Midwest Morsels: Midwestern Food For Your Next Great Menu

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you’re a restaurant owner looking for some unusual ways to get more customers to beat a path to your door, look into serving Midwestern food. No joke — the food of Flyover Country is comforting and really quite healthy in a lot of ways. It’s also one of the hotter trends in cooking, so if you can create a good menu with favorite regional dishes, you could find a loyal clientele showing up at your establishment, especially if you’re not in the Midwest but are surrounded by homesick transplants. American Comfort Food Midwestern food is actually what people are thinking of when they think of American food in general, according to AllRecipes. This is the casserole- and pie-filled cuisine of the Plains States, though there are many, many other dishes just waiting to be introduced to your customers. The cuisine has been relatively untouched in the restaurant world until now because it’s sometimes seen as a home-cooked cuisine — not the sort of thing you’d think of when going to eat out. But many restaurants are successful while serving different variations of comfort food, and Midwestern food is yet another option. From St. Louis toasted ravioli to juneberries to butter cake, there are many dishes just waiting to be introduced to the rest of the country. Not a Homogeneous Region And if your restaurant is already in the Midwest, then you know how diverse the foods are — and you’ll still have plenty of recipes to show off to your customers. If you’re in Missouri, showcase the Dakotas. If you’re in the Dakotas, showcase Ohioan foods. You have a lot of options. Best of all are the dishes that have clear ethnic roots, like Scandinavian-based dishes in the Plains, or Cornish-pasty cousins in the eastern Midwest/Great Lakes border region. Russian, German, and other settlers brought their own foods over that gradually changed as more local ingredients were substituted. Back to the Basics In Midwestern cooking, all the ingredients are recognizable, and the ingredients are often easy to source locally. The cuisine is one of using what you have in creative ways, which can be a welcome atmosphere if you’re in a city where the economy is having issues. This is no-nonsense food meant to power people through hard work. Start investigating Midwestern recipes and see which ones are similar to your current big sellers. If you sell a lot of desserts, start making butter cakes, kuchen, and other Midwestern sweets. If your customers run toward the fish and game crowd, look for bison and barbecue styles. The Midwest is full of foods just waiting for more...

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Wine Cooling Storage Systems

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Wine has been made by humans since 6,000 BC. The first winemakers discovered that heat is the number one enemy of wine, causing it to lose flavor and aroma. To keep their wine in the best condition, they aged it in deep, cool, underground cellars. Today, having a temperature and humidity controlled wine cellar or wine cooling cabinet continues to be the best way to age and serve fine wines.  Since wine is a natural, perishable food, it can spoil when exposed to heat, light, vibration or frequent temperature changes. Ideally, red wines should be stored and served between 62-68 degrees Fahrenheit, and white wines should be stored and served between 49-55 degrees Fahrenheit. The humidity level must be high enough to keep the wine corks from drying out and allowing air to oxidize the wine.  When stored at optimal temperatures, wines can maintain their quality and sometimes even improve their aroma, flavor and complexity as they age. In order to control the temperature and humidity where you store your wine, you will need a cooling system. Here are a few different temperature control systems and units for you to consider.  Wine Cellar Cooling System A wine cellar cooler is a standalone unit that controls the temperature and humidity of the air in a wine cellar to keep wine for long-term aging. The wine cellar room itself must be darkened to keep light out and wine cellar shelves must be stabilized to eliminate vibration. There are several different forms that these coolers take: Self-Contained System: cools and humidifies the air within the cellar and exhausts it into the same cellar space. This system is ideal for a walk-in wine closet or a small wine cellar. Wall-Mounted System: cools and humidifies the air in the wine cellar and exhausts it into an attached room. This system is installed in the wall between the two rooms to facilitate the air exchange.  Duct System: sends cooled and humidified supply air into the wine cellar from another room and returns the warmer and drier air to the same room to begin the process again. This system looks like a central air conditioning system and is usually ceiling mounted.   Wine Cooling Cabinet A wine cooling cabinet is a standalone refrigeration unit that controls the temperature and humidity of the air to keep wine perfect for immediate drinking. These cabinets have darkened glass doors to keep light to a minimum and are stabilized to get rid of vibrations. The larger wine cooling cabinets are dual zone cabinets that have two separate compartments to keep your red wines and white wines at different temperatures. There are two different styles available for these cabinets: Free-standing cabinets...

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