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Blog posts from August, 2015

Now in Stock: Catering Glassware Boxes

We have been selling crystal and glass glassware for a while now but we lacked a storage and transport solution. I’m pleased to announce we now have medium and large catering glassware boxes in stock.

Our catering glassware boxes offer a secure solution for storing and transporting glassware for party rental companies and caterers. Featuring strong, durable polypropylene plastic corrugated material, the boxes can be safely stacked on top of one another for easy storage. Ideal for the storage or transportation of glassware to and from events. They also ship and pack flat when not in use to allow for cost savings and increased storage space.

We have two sizes available – a medium and a large catering glassware box. For more information on each of the sizes please see below:

Medium Catering Glassware Box:

Medium Catering Glassware Box

  • No handles
  • Available in Black
  • Ships flat - some assembly required
  • Box exterior measurements: 15 7/8" W x 23 7/8" L x 7 1/2" H
  • Interior glass compartment measurements: 3 3/4" W x 3 3/4" L x 7 1/2" H
  • Maximum glass diameter: 3 5/8"
  • Number of compartments: 24

The following National Event Supply glasses fit the medium catering glassware box:

  • Victoria Crystal 10oz Old Fashioned Glass
  • Victoria Crystal 13oz Highball Glass
  • Eclisse 7oz Wine Glass
  • Eclisse 10oz Wine Glass
  • Eclisse 6oz Champagne Glass
  • Eclisse 11oz Water Glass
  • Eclisse 12oz Beer Glass
  • Eclisse 14oz Beer/Water Glass
  • Copa 9oz Wine Glass
  • Copa 12oz Wine Glass

Large Catering Glassware Box:

Large Catering Glassware Box

  • Handles for easier pick up
  • Available in Black
  • Ships flat - some assembly required
  • Box exterior measurements: 16 3/8" W x 24 3/4" L x 9 1/4" H
  • Interior glass compartment measurements: 3 3/4" W x 3 3/4" L x 9 1/4" H
  • Maximum glass diameter: 3 5/8"
  • Number of compartments: 24

The following National Event Supply glasses fit the large catering glassware box:

  • Serenity Crystal 7oz Champagne Glass
  • Serenity Crystal 12oz Wine Glass
  • Serenity Crystal 14oz Water Glass
  • Serenity Crystal 16oz Wine Glass
  • Serenity Crystal 19oz Wine Glass
  • Serenity Crystal 22oz Wine Glass
  • Eclisse 12oz Wine Glass
  • Eclisse 14oz Wine Glass

Both catering glass boxes are available in additional colour choices for special order. Minimum order and manufacturing lead times will apply.

If you’re interested in a quote including shipping to your location for the medium or large catering glassware boxes:

 

The Best Chef Instagram Accounts to Follow

Instagram is such a fabulous platform to find new recipes to try, flavour combinations you’d never think of and unusual plating’s to bring your menu to the next level. If you’re not on Instagram in a professional capacity, you should seriously consider it as a way to gain additional fans of your food and a crowdsourced way of testing what works for your mass audience. Here are 6 chef Instagram accounts to follow for inspiration:

1. @chefjacqueslamerde

 

IF I SIT DOWN AT ONE MORE DIMLY EDISON BULB-LIT RESTAURANT AND AM SERVED SOUSVIDE PORK BELLY W/ FRIED THINGS AND KIMCHI, I AM ACTUALLY GOIN 2 BE FORCED TO HURL MY MASON JAR OF AGED HOUSE MADE BITTERS INFUSED COCKTAIL AGAINST THE WALL!!! YO BROS ITS TIME 2 LEAVE THAT PLAYED OUT STUFF BEHIND!!! JOSE AND I TOOK PORK BELLY OFF THE MENU MONTHS AGO, AND HAVE REPLACED IT W/ SOMETHING SO SO NEXT LEVEL, ITS ACTUALLY SUPERSONIC!!!! ARTISINAL LUNCHMEATS!!!! YAASSS BROS, WE PLUGGED IN THE OL’ @EATNOMIKU FIRST GEN AND MADE OUR OWN MACARONI LOAF!!!! MACARONI STUDDED BOLOGNA, HAND-TORN WONDERBREAD, YELLO MUSTARD CAVIAR, PICKLED BABY ONIONS, HUNTS KETCHUP COULIS, MIRACLE WHIP EXPRESSIONS, TINY PICKLE CROSS-SECTIONS, DORITOS DYNAMITE NACHO PICOSO, CHEEZE WHIZ RIMMER!!!!! #lunchmeatgoessupersonic #nextlevel #soigné #theartofplating #gastroart #chefsofig #miraclewhip #doritos #cheezewhizrimmer #plateswagger #tweezers #negativespace #nomiku #sousvide #moleculargastronomy #artisan #slowfood #masonjars

A photo posted by @chefjacqueslamerde on

Chef Jacques La Merde is a tweezer genius who simultaneously pokes fun of high end dining while creating gorgeous plated dishes featuring ingredients such as hostess cupcakes, hot pockets and hidden valley ranch dressing. He’s been featured on CNN, BuzzFeed, Eater, Vice and the London Times for his Instagram account.

2. @bambambaklava

 

Chana Masala (Chick Peas in a spicy sauce) from my hands. One of my favorite things. 🔥 #Fuckthatsdelicious

A photo posted by Action Bronson (@bambambaklava) on

Action Bronson is a full time rapper and a classically trained culinary chef with a video webseries on Munchies called Fuck, That’s Delicious. Follow him to see his rap career and as he eats / cooks his way around his world tour.

3. @gastroart

 

Tuna, pink pepper, edible flowers, basil oil & wasabi. Superb dish uploaded by @tadashi_takayama #gastroart

A photo posted by Gastro Art (@gastroart) on

Gastro Art is an Instagram account dedicated to aesthetically pleasing and gorgeously photographed pictures of food.

4. @dan_churchill

Dan Churchill is an Aussie born, US based chef who is the author of two cookbooks, and is currently in preproduction for his own TV series. He offers some great alternatives for gluten free cooking and wants to promote healthy cooking that’s as delicious as it is healthy.

5. @jamieoliver

Do I even need to explain who Jamie Oliver is? The Naked Chef, and Healthy eating advocate shares information about his life, his new projects, his restaurants and of course simple, healthy and gorgeous food recipes.

6. @aprilbloomfield

Chef Bloomfield is the reigning James Beard Best Chef New York City whose Instagram account features farm-fresh ingredients, gorgeous photography and stunning recipes from her upcoming cookbook “a Girl and Her Greens”.

Are there any other chef Instagram accounts you follow that we’ve missed? Let us know by tweeting us @NatlEventSupply, post on our timeline on Facebook, our page on LinkedIn or Google.

2015 Wedding Trends Now Out of Style

Just as wedding trends can become the hot item of the season or year they can also die out just as fast. It seemed for the latter half of 2014 and beginning of 2015 – a lot of these trends were going strong. Brides.comSpecial Events Magazine and Gurley Events have predicted the 2015 wedding trends that are passé with the help of event planners on the front lines.

Check out the trends that are out of style that you may want to consider retiring from your inventory.

1. Patterned Cakes like Chevron, Stripes and Polka Dots (Source & Photo Source)

Patterned Wedding Cake

2. Blush Pink in favour of bolder metallic and jewel tones (Source & Photo Source)

Blush Wedding

3. Mirrors as centerpiece anchors (Source & Photo Source)

Mirrored Centrepiece

4. The Boho theme (Source & Photo Source)

Boho Wedding

5. Chalkboards for anything and everything (SourceSource & Photo Source)

Wedding Chalkboard

6. The seated dinner is out – with strolling food stations becoming the trend for better networking (Source)

Station Reception

7. Fake back dropped photo booths with cheap decorations to play with (SourceSource & Photo Source)

Fish Scale Background

8. Candy Buffets (Source & Source)

Candy Buffet

9. Mason Jars (Source, SourceSource & Photo Source)

Mason Jar Glasses

10. Burlap (SourceSource & Photo Source)

Burlap Tablecloths

11. The Roaring ‘20s / Great Gatsby theme (Source & Photo Source)

Gatsby Themed Weddings

12. Glowing Furniture (Source & Photo Source)

Glowing Furniture

13. Macarons (Source)

Macarons

14. Large elaborate weddings (Source & Photo Source)

Elaborate Wedding

Are there any trends you’re dying to see go out of style? Let us know by tweeting us @NatlEventSupply, post on our timeline on Facebook, our page on LinkedIn or Google.

Questions to Ask When Ordering Event Supplies from the United States

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We know we’re not the only game in North America for event supplies but we’ve heard horror stories of our customer’s thinking they’re getting a good deal from the US only to find out it isn’t the fairy tale they initially thought. We’re all for trying to make our customer’s lives and businesses better so we thought it made sense to compile a list of questions based on hidden fees / costs that are often found when buying from United States event equipment suppliers.

Here are questions to make sure you ask / costs you are aware of so you have the all-in pricing to compare against Canadian event supply companies.

  1. Do they have the items in stock?
  2. Do they charge a credit card processing fee? What is it?
  3. What is the exchange rate your credit card provider will charge to convert US Dollars to Canadian Dollars?
  4. Is there any minimum order quantities required?
  5. Do you have to pay for skids (if you are ordering skid volumes)?
  6. Where is the product shipping from?
  7. Do you have to pay shipping from their US warehouse to their Canadian warehouse and then from their Canadian warehouse to your location? Or do you only have to pay shipping from their US warehouse to your location?
  8. What customs fees, brokerage fees and duties are associated with the products you’re buying? Most companies (ourselves included) know the duties and customs/brokerage fees associated with exporting products.
  9. How long will it take for them to ship your order?
  10. How long does it take once the order is shipped for the order to get to you?

Hopefully this list gives you the questions needed to ensure you get the products you need for your rental inventory. If we’re missing any questions – let us know so we can update the list!

How to Reduce Your Restaurant's Energy Costs [Infographic]

Restaurants are notoriously tight on profit margins and every way of reducing operating expenses helps a restaurant’s bottom line and equals more revenue. Energy costs can eat up a huge portion of a restaurant’s operating expenses. There are a lot of energy sucking appliances that exist in a commercial kitchen.

If you’ve ever wondered how a restaurant can reduce energy costs, then look no further than the infographic below from Powerhouse Dynamics. They figured out which systems and appliances consume the most energy in a full-service restaurant.

For example, they found that food preparation equipment accounts for 40% of a total restaurant’s energy use, the most of any restaurant component. They also found that reducing energy use by 20% could increase profits by 10% - which is a huge percentage when the average restaurant’s profit margin is 10%.

Check it out to see savings tips on various appliances and systems in the kitchen and dining areas.

Are there any energy optimization tips you use that aren’t mentioned on this graphic? Let us know by tweeting us @NatlEventSupply, post on our timeline on Facebook, our page on LinkedIn or Google.