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Title: Does Grande Sell To The Public? How Did You Buy Their Products?
Post by: chickenparm on October 18, 2011, 01:28:14 AM
I was wondering how some of you purchase their products.I have no stores in my area that carry it.

I emailed Grande and told them I wanted to know where to purchase Grande Cheese in KY.This is the reply I was sent back posted below.I simply filled out a form online,told them my name,email address and where I was located,state,etc,and wanted to know where I could find this brand of cheese in KY near my location.The reply from them really created more questions than answers.

They replied:

Grande Cheese is an Italian cheese manufacturing company based in Wisconsin.  Please provide your shop name, contact name, shop address, city, state, zip code and phone number.  After receiving this information our Area Manager will contact you to answer your questions.

Thank you for your interest in Grande Cheese Company

 


They did not answer my questions at all.That said,I do not own a Business or a shop,so am I out of luck? I did not reply back yet,but do they sell to the public at all?




Title: Re: Does Grande Sell To The Public? How Did You Buy Their Products?
Post by: BrickStoneOven on October 21, 2011, 07:58:46 AM
They sent me an email with places that sold their cheese but they were all in NYC. So when I went to nyc the beginning of last year I went to a bunch of the places and none sold their cheese. When I posted on here, ScottR told me there was a place about 45 minutes away from me that sold all the Grande cheeses.

All I gotta say about the people at Grande are that they are dummies.

Your best bet is to call more places in and around your area, call as far as you are willing to drive to get some. Wholesale places are more likely to have it then supermarkets. But honestly it's not worth the cost and what you have to go through to get your hands on some.

If you do find some see if they have the "Italian Blend" which is 50/50 skim mozz/provo which is good, it has a nice salty bite to it. The "East Coast blend" didn't really have any taste, it was bland, this one is 50/50 Skim/Whole milk mozzarella.
Title: Re: Does Grande Sell To The Public? How Did You Buy Their Products?
Post by: norma427 on October 21, 2011, 08:39:09 AM
Bill,

I can't even buy Grande cheese, unless I go to Bova Foods or Reading because I am not a big enough pizza business (unless I would buy a large amount and then freeze it). I would need a big minimum order to be able to purchase Grande cheese. If I want a small amount of Grande cheese, I have to buy it from some of my larger pizza businesses.  I pay 5.00 a lb. when I buy it at our local pizza shop.
When I first started my small pizza stand, I did purchase all Grande cheese from a local pizza business and he gave it to me for the same price he paid for it, but wouldn't give me a slip that I purchased any.  That was the reason I stopped buying the Grande for my market stand.  I since have found I do like other other mozzarella cheeses that can be purchased from distributors.  If I have leftover grated cheese from one week to the next, the other mozzarella cheeses hold up better than Grande, at least for me.

Norma
Title: Re: Does Grande Sell To The Public? How Did You Buy Their Products?
Post by: scott123 on October 21, 2011, 08:51:49 AM
Considering how much of the pizzeria market Grande has, it's a shame they haven't made any inroads into the retail arena. It's so different than your average supermarket mozzarella that it almost might be worth marketing as a different cheese.

As far as it not being worth the cost or the hassle... I disagree.  The way it melts, the way it tastes, the way it smells- nothing comes close.  I'm in the NY area and am surrounded by pizzerias that use Grande, but even I can't find a retail source for small amounts.  I'm sure as heck not giving up trying, though.

It's probably a pipe dream, but perhaps if enough people pressured Grande to put out a retail version of their cheese, they might take it seriously.  Sure, most people just grab whatever mozzarella that's on sale, but I think there's enough people who take cheese seriously to make Grande work at a higher end supermarket level.
Title: Re: Does Grande Sell To The Public? How Did You Buy Their Products?
Post by: communist on October 21, 2011, 10:21:38 AM
I get Grande Cheese from MaineSource Food and Party Supply.  The have several stores in the Syracuse, Binghamton, Scranton and Wilkes Barre areas.  They supply a full range of Grande Products, and I like the six pound loaf of Grande whole milk mozzarella.  I believe it is for 2.50 a pound, so the price is right.  I think Grande is one of the key factors that has put my NY pie over the top, with rave reviews by family and friends.  I keep trying others, including Polly-O, and they just don't cut it.  I suggest calling the restaurant supply stores in your area and inquiring.  Mark
Title: Re: Does Grande Sell To The Public? How Did You Buy Their Products?
Post by: chickenparm on October 22, 2011, 12:14:40 AM
Thanks for all the tips and advice everyone.
 :)

The problem I have,there are no real Pizza shops out here.I do not even think Grande is even delivered around here.Chain pizza is what is the norm around here,and there are NO mom/pop style pizza shops around here anyway.I cannot recall anywhere I went to in KY that even uses Grande cheese.

I do have a GFS,or Gordon's Food Store.They are not much help though.For example,They sell the large number 10 cans of 6 in 1's All Purpose ground tomatoes,but cannot get me the other version I asked about.I asked them to see if they could order me the 6 in 1's peeled tomatoes,and they were no help.

Turns out,the manager in the store said he can only order whats in the book,and he showed me it as well.
There was no option for the can of tomatoes I wanted.My point of this was to show how difficult it is,even to get a supplier store to obtain other,non listed items.Escalon might sell it to me themselves,but thats for another topic.I wanted to see what my local GFS could do,and its not much.

I can make really good pizza these days,using store bought cheeses,but I KNOW it can be better if I could buy a better cheese for it.

Heck,I would be happy with a cheese that performed like Grande or other similar versions would be great!

I want something that melts white,doesn't break down after the first heat,and doesn't burn.I want it to reheat white and melt again if needed.The store bought stuff cannot do this or come close.I have tried every brand I could ever find in the local stores.Most are fine for a one time bake,but still doesn't taste or melts as good as Grande or others like it.



Title: Re: Does Grande Sell To The Public? How Did You Buy Their Products?
Post by: hammettjr on October 25, 2011, 10:04:02 PM
I order from Pennmac, which is fine if you're willing to pay for FedEx. (Or make small amounts of pizza like me.)

Scott, there was a post a while back mentioning a cash and carry on long island that sells it, though I haven't made it there yet to confirm. I'll find the name if you're interested.

There's also the new retail line from by grande called Piacci. Has anyone tried it?

Matt
Title: Re: Does Grande Sell To The Public? How Did You Buy Their Products?
Post by: scott123 on October 25, 2011, 10:17:38 PM
Matt, thanks, but Long Island is too far for me. I'm on the other side of the Hudson :) By the time I pay gas to LI, I could buy a large loaf, toss what I don't use and still be ahead of the game financially.  Thanks, though.
Title: Re: Does Grande Sell To The Public? How Did You Buy Their Products?
Post by: chickenparm on October 25, 2011, 10:23:25 PM
I order from Pennmac, which is fine if you're willing to pay for FedEx. (Or make small amounts of pizza like me.)

Scott, there was a post a while back mentioning a cash and carry on long island that sells it, though I haven't made it there yet to confirm. I'll find the name if you're interested.

There's also the new retail line from by grande called Piacci. Has anyone tried it?

Matt

Matt,
Thank you for posting this.I completely forgot about PennMac and I recall that company name being brought up a few times in the past.

I will try them soon and see what they can tell me.I would imagine I might need to order overnight or shipped with cooling materials?

Thanks.
 :)
Title: Re: Does Grande Sell To The Public? How Did You Buy Their Products?
Post by: hammettjr on October 26, 2011, 07:16:16 AM
No problem Bill. The shipping info is on their website. I believe all shipments are FedEx and with dry ice. They state that shipments to the west coast must use express shpping. I'm not sure. How far you are from Pittsburg, but you may be within their 'regular' shipping range.

Scott, understood, it's best to avoid that trip unless you enjoy traffic ;)

Title: Re: Does Grande Sell To The Public? How Did You Buy Their Products?
Post by: rohfan on October 27, 2011, 11:37:00 AM

Scott, there was a post a while back mentioning a cash and carry on long island that sells it, though I haven't made it there yet to confirm. I'll find the name if you're interested.

Matt

That would be my post, I believe. The place is called "Sansone" and they're located at 2133 Jericho Tpke., Garden City Park, LI, New York. 516-746-3695. Very reasonable prices. I bought the Grande 50/50 5# grated bag and I think it was in the high 20-low 30 dollar range if I remember correctly.
Title: Re: Does Grande Sell To The Public? How Did You Buy Their Products?
Post by: Essen1 on October 27, 2011, 12:15:27 PM
Bill,

I don't know if this will help but Grande has put out their cheese on a retail level under the label "Piacci". I'd check on their website to see if any of their cheese are available in your area:

http://www.piacci.com/

Good luck.
Title: Re: Does Grande Sell To The Public? How Did You Buy Their Products?
Post by: chickenparm on October 27, 2011, 12:23:10 PM
Thanks Mike.I went onto the site but theres nothing available in my area,as always.
 :-D


Regarding Penn mac,I'm located within the 2nd day delivery zone,so I will order from there soon.I can't wait to try some better cheese this time around.
 8)




Title: Re: Does Grande Sell To The Public? How Did You Buy Their Products?
Post by: Essen1 on October 27, 2011, 12:31:53 PM
Thanks Mike.I went onto the site but theres nothing available in my area,as always.
 :-D


Regarding Penn mac,I'm located within the 2nd day delivery zone,so I will order from there soon.I can't wait to try some better cheese this time around.
 8)






Bill,

Bummer.  :-\

Do you have Whole Foods around? They sell the Grande, too.
Title: Re: Does Grande Sell To The Public? How Did You Buy Their Products?
Post by: chickenparm on October 27, 2011, 05:25:22 PM
Mike,

No whole foods around either.
 :(
We have a lot of food stores out here but they just don't carry the good stuff I want to buy.

I can get kraft,polly o,sargento or sorrentos,and some fresh mozz made by belgiosio or however you spell it.I can get whole milk mozz from Gordons Food service,but thats about the best I can find.The problem with all of them,except for GFS,they are all too expensive for their level of quality.Im just not happy with using these local store cheeses.GFS cheese is OK,but I want better.

I will be glad to pay 7 bucks a lb for Grande than to pay 5-6 bucks a LB for Polly or another type.Heck,Boars head mozz cheese is 10 bucks a lb if you have a store order it around here.Thats crazy.

Also,They dont have delis around here either.The deli is inside walmart,if you get my meaning.Can't get the better cold cuts like in the big cities.Mail order seems to be easier than trying to drive all over the state looking for stuff.

:-D





Title: Re: Does Grande Sell To The Public? How Did You Buy Their Products?
Post by: hammettjr on October 27, 2011, 10:37:08 PM
Bill,

I don't know if this will help but Grande has put out their cheese on a retail level under the label "Piacci". I'd check on their website to see if any of their cheese are available in your area:

http://www.piacci.com/

Good luck.

Thanks Mike.I went onto the site but theres nothing available in my area,as always.
 :-D

Either there's an issue with their website, or they're not in NY yet. I searched for store locations within 75 miles of NYC and no results.

The new line is a good sign though.
Title: Re: Does Grande Sell To The Public? How Did You Buy Their Products?
Post by: hammettjr on October 27, 2011, 10:40:22 PM
That would be my post, I believe. The place is called "Sansone" and they're located at 2133 Jericho Tpke., Garden City Park, LI, New York. 516-746-3695. Very reasonable prices. I bought the Grande 50/50 5# grated bag and I think it was in the high 20-low 30 dollar range if I remember correctly.

Yep, that was your post. I dug it out of my bookmarks:

http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,10768.0.html

I'd like to make a trip, though I'm not really free Monday-Sat and they're closed on Sundays.

Title: Re: Does Grande Sell To The Public? How Did You Buy Their Products?
Post by: jgestner on August 22, 2019, 02:14:12 PM
Hi chickP
I order my Grande through a local Cheese store, but they get it from Vern's Cheese. They have an online presence and may deliver to your location. try them at https://www.vernscheese.com/shop-online/shredded-east-coast-cheese-blend/

They have all of the Grande cheeses and Mozzarella blends.

Good Luck
John
Title: Re: Does Grande Sell To The Public? How Did You Buy Their Products?
Post by: megan45 on August 22, 2019, 03:54:40 PM
Hi chickP
I order my Grande through a local Cheese store, but they get it from Vern's Cheese. They have an online presence and may deliver to your location. try them at https://www.vernscheese.com/shop-online/shredded-east-coast-cheese-blend/

They have all of the Grande cheeses and Mozzarella blends.

Good Luck
John

Talk about your necro-bump!

Chickenparm last logged in in Nov 2014 (and the post immediately above yours dates from 2011) ... shortly before he died, hence the "In Memorian" tag under his name.

Just sayin'. (But if chickenparm replies, I am outta here!)

Title: Re: Does Grande Sell To The Public? How Did You Buy Their Products?
Post by: Fiorot on August 22, 2019, 04:00:18 PM
Well if he is listening there are many Gordon Food Service Stores in Indiana.  https://gfsstore.com/locations/
Title: Re: Does Grande Sell To The Public? How Did You Buy Their Products?
Post by: Chicago Bob on October 22, 2019, 11:00:45 PM



   Ok,so... Is there any new source for this grande other than Vern the Burn or the pirates over there in Penn?

And which is the best grande choice for NY style pizza...I really want to know which gives that awesome cheese/sauce meld. No fooling around here folks... Give it to ole Bob straight. Thank you!!  👻
Title: Re: Does Grande Sell To The Public? How Did You Buy Their Products?
Post by: HansB on October 23, 2019, 04:57:14 AM
What's wrong with Vern? I just got some Grande East Coast Blend from them. Excellent service...
Title: Re: Does Grande Sell To The Public? How Did You Buy Their Products?
Post by: jgestner on October 23, 2019, 08:19:40 AM
Hi Gang
I just drive to Vern's about twice per year. $24.95 for 5 lb. shredded 50/50 East coast blend. Lots of things are more expensive, but that cheese is indispensable for my Pizza, as is 6 in 1 Escalon/Heinz ground tomatoes. Lately I have been using General Mills High Gluten All Trumps Flour and a good 4-6 hour fermentation and a 24 to 48 hour rest in the refrigerator, (Ken Forkish, The Elements of Pizza) recipe.

Great ingredients and recipes make great Pizza!
Don't skimp on your ingredients, Life is too Short to try to get by with cheaper parts in your cooking.

Vern's Cheese 50/50 blend. https://www.vernscheese.com/shop-online/shredded-east-coast-cheese-blend/

John
Title: Re: Does Grande Sell To The Public? How Did You Buy Their Products?
Post by: Fiorot on October 23, 2019, 09:00:00 AM
Hi Gang
I just drive to Vern's about twice per year. $24.95 for 5 lb. shredded 50/50 East coast blend. Lots of things are more expensive, but that cheese is indispensable for my Pizza, as is 6 in 1 Escalon/Heinz ground tomatoes. Lately I have been using General Mills High Gluten All Trumps Flour and a good 4-6 hour fermentation and a 24 to 48 hour rest in the refrigerator, (Ken Forkish, The Elements of Pizza) recipe.

Great ingredients and recipes make great Pizza!
Don't skimp on your ingredients, Life is too Short to try to get by with cheaper parts in your cooking.

Vern's Cheese 50/50 blend. https://www.vernscheese.com/shop-online/shredded-east-coast-cheese-blend/

John
What's wrong with Verns?  5 pounds should be 13 dollars and change.  17 dollars at Gordon Foods and Endico
Title: Re: Does Grande Sell To The Public? How Did You Buy Their Products?
Post by: HansB on October 23, 2019, 10:07:31 AM
Grande ECB is not available anywhere in MI, so yeah $25 for 5# is a bargain...
Title: Re: Does Grande Sell To The Public? How Did You Buy Their Products?
Post by: foreplease on October 23, 2019, 10:14:39 AM
Grande ECB is not available anywhere in MI, so yeah $25 for 5# is a bargain...
^^^  People are paying way more than that for Boar’s Head and not complaining.
Title: Re: Does Grande Sell To The Public? How Did You Buy Their Products?
Post by: hammettjr on October 23, 2019, 11:53:27 AM

...
And which is the best grande choice for NY style pizza...I really want to know which gives that awesome cheese/sauce meld. No fooling around here folks... Give it to ole Bob straight. Thank you!!  👻

Good cheese alone wont determine the melt. I listed some of the other aspects a couple days ago on my thread.

I've been happy with either whole milk or east coast blend, you wont go wrong with either. Comes down to personal preference and how you use it. I'm currently using whole milk.
Title: Re: Does Grande Sell To The Public? How Did You Buy Their Products?
Post by: stevenfstein on October 23, 2019, 12:05:11 PM
Matt, from what I can see the blends come in 5 lb bags. Is it a vacuum sealed bag? For home use would I portion that out into individual baggies and freeze? Would the portions work in a foodsaver bag and freeze or would it be a compressed mess.
Best... Steve
Title: Re: Does Grande Sell To The Public? How Did You Buy Their Products?
Post by: Chicago Bob on October 23, 2019, 01:20:46 PM
What's wrong with Verns?  5 pounds should be 13 dollars and change.  17 dollars at Gordon Foods and Endico

      ^^^.    Plus, I'm in NC so tack on another $20 or so for their overpriced shipping and your @ 10 bucks a lb. for cheese that most people get for 2 dollars and change. That ain't very kind Vern. 🤗

But I guess I'm going to order from Vern cause I'm not diggin the restaurant Depot stuff. Supremo New York blend is the only "decent" one I've found there.
Title: Re: Does Grande Sell To The Public? How Did You Buy Their Products?
Post by: Chicago Bob on October 23, 2019, 01:27:54 PM
Matt, from what I can see the blends come in 5 lb bags. Is it a vacuum sealed bag? For home use would I portion that out into individual baggies and freeze? Would the portions work in a foodsaver bag and freeze or would it be a compressed mess.
Best... Steve

    Steve
, I've always had great results by storing individual sandwich size baggies with one pizzas worth of cheese in each inside a larger 2 gallon freezer baggie.... No vacuum.

Matt
Have you ever used the grande dice?
Title: Re: Does Grande Sell To The Public? How Did You Buy Their Products?
Post by: Chicago Bob on October 23, 2019, 01:35:12 PM
^^^  People are paying way more than that for Boar’s Head and not complaining.

I'm not one of those people. 🤪

I tried the hoars head and thought it sucked. 😆
Title: Re: Does Grande Sell To The Public? How Did You Buy Their Products?
Post by: jgestner on October 23, 2019, 01:55:26 PM
Hey Bob
I just tried checking Fiorot's math on Gordon's Food Service Store pricing for Grande Cheese...

The folks at the nearest store to me confirmed that they could get Grande, but as others have mentioned only in full case lots, and for our Shredded Grande 50/50 that means 6 five pound bags for 30 pounds total. The price was $109.95, and they needed a few days to get it to their store. That comes out to $18.325 per five pound bag, and that only works if you have friends and family to help buy and store some of the 30 pounds of cheese in that full case box.

I guess if you can find a GFS store within driving range and plan a few days ahead with those pizza loving friends and family, you can get Grande cheese for $3.665 per pound.

Enjoy!
Title: Re: Does Grande Sell To The Public? How Did You Buy Their Products?
Post by: HansB on October 23, 2019, 03:12:12 PM
I tried the hoars head and thought it sucked. 😆

First complaint I've ever heard about Boars Head. Doesn't get much better...
Title: Re: Does Grande Sell To The Public? How Did You Buy Their Products?
Post by: Chicago Bob on October 23, 2019, 04:18:09 PM
First complaint I've ever heard about Boars Head. Doesn't get much better...
well, maybe I was having an off night. ☠️

Hans, maybe I'll give it another shot. I'm going to try making one of those Roman pies in the Blackstone tonight. Probably around 650 degrees F..... Do you think I could use the boars Head on this pizza?  The BH is whole milk/low moisture? They only sell 1 type, correct?
Thank you.  :pizza:
Title: Re: Does Grande Sell To The Public? How Did You Buy Their Products?
Post by: HansB on October 23, 2019, 05:18:49 PM
well, maybe I was having an off night. ☠️

Hans, maybe I'll give it another shot. I'm going to try making one of those Roman pies in the Blackstone tonight. Probably around 650 degrees F..... Do you think I could use the boars Head on this pizza?  The BH is whole milk/low moisture? They only sell 1 type, correct?
Thank you.  :pizza:

Yep, whole milk/low moisture. I ask them to cut a piece off the block then shred at home. Or you can use it sliced. Hope you like it! It's nice because it's always available locally.
Title: Re: Does Grande Sell To The Public? How Did You Buy Their Products?
Post by: hammettjr on October 23, 2019, 05:24:06 PM
I've liked Boars Head too. No reason not to use it in Blackstone at 650.

Bob, I've never used the pre-diced cheese.

Steve, agree with Bob, the pre-shredded freezes fine. I wrap portions in plastic wrap (instead of using baggies, but no particular reason I do it that way). They actually fill the pre-shredded bags with gas, which allows them to only include pure cheese. No anti-caking agents like you find in the supermarket.

Title: Re: Does Grande Sell To The Public? How Did You Buy Their Products?
Post by: Fiorot on October 23, 2019, 06:13:07 PM
Hey Bob
I just tried checking Fiorot's math on Gordon's Food Service Store pricing for Grande Cheese...

The folks at the nearest store to me confirmed that they could get Grande, but as others have mentioned only in full case lots, and for our Shredded Grande 50/50 that means 6 five pound bags for 30 pounds total. The price was $109.95, and they needed a few days to get it to their store. That comes out to $18.325 per five pound bag, and that only works if you have friends and family to help buy and store some of the 30 pounds of cheese in that full case box.

I guess if you can find a GFS store within driving range and plan a few days ahead with those pizza loving friends and family, you can get Grande cheese for $3.665 per pound.

Enjoy!
What was I off by a dollar?   Anyway not all GFS stores force you to buy a case.   As for Endico I wanted a bag of the Provo Cheddar Blend but was told I had to buy the Case but they sell the WM and the East Coast Blend all the time by bag and once I was able to buy a Provo Cheddar Blend.  Do not vacuum I did that once , breaking it up was difficult.     And if on Long Island NY go to http://www.sansonefoods.com/products-by-category/  I also think a Real NY Pie is made with shredded cheese not slices.
Title: Re: Does Grande Sell To The Public? How Did You Buy Their Products?
Post by: stevenfstein on October 23, 2019, 06:52:31 PM
when you go to restaurant depo can you buy just a single block of grande or a single 5 lb bag or do you have to buy the full case.

Thanks.. Steve
Title: Re: Does Grande Sell To The Public? How Did You Buy Their Products?
Post by: Fiorot on October 23, 2019, 07:35:43 PM
when you go to restaurant depo can you buy just a single block of grande or a single 5 lb bag or do you have to buy the full case.

Thanks.. Steve
RD does not carry Grande as far as I know  Where are you in NY?
Title: Re: Does Grande Sell To The Public? How Did You Buy Their Products?
Post by: jgestner on October 23, 2019, 09:03:58 PM
Hey Steve
I agree with Fiorot! Restaurant Depot has the big #10 Cans of Escalon 6 in 1 ground tomatoes at a nice price, but NO Grande products in Wisconsin or Minnesota.

They may have some good cheese but I will hold out for Grande. Maybe it is just a home state thing for me, but that doesn't explain why so many New York City parlors use it.

John
Title: Re: Does Grande Sell To The Public? How Did You Buy Their Products?
Post by: Fiorot on October 23, 2019, 09:26:14 PM
Hey Steve
I agree with Fiorot! Restaurant Depot has the big #10 Cans of Escalon 6 in 1 ground tomatoes at a nice price, but NO Grande products in Wisconsin or Minnesota.

They may have some good cheese but I will hold out for Grande. Maybe it is just a home state thing for me, but that doesn't explain why so many New York City parlors use it.

John
That question is simple.  have you considered the amount of Pizzerias on most blocks in NY and the Tri State area make NY Pie? and use this cheese? 
Title: Re: Does Grande Sell To The Public? How Did You Buy Their Products?
Post by: stevenfstein on October 23, 2019, 09:31:59 PM
RD does not carry Grande as far as I know  Where are you in NY?

WestChester county
Title: Re: Does Grande Sell To The Public? How Did You Buy Their Products?
Post by: Fiorot on October 23, 2019, 09:47:25 PM
WestChester county
Are you asking where in Westchester County?  then that is simple   Grande Cheese at Brewster /Carmel at Endico Products at their farm store
Title: Re: Does Grande Sell To The Public? How Did You Buy Their Products?
Post by: Chicago Bob on October 23, 2019, 10:29:01 PM
when you go to restaurant depo can you buy just a single block of grande or a single 5 lb bag or do you have to buy the full case.

Thanks.. Steve
as fiorot indicated... No grande at RD..... Not in NC.
They have probably closer to 10 different sizes/types of mozz and you do not have to buy case size.
Title: Re: Does Grande Sell To The Public? How Did You Buy Their Products?
Post by: corkd on October 24, 2019, 09:37:28 AM
Here in Central NY I buy Grande loaves at Casa Imports in Utica. They are a distributor with a cash & carry window for the public. They also sell dented cans of Sclafani tomatoes for 1$ each!
Title: Re: Does Grande Sell To The Public? How Did You Buy Their Products?
Post by: Chicago Bob on October 31, 2019, 10:33:13 PM
Here in Central NY I buy Grande loaves at Casa Imports in Utica. They are a distributor with a cash & carry window for the public. They also sell dented cans of Sclafani tomatoes for 1$ each!
ok, that all sounds lovely... How much do they charge you per pound for the grande?
Title: Re: Does Grande Sell To The Public? How Did You Buy Their Products?
Post by: stevenfstein on November 01, 2019, 05:05:03 PM
Are you asking where in Westchester County?  then that is simple   Grande Cheese at Brewster /Carmel at Endico Products at their farm store

Thank you, thank you, thank you and a virtual bottle of your favorite. Went to Endico and had a great time. Had individual bags of Grande skim, whole milk and East Coast blend as well as the blocks. They also had small containers, about 6oz each of shredded whole milk. A bit more expensive but still cheaper than Boars head. Picked up 3 to try this weekend and if I like I'll get the 5 lb bag and portion and freeze. Is the East Coast blend something that a lot of people use? I see on their website they also carry the ched/moz/prov blend. Didn't see on the shelf so might have been lack of space. Suggestions appreciated.

Regards... Steve
Title: Re: Does Grande Sell To The Public? How Did You Buy Their Products?
Post by: Fiorot on November 02, 2019, 06:22:03 PM
Thank you, thank you, thank you and a virtual bottle of your favorite. Went to Endico and had a great time. Had individual bags of Grande skim, whole milk and East Coast blend as well as the blocks. They also had small containers, about 6oz each of shredded whole milk. A bit more expensive but still cheaper than Boars head. Picked up 3 to try this weekend and if I like I'll get the 5 lb bag and portion and freeze. Is the East Coast blend something that a lot of people use? I see on their website they also carry the ched/moz/prov blend. Didn't see on the shelf so might have been lack of space. Suggestions appreciated.

Regards... Steve
Glad you liked it !   As for the 3 cheese blend I found a bag once when I went back the fellow said you can only by a case of 6.  So I add one ounce of provo and one ounce of cheddar to 8 oz of the WM.   The East Coast Blend is a favorite of NY Pizzerias as it does not pool like the WM if too much is used
Title: Re: Does Grande Sell To The Public? How Did You Buy Their Products?
Post by: colebg on December 01, 2019, 06:59:45 PM
Bill,

I can't even buy Grande cheese, unless I go to Bova Foods or Reading because I am not a big enough pizza business (unless I would buy a large amount and then freeze it). I would need a big minimum order to be able to purchase Grande cheese. If I want a small amount of Grande cheese, I have to buy it from some of my larger pizza businesses.  I pay 5.00 a lb. when I buy it at our local pizza shop.
When I first started my small pizza stand, I did purchase all Grande cheese from a local pizza business and he gave it to me for the same price he paid for it, but wouldn't give me a slip that I purchased any.  That was the reason I stopped buying the Grande for my market stand.  I since have found I do like other other mozzarella cheeses that can be purchased from distributors.  If I have leftover grated cheese from one week to the next, the other mozzarella cheeses hold up better than Grande, at least for me.

Norma
curious to know if bova sell grande to the public?
Title: Re: Does Grande Sell To The Public? How Did You Buy Their Products?
Post by: johnnytuinals on December 01, 2019, 10:15:08 PM
Go into Bova and order a Case of Grande WM Shredded cheese.
Yes you will need to buy a whole case of 6 5lb bags and the cost is around $105(Last time it was around $86}
Bova will ask you if you have a account,just tell them NO but you do have a restaurant that makes pizza...…….JT
Title: Re: Does Grande Sell To The Public? How Did You Buy Their Products?
Post by: colebg on December 02, 2019, 05:55:31 PM
Thanks for the reply johnnytuinals and making me aware of this place I actually stopped in there today on my way home from work. I just asked the lady who was very friendly btw at the register and she rang it up for me no questions asked. Got the 6-5lbs shredded for $96 better than what I was paying online. Also got some fresh yeast for $1.90 which I couldn't find anywhere else. How long does the shredded cheese last in the fridge?
Title: Re: Does Grande Sell To The Public? How Did You Buy Their Products?
Post by: Chicago Bob on December 02, 2019, 06:23:47 PM
Like Sinatra says.... Grande can kiss my a$$ in my golden years!!  😎
Title: Re: Does Grande Sell To The Public? How Did You Buy Their Products?
Post by: Fiorot on December 02, 2019, 06:31:17 PM
How long does the shredded cheese last in the fridge?
freeze it and forget it
Title: Re: Does Grande Sell To The Public? How Did You Buy Their Products?
Post by: corkd on December 02, 2019, 08:21:07 PM
ok, that all sounds lovely... How much do they charge you per pound for the grande?
The loaf was around 6lbs, and it was around 18$+/-.. I’ll be back for a reload in 2 weeks, and will reply with exact cost.
Title: Re: Does Grande Sell To The Public? How Did You Buy Their Products?
Post by: johnnytuinals on December 02, 2019, 10:42:18 PM
I use the Shredded up too 30 days and put the bags in the Freezer till I need one.
Yes I do throw away 1/4 - 1/6th of the old bag about 30 days old but at these prices who cares....JT