Crepes have emerged as a culinary delight that has stood the test of time and continues to captivate the gastronomic landscape. In 2024, as restaurants seek to source signature menu items, crepes offer a flexible addition that can satisfy the most discerning dining patrons.
Crepes have emerged as a culinary delight that has stood the test of time and continues to captivate the gastronomic landscape. In 2024, as restaurants seek to source signature menu items, crepes offer a flexible addition that can satisfy the most discerning dining
patrons. Crepes offer a versatile canvas for creativity, allowing chefs to showcase their culinary expertise through a myriad of sweet and savory fillings. Moreover, crepes possess a universal appeal, accommodating various dietary restrictions and preferences, including gluten-free and vegetarian options.
With that goal in mind, Waring Commercial has added the XPress Multipurpose Cooktop to their portfolio. The new crepe maker from the Stamford, CT based company marks the latest expansion of their portfolio of high-performance, innovative commercial kitchen
In 2018, Waring, known for introducing the country’s first blender in 1937, exited the consumer side of the kitchen appliance industry and decided to solely focus on creating commercial products. The XPress Multipurpose Cooktop was designed specifically with crepes in mind. “We start with a focused approach in our product development,” said Dan DeBari, Senior VP & GM of Waring Commercial. “This cooktop offers a better way to introduce crepes to a restaurant or foodservice menu that eliminates any waste due to batter spillage.”
Why focus on crepes? “It’s a high-profit item but something that is often seen as too difficult to process and too difficult to introduce onto your menus,” added DeBari. Made with simple ingredients already found in most commercial kitchens, the elegance and wide appeal of crepes make them a high-profit menu item. Crepes are versatile, can include any number of sweet or savory toppings and fillings, and are quick to make. Because of this, they’re not only a good item for a restaurant or hotel, but also for a university campus or corporate dining hall looking to put something more interesting on their menu. By including crepes on their menus, restaurants can tap into the ever-growing demand for diverse and visually appealing dishes, ensuring their relevance and success in the competitive food industry of 2024.
Many restaurants and foodservice operators have been hesitant to add crepes because the assumption was that they required someone who is skilled at making them in order to get consistent results and can often result in a messy process for untrained cooks. The XPress removes all these obstacles by offering an easy to use, nonstick cooktop that fits in any kitchen. “There has always been an artistry to making crepes. With the X-Press, you no longer have to have someone who is skilled in the art of crepe making to introduce these profit-drivers to your menu. Consistently churn out perfect product without the mess, in 30 seconds or less, with our new multi-purpose cooktop,” DeBari noted.
The cooktop was designed after extensive field research and hearing feedback from existing and potential customers. While the XPress Cooktop was designed to provide the most efficient output possible for the crepe-making process, crepes are far from the only menu item it can produce. With its simple design, the XPress has the versatility to do many things in the commercial kitchen, including sear meats, warm tortillas, and make pancakes, breads, and quesadillas. For that reason, the cooktop has wide international appeal as well.
Crepes aren’t the end of innovation for Waring, however. “After the pandemic we had to start prioritizing our march forward, and it was really innovation and specializing in solutions for this industry that drove us to create our most recent products, including a new fermentation pod that we will be releasing next year,” detailed DeBari. Waring’s new Ellipse blender is “the greatest innovation in blending since 1937.” Designed as an independent dual-motor system, the Ellipse offers dramatically reduced blend times, unlimited recipe options and more nutritious results. “I have demoed this product around the World over the past year and the performance is incredible. You cannot find another blender on the market that can accomplish what the Ellipse can,” DeBari said. “Any smoothie, any açai bowl, any cocktail on any menu, anywhere in the World, is made with consistent results, in 15 seconds or less.”
DeBari and his Waring Commercial team have continually demonstrated that they have their finger on the pulse of the professional chef seeking to find that next menu signature. The Xpress™ multi-purpose cooktop and the Ellipse™ blending revolution are the latest in a long line of innovative products from Waring Commercial.
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