Scout works with a lot of local restaurants to get the word out about the cool and delicious things they’re doing, but they couldn’t do what they do without access to awesome ingredients. To get what they need, culinary creatives depend on personal networks of passionate artisans, farmers and producers who often work hard without ever seeing the glory they deserve. Since it’s always good to recognize those who have your back, we bring you the Supplier Shout Out!
This week, Gastown chocolate roasters and cafe East Van Roasters tells us all about the local supplier that helps make some of their products especially sweet…
Which one of your suppliers do you want to give a shout out to? Hives for Humanity.
What does this supplier supply you? Honey.
Why are you so excited to use this ingredient in particular? We love that when we buy honey from Hives, the money goes directly into supporting community programming and healthy bee populations.
How is this ingredient currently featured on your menu? We use Hives for Humanity honey in all of our drinking chocolate ganaches (except for our vegan coconut) and truffles, as well as the Good Cookie, our honey-nib caramels and our Chocolate Nut Butter + Honey which recently won silver at the 2019 Academy of Chocolate Awards. Our Chocolate Nut Butter + Honey is available all year long, priced at $16 and made with 70% Madagascan chocolate, roasted almonds and Hives for Humanity pumpkin honey.
While we use the honey in our chocolates and our Chocolate Nut Butter + Honey all year long, we also sell jars of Hives for Humanity honey. These jars are specific to different communities that the bees are kept, reflecting a true sense of place, and they usually land on our shelves in early fall.
Is there a local glass of wine/beer or something else that you like to suggest alongside? We like to start our morning with our Chocolate Nut Butter + Honey spread on toasted Flourist sourdough and paired with our Empress Blend espresso. In the evening, it can be a nice addition to a fruit and cheese board, paired with a delicious local liqueur or port like the Black Sage Pipe or Odd Society Spirits Crème de Cassis — the pairing is reminiscent of PB+J, but for adults.