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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We Love That! with Kay – Best Pizza in Vancouver

Team Daily loves food, events, people, shopping, this thing, that thing and just every other thing about Vancouver! Just as much as we love the City, we love talking about it. Now, we have someone else, too, to talk about our City.

Say a Big Hi to our Guest Blogger Kaylynn Chong 🙂

She will be writing about all things we love about the City in our latest column named, ‘We Love That! with Kay‘.

Without talking too much, let’s get straight to the  point. We have already spoken about the Best-in-City Burgers, Macarons, Milkshakes, Cookies and Juices but how did we forget pizza? Pizza! Pizzaaaaa! The life saver. Our first love. Our comfort food. But as they say, “better late than never”.

Here is Kay’s amazing experiences while hunting for the Best Pizzas in Vancouver.

We were in Italy for close to three weeks in between backpacking and studying abroad last year. Roma, Firenze, Venezia, and Cinque Terre – we are obsessed with Italian food.
We like to tell people we majored in Pizza, with a minor in Gelato.

While not in Italy anymore, the pizza from the following places takes us straight to the Italian Pizza Heaven!

Rebellious Tomato – Healthy pizza isn’t an oxymoron here. Rebellious Tomato is perfect for people with food restrictions who still want to indulge in the glory that is pizza. They offer organic ingredients, gluten free and whole wheat crust options, and plenty of vegetarian options.
But healthy doesn’t mean plain and boring. Their Tear Jerker and Thai Curry pizzas are just yumm!

Picture Credit - Yelp/ Reva R
Picture Credit – Yelp/ Reva R

NOVO Pizzeria & Wine Bar Pizza and Vino is one of the best combinations in the world! White pizzas here are super noms and I would recommend their Potato Pizza. It’s carbs on carbs but whatever – you need to soak up all that wine somehow. That’s basically advice for your well-being.
Tips? Have a dinner and a movie date – the Fifth Avenue Cinema is next door! (Then you can sober up during the movie.Duh.)

Picture Credit - Zomato/ FoodQueen
Picture Credit – Zomato/ FoodQueen

Bufala  We dig this place because of their innovative spin on salads (Can you say arugula and grapefruit? Kale Caesar? Soo nums) and because the location is pretty prime.
Their pizzas are also good – a little bit on the thicker and smaller side of wood fire pizzas. We generally like our wood fire pizzas paper thin and somewhat on the wet side.
Bufala is quite new and you can tell by its use of hipster fonts and the pristinely clean décor. We dig it.

Picture Credit - Zomato/ PrettyLamb
Picture Credit – Zomato/ PrettyLamb

Via Tevere Pizzeria Napoletana – Extra points for cuteness. Located at the corner of a residential block, Via Tevere shies away from commercial storefronts. It is cute as hell. There’s usually a line up around front, so you’ve been warned. Tasty pizzas. Good caprese salad. Excellent Nutella fritters. Just Do It, we say!

Picture Credit - Zomato / MissVancouverPiggy
Picture Credit – Zomato / MissVancouverPiggy

Unforgettable Pizza – My favourite thing about Unforgettable Pizza is the cheese. It’s so freaking good. They claim to have the best mozzarella and we believe it. We’ve never been to NYC ourselves, so unfortunately we can’t contend how accurate its advertising of ‘New York Style Pizza’ it is – but Unforgettable’s pizza runs on the thin and fold able side à la NYC. Also, the names of their pizzas are très catchy.

Picture Credit - Yelp/ Brittany W
Picture Credit – Yelp/ Brittany W

CottoEnoteca Pizzeria – Technically not in Vancouver, but we have to include this on the list because they have burrata cheese on the menu all the time. It is to die for. As slightly indicated the name, burrata is like a buttery, milky, more rich version of fresh mozzarella.It’s a stringy wet mess that you glop onto a piece of Cotto’s fresh rosemary brick oven bread (forno bread). Cotto’s burrata appy comes with their roasted pepper caponata that they make in-house. The peppers melt in your mouth and have a slight vinegar taste to them. Trust us when we say it is pretty much the bomb dot com. We would also recommend their piatto di antipasti which comes with their caponata and a bunch of other very marvelous items.

Picture Credit - Zomato/ Sunny Wong
Picture Credit – Zomato/ Sunny Wong

Nicli Antica Pizzeria – Literally my fav! If we want really good pizza, we go to Nicli’s. It tastes exactly like the good pizza in Italy – uncut, thin as ever, and the tomato sauce has a creamy rich essence to it. It is awesome pizza.They grow fresh basil and other herbs right in the dining room – you can watch the staff pick up fresh sprigs and leaves as they manoeuvre around Nicli’s immaculat erestaurant design.
Besides serving the most delicious pizza ever, Nicli’s is the kind place you’d take someone on a date. Someone you really like.
Tips? Get the affogato–a scoop of vanilla bean gelato plopped in a shot of espresso makes a wicked dessert. And check out the back of your menu for a surprise.

Picture Credit - Zomato/ Adipickle
Picture Credit – Zomato/ Adipickle

Honorary Mention –
Megabite Pizza  Don’t act like you’re too good for Megabite ‘cause you’re really not.
Megabite is that gentle hand rousing your shoulder after a long night of partying – it’s that comfort of knowing you’re not going home alone tonight.
It’s got self-serve Tabasco and ranch as well, A.K.A. pizza’s own Land of the Free.
We’re a little sweet on Megabite because we recently ordered a pizza and they delivered with some optimal customer service. In the comments section for the online order form, we wrote, “Can you please draw us a pic of a cat kissing a frog?”
They made it happen. Megabite delivers in more ways than one.

Picture Credit - Kay
Picture Credit – Kay

Till we see you again, enjoy the ‘cheat week’ 😉