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Good source for non-Chinese dried porchini mushrooms, Valhrona (or Callebaut choc), dried bulk foods

Jeanhea Dec 2, 2012 01:38 PM

I'm relatively new to Philadelphia (moved from Seattle), and looking for a high quality retail cheffy/ foodie supplier for above items as well as large selection of bulk goods at reasonable (non-Whole Food) prices. There are many places like this in Seattle and SF (upscale organic coops, Mediterranean wholesalers open to public), but haven't found this yet in Philadelphia area. Does anything like this exist here?

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    barryg RE: Jeanhea Dec 2, 2012 01:44 PM

    Where in the Philly area are you looking?

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      Hansel RE: barryg Dec 7, 2012 11:44 PM

      I haven't been there yet, but Mariposa Food Coop in West Philly recently enlarged its space and is open to non-members. Not sure what its selection of bulk foods is like, but perhaps worth a look.

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      lowereastrittenhouse RE: Jeanhea Dec 8, 2012 05:29 AM

      My guess is that the short answer is no. There aren't the same category of stores here.

      I get my porcinis from Iovine Produce in Reading Terminal. I doubt they're picked in Italy but are likely of European source: the quality is good and the price, while reasonable is not dirt cheap.

      1. CindyJ RE: Jeanhea Dec 9, 2012 02:50 PM

        The Fresh Market has all of those items. I don't know if there's a TFM in Philly, though.

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          tourmama RE: CindyJ Dec 9, 2012 05:02 PM

          The Fresh Market is on Welsh Road in Horsham, shopping center next to Lowe's.

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            barryg RE: tourmama Dec 9, 2012 05:16 PM

            There is one opening in Chestnut Hill next year as well. And I think a couple others in the far 'burbs.

            All the stuff OP wants including the chocolate, though not sure about the porcinis, is available at Whole Foods and I haven't seen any of the coops or indie natural stores with prices better than WF. Would be interesting if we have one of these wholesalers open to the public around here. Bitar's in South Philly carries some of this Mediterranean bulk stuff at good prices but the selection is not that big, and I don't think any of it is organic.

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              CindyJ RE: barryg Dec 9, 2012 06:52 PM

              The Fresh Market is a really nice store. We've got a relatively new Whole Foods here in southern Chester County, and a Fresh Market just a couple of miles from WF. I'd much rather shop TFM than WF. We're lucky we have both. In fact, we've also got Wegman's not so far away. Ahhh... life is good!

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