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  • RobSE Mar 14, 2010 04:45 PM
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Hello!

Can you recommend a place in Portland that the's equivalent of Surfas in Los Angeles (Culver City, really). Surfas: http://www.surfasonline.com and http://www.culinarydistrict.com

We're looking for a place that stocks:
- Callebaut 100% Cocoa Powder
- Frozen puff pastry dough
- Pasta and cookies from Italy
- Gelato, locally made
- Olive oils
- Vinegars
- Flavored syrups
- Sanding sugar
- Candy molds
- Barware
- Kitchen tools

Thank you for your help.

- Rob

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  1. Hey Rob,

    I'm not entirely knowledgable in this area, but I wanted to keep the thread alive because I am curious about this subject as well. I have been to several restaurant supply stores in the area, but they typically just sell equipment. Most of them are centered around the SE or NW industrial areas and are usually open to retail sales. Check out Bargreen Ellison, Rose's, or Pitmans for your tools, you should probably be able to find what you are looking for there. Not sure about the pantry and specialty items however...

    1. Provista is the top local supplier of imported stuff:

      http://www.provvista.com/

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      1. re: JillO

        Wow - wouldn't mind picking up a bunch of their deli items, but it looks like you need a wholesale acct. Does it ever open up for retail or do you have some other in..?

        1. re: Kazy Ctn

          They are a wholesaler. I have heard tales of them fulfilling smaller orders for pick-up (minimum still applies though - and I think it is $100) but that is not their normal business.

      2. Thank you two for reaching out. Much appreciated.

        1. There really is no shop in Portland that sells all of these items in one place. However, my favorite shop for candy molds, sugars, baking supplies, etc. is the Decorette Shop on SE Foster Rd. http://www.thedecoretteshop.com/

          1. There are several Cash and Carry's in the area for basic restaurant supplies. They are owned by Smart and Final
            http://www.smartfoodservice.com/
            Unlike the actual Smart and Final stores(which are trying to be mini Costcos), Cash and Carrys are still restaurant focused with more food then supplies, though they stock muddlers.
            Pittmans restaurant supply is a good place for smallwares.