Showing posts with label rapids foodservice contract and design. Show all posts
Showing posts with label rapids foodservice contract and design. Show all posts

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Rapids Restaurant Equipment Expanding Retail to the Twin Cities

Rapids Restaurant Equipment - St. Paul, MN

Rapids Wholesale to Open Cash & Carry Store in The Twin Cities

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (Oct. 2, 2013) -- Rapids Wholesale is proud to announce plans to open a new cash and carry retail store in St. Paul. The 19,000 square foot retail space will carry everything you need for your restaurant, bar, civic organization, church, school, home gourmet kitchen, employee dining facility and more . . . anywhere high quality foodservice, bar equipment and supplies is needed or desired. 

"We have listened to our customers and plan to have plenty of what you need, when you need it -- on hand and ready for immediate use in your facility!" - Joe Schmitt, Co-Owner

The new location will be located conveniently off of highway 280 and Como Ave (next to Appliance Smart). There will be a friendly and knowledgeable group of associates willing and able to assist you with all of your restaurant equipment, bar equipment and supply needs.

Harold Parten has been appointed to be the General Manager of the new facility. Parten comes to us from an extensive retail and wholesale distribution background including the Target Corporation. The store will operate with a staff of 4-6 sales associates and the St. Paul contract and design team will be relocating to the new facility as well. There will be several thousands of items in stock for sale at the new store location.
"I am excited to be a part of the Rapids family and look forward to meeting the talented chefs and foodservice people in the Twin Cities." - Harold Parten, General Manager

The New Rapids Restaurant Store Will Be Located Here

2475 Doswell Ave
St. Paul, MN 55108

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Two-in-One Technology Meets the Modern Commercial Kitchen │ Hobart Combi Ovens

Hobart Combi Oven at Rapids Wholesale
Hobart Combi Ovens at Rapids Wholesale

Technology constantly advances as we find ways to combine our gadgets. Those who stay on the cutting-edge carry their phones, high-resolution cameras, high-speed internet, music, and videos all in a single, pocket-size device. This works when it comes to entertainment — so why not apply the same concept to your kitchen? Combining technologies is a great way to save time and money while enhancing the quality of your products.  And adding a Hobart combi oven from Rapids Wholesale is a great place to start.

Commercial combi ovens combine the mechanics of a convection oven and a steamer, allowing users to benefit from both cooking methods in a single dish. Luke Green, a Rapids Contract and Design specialist familiar with Hobart combi ovens — he’s used one to cook mac-and-cheese, twice-baked potatoes, chicken on the bone and other yummy dishes from scratch in Rapids’ own test kitchen — sees French fries as a great example of steam/convention oven cooking.  Green described how you can forego a fryer and fatty oils by using steam to create a humid cooking environment. Then, in the last few minutes of cook-time, you switch the oven to convection mode. This crisps your fries on the outside, Green said. Using this technique, you can offer a healthy side dish without sacrificing taste, texture, and appearance.

“It’s how you go about cooking your product in a combi oven that sets them apart from a standard oven,” Green said. “To achieve the same results in a standard oven, you have extra steps and multiple pieces of equipment needed.” 

Check out this Rapids Exclusive video series with Hobart's "Combi Guy" David Sager, CFSP and Combi Oven Product Line Manager - Hobart Corporation

Rapids can set you up with either a full-size or half-size Hobart combi oven, with 6, 10, or 20 levels. In addition to setting the temperature on these ovens, you can also customize the level of moisture in all 5 models by adjusting the humidity at percentage points between 0% and 100%. On top of that, you can change the airflow in the cabinet by setting the speed of the combi oven’s fan. This comes in handy for delicate recipes, like meringue pies and pastries. Technology like this gives you greater control over a wide variety of recipes.

These models even let you program up to 100 recipes at time. And, as Green explained, Hobart’s combi oven design is the only one with a bar code scanner that works in conjunction with recipe-programming. After setting the recipe for a particular product, you just scan its barcode, and the oven will remember how to prepare the product. Hobart combi ovens are self-cleaning, as well, which will definitely save time in your kitchen!

Almost all food service establishments stand to benefit from using a combi oven. Green said catering businesses, educational institutions, and upscale restaurants might feel the need most. Any venue that calls for hassle-free, consistent bulk-cooking will likely see a big difference after installing a commercial combi oven.

Green said although adding a Hobart steam/convection oven won’t eliminate your need for other cooking equipment, Rapids can provide you with a quote to help meet your needs efficiently. Green and others on the Rapids contract team can assist you in determining which equipment to have on hand with your commercial combi oven, and which items you can skip. Contractors can also go over the possible energy-savings benefits of choosing a combi oven. To modernize your kitchen, get in touch with a Rapids contractor or sales rep, give us a call at 1-800-472-7431!

Written by Holly Hines

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Rapids Wholesale Helps Customers Understand Energy Efficiency and Savings

Energy Effecient and "Green" Commercial Kitchen Design

Rapids Wholesale Contractors are working daily to find energy-efficient, cost-effective design solutions to share with business owners. Contractors and Rapids sales reps accomplish this in part by working with manufacturers who also use “green” solutions, like Vollrath. Recently, Vollrath’s director of consultant sales, Suzanne Painter-Supplee, visited the Marion branch of Rapids Wholesale to discuss energy-savings strategies with Rapids associates.

The contract team at Rapids uses energy-savings strategies to help customers become certified in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Program, otherwise known as LEED, a U.S. Green Building Council initiative. Businesses with LEED certified designs can save on expenses, build environmental awareness, and qualify for tax credits.

“We look at the customers’ needs and help educate them along the way,” Hodnefield said.
Christie Hodnefield, a certified contract interior designer at Rapids, is familiar with LEED and energy-efficient equipment. According to Hodnefield, it’s crucial to pit low up-front cost against potential energy-savings, especially when it comes to large items like refrigerators and ovens. Choices that seem inexpensive may end up costing extra money on energy bills in the long run, said Hodnefield. Rapids contractors are available to help customers find the most cost-effective choice when it comes to decisions like this.

Right now, Rapids contractors are helping an Army National Guard Readiness Center receive a “silver” LEED certification level, the second rung on four-rung energy-savings ladder. So far, contractors have helped the center find an efficient convection oven, cost-saving exhaust hoods, dishwashers that reduce water use, and other equipment with similar energy-related benefits. Painter-Supplee, Vollrath’s director of consultant sales, is also knowledgeable when it comes to “green” solutions. She discussed this topic in an interview with Rapids videographer Paul Adams. During the interview, she highlighted induction cooking, disposables, and the use of aluminum composite material.

Painter-Supplee described a Vollrath beverage lid dispenser as an example. She said customers tend to pick through stacks of lids out in public, seeking one no one has touched —leading to waste. Vollrath’s design eliminates this problem by dispensing only one lid at a time, Painter-Supplee said. She also praised the use of aluminum composite material. This architectural component is a bendy combination of aluminum and polyethylene. Painter-Supplee emphasized its aesthetic advantages, explaining how easy it is to sculpt into seamless, curvy shapes. Choosing aluminum composite material may contribute to reductions in unsafe emissions, too, because it’s lightweight. This means it requires less fuel to transport and produce.

Interview with Suzanne Painter-Supplee on LEED  Initiatives in the Foodservice Industry

Both Hodnefield and Painter-Supplee view the use of induction heat as a good strategy for reducing energy waste. Induction equipment focuses heat on the surface directly below pots and pans, and nowhere else, allowing little warmth to escape. Hodnefield also said this strategy can lead to ventilation-related savings and speed up cook-times.

Rapids Wholesale contractors and sales reps encourage customers to call Rapids with questions on how well-selected equipment can lead to money savings and good environmental practice. Associates are available at 1-800-472-7431, Monday through Saturday.

Written by Holly Hines