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.

Executive Director Amber Anderson
Executive Director Amber Anderson

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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C is for?!

Before we begin, how many of you were scared of monsters as kids? (Be honest, guys!)
Yes, yes, we all were. But, didn’t we all love that cute, singing Monster. You are right, the Cookie Monster!
Let us kick-start this long weekend with our Monster’s song, sing,
“C is for cookie, that’s good enough for me
Oh, cookie, cookie, cookie starts with C”

Happy Chocolate Chip Cookie Day! *drum roll*

Isn’t it amazing how there is a day dedicated to celebrate the awesomeness of these divine pieces of love? (The True Cookie lovers will understand our feelings!)

To mark this occasion, we, at Team Daily, decided to bring to you the Top Places in Vancouver for Chocolate Chip Cookies!

In no particular order, here are some of the best places that you can visit to indulge in some cookie-ness

  • Cookies of Course – Doesn’t the name say it all?
Picture Credit - Urbanspoon/ Shahraz K
Picture Credit – Urbanspoon/ Shahraz K

 

  • The Last Crumb Bakery and Cafe – Chocolate.Chip.Sandwich Cookie. We are running to the Main Street already.
Picture Credit - Urbanspoon/ YVRBCbro
Picture Credit – Urbanspoon/ YVRBCbro

 

  • Chiffon Patisserie – Bacon.Chocolate.Chip.Cookie. Wait, what?! *dreaming*
Picture Credit - Urbanspoon/ Colleen Soo
Picture Credit – Urbanspoon/ Colleen Soo

 

  • The Baker and the Chef – Baker and Chef together. Result? A huge range of cookies to choose from.
Picture Credit - Urbanspoon/ YVRBCbro
Picture Credit – Urbanspoon/ YVRBCbro

 

Special Mention –
Butter Baked Goods – Another place to enjoy the perfect combination of ice-cream and cookies.

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Picture Credit – Urbanspoon/ Deeeelish

 

As the weather is oh-so-amazing and it being the long weekend (yaay!), we are off to explore the Cookie treasures of Vancouver.

Till then, Bubye! 😉

Caramel Crazy in Vancouver!

At Daily Delivery, it is quite apparent that we LOVE our sweets. Actually, scratch that, we love ALL foods here so ta-da! Another food related post. With so many desserts and sweets available, our chosen focus this week is on caramel! Yes, that is because it is Chocolate Caramel Day! 😀

From cakes to cookies, chocolates to ice-creams…we have you covered! Continue reading for some caramel-tastic treats to be found around Vancouver!

Thomas Haas
Hands down! These are the best pastries you can find in town. The chocolate caramel brownie cake…is a mouthful to say, but it’s also a mouthful of fantastic. A gluten-free cake full of chocolate pecan brownie, caramel cremeux, caramel Bavarian, with hints of fleur de sel…can we say this place stocks the best of all worlds?! (or should we say, best of all caramels) *runs to Thomas Haas*

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Picture Credit – Urbanspoon/ OMNOMics

 

Earnest Ice Cream
YAY to their second location for more ice cream coverage around town! We totally are in love with all their ice cream flavors *lovestruck* Salted caramel is one of their classic flavours and there is a reason why -it is deeeeeelicious! Words can’t even describe how we feel about this ice cream, so you might as well go try one (or two)!

Oh and apart from their wonderful ice creams the best part about them is that they embody both sustainable local food values and aim to be a zero waste company with their returnable ice cream pint jars!

Picture Credit - Urbanspoon/ Eva
Picture Credit – Urbanspoon/ Eva

 

Cartems Donuterie
Another salted caramel addition! The donuts here are beyond amazing and it is with excitement that we are sharing this salted caramel donut with you. The chocolate donut is topped off with sweet buttery goodness and coarse sea salt. The perfect balance between both sweet and salty are all jam packed in this flavourful donut. A bite into this piece of heaven is like,no..not like but is eternal bliss!

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Picture Credit – Urbanspoon/ MissVancouverPiggy

 

BETA 5
Looking for award winning sweet treats? Well, here it is! All the goodies here are auh-mazingly good but for the sake of this category, we would like to introduce you to their scrumptious rich and creamy butter caramels! These babies are slow cooked in small batches so without a doubt, they are packed with flavour. Think of grandma’s traditional Werther’s original caramels …but better. With three different flavours to choose from, we say, gotta have them all!

Picture Credit - Urbanspoon/ Foodology.ca
Picture Credit – Urbanspoon/ Foodology.ca