Surfas Restaurant Supply and Gourmet Food and Culinary District have joined forces to create a dynamic new online presence, Surfas Culinary District. This exciting new web location promises select Surfas products and hundreds of your favorite items from CulinaryDistrict.com.
Family owned and operated since 1937, Surfas has served architects, chefs, food and beverage professionals, small restaurateurs and large chain restaurant operators fulfilling their food service needs for over 75 years.
With a reputation for unsurpassed excellence, Surfas is the premier source for quality in commercial kitchen design and installation. Generations of satisfied customers have relied on their standards of function and beauty in commercial food preparation.
Their Culver City warehouse sales/showroom, is a landmark in the Los Angeles culinary world and stocked with thousands of items for serious food enthusiasts and professional chefs. Considered to be the ultimate source for fine imported and domestic food products, ingredients and culinary items, Surfas is “Paradise Found” for serious food enthusiasts and professional chefs.
Beginning in an abandoned Los Angeles garage in 1937 Surfas prospered supplying equipment to the growing culinary market. In 1947 the business moved to a showroom on West Jefferson Boulevard in Los Angeles, CA. Les Surfas, with a Master’s Degree in Business, brought new ideas and techniques to the company and the modest sized company became a premier commercial kitchen design and installation house. In 1989 the company moved to a new, larger location in Culver City. The new location would allow them to add gourmet products, cheeses, wine, and specialty food ingredients to its selection of commercial culinary equipment, cookware, cutlery, tools, china, glass ware, bake ware.
In the mid 1990s, in response to overwhelming customer demand, Surfas opened its doors to the public giving shoppers access to a stunning inventory of over 18,000 items and impressive selection of fine imported and domestic foods, ingredients and an extensive selection of commercial quality kitchen necessities. Local culinary professionals spending hours at the friendly store, shopping and sharing ideas about food and industry trends would refer to the store as a Chef’s Paradise, a name that has stuck.
Café Surfas opened in 2006 serving breakfast, lunch, housemade pastries and beverages to hungry shoppers. In its opening year the Café was selected by Zagat as one of the Top 10 New Restaurants in Los Angeles. Connected to the Surfas store, this concept operation has won a loyal following of food lovers, many who drive long distances to spend a day shopping and eating at Surfas.
Always innovative in meeting their customer needs, Surfas located their Test Kitchen in the large showroom and outfitted it with the latest in food equipment. This provides a venue for chefs to test new menu ideas, teach classes and hold cooking demonstrations. Chefs, individuals and companies often use the Surfas Test Kitchen to stage meetings, celebrations and private parties and production companies film there regularly.
Following in his father’s footsteps, Steven Surfas joined the family business in 2004 with a Bachelor degree in Business with emphasis in Finance and International Business at Loyola Marymount University. While working in the business, Steven obtained a Masters Degree in Business with emphasis in Finance at Pepperdine Unversity Graziadio School of Business and Management. He comes to the family owned company with interests in directing the multifaceted company toward new technology and establishing a strong foundation for growth.
Surfas is being discovered by new customers every day who visit the store in Los Angeles and can now visit the newly opened California location in Costa Mesa. They also have a small storefront in the resort town of Hot Springs, Arkansas where they are working on plans for a web fulfillment center. Their ecommerce web business, surfasonline.com, is thriving. The current inventory consists of over 18,000 items and new items are being added every day.
The experience of Surfas is as unique and changeable as the culinary world. This is a vibrant, enthusiastic, dedicated company that has redefined a specialized business and brought it into the mainstream for all who want to experience culinary excellence.