FOOD FILE EDIBLE ART The Acorn in Vancouver serves up edible works of art for vegetarians and omnivores alike legumes, wheat and grain products (including a line of freshly milled flours) and other pantry staples (starting from $8.95). A committed vegetarian and food lover, co-owner Shira McDermott started Grain with partner Janna Bishop in 2016. In addition to its commitment to flavour and freshness in its product line, Grain directly supports Canadian farmers. “The farms we work with are predominantly well-established, multigeneration family businesses. Canada is one of the world’s largest producers of chickpeas and lentils and one of the world’s largest exporters of wheat — meaning the best wheat generally gets exported elsewhere. Starting Grain, we felt Canadians deserved access to the best as opposed to Grade C or D dry-goods products.” McDermott maintains the business could not have started at a better time. With healthfulness and sustainability at the forefront of many consumers’ minds, restaurants are making more menu items from scratch. Many now incorporate a sourdough program in their kitchens and even more are creating organic grain-based dishes for their menus. “Part of why the timing was right in starting Grain is the resurgence in people wanting to know where their food is coming from. They care about things like locality and traceability. We’re able to put a farmer’s face and farm location to each product we sell. Because we support Canadian farmers, people like to support us.” > SEAN DAVID [ACORN RESTAURANT IMAGES] Parfait Your Way Featuring delicious yogourt Elevate your breakfast game with the unique fresh yogourt dispensing solution! Exclusively from parmalat-foodservice.ca
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