Burkett Announces New Saturday Hours for Showroom Store

You, our customers, have spoken and we have listened.

That’s why, beginning this Saturday, May 5, we are opening our store earlier. The new Saturday hours for our Perrysburg, OH showroom and inside sales team will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Opening an hour earlier allows our customers greater flexibility to shop earlier so they can get what they need for the day and be back in their restaurants before the busy lunch rush.

As a thank you to our customers, and in celebration of these new hours of operation, the first 10 customers will receive a gift card to a major retailer or restaurant, with a qualified purchase.

Monday through Friday store hours remain the same, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the showroom, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the phone and in live chat.

We look forward to seeing you inside our showroom store, online at www.burkett.com or by phone at 419-242-7377. New hours, same Burkett. Exceptional service. Every customer. Every time.

5 Reasons Why Ice-O-Matic’s Elevation Series Takes Ice Machines to the Next Level

Refreshingly simple innovation was needed in the ice machine category, enter the Elevation Series from Ice-O-Matic. The CIM models replace previous models that began with ICE. Ice-O-Matic believes in this evolution of the ice machine with Elevation, and here’s 5 reasons why:

Ice Machines Designed To Simplify Life

The new and groundbreaking Elevation Series from Ice-O-Matic is designed to simplify life. The cube ice machines are easy to clean, easy to service, simple to operate, and environmentally responsible without sacrificing productivity. The Elevation Series provides clean, dependable ice from an astonishingly user-friendly and energy-efficient machine.

Environment Stewardship, One Cube At A Time

The Elevation Series is an enhancement and re-commitment from Ice-O-Matic to be responsible environmental partners. Like you and your customers, everyone at Ice-O-Matic takes environmental stewardship seriously. In their Colorado factory, they recycle everything from oil to scrap metal to light bulbs. In the field, they have partnered with the American Forests and Global ReLeaf Initiative, which allows IOM to offset our carbon footprint by 40%. In Elevation Series ice machines, BPA-free plastics are used, parts are recyclable, and digital controls rigorously monitor energy use. The entire Elevation Series meets or exceeds 2018 Department of Energy regulations.

Dual Exhaust. Limitless Installations

Exclusive, groundbreaking technology offers a completely unique solution to the problem of hot-air discharge clearance: Dual Exhaust. Standard on every Elevation Series unit, it’s built to accommodate both top-air discharge and side-air discharge. Regardless of airflow requirements, the Elevation Series adapts to your needs and make sure you get the most from your space. Since every Elevation machine is designed to provide both side- and top-air discharge, there is no need to stock additional inventory.

Save Time, Money, and Calls to Your Technician

We all know what a headache servicing your ice machine can be. Whether it’s long wait times, expensive onsite calls from technicians, or difficulty finding experts in rural areas, a broken ice machine breaks the bank. That’s why Ice-O-Matic designed the new Elevation Series ice machines to be the easiest to service yet. The plug-and-play design requires minimal installation; plus, it makes servicing a breeze. In fact, the Elevation Series is so intuitive, the operator can often keep the machine operational without calling a service technician. Universal Smart Harness™ control board makes servicing machines elementary.

Ice is Food Too, That’s Why Sanitation Really Matters

Ice is food. Not only does the cleanliness of your machine impact the taste and smell of ice, but it also has serious consequences for the health and safety of your customers. An improperly maintained ice machine carries the risk of foodbourne illnesses. IOM recognizes how crucial it is to keep your machine sanitary, and your business safe, so it designed the Elevation Series to be easier to clean and stay cleaner longer. The seamless food zone is sealed from all mechanical hardware, meaning nothing contaminates the area where ice is produced. When it’s time to clean and sanitize your machine, the Food Zone is smooth and crevice-free for thorough, long-lasting sanitation. Plastic Food Zone eliminates hard-to-clean nooks and crannies, allowing for effortless operator wipe-down and easy, long-lasting sanitation. Smart LED light indicates when cleaning is required, and the unit features one-touch cleaning with sanitizing and de-liming. Features BPA-free snap-in/snap-out dishwasher-safe components.

Check out our full line of Ice-O-Matic products and take your ice machines to the next level with the Elevation Series from Ice-O-Matic at Burkett!

Burkett is now a proud sponsor of the U.S. Pizza Team

Burkett knows pizza like dough knows marinara, like cheese knows pepperoni, like, well, you get the idea, Burkett knows pizza really well.
We also know a winning team when we see one.
That’s why we are excited to announce that we are now sponsors of the U.S. Pizza Team.
You might ask yourself, wait, the United States has a pizza team?
The short answer is yes!
The long answer is that the U.S. Pizza Team was founded in 2000 with the goal of bringing competition and excitement to the pizza industry. Since its formation, the U.S. Pizza Team has participated in international events all over the globe, highlighted by the World Pizza Championship in Parma, Italy. Ranging from culinary masters to dough tossing phenoms, the Pizza Team renews the passion of those in the industry year after year.
“USPT brings together America’s best pizza professionals, who are awesome ambassadors of our great country and this great industry,” said Jameel Burkett, the company’s president. “We’re proud to partner with the U.S. Pizza Team and look forward to years of continued success.”
The team is captained by Michael LaMarca, owner of Master Pizza.
Members of the U.S. Pizza Team, as well as Burkett and thousands of others in the pizza industry will be part of the International Pizza Expo, March 19-22 in Las Vegas.
Check out the video below to see members of the USPT in action at the Mid-America Restaurant Expo earlier this year.

International Pizza Expo is the Largest Gathering of Pizza Professionals

The International Pizza Expo dubs itself The Largest Pizza Show in the World.

It’s the place to be for pizza professionals.

For good reason.

Now in its 34th year, the trade show features more than 7,000 attendees and 500 exhibitors.

On March 19-22, they’ll all descend on the Las Vegas Convention Center in Nevada. We are excited to announce that, for the first time, Burkett Restaurant Equipment & Supplies will be among the exhibitors.

At Burkett, we know pizza. From independent restaurants to regional and national chains, pizza is the No. 1 business type we serve. If you’re at the Expo, stop by Booth #2104 and we’ll tell you why. Or ask places like Marco’s Pizza, Pizza Fire, and Master Pizza, owned by U.S. Pizza Team Captain Michael LaMarca, and they too can tell you why they’ve chosen to make Burkett their one-stop shop for all their pizza equipment and supply needs.

With an estimated $43 billion in annual sales, it’s easy to see why the pizza restaurant industry is popular right now. With the help of our veteran team of business development experts, we can help you with everything from concept to build to completion and beyond.

We are looking forward to 90 keynote addresses to choose from, the seminars, and watching the International Pizza Challenge — with Pizza Maker of the Year finals — and the World Pizza Games.

This is our first time at the expo but from what we are told carbs and calories will not be counted.

We also look forward to reconnecting with old customers and meeting new ones. Schedule an appointment with us at the Expo via this link or call Burkett Business Development Manager Travis Lusky at 419-720-8194.

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.

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