The National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, May 5-8, 2012, Chicago
Editor’s note: The National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show took place May 5-8, 2012, at McCormick Place in Chicago and included more than 1,800 exhibitors. This year’s show seemed to be focused on the earth. Design trends included rustic and natural elements in décor, such as wood and pottery. Appliances incorporated new technologies and sustainable practices, and focused on portability and low-energy needs. The following are some of the new products that were presented.
||Glazed finish The rustic Craft line of dishware from Steelite International, New Castle, Pa., is made in England and comes in four pottery glaze finishes: blue, green, brown and terracotta. The very pale green evokes an off-white hue and all four finishes are mottled with brown, allowing users to mix pieces. Items available in the line include regular and freestyle plates, bowls, rectangle plates, casseroles, cups and saucers, mugs, a teapot, club jug, decanter, salt and pepper, and bud vase, among others.|
|Metallic additions Impulse Enterprises, Deerfield Beach, Fla., introduced new metallic serving pieces in their Rivington collection, including small, medium and large Amalfi bowls. The hand-cut iron bowls have a matte black outside finish, are coated inside with gold foil, and measure 2 in. high, 3¾ in. high and 5½ in. high. The company also presented its aluminum Lugano Bowls, in brushed gold and silver, measuring 14 in. long and 18¼ in. long. Dishes are treated with food-safe enamel.
||Using humidity The HydroVection™ oven by Blodgett, Burlington, Vt., lets caterers adjust levels of humidity while cooking. Measuring the footprint of a standard convection oven, the Hydrovection oven has double, heavy-duty doors mounted on the iron frame, two interior halogen lights and a full-perimeter door gasket. It uses a thermostatically controlled quench system and has a slide-out panel for servicing. Standard controls include selections for hydro, hot air and cool down options, as well as a four-speed auto-reversing fan for even baking and a vent control to release steam. The oven comes in gas or electric, and in a single or double-stacked unit, as well as a half-size oven.|
|Shining example The Power Soak® silverware pre-washing system from Power Soak Systems, Kansas City, Mo., uses a perforated basket and a recirculating system of water to pre-soak silverware. The company offers stationary, drop-in, weld-in and two mobile models, including a counter-height mobile system and a roll-under counter system. The mobile models have four locking casters, a 24-in. flexible drain hose, a standard bus tub footprint and plug into a 110V outlet, the company says.
||Hot water and storage Portable sinks from Ozark River, Salem, Mo., offer storage as well as instant hot water. The sinks include a hot water system, fresh and waste water tanks, GFCI outlet protection and quick connect tanks. The Advantage Series hot water portable sink has safety casters and extra storage with four stainless-steel basins. An acrylic splash guard separates a 13-in.-round stainless-steel basin and a triple stainless-steel basin mounted in a wood-look melamine counter top for multiple hand-washing options. The cabinet measures 48 in. wide, 24 in. deep and 36 in. high.|
|Better than wood When you need a wood look, but
wood won’t do, Elite Global Solutions has an answer. The Lake Forest, Calif., company has Fo Bwa, a new line of faux wood trays in bamboo, driftwood, zebra wood and walnut finishes. Made of melamine, the displays come in 20-in. and 24-in. rectangles, 10-in. squares and 7-in., 14-in. and 21-in. quarter circles. Metal stands are available for each size and the displays are dishwasher safe.
||Feel the heat The commercial-grade patio table heaters from Evergreen Heaters, a division of Ecoheater, Alexandria, Va., contain a heating element in the table column and break down into three pieces for transport. The waterproof table is available in two sizes — the 35-lb. 42-in. bar table and the 31-lb. 29-in. bistro table — and two different options. The black tempered glass tabletop sits on a steel base with a stainless-steel foot ring and the green-etched tempered glass tabletop has a chrome/aluminum base with a stainless-steel ring. Tables come with a remote control, an ambient temperature sensor, a high temperature and tipover sensor, and require a 110V outlet for the 1500W IR halogen ruby heating element.|