CVap Aussie Bison Slider

CVap Aussie Bison Slider
Summer is winding down. The approach of Labor Day marks the time to pack away your summer whites, and is perhaps your last chance to grill out before the leaves turn and a chill returns to the air. Why not try a unique twist on that perennial grill staple,...

Winston Announces Award of Equipment to White Bear Lake Area Schools

Bridget Lehn, SNS
Winston Foodservice has awarded its annual Winston Equipment Grant Award to the White Bear Lake Area Schools in Minnesota. This annual grant program was established in partnership with the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) to help deserving schools serve hot, nutritious meals to their students. Grant winners may choose any...

Water – The Good, the Bad, and the Funky

water, water, everywhere
 Cool facts about water: Most of Earth’s surface (nearly three-quarters) is covered with water, but only a small percentage of our water (2.5%) is fresh. The other 97.5% is salt water. Of that tiny percentage of fresh water, most (roughly two-thirds) is locked up in glaciers and ice caps....

Plating Perfect Pork Chops with CVap

chops in pan
One of the best things about CVap is having the ability to use it to handle precision cooking of center of the plate (COP) items without monitoring – or even having to check on it. For this blog post I got some beautiful Berkshire pork chops from Fossil Farms....

Beautiful Beef Brisket: Smoky, Juicy, and Tasty!

Smoked Brisket
Every pitmaster worth his or her salt knows that producing a proper brisket is something to be proud of. Between the fatty and the lean parts, there are special challenges. Smoke or cook it too long and the lean portion will dry out; but not long enough and the fat...

Burger Season is Upon Us. Prepare to Gobble!

Turkey burgers cooked to perfection in CVap.
Memorial Day is upon us. It’s a time to reflect on the sacrifices of our men and women in uniform. It’s also the official start of the summer season. Think summer foods, and the first thing that comes to mind is burgers. Here’s a delicious twist on burgers –...

Celebrate National Barbecue Month with This Crowd-pleasing BBQ

bbq sandwich
May is National Barbecue Month! Nothing signifies the arrival of Summer like the rich flavor of barbecue. Recently we did BBQ a big crowd, and we had a blast doing it! We cooked 7- to 10-lb. Boston pork butts traditionally for about ten hours on a Good-One® smoker until they...

A Savory Treat for Mother’s Day

Goat Cheese Cheesecake
Winston Foodservice celebrates the Farm to Table movement. We wanted to share one of our recipes that takes full advantage of locally-available ingredients. The texture of these tartlets were so creamy and silky! What mother wouldn’t want to be treated to this delicious treat? Savory Basil Goat Cheese Tartlet...

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo and Derby Day with Carnitas!

Carnitas!
I love food! And I mean all types of food. My absolute favorite style of cuisine is Hispanic – more specifically, Mexican, with its wealth of tradition and depth of flavors. What’s not to like? This year Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby fall back-t0-back on May 5...

Prepare in the PM for Perfect Porchetta

Sampling Pork Porchetta
If you’re not using your CVap® oven overnight – why not? You can be productive 24 hours a day with CVap. Inserra Shop Rite Supermarkets, one of my valued customers, uses CVap Cook/Hold ovens in three of their locations. Executive Chef Paulie Velletutti takes full advantage of their stacked...

Winston Receives TWO Vendor of the Year Awards from KFC Franchisees

Angie Kirby shows off KFC awards
During the AKFCF Annual Convention (USA) show in Austin, Texas, Winston Foodservice received two amazing awards. The Great Lakes KFC Franchisee Association and the Upper Midwest KFC Franchisee Association both awarded Vendor of the Year to Winston. Wow, what a treat! Two Vendor of the Year awards in a single year. I’m tooting our own company’s horn, that is pretty...

A St. Patrick’s Day Treat – CVap Corned Beef!

Corned Beef Sandwich
One of the best things about CVap is having the ability to use it to handle precision cooking of center of the plate (COP) items without monitoring – or even having to check on it. For this blog post I got some beautiful Berkshire pork chops from Fossil Farms. I...

Bringing the Heat with Nashville Hot Chicken

Winter may be waning, but the popularity of Nashville Hot Chicken sure isn’t. We decided to try our hand at preparing a big batch. It was as good (and hot!) as promised. Nashville Hot Chicken’s powerful poultry story originated nearly seven decades ago, at Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack. Apparently...

Perfect Fried Chicken Every Time

Damned good fried chicken
Everyone’s fried chicken is the best! Or everyone has a grandmother that made the best fried chicken. I get it, I really do! Everyone has their own techniques, tricks, and superstitions when it comes to making their “famous fried chicken.” Well, my fried chicken is never the same. I...

Vegan Doesn’t Just Mean Tofu & Salad!

vegan fried chicken
I had just finished planning a three-course dinner for some visiting customers. My goal was to demonstrate CVap versatility with contemporary applications and menu trends. I had settled on a menu that included the following: First Course – Southern fried chicken boa with Kim Chi Second Course – Moroccan...

Who Doesn’t Love Cupcakes?!

Cupcakes!
Yum! Yum! Walking down the street and peering into the local cupcake shop, I often wonder, is that a sweet treat or a piece of edible art work? Mouthwatering cupcake shops have popped in every major city and in many small towns. If you want to use your CVap...

Celebrate the Season with Gingerbread!

gingerbread
When you think of gingerbread, do you picture crisp cookies and holiday decorations? Or do you picture a moist, cakey treat that is best served warm with a dollop of fresh whipped cream? We’ve been leaning towards the latter! In celebration of the holiday season, we’re sharing a couple...

Giving Back – Equipment Grant Winners

Like a lot of people in the foodservice industry, I didn’t intend on ending up here.  Also, like a lot of people in the foodservice industry, I didn’t intend on still being here over a decade later.  One of the many reasons I still am, however, is the fact...

TURDUCKEN!

Turducken
Thanksgiving may be the time for tradition, but for us we decided it was time to shake things up! This year, we not only roasted and fried turkeys, but we also cooked the infamous turducken. In case you aren’t familiar, that is a turkey, duck, and chicken all rolled...

Sous Vide Turkey – Get Ready to Gobble It Up!

Sous Vide Turkey
I’m sure I’m not the only one who builds up enough points to get a “free” turkey at their grocery store.  I hadn’t had a chance to cook the one from last year before this year’s came along.  So, it was time to make room in the freezer. Over...