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Edible Canada Opens on Granville Island

by paulkamon on July 21, 2011

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Edible Canada recently opened its doors right in the heart of Granville Island. The long-standing and expansive vision of chef and entrepreneur, Eric Pateman, the business (originally known as Edible Vancouver, then Edible British Columbia) has grown from humble beginnings as a 400 square foot stall in the market selling locally-sourced artisan products to a brand new 3,500 square foot purpose-built culinary centre. Complete with a retail store, glassed walled demonstration kitchen, and bistro with a take-out window, Edible Canada is set to showcase the best local cuisine and products like never before to tourists and locals alike.

According to Pateman, “all of the different facets of the company intertwine and work together very well – from the bistro and the retail store sharing the same space, to the guest chefs utilizing products off our shelves in their recipes, to the chef guided market tours, showing guests where the ocean wise fish is coming from that they can order for lunch in our bistro – it’s all very cohesive and fluid. Everything we do reflects our tagline – Sightseeing for your taste buds. This space is a testament to the hard working producers and farmers within our province, and now with this scope and scale we can bring in products from other provinces and territories as well. Vancouver is a world class culinary destination, and with 12 million people passing through Granville Island annually, let’s show them how incredible Canadian food and wine is.”

The bistro seats 170, including an expansive wrap-around patio. Every facet of the space was designed with sustainability in mind – from the recycled fir table tops, to the beach-scavenged cedar hostess stands (carved by Granville Island carver Clarence Mills).

The sustainable measures extend to the exterior as well; as part of the deal struck with the landlord and a corporate sponsor (GE), Edible Canada has two electric vehicle plug-in parking stalls beside their patio, utilizing one of the city’s first level 2 (full charge in 6 hours) electric charging stations.

^ Market Salad, goat cheese, Okanagan vinaigrette - $4

The bistro’s menu is a testament to how far British Columbia has come as a culinary destination with every product being sourced locally, even including the famous lobster oil recipe salvaged from the now closed Cannery Restaurant. The entire menu had me conflicted in a good way; I wanted to try everything! I eventually settled on the market salad with goat cheese and the pork belly. Both dishes were simple, fresh and perfectly executed, letting the quality ingredients speak for themselves. The compact wine list is a greatest hits of BC wine with contributions coming from the Okanagan, Vancouver Island, the Fraser Valley, and one lone gamay from Niagara. For beer they have Driftwood and Howe Sound on tap and an extensive craft bottle list from across the country. Even the spirits are all Canadian, showcasing everything from whisky, gin, vodka, and even sake.

^ Sloping Hills Pork Belly & Loin, celeriac and apple purée, pickled vegetables - $20

Edible Canada is showing great leadership by integrating and supporting local food and beverage artisans in every aspect of their business and setting a new standard for sustainability. The entire country should take notice because this is the bright future of Canadian cuisine.

Edible Canada
1596 Johnston Street | Vancouver
Tel: 604.682.6681


Hours of Operation:
Sunday to Thursday: 9am – 9pm
Friday & Saturday: 9am – 10pm
Breakfast: 9am – 11am
Lunch (weekdays): 11am – 4pm
Brunch (weekends): 11am – 4pm
Bar Menu: 4 – 5pm
Dinner: 5pm to close

~ PK

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