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Fully Equipped: Diana Surfas Shows Us Her Culinary Collection

Diana Surfas isn’t just the owner and face of Surfas Culinary District. She is the reason that this restaurant supply conglomerate has become accessible to cooks of every degree. Although her father-in-law began the business back in 1937 as a commercial-only supply store, Diana had the idea to extend a welcome to the at-home chefs who might also like to try the new tools and tricks of the restaurant trade. So, she secretly opened the doors 36 years ago to any customer who wanted to come in, inviting them to see the new store. Three generations later, the Surfas brand has become one of the biggest in the business. 

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Surfas cook's shop in Culver City is not closing - but it is relocating

For both professional and home cooks in this town, Surfas in Culver City has long been our culinary mecca, a place to buy Valrhona chocolate in bulk, enormous stock pots, digital thermometers, spices and flours and duck fat. It's a place where you can find obscure kitchen gear — and often run into chefs trolling the aisles with all the rest of us.

For years, there have been rumors that Surfas would close, starting soon after the present location opened in 2005 and only getting more frequent with the redevelopment of that section of Culver City and the expansion of the Metro line neaby. But this time the rumors are true: Les Surfas recently sold the property.

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Surfas Commercial Kitchen Supply

One of the pleasures of going to a new city is finding the shops you don't have in your own city. As our world gets smaller and smaller, this is an experience that is harder to come by. Surfas is one of those special places.

Surfas is commercial restaurant supply meets chef's boutique. When I'm in LA, Culver City isn't exactly my favorite place to visit, but it's worth it just to go to Surfas and browse the aisles, or stock up on baking supplies. While keeping prices reasonably low, the store manages to escape that grungy restaurant supply vibe (which I happen to love at times), while offering not only a full range of commercial items (a 60 quart mixer knocked my socks off), but also gourmet food items like Callebaut chocolate, specialty oils, and microbrews.

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