Notes from the Iceologist

Thoughts from our resident Iceologists and guests

easy ice, super bowl, Phoenix Open

Where to Eat in Phoenix

Phoenix is a sprawling metropolis and home to favorite professional sports teams, MBL’s Diamondbacks and NBA’s Suns as well as minor league baseball and roller derby. Students, families, snow-birds and retirees populate Phoenix and surrounding areas like Glendale and swanky resort town, Scottsdale. Phoenix is always a busy place, but during the last week of […]

health, food safety

Food Safety Tips: 5 Things To Watch Out For When Dining Out

Food safety is an important topic to Team Easy Ice. And it should be important to you too — especially when you dine out and have less control. Food safety includes ice safety. Unsanitary conditions, mishandling of ice or a dirty ice machine can cause food borne illness, just like…well…food! To emphasize the importance of […]

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Employment Termination: What’s Legal, What’s Wrongful?

Employment termination is tricky and fraught with potential legal issues. No small business wants the financial expenses, hassles and bad publicity that come from a wrongful employment termination lawsuit. The hospitality industry employs millions of people and has a higher than average turnover rate. Seasonal employment is also common within hotels and foodservice. For these […]

restaurants, bars, commercial ice machines, Hoshizaki

Cold Weather Can Affect Ice Machine Performance

Baby, it’s cold outside! Most of our customers are surprised to learn that supplying very cold water to an ice machine can cause performance issues.  Colder water extends the harvest time – the time when ice cubes are removed from the ice-forming surface.  If the water is below 45 degrees F, the ice maker may […]

food borne illness, sanitation, foodservice

Avoid Common Health Inspection Violations at your Restaurant

The Iceologist is proud to welcome a new guest blogger to our team, Scott Pozna, Registered Sanitarian and Environmental Health Specialist or Lorain County, OH.  Scott has been a Registered Sanitarian (Health Inspector) for 20 years and we’re thrilled he’s sharing his knowledge with our customers and readers.   By following Scott’s simple advice, your […]

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5 Foundations of Food Safety

As I travel around the industry – I’m keenly aware of the food safety image that my clients and other operators project. It’s this simple – if you’ve got a hand washing sink right behind you on a prep line that customers can see – USE IT! Frequently! September is National Food Safety Month. At ServSafe […]

ice machines, ice types, bars, restaurants, glassware

Breaking Ice Needs Down for Restaurants and Bars One Drink at a Time

One of the most frequent questions we’re asked by companies looking to subscribe to our ice machine program is “how much ice do I really need” for my restaurant or bar? And that’s a great question! There are many variables to consider to best factor your restaurant or bar’s ice needs. How large is your […]

Ice Machine Triple Threats: Scale, Slime, and Sediment

Death and taxes may be the most popular certainties, but for ice machine owners, scale, slime, and sediment are just as inevitable.   We’ll follow up this overview article with a deep dive on each topic with tips on how to minimize the buildup of these conditions as well as how to get rid of them […]

dogs, foodservice, dog-friendly restaurants

Dogs in Restaurants Fetch Profits

Americans will spend an estimated $58B on their pets in 2014 and restaurants are realizing the buying power of dog owners.  Like their furry friends, dog owners tend to be loyal and if a restaurant accommodates their desire to dine with Fido, they’ll keep coming back. Hotels embraced this trend years ago and began capturing […]

restaurants, human resources

Top 5 Reasons to Update Job Descriptions for Your Restaurant

Job descriptions are an absolute must for all positions and should be updated, ideally, semi-annually.  Essential components of a job description include the job title and the title of the immediate supervisor, a list of job duties and responsibilities derived from job analysis, and a list of qualifications needed to successfully perform the job. While […]