The July 2019 Sam Tell Spotlight is Here

Published July 30, 2019

Sam Tell isn't just the one-stop shop for all the foodservice supplies and equipment a restaurant needs. It's also your source for the latest updates in the restaurant industry. 

Every month, we shine the spotlight on a handful of Sam Tell clients to celebrate their success and share what makes them special. Take a look at this month's selections below: 

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5 Tips for Designing an Effective Hotel Kitchen

Published July 09, 2019

Designing a hotel kitchen is a lot like designing a kitchen for any commercial foodservice operation. On top of those considerations, though, are the added responsibilities of catering to a much more complicated set of needs. With potentially hundreds of guests patronizing multiple dining concepts, managing a hotel's foodservice is akin to overseeing multiple restaurants in one. Its kitchen must function as well as its smaller counterparts, despite such expansive duties.

The following tips can help create the best layout for this unique branch of hospitality:

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Celebrity Chef Wenford Patrick Simpson Talks Restaurants, Equipment, Supplies & More

Published June 25, 2019

Celebrity Chef Wenford Patrick Simpson, or "Chef Patrick" for short, didn’t attain his culinary superstar status overnight. His superb dishes are the result of skills he's been fine tuning since a young age, when he began cooking in his hometown of St. Ann Parish, Jamaica. His talents were recognized even in his youth, and it wasn’t long before he was cooking professionally at resorts, on cruise ships, and eventually, in New York City, at some of the best restaurants in the world.

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The 'Big Three' of Restaurant Glassware

Published June 14, 2019

When contemplating a restaurant, the first things that come to mind are food and beverages, and for good reason. Yet while these might be the major draws for patrons, they’re far from the only contributing factors to the overall dining experience. Another, frequently overlooked, is the glassware.

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2019 James Beard Chef and Restaurant Award Winners

Published May 30, 2019

For the past 29 years, the James Beard Foundation has been recognizing the most talented names in the culinary arts from across the country with a set of awards that are commonly considered one of the highest honors a chef or restaurant can receive. This year’s ceremony in Chicago earlier this month was a great celebration, bringing to a finale the excitement that had been building in the world of hospitality since the nominees were announced this past March.

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James Beard Award Winner Chef Jody Williams Talks Food & Kitchen Design With Sam Tell

Published May 29, 2019

Sam Tell Companies is no stranger to working with some of the best chefs in the business, including Chef Jody Williams of Via Carota, a renowned Italian restaurant in New York City and longtime Sam Tell client. This rustic eatery with eclectic decor creates a warm, welcoming atmosphere that perfectly complements its authentic, extraordinary cuisine.

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Sam Tell Stops By Carlo's Bakery

Published May 07, 2019

Sam Tell Companies has had the privilege of working with some truly incredible clients throughout our 60-year history. One relationship we're particularly proud of is with Carlo's Bakery. With more than a dozen locations across 10 states, Carlo's is more than just a bakery, it's a confectionery institution!

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6 Restaurant Kitchen Design Tips for Maximizing Productivity

Published April 23, 2019

The design of your restaurant kitchen is one of the most important aspects of your establishment—and perhaps the most permanent. Dinnerware can be replaced as styles evolve and menus can be updated to match shifting tastes, but your kitchen is more difficult and expensive to adjust later on. As such, it's important to give careful attention to this crucial component before it’s set in stone (or stainless steel).

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Churchill China's Spring Collection Reflects Restaurant Dinnerware Trends

Published April 03, 2019

Spring is the season of new beginnings for many things, including restaurant dinnerware. Renowned tabletop products manufacturer and distributor Churchill China, one of our most popular vendors, recently launched its stunning spring collection—transporting the beauty and textures of the natural realm onto restaurant tables, everywhere.

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What Is the Average Size of a Commercial Kitchen?

Published March 20, 2019

When the time comes to start planning the layout of your commercial kitchen, the goal is always to create a space that not only encourages efficient operations in the Back of House (BoH), but also maximizes areas in the Front of House (FoH). Achieving this requires a delicate balance: a kitchen big enough for your staff to work safely and comfortably to serve your guests, but not so large that it wastes space otherwise put to better use for other purposes.

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