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    • The challenges of staffing a restaurant have increased as the pandemic makes it harder to keep employees safe and, lower profits make it harder to pay energy bills. Hot kitchens and poorly maintained HVAC systems encourage poor mask hygiene and drive up energy bills. Fortunately, many kitchen ventilation and restaurant HVAC systems can be improved with some basic optimization...
      • SoCalGas invites you to learn about emerging technologies in the development of foodservice equipment that can help provide opportunities for operators. Explore various categories of natural gas equipment that can help decrease labor and operational costs and increase output. We will present demonstrations of equipment and technologies to consider for an operation upgrade, expansion...
        • In an age where technology is becoming increasingly accessible and affordable how do we prioritize what equipment should stay and what equipment should be replaced. We will look at today's kitchens and identify both gas and electric options that will increase your kitchens efficiency and productivity and decrease energy and labor costs and create a more comfortable environment.
          • Research efforts are looking at improved cooking performance, efficiency, cost, and emissions. Technology innovations to improve efficiency are exploring new burner materials such as metal mesh and metal foam for replacing standard drilled or punched port burners. Researchers are also looking at converting standard atmospheric burners to power burners for better control of air to...
            • Food Service Establishments require water temperatures to be kept high to prevent bacterial overgrowth and to properly clean cookware. A spill or accident can cause a serious scald injury in a matter of seconds. This webinar will explore some considerations for maintaining a healthy water supply system and ensuring that end users will be not be scalded.
              • Field research has uncovered tremendous potential for energy and water savings in dish rooms and the biggest target in the dish room is the pre-rinse operations (PRO). A commercial foodservice pre-rinse operation (PRO) includes the dish room equipment and procedures used to prepare wares for processing through the dish machine. This class will share the results of 16 in-depth...
                • This presentation will introduce next generation tankless hybrid water heating solutions. Whether it be for fast food, fast casual, or full-service demands, tankless hybrid water heaters were created with specifically the commercial kitchen in mind. Rinnai will share the features and benefits of these products as well as exemplify how these products can be used in a variety of...
                  • Protecting your customers from contamination is the number one priority when it comes to backflow preventers. Understanding how backflow occurs and how these devices and assemblies' function in a Food Service Establishment is vital to customer and employee safety and the success of your business. Through this webinar you will gain a better understanding of what backflow is and what...
                    • Creating high-efficiency natural gas commercial equipment and foodservice appliances. The development of energy-efficient technologies is one of the quickest and most direct ways to lower energy consumption, reduce energy costs, and control greenhouse gas emissions for businesses and families.
                      • The California Energy Commission is currently pursuing many programs which are aimed at decarbonizing our energy infrastructure. The commercial foodservice industry has begun to do its part by adopting efficient electric cooking equipment - most recently with the advent of popular induction cooking. In this presentation, participants will learn how the foodservice industry can take...
                        • Maintaining a safe and secure Food Safety culture within an operation requires all involved to contribute and stay vigilant. It is necessary to maintain the confidence and trust of your customers as you re-open and welcome them back. Join our webinar and hear from an industry professional as they discuss updated food safety standards and how the changes will impact business, staff...
                          • It is important to create more efficient and effective commercial kitchens in order to meet California's aggressive decarbonization goals. This class explains decarbonization as it relates to the commercial kitchen and introduces the efficient gas and electric kitchen equipment and design practices that will be necessary to create reduced-carbon and decarbonized kitchens.
                            • Ventless equipment allows operators to consider non-traditional locations for a restaurant or food service facility, such as historical or high-rise buildings, mall kiosks, and food trucks. Restaurants may consider ventless equipment because they have run out of space under their hood. Or, a coffee house, sandwich shop, or convenience store may want to expand their menu to...
                              • Commercial foodservice is unique when compared to other areas of research and development in the energy sector. Appliances not only have to be designed to provide heat at certain temperature and intensity, but also to meet the tastes of the end user. Researchers have to develop creative designs and testing techniques to meet these demands.
                                • Production focused kitchens are a new format that is evolving in response to changing economic models around labor reduction, food delivery, and real estate costs. Typically referred to as "cloud, ghost, or virtual" kitchens, these energy-intensive facilities can also have unique equipment requirements. This class will cover some recent trends in cloud kitchen design and the...
                                  • This class introduces new energy-effective, plug-load, counter-top cooking and holding equipment such as high-speed ovens, induction cooking and holding, smart toasters, high-speed panini presses and other related technologies that can increase the food output of commercial kitchens while using the minimum amount of space , labor, and energy.
                                    • Decarbonization across all sectors of the economy is becoming increasingly important and renewable gas such as hydrogen will be an important part of reducing emissions globally. The presentation will provide an overview of the role of hydrogen in a low carbon energy future with a focus on leveraging the existing natural gas infrastructure and discussing the impacts of hydrogen...
                                      • The purpose of an exhaust hood in your kitchen is to captures all the heat, smoke, and grease generated by the cooking equipment. If it fails to do its job, the grease and other particles will spill out making the kitchen less comfortable for your staff. And in many cases, undesirable odors and excess heat will make their way into the dining room and tax your HVAC system. Discover...
                                        • This class introduces the larger ranges, wok ranges and induction holding technologies that apply in full-sized and high-production commercial kitchens. The class will introduce the basics of induction and demonstrate how induction technologies save money and increase performance in production kitchen settings.
                                          • This class introduces the larger ranges, wok ranges and induction holding technologies that apply in full-sized and high-production commercial kitchens. The class will introduce the basics of induction and demonstrate how induction technologies save money and increase performance in production kitchen settings.
                                            • Kitchen real estate is expensive! In order to maximize profits, foodservice operators need to use every square foot of available production space and use energy effectively. In recent years, a new class of small and powerful countertop equipment has evolved - allowing operators to increase production and flexibility without increasing kitchen size. This class introduces new...
                                              • For many school kitchens, Convection Ovens have been the workhorses for heating, baking, roasting and holding. As manufactures have met the demand and needs of the school kitchen, the choice of ovens has expanded. Is it possible to support more menu items and a variety of processes with alternate or additional ovens? Join SoCalGas and our Oven experts as they talk about model...
  • January 21st  

    2021 Foodservice Forecast

    Thursday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
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    Head into 2021 With Insight and Knowledge that Will Put You Ahead of the Rest... The food service world is changing: affected by a highly dynamic economy, technological advances, sustainability initiatives, decarbonization and electrification, pending regulations and an ever more sophisticated public.