Tourists, students and schoolchildren alike may well think of summer as a time to relax and let the hair down. For many caterers however, summer is peak season and there is no time to take the finger of the pulse. The summer months offer a great opportunity to increase sales and profits - as long as you have got what you need to make the most of it. So just what are the ingredients of a successful summer? Here are six of ours!
S - Serve with Style!
Whatever’s on the menu this summer, one thing is for sure - presentation is everything. The great thing about summer is that it offers the keen cook a chance to expand the menu and offer an attractive range of seasonal dishes with the freshest ingredients, often locally sourced. And then we’ve got the sweet menu to think about...
However, summer also presents its own challenges. Hot weather can quickly leave a food display looking more than a little dishevelled, and flies and insects are a constant challenge, both inside and out. Luckily, Carlton Sales have got it all covered, whatever the premises. From hotels and restaurants to mobile event caterers, our online store has everything the professional caterer could ever need for a successful summer. Except sunshine, that is.
We offer a range of refrigerated upright and counter top display units for every purpose. If cakes take centre stage on your menu, then the stunning Tefcold Glass Display cabinets such as the UPD60 will certainly help you to create a mouthwatering display. Features include automatic temperature regulation, adjustable shelves and interior LED lighting.
If you are looking for a universal display cabinet that is ideal for both savoury and sweet offerings, the Interlevin S530A Curved Glass Counter Top Display is a stylish piece of equipment which looks great in any setting. The list of features includes fan assisted cooling, adjustable temperature, adjustable feet and adjustable shelving, as well as 304 stainless steel and double glazed glass.
For icecreams, we have a range of display units that are suitable for every purpose.
The Framec ICE 2V Counter Top Ice Cream Display is a compact and stylish display unit that Accepts 2 x 5 Litre Napoli Pans. Features include a plastic dome lid and easy clean interior as well as manually operated defrost to help protect the integrity of the contents.
Alternatively, we offer a range of standalone display units with castors to allow for easy movement. The Tefcold IC500SCE Ice Cream Display with Canopy is a high capacity unit that features an attractive glass canopy with a flat top to make serving as easy as possible. The unit Holds Napoli size plastic tubs in the frame without the need for stainless steel pans and optional 4 litre ice cream tub support frames are also available. Another key feature of this versatile unit is the temperature range, which has been optimised for scooping.
Smaller units are also available, such as the Tefcold IC400SC Ice Cream Display with Canopy which offers similar features but a reduced capacity.
U - Unbeatable Value!
At Carlton, our philosophy is simple - to offer caterers exceptional quality and unbeatable value. We appreciate that every business has a different budget and different needs. That’s why we offer a huge range of equipment that offers something for every budget. We also offer financing options such as leasing to make it even easier for you to invest in the equipment you need, as well as a host of other attractive incentives such as free delivery and our points scheme, which rewards you for every purchase you make. There is also a price match promise on many of our products - although with the terrific value we offer we doubt you’ll need to use it. Whatever it is you need to make the most of the summer season, why wait until next year when you can afford to do it now?
M - Meaty and Mobile!
We may not be blessed with the best of climates, but when that sun does come out, the British like nothing better than to get outside. For caterers and other food outlets, getting mobile allows you to make the most of every opportunity. Whether you are catering for an outdoor event, serving on a terrace or making the most of the footfall on a popular high street, we have a number of products that are mobile or suitable for outdoor use. Of course, when it comes to mobile catering in summer, there is one thing which just captures what the season is all about - the great British barbecue.
We’ve got a fantastic range of barbecue equipment here at Carlton. If compact is the key, we offer a choice of folding barbecues including the British made Cinders Slimfold SG80 Barbecue which folds to 215mm (8½ins) flat for convenient transport and storage. Despite its small size, it is a sturdy unit with a warranty for commercial use and designed with high throughput in mind. It’s leg design is stable even on soft surface such as grass. The unit is also highly economical, offering 18hrs full heat from one 13kg propane cylinder.
If you’re looking for a stylish and fully functional barbecue with features such as roll dome, bun rack & removable end shelves, check out the impressive Crown Verity range. From the compact MCB30PACK (pictured) to the enormous MCB72PACK, no barbecue is too big or small for Carlton.
M - Made in Britain
Reliability has long been a key factor for the demanding caterer. With the vast amount of low price imported equipment now on the market, it can be hard to know where best to put your money. At Carlton, we only stock the very best equipment from world-leading manufacturers. Amongst these are a number of great brands whose products are manufactured in the UK, for the UK.
E - Environmentally Friendly
If we want to continue enjoying the great outdoors, it is our duty as individuals and businesses to do what we can to protect the world around us. Professional caterers are no exception. At Carlton, we are dedicated to promoting a greener approach to catering. That’s why we offer a constantly growing range of certified green products. As a result of their low energy footprint these products benefit the environment as well as offering long term savings on operating costs. In addition, they qualify for the Government operated Enhance Capital Allowance Scheme, which means you could claim the entire expenditure as tax deductible.
To browse our full range of green products, click here.
R - Get Refreshed!
Whether it’s a nice cold beer, a perfectly chilled wine or a naked smoothie, summer is peak time for liquid refreshments. No caterer can afford not to support his menu with a range of appetizing drinks to choose from. The secret to a great drinks offer is twofold; firstly, offering your customers the right choice, and secondly, making sure that whatever you serve, the temperature is perfect. Add to this a well presented display and you are sure to succeed.
Our range of wine coolers are designed to offer the specific temperatures required by various wines, keeping even the most demanding of connoisseurs happy.
The 5 shelf Lec Commercial 600SSWC Wine Cooler with a capacity of 38 bottles is just one example of what we have on offer.
Whatever your commercial catering needs, Carlton have the knowledge and experience to get you the best equipment at the best price. And whilst the great British summer may be all too brief, you can guarantee our quality products are built to last for the long run. To discuss you requirements with a member of the team, contact us now on 01793 512550 or use our online contact form and we’ll be happy to help make your summer a sizzling success.