Foodservice Equipment Reports

Piedmont Gas Unveils Renovated Kitchen Tech Center

Piedmont Natural Gas, Charlotte, N.C.,  recently celebrated the opening of its newly renovated and expanded John H. Maxheim Natural Gas Technology Center at 4301 Yancey Road in Charlotte last night.

With 4,700 sq. ft. of meeting, demonstration and work space that accommodates up to 90 people, the facility features two commercial kitchens, large prep and cleanup areas, sophisticated audiovisual and Internet capabilities for streaming video, and an outdoor dining and demonstration area outfitted with the latest natural-gas equipment and technology, including an outdoor fireplace, waterfall, natural gas torches and infrared overhead patio heater. The Center also has made energy efficiency and environmental sustainability a priority.

“We are pleased to make this state-of-the-art facility available to those in the foodservice and hospitality industries who are eager to learn more about the advantages of cooking with natural gas,” said Thomas E. Skains, Piedmont Natural Gas Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our goal with the John H. Maxheim Natural Gas Technology Center is to provide firsthand educational experiences to manufacturers, equipment dealers, restaurant owners and operators, and chefs that will allow them to make informed equipment and technology decisions.”

The Natural Gas Technology Center is designed to serve multiple purposes including equipment testing and brand comparisons, performance and efficiency data acquisition, menu and recipe development, and training and education.

Equipment on hand includes a built-in natural gas-fired hearth type pizza oven as well as a variety of grills, fryers, combi ovens, convection ovens, flat top griddles, charbroilers, six-burner ranges, steamers, holding cabinets, dishmachines and more—all from different manufacturers at a range of price points.

Other features include condensing and high-efficiency natural gas water heaters, ventilation hoods and more.