A Cow-Town Classic

Walking into one of three Fred’s Texas Cafes is like going back to college. At Fred’s TCU, flip flops and university flags hang from the ceiling over pool tables and televisions.

A chalky surfboard displays the day’s specials (chicken fried steak on this occasion). Next to it, a mirrored back bar is stocked with spirits and silver taps, the latter of which dispense ice cold beer into frosty mugs.

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Scratch Cooking with Sarah Castillo

Fort Worth native, Sarah Castillo, exemplifies the young, creative, and successful restaurateurs of our day. Castillo is the owner of Taco Heads, a hip Fort Worth taco destination on a mission to serve the best tacos in America. She and her talented team of taco gurus pride themselves on sourcing the best available ingredients, such as local, farm-raised eggs and aged cheeses, while implementing a scratch kitchen approach.

“We choose not to get prepackaged, diced onions or diced tomatoes because it’s just different,” she said adding, “We choose the hard way because we like the end result.” This end result is known well by Fort Worth locals who come to Taco Heads in droves to feast on delicious Mexican street-style tacos.

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A Taste of the Mediterranean

For Jordanian-rooted Sawsan Abublan and her husband Ehap Sabri, opening Shawarma Press in Irving, Texas, was about fulfilling a dream and creating a place that served authentic, Mediterranean fast food in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. The restaurant opened in May 2017, and its name reveals the central menu item: the Shawarma Sandwich.

There are many things to love about the restaurant industry, yet perhaps the greatest of all are the people that comprise it. Food is a universal communion that binds us together through diverse stories, cultures, and far-flung flavors. We are honored to work with people every day who are lured to our shops by their unique dreams and culinary visions.

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Buttons: Keeping Up With Keith “Buttons” Hicks

When we think about big foodservice personalities, there are few chefs that resonate quite like Keith “Buttons” Hicks. Hicks is the chef and owner at Buttons Restaurant, a popular Fort Worth dining venue that serves up southern food and music for the soul.

On any visit, Chef Hicks is unmistakable with his billowing salt-and-pepper beard, silver earrings, chambray chef coat, and his cool, relaxed vibe. Here, it is all about the “love, peace, and chicken grease,” a winning combination that has solidified his place in the North Texas foodservice market.

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Four Reasons Why Your Commercial Kitchen Layout Matters

Sponsored by Vulcan Equipment.

Many factors impact the success of your restaurant. And while we often think of food quality as the most important thing, the reality is that what’s happening in the back of the house not only directly impacts food quality, but it can ultimately make or break both the diner experience and your restaurant’s overall performance.

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A Purposeful Partnership

Although our name may suggest that Mission is merely a restaurant supply company, in reality, that is just the tip of the iceberg.

Over the past 29 years, we have grown into a full-service dealer serving all kinds of food service businesses, from hotels to hospitals, C-Stores to supermarkets, bakeries to bars, and casual to fine dining restaurants.

Additionally, one of the largest sectors that we work with is schools, including both kindergarten through 12th grade and colleges & universities.

We are very honored to work with independent school districts across Texas, one of which includes Austin Independent School District (AISD). Chef Louis Ortiz is the Executive Chef at AISD and a great friend and partner of our team.

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