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Central Celebrates Annual “1010” Day Event

Every October 10 Central celebrates 1010 Day, a company-wide outdoor event for employees to have lunch, play games and spend some time out of the office to mingle with other departments.  If there could be a theme for the event this year, it would be “It’s cold!”  The wind was blowing and temperatures were in the upper 40s, which is quite a change from years past when it was 75°F and sunny.

Everyone pulled through though, as there was food to eat and games to play.

Lunch was catered by Jug’s Catering, with fried chicken, biscuits and apple butter, vegetables, pasta salad and vegetable lasagna on the menu.  For the games, the line up consisted of bingo, M&M spitting contest, cornhole, hula-hoop, ring toss, hole-in-one golf, football toss and baseball throw.

In addition to the food and games, this year’s event required special attire.  The event planning committee wanted to do something a little different for employees and designed a 1010 Day shirt.  Once these shirts were printed, each employee received one to wear for the day.  (Needless to say, because of the weather, most people had on long sleeves and jackets along with their shirts). 

1010 Day was created by Central’s previous owners 11 years ago and has taken place almost every year since.  When the event was created, Central was located in downtown Indianapolis at 1010 Central Ave., hence the name 1010 Day.   (We’ve since moved to a larger location northwest of downtown at 7750 Georgetown Rd.)

Despite the weather, it was a great event–and a great way to celebrate Central’s 31 years in business.

Be sure to check back soon for a photo slideshow of the event.

Foodservice Industry Week in Brief: September 7

Looking for some of the week’s top information? Check out these five stories from the foodservice industry from September 3-7.

Restaurants Gear Up for NFL Season

From Various Sources

Football season kicked off on Wednesday and basketball is just around the corner.  Thankfully this year restaurants don’t have a lockout to worry about and can continue with their usual plans and marketing strategies.  NRN reported Buffalo Wild Wings plans to “invest heavily in marketing to football fans,” adding the chain has brought back it’s official fantasy football league.  They’re also running a new contest, the “Pick ‘Em Challenge.”  Then also, Eater discovered what one Dallas pizzeria offered for the NFL season kickoff game (Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants).  Take a look…

…What Do Customers Want?

From Various Sources

Foodservices have to be on their toes at all times to make sure they remain current and meet their customer’s expectations.  Trends change, taste palates change–even the way a dining room or serving area is set up changes based on customer’s needs.  NRN spoke with NDP Group Analyst Bonnie Riggs who said fast casual dining, healthful and light foods, kid’s meals, innovative beverages and retail are some of the aspects of the foodservice industry most important to customers.  So what about customer service?  Larry Magid, contributor for Forbes.com, posted an interesting read–his 10 rules for restaurants.

Darden Restaurant Inc. Faces Lawsuit from Employees

From Reuters

Darden Restaurant Inc. (Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, Red Lobster, The Capital Grille, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52 and Eddie V’s) was hit with a lawsuit on Thursday September 6 from their own employees.  According to Reuters, the lawsuit accused them of “violating federal labor laws by underpaying workers at its popular eateries across the country.”  Rich Jeffers, a spokesman for Darden, said they do take the issue seriously but that they didn’t have any record of complaints.

Registration Open for 2013 NRA Show

From National Restaurant Association

Registration is now open for the 2013 NRA show.  The show will be held May 18-21 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill.  “Early bird” registration is available through November 6, and can save attendees up to 60 percent. Also, those who register before October 26 will be entered into weekly $150 American Express gift card drawings.  “The event is the restaurant and hospitality industry’s premier trade show and an opportunity to gain inspiration from renowned experts, innovative suppliers, celebrated chefs and tens of thousands of industry professionals,” they said.

Central Rolls Out Latest Promotion

From The Central Blog

This week Central released our fall 384-page catalog, which features an exclusive promotion.  We’ve teamed up with Star Manufacturing to provide lowest prices and free shipping on all Star equipment.  It’s a great opportunity for those in the foodservice industry who are in the market to buy griddles, charbroilers, hot dog equipment, countertop fryers, popcorn poppers and conveyor toasters.  Be sure to check out the promotion.

Video Tuesday: Star Grill-Max Express — Hot Dog Roller Grill

This week Central is kicking off our Star Manufacturing promotion that runs through the end of the year.  One of the items included in the promotion is the Star Grill-Max Hot Dog Roller Grill, which features three different types of coatings, dual manual controls and a resister with new technology that enables heat to start at the edges of the roller to the middle for more consistent temperature in products.

Click here to view this week’s video.

School’s in Session! Get Your Cafeteria Through This School Year with Central

Here at Central, we specialize in every part of the foodservice industry–especially school foodservices.  Now that school is in session, we want you to know we’re here for you and have everything you need for the 2012-2013 school year.


We have an entire section of our website strictly dedicated to school products.  From there, you can browse through refrigeration, dishwashing and  cooking equipment, concession products, food prep and dining room supplies, shelving and furniture.

We’ve even compiled a small list of questions for you to answer prior to calling a Product Consultant that will help expedite the buying process on our page, Expert Solutions in School Nutrition Equipment.

Expert Help

One of the great things about Central is we always have someone on-hand to help you. Whether you’re working with a Product Consultant you’ve never worked with before, or have someone you go to every time, they are always there and ready to help.

It can be stressful trying to decide what to order because there are so many options and it can require some research.  But when you’re talking to one of Central’s Product Consultants, they’ve already done their homework so you don’t have to. They’ll know what questions to ask, which accessories you need, etc.  Just call 800-215-9293.  Phone lines are open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday (EST).


Each month on the Central Blog, we include information that specifically pertains to school foodservices.  We are sure to cover major events, but also include other news stories and equipment ideas too.  (Find all of our school blogs by going to the bottom of our blog under our “From the Past” section and choose “Schools” from the “Select Category” drop-down”.  You don’t even have to select a month unless you would like to).

Most recently, when the new USDA guidelines began on July 1, we went through and compiled all the updates for the 2012-2013 school year and created the Complete Guide on New Standards for School Meals: July 1 Changes.  In addition to the USDA changes, we also included product suggestions based on those new guidelines.

We hope everyone has a great 2012-2013 school year! We look forward to working with you.


Video Tuesday: 5 Steps for Food Safety with Cambro Food Labels

Cambro has been in the foodservice industry for over 60 years and sell a variety of products from carts and trays to food pans and shelving. They strive to make the foodservice worker’s job easier by creating solutions to store, deliver and serve food safely.  Food labels should be a priority in every kitchen, and Cambro has many products to help foodservices with their food labeling system.  To help start a food labeling system, or enhance the current one in place, Cambro has put together this video, the Five Steps to Food Safety.


Vollrath University Slideshow

From Wednesday June 20 through Friday June 22, Central Content Coordinator Tracey Rector and Product Data Coordinator Autumn Faust attended Vollrath‘s “Vollrath University” in Sheboygan, Wis.

The training included both classroom presentations and hands-on exercises to help members of the foodservice industry gain more product knowledge on equipment and smallwares.  The event concluded with a trip through Vollrath’s facilities to show how their products are made.

Below is a photo slideshow from the event.  (For more information on any of these pictures, click image to view captions).