Tuesday, December 14, 2004

MADE IN FRANCE / VILLAGE IMPORTS - Brisbane - Nr San Francisco

211 South Hill Drive
Brisbane, CA 94005-1255

Read this warning about the checkout lines.

The next Open Warehouse Event for Made in France and Village Imports is this coming weekend.
Friday December 17, 2004 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Saturday December 18, 2004 8:30am - 3:30pm

As importers of specialty foods, beverages, wines and soap & bath products, they are essentially a wholesale distributor. But a few times a year, Made in France and Village Imports open up their warehouse to the public.

What can you expect to buy there?

Our favourites are Petit Suisse , fine ground almonds, lavender and olive oil soap, Badoit water, Merguez sausages, duck fat, Puget Olive Oil, and Cote d'Or Chocolat. Some things will be cheaper than in regular shops, and some things won't. It's good to be aware of what you're willing to pay and have a good idea of what you're going to purchase beforehand. Impulse buys and rash decisions might end up costing you dear.


You'll also find different chocolate couvertures and pastry making supplies, nuts pastes, you name it, they have it. These things are mostly in bulk sizes. Last time I went I took a tip from Pim and bought some Caraibe 66% Valhrona in handy-sized pieces which I thought would be good to use for my November Charity Bake Sales. Pim neglected to mention it costs over $70 for the bag. However, compared to how much it costs to buy a small 1/2 lb block of chocolate normally, it turned out to be good value, and it keeps well if you store it in a cool dark place, not to mention the ease with which you can measure it out!

Note: You might like to take a cool bag into the sale with you to keep frozen objects cool. Sometimes the queue to pay can be very long. The last sale I went to was a breeze, but the one before that was a nightmare, so do be prepared to wait.

For more tips on good purchases you can make, check out this recent thread on Chowhound.

For directions to the sale and to sign up for the Made in France newsletter, click here
MADE IN FRANCE / VILLAGE IMPORTS - Brisbane - Nr San Francisco


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