There are a lot of specialty food shops around here that are now doing sort of a split retail/restaurant thingy, where they sell both prepared food and the products they use. It seems to me, a good way to have a operation that allows you to sell to the customer on a couple of levels. And if you are using the same product, then you are going to carry the inventory anyway, why not cut both sides of the sale.
Now, I can also see where a guy like Tom would say no, after all, it means that he is, in a way, endorsing your product. This is a tricky thing, co-promotion can be a real issue for both sides.
I'm feeling bearish, and I'm packing a Wusthof Grand Brisket slicer from MABA
"perhaps...but then again...maybe not..."