Edible Canada Names New Culinary Director & Kicks Off All-Week Brunch Service


The GOODS from Edible Canada

Vancouver, BC | Just in time for patio weather, Edible Canada is extending operating hours in order to launch Granville Island’s first full-service, 7 day a week brunch. Recognizing that Vancouverites are crazy over hollandaise, Edible Canada is offering the city a new weekday brunch go-to for those who want to skip the lines but still satisfy a craving for an avocado benny. From 10 a.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. weekends and holidays, the menu will serve up a range of items from housemade granola with yogurt espuma to decadent yet airy challah french toast. Pair all this with their one-of-a-kind mimosa flight and you will be coming back every day of the week!

This new brunch menu is part of their spring menu launch and the transition into a new culinary program at the Canadian bistro. Under the direction of Chef Tobias Grignon, newly appointed Culinary Director, the bistro’s culinary program will also offer an elevated dinner selection and playful weekly features which highlight first-to-market, fresh, seasonal ingredients. Grignon has developed dishes that aim to satiate both visiting tourists and savvy locals alike, celebrating plays on iconic Canadian dishes such as Mt. Lehman roast duck poutine and their new Cache Creek beef burger while introducing uniquely Canadian options like Lamb Meatball brunch, Bison flatiron steak, and Octopus orecchiette. You’ll notice that throughout their new menus, the bistro continues to explore and share their definition of Canadian cuisine; seasonal, regional ingredients in the hands of many cultures.

An Inspired New Culinary Program

The full menu has a renewed focus on celebrating what’s in season, which Chef Grignon hopes will take the Granville Island Bistro to the next level. The menu aims to take inherently Canadian ingredients like Alberta bison and elevate them with local and seasonal delicacies. Appealing to vegetarians and celiacs without sacrificing an ounce of flavour, each dish is a creative ode to current and (somewhat) healthy Canadian cuisine. To complement the new menu, the weekly fresh sheets allow the kitchen to truly highlight the best local seasonal produce and feature more rare ingredients indigenous to Canada. From stinging nettles and fiddleheads to bone marrow and bison, the fresh sheet is also a chance for Grignon to push the envelope with vegetable forward and nose-to-tail cooking.

“Late spring is one of the most exciting times to be cooking in BC” shares Grignon. “Spring delicacies like nasturtiums and stinging nettles remind me of my mother’s garden, and the fresh produce somehow tastes brighter after our long grey winters.”

Welcoming Chef Tobias Grignon, Edible Canada’s new Culinary Director

Chef Grignon was born on Gabriola island, on the beautiful Gulf Island chain nestled in the Georgia Straight. He grew up in a vegetarian, socially conscious and food-oriented household with a massive backyard garden. The garden taught him to look forward to the bounty of spring and summer from an early age, and his favourite ingredients all hail from his memories of the family garden; fava beans, tomatoes, sweet peas, and rhubarb.

Chef Grignon first developed an interest in cooking when he learned to make bread at age 11. After highschool, he went straight to cooking school at the Vancouver Island University, and moved to Vancouver in 2000 for his first cooking job. His experience ranges from Mamie Taylor’s to Bistro Pastis with stops at the Empress and Wedgewood along the way. Edible Canada is lucky to begin working with Tobias this year. His cooking style is perfectly suited to Edible Canada, with his love of unusual cuts of meat and excitement for seasonal produce.

Edible Canada will be announcing the weekly features on their social channels, but guests are encouraged to try some of their new, more permanent menu items. Reservations can be made on their website, Open Table or by calling the bistro at 604.682.6681.

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Edible British Columbia | Edible Canada
1596 Johnston Street | Vancouver, BC. V6H 3R9
Office: 604.558.0040 | Retail Store: 604.682.6675 | Bistro: 604.682.6681
Email: info@ediblecanada.com | Website: www.ediblecanada.com
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Hours: 1030am-6pm Mon-Fri | 9am-6pm Sat | 9am-5pm Sun


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The People

President and Founder — Eric Pateman
Hayley Opoka – Event Coordinator
Natalie Graham – Retail Manager
Alannah Johnston – Sales & Marketing Coordinator

About Edible Canada


Edible Canada — Sightseeing for your taste buds.

Edible Canada (formerly Edible British Columbia) is a six year-old business headquartered at Granville Island Public Market, in Vancouver, British Columbia. We are Canada’s largest culinary tourism and locavore retail company, dedicated to sourcing the highest quality culinary products from coast to coast for our customers.

Services include our retail & online artisan food store, chef guided Granville Island Market Tours, demonstration guest chef Market Dinners, Gourmet Kayaking Weekends, and whatever else we dream up. In the summer of 2011 we opened Edible Canada at the Market — a vibrant bistro in the heart of Granville Island and at the forefront of Canadian cuisine.

About Eric Pateman, President & Founder

Eric-@-Market-DinnerEdible British Columbia was created by Eric Pateman in the spring of 2005. Eric is a Vancouver native with a lifelong passion for food and wine. He has worked in the hospitality industry for over 15 years both as a chef and hotel consultant and has rated restaurants for the Mobil Travel Guide. Eric’s own culinary travels have taken him throughout North America, to the UK and to Africa where he has sought out unique food experiences. Edible British Columbia is the product of Eric’s fervor for great food and wine, his extensive knowledge of the hospitality industry and an enthusiasm for exceeding expectations when it comes to customer service. Eric is a past board member of the BC Culinary Tourism Society and the Vancouver Coast & Mountains Tourism Region. Eric is also a member of the Chef’s Table Society, Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver and supports many local charities including the Vancouver Food Bank and Les Dames D’Escoffier. Eric was named as one of Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 Under 40 Business People in 2007, and to Western Living Magazine’s list of the Top 40 Foodies Under 40 in Western Canada in 2008.

Customer Feedback

“The tour and lunch were hugely successful. Feedback from the group – some of whom have been attending this conference for over 10 years – was that it was one of the best events ever. Thank you very much for your assistance in making the Saturday morning activity such a hit. I would not hesitate to recommend these tours and in fact will soon organize one with local friends – we also should be able to enjoy these special parts of Vancouver. Thanks again for your attention to detail.”
Private Granville Island Market Tour

“We were fortunate to have Edible British Columbia plan our honeymoon. Our 8-day trip was the best vacation of our lives. Eric worked with us to customize a honeymoon that offered relaxation, luxury, and culinary greatness. Every last detail was taken care of — hotel, car and ferry reservations (including the honeymoon suite at a Sooke B&B and a beautiful room at the Pan Pacific), dinner reservations at prime times and prime tables, picnics and hiking suggestions, and guided tours. Highlights included an extraordinary meal at West’s chef’s table, a romantic meal at sunset at the Pointe, and a dim sum tour of Richmond with Stephanie Yuen. It was terrific to have someone take such careful note of our desires and dislikes (our menus regularly featured favourite foods such as oysters and crab, and addressed food allergies), stay within our budget, and yet balance that with freedom and down time. Most importantly, after planning our entire wedding, we were able to sit back, eat, drink and most of all ENJOY, the beauty and of British Columbia. We’d return tomorrow if we could!”
Culinary Tourist

“The meal at West was awesome, the scallops and steak were just perfect and the wine was nice paired with each course. My wife was impressed that I had a consultant help with the planning of our anniversary meal.”
Culinary Tourist

“My wife and I are life-long products of the Eat Van melting pot, so we are no strangers to Asian food, but Tony succeeded in broadening our culinary horizons. Had we waded into the market’s food stalls without him, we would have stuck to the safe choices and not had the fun learning experience we had.”
Market Tour

“The event overall was an absolutely fantastic experience! Chef’s willingness to share knowledge and enthusiasm for food makes this event. To be totally honest, I would be willing to pay more for this experience – I think it is worth at least double when you consider the price of other cooking classes or comparable experiences. Best of luck to you all and I will definitely be in touch for future events!”
Behind the Scenes – Private Cooking Class

“Chef was amazing, personable, laid-back and knowledgeable! We had a fantastic time, great food and wine, wonderful people. We will definitely recommend this to our friends and family. Thank you, Vancouver needs more culinary experiences like this!!”
Behind the Scenes – Private Cooking Class

“An excellent evening with every single thing meeting or exceeding expectations.”
Private Market Dinner

“What a superb evening — I only wish I lived closer as I would attend several each year. Thanks to Eric and his fantastic and entertaining staff – it was a very enjoyable evening!”
BC’s Best Market Dinner

“The guides performed magic with the preparation and presentation of each meal. If I were not there watching that they were actually preparing and cooking the food from scratch on the “Coleman stove”, I would have thought that they had used packed prepared food. The quality of the food and it marvelous taste had all of us longing for more… yummers. Both guides were very approachable, friendly, knowledgeable and very professional – they made the trip very, very enjoyable… an awesome experience indeed.”
Gourmet Kayaking Weekend

“I loved this tour! The stops we made at the different venues were informative and very yummy. I only wished I could bring the whole market home with me. After the tour my daughter and I went back to places we had stopped at, picked up items for our lunch which we ate out on the deck. Then I bought what I could bring back with me on an airplane. I would even take this tour again! I would hope that every visitor and person living in the area would take this tour! Thanks!”
Granville Island Market Tour

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