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🍪 Don’t Crumble! Come to our Culinary Center Events 🍪

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at the Pecinka Ferri Culinary Center is in two weeks
New for 2018:
Long Island shuttle to & from party.
Thursday December 6, 2018
from 3:00 PM until 9:00 PM

European Holiday Market Theme



Holiday baking event coming up

You’re invited to bring your favorite cookie recipes and skills to our culinary center.

We’ll all be sharing tips and tricks and doing our holiday baking together in the test kitchen.

Watch this space for the next available date!

Cookie recipes from our staff:



🎃 The Dayton Slicer 👻

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Thrashed by the Dayton Slicer


Stiffs in the dining room, meat dying in the pass, blood on the butcher block: A nightmare in Dayton’s Elm Street Grille.Eldridge

Early on, it had seemed like an ordinary dinner service, but as the long night wore on, a strange foreboding overcame the staff. Would the pumpkin pie be 86’d before the shift ended?Pie R Round

They’d never been able to keep up with this volume before. It seemed almost magical how the tickets kept flying through the pass. Servers became transfixed on turning more covers than ever.


To keep up this pace, the FOH knew all along that that lingering four-top must be eliminated. Would crop-dusting the dining room rid them of those pesky campers forever? Were the GAR chairs too enchantingly comfortable?Gar chairIn the BOH, it seemed that the new equipment was possessed! The Dayton Slicer worked more effectively than any ever had. The garde manger was able to work twice as fast as the sous chef, who just couldn’t keep up.S13

Would the nightmare end with the chef found buried in the weeds?

Why hadn’t they opened a ghost restaurant instead?

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A Series of Unfortunate Vents

The story you are about to read is true. The names have been changed to project the innovative.

It was September 21st, 2018; we were working the night watch on the QSR detail.
My partner is Pitco. Eddy Pitco.

My name’s Fry-Day. Grill Sergeant Joe Fry-Day.

It was 2:06 PM when we got a call from a cook in distress. She needed help with a problem. A cooking problem.

Culinary Brown blurted out “I need a Griddle.”


“A three foot Griddle.”

Dough Net

3: 58 PM, Eddy and I drove over to the restaurant and we talked to the owner. We intended to grill her over why she wanted a griddle.

“Are your ducts in a row?”

“Ducts?” Inquired Culinary Brown, “What are ducts?”

“They are a series of unfortunate vents.”

“Whenever you cook proteins, you give off grease-laden vapor.  How you wipe it out must be executed in the manner prescribed by law.”


Common canopy hoods are designed to remove effluent, grease-laden vapor, heat, odors, carbon monoxide.  Their design relies upon moving these undesirable elements to the building’s exterior, an inherently expensive and inefficient system.
Ventless systems which forego the use of outside ducting, mitigate these elements at the source.

By handling the hazards locally, better control can be leveraged over the processes.  Cost savings ensue, and safety is enhanced.

Ventless appliances typically use one or more of several technologies:

  • Hepa-Filters
  • High-speed extraction
  • Catalytic converters
  • Precipitators
  • Carbon Filters

The flexibility and mobility features inherent in ventless make them attractive for both start-ups and renovations.

“you have a right not to waste your money, you have a right not to remain with old systems.  Anything you cook can and will be used against you in computing exhaust fans”

“I know my rights…”

“That’s right, Culinary, ditch the ducts and go ventless”

“Grill Sergeant?”

“Yes, ma’am?”

“What’s the source of the smoky flavor from a griddle?”

“Just the fats, ma’am.”

Ventless Wednesday



Suzy Q

By Suzanne Quiring, CDM, Registered Dietitian

Self Directed living = Self-Determined dining


Have you heard the term “self directed living” and wondered what that really means? Nursing HOme

Self- Directed living is a school of thought related to ‘person-centered’ or ‘individualized’ supports that help people to maintain full & meaningful lives in their communities. The term is often used for persons living with disabilities but it can be broader than that, and transfer into Health Care Communities.

The purpose of self directed living is to allow someone to choose, pursue and achieve ‘their best life’ to a similar extent to others. So let’s take this one step further to the dining room of a Health Care Community: Does your meal service support choice, and looks/feels similar to folks NOT living in Residential Care? Is it self-determined, and allows the client/resident to self-direct their choices?

If your community is on tray service or pre-plate service, it is honestly time to change and get with the times. We are here to help your team succeed!

(A little secret – did you know that under Suzanne’s desk, she keeps a pile of signed trays from communities that have changed? The pile is growing nicely).

Suzy Q


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🍵 Soup’s On 🍲

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The weather is souper!

Thyme to start thinking about stew, broth, chowder, goulash, stock, gumbo, pottage, bouillon, and consomme’.

And what better accompaniment to a hot bowl, than fresh-baked bread?

Mibrasa recipes:
Monkfish stew with peas and potatoes


ITI Soup Ramen

ITI continues Refreshing the Tabletop® with the introduction of new soup and noodle bowls. Chefs today are taking ramen in exciting new directions. From the West Coast to the East Coast, foodservice patrons are enticed with bold and interesting new flavors. The versatility of ramen means that a chef can put his or her own twist on the dish, trying out countless variations in broth, toppings and seasoning.

The Trends:
“Authentic ramen made with high-quality ingredients has taken the noodle dish far beyond the familiar convenience food, and the National Restaurant Association’s annual What’s Hot culinary forecast has named ramen as a hot trend every year since 2013.”
— TMI Trading, 04/2018

“Mazemen—a kind of deconstructed ramen—is more about the noodles than the broth. Translated as “mixed noodles,” the dish is composed of ramen noodles napped in a small amount of sauce instead of swimming in a bowl of broth. The noodles are traditionally topped with Japanese ingredients…But some places are customizing mazemen with crazy combinations like smoked salmon and cream cheese.” –Restaurant Business 11/2017

We are pleased to offer a variety of bowls for presenting these trending noodle dishes. Check out our new Shanghai Bowls with Asian inspired decorations or choose from our many traditional white bowls.

Look to ITI for a full collection of Noodle Bowls offering the right design, size and capacity; for more information download the Soup & Ramen Bowls Flyer.

Gently Used Equipment Up For Grabs

AEF035 Spiral Mixer 208-240 / 3 Minor surface blemishes only
AEF035SP Spiral mixer 208/240/1 Minor sufrace blemishes
BTF060 Planetary Mixer 208-240 / 3 New Planetary Gear Ass’y
BTF060 Planetary Mixer 208-240 / 3 New Planetary Gear Ass’y
BTF080 Planetary Mixer 208-240 / 3 Minor surface blemishes only
BTF100 Planetary Mixer 208-240 / 3 Minor surface blemishes only
DLF18 Fondant sheeter 120/1 Minor surface dents
DSA330 Divider/Rounder 120/1 Surface blemishes on front.
DSA336 Divider/Rounder 120/1 Reconditioned,excellent condition
DSF022 Divider/Rounder 120/1 Minor surface blemishes only
EM20 Planetary Mixer 120/1 Low usage hrs., minor blemishes
PIZ3G Pizza Oven 120/1 Minor scratches

Doyon, the premier supplier of foodservice bakery equipment, now makes it even easier to make some dough baking up some bread.

Soup Kettle


🔢 The Wholesomeness of Some; the Sum of the Holes ⛳

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The Whole is the Sum…. by Ed Pecinka

The supply and service chain of our industry is made up of multiple professionals and companies with individual knowledge and expertise , all with a  common goal of providing the end user customer with the right products, services and support that will allow their businesses to operate as smoothly as possible in the hectic world of foodservice.
We are all dependent upon each other and it is proven that the most successful professionals have surrounded themselves with a network of employees, manufacturers, manufacturers reps, dealers, consultants and designers as well as installers and service companies who they can rely on to “have their back” and visa versa.
This was very evident this week as MAFSI hosted our industry for our annual Golf Outing and Awards Dinner.
This event brings our all the “parts” of your industry to enjoy friendships, develop new relationships and honor those who have made a mark on our industry.
It was also shown as the AHF, New York and New Jersey, hosted events that brought out their “networks”
We were pleased to be part of all of these events and a “part” of our marketplace.
It is true that “the whole is the sum of its parts”.
Having your own “network “ of experts who have your back will not only lead to your success but will place you and your company in the best position to succeed.

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MAFSI GOLFCraig Cooper of Advance-Tabco is bookended by Brett and Rick Sher of the award-winning Day & Nite / All Service team.


MarsalRockin’ it at the Pizza Show in Atlantic City

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While portion packets may have their place in the food service industry – drive through, carry out and delivery – they often end up wasting a restaurant more money than they’re worth.

They leave behind a mess, and often aren’t completely emptied before they’re thrown away. Diners take them to their tables by the handful just to leave them behind, and – let’s face it – how many people actually feel comfortable using hand-me-down packets? Not many.

Not to mention each packet contributes to an ever- growing amount of packaging waste.

Switching to bulk pouches from packets can save you $34.74 per case.

See how here!



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Meanwhile, at the SHFM Conference…

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🍰 Paddy Cake, Paddy Cake 🎂

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Are you interested in raising revenues?

Do your bakery sales fall flat?

Do you want to make some more bread? Earn some more dough?

Well, stay right there.  Have we got some equipment for you!

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TEDDY is a strong, professional 5-litre mixer for small daily tasks in the bakery, kitchen or laboratory. Smart Danish design with a focus on ergonomics, hygiene and easy cleaning, and the quality to handle hard work, year after year.


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  • Advance-Tabco will be holding most prices through January 1st – flyer prices may be higher (check AutoQuotes)

  • Bart Polacsek named Group VP of Sales for Blodgett and Pitco groups of companies.

Pizza Pasta Show

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🍃Do Not Fall Behind 🎃

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Happy Autumn

Fall is in the air; We’ve made it 3/4 of the way through the year.

Just three months left to get done what needs doin’ in 2018.  Goals, budgets, projects, quotas – all need to wrap up in the 13 remaining weeks.

Not a lot of time when you consider holidays, events, and usage of time-off balances.

What are you waiting for?  Let’s get moving!

Blodgett has a few remaining guest registrations at no charge for the Atlantic City Pizza & Pasta Show.

Use Promo Code EXIV815712

Guest Registration Step-by-Step:

Go to

1. Click Register to Attend:


2. Click Attendee:


3. Enter First, Last and Company Name – Click Search:


4. If you do not find your name, Click Name is not Registered:


5. If your company is not listed, Click I can’t find my company, Start a new registration:


6. Enter Promo Code which will save you $40 off the onsite rate.


Make sure you do not to choose Manufacturer/Supplier and NON/EX  as your Business Classification. Those titles are considered a company that should be an Exhibitor and they would be charged a fee. Please select a different business classification.

  1. Complete the registration.


  1. Each guest will received a barcoded email from Experient (the Registration Company). Check your Spam folder if you do not receive your registration confirmation. Badges are not mailed. You will need to bring the confirmation email and ID to the Attendee Registration to print out your badge.

If you have any questions regarding your registration or if you do not receive a confirmation email, please call Experient at 800-974-7916 so they can look into it for you.

See you soon in Atlantic City!

International Pizza Expo| Pizza & Pasta Northeast |


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You can almost make out the Pecinka Ferri Team Members attending the recent Southbend Training!

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  • Continental Refrigerator has published an interim price list supplement, effective October 15th, 2018.  Please ensure that you are using the correct pricing! 


  • Also, this just in from Continental:  Please click here
    if you do business in California. 


👯 Team Work 👬

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By Ed Pecinka

After coming to the end of week one of a new football season ( and a nice Jets win I must say), I am reminded of the correlation I have always loved between sports and a successful business organization.
Teamwork is essential to winning in all aspects of life.
Knowing and embracing that we all have our individual strengths and weaknesses is the first step to building a successful team.
For the coach or manager, putting each “talent” in the right place, giving them their individual assignments, and trusting that they will do their job will make for the most consistent result.
Take a punt return in football, the ultimate display of teamwork….

The coach may put his fastest player with the best hands back to return the punt. The goal is to return it as far as he can down the field.
If the superstar doesn’t have all
of his 10 other teammates blocking the opponent/ completing their assignment, he isn’t going to get too far, no matter how good or fast he is.
Have you ever seen a punt returner get creamed!!!!  Look it up on YouTube. Not a pretty sight!
We all feel like that sometimes, don’t we?
In today’s fast paced and intense business environment, teams are not just people in your own company or place of business, they are those people or businesses that help you do your job, “teammates” who you can count on to fulfill their “assignments”, that have your back so you won’t get “sacked”.
As the season moves along, be your own team owner and coach, think about who you want on your team so that you can be successful on the path to you own personal Super Bowl.

Explore the new CookTek induction offerings: 


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There really is an “I” in team!

I-in Team

It’s the A-hole!





👍 Terrific 👌

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The Sincerest Form of Flattery by Ed Pecinka

It has been said that Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
We have all seen things that have impressed us to make them part of our daily lives.


A mentor once told me that in his mind, LISTENING was the sincerest for of flattery. Customers, friends, your family all are looking for that “special someone” who will take the time to really listen.  I found it ironic that one of feature courses that is part of the Certified Professional Manufacturers Representative program, that we have sent our people to teaches you listening skills.

In today’s fast pace world, where it is difficult to have a conversation without someone checking their phone for the next email, text, tweet or Facebook posting, communicating and “truly listening” is becoming a lost art.

The information you get from a real conversation is priceless. Listening to the tone of someone’s voice you can tell if they are joking, being sarcastic, truly desperate, all things that you can’t tell in an email or text.

So the next time you are planning to text or email someone some delicate information, “flatter them”, pick up the phone and have a real conversation.

I think you will be surprised at the result.


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Bally Northwind Blast Chillers

Bally’s Northwind Blast Chillers chill food quickly and safely without freezing to help keep you out of the danger of violating stringent food safety requirements.
During cooling, the worst danger of contamination occurs as foods drop in temperature from 140ºF to 41ºF aptly called the “Danger Zone”. Under HAACP (The Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) regulations, potentially hazardous foods may not remain in this “Danger Zone” for more than four hours; a Northwind Blast Chiller cools food in two hours or less.A Northwind Probe and Monitoring System keeps allows you to control and verify your food cooling practices as required under HACCP. Our standard monitoring package uses a probe for accurate tracking of internal temperatures, while giving continuous digital temperature readouts.

Bally Northwind Blast Chillers accommodate the rolling racks already in your kitchen, and their wide roomy doors meet the requirements of the Federal Americans with Disabilities Act. The Northwind 500 offers Bally chilling technology in a compact unit, while the 1000 provides the chilling volume required for heavy-duty institutional or commercial food service operations.



🔢 Coloring by the Numbers 🎨

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

By Ed Pecinka


After spending the last couple of weeks traversing the Metro marketplace providing demonstrations and training for the many new and remodeled schools we have been fortunate enough to supply equipment for, it has become evident why this time, Labor Day, is referred to by many as “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”.

After recharging our batteries in the summer, September allows us all to “start anew”, “hit the reset button”.

School children are all a year older ( at least academically) branding new clothes and shoes. In my case, my youngest son started his first year of college, beginning a new life and career.

This is the perfect time for all of us to take a deep breath, refocus, and put strategies in place to close 2018 strong.

Get yourself something new to wear, a new china pattern, or better yet, a whole new kitchen.

Enjoy the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.


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