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  • The Top Five Restaurant Conventions for 2017

    Business owners who use restaurant equipment and dough management equipment must stay apprised of new technology that can improve operations. Restaurateurs can get up-to-date information at the top conventions coming up in 2017.

    The International Restaurant and Foodservice Show of New York

    Also known as the NY Restaurant Show, this large-scale event is scheduled for March 5-7, 2017 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, NY. Drawing more than 16,000 professionals each year, it promises an extensive display of products and services, all highlighting the latest trends and the most cutting-edge technology. Vendors offer information, training, business strategies, and ideas for new operational solutions for restaurant equipment.

    Midwest Foodservice Expo

    Focused on innovation in the food service industry, this event will be held at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, WI on March 13-15, 2017. This event is a trade show, educational conference, and networking opportunity all in one. From finding out where to buy commercial kitchen supplies to learning about restaurant marketing best practices, attendees can gain a wealth of information.

    The International Pizza Expo

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    The team from Northern Pizza Equipment never misses this prestigious gathering for all things pizza-related. Taking place on March 27-30, 2017 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, guests can hear from celebrity restaurateur keynote speakers, compete in international pizza making competitions, and attend seminars on pizzeria management best practices.

    National Restaurant Association Show 2017

    Happening on May 20-23, 2017 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL, this event commands a presence by anyone who is serious about the restaurant industry. Free education sessions and culinary demonstrations will ensure that everyone who attends has a full grasp of the latest culinary trends. Guests will also gain access to industry thought-leaders and exclusive networking events.

    Bar 17

    Held in tandem with the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago, the Bar 17 event offers professionals a platform to learn about everything in connection with the beverage industry. From tastings to educational seminars, this event is a great option for business owners with both a bar and restaurant.

    63rd Summer Fancy Food Show

    The Javits Convention Center is also the venue for this seasonal show, held on June 25-27, 2017. Restaurateurs involved with specialty food and beverage service won't want to miss this event. Vendors will be offering an extensive array of new food and beverage products.

    For business owners, attending an industry-specific convention can grant access to the newest innovations in restaurant equipment, technology, and marketing.

  • How to Dress up Your Restaurant for the Holidays Without Going Overboard

    Photo Of A Simple Holiday Table Setup - Northern Pizza Equipment Inc.With the holidays just around the corner, many restaurants are entering their busiest season. Capitalizing on the mood of the season is a good way to draw customers into your restaurant. Decorations can even make working more enjoyable for the employees, not to mention that the decorating process serves as a great bonding activity. Here are some tips to spice up your restaurant's atmosphere without going overboard.

    1) Play to your strengths

    A food display of holiday-themed dishes, such as egg nog drinks or seasonal cookies, is great at a cafe or family restaurant. However, they may look out of place on a high-end menu. Try to anticipate your customer's expectations and make appropriate tweaks.

    2) Less is more

    No need to spend money on specialty restaurant equipment! Themed napkins or a small holiday centerpiece is more than enough for most dining tables. Folding in always seasonal music is also a subtle way to make a big difference without spending too much.

    3) Work with what you have already

    Getting new holiday decorations is a good excuse to look at your existing decor and to get rid of items that do not reflect your desired aesthetic. When it comes time to take down your holiday decorations, you'll be left with a slimmed-down, modern look.

    4) Go natural

    This is harder to do with a food display, as it may get stale, but if you can pull it off, go for it! Otherwise, a fresh pine tree or holiday wreath spreads a low-key, natural smell and feeling.

    5) Jazz up the restaurant equipment

    Give your chefs, waiters, and hosts some room to enjoy the holiday season too. Your staff will not only appreciate it but so will your customers!

    Photo Credit: Richard Wood

  • Small in Size, Big in Productivity: Taking a Mom and Pop Pizzeria to the Next Level

    Photo Of A Pizza Fresh Out Of A Pizza Oven - Northern Pizza Equipment Inc.Small, local mom-and-pop style restaurants are often packed with authentic flavor and charming style, but they might not be reaching their potential when it comes to marketing or productivity. A few key reliable pieces of commercial kitchen equipment can have tremendous impacts on production levels. And the right decor and marketing can draw customers in and turn them into loyal regulars. These tips will help elevate a low-key pizzeria to keep up with franchise competition.

    First Step: Oven

    No pizza restaurant can run without a top-notch oven. A commercial pizza oven needs to reach the temperatures necessary for the type of pizza that's being served. For example, a brick oven is authentic and leaves a hint of charred taste, but can be difficult to clean. A deck oven, convection oven, and conveyor oven all have different benefits and drawbacks, depending on the type of pizza being made.

    A Streamlined Process

    Every step in making a pizza needs to be simple and clearly defined for workers in order to maintain a consistent product. Prep tables with a cabinet for each ingredient make dressing the pizza much easier. A dual-rail table with space for ingredients at the same work table cuts down on precious space and time. All of these features can be customized to the space of the kitchen to improve efficiency.

    Find Affordable Equipment

    No business wants to start in a deficit after buying tons of new equipment. Refurbished commercial kitchen equipment from a reliable and trusted source, including remanufactured ovens, work just as well as new ones but at a discounted price. And if something breaks down, it can often be fixed, which is more convenient than purchasing a new system, installing it, and retraining employees.

    Personalized Service

    At the end of the day, customers want to support local, small businesses and escape big chain restaurants. Letting the local personality show through in decoration, menu items, and specialties will keep the customers returning. Printed menus or pizza boxes with a company logo can improve a small pizza company's brand identity.

    If these features can be combined with quick service and delicious food produced by top-notch commercial kitchen equipment, business will explode.

    Photo Credit: Nick Amoscato

  • Happy Holidays from our family to yours!

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