On July 26th, 2018, Flanagan Foodservice hosted Flanagan Foodservice Bistro Event at the Grand Hotel in Toronto, Ontario. This was a private event for Flanagan Foodservice customers that showcased delicious food and cocktails created by celebrated chefs designed to intrigue, tantalize and captivate guests. The vision for the event was for chefs to meet with industry vendors to share ideas on culinary trends and enhance profitability in the market.
Local Line set up a booth with Flanagan Foodservice at the event to promote the Flanagan Market to Toronto chefs. In summer 2017, Local Line and Flanagan Foodservice partnered to create the Flanagan Market, an online catalog of Ontario food products available for purchase by Flanagan’s customers. Essentially, the Flanagan Market is a drop-ship platform that allows Flanagan Foodservice to list local products, and have them shipped direct to the customer, bypassing the Flanagan warehouse. Suppliers in the Flanagan Market include farmers, butchers, bakers, and even local breweries.
The market itself has 36 suppliers which provide around 1,000 different products. Some suppliers provided samples to showcase what the Flanagan Market has to offer. The suppliers included: Top Shelf Collections, Full of Beans, Rootham Gourmet Preserves, Sapsucker, 1847 Stone Milling, August Harvest, Vancouver Island Salt, Forbes Wild Foods, Henry’s Tempeh, Bay Meats Butcher Shop and Sweet & Sticky. The products were received with great enthusiasm by the chefs and other vendors. The market is a powerful way to connect Ontarians to local food, build new food systems and re-engineer local food supply chains.
Check out these great photos from the FLANAGAN FOODSERVICE BISTRO EVENT!
Tasting samples of various Rootham Gourmet Preserves products.
Jen Webb, Director of Customer Success at Local Line, in front of booth Thursday, showing off all the great products from the market.