Been so long, readers! How have you all been? Yes, we’ve been missing in action here for quite some time now. However, if you’ve been following us on our Social Media, you would know how busy we’ve been. So much has happened in the past few months that we’ll just stick to giving you a quick brief of what’s cooking at Team Daily Headquarters.
Yeah, Headquarters. Our Vancouver office is now our Head Office as we enter newer markets.
Exploring new waters and venturing into new territories is our plan of action for this year. We spent Winter 2016 planning our moves and now, with Spring, we’ve sprung into action.
To start our journey out of our home city, we decided on Toronto as the first stop. It took us some intense manpower, a great deal of planning, a whole lot of emails and a couple of tedious weeks to settle in. Now that we have settled in, we are beginning to replicate our Vancouver operations in Tdot.
The highlight of our Toronto move? Walmart!
How convenient is it to shop for your groceries while sitting in the comfort of your house? Super convenient, we say. Walmart heard you and have launched their Grocery Home Delivery services. Before you get too happy, it’s only in Toronto for now.
Being their delivery partner, we help fulfill numerous delivery orders throughout the day. So, just with the click of a button or tap on the app, you’ll have all your groceries delivered to your door steps in no time.
Here are some behind the scenes pictures of us going about our daily tasks with Walmart.
Apart from Walmart, we are also in talks with various other partners to make sure that the Bowtie Squad becomes recognizable in Toronto.
Let’s all join forces to make the Toronto chapter of Team Daily a success!
Wait, before we sign-off, here’s a BIG, WARM, HEARTFELT Thank You to everyone who has been supporting and encouraging us so far. Yes, we are talking about you, you and you, too.
Without you all, there’s no Team in Team Daily.
That’s all folks, we’ll now get back to planning some more awesomeness. Until next time 🙂
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
With 2 months already into the New Year, have you been able to keep up with your planned lifestyle changes? Yes, normally, these are called resolutions. As would you know, Team Daily isn’t a fan of resolutions but of small incremental changes.
Talking of changes, changing food habits and switching to healthy eating are always on the list of priorities of everyone. Erratic work schedules and the regular errands make cooking look like a monstrous task. What’s the option left? Eating out? Ordering in? How often do you find yourself eating healthy in such times? Not many, you would say. So, what do you do?!
Don’t worry when there’s Team Daily!
How about having healthy, delicious, pre-packed comfort foods being dropped directly at your doorsteps? Perfect, you would think. Not only it’s perfect, it’s also possible with Batch Food and Team Daily.
1 day, 2 day or a week worth of meals, order them as it sits fit with you. Being pre-cooked and frozen, you do not have to worry about cooking or the food going bad.
As we have been working with Batch Food for quite some time now, we recently caught up with Joanne, Head Chef at Batch Food, to bring you some more information about them.
We started our chat with how Batch Food was born. Juggling the daily life, Joanne saw the need of having healthy and pre-cooked meals at home, she stepped up and started to freeze these meals. Before she knew, Batch Food was already growing. She says, “Batch food evolved from me cooking and freezing meals for my family. We were always rushing from work and daycare to hockey practice or swimming lessons, and I liked to have something simple and homemade to pull out of the freezer if I didn’t have the time or energy to cook. Then, I started to make 1 item a week to sell to my friends and family. After that, it has just been growing”.
Before you think what’s unique about them, Joanne added that they offer simple comfort meals which use local and seasonal produce. Nothing over-the-top fancy but these are the meals that give you the homely feeling. Does pizza give you that satisfying, home-like feeling? Maybe not. Unless, it tastes exactly like what your mum made during your childhood.
Food and aromas, don’t they kindle a lot of memories and feelings? Feelings will rush in when you dig into the Mac n Cheese from Batch Food. It’s the classic comfort meal we all have grown up with. No wonder that it is their most popular and best selling item.
With Mac n Cheese being everyone’s favourite, Joanne, on the other hand, loves the Shepherds Pie. She says, “my family loves it! It’s loaded with vegetables and it’s fuss-free. Just put it in the oven until it’s hot and serve”.
Batch food does not only offer healthy and delicious meals but offers these at an affordable price, too. They give convenience a whole new meaning! With plenty of options to choose from, reasonable prices and nominal delivery fee, you have to try Batch Food soon.
Check out their website and get ready to stick to your healthy eating plan while staying in your budget.
Not sure which items to pick to get started? Have a look at their Week’s Feature and choose the ones you love!
With the second week of Jan already in, deadlines are looming in again, so are the meetings and schedules. Keeping up with the resolutions is already looking like a task for some.
In the midst of all these, are you finding time for yourself? Trying to, you would say.
Finding a little me-time starts with enjoying a healthy meal for breakfast. Then, away from all the office craziness, a delicious yet healthy meal can help fuel you for the rest of the day. Happy and energetic you will be different from the hangry and grumpy you!
Now, you would say that healthy, delicious and affordable options are far and few in the city. And these options for breakfast and lunch hardly exist. That’s exactly what Team Daily thought until we came across Peqish.
The Peqish Food Co. was established on the principle that healthy, delicious, freshly-made quality food should be affordable, convenient and accessible in a grab-and-go format for those on the run.
The name itself is a play on the work “peckish,” a common British term for feeling hungry. Peqish’s perspective on food, particularly the obsession with “eating right,” is likely borne out of the scientific backgrounds of the founders. Based on their experiences in the life sciences industry, they saw first-hand the deleterious effects of a poor diet on one’s health. Despite the overwhelming amount of literature, the incidence of diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and autoimmunity continues to rise. As such, they were compelled not only to increase the community’s awareness of how we nourish ourselves but also to make nutritious and delicious food accessible and affordable.
Their tagline, “Eat.Right.Now” correctly sums up the essence of Peqish.
Before you begin to wonder what should you try out first from their menu, we have an answer for you. Their best-selling Festive Chicken Crancherry Lunchbox Classiq sandwich is to die for. Proceed with caution as this sandwich is addictive!
This super delicious sandwich is made up of housemade roasted chicken, greens, and the secret aioli recipe. Wait, there’s more to the best seller. The taste is then perfectly balanced with a touch of sweetness from their made-from-scratch crancherry compote. A bite into this heaven of a sandwich and you will know why it is a favorite.
Chicken Crancherry is a crowd pleaser but we wanted to know what do the minds (or more like the hands) behind Peqish like to munch on. So, we got in touch with Kenneth who is one of the founders at Peqish.
Kenneth says, “My personal favorite is our PQ Cobb Salad Box.”
On asking what makes this Cobb salad unique, he said, “it’s your classic Cobb salad using fresh, high-quality ingredients, but with a twist in the dressing we use: our housemade chipotle ranch dressing. It’s the perfect amount at lunch, but leaves just enough room for an afternoon treat.” He further added, “speaking of an afternoon treat, my other favorite at the moment is our Blueberry Cheesecake Loaf!”
Did you hear cheesecake? Yes! Cheesecake loaf!
Alright, looks like now you know what to have for breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack tomorrow.
(Yeah, we like to think about food all the time. Meal planning is life planning for us!)
While discussing food, we went on to talk about how Peqish has shaped up as a healthy favorite for everyone in no time. Like a proud parent, Kenneth said that starting the business itself was a big milestone for him. He said, “It was a sprint from reviewing interior design drawings through to construction and of course our opening last year. It’s been an exciting year, but we have even bigger plans for 2016.”
2016 surely looks like a great year for Peqish. They just launched a series of new products, including a kale caesar salad line, a hot chili line and a number of tasty loaves. On the expansion front, they have a number of new partnerships in the works, so expect to find Peqish products in even more locations.
But hey, when in doubt, Peqish and Team Daily will bring Peqish goodness directly to your door!
So, don’t be peckish anymore, head to Peqish and enjoy! 🙂
As the mercury drops, the sun hides and the leaves fall, all we feel like doing is snugging ourselves in bed. Sadly, we cannot do this all day and every day. Alright, on the weekends, maybe?
What else can we do that would give us the same feeling? Eating? Yess, eating. Eating, if you are like Team Daily. Nothing excites us more than food and you know that.
Just the other day, while pondering about life (yeah, this is what we do in the office in addition to the regular stuff), we were thinking about food items that would give us a cozy feeling. A feeling similar to that of tucking into the comforter on a Winter evening. Talking about this, we could only think of something soft, sweet and very mushy. Just as all teams have their differences, even we do. So, half of us wanted something crisp while the other half was in favor of something soft.
We settled the argument by choosing both (how diplomatic!)
And, what made us settle our argument and experience food heaven were cream-puffs.
Cream puffs, not any of those regular cream puffs but Chewy Junior cream puffs.
With Chewy Junior, you will never know what to begin with. There is vanilla cream and chocolate cream. There are fruits and nuts. There is crunch and mush. From Chocolate Oreo Crunch to Matcha Nippon, they have an interesting variety to choose from.
More variety means more to items to try. But, that does not necessarily mean more calories! Why? Because cream puffs are baked and not deep fried. Now, everything that looks good doesn’t have to be expensive. Priced between $2.75-$3.25 per piece, these cream puffs are light on the wallet just as they are on your waistline. Considering their size and the taste, you would want to stock up on some. However, that is not an option since they are best enjoyed when fresh.
Having tried all of them and loved each one of them, we decided to partner up with Chewy Junior to bring the best cream puffs straight to your door. Cream puffs with some Bowtie Swag. Doesn’t it sound interesting? Yes, it does!
On National Dessert Day, they decided to send us some goodies.
From our Founders, to the Bowtie and Grabbit, they got the essence of Team Daily covered.
Naturally, we were excited on receiving such a fun and thoughtful gift from one of our partners.
Just to let you know, the cream-puffs did not last for more than a few minutes because we gobbled them up in seconds.
Cream-puffs are good to be enjoyed throughout the year. With Team Daily, all your favorites are just a click away. So, getting clicking and start enjoying 🙂
If you know us, you would know that tonight’s The Night.
We are airing tonight on Dragons’ Den’s Premiere episode. Yes, Dragons’ Den and the Premiere episode. We are way too excited than we actually should be.
Now, whatever goes on in the Den, you will be able to catch it on TV. But, what about the things that happened while we were filming? What do you expect to see on the Den? This question and that question. Hold on!
We are here to update you.
Let’s get started from the beginning.
(After all,what is a story without an awesome start?)
A few months back, we were busy sharing our preparations with you. Didn’t we prepare oh-so-perfectly for the Den?
To jog your memory, some pictures of us preparing for the show.
The Team working hard.
It’s all about the numbers, you see!
After planning, preparing and practicing, we finally met with the Dragons.
When Daily Delivery met with the Dragons, this is what happened.
How sharp do they look?
We are here to pitch and pitch with confidence. Oh, pitching to the Dragons involves a lot of fun (if you know what we mean!)
All eyes on Us.
But did we impress the Dragons? You will have to find out on tonight’s episode.
Finally, being the soft souls that we are, we are again going to be thanking all the amazing folks who have helped us and are continuously helping us to reach greater heights.
Here is a BIG THANK YOU going out to you, you, yes, you, too!
In short, a BIG THANK YOU to All Our Investors, Our Customers, Our Partners, Our Delivery Specialists, Our Internal Team and Our Well-wishers 🙂
You all inspire us day in and day out to better and better.
p.s. Do not forget to watch us getting grilled by the Dragons tonight 😉
Does the title scream it out loud? Did you guess it? If you have guessed it, you are a fan.
Who isn’t a fan of the PERi-PERi flame grilled chicken? Team Daily surely is.
You can find bottles of PERi-PERi sauces in our fridges, us day-dreaming about the chicken and often debating if like our chicken medium or hot. Oh, and the wrap! The sliders. The Grilled Wings. The aroma. Yummmm
Sorry, we just had an episode of nando’s-dreaming again.
Since we are such fans, we know that our customers are fans of Nando’s, too. We strongly believe in keeping our customers happy. So?
Team Daily has partnered up with Nando’s!
For the starters, we have joined hands with the Nando’s location on Davie & Howe Street. Yes, for now, it is just in Downtown but don’t you worry, we will bring you some more good news soon.
We can see the fans making plans already.
Nando’s in the warmth of your home on a chilly evening (or afternoon, even morning sounds just perfect), life is good, really.
Do not wait any further, place an order now to get your hands on some PERi-PERi delicious meals.
This Summer has really been very busy for your Team Daily. In just the last post, we were talking about the highlights of our Summer and now we are back again with some major announcement.
But hey, hold on, this is just a part of the many more exciting announcements that we will be making in the coming few weeks.
And if you have read our last blogpost, you would know that we have a big surprise for you and this is just Part 1 of it.
Although the title screams it out loud and clear, let’s still make it official, Team Daily has a finalized list of the next three markets it would be launching next… Seattle, Toronto and Montreal. C’mon, make some noise for the Bowtie Squad *drum rolls*
The whole team has been working day in and day out to get everything in place so that our new customers also experience nothing but the best.
From partners to customer groups, from prices to promotional material, from delivery specialists to bowtie designs, we have been carefully analyzing and planning for each of these elements.
In the first leg of our launch, we will be launching Downtown Toronto, Downtown Seattle, and Downtown Montreal. Now you would be wondering why Seattle, Toronto and Montreal?
Seattle because we love our neighbours. Aside from some of our existing partners, it is closer in proximity to Vancouver, similar weather conditions (Rain, WE LOVE U) it will be easier for us to test waters before we look into entering other markets.
If we are to capture the National market, no better place than Toronto. Having a strong base in Vancouver and Toronto will be the beginning of us seizing the on-demand delivery scene of Canada.
Moving into Montreal is only going to help us establish ourselves better in the East Coast along with Toronto.
This year has been very eventful and the next year is going to be phenomenal since – you got that right – we will be launching in more cities. We are looking to gain a strong foothold in the National Market and also moving into other markets across the board. More cities mean covering more neighbourhoods which results in more convenience for everyone.
While looking to capture new markets, we are opening up another round of investment to strengthen our presence in the current market. So, BIG things are on the way… so be prepared to experience Daily’s magic in the coming year.
To the awesome folks in Seattle, Toronto and Montreal –
If you are a Restaurant/ Store looking to outsource your delivery services, look no no further than the Bowtie Squad. Shoot us an email now to learn more about our services.
For all the Customers, we guarantee an under-an-hour delivery from all of your favorites stores and restaurant. The Bowtie Squad is the answer to your prayers for personal concierge services at the most nominal price. Call, click or tap and we will be at your service!
If building the community and connecting with others is your thing, apply now to be a Delivery Specialist with us. Serve your neighbourhood, make some friends, and do all this while making some extra money.
As you would know, we are very Team orientated. So, when we are launching not One but Three New Markets, we have to thank our team.
First and foremost, Our Investors who have continuously shown faith in us. Our Partners who value our service and know how it is different than every other delivery service out there. Our Customers who use Daily to add more comfort and convenience to their lives. Our Delivery Specialists who create magic and make Daily Delivery look fabulous.
Last but not the least, our Admin Team that breathes unity.
Ambition runs in the blood of Team Daily and seeing ourselves a little more closer to our dream of serving more customer makes us immensely happy.
If you are just as excited as we are, Keep Calm because we have a lot more announcements and news coming for you shortly.
And on that note, See You Soon Seattle, Toronto and Montreal folks!
We have written quite a lot about Summer, Summer foods and Summer adventures already. So, we thought that before the beautiful weather bids us adieu, we should have a last post dedicated to it.
Now, as you would know, Summer is the season of activity. And in the season of activity, Team Daily has been up to a lot of things.
We waited till the end of the season to update you on this because we believe in bigger surprises. The more, the merrier, right?
Where should we start from?
Moving Let’s start from our office. Did we not tell you that we moved into a spacious and brighter workplace? No? We just told you.
Just a few blocks away from our old office, the new office is in the middle of the city’s hustle-bustle and we love the energy around.
Ever since we have moved in here, the whole Team has been putting its ‘interior design skills’ to use. But, we still have a lot to learn and a lot to improve on *wink*
Sharing Tanning on the beach with a chilled bottle in hand. It is a summer dream! But the dream shatters when you realize you forgot to carry the SUP board. Even worse, you don’t own one! Sitting there and staring at people is no fun.
But when Daily Delivery is around. Do you have to get worried? No!
Team Daily has joined hands with Share Shed. With them, you can rent your outdoor gear from your local friends, whenever and wherever you are.
Forget about the summers, if you are looking to go skiing this winter, you know where to get the gear from 🙂
Smoothie Pleasure Vegetables and smoothies make a great combination. But peeling, chopping and cleaning the veggies is no fun. Team Daily’s middle name is convenience. So, we have partnered up with Smoothie Veggies who prepare packages of fresh veggies and send them to you so all that you have to do is blend-it-babeh 😉
Sweet somethings Too much of everything is not good. Eating healthy all the time is also not good, either.
If you are to indulge yourself, it should be worth it. And what better than perfectly crafted macarons? Pastel colors, rich flavors and a variety to choose from, you will be spoilt for choice at Soirette.
If you have tried all the macarons, you have to get your teeth into their cakes. They are oh-so-heavenly! At the end, wash them all up with their ultra-rich selections of teas.
If you are not into macarons (who is not?), then you must be into chocolates. And if you are into chocolates, you must have visited Chocolate Arts already. In case you did not, you are missing out on something really delicious in your life. From individual chocolates to bars to even drinks, Chocolate Arts creates magic with chocolate.
Healthy Eating Are you the one who thinks healthy eating is expensive? Expensive and requires more time for preparations? Then Healthy Cuisine is your angel in disguise.
Providing super healthy, amazingly delicious (we have tried them) and affordable meals at your doorsteps is what Team Daily and Healthy Cuisine are looking to do.
Be assured, these meals are dietitian approved and Team Daily approved, too. *enjoying the Kung Pao Chicken*
Fashionably Yours If you think Team Daily is all about food, you are wrong. We believe, to look good, you should feel good. To feel good, most of us decide to wear something fashionably awesome. We have taken care of this need of yours, too. We have partnered with TheClosetYVR so that you can shop in peace and we will drop your items to you at your convenience.
The Surprise As always, we leave the Big Surprise for the end! What is it this time? Keep guessing and we’ll see you soon. Actually, you will see us soon (this is a hint!)
When will we reveal the surprise? Very soon. Sooner than you think.
Hello, folks! We are sure that by now you all must have seen and read about all our ‘behind-the-scenes’ actions at the DD office. So, we thought it is just right for us to introduce you to some of our team members now. Want to know more? Read on!
Team Daily is a ragtag clan of marvelous misfits, and we thought it might be fun to let you know a little bit about each shining cog in the DD machine. Take Vlad Tyminsky, for example.
Vlad joined our team as a Delivery Specialist this past November, but little did we know that he lacked one vital qualification: a Driver’s License! But then, the Universe conspired and the day after he accepted the position, he also aced his driving test (It is all in the stars, we say!)
Being the focused person that Vlad is, there’s really not much that can deter him from achieving anything. This determination has served him well in all facets of his very busy life. And these are the traits that have also made him vital to operations here at DD. So much so, that when he told us that delivering would not work with his situation anymore, we talked him into sticking around as a dispatcher.
Since moving to Vancouver from Ukraine in the summer of 2010 in order to have access to greater opportunity, he’s taken full advantage of the privileges of living here. The man does not have many idle hours between rowing practice in the morning, taking courses in Kinesiology at Langara during the day, and studying, dispatching for DD. If all these activities are not enough, he also coaches rowing students during evenings and weekends (Yes, he is amazingly hardworking like this!)
Some say those who can, do, and those who can’t, teach – but that’s not the case with Vlad. Not only did he take first place in the under-19 category while rowing for team BC, his students nominated him as the top “Learn to Row” coach at the Vancouver Rowing Club. He’s sponsored as a Provincial Development Athlete, and is currently training for a place on Team Canada. If he makes the cut, he’ll be representing Canada at the world championship in Bulgaria this summer! (Yaay! Go Vlad Go! Your supporters are ready already!)
But what fuels our young athlete? How does he have the stamina to sustain his busy schedule and his rigorous training?
He loves a good burrito. “They’re healthy and affordable, and they have lots of options to choose from.”
A note to the folks over at Steamrollers: it would be a shrewd move to offer Vlad some kind of sponsorship. You’re never gonna find yourselves a poster boy with better guns than our buddy, Vlad, so strike while the steamroller’s hot – before Pita Pit picks him up.
Without getting emotional (yeah, we are just those sensitive, soft souls!), Vlad, Team Daily is proud of you! 🙂