Burkett Joining Midwest’s Best at 2018 Mid-America Restaurant Expo

ExhibitingThe Ohio Restaurant Association’s Mid-America Restaurant Expo aims to innovate, inform, inspire.

We are very excited for this year’s expo, and not just because that theme is also central to Burkett and our 40 years among the leading distributors of restaurant equipment and supplies.

We are excited to hear the keynote speaker, Cleveland’s own Iron Chef Michael Symon.

We are excited to see old friends and make new ones as they visit our booth, No. 721, inside the Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43215.

We are excited to watch the classic Pizza Pizzazz Competition and the all new Expo Burger Battle.

We are excited to be among the 4,000 in attendance discussing the latest trends and topics and the foodservice industry.

We are especially excited to talk to independent restaurant operators and regional chains, whether start-ups or longtime staples, hear their stories, and see what solutions we can offer moving forward.

From the local mom and pop shops, to food trucks, to major franchises, we’ve always thought of every customer as a partner in business. It was our philosophy from the day we first opened our doors and it still holds true today. We take pride in the products we sell, the service we provide, and contributing to the success of every type of business we serve.

2017 was a year of great strides and improvements for Burkett and we are ready to hit the ground running in 2018. That all starts on Jan. 28-29 in Columbus, Ohio. Expos are a time where both businesses and customers can break away from the day to day operations and really focus on themselves, their wants and needs, and get focused on meeting and exceeding goals and ambitions.

It’s that time of year again, and we couldn’t be more excited for this year’s Mid-America Restaurant Expo! Check out the full schedule of events here and check out video highlights from the 2017 Expo below.

Burkett 2017 Holiday Gift Guide for the Pro Chef in Your Life

Whether they’ve been naughty or nice this year, every pro chef in your life wants something just a cut above your everyday kitchen appliances and utensils for the holidays.

Not everyone wants to open a restaurant or can run a commercial kitchen but we all know someone always trying to channel their inner pro chef. At Burkett, we cater to the prosumer as well as we do the restaurateur. Find the perfect gift for your home chef with our 2017 holiday gift guide.

Vitamix Vita-Prep 3This list is just a few of our favorite items but by no means is it complete. Share some of your favorites in the comments and check out our full lineup of commercial grade restaurant equipment at www.Burkett.com.

Vitamix: Vita-Prep 3 Food Blender

Vitamix manufactures world-class blenders and the Vita-Prep 3 is no exception. With a 3-horsepower variable speed motor, this unit will make prep time fly with its excellent grinding, chopping and pureeing capabilities.

Waring: Panini Supremo

This workhorse features a whole 11″ grooved cooking surface, allowing ample room for multiple items. It also has a brushed stainless steel body construction and removable drip tray. The hinged, auto-balancing top plate can suit foods and sandwiches up to 3″ thick.

Cambro: Clear Food Storage Container

This Food Storage Container is perfect to prep for dishes or save leftovers. It is clear and is stain & odor resistant, and polycarbonate constructed. This model holds up to 4 quarts but we have lots of different capacity containers available.

Victorinox KnivesVictorinox: 11 Piece Knife Set

Help them step up their cutlery game with this 11 piece set that includes paring, boning, chefs, bread, and slicer knives as well as the sharpener and the elegant wooden block for a beautiful display on any kitchen counter.

So, go ahead, spoil the pro chef in your life and watch it become the gift that keeps on giving every time they create a wonderful dish and invite you to the table for the delicious concoctions.

Biggest Pizza Day of the Year Caps Off National Pizza Month

What was once a day owned by the Super Bowl has been dethroned.

Americans now order more pizza on Halloween than any other day of the year. It’s the perfect quick meal before trick or treating and makes for an easy late dinner if you’re waiting until all the ghouls and goblins have come and gone.

It’s only fitting that Halloween, Oct. 31, the last day of National Pizza Month, becomes the Biggest Pizza Day of the Year.

Pizza Places Prefer Burkett

At Burkett, we know pizza. Pizzerias are the most popular type of business we deal with. From new and used mixers to new and used conveyor ovens to pizza supplies, call our sales team, which delivers the best service anywhere, at 800.828.8564. Our knowledgeable staff can help answer any questions and help you figure out the best value for your establishment’s needs.

Customers expect consistently delicious, piping hot pizza every time and Burkett has all the equipment and supplies to make serving up savory slices a cinch. From delivery bags to trays and screens, from ovens to mixers, we carry everything you need to ensure that pizza is cooked to piping hot perfection and feeding hungry customers.

So whether it’s on the biggest pizza day (Halloween), the 2nd biggest (Super Bowl Sunday), or the smallest (Thanksgiving Day), let Burkett help keep you prepared to serve patrons your most perfect pizza pie!

Marco’s Pizza CEO Butorac earns ‘Golden’ distinction from NRN

Marco’s Pizza was recently named Top 5 Fastest Growing Chains by Nation’s Restaurant News. So it’s no surprise that the organization named the chain’s CEO, Jack Butorac, as a 2017 of recipient of NRN’s Golden Chain Award, celebrating the best in the restaurant business.

“For more than a decade, Jack Butorac has led Toldeo, Ohio-based Marco’s Pizza to some of the strongest growth in the restaurant industry,” NRN said. “The chain has been featured on NRN’s Top 100 growth list in 2017 and 2016. In the Latest Year, the 770-unit chain grew sales by 17.1 percent. Butorac brought franchising rights to the chain in 2004, growing the franchises through the recession by running a loan-guarantee program called Marco’s Assurance.”

Golden Chain Awards recognize restaurant executives for outstanding leadership, strong company performance, career achievements, and contributions to the industry and communities served. We couldn’t agree more with what Butorac and the Marco’s team have achieved! Congratulations!

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The Process: How Used Restaurant Equipment Becomes Burkett Certified Product

Forty years ago, it was used restaurant equipment that allowed us to get into this business and open our doors.

Today, you’ll find used restaurant equipment being sold anywhere and everywhere. Online, off market, in stores, in garages, the options are endless. Some are good, some are bad, some are in between. Most are basically a quick wipe down and sold as is.

Here at Burkett, it’s a little different. In 40 years of experience, we have evolved the process of how we treat and recondition used restaurant equipment.

We take used restaurant equipment very seriously and have an entire service team dedicated to that process. That team takes great pride in the rigorous work done to give new life to used restaurant equipment to make it Burkett Certified Product. We care about what we do because not only is it a reflection the individual technicians, it’s a refection of Burkett as a whole and its commitment to quality.

Burkett Certified Product is a unique 10-step reconditioning and testing process that restores previously used items by repairing or replacing any defective components, upgrading cosmetics, and giving you a quality, ready-to-go reconditioned item hassle free. Check out the video below and check out our full selection of Burkett Certified Product here. Our selection is always changing so be sure to check back often. Our commitment to quality, however, never changes.

Diners finding more unconventional items to pilfer at pubs, restaurants

The fact that things get stolen from restaurants by patrons should come as a surprise to absolutely no one. The alarming trend is the fact that just about anything is up for grabs in restaurants these days and not just the stuff that fits in an oversized coat or handbag either.

A recent report by Bloomberg found that everything from fancy plates to paintings to fruit trees — even a giant ceramic pig — was being taken without hesitation and somehow unnoticed. The cost of these items can get into the thousands. One Japanese restaurant in New York, which serves its fare on $500 plates, has had 65 of those plates stolen. Simple math tells us that that’s about $32,500 worth of tableware that is, poof, gone.

Have you had an experience with patrons who had sticky fingers? What does your establishment do to stay vigilant for these kinds of situations? Share your story in the comments below.

Balance Pan-Asian Grille, Marco’s named Top 100 Movers & Shakers

Balance Pan-Asian Grille founders honoredThis past weekend in Chicago, Fast Casual honored the brands and executives leading the restaurant industry in growth and innovation during its Top 100 Movers & Shakers gala.

California-based Blaze Pizza took home the top honors during the gala.

Also honored among those Top 76 brands was Balance Pan-Asian Grille, which came in at No. 33, and Marco’s Pizza, which rounded out the top honorees at No. 76. Balance co-founders Prakash Karamchandani and HoChan Jang, seen in the picture at left, were also honored among the Top 24 Executives award winners.

Burkett is proud to be the equipment provider of choice for both Balance and Marco’s and even more proud to see our fellow Toledo-based businesses shining on the national stage.

Congratulations to all the winners, read more about all of them here.

New site, new experience: The best just got better at Burkett

So, you’re probably wondering where we’ve been lately.

We haven’t gone anywhere, we’ve just been, stop us if you’ve heard this before, we’ve been a little busy. At last, we have proof that we really were busy and we’re excited to show off our hard work.

The all new www.Burkett.comWe are proud to unveil an enhanced user experience on Burkett.com. Our new site now offers better visuals, better function and a seamless user experience from click to checkout.

Our customers are too busy running their own businesses and kitchens and this revamped site was designed with that in mind. Simpler interface. Improved photography and videos. A Burkett.com experience like never before.

Burkett. Exceptional service. Every customer. Every time.

Are commercial knives better than conventional?

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You love to cook and there is nothing quite as satisfying as the look of delight on your loved ones’ faces when they take that first bite of a new recipe. However, today’s bustling society makes it more and more difficult to find the time to cook in the home. Your knives may well be adding to the problem and it may be time to replace them with a better option. Read more.

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