Patents by Inventor Thomas Tapper

Thomas Tapper has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 8661969
    Abstract: A food staging device particularly suited for shelled eggs, a method of storing shelled eggs, and a method of cooking shelled eggs are provided. The shelled egg staging device comprises an elongated body, individual receiving receptacles, a pour spout associated with each receiving receptacle, and a handle. The food staging device can be used to hold shelled eggs prior to cooking, for example. A method of storing shelled eggs in a shelled egg staging device is provided. A method of cooking the shelled eggs is provided and comprises containing shelled eggs in a food staging device and pouring the shelled eggs onto a cooking surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Restaurant Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Henry Ewald, Craig Conley, Thomas Tapper
  • Patent number: 8307951
    Abstract: A system and method for making a food item are provided. The apparatus includes a food item assembly and packaging station having a first work area for assembling and packaging a food item and a food order assembly station having a second work area for assembling a food order that includes a food item packaged on the first work surface. A conveyor is positioned beneath the first work area and extends from a position proximate to the first area to a position proximate to the second work area. A conveyor access opening is proximate to the first work area to provide worker access to the conveyor to permit manual placement of a food item assembled and packaged at the first work area onto the conveyor for conveying the packaged food item beneath the first work area to the location proximate the food order assembly station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Restaurant Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerald A. Sus, Ed Bridgman, David W. Kirby, Thomas Tapper
  • Publication number: 20120078734
    Abstract: A system and method for making a food item are provided. The apparatus includes a food item assembly and packaging station having a first work area for assembling and packaging a food item and a food order assembly station having a second work area for assembling a food order that includes a food item packaged on the first work surface. A conveyor is positioned beneath the first work area and extends from a position proximate to the first area to a position proximate to the second work area. A conveyor access opening is proximate to the first work area to provide worker access to the conveyor to permit manual placement of a food item assembled and packaged at the first work area onto the conveyor for conveying the packaged food item beneath the first work area to the location proximate the food order assembly station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Inventors: Gerald A. Sus, Ed Bridgman, David Kirby, Thomas Tapper
  • Patent number: 8069953
    Abstract: A system and method for making a food item are provided. The apparatus includes a food item assembly and packaging station having a first work area for assembling and packaging a food item and a meal order assembly station having a second work area for assembling a meal order that includes a food item packaged on the first work surface. A conveyor is positioned beneath the first work area and extends from a position proximate to the first area to a position proximate to the second work area. A conveyor access opening is proximate to the first work area to provide worker access to the conveyor to permit manual placement of a food item assembled and packaged at the first work area onto the conveyor for conveying the packaged food item beneath the first work area to the location proximate the meal order assembly station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Restaurant Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerald A. Sus, Ed Bridgman, David Kirby, Thomas Tapper
  • Publication number: 20110256292
    Abstract: Devices and methods for preparing and packaging food items, such as sandwiches, for example, are provided. The devices and methods of the invention are particularly suited for efficiently making and packaging any type of sandwich. In one embodiment, the device can be a food assembly workbench that defines at least one workstation having an elongated generally planar surface and a vertically extended consumables storage structure that extends above and offset from the worksurface and contains one or more garnish receptacles, one or more condiment dispenser receptacles and one or more holders for packaging materials for packaging the prepared sandwiches.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2010
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Inventors: James C. Purgatorio, Thomas Tapper, Edward P. Bridgman
  • Publication number: 20110253482
    Abstract: A device for assembling orders of food from prepared food items having multiple sides on different sides of the device is disclosed. Also disclosed is a system including the device and a method of assembling orders of food. Each side has a plurality of side receptacles accessible to a worker at the side. Adjacent to the sides is a holding area for holding prepared food items. Preferably the heated holding area has a central portion that is heated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2010
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Inventors: James C. Purgatorio, Peter Rivera-Pierola, Roger Smith, Roger Carroll, Henry T. Ewald, Thomas Tapper, Edward P. Bridgman, Paul G. Simmons
  • Publication number: 20090241481
    Abstract: A system and method for making a food item are for provided. The apparatus includes a food item assembly and packaging station having a first work area assembling and packaging a food item and meal order assembly station having a second work area for assembling a meal order that includes a food item packaged on the first work surface. A conveyor is positioned beneath the first work area and extends from a position proximate to the first area to a position proximate to the second work area. A conveyor access opening is proximate to the first work area to provide worker access to the conveyor to permit manual placement of a food item assembled and packaged at the first work area onto the conveyor for conveying the packaged food item beneath the first work area to the location proximate the meal order assembly station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2008
    Publication date: October 1, 2009
    Inventors: Gerald A. Sus, Ed Bridgman, David Kirby, Thomas Tapper
  • Publication number: 20070224333
    Abstract: A food staging device particularly suited for shelled eggs, a method of storing shelled eggs, and a method of cooking shelled eggs are provided. The shelled egg staging device comprises an elongated body, individual receiving receptacles, a pour spout associated with each receiving receptacle, and a handle. The food staging device can be used to hold shelled eggs prior to cooking, for example. A method of storing shelled eggs in a shelled egg staging device is provided. A method of cooking the shelled eggs is provided and comprises containing shelled eggs in a food staging device and pouring the shelled eggs onto a cooking surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2006
    Publication date: September 27, 2007
    Inventors: Henry Ewald, Craig Conley, Thomas Tapper
  • Patent number: D558531
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2008
    Assignee: Restaurant Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Henry Ewald, Craig Conley, Thomas Tapper
  • Patent number: D568691
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Assignee: Restaurant Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Henry Ewald, Craig Conley, Thomas Tapper