Foodservice Issues

Spotlights the challenges and opportunities that impact the application of foodservice equipment and supplies in the real world including green and energy efficiency concerns, foodservice equipment concerns, the impact of technology on foodservice, and the state of the foodservice economy.

Reimagined Lighting (Lighting of the Future)

Imagine walking into a restaurant or building where an entire wall brings light to a room using a series of panels dim enough to stare at comfortably and sophisticated enough to change colors, display images or even play videos.

Pushing Our Cookline Paradigms

Developing the kitchen of the future will require foodservice designers and operators to challenge conventional thinking and explore new ways to balance the need for capacity with the need to become more efficient. The net result will be a more thorough and thoughtful design process.

Renovation Revolution

Remodels and refreshes are the order of the day as chains work to put a fresh face forward and appeal to modern consumers.

Food Safety for Local Food

Sourcing locally grown ingredients is a trend that many foodservice operators now embrace. But when using smaller providers foodservice operators will need to take into account how they receive, store and prep ingredients to ensure they run a food-safe business. This article explores a variety of considerations and best practices operators should weigh when sourcing locally produced ingredients.

CFESA's Maintenance Tips for Fryers

Found in practically every type of operation — from bars and burger joints to white-tablecloth restaurants — fryers are among the most ubiquitous types of foodservice equipment.

Be Prepared When Buying Unknown Equipment

With operator budgets remaining tight due to a variety of economic factors, the temptation remains to buy used or lesser-known foodservice equipment in order to save a few bucks. Here are a few tips to help foodservice operators tell the good opportunities from the bad.

The Changing Role of the Manufacturers’ Rep

Sweeping changes in the last few years have affected all members of the foodservice industry. That includes manufacturers' reps, a group that has especially had to adapt to these changes — not to grow, but just to stay in business.

Saving Energy through Equipment Startup Schedules

It should be as simple as it sounds. Turn something on when you need it. Turn it off when you don't. Yet for decades kitchen workers have done exactly the opposite. In fact, even the most prestigious of culinary schools have taught future cooks to fire up the grills the moment they walk in the restaurant door, even if service doesn't begin for hours.

College & University Foodservice Innovators

Want to check out some of the most exiting things happening in foodservice today? Head back to college. Not to the classroom but to the cafeteria. One quick look around the dining facilities at leading schools large and small today confirms that they look nothing like your father's, mother's, or unless you're fresh out, even your own college cafeteria.

Bowdoin College’s Comprehensive Sustainability Program

An independent liberal arts college in Brunswick, Maine, Bowdoin College takes its motto, "The College and the Common Good," to heart in all departments, including and perhaps especially in dining services. Known for high quality that consistently lands it at or near the top of the Princeton Review's annual ranking of best college food, Bowdoin's dining program touts not only great eats but a pacesetting, comprehensive portfolio of sustainability initiatives as well.

College of William & Mary Goes Outside of the Box to Create an Allergen-Free Environment

The campus of the College of William & Mary (W&M) in Williamsburg, Va., is big on historic charm. Chartered in 1693 by King William III and Queen Mary II of England, it's the second oldest college in America, it touts the oldest college building in the United States, and its Colonial Campus section has been restored to its eighteenth century appearance. But it's also a modern, progressive campus in every sense, including its dining program, which stands out in part for its firm commitment to serving students with food allergies and other special dietary needs.