Place for cheap restaurant/baking supplies?
Hi everyone. As a budding chef who just graduated from culinary school and a certified "newbie" to these boards, I was wondering if someone could help direct me to some great restaurant and baking supply stores in LA or the SF Valley that offer cheap, quality wares (What can I say? I'm a "starving student"). Even open to buying used if that helps keep the price down. Since I'm in the process of opening my own dessert catering company, I'm looking for cake turntables/decorating stands, cake boxes, baskets, cellophane bags/wrap, etc. -- pretty much anything that will allow me to create, serve, and deliver top quality cakes, cookies, etc. The one thing that I'm really looking for is a case-size supply of ceramic salsa/bean/rice/flan cups that you usually find at Mexican restaurants (I use these for baking individual desserts).
I plan to check out Surfas today (which I've heard everyone rave about), and I've already been to several places on/around Washington (Alpine Fixtures, Charlie's Fixtures, B&B Restaurant and Baking) to get some basic pans and accessories. Anyone have any hidden (or even not-so-hidden) places that you wouldn't mind sharing?
I'm not sure if you also need serving and plating supplies and platters but on the corner of Fairfax and Beverly is Bargain Fair. You'd definitely be able to get dessert cups, etc there. And they bargain at the bargain fair. I'm sure you can set up a deal with them if you order en masse. You'll love Surfas... I could spend HOURS in there just loving the baking section.
Check out Dish Factory in downtown LA. They have new, overstock and used equipment, dishware, etc... I've seen used commercial Hobart mixers there and other things that might interest you. They sell stuff for Mexican restaurants and probably have those ramekins and cups you're looking for. They sell by the case or individually.
Also downtown on Spring Street across the street from the Cornfields Park there's a kitchy coffee shop called Nicks Cafe (started by an LAPD detective and owneded by a LAPD lady detective--only open breakfast and lunch, caters to city workers, cops, etc..), but down that street which I think is W. Elmyra are a couple Asian restaurant supply places which are cheaper than other places the general. In that area there are other restaurant supply places that I think caters to the mom & pop Asian trade.
1300 N. Spring Street
Open M-Sat at 5am-2pm Sat till 11am
Canton Food Inc., Kind of like an an Asian Costco, they have all kinds of restaurant supplies, ingredients, cake boxes, bags, containers and their prices must be competitive because its packed with mom & pop restaurants shopping there. It isn't only Asian food and supplies because they carry all kinds of meats, frozen seafood, and produce for the trade. Cash only.
750 S. Alameda Street
corner of 7th St. next to Farmer Boy's
Open 7 days M-Sat 7am-5pm Sun. 8am-3pm