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Advanced Tabco Gets Your Party Started!

Summer has officially begun and so has the outdoor season! Ensure that your guests have a good time, no matter the location by serving drinks inside, or outside with Portable Bars by Advance Tabco.

Portable Bars

Whether it’s for your outdoor patio, weddings, banquets, or even indoor events; Advance Tabco offers a wide variety of portable bar options, for your business’s needs. Portable bars are a great option so that the bar can easily be moved around the event, or even from inside to outside. They are also great to set up multiple mini bar locations, throughout your business or event.

Portable bars with ABS molded worktop, stainless steel worktop, stainless steel work area, and Heavy duty portable bar with all stainless steel interior options available. Custom color options are also available, ranging from wood to stone and any color.  Multiple sizes and configurations are available!

The Features:

Features include ice bins with drain valves, glass rack storage, speed rails, and towel rings. Heavy-duty models are also available, they include stainless steel interior, worktops and sides, insulated ice bin, heavy duty 6” casters, stainless steel speed rails and perimeter bumpers.

Light Weight vs. Heavy Duty

Lightweight bars are typically made of lightweight plastic, but still durable enough to hold up to the elements and be wheeled around. If your need is more event-based, and not to constantly have a bar set-up in the same area every time, then the lightweight bar is what you need.

Heavy duty portable bars are typically made from stainless steel. While they can be wheeled around, these are not ones that you would use to constantly move around. These are best suited for an outdoor bar at a restaurant, where it would not be moved as much. These can be a cheaper alternative option to a permanent outdoor bar.

Why Choose Advance Tabco?


Customization options allow you to pick any color, size, and material to fit your needs.


Since 1929, Advance Tabco has grown immensely to 10 distribution and manufacturing facilities across the United States. They provide over 6,000 products, most of which can be customized to fit any of your needs, all while keeping budget friendly. Advance Tabco has been recognized for Best in Class for 17 years in a row!

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Ready to buy? Shop Advance Tabco with Central, today! Have questions? Call 800-215-9293 to speak to one of our knowledgeable product consultants!

John Boos- Trusted Tradition

John Boos started in 1892 as a butcher block manufacturer and grew to become the primary provider of gourmet products and food service equipment. Starting in the mid-1960’s, they further expanded their company to stainless steel manufacturing. John Boos currently continues to be the only company in the U.S, that manufactures stainless steel and wood in one location.

Work Tables with Wood Bakers Top

John Boos & Co. Flat Top Maple Work Tables (models JNS, HNS, JNB, HNB, SNS, TNS, SNB & TNB) are fabricated entirely out of solid hard maple and high-grade stainless steel or pre-galvanized steel. A standard penetrating oil finish allows for the perfect prep surface, also available in Varnique finish. The tops are available in 1-1/2”, 1-3/4” or 2-1/4” thicknesses. The tables come in many sizes, with bracing or with an adjustable undershelf, and are available knocked down for quick, easy assembly at the job site. They provide the extra strength and durability that is required in a foodservice preparation table. These heavy-duty frames can be adapted for bakeries, pizzerias, restaurants, catering, buffets, cooking demos, & even for the home kitchen.


To ensure your maple worktable tops, cutting boards, and butcher blocks stay in perfect working condition, apply Boos Bock Mystery Oil minimally once a month. Now offered in a new Gallon Bottle, Boos Block Mystery Oil is made of an all-natural, food grade mineral oil that is NSF certified. The oil absorbs and penetrates deeply into the wood fibers to replenish the moisture lost from repeated washings. Mystery Oil prevents wood surfaces from drying, bleaching, and cracking. It is recommended to be used in conjunction with Boos Block Board Cream.

Stallion Stainless Steel Work Tables

John Boos & Co. model ST6-SSK Stainless Steel Stallion Work Tables have 16 GA 300 Series stainless steel tops, offered in a flat top or a 5″ riser top (ST6R5-SSK Models). John Boos is the only company that provides the Stallion safety edge: a 1-1/2″ thick edge with a 1″ 45 degree turn down. The Stallion edge is a safety feature, it provides a drip edge for liquids & it adds strength and integrity to the table. These work table tops have a sound deadening channel that runs underneath the top. Complete with an 18 GA Stainless steel legs with metal bullet feet & adjustable lower shelf, these professional work tables are NSF & CSA certified. For safe & efficient food prep and storage for your equipment, choose John Boos Stallion Work Tables.

Why John Boos?

Why buy a John Boos product?  They are the only manufacturer that produces stainless steel and wood in the same location, ensuring the quality. They are also the only company that offers the stallion edge when competitors only offer the rounded edge. Lastly, they are committed to helping the environment. They have an active recycling program, with 95% of all the raw materials, scraps being recycled as heat for their kilns. The sawdust is also recycled for local livestock bedding.

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Ready to buy? Shop John Boos with Central, today! Have questions? Call 800-215-9293 to speak to one of our knowledgeable product consultants!

Stainless Steel or Aluminum?

Tuesday Tip: Should You Use Stainless Steel or Aluminum?

Stainless steel and aluminum are two construction materials frequently used in the design of foodservice equipment and supplies, and is usually a big selling point for manufacturers and customers alike. So which one is better? Well, that depends on your needs!

Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel Work Table

Stainless Steel Work Table, CRP model 671-740

Stainless steel is composed of iron, chromium, nickel, manganese and copper. Don’t let the name fool you though. Stainless steel can still stain. A scratch to the surface can lead to rust, as well has heated water that leaves behind deposits and chlorides. However, the reason it is called stainless steel is because it won’t corrode or rust as easily as ordinary steel.

There are five different classifications of stainless steel: austenitic, ferritic, martensitic, duplex, and precipitation hardening. The most popular you’re likely to encounter when shopping for foodservice equipment and supplies is austenitic, ferritic, and martensitic stainless steel.

Austenitic stainless steels are one of the most weldable stainless steels and encompass the common 300 series (chromium-nickel combination), the 200 series (manganese-chromium-nickel-nitrogen combination), and specialty alloys.

Ferritic stainless steel contains iron-chromium alloys. They have high flexibility, but poor temperature strengths when compared to austenitic grades. This is a popular choice manufacturers use when designing kitchen sinks and counters.

Martensitic was the first to be developed for commercial uses, and in the initial stages it was mostly used for produce cutlery. It’s similar to the ferritic group, but contains a balance of chromium and nickel. Combined with the ferritic group, you have your 400 series.


Aluminum Stock Pot

Aluminum Stock Pot, CRP model 535-156

One of the biggest benefits of an aluminum construction is that the material is light-weight and durable. This makes it a great option for structural parts and equipment housings, as well as heavy gauge cookware. It’s also a great conductor of heat. It’s an excellent thermal conductor.

Aluminum has higher oxidation and corrosion resistance because of passivisation, the process of rendering a metal surface chemically inactive.

So, stainless steel or aluminum? Which should you get?

Depends on your use. Aluminum is typically cheaper than stainless steel as stainless steels are harder and usually more difficult to form than aluminum.  However, aluminum has a better thermal conductivity which is better for cooking equipment.

Aluminum is more prone to surface scratches and more likely to dent, so this may be more challenging to clean.

If you’d like more information on the differences between stainless steel and aluminum, check out this blog.

commercial kitchen equipment

The Importance of Choosing Commercial Kitchen Equipment for Your Restaurant

Commercial Kitchen Equipment

When outfitting a restaurant or foodservice operation, it is important to choose commercial kitchen equipment. It might be easy to run around the corner and pick up a residential unit. In the long run, it will be the more expensive route. If budget is an issue, you can work to find a commercial unit in your price range. But you need to know the reasons why residential items should not even be an option for your kitchen.

Proper Performance

When working at a restaurant, you are constantly using your commercial kitchen equipment. This type of equipment is constructed to handle the heavy duty use and abuse that a kitchen brings. There are many features of each to help it meet your needs.

commercial kitchen equipmentThere are other elements of performance that are important for commercial kitchen equipment. For instance, different types of blenders, food processors, etc. will have a higher horsepower and better motor that is made to last. If you purchase a residential unit and use it in a commercial setting, it will not last long.

Then in other areas such as refrigeration or cooking equipment, they have larger capacities and more durable features. This will make your restaurant be more efficient.

Commercial is also important for some smallwares. For instance, airpots and coffee servers that are commercial grade will hold temperature much longer. So when you are debating spending a few less dollars on a residential product, know that it will cost you more long-term.

Think of it this way: If using residential equipment in a commercial kitchen, you are basically throwing money out the door.

Safety Features

Commercial kitchen equipment and supplies will have the proper safety features to keep your employees from injuries.

commercial kitchen equipmentThere are also standards put in place on commercial grade equipment, including the NSF rating. The NSF label ensures the piece of equipment meets health standards and will pass inspection if the Health Department drops by.

Keep in mind, if you fail your inspection, it will cost to have the health department come back. And if your restaurant had to be shut down, you would have to pay again to have your health permit reinstated. Play it safe and make sure you use NSF rated equipment in the areas that require it. Learn more about commercial food equipment standards from the National Sanitation Foundation’s website.

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To find a wide selection of commercial kitchen equipment, let Central help! If you are choosing residential pieces for your kitchen due to price or for questions, we can help find the proper commercial pieces at the price point you need. Call us at 800-215-9293 or live chat!


Cambro Camshelving® Elements Series Solves Food Storage Needs

Cambro Camshelving® Elements Series

Cambro’s Camshelving® Elements Series is an affordable solution for restaurants and foodservices for all their food storage needs. Weighing 60 percent lighter than steel units, Camshelving® is incredibly easy to set up and adjust. And just because it weighs less than steel doesn’t mean it is any less durable. Camshelving® is constructed of a composite material that is just as strong and has a weldless construction.  It’s one of the most innovative, durable and hygienic shelving solutions on the market.


Camshelving® units have a non-porous surface that easily wipes clean. As far as the shelf plates go, they can be removed and placed in a dishwasher to be cleaned. Camshelving® also includes Camguard® antimicrobial protection that is permanently embedded into the shelf plates.

“Because Camguard® is blended throughout the the entire shelf and does not migrate like organic additives, any nicks or scratches in the shelving will simply expose a fresh surface containing Camguard® antimicrobial,” Cambro said in a Camguard® whitepaper.


Restaurants and foodservices will appreciate the options Camshelving® has in many different widths.  Add-on kits can be purchased to expand a shelving area and do not change shelf weight capacities.  Shelves are available in solid or vented to accommodate different storage areas. There also mobile units available too. Camshelving® can truly be customized to fit any need.

In this week’s video, see just how durable Camshelving® really is and shop Central’s website for all things Cambro.

Waring LiquiLock™ Food Processors

Some restaurants need to prep a variety of food for key menu items. Have you ever wanted to eliminate some of your prep work? Now, you can! Process soups, sauces, marinades and more with a Waring LiquiLock™ Food Processor! LiquiLocks come with a sealed, clear-view bowl that prevents leaks and spillage.

Waring LiquiLock Slicing Disc


The Waring LiquiLock™ Food Processor comes with a slicing disc, shredding disc and grating disc. The single speed with pulse option is perfect for a slow chop, or you can use the easy on and pulse/off controls for breaking down a large amount of food. Reduce your prep time with the help of the extra-large feed chute that keeps a continuous supply of food down into the processor. LiquiLocks come with a high-impact, unbreakable polycarbonate bowl that even resists scratching!


You may think that all food processors are treated the same – but only the Waring LiquiLock™ Food Processor has a limited 5 year motor, 2 year parts and labor warranty, one of the best in the business! The motor is protected from overuse and heavy-duty loads with the help of Thermal Overload Protection. LiquiLocks are the only food processor to have a Sealed S-Blade that locks into the bowl for added safety. The Seal System allows you to pour from the bowl while keeping the blade locked in. Thanks to Waring’s Safety Interlock System the machine will not operate until all of the parts are securely in place.

Strawberry Confetti

Now… what to create with your Waring LiquicLock™ Food Processor? Meet Chef Ralph Perrazzo. Waring LiquiLock Food ProcessorWith the help of this video, you can learn how to make his very own “Strawberry Confetti”. Chef Perrazzo demonstrates the ease of slicing strawberries with the slicing disc. The disc is so delicate it slices without bruising the berries! He also uses the Sealed S-Blade system to scrape out the cream without having the blade fall out into his sauce!

To watch Chef Perrazzo make his unique “Strawberry Confetti” using the Waring LiquiLock™ Food Processor, click here. Don’t forget to visit Central’s website and shop!

Central Restaurant Products Teams Up With Vulcan

Central Restaurant Products released  our latest master catalog on Monday Jan. 14.

For the second year in a row Central has teamed up with Vulcan, which is one of the world’s largest commercial cooking equipment manufacturers. Through this collaboration, Central customers enjoy the lowest prices and free shipping on all Vulcan equipment. In addition, Central now features Vulcan’s full line of products at CentralRestaurant.com

Click below to shop! And don’t hesitate to contact a Central Product Consultant at 800-215-9293 with any questions.


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Vollrath’s Direct Contact Heating System Warms More Efficiently

Vollrath Direct Contact Heating System

Vollrath never fails to provide efficient foodservice equipment and supplies, and it especially includes the Vollrath Direct Contact Heating System.

Vollrath’s innovative thinking enables them to provide some of the best products and they certainly stayed true to their goal with their Direct Contact Heating System. 

This system uses a high efficiency warmer with heating elements that are in contact with the water as opposed to being on the outside of the element.  This saves so much heat as there aren’t any vents.

There are many features and benefits with the Vollrath Direct Contact Heating System, one of the largest being its low amount of wattage usage.

Chef Rich of Vollrath explains because they are more efficient at transferring energy into the water, the Vollrath Direct Contact Heating System has enabled them to use a 700 watt element. Other warmers typically need 1200 watts or more.  Many foodservices with this 700 watt element can put three of these units on a standard 120V/20 amp circuit whereas other units using 1200 watts or more can max out with one or two. It’s extremely important to never overload your circuit.  Once at 80 percent, it’s time to re-evaluate because one should never exceed 80 percent of a circuit.

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