Posts in August 2013
The interior design of a restaurant is often crucial to the venue’s success. From the dining location, to the restrooms, to the kitchen layout, each detail should be meticulously planned out. Though there are experts that specialize in helping a business come up with restaurant design ideas, some business owners will want to create the look of the venue themselves. Many free interior design software programs are available online. With some thorough internet research and going through tutorials, using the software programs is a great solution for drafting the interior design.
Sketchup offers a free version, Sketchup Make, that allows basic three dimensional drawing functions to be used in design. Sketchup Pro, the upgraded version that can be purchased on the site, offers a wider variety of functions and is an easier platform for adding specific details. Additionally, businesses planning to use Sketchup for commercial use are required to purchase Sketchup Pro. Though like all restaurant design software, Sketchup will require hours of work, it has a rather comfortable user interface, allowing a relatively uncomplicated restaurant design process.
Autodesk Homestyler is very comparable to Sketchup. It is also relatively easy to use and creates good quality models for buildings and interiors. Sketchup offers a wider range of features than Autodesk Homestyler, which can be helpful or confusing, depending on the person and the purpose for which they are using the software. As restaurant design software, both Sketchup and Autodesk Homestyler are good options. They both allow the user to shape the venue, select the colors and style of the interior, and even include furniture placement in the model. Having a scaled sketch of what the venue will look like will make the equipment purchasing process easier. For example, exact dimensions for commercial refrigerator and freezer space will be easily calculable.
Which Restaurant Design Software is Best?
These restaurant design programs are a great option for business owners who are confident with their design tastes and abilities. For complicated projects of complex and unusual design, restaurant designers can be very helpful for realizing the restaurant design ideas. Other free interior design software programs exist, but Autodesk Homestyler and Sketchup are the most widely used due to the convenience and ease-of-use of their features. Purchasable programs that can be used for restaurant design, among other types of drafting, also exist. Autodesk AutoCAD is the most reputable of this category. For professional restaurant designers and designers of any product or building, AutoCAD is a great tool because it allows the highest level of detail and precision to be defined in the draft. For the typical business owner, however, the time and effort that would be required to learn to use the program make it more worthwhile to resort to the perfectly acceptable free options available.
Let’s look at the startup cost of a commercial kitchen. Of course, the prices will vary depending on the size of the venue, the menu of the restaurant, and the equipment selected. Menus that include dishes prepared with specialized equipment will require more expensive restaurant start-up costs for the commercial kitchen. New equipment will be more expensive than used equipment, but comes with the added benefit of a warranty. Having a warranty can save thousands of dollars down the road, but good quality equipment, even used, should be durable enough to endure frequent use. Unless a business owner has had experience putting together commercial kitchens in the past, it is highly recommended to work with a restaurant consultant to ensure that all bases are covered, that the business will be able to run smoothly with the way the kitchen is designed, and that all law regulations are met.
Commercial Kitchen Equipment to Consider
The list of commercial kitchen equipment required for a food business will vary from venue to venue. Business owners should do research, or hire professionals, to decide which brands of equipment to purchase and whether to purchase the
Food has the power to bring back nostalgic childhood moments and recall seasons and time periods. Putting a spin on kids’ favorite foods is sure to draw attention and interest customers. This culinary trend is spreading, and more and more venues are looking for creative ways to give diners an experience that will recall childhood times, while providing a gourmet culinary experience. Whether through incorporating cereal, peanut butter and jelly, or mac and cheese into the menu, kids menu items replayed for adult tastes, can be a huge success.
Ideas for Maturing Kids Meals
The best way to create ideas of gourmet foods based on childhood favorites is to select a food kids eat, and begin brainstorming variations and twists that can be applied to the dish. The most obvious way to automatically increase the target age group for any dish is to add alcohol or heat. Bourbon mac and cheese, or spicy deep fried chicken are similar to kids meals staples, but would probably not appeal to kids, while sounding delicious to adults.
Dessert is probably the easiest course to play around with. Even a dish as simple as chocolate chip cookies served with chocolate-liquer milk, can be presented as a high quality dish, especially if a scoop of homemade vanilla (or another flavor) ice cream is added.
Almost every culture has at least one ethnic food to make them proud. Food nationalism often defines a culinary culture, highlighting ethnic foods that are unique to that region. Recent culinary trends and the globalization of food culture have caused many foreign food items to become popular abroad. However, some regions have a culinary culture that includes strange delicacies that are unlikely to be adopted around the world. Here’s a taste of some different ethnic foods:
This traditional Philippine dish is prepared by burying a fertilized duck or chicken egg for about a week. At that time, the chick has begun to form, but the bones and feathers are only partially developed. The egg is soft-boiled, and the egg and chick are served in the shell and eaten with a spoon.
This Japanese delicacy made of puffer fish does not sound like one of the strange delicacies of the world, right off the bat. However, the organs contain tetrodotoxin, a poison 1,200 times more lethal than cyanide. If the fish is not cut right, by an extremely skilled chef, eating this ethnic food can be fatal. Despite the risk, Fugu is very much a part of the food culture in Japan, though some parts, such as the liver, are illegal to sell. Recently, fish farmers have become raising genetically modified
You would be hard-pressed to find someone who does not appreciate Italian food. Italian food has something to offer everyone: salads such as capreze and panzanella for health conscious eaters, polenta for gluten free diners, rich, creamy pasta sauces and specialty meats for those looking to indulge, and desserts items such as Nutella and tiramisu for those with a sweet tooth. A recent Zagat survey about Italian food showed that about 44% of Americans say they eat Italian food 1-2 times a week. 22% said they choose Italian 3-4 times a week. For most US-born children, Italian food is probably the first exposure they have to ethnic foods of any kind. The simplicity of the ingredients and spices make it enjoyable by even some of the pickiest eaters. Recently, twists on Italian food are becoming popular as well. Turning classics such as pizza and ravioli into desserts, by using only sweet ingredients, and fusion cooking such as “taco pizza” are just a few ways Italian food is being altered to fit the interest in culinary experimentation. Pasta is one of the top 3 favorite foods in the world, according to an Oxfam survey. However, Italian food is appetizing due to its potential health properties as well. Rich in olive oil and vegetables, Italian food
We are living in an age of culinary tourism, an uprise of culinary culture in which foodies are willing to drive hours out of the way to sample different ethnic foods. Culinary tourism has become an entire field, promising travelers a trip centered on rich and delicious highlights of cultural food in a region. With the rising public interest in culinary trends and culinary culture, countries and restaurateurs are being given more and more reason to be proud of their culinary culture. Local restaurant menus in the US exhibit the diversity that is requested of the restaurant industry. Restaurants specializing in ethnic food are set apart from the typical dining locations, offering added appeal to potential customers. As the world shrinks with globalization, culinary culture from far and wide is gaining momentum and affection in the US. International breakfast, foreign alcohols, and unusual flavors are becoming continuously more appreciated by the public.
The best ethnic food is usually prepared by those who know it well. A potential restaurant owner from another country has the opportunity to express his/her past through food. Businesses showcasing local food offer tourists a dining experience they will probably not find in their home country. Food in Mexico, for example, is a must-sample, if only to see
There is a lot to offer in terms of the best restaurants in the US. In fact, many of the top US restaurants have captured slots in lists of the best restaurants around the world. The list of famous restaurants in the US with notable food is exhaustive, so to construct this list, we looked at representative top US restaurants in different areas of the country. Thomas Keller, Grant Achatz, and Daniel Humm are just a few chefs of gourmet restaurants that have earned James Beard awards, Michelin stars, and international recognition. Their restaurants are definitely worth being noticed by every culinary enthusiast, whether a professional cook, home chef, or avid diner.
The French Laundry ( Yountville, California)
Almost every foodie has heard of The French Laundry, chef Thomas Keller’s restaurant presenting French culinary techniques with modern American twists. The restaurant has become a regular member of lists of top US restaurants and restaurants around the world. The French Laundry has also earned Thomas Keller multiple awards including various James Beard foundation awards. If skeptics are suspicious about the validity of the three Michelin stars rating and comments of culinary critics around the world, who claim that The French Laundry is a top contender or the best restaurant in the world, social media has demolished all doubt. The French Laundry has consistently been rated with four or five stars, out of five, on multiple social media and travel advice platforms such as trip advisor, yelp, Google, and UrbanSpoon. Though there are many other extremely notable California chefs and restaurants, The French Laundry has come
What’s the Deal With Airplane Food?
Airplane food is notoriously bland, unhealthy, soggy, and freezer-burnt. One would assume that with all the interesting flight destinations, the airlines would be able to coordinate more interesting dishes. Though airlines often try to incorporate specialties from their home countries, strict regulations limit their options for creativity. The sheer amounts of food being produced and packaged, by airline catering companies, demands the highest level of supervision and sanitation. Aside from a few exceptions, all the food must be cooked to a high temperature and then brought down to freezing before it is even shipped to the airline company. Since the same few dishes are being offered to tens of thousands of customers each week, they must be prepared with simple seasoning to satisfy the most people possible. Despite these challenges, more and more airline companies and airline catering companies are trying to change airplane food’s bad reputation. Whether they do this by developing the menu with a consultant or hiring accomplished chefs, flyers can anticipate an increase in the quality and taste of airplane food.
Eliminating Bad Airplane Food
Recent rises in culinary interest and health concerns, as well as the tough financial times, are great motivation for airline companies to offer the best airplane food possible. Reducing the
Stock the Bar with Unique Drinks
Well into the season of borderline unbearable summer heat, cold, refreshing drinks such as homemade lemonade and carbonated drinks sound as tempting as ever. Offering homemade options on the drink menu can set a business apart, drawing in customers prioritizing their dining choice by beverage options. Commercial carbonated drinks and lemonade tend to be tooth-achingly sweet. Homemade lemonade and carbonated drinks allows bartenders to control the sweetness, create new flavors, and draw customers into ordering restaurant items with one of the highest profit margins. Restaurant soda sales tend to be high, but some customers will be more likely to order drinks, such as homemade lemonade and carbonated drinks, if they are unique to the venue. The typically lower sugar content of homemade beverages make them even more appealing on a hot day when thirst is a main concern and sugar exacerbates the feeling even more.
Learning How to Make Carbonated Drinks and Homemade Lemonade
Thanks to the plethora of information available on the internet, on pretty much any subject learning how to make carbonated drinks is easy. However, special tools are needed to add pressure to liquids to turn them into carbonated drinks. If a business is not ready to invest in the special tools needed to carbonate beverages, standard soda water can be mixed with juice of fruit purees for delicious and unique carbonated drinks. Adding passion