• 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 equipment 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.

    Products used:

    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.

    Uni-Directional-WIFI-Range-Extender 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.

    sensorytable_flt1 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.

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    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.

    CookerinBox_  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?

    iphone-savior 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.

    smalldsc_4610 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!
  • MAY 2010 Chef Feature

    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 MartinezAfter frequenting Papa Louie's Diner since it opened in December and realizing how incredible the food was, I knew that we had to feature Chef Martinez. I have never met a chef that remembered every single one of his guest's names and where they were from. On top of that, he remembers what they order and how they like their food prepared. He even greets his guests out on the sidewalk right outside of his small family-owned restaurant in Southtown. He told us, "San Antonio is big on tourism, but getting the locals attention is always important. They come back over and over, and that's what I want." 

    But, Chef Martinez's style of cooking didn't come from San Antonio - it was influenced by the food and culture he experienced while living in Chicago. "I love the music, the food, the people, the nightlife," he said, "I wanted to bring that to my venue here." Living in Chicago is actually what inspired Chef Martinez to go to culinary school in the first place at CIC (Culinary Institute of Chicago) in 2000. Nearly ten years later, Papa Louie's was born and has become a local hotspot in San Antonio.

    The food and atmosphere are outstanding and everything is made to order. "I don't believe in making food come out super fast. I believe in quality and consistency, and I've found that guests are willing to wait because they end up enjoying a great meal that was prepared exactly how they wanted it. I am in the kitchen 100% of the time when orders are coming in."

    Chef Martinez also mentioned that he loves being involved in his community and making the most out of his restaurant's locale. In the coming months he plans to host tequila tastings with another local shop, get involved with local charities, and host events that bring out the essence of Southtown and the King William district. "You have to support your community if you want it to support you." He couldn't be more right. One of the best things about Southtown and King William is that the community comes together on a regular basis to help others and plan big events that the whole city enjoys. "

    Locals love seeing you out and about and seeing that you're involved in community activities. I buy a lot of fruits and veggies from 'produce row' down the street and I frequent other local restaurants and bars so I run into my restaurant guests from time to time." There's no denying that downtown residents of San Antonio are excited about Chef Martinez's presence and the growth of Papa Louie's Diner. In five short months, Papa Louie's has received great reviews and wonderful comments about its unique style and food. It's definitely safe to assume that this local diner is going to be around for a long time.

    If you would like to visit Papa Louie's Diner or learn more about the venue, please contact them at: papalouies@att.net or call 210.532.3115

    Thank you to Chef Martinez 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: laurenb@missionrs.com (210) 354-0690 ext. 243
  • Team Mission

    At Mission Restaurant Supply, we're always proud of the job we do and the products we sell. Not only do we believe in the companies we represent and what they can do for restaurants across the country, we also love to use all of our products in our own homes. Here's a glimpse at some of the amazing people that work for you day to day and the products they can't live without.

    Charlie My wife and I have differing opinions on what type of cookware to use. I like the cast iron stuff, but she loves stainless steel so we have a little of both. We also have cutting boards and some really nice knives that we bought at Mission.
    Elsa I love to entertain and have little get-togethers at my house so I'm constantly getting new decorative items. I bought some pretty tongs, a huge molcajete for serving dips and such, and some nice serving trays that I think are very reasonably priced.
    JJ I bought all of the basic stuff for my house. Mostly just cups, plates, and silverware. What's nice is that you don't have to buy the plates and cups in huge quantities if you don't want to. Most of them are sold by the dozen.
    Judith I would say that my favorite thing we have are our spatulas, especially the set that you can buy. I also really like those metal cake pans with the plastic covers. I do a lot of baking so I like pretty much anything by Nordic Ware.
    Kirk I bar-b-q all the time so I made sure to get lots of stuff that I can use with my commercial smoker. I've got this cool 3-piecegrill utensil set and some BBQ mops that I got at Mission. I'm even trying to talk some of the guys into forming a competitive grill team.
    Manny I've got tons of our pots and pans, mostly stainless steel. At Mission, we really have a lot of variety and we keep everything I need in stock. I love to cook so I bought a lot of different cookware at our store in San Antonio.
    Mary My favorite items are just our everyday kitchen necessities. Over the years I've bought graters, measuring cups, colanders, and other random kitchen gadgets. My splurge item was a really nice blender.
    Mike When I cook, I like to cook with good stuff. I have pretty much everything made by OXO that we sell. Their peelers and choppers are very ergonomic and easy to use. I also have some plastic tumblers to keep at the house because they are really inexpensive and more convenient than glasses.
    Randy I think the item that I use the most from Mission is my 12" cast iron skillet that I bought awhile back. I use that thing all the time and it's easy to clean. I have also collected other random pots and pans for day-to-day use from our store.
  • APRIL 2010 Chef Feature

    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. Filet

    We thought it would only be appropriate to feature Chef Boatman and his team at Silo Elevated Cuisine for our very first Chef Feature. Never have we found a more humble man or group of 'culinarians' (they refuse to use the terms "executive chef" and "cooks" in their kitchen). Their 'culinarians' are dedicated to making dishes that are delicious and breathtaking all while working closely together and learning from one another. "I believe my values and work ethic have influenced my staff well," says Boatman, "I do not ask them to do anything that I am not doing or will not do with them." Chef Boatman said that his favorite part of the job is the creative aspect and his unlimited ability to influence his staff. "We lead trends, not follow them." That statement couldn't be more accurate. Silo Elevated Cuisine's menu has a wide variety of options, from duck spring rolls and Black Angus beef lettuce wraps to Chilean sea bass and chicken fried oysters over pasta. They never cease to amaze.

    Boatman believes that a chef has to remember how they got to where they are and how they are going to anticipate the needs and tastes of their guests. To him, the best way to do that by changing products frequently to make sure that everything is high quality. "Our goal is a true dining experience," he says, "In today's world everyone goes out to eat, but an 'experience' is being able to have a great meal, great service, and great entertainment all in one place. We back this up with staff and the best quality product."

    Not only are Chef Boatman and his crew focused on excellence in the work place, they are also devoted to their community. The team at Silo helps raise money for the SA YES Foundation, which provides school supplies and scholarships to low income students in the San Antonio and South Texas areas. They also take part in other educational programs that benefit culinary students. When asked what he would suggest to other restaurant chefs and managers, Chef Boatman replied, "Today we have taken a few steps back in time. Right now we are having to be more productive than we ever have with these economic times. Hire the right people and move on the ones that do not fit your values. It is better to have a quality team than a team on quantity." If you would like to visit Silo Elevated Cuisine or learn more about the venue, please visit their site at: http://www.siloelevatedcuisine.com/

    Thank you to Chef Boatman 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: laurenb@missionrs.com (210) 354-0690 ext. 243
  • The Benefit of Comment Cards

    It's common knowledge that the economy hurt businesses of all kinds, particularly the restaurant industry. Going out to eat or out for drinks is a luxury that most of us had taken for granted until we became short on money. Some restaurants however, managed to stay afloat during tough economical times. Their key strategy? Stay in touch with the clientele.

    The easiest way to keep guests coming back (even when money is tight) is by making them happy and letting them know that your management or corporate team is listening.

    How do you do that? Easy - comment cards!

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  • Cocina de las Americas: 2010 Paella Cook-Off


    Mission Restaurant Supply is a proud sponsor of Cocina de las Americas: 2010 Paella Cook-off Presented by H-E-B. This event is a charity event and proceeds will go toward scholarships for culinary students at CIA San Antonio.

    What to Look Forward To

    Chefs from all over the country and Latin America will be participating in an "Iron Chef" style competition at the Pearl Brewery on March 14, 2010.

    Guests at the event will get to try the famous Spanish dish of paella, as well as hams and cheeses from Spain, delicious wines, and a number of different tapas that will be made by San Antonio chefs and CIA San Antonio students. Those in attendance will also be able to enjoy live music and entertainment during the event.

    "I'm honored that my friends and fellow chefs from around the country and Latin America will join me in bringing a level of culinary prestige to San Antonio and highlight not only its rich culinary landscape but the CIA's newest campus," said Chef Johnny, executive chef of True Flavors. "...one of my goals has been to develop a culinary event that will benefit aspiring local chefs who face touch social and economic hardships."
    Chef Johnny

    Ticket Sales

    Tickets for the event will be sold online for $40 (21+) and $20 (21 and under). Tickets will also be sold at the door for $50 each.

    Chefs Competing in Cook-Off

    Local chefs
    - Bruce Auden (Auden's Kitchen & Biga on the Banks) - James Sanchez (Acenar) - Jason Dady (Bin 555) - Andrew Weissman (il Sogno) - Josh Cross (Oloroso) - Renee Fernandez (Azuca)

    Other chefs
    - Roberto Santibanez (Truly Mexican, NYC) - Waldy Malouf (Beacon Restaurant, NYC) - Rick Moonen (Mandalay Bay, NV) - Jhojans Priego (Villarica, Veracruz, MX) - Ben Ford (Fords Filling Station, LA) - Jeffery Axell (Grand Hyatt, TX) - Smoky Waters (Taco Cabana, TX) - Brian West (Las Ramblas, TX) - Jeff Balfour (Hotel Valencia, TX)

    Hope to see you there! Come support the culinary community and students of San Antonio!

    What: 2010 Paella Cook-Off Presented by H-E-B
    When: March 14, 2010, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Where: Pearl Brewery
    Price: $40 (21+ presale), $20 (21 and under presale), & $50/person at the door

    Directions to the Pearl Brewery here: http://www.pearlbrewery.com/pages/location.html
    More information about CIA San Antonio: http://www.ciachef.edu/sanantonio/
  • Equipment for the Avid Entertainer

    Hosting events at your home is a great deal of fun, but it can also be much more stressful than you imagined. As long as you're prepared with the right kitchen and catering equipment (and perhaps some assistance) you will be able to effortlessly entertain your guests.

    Polar Ware T8971A - Serving Tray, Hammered Stainless Steel Serving Tray

    Make Sure You Have the Basics

    Most of us already have the basic supplies needed to host a party, but there's always something that we seem to forget. It's likely that you already have serving spoons, forks, and platters, but have you ever thought about getting tongs and nicer trays for presentation? Purchasing dressier serving utensils and platters is an inexpensive way to take your party up a notch. Also make sure that you have a blender for frozen drinks (either alcoholic or non-alcoholic) and a crock pot or roaster for preparing slow-cooked, easy meals.

    Sitting Down for a Meal

    Nothing is worse than not having matching dinnerware, flatware or glassware at a dinner party. Purchasing dinnerware for a large gathering can get pricey, but the good thing is that you can reuse your plates and silverware for years to come and you can even sell some of it if you feel like you don't need it anymore. At Mission Restaurant Supply, we have more than ten different color options for our dinnerware and numerous sizes, shapes, and prices. Don't forget to make sure that your glassware is fitted for the occasion as well. Look into purchasing numerous beverage glasses and wine glasses, and maybe consider stocking champagne glasses for special occasions. If you want to save a little money, you can even purchase plastic glasses and plates.

    Thunder Group SLRCF0833GH - Rectangular Chafing Dish

    Keeping It Hot & Fresh

    Guests will usually want another helping of your food, especially if you're a great cook, and they should be welcome to it! Making sure that the food stays hot and fresh can be tricky if you don't have numerous crock pots or oven space. An easy solution to this problem is to provide chafing dishes so that the quality of your food is just as impressive as when it was first prepared. Chafing dishes are extremely easy to use and clean. All you have to do is fill it with the bottom of the dish with warm water, light a chafer candle (or fuel cell) below it, and place your pans of food into the chafing dish.
    Buffet Enhancements Inc. 1BACF35 - Chocolate Fondue Fountain

    If You Insist...

    If you want the best entertainment for your guests, then you definitely need to check out some of these cool items:
    1. Margarita machine: one of the hottest commodities at blow-out bashes. They come in a number of different sizes and they are super easy to clean.
    2. Popcorn machine: these are great for kids or themed parties. Providing a popcorn machine is a simple way to add a little flair to any event.
    3. Chocolate fountain: an incredible addition to special events that adds another little touch of class.

    Did You Know That at Mission Restaurant Supply...?

    1. Serving spoons can either be perforated or non-perforated, plastic or stainless steel.
    2. Platters come in more than 10 different colors and numerous different sizes.
    3. Tongs come in more than 10 different colors and styles.
    For more information on necessary kitchen equipment, quotes, consultation, or design ideas, please don't be afraid to contact us
  • Purchasing Equipment Based on Your Menu

    For new business owners, specifically restaurant owners, purchasing the right equipment can be pretty overwhelming. Even those with excessive funds seem to have a hard time knowing where to begin if they don't consult with a professional first. The common misconception is that all restaurants have the same equipment, but prepare different foods. This couldn't be more wrong. Here's a simple guide to purchasing commercial restaurant equipment and supplies for your new business.

    Southbend Range 360DD-2RR Commercial Range

    Figure Out Your Budget

    There's no point in coming up with a list of supplies before knowing what your budget for supplies is. New business owners often look at their total budget and don't break it up for different purposes: land/property, licenses, equipment, smallwares, décor, contractors, employees, furniture, landscaping, taxes, utilities, and the list goes on. Make very specific budgets and figure out where you can spend your money. This way you know whether you should buy a $4,000 commercial range or a $1,300 range.

    Turbo Air SAKURA-50 - Sushi Sushi Case

    Figure Out Your Menu

    Venues that prepare fried foods and those that prepare sushi are going to have completely different equipment. The venue that serves fried foods will need multiple freezers and fryers, but the sushi restaurant will needs refrigerated sushi display cases and undercounter fridges. The first business will need to purchase food baskets and ramekins, and the latter will need chopsticks, soy sauce bottles, and very specific dinnerware.

    Ask Your Chef

    The most knowledgeable people in the foodservice industry are chefs. They know everything about food, equipment, brands, staffing, schedules, and the like. Your best bet would be to consult with your executive chef before making any big purchases for your business. They can help you decide the layout of your kitchen based on efficiency, outlet localities, and sanitary purposes. If your restaurant or your supplies don't meet local standards, they will let you know.

    Must-Have Kitchen Equipment

    For more information on necessary kitchen equipment, quotes, consultation, or design ideas, please don't be afraid to contact us! Toll free at - 1(800)319-0690 info@missionrs.com laurenb@missionrs.com
  • Microwave Buying Guide

    At Mission Restaurant Supply, we're always bringing you new products from all of the most recommended brands. Our new line of Panasonic Commercial Microwaves has us pretty excited though. Panasonic delivers great quality, dependability, and warranties with their products. Mission Restaurant Supply stocks several different varieties of commercial microwaves and we're here to assist you with your purchase should you have any questions. Here are a few steps to figure out which microwave you should purchase for your home or business.

    Step 1: Determine the microwave's purpose.
    Why are you purchasing a commercial microwave? Is it for a restaurant or other commercial venue, or for home use? Even if you need a microwave for your home, commercial microwaves are the way to go. They usually have a larger capacity and are more high-powered than standard models. Because there are so many different sizes and varieties of microwaves, you need to figure out how much traffic will be in your kitchen. If you purchase one for your home, you may want something that has memory buttons on it. For commercial use, you might want something with a dial so that employees can quickly and easily set the time without having to search for a specific button.

    Step 2: Determine the microwave's future location.
    Where do you plan on putting your microwave? As mentioned before, commercial microwaves come in a variety of sizes and you have to figure out how much space you will need to make for one. If you plan on mounting the microwave, you'll also need to invest in a specialized shelf for it. For commercial use, you probably need to place it in a high traffic area so that your employees have easy access to it. Placing it right inside the kitchen door or near your beverage station is usually the best option.

    Step 3: Decide what features you want the microwave to have.
    For high volume usage, commercial models with a dial are usually the most convenient for employees. Microwaves tend to take a beating in restaurants, but fortunately Panasonic has made strong, long-lasting models to withstand the constant usage. For home use, consider purchasing a microwave that has specific buttons and memory capabilities. You may even want one that comes with removable shelves so that you can heat more than one or two items at a time.

    Step 4: Research your warranty options.
    Most shoppers don't consider manufacturer warranties unless they are buying large appliances. The good news is that Panasonic offers warranties on select commercial microwaves that are good for parts and labor. You can be rest assured that your microwave purchase will be easy and risk-free.

    (Bonus) Step 5: Shop at Mission Restaurant Supply for the LOWEST prices on microwaves!
    Here's what some of our customers had to say about their Panasonic purchases:

    *****That's the way they all should be!
    Reviewer: Chuck (Port Hadlock, WA) "You don't need to be a programmer to run this thing. No computer here, just a timer the way they used to make them." (model #NE-1024)

    *****Great microwave for our office 
    Reviewer: John (Scottsdale, Arizona) "I've been very satisfied with this commercial microwave. I thought about buying a regular one, but then realized this was the better option because of the heavy traffic in our office." (model #NE-1054)

    *****What a deal!
    Reviewer: Jeff (San Diego, CA) "I bought one of these microwaves for my diner and I can't believe how inexpensive it was. I've searched all over the internet and haven't come across a better price. It's extremely easy for my staff to use and I haven't had any trouble with it." (model #NE-1024)

    For more information about products or warranties, please feel free to contact us!

    1(800)319-0690 - toll free
  • CPS & PG&E

    Mission Restaurant Supply is now offering a $50 instant rebate to all customers who purchase select ENERGY STAR commercial appliances on top of the account credit that customers will receive from CPS Energy. We were very happy to hear that other companies in our area, and across the country, are taking the initiative to become more green in their business practices. Don't worry, if you aren't with CPS Energy we'll still work with you to find a company in your area that is offering a rebate or discount on your energy bills if you buy one of our thousands of Energy Star appliances. PG&E and EcoRebates are just a couple more places to check for great deals and energy bill savings. They work with companies like Mission Restaurant Supply to ensure that you purchase quality equipment that complies with energy saving regulations. Let us help you today! By the way, did you know that $300 million has been allocated to regions across the country so that our citizens will be paid back for making smart appliance purchases? The Cash for Refrigerators program doesn't start in Texas until 2010, but account credits from energy companies and rebates from Mission Restaurant Supply are already available! Additional Information - All applications for the CPS Energy account credit must be completed within 30 days of installation. - Promotion applies to electric appliances ONLY. - Offer only open to CPS Energy customers. Please allow up to 8-10 weeks for account credit to appear on account. For more information about our rebate, energy credits from CPS Energy, and an application contact us today! 1(800)319-0690 info@missionrs.com laurenb@missionrs.com

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