Every Friday Central will be bringing you stories from the week that you might have missed, but that are definitely worth a look. We’ll feature food news covering everything from the weird to the wonderful in the world of restaurants, schools, the military and more. It’s our way to help you go into the weekend with a little extra knowledge and maybe even a project or recipe to try out!
Here are this week’s 5 links:
1) Headed to Washington this month? Want some much needed kitchen garden inspiration from the first lady? Obama Foodorama has your solution!
2) Grub Street New York has 10 Reasons why Gwyneth Paltrow may want to make rumors of her food magazine become a reality.
3) The finale of Top Chef All-Star’s was this week. In case you missed it, comedian Max Silvestri will give you the run-down (along with his own always hilarious commentary) over at Eater .
4) Nation’s Restaurant News has the scoop on Denny’s new bacon campaign that includes a maple bacon sundae. Here are the results from our Facebook reader poll on the porky treat.
5) To prepare for spring, Earth Day (coming up on April 22) and some delicious herb filled dishes, try this fun project from Whole Foods.
We want to know, what food stories were your favorite this week?
Spring is almost upon us and with the warmer weather it’s time to start thinking about outdoor dining. Stumped on what you might need or just searching for ideas on what works best? Whether you’re looking to begin seating outdoor or renovating the furniture in your current area, Central has tips and great deals on all the products you need to create the ideal outdoor setting for your guests!
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The first step in choosing the right furniture (indoor or outdoor) is to analyze the available space and what you want to convey to your customers. To make the most of what’s available, one option would be to use bar height products like the line from Grosfillex. These tables and stools allow for smaller parties and groups looking to enjoy a nice cocktail on the patio.
Another major detail in picking out outdoor furniture is the material it’s made from. The best choice will be durable and visually pleasing and require little to no maintenance. Central offers three options that fit perfectly into these categories: wrought iron, aluminum and teak.
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Wrought iron furniture is great because it lasts years with little maintenance and because it is constructed of such heavy duty material, it also stands up great to those spring days when the wind picks up a bit. Create a classy look for a great price with Central’s Value series wrought iron furniture.
Aluminum offers a lighter, rust-proof construction. This option even has a sleek enough look to be used as indoor or outdoor pieces. Central makes aluminum furniture even more affordable with our Central Value series.
Finally, there is teak, an extremely durable hardwood that requires little care and no preservatives or treatment of any kind to protect it from the elements. The unique color changes of teak can also be a draw. If weathered it can turn a silver gray, if used inside it will become a darker shade of brown and when teak oil is used the wood maintains the original tawny color. Each color allows for its own unique look and adds to the charm of the item that requires little maintenance for years of service. Central offers several different choices in teak tables and seating that allow for a layout that will fit any patio.
Once you’ve picked out the perfect items created from just the right material for your space, the final step is to create a specific space for your outdoor dining area. Although some open-air dining spaces have a boundary of some sort (possibly a sidewalk), it’s always more inviting to create a defined section to make it seem more inviting. Central even has this covered with Grosfillex portable patio fencing ! The fencing is easy to assemble, weather resistant and can be filled with water or sand for extra stability.
With all of these great products to get you ready for the big spring/summer outdoor dining rush, Central has everything you need to make the season a success and keep your customers lining up to sit on your patio.
Don’t hesitate to contact Central with any questions about any of the offers listed at 800-222-5107. And if you’ve purchased any of these wonderful outdoor products from us, please share what you think below, through a product review on our site or on our Facebook or Twitter pages!