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The Essential Ice Machine - Scotsman's New Line

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By Lee Davis

In the years I worked in the restaurant business, it seemed there was never an ice machine close to where I needed it. The ice machine was always in the basement, the back of the kitchen or out by the loading docks somewhere. So whenever I needed ice, I had to leave my station, and with ice buckets in hand, make the long trek through dining rooms, across slippery kitchen floors or down steep stairs, to wherever the ice machine was hiding. Then of course, after filling the buckets, I had to lug the heavy load back through the same terrain to my workstation.

It always seemed like ice machine placement was an afterthought in restaurant design. It also seemed as though restaurant operators really preferred one large machine in a single location than several smaller machines strategically located where the ice was needed. In so many situations, it would have been safer and more efficient to have had a small basic ice machine behind the bar or in the waiter station where I needed the ice. Apparently, I’m not the only one that felt that way.

Just two weeks ago, Scotsman Ice Systems introduced its new Essential line of ice machines. “Our customers asked for a basic, under-100-lb cuber … and we are happy to deliver that need,” said Jeff Biel, Director of Marketing at Scotsman Ice. It’s a great solution for low ice production operations or remote areas within an operation. The Essential Ice Machines are 15″ or 20″ wide, 38″ tall and 24″ deep with 6″ adjustable legs and the ability to fit under 34″ countertops with an optional floor mount kit. The line consists of three different units with daily production rates of up to 58, 80 and 100 pounds.

Essential Ice BannerThe Essential line is easy to use with its built-in sliding back door to conserve space and allow easy access to the ice bin. The line has an ample access area complete with a large dishwasher-safe scoop to make it easy to reach the ice. Additionally, the Essential line has an intuitive control panel that features a prominent on/off/clean switch and easy-to-see buttons to adjust ice thickness and harvest time.

The line is built with an innovative horizontal evaporator that eliminates minerals in ice cubes and ensures quality ice, every time. Essential also comes with a 3-year warranty that assures operators are getting the best ice machine for their operation. VisitScotsman-Ice.com for more information.

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Creative Dining Flyer - Save Today!

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C&T Design's Creative Dining Flyer - 12/1 - 12/31C&T Design's latest flyer, the Creative Dining Flyer, contains a variety of beautiful smallware options, a q & a section on microwaves and fun and creative serving options for your foodservice establishment. 

All of the featured items are on special throughout December. The deals don't stop there! Call a C&T Design Sales Representative today to see what equipment options also have a great price this month.

Click here to see the full flyer.

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Providence Cristo Rey High School's New Kitchen

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Providence Cristo Rey High SchoolProvidence Cristo Rey High School is a private, Catholic, college preparatory school that is affordable to low-income families in Indianapolis. The students learn important life skills in the typical classroom environment as well as working one day a week in an office atmosphere of one of Providence's corporate partners. Fifth Third Bank, Ice Miller LLP, the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, and Eli Lilly and Company are just a few of the amazing companies involved in offering this unique and invaluable learning experience.

Providence Cristo Rey's Kitchen Before the RemodelProvidence currently has roughly 200 students but has the space for approximately 400. The kitchen was hindering its ability to be able to accept more students and maximize the space of the entire school building. In the process of remodeling a few different spaces in Providence, the contractor Shiel Sexton, one of Providence's corporate partners, called on C&T Design to help figure out how to rework their kitchen space while being extremely budget concious and getting them to a place to be able to grow to their full capacity and feed all of the students everday.

C&T Design worked with several of our manufacturer partners to get Providence the best price possible. One particular manufacturer who helped us tremendously cut costs on this project was Randell of Unified Brands and their Indianapolis rep Phil Powell of Allied Technologies who provided the serving line on the project. Thank you to C&T Design's project manager Brian Hutson for successfully executing this project that was in development for five years. C&T Design donated all design and project management fees on the job. These contributions helped cut costs on the project by roughly 30%.      

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Briad Charity Golf Outing Raises Over $350,000

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The Briad Charity Golf OutingThe Briad Group, a development firm based in New Jersey, has been working with the C&T Design office in Houston on the kitchen design, layout and project management of several Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar projects across the US.

Briad owns and operates many restaurants for each of the several chain concepts they are involved in. They have been a franchisee of Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers since 1994. They currently have 49 locations in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania with plans to open more.

Dave Thomas, the founder of Wendy's, was adopted as a baby and became a well-known advocate for adoption founding the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. The Briad Group held its 15th Annual Charity Golf Outing benefitting the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption on September 12, 2013 at Royce Brook Golf Club in Hillsborough, NJ. The Briad Charity Fund successfully raised more than $350,000! C&T Design is proud to be able to say that we, along with our industry partners who also work with us on the Zinburger concept, were the largest contributor at this year's event.

The Briad Charity Golf OutingThank you to Briad for putting together this event to raise money for such a worthy cause. More information may be found here on the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and what it is they do.

A special thank you to our industry partners who helped make C&T Design the largest contributor: CaptiveAire, Chill-Rite, ThermalRite, Delfield, E-Source, Inc., Krowne, AccuTemp, Continental Refrigerator, Hobart, John Boos, Globe, Hoshizaki, Mister Ice of Indianapolis, New Age, Olympic, Robot Coupe and Vulcan.


C&T Design Industry Partner CaptiveAire  C&T Design Industry Partner Chill-Rite   C&T Design Industry Partner ThermalRite   C&T Design Industry Partner Delfield    C&T Design Industry Partner E-Source

   C&T Design Industry Partner Krowne    C&T Design Industry Partner AccuTemp     C&T Design Industry Partner Continental Refrigerator    C&T Design Industry Partner Hobart    C&T Design Industry Partner John Boos

C&T Design Industry Partner Globe C&T Design Industry Partner Hoshizaki  C&T Design Industry Partner Mister Ice of Indianapolis  C&T Design Industry Partner New Age C&T Design Industry Partner Olympic Storage Solutions

                                         C&T Design Industry Partner Robot Coupe                 C&T Design Industry Partner Vulcan


                                                       The Briad Group's Charity Event Raised Over $350,000 for the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption

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The Master-Bilt Super Controller

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At first glance, the plastic computer chip pictured below looks the same as any old chip. But what it does, never gets old. What it does is help operators save money. 

The Master-Bilt Super Controller

Master-BiltThe computer chip is Master-Bilt’s new Super Controller. It is an option now available on Master-Bilt endless glass door merchandisers with remote refrigeration systems, as well as walk-in coolers and freezers. The Super Controller can also be retrofit onto units that are already in the field.

The Super Controller controls the electric expansion valve that regulates refrigerant flow to the evaporator core of the refrigeration system. By monitoring the flow of refrigerant, the Super Controller can float the head pressure of the condensing unit. This allows the condensing unit to use cold air and reduce the compressor’s energy use. Additionally, the Super Controller ensures an efficient, precisely regulated refrigerant flow. This also leads to more energy savings.


The Super Controller is sort of the little brother to Master-Bilt’s Master Controller, both in capability and cost, however it is more versatile in that it can work with most remote refrigeration systems. The Super Controller is perfect for a wide variety of applications, but could serve best in convenience stores, drug stores and other retail operations.

For more on the Master-Bilt Super Controller visit Master-Bilt.com.


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How To Renew The Surface Of Your Boos Block® Cutting Board

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John Boos Butcher BlocksJohn Boos sets the industry standard for butcher blocks and cutting boards. With a product that takes a beating like a cutting board, it’s important to maintain it to extend its life. The above video outlines how to use Boos’ Board Cream or Mystery Oil to do just that.

Following this process outlined by Boos can help restore the surface of any board or block to new. It’ll help smooth out all the inevitable nicks and cuts caused by regular use. For more on John Boos blocks, boards and maintenance products, click here.


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Pass & Provisions Up for Best New Restaurant

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Pass & Provisions Up for Best New Restaurant
Pass & Provisions, a dual concept restaurant in Houston, Texas, was recently named one of Bon Appetit's 50 nominees for best new restaurant in America. Charles Munro, Sales and Design Manager in the C&T Houston office, took the lead on this project designing the kitchen layout and managing the installation process. Congratulations, Pass & Provisions!

Click here to read the article in more detail in the Houston Chronicle.


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Efficient HACCP Management with Cooper-Atkins

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Every operation’s first priority should be to produce safe food, and having a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) plan is a great guide for continuously monitoring product to ensure its safety.

To help make the process of implementing and maintaining a HACCP plan easier and more efficient,Cooper-Atkins recently released its HACCP ManagerTM. The HACCP Manager records, stores and analyzes product temperature data and checklists to ensure HACCP compliance. With this HACCP Manager, end users can build a custom HACCP plan to fit their operation. The advantages to implementing a HACCP plan with the HACCP Manager include simplifying the HACCP process, saving on the costs of paper and ink, reducing training time and ensuring regulatory compliance.

For more on the Cooper-Atkins HACCP Manager, click here.

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C&T Parkview Project Named FE&S Facility Design Project of the Month

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A Rep shows Parkview's Kitchen Manager and a few team members how to properly use a piece of equipment.C&T Design completed the installation of the Parkview Regional Medical Center project in Fort Wayne, Indiana in February of 2012 for its March soft opening. C&T Project Manager Randy Truitt worked on this project for this a year and half providing the equipment and overseeing the installation for the servery, main kitchen and a small coffee shop called the Heart Cafe. C&T's scope of work consisted of providing the foodservice equipment and the installation, but was asked to redesign the Room Service section of the main kitchen to provide a more efficient flow for the staff preparing trays.

This project is being featured in this month's Foodservice Equipment & Supplies Magazine as the Factility Design Project of the Month. Nice job, Randy! Beautiful project.

Click here to read the article in its entirety.  


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Larry Simonel Named FE&S Magazine's June DSR of the Month

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Larry Simonel Named FE&S Magazine's DSR of the Month for June

Foodservice Equipment & Supplies Magazine's Dealer Sales Representative (DSR) of the month was named earlier this week.

Congratulations to Larry Simonel! He was named DSR of the Month for June.

C&T Design has been graced with Larry's presence for nearly 41 years. C&T Design is only celebrating its 42nd anniversary this year. We are so lucky to have you, Larry! Thank you for choosing to spend the last 40+ years with us (and Sandy).

Click here to read the article.


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