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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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with you email list requests, recipe submissions, or general questions!
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?
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!
On behalf of everyone here at Mission Restaurant Supply we'd like to wish you all a very safe and happy holiday season!
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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...
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.
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.