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Epicure Imports (Wholesale Food Warehouse) - Next Public Opening

liu Dec 5, 2008 03:48 PM

If you have been, then you know what a fun shopping experience this is!
If you have never been, just bring lots of $$$ and have a good time!
We have been several times and never been disappointed! The cheese room alone is fine entertainment!

Entire Warehous Open to Public
Specialty Food, Wine from France, Italy, Spain and the U.S., and an amazing selection of cheeses, spices and chocolates.

Friday: December 19, 2008 -- 1:30pm to 6:00pm
Saturday: December 20, 2008 -- 9:30am to 2:30pm

Epicure Imports
6900 Beck Avenue in North Hollywood

  1. r
    rainey Dec 19, 2008 03:27 PM

    Thanks so much again for the tip!

    I just made my way back from it. I got several oils including an unfltered olive oil and white & black truffle oils. I got truffle butter, some cornichons and some patés as well. In all, it would be worth making the trip for the samples of the truffled paté.

    I might have to go back again tomorrow. There are some tiny cruet of oil and vinegar for $5 and change each and I really should have gotten a few to add to gift baskets through the year.

    If anyone's planning to go tomorrow, wear a coat and take some gloves. Particularly if you're going to be spending any time checking out the cheeses and charcuterie!

    3 Replies
    1. re: rainey
      liu Dec 19, 2008 04:46 PM

      I'm so glad to read your shopping report. It sounds like you found several items and had fun in the process!

      1. re: liu
        rainey Dec 20, 2008 03:48 PM

        I did go back. I dreamed about the porcini powder and truffles I didn't buy yesterday so I figured I'd better get them if my next opportunity was going to be Easter.

        I understand some people drive up from Orange County. That must have included les français who live there and around LA because tout le monde parle français á Epicure Imports. They also speak English, of course, and were pleasant and helpful giving tips about good buys and how to use things.

        1. re: rainey
          justagthing Dec 20, 2008 11:36 PM

          I have friends that drive up from San Diego, and I from Long Beach

    2. boogiebaby Dec 18, 2008 11:11 AM

      I want to go! Do you know if it's cash only, or will they accept credit cards?

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      1. re: boogiebaby
        liu Dec 18, 2008 12:23 PM

        boogiebaby...cash and credit cards are good, but not AmEx.

        1. re: liu
          FranklinJefferson Dec 20, 2008 08:25 PM

          AmEx appears to be okay, provided you're an actor who was on Knot's Landing 20 years ago as the patron in front of me was - VIP treatment for him as a result. I, However gave up waiting in line with my 5 items after 25 minutes of no movement in the checkout line (Friday afternoon @ 2pm). The products available looked great - though nothing that you couldn't find at Surfa's - but the disorganization was unbelievable and too much to spend at least 45 minutes waiting in line to purchase. Maybe I'd consider going back if they get their act together by Easter...

          1. re: FranklinJefferson
            ldodb Dec 21, 2008 06:20 AM

            thanks for the tip
            I went yesterday around noon. I got some oils, cheeses, truffle butter , and other random goodies. The staff was very helpful, there was a bit of disorganization but nothing too crazy, and I did not have to wait in line at all.

            1. re: ldodb
              liu Dec 21, 2008 08:42 AM

              Ah, Idodb, you must have stopped by the truffle oil/butter table! That was a surprise as I had never seen them have a truffle-tasting table before.

              I think that their disorganization is part of their charm, as long as you didn't wait in the check-out line for too long. Everyone is so friendly and helpful that it is, for me, a contradiction to be impatient with them. Also, since they have such a huge inventory, I never feel rushed or frantic that I might not get to a particular item on time and it will be sold out.

              We were there just before you and although the lines were long, it took us only about 5 or 10 minutes to pay and pack up.

              1. re: liu
                rainey Dec 21, 2008 09:41 AM

                I had about a 15 minute wait and there were only 2 parties ahead of me. But the prob was the shopper who kept leaving to check on prices and bring back 2 more items.

                Hardly worth getting stressed about when you have the taste of luscious paté lingering. And the owner brought around bags of bonbons and thanked shoppers for their patience and indulgence.

                Saw the tasting table but they only had oil and butter open for tasting. The truffles stayed neatly in their jars when I was there. Alas!

                Did anyone see the 100ml bottles of oil and vinegar from Sparrow Lane? Hope the contents are as good as the bottles were elegant but at $5.50 they'll make great gifts and I would have paid as much for the bottles if I could have found anything as lovely for homemade gifts. I got blackberry balsamic and pear rosé vinegars and olive oil.

      2. r
        rainey Dec 17, 2008 06:53 PM

        Thank you for that tip! I've had it on a friend's good authority that they have excellent salumi. And now I'll get to go discover how true that is for myself!

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        1. re: rainey
          liu Dec 17, 2008 07:25 PM

          Hi, rainey!

          There is a tasting table immediately outside the cheese room. This past time we were there (last month), they had a couple of samples of their cured meats along with several cheese tastes; I'm not sure which ones. Do stop by the sample table; they might even open something you wish to try, although I have never asked. Everyone there is very friendly and accommodating.

          Have fun...and I do hope you find what you are looking for!

        2. liu Dec 17, 2008 03:53 PM

          Epicure Imports opens its wholesale doors to the public THIS weekend.

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