Magazine article Corrections Forum

High-End Kitchenware

Magazine article Corrections Forum

High-End Kitchenware

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Back in October 2004, Prisoner Number 55170-054, better known as domestic diva Martha Stewart, whipped up a tasty dish made with crab apples picked on the 105 acres of the Alderson Federal Prison Camp where she's currently serving time. Since the exception made in the crab apple cook-off-the corrections officers showed leniency and allowed it just once-Martha has had to resort to inventing recipes for the microwave making use of ingredients commonly found in prison commissaries. Look for the forthcoming cookbook in your favorite booksellers.

All kidding aside, even Martha Stewart would agree that today's prison kitchens are equipped in a manner worthy of a cook of the highest caliber. Corrections Forum polled the commercial manufacturers of high-end kitchen products to hear what's on the front burner in correctional foodservice equipment.

Leading Edge Slicer

A leading manufacturer of precision slicing and application equipment for the food processing industry, the Grote Company, based out of Columbus, Ohio, offers a variety of services to the correction market, including central cook/chill facilities unique to the industry. Their most popular product is the 613-VS Multi-Slicer. Utilizing Crete's patented Accuband® blade system for optimal slice quality and maximum yield, the 613 performs a variety of slicing applications, including bulk slicing, stacking, and shingling into portions. Boneless non-frozen meats, cheeses, vegetables, fruits, and bread products are sliced at a variable rate from 60-90 strokes per minute, per lane. Most functions can be controlled with a userfriendly keypad. "The 613 fits the niche for corrections, filling the gap between manual models and larger slicers," says Andy Schneider, marketing. What about the current trend towards outsourcing foodservice operations? "Each facility has to make that decision based on the cost of outsourcing vs. doing the job in-house," Schneider notes. "It all depends on the needs of the individual facility."

Contact: Paula Adkins Wernet, Sales, 614-868-8414, www.grote-company.com

Family of Commercial Cookers

Lang celebrated its 100th year in business in 2003, long holding a strong market position in commercial foodservice, notes Jon Walker, director of government contracts. Lang is well known as an equipment manufacturer for major fast food brands, military marine shipboard foodservice with the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard and in institutional foodservice for schools, universities, health care and correctional markets. Some of the "corrections compliant" equipment categories offered include combination ovens utilizing "boilerless" technology, convection ovens-both gas and electric, with a variety of select features, griddles in both gas and electric, electric ranges and fryers with heavy-duty steel exteriors, and Lang Rotating Rack Oven and Proofers for high-volume, in both single and double rack designs. Many of the company's standard models can be factory modified to comply with Prison security Specifications; for example, the addition of tamperproof hardware. "With the ever increasing emphasis on energy efficiency and cost control, we offer design advances and quality features from our commercial and institutional foodservice experience to the correctional foodservice market," says Walker. Lang has recently developed computer uplink control capabilities for real-time function monitoring, providing a new level of security to correctional foodservice operations. These features are being implemented into new generation products. "Lang has a long record of experience in all levels of correctional foodservice, from local and county to state and federal corrections," Walker concludes.

Contact: Jon Walker, 800-882-6368, www.langworld.com

Three-level security

"We followed the standard on criteria for correctional facilities as to layout, taking the information directly from the industry manual, but we still want feedback from our end-users for further modifications," notes Bill Attrue, marketing, True Food Service Equipment. …

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