The GOODS from Tacofino
Vancouver, BC | Tacofino is proud to be working with Food.ee to bring our fresh, locally sourced, 100% Ocean Wise, fast “slow” food to people in offices. We understand that you’re busy working in the afternoon and maybe just can’t get away, but you sure are dreaming of a hot and delicious lunch. You’re probably not the only one – your coworkers probably are, too. So, what to do? Get in touch with Food.ee. For a nominal fee, they promise to deliver a restaurant-quality meal to you and your party right at a specified time.
So if you just can’t get away from that pile of paperwork to head down to our White Lightning food truck to get yourself a chicken karaage burrito, or if you just really need that Chocolate Diablo cookie to get you through the afternoon, Food.ee is your saviour! Bonus: if you order online – delivery is free. White Lightning’s menu can be found on the Food.ee website, along with ordering instructions. Read more
Owners Zach Berman and Ryan Slater picked up the 5,000 sqft space (formerly Stanley’s Printing) back in August and have broken it up into three areas: storefront, commissary, and community space. The storefront will function as a 16 seat eatery/retail apothecary, selling juices, supplements, tinctures, teas, puddings and so on, with 3-4 quick and healthy breakfast and lunch items (vegan/gluten-free) from a menu designed by chef David Gunawan of Farmer’s Apprentice. The front doors are inset from the sidewalk, so expect a patio as well. The good folks over at Glasfurd & Walker (responsible for the branding of Meat & Bread, Wildebeest, among others) are doing the interior design.
The commissary component is massive, a high gloss testament to the success of a once fledgling mobile operation that is now looking to expand its reach beyond the Lower Mainland (it’s so great to see them outgrow the space that they shared with so many other food trucks next to Beta 5 on Industrial Ave – makes one wonder who will be next to leave the nest!). It accounts for some 3,500 sqft of pristine work space for juice production and cleanses, and as you can see from the shots above and below, it’s already looking pretty damn spiffy.
Finally, there’s the community space (the pinkish red room in the photographs). While it can and will seat 26 people for pop-up suppers and movie dinners, it will also be used for nutrition and fermenting workshops, yoga classes, kids activities, and more.
Juice production starts in April, and the retail/eatery frontage will open to the public (if all goes according to plan) on May 1st.
(via) The Subculture Club video series from Thrash Lab covers the food truck trade in Los Angeles. I don’t know what that deep-fried chicken, waffle, maple syrup, and powdered sugar beast is at 3:20, but I want two of them. Bonus: awesome taco lady at 5:00.
by Andrew Morrison | I love Volkswagen Westfalias and pork, so when street food vendor Pig On The Street came along and combined the two, I was understandably pretty stoked.
I was most recently sold on their awesomeness (a BLT wrap) in August, back when they were one of the many food trucks ensconced in the parking lot behind The Waldorf on the weekends. In that glorious van of theirs (I’ve had two), they were hard to miss. It’s therefore my pleasure to share the news that they are opening a brick and mortar joint (a la Japadog, Tacofino) this winter called Pig & Mortar. Because of course.
Owners Krissy Seymour and Mark Cothey recently secured the Todd’s Cafe spot at 1529 West 6th between Fir and Granville. The couple from Cornwall see Pig & Mortar as a 30 seater that is casual, British-styled and “extremely porky”. “We aren’t top chefs,” admits Seymour. “We are pretty basic but we want to create an environment that people can feel at home and just enjoy some fantastic beers, some decent grub made from great local produce and meat and just stay true to our Cornish ways.” Before Christmas, we can expect greatest hits from the food truck, quality pub grub at both lunch and dinner, good beers, some wines on tap from Vancouver Urban Winery, and maybe even some big hog roasts on Sundays.
Looking ahead summertime bonus: 14 seat patio.
Andrew Morrison lives and works in Vancouver as editor-in-chief of Scout, food columnist at the Westender, and National Referee & Judge at the Canadian Culinary Championships. He also contributes regularly to a wide range of publications, radio programs, and television shows on local food, culture and travel; collects inexpensive things; and enjoys rare birds, skateboards, cocktails, shoes, good pastas, many songs, and the smell of camp fires.