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Applications and Niche Markets

The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, Kitchen Solution

At Food Warming Equipment Co. (FWE), we love to hear back from our customers to see how our equipment improves their day-to-day operations!

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We are especially grateful to hear from our customers who work to make a positive impact in their community. That’s why, when we heard from our customers at The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan (FBEM), we jumped at the opportunity to see how our equipment was helping to feed thousands of children each day!

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Executive Chef,  Joe Gerlach

Behind the Scenes:

The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan was founded in 1981 and has grown to partner with more than 400 hunger relief agencies that serve the more than 300,000 hungry people in Eastern Michigan. FBEM Director of Culinary Services, Craig Brown turned to FWE for reliable kitchen equipment when their organization partnered with the Michigan Head Start Program.

As part of this new program, FBEM will be cooking and sending close to 3,000 meals to students across Eastern Michigan every day. They were searching for holding cabinets to not only keep the food warm, but healthy and favorable too!

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RH-6 Commercial Retherm Oven

Problem and Solution:

Cooking and storing over 3,000 meals a day can be tricky – that’s where FWE came in! The situation at the FBEM presented a unique opportunity for our team because they required large bulk food retherming equipment that was both versatile and affordable. It also had to fit into their existing infrastructure – meaning, it had to be ventless.

With that in mind, we worked with Craig and his team to fit their facilities with nine FWE Retherm Ovens (model, RH-6). The versatility behind these ovens allows the schools to prepare hot meals in advance without having to purchase a hood, which because of the price, would have halted the entire program. FWE’s ventless cooking alternatives are the perfect option for those hoping to upgrade their equipment without overhauling their entire kitchen.

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We didn’t just set up our equipment and leave; we’re with our customer from start to finish! With assistance from Acosta’s Master Chef Kevin Gawronski and FBEM Chef Joe Gerlach, we helped develop a restructured menu that could be perfectly executed with the new FWE equipment. Since implementing our equipment and participating in the Michigan Head Start Program, Chef Joe has noticed their new FWE equipment was having other benefits outside of food quality alone:

“This food is not only feeding the children, they are using it as a learning tool for such things as manners and etiquette,” explained Chef Joe.

“Each student learns where and how to properly place their napkins, plates, forks, and spoons, before enjoying their family style lunch each day.”

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Magazine

FWE at the Texas School Show at Bill Dickie Ent Booth #538

As seen in the annual Texas Association for School Nutrition’s (TASN) conference guide, FWE has Got What it Takes for school foodservice operations to run more efficiently and effectively. Stop by Bill Dickie Ent’s booth at this years Texas School Show Booth #538 to learn about FWE’s Clymate IQ® Heated and Humidified Holding Cabinet and Retherm Ovens that help schools prepare and serve hot meals on time.  

FWE Retherm Ovens prepare large volumes of product and serve has a holding cabinet once the food has reached the set cook time or temp by use of an automatic hold feature. Operators load product and are free to walk away until they are ready to serve. FWE Retherm ovens are available in a variety of sizes for use with trays, pans, baskets and roll in rack applications.    

The FWE Clymate IQ®  Heated and Humidified Holding Cabinet keeps food at optimum serving temperatures through peak serving periods. Portable and easy to use, it is perfect for short-term staging and extended holding times, eliminating hot and cold spots with minimal operator involvement.

 

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Press Release

FWE Sponsors "Healthy Recipes Made Easy" Webinars Series

FWE is teaming up with the not-for-profit Organic School Project (OSP) to support “Healthy Recipes Made Easy” Webinars that are targeting K-8 School Foodservice Directors, Managers, and Registered Dietitians.  The objective is to combat childhood obesity and the health complications that accompany it through an integrated program that includes healthy breakfast, lunch, and side item recipes for schools. 

Beginning in May, a series of (4) 30 minute Webinars were launched to explain the “Healthy Recipes Made Easy” curriculum and to inspire more scratch cooking in K-8 schools.  Recipes using the freshest, healthiest ingredients were provided.  One of the key objectives of these Webinars is to establish a comfort level with Foodservice Directors and Registered Dietitians in introducing these recipes and concepts into their school foodservice programs.  To that end, the Webinars cover easy, healthy recipes that address breakfast, center-of-the-plate lunch, and sides.  

As a sponsor of this healthy eating lifestyle curriculum, FWE‘s ovens and holding systems are featured in all 4 Webinars presented.  The Webinars touch upon the reduction of food and labor costs involved when using FWE foodservice equipment.

The “Healthy Recipes Made Easy” Webinars feature Greg Christian, Chef & Executive Director of OSP.  He is assisted by Jerry Herbik, a former Chartwells Foodservice Manager with over 30 years of school foodservice experience.  In conjunction with ANC, Mr. Christian will also provide live cooking demonstrations at FWE‘s Booth # 317 in June.  Be sure to stop by and learn more about “Healthy Recipes Made Easy”.

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Company Promotion

School Retherm Oven Promotion

In support of schools, FWE is now offering special pricing on Retherm Ovens !

From trays and pans to baskets and roll in racks, FWE has the oven to do the job of high volume cooking while saving valuable operator time. Select from over 10 models available based on the customers needs with controls that switch from the cook cyle to hold automatically, freeing up time and saving money with one unit to do the job of two. Set it & forget it with an FWE Retherm Oven today !

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Company Promotion

School Retherm Oven Promotion

In support of schools, FWE is now offering special pricing on Retherm Ovens !

From trays and pans to baskets and roll in racks, FWE has the oven to do the job of high volume cooking while saving valuable operator time. Select from over 10 models available based on the customers needs with controls that switch from the cook cyle to hold automatically, freeing up time and saving money with one unit to do the job of two. Set it & forget it with an FWE Retherm Oven today !