A Columbus, Ohio, produce distributor recently hosted a joint meeting of the region’s chefs and restaurant associations.

Ohio wholesaler hosts chefs and restaurant groups meetingOn June 17, Sanfillipo Produce Co. Inc., invited the Central Ohio Chefs Association and the Central Ohio Restaurant Association to merge their June meetings and meet at the Columbus Produce Terminal Market.

Arranged by the wholesaler’s father and son partners, Jim Sanfillipo and Jamie Sanfillipo, the company cleared a double bay for the party, according to a news release.

Sanfillipo distributes produce from nine of the terminal’s 20 bays, according to the release.

The combined meeting was a first for the two organizations and well-attended, the Sanfillipos said in the release.

At the meeting, Joseph’s Gourmet Pasta provided attendees pasta dishes while Sanfillipo’s sales staff, which are mostly former chefs, prepared the salad, side dishes and fruit bowls.