Bradshaw Sponsors British Sandwich Association Competition

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Bradshaw Sponsors British Sandwich Association Competition

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Phil Bullivant from Bradshaw (left) and James Ingram (right).

Bradshaw, an ACP, Inc. distributor for the UK, recently sponsored a portion of the British Sandwich Association’s annual competition. Their sponsored segment, named “The Menumaster® Challenge,” required final contestants to prepare hot toasted sandwiches using a MXP oven.

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James Ingram, the winner of the sandwich portion of the British Sandwich Association’s annual competition.

The winner was James Ingram, a chef at the Mercedes Formula 1 engine plant. For the competition he prepared a par-baked demi baguette, filled with smoked chili beef and pickled filling, then toasted in the MXP. The par-baked baguette initially cooked in 45 seconds and toasted for an additional 20 seconds after preparation was complete.

This same sandwich is currently produced in batches of 20 in a conventional oven, which require 20 minutes of initial cook time and an additional 10 minutes for toasting. Ingram later explained how using the MXP can allow for fresh, made-to-order dishes while achieving superior, consistent results and no waste.

Mug Cakes Stir Up the World of Dessert

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Mug Cakes Stir Up the World of Dessert

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The culinary industry has finally discovered a way to achieve decadent indulgence in just a few minutes. What’s the secret? A regular ol’ coffee mug and a microwave. As the mug cake trend continues to grow in the culinary industry, these small scale treats don’t require a lengthy list of special ingredients, a sink full of dirty utensils or even technical skills, like several desserts do. But that certainly doesn’t mean the sweet tooth will be left disappointed.

Since the nationwide expansion of gourmet cupcakes over the last decade, today’s consumers are beginning to lose interest in this specific concept, according to the Wall Street Journal. And some believe this has opened the door for mug cakes to make their way into cafes and bakeries. While the mug cake offers versatility and sweetness in a single serving like a cupcake does, its total preparation time clocks in at just five minutes, compared to a cupcake’s 15-20 minutes.

ACP, Inc. Corporate Chef Sandy Gibilisco created a recipe for an upside down apple coffee cake, ready in just one minute and twenty seconds using a 12 ounce microwavable coffee mug and the RC22. According to Chef Sandy, microwaves work very well when cooking anything that aims for a soufflé-like consistency in small portions.

UPSIDE DOWN APPLE COFFEE CAKE

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 3 Tbsp. dark brown sugar
  • ½ apple, thinly sliced
  • ½ egg
  • 2 Tbsp. milk
  • Few drops of vanilla
  • ¼ cup self-rising flour
  • 2 pinches of cinnamon

Procedures:

In a 12 ounce cup:

  1. Put 1 Tbsp. butter, 2 Tbsp. brown sugar and apple slices in bottom of cup.
  2. Place in RC22 microwave for 15 seconds at 100% microwave power.
  3. Soften remaining butter. Mix the following ingredients in a small bowl until creamy:
    1. Remaining sugar
    2. Remaining butter
  4. Add egg, vanilla and beat with a fork.
  5. Add flour and cinnamon, mix until smooth.
  6. Swirl coffee cup to make sure apples are completely coated with butter and sugar.
  7. Pour batter into the coffee cup and swirl once.
  8. Place the cup on a paper plate in case of overflow, and cook in the RC22 for 45 seconds at 50% power and then cook for 20 seconds at 80% power.

Note: Microwave each mug cake individually.

Mud Cakes

Industry Tid-Bits

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Industry Tid-Bits

Rapids Wholesale Equipment and Chernoff Win FER Award

Foodservice Equipment Reports announced the winners of the 2015 Industry Excellence Awards, which are distributed every two years. Rapids Wholesale Equipment out of Marion, Iowa, which is just a short drive from the ACP, Inc. headquarters in Cedar Rapids, was one of the recipients recognized for management excellence. Click here to learn more about the awards and other recipients, including Chernoff, a distributor for ACP, Inc. based out of Florida.

New POS System Helps Improve Menu Retention for Operations

Nation’s Restaurant News recently featured a new tool available to help track which menu items are most popular and which aren’t cutting it. Click here to learn more about retention and how it can either make or break an operation.

Corporations Strive to Improve Facilities, According to FE&S 

According to Foodservice Equipment and Supplies, many companies have been “ahead of the curve” in increasing productivity, promoting talent among employees and other requirements to maintain recognition from both consumers and members of the industry. Click here to learn more about how the always changing foodservice industry is requiring consistent developments for dining facilities around the world.

Greatist Reveals Top 25 Healthiest Colleges in America

Greatist, an online blog that promotes healthy lifestyles, announced the top 25 healthiest colleges in America this month based on each college’s efforts to improve sustainability and offer better food options. Click here for more details.

Professional Reps Announces Representation of Advance Tabco

Professional Reps, a rep of ACP, Inc. out of Arizona, announced their new representation of Advance Tabco, a stainless steel fabrication company for the foodservice industry.

NRA Kicks Off Annual National Food Safety Month 

This month, NRA kicked off their National Food Safety Month for the twentieth year in a row. It was originally created to promote food safety and education among the foodservice industry by providing instructional videos and other promotional materials. Click here for more details.

Employee Feature – ACP Accounts Payable Specialist Sarah Hardie

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Employee Feature – ACP Accounts Payable Specialist Sarah Hardie

We are both happy and sad to announce the retirement of Sarah Hardie, an ACP accounts payable specialist. Sarah began working in the ACP accounting department in March of 2007 under Account Manager Chuck Ancelet. In her role, Sarah has been responsible for all accounts payable functions, managing employee cell phone accounts, assisting in reconciling some general ledger accounts and many other miscellaneous tasks.

She has enjoyed the variety of tasks on a day-to-day basis, but particularly remembers annual physical inventories in the office, where she recalls spending long hours with her coworkers. Most of all, Sarah said she is thankful for the friendships she has developed in the workplace and will always remember the time she’s spent with each person. ACP Chief Financial Officer Rich Raczynski described Sarah as “the perfect employee,” and is sad to see her go.

Her last day is October 3rd and she is looking forward to spending more time with her two grandchildren, ages five and two.

Employee Feature – ACP, Inc. Customer Support Supervisor Tom Misfeldt

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Employee Feature – ACP, Inc. Customer Support Supervisor Tom Misfeldt

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The month of September was a time for reflection and reward for ACP Customer Service Support Supervisor Tom Misfeldt. On September 1st, he celebrated 23 years of employment. In his current role of overseeing the ComServ team, he and his co-workers handle all nationwide and international support communications from end users, dealers, distributors and reps. This includes assisting with service calls, verifying warranties and answering programming questions.

Tom has worked in customer service since day one. He originally started working for Amana in Amana, IA as a customer service representative, handling calls regarding all Amana products. He later advanced to cooking specialist and then to a supervisor, specializing in cooking appliances. He would occasionally help the commercial microwave group, which was separate form the home appliance specialists at the time. But when Amana moved to Newton and closed its customer service department, Tom decided not to move with the company. Shortly after, he received a call from the commercial microwave group, which would later become ACP, Inc., asking him to join them in starting a customer service team. “The rest is history,” he said.

After some reflection, Tom said his fondest memories come from the variety of scenarios among calls, including one call in particular that came from a pastry chef at the White House. “You just never know what the next call may be about,” Tom said. He also recalls receiving immense levels of support from his co-workers during the devastating flood of 2008. And last, but not least, Tom especially loves it when ACP Food Application Scientist Patty Reyes bakes pizza in the test kitchen. “Someone has to test it and I am always right there,” he said, “It has been a good time all these years and I hope they continue for a few more.”