I'm a former NYC hound who just moved to Austin. I do a lot of baking and need help finding bakery and restaurant suppliers around here. Basically, places to get 50lb sacks of flour, pans, etc.
Also, where are the places making great bread?
Thanks for any tips.
I don't know if this will help, but...
There are two Ace Mart locations in Austin that carry restaurant supplies (Lamar and Rundberg, S. Congress and Oltorf). Mission Restaurant Supply on N Lamar carries a similar inventory. I use All in One Bake Shop on 183 (near Ohlen) for cake decorating and pastry supplies, and I am sure they can help you find other places for more specific items.
Regarding large sacks of flour, I know you can find those at Costco, but have never seen the large quantities at other grocery stores in the area. Restaurant Depot also carries both 50 lb sacks as well as kitchen supplies, if you have a business license and a membership. All the major restaurant food suppliers in town (Sysco, Ben E Keith, etc) also deliver those to your business, if you are looking to bake commercially.
Places making great bread... There have been lots conversations on this board about Texas French Bread. I have worked for other restaurants that have used Walton's Fancy and Staple for baked goods also.
Walton's Fancy and Staple
609 W 6th Street, Austin, TX 78701
There are two good bread bakers: Barrie Baking Company, run by Barrie Cullinan; and Village Baking Company out of Dallas. Barrie's breads are available at Antonelli's Cheese and she also sells at Boggy Creek Farm on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Her ciabatta is very good; her croissants are extraordinary. The croissants are available at La Boite, Patika, Royal Blue and perhaps a few other places around town.
Village Baking Company comes to the Barton Creek Farmer's Market every Saturday. Their baker trained at Acme Bakery in San Francisco and makes superb sourdough that it is the equal of the best from Acme. My friends also like his multigrain boule, but I haven't tried it yet. His croissants and rolls are pretty good, but not in the same class with Barrie's. [Note: their stand lacks a sign so you just have to keep hunting for them.]
On the sweet side, La Patisserie makes very good croissants and macarons. And farther afield, Baguette et Chocolate has superb croissants and pastries, but they are all the way out in Bee Caves. Get there early as they sell out very quickly. They have a small selection at the Sunset Valley Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings.
The breads at Whole Foods and Central Market are acceptable in a pinch but are otherwise undistinguished.
4477 S Lamar Blvd Ste 100, Austin, TX 78745
Antonelli's Cheese Shop
4220 Duval Street, Austin, TX
1700 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Restaurant Depot is a good place. You'll need a business (tax-exempt) license to get a card but that's pretty easy to do.
Thanks for all the recommendations!
So far, I've only made it to Costco. While they have 25lb and 50lb bags of flour, they're unfortunately bleached and possibly bromated (ConAgra stuff). I'm specifically looking for unbleached/unbromated/artisan-grade flour. Fortunately, Costco does carry Central Milling's Organic AP Flour which goes at $11 for 20lb - not cheap, but it is good stuff.
What type of flour do the other places carry? I'm looking for quality along the lines of King Arthur, Central Milling, Giusto's, etc.
Also, are there local farms that sell baking-grade whole grains? Wheat, rye, spelt, etc.