A dine-in ban in effect to quell the novel coronavirus has limited DC-area restaurants to take-out and delivery, drastically reducing their sales. Falling demand moves up the supply chain, hurting wholesalers who stock professional kitchens with meat, fish and produce. As restaurants figure out how to adapt to the new normal, some vendors are also pivoting to selling direct to consumers. Many people are hesitant to venture into grocery stores and farmers’ markets, which means demand for home deliveries is at an all-time high.
Here are a few distributors offering direct-to-consumer deals on everything from lobsters to coffee to foie gras:
- Professional : The seafood purveyor specializing in local, sustainable fish and crab sends trucks from its Ivy City warehouse to restaurants across the city. Now the company, which also operates the Ivy City Smokehouse, Market and Tavern, offers direct sales. Orders by the pound and extending wholesale prices to consumers. Pick up orders from one of 15 rotating “Meet The Truck” locations. About 15 local zip codes can also opt for direct-to-home delivery for a $15 fee. Register here.
- d’artagnan: The premium meat purveyor known for duck, caviar, foie gras and poultry is a longtime favorite of Michelin-starred restaurants and chefs like Daniel Boulud, Tom Colicchio, Bobby Flay and Thomas Keller. He has a new service for next day deliveries. Subscribe to receive a $25 discount code on your first order of $200. Shipped next day.
- East Coast Wholesale Giant Baldor Specialty Foods now delivers specialty foods and products directly to consumers in DC, Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Potomac and Takoma Park for a limited time only. Their website has thousands of items for home preparation and consumption. Staples like eggs, milk and bread join a long list of meats and poultry, pasta, fresh produce and water. The brand, founded in 1946, has already deployed the temporary service in New York, Philadelphia and Boston.
- Wild little things: The DC Urban Farm’s take on a CSA allows customers to reserve a share of its harvest. Pre-registration price for Summer Salad Boxes ($235 per serving) includes eight weeks of greens from Wednesday, June 10 through Wednesday, July 29). Little Wild Things offers home delivery or pickup. Buying a slice of Summer Salad Sprouts comes with a huge perk: a 5% “lifetime” discount.
- Fresh Impact Farm: Microgreens, hard-to-find herbs and edible flowers from this sustainable indoor grower in Arlington are now for sale on their website. The farm delivers orders to Arlington, Alexandria and DC on Tuesdays and drops them off in Fairfax on Thursdays. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, customers can pick up their orders at its location (5165 Lee Highway, Suite B). Orders must be placed before 8 p.m. the day before.
- Moon Valley Farm: This organic farm in Woodsboro, Maryland, just north of Frederick, supplies essential DC restaurants like Dabney, Maydan and Tail Up Goat. It has a CSA program with drop-off locations around Maryland and DC and sells beans, grains, eggs, mushrooms, peppers, tomatoes and herbs online. Customers can also pay to donate a tree to the farm or food for restaurant workers in need. Home delivery is available in the District, Bethesda, Frederick and Baltimore.
- SIMPLi: Sarela Herrada, who led CAVA’s food and beverage division for five years, co-founded this Peruvian quinoa and Greek olive oil wholesale company that works directly with producers to simplify supply chains restaurants like &pizza, Little Beet and B. Good. SIMPLi has teamed up with JRINK and Salt & Sundry to sell patterned bags of white quinoa for around $10. Its website offers individual bags, 10-pound boxes ($45), and 25-pound bags ($100).
- A new website called Pepper Pantry positions suppliers to receive and fulfill delivery orders to consumers. Local suppliers include: Delta products (dried fruits, dairy products and maintenance products, with a minimum of $100); tasty duck (farm-fresh chicken and duck meats served at top NYC restaurants like Eleven Madison Park, Tao, Buddakan, and Decoy); Downeast Coffee Roasters; and LaFaver Farm (premium burgers, franks and ribs). Customers can generally expect orders to arrive by 7pm on the selected delivery date.
- chocolate market: This app comes from a global company that aims to eliminate waste by connecting suppliers to restaurants. Now, he acts as a liaison for free next-day deliveries of groceries such as vegetables, pasta, beans and cleaning essentials ($100 minimum). Choco pledges all profits from its market program to the RAMW workers’ relief fund. Lanham, Maryland, supplier Delta products is a DC Order partner here.