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Where do you shop for your restaurant?  Do you have a food distributor bring you your product or do you use valuable time and hand pick everything at a farmers market?  Or something in between?


As for me, I've been in charge of about half of the ordering for the last 3 years or so.  I know it sounds a little strange, but I would order everything we need from a day to day basis from our food distributor and the owner would go shopping around, looking for the best deals in DFW for his specials.  Now that I'm the owner, it's up to me to do it all, which can be extremely time consuming. 


Here's my run down so far:  I order most things in bulk from our distributor, U.S. food-service (similar to B.E.K. or Sysco), and go to Restaurant Depot for other large quantity items (pretty much the same thing as the distributors, except they don't deliver).  They carry almost all of the same products as U.S. Food-service, but most products are WAAAAAYYYYY cheaper.  It's totally worth the 1 hour round trip.


I would really like to incorporate a fresh produce or seafood market somewhere in my weekly shopping, but just don't know of any good ones around me.


Also, if anyone is familiar with DFW, please tell me where to get some good organic ingredients!

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I run a chocoalte and pastry shop.


Bulk couverture: direct from mnfctr--no distributer or middle man.

Sugar, flour, frozen fruit purees, frzn eggs:  broadline pastry supplier

Nuts, dried fruit: Local bulk food pckging and distributer

Dairy: large local supermarket

Fruit, produce: Local small grocer

Local berries: Local U- pick in the summer

Coffee: Local small roaster



I let my Costco card expire almost 4 years ago.  THe only thing I really needed from them was diary, and I could get it th same price and my local supermarket.


Had a Sysco rep come in once, told her I was waaaay to specialized for her stuff.  She insisted on giving me a price for her "Chocoalte", it came in 50 lb boxes. Told her if it comes in 50 lb boxes, it can only come from the U.S., and if I used that stuff, I'd be out of business in a week.

...."This whole reality thing is really not what I expected it would be"......
...."This whole reality thing is really not what I expected it would be"......
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in STL we've got a local food wholesaler who was a chef/owner for 25+ years, who sold the restaurant and started wholesaling 3 years is this week's liHere’s our inventory of 100% locally grown food.  See below for details and prices:

Homegrown Tomatoes: Awesome “Big Dena” Slicers
Flat Leaf Parsley
Brussels Sprouts, Bumpy Euro-Cucs
Turnips: White “Hakurei” Japanese and “Scarlet Queen” pink ones
“Detroit Red” Beets
Homegrown Red Cabbage, Napa
Radishes: Cherry Belle, Black, Daikon
Horseradish: Prepared or Fresh Root for DIY
Sweet, Crisp Illinois Fuji Apples
Sweet Potatoes
Winter Squash: Butternut, Acorn, Spaghetti & Delicata
Free range, small flock, hand harvested Eggs of Chicken and Quail
Flour, Wheat Berry, Mustard, Vinegar
Apple, Blackberry, Maple & Sorghum Syrups, Honey & Honeycomb
Black Turtle Beans, Popcorn
Homemade, Homegrown Chipotle Peppers
Grass Fed Ground Beef
Nut Butters & Amish Fruit Jams
Missouri Pecans & Black Walnuts

Long Grain Brown, White and (NOW!) Jasmine Missouri Ricest...

cooking with all your senses.....
cooking with all your senses.....
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