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In 1993, founder Joe Guth was the Sous Chef at Zefiro, a groundbreaking restaurant in Portland’s emerging culinary scene. Previous experience as a cook at the renowned Chez Panisse Cafe in Berkeley, California, exposed Joe to a wide variety of foods that were not available to him in Portland. When he couldn’t find his favorite items, Joe realized other chefs might be similarly frustrated. Thus began Provvista Specialty Foods, with a simple notion: to provide local restaurants with the best quality food products at a fair price.

Our original catalog listed high quality olive oil, Italian pasta, heirloom beans, and a few other hard-to-find ingredients. As the company and Portland grew, so did our product list. Joe’s original vision expanded to include a dual focus on imported goods and American artisanal products, providing Provvista’ s growing audience with an array of unique, high quality food items. Our current product offerings reflect the diverse needs of our customers, and the list grows continuously.


In 2011, our parent company, The Chefs’ Warehouse, Inc., acquired Provvista. Our passionately educated staff speaks to the unique needs of our Pacific Northwest Chefs. Additionally, we have expanded to a second warehouse servicing the Seattle community five days a week.

The Chefs’ Warehouse family of companies currently includes: Dairyland USA, Michael’s Finer Meats & Seafood, Allen Brothers, Bel Canto Foods and Del Monte Meats. We have locations servicing restaurants, hotels, country clubs and gourmet food stores in practically every culinary market across North America. This focus on growth has given us even better insight into the ingredient demands of kitchens today. The Chefs’ Warehouse proudly celebrated their 30th anniversary as a premier food distributor in 2015.

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