Vancouver Restaurants Stay Afloat with Creative Meal Options

As many restaurants in metro Vancouver close their doors to the public a few kitchens remain open. Here are some creative ways restaurants are helping their staff and each other. As well as ways that we all can help. 

On a personal note, I have been blogging for many years and have met the most amazing, passionate people within the food industry. From farmers to cooks, servers and owners. They are some of the most generous people I know. One thing that unites them is their passion to serve food that makes people happy. It crushes me to see so many of my friends struggle. So I have come back from my blogging hiatus to rally around these generous people and give them all the support and love. 

If you want to be added to this list please let me know by emailing foodpersuasion@gmail.com


Staff Meal -Founded by Say Mercy and The Mackenzie room. When they decided to close their staff were laid off. As many may not have much disposable income they still needed to eat, born Staff Meal. Meals like stews, grains, pasta sauce at servings of 500ml for $5 – $10, makes this affordable. Each order has an automatic add-on fee of $2, which is donated to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. You can also donate meals to front-line staff. 

The Federal Store –  They taken out their seating and replaced it with shelves of bake at home pastry favourites. Also pantry and bath essentials like baking soda, yeast, paper towels. Delivery is by donation.

A few other restaurants that open have delivery and take-out options. This wonderful site Breaking Bread  has a whole list of restaurants in metro Vancouver that deliver or have takeout options or curb side pickup. There are about a whole slew of restaurants there. From Beta 5, DD Mau, Ancora 3/4 Full Cafe,  to Autostrada, which takeout menu is 20% off their regular at gift cards are 15%. The Ellis, has a pickup and delivery option. Cibo Trattoria and Doy Chau, Field and Social have special promotions for front line workers.

OCO Meals – Meals made in bulk by local restaurants and delivered to your door.  Meals range from $7 and up, dishes like shepherds pie, Goat Salan with Basmati Rice. 

 “In order for us to keep our business and the 14 local businesses who we partner with running we do need to go back to our normal pricing starting April 9th. For next week’s orders we will be offering a 10% discount to everyone (use code 10OFFCVD at checkout between April 9-15th). We will continue adding affordable options to our menu, and we are working on other new promotions. If this change makes our service unaffordable for you, please reach out to us and we will do what we can to help you.

From the bottom of our hearts, we want to thank you for supporting us and every one of our local food partners. As we help put food on your table, know that your purchase also helps us and our partners do the same for our families.” – OCO Meals

 

 

 

 

Nuba Introduces Meal and Grocery Kits

New Options Help Guests Enjoy Nuba’s Modern Middle Eastern Fare, Beer and Wine in the Comfort of Own Homes, Restock Fridges and Pantries During COVID-19 Crisis.

Nuba introduces two new meal kits available for advance orders Mondays through Sundays exclusively for delivery through nuba.ca/meal-kits.

Including enough food for a dozen meals, Nuba’s Meal Kit A is offered for $49 plus tax and includes:
  • 3 lbs vegan stew
  • 3 lbs Mjadra (lentil stew)
  • 16 falafels
  • 1 litre red lentil soup
  • 12 oz hummus
  • six pita
  • hot sauce
  • tahini
Nuba’s Meal Kit B option is also available for $79 plus tax and includes:
  • everything from Meal Kit A;
  • 2 lbs potatoes
  • 1 lb carrot
  • 1 lb onions
  • two lemons
  • one dozen eggs
  • six extra pita
  • two jumbo rolls of toilet paper

For direct delivery of Nuba menu items, wine and beer in the Downtown Vancouver and Kitsilano areas, go to nuba.ca and choose delivery during checkout or call your local restaurant at the numbers listed below. Guests are encouraged to add a tip through the shipping options and orders will be sent out approximately 25 minutes after ordering. Guests located outside of the direct delivery radius can also order delivery through DoorDashFoodora and Uber Eats

Tinhorn Creek Cancels Concert Series

Following the BC Government’s directive to cancel all events for 50 people or more, Tinhorn Creek have postponed their May and June Concerts. The May Concert (The Steadies) has been postponed until July 11, 2020. The June Concert (Attica Riots) has been postponed until August 8, 2020.  The Season Passes already issued for these events will be valid for the new Concert Series dates: July 11, 2020, July 25, 2020, August 8, 2020, and August 22, 2020.

Want more concert information click here.

If you are unable to attend you can contact them for a full or partial refund. Phone: 1-888-484-6467 or winery@tinhorn.com

Support the Team at Strathcona

With all the uncertainty that we all face it is a time to come together to get through this ordeal. When I saw this come across my email I jumped in to help.

Superflux went from having zero website to launching an online store and beer delivery service in partnership with Strathcona Beer Company – all in under 24 hours. For just $5 per delivery, Vancouverites can order Superflux and Strathcona beer to their home for same-day or next-day delivery ($35 minimum order). 100% of the delivery fee goes directly to the team at Strathcona who have lost wages due to the effects of COVID-19 on the local economy. The initiative will also help Strathcona avoid any further lay-offs.

Within the first 4.5 hours of going live, nearly $3,000 worth of beer was sold and more than $200 was raised to give back to the staff.

Delivery is currently available only within the City of Vancouver and Superflux and Strathcona are hoping to add more breweries to help support others in the community.

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Vancouver Island Brewing New Beer Lineup

Following a successful (re)launch Vancouver Island Brewing (VI Brewing) showcased its new lineup to the public. The unveiling saw a twist on three of their classic beers as well as a preview of four exclusive new ones.

Much of what you may remember from Vancouver Island Brewing beers has been updated. Overall the focus was on sessionable brews without sacrificing taste though (all 7 beers that were sampled that night were under 5% ABV). Some of the beers you will recall from days past but with a new twist or upgrade in ingredients used.

The previous Sea Dog Amber Ale has now transformed into the Carmanah Ale. However, you won’t be thinking of the old Sea Dog with the addition of piney resin hops in the new rendition. The taste is clean with a hint of a woodsy finish. One of the new brews, the Sombrio Citrus Session Ale, enjoys the addition of citrus zests which makes it bright and juicy on the palate with a clean hoppy finish. This one is definitely going to see a lot of patio action this summer. Overall, the new portfolio showcases a very drinkable line of brews.

19 IPA, full-flavored beer with a silky malt backbone and a bright hop profile of tropical fruit, and citrus – it packs all the taste of an IPA with much more friendly alcohol content.

Juan De Fuca Cerveza has complexity coming from premium grain, malt and hop varieties.

The Victoria Lager, a pale golden lager exhibits a classic clean character with notes of biscuity malts. Bitterness is akin to a German Pilsner with an aromatic aroma. Mouthfeel is firm and even, with an overall dry tone.

Steamworks HopAttack Fresh Hop IPA

Steamworks’s fresh hop IPA now available at their store or if you are lucky, at the Yaletown BCLS where we purchased it from. It has a nice pale gold color.On the nose it is round with notes of grassy pine, like being in a forest. The pine forward taste makes it an unmistakable fresh hop. Relatively light for an IPA with a crisp and dry finish.