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A New Type Of Grilling-Part 1: The Expendable Way

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Summertime is a great time for operators to bring out the grill and offer a fun food experience which can create a buzz in a food service establishment. Grilled offerings like steak and bell peppers or grilled fruits on wooden skewers can help entice customers and increase their bottom line. Handgards® has the product offerings to support both grilling experiences along with other ways to create other profit opportunities. Handards® Expendable items help by adding an elegant touch to existing menu items and creating added value and a fun dining experience. Expendables such as wood and bamboo skewers, paddle picks and knot picks help to elevate appetizers and grilled foods. They also offer an innovative and elegant way to spice up dishes and garnish cocktails with a modern look, so paired up with both new and existing menu options, Expendables help to grow customer satisfaction as well as profits. Some of the options Handgards offers are:

Bamboo Knot Picks: Knot picks are particularly popular due to their upscale and elegant design. They are slender and sharp, decorated by a modern knot on the top. Although delicate looking, their bamboo material ensures foodservice durability and strength. Available in small and large sizes, knot picks can be used for a variety of appetizers. Smaller ones can hold together a two-piece appetizer such as a cheese square and a piece sliced meats. Larger ones can hold a burger together once it comes out of the kitchen with an even more appealing upscale look. These Bamboo Knot Picks also come from a sustainable source and are Compost Manufacturing Alliance (CMA) certified.

Wood Coffee Stirrers: Available in paper wrapped or unwrapped, and in varied sizes, they also feature inner pack boxes that are shrink wrapped for added protection. These Wood Stirrers offer an economical and eco-friendly plastic spoon alternative while maintaining a natural feel and efficiency. They also feature a CMA certification.

Skewers: Available in wood or bamboo and in various sizes, skewers are one of the most versatile expendables. Shorter Skewers can be used for mini kabobs with meats and fruits and can add an elegant touch when plating a two- or three-piece appetizer like sirloin tips and bell peppers. Longer Skewers can be used to pile on the flavor for a colorful array of food that leaves guests satisfied. They can hold larger pieces of chicken breast, lamb, steak, or shrimp for an entrée size grilled dish.

Toothpicks: Handgards offers a variety of toothpick choices to fill any need. Our selection varies from our round Bamboo Toothpicks to Bamboo Frill Picks which add some color and flair to sandwiches, and our Paper Wrapped/Mint Flavored Toothpicks which customers enjoy, as well as Bamboo Parasol Picks to help elevate an establishments’ drink selection and help add value to them. Handgards’ plastic pick selection is also one which can help elevate a restaurant’s menu. We offer Plastic Sword Picks which are popular in drinks and small sandwiches, as well as Plastic Prism Picks which add elegance to both drinks and appetizers.

More Variety: Our entire expendables line is made to elevate an establishment’s menu and to help make the meal more satisfying for the guest. Handgards offers lots of fun options for customers to enjoy, such as our Wrapped Bamboo Chopsticks (CMA Certified), Bamboo Paddle Picks and Wooden Sandwich Picks for use on finger foods and sandwiches. Our Plastic Steak Markers help ensure the proteins are cooked to customer specification and delivered to the correct recipient, and Plastic Sip Stirrers which are popular with mixed drinks. All of Handgards’ expendable offerings help to facilitate food handling and help enhance profits and the customer experience.


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