Monthly Archives: November 2012

  • A Texas-Sized Sweepstakes!

        Rules: 1. This sweepstakes is limited to residents of the United States. For complete rules visit the Mission Restaurant Supply Official Sweepstakes Rules Page. 2. Entries will be accepted from now until noon (Central Time) on Friday, December 7, 2012. 3. One winner will be selected at random from all entries on this post and announced on the blog at 12:30 p.m. (Central Time) on Friday, December 7, 2012! How To Enter: Share with us a treasured holiday memory involving your favorite food or dining tradition. Leave your entry in the comments section of this post. Prefer to buy your own instead? Purchase yours here today and enjoy FREE SHIPPING until December 10, 2012! Also, be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter! You can also find us on Google Plus and Pinterest! NOTE: Neither BCOWW, Facebook, Google Plus, or Twitter are affiliated with this sweepstakes.
  • Why Do Chefs Across The Nation Trust Garland?

    Buying new kitchen equipment is never an inexpensive ordeal, but long-time restaurant owners know that making a smart, high quality investment will pay off in the long haul. After all, the
    equipment is the heart and soul of a restaurant kitchen and investing in healthy, powerful, adept equipment will ensure a long, successful life.
     
    A quality product is a quality investment and that's exactly what The Garland Group believes. Since 1864, this foodservice manufacturer has been creating a line of range cooktops and stoves that are designed to meet the needs and the challenges chefs face on a day-to-day basis. Since then, the brand has been acquired by Manitowoc Foodservice and has expanded to include various other types of cooking equipment, from salamander broilers to fryers, but ranges continue to make up the forefront of their expertise. If your restaurant or foodservice operation is in the market for a new range, don't miss this article which will highlight some of the main reasons why chefs across the nation trust Garland for their businesses:


    Quality

    Garland prides themselves in being cutting edge and ahead of the curve, but most importantly, they pride themselves in their quality construction. By utilizing the most durable materials and engineering the product to withstand the rigorous demands of a commercial kitchen, Garland ranges are able to last over the years and they are also easy to clean and maintain.


    Support

    Though Garland is known throughtout the industry for having very few maintenance issues,  there are inevitable moments and unforseen circumstances when an issue may arise. Lucky for you, Garland's Support Team will be there and their unwavering commitment to the brand is a great confidence factor for potential buyers. Whether you need to trouble shoot an issue over the phone or you need help locating the nearest authorized service agent in your area, Garland Support is the team that's known industry-wide for being readily accessible while being able to solve your problems as quickly as possible.


    A Chef's Design

    Garland has set itself in a different league from its competitors by designing products that actually solve problems chefs face every day. The brand's design team uncovers the large and small obstacles chefs encounter and creates solutions for these obstacles by making the chef a central part of the design and engineering process.  


    Flexibility

    Garland is heralded by renowned chefs nationwide for their willingness to work with customers in designing their ultimate kitchen set-up. Whether it's a Garland island suite or a list of tight specifications, the brand will make it a priority to design your kitchen just how you like it. 


    Power & Cost

    Garland designs every range and stove with the power to keep up in a fast-paced kitchen. Built to consistently deliver unwavering heat, the Garland line creates a dependability that chefs can rely on while increasing consistency and efficiency in the back of the house. Garland also prides itself in being able to offer all these beneficial features at a competitive price point that kitchens large and small can enjoy.

  • Tamales of the World

    With the Holidays nearly here, the emergence of Tamales is one thing we're all getting excited about here at Mission. We are helping sponsor the 3rd annual Tamales Holiday Festival at the famed Pearl Brewery in San Antonio on Saturday, December 1. The festival will run from 12 pm-6 pm and we'd love for all of you to stop by if you are  in town. Read more about the event here!      
    Image Courtesy of IFood.TV
      Here is a little information for all those who're unfamiliar with Tamales or for those who just want to learn more about this tasty food:  The tamal, as it is correctly and properly referred to, is a Latin American dish that's traditionally made of masa and is wrapped in a leaf paper or corn husk, then steamed and boiled until warm and tender. The wrapper keeps the tamales hot and in one piece, and it is removed before eating, leaving a delicious, flavorful treat. Tamales are generally stuffed with meats, but this varies depending on where you are. It's history dates back to the Ancient Mayans and its presence today is one that is undeniable in certain parts of the world. {The United States has enjoyed tamales since the late 1800s!} In Mexico particularly, and in other countries around the world, the tamal is an important part of their cultures and their culinary traditions. Interestingly, tamales are prepared differently depending on the location in which it is made. For example, in Mexico,  there are different kinds of tamales in different states and regions of the country. Most variations are filled with chicken or pork, but the list goes on and on, ranging from spicy fillings to sweet tamales, tamales de dulce, that are filled with raisins, dried fruit, and sugar.    

    Want to try a great, traditional Beef Tamal recipe? This one looks pretty good!    

     In Central American countries like Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador and Honduras, tamales normally don't have a stuffing of any kind (no meat, cheese, peppers, etc.) and they are served more as the bread/starch portion of a meal. In more tropical parts of the world like Oaxaca or Veracruz, and even in Peru and Bolivia, the leaves from banana trees or plantains are used to wrap the tamales, and the tamales themselves are generally much bigger, thicker, and more square in shape.    

    Example of a plantain-wrapped tamale. Image courtesy of ookaboo.com
     The interesting thing is that tamales have a worldly presence. The tamal is a global concept that different cultures take and recreate in their own ways. In the Far East and in India, the people have embraced their own tamals, replacing some of the key ingredients with rice dough, fish paste, and spices to name a few.   Tamales can be found on most Mexican restaurant menus year-round, but they are traditionally most popular during special Holidays and celebrations, mainly because they are an all-day affair to make! The process isn't a quick one, but once you try it, you will be convinced that it was worth the time, effort, and the sweat!  You can read some great tips on AllRecipes.com about How to Make Tamales- view here!   

    This Holiday Season keep your eyes peeled for Tamales on restaurant menus and at other Holiday events, fundraisers, and more! Come see us at the Pearl if you get a chance! This is the perfect opportunity to sample tamales from some of the city's experts!

  • The Highest Quality at the Lowest Price

    This new 20 quart food mixer by Jaxpro Foodservice combines the quality construction and performance of a commercial unit with a price point that can be enjoyed by all. Discover all the great features and benefits this Jaxpro mixer has to offer and equip your kitchen with savings when you invest in Jaxpro. To learn more about the brand, visit our site or visit the Jaxpro brand page!  
  • Halloween 2012

    There's never a dull moment (or a dull Halloween) at Mission Restaurant Supply! Check out how our teams got in the costume spirit this October:

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