This year we introduced two new versions of the Cook’s Brand Marathon Tray. The Marathon is our most popular insulated meal delivery tray for corrections. The specially formulated solid material is exceptionally durable to withstand the abuses of correctional foodservice. The one-piece design is also easy to clean and it has a jail & prison menu-friendly layout with one large entree compartment, a compartment that holds up to 3 slices of bread, a flatware compartment and then three remaining compartments to hold a vegetable/side, a starch and a piece of cake or sweet.
Shown above on the left is the new Cook’s Brand Raised Compartment Marathon Tray with the original Cook’s Brand Marathon Tray, shown on the right for comparison. We introduced the new Raised Compartment Marathon Tray to improve the presentation of meals by elevating food so portions appear heartier. Raising the bottom of the compartments makes them shallower than in the traditional tray and makes portions look larger. We also coved the underside of the compartments so that you won’t have food sticking to the tray above when you stack trays for delivery. This improves meal presentation and sanitation.
Along with the Raised Compartment Marathon, we are introducing the new Cook’s Brand Extra-Deep Marathon Tray. We developed the Extra-Deep Marathon tray for customers that have issues with food sticking on the underside of the tray above when stacked. Some menus in corrections have larger portions that required a compartment with more space so we dropped the marathon compartments down as much as we could giving you more room for a more sanitary and appealing meal delivery. Less mess; more appetizing meals.
To see how these meal delivery trays all compare to each other, watch Jeff Breeden; CEO of Cook’s Correctional, walk you through each of the trays in the 1 minute video posted below:
Examples of complex custom fabrication jobs that Cook’s completed.
Custom serving lines and tables can be extremely difficult to replace. Generally, it requires a site visit to take field measurements, approval of engineered drawings and then installation. Cook’s can help. We routinely make custom serving lines, tables, sinks; even wall coverings, and we guarantee our products are built for corrections.
Our process is simple.
A call to understand the objective
Visit the facility to take measurements and confirm scope
Provide drawings and quote, including turn-key install
Along with replacement of existing customized work, we can create new custom solutions when an off the shelf product won’t meet your needs.
Not sure what we can customize? Here are some of the custom fabricated solutions we’ve provided to jails and prisons across the country:
Customized Tray Assembly Lines
Single or double lines
With or without a tray slide/roller
Over shelves, sneeze guards, landing shelves
With or without drains and individual or manifold
Blind Tray Assembly line
Clean Tables in any size or configuration
Dirty tables with custom troughs, pre-rinse , scrap baskets
Custom sinks in any depth
With protective bumpers
Any length or width
With built in sinks
With can opener mount
Double sided or single
With or without undershelves
Hot beverage wall or table mount
Other custom products
Tool lockers or cabinets
Protective wall paneling
Recessed or elevated floor troughs
If you can imagine it, we can create it. We have the experience and the expertise in custom fabricated solutions to take your idea all the way to install.
If your facility needs custom stainless steel work, give us a call at 800-956-5571 and we can talk about scheduling a site visit.
Last year we introduced the Rhino M-102 tray delivery cart, a smaller version of our Rhino M-150. When we introduced the original Rhino in 2015, we had a lot of interest in the cart along with requests for a smaller version. Customer feedback is great for product development, so we asked more questions and found that there were customers who loved what they saw with the Rhino Cart but needed a smaller version for jails and prisons looking to transport 100 trays or less. There were also customers who wanted a shorter meal delivery cart that they could easily see over.
These were our top priorities and the Rhino M-102 delivers. The first thing you’ll notice when you see the two carts side by side is that the Rhino M-102 is a full 14” shorter than the original. It doesn’t block your view and because it’s shorter, smaller quantities of trays fit better inside. Fully loaded the Rhino M-102 holds 102 Marathon trays where the original Rhino will hold 150 Marathon trays. Hence the names; M-102 holds 102 & M-150 holds 150, we want to keep it simple. For facilities using the Gorilla tray, the smaller Rhino holds 84 trays and the larger Rhino holds 120.
When we designed this cart, we had the benefit of a year’s experience in the field. We kept all the features that our customers loved and we refined anything that we could make better, but why read about it when you can see it? Watch our video demonstration of the Cook’s Brand Rhino M-102 Meal Tray Delivery Cart presented by Jeff Breeden, CEO of Cook’s. In less than 4 minutes you can learn why the Rhino M-102 is a great tray delivery solution for corrections.
After a hiatus of a few years, Cook’s has decided to re-launch this blog: Cooking in Corrections. There’s just so much to say; new product introductions, manufacturer updates, successes that our customers share, we will do our best to keep you up to date on all the latest news that pertains to foodservice in corrections.
Starting back with recent events, today is the last day of the American Jail Association’s 38th Annual Jail Conference and Expo held in Louisville, KY. We had a great show and were thrilled to see many familiar faces and meet new people. Thank you AJA!
One of the great benefits of social media and the web is the increase of communication tools. Many of us have used YouTube to find music or entertainment – who knew so many people loved to watch cat videos? And, I personally never imagined how many people loved making cat videos. But entertainment aside, video also offers us a great opportunity for learning and education.
We love receiving videos from vendors that provide product demonstrations, new product introductions and more. Especially helpful training videos, like the one below from Vollrath.
When it comes todisposable flatware, you can either settle for flimsy, substandard plastic flatware that will snap the second pressure is applied, orsturdy, appealing flatwarethat functions properly and offers some additional benefits at the same time. If you have ever been on the receiving end of plastic ware that delivers headaches and not much more, then you know just how important making the right choice is. Throw security considerations into the mix and you are faced with one huge challenge. We found three of the most innovative and economical disposable flatware on the market.
Ecotensil has moved to the top of the market particularly for high security applications. This large, silky-smooth, spoon is easy to use and recyclable-plus, it comes in a variety of different sizes and made in the USA. The best part is, they remove worry from situations where safety is important and crucial.
With the strength to stand up to everyday dining tasks like cutting foods and piercing meats, and offering great looks in the bargain, Hoffmaster flatware is the clear winner. This flatware is also biodegradable and 100% compostable. Their spoons, forks and knives will hold up well in the dining room and is surprisingly economical. An all-around outstanding choice.
One of the questions we frequently hear from our customers is ‘how do I know what material is the right choice for my trays and other meal serving products?’ To best answer that question, we put together this video that reviews the different materials and shows you the properties of each. There are four different types of materials that we use in meal serving products:
soft hybrid plastic
The Flex Line and Sentry Series both have security benefits while copolymer and polycarbonate are all about durability and great value. You’ll see demonstrations of all these products in the following video. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 800-956-5571 and we’ll be happy to help you!. And be sure to check out our other videos on the Cook’s Correctional YouTube Channel.
Year-end spend deadlines are looming and many of our customers use this as an opportunity to replace equipment that’s nearing the end of its life. If you are considering a new piece of equipment for your facility or replacing an existing piece, it’s a good idea to review the Cook’s Equipment Sizing Guide to be sure that whatever you purchase has the capacity to meet your production needs. The equipment sizing guide will help you find the right sized pieces for your population. Read from left to right for the number of inmates. If you need any assistance, our sales reps are always happy to help you.