The Happiest Place on Earth.
A Restaurant Supply Store!

I told you last week about the love my mother and I have for high end appliances. Well, our obsession doesn’t end there.

We also have an affinity for general kitchen crap. Most mothers and daughters spend time together by going for lunch, or tea. My mother and I? We get drunk then go to the restaurant supply store.

We don’t actually get drunk. I took a bit of poetic license with that one. At the most we get a bit tipsy.

O.K., we don’t actually get tipsy. But that’s only because we’re both wearing ankle monitors.

So, as I was saying, when my mother and I are looking for a good time we head to the restaurant supply store. We’ve been going to Chris’ Store Fixtures in Hamilton for many years now.

 

Store

 

 

Do you want to know how perfectly suited I am to Chris’ Store Fixtures? If you’re a first time customer there, they give you a pizza slicer. Free of charge! They just lay it right there in your hands!

It’s no wonder I refer to it as the happiest place on earth. Tied with Dollarama.

I’m ordering my kitchen counter through their store so on my last trip there I brought my camera to show you the glory of a restaurant supply store in case you’ve never had the pleasure of wandering through one before.

I should make it clear that, as the name would suggest, a restaurant supply store supplies things for restaurants. So they have HUGE baking pans, massive mixers and great big vats for deep frying! But they also have regular sized professional quality baking pans, pots and really fun restauranty stuff you’d have a hard time finding anywhere else.

Like this … my favourite find from my last trip there. It’s a cast iron skillet like the kind they use in a restaurant for serving sizzling fixin’s for fajitas!
 

Fajita Dish
 
 
It’s just aisle after aisle after aisle of everything a cook could ever want. Every sized pan, pot and fry basket you could want.
 
Aisle
 
 
Like Asian cooking? A few dollars will get you a whisk for cleaning your wok or a steaming basket.
 
Asian
 
 

There’s every size, style and shape of rolling pin imaginable, but BEST of all there’s fast food baskets! I’ve been eyeing these baskets for YEARS now. Yet … for some reason … I never buy them. I stand, I stare, I walk away. Something is wrong with me. In my head. Something is wrong in my head.
 
Pins And Baskets
 
 

Ditto for these things. I look at these all the time but have never bought one.  I suspect it’s because even though I love them, I don’t actually need them.   $2.99 for a coffee flask though!
 
Coffee Flasks
 
 
These little cake stand looking things are actually very small.  The perfect size in fact, for a single, chocolatey cupcake.  On the right is a toaster I love.

One of the things you need to keep in mind if you plan on buying anything from this type of store, is voltage.  Many of the appliances, big and small, are meant for restaurants so they have higher voltage requirements than something you’d pick up your local department store.

Such is the case with the toaster I love.
 
Cupcakes And Toaster
 
 

This double burner on the other hand is fine for home use!  So is the commercial paper towel dispenser.
 
Paper Towel And Burners
 
 

Somebody say cast iron?
 
Cast Iron Pans
 
 

Kay, everybody calm down but YES.  That is a hotdog roller.  I didn’t even ask if it could be used in the home, because if it COULD?  Yeah, that’d be trouble.
 
Hot Dog Roller
 
 
Cute little serving dishes.
 
China Bowls
 
 
And now the star of the show (kind of), the Carbon Steel Pan.  Carbon steel is like the perfect cross between a cast iron pan and a non stick teflon pan.

Cast Iron is great because it has really good non stick properties once you’ve seasoned it. But it weighs a ton.

Teflon pans are great because they’re definitely non stick, but they’re expensive and the teflon inevitably wears away, usually spending the rest of its days somewhere in your lower intestine.  Then you have to buy another pan and start all over again.

Once seasoned, a carbon steel pan will last forever and is as non stick as teflon, but with none of the actual suspicious teflon.  PLUS it weights about half as much as cast iron.  It’s really the perfect pan.
 

Carbon Steel Pan
 
 

Diner coffee cups?  Yup.  Got em.

 

Restaurant Ware
 
 

These, are apparently, the best oven mitts in the world.  People come to the store just to get these oven mitts. I can’t remember for the life of me how much they cost, but they were cheap.  And would probably make the coziest mittens in the world.
 
Oven Mitts
 
 

Need I say anything?

 

Cleaver

 

 

Reserved Sign

Ladels And Forms

Syrup Containers

Chefs Whites

Did I mention some of their stuff is very big?  Because it is.  There are very big things in this type of store.

Baking Sheet Huge
 
 

I love the restaurant supply store.  How much do I love it?
 

General Shot
 
 

I tried to stow away.
 
Stewing Pot
 
 

And I would have got away with it too, if someone hadn’t called the police, psychiatric services and my mom.

p.s. Chris Store Fixtures technically doesn’t have an online store but as I was leaving I asked them about this and they said they’ll ship anything anywhere and once shipped a stove to Alaska. So … if you see something you want … I’m sure they’ll ship it your way.


93 Comments

  1. I LOL’ed at the KB in the soup pot!!! Love it! And you have solved an Xmas gift issue with this post!

  2. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Hey..I need that new hot dog roller..Seriously!!

  3. Amber says:

    I’m forwarding this post to my mum, who is likely to book a ticket on the next flight, just to get that pot whether you are in it or not. She always wanted a tattoo of a chef’s took with a knife and fork crossed underneath as her version of the pirate’s flag.
    Me, I do take out. And burritos. You people intimidate me.

  4. Marti says:

    Oh wow, Karen. This was the BEST POST EVER! (Aside from your recipe posts. Those are ALL the bests posts!) I read through this, holding my breath from one photo to the other. *Sigh.

    I woke up this morning, dreaming of owning my own pizza place. What a mess that would be, right? (The failure rate on new restaurants. The 16 hour days. The total HECK NO, I DO NOT WANT TO OWN A BUSINESS LIKE THAT of it all. So thanks for letting me drool over these pictures.

    And laugh at the one of you trying to stow away. Haha!

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Marti! And this place truly is the happiest place on earth. You could wander forever! ~ karen

      • Marti says:

        I have! I love restaurant supply stores. Some day, if we’re ever in the same town, let’s meet for a picnic in a restaurant supply store. We can bring in some sammies and a couple of glasses and they’ll never find us. You can bring your mom and get more than tipsy. I’ll be your designated driver.

  5. Stephanie Hobson says:

    I would totally go broke in that store, might even have to take out a second mortgage. And I have two of those cast iron fajita skillets, with the wooden base, given to me by a dear friend! And I did not know about carbon steel pans – thank you very much!

  6. Edith says:

    You are so darn funny and cute! That’s a heck of a pot or you’re super petite…I’m guessing both.

  7. Grammy says:

    Yes! There’s a restaurant supply store right down the street from where I used to work, and I love, love, love all the kitchen goodies we never would know existed if we didn’t wander through such a wonderland.

    I hope you finally bought some fast-food baskets. I got some a couple of years ago and I never have to wash dishes from lunchtime any more — my husband grabs a basket, drops a paper napkin in, and fills one with fruit, one of those little wax-covered servings of cheese, one slice of whole-grain bread, and he’s got himself a healthy lunch with no evidence of preparation in the kitchen when he’s done. I’ve even trained him to dispose of the non-edible parts all by himself and put the basket away. Also nothing for him to break. I take one of those out to the garden to harvest cherry tomatoes and small peppers. Win-win. They are great.

    I have lots of things from the restaurant supply store. But I’ve never had them call the police or the local mental hospital on me. Yet. Now that I’ve seen you stow away in that giant stockpot, I know I’m going to be thinking of trying it. I just know it. Thanks a lot.

  8. Chris says:

    Oh my, I just heard a choir sing when I opened this post. I should be going to sleep but I am going to look through their website. I want those pans. This will be worth the drive to Hamilton.

  9. mia pratt says:

    MY FAVORITE! OHMYGOSH, I want to go to Canada right now and go to that store. You are EVIL, Karen – you and your mom too. Actually, now that I think of it, the best plant trays come from a restaurant supply store where I live; you know, the little tray you slide under each potted plant to catch the water? Well, restaurant supply stores often carry these cool plastic takeout food containers that are either clear or black on the bottom and clear on the top – like you can put a big salad or a lasagna in one of the round ones and the lid is the same size and sits on top – and for one tenth of what you pay for an actual plant tray, you can have one that is practically invisible to slide under your plants. Course where I live it’s 78 degrees in winter so I have a great need for these plant tray things…maybe not so much in Canada NOW but in the spring? I spent $5 and have plant trays for dozens of plants, some black (the bottoms) and some clear (the tops). Which I need. To prevent a flood. And ruined table tops. Ok, bye now…

    • Stephanie says:

      Oh wow, your take-out-platter plant tray tip is EVEN BETTER than the photo of Karen in the giant pot!! W73 degrees at 8:45am here, with a high of 82 predicted, so yes, I will use them year round. My fave restuarant supply store item: little square white ceramic sauce dishes. They are the best cat food bowls ever.

  10. Amy says:

    As a former General Manager of a restaurant, I completely understand this post. One of the most exciting times was when something broke (after you had a complete meltdown on whoever was at fault – because things only break during a rush). The mad dash was on to get to the supply store before they close, I squeal into the parking lot, do my happy dance in the parking lot. Once in the store time would freeze – I LOVE RESTAURANT SUPPLY STORES!!

  11. Cynthia Jones says:

    OK…I know why you haven’t got the take away baskets yet…they need to come in white. You definitely need to barter on that statue of the Chef so you can put him at the front door when you have people over for dinner. He can go in the basement at all other times. (aren’t you glad I help you organise?)

    The carbon steel pan looks perfect for pancakes and who doesn’t need that giant stainless steel pot you are sitting in. I have one a bit smaller to dye thrift shop clothes to my favourite colours.

    Did they have bain maries? I always wanted a bain marie and a salad bar with the pullout stainless steel thingies where everything is placed already sliced, diced and grated. Of course, now with no kids at home, nobody wants brown soggy salads.

    In the words of my now deceased Aunt, restaurant supply shops gives me ‘organisms’ and so do hardware stores.

  12. Dee says:

    No kidding – those places really are Disneyland for cooks. I always come home with lots of goodies.

  13. I used to work in a restaurant supply store that doubles as a gourmet kitchen store in Ottawa and I have to say even as a university student who cooked nothing more complicated than instant noodles that place was deadly for my wallet.
    The fun I used to have exploring the aisles while ‘working’. I loved to imagine just what would be made in those giant Hobart mixers, and I always laughed at the massive almost-human-sized wooden spoons. I really should have bought more stuff when I still had an employee discount.

  14. Kristin says:

    Reminds me of Action Sales, my local restaurant supply store. Love it.

  15. Agnes says:

    Every time I drive down King St. I pass Hamilton Store Fixtures and remind myself that I have to actually go in one day. Have you been to that store? I didn’t know about Chris’ on James St. It looks like a lot of fun! Free pizza cutter you say? That’s one Christmas gift I can cross off the list! I’m working on a few over-sized food props for a dance company…looking for huge bowls and trays….maybe they’ll have what I need.

    Have you heard of GT Paper French Company? They’re up on Glover Rd, just off of Rymal. You can pretty much buy any size of pastry box you could ever need…muffin liners, paper and plastic bags, take out containers, catering platters, straws, cups, plates, tables cloths on a giant roll…oh and industrial soap by the gallon.

  16. Kari says:

    LOL at everything! The thing about the fast food baskets, I understand that situation perfectly haha. I recently heard you can get much better deals at kitchen supply store. So fun! Me and my mom go to a wonderland called Old Time Pottery haha.

  17. Barbie says:

    I love the restaurant supply store. I have an account there and could spend the entire week in that place! I totally agree with you….there is just something about a place with all that kitchen stuff! I just drooled reading your post…going from picture to picture and thinking “I gotta get over to my restaurant supply store soon” LOL

  18. Cathy says:

    Yea, I’m gonna need the address so I can arrange to have my ashes scattered there. 16 years in the restaurant business has left it’s mark. I can also rattle the pans as you walk by–BONUS!!!

  19. Sia says:

    That just may have been the funniest ending to a post.
    Please thank the staff at Chris’ for letting you do that…
    Ha! Still giggling.

  20. Deb says:

    “…and you would have gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for those meddling kids…”… Sorry, I couldn’t resist. My 5 year old has been obsessed with Scooby Doo lately…always wanted to visit a restaurant supply store. Great post. Thanks!

  21. Kyle says:

    I love the cookie sheet pans that you can get at restaurant supply stores, they don’t do gymnastics in the oven like the ones you get at Target etc……I actually hear harps playing when I walk in…..

  22. This post should have a health warning! and a financial warning too!
    But the pic of you in the pot is fantastic!

  23. Judy Bickford says:

    Is this not the neatest store? We went to see them before we left for the east coast to open our B&B. We bought our little serving goodies from them–cream, milk, syrup, etc. Unfortunately, one of the little tea pots I bought broke in the move and I have to go back when I visit in January (so sad, how glad!) I’m torn between stocking up at their store or visiting all the ‘better’ second hand stores before I come back. I’m only allowed one piece of luggage. Maybe I can wear all the clothes I buy on the plane, and pack my suitcase with treasures from Chris’. We still proudly display our gigantic pepper mill in our kitchen that we bought there years ago. My husband loves asking people if they’d like some pepper on their salad.

  24. Laura Bee says:

    Hubby & met in a restaurant kitchen. Love all things restaurant supply. I want our next set of dinner plates to match that coffee cup. Waiting for a few more to smash…

  25. Danica says:

    My parents have owned a small family restaurant for over 20 years in northern Ontario so I basically grew up in restaurant supply stores! They now own a restaurant in Beamsville but I don’t think my mom knows about this store. I will have to let her know about it!

    Also, that baking sheet pan picture made me laugh…those pans are basically all my mom has in her house.

  26. That is one big-ass pot. I mean, I’m not saying you have a big ass, but that pot sure does.

  27. Lisa says:

    You forgot to mention the tongs! Really, really great tongs – short tongs, long tongs, in between tongs – all shiny and new, with no side-to-side wiggles or mis-matched gripping ends. And cheap too.
    I have a whole drawer full – each one slips into an empty paper towel roll to keep them shut tight and neat and tidy in the drawer when not in use.

  28. Shirley says:

    Karen, when I saw that hilarious picture of you in the cooking pot, all I could think of was you wearing that little green hat and your elf ears from a few posts ago. Voila, your 2013 Christmas card. You’re welcome!

  29. Su says:

    Carbon Steal pans? I NEVER knew….. sigh… I WANT!! My family has a cast iron sutch oven complete with lid and handle for hanging over the fire that was my grandmas’…. my three daughters fight over it… they are only allowed to have possession of it for a year, then it passes on to the next… yeah kitchen supply stores are like porn shops for some of us…

  30. Leslie Zuroski says:

    I live near Madison, WI and we have a restaurant supply store called ‘Kessenich’s’ (Open to the Public). I tell people all the time it is Madison’s best kept secret. My neighbor graduated from culinary arts and did not even know it existed! What are they teaching at local college?!? So I gave her a gift certificate there for her graduation. Maybe she’ll tell her culinary arts friends.

  31. Stacey says:

    Well this post was too funny for me. My husband is the manager in charge of regional sales at Hendrix Restaurant Supply for locations across Canada. Guess how many things we don’t have in our kitchen at home? It’s sad really.

  32. I would love it too but I would have no self control in three. I am sure I would buy everything and somehow convince myself I needed it. Made me laugh so hard when I saw you in the giant pot.

  33. Reg says:

    How come I never knew about this store? I live in a town nearby. I really, really want the carbon steel pan and so will my sister. Christmas present solved, if it’s not too expensive. It may not be a glamorous present, but I KNOW she will love it. Thank you for this road trip.

  34. michaele anderson says:

    You are making a believer out of me…usually only garden nurseries get my puls rate up but i felt a tingle looking over your pics and commentary. Your enthusiasms tend to be contagious…use your power wisely!

  35. Ev says:

    Oh, if only there was a store like this near me! Hog heaven! My stove has a bigger than usual oven and I have some baking sheets like the one you are holding. Big big pans! Ladles, cake pans! Biscuit cutters! I need to calm down, think of a calm lake…. Thanks for the shopping trip!

  36. Jody says:

    Yup, another reason why James St North in Hamilton is such a great place to stroll, shop, and enjoy a cuppa.

  37. carolyne says:

    I work in Hamilton. Googling the address now.

  38. Mandy says:

    I am so going there!! Thank you!!

  39. pat barford says:

    Your headline made me LOL because I couldn’t agree more! I have that ginormous cookie sheet which is one of my best buys ever. Ongoing happiness for $15.00. Most shoes don’t do that for ya’.

  40. Tigersmom says:

    Are you getting stainless steel restaurant counters for your kitchen?

    Has the marble slab in so many recent photos just been to throw me off the trail?

    Or are you going for the best of both worlds and getting (gasp!) both?!?

    I’m thinking the marble under the window for baking prep with a view and the stainless next to your new stove which I didn’t comment on because I was too busy trying to catch myself up on the Christmas challenge. Those star shaped burners are the bomb, by the way (What? Me? Jealous? Yeah, pretty much.)

    If you are going with stainless, I applaud you on your choice. They are the ultimate in durability and convenience. I, personally, couldn’t go there due to 20 years in the restaurant business and the fear of seeing them daily causing a surge in the frequency of waiter nightmares I still (fortunately, only occasionally), have. Anyone who has ever worked in the restaurant business knows what I mean.

    Now, about restaurant supply stores. I could wax poetic, but I’m pretty sure nobody wants to hear that.
    We have Watson’s here in Dallas and I remember being sent to one to get something for a restaurant where I was working and feeling all dreamy walking the aisles and sort of falling in love. And I’m not that much of a cook. I do the same thing at Williams Sonoma and Crate and Barrel when I look at all the bins they have of teeny tiny things like scoops and tools. I have no use for those itty bitty things and yet I want them all.

  41. Tigersmom says:

    And I almost forgot, if we are ever forced to become cannibals, it’s good to know that they make pots big enough to fit people.

    Petite people, anyway. ; )

  42. mayr says:

    Holy moly! You in that pot? Je suis laaaaughing.

  43. Ella says:

    I MUST now find a similar store in my area today!!!!!

  44. marilyn says:

    been there, love it!

  45. Jane says:

    Chris’ is my favourite place for Christmas shopping. I get lots of stocking stuffers there. I did not know about carbon steel pans. My husband gets a new Teflon one every second year. This year I’ll get him a carbon steel one. But then I’ll have to think of a new Christmas gift next year.

  46. Elen Grey says:

    Okay. I’m on the other side of TO. So guess who has a trip to Chris’ Store Fixtures in her future? That carbon steel pan hit my Gimme Scale. And the oven mitts. And the ladles. And the diner dishes. Uh-oh. You are evil, Karen. 😉

  47. JebberJay says:

    Oh my … oh my … I’m already fighthing an addiction to the best yarn store in the land and now this? I don’t have time for two addictions.

  48. gogothrift@etsy.com says:

    wow what is the size of the stove that that pot fits on????

  49. Susan Townsend says:

    Thanks Karen! You solved a Christmas present problem for me too. I can’t tell you how many frying pans we have gone through over the years but I’m sure it’s dozens. So I’m off to the store for a carbon steel pan – so happy!

  50. Donna says:

    So glad to see someone else becomes a blubbering idiot who needs everything in a restaurant supply store! I have a commercial kitchen at my ranch (in case we ever turn it into a b&b) and the level of happiness I achieved when stocking it was unmatched by anything else (except my kids. Yeah. That’s it). I have so many stupid little gadgets I HAD to have I don’t know what 75% of them are for!

    Oh, and the oven mots and little serving bowls are wonderful!

  51. I have a restaurant supply store like that in my city too. It’s called Crown Restaurant Equipment. It is an awesome place to shop for wedding showers too. Christmas shopping is a must there as I have a hubby who loves to cook….bless him, Cuz I love to eat. I have to say how cute you look in the pot! Just think, when they cook you, they won’t have to add any alcohol! Cheers.

  52. peggy says:

    Thanks Karen! GOING TODAY to get my pizza cutter…and the oven mitts…and the carbon steel pan…and some serving dishes…and……….

  53. Marion says:

    hahaha, love that last picture! I used to frequent a Chinese restaurant with an Asian market attached to it, and they sold pretty much anything you would need to fix any Asian meal (including the live seafood). It was kinda like Cracker Barrel: be seated, order your food, peruse the store while said food is cooking, eat food, peruse the store some more and buy things to replicate the meal you just ate and buy a bunch of Asian candies and sodas that you have no idea what’s in them because you can’t read the language. I’ve always wanted to go to a full-on restaurant supply store **runs off to google to find the closest one to Kansas City**

  54. Kathline says:

    Love restaurant supplies! I totally get the diner basket thing. Always good stuff in those baskets and usually good times when you have one in front of you. Makes sense we want to take them home. 🙂

  55. Bobbi says:

    We have a similar place in Cincinnati…Wasserstrom’s…oh, Yeah, baby.
    They have a note by their baking sheets….”may not fit in your home oven”…now if they sell a pot as big as the one Karen is in, it may need a sign…”may be too tall for your ceiling”
    wowzers !!

  56. Diana says:

    My xmas-wish this year is a swedish waffle iron. They are special. Very thin. You can shape them to an icewaffle or a basket or roll them.

    Hope santa will bring it!!! Look at this!!!
    http://www.hagengrote.de/shopsys/Norwegisches-Krumkake-Waffeleisen-Top-Produkte-Backen-und-Dessert-a15378.htm?gclid=CLac2tnagLsCFYFe3godJmkALg

  57. toekneetoni says:

    I need that carbon steel pan in my life right now!!! Had no idea it existed. Clearly, this post got me excited too. Loved and want one of everything in each pic. If I lived nearby, they’d probably ask me to leave too! 😀 Thanks for sharing!

  58. Debbie says:

    I love your term kitchen crap. That is exactly what my husband and I call it. We both have strong addictions to kitchen supply stores, tool stores (especially discount stores) and plant stores. I myself also have thrift stores because they have all of the above.

  59. Jeannie B says:

    Years ago, after having dinner at Ed’s Warehouse in Toronto, I wandered into the adjoining museum where I met Ed Mirvish, among the wares. Some of the used restaurant dishes wrre being sold off for a pittance. I bought a couple of steak platters, a one cup stainless tea pot and a one cup stainless coffee pot and four round soup spoons. They’re still in my kitchen and used often. My daughter was little at the time and she said, ” you mean these spoons have been in other people’s mouths?” LOL I too, love restaurant supply stores and I’d like to photo-shop myself in a big pot too. With your elf hat on, it would make a great fun Christmas card!

  60. Jeannie B says:

    Sure Karen! And I’m just up on the roof right now, stringing up the xmas lights.LOL

  61. ally says:

    OMG – I am Soooooooo going there as soon as humanly possible. To think I’ve been to Hamilton a gazillion times and didn’t know. Can. Not. Wait.

  62. kelli says:

    Stop it. Stop it right now. As if I didn’t have 100 things to do this week already. You’re just a tease. You’re a…a COOK tease, that’s what you are! Sigh, haven’t been to my local restaurant supply place in years. Unfortunately, they aren’t as interesting looking as yours – they’re only open till mid-afternoon, they’re much more sterile, and much more expensive! 🙁 Still, I love to visit, and never seem to leave empty handed.

    *checks schedule to squeeze in another hour*

  63. Jay says:

    I was at my restaurant supply shop yesterday. I only bought 1000 toothpicks and 200 wooden teaspoons because I am Very restrained.

    Inwardly I spent £2600 on giant mixers, crockery and knives.

  64. gabrielle says:

    No kidding about the rolling pins! They had one just like my mother used to roll out Springerle (a delicious German cookie flavoured with anise). OMG. I never expected to see that again!

    I will definitely stop in next time I cruise to Hamilton. Oh, are the restaurant-white dishes affordable? My IKEA-ware is crashing in the sink!

    Thanks Karen. It is such a perk being neighbours with you!

    P.S. so you and your mom never went to “A Secret Garden” in Hamilton? It was a proper English Tea Shop, where you could get tea and admirabley wonderfuls scones, clotted cream and jam – oh and light lunch fair. We Loved It, but unfortunately it has closed :-((

  65. Kathleen says:

    Love this post. My mom and I used to go to a couple of restaurant supply stores. Two within a couple of blocks of one another. HEAVEN Then we would go to lunch or early dinner. Miss those days, especially my mom. Now if I am in the same city with a daughter-in-law, for a long enough period of time, we try to find one and go.

  66. jenny says:

    So earlier today I had myself talked in to being content with living in a podunk Midwest US town. And now I’ve been exposed to a restaurant supply store and resent all my big box chain store kitchen supply options. Gah.
    P.S – love the pot pic.

  67. Karin says:

    I’ve been putting off visiting James Street North ever since I moved here… you’ve just given me a reason to go… as soon as possible!

  68. Jenny says:

    You’d lose your mind at the company my dad works for. It is a food service supplier and the warehouse is a ginormous version of this store.

    We order some stuff from them but not a lot. I mean, my mom hasn’t purchased foil in 8 years. The roll is giant.

  69. Suzan says:

    My father was in the restaurant supply business after he retired from the military. We have a couple of large supply stores in our area. It makes me giddy every time I go in. It’s where I always buy my baking pans, very large bottles of real vanilla extract and occasional gee-gaw that I think I just need to own. (I also feel the same way about office supply stores – the devil’s playground…)

  70. Sarah says:

    I don’t even LIKE cooking very much, and I love Chris’ store… Going there makes me feel a combination of things, giddy at all the goodies, excited to see what treasures I can find, guilty because I know I won’t use the treasure near as often as the next person, and like a fraud because my track record for failed meals is so high.

  71. Carla says:

    Buy those fast food baskets. Then host a Fry-day Friday dinner. Deep fry everything. Best day ever.

  72. Bols says:

    I had to laugh when I scrolled down to the pic with you hiding behind the humangous baking sheet cuz I was going to say that if you are careful, somebody will sit you on it and slide you into an even – like the witch in the Hansel and Gretchen fairy tale (at least the version thereof that I know from my kiddie days). But then you took the wind out of my sails by squatting in the military stock pot. That’s a hilarious picture!

    The store isn`t on Ottawa St.. ..é (that was supposed to be a question mark but something happened to my keyboard and it`s producing these accented characters ÉÉÉÉÉÉ LOL.
    I once found a very interesting store with kitchen supplies on Ottawa street but I don`t think it was big enough for a restaurant supply store.

  73. Rondina says:

    I’m absolutely sure you could come up with some kind of project that has nothing to do with coffee, but requires purchasing those coffee flasks.

  74. susan says:

    In a giant stockpot? I was going to write that I was shocked, but I’m not…
    Just my type of store. I believe in buying good tools and that goes for in the kitchen. One of the reasons I love yard sales is because I consider myself fortunate if I find old kitchen utensils. Some items were just made so much better in the past, pans and knives for instance.
    How nice that you and your mom can share this together. My daughter is a serious cook so we both enjoy kitchen stores, but there does come a time when you’ve bought almost all the tools you need. Then want takes over, not need. Which is alright, but space is an issue.
    Brushes to clean woks? Who knew?

  75. Sera says:

    I love the pic of you in the stockpot! Also I think your restaurant supply store is better than the ones I’ve been to in seattle. Perhaps I need a little adventure.

  76. andrea meyers says:

    I invented a kids party theme so I could justify buying those very same food baskets! At .35 cents each, who doesnt need two dozen of those!? It was a kids Hot Dog party. A big posted menu of hot dog toppings ideas, millions of things to put on the dog, so I could buy Three dozen of those baskets. Haven’t used them since, still love looking at them in my garage:).

  77. Debbie says:

    Can I come live with you for a little while? I will cook and clean! I will keep mom company. I will drive you to Chris’ store.

    We have a restaurant supply strip of stores in Philly. I haven’t been there in over fifteen years! I guess I’m going to take a day trip!

  78. Shauna says:

    Oh my gosh, we drive by a restaurant supply store on the way to our son’s swim practice and I’m always telling my husband I want to go in because I just KNEW there was amazing stuff in there. He probably knows it too and knows it’s best for our pocketbook to keep me as far away as possible.

    p.s., I have the baskets. I love the baskets. I have parties, just so I can use the baskets.

  79. kathryn says:

    only “Reserved” signs left? i guess Betty snapped up all the “Extrovert” ones…
    x

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