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All Guides for Restaurant Equipment and Supplies

  • 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!
  • The Glassware Guide

    Whether you own a restaurant or you're a frequent diner, it is widely known that beverage sales contribute largely to a restaurant's overall profit. Deciding what glassware to stock at your facility is an important factor to take into consideration. At Mission we have a large variety of Restaurant Glassware to choose from all at our best possible price. It's also important to consider a line of glassware that will be easy to replace and build on as you grow. 99% of people who handle glassware have broken a piece of glass at some point along the way-it's an inevitable reality. In a restaurant environment, especially during rush hour, the chances of chipping or breaking a glass go up even more.  This "Glassware Guide" is an attempt to better familiarize our customers with the basic tips and good practices so that you can invest in glassware that will last. The two most common reasons that glasses break at the frequency they do  are as follows: THERMAL SHOCK: Thermal Shock occurs when a glass at a certain temperature comes in contact with another temperature extreme. For instance, a glass straight out of the dish machine shouldn't be used right away for ice water. The glass needs to cool down to room temperature  before it's safe to use. This works the same way when the variables are inverted: a cold glass shouldn't be exposed to high heat temperatures until it has reached room temperature. It's the drastic temperature changes that cause stress on the glass and consequently make it more susceptible to breakage. MECHANICAL SHOCK: Mechanical shock occurs when a glass comes in direct contact with another glass or clashes with something else {platter, spoon, sink, etc.}. These small, forceful impacts create invisible abrasions or weaknesses in the glass which make it highly susceptible to breakage over time. Mechanical Shock is perhaps the most common-yet most easily preventable way- to break your glassware. Tips To Remember:
    • Depending on the number of people you have dining make sure to have an adequate supply of glassware on hand so that your glasses coming from the dishwasher can get to proper temperature before going into service
    • When cleaning or polishing wine glasses don't rotate the bowl and the base in the opposite direction as this can cause the stem to break off
    • Some people think adding vinegar to the dish machine's final rinse helps result in streak-free glasses
    • Pick up glasses one by one, not in clusters, because friction occurs when grouped together
    • Never use glassware in the place of an ice scooper. If your glass breaks while in the ice supply it's not only difficult to see it & extract it, but it could end up in your customer's drink
    • When bussing tables, use caution and don't stack glasses. Rather, put into racks or trays for optimal transportation
    • Never store flatware in glasses
    • Never stack glass on glass when storing as it can get stuck and easily crack when stored this way.
    • Throw away any chipped or cracked glassware. NEVER serve to your customer when there is a flaw in the glass. To view our full selection of glassware click here. Most of these tips are common knowledge but our hope is that it has refreshed your memory on good glassware practices. Have any questions? Email us at order@missionrs.com or call us at 1-800-319-0690
  • Amana Commercial Microwaves

    Mission Restaurant Supply is excited to announce a new American brand to our website: Amana Commercial (ACP, Inc.)! As the leading manufacturer of commercial microwave ovens, Amana® has been applying microwave technology for use in the commercial food industry for over thirty years. Recognized as "best in class," this pioneering company offers superior service support and quality control to supplement their leading  product lines. There are many reasons why microwave ovens have such appeal in this industry. First off, they help restaurants maintain exciting and servable menus by speeding up performance while sustaining safety and reliability. Amana features products that can cook up to 15 times faster than a standard oven. That's like cooking frozen food in just over a minute versus over twenty minutes with conventional methods! Furthermore, Amana microwaves combine up to three cooking energies to deliver hot, crisp, and delicious food in minutes.

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    It's true that higher watt ovens are at the top of the price list, but that's why Mission features Amana's full line of commercial microwaves. Every customer can easily balance their business needs and budget with these great products. Not convinced yet? Here are a slew of additional reasons why you should include Amana microwave ovens in your commercial kitchen:
    • At least a 3 year warranty on every machine.
    • Access to ACP's Culinary Support as well as 24/7/365 ComServ Support.
    • Each unit meets requirements of commercial insurance policies and health inspectors.
    • No increased HVAC means easy installation. No hood necessary!
    • Save money while cooking green. Faster heat times mean lower power consumption leading to decreased energy costs.
    • All units are made of durable stainless steel to withstand use in a commercial environment.
    • Each unit has a compact footprint to fit in any kitchen with many kit-less stacking options.
    • Fast, consistent, and versatile cooking with programmable menu settings (up to 360 on some units)!Check out our Commercial Microwaves here! Let us know how we can serve you: Call us today at 1-800-319-0690 or email us at order@missionrs.com
  • A Guide to Chafing Dishes

    In the catering world, Chafing Dishes are a man's best friend. Not to mention they are a vital necessity for anyone who entertains and handles buffet-style meals on a regular basis. The main goal of a chafing dish is to keep your food supply at the proper temperature throughout the event.  Best yet, they are easy to use, even simpler to maintain, and essentially, they make life much easier for the avid caterer or entertainer by not constantly having to worry about the temperature or presentation of the food. Here at Mission Restaurant Supply we have a wide variety of options for you to choose from depending on your needs and preferences. Let us help you find the right fit:    QUALITY The first thing to take into consideration when choosing a chafing dish is how much you are willing to spend. We've got a wide range of chafers at different price points from our basic economy styles all the way up to our heavy-duty stainless steel and copper selections:     Economy Chafers: It's hard to beat the price point of our economy chafing dishes. The 18-8 stainless steel resists corrosion and the clean, simple aesthetic makes for a natural fit in a number of settings. Best yet, these cost-effective units get the job well done. They are efficient and affordable and come in a plethora of options (roll-top, removable, round, rectangular, etc.)     Premier Quality: If you're looking for a chafer that is heavier duty and has a more  upscale look, you are in luck. We are excited to have added a brand new selection to our existing quality chafers. From hammered stainless steel to antique copper finishes and silver plate, there is a vast array that would suit your needs. Not to mention these chafers have higher quality manufacturing, ensuring they will be a great investment throughout the years.      CAPACITY Obviously one of the most important things to ask yourself before buying a chafing dish is what kind of capacity you are going to need. How many people are you serving? We have a big selection starting as small as 1.75 quarts and going all the way up to 8 quarts of capacity.    SHAPE So many shapes, so many options! Oval, Rectangular, Circular, Half-Round, and Square to name a few!     Oval:  Rectangular:                                       Round:                             
     
     
     
     
     
      
     METAL ACCENTS: Now we are getting down to the details... We have a number of styles when it comes to what kind of handles and metal fixtures you want your chafing dish to have. Basic plastic and gold are a popular option, but there are even more to choose from like stainless steel and silver plate.
     
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    COVERS: Another important feature that you need to decide on is the type of lid or cover you want to have. We have Roll-Top, Removable, and Hinged varieties, depending on your preference.    Make sure to get a supply of Sterno Fuel when you purchase any of our chafers! Browse through our whole selection of quality Chafing Dishes and let us know if we can be of any assistance! Call us at 1-800-319-0690 or shoot us an email at order@missionrs.com.  
  • Shelving Units

    Storage is undoubtedly one of the biggest factors to consider when designing and managing your kitchen. As most chefs know, space is a luxury, therefore finding the best way to effectively store and organize your materials is an important task. At Mission we have just what you need to make your workplace organized and the best it can be: Eagle Group Shelving Units. These best-selling structures are American-made, stable & sturdy, and best yet, they are easy to assemble- no tools required! The numerically calibrated, grooved posts make assembly easy and the tapered, plastic, split sleeves lock on, becoming stronger as the weight of your load increases. We have a wide variety of dimensions to choose from and a few different finishes, depending on your needs. Read our quick guide below to find the right unit for you: Epoxy Shelving The green, epoxy-coated, wire-shelving is our all-purpose unit that's NSF-listed for all storage environments. Its open-wire construction creates optimal air circulation and is great for visibility. Whether you have it in your walk-in freezer with moisture and cold temperatures, or in the pantry with dry goods at room temperature, the epoxy shelving is a versatile go-to that continues to fly off our shelves! Zinc Shelving If you are looking for a storage unit solely for your pantry or dry-goods, our Zinc shelving is the way to go. It is NSF-listed for all dry storage environments and its silver coloring goes well in all different commercial settings. Browse through our selection here. Both of these options are in stock and ready to ship. There are also a wide variety of other options from stainless steel to chrome, adjustable units that can we can specially order for you from the Eagle Metal Master's factory in Delaware. If you have any questions don't hestitate to ask us at order@missionrs.com or call us toll free at (800) 319-0690.
  • Mundial Knives

    Most aspiring and professional chefs {and home cooks for that matter} will agree that having sharp, efficient knives in the kitchen is of the utmost importance. At Mission we have a wide variety of knives and cutlery options to choose from. Today we are spotlighting Mundial for its state of the art manufacturing, superior quality, and competitive pricing. When holding two knives up side by side, it's hard to determine what edge will cut better, and overall, what knife is more efficient. This global brand has set itself-and it's knives-apart for a few key reasons:
    1. Unlike most competitors, Mundial knives have handles that are implied by injection molding. Ultimately, the handle is fused to the shank of the blade, creating a tighter seam while diminishing the chance for microbial bacteria to slip through.
    2. Mundial runs all their knives through a quality control progam at the CATRA testing lab in Sheffield, England. A slew of rigorous and sophisticated tests are performed on the product from start to finish during the manufacturing process. Perhaps the procedure with the most telling results is the Cutting Edge Retention Test. What is the Cutting Edge Retention Test? It is performed by running the knife back and forth for 60 strokes over thin paper. A measurement is then taken of the depth of the resulting slice. Mundial measured 489 mm while competitors got 101 mm and 286 mm. Needless to say, Mundial was the overwhelming winner.
    3. Mundial has made it their mission to be proactive for food safety procedures and precautions. This can be seen in two arenas:
      • The Anti-Microbial Agent: Mundial is now stamping an anti-microbial agent into all of their poly-handled products.
      • Food Safe Color-Coated Items: Mundial has created color-coated knives to prevent cross-contamination and food borne illness in the workplace. They are ideal for many different commercial and institutional settings, like schools and hospitals.
    Since the early 1930s Mundial has created a state of the art product that continues to dominate the marketplace for its excellence and superior quality manufacturing. You know when you buy Mundial you are buying a product that is fit to perform, and to last.   Browse through Mission's selection of Mundial Have you seen our Knife Buying Guide???
  • Freshen Up For Valentine's + A Quick Gift Guide

    Valentine's Day is just around the corner and Mother's Day will be coming down the pipe before we know it. It's not too late to stock up on essentials for your business {or gifts for the ones you love!} Stop by one of our showrooms or shop online  to get all your last minute necessities. From the floral business to the restaurant industry and everywhere in between, we want to help make the upcoming holiday and 2011 all it can be. Here are a few tips to help you find what you need: RESTAURANT BUSINESS: Whether you need to update your dining area supplies or you need to invest in fresh equipment, Mission Restaurant Supply is here to get your kitchen up to par. Prepare for the mad dash that is Valentine's Day {and beyond} by sprucing up your dining scene with our glass Hollowick candles and our wide variety of crisp tablecloths.      FLORAL BUSINESS: This is a big time of year for those of you in the floral business. With Valentine's just under a week away and Mother's Day coming up in May, there's no time like the present to invest in quality products that will boost sales, maximize space, and keep your customers happy. It's not too late to get your True Refrigeration Floral Coolers. With our Free Shipping special, you are undoubtedly making a great deal, and when you invest in True Refrigeration, you're investing in dependability and top-notch construction. This is a purchase that will keep on giving throughout the years...  

    GIFT IDEAS:   Below are a few festive gift ideas & don't forget to check out our  Gift Guide page on the website!!

    Pink Colander: Our Reston Lloyd colanders come in a plethora of colors and are a customer favorite.Red Chop to Pot Cutting Boards: These bendable cutting boards have hinges that make getting all your ingredients into the pot an easy task. When the handle is squeezed the board folds into a chute, allowing for easy transportation from Chop to Pot! These are dishwasher safe and available in different colors & sizes.    These great non-stick paring knives continue to fly off our shelves. Available in a number of colors, they make for a great gift doubled with the Chop to Pot Boards!   Professional & Home 6 Piece Bar Set: This great 6-piece bar set is your ideal tool kit for shaking up the finest cocktails. At only $29.95 this is an ideal gift that will update your bar and make you and that special someone a Cocktail Aficionado in no time.  

    Have you seen our blog on Celebratory Cocktail Recipes???    

    Wine BucketChampagne GlassesFinding the right gift can be hard- sometimes it's wise to go back to the basics.  We recommend gifting that special someone with a bottle of champagne, our great steel wine bucket, and some fresh champagne glasses {you can never have enough!} We have all different price points to choose from... Cheers!
  • Chinese New Year Food Superstitions

    The Chinese New Year, otherwise known as the "Lunar New Year" or the "Spring Festival" has an immense significance and symbolism to the Chinese people. As feasts are made to honor past relatives and to usher in a new year, deciding the kinds of food to make plays a key role. Below are some foods that are widely eaten during the Chinese New Year that have interesting superstitions behind them. There are also a few that people stay away from to escape bad luck and misfortune.... Oranges & Tangerines: Symbolic of wealth and good fortune you will often see big bowls of these fruits to show off one's good luck. If the leaves are still attached, they also represent fertility. Melons & Pomelos: These large round fruits are symbolic of family and the wholeness and togetherness of families Chicken: Like the aforementioned fruits, chicken is symbolic of family and togetherness along with unity and prosperity. Remember to keep the feet and the head on when cooking! Fish: A whole steamed fish (eyes and all) is regularly served and signifies abundance. "Yu" is the Chinese word for fish and translates to "plenty" meaning that families are sustained in the future.  Noodles: Represent longevity in life and therefore they shouldn't be cut before serving! Turnips: In Chinese, turnips are called "cai tou" meaning "good luck" Egg Rolls: The Chinese belief is that when fried, these rolls look like "golden bars," representing good fortune. Duck: Fidelity Eggs: Fertility Shrimp:  Good luck Dumplings: Many families insert a golden coin into one of the hundreds of dumplings made during their celebration. Whoever bites into the golden dumpling is said to have immense wealth and prosperity in the coming year. Pomegranates: These red fruits are symbolic of happiness, thus driving away evil spirits. The seeds also play a part, symbolizing abundance and fertility. Foods to Avoid: Squid: Be very cautious if squid, known as "Yow Yu" is served to you during the Chinese New Year. It symbolically foreshadows that you will be fired in the coming year. White Foods: Although white can mean purity, white foods like tofu are mostly avoided during the 15 day festival, as white can also symbolize bad luck and even death.

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