Every year, the NRA presents its Kitchen Innovations Awards, spotlighting equipment that streamlines back-of-house operations and benefits operators. Among the 2018 group of winners—chosen by an independent panel of industry experts—are seven suppliers that work with Avendra’s FF&E Services to help us continuously improve performance in the industry.
- Alto-Shaam, Inc., Vector® F Series Multi-Cook Oven
The star feature of the the Vector® Muti-Cook Oven is its exclusive Structured Air Technology™ with high-velocity vertical air flow for faster, more even cooking than convection ovens—without the need to watch and rotate pans. The full-size F Series offers four completely independent oven chambers, with the option to combine into an even larger chamber. Read more.
- Evo, Inc., MultiZone™ Electric Plancha
The MultiZone Plancha features three independent cooking zones on a continuous cooking surface—each zone separated with IsoBar™ technology, which uses recirculating fluid thermal barriers for precise temperature control. Three variable or one continuous temperatures can be set on a resistive touch screen display on the unit, which can be installed on a refrigerated base or equipment stand. Read more.
- Garland®, Instinct™ Induction Countertop Line
Thanks to unique multi-point technology, the Instinct™ countertop line incorporates cook and hold functions in one unit, monitoring temperatures across the surface. With duel zones, the Instinct can adjust frequency on each cook zone to match pan requirements—even detecting if an empty pan has been left on the surface. Universal voltages make this a plug-and-play system with temperature ranges of 77°F(25°C) to 212°F (100°C).
- Hoshizaki America, KMEdgeIce Machine Series
With an inventive redesign of the icemaker evaporator, the KMEdge utilizes a one-piece, double-sided stainless steel evaporator around oval-shaped copper heating/cooling tubing. The engineered result is clearer ice that lasts longer, and a higher rate of ice production in fewer cycles—resulting in lower energy use, greater reliability and extended product life.
- Structural Concepts Corporation, Reveal® Frameless Glass Food Displays
Reveal® is a versatile food display case that features European-influenced design (clean lines, simple shelving) and frameless insulated glass complemented by superior refrigeration performance. Each model comes with an easy-to-access refrigeration system to simplify maintenance and improve functionality. More than 20 different models featuring mix-and-match capabilities allow users to create customized food displays.
- Vitamix Aerating Container
Expanding the utility of a blender base we all know and love, Vitamix’s Aerating Container offers a specially-shaped disc blade designed to efficiently produce the emulsions, foams, whipped creams, meringues and other aerations that are trending right now. The intricate precision of the disc blade allows kitchen staff and bartenders to fine-tune the texture of mousse, infusions and emulsions without pureeing.
- Vulcan SonicSafe™ Ultrasonic Scale Prevention for Steamers
Vulcan’s full line of easy-to-use electric commercial counter steamers is optimized for fast start-ups and cooking with reliable nonstop steam using exclusive SmartFill™ technology. Easy to operate with enhanced professional controls, timers, and Ready/Cook lights, SonicSafe units also feature new industrial-strength ultrasonic scale-fighting technology to prevent build-up, eliminate filters and reduces maintenance. All with no taste transfer. Read more.
Avendra’s FF&E Services has a wide range of suppliers that understand your business needs and goals. Got a problem? Call us at 866-AVENDRA—our team of FF&E experts is here to help!
Food for Thought
Like every other industry, artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics are called the “wave of the future” in the restaurant business. But are they?
In the Super Session “The Future of Restaurants” at the May 2018 NRA show, global futurist and innovation expert Daniel Burrus headed up a panel of experts that discussed technologies meant to disrupt the restaurant business. All agreed that AI components such as facial recognition, voice-assistants and autonomous delivery vehicles will play a role in tomorrow’s foodservice. This same panel, however, agreed on the importance of the human touch. No one wants to “dine in a factory,” according to John Ha, CEO of Bear Robotics. Sarah Lockyer of Winsight Media summed it up by saying that not every new technology is right for every restaurant; operators must choose brand-appropriate options that add value to the customer experience.