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📅 Mark That Date 📌

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Thursday December 6, 2018
from 1:00 PM until 9:00 PM

at the Pecinka Ferri Culinary Center

You won’t want to miss the surprises that Chef Nick has cooked up this year.

Chef Nick

Kodiak Video

See how TruVection stacks up.


Southbend Logo

Mibrasa Demo

Globe BoGo

Honor the Vet's

🙈🙉🙊 You NEED to know 👀

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Here’s a few things that you’ll need to know:

  • All fired-up over charcoal ovens


  • The upcoming pricing adjustments are almost upon us.


  • An industry icon has decided to leave the company.


  • The Hoodless Horstman rides again.


  • The BDNY show is imminent.

Mibrasa Video

E&S Prices are going up!  Some have already.  Please ensure that you place orders in a timely fashion to avoid the deadlines.


Here’s what we know so far:


  • Advance Tabco will publish a new Product and Price Guide and Sales Flyer, effective January 1, 2019 with an approximate increase of 4-6%

  • There will be a price increase effective January 1, 2019 affecting all Middleby Foodservice brands.

  • The 9/23/18 Continental Refrigerator supplemental price guide is now in effect.

  • The Sandstone Group (Alluserv, Geneva, Lakeside, Made to Drain) will implement new pricing on December 3rd, 2018.

After almost 32 years at Follett and 25 years as President, Steve Follett will be transitioning out of the business by the end of the firstSteve Follett quarter of 2019.

On January 7, Korey Kohl will start as president of Follett.






Have you read our seasonal blog in TFS?

Hoodless Art






💨 Duct Season is Over 🌀

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Ventless Wednesday Event

Ventless Wednesday

Join us on Wednesday 8/15/18 as we present a primer on the recommendations and requirements for ventless installations.

All commercial kitchen designers and installers will benefit from the presentations by factory engineers from Wells Manufacturing & Blodgett and representatives from TurboChef.

Wednesday 8/15/18,
First session 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
repeats 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Pecinka Ferri Culinary Center
3 Spielman Rd.
Fairfield, NJ 07004
(973) 812-4277

Lunch will be served – prepared on our ventless equipment!

Learn what you’ll be encountering as these technologies roll out & become the standard!


PMS 300 Insinger

Ventless Rack Conveyor

Admiral 44 with VRS – Ventless Reclamation System


  • 233 racks per hour
  • 0.63 gallons per rack final rinse consumption
  • VRS (Ventless Reclamation System) Heat Recovery
  • No hood required (Refer to your local building code)
  • Recirculating wash and fresh water final rinse
  • Superior cleaning action with the patented CrossFire® Wash System
  • Telescoping doors provide wide access into the machine for quick and efficient service and daily maintenance
  • Color-coded curtains make replacement error-proof
  • High torque drive system
  • Designed for left or right hand travel as specified
  • SureFire® Start-Up & Check-Out Service


Spec Sheet

Tech Manual

VRS Addendum


Like so many hoodlums wearing hoodies in the ‘hood, many commercial kitchen devices masquerade as ventless appliances.

In breathless whispers, their marketers try to hoodwink us into believing that all are altruistic Robin Hoods – removing effluent from the bad air and giving forth good air (“just follow the blue arrows on the diagrams”).

An exhaustive search of the available technologies would yield relatively few that truly could be classified as a Ventless cooking apparatus in the first place. Many perform the heating function, rethermalizing pre-cooked foods with conducted energy, microwaves, steam and the like. Others can finish par-cooked products – melting, toasting, and/or caramelizing.

Typically only electric-powered equipment  – with their lack of attendant products of combustion – can respire comfortably in this space. Grease-laden vapors, effluent, odors, particulate and condensate all must be mitigated through mechanical means. Mandatory too, fire suppression must be addressed. Catalytic converters, charcoal and specialty filters, precipitators, ionizers, et al provide the mojo “under the hood” of many of these modern marvels.

Now, take a deep breath: duct-season is over.

WElls Ventless


Pre-approved NFPA96 hoods that require no ductwork are available for various electric cooking appliances.





HoodiniCertain mini combi ovens use a blend of the above technologies to provide bona-fide ventless primary cooking, allowing operators to prepare a varied menu including whole muscle proteins (from raw to finish)!Perfect Fry

Deep fryers with mechanisms that automatically dispense product are self-contained, with fire suppression and extensive filtration on-board .

Slow cookers such as cook and hold ovens and water circulators for sous vide (due primarily to the low temperatures involved) require little attention to ventilation issues.

Varied operations can benefit from these new and emerging technologies including, but not limited to airports, sports venues, casinos, shopping malls and bars.

Many municipalities may require a hardship waiver to allow for their installation and operation, but I suspect this will fade as Ventless cooking becomes more ubiquitous.

There are several national restaurant chains already employing the concept of ventless and ductless.  We expect this trend to intensify as competition to shrink footprints, environmental impact, and build out and operational costs intensify with the onslaught of the Millennial generation’s perceived needs.

“We’ve always done it this way” will no longer be tolerated, particularly when so much is at “steak”.

OK, now exhale a sigh of relief, from Hood Brook ME to Mt. Hood OR, you can find opportunities for ventless commercial kitchens.

Now I’m exhausted.

TurboChef ECO



💰 Change In The Air 🌀

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Can you feel it?  There’s change in the air.

And not just the latest MS Windows update that “retires” Windows Paint, or the new cast in the West Wing.

Reinventing is what Foodservice folks have been doing for millennia.  And now that Millennials are assuming leadership roles, change is inevitable.

From announced unit closings to equipment innovations to mergers & acquisitions, 2017 will be remembered as a year that redefined what the industry looks like.

Will you be embracing disruption, or left in its wake?

☀🌞 Al Fresco 🍹🍗

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You thought that Al wasn’t going to return didn’t you!  Well he’s back.  Al Fresco (dining) is alive and well and coming to a patio near you.

Now that the weather’s finally broken (it IS June, after all) you can anticipate long nights outdoors under the stars dining and entertaining.

From casual table settings, to outdoor cooking, to portability, together we’ll craft the solutions for memorable experiences.

We look forward to seeing you enjoying the great outdoors.


Our 2017 garden is in at the P-F Culinary Center

The New gas test kitchen is open for business too!

MagiCater Season is upon us.


The MagiKitch’n Outdoor Oven

Much more than just a pizza oven, the MagiKitch’n oven has countless recipes and is beoming one of the most coveted products in the MagiKitch’n outdoor line.




⏳ Time Flies ✈

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Happy 2017,

As hard as it is to believe, we’ve made it through another year (& what a year!)

The big show – NAFEM – is imminent and our factories are pulling out all the stops.

Whether you’re joining us in person in Orlando on February 9th – 11th or following us virtually, you’ll want to keep up with all that’s new in foodservice equipment and supplies.



You’ll need to ask us for Hatco party invites this year – they are only available virtually.


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  • HydroLife water filters are now in AutoQuotes.
  • Hatco has suspended production of the NLL product line due to supply chain disruptions.

The new Irinox Icy’s are here!  Three sizes, all accommodating full-size sheet pans, all in AutoQuotes, all in-stock.

 NAFEM booths and locator map:

1 Irinox USA 215
2 HIMI 229
3 International Tableware, Inc. 428
4 Clabo USA, Inc. 492
5 Server Products, Inc. 612
6 Diversified Metal Products, Inc. – Dispense-Rite 620
7 Univex Corporation 1218
8 Multiteria LLC 1408
9 Advance Tabco 1443
10 Alluserv 1605
11 Lakeside Manufacturing, Inc. 1605
12 Hatco Corporation 1612
13 Insinger Machine Company 1651
14 Anets 1668
15 Blodgett 1668
16 Carter Hoffmann, LLC 1668
17 MagiKitch’n 1668
18 Market Forge Industries, Inc. 1668
19 Middleby Corporation 1668
20 Perfect Fry Company LLC 1668
21 Pitco Frialator, Inc. 1668
22 Blendtec 2268
23 Lowe Refrigeration Inc. 2663
24 Weiss Instruments, Inc. 2687
25 Hydro Life 3002
26 Continental Refrigerator 3222
27 Bally Refrigerated Boxes Inc. 3242
28 Lancer Corporation 3435

Click on map for a large indexed version

  • Advance Tabco: January 1st, 2017
  • Alluserv: December 1st, 2016
  • Blodgett: January 1st, 2017
  • Carter-Hoffmann: January 1st, 2017
  • Continental Refrigerator: January 1st, 2017
  • Geneva: December 1st, 2016
  • Hospitality Glass Brands: February 1st 2017
  • Irinox: January 1st, 2017
  • ITI: December 1st, 2016 (NO INCREASE!)
  • Lakeside: December 1st, 2016
  • Market Forge: January 1st, 2017
  • Natura Water: October 7th, 2016
  • Server Products: March 1st, 2017
  • Univex: January 1st, 2017
  • Villeroy & Boch: February 1st, 2017


⛄ Party Season is Here! 🎉

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Well here they are, the photo’s from our open house/holiday party:

We’ve already started planning next year’s bash(es?).

The team outdid itself this year & we can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2017.

We are counting down to the New Year with some of our bestselling new items from 2016!

10% off on your first stocking order, good through January 31st!



  • Advance Tabco: January 1st, 2017

  • Alluserv: December 1st, 2016

  • Blodgett: January 1st, 2017

  • Carter-Hoffmann: January 1st, 2017

  • Continental Refrigerator: January 1st, 2017

  • Geneva: December 1st, 2016

  • Hospitality Glass Brands: February 1st 2017

  • Irinox: January 1st, 2017

  • ITI: December 1st, 2016 (NO INCREASE!)

  • Lakeside: December 1st, 2016

  • Market Forge: January 1st, 2017

  • Natura Water: October 7th, 2016

  • Server Products: March 1st, 2017

  • Univex: January 1st, 2017

  • Villeroy & Boch: February 1st, 2017

CLICK HERE: Printable Line Card With Price List Changes Annotated

🍎 Food 4 Thought 💭

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Please join us in expressing our condolences to the family of Milton Schwartz of Advance Tabco, who passed away on July 9th at the age of 85.

We are proud to announce our new affiliation with Beaufurn!

Distinctive furniture that is versatile, environmentally friendly & beautiful!

Distinctive furniture that is versatile, environmentally friendly & beautiful!






Everyone loves chocolate but not everyone knows how to properly display it.

Take a look at Clabo USA’s  latest blog post, and discover three important considerations for setting up a chocolate display case in order to maximize exposure and increase sales.
Sure, everyone loves chocolate, but how can you urge people to love it even more?




👙👓 Summer News 👣🌞

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At a time of year where it’s usually slow, there happens to be a lot going on!

We have a new employee starting, lines that we’re adding, our construction project under way, and our factories gearing up for NAFEM already (yup that’s 1/2 year away).

All this, and several announcements that we’ll be making over the next few weeks.

Stay tuned…


Please join us in welcoming Steve Ward, formerly of upstate New York’s Link2 Hospitality to the Pecinka Ferri team.
Steve will officially start next Monday 7/18/16.

  • Blodgett/Market Forge has had several seats open up for their August sales training.  Please RSVP to to secure your spot.


  • Insinger Machine has released their third quarter specials.  Contact your account executive for details.


😜 Showing Off 🎬

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Happy Memorial Day,

The unofficial start to summer is upon us!  Even with a rainy Monday, the three-day weekend is a welcome respite from the busy industry calendar.

Last week, the annual NRA Show in Chicago was abuzz with talk of

  • minimum wage hikes,
  • robotics,
  • craft beverages,
  • no-tipping policies,
  • Millennial-focused concepts,
  • & social media strategies

The local NJ AHF chapter (GNJSHFSA) held their “Tapas with Attitude” contest on Wednesday at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.  We enjoyed eating our way through this practice run and prelude to the upcoming AHF national conference where three of the five cooking competition finalists hail from the Garden State.


Tapas With Attitude winners & judges at the GNJSHFSA event.


Sunday was the busiest day at the NRA Show in Chicago

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