Blog posts from June, 2015

What are the Best Kitchen Shoes for Restaurants

As one of the most prone industries to joint, muscle and back pain associated with the long hours of standing, line cooks, dishwashers, bussers and chefs need to have the best shoes possible. They need to be comfortable, while providing ample support for the long hours of standing while providing proper traction so no falls or slips occur. Here are the best kitchen shoes for restaurant staff as recommended by other chefs via this Reddit thread.


Crocs Bistro Shoes

Crocs Bistro clogs were made with foodservice and hospitality workers in mind. They feature slip-resistant tread, enclosed extra protective toe with thicker area across top of the foot for protection against spills, odor resistant and easy to clean. They come in women’s sizes from 6-12 and men’s sizes 4-12. No half sizes available.

According to Reddit user lernington they’re “cheap, comfy, non-slip, and you can run them through the dishwasher.”

Keen Service Shoes

Keen Service Shoes

Another shoe made with foodservice and hospitality in mind, they claim to have all-day comfort, non-slip sole, wipe clean for efficient care, and water resistant leather. The shoe features memory foam inside the shoe to cradle your foot. The men’s version comes in half sizes from 7-11.5 and then full sizes from 12-14. The women’s version comes in half sizes from 5 to 11.

According to a website review by kharvey “As a chef for 20+ years, this has been my GoTo for more than six years. Great comfort, great resistance to slip, and great look, too. I have very sensitive feet, and these shoes are so comfortable that I wear them EVERY DAY, even when not in the kitchen.”



Klogs are flexible, comfortable shoes that are easy to put on and take off. The footbed provides soft cushioning and great arch support while being antimicrobial, odor-resistant and lightweight. They also are orthotic friendly allowing for complete removal of the footbed inserts. The soles are slip-resistant and shock absorbing. Klogs come in black and brown for men and black for women. Men’s features half sizes from 8-14 in medium width and half sizes from 9-14 in wide width.

According to Reddit user inoeth “I wear Klogs, which are decent kitchen shoes that'll last you just as long as your birkies for half the cost.”

Birkenstocks (or Birkies as commonly referred to on Reddit)

Womans Birkenstock

The users on Reddit didn’t specify which Birkenstock they wear, so I chose a birkie that has a covered toe for protection and safety. The professional line of Birkenstocks named the Profi Birki has a removable and moldable footbed that absorbs shock to keep you comfortable all hours of the day. It is a flexible, durable shoe that has a repairable sole and has arch support that curves to your unique foot shape. Sizes 35-48 are available in unisex sizing. You could also choose a traditional birkie clog such as this one with a wooden insole.

NSFW User review from Reddit User poepower “Birkies are fucking hell for about a month with that wooden insole. After they get adjusted to your feet holy shit its like walking on nothing.”

Are there any kitchen shoes we’ve missed that you’re in love with? Let us know by tweeting us @NatlEventSupply, post on our timeline on Facebook, our page on LinkedIn or Google.

Happy Canada Day from National Event Supply

Happy Canada Day

On this date in 1867, our great nation of Canada was born. We’re so proud to be a part of this great nation. National Event Supply will be closed today re-opening for business tomorrow Thursday July 2nd at 9AM ET. Happy Canada Day! / Bonne Fete du Canada!

Must-Reads for Party Rental Companies

In my quest to find good content to share on our social media pages, I inevitably stumble across other articles that I either don’t get around to sharing (there’s just so much good content out there!) or want to make sure the articles are shared through another medium (i.e. blog instead of social media) to ensure the articles get read by the most readers possible. Here are a number of articles relevant to Party Rental and Event Rental companies.

Event Tent

Tents are an expensive investment as many of you very well know. Making sure the cleaning solution you use is suitable for your tent, will ensure you’re not harming your investment. Check out this article for best practices in tent cleaning.

Dunk Tank

What happens when a ‘one of a kind’ accident happens to your business? If you rent dunk tanks, this article is a ‘what not to do’. Read on to hear how a rental company can protect themselves from the unexpected.

Backyard Tented Events

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Backyard events are more popular than ever thanks to the innovations in tenting. Here are the best tents and hottest trends to offer customers for backyard events.


There comes a time in a rental product’s life where it comes time to retire. But with storage space tight as it is, what do you do with rental products once they’ve reached their end of life? Check out this article for unique and creative ways to dispose of rental inventory.

Mason Jar Votives

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Are there any rental items you’ve seen or customers have requested so much that you’re just over them? Here are 5 wedding trends that wedding planners are just dying to retire.


A good article to share with any DIY wedding customers as a nice value-add to help them out. This article includes 30 unexpected wedding costs that brides almost always forget to budget for. It’s got a wealth of information that is sure to help even the most organized of brides.

Another good article to share with any wedding customers or other outdoor event customers. This article provides tips on how to weather proof outdoor wedding décor or how to plan a plan b.

Any other articles you’ve read lately that you found interesting? Let us know by tweeting us @NatlEventSupply, post on our timeline on Facebook, our page on LinkedIn or Google+.

Where to Buy Glass Racks in Canada

Restaurants, party rentals and banquet halls rely on glass racks to organize, wash, dry, store and transport glass stemware and other glassware. They come in a variety of compartment sizes from 9 compartments to 49 compartments per rack and can be open sided (i.e. have holes in the sides) or closed sided (i.e. no holes). If you’ve already been buying glass racks then this post isn’t really for you – unless you’re not happy with your current supplier. If you’re in the market to purchase glass racks, one of the most common things ask is where to buy glass racks in Canada?

This post will round up 4 other suppliers besides National Event Supply, who also sell glass racks in Canada.

1. s.t.o.p. Restaurant Supply

s.t.o.p. Restaurant Supply is located in Kitchener, Ontario and Sudbury, Ontario and caters to both commercial and retail customers. While Nella Cutlery and Hamilton Store Fixtures sell larger food equipment, s.t.o.p. restaurant supply focuses on smallwares, apparel & household items. S.t.o.p sells open sided glass racks in two sizes.

2. Nella

Synonymous with restaurant supply in Toronto, Nella Cutlery has two locations serving the greater Toronto Area with food equipment, refrigeration, bar equipment, material handling & storage, espresso machines, smallwares and knives with knife service. Nella sells closed sided glass racks in a variety of sizes and colours.

3. Brama Inc

Brama is located in Vaughan Ontario and features over 40,000 products in categories such as refrigeration, cooking, hold & warm, food prep, concession, ware wash, kitchen ware, dining ware and outdoor ware. Brama sells closed sided glass racks in a variety of sizes and colours.

4. Hendrix

Based in Brockville, Ontario with 10 locations across Canada, Hendrix Restaurant Equipment and Supply sells foodservice equipment, food prep, smallwares, chef knives, tabletop & serving, worktables & shelving, sinks & plumbing, furniture & fixtures, storage & transport, cleaning supplies, textiles & apparel both in their brick and mortar locations as well as online. Hendrix sells both open and closed sided glass racks in a variety of sizes and colours.

We sell catering glassware boxes and are currently expecting to begin selling closed-sided glass racks (like Cambro) at the end of July.

Hopefully one of these companies (if not us!) can help you find the glass racks you need.

If you’re interested in a quote for our glass racks in 9 compartments up to 49 compartments (including full and half size extenders):


Who Owns The Recipe: The Chef or The Restaurant?

Chef With TabletAn interesting discussion popped up on the internet recently about the ownership of recipes. Most often in restaurants, the head chef is tasked to create the recipes for the menu. The question raised in the discussion was: when a chef creates a recipe at a restaurant, who does it belong to? Who has the rights to it?

In the business world, a software engineer is paid by their company to create something that belongs to the company since the person was paid to produce it. So what does it mean in the restaurant world?

If we look at copyright laws, the courts have ruled that in general recipes cannot be protected by copyright law. The courts have ruled that “the identification of ingredients necessary for the preparation of each dish is a statement of facts.” And also that the directions were not protected by copyright because copyrights do not extend to procedures, processes or systems (source: Paleo Magazine). What can be copyrighted though is any descriptive text associated with the recipe, including illustration or pictures (Source: US Copyright Office), which is how cookbooks can be produced using recipes that have been altered from other chefs.

Therefore, in terms of the law, a chef has no rights to copyright a recipe – but neither does the restaurant. The best advice I’m able to find that protects both the restaurant and the chef is to build in non-disclosure agreements and non-compete agreements into employment contracts. This ensures that both parties have an understanding of what they can and can’t do – such as if a chef leaves a restaurant perhaps it’s built into the non-compete that his/her signature dishes are taken off the menu – or it’s built into the non-compete that a restaurant gets to keep a chef’s signature dishes and the chef cannot take the recipe with him/her. Another thing for all to consider, it’s not the recipe that makes the food so brilliantly, it’s the chef. So while a recipe may stay at a former restaurant, the chef has every opportunity to create something equally brilliant if not more so. And if a recipe leaves with the chef the new executive chef at the restaurant will create something equally brilliant if not more so to replace the former recipe.

What do you think? Does a chef own the recipe or the restaurant? Let us know by tweeting us @NatlEventSupply, post on our timeline on Facebook, our page on LinkedIn or Google+.