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?