Monthly Archives: April 2011

  • Dining Al Fresco

    With the renewal of spring each year comes the transition from indoor dining to dining outdoors on patios where the weather can be enjoyed. Commercial and residential settings alike look forward to this transition and we have everything you need to make the move a smooth and stylish one. AMBIANCE: Whether you are running a restaurant or throwing a private party, we all know that ambiance is KEY. Sometimes, the best ambiance rests in the smallest details... Candles: We have a huge variety of Hollowick candles and votives that bring a nice touch and appealing ambiance to any venue, indoor or outdoor. Tiki Torches: If you haven't seen our blog on our NEW outdoor lighting fixtures, read it here now. We have wonderful bamboo and wicker torches that add a special something to any event or venue. TEMPERATURE: Comfort is important when you're entertaining outdoors... Outdoor Patio Heaters: If you are a caterer with a year round market for outdoor parties and events or if you own a restaurant that has outdoor seating all year long, our Patio Heaters are a great investment. If you are an avid party planner, these fixtures work just as well for residential use. Our outdoor patio heaters stay in use on the party circuit often times year round... Because somewhere out there even summer nights can be chilly. For us Texans, we can only wish... UPDATE YOUR VENUE WITH STYLE: Create a defined look by investing in good furniture and dress up your tables with our quality tablecloths and tableware. Tablecloths: Dramatically upscale your look by investing in our quality Tablecloths all made special to order. We have a large variety of fabrics, colors, and patterns for you to choose from-there's something for every season.... Restaurant Furniture: When designing a venue there are so many details that go into making your vision come to life. Some of the biggest details are the Furniture you choose. Browse through our selection of restaurant furniture online and if you can't find what you're looking for call us. We'll help you find what you need. Tableware: Dining outdoors in the summertime lends itself to more experimentation and different varieties of Tableware. For China we have everything from your plain white to bright saffron yellows, greens, red, and flowered Venetian prints. From china to glasses to flatware, get a fresh start and add new selections for a new season... For all the other little details, shop online with us or call a representative today at . We are happy to assist you. Have a question? Email us at order@missionrs.com
  • Tiki Time

    Whether you own a restaurant or plan on throwing an outdoor party at home, creating a nice, relaxing ambiance is one of the key factors to pleasing your audience. One of the best ways to approach this is by making sure your lighting is just right. We are excited to now stock a variety of Tiki Torches, manufactured by our reputable Hollowick brand, that are perfect for setting the mood in both residential and commercial settings. These torches are hand crafted from natural bamboo and wicker materials and the angled metal pole makes for easy placement in a variety of settings.  You can choose from a number of styles including the Islander, the Mediterranean, or the Polynesian, all of which bring a soft light, nice ambiance, and a dramatic touch to your venue. These styles come in sets of 6 each. We also have the open-flame Heritage model which is a bit more dramatic and gives off a bigger flame. Our stock also comes complete with snuffer cap and refillable metal fuel canisters. Looking for Tiki Fuel? We've got it right here along with a selection of Citronella insect repellant.
  • Summertime Supplies

    With a steady increase in the temperatures here in South-Central Texas, we can't help but get our minds on delightful summertime notions: BBQ's, outdoor parties, catering, refreshing drinks, updated menus at your favorite restaurants, and much more! Whether you own/manage a restaurant, a bar, or any other kind of venue that will be working to serve others food and drink, we've got a big selection of items that will help you prepare and get ready for the season: COMMERCIAL REFRIGERATION With the rising temperatures comes the need for ice and reliable refrigeration. If you're looking to invest in a new ice machine or refrigerated equipment, think ahead and invest sooner rather than later to avoid any mid-summertime disasters. We have a large selection of options to choose from-don't miss out! We offer free shipping to commercial addresses on all of our trusted True Manufacturing equipment. Shop our Commercial Refrigeration Today! BBQ BOUND Summertime and BBQs go hand in hand. We have great gift ideas for the Grill Master in your life and we stock a wide range of grill-worthy products from basting brushes, portable stoves, jalapeno grillers, poultry shears, grill brushes, meat tenderizers, wood planks, BBQ tool sets and much more! We now also stock Disposable Dinnerware to make the clean-up a piece of cake.   CATERING CRAZE Caterers are constantly working during summertime madness in helping people create effective parties for every occasion. We have a full section on our website dedicated to catering supplies. We've got all your insulated transport bags and pan carriers, ice caddies, beverage dispensers, a huge selection of chafing dishes at every price point and style, attractive hammered steel party buckets, serving trays, chocolate fountains, and even portable cooking equipment. Shop all your catering needs before the summer rush! BEVERAGE BAR When it comes to barware, Mission has all you'd ever need and more. Each recurring summertime the heat drives bar and drink sales up. We have quality bar refrigeration along with top-notch commercial frozen drink machines and bar blenders that will keep your summer bar tabs soaring. We also have a large selection of glassware at all different price points to suit your every need.   CHANGING MENUS Many restaurants cater to a changing menu or at least to daily specials that promote the season's freshest and tastiest cuisine. With summer comes the influx of fresh, new foods and seasonal products that allow for a lot of creativity and experimentation for daily specials . If you own a restaurant you can promote these special dishes using our affordable tabletop card and sign holders. If we can help you answer any questions or find the product you're looking for, don't hesitate to call us at 800-319-0690 or email us at order@missionrs.com and a sales associate will assist you!
  • A Cinco de Mayo Recipe

    With Cinco de Mayo less than two weeks away, the city of San Antonio is gearing up for some good Mexican food. Guacamole is one of those foods that makes its way onto almost every Mexican entrée dish and can be served as a side, an appetizer, or simply to add a touch of color for presentation purposes. It's a versatile "go-to." Not to mention it is easy to make, works wonderfully in a variety of settings, and is delicious and satisfying. Happy Cinco de Mayo! Here's What You'll Need: 2-3 ripe avocados 1 medium sized lime, juiced 2 tablespoons of chopped cilantro ¼ red onion, finely diced Salt and Pepper (to taste) (If you like yours on the spicier side add in a touch of serrano chili!) Here's What You Do: 1. In a mixing bowl, mash the avocados with a fork and squeeze in the lime juice. 2. Add in the red onion and salt and pepper to taste. 3. Last, garnish with freshly chopped cilantro and store chilled until ready to serve. If you're looking for a truly authentic presentation, check out our molcajetes for sale here!
  • Restaurant Inspections

    Getting a restaurant up and running is no easy task. Add to that the pressure of having a food service health inspector come to your facility unannounced to make sure that health codes are being adhered to. After all, it only takes one bad exam to risk your restaurant's credibility and reputation, so the best approach is to always practice good food safety and to be ready all the time.  This visitation is an important part of making sure restaurants are abiding by strict health codes and ultimately delivering the safest possible dining experience to their customers. However, as times change, so do the rules and regulations that coincide with Restaurant Inspections, so it's a good idea to review them regularly and to read up on your local health code specifications.  At Mission we care about you and the overall well being of your business, and we are here to provide important tips and useful products that will keep your kitchen clean, sanitary, and ready for its next Inspection. HAND SANITATION It is no secret that germs spread like wildfire and one of the easiest ways to transmit them to your customer's food is by your own hands {pretty gross, we know...} That's why we have a selection of soap dispensers, hand dryers, and other sanitary necessities that will keep your kitchen/workplace clean and your customers from being sick. Make sure that your employees are constantly washing hands, including in between glove changes, and particularly after handling raw meat, and that they are doing so in a hand sink- not a prep sink. Inspectors also look at how clean work surfaces are and what actions are taken to avoid harmful cross-contamination. Keeping worktops clean and coordinating different surfaces for raw and ready to eat foods are just a few examples. Our color-coordinated San Jamar cutting boards make prepping different foods a safe process that reduces the chance of cross-contamination.  STORAGE TEMPERATURE One of the most important things to remember when running a kitchen is to keep food stored at the proper, safe temperature, generally at 41 degrees or below. If food is exposed to "The Danger Zone," that is between 40 and 140 degrees, it is subject to bacteria infestation. Monitoring the food temperature regularly {every shift, etc.} helps ensure adequate food safety. Furthermore,  refrigerators should not be overloaded with product as this restricts the proper amount of airflow that is necessary to keep your food at the right temperatures and out of the Danger Zone. All of these practices help ensure that food is safe from harmful bacteria, risk free, and ready to serve to the customer. If food has been exposed to offset temperatures in your cooler, make sure to throw them out immediately. Many health inspectors look at cooler thermometers to ensure they are placed in an easily read area when the doors are opened. It's generally a good idea to randomly sample the internal temperature of stored food by using our probe thermometers.  We have a big selection of commercial refrigeration equipment along with a variety of thermometers that will ensure that stored food is properly cooled and safe from harm's way. FOOD SEPARATION One of the first things health inspectors look at is how food is organized from the moment of delivery, then stored, and finally prepared in the back of the house. Making sure that raw foods are separated from ready to eat foods and kept refrigerated will help you keep a passing health inspection score. With the use of barriers such as food storage containers and refrigeration shelving, food can be properly organized and kept free from harmful cross-contamination in the cooler. If you have limited space and can't store separately, make sure that cooked or ready to eat food is stored a shelf above raw meat, poultry, and fish, so as to prevent drippage and cross contamination of the raw meat to other food products. Labeling food with the package's contents, date of delivery, and use-by date is another thing that inspectors like to see as it shows that the establishment is monitoring the amount of stored food along with when items should be rotated. Remembering cleanliness and  good food safety and sanitation practices in your kitchen will without a doubt help to ensure a great report, year after year. Want to read more?

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