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  • 6 Uses for Chafing Dishes

    Every experienced caterer knows that high quality catering supplies help produce amazing meals for catered events. Though Disposable supplies are often the most handy, they don't give the presentation that most clients require when meals are served. Professional chafing dishes are some of the most versatile pieces of restaurant equipment, and are essential for many catering jobs.

     

    6 Unique Chafing Dish Uses 1. Maintaining Food Temperature Preparing food in advance and transporting it to a third party location to be served does not have to be worrisome. Chafing dishes have been used for centuries as a reliable way to keep food warm. Every caterer needs high quality catering supplies, including chafing dishes. 2. Serving Fondues or Sauces A chafing dish is a great way to present and serve sauces, marinades and desserts that need consistent temperature for self-serving conditions. Fondue must be kept at the right temperature to avoid clumping, this is a staple at most catered events for instant application on desserts. A quality chafing dish is the most effective and aesthetically pleasing way to serve this dessert to a large group of people. 3. Seafood Presentations When properly displayed, seafood can attract even the most diehard meat lovers. The depth and size of chafing dishes allows for various types of seafood entrees or appetizers to be arranged in a unique way that will appeal to partygoers. 4. Elegant Salad Displays Party guests may give salads a second glance when they are presented in a unique way. This can be a simple, yet elegant way to remind people that there is more to salad than just lettuce. A large chafing dish filled with ice is the perfect way to keep salads chilled, eliminating the need for additional catering supplies. 5. Bun Warmer Guests often expect to have hot sandwiches served at catered events. Putting buns in a chafer and allowing them to steam and stay warm offers an easy, sophisticated way to keep buns and rolls fresh. 6. Buffet Serving Your catering company may not have the budget to hire extra staff. Allowing guests to serve themselves is easy when you use chafing dishes for buffet meals. The wide base, cool handles, and optional roll top cover provide safe and easy serving. Browse our selection of elegant chafing dishes- both commercial and consumer-friendly and please drop us a line at 800-319-0690 if we can assist you in any way!
  • Your Internet Source for Wholesale Restaurant Equipment

    Your restaurant or catering business is only as good as the equipment you use to prepare your menu. High quality restaurant equipment will last a lifetime and contribute to your culinary success. Since every penny of your restaurant investment counts, buying your equipment wholesale allows you to put more money into your expanding business. Commercial equipment is built to provide you with durability and reliability. Our buying power gives us the ability to make lasting relationships with the best suppliers in the world. This dedication gives you the lowest prices and biggest inventory for commercial restaurant equipment. Commercial Refrigeration Equipment All food products need proper refrigeration according to health laws in every state. Some of the top commercial refrigeration equipment suppliers include True, Traulsen, Metalfrio and Turbo Air. Accurate refrigeration keeps your food products at the optimal temperature to help you eliminate spoilage costs from your food budget. Commercial Ranges Food is cooked to the perfect temperature with reliable commercial ranges. You may need a small stockpot range, a range with griddle or a full restaurant range. Choosing quality ranges and accessories made by Vulcan, Garland, Southbend and Comstock-Castle offers you durability and performance. Commercial Fryers Fried foods are often a staple for restaurant and catering menus, especially in the South. Countertop fryers, floor fryers, baskets and filters help you to achieve perfectly fried foods using reliable frying equipment. Top manufacturers like Vollrath, Waring and Comstock-Castle offer both electric and gas fryers. Countertop Restaurant Equipment Not all food production takes place on ranges or by using fryers. Countertop equipment plays a big role in producing the quality of food your customers deserve. Commercial microwaves, panini presses, griddles, warmers, steamers and food slicers help you to create perfection in your finished dishes. Buying your commercial restaurant equipment online at MissionRS.com is fast and easy. You should not have to pay high retail prices for quality equipment. You have at your fingertips the equipment and supplies that help to make your restaurant or catering business a success. Now, what are you waiting for, Start Shopping!
  • Holiday Gift Guide UNDER $60!

       

    With the holidays quickly approaching, we can be sure that shopping malls will be packed full with swarming crowds, and people will be shopping smart by looking for the best deals available. This holiday season you can skip the traffic jammed malls and save money when you order one of our "gifts under $60" online. These gifts are some of the most coveted items on MissionRS.com, and lucky for you, the price is right.         Texas Waffle Maker   Oh, the joys our Texas Waffle Maker brings. Customers all over the nation have been buying up this unique waffle maker and the results are fabulous time and time again. For only $48.75 it can be yours! BUY YOURS HERE! HOLIDAY GIFT WRAP AVAILABLE WITH THIS ITEM FOR $1.25.                   Fleur de Lis Waffle Maker    This hot, new item, manufactured by our friends who brought us the Texas Waffle Maker, is a Fleur de Lis variety. Perfectly suited for Saints fans {and the whole state of Louisiana for that matter} and anyone you know who may be a so called francophile. This Fleur de Lis Waffle Maker yields beautiful results and is a crowd pleaser every time. BUY YOURS HERE! HOLIDAY GIFT WRAP AVAILABLE WITH THIS PRODUCT FOR $1.25.                 Proteak Boards   If you're looking for a gift for the grill master/cheese lover/host/hostess extraordinaire, our Proteak cutting boards are the perfect choice. These environmentally friendly teak-wood boards are a beautiful accent for any kitchen. They work perfectly for slicing steaks thanks to the ingrained juice canal and they make a delightful presentation for a cheese board, or any other number of appetizers. Each board is unique and has its own look with ranging teak colors and different shapes, sizes, and details.  Get yours here!      Portable Butane Stove  For the lover of all things outdoors, this Portable Butane Stove set is a must. 30,000 BTUs are packed into this 1-burner range and it comes neatly packed in a hard carrying case. The stove operates on 8-ounce butane fuel cans, available at any sporting goods store. At only $36.95 a pop, this would make a great gift for the outdoorsman in your life. Get yours here!                   

    Epicurean "Milk Jug" Cutting Board Before you raise your eyebrows on this one, consider this: 100% recycled, 100% recyclable, eco-friendly, Dishwasher safe, BPA Free... These great new cutting boards by the brand Epicurean is one of the hottest things on the market right now, and we understand why! As soon as we saw these durable cutting boards made from recycled milk jugs, we were sold. The milk jug is unexpectedly the perfect material for cutting upon for its durability and heavy-duty texture. These boards come in two different sizes, in both green and red, and they are great for residential kitchens, particularly for those home cooks you know who look for innovative products that are resourceful, different, unique, and effective. Prices range from $14.95-$17.95- view here!

      9 Piece Knife Set by Berghoff Cutlery is one of the most important and most used kitchen tools in the book. It's important- whether you are a home cook or a professional chef- to have high quality cutlery that stays sharp and efficient in your day-to-day cooking routine. This Knife Set by Berghoff is made of high carbon stainless steel and each is individually sharpened and tested for quality. This Berghoff 1309057 Knife Set includes a 8 inch meat cleaver, 8 inch carving knife, 3-1/3 inch paring knife, 6 inch boning knife, 5-1/2 inch utility knife, scissors, and 8 inch sharpener with a black nylon folding bag. Having all these different tools in one safe carrying case makes it easier to take care of the items collectively, and for $59.55, it would make an impressive gift for any cooking aficionado. Check it out here!      The Fire Wire     One of our newest items on MissionRS.com, the Fire Wire is a revolutionary tool for the grill master in your life. Grilling veggies, meats, creating shishkabobs, you name it- the whole process just got easier with a little help from the Fire Wire. For only $9.95, this flexible grilling skewer can be yours.Made of 100% food grade stainless steel, this skewer allows you to place your skewer on the grill in any direction needed. And once one side is cooked you can simply use the "cool to touch" tips to remove the skewer from the grill and turn it to the other side. Impress friends and family at your next barbecue with the Flexible Grilling Skewer from Fire Wire. This item makes a great gift! Get yours here and watch a video demonstration!          Case of Libbey Wine Glasses Most wine aficionados, restaurateurs, and home chefs know that the life of stemware isn't a long one. Glasses break, it is an inevitable fact of life. This Christmas stock up on a fresh case of these beautiful wine glasses by Libbey. Perfect for a chilled white or rose or a big, robust red, these glasses are versatile, elegant, and would be the perfect addition to your home or business. For only $35.07, these glasses can be yours- and they are ready to ship today!
  • Holiday Baking Essentials

     

    With Thanksgiving next week and December just 2 weeks away, we can be sure of one thing: Your baking supplies are resurfacing and they'll be getting some heavy use, are we right? If you need a few fresh supplies, look no further than this Holiday Baking Guide. We have smallwares that are your everyday basics {often the most important to have on hand} and some new supplies that might just make your holiday season a little merrier. Order quickly because time is running out! Decorating Supplies Whether you're icing cookies or you're decorating a gingerbread house, our Decorating Supplies sets by Ateco are a great investment. We have boxed sets with a slew of different pastry tip assortments or you can buy the pastry bags and tips separately! View Decorating Supplies. Bake Pans One of the basic, most fundamental baking tools is the bake pan. We have a big assortment of Cake Pans, Bundt Cake Pans, Sheet Pans, Muffin Pans, Pie Pans, and more for all your baking needs. Accessories Sometimes, when it comes to baking, it's all the little accessories that make a big difference and come to the rescue in the kitchen. We're talking quality stainless mixing bowls, batter bowls, pastry cutters (to make light and fluffy pastries, sieves and sifters, scrapers and spatulas (to get the last morsel from your mixing bowl), pastry brushes, rolling pins, and whire whips! Special Holiday Items We have a special, new cookie cutter set plus a few old classics that are the perfect tools for making cheerful, spirited holiday cookies. If you're in a bind you can make these cookies and wrap them in a little tissue and tie with ribbon for a nice gift for friends and loved ones. Our new Christmas cookie cutter set by Fox Run comes with 4 festive shapes (Angel, Holly, Snowman and a Bell) and they're only $2.95! Jazz up your favorite cookie or shortbread recipe and get into the Holiday Spirit. Snatch these up! This reversible Holiday cookie cutter set comes with 8 shapes, 4 winter-inspired and 4 holiday-inspired on either side of the panel. Best yet, they release the dough easily and with little hassle, and they are easy to clean- just pop it in some warm soapy water. You can enjoy this cookie cutter combo all winter long. Shop our Reversible Holiday Cookie Cutter Set!   This Cookie Press and Decorating Set is a customer favorite! Neatly packed in a convenient storage box, this baking tool is great for pressing fresh cookie dough into seasonal shapes and then decorating them with the pastry tips included in the box! Other goodies await including decorating tips and recipes! This makes a great gift for the baker-friend in your life, and for only $24.75 it's hard to say no! Shop the Kuhn Rikon Cookie Press and Decorating Set!
  • Catering with Convenience

    Catering is one of the most difficult foodservice businesses to operate, for a number of reasons. Preparing food that has to be transported before serving, all while maintaining safe temperatures, is no easy task. Unlike the controlled and repetitive nature of a restaurant operation, the variety of circumstances in which caterers find themselves makes it difficult to maintain high standards of food quality and service. Investing in the right catering supplies to transport your loot is of paramount importance to the success of your operation.
     

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    At Mission we have a number of Transport Carriers, from Insulated Food Pan Carriers to Ice Caddies, Insulated Bags, and Insulated Beverage Dispensers, that make transporting menu items easy and secure.   

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    No matter what you're planning on bringing to the event, the name of the game is convenience, and our products at MissionRS.com  will help you achieve just that.   

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     Whether you're keeping food items hot or cold, our carriers are designed to make the process a simple and convenient one. Our Insulated Food Carriers come in a number of different designs to suit your every need. Here are some factors to take into consideration before buying a carrier:  
    • Capacity - How much are you moving? - Choose from 12 qt, 20 qt, 24 qt, 60 qt...
    • Load Direction - Top, front, or end-load? - How will you be storing your product and loading and unloading it? There are a number of different configurations...
    • Color - Choosing a color for your food carriers is a purely personal choice, but remember that it should reflect you and your business. We have a number of colors available, some in stock and others available for us to Special Order for you.
    If you are booking up for the Holiday Season, make sure you invest in some of this transportation gear so that you deliver the best and work efficiently. If you have any questions regarding what carrier best suits the needs of your business, please drop us a line at 800-319-0690 and we will gladly help find something for you!
  • Holiday Season Necessities

     

    Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and we have all the supplies you need for both the kitchen and the dining area to make it a memorable one. Check out our ideas:
    1. Keep food hot and ready to serve with our 8 qt economy chafer. This chafing dish set includes a full size water pan, 2-1/2 inch deep full size food pan, chafing dish cover, stand and two fuel cell holders. For only $29.99 it can be yours!
    2. This 18 qt electric roaster oven fits up to an 18 lbs turkey! This convenient countertop unit is perfect for everyday home use, particularly for this Thanksgiving/Holiday Season!
    3. If you're looking to step things up a notch without being overly fancy, snatch up one of our gorgeous serving trays. Great for serving drinks, appetizers, and small bites to family and friends.
    4. When entertaining with a large group of people, prepping before the party is the key to success. Having ingredients out and in their appropriate place is important, as is having all your beverages iced down and easily accessible. Our stainless steel double wall beverage tubs are both attractive and useful for carrying a large number of sodas, waters, wines, and more. These investment pieces are great for year round use, but they are particularly handy around the Holiday Season.  
    5. Roasting Pans are some of the best tools in the kitchen. Roast veggies, chicken, turkey, and everything in between with our heavy-duty roasting pans, great for professionals or home cooks!
    6. Shake up your favorite drinks with our array of cocktail shakers and serve up in style with a large selection of quality glassware. From beautiful martini glasses to champagne flutes and everything in between, we have it all right here at MissionRS.com!
  • Holiday Prep : Is Your Restaurant Ready?

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    The Holiday Season is underway and for restaurants, caterers, and others in the foodservice industry, this is a busy time of year. Here are some tips for sprucing up your daily operation and making a memory for your customers that's both merry and bright.
    • Atmosphere is undoubtedly one of the best ways to set the tone. Pay attention to your lighting, the kind of music that's being played, and the overall feel of your establishment. Changing the decor in subtle ways can also be a nice way to ready your restaurant for the Holiday Season. Fall colored tablecloths or seasonal flower arrangments, jewel-toned votives for the Holidays, all of these things are simple ideas for sprucing up your look. Remember, a little goes a long way, and well thought out details, like the aforementioned, can leave a pleasant memory in the minds of your customers. - Shop Tablecloths - Shop Votives
     
    • Send a holiday email reminding customers about a special offer. This is a great way to keep your restaurant in the back of their mind. Offering gift cards year-round, but particularly through the Holiday Season, can be a great way to add a little more to your bottom line while also providing the customer with an easy gift idea.
     
    • If your restaurant caters to seasonal products and thus a changing menu, emphasize the kinds of Holiday menu items being featured through emails and flyers. Once your customers see what you're doing, word of mouth will take care of the rest. *Since everyone has different beliefs, it's important to be sensitive to Holiday terminology like Merry Christmas. Staying neutral is key.
      Read more on Holiday Preparedness: Surviving the Holiday Rush: http://www.missionrs.com/blog/resources/surviving-the-holiday-rush/ Holiday Table Settings: http://www.missionrs.com/blog/resources/holiday-table-settings/ Holiday Catering: http://www.missionrs.com/blog/resources/holiday-catering/ Holiday Martinis: http://www.missionrs.com/blog/resources/holiday-martinis/
  • Why Buy Online?

    Shop at MissionRS.com  for convenience, great service, and unparalleled quality! 

    If you've been in the restaurant business for any time at all, there's a good chance you have a fairly reliable source for your restaurant supplies. Or perhaps you're starting out in the industry, hoping to open your first successful establishment. Regardless of how long you've been working in the hospitality field, though, it pays to consider some fresh ideas concerning your equipment and supplies. Good equipment and a full stock of supplies are essential to operating a successful restaurant, cafe, or bar. Because of the fast-paced nature of the restaurant industry, an efficient operation can suddenly find itself in a bad way if something breaks, or supplies begin to run out. You can't afford to turn customers away, or inconvenience them because something went wrong in the kitchen, and thus, you want to be sure you're on top of your ordering. On the other hand, you want to save money, and balancing your budget while maintaining a well-stocked house can be tricky. When you buy restaurant equipment online, it's possible to get the supplies you need at a price lower than you thought possible. Increasingly, online restaurant suppliers are becoming a mainstream force for providing some of the best prices and deals on restaurant equipment and supplies. At MissionRS.com, you'll always be able to speak to someone live on the phone who can walk you through your options, providing great service every step of the way.  We also have an online, comprehensive catalog that you can peruse at your leisure. Call us at 1-800-319-0690! Finally, you want to be sure that when you buy restaurant equipment, you buy the highest quality items possible. While the quality of rarely-used home appliances may not matter as much, restaurant appliances are a different story. The rigors of use endured by equipment in a restaurant, cafe, coffeehouse, or bar are great compared to residential appliances, and you want to be confident that the equipment you're buying is going to last for years to come. Having to repair or replace your equipment early is a cost that can seriously affect your bottom line, not to mention the opportunity coast of lost business if you have to close for repairs! MissionRS.com is home to hundreds of trusted foodservice manufacturers and our prices are some of the most competitive on the market. This profound commitment to trustworthy merchandise coupled with our team devotion to top-notch customer service, makes MissionRS.com the place to shop for Restaurant Equipment and Supplies, online.
  • The Best Commercial Baking Supplies at the Best Price

     

    Your bakery might have a great staff, but without great equipment and supplies, it will be difficult to sustain as a viable business. There are certain baking supplies that every good bakery needs, and they can be found online for an excellent price.
    1. One of the most essential baking supplies for any commercial operation is a floor mixer. Although there are many types of commercial mixers on the market in various sizes, a serious baking operation should invest in a floor model, as you'll presumably be doing large batches of product eventually, even if your needs are being met by a smaller model now. An additional benefit to the size of a floor mixer is that they can accommodate 50 lb. bags of flour, cake mix, cookie mix or whatever ingredients you'll need. Invest in a quality mixer as you'll use it often and you need one that can last you for many years into the future! Shop Mixers!
    2. Another supply you'll likely get a great deal of use from is a set of commercial baking pans. These also come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and it's good to buy a large selection. There are certain specialty pans that you may never need, but be sure to stock up on the basics. The most essential pans for every baker are cake pans, muffin pans, pie pans and sheet pans. It's important that you have a good stock of all of these. If you can build up a large supply of pans, you can use them in rotating shifts to improve productivity. For instance, if you're preparing something that requires proofing, you can be proofing one batch of dough already laid out on pans while another batch is in the oven or cooling on your other set of pans. Or, you can set up multiple sets of pans before close one night to be baked in the morning, saving time. Shop Baking Pans!
    3. Of course, you're going to need something to move all of these pans around on, which is why several bun pan racks need to be on your list of baking supplies to buy! These tall racks are extremely handy and just might see more use than any other piece of equipment in your kitchen. You will use them to transport your pans from place to place in the kitchen, and they're great for proofing dough or storing baked goods as well.  Make sure to buy covers for all of them too. This seems like a minor detail but they come in very handy for keeping your products free of debris while they're on the rack. Often, bakers will just use large plastic bags as covers. While this is fine in a pinch, it's a bad habit as it's wasteful and expensive in the long run. The pan covers are quite affordable, and many of them are insulated, which comes in very handy for controlling the temperature of your baked goods. Shop Bun Pan Racks!
    4. While you'll be able to proof some types of dough simply by putting them on a bun pan rack in a warm area, other types will require an actual heat source. For this, you should buy at least one heated cabinet. These can be bought with a solid or glass door, depending on your needs. They're quite versatile though, and can be used for many kitchen tasks. Besides proofing, you can use your heated cabinet for keeping baked goods warm while transporting to a bakery case in the front of your house. Shop Holding/Proofing Cabinets!
    5. In addition to all of these supplies, there are a variety of other smaller items you'll need. Many of these depend on your bakery in particular, but can include things like pastry cutters, pie markers, rolling pins, spatulas and sifters. If in doubt, buy as many of these types of common bakery items as you can. Some items you may not see a use for immediately, but you'll need them at some point, and it's better to have them on hand than to be rushing around at the last minute searching your local supermarket for an inferior residential version. Several good kitchen timers are also a great idea. Although some ovens have built-in timers, it's better to set two just in case one of them fails. Or, you can set one a bit earlier to remind yourself to check it. This is especially important when familiarizing yourself with new equipment, or attempting a new recipe where you may be unsure of the exact baking time necessary. Shop all other Baking Supplies!
  • Hunting Season Must-Haves

    Hunting season is almost here! Whether you're a seasoned hunter or a first-timer, processing your own deer is a project worth undertaking. Venison meat processing at home is a great way to save money and when you have the right supplies, it's easy. The first thing you'll need if you hope to process your own venison is a good set of hunting knives. You'll use these quite a bit when preparing meat, so it's smart to buy a high-quality set. One excellent choice is the "HS5600-4 Hunter's Knife Set" made by the respected manufacturer, Mundial Knives. This set includes three different high-carbon stainless steel knives; 3.25-inch camping knife, a 6-inch curved boning knife, and an 8-inch steak knife. It also includes a matching 10-inch sharpening stone, which is a must for keeping your knives in the best shape possible. This is a well-made and very versatile set, and works great for cleaning other meats, as well as fish. Another item you'll want for venison meat processing is a meat tenderizer. A multi-blade handheld meat tenderizer is perfect for venison steaks, and can reduce cooking time drastically. If you want to prepare perfect, tender cuts of meat, it's a good item to have on hand. The Jaccard Super-3 is an excellent and affordable choice. It features 48 surgical stainless steel blades, stainless steel actuating columns and it's dishwasher safe! One of the most essential items for venison meat processing is a quality meat grinder. These are necessary for making ground venison for burgers, chili, burritos and many other dishes. A meat grinder will also be exceptionally handy for making chopped steak. There are several different types of grinders available, as well as general food processors with meat cutting and grinding attachments. One of the most basic, but sturdy grinders on the market is the Jayhawk Sales 22. This is a manual tabletop grinder, and manages to be both affordable as well as extremely durable. It's ideal if you plan to do a limited amount of meat grinding, as its capacity is limited compared to electric models. It will, however, provide years of trouble-free service. If you plan to take on a larger quantity of meat processing, you should consider stepping up to an electric model. Compared to a manual model, a commercial-grade electric grinder will process much faster with less effort from the operator. One of the best values in commercial electric meat grinders is the Vollrath 40743 model. It has a 100v motor, two grinder plates, a number 12 hub and is capable of processing 220 pounds of meat per hour! In addition, the Vollrath includes a stainless steel pan and other accessories such as a stuffer and funnel. It's a reliable model that can handle the rigors of commercial production, but is affordable enough for residential purchase. Another option for meat cutting and grinding is to buy a commercial food processor that is capable of heavy-duty meat processing. The Univex PM91 is a strong contender in this field in terms of quality and value. While it costs more than the Vollrath processor, it's also much more versatile due to its design and different attachments. The Univex PM91 uses a 1inch wide Poly-V belt system driven by a 1 HP motor, and is high-powered enough to process an incredible amount of food very quickly. The benefit of this model over a regular meat grinder is that by using different attachments, it can also slice vegetables, shred cheese, and cut meats in various ways beyond simple grinding. Because it's a heavy-duty commercial model, it can do all of this at a speed far beyond any consumer-grade processor. It's also extremely sturdy, built from heavy-duty stainless steel. If you really want to take your food production to the next level, it's hard to beat the PM91. Finally, don't forget about storing all of this meat! Other important purchases you should consider are a vacuum packaging machine, and if you don't already have one, a large chest freezer. For vacuum packaging, consider another great Vollrath product, the Vollrath 40858 Vacuum Packaging Machine. It's efficient and durable, and can extend the storage life of your food considerably. For a freezer, make sure you buy one that is large enough to handle a great volume of meat. The Arctic Air CF20 is a good choice in this area, constructed of steel and offering 20 cubic feet of storage. It also features heavy-duty casters that make it easy to move, and uses environmentally friendly 134A refrigerant.

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