Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Open Mic: November 18th


Bring your passion for creativity and performance to the stage! Musicians, poets, storytellers, and troubadors ― the friendliest audience is found at the Co-op Cafe’s Open Mic nights.

Love entertainment? Have some stage fright? Don’t worry! Just sit back and enjoy the show.

Doors open at 6:45pm, and the mic opens at 7pm. Admission is FREE!

Tired of Your Customer Service Job?


Then we’ve got the job for you! The Cortes Natural Food Co-op is looking for a cleaner who can work independently with a strong attention to detail. Cleaning takes place in the evening or early morning. Position is part-time and year-round. Duties include general cleaning, floor care & waxing, laundry, and special cleaning projects. Experience preferred but not necessary. Benefits include competitive pay, tips, and a 10% discount on store & cafe purchases. Please bring your resume and/or list of qualifications to the store or send it to eric[at]cortescoop[dot]ca before Friday, September 15th.

Looking for a Washing Machine!


Looking for a washer!  The Co-op needs a washer for all of its dirty laundry (that’s towels and aprons – not money!).  We are looking for a donation of a used but working machine ― obviously a newer model than the one below!  Thanks to the Hargraves for donating a dryer!

Photo by Carol Von Canon

Cashiers, Bakers, & Baristas!


The Cortes Natural Food Co-op is hiring! We are looking for positive people who have a passion for customer service, have fun while working hard, and want to be an active part in our co-op. Positions are part-time and temporary. Experience preferred but not necessary. Benefits include competitive pay, tips, and a 10% discount on store & cafe purchases. Please bring your resume to the store or send it to Eric (eric (at)

Together, Creating Something Wonderful


Hello Members and Friends of the Cortes Natural Food Co-op,

Last autumn, we started raising money for a beautification project of what we call the courtyard, and we already have funds for four new picnic tables!  Now we would like to expand the vision to include a new stage, more outdoor seating for the Cafe, new fencing and steps from the road, with some terracing, landscaping and other special features.

This courtyard area is located between Marnie’s Book Store and the new Educational Gazebo; it is a well-used gathering place, and we want to enhance everybody’s experience in what is the very heart of the grounds around our Co-op. We are asking for some modest financial support to help the project become a reality before the busy summer season.

If we can raise $3,000 quickly with this special fundraising appeal (which is only $20 from 150 people or $50 from 60 people), 3 other members have offered to match it with a generous donation of another $3,000.

Please help us make our goal for this by sending your donation in these ways:

   – Via E-mail or PayPal:  send your donation to gm [at] cortescoop [dot] ca
   – Via Mail:  send you cheque to CNFC, Attn: courtyard fund, Box 390, Mansons Landing V0P 1K0
   – In Store:  stop by the till and use one of the donation cards; pay by cash, cheque, or card

Donation Deadline: MAY 17/2017

See what we are trying to create by viewing the mini courtyard drawing below, or view a larger version on the gate between the store and the cafe.  Thank you for helping support our very own cooperative and, in particular, a lovely area for all to gather. 

Collectively let’s make this happen.

Spring Blessings from CNFC Board:
Philip Wood, Suzanne Fletcher, Fred Savage, Julia Linnay, Amy Robertson, and Michael Landry (not pictured below)

P.S. Please send this page to other friends of the Co-op who may be willing to help.

Japanese Dream Cuisine Dinner: Book Now!


To make reservations, visit us in the store by Wednesday, April 5th.
See the menu and all details below.

5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
$30/person and $18/kids

Chef Tada Hozumi offers a succulent selection of Japanese specialties
with a local twist.

Kale goma yogoshi (‘soiled’ by sesame seeds):
Raw kale with a dressing of toasted sesame seeds and plum vinegar

Yasai takiawase (Japanese-style braised vegetables):
Vegetables braised in a kelp and shiitake broth

Cortes-don – Smoked salmon marinated in a homemade ‘tare’
(homemade sweet soy-based sauce) served over a bed of rice
Served with tare-soaked pulverized kelp paste, fresh ginger shavings,
salmon skin crackling and, of course, wasabi

Coconut ice cream

Tada Hozumi is a therapist, dancer and Japanese food enthusiast. Cooking is an important part of Tada’s daily routine and sustains his relationship to the motherland. Tada’s approach to Japanese cuisine is a very bluesy mix of traditional home cooking with a Nikkei (Japanese-Canadian) flare.

Postponed! Vietnamese Dream Cuisine Dinner


Seatings at 5:30 and 7:30

Limited Space. Visit the Co-op to book.
Reservations must be made by Tuesday, February 14th.

Chef Xuan Ly-Betz will prepare an exquisite 3-course traditional Vietnamese meal.
The entire menu is gluten free.

Chả Giò: Deep-fried spring roll served with nước mắm dipping sauce.
On the side is an herb mint cabbage salad.

Phở: Traditional beef noodle soup.
A long and slow simmered beef bone broth served with flat rice noodles and
topped with two cuts of beef. Made with locally sourced Linnaea beef!

Chè Ba Màu: Three-coloured bean drink.
A refreshing cold traditional dessert.

Xuan learned to cook from the very best—her mother.
She strives to make her dishes as authentic as possible (or at least as she remembers
the food from her childhood) and always uses the finest quality ingredients.

$30/person, $18/kids

Wanted: Kitchen Supervisor


The Cortes Natural Food Co-op is looking for a Kitchen Supervisor. This is a permanent position and hours vary with the seasons. Duties include cooking, staff supervision, scheduling, ordering, pricing, inventory management, and recipe development. Kitchen experience required; supervisory experience preferred. Benefits include competitive pay, a 10% discount on store & cafe purchases, and tips. Please bring your resume and/or list of qualifications to the store or send it to eric(at) before Friday, January 27th.

January’s Dream Cuisine Dinners


The Co-op Cafe brings you excellent 3-course dinners from around the world in January!

Amy Bockner will prepare Italian on January 12th; Lucy Robinson will prepare Mexican
on January 26th. Two seatings per evening: 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Reservations required
$30 per person + tax
Reserve at the Co-op store.

January 12th Italian Menu



Crostini Trio ~ Pear & Chèvre, Olive Tapanade, Prosciutto & Basil


Salmon & Pesto Fettuccini with lemon, capers, and parmigiano; Balsamic Arugula Salad


Chocolate amaretti cake with maple gelato


January 26th Mexican, Gluten-Free Menu



Fresh made salsa with Abuelo’s Vancouver-Island-made corn chips


Two local salmon tacos (veg option available, bean and cheese taco) with homemade corn tortillas,
guacamole, mango salsa, chipotle & tangy sour cream, topped with purple cabbage and cilantro;
Mexican seasoned potato and yam pan fries; green salad with citrus vinaigrette


coconut flan (gluten free/dairy free)

Dream Cuisine Dinners – Reserve Now!



― all-inclusive 3-course dinners from around the world ―

Every other Thursday starting January 12
Seatings at 5:30 pm and 7:00 pm

Italian January 12th
Mexican January 26th
Vietnamese February 9th
West Coast Artisan February 23rd

$30 + tax for each meal/person

Reservations Required. Visit the Co-op to book.
Limited space available