Local Events

  • Uchi's Citywide 86'd Event {Austin, Texas}

         Citywide 86d There is no denying that the cauldron of talent which makes up Austin's food and wine scene is bubbling wildly, growing hotter and hotter before our eyes. This past June- June 17, 2013- to be exact, our Austin Team sponsored Uchi's Citywide 86d Event at the At&T Executive Education and Conference Center. The event, which is reminiscent of Food Network's famed TV show Chopped, gave 4 Austin-area chefs (narrowed down from an initial 16) the challenge to present 3 courses of their cooking creativity to a panel of judges with a strict time clock and no prior knowledge of the given ingredients. The "Final Four" ended up being  John Hajash of Congress, Brandon Martin from Foreign & Domestic along with Sway's Joaquin Cebollas and Chase Gintner. The panel of judges, which included many of the finest chefs in the state, were Mat Clouser from Swift's Attic, Jason Dady from Jason Dady Restaurants, Aaron Franklin from Franklin BBQ and Josh Watkins from The Carillon. After each of the 3 coarses, the panelists would eliminate (or 86'd, as the slang goes) 1 contestant until they were left with their winner. The Judge Panelist Attendees of the event were able to watch the chefs in action thanks to the glassed-in kitchen along with large, flat-screen TVs which were set up throughout the event. DSC_0865  DSC_0878 DSC_0880 There were plenty of great gastronomic distractions as well, including delicious eats from Freedmen's, Cafe Jose, Kome, Uchi and more, along with sips from local sommeliers Scott Ota, Mark Sayre and Bill Elsey. DSC_0861 DSC_0858 DSC_0859 DSC_0870 DSC_0868 DSC_0887 DSC_0882 DSC_0885 DSC_0886 With each  of the three coarses, the panelists eliminated a contestant based on their ideas, the presentation, and of course, the overall taste. John Hajash from Bar Congress ended up with the title, being named the 1st Citywide 86'd Winner, taking home our "Stock Pot Trophy" along with anticipated opportunity to stage with chefs in NYC including David Chang! DSC_0940 DSC_0944 The other contestants received gifts, which included gift cards to Mission Restaurant Supply in Austin, and each will have the opportunity to work with reverred chefs and operations throughout the state, giving them a change to learn, grow, and further develop their techniques. All proceeds from ticket sales benefitted the Wine and Food Foundation of Texas. We had a wonderful time and look forward to being a part of the 2nd annual Citywide 86'd Event next year!
  • Mission's 25th Anniversary

    Untitled-3 It's been a whirlwind 25 years, friends! We can't believe that a full quarter century has passed since Mission's inception in March of 1988, but we are proud of our journey and humbled by your unwavering support. (For a little history on our name and our brand, visit this article!) Many things have changed over the course of our history, from new showroom locations to new family additions, but one thing has never wavered and that is our commitment to you, our customers, along with our compassion for what we do. The foodservice industry is a bustling, dynamic force for our economy, acting as one of the largest employers in the nation, and it is our job to make sure that all of these places of employment, including restaurants, bars, schools and hospital kitchens, are equipped with the finest commercial equipment and supplies. We were honored in 2012 to be named Dealer of the Year by FE&S Magazine and that achievement could never have been reached without your help. The Mission Culture is rooted in family, honesty, industry expertise, continuing education, respect and a commitment to always doing the right thing.  We strongly believe that these principles in addition to your relationships will help us carry on stronger than ever, now and in the future.  2012-fe&s-dealeroftheyear To celebrate this momentous anniversary, we'd like to invite you to celebrate with us at any of our 5 showrooms for the week of March 25-March 30, 2013. If you live in vicinity of one of our 5 showrooms, we hope that you will join us as we kick off the next 25 years!  1     Untitled-3     We hope to see you all there- there will be lots of door prizes, free cake, specials valid just for the week ($25 off $250 or more) and you can also register to win an Apple IPad! Please note that our Corpus Christi showroom will be having their cake on Thursday the 28th of March, 2013 as a joint celebration of our anniversary and their newly-revamped/renovated showroom! Please call 800-319-0690 for further questions and details!
  • Tamales of the World

    With the Holidays nearly here, the emergence of Tamales is one thing we're all getting excited about here at Mission. We are helping sponsor the 3rd annual Tamales Holiday Festival at the famed Pearl Brewery in San Antonio on Saturday, December 1. The festival will run from 12 pm-6 pm and we'd love for all of you to stop by if you are  in town. Read more about the event here!      
    Image Courtesy of IFood.TV
      Here is a little information for all those who're unfamiliar with Tamales or for those who just want to learn more about this tasty food:  The tamal, as it is correctly and properly referred to, is a Latin American dish that's traditionally made of masa and is wrapped in a leaf paper or corn husk, then steamed and boiled until warm and tender. The wrapper keeps the tamales hot and in one piece, and it is removed before eating, leaving a delicious, flavorful treat. Tamales are generally stuffed with meats, but this varies depending on where you are. It's history dates back to the Ancient Mayans and its presence today is one that is undeniable in certain parts of the world. {The United States has enjoyed tamales since the late 1800s!} In Mexico particularly, and in other countries around the world, the tamal is an important part of their cultures and their culinary traditions. Interestingly, tamales are prepared differently depending on the location in which it is made. For example, in Mexico,  there are different kinds of tamales in different states and regions of the country. Most variations are filled with chicken or pork, but the list goes on and on, ranging from spicy fillings to sweet tamales, tamales de dulce, that are filled with raisins, dried fruit, and sugar.    

    Want to try a great, traditional Beef Tamal recipe? This one looks pretty good!    

     In Central American countries like Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador and Honduras, tamales normally don't have a stuffing of any kind (no meat, cheese, peppers, etc.) and they are served more as the bread/starch portion of a meal. In more tropical parts of the world like Oaxaca or Veracruz, and even in Peru and Bolivia, the leaves from banana trees or plantains are used to wrap the tamales, and the tamales themselves are generally much bigger, thicker, and more square in shape.    

    Example of a plantain-wrapped tamale. Image courtesy of ookaboo.com
     The interesting thing is that tamales have a worldly presence. The tamal is a global concept that different cultures take and recreate in their own ways. In the Far East and in India, the people have embraced their own tamals, replacing some of the key ingredients with rice dough, fish paste, and spices to name a few.   Tamales can be found on most Mexican restaurant menus year-round, but they are traditionally most popular during special Holidays and celebrations, mainly because they are an all-day affair to make! The process isn't a quick one, but once you try it, you will be convinced that it was worth the time, effort, and the sweat!  You can read some great tips on AllRecipes.com about How to Make Tamales- view here!   

    This Holiday Season keep your eyes peeled for Tamales on restaurant menus and at other Holiday events, fundraisers, and more! Come see us at the Pearl if you get a chance! This is the perfect opportunity to sample tamales from some of the city's experts!

  • Halloween 2012

    There's never a dull moment (or a dull Halloween) at Mission Restaurant Supply! Check out how our teams got in the costume spirit this October:
  • Restaurant Spotlight: NOSH, San Antonio, Texas

    If you're a dining enthusiast and you live in the San Antonio/Central Texas region, chances are you've been to (or heard of) Silo Elevated Cuisine, the fabulous and highly praised restaurant with locations in both the Alamo Heights area and off of 1604. It's modern approach to fine dining brings together the perfect combination of sophistication and eclecticism in an elegant yet relaxed environment that everyone can enjoy. It is literally elevated dining at its best.

     

    But the newest addition to the Silo family comes with Nosh, a small sister restaurant tucked just onto the front of the Alamo Heights Silo location that delivers an experience uniquely its own. The restaurant beckons diners for its small, cozy, neighborhood charm that satisfies without feeling pretentious. Think: An ice- cold beer with a perfect steak tartare and truffle fries or a hot, thin crust pizza washed down with a glass of wine. The relaxed decor adds to the restaurants charm with a small but well-stocked bar welcoming patrons as they enter and a large chalkboard wall featuring the impressive beer selection available to you. The dining style is best summed up by the restaurant's mantra, "Small Plates. Big Taste" with the menu featuring  smaller dishes meant for sharing so that diners can "nosh" while getting a nice sampling of food. Nosh is excited to have just brought on one of San Antonio's finest chefs, "Lucca della Casa" who brings with him experience from Il Sogno in the Pearl Brewery and beyond. After dining at Nosh just this week, we can see the change he's bringing to the table, and it is both sweet, savory and not to be missed:

     

    Stop by Nosh for a great, relaxed dining experience that won't disappoint! 

    Nosh is located at 1133 Austin Highway San Antonio, Texas 78209
    Hours of Operation: Tuesday - Saturday 11AM to 11PM

  • Oktoberfest

    Oktoberfest is under way! For those that aren't familiar we suggest reading our quick guide! In a nutshell, Oktoberfest is a 17 day annual Bavarian Beer Festival, dating back to 1810. With very few exceptions (due to war, illness, etc.), Oktoberfest takes place once a year from late September to usually the first weekend in October. Munich is the birthplace of this gargantuan, historic celebration, but cities all over the world have emulated the festival and carried on some of the traditions for themselves. The main tradition here is Bavarian food and beer, and of course, all the history behind Bavaria's culture. Here is some fun trivia and a few products from MissionRS.com for all the  lovers out there! How did Oktoberfest start? Oktoberfest first started on October 12th, 1810 as a way to celebrate the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. As a way of celebrating their marriage, the Bavarian people stood in front of the city gates to take in the royal event. Horse races ended the celebration and agricultural fairs ensued in the years to come. Why is it internationally celebrated? Oktoberfest today is the largest beer festival in the world! What started in its early years as small beer stands for visitors to have a quick drink while taking in the agricultural shows, horse races, and more, has become an international celebration of Bavarian cuisine, beer, history, and customs. What's the traditional dress? Men and young boys generally wear lederhosen (britches made of leather) and the ladies wear dirndls (the official dress of Southern Germany). This way of dress has not gone out of style in Bavaria! Why is Oktoberfest mostly in September- not October? This question is asked by most, but the answer is that the weather in Munich is more favorable for festival conditions in September rather than October. What do you eat at Oktoberfest? German food is very distinctive, and during Oktoberfest it is all about the classics. For example, Bratwurst with sauerkraut, weis wurst (a white sausage traditionally served with a sweet mustard), knodels (or dumplings) and soft pretzels- festival food! And, most importantly, lots and lots of good, German beer! What makes drinking beer on Oktoberfest different from any other day? The brew made for Oktoberfest is stronger than normal German beer. The Oktoberfest beer has approximately a 5.8%-6.3% alcohol content and higher sugar than traditional German beer, which has low sugar and approximately 5.2% alcohol. What do you drink from at Oktoberfest? A German Mass, otherwise known as an Oktoberfest beer stein! What else can you expect? Dancing on tables, joyful singing, lots of camaraderie, and the merriment that comes with celebrating this old tradition. Oh, and did we mention there are approximately 14 tents, each able to seat anywhere from 4,000 to 11,000 people, and each has its own distinctive characteristic (certain food sold, type of music playing, etc.)

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    You don't have to be at Oktoberfest in Munich to enjoy a delicious German beer. With our best-selling, heavy-duty, 20 oz Beer Schooners, you can drink your beer in style and do as the Germans do. Buy a case of 1dz for $74.75 or buy individually for $7.95. Now, as they say in German, Prost!

    This Commercial/Residential Undercounter Cooler keeps beer ICE cold and ready to drink. From now until September 30th you can get an additional 10% off the price of this unit or any Metalfrio unit on MissionRS.com! Don't miss out!

     

  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness

     

    For most of us, cancer has at one time or another affected someone we love or someone we know. These terrible diseases have invaded so many lives and cast dark shadows across the globe, and ultimately, it's up to us to help. September is National Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Month, and we are happy to be able to spread the word about this particular cause. People everywhere, including some of us within the Mission Family, have grieved over the loss of loved ones with blood cancers. Uniting together this September, each and everyone of us can help spread the word that the fight for cancer continues, and there is always hope for a cure. Through your unique donation, more time and effort can be afforded to investing in resources necessary to the fight. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) has a secure, flexible donation center on their website where you can help. Why donate at LLS? "The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary cancer research agency specifically focused on finding cures and better treatments for blood cancer patients." Rest assured that you're working with the best. What's Their Mission? The mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. How do I help? You can help improve the lives of people affected with blood cancers in a number of ways. 1. Donate either online {By Credit Card or Paypal}, by mail, or phone. 2. Leave a Legacy of Hope {To learn more click here.}  3. Volunteer, become a sponsor, an advocate, or participate in the next event near you! There are countless ways to help! LEARN MORE.

    Remember, your gift will help the lives of others who really need it.

    Make a difference and give back today.

  • National Food Safety Education Month

    Each recurring September, the foodservice industry participates in a month-long National Food Safety Education Program that is intended to raise awareness about proper food safety practices. 2011 marks the 17th year of this important tradition and we hope it will be the best year yet. The National Restaurant Association (NRA) and ServSafe have teamed up and are offering a number of great resources for you- all free of charge. Everything from informational posters, like the one below, and free downloads are available online, and they're loaded up with great industry info and tips. Visit these resources here.

      Every year there is a theme that accompanies the "message" of the program, and this year, the theme is "Lessons Learned from the Health Inspection." Every restaurant in the US knows the importance of maintaining a sanitary workspace in the back of the house. Annual Health Inspections are implemented to make sure restaurants are adhering to the rules of food safety. From the handling of food to properly sanitizing, storing, and cleaning, there are valuable resources for every person to read up on, whether you are associated with a restaurant kitchen or not. In fact, food safety is something that we can all learn from. All the same, fundamental rules apply when cooking at home. For instance, good personal hygiene applies to everyone working in the kitchen, whether you are making dinner for your family or for a full house of customers at a restaurant. In addition, making sure that workspaces and countertops are cleaned properly and regularly is another imperative and universal food safety tip that can keep cross contamination at bay.  However, what makes the resources available online so valuable is that they raise awareness on other, less talked about food safety problems and they provide answers on how you can prevent them from happening. For instance, did you know you should always label your leftovers and excess food before storing it away? Or that food should be stored in designated food storage containers within a certain temperature range in order to prevent you or your customers from foodborne illnesses? Don't take your health for granted- learn today how you can consistently ensure food safety whenever you're cooking, and become an expert in the field!!   To learn more about how you can train yourself and/or your fellow employees about food safety, visit the Serv Safe website and the National Restaurant Association. Want more information? These relevant blogs can help outfit your kitchen for food safety and success! Find out how one brand is leading the way in food safety Leftovers 101 Restaurant Health Codes Ways to Combat Foodborne Illness
  • Labor Day Menu

    It's hard to believe Labor Day Weekend is upon us once again! More than likely, you will be out and about making the most of that extra day off. But whether you're staying at home or going out of town, these are some menu ideas that won't fail to please. Don't worry, we've tried ALL of these recipes and they are easy, delicious, and perfect for the last days of summer. Great Appetizer :: Chickpea and Sesame Hummus 2.5 cups home-cooked chickpeas, drained (reserve liquid) 2 plump, moist garlic cloves, peeled, halved, and green germ removed 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (to taste) 3 tablespoons tahini (sesame paste) 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt 2 tablespoons best-quality sesamae oil 1/4 cup cilantro leaves 1/8 teaspoon paprika Set aside 1/2 cup of the chickpeas for garnish. In the bowl of a food processor or a blender, mince the garlic. Add the remaining 2 cups of chickpeas, the lemon juice, tahini, salt, and 1 tablespoon of the oil. Blend until smooth, adding the reserved cooking liquid if necessary to make a smooth puree. Taste for seasoning. Spoon the dip into a large, shallow bowl, and garnish with the reserved 1/2 cup of chickpeas,a drizzle of olive oil, cilantro, and paprika. Serve. Summer CousCous This couscous recipe is one of my absolute favorites from Patricia Wells. It's light, fresh, zesty, and completely satisfying. Not to mention it is one of the easiest things to make. Here's how you do it: 1.5 cups medium-grain quick-cooking couscous 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 1.5 teaspoons fine sea salt 1 lb ripe red tomatoes, cored and quartered 1/8 teaspoon ground chile pepper 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper 1 green bell pepper, finely diced 1 red bell pepper, finely diced 2 tablespoons of fresh mint leaves (Yield 8 servings) 1. After cooking the cousous, place it in a sieve and rinse thoroughly under cold running water. Transfer to a large bowl. Toss with a fork to blend. Set aside. 2. In a food processor or a blender combine the lemon juice, oil, salt, tomatoes, chili pepper, and cayenne. Process to blend. Pour the mixture into the bowl of couscous and toss with a fork to blend. Fluff until the grains are evenly separated. Cover and set aside, occasionally fluffing and tossing the grain until all the liquid has been absorbed, about 3 minutes. 3. Add the diced peppers and mint. Toss to blend. Taste for seasoning. Enjoy!   

    Flaky Tomato and Olive Tart

     

    8 oz sheet all-butter puff pastry 4 tablespoons grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese 3/4 lb tomatoes, cored and cut crosswise into thin slices Fine sea salt 2 oz shavings of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese 20 best-quality black olives, pitted Small handful of fresh basil leaves Hot pepper flakes, for serving

    1. Center a rack in the oven. Preheat the oven to 400F 2. Unroll the patry, place on the baking sheet, and prick all over with a fork. Shower with the grated cheese. Freeze for 30 minutes. 3. Arrange the tomato slices side by side on a thick layer of paper towels. Season generously with salt to draw out excess liquid and prevent it from becoming soggy. Set aside for 10 minutes. 4. Remove the baking sheet from the freezer. Place in the oven and prebake for 5 minutes. Remove from the oven. If the pastry has puffed, prick with a fork to deflate it. Arrange the tomatoes in a slightly overlapping layer on top of the pastry. Shower with the cheese shavings and the black olives.Return to the oven and bake until the pastry is a deep golden, and the tomatoes are soft and the cheese melted, about 2o minutes. Shower with the basil while still hot from the oven. Serve warm or at room temperature, cutting into 8 equal wedges. Light Arugula Salad (shown above) Whether you grow your own or you buy it from the store, arugula is one of those great, spicy greens that beautifully accompanies many different foods. Simply get a nice bunch of arugula, drizzle your finest extra virgin olive oil over the top, season with a pinch of salt and lots of freshly cracked pepper, toss, and enjoy! {If you're a big citrus fan, you can squeeze half a lemon over the top for extra summer flavor!} Lemon Zest and Lavender Honey Sorbet Light, sweetly flavored with a touch of citrus, this homemade sorbet is the perfect way to end summer. Zest of 2 lemons, preferably organic 3/4 cup lavender honey 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt 2/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice 1.5 cups water 2 teaspoons lemon vodka 2/3 cup nonfat lemon yogurt (Yields 12 servings) In a food processor or blender process the zest, honey, and salt. With the machine running, add the juice in a slow, steady stream, processing until the honey is incorporated, about 1 minute. Add the water, vodka, and yogurt and blend. Transfer to an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer's instructions. We hope you have a delicious and safe Labor Day Weekend! If you get to try any of these recipes, please let us know how you like them and share some pictures!
  • Chefs Under Fire 2011

     

    All of us at Mission Restaurant Supply are gearing up for the long-awaited, 3rd annual Chefs Under Fire competition! Hosted by the Keeper Collection LLC, this unique competition brings together enormous culinary talent,  with celebrity chefs and plenty of fire to heat things up in the kitchen.

    Mission will be sponsoring Chefs Under Fire again this year, and we will be present first at the SA/Austin Regional Event, which takes place on Sunday September 11th. 

    Regional events will also be taking place in the greater Houston area and Dallas/Fort Worth. On October 16th, the winners from each regional will come together in Austin for the final event and cook off. Finalists will be asked to prepare a unique dish which will be judged by Celebrity Chefs Kent Rathbum, Tyson Cole, and David Bull. Depending on who shows the most skill, innovation, and overall excellence with their dish, the 3 gentlemen will award two contestants as winners of Chefs Under Fire :: The Winner overall and the Fan Favorite. Mission will be supplying the 2 stock pot trophies with engraved gold plaques stating their newly earned title.

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     To learn more or buy tickets to attend one of the Chefs Under Fire events, click here. 

    Stay tuned!

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