Procuring Fresh Vegetables for an Italian Restaurant

You need to have a steady supply of fresh vegetables, to keep an Italian restaurant running. As a matter of fact, your success in running an Italian restaurant depends to a great extent on your ability to get a steady supply of fresh vegetables. This is because many of the dishes served in Italian restaurants are based on fresh vegetables. Thus, if your supply of fresh vegetables fails, you will find yourself having to omit certain dishes from the menu. Or you will find yourself having to use vegetables that are not exactly fresh — eventually leading to loss of customers. You can’t serve your customers stale vegetables, and expect to retain them in the long run. You have to understand that your customers work very hard for the money they spend in your restaurant. Your typical customer could, for instance, be a UPS worker. He would, as such, be a person who has to go through the UPS registration process on a regular basis, in order to remain on the UPS payroll at Upsers.com. You surely can’t expect to serve such a person stale vegetables, and expect to continue having him as your customer for long.

There are two key ways in which you can go about procuring fresh vegetables for an Italian restaurant.

The first approach is where you contract a vendor to be supplying you with the fresh vegetables on a regular basis. You can start by advertising the contract for the supply of the fresh vegetables in the media, inviting suppliers who are interested to apply. Then you can evaluate the bids that you receive, in order to select the supplier who seems to fit your bill well. That is the supplier you’d subsequently work with – and you just have to ensure that the supplier you opt to work with is one who can genuinely maintain a steady supply of fresh vegetables.

The second approach is where you create a schedule where you’d be visiting the markets where fresh vegetables are sold, and buying the vegetables yourself. Under this approach, you stand to save money: as you will probably be spending less than what you’d otherwise have spent (if you contracted a vendor to be supplying you with the fresh vegetables at your café premises). But on the downside, you could end up spending a lot of time visiting the markets where the fresh vegetables are sold, and buying the veggies there.