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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.

Vitamix Mix’n Machine… It’s Not Just for Blending!

Everyone knows that nothing beats a Vitamix when creating smoothies, salsas, and spreads, but did you know that Vitamix also carries an Ice Cream Agitator machine called the Mix’n Machine. Great for mixing candy bits with ice cream, creamy milkshakes, and more, this product  will perform perfectly every time!

Vitamix Mix’n Machine

The Mix’n Machine easily mixes candy, cookies, or fruit with ice cream or frozen yogurt for exciting, creative, and highly profitable mixed-in treats and shakes. Depending on your business needs, the Mix’n Machine can be placed on a counter or mounted to a wall.  The smart product design includes:

  • Brushless induction motor for durable and consistent speed regardless of blend thickness
  • Protective, removable splash guard for easy cleaning
  • Variety of efficient agitator options allows you to mix both hard and soft ice cream and yogurt

Vitamix also offers the Mix’n Machine Advance- the industry’s leading frozen treat mixer. It can incorporate candy, cookies, and other hard-to-mix ingredients into hard or soft serve ice cream or yogurt to easily expand your menu options. The Advance is the perfect option for high volume establishments. The smart product design on the Mix’n Machine includes:

  • 6 optimized programs that allows you to customize your dessert options while still delivering consistency from location to location
  • Easy to use pulse control to quickly refresh desserts
  • Automatic shut-off and end-of-cycle indicator light to improve ease-of-use and eliminate wasted ingredients
  • Cup activated lever with a smart delay for simple one-handed operation
  • Variety of agitator options

Vitamix engineers their products for outstanding durability and convenience, making it a favorite in the frozen treat market. Each machine includes a Mix’n Machine with 10 removable/reusable agitators. Like other Vitamix products, this machine comes with a standard 3-Year Limited Warranty on parts and labor on the full unit.

I Have a Problem with my Vitamix!

Proper care and maintenance of your Vitamix will ensure that it continues to perform for hundreds of drinks. However, if there is a problem with your Vitamix, here is what you’ll need to do to get your questions answered or your product repaired:

For equipment performance questions:

  • Contact Vitamix’s Technical Service Department at 1-800-886-5235, Monday-Friday from 8:00am-7:00pm. If you call after hours, your call will be handled by a properly trained Third Party Call Center.
  • To expedite the process have your serial number ready.

Returns:

  • All cartons returned must be marked with the return authorization number. If you want to return the item, it must be in the original carton and unopened. No returns will be accepted after 6 months of ship date.
  • Custom ordered merchandise (when the product is built to a buyer’s specifications) may not be returned.
  • Returned goods must be shipped to Vitamix prepaid and will be credited at invoice less 20% restocking charge.

Order Status Inquiries:

  • Please contact Vitamix directly at 1-800-4DRINK4. Have your purchase order ready

We hope this helps you if you ever have a problem with your Vitamix product. Of course we are more than happy to assist you here at Burkett as well with any other inquiries or to assist you with contacting Vitamix.

 

Vitamix Recipe: Gazpacho

No one needs to remind you or your customers how HOT summertime can be- especially this year. You definitely are not going to see hot soups like Cream of Asparagus and Minestrone being ordered like hotcakes this time of year. Instead, give your customers a more refreshing soup, like Gazpacho.

In honor of July’s Product Palooza, it’s only right to give you a recipe for Gazpacho that requires the use of a Vitamix Blender (although you can use any blender to make this of course).

Gazpacho (Makes 15 Cups)

Ingredients

  • 9 C Fresh Tomato Juice
  • 1 C Red Wine Vinegar
  • 3/4 C Olive Oil
  • 6 Large Ripe Tomatoes, quartered
  • 3 Cucumbers, peeled and quartered
  • 3 Small Onions, peeled and quartered
  • 3 Sweet Green Bell Peppers, seeded and quartered
  • A few dashes of Hot Sauce
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Garnishes: Sour Cream, Chopped Bell Peppers, Cucumber Spears

Vitamix Vita-Prep 3 Food Blender

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a Vitamix Vita-Prep 3 Food Blender Container in the order listed and secure lid.
  2. Select Variable 1. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 5.
  3. Blend for 30-45 seconds.
  4. Stop machine and season soup.
  5. Serve in a chilled Rolled Edge Cup and garnish with a cucumber spear, chopped bell peppers and dollop of  sour cream.

 

What Kind of Blender Does Starbucks Use?

Very often, we are asked by customers, “What kind of Blender does Starbucks Use? That’s the blender we want!”

For years, Starbucks used a Blendtec Blender, but recently the company switched over to Vitamix, which created a blender specifically for Starbucks’ needs. Today, Starbucks uses  the 48oz Vitamix Blending Station Advance, better known as “The Quiet One.”

The quietest machine on the market, it is the ultimate blender with unparalleled sound reduction, as well as exceptional beverage blending. These features were also able to improve the speed of service, meaning users rarely have to reblend a drink.

The Quiet One’s smart product design means that because of its advanced vibration dampening technology, this blender it is up to 4 times quieter than the competition (18 decibels quieter) which creates a more enjoyable atmosphere for customers. The magnetically designed floating sound enclosure is dramatically easier to clean and disassemble since there are no screws involved.

Like most Vitamix Blender’s, The Quiet One has a variable speed control and automatic shut-off, providing the user flexibility in creating endless recipes. Designed specifically with coffeehouses and high-end bars in mind,  it features:

  • 6 programmable buttons
  • 34 optimized programs
  • Powerful 3-horsepower output motor
  • Air management design allows for reduced noise, improved reliability, and reduced down time.

The blending container is also uniquely designed for faster, smoother pouring and a long lasting blade life. What does this mean to you? Time and cost savings, along with improved customer experience. The container’s double-sealed bearing also provides improved wash-ability, extending life of the blade assembly. Also, a superior keypad sealing and one piece circuit board provide improved reliability.

Vitamix Blender Care Tips

Ensure your Vitamix Blender continues to perform for years to come by regularly checking on the functionality of the main components of your machine. Like with any blender, three parts of the Vitamix are most susceptible to going bad if not properly cared for.

  • Blade Agitator… Slowly rotate the blade assembly by hand to ensure it turns smoothly with some resistance. Replace the blade assembly if the following occur:
  1. Washer failure or oil leaking.
  2. Seal failure/visibile seal indents due to worn socket.
  3. Seal gone / visible ball bearings.
  4. Rounded teeth due to removing container while running.
  • Centering Pad… Check every 5 months to make sure that your pad is laying flat on the base. Replace the centering pad if the following occurs:
  1. Tearing at container posts due to banging on counter or improper cleaning of centering pad (caused by placing pad in dishwasher or using improper cleaning or sanitizing products).
  • Drive Socket… Check the condition of your drive socket every 3-4 months to ensure that the “teeth” are sharp. Replace drive socket if the following occurs: 
  1. Worn teeth due to removing container while running.
  2. Worn grooves due to placing container on motor base without centering pad or touching container while machine is running.
  3. Cracking at setscrew due to overtightened screw or a foreign object in the container.
  4. Drive socket or blade assembly needs to be replaced.

Just checking these three components on a regular bases and making sure to properly use your Vitamix Blender will extend its performance. If you need to replace any of these parts, please contact our Sales Consultants for assistance. 1-800-828-8564.

Vitamix Recipe… Spinach Artichoke Dip

Looking for a tasty appetizer to put on your menu? With the Vita-Prep Food Blending machine you’l be able to whip up this delicious starter dish for your restaurant. Enjoy!

Spinach Artichoke Dip

Ingredients

  • 1 C Light Mayonnaise
  • 1 C Light Sour Cream
  • 2 Lemon Slices, peeled and seeded
  • 20 oz Package of Frozen Spinach
  • 1/4 t Salt
  • 1/4 t Pepper
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, peeled
  • 1/2 C Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 C Artichokes, canned and drained or frozen and thawed
  • French Bread & Pumpernickel Bread, lightly toasted and sliced or Tortilla Chips or Pita Bread
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F (180C).
  2. Place all ingredients, except artichoke hearts, into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
  3.  Select Variable 1.
  4. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 4.
  5. Blend for 15 seconds. Remove the lid plug.
  6. Add artichokes through the lid plug opening.
  7. Blend for an additional 5 seconds.
  8. Pour into an oven-safe dish and bake uncovered for 20-25 minutes or until bubbly.
  9. Serve with chips, pita bread, or pumpernickel bread.

How to Select the Right Vitamix Blender for Your Business

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When we think of high volume, premium blenders, we think Vitamix. But which one is right for you?

Commercial food blenders are categorized into two different types: beverage blenders and food preparation blenders. Beverage blenders make smoothies, frappés, and frozen cocktails silky and pulverizes ingredients quickly. Food prep blenders provide power and performance anywhere from delicate chopping to blending coarse ingredients. Whatever your food service needs, Vitamix has a blender that will meet the demands of your business with easy to use controls, durability, and flexibility.

Use the table below to find a list of guidelines based on usage to help you select the right Vitamix machine for your business. With options such as automatic shut-off, optimized programs, and built-in timers, Burkett Restaurant Equipment carries the right Vitamix machine to suit your business. Visit the Vitamix page on the Burkett website for more information, fast purchases and shipping, or call 1-855-224-2079 to speak with a sales representative.

Number of Blends/Day Type of User Recommendations
1-50 drinks per day Smoothie Shop or Restaurant Drink Machines
2 Speed, 2 Step Timer
Drink Machine Advance
1-50 drinks per day Bar or Restaurant Bar Boss or Bar Boss Advance
50-100 drinks per day Smoothie Shop or Restaurant The Quiet One Blending Station Advance
Over 100 drinks per day Bar, Restaurant or Cruise Ships Portion Blending System
1+ blended product per day Any end user with Mix-ins Mix’n Machine
Mix’n Machine Advance
Type of Blends Type of Use Recommendations
Any ingredients for back of house Food Preparation Vita-Prep
Extra thick and heavy use Food Preparation Vita-Prep 3
Large Capacity/Heavy Blends Food Preparation XL Machine

 

After choosing the right machine, consider additional containers for your Vitamix blender to cut down on serving time between batches. Multiple containers allow for processing multiple batches of soups, smoothies, frozen cocktails, and purées leading to shorter prep times and fast service. Find the right container for your machine on the Burkett website here!

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.

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