Restaurant Equipment Club is Closing & Will Now Be Part of Singer Equipment Company

 

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You’re probably wondering what this means for us and you, our loyal customer. Allow us to clarify:

What Is Happening?

We would like to announce that Restaurant Equipment Club is now officially Singer Equipment Company.

What Does This Mean?

We will be operating as Singer Equipment Company moving forward. Through this merger, we will have access to a much larger product database and a wealth of resources. This will allow us to provide you with the absolute best products and highest quality service in the foodservice industry possible.

Who is Singer Equipment Company?

Singer Equipment Company brings over 100 years of foodservice equipment, supply and design services experience. From our knowledgeable and experienced sales team to our professional and courteous delivery drivers, Singer is committed to a culture of service to our customers.

What About Restaurant Equipment Club’s Website?

Our website will permanently reside here. If you would like to view our vast catalog of restaurant equipment and supplies, visit our new online store here.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please give us a call 1-833-880-4206 at or send us an email. You can also fill out our contact form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Game Of Thrones: A Guide To Food

Dinner Is Coming

It’s no secret that Game of Thrones has become one of the most ambitious journeys, high-budgeted productions, and discussed shows of all time. Last Sunday saw the series finale, with 19.3 million people tuning in to watch the end of an era.

 

We won’t get into spoilers, but what a wild ride this has been.

 

Because the show is now over, we thought we would recollect on the single most important part of the series; The food. Okay, maybe not the most important part, but we’re all about food here at Restaurant Equipment Club, so that’s what we’re gonna focus on. I don’t know about you, but whenever I see someone eating on TV, it makes me hungry. And especially when it’s from an older time. Kind of like the forbidden fruit concept.

We’ll be going through each house and location on Game of Thrones and their best-served dishes…other than revenge.

The North

Within the Seven Kingdoms, the North is considered to be the largest region, with the most notable areas being Winterfell and Castle Black. Because of how low the temperatures can drop up there, Northerners lean toward stew and broth-based dishes. Some common foods amongst the North are kidney pie, mutton stew, and ale (which is their absolute favorite part…and ours too). Kidney pie is made with calf kidneys, pastry dough, and gravy. Pretty straightforward. And just like chicken pot pie, there is an abundance of cooking options you can choose from. As far as their stews go, any game meat will do, whether it’s beef, lamb, or oxtail.

Bread, albeit basic, can make a meal that much more filling and satisfying.  Hot Pie, an orphan boy from King’s Landing, is an accomplished baker in Westeros. Towards the beginning of the series, he bakes Arya, a member of the Stark family, a loaf of bread in the shape of a Direwolf. Because he’s sent to the kitchens as an amateur,  this first bread appears to be more scone-like:

Direwolf bread from Game of Thrones

But once he practices more, he eventually remakes it into a much better version:

Direwolf bread Hot PIe from Game of Thrones

Talk about progress.

We were kind of hoping Hot Pie would randomly appear in the final episode just to deliver one more loaf of bread to Arya. But I suppose we can’t have everything we want.

King’s Landing

King’s Landing is home to not only the King of the Seven Kingdoms but also one of the wealthiest and most powerful families around, House Lannister. The Lannisters live life in a luxurious fashion. Because they are close to Blackwater Bay, their food options are much more plentiful than other areas in Westeros. Also, the warmer climate in King’s Landing allows for a bountiful harvest of fruits and vegetables. Popular dishes in King’s Landing include suckling pig, boar, pigeon pie, and Lamprey pie.

Yes, you read that correctly. They eat Lamprey. In case you forgot what they look like or have never seen one:

Close up of a sea lamprey

Cute little creature, isn’t it?

Seems like something you would never wanna eat. But this was actually considered a delicacy in Medieval times. Why? I will never know. It must taste great. Even King Henry I loved lampreys. He loved them so much that they eventually led to his death. Even when he knew they were a risk to his health, he kept eating them. That’s dedication. They are now endangered in the UK and are protected under British law. Tyrion Lannister, the wise and wine-indulgent dwarf of the Lannister family, can be seen eating a lamprey pie in Season 2.

tyrion lannister eating a lamprey pie on game of thrones

“Excellent lamprey pie. Were you slaving away in the kitchen all day?”

Due to the high-cost to mass-produce lamprey pie, pigeon pie is served in its place during public events. It’s cheaper and easier to prepare. During season 4, a wedding takes place between the wicked Joffrey, one of Robert Baratheon’s power-hungry children (even though we all know the truth about that), and Margaery Tyrell. At the ceremony, a large pigeon pie was baked and left hollow so that live pigeons could fit inside. Joffrey slices the pie open, freeing most of the pigeons while unfortunately killing a few as well.

Another delicacy from this region is lemon cake. Much like most food products in King’s Landing, they are typically reserved for the upper-class. Sansa Stark, the eldest daughter of the Stark family, loves lemon cakes. Because back home at Winterfell, fruit rarely grows, so any chance she gets to eat them she takes.

sansa stark with lemon cakes from game of thrones

Sansa sure does love her lemon cakes.

But let’s not forget the beverages! Fine wine is the go-to choice in King’s Landing, with Arbor Gold being the most sought after choice. Red Wines from Dorne come in at a close second due to their spicier nature.

We’ve been discussing what royalty here consumes, but what about the rest of the kingdom? Well, whatever is available to them. The main dish they eat is referred to as “Bowl O’ Brown”, which is a stew or soup that consists of anything they can get their hands on. This includes pigeon or fish when lucky, but typically contains cat or rat meat, combined with whatever vegetables are available at the present time. A piece of bread occasionally accompanies this meal as well.

Dorne

Dorne is a coastal region that holds a Mediterranean vibe with a warm climate. There are various animals, plants, and spices found here that aren’t found anywhere else in Westeros. Because of this, the people in Dorne have adapted to hot, spicy foods. Citrus fruits such as blood oranges and lemons are also available here, which is a rarity anywhere else in the continent. Stuffed green peppers is a popular dish in Dorne. They also eat grilled snake and stuffed grape leaves. As previously mentioned, they are known for their high-prized wines. Arbor Gold is highly sought out, with Dornish sour reds being a close second.

dornish wine being poured by tyrion lannister

You can never have too much wine.

The Iron Islands

The Iron Islands are also located on the coast. Another big house in the show, The Greyjoys, inhabit this region in Westeros. Because the Iron Islands are an archipelago, an abundance of seafood is the main staple in their diet. You may not find root vegetables growing in these rocks, but hey, there’s plenty of fish! Fish pie is a favorite amongst the coastal community.

Beyond Westeros (Essos)

Essos lies east of Westeros and is considered the largest of the four continents. Located in Essos is a vast grassland plain known as the Dothraki Sea. It is inhabited by the Dothraki, a race of warlike wanderers with their own native tongue and spiritual equestrian culture. These people worship horses, but because there aren’t a lot of resources in their area, they resort to dried horse jerky and goat meat for protein. They will also eat stallion heart. A few fruits such as watermelons, pomegranates, and Myrish oranges accompany these meals.

Chef cooking on commercial range

Properly Cleaning Your Commercial Range

If you want to maintain a hygienic and safe kitchen, properly cleaning your commercial range is vital. A clean range is a good range. It needs to be maintained every day. Without proper care, the lifespan of your commercial range can be compromised. Ignoring this task will result in the accumulation of filth and increased health risks for your customers.

Here are some tips in order to ensure proper maintenance.

Disclaimer: Be sure to disconnect the gas and power prior to disassembling any parts. Use utility gloves as well for hand protection.

Clean Your Range Daily

It’s that simple. You’re using your range every day, so you should clean your range daily. If not, there will be a substantial build-up of oil and grease around the burners, hinges, and knobs. This will reduce your commercial range’s efficiency. Here’s a quick range cleaning guide to simplify the process:

  1. Pull out the range’s crumb trays and remove the used foil. Wipe everything down with a wet cloth
  2. Remove bits of food around the range
  3. Wipe down all ledges, including backsplashes, doors, knobs, and handles with a wet, soapy cloth
  4. Wipe grates with a wet cloth. Use a wire brush to remove any remaining food particles
  5. Wipe down the oven as well using a warm, soapy cloth

Clean While It’s Warm

You may be inclined to clean your cooking equipment once it’s had a chance to cool down. But it’s actually more efficient to clean while it’s warm. The residual warmth will help loosen up oil and grease much easier, making the cleaning process much less of a hassle. If the range has a chance to cool, the oil will harden, making it more of a hassle to clean.

Don’t Use Abrasive Cleaners

You want to keep your commercial range in great condition so that it lasts long. Abrasive cleaners can have a detrimental impact on this. Try to avoid them as much as possible. This includes any cleaners that contain ammonia, borate, or sodium hydroxide. These cleaners tend to leave visible damage to the metal, and can also cause scratching. Scratches aren’t simply a cosmetic problem, though. They can cause corrosion, and can also pool bacteria. Try to use safer, natural disinfectants like vinegar.

Soak And Scrub

It’s a good idea to soak a few of the range parts while you’re scrubbing the surface of your range. This will not only cut down on your cleaning time, but this allows the grease to soften in the soapy water. Make sure you use a scraper brush to remove excess food off the range.

If you’re using cast iron grates, don’t forget to season them. Otherwise, they will rust.

After you let the parts soak, scrub all areas of the range with a cloth and cleaner. Then, rinse off the soaked items and scrub once more. Once they start drying, take a degreaser to the drip trays and clean up all the sludge and crumbs.

Making sure you take proper care of your commercial range will help keep it safe and functional for many years to come!

Grilled halibut on a plate

Garlic Butter Grilled Halibut

Seafood is a wonderful thing. It’s even better with garlic and butter. Today’s recipe is for a mouth-watering Garlic Butter Grilled Halibut you can enjoy with the family.

It’s garlic and butter. What’s not to love?

Ingredients

  • 4 (6 oz.) fillets halibut
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped coarsely
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat grill on high heat. Squeeze the lime wedges over fillets. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Grill the fillets for 5 minutes on each side until browned and easily flaked. Move to a serving plate.
  3. Heat olive oil in a skillet on medium heat. Add garlic. Cook and stir for about 2 minutes. Stir in the butter, along with lime juice and cilantro. Drizzle the butter sauce over your fish and serve.
Vector illustration of small restaurant

Restaurant Design For A Small Space

When you have limited space to work with, designing a restaurant can be difficult. You run the risk of workers running into each other or customers sharing a tight space. Making the most out of your space requires a bit of critical thinking, but there are several restaurant design strategies you can implement.

The Kitchen

Let’s start with the kitchen. There’s always the temptation to make your kitchen nice and spacious seeing as how it’s the bread and butter of your eatery. But the more room you leave for your kitchen, the less there will be for customers, which means a cut in profits. Make sure to maximize the space in your kitchen. You can achieve this by using cabinet space wisely and adding shelving or racks to walls. You can also assign a workspace to each employee so that you limit internal motion.

Comfortable Entryway

Depending on the demand of your restaurant, people may line up to get in. Which can be a great thing if you have the space to accommodate. But since we’re discussing small restaurants today, focusing on having a comfortable entryway can dictate how long a customer will be willing to wait for a table. Don’t include bigger furniture, as this will take up too much room and force crowds to cramp in even tighter. Adding some seating outside of your entrance can be a benefit as well. Another option is offering customers a chance to hang out at the bar until a table is ready; That way, they will be entertained, have a drink or two (which is more profit for you), and be inclined to wanna stay. It’s a win-win-win!

Walking Space

You also want to consider the room your customers will have to walk around. Generally, you want to have enough space so that two people can stand shoulder to shoulder, leaving enough room for someone to walk through. As for your staff, you want to leave about two and a half feet between objects. This leaves enough room for both directions. Don’t forget to factor in your chairs; They will be pushed out when people are sitting down, limiting the space. This won’t make or break your floorplan, but it’s important to consider.

Aesthetic Spacing

If you’re working with a small space, giving the appearance of a bigger restaurant will work to your benefit. But how can you do that? By simply avoiding larger furniture, it will allow a bit more breathing room for your customers. Having a spot with windows helps with the scale as well. This requires a bit of trial and error, so experiment a little. You’ll be surprised by the results you can achieve!

Stylish modern restaurant

Restaurant Interior Design Tips

Restaurant Interior Design can be fun. It can also be tricky. You have to be appealing to a critical and hungry public while keeping your brand identity consistent. When deciding how to handle the interior of your restaurant, here are some tips to keep in mind:

Picking A Theme

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Picking a theme for your restaurant can be a challenge. It can be a lengthy process and will require a proper analysis of your specific wants and business needs. What kind of cuisine do you want to specialize in? What location are you scouting? You want it to convey your distinctive sense of style while appealing to your target demographic. Keeping it relevant to your personal interests will not only be a great motivator, but will also allow that unique, personal touch that only you are capable of.

Focus on Target Demographic

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This should be one of the first things you think about when it comes to your restaurant. Who are you trying to appeal to? What is their age group? Where are they most likely to spend time? Having this knowledge will help you make aesthetic adjustments accordingly. It can be as simple as a change in your lighting fixtures that can capture the generational mood of each table.

Immediate Enticement

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Try to think back to the last nice restaurant you walked into; What was great about it? Was it the atmosphere? The menu options? Or maybe it resonated with you so well simply because it had a nice entrance? You want to be able to immediately entice your customers, and having a unique entrance can grab someone’s attention quickly. You only get one chance at a great first impression, so take advantage of that by spicing things up.

Proper Decor And Art

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Depending on the theme you’ve chosen, you will want to outfit your eatery in a suitable manner. Hypothetically speaking, if your restaurant serves Japanese food, it would be wise to research the culture and gain insight into what would work well. For example, the Tanuki has been significant in Japanese folklore since ancient times. You could maybe have some Tanuki statues spread out throughout the restaurant. And perhaps you can hang up some Kakemono (which literally translates to “hanging thing”) scrolls that display artwork and calligraphy. It’s the little things that will stand out the most.

Color Scheme

European restaurant with bright color scheme

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consistency is key, and your restaurant’s color scheme is no exception. You can either dived your colors in different portions of the place, or stick to one unified scheme all over. Color works in tandem with your furniture and lighting to create a specific mood. Vibrant hues would work well in a pub, while a family establishment may look better with a pastel palette. Remember; make sure it properly reflects your theme and your target audience.

The Kitchen

Open kitchen in modern restaurant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The one thing you may not think about when planning your restaurant interior design is your actual kitchen. Open kitchens are big these days, and by providing a glimpse into the daily duties of the staff and their cooking process, you’re allowing for a much more personal and relatable experience. I know I enjoy watching the magic happen. Or you can keep it simple and install glass doors or a service window.