Mike Luna isn't your typical sushi chef. He didn't grow up eating it or making it, nor did he expect for it to become his passion in life. His original inspiration came from an old girlfriend and her incredible family that was willing to teach him all they knew. He spent a few years working in the kitchen at their restaurant before he ever got to make sushi. "Once I learned what it was all about, I realized how creative you could be with food. I ended up working there for twenty years before moving over to Goro's," he told us. Inspiring others to make delicious sushi is now what he finds most important about his job. He is constantly training his staff and making sure that they understand that ingredients, knowledge, and dedication are key at his venue. Goro's is best known for its high quality menu options, creative take on old ideas, and the ever famous Whatever Roll. "Guests can come into our venue and tell us to make 'whatever'. It gives the guest the opportunity to tell us what kind of ingredients they like and it allows our chefs to be innovative," said Luna. "We have several guests that come in several times a week and consistently order the same custom roll. Those dedicated guests have earned their own spot on the menu." What does that mean? You guessed it - order the same thing enough times at Goro's and your roll could be featured on the menu. The very first custom roll to make it to print was the Bobby Roll, soon followed by the Stephanie Roll. "Our menu is constantly evolving and we make sure that the items we're selling match the consumer's tastes. If something doesn't do well, then we get rid of it." It's easy to see that Goro's Sushi is a one-of-a-kind venue. Luna and crew are a hardworking bunch that have created a laidback atmosphere with amazing food. "I have taught my staff that you have to give the customer what they want. You have to listen to them, you have to give input, and you have to guide them," he said. Mike has had enough guests ask about the art of making sushi that he even has a class in the works. He wants to educate his customers and show them how much love he has put into his job. "I believe in sharing your secrets with your customers," he said, "It doesn't make any sense to have a 'secret recipe' and to believe that others will put you out of business. Dedicated customers that trust the chef always return." If you would like to visit Goro's Sushi or learn more about the venue, please contact them at: 210-349-8117 Thank you to Mike Luna and his team for their time and efforts. If you know of a chef that you would like to see featured, please contact us at: email@example.com (210) 354-0690 ext. 234
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
It's very rare that you find a team of culinarians that work together to uphold the original integrity of a foodservice venue. Dining at a restaurant that is still run by the same manager or chef for nearly twenty years is virtually unheard of. That's why we chose to do this month's Chef Feature at the Guenther House in the first place. Donna Vaughn and crew are dedicated to preserving all of the original aspects of the restaurant and the mill. "They are very focused on consistency and it really pays off," commented one restaurant guest. It's obvious that each individual takes great pride in what they do at the Guenther House and that's why we wanted to recognize all of them this month. The Guenther House restaurant has been open for more than 90 years and still features dishes that are based on the original mill. Pioneer products are still used in all of the buttery biscuits, delicious pastries, and to-die-for waffles. "Just give me the waffles!" exclaimed one guest. They obviously still cause a lot of excitement to this day. Donna even informed us that our sales guys don't ever leave their venue without having the waffles. "They insist on them," she said, "They don't even take a breath while eating them. I always have to remind them to breathe." What's even more amazing about the venue is the fact that all of the employees remember their guests by name, know where they want to sit, and have drinks ready instantly. There are tons of regulars at the Guenther House, which has helped to keep it busy even during tough economic times. The second that one of their regular guests walks in the door Donna is there to greet them with a hug and a smile. She really has a lot of love for the guests, the venue, and the food. She is a brilliant lady and is spilling over with energy despite the million different tasks she has to attend to. "I've been here a really long time," she told us, "but I love this place. There is so much history here." She couldn't be more right. The Guenther House has been in the same family from the beginning, has used the same quality ingredients for decades, and continues to sell their Pioneer products to dozens of companies and the public.
At Mission Restaurant Supply we have a lot of love for our customers. Every individual in our company is dedicated to our community and to each other. That's why we decided that we wanted to feature chefs around the country that we have had the honor of getting to know on a personal level and that we believe have truly influenced the foodservice industry in a very positive way. These individuals are pioneers in the kitchen and beyond. They are not only determined to deliver an incredible experience, but also dedicated to the well being of their guests and staff. It's no newsflash that cupcake fever has swept the nation. Bakeries that specialize in the art of the cupcakes are popping up all over the country and reality TV shows are even highlighting the growing business. One cupcake business in particular has really captivated us because of their saweet concept. Saweet Cupcakes in San Antonio, Texas is the first and only mobile cupcake business that is delivering delicious treats to businesses and individuals all over the city. Sister-in-laws Kehmay and Tien started the business earlier this year and they knew instantly that a bakery just wasn't going to cut it. "We had mentioned to our family members that we wanted to start a [mobile] cupcake business and right away my mom just told us to 'go for it'. She told us that if it was something we really wanted that we should just do it," Kehmay told us, "We knew that we didn't want an actual bakery because they are full-time, non-stop work. We just wanted to get our feet wet." The sister-in-laws originally started out scoping out locations and moving from spot to spot to find hungry customers. Once they found steady business in a few select locations they made a schedule of their stops for customers to check out. Although their schedule is now pretty much set, the ladies call it a day once they sell out of cupcakes. And lately, that happens at an extremely rapid pace. "The thing I like best about being on the road is meeting all of the people. Everyone gets so excited about cupcakes," said Kehmay. Getting excited about Saweet Cupcakes isn't hard though -- they're amazing! The girls insist on using high quality ingredients and they don't cut corners. "I really like our sprinkles because they aren't just sugar. The chocolate sprinkles are real dark chocolate and white chocolate. There are no secret ingredients - only quality ingredients." After dominating the cupcake world in San Antonio, the girls have plans to expand. Although a store front may not be the right move for the ladies of Saweet Cupcakes there are other ideas in the works. For now they sell their delicious goodies from the now famous pink cupcake truck and also at SoGo Market Café in Stone Oak. As Kehmay told us, "I love cupcakes. The possibilities are endless." If you would like to visit the Saweet Cupcakes truck or learn more about the venue, please visit their site at: http://www.saweetcupcakes.com/ or call 210.215.0121 Thank you to Kehmay and Tien for their time and efforts. If you know of a chef that you would like to see featured, please contact us at: email@example.com (210) 354-0690 ext. 234
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 products 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! firstname.lastname@example.org or 1(800)319-0690
Frozen beverages, both alcoholic and nonalcoholic, are one of the most profitable items you can offer in your venue. The cost is low, the return is high, and the maintenance is a piece of cake. So what machine should you invest in for your business? What size frozen beverage machine would best suit the volume of customers that you have? At Mission Restaurant Supply, we want to make sure that you have all of the resources you need to make smart purchases for your business. The user guide posted below for our Frosty Factory frozen beverage machines is yet another resource that we provide for our customers. Check out the chart below to see serving sizes and intervals to see which machine you should purchase for your venue. Still not sure which Frosty Factory machine is best for your business? Feel free to call us (800-319-0690) or email us with your questions.Model
10 oz serving every 12 oz serving every 16 oz serving every Max. oz per serving 217A each cylinder 60 68 90 36 117A 35 43 56 36 115R-1 13 15 20 70 115R-2 each cylinder 20 26 35 70 115R-3 each cylinder 28 34 45 70 215R-1 each cylinder 20 26 35 70 215F each cylinder 20 26 35 70 127A 23 30 38 70 137A 30 35 45 120 232W 13 15 20 120 235R-1 13 15 20 120 235R-2 each cylinder 20 26 35 120 235R-3 each cylinder 28 34 45 120 237A 30 34 45 70 289A 12 14 18 170 238W 8 10 13 170
At Mission Restaurant Supply we have a lot of love for our customers. Every individual in our company is dedicated to our community and to each other. That's why we decided that we wanted to feature chefs around the country that we have had the honor of getting to know on a personal level and that we believe have truly influenced the foodservice industry in a very positive way. These individuals are pioneers in the kitchen and beyond. They are not only determined to deliver an incredible experience, but also dedicated to the well being of their guests and staff. AUGUST 2010 Chef Feature Chef Patricia Wenckus Auden's Kitchen At first glance, Auden's Kitchen doesn't seem like the kind of restaurant that would be known for its fried chicken and home-style cooking. Although the original intention was for it to be the "neighborhood restaurant", the décor and atmosphere hardly compare to the neighborhood spots that we're most accustomed to. But what an upgrade to home-style cooking! For a very reasonable price you can enjoy delicious food that is paired with one of their many specialty beers or incredible wines. "Guests are often surprised at how affordable our menu is. The prices are super competitive," stated Wenckus. Bruce Auden, also owner of the well-known Biga on the Banks in downtown San Antonio, wanted to open a more affordable venue that was also family friendly to the Stone Oak area. He brought in Patricia Wenckus, who once had a lead role at Biga, to run the restaurant and write up the menu for Auden's Kitchen. Although Wenckus has more than 10 years of restaurant experience and has worked in fine dining venues across the country, she feels at home at Auden's Kitchen. She told us, "I like to make food that reminds me of home. I've looked back at a lot of my mom's recipes and just changed them around a little bit." Chef Wenckus continues to modify her recipes for Auden's Kitchen to fit customers' requests. "The most important part of my job is making sure that the food is good and that both the clientele and staff are happy," stated Wenckus, "Everything else will fall into place." She also mentioned that the best piece of advice she ever received was simply to 'make it happen'. Wenckus let us know that you just have to focus on the end goal and that excuses don't fly. There is always some way to make do and to make things work out for the best. "Always speak up, give ideas, and make sure that everyone's input counts. There really has to be creativity and input throughout the entire staff." If you would like to visit Auden's Kitchen or learn more about the venue, please visit their site at: http://www.audenskitchen.com/ or call 210.494.0070 Thank you to Chef Wenckus and her amazing team for their time and efforts. If you know of a chef that you would like to see featured, please contact us at: email@example.com (210) 354-0690 ext. 243
At Mission Restaurant Supply we have a lot of love for our customers. Every individual in our company is dedicated to our community and to each other. That's why we decided that we wanted to feature chefs around the country that we have had the honor of getting to know on a personal level and that we believe have truly influenced the foodservice industry in a very positive way. These individuals are pioneers in the kitchen and beyond. They are not only determined to deliver an incredible experience, but also dedicated to the well being of their guests and staff.
San Antonio is known as the capital of Mexican food. Finding someone who makes authentic Mexican food however, is a little bit more difficult because restaurant chefs tend to modify their food for more American tastes. Chef Blanca Aldaco refuses to risk losing the original flavors of Mexico in her food by adding ingredients that aren't authentic. "I've always said that my food is more Mex than Tex. I make my food fresh and with true Mexican flair. There are no substitutes and you can be rest assured that my food will amaze your taste buds," said Blanca. She has been creating delicious Mexican cuisine in San Antonio for more than twenty years now and is most well-known for introducing the famous tres leches cake and the avocado martini to South Texas. Chef Aldaco is dedicated to perfecting every aspect of her successful venue, from front-of-house operations to back-of-house, to making unique food and specialty drinks from scratch, and to making sure that each guest leaves more satisfied than the last time. "The key is organization and attention to detail. So many restaurants lack these two key traits and that's why they fail. We never miss a detail and our guests don't leave upset," she said, also stating that, "Our chefs and event planners always have a plan and timeline. We want to be accountable for everything that happens in this restaurant." Make just one visit to Aldaco's and you'll see exactly what she means. The service, food, drinks, entertainment, and views from the hill top or the train station mold together seamlessly and make for one incredible experience. Blanca has a number of guests that are dedicated to her and to her business, which has a lot to do with her generosity towards the community. She has head started several charities and hosted events in honor of complete strangers. One project that she began was the "Perfect Stranger" charity event, which raised money for a man that had been diagnosed with cancer but couldn't afford the escalating hospital costs. In just a few short weeks, she and the local community raised more than $30,000 for the man's family. Blanca Aldaco also recognized the need for more chairs at sporting events at her daughter's high school. With the help of other parents, $6,000 was raised to purchase new chairs with the high school's name on them. "I want to do anything that I can to help, even if I don't know who it is I'm helping." If you would like to visit Aldaco's or learn more about the venue, please visit their site at: http://www.aldacos.net/ or call 210.222.0561 Thank you to Chef Aldaco and her amazing team for their time and efforts. If you know of a chef that you would like to see featured, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org (210) 354-0690 ext. 234
At Mission Restaurant Supply we have a lot of love for our customers. Every individual in our company is dedicated to our community and to each other. That's why we decided that we wanted to feature chefs around the country that we have had the honor of getting to know on a personal level and that we believe have truly influenced the foodservice industry in a very positive way. These individuals are pioneers in the kitchen and beyond. They are not only determined to deliver an incredible experience, but also dedicated to the well being of their guests and staff. Chef Gabriel Diaz is amazing. Why? He works harder than anyone I know, he's incredibly humble, and his food is insanely good. Not to mention he plans to take on an even heavier work load in the coming weeks and he doesn't plan on slowing down anytime soon. "When I'm at home my time is spent with my family, but when I'm at work my time is spent figuring out what I can do next. I'm always experimenting, and teaching, and implementing." Just recently when the chefs of The Lion & Rose were asked who was interested in heading the new catering program Chef Diaz jumped at the opportunity. He told us that the best part of his job is being a part of the growth. "The more the company grows, the more I grow. By taking on the new catering program, I had a chance to develop my cooking skills even more." The Lion & Rose doesn't plan on taking baby steps either. With five successful stores opened in two different cities in just five short years there's no reason to hold back. The Lion & Rose concept was one the first of its kind in San Antonio, which paved the way for immediate expansion and a huge fan base. In the coming months, Chef Diaz and his team plan to take on a number of different projects to ensure a solid presence in San Antonio and beyond. "We have five restaurants, a catering program, a brand new tea-time menu, we provide room service to a local hotel, we make deliveries, and we host events. On top of that we have a community that supports us because we have an owner that believes in supporting the community. He's very generous," Diaz told us. The Lion & Rose supports a long list of organizations by giving charitable donations, hosting quarterly dinners for the Wounded Warriors of San Antonio, participating the yearly Renaissance Festival for St. Francis Church, supporting the Race for the Cure, and getting involved with sports teams across the state. It really is quite amazing how such a small team of dedicated foodservice professionals can take on so much. According to Chef Diaz, "You have to just get out of your comfort zone, step into the fire, and empower yourself. I personally kind of like the fire - it excites me. It works for me and for this business." If you would like to visit The Lion & Rose British Restaurant & Pub or learn more about the venue, please visit their site at: http://www.thelionandrose.com/ or call 210.878.0034. Thank you to Chef Diaz and his amazing team for their time and efforts. If you know of a chef that you would like to see featured, please contact us at: email@example.com (210) 354-0690 ext. 243
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 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 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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org - thank you!