I’m not sure who to talk to about this, but we have been buying produce, dry goods and meat through Dining Alliance for over a year now. It is an alliance of restaurants with incredible purchasing power. I was reviewing pricing today with our Executive Chef/Culinary Director, Tim Willis, and the saving we are seeing are very impressive, especially in produce at this time of year. Dining alliance works by contracting with purveyors and building in prices over a year at a time… right now we are saving $15.00 a case on tomatoes alone.
I wanted to wait a year until we were sure about the success of this program before I mentioned it to you. I think it is a great option for Lyons Group – the program is very flexible so you can buy a full range of items including paper goods or pick and choose the purchases that are best for you. For example, we do not use them for seafood purchases.