Top Products for Operators from NAFEM 2017

Video Produced by Denise Toledo

On this episode of "On Foodable Weekly: Industry Pulse," we continue last month's conversation around the NAFEM 2017 show. The National Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers holds its Equipment and Supply show every other year for members to showcase their newest products to thousands of buyers in the foodservice industry. On the last Industry Pulse, we looked at some of the best chef products showcased at NAFEM 2017. This week, we're taking a closer look at the coolest products we saw available to operators. You won’t want to miss these!

Steelite Thrill

The Thrill machine from Steelite International both chills and sanitizes glassware — with style. By simply pushing a glass down on the Thrill for three seconds, the Thrill sanitizes the glass with 88 percent microbial reduction. Another six seconds and the glass is chilled to 40 degrees below, “so the drink that you’re charging 10 bucks for is actually more enjoyable,” says Steelite International VP of National Accounts, Terry Tanael. Using CO2 gas, the Thrill can fit on any bartop or be built into your bar for even more space saving. Plus, your customers will love the experience!

RATIONAL SelfCookingCenter®

The RATIONAL SelfCookingCenter® can cook virtually anything you need with the push of a button. It has settings for poultry, meat, fish, egg dishes, baking, sous vide, and more. This product makes bulk cooking a breeze and can cook a number of different items at different temperatures and with different settings — all at the same time. National Corporate Chef for RATIONAL USA William Buck demonstrates for us how to use the grill setting for 20 steaks at once, but RATIONAL has the SelfCookingCenter® in sizes allowing chefs to make 120 steaks at a time! And once cooking is done, the SelfCookingCenter® cleans itself, too!

Franke BKON Craft Brewer

Using reverse atmospheric infusion, the BKON craft brewer can infuse almost any liquid imaginable! Using a vacuum, BKON extracts organic material with any solvent from water to wine to chicken stock! Using the touchscreen settings, users can use a number of categories to personalize their infusion. Franke is excited to see how chefs experiment with this new product.

Play the episode to see these cool products in action! And watch our last Industry Pulse episode to see some of the best products for chefs at NAFEM 2017!
 

Innovations from NRA Show 2016

At the NRA Show, the industry's biggest and most dynamic trade show and event, it is an endless sea of exhibitions, educational sessions, products, and new ideas across the 2.6-million-square-foot-space of Chicago's McCormick Place convention center. Needless to say, while every inch is filled with discoveries, it can get a little overwhelming.

In this episode of "Rock My Restaurant," show hosts William Bender and Eric Norman do the leg work for you. After walking the floor, they sit down and product review some of the best innovations they spotted at NRA Show 2016. Trying to figure out the latest software and technology to take your restaurant to the next level? Check out these finds and get ready to rock your restaurant.

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The Lineup

Noodoe: Noodoe could potentially be the next breakthrough in efficiency and speed of service. This device consists of a wristband, which servers wear, and a cube with different icons symbolizing different needs, such as a check or beverage refill, that the table of guests hold onto. These pieces of tech connect wirelessly to the cloud and effortlessly speeds up waiter-to-diner communications, and in the future, could lead to better communications to the back of house.

"I thought that [Noodoe] was pretty cool because it's fully customizable, too, so the owner or operator can put anything they want on there. So, depending on what side the little unit is sitting on, that's what translates to your wristband," Eric said.

Zenreach: Email capture and marketing is one of the most challenging aspects when it comes to improving your restaurant's client base. Through Zenreach, brands can build a database through their Wi-Fi. When guests log in by submitting their email addresses, Zenreach collects this information and brands can use these lists to drive sales in marketing, whether through sent reminders, customer loyalty programs, or other incentives.

HotSchedules: HotSchedules it a revolutionary, restaurant management platform. From talent recruiting, to a continuous training e-learning program, to flexible staff scheduling, to instant message communications, this software does a lot of hard work to make processes a lot easier. Not to mention other features such as inventory and asset management — what can't you accomplish with HotSchedules?

STUBBORN Soda: STUBBORN soda is a paragon of what craft beverage should be all about. Through its natural ingredients and unique flavors (Orange Hibiscus, Lemon Berry Açaí, or Pineapple Cream Soda, anyone?), guests will be thirsty for more.

"What this does is really allow an operator to be better, special, or different," Bill said. "They also have a wonderful dispenser for fast casual restaurants called a pumper."

TradingTable: Whether you are an operator, distributor, or supplier, it doesn't matter what side of the table you sit on — this digital, paperless ordering platform connects each party involved in the transaction. It is a seamless solution and is a total automation of a purchasing agent's duties. The system has algorithms set to help operators find the best prices for products, which they can then order through the platform.

Ovention: Ovention may look like a typical conveyor oven, but this high-capacity, high-speed oven has two shuttles, allowing chefs to cook different food items with similar cooking temperatures. Chicken strips cooking on one side (through closed cooking, which means no need for exhausts or hoods) can then switch over to cookies on the other. This maximizes versatility and speed.

Riage X3: Two words: massage chair. 

"You were able to fit that into your schedule?" Bill asked.

"Ahh, 20 minutes of pure heaven, man. I could hardly get out of the chair" Eric said.

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