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Central Exclusive Cutlery

The Real Secret to Easy Cubed Watermelon – Central Exclusive Cutlery

"The Easiest, Fastest Way To Cut A Watermelon"

Still from YouTube video

Have you seen the YouTube video of the real-life fruit ninja who cubes half a watermelon in seconds with just a few cuts from his knife? He first makes two cuts perpendicular to the rind on each side for the watermelon, then separates the flesh from the rind with a circular cut. Finally, he scores the flesh with criss-cross cuts and places the whole melon in a large plastic bag. With a quick upside down flip he now has bag full of perfectly cubed watermelon!

Of course, the one step he forgot to mention is that you always need a great knife to make this job simple. If you are looking for the right knife to become a fruit ninja, we recommend using our Central Exclusive series knives. Plus, just in time for the summer watermelon season, they are on sale now through the end of August.

20% off Central Exclusive Cutlery

Central Exclusive products are specially chosen by our buyers for their quality features and construction at prices that provide significant value to our customers. In cutlery, we offer a variety of dishwasher-safe economy knives with hand-honed edges. They feature stamped, stain-free carbon steel blades for durability and textured polypropylene handles for slip resistance.

20% Central Exclusive Cutlery through 8/31/14

20% Central Exclusive Cutlery through 8/31/14

Choose from six models to find the right knife for each of your food prep needs. Included in the promotion are an 8″ or 10″ Cook’s knife, 12″ slicer, 8″ bread knife, 6″ boning knife and a 3 1/2″ pairing knife. We would recommend our 8″ scalloped edge bread/utility knife to tear through the tough rind of a watermelon.

But this offer is only good through August 31st, 2014…so order today.

Choosing the Right Knife for You

Cutting more than just watermelon and still pondering what knife you will need? Check out our blog on how to choose the right knife for any need. Click through to learn about blade types, handle construction and the best type of knife for your application. Of course, our helpful product consultants are ready to walk you through the different applications.

So, now that you’ve learned how to choose the right knife, and have saved 20% on your Central Exclusive knife purchase – it’s time for the demonstration via YouTube.


Celebrate Summer Savings With 15% Off All Vollrath Products through Central Restaurant Products

To kick off the release of our new 401 page catalog, Central Restaurant Products has teamed up with The Vollrath Company for an exclusive promotion. This promotion will be featured in both the catalog and CentralRestaurant.com, and will offer the food service industry 15% off all Vollrath products. Central carries hundreds of Vollrath items in stock, and will ship the same day if ordered by 5 p.m. EST. This promotion will run through September 5.

About Vollrath

For over 100 years, Vollrath has been a trusted name in restaurant equipment and smallwares. Their philosophy is to produce products that help customers outperform every day. Vollrath’s innovation and commitment to quality earned them Foodservice Equipment and Supplies “Best in Class” awards in 2013 for cookware, induction, table top and buffet and manual food processors.

Vollrath provides a vast assortment of restaurant and foodservice items, ranging from cookware, buffet units, food processors, kitchen utensils, mixers, warewashing supplies and more. The food service industry will find thousands of Vollrath products on Central’s website at www.centralrestaurant.com.

Shop Vollrath at Central

To find more information on Central’s exclusive promotion with Vollrath, visit CentralRestaurant.com. A catalog can be requested either on the website or by calling 800-215-9293.



Now through September 5, 2014, take advantage of 15% OFF all Vollrath products through Central Restaurant Products! Hundreds of items are in stock and ready to ship the same day when ordered before 5 p.m. EST.

Need help? We know how challenging it can be to navigate through the sea of information to find the right equipment and supplies for your establishment. We are here to help you make the most informed purchase and ensure you are confident in your final decision. Call us at 800?215?9293 to speak with an expert Product Consultant, or read through our Buying Guides!
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*Same Day Shipping is available for orders placed before 5:00 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. Excludes holidays and days where shipping services are not available. Specific quantities subject to availability.

Refrigeration and Furniture: Central’s New Products

Refrigeration and Furniture: Latest Adds!

When you check out our Central Restaurant Products’ latest master catalog (released today, Monday July 7th), you’ll find 401 pages full of everything you’ll need for your restaurant or kitchen. You will also find hundreds of new and exciting products, including many from our Refrigeration and Furniture categories. Here’s a look at a few of the additions. If you are not on our mailing list, remember to request your new catalog now!

Expanded Central Exclusive Refrigeration

Last year, Central introduced our new line of Exclusive Reach-In Refrigerators and Pizza Prep Tables. This year, we expand that selection with our new Glass Door Merchandisers, Undercounters and Sandwich/Salad Prep Tables. These full featured items are durable and include free shipping along with a two year parts and labor warranty. They also carry a five year warranty on the compressor.


If you are looking for great quality on a budget – you can’t go wrong with our Central Exclusive models.

New Traulsen Milk Coolers at Central

Traulsen Milk Coolers

Traulsen has always been a trusted name in refrigeration, and they recently expanded their expertise to milk coolers. Central now advertises their new line-up of high quality forced air models with free shipping. Each model has a 100% stainless steel cabinet design inside and out. They are lockable with front sliding doors and lift-up top entry. Choose from single or dual access units in sizes that hold from 8 to 16 crates of milk.

Granite Table Tops

Granite Table Tops with Plywood Core

Real granite tables give your restaurant a fantastic upscale look. The downside has been cost and weight. This July, Central added another great option with Art Marble granite table tops with an inner plywood core. Both cost and weight are reduced significantly. Central offers these new tops in sizes from 24″Wx30″D to 30″Wx72″D. Plus, round sizes up to 48″. They are available for quick shipping in five attractive colors: Uba-Tuba II, Giallo Gold, Black Galaxy, Kasmir White and Ruby Red. Central carries compatible table bases as well. Upgrade today!

New Value Series Metal and Wood Seating

As seating trends change, Central keeps up with the times. We’ve added over a dozen new styles and color options to our Value Series metal and wood seating that are perfect for your dining room. These Value Series products are carefully selected from top vendors to provide a quality, durable chair for those on a budget. Choose from several School House styles and slat or ladder back options. You’ll find a chair that both your eyes and your wallet will admire.

New Value Series Dining Room Seating

Synthetic Teak Outdoor Furniture

New Synthetic Teak Outdoor Furniture

The Teakwood look is hot right now, and many are turning to synthetic teak furniture to keep the beautiful look without the maintenance of real teak. Central has added new styles of faux teak outdoor chairs and tables – several of which are Central Exclusive models. They feature powdercoated aluminum frames in black or silver. Tables are available in many sizes as well as matching table bases. Stay up with the trends with furniture that will weather the long term.


Stay Tuned for More New Products

Over the next few Mondays, we’ll continue to feature new products on the Central Blog, including a  bonus blog on Cooking Equipment tomorrow. Can’t wait? Check out all our new products on our website.


Hot Dogs

Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest – A July 4th Tradition

July 4th is a special day in America, of course. It’s the time to break out your American flag pants and majestic bald eagle shirts and celebrate our independence. Like most major holidays, the 4th is a day of traditions. Cookouts, swimming and fireworks are standard operating protocol for most folks. Another July 4th tradition occurs at Coney Island in New York, as Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs invites competitors from around the world to participate in the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. This annual affair has grown in popularity over the last 15 years to the point where the contest is now nationally televised.


The first Nathan’s contest on record was in 1972, as Jason Schechter downed 14 hot dogs in 3-1/2 minutes. Over time, the contest duration increased to 12 minutes and went down to 10 minutes in 2008. From 1972 to 2000, the record for most hot dogs eaten was 25-1/8. However, in 2001, Japan’s Takeru Kobayashi destroyed that mark by eating a world-record 50 hot dogs in 12 minutes. The 128 lb. Kobayashi became an overnight celebrity, and the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest became a must-see event to see if the record could be broken.

For six straight years, Kobayashi defended the mustard-yellow championship belt (given to the winner each year) successfully, getting the world-record up to 53-3/4 hot dogs. However, in 2007, the United States regained hot dog supremacy, as Joey Chestnut defeated Kobayashi by eating 66 hot dogs, a new world record. Chestnut has won every year since, setting a new record in 2013 with 69 wieners consumed. In 2011, a women’s division was created, and has been dominated by Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas, who holds the women’s record with 45 hot dogs.

This Year’s Contest

Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest

Photo credit: Simon Doggett

Chestnut and Thomas will attempt to defend their crowns once again against all comers. Regional contests are held earlier in the year to qualify for the Main Event. The event can be seen on ESPN2 starting at 12 o’clock EST. For more information on the contest, visit Nathan’s website here. And if your restaurant needs proper equipment or supplies for slinging franks, look no further. Check out Central’s website for all your hot dog grilling needs.

Video Blog - Duke Convection Oven

Duke Convection Ovens Offer Energy Savings and More Space

Duke Convection Ovens

For over 80 years, Duke Manufacturing has committed itself to providing reliable equipment at an affordable price. Their line of convection ovens are available in gas or electric, single or double stack. Deluxe models are also available, which offer a variety of control options.

BenefitsVideo Blog - Duke Convection Ovens

All models feature 50/50 independent stainless steel doors with large, double pane windows. Duke has increased the height of the cooking chamber by four inches, which improves air flow for more even heating, and allows for greater capacity. These ovens have a stainless steel, porcelain-coated interior, which eliminates rusting in concealed areas. Coved corners, as well as a seamless bottom make cleaning easier. One of the most important features is that Duke convection ovens are completely front serviceable. This allows for quick and easy repairs, reducing service time. All of Duke’s gas convection ovens are Energy Star® rated, averaging 25-35% lower BTU input than competing models. Electric models feature a high efficiency element, which is placed next to the air circulation fan, allowing for heat to be immediately distributed throughout the oven cavity as soon as the element is turned on. This creates a faster response time, as well as improved efficiency.

To learn more about Duke convection ovens, watch this week’s video and shop Central. For questions, feel free to contact one of our Product Consultants at 800-215-9293.

Week in Brief - May 30

Food Service News Week in Brief: May 30

Food Service News

Looking for the latest food service news? Check out the latest news stories, plus this week’s blog and promotions from Central for the week of May 26 through May 30.

  1. NPR The Salt: California’s Drought Isn’t Making Food Cost More. Here’s Why
  2. Restaurant Hospitality: 5 Consumer Technology Trends Impacting Restaurants
  3. QSR Magazine: Groupon Introduces Gnome to Consolidate Merchant Tools
  4. Foodservice.com: Inventory Control – Use These Basics to Improve Profitability
  5. HuffPost Food: Why English Eggs are Way Different From American Ones
  6. Restaurant Business Online: Feeding Gen Z – Kids’ Menus Cater to Fussier Customers
  7. Food Beast: New Pepsi Spire Will Customize More than 1,000 Different Soda Flavors
  8. Eater: Sriracha Battle Over: City Council Drops Lawsuit and Public Nuisance Declaration
  9. QSR Web: Tyson Foods Expresses Interest in Purchasing Hillshire Brands
  10. BuzzFeed Food: Everything You Wanted To Know About Gluten But Were Afraid To Ask

Central’s Blog Posts

Current Promotions

Visit CentralRestaurant.com to view these promotions!

True Refrigeration

Now through July 6, get the lowest prices and free shipping on all True Refrigeration! Same day shipping is available on orders placed before 5:00 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. Shop now!

Vollrath Mixers

Receive free shipping on all Vollrath mixers – the perfect mix of reliability and reputation! Shop now!


Receive 10% off shelving and holding cabinets from Metro, and get free shipping on holding cabinets! Shop now!

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Food Trend Blog

Top Food Trends at NRA 2014

Another NRA Show is in the books. If you attended, we hope you had a great show! The Central team had a chance to settle down from the excitement and share with you some of the top trends we saw coming out of the show.

Gluten-Free Foods

One of the biggest trends at NRA was gluten-free options. Of course, it has been gaining momentum for a couple of years now, but seeing what some companies are doing is really cool. Take for example, Kiki’s Gluten Free Foods. They introduced a gluten-free deep dish pizza, which a few years ago would’ve been unheard of. And Deya Gluten Free is making a gluten free flour where the main ingredient is dried egg whites. These new options should make life for people with Celiac disease or gluten allergies a lot better.

Natural Ingredients

As we start to see a more health-conscious consumer, it’s only natural to see healthier options being introduced. We saw a ton of healthy options, from burgers made with veggies and chia seeds to milk made with quinoa. Another popular trend was brands advertising products made with no genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or corn syrup.

Better-For-You School Options

There are several companies trying to develop healthier options for school systems. According to Food Business News, exhibitors such as Skeeter Nut Free were introducing snacks that meet the USDA’s Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards that go into effect July 1st. In Skeeter Nut Free’s case, they introduced single-serve bags of graham crackers that are 100% nut free. Other exhibitors, such as Hormel, are offering options such as the Fuse Burger, which combines ground turkey with spinach, brown rice, roasted onions and dried cherries, to deliver a burger with a favorable nutrition profile.

Which trends did you see at NRA 2014 that stood out to you? Let us know in the comments section below.