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!
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.
This recipe was submitted by Robin H. of the Foodservice Community. She works for a private club restaurant here in Texas. She reviewed many different recipes and made it her way.
- 10 hard boiled eggs
- 1/2 c Hellman's Mayonaise
- 1/2 c Sour Cream
- 1 tbsp Pickle Relish
- 1 tbsp Honey Dijon Mustard
- 1 tsp Granulated Sugar
- 1/4 c diced Scallions or Red Onions
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- Dash of Paprika
- Chop up your boiled eggs and blend well with other ingredients
- Refrigerate for at least an hour
- Serve on a lettuce leaf with croissants or crackers.
This recipe was submitted by a chef that is a member of the Foodservice Community. He graduated from New England Culinary Institute (best culinary school in the country in his opinion) and has been working in restaurants since the age of 15. He started at a little Italian restaurant run by a 70 year old that made everything from scratch. "I think I could make a marinara with my eyes closed now," he told us. The amounts for ingredients are not exact, but close enough (everyone likes to add their own touch). This is his grandmother's recipe that was tweaked a bit and won second place at the Cape Cod chowda festival.
- 1 cup Diced Bacon (or Salt Pork)
- 1/2 lb Butter
- 2 tbsp Canola Oil
- 2 c Diced Celery
- 2 c Diced Onions
- Clam Base
- 4 c Diced or Minced Clams (canned or frozen - just thaw out)
- 1/2 gal Water **
- 1 qt Heavy Cream
- Light Roux (equal parts butter & flour)
- Salt & Pepper
- Add butter and oil to a pan and let butter melt.
- Sauté bacon until rendered, add celery and onion. Sauté them for a few minutes until they begin to soften.
- Add garlic, dill, thyme, salt and pepper (real New England clam chowder goes heavy on pepper).
- Add in water and clam base to taste. I like to thicken the water at this point when it comes to a boil. This will prevent you from having to boil the cream later and potentially scorching it.
- Add in heavy cream and lower heat, slowly bring up to temp to avoid scorching the cream.
- Once the soup is almost to boiling point add the clams and turn off the heat. Clams need to be last to avoid making them chewy. If you like, you can sauté the clams with garlic and butter.
There are literally hundreds of different recipes online for pumpkin bread. We found ones that were made with raisins and nuts, some that were made for vegans, others that used Splenda instead of sugar, and the list goes on. This recipe below was submitted by two of our very own Mission employees. After tasting the final product, I have to say that it comes out perfect! The lovely ladies put about a ½ cup less sugar than the recipe calls for, but it was still delicious! Try it out for the upcoming holidays.
- 2 c fresh cooked pumpkin (or 16 oz can of pumpkin)
- 3 ½ c all purpose flour (not self-rising flour)
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 3 c sugar
- 4 eggs (beaten)
- 1 c vegetable oil
- 1 ½ tsp salt
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp nutmeg
- ½ tsp allspice
- ½ c water (if using fresh pumpkin) or 2/3 c water (if using canned pumpkin)
- Preheat oven to 350° F.
- In a large mixing bowl, mix your dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and sugar).
- Add the eggs, water, oil and pumpkin.
- Stir until blended.
- Pour into two lightly greased and floured 9x5 loaf pans.
- Bake approximately 1 hour. Remove from the oven and let cool.
- Then take the bread out of the pans to let cool some more.
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.
Here at Mission we've been discussing a complete redesign of our website for months now. Countless hours have been spent pitching ideas and trying to come up with the perfect design that we felt our customers could truly benefit the most from. Through phone calls and e-mails you guys have always told us what you liked and what you didn't like about our site. And we listened! First off we wanted to make shopping with Mission a much easier experience. We actually started implementing this idea about a month ago. Our new search engine is geared at helping you find exactly what you are looking for. Now once you search for an item on our site, you can narrow down to exactly what you are looking for by clicking on the "search facets" on the left side of the page. The new search engine also learns from what everyone searches for to help fine tune each result. Our next goal was to make the site more personalized for you as well. Our new site is designed to actually remember you as a shopper. Now when you visit our site, it will remember what items you recently viewed and display them on the home page. It's great if you can't seem to remember what refrigerator or oven it was you were actually looking at last week. On top of remembering what you recently viewed, the site is now designed to auto suggest other items that you might find useful based on the items that you've already viewed. So if you are only interested in catering items you will now be shown catering items, if you are only looking for items that would be great for home your recommendations would be other great items for your home, and so on. It's your own personal shopper! One last thing that we have been busy working on is updating our product pages! From finding and updating product images, updating and completing information from the manufactures, and keeping our prices super low. We're also updating product pages based on questions that you have asked us. You see? We are listening! These are just a few of the current things being worked on for the website. We have lots of new ideas and features that will be updated throughout the next few months. We are just so proud of what we have currently created so far, that we felt the need to show it off to you as well. We hope you like what we have done and if you have any ideas or suggestions for our website feel free to e-mail them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember, great companies are built up through customer feedback and suggestions. We want to hear from you!