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Celebrating 100 Years of The National Restaurant Association Show

Every year, restaurateurs, celebrity chefs, and food fanatics travel from across America to one of the world’s greatest culinary events: The National Restaurant Association Show!

This year’s event marks the 100th anniversary of the organization, and here are some of the reasons why you should consider going to McCormick Place in Chicago, IL from  May 18th-21st.

A Century of Style and Taste!

The National Restaurant Association has spent the last 100 years connecting kitchens across America and giving restaurant owners the support that they need to succeed.

This dedication is most clearly seen in their annual restaurant shows that bring together the latest and greatest innovations in the cooking world along with all of the hottest trends that restaurants need to grow their customer base.

“Meat” and Greet With Celebrity Chefs!

The National Restaurant Association Show isn’t just the place to keep your restaurant on the cutting edge of cuisine, but it’s also a gathering event for tastebud trendsetters like Rick Bayless, Abra Berens, and Abe Conlon too.

Celebrity guests aren’t only restricted to the kings and queens of cuisine though; the National Restaurant Association is also proud to welcome the greatest spirit masters in the world, including Tony Abou-Ganim, Jarmel Doss, James Bowers, and many more!

See the Latest Innovations from Cookshack!

Cookshack has been attending the National Restaurant Association show for over 33 years, and it’s no stretch to say that we’ve become just as much of a staple as the delicious food demos.

Cookshack will also be providing free samples of our delicious meats and signature spice and sauce blends, meaning every guest will walk away with a head full of ideas and a belly full of samples!

Cookshack is proud to be celebrating over 33 years at the National Restaurant Association Show, and we look forward to celebrating with you on May 18-21st at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. Book your tickets online and then make sure to stop by booth #2035 to visit with us and see how Cookshack can help make this years event the best one yet! If you can’t make it to the show, you can visit our website to take a look at all we have to offer!

 

5 Easy Ways to Boost the Lines at Your Pizza Food Truck

Food trucks are a wonderful thing. When the weather gets warm and the food trucks line the blocks, that’s the time when the whole city comes out to enjoy the different cuisines. But the only thing better than visiting a food truck? Owning a food truck.

Here are just a few tips from our team on how to make your pizza truck a smashing success.

Focus on a Single Cuisine

Plenty of food truck owners get into the industry because they want to share all their recipes with the world, and that’s great! However, spreading your menu too thin with a wide range of offerings will confuse your clients, as people looking for a good slice of pizza may not be down for your grandmother’s baba ghanoush.

Save time and energy by focusing your menu on what your clients love the most.

Change the Menu Regularly

We know you put your heart and soul into every dish you make, but whether you like thyme or parsley, variety is the real spice of life. Keep your clients coming back by providing fresh twists on your pizzas that go with the seasons, like spicy summer pizzas or Halloween pumpkin pies!

Embrace Social Media

If there’s one thing people love more than enjoying delicious food, it’s posting about it on social media so their friends and family can enjoy it with them.

Making sure your food truck has a presence on all the major social media platforms is a great way to foster positive word-of-mouth and alert your fans to where you’ll be popping up next!

Consider Providing Delivery

Food trucks are already a pretty mobile endeavor, but there can always be more! 61% of foodies have said that whether or not a restaurant has delivery services impacts their meal choices, so clinch the clientele with a delivery driver today!

Find a Way to Relax and Unwind

We get it – owning and operating a food truck can be a stressful job. Between tight margins, spending all day in a cramped space, and seasonal crowds, anybody can find themselves feeling worn out and finding a few new grays.

If you want to make sure food truck is a success and you’re in a space where you can enjoy that success, find an outlet or hobby where you can release this stress. 

Running a pizza food truck can be a fun and creative career, and we want to make it an easier one too! Give the team at Cookshack a call today at 800-423-0698 or visit us online to see our wide selection of picture-perfect pizza ovens.

Seafood Grill

Profits are Smoking in the Seafood Department

Profits are Smoking in the Seafood Department

Increase sales, customer base, bottom line profit by 50%, and reduce shrinkage in the seafood department by smoking near dated seafood using a Cookshack Smoker.

Cookshack Commercial Electric SmartSmokers® generate 100% payback in an average of 12 weeks. In some circumstances, it may take up to 6 months.  Just think of an ROI of 200% to 400% the first year after starting the our exclusive supermarket program!  The smoker pays for itself in about three months, and the smoker will last for generations.  Cookshack is the time proven industry leader in commercial smokers.

SM160, SM260, SM360

SmartSmoker® Electric Smoker Line

 

We have been “Smokin’ Made Simple” for over 53 years because we deliver old-fashioned barbecue the hi-tech way.  Cookshack Commercial smokers feature the new IQ5 digital, electronic controller:

  • 3-stage, 2-stage and

    meat probe cooking options

  • programmable, customizable cooking presets
  • alarm cycle
  • USB port for downloading up to 512 hours of cook time
  • hold cycle

    IQ5 Controller

    IQ5 Controller with Optional Meat Probe

Using the Cookshack SmartSmoker® Electric Smoker you can cold smoke or hot smoke signature items like Lox Style Salmon, lobster, and halibut.  The heating element(s) provide the heat in the smoker up to 300°F and the wood chunks smolder the wood in the wood box.  The result is moist, succulent seafood.  Adding smoked seafood to your product offerings is a win-win situation for you and your customers!  Here are some reasons why:

The Cookshack Commercial SmartSmoker® Model SM260 is ideally suited for cold smoking seafood. It is our most popular electric smoker.  It is 27”w X 31”d X 64”h and has a list price of only $6,875. Add the Cold Smoke Kit for only $143.75, and you have a versatile hot or cold smoking oven.

 

For more information call Dave Mason at 800-423-0698 ext. 201.

Are You Eating Seafood during Lent?

Are you eating seafood during the Lenten season?  Let Cookshack make it easier for you!  Our product feature of the month is our Seafood Grill.  Save 15% off the regular price of our Seafood Grills March 24 – 26th, 2015!  Just use Promo Code:  MARCH when your order online or call in your order to one of our friendly sales professionals.  Call toll-free at 1.800.423.0698.

Smoked shrimp, trout, catfish, salmon, and tilapia are so moist and delicious when cooked in a Cookshack smoker.  Our Seafood Grill is the perfect companion to our smokers and pellet grills, so you do not lose one tasty morsel.  The Seafood Grill comes in three sizes depending on the unit you own.

  • PV019 fits SM009-2
  • PV009 fits SM025, SM045, SM066
  • PV018 fits PG500, PG1000

Seafood Grill

These grills are also great for smoking small vegetables and nuts.  Check out our Cooking Guide on our website for great recipes for smoked or grilled fish, vegetables and nuts.  The Cookshack YouTube channel shows these seafood grills in action.

Hurry this offer will not last long!  To order click or call today (1.800.423.0698) to take advantage of 15% off savings for the Cookshack Seafood Grill.  Remember to mention the Promo Code MARCH and that you read about the offer on this blog!