"We’re so lucky to have Giovanni’s, it’s a visual feast. Before we have even looked at the menu everything feels just right. Shining cutlery, sparkling glassware, crisp linen – my mouth is watering already. I am on a vegetarian health kick right now, and again they are perfection. Firm on the outside but just cooked through."
Francesca Romana, Accountant and Bon Viveur
…and Giovanni’s are lucky they chose Pentair
Water plays such a vital part in the catering business. Not just in the cooking but at almost every touch, from the first customer’s impression to cleaning up at the end of a shift. And the quality of that water makes a big difference too. It impacts the taste of your fare, your turnaround time, efficiency and ultimately your bottom line.
Francesca loves Giovanni’s. She keeps going back and tells all her friends. She is a customer they want to keep forever. So, let’s examine their magic touches and explore how water gives them the wow factor.
Keep it clean
A great way to make the first impression is the cleanliness of your table ware. Glasses that gleam, plates that shine and spotless cutlery and you are on to a winner. But in a busy restaurant with dozens of covers every day or a kitchen with a small washing space, how realistic is it to maintain that quality, sitting after sitting? Your staff don’t have time to polish every utensil.
A lot can depend on the water with which you wash, or more specifically how hard or soft that water is. Hard water is the villain in the kitchen. It is the culprit for white spots on the silverware and cloudiness on the glasses. If you are running a commercial dishwasher in a hard water area, a softener is essential. It will dramatically improve the cleaning results, reduce running costs, and increase the life of the element. And if you need your crockery back in a hurry, take a look at the new generation of hot water softeners.
Keep it fresh
“…And a jug of tap water for the table please…”. Not every customer splashes out on premium bottled water, but they still deserve the best you can provide. No odours or odd taste. Crystal clear and spring fresh. Maybe even better than the bottled brands? These qualities are also in reach of any establishment with the right drinking water treatment such as a carbon-based filter system. Carbon filtration will remove a host of nasties – some unhealthy – that can cause smells and tastes in mains water. Whether you are making ice, blending drinks or serving it neat, carbon filtration will keep even your most discerning customers smiling.
Keep it crisp
Combi ovens and steamers are the lifeblood of a commercial kitchen. They give you versatility and predictability, at speed, and your customer the perfect taste and texture. From bread bake-off to broccoli, steam is your friend. But steam hates scale. Hard water can damage your precious equipment with scale build up and corrosion. Steam cooking is time sensitive and just a few millimetres of scale can reduce the efficiency of a steamer and increase your energy bill. It can also mean the difference between al-dente and puree. Perfect texture is good for your customers and your reputation.
Eating from your hands
For cleanliness, freshness, efficiency and taste there is no doubt that water treatment can make a difference to your diners. If you get it right you will have them eating out of your hands.
If you have a moment…
Explore the Pentair H2Optimo Softener Series
Pentair provide a full range of water softeners from point-of-entry, whole kitchen devices, to point-of-use compact models designed to treat just one appliance. Pentair H2Optimo softeners are all about making your business run smoother and your life easier. They are available in a wide range of sizes and capacities with the smallest being ultra-compact and portable. In addition, the whole range features intelligent regeneration technology and, best of all, they are suitable for use with cold or hot water – up to 65°C.
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Explore Pentair Everpure Water Filtration systems
Pentair Everpure water filtration systems are recognised throughout the foodservice industry for quality, reliability and innovation. Their quick-change filters and high-efficiency reverse osmosis cartridges enhance water for all foodservice applications. From the unique Everpure Claris five-in-one filtration cartridges, to our 2500 litres per day MRS reverse osmosis system, Pentair is the most trusted water treatment brand in the foodservice industry.
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