Grandma Ann’s Electric Potato Grater inventor, Brian Vaisnoras, showcased his sleek, aluminum food grater at the International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York from March 3-March 5, making it the first ethnic Lithuanian product ever demonstrated at the expo. 

New York’s International Restaurant & Foodservice Show—also known as the NY Restaurant Show—is the only comprehensive event devoted to the Eastern U.S. restaurant, foodservice and hospitality market.

Though Vaisnoras engineered his creation in modern day Chicago, the product recalls his family’s time-honored traditional Lithuanian potato dish—Grandma Ann’s Kugelis. 

“Over the years, it has been more than just a tasty potato side,” Vaisnoras said. “It represents my Grandma being with us still at every family gathering.”

Vaisnoras’ goal in creating Grandma Ann’s Potato Grater was to uphold the importance of traditional Lithuanian food. His participation at the NY Restaurant Show allowed more than 14,000 food service professionals to uphold this tradition, too.

Grandma Ann’s Potato Grater allows today’s cooks to recreate the authentic taste of their family’s homemade dishes without the hours of labor.  In fact, Grandma Ann’s can grate ten pounds of potatoes in less than three minutes and five pounds of potatoes within a single minute.

When someone asked Vaisnoras’ grandmother what the secret to her delectable kugelis was, she would reply that” it was all about how you grated the potatoes,” Vaisnoras said.

With the help of Grandma Ann’s Potato Grater, cooks can recreate this “hand-grated” taste within minutes. The swift, precise blades of Vaisnoras’ kitchen tool shreds potatoes as finely as Lithuanian grandmothers used to shred them by hand, setting this device apart from the careless pulse of an ordinary food processor. 

In addition, Grandma Ann’s heavy duty grater can grind a variety of other foods as well, including carrots, onions, zucchini, apples, bread for breadcrumbs, and any hard cheese for fondue. 

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