Dining services at Aurora—Otterbein Senior Life’s newly opened assisted living facility in Lebanon, Ohio—covers all the bases in senior living trends: dining as an experience, featuring farm-to-table fare with a focus on individually prepared foods and plenty of variety. One secret? Hoodless Evo display cooking griddles. “The Evo griddles let guests watch as chefs cook their food to order,” says Otterbein F&B Director Andrew Allen, who oversees 15 foodservice outlets for the 900-resident complex. Allen installed Otterbein’s first Evo griddle in 2015. “We wanted demonstration-style cooking at our [then] new restaurant, but a traditional grill with hood was way beyond our budget,” Allen recalls. Then his equipment dealer, Trimark SS Kemp, suggested Evo. The manufacturer makes griddles with integrated ventilation that pulls air across the cooking surface, passes it through a four-stage filter system that captures smoke and particulates, and then exhausts clean air. “We installed one hibachi griddle with seating for eight at the center of the restaurant. The first three months, we had more than 300 people reserving spots at the hibachi alone,” Allen says. Fast-forward to the Aurora’s opening in February. The 70-bed community includes dining on its second and third floors. Each dining area’s compact display kitchen features an Evo griddle, plus speed oven, hot/ cold wells and ample cold storage. “Residents’ menus now include made-to-order personal pizzas, stir-fries, omelets, pancakes and more,” Allen says. Pre-Evo, employees would’ve made meal components in advance at Otterbein’s central kitchen. “Because of the new dining experience, the Aurora currently has a waiting list.”
THERE’S A WIPE FOR THAT
Scotch-Brite Kitchen Cleaner & Degreaser Wipes with Scotchgard Protector by 3M is a pre-moistened disposable wipe that helps remove grease from non-food-contact and stainless surfaces. The wipes feature a no-rinse, non-caustic formula safe for surfaces and people. Operators can use the wipes to spot clean throughout the day without stopping to fill a bucket. And because there are no caustic ingredients, there’s no need for workers to don gloves or other protective gear.
Advance Tabco helps operators extract maximum use from vertical storage with this wall-mounted multistation shelf with multipurpose undershelf. The main shelf measures 24-in.D and comes in three widths (24-in., 36-in. and 48-in.). Underneath, a second 12-in.D x 4-in.H alcove is perfect for stowing companion goods for the equipment above. Pre-drilled grommet holes are power cord-ready. All exposed surfaces have a satin finish polish, while 18-gauge, 430 stainless delivers durability.
Making its debut at The NAFEM Show was the ColdZone Dual-Pak Condensing Unit for walk-in coolers and freezers. The air-cooled condenser offers two scroll compressors that can be mixed and matched—options include medium and low temp models, ranging in size from 1 hp to 4 hp. The unit works like a mini-rack system, and is known for its efficiency, performance and easier serviceability.
CREM FOR YOUR COFFEE
The NAFEM Show marked the U.S. launch of Welbilt’s commercial coffee machine brand Crem. Crem develops, manufactures and markets coffee machines for offices, coffee shops, cafés, restaurants, catering and c-stores. Its coffee machine portfolio includes manual espresso machines, filter brewers and fully automatic machines. Crem provides operators with sleek, versatile and reliable machines. Paired with proactive service, Crem delivers a seamless coffee experience for both the barista and the operator.
HIGHER-ED CONTROLS & COOLANTS
Traulsen’s next-generation Smart Control system on R-Series and A-Series reach-in refrigerators and freezers maximizes efficiency, provides improved system diagnostics and simplifies operator interface. The control system comes equipped with critical alarms, such as the food-saving power failure alarm that identifies time of power failure, time power was restored and cabinet temperature at restart. Also new: a choice of coolant within each product category, including nonflammable R-450a or R-448a blends, as well as propane gas-based R-290.
PULL DOWN FOR ACTION
Pull and release. That’s how easy it is to use T&S Brass’ DuraPull pre-rinse sprayer. Activating water flow is as easy as pulling the nozzle down, then releasing to stop. The unit eliminates the need for users to compress a handle, reducing operator fatigue. A built-in T&S swivel allows 360° rotation for maximum flexibility. The 1.07 gpm sprayer complies with the latest DOE water-saving regulations. Choose from a variety of configurations for deck- or wall-mount installations.
HONEY, I SHRUNK THE COOKWARE
Mini Serving Vessels by Vollrath add a whimsical spin to pre-portioned servings. Choose from more than 60 options in cast iron and stainless. On the cast iron side are round and square fry pans, along with round and oval casserole dishes. The stainless mini cookware line includes fry pans, casseroles, sauce pans and roasting pans. All the mini cookware can go from stove to table. Other mini products include buckets, French fry cups, taco trays and more.
COLD HOLDING, OFF THE GRID
On the grid or off, Cres Cor’s Kold-Cube3 indoor/outdoor mobile cabinet will keep cold foods cold, regardless of power source. For indoor events, simply plug the unit into a 120V outlet. For outdoor events, a built-in battery (rechargeable via solar panels or additional battery packs) will take over chilling duties for more than 4 hours. The heavy-duty cabinet can hold a variety of pan sizes, and can be customized with a company logo.
Turbo Air’s European-style bakery cases have tempered front and side glass and a minimal frame to optimize display effect. They have a stainless floor for sanitation, adjustable tempered glass shelves, stainless front and back edges and LED interior lighting. All models come with a self-cleaning condenser. These bakery cases have a digital thermostat with defrost control and are fueled by environmentally friendly hydrocarbon refrigerant.
With no front uprights, Eagle’s new Q-Lever (Clever) Freestanding Cantilevered Shelving maximizes storage, allows access to all corners and improves productivity. Shelves and accessories can be easily adjusted without tools, and traditional wire shelves, solid shelves and QuadPlus polymer shelves can be interchanged on the same unit. A standard unit with bottom dunnage has a load-bearing capacity of 600 lb. per shelf and 1,000 lb. on the bottom dunnage shelf.
Multiplex FreshBlender is a self-serve beverage platform featuring a 20-in. intuitive touchscreen that produces smoothies, frappes, shakes and more in less than 2 min. In a 20-in.W x 39-in.D, narrow footprint, the FreshBlender integrates refrigeration, ice making, blending, dispensing and digital controls for hundreds of self-serve drinks per day.
Vector F Series Multi-Cook ovens provide unmatched food production and food quality. Their increased capacity for full-size sheet pans or hotel pans accommodates high-volume, batch cooking. The secret to more food, more often, lies in exclusive Structured Air Technology. Cook up to four different food items with zero flavor transfer while simultaneously controlling the temperature, fan speed and time in each independent oven chamber.
WALK ON THE COOL SIDE
Arctic Series 3000 walk-in coolers offer a variety of options, including special doors, metal finishes and unique accessories, to build a walk-in cooler that matches application needs. All walk-ins are pre-assembled, inspected and photographed prior to shipment. They are available with foamed-in-place class1 urethane insulation or solid-core extruded high-density foam. NSF certified and
HEATED HOLDING HEATING UP
The Heated Holding Shelf product line now has more options, sizes and designs with features tailored to certain operations. As the demand for quick access to higher-quality food prevails, and mobile apps push accessibility into many foodservice applications, the HHS series supports these growing trends. The HHS provides the grab-and-go, pick-up process with an ideal solution to keep food product and meals hotter, longer and safer.
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EGGS-ACTLY WHAT BREAKFAST NEEDS
Developed for combi, speed-bake and impinger ovens, and available in both irregular-shaped and puck-style cavities, Egg Pans function as griddle replacements to provide an efficient method for serving eggs fried on their own or in a sandwich. With standard options, dimensions range from 11-in.W x 9½-in.D for 4 cavities to about 18-in.W x 13-in.D for 9 cavities. Versatile 2-piece Bacon Pans make it possible for fats to drip through a perforated insert and into the shallow tray below.
DUCTLESS MOBILE COOKING
The UL-listed 710B MobiChef mobile cooking platform comes with 32 unique combinations of electric appliances in four different lengths. By offering such a variety of appliance options, there is effectively no limitation on the menu creation. MobiChef comes complete with 3-stage filtration, odor abatement, fan system, fire system, system monitoring touchscreen, appliance arrangement and refrigerated base. A single-point power connection makes for easy installation.
NO PAIN, ALL TRAIN
Ignitor Labs creates and delivers online training solutions for rollouts, planned maintenance and repair of foodservice equipment. Its suite of tools includes ProTech, PocketTech and MicroTech. The company builds custom interactive, online refresher courses and field reference tools to augment any in-house manufacturer or chain restaurant training programs. It works on your teams’ tablets or smartphones, providing 24/7 training and tribal knowledge that saves time and money.
COOK MORE IN LESS SPACE
With adjustable temperatures from 150°F-650°F, the Gas Plancha is the high-performance alternative to both a standard flattop griddle and a gas charbroiler. Quick heat-up and recovery let cooks achieve the flavor profile and texture they want every time. With thermostatically controlled and individually adjustable zones, it can support a range of cooking temperatures simultaneously.
The Saber King Mini universal slicing food prep system is geared toward smaller kitchens with fewer slicing requirements but that still prioritize quality, efficiency and safety needs. Whether it’s slicing, dicing, cutting or wedging, the Saber King Mini offers the same food quality consistency as the larger Saber King but with a 30% smaller footprint. Interchangeable blade slicing and dicing cartridges add flexibility.
ICE WHERE NEEDED
Scotsman’s 24-in.W Essential Nugget and Essential Flaker ice machines sport a robust freezer design and sealed bearings in a more compact design. Stainless evaporator ensures maximum durability. Units work well for healthcare, foodservice or school applications. They come with a 3-yr. parts-and-labor warranty and a 5-yr. parts warranty on the compressor. An optional floor mount kit lowers the height to 33½-in. Scotsman manufactures and tests all its products at its South Carolina facility to ensure each machine works properly.
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