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With blast chillers, the proper temperatures can mean the difference between maintaining food quality during cooling and potentially creating an unsafe environment that breeds bacteria.

The country's move toward a more sustainable food system will impact kitchen design and foodservice equipment specification in the future.

Blast chillers can prepare food for extended storage periods, helping to cut down on waste.

Although few people would compare Biloxi, Miss., to Las Vegas or even Atlantic City, the city sees its share of casino action. Since Mississippi legalized gambling in the early 90s, it has the 11th most casinos in the county, according to the World Casino Directory.

The maintenance requirements of blast chillers are similar to other refrigeration equipment.

It might seem fitting, in an industry centered around gambling, for one operation to gamble on two new restaurant concepts in less than a year. In a span of only nine months, the Comanche Red River Casino's deli/concession stand was replaced with two sit-down restaurants that have helped transform the entire operation.

Blast chillers are well-suited for operations with limited production space, since product can be made ahead of time and reheated as needed.

Part of the Gila River Gaming conglomerate, Wild Horse Pass and Lone Butte, casino hotels in Chandler, Ariz., are as much about gaming as they are about food.

There is no Energy Star rating for blast chillers, which are designed to run hard for a short period of time. But that does not mean operators can't make a few energy-efficient choices.

Imagine walking into a restaurant or building where an entire wall brings light to a room using a series of panels dim enough to stare at comfortably and sophisticated enough to change colors, display images or even play videos.

Following manufacturer checklists and carrying out preventative maintenance can add years to the life of foodservice equipment.

Developing the kitchen of the future will require foodservice designers and operators to challenge conventional thinking and explore new ways to balance the need for capacity with the need to become more efficient. The net result will be a more thorough and thoughtful design process.

Some quick tips for maintaining charbroilers.

Shelving is available in a wide range of sizes, types and materials for different applications. There are a number of factors to consider when specifying these units.

When it comes to casinos, the overall goal is to keep the gamers playing for as long as possible, and diverse restaurant lineups have been successful in accomplishing this.

Proper cleaning of shelving that stores food is important in preventing food-borne illness.