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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Private Juice Tasting at Commodity Juicery with Kay (Courtesy of Zomato!)

Nothing says “I am the epitome of health” quite like a Tumblr-worthy minimalist-chic bottle of cold pressed juice, right?

(Being perfectly honest) This was the gist of our internal narrative before attending the private tasting at Commodity Juicery. And lo and behold, we left with a completely different opinion on cold pressed juices right after our visit.

Cold pressed juices are special (and healthier) because unlike juicers that heat up (due to the blades spinning) and end up destroying some vital enzymes in your fruit and vegetables, cold pressed juicers don’t produce as much heat. Regular juicers use a centrifugal process (the fast spinning blade) and cold press juice machines literally press fruit so that it yields juice.

We met with Karolina, their in-house holistic nutritionist (how legit is that?) God bless her soul because she was helpful as ever. She gave us the 4-11 on everything we consumed at the juicer, was just crazy informative on how the ingredients affected our bodies, and even where the ingredients came from. We learnt a ton. A few health tidbits will be included below!

We were lucky enough to sample a bunch of refreshing juices, some vegan treats, a raw bowl off their food menu, as well as a smoothie made right before our eyes!

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Here’s a rundown:

1) 01 – Sweet Greens (pineapple, kale, romaine, cilantro, green apple, lime)
This one was our favourite—the pineapple flavour is the most prominent and we’re not complaining.

2) 04 – Bright Greens (romaine, cucumber, kale, parsley, green apple, celery, lemon)
One sip and you’re like, “Dang, this tastes like green juice.”

3) 06 – Purple Puppy (beet, cucumber, cilantro, orange, apple)
Beet juice is always a favourite among the Daily Team. It might surprise you the next time you go to the washroom but it gives Purple Puppy a distinctively sweet and earthy flavour.

4) 10 – Sunrise (grapefruit, apple, lemon, mint)
Exactly what you’d expect from grapefruit juice—tart and refreshing.

5) 08 – Orange Roots (carrot, turmeric, apple, lemon)
We liked this one a lot because carrot juice is sublime in itself. Also, we got to see what turmeric looks like—it pretty much looks like ginger. Legit.

6) Healthy G (kale, banana, spinach, avocado, cucumber, parsley, cilantro, ginger, spirilina, dates, apple juice)
Ah, yes. The smoothie that was birthed right before our eyes. We liked this one so much that we each took one home at the end of the tasting! It’s got more grit than a cold pressed juice, as it’s literally your Vitamix-type blended smoothie. It’s filled with green goodness though, including spirillina—a green algae superfood.

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7) Pad Thai (carrots, red peppers, green onions, zucchini, green cabbage, purple cabbage, bean sprouts, ­Pad Thai dressing)
Raw vegan pad Thai with zucchini noodles instead of rice noodles. So yummy and full of crunch! We like texture here at Daily Delivery, and this was a fresh spin on a noodle dish favourite.It’s pretty much the salad version of your traditional Pad Thai.
It was really good. We had a moment where we asked what kind of lab they had in the back and who was cooking up these raw vegan concoctions for the public. Spoiler: they have a really experienced and specialized chef who’s been doing this for years.

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8) Macaroon (almond, coconut)
A lovely raw vegan alternative to your traditionally baked [and likely sugary] macaroon!

9) Kale chips
Served at the beginning of our tasting. The ones they serve here are tangy and addictive.

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Overall, we love the Commodity Juicery. Not just that it’s located in Mount Pleasant that gives it a neighbourly feel, but the service is excellent and their products are on their A game (we promise!)

What makes it even better is that the company clearly has a passion for propagating a healthy lifestyle. It’s not just indicative in the products, like their cleanses that are available to order (a pretty cool service, we’ve noted), but in what Karolina was able to tell us about how the business is run. For example, the juice pulp that comes out of the machines are composted or taken home by their employees to be reused in some baked goods. Beet pulp brownies, anyone?

The fact that this sense of company culture is reverberated in every aspect of the business was extremely cool for us to witness. Commodity Juicery is definitely a new favourite! It doesn’t hurt that it’s located right across from Earnest Ice Cream so we mean…if you’re feeling guilty after a scoop (or if the line is too long, because that happens more often than not), head across the street for some fine juice. We literally mean some fine juice.

By the way, we absolutely love the people at Zomato. Shout out to their community manager, Sophia Rizos for always being so awesome and inviting us to this tasting!