Tips for Storing Craft Beers

A variety of glasses of beer in a row.

Do your customers love craft beers for the variety in taste and the quality of ingredients used? Many Canadians have expressed a love for craft beer because it’s less “watery” than some mass-produced beers made by Labatt or Molson. If your food business sells craft beers or if you are a brewer that’s making craft beers, it’s important to provide …

Should Condiments Be Refrigerated?

A dish of ketchup with garnish and tomatoes on the side.

Everyone knows that meat, poultry, dairy, and seafood items need to be refrigerated for food safety and for taste. But did you know that condiments like ketchup and maple syrup should also be refrigerated? According to the Food Network channel and the Taste of Home magazine, the following food items should ideally be stored in the fridge to prevent mold …

Red Meat Storage Tips for the Holidays

Meat in a display at a butcher

Is your restaurant or food business busy preparing sumptuous menu items for the holidays? In Canada and the US, many customers continue to order traditional meals that involve red meats over the holidays, despite the growing meatless/vegetarian trend. According to the Canadian Institute of Food Safety, red meats such as beef, veal, lamb, and pork should be prioritized in refrigerated …

Tips for Making the Most of Your Mobile Cooler/Freezer

If you are currently renting a mobile refrigeration unit for an industry event, a corporate function, or a wedding celebration, you must be wondering how you can make the most of the unit you have selected. According to Natural Resources Canada, walk-in coolers and walk-in freezers are “insulated, enclosed spaces used to store and/or display refrigerated or frozen food or …

Is Your Restaurant Serving Seasonal Vegetables?

Pumpkin, squash, and other gourds on a table.

Even as the temperature drops and snowflakes fall throughout the Greater Toronto Area, a handful of vegetables are only now coming into season. Vegetables such as pumpkins, butternut squash, mushrooms, beets, brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, and celeriac only come in season during November, when most other vegetables have already been harvested. If you are a restaurant chef looking for inspiration …

It’s Finally Basketball Season

Raptors stadium

The 2022-2023 NBA basketball season officially kicked off on October 18, 2022, and basketball fans all over Toronto are eager to see if the Raptors can make it to the playoffs again. For those who don’t watch basketball games, the Toronto Raptors is a Canadian professional basketball team that competes in the NBA on behalf of Toronto. The Raptors have …

Winter Beerfest Returns to Burlington

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The Burlington Winter Beer Festival is scheduled to return in 2023! This annual winter event will take place at the Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel & Conference Centre, and it is expected to run from March 3rd to March 4th 2023 (Friday & Saturday). A lineup of high-quality local breweries such as Anderson Craft Ales, Cameron’s Brewing, Clifford Brewing Co., Great …

October is Small Business Month

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Did you know that October is Small Business Month in Canada? Small Business Month first started in 2006 as Small Business Week but eventually grew to become a month-long celebration of small businesses and entrepreneurs in Canada. During the month of October, small businesses and entrepreneurs in Ontario and across the country come together to attend business events, seminars, and …

Tips for Cooking a Frozen Turkey

Turkey dinner at Thanksgiving

Did you know that turkeys can be kept in the freezer for up to two years? If you are thinking about roasting a stuffed turkey for friends, families, and loved ones this coming Thanksgiving holiday, rest assured that any extra turkeys you may have bought from the store can be preserved in the freezer for the following year. But while …

How Should Ice Cream be Stored?

Vanilla and strawberry ice-cream laid out side by side

Ice cream is a popular treat that many Canadians enjoy year-round. Ice cream could be served as a dessert, a snack, a special occasions cake, and even as topping on iced coffee! But just like other dairy products, ice cream should be carefully stored in the freezer until it is ready for consumption. For food safety reasons, the freezer or …