• An Interview with Jeret Peña

    We had the pleasure of recently sitting down with The Esquire's  cocktail guru, Jeret Peña, to talk about bartending, ingredients, The Esquire, and his exciting rise to success. Going into the Esquire Tavern is a bit like traveling back in time. The "longest wood bar in Texas" (over 100 feet long!) and "the oldest bar on the San Antonio Riverwalk" runs almost the entire length of the building and is filled with thirsty patrons who sit opposite wood cubbies filled with spirits, glimmering glassware, and mirrored panels. The Esquire was first opened in 1933 to celebrate the end of prohibition, and it has been serving up swanky cocktails and good eats for many years since. If you're not sitting at the bar, customers can duck into back to back, dark wooden booths that line the side of the restaurant, in a smaller, back dining area, or on a patio that leads right down to the river. The environment is, in a word, comfortable.

    Upon walking in, the tavern-ambiance is undeniable; antlers hang stoically on the wall and the dim lighting lures customers in for a comforting meal and a warming drink. Despite all the decor though, there's no denying that the main focus of the Esquire is the bar. Enter: Jeret Peña- the tavern keeper, the head bartender, the revered mixologist who is garnering rave reviews left and right. From a Rising Star Award to his recent James Beard nomination, we were delighted to sit down with Jeret and take a look back on his rise to stardom.

    Peña got his start at the Valencia Hotel in a Banquet Event setting, dabbling for the first time in the bartending scene. He later moved on to the Watermark, and while there, was asked by the General Manger to host a tequila seminar for the San Antonio Current. It was then that he had to learn as much as he possibly could about the spirit, calling it "So complex, sophisticated and beautiful." Peña then went on to be the Ambassador for Partida Tequila for 2 years, and it was there that the door to mixology was opened. What happened next was the defining moment- a stint at Anvil, a respected bar in Houston, would change the course of Peña's career. Like many of us, finding a mentor you can really learn from and look up to can have a huge impact on your direction. Peña met his mentor, Bobby Heugel, one of the owners of Anvil, and the rest is history. Recalling his time with Bobby at Anvil, he said, "I saw a craft I knew nothing about- the fluid movement, the alchemy- it was mesmerizing."  Since this turning point, Jeret has proved himself to be one of the leaders in the field. His innovative thinking and ability to push the envelope and explore new territory has brought about some well-deserved accolades as of late. StarChefs.com, a magazine for culinary insiders, recently honored "the best of the best" from the Austin and San Antonio dining scenes. A total of 19 awards were given out, with Peña taking home the Mixologist Honor.When receiving the "Rising Star" Accolade in a crowd of 400 people in Austin, Peña recalled thinking "I have momentum. It was wild-I felt honored to be on stage with so many amazing chefs." After sharing the news to his family and friends, he admitted that the James Beard Award was next up on the list. Little did he know, just a few weeks later, that he would be getting a nomination from the coveted organization's Bar and Cocktail Program. Clearly, it's a huge honor, and Jeret smiled as he said, "It's a little creepy."

     

    We asked Jeret to share with us (and you!) a cocktail recipe, a cocktail that embodied his heart and soul, his career, and ultimately, his flavor. The result was the Mas Chingoni, a self-proclaimed "Jeret Peña Cocktail. The Cocktalians Cocktail." Derived from the negroni, a classic cocktail featuring equal parts gin, campari, and sweet vermouth with a lemon peel, the Mas Chingoni hosts one of Peña's favorite ingredients, Mezcal (a big, bold, smokey, medicinal ingredient). The drink is what Pena describes as "a very bold, strong, and powerful cocktail. It has so much complexity so it's not for everybody." His "love affair with Mezcal" - and with his trade- is clearly a passionate one, and it shines through in every aspect.   Mas Chingoni 3/4 oz anejo tequila 3/4 oz aperol 3/4 oz carpano antica 1/4 oz mezcal serve on a large format ice with a grapefruit peel If you're planning on visiting downtown San Antonio, make sure to swing by The Esquire for lunch, dinner, or a late night beverage! Congratulations to Jeret for his continued success and thank you again for allowing us to visit! Check out the whole Cocktail Menu from the Esquire Tavern right here! Visit the Esquire at 155 East Commerce Street San Antonio, Texas 78205 Image Credits
  • MOZO: What's In a Name?

    We can hear the pitter patter of kitchen staff near and far as they run for MOZO, the newest brand on MissionRS.com. So, what's in a name? MOZO, a company that has established itself for its revolutionary line of chef shoes, is changing the way that chefs and their kitchen staffs work. Lightweight. Durable. Comfortable. What's not to love about MOZO?

     

    Anyone who has worked in a restaurant knows that at the end of the day, your feet are swollen and aching to the point of no return. Long hours on your feet, despite the hardship, is the undeniable nature of the restaurant industry. What MOZO has done is created a line of footware that caters to this factor, while introducing a stylish, versatile, and contemporary shoe selection for the talented, contemporary professionals working today. Just because you work in the back of the house doesn't mean your staff doesn't care to be dressed to impress.  Investing in the right materials- like proper chef clothing- and comfortable shoes-makes all the difference in the mind of your kitchen staff at the beginning of a shift, all the way through to the end of the day. There's a little something for everyone with the MOZO shoe collection. For simple, understated footware, you can't go wrong with the classic black slip-on, and for the chef who wants a little more flair, don't miss the sunny side up "Egg" or "Bacon" shoes. We also have some pastel colors available in the women's selection for a lighter, solid shoe.

     

     Browse our selection of Men's and Women's MOZO Shoes on MissionRS.com. Need more convincing?

     

    For more information on the company, visit the MOZO website and START SHOPPING ONLINE! Charts & Photos Courtesy of MOZO Website.
  • Refrigeration Parts- Why You Should Invest.

    Your investment in a commercial refrigerator can last forever if you take the necessary measures to prevent major damage. There are things you can do as an owner to provide this preventative maintenance. You can also add additional refrigeration parts to your refrigerator. These inexpensive parts will give you the performance that you require, and help you expand the capability of your refrigeration system.

    Gaskets The gaskets on your commercial refrigerator are built to withstand years of use and abuse. Irregular cleaning, however, may shorten the life of your gaskets. It is helpful to maintain your refrigerator door by purchasing extra gaskets to serve as replacements when older gaskets begin to stick or rust. Cleaning your gaskets once each month can extend their performance and durability. Casters The casters attached to the bottom of your commercial refrigerator can become gummed up with dirt, oils or other debris that is common in restaurants. Due to daily wear and accumulation of debris, the casters will eventually need to be replaced. Doing so will provide you with increased mobility for your refrigeration unit. These refrigeration parts and other accessories are part of a normal routine maintenance schedule during refrigerator ownership. Shelving As your business grows, you can never have too much available space, and storing more food products becomes a necessity. If you are not in a position to purchase a bigger unit, adding more shelves to the inside of your refrigerator is a low cost option to make the most of your space. White wire shelves do not rust, and help give you the extra space that you need for storing more food in your commercial refrigerator. Shelf Clips Inexpensive shelf clips are an essential part of maintaining your refrigerator. Clips may get jostled or bumped, resulting in damaged or missing clips. When clips are missing, the structural integrity of your wire shelving is compromised. A good supply of extra shelf clips is an important refrigeration part to keep in stock at your restaurant. It's important to remember that all refrigeration (and their subsequent parts) need routine maintenance and regular inspections- browse our selection and please call us if you should have any questions at 800-319-0690 as to how you can better maintain your refrigeration equipment!
  • Food Prep: Quick & Easy with Sandwich/Salad Units

    Sandwich shops are a unique type of restaurant that requires unique equipment. During a rush, employees need to have every item within ready reach. Ingredients must be kept fresh and cool for optimum flavor. Furthermore, ingredients should be carefully arranged to enable quick assembly. Mission Restaurant Supply has affordable solutions for your sandwich making needs. We offer a wide variety of sandwich prep tables to help your business succeed. A sandwich table is a vital piece of equipment for those who wish to prepare and serve sandwiches. The refrigerated unit possesses an open space on top for ingredient storage. You can organize pans in a line according to recipe, enabling your cooks to work efficiently on the countertop in front of the ingredient space. Below the workspace, a refrigerator holds backup ingredients at the ready so you can work with maximum efficiency. Mission Restaurant Supply offers sandwich tables in many sizes.  Bigger units (with 10 + pans) allow for better organization of backup ingredients, enabling your cooks to replace dwindling materials without sacrificing time running to the main cooler.

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    If your menu offers only a few sandwiches, a smaller sandwich table may better suit your needs. These smaller units have only one refrigerator below the workspace. Most are equipped with rolling casters, which enable you to move the table around your kitchen as you see fit. Sandwich tables from Mission Restaurant Supply are available in many widths and depths to suit your kitchen's specific requirements. Shop all of our Sandwich Table Options.

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    Whether your business offers a wide selection of sandwiches or only a few, a sandwich table is an asset for organization and efficiency. They provide your cooks the space they need to prepare sandwiches with speed and accuracy. All of our sandwich tables are attractive and built to last by trusted manufacturers, like True Mfg, Metalfrio, and Turbo Air. Mission Restaurant Supply has the variety and the prices you need for your business- browse our selection today, and if we can be of any help directing you to the right equipment, please don't hesitate to leave a comment right here on the blog post or give us a call at 800-319-0690.
  • Gearing Up For Summer

    As summertime comes racing towards us, we can bet the number of parties will be increasing as people move outdoors and start inviting friends over to enjoy the warmer weather. Good company is generally all you need to make a successful party, but now you can kick it up a notch by serving up refreshing beverages in equally refreshing glassware. Or should we say plastic drinkware

     

     We are excited to now stock a fun assortment of heavy-duty plastic drinkware that looks just like your favorite bar glasses. Our selection provides you a great alternative for parties where glassware tends to topple over or shatter. Now you can get the look of a real glass and drink in style without jeapordizing your more expensive glassware. Why Buy Plastic Drinkware?
    • We have a large assortment, from Rocks Tumblers, Margarita Glasses, Beer Mugs and Pilsner Glasses, Wine Glasses, Martini Glasses, Goblets, and more
    • Skip the high cost of replacing glassware by washing and reusing these durable polycarbonate alternatives
    • Dishwasher Safe- just pop it in the dishware!
    • Sold by the case (usually 1 dozen per case) so you can buy enough for a party environment
    • Great prices!
    Shop our Plastic Drinkware!
  • A Guide to Commercial Fryers

    French fries, fried shrimp, jalapeno poppers, onion rings...

     

    What do all of these foods have in common? They are fried. And for a restaurant, that means having a top-performing fryer(s). Commercial Fryers are heralded for their ability to cook menu favorites quickly and efficiently, yielding delicious results.  For a restaurant kitchen, deciding what kind of fryer is needed is an important decision that is based heavily on capacity. How much food are you going to need? How many people will you be serving? How much of your menu is fried? All of these factors should determine whether you need a series of heavier-duty floor fryers, or for smaller volume, a countertop fryer. Keep in mind also that as you grow, this number could double, triple, or quadruple, and investing in a slightly larger fryer might be a wise investment. CAPACITY- What kind of fryer do you need? So how should you go about determining what capacity you need? Traditionally, the capacity of a fryer per hour can be calculated by doubling the amount of oil the fryer can hold. So if you have a 50 lbs fryer, it should put out roughly 100 lbs of fried food product per hour. While most commercial fryers operate on natural gas, for example the heavy-duty floor fryers, there are also some fryers, like the countertop units, that have an option between electric and natural gas. Electric fryers have a smaller capacity and could be right for your operation if daily usage is at a minimum.

    HEATING DESIGN There are 3 main designs when it comes to the heating element in fryers: Tube Style, Flat Bottom, and Open Pot. Tube Style fryers have a series of parallel heat strips on the bottom of the fryer which the gas flows through to heat the oil. When particles fall down into the fryer they sink to the "cooling zone," that is, the area below the heated tubes that stays cool and prevents the food particles from burning, and the carbonization of the oil. Preventing this keeps your oil fresher for a longer period of time and it keeps your food free from any unwanted burnt taste. The Open Pot Style features a distinct metal base outside the tank that heats the oil when either the natural gas or the electrical element reaches it. It has a convenient sediment zone that lyes conveniently below the heating zone, allowing food particles to escape to a cooler spot that is easy to clean, unlike the tube style fryers, which are more difficult to clean. The Flat Bottom Style features a heating element that rests underneath the tank, heating the oil when the gas or electric heat hits it. This fryer type does not have a cooling zone for sediments and thus requires frequent oil changes. It's also advised to not fry foods in this type of fryer configuration that will break apart easily. MAINTENANCE Like most restaurant equipment, maintaining a fryer is incredibly important. Keeping it clean, changing out the fryer oil, and ensuring that it is being used properly can help prolong the life of your unit, and failure to do so could ruin the equipment, and worse yet, your customer's dining experience. Read up on some proper maintenance techniques, like this blog on the benefits of filtering your fryer oil. Shop all of our Commercial Fryers, Baskets, Filters & More!
  • The Garland Reputation

    One of our strongest commitments as a foodservice dealer is to represent brands that our customers can trust. When we sell a piece of equipment or any kind of product to you, we stand behind the quality and the reliability of both the product and the manufacturer.

    One of the most dependable brands we have online at MissionRS.com is Garland, a distributor of the highest quality commercial ranges and ovens, amongst other things like fryers, broilers, and grills. Dating all the way back to the early 1860s, Garland began in a Foundry in Detroit, growing into the Michigan Stoves Company in 1873, and was later unveiled at the 1893 Worlds Fair. As the company has grown to the present day, they have maintained an impeccable reputation for quality products and have showcased a resounding commitment to service and efficiency. If you are in the market for a high-powered, stainless steel commercial range, look no further than Garland. The ranges are available in a number of configurations from your basic 24 in. unit with 4 standard burners and 1 oven, to a multi-faceted 60 in. range with 6 burners, a 24 in. raised griddle and 2 ovens. When you buy a Garland unit you become a part of a dependable foodservice veteran that will prove to be a mainstay in your kitchen.
  • 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!
  • Carlisle Product Recall

    One of our goals with this blog is to keep you, our valued customer, in the loop when prices change, news hits the stand, or when products are recalled. Though it doesn't happen often, we think it's important to announce a recall as soon as possible when it does. We just got word today, February 28th, 2012, that Carlisle FoodService is recalling their melamine stacking mugs due to a burn hazard. Though no injuries have been reported, Carlisle has received three unique reports of the mugs breaking when exposed to hot liquids. The following 2 product styles from MissionRS.com are being recalled in all colors: 43056 and 43546

    These mugs are no longer available through Carlisle or through MissionRS.com. If you or your company has purchased either of these product skus anytime between January 2011 and January 2012, please contact Carlisle for an immediate return and credit. Consumers should stop using the mugs immediately and return them to Carlisle for credit towards a future purchase of Carlisle FoodService Products merchandise. Carlisle will provide instructions for free return shipping, and for any further information, please contact Carlisle FoodService Products at (800) 217-8859 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday. Though we only stocked two of the models within this list, be advised that the entire list below is being recalled: Sierrus™ Mug                           7.8 oz            Model # 33056 Durus® Challenge Cup             7.8 oz            Model # 43056 Dallas Ware® Stacking Cup     7 oz               Model # 43546 Dayton™ Stacking Cup             7 oz               Model # 43870 Kingline™ Ovide Cup               7 oz               Model # KL300 Kingline™ Stacking Cup          7 oz               Model # KL111 Melamine Stackable Mug         8 oz               Model # 4510 Cappuccino Mug                     12 oz               Model # 4812 Cappuccino Mug                     16 oz               Model # 4816 We're sincerely sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you, yet we know that by putting safety first, this could avoid major injuries and accidents in the future.
  • 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!

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