Slice and Dice

Slice-and-DiceDo you have a whole block of knives in your kitchen but find yourself using the same few over and over again? Correctly using each knife will help to keep you safe and make the slicing and dicing task easier.  Here is a simple guide we have created to show the various types of knives and their uses.


Chef Knives
A chef knife is one of the most popular and versatile kitchen knives. Use this type of knife to slice and dice fruits, vegetables, meats and fish.

Pairing Knives
This knife is used for small tasks like peeling and slicing small fruits and vegetables.

Boning Knives
Extremely sharp blade used to simply remove meat from the bone. Boning knives are available in different flexibilities.

Bread Knives
A narrow serrated blade designed to quickly slice through soft products with a tough outer layer. This type of knife is great for slicing bread, tomatoes and melons.

Cleavers are available in a variety of thicknesses. Thin cleavers with fine blades are great for chopping and slicing vegetables. Thick cleavers are used to cut through firm vegetables, meat and poultry bones.

Slicing Knives
A slicer is used to carve meat into especially thin slices.

Explore other knives in your knife block and discover how simple slicing tasks become with the correct tool. Don’t forget to shop the large variety of knives from Instawares.


February 2016 Food Holidays

Feb Food HolidaysFood holidays are a great opportunity to promote your restaurant and attract new business. Create promotions for certain food holidays and use marketing strategies to increase customer awareness. Food holidays come in many varieties and can apply to every type of food service establishment. With February right around the corner, use next month as an opportunity to create new traditions and increase your customer base. Here are a few February food holidays to think about:

February 1 • National Cake Pops Day

February 2 • National Tater Tot Day

February 3 • National Carrot Cake Day 

February 4 • National Homemade Soup Day

February 5 • National Frozen Yogurt Day

February 6 • National Chopsticks Day 

February 7 • National Fettuccine Alfredo Day

February 8 • National Potato Lover’s Day

February 9 • Pizza Pie Day

February 10 • National Cream Cheese Brownie Day

February 11 National Peppermint Patty Day

February 12 • National PB&J Day

February 13 • National Tortellini Day | National “Italian Food” Day

February 14 ❤ National Cream-Filled Chocolates Day

February 15 • National Chewing Gum Day

February 16 • National Almond Day

February 17 • National Cafe’ Au Lait Day

February 18 • National Drink Wine Day

February 19 • National Chocolate Mint Day

February 20 • National Muffin Day

February 21 • National Sticky Bun Day| National Biscuits and Gravy Day

February 22 • National Margarita Day

February 23 • National Banana Bread Day

February 24 • National Tortilla Chip Day

February 25 • National Chocolate-Covered Peanuts Day | National Clam Chowder Day

February 26 • National Pistachio Day

February 27 • National Chili Day | National Strawberry Day | National Kahlua Day

February 28 • National Chocolate Souffle Day

February 29 • National Frog Legs Day

Customize these food holidays to complement your menu and add creativity to your marketing plans.  Food holidays create a sense of urgency since the holiday only lasts for 24 hours. Use innovative strategies to advertise these promotions as 24 hour sales or celebrations. Be creative with these and you will see great results!


How to Attract Great Employees

EmployeesStaff members can make or break any kind of food service establishment. Servers are the face of every restaurant and have a large impact on your customers’ experiences. Finding the best employees is an important process that requires time and energy. Even if you are great at the interviewing and hiring process, you still have to find a way to attract great employees. If you find yourself sitting through 10+ interviews without finding the right person to fill the position, it may be time to revamp your strategies. Here are a few tips on how to attract hardworking, dedicated employees:

If you do not have a “Work for Us” landing page on your website, it is time to get one! Use this page to list everything that your company has to offer. Brag about employee benefits, and list reasons that make your company better than anywhere else.

Keep it Simple:
Applying for jobs is a daunting task. If you don’t have many applications coming in, it may be because your application is too long. Keep the process simple, and ask important questions that you actually care about. Require a resume to apply, but do not ask the same information like job history on your application.

Believe it or not, money isn’t always everything. Some employees will accept a job offer for less money because the company has great values and a positive working environment. Keep your employees motivated with recognition and advancement. If someone goes above and beyond what they normally do, thank them and give them some type of recognition. From dish washers to managers, every job is equally important. Make sure that all prospective employees understand this and know that each employee is treated equally.

Keep all communication throughout the hiring process very open and transparent. Employees do not appreciate being lied to, and you do not want the reputation of having an unethical business. Keep your reputation clean and be honest with prospective and current employees.

Restaurant operators need to ensure that managers are dynamic and understanding. If a prospective employee comes into your restaurant to see a manager barking orders, chances are they will not submit their application. However, if they come in to see a manager sitting around all day doing nothing, chances are they will not submit their application either. Find managers that push your employees to achieve goals and work hard without creating a negative working environment.

Use this tips and you will have employees lining up to work for your food service establishment in no time.