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3 Things You Need To Do When Hiring A New Food Service Management Company For Your Nursing Home

Posted by on May 12, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Things You Need To Do When Hiring A New Food Service Management Company For Your Nursing Home

If you are in charge of managing or own a nursing home and you are not happy with your current food service management team, it is time to switch to a different vendor. Here are three things you need to make sure you do in order to find a vendor that fits your specific needs.  #1 Get Specific With Your Needs Before you start searching for a new food service management team, make sure that you know what you really need and want. Sit down with your nursing staff team and come up with a detailed list of everything that your current provider does well as well as a list of areas of improvement for a new provider. Also, make a wish list of sorts of what your dream food service provider would do for your nursing home. Go through this feedback and make a master list of the traits that you are looking for in a new food service management company, and be sure that any company you seriously consider has all of those traits.  #2 Ask For A Demonstration Don’t just trust their word that they can meet the dietary needs of your nursing home residents; put them to the test. See if they will do a trail run for a weekend or week so that you can really see what kind of food they can prepare and if they can meet your resident’s needs.  This is also a great way to involve the residents in the process. Let them know what you are doing and ask the residents for their feedback on the quality of food, how it meets their dietary needs and how the service was if that will be provided as well. For a comparison, be sure to ask them the same questions before the test run about your current vendor. Comparing your residents’ responses could give you insight into how well the new vendor meets your needs and if they are able to provide things that your current vendor isn’t. #3 Ask For & Follow Through With References When hiring a food service management company, do not just take their word for it that they will be able to meet your needs. Ask for at least three or four references that you can call and speak with privately. You are more likely to get an honest response if the reference knows that the vendor isn’t sitting in on the phone call. Don’t just ask their references if they are happy with the service that the food management company provides them with; get specific. Ask them how the food management company handles special dietary restrictions and requests, such as dairy allergies and specific diets. Find out how responsive they are when an order goes wrong. If you will be having them prepare the food as well, ask and see if they have had any safety concerns in their kitchens or questionable quality of food. Getting specific will help you learn more about the vendor and determine if they can meet your unique needs based on past performance.  When searching for new contract food service management vendors, make sure that you know what you exactly what you want, and find out from other customers as well as through a demonstration if the new company you...

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Three Topics To Cover When You’re Searching For A Reception Hall

Posted by on Jan 12, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Topics To Cover When You’re Searching For A Reception Hall

Whether you’re planning a wedding, a family reunion, or even a work-related function, devoting adequate time to finding a suitable reception hall can help the event go off without a hitch. Visiting a handful of facilities allows you to ensure that their features and overall look will suit the nature of your event. At each of these tours, you’ll be working alongside a representative who will be able to answer your questions. You’ll likely want to talk about the availability of the hall, its capacity, and the price for renting it, but it’s also important to ensure that you cover these three other topics before you make your decision. Your Responsibilities You should always talk about what your responsibilities would be versus those of the reception venue staff, particularly where setting up your room is concerned. Regardless of the nature of your event, are you solely responsible for setting up the room? Or will the venue staff set up chairs and tables based on the room layout of your choice? Knowing this information right off the bat — and also confirming if there’s a cost for the staff performing any setup duties — will help you keep on budget and know how early you’ll be able to visit the venue to get things ready. A/V Equipment Availability Videos and other presentations are often a part of many different events, so if you plan to go this direction, it’s important to ascertain what the reception venue can provide in terms of audio and video equipment. Although it never hurts to ask, you can typically expect that the hall will have a working sound system. However, it’s also important to see if there’s a video screen, projector and any other necessary components that you’ll need for your event’s presentation. It’s also useful to check these components to make sure they’re in working order and that they’ll be compatible with the technology you’ll be bringing to the event. Parking Needs It’s customary for reception venues to provide adequate parking for dozens of vehicles, but if you’re expecting that your event will have a large attendance, ask about any other alternate parking arrangements. If the lot is full, confirm where else people can park. Some facilities have shuttles that will run between a nearby public parking area and the reception hall to ensure that everyone can get to your event even if they arrive after the main lot is full. For more information on reception halls, talk to a professional like McHale’s Events &...

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Processing And Packaging The Spoils Of Your Latest Hunt

Posted by on Aug 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Processing And Packaging The Spoils Of Your Latest Hunt

One of the greatest perks of hunting is the unique flavor that wild game meat brings to the table, but it’s not as easy as simply bringing it home and throwing it in the oven. From quail to elk, any game animal you plan to eat will need to be properly handled, processed, and prepared for easy use in your kitchen. Unless you plan to handle the mess and work yourself, make sure you know who to turn to and what to look for in business that can deal with a whole animal. Likely Candidates Not every business that offers game meat processing is actively advertising that fact, so you may need to do a little investigating in your area. The most likely businesses to provide this services are small scale butcher shops and taxidermists, both of which regularly handle large animals in one form or another. Some privately owned meat processing facilities may also offer help, but the limitations imposed on them by the USDA can make doing so prohibitively expensive. Apart from the more obvious angles, you may also be able to find sporting goods outfitters that have members of their staff who can handle the job. Be especially wary of these though, as the process involved in skinning, butchering and portioning your kill requires immaculately clean facilities. Anyone who isn’t regularly involved in food handling may not have the budget to properly maintain those facilities, so if you choose this route insist on inspecting their prep areas yourself. Convenience vs. Affordability A properly appointed meat processing business like Custom Butcher & Smokehouse can reduce an animal’s carcass to its component parts in a matter of hours, but having a stack of venison steaks may not be in your best interest. Look closely at the different butchering options they offer, and make a decision on just how much of the animal you plan to grill as steaks, roast as large portions, or boil in stew. You may even want some of the primal or sub-primal cuts of meat left intact, if only to keep your options open. Focus your search on facilities that give you the option of deciding what state you take your meat home in. This will allow you to choose between the convenience of having a few dozen individual servings, and the affordability of simply having the major bones removed, and their associated sub-primal cuts separated from the larger primal. A good example of this is the tenderloin, which is a versatile and flavorful sub-primal, from which several smaller steaks, a roast and stew meat can be cut, or which you can roast whole. Butchering the animal you brought home isn’t a glamorous process, but it is a necessary one if you plan on eating it. Taking advantage of the experience and convenience offered by wild game processors can allow you to avoid taking that mess home with you, and ensure that you’re getting the best quality cuts of meat from the animal when all is said and...

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4 Tips To Prevent Deep Frying Accidents In Your Restaurant

Posted by on Jul 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Tips To Prevent Deep Frying Accidents In Your Restaurant

If your restaurant serves up delicious fried foods, you probably rely on a deep fryer to help you prepare it. Although deep fryers can be the best for turning out delicious fried food every time, they can also be dangerous. Luckily, if you follow a few tips, you can help prevent deep frying accidents from occurring in your restaurant. Then, you can feel good in knowing that you are keeping yourself and your employees safe while you’re still turning out fabulous fried food.  1. Keep Your Deep Fryer Well-Maintained A deep fryer that isn’t properly maintained can become unreliable, so it’s important to keep your equipment in good shape. Follow the owner’s manual and maintenance instructions, and make sure that you have your equipment worked on by a certified professional (such as one from K & D Factory Service Inc) who uses manufacturer’s parts. 2. Keep the Surrounding Area Clean It’s natural for grease to pop and splatter a little bit when you are deep frying, or you and your employees might drip a little bit on the counters or floor surrounding your fryer when you are busy serving food. Make it a point to wipe up this grease as soon as you spot it, however. Hot grease can cause burns for those who don’t know that it’s there, and spills on the floor can cause slips and falls. Plus, grease that isn’t cleaned up properly can put your restaurant at a greater risk of a fire. 3. Keep a Fire Extinguisher Nearby No matter how careful you and your employees might be when using the deep fryer, you never know when an accident could happen. This is why it’s important to keep a fire extinguisher within close reach. Make sure that you choose a Class K fire extinguisher, which is marked with a black hexagon. This is the best type of fire extinguisher for commercial kitchens because it can be used to combat fires that are started due to cooking oil. 4. Fill Your Fryer Properly Make sure that you fill your fryer with clean oil — if you are reusing your cooking oil, make sure that you strain it to get rid of any food particles. Not only will this help prevent fires, but it will also help improve the quality of your food. You should also make sure that you do not go past the fill line when adding oil to your fryer; otherwise, you could increase the risk of grease splatters.  Using a deep fryer can make it easy for you and your employees to turn out tasty deep fried foods. Just make sure that you follow these simple tips so that you can keep everyone in the kitchen as safe as...

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