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  • 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.
  • Bathroom Etiquette 101

    In the world of restaurants and dining out, the key to keeping a full house each and every day is consistency and satisfaction. Creating a well balanced menu with consistent results is obviously a very important factor, but other things like ambiance and clean bathrooms are equally as important as well. According to QSR, "Results of a recent study conducted by Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ:CTAS) reveal that 95 percent of people avoid businesses where they have had a negative restroom experience." That's NINETY FIVE PERCENT! Clearly, this is an issue not to be overlooked. Chefs and restaurateurs need to create that "Wow" factor to keep their customers loyal. Walking into a dirty bathroom that isn't properly maintained is an instant turn off and worst yet, it can deter even your biggest fans from coming back. At MissionRS.com we have a full selection of janitorial/bathroom products for you to choose from. From air sanitizers, to trash bins, from paper towels to toilet paper, we have everything you need to properly outfit your restaurant's bathrooms. Here are a few tips for keeping it clean.
    1. Ensure your facility has adequate soap so that you don't run out during peak hours. Dirty hands with both you customers and your employees are a major No no.
    2. Keep a trash bin both near the sink and next to the door. Many times, people use their paper towel to open the door before throwing it away.
    3. Stock up on plenty of toilet paper and paper towels.
    4. Make sure one of your employees is manning the restaurant bathrooms every so often. Making sure the sink is wiped down, toilets are flushed, and supplies are stocked will make a difference in the mind of your customer.
    5. Aside from the occasional spot clean, restaurant managers need to integrate exceptional standards of cleanliness through the use of professional cleaners. They should come regularly to uphold the deepest standards of cleanliness and ensure that floors, toilets, and sinks are 100% sanitary.
    6. Lighting is as important to the inside of a restaurant as it is the bathroom. Create an ambiance that is well thought out in all areas of your facility.
    Remember, your customers have high expectations. Don't meet them half way- go the extra mile and deliver that "Wow" factor. Don't disappoint your customers and risk losing valued business-and worse yet-others who hear about the problem- for lack of cleanliness due to poor maintenance and management. Get ALL your Bathroom and Janitorial Supplies at MissionRS.com! Looking for Disposable Janitorial Supplies? Buy all your Paper Towels, Toilet Paper, and Trash Bags in Bulk!
  • Happy Halloween from Mission Restaurant Supply!

    Halloween is just around the corner, but it's not too late to get some last minute necessities! We've created a page on MissionRS.com that's dedicated solely to all the Halloween products available to you! Check it out here! Scoop up these must-have items and may this October be a spook-tacular month!
    • Our reversible cookie cutters feature 8 shapes, 4 Harvest-inspired shapes on one side, and 4 Halloween shapes on the other, so you can bake up delicious, festive cookies straight through Fall! This cookie cutter combo is easy to wash, easy to use, and delivers great results every time. Use your favorite cookie recipe and please your guests this Halloween! Get it here!
     
    • If you really want to spice things up this year, get one of our custom Halloween-print tablecloths. Our tablecloths are a customer favorite at MissionRS.com and this seasonal print is perfect for all Halloween enthusiasts. Whether you're hosting a party, or just celebrating with close family and friends, our Halloween tablecloths will set the tone perfectly. Order these quick- our custom tablecloths normally take 8 business days to ship out! Get your holiday-patterned tablecloths here!
     
    • The holiday season, beginning with Halloween, would not be complete without a little baking here and there. Our Cookie Press & Decorating Set comes with 14 different shaped discs (from pumpkins to holiday wreaths to butterflies), 6 decorating tips and recipes, and it comes neatly packaged in its own storage box. This cookie press comes apart for an easy clean up, and best yet, it is dishwasher safe! Kids and adults alike will love this easy-to-use cookie press set and the results won't fail to please! Get it here!
     
    • One of our newest items here at MissionRS.com, this 3-D Pumpkin Bundt Set is a charming must-have for the Fall Season! Get yours in time for Halloween, and make your own pumpkin cake with little to no hassle! The set comes with two 6-cup Bundt pans to create a 3-D pumpkin cake. Simply bake the two bunt pans, spread frosting on the bottom of each cake, and place the frosted cakes together to form a pumpkin! Made by Nordic Ware, a leader in innovative and quality baking supplies, this Pumpkin Cake will be a mainstay for your entertaining needs this Fall season! Get it here!
     
    • What better way to showcase delicious autumn breads and cakes than with this Pumpkin Harvest Loaf Pan? The non-stick, cast aluminum pan has intricate detailing with vines of pumpkins, and a durable exterior that will stand the test of time. Get baking this Fall with this great product, available for a limited time only. Get it here!
     
    • THIS JUST IN: A 4 piece Halloween cookie cutter set by Fox Run that's loaded with your favorite spooky shapes, from Bats to Cats, Pumpkins to Ghosts. These plastic cookie cutters come packed together, and best yet, they are only $1.95 for the set! Get yours here!
     

    Have a very Happy Halloween!

  • Can Openers

    These days we live in a culture where canned goods constitute many of our food ingredients. Can openers, as a result, have an enormous presence in both restaurants and residential communities. At MissionRS.com we stock a large number of can openers ranging in size, price, and function to suit your every need. Commercial Can Openers Commercial Kitchens require equipment and supplies that can withstand the rigors of heavy usage on a day to day basis. Our commercial can openers do just that and they are able to open volumes of industrial-sized cans with ease and optimal efficiency. We have electric can openers that can open anywhere from 50 to 100 cans a day, and table or wall-mount varieties suitable for different sized cans. Made of a durable, heavy-duty stainless steel construction and outfitted with many different features, including rust resistant arbors, knife replacements, removable and reversible blade assemblies, and NSF approvals, these can openers are built to perform.  The majority of our commercial can openers are made in Burlington, Vermont by Edlund, a company that has invested its reputation in making easy to use, easy to clean can openers for the foodservice industry. A customer favorite for commercial use is the Edlund-1 Model. A comparable model to the Edlund table-mounted can openers is this Table-Mount variety by MissionRS Mfg. Lots of different options are available to you with great price points to match. Residential Can Openers: Almost every residential kitchen has the need for a can opener, but the size necessary for day-in-day-out use isn't as demanding as a commercial application. At MissionRS.com we have a big selection of functional home can openers, from the steel, can punch varieties to the fancier OXO Easy Grip and the all-in-one corkscrew and can-bottle opener model. All of our residential options are affordable, easy to use, and they perform efficiently for light home use.

    Shop for Can Openers at MissionRS.com!

  • Ideal Bar Refrigeration

    Every beverage, whether alcoholic or not, has an ideal temperature, and most bars and restaurants never learn them all. After a long day in the sun, few things taste as refreshing as an ice-cold lager, but even among beers there should be a varying scale of temperatures.
    • Beer. Bar refrigeration is often set at a standard temperature for all beers: close to freezing or at least frosting. Though some beers might be better served warmer (at 45F or higher) so as to bring out all the flavors, most people  will agree that beer is best when its lightly frosted. 

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    NOTE: Have you seen our Metalfrio beer coolers? Keep beer ICE cold with this affordable line of bar refrigeration!
    • Wine. The rule of thumb to keep red wines at room temperature and whites in a refrigerator was developed centuries ago, when "room temperature" meant in a drafty, medieval hall. When a wine is served too cold it restricts the flavors of the wine, while warmth just makes it taste like alcohol. For bar refrigeration standards, reds should generally be served at 60F, whites just a tad cooler at 55F.
     
    • Water. Backpackers returning from Europe will often complain about the lack of ice cubes throughout the continent. Water is served not hot but warm over there, and Americans like their drinks frigid. Nutritionists say drinking at a natural temperature is best for your body, and only glacier water occurs as naturally cold as Americans prefer. To promote proper absorption and to keep the taste buds from numbing, water, like white wine, should be served at a cool (not cold!) 55F.
     

     

    Shop all Bar Refrigeration at MissionRS.com!

    Have questions?

    Call us at 1-800-319-0690 or email us at info@missionrs.com and we will get back to you very quickly!

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