CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 20 /PRNewswire/ - Keeping food warm in serving
lines no longer requires a maze of electrical cords. A privately owned
catering company has created a 19-pound cordless portable food warmer that
operates on standard one-pound propane gas cylinders.
A ceramic-tile element produces radiant heat that keeps food at
safe-serve temperatures even in windy conditions, according to inventor Bob
Freeman, who was first president and co-founder of the National Barbecue
Association. The U.S.-made warmer, he said, is ideal indoors and out, and
avoids electrical fees at exhibition halls.
"We've worked on this since our fried fish got cold a few years ago at
an outdoor party when the weather turned chilly and windy," Freeman said.
Radiant heat will not dissipate, he said, even in wind, over the short
distance that keeps food hot.
Freeman's 36-year-old company, SMS Catering in Charlotte, is the
largest privately owned caterer in Charlotte. He created SMS Industries,
also in Charlotte, to handle sales of the warmer. Distributors,
manufacturers' representatives, and individuals may call 704-535-2222,
e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, and access www.smsindustries.com.
On the Freeman Cordless Food Warmer 200, heat is adjusted using a
control knob, and by positioning the heating element from 17 to 32 inches
above the serving surface.
The warmer meets the National Sanitation Foundation's NSF4 standard for
food safety, and is certified by Underwriters Laboratories.
Chef Bernhard Spogat of Sharin' Foodservice Sales, headquartered near
Charlotte, saw the warmer during development. "We do events outside,
including golf courses," he said. "And during food shows you have to find
an electrician, then you're gritting your teeth hoping the power won't go
off when 50 or 60 food brokers turn on warmers at the same time."
Tom Muller, another food-service veteran, said, "People want warmers
that are practical, easy, convenient and safe - a warmer that does the job
it's supposed to do and meets all the rules and regulations. Bob's warmer
does that, and it's attractive."
SOURCE SMS Industries