Guides

All Guides for Restaurant Equipment and Supplies

  • Summertime Entertaining

    Whether you're catering a wedding or you're hosting a simple summertime party, the summer months tend to get busy. Every caterer or host needs to be equipped with the must-have equipment and supply list in order to provide their services in the best way possible. Here are 5 simple product investment ideas that will get you ready for the entertaining rush:

     

    1. Custom Tablecloths There's nothing like a crisp, white tablecloth to set the tone and the table for a fresh summer meal. Our tablecloths come in many other colors and in various patterns and they are all customizable per your table specifications! 2. Elegant Serving Trays Boost your presentation by passing out beverages and appetizers with a classic silver tray. We have  a number of different sized trays by different manufacturers and with varying detail and price points so you can find the product right for you. 3. Party Buckets & Serving Bowls Great for icing down drinks or showing off your food product, our selection of hammered metal Party Buckets and crystal-inspired Serving Bowls have both visual appeal and functionality, bringing an elegant statement to your party scene. 4. Alternative Drinkware Providing a great alternative to classic drinkware, our heavy-duty Polycarbonate drinkware is made to last and mirror your favorite glass styles, from Pilsner to Wine and Margarita. Though not suitable for every setting, our Plastic Drinkware has a nice aesthetic and is a good investment for someone who's tired of the cost lost to broken glassware.
  • Lighting The Way...

    What's not to love about a welcoming entrance? Whether you are hosting a party at your business or home, a great way to make a memorable entrace and a powerful statement is with Tiki Torches.

    At MissionRS.com we sell different styles of Tiki Torches (like the one pictured above) along with the Tiki Fuel by Hollowick Mfg, which just so happens to be America's #1 brand of citronella fuel and outdoor torches! Below is a guide to the different styles we carry:

    The Royal Polynesian: Exotic in nature, this torch style features a contemporary bamboo head with a bamboo pole. Packed in a case of 6 with 16 oz refillable canisters in each, this is a great option for the customer who's looking for something different. Shop the Royal Polynesian! The Mediterranean: This hand-crafted torch design juxtaposes contemporary metal with bamboo. The metal pole is sturdy and wears well with age. Packed in a case of 6 with 12 oz refillable canisters in each. Shop the Mediterranean! The Islander: Perhaps the most traditional in appearance, the Islander has a wicker-woven head, a wooden pole, and is packed in a case of 6 with 16 oz refillable canisters in each! Shop the Islander! The Heritage Patio: For more light and more of a statement, go for the Heritage Patio Torch which has two wicks instead of one. Here are some other features that make the Heritage Patio a customer favorite: 1. Easy Assembly- No Tools Required! 2. "No-Touch Pour Technology" keeps refills clean and hassle free (when you need more fuel just pour directly into top of the torch!) 3. Aluminum Alloy Construction for optimal weather resistance 4. Torch Cover for Protection 5. Extra heavy base for added stability Shop the Heritage Patio! Read more about our Tiki Torches here and visit our Outdoor Lighting Page to load up on Fuel, Stands & More!
  • Investing In A Pizza Prep Table...

     If you're running a restaurant that serves pizzas, whether they make up just a few menu items or the actual menu in its entirety,  investing in a commercial pizza prep table is one of the wisest investments you can make. Though the initial cost is high, you must look at the purchase as a smart investment that will pay off down the road. Our prices on MissionRS.com are the most competitive on the web and we want to help you make a sound choice that will suit your business needs both now and as your business grows in the future. Here are some advantages to investing in a Pizza Prep Table and some of the differentiating factors you should pay attention to before settling on a unit.

    Advantages
    • The Refrigerated Base & Undercounter Storage provides an idealic home for bulk ingredients and other pizza prep necessities
    • Raised Ingredients Rails contain bins featuring all of your most popular pizza toppings so you can assemble the pizza with maximum speed and efficiency.
    • The convenience of a worktop/cutting board that is built to fit the width of a pizza makes assembling the pie (and prepping the ingredients!) an easy process- one that is constructed with convenience in mind!
    • Plus, get Free Shipping and Liftgate when you buy a Pizza Prep Table from MissionRS.com for your commercial establishment!
      What To Look For? 1. SIZE

    The amount of demand and product you are putting out on a daily and weekly basis is going to determine how big of a unit you need. Our Pizza Prep Tables range from simple 1 door units with 6 ingredient pans and 11.4 cubic feet of storage area to one of our large, 8 door units with 15 ingredient pans and 43.9 cubic feet of storage, for example! Some of our more popular models consist of a medium size that have 2-3 doors of undercounter storage, 8-10 ingredient bins, and a middle-of-the-road storage capacity. Knowing how much food product you'll be needing to store to meet the demands of your customers is going to determine what size you should invest in. So if you run a pizzeria or a restaurant where pizza is the star item on the menu, investing in a larger unit is probably a better investment, whereas a smaller, 1-3 door unit might be better for establishments that do a smaller output and scale. You'll want to make sure you know exactly how much space you have in your kitchen so that you buy a unit that isn't overbearing or jammed.

     

    2. CONFIGURATION All of our Pizza Prep Tables online have a slightly different configuration.  Depending on the unique storage needs of your work stations in the back of the house, our pizza prep tables come with swing doors that open up into storage, while they also come with drawers, meaning they pull out into sectioned, refrigerated storage. Many of our units feature a combination of swing doors and drawers so you can have the best of both worlds. Here's one example of the differenes you will find:

    At MissionRS.com, we stock a number of different pizza prep table manufacturers, including True, Turbo Air and Metalfrio. When you buy a unit from any of these manufacturers,  you're getting quality stainless steel construction and a dependable addition for your kitchen that will stand the test of time.
  • Grilling With Gusto

    With the warmer temperatures settling in, the number of outdoor barbeques continues to rise. Invest in one of our most innovative grilling tools, The Fire Wire, and start grilling with gusto. This video demonstration shows how it works:
  • Re-Seasoning Your Cast Iron Cookware

    Cast Iron is one of the most durable materials found in a commercial kitchen. It can sear, roast, bake, and fry a number of different food products, from vegetables to chicken and fish. Many of our cast iron skillets come pre-sprayed with a soy-based vegetable oil where they are then put under high heat to allow the oil to penetrate the skin. However, regardless of pre-seasoning, there are times in every cast iron's life when re-seasoning is necessary to keep up the performance of the product.  Re-seasoning can help prevent rusting and drying out which keeps food products from sticking to the skillet. Here's how to properly re-season your cast iron:

  • Caring for Cast Iron

     

      Most kitchen supplies require specific maintenance procedures to ensure the longevity of the product.  Cast Iron is no exception, and adhering to these rules will actually make your product better with age. Cast Iron skillets and griddles can last a lifetime if taken care of properly.  Here are some maintenance fundamentals: The Do's
  • After hand cleaning with hot water, towel dry and store away, or put atop an open burner until the heat just dissipates the moisture. (If super dry, apply a thin layer of warm oil to the surface of the pan and allow for it to soak in)
  • Should rust spots form or if a metallic taste is detected on food, simply work a sheet of sandpaper or steel wool over the surface to remove and reseason your pan with warm oil
  • When your pan is not being used, make sure to store it in a cool, dry place (Lodge Mfg suggests putting a paper towel on the surface of the pan or in between the pan and the lid to keep moisture from forming)
  • The Dont's
    • Don't use soap or detergents for cleaning cast iron- hot water will do and a sponge!
    • Never put cast iron in the dishwasher- the chemicals in the detergents will strip down the oils in your pan's seasoning, resulting in a brittle, dried out pan
    • Avoid submerging the cast iron in cold water, particularly when the product is still hot. This could cause thermal shock and a warped pan
      Check out our wide selection of Cast Iron Skillets and Fry Pans!
  • 3 Simple Ways To "Go Green"

    Celebrate EARTH DAY on Sunday, April 22, 2012
    With the undeniable push towards eco-friendliness and "going green" there is a conscious effort that should be made by each of us to do our part. Your kitchen- whether that be at home or in your commercial establishment- is a great place to start. 1. Recycle Throwing glass, plastic, paper and other recyclables into the right trash bins is a great way to make a big difference without very much effort. Buy separate bins-one for regular trash and the other(s) for recyclables. We have a big selection of trash bins, including our "Slim Jim" container that's narrow and doesn't take up too much space.

    2. Buy Local Next time you go out to buy groceries-think about investing your money in food products that are grown locally. Investing  money in local farmers and agriculture is a simple way to support your community while eating food that is local and fresh. 3. Fill your Kitchen with Green Supplies Today's market has lots to offer in the way of kitchen supplies so why not stand out and buy unique items that offer an eco-friendly advantage? Doing so will not only set yourself apart but will help make a difference. Remember, a little goes a long way. We stock a number of product lines that are built with eco-friendliness in mind, including Epicurean, Proteak, and BioPlanet disposables. For the commercial customer, think about Energy Star-rated items the next time you're shopping for new equipment. To find out other ways you can save energy at home- check out the Energy Star Home Improvement Site!
  • Need More Kitchen Storage?

     

    For any of you that have worked behind the scenes in a commercial kitchen, you know that space is at a minimum and synchronization is key. There are countless moving parts, people included, that have a job to do and limited space to do it, therefore, properly utilizing your space is key to the success and efficiency of the back of the house. One of the ways we recommend you keep your kitchen organized is with Shelving Units. Below are a few perks to buying Commercial Shelving for your facility:

     

    1. Customized Look Every kitchen set-up is slightly different with its own set dimensions to work with. Our wire shelving at Mission Restaurant Supply is completely customizable so you can build a unit around whatever limitations you  may have. All you have to do is buy the posts and shelves individually to create a shelving unit that will fit in your unique space. As you grow, you can simply add to it as you go along. 2. Easy-to-Assemble/ Adjustable Shelving Our wire shelving is simple to assemble and features easily- adjustable shelves so that you can alter the heights of the shelves depending on what you are storing and to meet your changing needs. All you need are your two hands to assemble these units- no tools required! 3. Temperature Whether you need storage for your dry goods or added organization in your walk-in cooler, we have a range of shelving types, from chrome, to zinc, to epoxy, that will fit your needs. For instance, epoxy shelving can withstand the cold temperatures and wet conditions of a walk-in, while chrome shelving is to be used solely for dry goods storage. Continue reading
  • Invest In High-Grade Cookware

    When you hear the word commercial- what do you think? For most, a commercial kitchen conjures up images of a bustling restaurant, clanking pots and pans, sizzling food on the griddle, timers going off, and in a word, commotion. The key ingredient to a commercial kitchen is having the industry-grade supplies and equipment that can handle the rigors of this fast-paced setting.  However, there is often a misconception that commercial kitchen products are only suited for industrial use. At Mission Restaurant Supply, we are trying to change that mentality. Many of our customers are not "commercial" at all, but every day people leading lives entirely opposite that of a foodservice professional. So then why do they come to us? These are people who are committed to quality and they look for this quality for their home kitchens.  Though the cost of commercial-grade products may be at a higher price point, the benefits of investing in industry-adept products will stay with you for the long haul. These products perform under the hardest conditions, and in your home, they will get the job done each and every time.   One such example of this is commercial cookware. Both in our Texas showrooms and online, we have an extensive selection of commercial-grade pots and pans that will handle themselves beautifully in the kitchen. From Stock Pots and Double Broilers  to Fry Pans, Sauce Pots, Braziers, and Roast Pans, our selection ties together the highest quality materials with the reputation of trusted industrial brands like Crestware, Alegacy and Browne-Halco.    
    Deemed "the best non-stick on the market" by one of our customers, this heavy-duty, 12 inch fry pan distributes heat beautifully and never fails to please.
      Mission Restaurant Supply is Open to the Public- that means you don't have to own a restaurant or be buying for your business to shop with us. So even if you're looking for something other than cookware- such as a powerful blender by well-known brands like Vitamix, or perhaps a new undercounter ice machine for your home bar, Mission Restaurant Supply will have what you need.
    There's something to say about investing in quality products that will last while demonstrating their expertise in the kitchen. We are grateful to share this commitment and love for quality products with both our industry professionals and home cooks alike. Start experiencing the quality of commercial and begin cooking with sleek, industrial finesse.
     

    Shop at Mission Restaurant Supply today!

  • MOZO: What's In a Name?

    We can hear the pitter patter of kitchen staff near and far as they run for MOZO, the newest brand on MissionRS.com. So, what's in a name? MOZO, a company that has established itself for its revolutionary line of chef shoes, is changing the way that chefs and their kitchen staffs work. Lightweight. Durable. Comfortable. What's not to love about MOZO?

     

    Anyone who has worked in a restaurant knows that at the end of the day, your feet are swollen and aching to the point of no return. Long hours on your feet, despite the hardship, is the undeniable nature of the restaurant industry. What MOZO has done is created a line of footware that caters to this factor, while introducing a stylish, versatile, and contemporary shoe selection for the talented, contemporary professionals working today. Just because you work in the back of the house doesn't mean your staff doesn't care to be dressed to impress.  Investing in the right materials- like proper chef clothing- and comfortable shoes-makes all the difference in the mind of your kitchen staff at the beginning of a shift, all the way through to the end of the day. There's a little something for everyone with the MOZO shoe collection. For simple, understated footware, you can't go wrong with the classic black slip-on, and for the chef who wants a little more flair, don't miss the sunny side up "Egg" or "Bacon" shoes. We also have some pastel colors available in the women's selection for a lighter, solid shoe.

     

     Browse our selection of Men's and Women's MOZO Shoes on MissionRS.com. Need more convincing?

     

    For more information on the company, visit the MOZO website and START SHOPPING ONLINE! Charts & Photos Courtesy of MOZO Website.
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