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  • Commercial Ice Machine Upgrade

    Considering the purchase of any new appliance can conjure up the dread of cost and future maintenance, but it is necessary to upgrade your products every once in a while, particularly with commercial ice machines. Many businesses know that they will need high volumes of ice, but smaller cafés and bakeries that may not specialize or concentrate on drinks believe they can do without. For some, this is true, but calculating the effort spent, and the real demand made, can uncover a real need these small businesses have. When imagining ice makers, most people think of huge, closet-sized machines that produce hundreds of pounds of ice a day. While those exist, they are structures necessary only for high volume needs, like stadium concessions. Much more prevalent are smaller units that can be placed directly above drink dispensers or tucked under counters: unobtrusive and out of view (like the unit to the left!). For businesses in which drinks are the smallest priority, even machines such as these may seem an unnecessary expenditure. Smaller models, however, exist and can be a wise investment for even the most infrequent of ice needs. Many bakeries, specialty businesses, and employee lounges sell few to no drinks, so a small ice machine installed in a refrigerator may seem more than sufficient. With any frequency of use, however, constant access to those refrigerators depletes energy and causes significant wear on the appliance. A stand-alone ice bin would be unnecessary, but countertop ice makers take up negligible space and only produce enough for small needs. Customers requesting water, cubes to chill a hot coffee, and employees rehydrating themselves on breaks all require some ice, so to protect the durability of other appliances, an ice machine may be necessary even for the smallest of businesses. To make it easier for you, we've created a simple guide to help you figure out what size commercial ice machine you need!

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  • Commercial Microwaves :: Are they right for you?

    Unlike ovens, commercial microwaves are rarely used in the restaurant business to actually cook food, but with the frequent need to reheat and serve dishes or pastries to customers, these microwaves require reliability. With quick output and ease of cleaning, commercial units offer not only stronger quality but accessibility as well--key benefits to a productive and efficient business. Domestic microwaves work excellently for their intended purpose: serving one family a handful of times every day. For a small restaurant, they may then appear to be sufficient and significantly less expensive, but with regular reheating and proofing of multiple dishes every hour, their lifetime shrinks drastically. The money saved in the purchase will soon be spent on multiple replacements--a dangerous cycle for a business that operates to sell food quickly. The quality between these two forms of microwave also differs to an enormous degree. Small or expansive, no business should settle for a substandard appliance when quality of product is a primary goal. Even concession stands can profit from a machine that heats more quickly and fully, increasing customer satisfaction and time expended in the preparation. Of course, this doesn't mean that every restaurant and catering business should invest in top-of-the-line commercial microwaves. Like domestic units, commercial machines come in a tremendous range of features and power, allowing affordable appliances even to businesses without grand initial capital. The prices are a bit higher, but for an efficient, reliable, and more powerful microwave, a business should always invest commercially. Browse our selection of Commercial Microwaves today and learn about our trusted, quality manufacturers, like Amana and Panasonic.
  • 4th of July Menu

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    Independence Day is 1 week from today so we have concocted a delightful summertime menu in preparation for the weekend festivities. Shish Kabobs, Peppered Couscous, Watermelon and Serrano Salad, and a Flag Cake will make for a patriotic and delicious lunch or dinner. Ice down your cold beverages and a selection of rosé and white wine in one of our attractive hammered stainless steel tubs. Build Your Own Shish Kabobs w/ Lemon Garlic Shrimp & Veggies: Shish kabobs are great for grilling and summer days spent outdoors or on picnics. Since I'll be spending the 4th on the Texas coast, Shrimp is my choice of meat, but this recipe also has Chicken and Beef substitutes available.} Ingredients: Lemon-Garlic Shrimp: 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 shallots, minced 1 bay leaf (fresh or dried) 2 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh Italian parsley 1 teaspoon chili pepper flakes 1/4 cup olive oil 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 pound (16 to 20 count) shrimp, shelled and deveined Veggies For Kabobs: Bell peppers Onions Cherry tomatoes Mushrooms Italian squash Baby potatoes, boiled until cooked through Corn on the cob, husked and sliced into 1/2-inch-thick rounds Balsamic Basting Vinaigrette for Veggies: 1/4 cup olive oil 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar Salt and pepper If using bamboo skewers, soak them in water for 1 hour to retard charring. What You Do: 1. Whisk together all of the lemon garlic shrimp ingredients (except the shrimp) in a bowl. Toss the shrimp in the mixture until evenly coated. Cover and marinate in refrigerator for 2 hours. 2. Cut vegetables into bite-size pieces. 3. Puree balsamic basting vinaigrette ingredients in a blender for 30 seconds. 4. Place shrimp and veggies in individual bowls and set out buffet style. Instruct your guests to skewer their own kabobs and baste veggies with balsamic vinaigrette. 5. Grill kabobs directly over heat source for about 10 to 15 minutes, turning 1/4 rotation every 2 to 3 minutes, or until the shrimp (or meat of your choosing) is cooked throughout. What You'll Need: Whisk & Mixing Bowl, Blender, Shish Kabob Skewers, Basting Brush Peppered Couscous (8 servings) I had the great privilege of trying this recipe first with Patricia Wells herself and this recipe is simple, fresh and zesty, and best yet, it is easy to make ahead. Perfect July 4th material. Ingredients: 1.5 cups medium grain instant couscous 3 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 1.5 teaspoons fine sea salt 1 pound red ripe tomatoes, cored and quartered 4-5 bell peppers (assorted colors) cut into a very fine dice 1/8 teaspoon ground Espelette pepper (or ground mild chile) 1/8 teaspoon ground Cayenne pepper 2 tablespoons chiffonade of fresh mint leaves What You Do: 1. Place couscous in a very fine sieve and rinse under cold water. Put in a large bowl and toss with a fork to fluff. Set aside. 2. In a food processor or blender, add the lemon juice, salt, tomatoes, Espelette pepper and Cayenne. Process to blend. 3. Pour mixture into the couscous, tossing with a fork, and set aside for about 3 minutes, occasionally fluffing and stirring until all the liquid is absorbed. 4. Add the diced pepper and mint. Toss and serve! What You'll Need: Fine Sieve, Mixing Bowl, Blender, Cutting Board & Santoku Knife Watermelon and Serrano Salad (RECIPE FOUND HERE) This delicious side combines juicy summer watermelon with a kick of heat in the serrano. The perfect blend of sweet and spicy makes it a popular side dish on a hot summer afternoon. Flag Cake: The always lovely Ina Garten of the Barefoot Contessa provided this recipe for a patriotic Flag sponge cake with homemade icing and fresh berries. You can keep this as simple as you want but the concept is wonderful for a patriotic holiday. Ingredients (for the cake) 18 tablespoons (2 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature 3 cups sugar 6 extra-large eggs at room temperature 1 cup sour cream at room temperature 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 3 cups flour 1/3 cup cornstarch 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 teaspoon baking soda Ingredients (for the icing) 1 pound (4 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature 1 1/2 pounds cream cheese at room temperature 1 pound confectioners' sugar, sifted 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 half-pints blueberries
  • 3 half-pints raspberries
  • What You Do: 1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. 2. Butter and flour an 18 by 13 by 1 1/2-inch sheet pan. 3. Cream the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment on high speed, until light and fluffy. On medium speed, add the eggs, 2 at a time, then add the sour cream and vanilla. Scrape down the sides and stir until smooth. 4. Sift together the flour, cornstarch, salt, and baking soda in a bowl. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture to the butter mixture until just combined. 5. Pour into the prepared pan. Smooth the top with a spatula. Bake in the center of the oven for 20 to 30 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool to room temperature. 6. For the icing, combine the butter, cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mixing just until smooth. Spread three-fourths of the icing on the top of the cooled sheet cake. 7. Outline the flag on the top of the cake with a toothpick. Fill the upper left corner with blueberries. Place 2 rows of raspberries across the top of the cake like a red stripe. Put the remaining icing in a pastry bag fitted with a star tip and pipe two rows of white stripes below the raspberries. Alternate rows of raspberries and icing until the flag is completed. Pipe stars on top of the blueberries. {Optional step} 8. ENJOY! What You'll Need: Sifter, Bake Sheet, Spatula, Pastry Bag & Star Tip {optional} Watch Ina in action with this step-by-step video! http://www.foodnetwork.com/inas-flag-cake/video/index.html Recipes Courtesy of Barefoot Contessa Family Style, Patricia Wells Food Lovers Guide to Paris...And Provence, Choosy Beggars, and Bob Blumer from The Surreal Gourmet
  • Restaurant Furniture

    When you are in the process of opening your first fine-dining restaurant, you want to get the best of everything. While you want to create an inviting and beautifully decorated environment for your customers it is still important to think about the future. Investing in durable, practical, and affordable restaurant furniture and furnishing accessories is a must. When you begin to browse through inventories of various pieces of shiny new furniture, you may feel like a kid in a candy store. Take the practical approach to furnishing your restaurant and invest in quality pieces that'll create the perfect ambiance for dining. When it comes to seating you have a multitude of options. While bar-themed restaurants may prefer restaurant stools fine dining establishments may prefer restaurant booths and high-backed chairs. Seating applications come in a variety of different styles, from traditional to modern-contemporary. Stick with your ultimate theme and choose cohesive seating options that are comfortable for patrons and affordable for your budget. Restaurant table tops are another important consideration that cannot be overlooked. Table tops and bases must create a spacious surface for diners to eat and enjoy their experience at your establishment. Always consider the finishing of the table and how it can withstand everyday wear and tear. With varying sizes, finishes, and reversible applications you can choose the best line of table tops for your restaurant. The key to designing an inviting dining space is choosing restaurant furniture that is cohesive and complimentary. With a variety of different furnishings to choose from, you can find each and every application you need to put together a wonderful dining establishment. Set a realistic budget, catalog exactly what you need for opening day, and prepare for entrepreneurial success. Shop all Restaurant Furniture at Mission Restaurant Supply! Can't find what you're looking for on our site? Give us a call at 1-800-319-0690 and let a sales representative help!
  • How To Throw a Memorial Day BBQ + Facebook Giveaway!

    Memorial Day Weekend marks the beginning of summer and what better way to celebrate the season than with a big outdoor BBQ? We have a few ideas for throwing an event of this nature including how you can continually please your guests and customers {while making life a little easier on yourself in the process.} Throwing a proper BBQ begins with having all the right tools to facilitate the Grill. We have a big selection of grilling tools from big, heavy duty equipment and Lodge cast iron skillets to all the small necessities in between, like scrapers, basting brushes, aprons, tongs, tenderizers and tool sets. Have you seen our Memorial Day Facebook Giveaway? The 3 piece Outset BBQ tool set (shown; right) is one of our best-sellers and perfect for all your grilling needs. Winners announced May 27! One of the negatives that come with grilling food for a crowd of people is the mess that's made in the process.  Make life a little easier on yourself by using Disposables and loading up on trash bags, paper napkins, and plates and utensils that you can simply throw away. Another way that hosting a BBQ can become instantly easier for you is by letting some of the cookware do the work. That's where we come in. Whether you're making potatoes, macaroni and cheese, or serving healthy sides like green beans or broccoli, keep your dishes warm and ready to serve the whole event long with our Chafing Dishes. We've got a big variety for you to choose from, starting with basic economy lines to ornate silver and copper plated selections. We even have the Chafing Fuel that'll keep the food hot and your guests happy. Want to add a little Patriotic flare to your venue? It is Memorial Day after all! We've got custom-made Tablecloths and linen napkins in solid red, white, and blue, and we even have patriotic prints to choose from as well. Add a pop of color and commemorate the Holiday by turning to the details... Add a little heat to the party by serving up something unexpected. Our Jalapeno Grillers never cease to please when they're used for serving up delicious stuffed peppers. We even have a Jalapeno corer that'll de-seed the peppers and get them ready for stuffing! Whether you're catering a party or simply cooking out in your back yard our new Tiki Torches add a lot of pizzazz to the venue and the overall ambiance. Check out our different styles here. Need some assistance? We can help out! Call us at 1-800-319-0690 or email us at order@missionrs.com

    Happy Summer!

  • Mother's Day Gift Guide

    We're just under a week away from Mother's Day and it's not too late to get a last minute gift! Whether your mom likes to cook or if she simply likes to collect kitchen accessories, we have a range of gift ideas in this quick, last minute gift guide: FOOD PREP KITCHEN GADGETS Food prep has never been easier with these great Joseph and Joseph "Slice & Store" cutting boards. Simply use the cutting board and store your knife on the side when finished. We have a range of colors from pink to green and charcoal gray. A slight variation of the aforementioned cutting boards are our "Chop to Pot" boards which have flexible hinges that make moving  diced food straight to the pot an easy ordeal. Simply squeeze the handle and transport. These innovative cutting boards are available in orange, blue, pink, green, red, and black and they are Dishwasher safe. BAR SETS Keeping your bar supplies consistently well stocked-whether at home or in a commercial setting- is  something that we all know is hard to do. From glassware to bar gadgets there's always updating to be done. Our popular Home and Professional 6-Piece Bar Set allows you to stock up on all the essentials in no time. Not to mention it makes a GREAT gift for the cocktail aficionado in your life. BREAKFAST MADE EASY Breakfast has never looked so good thanks to our best-selling Texas- Shaped Waffle Maker. This durable waffle maker is easy to use and makes delicious waffles time and time again.   QUALITY FIRST Let's face it- our mothers deserve only the best in life so that's why we have a full page on our website with "Only the Best" products on the market. From heavy duty silver serving utensils to fine glassware, we've got a great selection of mother's day- worthy gifts. ENTERTAINING GURU If your mother is an avid entertainer we know just the thing for her: Proteak! This line has gorgeous wood products from teak cutting boards to butcher blocks, both of which make the perfect display for antipasti and appetizers such as meats and cheeses. Available in a number of shapes and sizes, each board is unique and has its own grain and distinct aesthetic. Another staple for the entertaining enthusiast is the chafing dish. We have a vast, new selection of high-end chafing dishes, some in silver plate and others in copper, that will jazz up your event in no time. Not to mention these high quality chafers would make for the perfect gift!

     

     

    You can also check out our "Gifts for Her" page!

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  • 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
  • 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!
  • Commercial Bakeware

    The popularity and high demand for baked goods plays a prominent role in the foodservice industry. One of the most important things to remember for bakery owners, caterers, and restaurateurs is the importance of investing in quality products. Have you seen our Baking Supplies Page? We have a wide range of commercial baking equipment and supplies suitable for even the most demanding foodservice accommodations. Baking Supplies- We've got it! Mission is your one-stop shop for all your commercial baking needs. We have a wide array of supplies ranging from pastry cutters, stainless steel mixing bowls, sieves, sifters, pie markers, pastry brushes, cake stands, displays, professional chef torches, servers, and batter bowls. Undeniably, one of the top bakeware necessities is the commercial baking pan. We've got tons of options at affordable, low prices, from sheet pans, cake pans, pie pans, muffin pans, bake pans, and bundt cake pans to name a few. Decorating Supplies: Mastering the Art Cake Decorating is an art that requires immense expertise. Professionals in this sector of the baking industry rely on the best tools to get their job done to perfection. Our industry-praised Ateco decorating supplies are easy to use and have a quality performance. Products range from pastry bags, tips, and decorating tube sets which come packed in different combination, including 12, 29, and 55 pieces. Accuracy is Key Even the most seasoned bakers {and chefs for that matter} recognize the importance of Measurers and accuracy on a consistent basis. That's why we've always had a big selection of measuring spoons and cups at low prices. Particularly in a commercial setting where large quantities of product are being made, measurers become very helpful in monitoring cost and making sure that portions are accurate. This precision and careful monitoring can ultimately save you money. Our guide on standard weight and measurement conversions can also help to keep cost down! Equipment Restaurant equipment is no doubt a big investment, but you can expect high quality manufacturing and excellence in design with our trusted manufacturers and varieties. We have a large selection of commercial baking equipment from heavy duty Bake Ovens to Food Mixers {Countertop, Floor, and Hand mixers}, all of which help to minimize labor costs while maximizing production levels. Call us today at 1-800-319-0690 and we will help you find the right options for your individual business needs.
  • Regency Shelving Units

    Space limitations have always been some of the biggest issues that face food service operations and commercial kitchens. Finding a way to effectively store a large variety of items and supplies given a limited amount of space is not only difficult but it's important for the overall organization of your workplace. At Mission we have always believed that Shelving Units are the answer for keeping the back of the house organized. Right now we are excited to announce the arrival of Regency Shelving Units, a new line of high quality wire shelving that is brought to you at unbeatable low prices. These NSF-approved units come in both Epoxy and Chrome depending upon your needs. Epoxy shelving is the all-purpose shelving that is suited for dry, cold, wet, and warewahsing environments. This means it will serve just as well in your refrigerator or freezer as it will for your dry goods. These shelves are made of a durable zinc-plated metal with a green epoxy coating. Chrome shelving, on the other hand, is suited solely for storing dry goods at room temperature or in heated environments. This shelving is made of a chrome-plated metal with a clear epoxy coating and can be combined with any number of shelves and accessories.  Regency Shelving Units can be used in a wide variety of applications including hospitals, restaurants, school districts, and just about any other large-scale commercial food service operation imaginable. They're also available in a wide range of dimensions and can be combined with other units so that you can create a customized storage system that meets your every need. Make sure to look at our whole selection of Regency shelving on our website and start maximizing space today!
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