In today’s tech driven society, every industry has been moved by the influence of technology. The restaurant industry which in many cases was slow to adapt technology has finally embraced it.
Leading the way are innovative companies including Unox. The world’s largest manufacturer of ovens has embraced technology and has used it to help thousands of restaurant and food service operators across the globe create a new level of menu quality consistency.
President of Unox USA, Mark Klindera said, “We’re really a tech company that happens to produce cooking equipment.” The company’s core value is their focus on “inventive simplification,” which they have achieved through the development of the EVEREO®, the world’s first “hot fridge”, Unox has invented a way to simplify life in the food service industry. “Unox does a 180, you don’t want to do a 360, you want to face a new direction, not go all the way back to where you started. EVEREO is a good example of that. If you wanted to store cooked food for an extended period of time you would’ve had to chill it or possibly freeze it,” said Klindera. “You can hold sandwich meats in your refrigerator for three days, why not hold hot foods for three days.”
The EVEREO was designed with functionality and efficiency in mind. “The first thing Enrico Franzolin did when he founded the company, was hire a physicist. He did that because he felt things should be simple, they should be intuitive and made from a human aspect.”
The human aspect is evident in the design of the EVEREO, with its patented Exeter chip, the “hot fridge” is unlike any other on the market, making it a great aid for operators providing pick-up and delivery options. “Its ability to hold food at service temperature makes it unlike any product on the market. Other brands manufacture a heating cabinet that is heated from the bottom and contains a water line to add moisture, making it a steam box. Our engineers, again the 180, said the humidity is in the food, we need to control the atmosphere,” Klindera continued.
The EVEREO can hold foods ranging from seared duck breast to chicken wings to rice, all at a perfect ready to serve temperature for that particular dish. Due to the product’s versatility, climate and atmosphere controls, Klindera says that the product has helped many food service operators during the shift from in house dining to pickup and delivery. “We have a Korean BBQ restaurant in Charlotte (NC) that recently bought two EVEREOS, because of the challenge to hold rice and to hold takeout food. They now have one EVEREO in the kitchen to help with rice prep and another in the front of the house to help with pickup.”
In addition to its ability to keep food at ready to serve temperatures for up to 72 hours the EVEREO also helps operators by taking up a small footprint. “We reduce footprint with our ovens, footprint with EVEREO, footprint with everything that we produce, again back to simplification and the physicists. The pan size for our oven determines the size of the cabinet. We have very little wasted space,” Klindera added. “The three best things we bring to market with our products are; number one ease of cleaning, number two the footprint, and number three the price.”
For those who question if the EVEREO is a worthwhile investment for their business, Klindera has an answer. “The EVEREO is the type of technology that you can grow with for the next ten plus years. You are making an investment in the technology. If today you are doing one thing and tomorrow you are doing something else, you are not caught having to go out and buy another piece of equipment, you already have it.”
The EVEREO can be purchased online by visiting the UNOX website or in Metro New York through TD Marketing. “We are excited to partner with Frank Doyle and his team at TD,” Klindera concluded. “They have a great feel for the local dealer and consultant