Sam Tell Speaks With Celebrity Chef Josh Capon

Published February 27, 2019

Sam Tell is a family business, with four generations of Tells having worked within the company since its founding in 1956. Our family values extend far beyond our name, however.

Our loyal customers are part of the clan, too. Superstar Chef Josh Capon has been a cherished member of the Sam Tell family for nearly 20 years, and we've proudly watched him establish a remarkable name for himself throughout the restaurant business.

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5 Ways to Set Up a Commercial Kitchen

Published February 14, 2019

Designing an effective setup for your commercial kitchen is one of the most important steps you can take to ensure your foodservice operation remains at the height of its functionality for years to come. There is no one-size-fits-all approach, so it will be up to you and your design team to create a configuration that will maximize your effectiveness and delight your customers.

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What Are the Requirements for a Commercial Kitchen?

Published January 25, 2019

Building a commercial kitchen and watching its evolution into the very heart of your foodservice operation can be extremely exciting. It also demands close attention to details. Such a project not only involves choosing a design that best suits your vision and needs, but as with all businesses, ensuring compliance to a variety of regulatory agency requirements governing a wide range of issues. Add foodservices into the equation, and the necessity of adherence only increases.

The following is a helpful breakdown of several first steps in understanding commercial kitchen design and construction requirements:

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Chef's Guide to Commercial-Grade Professional Cookware

Published January 14, 2019

As delightful as the very best meal can be, it's unlikely the majority of your restaurant's guests devote much time to fully considering all the moving parts that went into making it so. As any foodservice professional knows, a great dish is the product of the successful coordination of several key steps, each requiring the right tools. The food prep stage needs the right knives, mixing bowls and measuring cups. The service stage demands the correct dinnerware, flatware and glassware. The cooking stage is no exception. Your cookware can either help or hurt the entire process, thus obtaining the proper information to make an informed decision is absolutely critical.

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What Your Dinnerware Conveys About Your Restaurant

Published December 10, 2018

It’s no secret that one of the most important factors a guest considers when forming an opinion about a restaurant is its food. This doesn't mean you should focus so much on the choice of menu items that you overlook other impressionable aspects, however. Another is the dinnerware.

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Commercial Bar Design Considerations for a Better Guest Experience

Published November 09, 2018

Creating the perfect bar is a lot like creating the perfect cocktail. If the bartender misses an ingredient, it doesn't matter how good the others are—the taste just won't be right. The same goes for the bar's design. Even a well-trained staff using high-end liquor in the right location won't necessarily lead to success if your bar is poorly designed.

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Principles of Commercial Kitchen Floor Plans for Efficient Flow

Published October 26, 2018

One of the most important goals of any commercial kitchen is to keep its activities running as smoothly as possible. An efficient flow of ingredients, tasks, and team members improves the experience for both the guests and the staff. This is not always so easily achieved, however. It's not a piece of equipment you can buy, or a single technique you can implement. Rather, it’s a combination of key principles working together, the specifics of which will differ from operation to operation.

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Restaurant Kitchen Layout Considerations

Published August 30, 2018

Designing the layout of your restaurant kitchen is an exciting step in bringing your vision to life. With so many possibilities, though, knowing where to begin can be daunting. There are several key considerations to keep in mind that can help this process go smoother.

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Essential Restaurant Kitchen Equipment

Published August 30, 2018

Your kitchen is the heart of your restaurant, that special place where your chefs create all the extraordinary meals to delight your guests and keep them coming back. It’s therefore imperative your kitchen is properly equipped with everything it needs.

What, exactly, does a restaurant kitchen need?

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Creating a Functional Bar: Everything Your Bartenders Need

Published August 30, 2018

A bar is much more than simply the liquor lining its shelves or beer flowing from its taps. There's a vast array of service- and beverage preparation-related activities taking place behind the scenes critical to its smooth operation and ultimate success. The ease and speed with which skilled bartenders serve patrons (even extra-fancy drinks) is actually the result of thoughtful planning and a whole lotta practice.

None of this would be possible without the necessary tools and equipment, but with an overwhelming amount of options, where do you even begin? 

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