It’s a Must Have – H.A.V.E

It’s of common knowledge that Team Daily is a food loving bunch. Food forms the focal point of all our discussions, meetings and talks. Apart from food, community is what we feel strongly about. Of course, loving food and caring for the community are the two traits that all our partners share, too. The partner that we are talking about today is so passionate about food that they even teach how to whip up delicacies. Yes, they are a Culinary Training Society. And, a Not-for-profit one at that. With the community at heart, they are also a registered charity. Yes, we are talking about H.A.V.E Culinary Training Society today.  We recently got in touch with Adriane from HAVE to learn more about them and to bring you their story to you.

HAVE is acronym for Hope Action Values Ethics. Given that HAVE is a registered charity and not-for-profit culinary training society seeking to empower individuals to break away from the cycle of poverty, their name is very fitting.

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Since their inception in 2007, they have been working closely to help individuals, particularly from the DTES and Strathcona areas, who face barriers to employment. It is through their eight week long culinary training program that they equip these individuals with skills that enable them to get into the workforce.

HAVE also operates a Cafe and Catering Social enterprise that gives their students on-the-job training while aiding HAVE in funding their programs.
HAVE’s day to day operations are managed by Executive Director Amber Anderson. She is a Culinary Chef de Cuisine (CCC) and Chef Instructor at HAVE, too.

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She is supported by Glenda Phillips, Professional Cook 1 and HAVE graduate.
HAVE’s close knit team also includes Café Manager Robert Jamieson, Student Counselor and Employment Coach Celena Arthur and Executive Assistant Adriane King.

With three well-equipped kitchens and a restaurant, HAVE is in the forefront of culinary training as well as helping the fraternity.Their premises is rented from the Lookout Emergency Aid Society. The kitchens are HAVE’s training facility. It is in the kitchens that their students prepare the meals which then go on to being served at their restaurant, to catering customers and for contract shelter meals.

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While Adriane was talking about the students preparing the food, we had to know what’s the dish that the students enjoy making. She replied saying that the students really enjoy making their daily Pizza special. “Being one of the most popular items, it usually sells out and when it does, students can often be seen high-fiving each other!”, she added.

When we quizzed her on what is something that troubles the students, she replied with measurements. Elaborating on it she said, “being one of the more technical skills, students initially have tough time dealing with accurate weights and measures”.

Think about it, measuring everything to the correct weight does sound tedious. However, the students at HAVE take little time in familiarizing themselves with it. Not only they get accustomed to it, they get onto making delicious concoctions and mouth watering dishes.

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Being foodies, we had to talk more about food and of course, we had to ask Adriane about her personal favorite from HAVE. Yes, her favorite sounded like we should try it soon (which we will, of course!). She said Montreal Smoked Beef and Swiss Cheese on Marbled Rye Sandwich and their homemade Tomato Soup. Yum!

Elaborating more on food, Adriane talked about how HAVE caters 7 dinners a week for the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre. A great initiative and we feel proud to have partnered with an entity like HAVE. Other than this, their contract catering orders go to various businesses and organizations across the city.  For your next office lunch, you know whom to contact, right?

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Adriane told us that their sandwich, fruit and cookie platters are very popular for meetings and training sessions. Now you know what to order, correct? Well, we do. They are also in the process of updating their catering menu, so expect to see some yummy additions soon.

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Adriane talked about her HAVE family with joy. We had to question her about her most memorable time at HAVE. It was then that she spoke about their last year’s Christmas celebrations. Adriane said, “We are lucky to work with a leader like Amber whose dedication, passion and energy does not stop uplifting and inspiring students and staff. If I had to pick one memorable day, I would have to say our Christmas celebration in 2015. We had our current students, past students and members of the community all come together with staff and our Board of Directors to celebrate.  Ian Tostenson, President of the British Columbia Restaurant and Foodservice Association and a board member of HAVE, dressed up like Santa Claus Santa and gave each student a gift bag containing non-perishables, socks, shampoo/conditioner, grocery store gift certificates, White Spot gift certificates and other goodies. We had a delicious meal served by Chef Amber. Many of our students do not have family or other supports so at HAVE, we are all a big family. Celebrating Christmas with my HAVE family was really a memorable experience”.

HAVE truly reflects the values of caring and sharing. With partners like HAVE, we are motivated to work every day to be better and help others.
On this note, see you all very soon with another partner story.

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It’s all about Team Eating with Kessel and March

When was the last time your Team  and you went for a relaxing meal? Not long ago considering the Holiday season was just few weeks back, correct? Sharing a few laughs over a delicious spread coupled with warm hospitality only helps to bring teams, friends and families closer.

If your Team consists of your friends and is like your family, then even better, we say!

Having tried a lot of different cuisines over the past sometime, Team Daily was in search of a joint that would offer home-like European fare. Our search ended with Kessel & March. Not only is their food scrumptious, the ambience and the hosts make you feel at-home.

We love the food at Kessel&March or as we like to say, K&M, and also adore the owners Sachi & Tony.

We got chatty with them the other day to know more about Kessel and March and thought to share the same with you. Be assured that by the end of this post, you will want to meet them and yes, enjoy some delicacies at K&M, too.

Kessel&March opened its doors in the summer of 2013 by Sachi & Tony, a husband and wife team. The name Kessel&March is inspired by, the husband, Tony’s European roots. It is a play on his parents’ last names. Kessel is a portion of his mother’s maiden name (German) & March is the anglicized translation of his father’s last name Marzo (Italian). Lovely, isn’t it?

K&M’s essence is European Gastronomy.  Everything on the menu has a story that originates from a city or country in Europe, a nostalgic nod to traditions.  Their food is classic, timeless, natural and clean.

They had initially started as a dinner and brunch restaurant serving the Modern European dishes that were technical and specialized. As the fare was delectable, catering orders started flowing in. Slowly and steadily, catering orders for K&M had started to grow and that is when Sachi & Tony decided to move forward with lunch and catering services instead of brunch and dinner. We are glad they made this choice as now with the catering services, we can share their delicious meals with one and all.

Among all things perfect, it is difficult to decide the best item on the menu. But, if we really had to choose, it will be their Best Selling Quiche & Coronation Chicken Sandwich. Quiche because they have the best tasting quiche! Coronation Chicken because of its unusual and punchy flavour profile.
(You have to try them since our words do not do justice to their flavours)

On being asked about their personal favorites, Tony was quick to respond with Ham & Cheese Quiche. Sachi loves their Cauliflower Salad, it’s a seasonal item and not always on the menu.

Apart from the amazing reviews on food, the relationships that Sachi & Tony have built with their customers is what keeps them motivated. In their words, “We have a lot of regular customers and we greet many of our lunch customers by their first names.  We enjoy their company and on-going conversations we have with them with each visit.” Hospitality at its best, you see.

If you are looking for private dinners and events, get in touch with them soon. They are constantly hosting private dinners and events at the restaurant in the evenings and weekends. The menus are customized for each event.  In addition to their lunch catering, they have also been involved in off-site catering and canapé events.

So, now you know who to contact for your next event or maybe even office lunch! But wait, before the events, make sure to visit K&M to meet Tony & Sachi 🙂