Monthly Archives: March 2014

  • FEDA 2014 Recap

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    Another successful Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association (FEDA) Convention has come to a close. From March 26-30, 2014, the industry's premier dealers gathered together for their annual convention which took place in Indian Wells, California at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa. 

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    This year our very own CEO at Mission Restaurant Supply, Jack Lewis, was the FEDA Convention Chair, and the overarching theme was Strategies to Boost Your Bottom Line. Amidst the palm trees, the desert sand, and the beautiful mountains, many great opportunities unfolded to learn, meet with peers new and old, and to discuss relevant topics facing our industry today.
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    In addition, we had a host of wonderful speakers come speak to this year's attendees, from Shawn Achor, the Harvard lecturer and author of the internationally bestselling book, The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work, to Chef Jeff Henderson, author, chef, and TV personality extraordinaire who shared his story "from cocaine kingpin to head inmate cook to celebrated chef" and who has become "a powerful inspiration to people who have struggled to find success when the odds are stacked against them." 

    These speakers exceeded our expectations and fueled us with motivation,  thought-provoking ideas, and practical advice that can help us better run our businesses and serve the industry!


    We look forward to seeing our fellow dealers and distributors next year in Phoenix for FEDA 2015!
  • 3 Ways To Care For Stainless Steel

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    Stainless steel is a staple in foodservice kitchens, and when properly looked after, it can be found shining everywhere from your countertops to the sinkswork tables, refrigeration, and the cooking and ware washing equipment. There are a number of reasons for this prevalence, but mostly, stainless steel is used throughout because it is very durable, safe for food preparation, resists corrosion more so than other materials (resist is the key word here) and it is nonporous, so moisture, bacteria and other harmful remnants can't easily seep into the material. However, contrary to popular belief, stainless steel can stain and even rust if not properly maintained. Here are some tips for cleaning and maintaining your stainless steel surfaces in the back of the house so you get rust-free service for years:
    1. Always use soft cloths, rags and sponges when cleaning the surfaces of your countertops, sink wells, and your stainless steel equipment. Abrasive brushes, scrapers and steel wool can quickly scratch and damage the thin film shield that protects the steel, creating a better opportunity for rust to form. Also, it is a general tip that you should clean going with the grain line. Usually, you can see  which way the grain of the steel is going and it's best to polish going with- not against- that line.
    2. Be sure to clean your stainless surfaces regularly and use the right sanitizing cleaners, keeping in mind the recommended concentration of your cleaner. Cleaning solutions like alkaline and alkaline-chlorinated cleaners should be used whereas traditional chloride solutions are advised against. High chlorine content is not recommended for stainless steel cleaning as it will eventually pit and rust the steel surface. If you do use chlorinated cleaners, be sure to check the concentration and strength, and then rinse it off quickly, before wiping down and drying the stainless surface.
    3. Hard water is one of the hardest things on stainless steel (no pun intended). Many foodservice establishments know this all too well and have equipped their water supply with  filtration systems to soften the water by sifting through some of the harsh chemicals that result in deposits, spots, and eventually, rust. Furthermore, hard water when heated can leave deposits on your steel surfaces which will eat through the protective film, causing rust, once again. Knowing this, it's important to keep water from standing on surfaces and wipe down moisture whenever you can.

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