Graham has passed his test
Graham has passed his test and is learning to drive a big van
IDS are proud to have been awarded the Preventative Maintenance Servicing Contract for Queen Elizabeth’s Hospitals School in Bristol.
Having a piece of catering equipment go down is every chef’s worst nightmare. Preventative Maintenance Agreements from IDS can help your business avoid unnecessary downtime and also:
If you would like a no-obligation appraisal of your commercial kitchen please contact David Giles on 01934 813686 firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a site visit and a Preventative Maintenance Contract quote.
IDS were invited to the opening of Hounö’s new showroom at Middleby UK in Wigan recently.
After a tour of the Middleby product range, including Pitco and Turbo-Chef, I was treated to the most unbelievable steak using Southbend’s gas grill! A quick change and back to the demo kitchen where Hounö chefs Martin and Edwin cooked a four course meal comprising of Crispy Fish, Egg Benedict, Beef Wellington and a Brûlée desert all made using Hounö’s fantastic range of Combination Ovens. With complimentary wine on offer it was a very nice, informal evening chatting with other distributors.
Once again a big thank you to both Hounö and Middleby UK for their generosity and good company.
IDS were asked to supply and fit a new Maidaid C1011d Dishwasher to the award winning Clavelshay Barn (www.clavelshaybarn.co.uk) in North Petherton recently. Our engineers timed their visit perfectly to coincide with that of the local Thatcher’s rep and were treated to a taste of Somerset’s finest cider to help rehydrate!
IDS were invited to quote on some preventative maintenance at Guddi & Gikki today, an Indian Restaurant in Taunton. Whilst there we got to sample the friendly service and delicious food on offer. If you’re in Taunton why not stop by for some lunch or dinner, open from Tuesday to Saturday www.guddiandgikki.co.uk
Ian Dance Services were recently the topic for a Case Study from Albert Goodman Chartered Accountants who managed to capture the essence of IDS in all its glory.
Albert Goodman said, “Family business Ian Dance Services Ltd are the South-West’s leading catering engineers. When you eat at your favourite restaurant or pub, the chances are the oven was supplied and maintained by Bruce and the team. We help them to continue to grow their business.”
We look forward to continuing our relationship with Albert Goodman over the coming years.
IDS’ 4 Wheel Drive Transporters came in handy for a recent installation at Beese’s Riverside Bar.
After selling the business a Retigo Combination Oven, IDS engineers were tasked with the intricacies of carrying said oven down a steep, wet path and into the kitchen area overlooking the river. With one engineer ‘too long’ to assist properly it was no mean feat for the other three to navigate the steps keeping the oven level at all times.
Beese’s Riverside Bar is currently undergoing a major revamp and will be open from April. Situated on the River Avon and accessible by Ferry, foot or vehicle the new Beese’s is open for private functions and to the general public and looks like it’s going to be a stunning location for food and drink. Check out their website for a history of the establishment here
IDS had an enjoyable visit to Clifton Food Range this morning where Charlotte and Fi offered up some lovely chicken, salmon and asparagus & egg using their ‘sous vide’ style of cooking in their world famous food baths!
Sous vide literally translates from French as ‘under vacuum.’ It was developed in France in the early 1970s when George Pralus and a food scientist joined forces to devise the perfect method for producing foie gras. After numerous experiments the best method proved to be sealing the food in a pouch under vacuum before cooking it very slowly at a controlled temperature.
Sous-vide today uses a water bath to accurately cook the vacuum packed item at a precise temperature. This creates enhanced texture and taste and means that meats such as beef emerge tender enough to be cut with a fork. This process results in minimal shrinkage, with greater yield. Wastage is reduced through accurate portion control at regen stage. This is why so many acclaimed chefs worldwide, including many with coveted Michelin stars rely on Clifton Food Range® water baths.
After indulging in some tasting we followed this up with a trip around their factory and warehouse where their products are designed and manufactured in-house. Congratulations to Clifton Food Range, it genuinely is great to see another local business doing so well.
The latest Rational cookery demonstration was held at IDS HQ this week and was a resounding success.
Chef René Chapman was on hand to demonstrate the capabilities of the Rational combi-oven, preparing and cooking some mouthwatering food. Delegates were treated to Pain au Chocolat and Croissants with their tea and coffee, moving on to sample a full ‘English’ breakfast cooked on one tray. Chef René then discussed how to cook the perfect steak, switching to steamed broccoli within the space of a few minutes. The combi-oven was then used to serve up chicken in breadcrumbs, seasoned aubergine and salmon steaks.
The event was filmed on behalf of a local accountancy firm who were making a promotional video; look out for highlights and interviews within the next few weeks!
IDS will be staging a further Rational demonstration next month but if you are a chef or business owner who would like to come and view a selection of combi-ovens currently available please contact David Giles on 01934 813686. With finance packages now available they are more affordable than you may think!
Here at IDS we have always strived to take on new challenges and find better ways to satisfy our customers needs.
Our latest challenge came from David Eckett, who is driving a mobile coffee van that needed our comprehensive Gas safety Inspection. Making sure his coffee van complied with the latest gas safety regulations. This van is only two years old with brand new coffee machinery installed, this is the 3rd added to the MMM! Coffee franchise.
He was booked in and our engineering manager preformed the analysis. Mr Eckett was then issued a Gas Safety Certificate, which allowed him to operate his mobile coffee dispensary with the knowledge that his use of gas is safe.
You may well see Mr Eckett and his van. If you do see him we at IDS recommend that you try his coffee, words cannot Espresso how good it is, trust us you’ll like it a Latte.