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

  • 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
  • Weekly Tidbits 11.14-11.20

    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. Thanksgiving Turkey Cake Recipe Ummm, yes. You read that right. I won't go into the crazy details of the recipe...I'll let you read it for yourself and see if it is at all appetizing to you. Who knows? It might be a big hit this Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving Turkey Ice Cream Cake So apparently Chow.com isn't the only site with a turkey cake. It appears that Baskin Robbins is offering a turkey cake of another kind (this one looks much more appetizing). Andrew Zimmern Gets an Improbable, Bizarre Board Game I think we've all watched Andrew Zimmern eat some strange things and just do strange things in general. Something that I'm still baffled by is this new board game that came out this month. It is the all new, one of a kind bluffing game about his travels. The goal is to convince other players that your description of the item on the card is correct. As stated on Eater.com, "So you're supposed to pretend that you know what fermented dingo testicles taste like?" Maybe. I guess we'll have to try this game out and get back to you on that one.
  • Thanksgiving Recipes

    The general consensus, among both coworkers and family members, is that I am an awful cook. I am so bad that I messed up French toast the first time I ever made it for my significant other (still a standing joke between the two of us). However, I am still thoroughly intrigued by recipes that are posted by professionals and amateurs alike. I have put together a list of great holiday recipes for all of you in the hopes that you can execute them better than I ever could. Top Holiday Pies Bless Paula Deen. She is amazing. You really have to love butter though to appreciate her recipes. In this recent posting to her website, she listed some of the top holiday pies that are made each year. I have to admit that I'm partial to the Chocolate Pecan Pie. The best thing about this post is that her followers have also posted recipes in the comments underneath. Not only do you get five to-die-for pie recipes from the wonderful Paula Deen, you also get homemade gems from people around the country. Don't forget to get some pie pans and pie cutters! Semi-Homemade Stuffing Every foodie website around has a different recipe for traditional Thanksgiving stuffing. I chose this one because I think that even I can handle it. This recipe submitted by Tori Raye boasts basic ingredients, a short prep and baking time, and one delicious final product. Don't forget your measuring spoons, cutting board, and baking pan! Bubble-Top Brioches Bread is an easy thing to mess up. Trust me, I know. This recipe submitted by Dorie Greenspan is pretty basic, doesn't require a bunch of extra ingredients from the store, and the final product looks like fancy restaurant bread. The rolls come out buttery and delicious - a sure crowd pleaser. You'll need a muffin pan, measuring cups, and a large mixing bowl. D.I.Y. Pie in a Jar I'm all about do-it-yourself projects. This is one that can even be done with the kids or made as gifts for friends and loved ones. It really is a simple concept: pie...in a jar. The lovely team at Green Wedding Shoes featured this project that was done for a wedding (credits to Intertwined Weddings & Events and APictureLife Photography). Make sure to have your mason jars, cookie sheet, and rolling pin ready! Don't worry! More recipes to come...
  • Holiday Martinis

    Oh wow. That's all I could say after stumbling across these amazing martini recipes. Heather Witherspoon creates to-die-for cocktails from home and posts the recipes to her blog. You can bet that I'll be checking back regularly to see what other creations she has posted. Check out a few that she came up with for Thanksgiving and the holidays. Pumpkin Pie Martini 2 ounces Captain Morgan Spiced Rum 2 tablespoons pumpkin pie filling 1 scoop vanilla ice cream 1/4 cup crushed ice Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Garnish with whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon. Prairie Baked Apple Martini No oven needed for this perfectly crisp cocktail. 1 ounce Prairie Organic Vodka 2 ounces spiced apple cider 1/2 ounce Phillips Apple Brandy 1/2 ounce cream 2 spoons brown sugar Shake well with ice and strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with cinnamon stick and brown sugar around rim of glass. Cranberi Martini Forget the canned version of this festive fruit and serve it to your guests in a chilled glass. 3 ounces Stoli Cranberi Vodka 1 ounce raspberry liqueur 2 ounces pomegranate juice 1 ounce fresh lime juice Shake with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with frozen cranberries. All recipes are creations by Heather Witherspoon. Check out her blog for more details about these cocktails.
  • Weekly Tidbits 11.07-11.13

    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. Twinkie Diet Helps Nutrition Professor Lose 27 Pounds "Say what?" That's exactly what we were thinking when we came across this little gem. How can you possibly eat Twinkies and other junk food everyday for ten weeks and lose weight? Well, one professor from Kansas State University proved that it can be done and listed his entire diet for the world to see. Even he is in shock and the answers aren't clear as to why it worked, but we found it interesting anyway. Disney Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Murals Made From Apples Real talent is hard to define, but anyone that can sit for hours and create beautiful pieces of work out of food is talented in our book. The time and energy that went into these amazing masterpieces shows that creativity can be sparked by anything - even apples. The Secret Fast-Food Diet We find all kinds of interesting little tidbits on Yahoo!, especially from the author of Eat This, Not That. David Zinczenko always has helpful tips for avoiding those precious (and harmful) foods that we just can't stay away from. This article was especially appealing to us because we all LOVE fast-food...and I mean LOVE. The tips that David shared in this article were some of his most helpful tips yet. Foodservice Community: What is the craziest call off excuse you have ever received as a kitchen manager/chef? We want to know, too! We follow the Foodservice Community on a pretty regular basis because of the great content that they provide on their site. Members of the community can post questions, funny stories, and advice to the website and make great connections with other foodservice professionals. This post in particular really grabbed our attention. After reading through a couple of responses, it is CLEAR that foodservice professionals hear some of the craziest stories around. Check the link above to see what we're talking about. Submit your own story if you have one.
  • Halloween Candy Buy Back Program

    Have you ever wondered what to do with all of your leftover bags of candy after Halloween is over? Don't you wish you had someone to give it to that would find a good use for it? Finally someone has come up with a great solution to this problem. The Halloween Candy Buy Back program allows you to find a dentist in your area that will buy back unopened bags of Halloween candy. These dentists send the candy to an organization called Operation Gratitude, which then sends the candy to U.S. Military troops deployed overseas. Want to find a dentist in your area that is registered with the program? Check here. For dentists that want to register their practice, the link can be found here. For more information on this program, please feel free to contact us at info@missionrs.com
  • Halloween Goodies

    Halloween is right around the corner and we want to make sure that you are prepared for a spooky, fun-filled weekend! At Mission Restaurant Supply, not only do we provide you with all of the best decorations and supplies for your holiday events, we make sure that we keep you up-to-date on the latest recipes, events, and ideas. We have composed a list of some of our staff favorites so that you and your family can prepare for a hassle-free Halloween. Check out some of the links below for easy, last minute ideas for the coming weekend. Halloween Recipes from AllRecipes.com All Recipes is known for having some of the easiest recipes that are also the most fun to make. They have a recipe for every occasion and they tell you exactly what you'll need to make the perfect treats. Do It Yourself Halloween Lanterns Don't have any Halloween decorations yet? Want to save money and make some yourself? This easy step-by-step guide shows you how to make your very own Halloween decoupage lanterns. All you'll need are small jars, tissue paper, decoupage glue, and ribbon. Make Your Own Trick-or-Treat Bags - Martha Stewart Martha Stewart craft projects are known for being simple and fun for everyone in the family. This easy guide to making a trick-or-treat bags will save you tons of money and allow you to get creative with the little members of your family. Have a question or comment? Feel free to email us at order@missionrs.com or call us toll free at 1(800)319-0690. At Mission, we're dedicated to helping our customers find exactly what they need for any occasion. Shop online now!
  • Disposable Dinnerware & Supplies

    Must-Have Items for Every Business: At Mission Restaurant Supply we want to provide our customers with all of the essential supplies needed to successfully run a foodservice business. For more than twenty years, we have shipped commercial equipment and restaurant supplies all over the country. We have more than 10,000 products and we add more bunzl_34780120products to our online store each and every day. Although we've sold disposables for a number of years, we thought it was time to add dozens more disposable products to our site that were not only very reasonably priced, but also eco-friendly and recyclable. Mission Restaurant Supply now stocks disposables for any business with a wide variety of to-go items, such as clam shells, to-go plates with separate plastic lids, and to-go bags. We have paper plates, bowls, napkins, cups, straws, and plastic flatware for restaurants, hospitals, events, offices, or even home use. Need toilet paper and paper towels to stock up your restroom at work? We have that, too. All of our items are in stock and ready to ship to your business or home from top manufacturers like Bioplanet and Prime Source. Don't see what you need? Tell us. At Mission we're dedicated to meeting our customers' needs and stocking the items that you need most. Check out our inventory of disposable supplies now! Disposable Plates Disposable Cutlery Disposable To-Go Containers Disposable Cups Disposable Bowls Paper Products Disposable Trays Miscellaneous Have a comment or question? Contact us! info@missionrs.com or 1(800)319-0690
  • Kitchen Tools with Alternative Uses

    Over the years, Mission Restaurant Supply has provided quality restaurant supplies and equipment to businesses all over the country. We have become the premier source for smallwares and kitchen equipments for bars, cafes, hotels, schools and many more venues. What we didn't realize was how many artists and young engineers were purchasing supplies to make something totally new and innovative. We were extremely happy to see that our products could be so useful to individuals that weren't even involved with the foodservice industry. Check out some of the ways that these truly fantastic artists and engineers utilized different kitchen products.
    Todd Owyoung Todd Owyoung Music Photographer Todd is an extremely talented music photographer and has gained a ton of recognition for his work. His photos can be seen everywhere and his creativity is unsurpassed. We were pleased to find that he had actually used a few of our products in his DIY Tutorial on how to make a beauty dish. His simple step-by-step tutorial proved to photographers everywhere that they too could be more innovative when constructing photography equipment. To see his DIY Beauty Dish tutorial video, please click here.
    - Check out the products he used below:

    Uni-Directional-WIFI-Range-Extender Uni-Directional WIFI Range Extender This is probably one of the most brilliant (and cost efficient) ways we have ever seen someone extend their WIFI usage. This simple design is something that any individual with enough time on their hands could duplicate. - This is what you'll need:

    sensorytable_flt1 The Creative Child: Sensory Exploration with Beans We're all for fun projects for kids and this food storage container that was made into a plan bin is perfect. Simply by taking some small objects, lots of beans,  a large bin, and a plastic scoop you can transform basic kitchen supplies into something fun for your child. Try it at home today. - Don't forget to buy:

    188289-img_16393_606_350 Funnel for Speakers By far the best idea anyone has had yet for utilizing their extra kitchen supplies - and it's so simple, too! This person had the brilliant idea of simply hooking up their plastic funnels to the earpieces of their MP3 players. Voila! New speakers. - You need this:

    CookerinBox_ Solar Funnel Cooker Ever been stuck in the wilderness somewhere with a piece of cardboard, a measuring cup, a metal bowl, and a plastic bag and wondered what to do with them? Probably not, but this guy must have found himself in that very situation. Actually he just wanted to demonstrate that you could make your very solar funnel cooker from products that you have around the house. Check out his tutorial on how to make one in your very own home. - Must buy items:

    iphone-savior DIY Fork iPhone Stand We all love to keep our precious smart phones safe, but holding them all day can be pretty tiresome. This cool little contraption made only from forks and spoons is the perfect solution. It's easy and cheap to make, super cute, and can be placed anywhere. Who knew silverware could be so entertaining? - The necessary materials:

    smalldsc_4610 Blender Defender I'm not going to lie - this idea is a little far-fetched. However, for those of us who understand what a nuisance (and joy) pets can be at times this project is perfect. You just take a blender of any size, hook it up to a strobe light, a network camera, and a 10x appliance module and you're good to go. Don't worry; your furry little friend will be okay. - The essential item:

    For more information on these projects, the individuals who created them, or detailed instructions please visit the following sites: Alternative Uses for a Colander http://www.instructables.com/id/Uni-Directional-WIFI-Range-Extender/ DIY Beauty Dish http://ishootshows.com/2010/02/23/diy-beauty-dish-video-tutorial/ Bowls for Kids http://www.isismaternity.com/blog/index.php/2010/01/26/the-creative-child-sensory-exploration-with-beans/ Funnels for Speakers http://www.pcworld.com/article/188289/diy_two_funnels_earbuds_old_tech_rock_on.html Solar Funnel Cooker http://solarcooking.org/plans/funnel.htm DIY Fork iPhone Stand http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20100305/diy-fork-head-iphone-stand/ Blender Defender http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20081019/the-blender-defender-keeps-cats-off-the-counters/ http://www.plasma2002.com/blenderdefender/ Special thanks to Instructables.com, Todd Owyoung of ishootshows.com, Isis Parenting, PC World, CoolestGadgets.com, and Steven E Jones (Professor of Physics at Brigham Young University). All images shown are from noted sources above. For more information on Mission Restaurant Supply or our products, please check out our main site at www.MissionRS.com or email us at laurenb@missionrs.com - thank you!

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