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  • 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.
  • Super Bowl Party Guide

    With the Super Bowl just a few days away, most of us can count on watching the Steelers and the Packers duke it out from the comfort of our homes. Half of the fun is staying tuned for the next commercial break, right? Without a doubt, Super Bowl weekend is synonymous with celebration, so we've put together a quick guide of all the essentials for throwing a successful party. You'll want to have lots of food, plenty of drinks, and a nice presentation. Prepare to be Super Bowl happy: CHAFING DISH: Whether you are serving up burgers, enchiladas, macaroni and cheese, or any other hot dishes, our economy chafers are the way to go. At just $32.95 you can have a warm meal and be stress free. (Don't forget the Sterno Fuel!)

                                                   

     

      

       PROTEAK BOARDS: Good snacks and a nice presentation go a long way. Our wooden teak boards are perfect for cheeses, salamis, olives, and just about anything else you want to serve. Men and women alike are drawn to these Proteak boards for their great quality and rustic appeal.

     

     

     

      PARTY TUBS:  With our hammered metal party buckets, you can store all your mixers and drinks in style. These double-walled tubs are great looking and come in handy for parties left and right.

     

                                                       

     

     JALAPENO GRILLERS: Grilling goes hand in hand with Super Bowl weekend. Our jalapeno grillers are truly one of the greatest tools for making spicy, flavorful, stuffed peppers with little to no hassle. Pop it on the grill or in the oven and you've got delicious appetizers perfect for a day of football. Make sure to get all the seeds out with our Chili Twisters. Don't know how to prepare these peppers? Download this quick guide for a step-by-step lesson!

     

     

  • Ice Making 101

    Hoshizaki is one of the world's largest manufacturers of commercial ice equipment. Here are Mission Restaurant Supply, Hoshizaki is a brand that we continue to be enthusiastic about for its dependability, sustainability, and reliability. Watch this video from the brand's corporate website to become more acquainted with their products and company credentials: WATCH THIS VIDEO To browse through our whole selection of Hoshizaki ice equipment and refrigeration, click here.
  • Party Planning on a Budget

    Party planning is always a blast...until you look at your budget. It seems impossible to plan the perfect event without a little extra cash to spend. No matter what kind of budget you have, planning a great get together with friends and loved ones can easily be done by utilizing your current resources and making smart purchases. Here is a simply guide to staying within budget for your big bash! Recycle The first step in party planning is to figure out what you already have. It is likely that you have disposable dinnerware and silverware somewhere in your pantry. You most likely also have plenty of glassware. However, if you're running a little low you should probably consider buying more disposables for your upcoming event. You don't have to worry about guests breaking your glassware or using multiple plates. Plus, when you have lots of guests the cost of supplies goes down significantly. You also might want to try scrounging through your scraps of material and paper to see if you can make your own unique decorations. Check out Buzzle.com's easy guide to Homemade Party Decorations. Find Bargains Avoid the stores that there specifically for party supplies. Not only do they mark up all of their items, they know that you will spend the money once inside their venue. Instead, visit your local dollar stores and flea markets. They have simple party favors, decorations, and snack foods. Consider making your own food instead of having the event catered. You can purchase your own quality chafing dishes to use numerous times and you can allow your guests to prepare their own party favorites. Just make sure to inform guests of your theme (if you have one) and let them know that you will be providing everything else. Check out our blog entry on Simple, Delicious Hors D'oeuvre. Determine Your "Must-Haves" Is champagne really a must-have? What about linens? If you can cut out some of your "must-haves" for a more simply done event you can greatly cut back on your spending. Instead of champagne, buy prosecco. Instead of linens, buy paper tablecloths. If the point of your event is for guests to mingle and be laidback, then allow yourself to feel that away about the event while planning it. Remember the milestone that you're celebrating and why you're celebrating it. The party shouldn't be about the superficial details, but about the individual or event that brought you all together in the first place. For more information on simple party planning, check out these featured sites:
  • Chef in Training

    Foodies all over the country are taking their love of cooking one step further lately. It seems as though an interest in cooking and baking at home has changed into a whole new career choice. But what do you get a chef in training as a gift? Are there certain tools or brands to look out for? What items will they need that most people don't already have at home? We've put together a quick guide on items to buy for that future celebrity chef. Still have questions? Email us! Chef's Knives Most home chefs don't know the different between paring knives and deboning knives or fish knives and steak knives. Don't worry - you're not alone. Your foodie friends will likely know the difference though between types of knives and what brands hold up best. Some of the best brands of knives for future (or current) chefs are Mundial, Forschner and Jaccard. All three brands are extremely durable and easy to find. To save the hassle of searching for certain types of knives, try purchasing a knife set. Not only do the cases it make it easier to transport the knives from one location to another, but the set include all of the essential pieces that any foodie would love to own. Measurers Measuring spoons and cups are an absolute must when it comes to being a pro in the kitchen. Buy your favorite up and coming chef a nice set of each. Nice Pans Professional chefs use only the best pans when they cook because they know that timing and quality are their two top priorities in foodservice. You can't chance poorly cooked food or extremely long cook times when a happy customer means more money coming into your venue in the long run. Alegacy makes some of the best sauté pans for restaurant use. They are durable and easy to clean. Lincoln and Alegacy both make outstanding non-stick pans as well. Just make sure to check out our guide on how to care for non-stick pans in our blog. Chef Coats & Textiles One of the most popular gifts that our customers love to get their favorite chefs is the monogrammed chef coats. Choose your color and style, and depending on the quantity we can give you a quote on how much it will cost to put a name on it. We also have a wide variety of aprons, chef hats and other textiles. Want more ideas on what kind of gift you should get for your favorite foodie? Email us! We're happy to assist you with your purchase.
  • Caring for Non-Stick Cookware

    When it comes to buying new products for your commercial or residential kitchen, there is one "go-to" that makes the cut every time: Non-Stick Cookware. Non-stick cookware is a revolutionary addition to the foodservice industry and has transformed the way we cook. Though these items are generally more expensive than your normal cookware products, they are regarded as favorites because they make cooking a breeze, less oil is needed in the process, and clean-up is a carefree task. However, with every piece of non-stick cookware you purchase there are a few important things that need to be remembered. No Metal Utensils One of the biggest things to remember when cooking with your non-stick pans is to avoid using metal utensils. Why? This is because metal can easily nick the coating and scratch up the surface, damaging your pan and causing flaking and rusting over time. Pieces that flake off can contaminate your food and be detrimental to your health if consumed. So remember not to use metal utensils with your non-stick products; opt for silicone, rubber, plastic, or wooden utensils instead! Be Careful When Cleaning Never stick a searing hot, non-stick product directly into a sink of lukewarm water. You run the risk of warping the coating, which in turn hinders proper heat distribution. Let your pan cool completely before washing and it will last much longer. It is also best to wash and dry your non-stick cookware by hand instead of in a dishwasher. The strong chemical detergents that make up a dishwasher's cycle are too harsh and can damage the coating that makes these products so desirable. Try using warm water, mild soap, a soft sponge and a cloth to properly clean and care for these items. Avoid Extreme Temperatures Interestingly, most non-stick cookware is not compatible with high heat temperatures (400 degrees or higher). It is crafted to work optimally with a low to medium heat. If you want to prolong the lifespan of your non-stick cookware, make sure not to blast the pan with intense heat. If you want cooking at home or in your commercial kitchen to be more enjoyable remember to invest in quality products and to take care of them accordingly. If you have any further questions on how to care for your non-stick products or any other kitchen items, email us for more information!
  • Holiday Table Settings

    Believe it or not, the holidays are just around the corner. What better way to celebrate the season than to gather over a big meal with your family and friends? Some of the things that make this time of year so special are all the traditions; the decadent feast, sitting around the table with your loved ones, enjoying the sights and sounds. At Mission, we have a wide variety of options to help you put together the perfect holiday table setting for your family. Our quick guide below will help you find everything you need! Step 1: Find a Tablecloth That Fits Your Needs At Mission, we have a large assortment of holiday tablecloths to choose from. Our selection ranges from Autumn-inspired prints to Christmas patterns, from your basic solids to wacky prints. Each one is made to order according to your specifications and can be shipped to you in as little as three business days! Step 2: Picture Perfect Lighting Every party planner knows that lighting is one of the most important finishing touches to an event. Purchasing candles and votives are a great way to add character to your holiday table setting. We have a large selection of Hollowick candles in a variety of colors and finishes that will add just the right amount of finesse to your party. These ruby-jewel toned votives would be a nice addition for your upcoming holiday party. If you prefer a simple, neutral look these clear, frosted votives would be a great choice! View our whole assortment of Hollowick candles. Step 3: Place Settings Finding the right glassware and dinnerware for your table is a must. If you are hosting a more formal get together it would be wise to invest in some China. We have your basic white china, off-white china, and a large variety of colored china. Some of the bold colors that we offer are saffron, cinnabar, cobalt, and cilantro. Looking for something a little more inexpensive and still gorgeous? We highly recommend our melamine dinnerware, which is a durable, quality product that restaurants around the world rely on. The Venetian Melamine pattern is top pick and would be perfect for your holiday event! We also have a huge selection of wine and champagne glasses that would be a great addition to any holiday table setting. Not a big fan of wine? Don't worry! We have an enormous selection of specialty glassware that is sure to please your holiday guests. Don't forget that flatware! Holiday meals mean more courses, more mouths to feed, and less time to wash dishes! You might consider buying more flatware so that you know you have enough to get through dessert. At Mission, we stock a number of different styles from your most basic Derby or Windsor flatware to the more detailed Illustra style. Click here to view all of our stainless steel flatware. We hope all these suggestions have helped you in planning your holiday party. If you feel this guide has helped you we would love to see the table setting you came up with! Feel free to send in your photos of your holiday meal and we'll send you a little gift! On behalf of everyone here at Mission Restaurant Supply we'd like to wish you all a very safe and happy holiday season!
  • Surviving the Holiday Rush

    The minute Halloween is over the holiday rush begins for most foodservice venues. The volume picks up and the special requests come flying into the kitchen. The money is fantastic, but the chaos can sometimes feel unbearable. So how do you prep for the holidays in the foodservice industry? Here are a couple of tips to get you through the next few weeks. Overestimate Your Potential Volume There's nothing worse than being unprepared, running out of food or beverages, or not turning your tables fast enough. Stock up, stay organized, and motivate your staff to move faster.
    • To turn tables a little quicker, get appetizers and salads out right away. Suggest dishes to guests to help them speed up the order process. Also, have your dessert platters visible to guests early so that deciding on a dessert is easier.
    • Stock up on everything! You are guaranteed to sell more food and alcohol at your venue, but don't forget about take-out. To-go sells increase substantially during the holidays and you will need extra disposables.
    Streamline One thing that your entire staff needs to understand during the holidays is that streamlining and teamwork are key.
    • Try pairing up your servers so that they help one another with their busy sections during the holidays. Some restaurants already do this and it works beautifully. Your servers will feel better knowing that they have another team member looking out for them and your customers will have the peace of mind of knowing that they will be well taken care of.
    • Offer dishes are that easier to prepare during the holidays. By making foods that are quick to prep your key selling point you'll turn tables and keep your guests happy.
    Maximize Your Gift Card Sells A lot of foodservice venues don't realize the impact that gift card sales can have on their overall sales during the holidays. Maximize your gift cards sales by trying one of the ideas below.
    • Allow your customers to buy gift cards online. Not only does this make the process of obtaining a gift card easier for your customers, it also saves your staff the time it takes to activate each individual card.
    • Offer a free gift with the purchase of a gift card. A lot of venues have caught on to the trend of offering a free $5 card with the purchase of a $20 or $25 gift card. And you know what? It works for them. Large venues like Logan's, Bravo! Cucina Italiana, and Chili's have seen great success with this promotion for several years now.
    Have a question about this blog post or have something to add? Let us know! Feel free to contact us at info@missionrs.com Photo courtesy of SpaceFilmLocations.com.au
  • Purchasing Frozen Drink Machines for Your Business

    Frozen beverages, both alcoholic and nonalcoholic, are one of the most profitable items you can offer in your venue. The cost is low, the return is high, and the maintenance is a piece of cake. So what machine should you invest in for your business? What size frozen beverage machine would best suit the volume of customers that you have? At Mission Restaurant Supply, we want to make sure that you have all of the resources you need to make smart purchases for your business. The user guide posted below for our Frosty Factory frozen beverage machines is yet another resource that we provide for our customers. Check out the chart below to see serving sizes and intervals to see which machine you should purchase for your venue. Still not sure which Frosty Factory machine is best for your business? Feel free to call us (800-319-0690) or email us with your questions.
    Model
    10 oz serving every 12 oz serving every 16 oz serving every Max. oz per serving
    217A each cylinder 60 68 90 36
    117A 35 43 56 36
    115R-1 13 15 20 70
    115R-2 each cylinder 20 26 35 70
    115R-3 each cylinder 28 34 45 70
    215R-1 each cylinder 20 26 35 70
    215F each cylinder 20 26 35 70
    127A 23 30 38 70
    137A 30 35 45 120
    232W 13 15 20 120
    235R-1 13 15 20 120
    235R-2 each cylinder 20 26 35 120
    235R-3 each cylinder 28 34 45 120
    237A 30 34 45 70
    289A 12 14 18 170
    238W 8 10 13 170
    Please note: It takes 3-5 seconds to pour a 16 oz frozen drink. Pouring 4 drinks can take as little as 12 seconds! Take me to the Frosty Factory Frozen Drink Machines! *Not all models listed above are listed on the Mission Restaurant Supply website. If you do not see a model on our site that you would like to order simply contact us with your information and we will email you information on how to complete a special order. Thank you for your purchase!

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