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I am excited to be a part of the NBRHD Restaurant Development Program, initiated by REEF Technology, to help Vancouver restaurants launch a delivery business. The restaurant industry has been hit hard this past year due to COVID, and many have turned to delivery and other innovative ways to keep their business afloat. This private grant money will provide some relief to a few restaurants, and perhaps help expand, preserve, or resurrect some beloved culinary concepts from going under and be lost forever.

The following is the official press release issued by REEF Technology:

REEF Launches Local Restaurant Development Program in Vancouver, Pledging $125K to Help Area Businesses Expand as Part of $1.25M Program

REEF, the largest operator of neighbourhood kitchens and urban logistics hubs in the United States and Canada, announces today the expansion to Vancouver of the recently launched NBRHD Restaurant Development Program, designed to help local restaurants scale their delivery business and provide marketing support through REEF’s Kitchens platform.

In total, REEF Technology has earmarked $1.25M CAD in grant money to support qualifying local restaurants across North America over the course of the next few weeks and months. Restaurants with fewer than three locations qualify to apply for the program, and REEF encourages applications from local women, minority and Indigenous-owned restaurants.

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Have you had Asian chickens before? When it comes to whole chickens, my family and I have always chosen Asian chickens. Here in British Columbia, you can find different types of specialty Asian chickens that are raised locally. Our go-to has been the Loong Kong Chicken 龍崗雞. They are free-run chicken, and they’re more yellow in appearance than your typical chicken. They remind me of the chickens I grew up eating in Hong Kong. We find the meat firmer yet tender, more flavourful, and skin bouncier, and definitely more suitable for preparing Asian style dishes.

Did you know?

No hormones or steroids are fed to BC chickens and all BC chickens are allowed to roam in the barns and are considered “free run”.

When it comes to enjoying fresh Loong Kong Chicken, my family simply steams it. By steaming it, you will also extract some chicken broth full of the chicken essence. Mama Lam takes it to the next level by making a sauce with the chicken broth, pour it back onto the steamed chicken so it absorbs all the flavours. Here is the recipe:

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As we continue to hunker down with no dining-in service available this year, it looks like Mama Lam and I are going for another afternoon to-go at home this year. If you are looking for something similar with your mom, here is a round-up of to-go afternoon tea available in Greater Vancouver. Pre-order is required but deadline is different for each place. Delivery may also be available.

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Brussels sprouts are often considered an acquired taste. I for one really like brussels sprouts, and thankfully my family also loves brussels sprouts. Fried brussels sprouts had become a go-to dish that I order at restaurants. It’s easy to make them at home, too. The easiest way to prepare them at home is to roast them in the oven. They become tender, the exterior becomes crispy, and all you need is some simple seasoning.

Did you know brussels sprouts and kale, as well as cauliflower and broccoli and gai lan, come from the same wild cabbage family?

The other day I got some Chilean grapes. Their skin wasn’t too thick and the grapes had a lot of flavour, mostly sweet with just a hint of acidity and tannin. I was looking up savoury recipes to prepare grapes, and I came across a roasted grapes and brussels sprouts recipe. What a clever idea! I kept on reading a number of similar recipes and adapted to create the following, with an Asian twist by adding Chinese sausage.

Fun fact: Grapes are a rich, natural source of polyphenols, which protect the health and function of our cells. They are also a good source of vitamin K, copper, and many of the B vitamins.

Ingredients

  • 1lb Brussels sprouts, halved, or quartered if large
  • 1/2lb Seedless Grapes (I used Chilean black seedless table grapes)
  • 30g Chinese Sausage
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 teaspoons Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Dried Thyme
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Hungarian Paprika
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup toasted cashews
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At a time when the restaurants keep getting setbacks, let’s show them we care. The BC Restaurant and Foodservice Association (BCRFA), Sumac Ridge Estate Winery, Save-On-Foods stores, and Town Hall Brands have partnered up in an initiative called #StandUpforService, where outstanding restaurant workers from across BC are recognized for their top-notch service at BCRFA.com.

Between March 1 to May 23, you can visit BCRFA.com and share stories of colleagues, servers, cooks, friends, or businesses who are providing a welcoming and unique dining experience while following best practices to combat COVID-19.

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