-in. length) with an optional catalytic converter (certified to UL710B for ventless operation), this little conveyor oven broadens installation options. New digital controls offer a “push-button” control panel with a digital temperature display and 4 pre-set menu options. The conveyor is reversible, and speed can be adjusted from 30 sec. to 15 min. Temperature range is 90°F to 600°F.



The CGC is the only commercial brewer that brews a single cup of American-style, drip, filtered coffee, one cup at a time. The 4 1/3-in. touchscreen allows programming and instruction, as well as self-diagnostics, a one-touch setting for brew recipes and a customizable access code. A patent- pending mineral-deposit warning feature alerts the operator to excessive lime/scale on a probe. Customize the energy-saving mode to your operation’s needs. 

Wilbur Curtis

App of the Month

Scott Soiseth, director of child nutrition at California’s Turlock Unified School District, needed some innovative revenue generators to supplement foodservice in his district’s two high schools. “We decided on a FreshMex burrito and taco bar and a FreshDeli bar, but with a Chipotle approach, where our servers build the students’ orders right in front of them,” Soiseth says. He needed these concepts to look upscale, to be durable, to accommodate the electrical he could supply and importantly, to fit through 36-in.-wide doors into spare spaces, including a small, empty classroom, an unused teacher’s lounge and a old snack bar area. His total budget for the four, speed-scratch concepts was $50K to $70K to cover all equipment and construction. “I saw an ad for Multiteria and got in touch with them,” he says. Over the phone Multiteria worked with Soiseth to map out the counters’ sizes, the electrical, the finishes of Corian, stainless and wood, the lighting, food shields, every detail. “We even worked it so the tray slides fold down in order to fit the counters through those doors.” Multiteria put him in touch with an air-curtain grab-and-go-case maker and worked with that manufacturer to match the counter finishes so that each concept, comprised of the service counter, display case and cashier desk, looks cohesive and high end. “What I really loved about this process is that I was able to get customized concepts, but didn’t have to over-buy.” Department revenues and participation increased about 300% and plans are in the works to add more custom counters in the districts middle schools.

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