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Central’s Munch Madness 2017 Bracket is Here!

Productivity around the country is expected to go down over the next couple of days as it’s tournament time! Everyone is repping their schools as they battle for college basketball supremacy. Here at Central, we thought we’d get in on the fun, so we’re bringing you the Munch Madness tournament, our quest to determine what is the best concession food out there.

Central's Munch Madness

The bracket is divided into four important concession categories: Salty, Sweet, Savory and Deep Fried. We will give you the match-ups in the first round. It is up to you to decide which food moves on to the quarterfinals! Follow us on Twitter throughout the weekend, and vote for your favorite!

Salty Bracket:

(1) Popcorn vs. (4) Peanuts



(2) Nachos vs. (3) Giant Soft Pretzel



Savory Bracket:

(1) Hot Dog/Sausage vs. (4) Turkey Leg

Hot Dogsturkey leg

(2) Chicken Tenders vs. (3) Slice of Pizza

chicken strips

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Pizza Slice

Sweet Bracket:

(1) Cotton Candy vs. (4) Funnel Cake

cotton candyfunnel cake

(2) Sno Cones vs. (3) Ice Cream

sno cone

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ice cream

Deep Fried Bracket:

(1) French Fries vs. (4) Fried Pickles

french fries

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(2) Corn Dog vs. (3) Fried Cheese

Corn DogFried Cheese

Once again, click here to vote on Twitter, and check back next week for the Quarterfinals!

5 Ways to Win this Year’s March Madness Season

March Madness is almost here!

The first round kicks off March 15. Across the country, restaurants and bars are preparing to celebrate the annual college basketball tournament in style- from bracket contests, games, drink specials and more! So fill out your bracket and check out these ideas guaranteed to make your event a slam dunk!

1. Bracket contests are essential! 

Not only are they one of the most popular types of contests, they are a March Madness must! Keep an up to date bracket going on a large poster board and make your contest stand out by offering custom promotions like half-off appetizers or cheaper pints to those customers who win big!

Photo credit: Manchester Library via VisualHunt.com / CC BY-SA

Photo credit: Manchester Library via VisualHunt.com / CC BY-SA


2. Nothing goes with basketball quite like beer!

Keep it flowing this season with good bucket and pitcher specials. And for those customers who aren’t beer fans, consider these basketball-themed cocktail recipes.

3. Have munchies on hand. 

Photo credit: heather_zidell via VisualHunt.com / CC BY

Photo credit: heather_zidell via VisualHunt.com / CC BY

This is a great opportunity to let your creativity run free! From basketball shaped sliders, bean dip and tortilla chips, to Nutter Butter referees, there are tons of inventive, out-of-the-box things you can do with food! Here are some other suggestions to get the creative juices flowing.

4. What about games?

If space allows, setup cornhole tournaments to complement the game, or mount a small basketball hoop on a wall or door. Is space an issue? Basketball themed trivia is also a blast! Here are 21 fun facts about March Madness to get you started.

5. Dress the part!

Go all out with referee attire or jerseys from your favorite college team. Whistles and basketball keychains make great party favors also!

Doing anything unique this March Madness season? Let us know in the reply section below!

Be sure to visit the Central Restaurant Products website to stock up on equipment and supplies to make this and future events a success!


Week in Brief: March 11-17th, 2012

Looking for some of the week’s top information? Here are five stories from the foodservice industry for March 11-17.

 America’s Best Irish Bars:  12 Pubs From Across the Country That Offer the Best Irish Bar Experience

From thedailymeal.com, read the article here

From a great beer list to the the huge flat-screen TVs playing rugby, there are certain qualities that distinguish a “good” Irish bar from the “best” Irish bar.  Thedailymeal.com goes into these obvious details, such as the way the bartender pours a pint, the dark wood furnishings that populate the place, and the atmospheric feeling that you’re just down at home.  The website also offers a slideshow with what it believes to be the 12 best Irish bars in America.

Read full article at TheDailyMeal.com


Top 10 Most Popular Beers for St. Patrick’s Day: Report

From huffingtonpost.com, read the article here

Even though the holiday is celebrating an Irish saint, many of the most imbibed beers happen to be from America, with Boston’s own Samuel Adams coming in at #1.  Many would think that Ireland’s Guinness would come in at #1, but astoundingly, it doesn’t even rank in the top 5!  “The black stuff,” as the Irish call it, comes in at #6, behind Bud Light, Budweiser, Heineken, and even Corona Light.  It’s still more popular in cities where high Irish-American populations live though, such as Boston, New York and Chicago.

Read the full list and article at huffingtonpost.com


Restaurants Look to Capitalize on ‘March Madness’

From nm.com, read the full article here

With the college basketball tournament among us, many restaurants are trying to take advantage of our ‘madness’ through games and contests, especially through the use of social media.

Applebee’s is utilizing their Facebook page with its Fan Fanatics contest to entice its guests.  The contest rewards people with Applebee’s gift cards the more they play and interact with the brand.  After each round of the NCAA tourney, whoever has the most points, acquired through posting on Applebee’s Facebook page, uploading a photo or tweeting a post on Twitter, receives $500 in Applebee’s gift cards after the National Championship Game on April 2.

The chain hopes their nearly 2,000 restaurants across the nation will be filled during the tourney, and they are encouraging fans to come in by promoting half-price appetizers at night and a unique “Fans Watch Here” invite that can be created from a tab on Applebee’s Facebook page.

Domino’s Pizza is also doing social media promotion for March Madness, by running a contest on Facebook called “The Road to Domination.”  Fans need only to “like” Domino’s on Facebook to play and are immediately eligible to fill out a tourney bracket.  Players are able to win thousands of giveaways, including Parmesan Bread Bites and 20-ounce Cokes, but the grand prize winner receives a trip for two to the 2013 NCAA Final Four in Atlanta.

Little Caesars Pizza is running a promotion that if a No. 16 seed upsets a No. 1 seed the chain will give away a free order of Crazy Bread to anyone that comes into the store on Monday, March 19, and says the word “crazy.”

Buffalo Wild Wings is doing something a little different with its “More March” promotion.  Fans can visit the “More March” tab on BW3’s FB page and vote on which other month they would like to lose to add more days in March for more basketball.  Basketball fans can also visit any participating BW3 location and fill out tourney brackets on site.

Read the full article at www.nm.com

Risks: More Red Meat, More Mortality

From nytimes.com, read full article here

According to a study published online in the Archives of Internal Medicine and reported by the New York Times, eating red meat increases your risk of death from cancer and heart disease.  The study included men and women over the course of 16 years, and researchers found that those that ate more red meat were less physically active, more likely to smoke and had a higher BMI.

Previous studies had linked red meat and mortality, but the new results were alarming.

“When you have these numbers in front of you, it’s pretty staggering,” said the study’s lead author, Dr. Frank B. Hu, a professor of medicine at Harvard.

Read the full article at www.nytimes.com


Schools Can Take ‘Pink Slime’ Off Lunch Menus

From nytimes.com, read full article here

After the fallout from the “pink slime” scandal, the USDA finally decided that when fall arrives schools can stop serving an ammonia-treated ground beef filler often served to schools.  Last week, the Agriculture Department came under fire after critics described the filler as “pink slime,” and many Americans urged the USDA to ban it.  Their response was that it was safe; yet, to be safe, the department will offer a choice of beef made with the filler, or less lean bulk ground beef without it.file4531272158954

Read the full article at nytimes.com