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Common questions before and after you purchase your restaurant equipment and supplies.

  • Weekly Tidbits 12.26.2010 - 1.1.2011

    Each week, we want to bring you the most interesting (and bizarre) news that we can find pertaining to foodservice, health, and the community. Here are this week's finds from a number of different news sources, blogs, forums, and quirky websites. Disgusting or Delicious? You Decide Most of us believe that we've pretty open-minded to different ethnic cuisines. However, there are a few things that we just won't try. Some may call it ignorance, but I call it protecting my insides. Taking a swig of baby mice wine will certainly come back up. How open-minded are you? Texas Distributors Recall Cilantro & Parsley Heads up foodies! Local farmers are recalling batches of curly parsley and cilantro that has been found to carry salmonella. Diners in the northern US and Canada have already reported cases of illness. Check this article for more information. America's Most Historic Restaurants Want to check out some of the oldest and most well-known foodservice venues in the country? Well here you go - a comprehensive list of the country's top historic eateries. Have a question about where to find more foodservice news or recipes? Email us. We're happy to help you find exactly what you need. If it can't be found on our website, we'll help you figure out where to look next.
  • 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!
  • Shipping Cross-Country

    Shopping online and shipping items across the country can be confusing and stressful. At Mission, we understand that you are going to have questions about shipping times and where items will be coming from. That's why we've put together a simple guide to shipping cross-country. If you still have questions after reading this guide, please feel free to email us! How long will it take my order to ship? This is really a loaded question with many different answers. When looking at a product page, you will notice that they either say "stock item" or "factory stock". Stock items come directly from our warehouse in San Antonio, Texas and ship out as soon as we enter your order into our system (usually within 24 hours). Factory stock items come directly from the manufacturer and have estimated processing times listed on the product page. If a product says that an item "usually ships within 8 business days", that means that after 8 business day your item will leave the manufacturer and could be on the road for an additional 2-5 business days. If you want to find out where your factory stock item is shipping from you can simply Google the company name and find their location. We have a detailed list of locations coming soon! How can I send a gift to a friend or family member? That's easy! Just make two separate orders. This way we know that your items need to be shipped to you and that the gift(s) need to be shipped to another address. If you have problems figuring out the items in your cart feel free to give us a call. How much does shipping cost? Shipping is calculated by UPS and we do not add any extra fees. The base price for UPS shipping is at least $8. Unfortunately, we do not have control over the price and we do not ship via USPS. To calculate shipping simply place an item in the cart and a brown button that says "calculate shipping" will appear to the right. Enter your zip code and state and your shipping will be calculated instantly! You will have five different shipping options to choose from depending on how fast you need your order. Just remember that shipping times do not include processing times. Expediting shipping will not expedite processing. Why do I only have a freight option under shipping methods? This issue comes up a lot. There are two reasons why this could be happening. Either the item you are purchasing is too large or heavy to ship via regular UPS or your zip code was entered incorrectly. Check into both of these things first and if you are still having trouble you can call us for help. Have more questions about shipping? Let us know! Feel free to email us or call us with questions or concerns.
  • Weekly Tidbits 12.19.2010-12.25.2010

    Each week, we want to bring you the most interesting (and bizarre) news that we can find pertaining to foodservice, health, and the community. Here are this week's finds from a number of different news sources, blogs, forums, and quirky websites. Urbanspoon Allows Food Photos The time has finally come - Urbanspoon is actually allowing its users to upload food photos from restaurants so that prospective diners can check them out. Foodspotting and others have offered this service for quite awhile now, but better late than never. Send a Personalized Call from Santa Okay, I get that this is totally unrelated to our site, but it's awesome!  Who wouldn't want to receive a call from Santa? Even those that don't celebrate Christmas will still find this website extremely entertaining. DIY: Beauty Dish Made with Restaurant Supplies Todd Owyoung is the man. Not just because he's an amazing music photographer, but also because he utilized some simple restaurant supplies to make a great quality beauty dish. Want to see a tutorial on how to make it at home? Click the link above! Have a question about where to find more foodservice news or recipes? Email us. We're happy to help you find exactly what you need. If it can't be found on our website, we'll help you figure out where to look next.
  • Weekly Tidbits 12.12.2010-12.18.2010

    Each week, we want to bring you the most interesting (and bizarre) news that we can find pertaining to foodservice, health, and the community. Here are this week's finds from a number of different news sources, blogs, forums, and quirky websites. 10 NYC Dining Trends That Didn't Take Off This Year We're all for restaurant trying to be innovative and push their guests to try new things, but sometimes their ideas are just too bizarre to catch. Pizza cones? Do-it-yourself meals? Restaurant grocery stores? None of this made any sense to the consumer and this article tells us why. Sprinkle Guns, Egg Washers, and Other Food Contraptions Heck yeah! Someone has been reading my mind! A sprinkle gun? This person is a genius. People that make convenient, non-conventional kitchen tools are the best because there are just too many of us that are a complete mess in the kitchen. Untappd The sweet new social app for beer drinking! Now you can log all of those delicious brews you've tried into one app and compare notes with others. It's like 4square for boozers. Have a question about where to find more foodservice news or recipes? Email us. We're happy to help you find exactly what you need. If it can't be found on our website, we'll help you figure out where to look next.
  • New Years Party Kits

    The key to a stress-free holiday season is organization and planning ahead for the festivities.  You'll need to buy plenty of supplies in order to be prepared for your holiday parties. New Years Eve is no exception and finding the supplies you want can be hard the closer it gets. At Mission we have the perfect party kits for your New Years Eve bash. They come will all of the essential party favorites, such as foil hats, horns, glittered tiaras, Hawaiian leis, party clickers, and throws of serpentines. Choose from a multi-colored party set or a shimmering silver party set. Different size kits are available, but make you sure you get them soon!
  • Weekly Tidbits 12.5.2010-12.11.2010

    Each week, we want to bring you the most interesting (and bizarre) news that we can find pertaining to foodservice, health, and the community. Here are this week's finds from a number of different news sources, blogs, forums, and quirky websites. The 10 Biggest Food Stories of 2010 It's the end of the year. That means that everyone in the country will be posting the best and worst lists of everything you could imagine for 2010. We also jumped on the band wagon and decided to bring you one that we thought was most relevant. Have one you'd like to share? Let us know. How to Get Your Restaurant Noticed by the Local Media This has been a challenge for restaurateurs for decades. Trying to find the best media outlets for the least amount of money and grief is never-ending. This article lists some tips on how to market your venue in your area and how to find the right outlets for your type of business. Devour the World I'm a big fan of recipes for people that I can't cook. I am one of those people. This travel and food blog is fantastic and I urge you to check it out. You won't regret it. Have a question about where to find more foodservice news or recipes? Email us. We're happy to help you find exactly what you need. If it can't be found on our website, we'll help you figure out where to look next. Robot Restaurant Opens in China That's right -- someone went there. One restaurant owner in China decided that hiring humans was so last year. Instead he decided to employ robots to both wait tables and greet guests at the door.  Don't worry, the kitchen is still run by humans...for now. Eggnog: Less Fat, More Fun Although we all love eggnog and the cheery feeling we have while drinking, we seem to suddenly loath it once we step on the treadmill afterward. Why? Because it is chocked full of delicious calories. One mixologist decided that she was done with old-fashioned eggnog and set out to create a new version made only with alcohol. Say what?! Yep, the same delicious drink with less calories and a whole lot more fun. Reindeer - The Other, Other...Meat? One restaurant in Arizona that is famous for serving up unusual dishes is at it again. Patrons that enjoyed an all rabbit menu during Easter will now be able to check out a new menu that focuses on North American caribou.
  • Weekly Tidbits 11.28.10 - 12.4.10

    Each week, we want to bring you the most interesting (and bizarre) news that we can find pertaining to foodservice, health, and the community. This week we wanted to focus on other fantastic resources out there for business owners, managers, and foodies. Here are this week's finds from a number of different news sources, blogs, forums, and quirky websites. MFN Magazine Feature - 4Food in NYC: Dejunking Fast Food The 4Food concept in New York City has got to be the coolest one we've seen yet. Without spending a dime on advertising, they have managed to bring in remarkable amounts of customers and attain higher opening day sales that ever expected. Check out the latest edition of MFN Magazine (page 28) for a write-up on this awesome new establishment. Foodservice Community This online community has over 10,000 foodservice members that post daily about their experiences in the industry. There are hundreds of photos, blogs, videos, recipes, and opportunities to earn rewards points. We're a HUGE fan of this website. AllRecipes.com This website is your number one source for recipes. For those of you who are challenged in the kitchen (like me), there are dozens of recipes available. For those of you who want new ideas or to be challenged in the kitchen, those are there as well. Happy cooking! Have a question about where to find more foodservice news or recipes? Email us. We're happy to help you find exactly what you need. If it can't be found on our website, we'll help you figure out where to look next.
  • Our Favorite Time of the Year

    The Holiday Season is a time of giving and at Mission Restaurant Supply we want to be that shop you turn to for your holiday gifts. Don't forget to check out our Holiday Gift Guide Page where you can browse through great products and gift ideas based on what kind of culinary personality most suits you and your loved ones. Who is that someone you are gifting? A Wine Enthusiast or a Grill Master? A Cocktail Aficionado or a Pizza Fanatic? A Cheese Lover or Entertainer? We have special products sorted out for that special someone in mind. Also, starting November 30th, Mission will be having a Holiday Deal of the Day where you can save money by taking advantage of our daily Holiday promotions! From awesome gift sets to some of our most popular and specially discounted items, we are bringing you a new deal every day. So have fun and make this year's holiday shopping a simple, easy, and enjoyable experience. Make sure you get on to our email list so you can be in the know about daily deals, weekly specials, and discounted products! Send an email over to laurenb@missionrs.com with you email list requests, recipe submissions, or general questions!
  • Holiday Catering

    What would the holiday season be without lots of parties? We know that this year will be no different so Mission Restaurant Supply would like to offer you a quick guide to simple holiday catering. We've put together a list of "Mission Must-Haves" that will make your party stress-free and tons of fun! An absolute necessity for every holiday party is a chafing dish. One problem that a lot of hosts encounter is not having adequate space for the food they're serving and not having a way to keep it hot and fresh. Our 8 quart economy chafing dish, manufactured by Browne-Halco, is an excellent choice for the home chef. Want something a little fancier? We've got you covered. Our 6 quart oval chafing dish with gold accents is perfect for catered holiday events. Toss in a few Sterno chafer fuels and some of our stainless steel serving utensils and you're set to go! For drinks, we recommend icing down all of your wine, water, and other beverages in one of our elegant stainless steel party tubs. Making sure your beverages are chilled and accessible for all of your party guests is crucial. You guests will be happy and you'll be free to mingle and enjoy the soiree. You might also like our crystal punch bowls, which are perfect for serving up rum punch, egg nog, and other holiday favorites!   One of our favorite holiday treats is the chocolate fountain! They are the perfect way to liven up your buffet line or private party. And what better excuse to eat tons of chocolate than at a party? Don't think we've forgotten about the most essential holiday items you'll need. That's right -- disposables. If you plan on keeping your party simple and low maintenance, we have just the thing. We now stock a huge assortment of disposables, from plates and bowls to flatware and glassware. We even have wine and dessert glasses! Did we miss something? Tell us! What items do you rely on for your holiday events?

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