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March 9th, 2017 by Coreen
Chefs Tyler Sparks and Kate Archibald will prepare an exquisite and exotic 3-course
Persian meal that will be served family-style.
To make reservations, visit us in the store by Wednesday, March 22nd.
See the menu and all details below.
5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
$30/person and $18/kids
Mastva Khiar: fresh grated cucumber in thick yogurt with dates and walnuts
Anar Bademjan: grilled eggplant with pomegranate seeds
Nan-e-sangak: leavened flat bread baked on hot pebble
Kuku’ye Sabzi: spring greens frittata/omelet
Fesenjan – roasted chicken browned and stewed with walnuts,
pomegranate juice and cardmom
Chelou – Fluffy saffron rice
Served with a bubbly Sharbat, made with fresh fruits and assorted mild
and medium spicy pickles on the side.
Pistachio, Honey and Rose Halvah
Tyler Sparks: Mom taught me to cook, then I cooked into my mid-20s. I worked at several youth camps, restaurants, cafes and then also sailed to Singapore on a tall ship as a cook. I have moved onto other work, but I still love cooking, especially trying to bring to life the original spirit of people’s relationship to the food, that is the Old Story behind certain dishes. Last year I discovered this tiny Persian cookbook and fell in love with the Polous and Koreshes among many others. I am no expert, but I love this food.
Kate Archibald: I began learning the cuisines of far-off lands as a teenager working at a very busy little bakery and deli in Port Coquitlam, staffed by a team of Portuguese, Polish, Slovakian, Scottish, Angolan, Spanish and Gujarati bakers and food lovers. I haven’t ever stopped learning, devoting most the last 20 years to the service and profession of feeding people across Canada, internationally and out at sea.
March 6th, 2017 by Coreen
We want your feedback about this topic. Please read the information on this page and
find the member feedback form at the bottom. Comments must be submitted by March 24.
The Co-op Cafe is considering the acquisition of a Food Primary Liquor License; this license is for restaurants where the service of food (instead of liquor) is the primary focus of the business. In order to comply with the requirements of this license, a full range of food options must be available while liquor is available. We intend to make only beer, cider, and wine available ― no hard liquor and only beverages with a low alcohol content. We envision that we will provide a limited number of alcoholic beverages available by the bottle (or can) while the cafe is open during the day.
We also envision that a liquor license will make our music events more successful. Recently, we’re finding that pairing a musical event with a special food ― and then advertising them together ― draws a substantially bigger crowd. We expect that alcohol and food together will not only significantly increase the attendance at current events but also draw more musical acts to the island.
Alcohol makes other kinds of events possible as well. For example, we currently cannot serve alcohol at the Dream Cuisine Dinner Series, but we know that beer and wine would make the dinners much more appealing and popular. Other events could include showing various sporting events with beer and pizza, poetry readings with a few shared bottles of wine, or an opening for an art show followed by a wine tasting.
Again, there is no intention for the Cafe to become a bar or anything like one. Food will remain the primary focus, and alcohol will simply become an addition to the menu. We will only serve beer, cider, and wine to accompany the fine food we’re going to make anyway.
The Co-op Cafe is ready for the next step in its evolution. The vision has always been for the cafe space to serve as the place for locals to come together, hang out, and enjoy each other’s company. There’s no question that if the Co-op Cafe has a plan that includes serving liquor and creating evening events specifically designed to bring the community together we will be successful ― not just in terms of sales but, more importantly, in terms of community service.
Frequently Asked Questions
What about extra insurance? We would have to add an endorsement to our existing commercial policy. It is a simple endorsement that states the full coverage applies unless our license is not in effect (e.g., it expired) or unless we don’t follow the law or license rules.
What about liability? Our commercial policy provides $2M coverage for property damage and bodily injury (deductible is $1,000). The liquor endorsement costs another $24 per month ($283 per year).
What about minors in the cafe? Because this is a food-primary license, there are no restrictions on minors.
What about selling liquor in the store? This license only applies to the cafe (a food establishment). We could only sell liquor in the cafe; people could not take their drinks into the store.
Can we buy from Doug’s Good Libations? No, we cannot. We can only buy liquor through our assigned BC liquor store; however, the selection of liquor we sell is completely up to us based on availability from the BC liquor store.
What about the application process? We expect the process to take about 3 or 4 months in total, and the total cost is less than $1,000 for the first year.
What about other changes? We will have to assess the physical security of the building and make improvements as necessary. We will also have to establish new policies and procedures.
All comments will be compiled and submitted to the Board of Directors and General Manager while they are considering the acquisition of the liquor license.
If you have any specific questions, please contact Eric (General Manager ― eric[at]cortescoop[dot]ca) or Suzanne (Board Chair ― suzfletcher70[at]hotmail[dot]com).
Boxes with an asterisk must be filled out. Thank you for your participation!
February 1st, 2017 by Coreen
POSTPONED until FEBRUARY 16!!
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.
January 12th, 2017 by admin
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)cortescoop.ca before Friday, January 27th.
January 4th, 2017 by Coreen
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.
$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)