Food lovers who have longed to cook with the chickens used at Quay, or buy the same beluga caviar served at Aria are in luck as food wholesalers look to sell high-end restaurant produce to the public for the first time.
"Our business was expanding really well, but when food service trade was restricted to stop the spread of coronavirus, everything completely turned around," says Sally Gosper, general manager of Two Providores which supplies artisan produce to Sydney cafes, caterers and restaurants.
The Marrickville business has lost 78 per cent of its wholesale customer base since the coronavirus pandemic hit hard two weeks ago, and is shifting its focus to retail sales as a result.
"We have so much amazing produce now available home cooks wouldn't normally be able to access," says Gosper.
Products available for home delivery from the Two Providores website include Nichols farm free-range chooks raised in Tasmania and used by hatted restaurants including Quay, Bennelong and Momofuku Seiobo; soft and creamy fromage frais from Holy Goat Cheese in central Victoria; and Wholegrain Milling Co. flour used by "just about every good baker in town" including Iggy's Bread in Bronte, says Gosper.
"We're calling out to the public to get behind these iconic producers," she says. "If we don't support them, there's a very good chance they will go to the wall - agriculture doesn't stop when demand stops."