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Illinois Street Food Emporium

Illinois Street Food Emporium has been a staple in the Butler Tarkington area for over 35 years, serving the neighborhood with an assortment of delicious homemade sandwiches, salads, pastas, sweets, baked goods and more. Owner Vivian Farris took over in

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5 Tools for Food Safety

Food safety is always a concern in commercial kitchens. Not only do you want to keep your kitchen staff safe, but you want to make sure that your customers are never put in danger. There are many different tools you can use to make sure that your kitchen and restaurant are taking the necessary safety precautions for an accident-free establishment, and ZESCO carries them both in our showroom and online.

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5 Fun Facts About Champagne

Champagne is known as a drink for celebrations. Whether you’re celebrating a milestone event or a small victory, there’s something special about pouring a glass of bubbly. But don’t hold back on drinking champagne only to toast, pour yourself a glass with dinner, or have a mimosa with breakfast! Substitute champagne for wine when having a wine and cheese party, or pair it with pizza. The possibilities are endless!

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Star Griddles

A griddle is a must-have for just about any commercial kitchen that serves fresh, made-to-order product. With over 30 years of restaurant equipment experience, we have seen our fair share of griddles from many manufacturers. Through all the products that we have tested, griddles from Star Manufacturing outshine all the rest! Star has proven to be one of the best year after year with no signs of slowing down. Their products are durable, highly reliable, and affordable, easily making them one of the best in the business. Star’s Star-Max griddles are great for just about any restaurant while their line of Ultra-Max griddles are perfect for chefs who need to cook high volumes of product and want a griddle that responds accurately with even the slightest of changes to the thermostat.

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A Recipe for Romance on Valentine’s Day

If you work in the restaurant business, you know that Valentine’s Day can be one of the busier (and most profitable) days of the year with all of your customers stressing to impress. On average, $13.19 billion is spent on Valentine’s Day each year and 35% of consumers dine at a restaurant on February 14.

Want to rustle up the romance at your bar or restaurant on February 14 this year? Here are five table top items that will help your customers get struck by cupid’s arrow. Not only will they appreciate the extra touches of class, but you’ll keep them coming back time and time again.

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Super Bowl Recipes

Whether or not you’re into football, the Super Bowl is an event for everyone, including foodies. Use the Super Bowl as an excuse to try out new sports-themed recipes or score your own touchdown with your friends and family by winning over their appetites.

Try these two casual dishes during the big game and wash them down with a Pirate’s Float (recipe at the bottom) or your favorite local brew.

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The Truth About Counter Food Warmers

This term Food Warmer is somewhat of a misnomer. Why do we make this statement? Generally food warmers do not heat up food, they are intended to keep food warm. If they do heat up food, they are referred to as a re-thermalizer. That said, the rule is hot to hot, or hot food going into the warmer to keep it warm. When making a selection of a Counter Food Warmer, one should pay attention to the wattage or kW, for the higher the wattage the faster recovery in terms of heat.

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5 Tips for Using a Knife like a Pro

Have you graduated from a block of knives to buying individual, high-quality knives for cooking? Congratulations, you’ve taken the first step to better cutting!

Your first knife should be a versatile chef’s knife with a weight and size that is comfortable for you. You’ll immediately notice the difference when using a chef’s knife in the ease and comfort of your cuts. There isn’t one knife that is a perfect fit for everyone, so make sure to find the knife that is ideal for your chopping, mincing and dicing needs.

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Desire by Lucaris

Looking for a high-end wine glass that matches your top-of-the-line wine list? The lead-free titanium crystal in all Lucaris lines is the top quality of all crystal ware due to its clarity and durability. If you love beautiful design and don’t want to skimp on quality, let us introduce you to Desire by Lucaris. The Desire line by Lucaris captures both the grape varietal’s unique characteristics as well as the aesthetic of glassmaking.

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5 Tips to Cook the Perfect Steak

There’s nothing better than grilling the perfect steak right in your own home. But does it taste like your favorite steakhouse when you cook it in your house?

The process starts at the butcher, but remember that you don’t have to get the most expensive cut as long as it has some signature features (which we talk about below). After the butcher, the rest is up to you!

We all want to master the art of grilling the perfect steak, so we’ve put together some of our best tips to help you reach flawlessness.