Local food purveyors institute inventive new ways to help—and feed—during a time of uncertainty
Throughout British Columbia, restaurants and businesses are using creative, unique methods to distribute food to an appreciative public during the COVD-19 health crisis. Consider supporting local favourites by taking one up on an offer below as you plan your at-home meals for the week.
Here are just a few of the tasty local options on offer...
1. Say Mercy
Facebook/Say MercyThe team at Say Mercy is leading the charge to help restaurant workers currently out of work, as well as others in need of a quality meal. Not only are they preparing healthy, affordable dishes for takeout, but a "suspended stew" is available daily. Customers can purchase one—for just $5—to donate a meal to someone in need. A donation to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank is added to orders, and a number of other restaurants have joined the movement... including some listed just below. (Those in need of a donated meal can message the folks behind the initiative directly on Instagram.)
2. Rocky Mountain Flatbread
Facebook/Rocky Mountain FlatbreadVancouver pizza favourite Rocky Mountain Flatbread is adhering strictly to health standards, going above and beyond during this pandemic, and their menu also reflects the uneasy times with strategic additions and modifications. A full list of pizzas, pastas and salads are available for takeout and delivery, with customers now able to make and pay for orders by phone with contactless curbside or patio pickup between the hours of 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. daily at both the outlet's Kitsilano and Main Street locales. A number of family promotions including make-at-home pizza kits are also available, plus Rocky Mountain is offering 25 percent off all regular-priced takeout menu items to front line workers, with owners personally offering to deliver to front line teams and individuals for orders over $100.
3. Joey Restaurants
Facebook/Masayoshi SushiAward-winning Masayoshi is instituting a number of innovative plans to keep Vancouverites well-fed—and curious about quality ingredients and delicious flavours. A new takeout menu has been introduced at the Fraserhood favourite, along with a variety of vacuum-packed proteins, marinated and ready to whip up at home. In addition, the restaurant is taking part in Say Mercy's Staff Meal program, with $8 "donated" meals accompanying a $2 donation to the Food Bank. Same-day orders at Masayoshi can be placed online between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., with pickup between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday.
5. AnnaLena, Hundy and TheirThere
Facebook/AnnaLenaThe team at AnnaLena, Hundy and TheirThere are turning to a "Strange Times" takeout menu in these... well, strange times. A rotating menu will be available from a singular location in Kitsilano, with all orders placed and paid for online. In addition to UberEats and DoorDash delivery options, customers can also be notified via text or phone call when their orders are ready, allowing for proper social distancing to keep staff and customers alike safe.
Facebook/BeetboxPlant-based Beetbox is adding rice bowls to its lineup of veggie comfort food. These newbies vary from crispy tofu bowls to taco bowls with "cheezy" corn and garden bowls, boasting their popular green goddess dressing and miso-roasted squash.Takeout and delivery orders can be made online.
Facebook/GlowbalThe team at Glowbal is focusing on meals for those in need. Their kitchens will be preparing meal deliveries for organizations including Ronald McDonald House B.C. and Yukon and A Loving Spoonful. Vancouver Firefighters Charities is taking part, with off-duty firefighters volunteering to help with deliveries throughout the Lower Mainland.
Non-profit and community organizations in need can contact PR reps Michelle Lan and Tara Armstrong
9. Boulevard Kitchen and Oyster Bar
Facebook/BoulevardDowntown's normally bustling Boulevard Kitchen and Oyster Bar is known for designer cocktails, delicious seafood and a well-heeled crowd, but now… they are a grocery store of sorts. Thanks to the new BLVD Provisions program, customers can pick up thoughtfully prepared items, either solo or in “Provision Packs” with full meals in mind and vacuum-packed for easy storage or freezing. Boulevard employees have access to the offerings at cost, front line workers receive a 25 percent discount and, with each order, Boulevard will donate $2 to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. Shoppers can also opt to make a personal charitable donation or purchase a meal for an unemployed restaurant worker. Orders can be placed online and picked up between the hours of 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
10. Nude Beverages
11. Pepino’s Spaghetti House
13. Caffè La Tana
Facebook/Caffè La TanaThe Drive's Caffè La Tana is selling stock exclusively to-go, at cost or below, with pickup and takeout available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Ready-to-eat meals—with a rotating menu of pasta, panini, salad and sides—plus packaged sauces, butter, eggs, meats, cheeses and more. $25 pizza kits are the perfect option for family dining at home.
14. Juke Fried Chicken
15. Harvest Community Foods
Facebook/Harvest Community FoodsThe popular community-supported agriculture service at Harvest Community Foods has been expanded to weekly deliveries (instead of the previous bi-weekly), so customers can opt in for $35 with orders by Tuesday for pick-up on Thursday between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Each bag is filled with seasonal foods and veggies and is sized for two. Long term commitments are not necessary, with shares available weekly, as the initiative aims to support the local community during this crucial time. In addition, prepared meals are available for takeout and delivery.
16. Burdock and Co.
Facebook/Burdock and Co.Mount Pleasant's Burdock and Co. is supporting the community by extending Harvest Foods' community-supported agricultural bags to the popular Main Street eatery, thanks to the inventiveness of chef and owner Andrea Carlson. (The $35 bags reflect the same details as Harvest's offering above.) In addition, hot meals are available for takeout every Thursday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., with diners also able to order fresh provisions, including broths, yogurt with granola and more... as well as the spot's popular wines.
17. Yuwa Japanese Cuisine
Facebook/Yuwa JapaneseA new takeout menu—with a curbside option—highlights the changes at celebrated Japanese spot Yuwa. Menus change daily to reflect fresh deliveries and the special menu includes sushi, sashimi, grilled dishes and more.
18. Breaking Bread
Facebook/Breaking Bread NowOver 150 independent restaurants have hopped aboard to participate in the Breaking Bread program. Aiming to offset the impact of social distancing on Canadian restaurants, the site is the perfect spot online to research which businesses are offering delivery, takeout and pickup options for ready-made meals this season. Other ways to support local restaurants are also shared.
Facebook/Earls RestaurantsThe chefs at Earls have pulled together convenient meal kits and grocery staples in an attempt to offer all of Canada new dining and shopping options. Exclaiming "Our doors are closed but our kitchens are open", local outposts will stock everything from pizza party kits to half-price bottles of wine for pick-up. Delivery is also available via Skip the Dishes.
20. St. Lawrence
Facebook/St. Lawrence RestaurantThe team at St. Lawrence—named Restaurant of the Year by our friends at VanMag in 2019—are introducing "À La Maison" meals this week. Hearty Québécois fare will be pre-packaged in convenient bundles so you can take home some of their award-winning fare... and support a good cause too. Partial proceeds are donated to the Union Gospel Mission.