I only had a few minutes to have a quick look (not even purchase one thing). For a long time I wanted to stop in, because not only did it have a sign for cooking classes and demonstrations, but it claims to be where the chefs shop.
Has anyone been or made a purchase? I'm not sure if you need to be in the business to make purchases. While I was browsing, no one stopped me to ask me a thing, and I'm not in the business.
What I saw was a lot of bakeware, cookware, kitchen gadgets... and a huge gallon of Fox's vanilla flavor syrup (okay that one stuck in my mind.. it was a hot day).. they have some canned bulk, frozen and a small selection of dairy (American) which looked well priced. I didn't have a chance to check produce or meat. It looked like you had to go into a separate, more private, room for fresh meat and fish. There was a small selection of spices :( And an even smaller one of baking chocolate -- I only noticed Callebaut and it was semi-sweet, not bittersweet. (I was looking for Valrhona.) Also didn't try his coffee, which they sell whole or ground and have free sample cups available.
For anyone who's been, what do you think of this place and is there anything else like it in the general area, with more of a selection, where us civilians can shop? I was even thinking in Bohemia: say.. Johnson or Lincoln Aves. How about one specific to baking where I can purchase a nice large piece of bittersweet Valrhona?
I'm going back to Restaurant Row for that vanilla syrup, at the very least.
The link's below.