CaterSource 2019: EcoHeat – Last Year’s Problem, this Year’s Solution!

Last year at CaterSouce 2018 in Las Vegas, the EcoHeat team presented the amazing Full-Service Chafer NO FLAME, NO WATER, Environmentally Friendly Catering solution, with the new Heating Without Fire Chafing Dish System. This was an amazing hit with all who viewed the system. Although the technology and product was new to most, it clearly helped answer the previous year’s hottest topics about fire free venue catering and menu selections. This new EcoHeat Full-Service Chafer System opened up a new world of opportunity for all catering companies.

Our team took years developing the EcoHeat Full-Service Chafer System and asked hundreds of caterers, end users, event planners, and chefs what was important to them and their successful execution of food service. CaterSource 2018 was a wonderful and enlightening experience for our team because we found it to be an amazing amount of wealth and knowledge all in one place. Everyone was willing to provide input, suggestions, and answer our questions. We learned more in the first two hours of being at the show than one could learn in months researching the catering industry. We took the feedback and made some significant improvement to the system, reduced the price and better understood how to best use the EcoHeat Heating Without Fire Full-Service Chafer System. It was refreshing to hear so much praise for answering one of the biggest topics of the previous year and the show topics.

This experience solidified and rejuvenated us to be even more vigilant and ask more questions on how EcoHeat could best support the catering industry and we really listened! The overwhelming topic of CaterSource 2018 was drop off/corporate catering and delivery. We had already started development on the Heated Drop off solutions, but we needed to LEARN, and learn we did.

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Sustainability

The Green Initiative is growing in the catering industry – from using sustainable packaging to using less water. Many catering companies are trying to find ways to become more environmentally friendly throughout their business. From what we learned from many of the caterers we talked to at the show, they want to use less water, have a heating source that is biodegradable, and packaging/equipment that is environmentally sourced. Lucky for those caterers looking for these options, EcoHeat checks all the boxes! With the EcoHeat system, there is no water required, everything inside the EcoHeat warmer is biodegradable, and all cardboard used in the EcoHeat box is from environmentally sourced trees.

Enviromentally Sourced Trees are used for our EcoHeat Drop Off Boxes!


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Drop Off Solutions

The EcoHeat Drop Off Solutions are continually growing. We started with the EcoHeat Drop Off Box in a half pan. We are working on the EcoHeat Drop Off Box in a full pan. At the same time, our team is working on the EcoHeat Pizza Box and Pizza Bag, the EcoHeat Drop Off Carrying bag, and even the EcoHeat Room Service Single Servicing Box. The EcoHeat team in committed to providing quality Heat Products for all types of catering needs.

EcoHeat Half Pan Drop Off Box
Easily carry our stackable EcoHeat Drop Off Boxes

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Stories from the show

The first night of the conference, we were standing around a cocktail table talking about our plan for the show and the best ways to engage with the caterers. Little did we know, we were about to meet someone who would introduce our team to a lot of people in the industry. Our new friend, Maggie, walked up and sparked good conversations about catering, New Orleans, and life and general. The table quickly grew from the 4 of us to a group of 10 or so, from all over the country. Another caterer we meant was Ewa. Ewa may been our favorite story from the show. We talked to her for over an hour – everything from her experiences in catering to our heating solutions. Come to find out, Ewa was more excited than we originally knew. She sent about 10 different groups of caterers she had met to our booth, all because she was excited about what we were doing for the industry she has spent many years in. We want to thank Ewa and all the friends we met that first night of the conference! You guys made the show special for us!

The first day of the show, we were slammed all day. One of the great caterers we met was Debbie. Debbie and one of her colleagues came by to check out the EcoHeat system. They planned on going to all 3 fire free heating sources then make a decision on which to go forward with. First, they checked out the large chafing fuel company’s solution at the front of the show. It was not exactly what they needed for their company. They next booth they came to was the EcoHeat booth. Our team talked to their team about their needs and wants for the perfect fire free heating source. From that discussion, we gave them the demo of our full service chafing system and the EcoHeat Drop Off Box. Before they left the booth, they decided they did not need to see any other fire free heating sources, rather they ordered on the spot!

EcoHeat was consistently ranked #1 out of the 3 fire free heating sources. We were surprised how open caterers were when we asked them which fire free heating source they would prefer. We talked to some who did not choose EcoHeat, but most liked the versatility of the EcoHeat system for full service and drop off solutions!

We love interacting with our customers and future customers! To become a customer, go to Shop.HeatingWithoutFire.com and order a kit! We look forward to hearing from you!

Exposed Fire vs. Contained Heat

When deciding which heating source to use for your catering business you have choices. For many years, caterers did not have the option for have a contained safe heating source. Now they do!
Exposed fire heating sources can easily injury a customer, can catch a napkin or tablecloth on fire, or even cause an entire event to be canceled. For an exposed fire heating source, the best possible outcome for an event, is a pungent odor and decreased life span on chafing dishes. The worst possible outcome is someone being seriously injured. Not to mention before the fuel is lit, someone could mistake the the fuel for a jelly. Consuming a fuel could be deadly. Caterers are used to used to using these types of heating sources, mainly because they do not know there is another, safer option.
A contained heating source, like the EcoHeat System, is exceedingly safer for the caterer, for the catering staff, and the customers! The EcoHeat warmers are placed inside the water pan, out of sight and touch. The best possible outcome while using the EcoHeat warmers, is a perfect event with everyone going home happy! The worst possible outcome, is a perfect event with everyone going home happy!
When choosing a heating source, choose the best and safest heating source on the market, EcoHeat!

CaterSource 2018

The revolutionary EcoHeat system is here to change catering forever. No longer do you need water, electricity, or fire to food at the necessary temperature. From bread baskets to delivery boxes, with the EcoHeat system there are endless possibilities! We believe once you try EcoHeat you will never go back to what you used before! Contact us at 760-893-8300 or Sales@HeatingWithoutFire.com to set up an appointment, or come by at any time to see a demo of the new way to keep food warm! Check out the map above to find us at the show!

If you have not registered for CaterSource 2018, click here and use the promo code INVITEHEAT2018 to get your trade show badge free or $50 off the Connect and full Conference & Tradeshow Packages.

Bridal Show: What to look for!

When attending a Bridal show there is a lot to look at. You must go in prepared with a list of items which need to be accomplished. Bridal shows can be a great tool for planning the perfect wedding day, but what are the important items which need to be addressed?

1. A) Find the right caterer! 1. B) Find the right venue!
2. A photographer can make or break your wedding!
3. Be sure to grab the coupons for special show deals! – Take advantage of these discounts!
4. When it comes to heating the food, choose EcoHeat!

1A) Finding the right caterer is a must for a bridal show! There will be countless caterers who attend the show competing for the business of each bride (and groom) who attend the show. Caterers know what will impress each type of bride. Make sure to taste test everything! The portions will be small, but the food will be GOOD!
1B) Find the right venue! Venues are more difficult than finding the right caterer. One issue to try to avoid is a combination venue and caterer. This can get expensive QUICK! I know of a certain venue which charged $10 per person for hors-d’oeuvres. Thes hors d’oeuvres consisted of crackers and cheese. Not the starter everyone was hoping for.
Instead, find a venue who allows for any caterer or at least a list of caterers which to choose from. This allows for a more personalized catered event.
Be sure to check the max capacity of the venue! There is nothing worse than a venue which is too small for your wedding! Oh, and a dance floor is a must! Everyone loves to break loose a little bit by dancing the night away!
2) How many times have you looked through a Facebook album of someone’s wedding? Com’mon, we all have done it. The “Oh I LOVE That!” and the “Oh what is going on there!” I know I have. A wedding photographer can make your wedding look amazing, or the opposite. When it comes to finding the perfect person or company to shoot your wedding, it comes down to 2 things, 1. Do you trust the person or company? This is important because the photographer will be part of every single part of your wedding day. 2. Is the price right? This can depend on the level of services which are being offered. From multiple angles to photos and videos.
3) Don’t forget to grab coupons or show specials! Some companies will deeply discount to try to sway your decision towards them. Grab coupons to many different booths, some companies will honor other company coupons to bring you in as a customer of theirs. It never hurts to ask!
4) Choose to heat your food with EcoHeat. When your guests arrive to see no flame and do not smell the awful methanol or ethanol smell coming from the fuels burning under your food. EcoHeat is the perfect heating source for any wedding! The EcoHeat warmers provide the perfect amount of heat while keeping every person safe. Tell your choice of caterer, “I want EcoHeat at my wedding!”

By: Logan Hayford

Wedding Bells: How to Keep your Wedding Perfect!

For many people, the biggest day of their lives’ is their wedding day. How many times does one thing ruin the perfect day? For some brides it can be forgetting a special part of the wardrobe, for others, it could be decorations not being in the correct placement, and for others, it could be a certain guest who was not expected. There is one way to complete halt a wedding in its tracks, a fire at the reception. This is something that could easily occur from a child knocking over a heating fuel, or perhaps a guest who has enjoyed the beverages a little too much falling into the food table.

The perfect day, the day the bride and groom have been dreaming about for months or even years, completely ruined because of a simple mistake. Replace heating fuels commonly used for food heating with the safest heating source, EcoHeat warmers. These are guaranteed to keep everyone at the even safe while providing the perfect amount of heat for the food!

Never worry again about the rowdy guest ruining the buffet line, or a child catching a napkin on fire. Focus on your day, focus on the people you have invited to your event, and focus on your significant other! Let the EcoHeat warmers focus on heating your food!

Remember it is your choice when it comes to what product heats the food at your wedding! Tell your catering specialist to use the EcoHeat System! Keep your day perfect by choosing the best heating system on the market!

By: Logan Hayford

Chafing Fuel Disposal

Disposing of hazardous chafing fuels (Sternos) is a pain for any caterer. In some states, it is illegal to dispose of these fuels in with normal trash, and the caterer can be fined if they are caught doing so. Per Sterno’s product information, all canned fuel products, “Must not be disposed together with household garbage. Do not allow product to reach sewage system.” How many times does a caterer directly throw away their used Sternos directly in the trash? I would speculate this happens everyday across the entire United States. This practice not only could result in a fine for the caterer, but could cause serious issues for the environment. In the same Sterno documentation, Sterno products classify as, “Water hazard class 1 (German Regulation) (Self-assessment): slightly hazardous for water: Do not allow undiluted product or large quantities of it to reach ground water, water course or sewage system.” I ask, should this not be monitored more often? If the nation’s largest chafing fuel brand directly says “slightly hazardous for water” and everyday thousands of chafing fuels are directly disposed of in the trash, then there needs to be something done to eradicate this issue. Finally, there is another option for caterers using chafing fuels! EcoHeat warmers are a combination of all natural ingredients that are biodegradable and safe to dispose of directly in the everyday trash. Unlike chafing fuels, the EcoHeat warmers never leak hazardous chemicals into the water system. The EcoHeat warmers are safe to use, safe to work around, and safe to dispose of in a environmentally safe way. NEVER USE A HAZARDOUS CHAFING FUEL AGAIN! Switch to the safer, and more convenient option today! Find out more information today at HeatingWithoutFire.com

The Dangers of Chafing Fuels Part 1/2: Pollution, the Hidden Gases

Carbon dioxide and monoxide have become a large topic issue in the United States in the last decade. Gasoline and Diesel cars produce a large amount of these greenhouse gases, which cause pollution in the air. On average a car emits 411 grams of Carbon Dioxide per mile driven. Though this number seems small, the average driver, in the U.S., drivers 11,400 miles per year. This is 4,685,400 grams of CO2 pollution per person in the United States! This is not anything new though. The United States is one of the most polluted Countries in the World. We know cars can cause pollution problem, but what about the other fuels which we burn?
In a study by the U.S Energy Information Administration in 2017, Diesel fuel and heating oil emit 161.3 pounds of CO2 per million Btu, while propane emits 139.0 pounds of CO2 per million Btu, and natural gas is 117.0 pounds of CO2 per million Btu. These are “cleaner” fuels but still, have a huge impact on the environment. Propane and natural gas are used for household heating and cooking. But, what about other cooking fuel? What about chafing fuels?
Many people do not realize the impact chafing fuels have on our environment. Based on a study of chafing fuels environmental impact done by Carbon Footprint LTD in 2015, each fuel used is about .7 kg of C02 emissions. This is a tiny about for only one fuel, but when each event requires 10-20 fuels, the event is having a massive impact on the environment. With over 166,000 caterers in the United States, using 10-20 fuels per event, and catering about 100 events per year on average, the impact of using chafing fuels is causing more pollution that anyone realizes. 116,864,000 kg of CO2 emissions in total for 1 year of catering. To put it into perspective, that is 280,082,761 miles driven in a gasoline car or 24,686 cars driven for a year. Chafing Fuels are hiding behind the word “green” because they are made with “clean” fuel, but the fuel being burned is impacting the environment in a massive way.
Honestly, there is no other way to put it, all types of burning fuels put off CO2. The CO2 produced is causing our planet a great impact. This added CO2 will impact the weather, the clean water supply, the food supply chain, and geographical changes. CO2 is bad for the environment, but the other Carbon gas, Carbon Monoxide can be life threating. CO is a gas produced from fuels such as gasoline from our cars and trucks, and from chafing fuels. In 1978, a high school student lost his life from the off put has of CO. Even though this was almost 30 years ago, the danger is still here. I want to suggest to everyone, STOP USING CHAFING FUELS! They are killing the environment and they are taking lives of young people. Stop before it is too late.

How to Improve Inconsistent Heat on Chafing Dishes

Burns, hot spots, crusty cheese, and dry meats- all of these issues can be attributed to inconsistent heat on your catering line. Using products like chafing fuels can definately provide you with a hot dish, but sometimes it’s more of a hassle than it is good.
Some dishes can be sensitive to excessive heats such as; cheeses, pastas, and sauces. If these see to much heat, they will crust and become unpleasant for your guests. Meats will dry out with too much heat, become chewy, and lose their flavor.
This problem can be tough to handle for a busy caterer. The last thing you want is for the delicious for you have prepped to get ruined due to poor presentation.
The guys over at HeatingWithoutFire.com are providing a solution that can deliver just the perfect amount of heating without worry of charring foods due to too much heat.
The simple system they have designed requires no water, and can be retrofitted to fit inside your standard chafing pans. Get rid of the old style chafers and switch to the EcoHeat food warmers today! The safer, more consistent way to keep food warm!!

Graduation Parties: The Month Long Catering Frenzy

It is estimated, 3.5 million high school students and 3.7 million college students will graduate in 2017. Many of these graduates will host a graduation party in the months of May and June. Each party will have a hundred or more friends and family attend the party, and expect to have some sort of food to eat. The food can range from pizza to barbeque. Every weekend from mid-May to mid-June is filled with party after party. With the demand for hundreds to eat, many parties will be catered by a catering company.
Graduation parties kick off the unofficial catering season. Caterers love these type of events because it gives them the opportunity to grab additional business from the party goers. Great food translates into more business in the future. One successful graduation party can lead to 2-5 additional events down the road. I would suggest all caterers advertise and even run specials for these types of events. Be sure to impress the party goers with great food and great service!
I would also suggest boosting advertising at the event by combining the use of the EcoHeat warmers with the fully customizable EcoHeat skirts with your business logo on the skirt. The EcoHeat warmers will provide the perfect heat, while the EcoHeat skirts advertise who is providing the amazing food the party goers are eating!
The EcoHeat warmers combine a fire free heat, easy setup, and easy cleanup. The EcoHeat warmers are the perfect heating source for any type of event, indoor and outdoors! For the first time ever, caterers can now put a skirt on their chafing dishes! Before now, the fire heating sources would catch the skirt on fire, but with the EcoHeat warmers, a skirt is the perfect chafing dish companion! If you are currently not using the EcoHeat system, find out more information at HeatingWithoutFire.com.

Advertising at your Event

How many times have you catered an event, and the party-goers have no idea who made the food? This is an issue for many caterers across the country. Without spending thousands for speciality napkins, and banners to hang by the food, no one will know who made the food they are eating! Advertising at an event can be the difference in a thriving business and a business that is barely getting by. A caterer can be the best caterer in the world, but if people do not know about the business, then the business has no chance to be successful.
How can you gain the notoriety your business deserves?
It all starts with identifying your target audience. Yes, a caterer can do events for all types of target audiences, but may I suggest finding the audience which is best suited for your business and grow from there? This will give you the opportunity to gain a large market share for the intended target audience. Once you are comfortable with the amount of market share in your initial target audience, expand to others which your current target audience are associated with. This allows for word of mouth marketing as well as event marketing.
Event marketing can be costly, or it used to be. Before now, caterers had to purchases speciality napkins and plate to advertise. These have been good, but honestly who looks at the napkin before the wipe their hands all over it, not many. As a caterer who uses the EcoHeat system, you can advertise right on every chafing dish at the event. Everyone looks at the food before the event starts while going through the food line, and after to see if it is clear to go back for seconds. This is a cost-effective way to get your name and logo directly in front of your target audience. Not only are these great advertising tools, they dress up the dish, and are reusable! The EcoHeat skirts are a great resource to have in your corner, but combined with the EcoHeat warmer you will impress ever guest at the event.
I live by this simple equation: great food + happy guest = more business down the road
Not only reorders from past customers but orders from past guest!