What a Grill Wants: 6 Excellent Grill Gifts for any Holiday

We’ve rounded up our favorite grill gifts, gadgets, and gear. Covering a wide range of budgets and lifestyles, we’re confident you’ll find something your grill master will love.   $25-$30: A Gift that Keeps on Giving Any grill aficionado will find joy in the Grill Masters Club Box, which includes sauces, rubs, marinades, wood chips, […]

3 Major QSR Trends in 2021 and Beyond

The pandemic was a trend accelerator for the quick service industry. The evidence of that is pretty obvious, but the reality is that 3-10 years of digital and technology growth happened in under 12 months. Talk about a herculean game of catch-up.   Because the world isn’t getting any slower, we’ve identified three major quick […]

Is There a Hidden Asterisk in Meat-Free?

Is There a Hidden Asterisk in Meat-Free?   In 2021, how many top 20 quick service chains have tested or premiered plant-based meat alternatives? Early adopters Chipotle, Burger King, Carl’s Jr., White Castle, and Subway (UK) already have meat-free proteins on their menus. In 2021, the number of players in this space will explode.   […]

SMOKER RECIPE: Easy Smoky Black-Eyed Peas and Seared Halibut

Smoky Black-Eyed Peas Note: Why use PTFE basket for this recipe? To achieve the signature smoky flavor, most recipes call for ham hock, adding both smoke and fattiness to the dish — this vegetarian version benefits from direct smoking, for a healther, quicker, cheaper version of a classic dish. Active Time: 20 min Total Cook […]

The Smoker Mesh Topper Revolution: All Flavor, No Mess

Essentialware’s Non-stick BBQ Grill and Smoker Mesh Topper is ready for the heat. Bring it on.   Is smoker mesh easy to use? It’s as easy as grilling directly on the grill top, with a few bonus features. Less oil, less seasoning: experienced chefs and home cooks take care to prevent sticking of delicate foods, […]

Essentialware Donates Thousands of Covid-19 Protective Masks

Essentialware, a Kirtland, OH company has donated 1,100 Covid-19 protective masks to The Lake County Emergency Management Agency and 750 masks to the Lake Health Foundation. The critical shortage of KN95 masks led the FDA to pass Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) in March, making way for small businesses such as Essentialware to supply essential equipment. […]

Picnicking in Uncertain Times: Your Guide to the Perfect(ly Safe) Barbecue

2020 is the Year of the Picnic “Picnics are the restaurants of COVID,” says Ti Marten, co-owner of Picnic Provisions and Whiskey. In a time when the habits of dining and tensions of shared indoor space bend under the heat of summer, there is one bastion of tradition still left to us: the time-tested virtues […]

Understanding the “New Normal” of Dining Commerce

The COVID-19 economy sweepstakes have a clear winner: groceries.   What only a year ago was a tiny slice of the food industry pie has surged to become the big tuna. As fine dining nosedives and home chefs proliferate it is clear that consumers are spending differently during COVID. This graph by Visual Capitalist is […]

Teflon and PFOA: All Your Questions Answered

What is PFOA? PFOA is short for Perfluorooctanoic acid, a synthetic used in a wide range of industrial chemical processes. Because it is hydrophobic (repels water) and lipophobic (repels fats) its uses range broadly as a “surfactant”. In short, PFOA is a chemical coating designed to make production easier.   Where Is It Found?   […]

Adaptation and Innovation: Food Service Dealers Looking Beyond 2020

This is Part 1 of a multi-part series, in which we’ll explore innovations already underway in this new food service dealers landscape. We’ve rounded up data, market insights, experts’ analyses, and tools that can be applied to any B2B.  You haven’t had the year you expected. Your many well-laid plans, personal and professional, have buckled […]