Item of the Month

The Vita-Prep… This One is for Food!

With the ability to chop, grind, puree or blend dense ingredients at the exact speed, the Vita-Prep offers unparalleled commercial kitchen versatility. That’s right, the Vita-Prep’s 2 peak output HP motor allows you to whip up amazing guacamole, salsa, bisque’s and more with the simple flick of a button. Variable speed control also allows for flexibility and creativity while maintaining the integrity of your ingredients and a patented accelerator tool allows for easy control and processing of dense ingredients.

Vitamix also offers the Vita-Prep 3. From chopping delicate ingredients to blending tough purees this food preparation machine  is the only tool you’re kitchen will need to perfectly chop, grind and blend it all. The Vita-Prep 3 contains an advanced cooling fan for optimum reliability during peak hours of operation so that you do not burn out your motor.

The third food preparation blender is the Vitamix XL Variable Speed. Maximize your kitchen’s possibilities with this heavy-duty unit, that will reduce prep-time, improve staff efficiency and allow you to expand your menu capabilities. Its large blending capacity, allows for up to 24 8 oz. servings in a

Vitamix XL Variable Speed

Warranties are always important selling points when investing in expensive commercial equipment. The Vita-Prep and XL comes with a standard three-year limited warranty on motor and base parts and a one-year limited warranty on parts and labor of the full unit.

Vita-Prep Features & Benefits

  • 2 HP Variable speed
  • 2.0 liter high-impact container
  • Polycarbonate container with wet blade
  • 54 page recipe and technique guide.

Vita-Prep 3 Features & Benefits

  • 3 HP Variable speed
  • (2.0 liter) high-impact container
  • Polycarbonate container w/ wet blade
  • 54 page recipe and technique guide
Vitamix XL Variable Speed Features & Benefits
  • 4.2 peak output HP.
  • Extra large 1.5 gal. container with lid
  • Extra blending capacity for both hot and cold ingredients.
  • Pulse function and variable speed control allows for flexibility and creativity.

When volume, consistency and quality are essential, Vita-Prep is perfect in even the busiest of kitchens.

Why Buy Vitamix?

Our Sales Consultants are often asked by customers “Why should I purchase a pricey Vitamix Blender as opposed to a less expensive one?”

Here are just a few of the top reasons why Vitamix’s value exceeds its initial expense.

  • Name Brand Recognition…  Making high-quality blenders for over 90 years, Vitamix  is a world leader in foodservice blending products. Their machine can be found in 90% of coffee shops and 87% of smoothie shops.
  • Lowest Total Cost of Ownership…  While more expensive to purchase than other blenders, Vitamix has the lowest total cost of ownership. Their products are built to outperform and outlast any other blender on the market. With proper maintenance, couplings, blades, the motor and other parts have a longer life expectancy and are also less expensive to repair.
  • Quality of Blend… Unlike other blenders, Vitamix’s specifically designed ice blades, the container design, and motor horsepower offers a thorough blend the first time every time.
  • Not Just a Drink Blender… While known for their beverage blenders, the Vita-Prep can handle thick, tough food ingredients,

    Vita-Prep 64oz Food Blender

    producing a quality blend each time. With a variable speed for perfect purèes, savory soups and delicious frozen treats. The Vita-Prep 3 is a must in kitchens where volume and quality are key ingredients to a successful back-of-the-house.

  • Vitamix 48oz Blending Station

    Noise Management… Load blenders can be a turn off for many customers. “The Quiet One” by Vitamix is the quietest blender on the market and used at international coffee shops like Starbucks. Other Vitamix Blenders come with a noise reducing cover for improved customer experience.

  • Custom Programmability and Support… Nothing is worse for a customer than when they go back to a restaurant for their favorite drink only to have the consistency far different than the last time they had it. With a Vitamix, you’ll have consistent drinks even if you have more than one location.
  • Outstanding Warranty… Vitamix offers a 3 years parts and 1 year labor warranty on all commercial blenders, that does NOT include cycle count.

So if you are looking for a high quality commercial blender with exceptional customer support and warranty program, in our educated opinion, Vitamix is a high contender.

What’s a Vitamix Blender?

We might think that Vitamix Blenders are the coolest kitchen gadget to grace this fine Earth, but surprisingly not everyone knows what a Vitamix Blender is. So here’s a little history and information to familiarize you with Vitamix.

Vitamix 5028 BarBoss Professional Bar Blender

Vitamix Mix’n Machine

In 1937 W.G. “Papa” Barnard developed the first Vitamix Blender. Twelve years later Papa Barnard took his invention to a TV studio to create the first infomercial. The commercial ran for several years which helped make Vitamix a household name. The company’s main goal continues to be giving people a machine that does more than just blend. Today, the company makes 3 different types of blenders to appeal to the wide variety of businesses- a Beverage/Bar Blender, a Food Preparation Blender and Mix’n Frozen Treat Machine. Each machine also comes with different options and there is a commercial as well as residential line.

Although considered a high end product, Vitamix is definitely an amazing blending machine and worth the investment.

What Can I Make with a Spring Form Pan?

We all know that cheesecake gets its perfect circular shape with even edges from a Spring Form Pan, but there is a lot more that can be made with this pan.

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Deep Dish Pizza…. Have a hankering for Chicago-Style Deep Dish Pizza but are no where near the Windy City? Or maybe you want to recreate your favorite Deep Dish recipe for your customers. Either way, you can easily create that perfect deepness and shape with a Spring Form Pan. Since the pan comes in various sizes you’ll have great flexibility in how large or small your pizza is.

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American Spaghetti Pie.… Your customers will get a kick out of this Spaghetti idea! In essence this is a unique way to prepare spaghetti casserole. To make single servings, we recommend using a 6″ Spring Form Pan.

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Gardening… Yes, you can even use a Springform Pan for gardening. Fill the pan with soil and plant a few bulbs in there and watch them grow. Start with placing a plastic liner on  the bottom of the pan to avoid leaks when watering. This is a great idea for tulips and hyacinth flowers.

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Product Palooza! Introducing Bake Ware!

Out with Keg Coolers and in with Bake Ware! We had a great time talking to you about Keg Coolers in May, but now we are moving on to an essential commercial kitchen product that you’ll find in just about every restaurant.

During the month of June, we’ll be talking all about Baking Sheets, Cake Pans, and Muffin Pans. While extremely versatile, there are different types of Bake Ware. You’ll get great baking tips, buying information, maintenance advice and of course a couple of tasty recipes by our very own Chef Jeff Hussar. If there is anything you would like to learn about this month, leave us a comment below and we’ll be sure to include it for Product Palooza.

Product Palooza would not be complete without an exciting giveaway! So head over to our website and leave us a Product Review on Bake Ware for your chance to win an awesome Baking Starter Set, which includes:

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  • Red Apron
  • Stainless Steel Measuring Cup and Measuring Spoon Set
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Immersion Blender Face-Off: Waring vs. Robot Coupe

When shopping for a commercial Immersion Blender, Waring and Robot Coupe offer a superb product at a great value. To make it easier for you to decide, we’ve broken down what each vendor has to offer.

Let’s take a look at Waring first. Waring Commercial Products sell a variety of commercial equipment and supplies from Convection Ovens to Deep Fryers, Juicers, Toasters, and of course Immersion Blenders just to name a few. I bet

Waring 21″ 750 Watt Immersion Blender

you didn’t know that they were also the first company to develop a miniature blender for consumer use in the 1930s! By 1954, Waring had sold over 1,000,000 blenders! Yes with their long history in the commercial equipment industry you can rest assured that you are purchasing a well constructed product.

According to Waring’s Website:

From the versatile Quik Stik® to the heavy-duty 1 HP Big Stix®, these handheld blenders easily power through any task that requires ingredients to be blended, mixed, whisked, puréed or whipped. Shaft sizes range from 7″ to 21″, and capacities range from 3 to 50 gallons. With all-purpose stainless steel blades that reach deep, and comfortable grips, users can count on ultimate control and consistently smooth results.

Waring Big Stix Immersion Blender Bowl Clamp

Waring Immersion Blenders are relatively affordable when compared to other vendors. For example, a basic 7″  100 Watt Immersion Blender is only $49.99. A higher capacity 21″ 750 Watt Immersion Blender is $481.50.  All Waring Blenders also come with a 1 Year Limited Warranty.
Waring also offers a several accessories and attachments that make the Immersion Blender even more versatile in a restaurants kitchen.
Another excellent choice when purchasing an Immersion Blender is Robot Coupe. Robot Coupe has been the foodservice industry leader in the development and refinement of commercial food processors and vegetable preparation units for over 30 years. Recently Robot Coupe was named “Best in Class” in the food processor category by an independent panel of industry equipment dealers, broadliners, and consultants.
According to their Website, Robot Coupe Immersion Blenders offer
[a] variable speed function will enable you to adjust the speed to suit each preparation and to start the processing at a lower speed in order to reduce splashing.

Robot Coupe MP 350 TURBO 14″ Immersion Blender | 660 Watt

Exclusive to Robot Coupe, their Immersion Blenders have all stainless steel removable blade, bell, and shaft which makes for easy cleaning, as well as an automatic speed regulating system. A 1 Year Replacement Parts Warranty comes standard.

Keep in mind of course, high quality manufacturing requires a higher price tag. The Robot Coupe MP550 21″ 840 Watt Immersion Blender costs $929.90. The lightweight 8″ 220 Watt Immersion Blender retails for $279.65. Like Waring, a variety of accessories are also available.

If you have any questions about wither vendor we encourage you to contact one of our knowledgeable  Sales Consultants at 1-800-828-8564

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