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  • Long Lasting Catering Supplies at Affordable Prices

     

    From chafing dishes to portable cookware, Mission Restaurant Supply has what you need to operate a successful catering company. With this type of business, your needs range from the smallest details to the most fantastic of presentations. With so many tools available, it can be a challenging process to decide which catering supplies you need or don't need. That's where we come in. At MissionRS.com, we have a full line of catering supplies at affordable prices, and this guide is here to walk you through the basics. All of our catering equipment and supplies is constructed to endure travel and heavy use. Best yet, we keep our prices low to help you stay within budget while hosting amazing parties.

    To start off, attractive serving bowls and a good supply of serving utensils form the basis of setting up a great event. Our crystal-inspired serving bowls are durable and affordable and they instantly add a sense of elegance to the dish. Our vast line of serving utensils gives you the option to serve all types of food. We offer tongs in several styles and materials, as well as serving spoons of many shapes, sizes, and materials. When you're throwing a party that is going to last for a long time and have food out for the duration of the event, caterers must take into account food safety. Foodborne illness is always a concern for a longer party as hot and cold foods must be kept at proper temperatures. MissionRS.com offers chafing dishes in many styles to help you combat this fear.  Whether you are seeking round dishes or elongated rectangular shapes,  a gorgeous stand with scrolled metal work elegantly stands out. These dishes come in many sizes, materials, and finishes to provide you with the option to customize your buffet according to your look and aesthetic. We also sell chafing dishes in sets. Purchasing sets of dishes can save you money and help avoid guesswork when you are putting together a mouth-watering display of food. Shop Chafing Dishes!

    Often times, your staff has to prepare the food in a kitchen located miles away from the main event. If this is the case, you require an easy and affordable method to transport these dishes. MissionRS.com offers catering supplies that provide solutions for transport. Our insulated pan carriers come in a variety of styles and sizes. These carriers can make moving food a breeze. They come in several color options as well.  A simple insulated carrying bag can be just the thing if you are only transporting smaller items from the main kitchen to the event. We also offer portable cooking equipment for those businesses that do their cooking on site. The smallest, most transportable of such items is a butane stove that folds into a carry case. For larger events, we offer larger items like a portable grill or fryer which is sure to impress guests by assuring them that the food they are about to eat has been freshly prepared just for them.

    If your catering company finds itself responsible for beverages as well as food, you will require more tools. We offer a portable bar, which is an investment that looks great indoors, or out. We also offer beverage transport solutions. These dispensers are insulated to keep your beverages at proper temperature during the journey from headquarters to the event.

    You also need to set an atmosphere of enjoyment. For a little something unexpected, try adding a chocolate fountain. Chocolate fountains are an impressive way to provide guests with an easy dessert selection, without putting strain on your already busy employees. These unique items can help your business stand out. As with all products from Mission RS, these larger catering supplies are affordably priced and constructed to stand the test of time.   Did we miss anything? If you can't find what you need- please don't hesitate to call us at 800-319-0690 or send us an email at order@missionrs.com and one of our friendly customer service representatives will help you! Shop all Catering Supplies & Equipment at MissionRS.com!
  • Benchmark & Star :: Brands You Can Trust

    Outfitting your business with equipment and supplies from brands you can trust is the ultimate investment, and one that will pay off in the long run. Equipping a concession business is no exception. Though many of the items needed for serving up snow cones, popcorn, cotton candy, and hot dogs are disposable, there are also some essential pieces of equipment that make having this kind of food possible. The vast majority of our Concession-related equipment and supplies come from 2 American brands : Benchmark USA and Star Manufacturing. In an effort to educate you on the quality assurance and the trust that we have in these manufacturers, we've provided a short company history and a little about what they offer. Benchmark USA Benchmark is an American company based in Greenville, South Carolina, that specializes in innovative foodservice equipment and supplies for concession operations. They are renowned for standing by all of their products, and this is evident with their 3 year warranty offer on every Benchmark product. From popcorn poppers to sneeze guards, snow cone ice shavers, festive trolleys and pedestals, hot dog cookers, bun boxes, serving accessories, and more, this is your go-to manufacturer for all your concession needs. We stock a wide range of products from Benchmark online, and if you don't see something, give us a call and we might be able to help you find it! For more information on Benchmark, you can visit their company website! Star Manufacturing  STAR. The name of quality equipment known throughout the world. Star Manufacturing is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, and has been proudly serving the industry since 1921. Their first product to introduce was a popcorn machine, and their business is still largely involved in the concession industry, though they have ventured out considerably. Aside from Popcorn Machines and Hot Dog Cooking and Preparation Equipment, Star has also added Display Merchandisers, Toasters, Waffle Bakers, Speciality Food Warmers, and Countertop cooking appliances to its roster. All Star Products sold domestically and used within the USA are covered by a minimum 1 year parts and labor warranty. They stand by their commitment to dependable, quality supplies, and exceptional service. Should you have an issue with your product, you will find that Star's nationwide service program is there to help with over 200 authorized service agents available to you across the country. To learn more about Star you can visit their company website! "We are committed to manufacturing only quality products that withstand the tests of time and performance. All of our products offer you an excellent value and each one is backed by the highest level of service possible to ensure your long term satisfaction." - Star Mfg   Ready to start shopping? You can browse all of our Concession Equipment and Concession Supplies by these brands right here!
  • Updating Your Concessions

    The practice of running a concession business, like running any foodservice business, means having all the right supplies and finding the right prices for your budget. What sets a concession business apart is the equipment that is needed and the demand for disposable supplies. Whether you're serving up hotdogs, snowcones, nachos, cotton candy, or popcorn, each type of concession needs its own kind of equipment to make it, along with certain disposables to serve it with. We can help you with both.We have a broad range of equipment and supplies that can be shipped directly to your business, from heavy duty ice shavers, hot dog steamers, and popcorn machines, to the foil bags, syrups, popcorn portion packs and everything else in between. Snow Cone Business If you're running a snow cone stand, chances are you'll need a few things we offer. One of which is a good ice shaver, and the other is syrup along with the supplies to serve the cone to your customer. Our Snow Cone Machines range in price and function, from a basic portable machine  that makes up to 500 lbs of ice per hour to a Hawaiian ice shaver that makes microflake ice out of any kind of cube. Browse all of our Snow Cone Machines at MissionRS.com. We also have a festive trolley made for the Snow Bank machine pictured below.

     

    Now for the supplies- snow cones just wouldn't be complete without all the right syrups. You can find online many different flavors {cherry, grape, blue raspberry, bubble gum, etc.} in large gallon sizes along with the customer-favorite red spoons on our site. Furthermore, we have the paper cone cups, cone cup dispeners, dipper spoons for filling just the right amount of ice, and starter kits for your use. Shop all Snow Cone Supplies. Popcorn Whether you are managing a theater, a convenience store, or something in between, adding a commercial popcorn maker is a great way to increase profitability. After all, who doesn't love a handful of salty, buttery, crunchy popcorn? We have a wide range of popcorn machines online, ranging in size and aesthetic.

     

    We also have popcorn portion packs, popcorn bags, buckets, and festive red and white striped boxes that add a twist of good fun for serving purposes. 

    Looking for something else? Keep your popper clean with our kettle cleaning kit which includes a chemical cleaner, steel wool, scraper, rubber gloves, sponge and detailed instructions, all of which will ensure the longevity of your unit! Take advantage of our handy Starter Kits which include 24 pre-measured portion packs, 100 one-oz. paper popcorn bags, a plastic scoop and a measure kit. Looking for toppings? We have a caramel glaze, buttery toppings, and canola oil for an enhanced customer experience! Shop all of our Popcorn Supplies! Hot Dogs In the land of ball parks, stadiums, etc., hot dogs are an essential. Having the necessary supplies and equipment is equally as important. Buying the right hot dog steamer for your operation is largely a factor of size. How many dogs will you be selling? How many will you be storing? Will you need bun storage as well? Our hot dog equipment online ranges from large scale to smaller scale and at varying price points. Knowing what kind of application it will be used for is important as well- we provide broilers, grills, rollers and steamers for all different uses. The Dog Pound steamer {below} is a great value at only $299.99, holding 164 hotdogs and 36 buns. Shop Hot Dog Machines! 

    Now, for serving up your dogs, you can choose to give your customer a hot dog tray, or choose between a foil or paper bag. We also have stainless steel tongs, starter kits, and signage for your hot dog concession. Browse our selection of Hot Dog Supplies.  Nachos Nachos are an age-old favorite in the mind of your customer. We have all the necessities online : everything from the chips to the cheese to the jalapenos and the disposable nacho trays to serve this popular dish with.

    Not to mention some great warmers like this one that has a heated pump and a 3.5 quart capacity- would be great for melted cheese or even hot fudge! Cotton Candy Who isn't a fan of cotton candy? For just $299.99 you can have this countertop cotton candy machine by Zephyr. At just 21 pounds, this unit can be easily moved from place to place and it's durable construction makes it a favorite among our customers. The unique heating element gets to flossing temperature in just seconds, producing up to 60 cones per hour!

    You can also find all the necessary supplies on MissionRS.com, including flavored candy sugar floss, cones, bags, signage, and starter kits. Shop all Cotton Candy supplies!
  • New Online :: GLOBE

    At MissionRS.com, we are constantly adding new products online to make your shopping experience as robust and dynamic as possible. Our goal is for you to find everything you need on the equipment and supply end of your foodservice establishment right here at MissionRS.com. We've recently added a new product line, Globe, that both our customers and our team here are very excited about. Globe is a veteran in the industry, establishing itself as one of the foodservice leaders for over 35 years. Their product line is packed with all the necessities, from quality commercial slicers, heavy-duty mixers, countertop cooking equipment, scales and more! We've loaded a wide range of Globe slicers and mixers online for you to choose from. Globe Slicers

    "Whether your operation is a small restaurant or large chain, school, deli, or institution Globe has a slicer able to handle your slicing needs."

    We have a selection of slicers for you at every price point. From the premium, gear-driven stainless slicers that perform with maximum precision, to the medium duty models that are better suited for operations with a moderate slicing volume, and finally the economical slicers for the customer on a budget who wants a basic, quality slicer, there is something here for everyone.  Need help finding the right Globe slicer? Check out the manufacturer's helpful slicer buying guide and their mixer capacity chart to find the right unit for you. Globe Mixers

    Globe has put itself on the map for making dependable equipment that will suit the most rigorous foodservice application. Their mixers are no exception, and we have online a number of countertop and floor mixer varieties. Depending on the volume expected at your facility, the countertop units normally range between a 5-25 quart capacity, and the floor mixers have a 30-80 quart capacity.

      Discover the quality that Globe offers to the industry and when you buy at MissionRS.com, we'll throw in FREE SHIPPING. Start Shopping!
  • The Importance of Commercial Coffee Makers

    Commercial coffee makers are an essential piece of equipment for any business that serves coffee. We have a range of options, from automatic coffee makers to pourovers, percolators, and french press units. Whether you own a bed and breakfast or a full-blown diner, you need commercial coffee pots you can rely on. Mission Restaurant Supply offers several affordable choices to help you stock your coffee area with the pots and equipment you need. All pots are priced with your budget in mind, and designed to fit your décor. Shop Commercial Coffee Makers here.

    No guest wants to receive the wrong type of coffee and suffer an undesired state of wakefulness. Color-coding regular and decaf coffee allows your servers to avoid easy mistakes.  Mission Restaurant Supply offers commercial coffee pots with black or orange handles to assist you and your servers in the process of proper coffee delivery. We also sell Turkish coffee pots for those who serve Turkish coffee. These small pots are sold in sets of six, making them a great and affordable way to serve Turkish coffee. Shop Coffee Pots & Decanters here.

    Mission Restaurant Supply sells commercial coffee pots made of glass or metal. Our glass coffee pots are impact resistant to prevent breakage and they have a minimalist aesthetic. We also sell glass pots with metal bases, which can help keep coffee hot without giving it a burned flavor. These pots are especially attractive and from an aesthetic point of view, the black coffee contrasts beautifully with the silvery steel base. If you are concerned about using glass, Mission Restaurant supply also offers commercial coffee pots that are entirely composed of metal. These metal pots are fitted with a lid to prevent spills. Shop Coffee and Beverage Supplies here. Our goal is to bring you the best product at the best price, and our commercial coffee makers are no exception. None of our standard pots sells for over $16. If you do end up needing to replace a pot or if you're looking to invest in a new coffee maker altogether, trust Mission Restaurant Supply to make the replacement cost budget-friendly. For price, durability, and great design, shop Mission Restaurant Supply for all your commercial coffee maker needs. 
  • Snow Cone Delights

    As we approach the end of Winter, our focus has shifted towards warmer weather and summertime trends. On a balmy day, a simple snow cone provides delightful refreshment for all ages. The portable cone cup of flavored ice travels well, making it an ideal treat on the go and something that both parents and children enjoy. If you own a snow cone business, make sure to check out our selection of machines at Mission Restaurant Supply. We offer several sizes and styles depending on the volume you need and the aesthetic you are looking for.

    Running a concession business, in this case a snow cone business, means having the necessary supplies. You may not need much to get this kind of business running, but the tools that are essential should be of good quality and from manufacturer's you can rely on and trust. When you go to purchase a snow cone machine, size is important. You can own a snow cone machine without sacrificing space no matter the size of your establishment. For instance, some snow cone machines are easily installed on a patch of free counter space. The Hawaiian Ice model is small enough to comfortably sit on a counter, yet delivers snow cones as delicious as any from a larger unit. Our largest snow cone machine stands on the floor, and has a nostalgic appeal. Whatever you commit to, the most important factor is making sure that the unit you choose produces enough crushed ice to compete with you demand.

    Mission Restaurant Supply also sells all the trimmings you need to make snow cones. We offer great prices on syrups, long mixing spoons, and paper cups to name a few. Benchmark USA's snow cone starter kit includes everything you'd need to start making these icy treats. We also offer a retro-style LED sign to help you advertise your product to the masses and bring customers in.

    Offering snow cones can help you increase your profits quite easily. Snow cones cost very little to make, giving you the ability to make a large return. The machines themselves are inexpensive as well. Many adults have fond memories of snow cones they enjoyed as children. Children themselves simply cannot resist the cold sweet treat! Buy a snow cone machine for your business, and provide fond memories for your patrons.  Shop all Snow cone Supplies and Snow cone Equipment
  • Sprucing Up Your Dining Area...

    The art of maintaining a restaurant is in large part how you deliver your product and your services while it's also about how you create a memory in the mind of your customer that keeps them coming back. Setting a good ambiance and having all the essential supplies and equipment will keep your guests not only satisfied but loyal to your business. At MissionRS.com we have an entire page devoted to tabletop supplies and all the necessities that go into keeping the front of the house properly stocked and ready to go.

     

    Fine or casual dining, full service or buffet, every type of food service needs dinnerware and glassware. Mission Restaurant Supply offers a great selection of dining area supplies to serve your food and beverages. Our salad and soup bowls are available in plastic, ceramic or wood, and our plates for salads and main courses come in many eye-catching colors. Also available are plastic or woven wood baskets to serve casual fare, and ramekins for dipping sauces or small portions. Don't forget dessert! We offer small bowls in a variety of styles, both metal and plastic, to enhance the appearance of any dessert you may offer.  Glasses and flatware can be expensive, but they don't have to be. Mission Restaurant supply offers many styles of flatware made of durable stainless steel to suit any budget. We also provide plastic tumblers to help you cut costs on replacing broken glasses. We have many colors and styles to choose from, but the quality and endurance of each piece never varies.

    For the tabletop, our selection of dining area supplies includes squeeze bottles, sugar caddies, syrup dispensers, shakers and pourers in nearly any color and material you need. Whether your business is casual or formal, a few candles can greatly enhance the atmosphere. We offer votives and candles by Hollowick at affordable prices to help you set the mood.

    Mission Restaurant Supply also offers many solutions for the self-serve style business.  Our line of buffet tables and serving utensils are priced to help you succeed, and made to withstand use by hungry guests. From cafeteria trays to cup dispensers, look no further than our line of dining area supplies.

     Your wait staff is without a doubt "the face" of your dining area and they should represent your vision and your restaurant well. Making sure they have the right supplies is very important. We offer aprons, check presenters, order pads, slides, table crumbers, and so much more to ease communication between the guests, servers, and kitchen to increase efficiency and your day-to-day operation.

     

    Check out all of our Dining Area Supplies and don't hesitate to call us with any questions at 800-319-0690. Get your restaurant into tip-top shape and success will surely follow.
  • Fits Like A Glove...

    In the restaurant industry there's an enormous amount of time spent prepping the food: chopping, julienning, grinding, dicing- you name it- your kitchen staff is spending valuable time in the preparation phase making sure that the ingredients are ready and prepared accordingly. Undoubtedly, the single most important tool to make all of this happen, aside from cutlery, is your hands. Unfortunately, we have all been in a situation where a cooking-related accident ensues- burns, cuts, they are an inevitable part of working in the kitchen at one point in time. Accidents Happen!      One way that you and your staff can take precautionary measures to ensure cuts and kitchen-related injuries are kept at bay is by investing in gloves. And not just any gloves, we're talking Cut-Resistant gloves. At MissionRS.com, we have a few different styles in various sizes to ensure an accurate fit and proper application.     

     

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         Another crucial precaution for all of your restaurant staff to take is staying educated on cross contamination and food safety. Gloves play a role in this practice as well.   

     

    Food Code 2005 forbids bare hand contact with ready-to-eat foods. This is where disposable gloves come in handy. Disposable gloves are extremely economical and are ideal for prep work of any kind. However, it is critical to remember proper glove usage to avoid cross contamination and foodborne illness. 

    (Want to learn more? Read some great literature on proper glove usage here and here.) 

    We have a selection of disposable polyethylene gloves online that are ideal for safe food handling and which are to be thrown away after using. Made with a component that complies with FDA regulations for food contact, these gloves feature a sheer-gauge 1 mil poly film which provides a sense of touch that is close to the bare hand. They can also be worn on either hand, they're available in various sizes, and they are packed in a case of 100.   

       

         

    Below is an interesting excerpt from Professionalequipment.com     

    "According to the Ansell Edmont manufacturing website: The average insurance compensation for OSHA recordable hand and finger injuries is approximately $3856.00. The average medical payment is approximately $2600.00. There are approximately 439,000 disabling hand and finger injuries a year, which equates to an annual cumulative cost in the millions."  Moral of the story is to take the necessary precautions and invest in gloves for your staff! Make sure to stay educated on proper glove usage as well. 

    What are you waiting for? Start Shopping! 

  • Maintenance Techniques For Your Commercial Refrigeration Equipment

    The food service industry relies heavily on dependable commercial refrigeration to chill and store food safely. A refrigerator malfunction or breakdown can cause spoilage and a massive disturbance to your day-to-day routine, leading to lost time and ultimately, lost revenue. As an owner of commercial refrigeration equipment, it is necessary to know the basics of maintenance to reduce the risk of costly problems now and in the future. How to Maintain Commercial Refrigerators Many problems can be avoided by maintaining regular equipment inspections. The constant use of commercial refrigeration equipment brings with it the potential for errors that can be spotted during a visual inspection. Therefore, it's important to be consistent in your maintenance routines, picking up signs of a problem early and rectifying the issue before it worsens. This dilgence and consistency will pay off in the future and save you a significant amount of funds down the line. Clean Condenser Coils Since every refrigerator uses compressors and condensers, the coils must be cleaned regularly to achieve the correct operating temperature. A coil brush is the tool that is used to remove hair, dust, dirt or other debris that clogs the coils, making it more difficult to maintain accurate temperatures. Condenser coils should be cleaned once each month to help extend the operating life of your commercial refrigerators.

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    Check for Drain Clogs The defrost setting for refrigeration systems is what keeps ice from forming inside the doors and on food products. A clogged drainage hose can prevent proper defrosting and cause water leakage. Most commercial refrigeration units have a rear access panel; this allows you to easily get to the drainage hose. This should be checked regularly to keep clogs from causing motor or electrical damage. Fix Cracked Gaskets The gaskets used inside of commercial refrigeration units create a tight seal when the door is closed, but they can crack and wear over time. This allows cold air to dissipate, forcing the compressor and condenser units to work harder. Leaking door gaskets are a common cause of failure to hold correct temperature in commercial refrigerators. The gaskets have a retaining clip that should be unscrewed to allow the gasket to be removed. Inspecting the gasket will reveal any cracks or holes. A new gasket should be installed if defects are found. Commercial refrigerators will have a long, useful life when properly maintained with routine inspections and accurate maintenance techniques. Have more questions regarding your commercial refrigerator maintenance? Call us at 800-319-0690 or send us an email at info@missionrs.com
  • Essential Bar Supplies and Equipment

    With the New Year comes new reasons to celebrate, and most importantly, a fresh start. In the foodservice world, this means getting your kitchen and your bar amped up so that customers new and old will flock to you and remain loyal patrons. Get your establishment to that level by outfitting your bar with the essential supplies so that you are ready for the crowds. Being prepared can help increase production and eliminate delays. Furthermore, your bartenders can work best when adequate, professional tools are supplied. Need a run down on some of the most common and important things you will need? Here are some ideas: Essential Bar Equipment and Supplies We have a large array of Bar Refrigeration, the nucleus of any bar scene, from bottle coolers, direct draw beer dispensers, and back bar coolers in all different configurations. This refrigeration equipment is imperative to your day-in-day-out operation. Having everything you need, from glasses, bottles, and  garnishes properly stored at the right temperatures and within arm's reach is both expected by your patrons and necessary for your bartenders and staff to increase output and diminish wait times. For years we have been outfitting bars across the country with dependable refrigeration from True, Turbo Air and Metalfrio, to name a few. Our price point varies from higher end models to some very reasonably priced units, but every item is priced competitively and we do our best to offer additional bonuses like Free Shipping when it applies or discounts whenever possible. When managing a bar, it is a fact of life that things, particularly glassware, is going to break. Glassware makes all the difference when serving up specialty drinks, and replacing such is an important task to stay on top of. Visit our glassware page to order more and get a feel for the different styles available to you through MissionRS.com! Commercial Blenders and Bar Supplies Making mixed drinks and other tantalizing beverages takes having the right tools. Shakers, strainers, the right glassware, all of these things go into making some of your bar menu's most popular beverages. However, one of the most important pieces of bar equipment you can invest in is a quality blender. At Mission Restaurant Supply, we have a wide array of blenders to meet your every need, and we carry models by many different manufacturers, including Vitamix, Hamilton Beach, and Waring. The commercial durability and powerful blending motors ensure that cocktails are blended thoroughly and to your customers' content.  Make sure to have spare parts on hand to help you avoid delays, should components fail! In the Market for a Blender? Read this blog to refresh on all the basics! Bar Sinks and Mats Proper sanitization is not only required but imperative to every public establishment, particularly in the foodservice industry. Many of our products on MissionRS.com revolve around the importance of food safety, (have you seen our Janitorial and Cleaning Supplies Page?) and manufacturers all around the country are cranking out new and innovative products to keep your establishment in tip-top-shape. We have an extensive supply of single, dual and triple bay sinks online by manufacturers like Krowne Metal and Regency to make washing your bar utensils and supplies easier and also more regimented. These stainless steel sinks are built to last and are scratch-resistant. Need a new sink? Shop our selection here. We also have a large selection of bar mats and mesh liners, which as any bar owner/manager knows, helps to eliminate messes from incorrect pours and spillage on your expensive bar top. Our selection is easy to clean, easy to use, and is a must-have for your business. Shop liners and mats here! *Want more educational material on Food Safety? Check out some of our previous articles: (1, 2, 3, 4, 5Additional Bar Equipment and Supplies When it comes to bar supplies, there are so many things, many of which are essentials, that help make your bar profitable and efficient. Liquor pourers are great cost control devices. Bottle openers, ashtrays, serving trays and money maids help keep the bar operating as usual and with ease.  A good supply of spoons and additional equipment like muddlers and jiggers allow error-free drink making and mixing as well. The list goes on and on... Thinking about updating your bar? Check out all of our Bar Supplies here.

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