Edible British Columbia to expand at Granville Island Public Market
BC's largest culinary tourism operator, Edible British Columbia, services of which include Guided Market Tours, Gourmet Kayaking Adventures, and Culinary Concierge services, is pleased to announce that it will be opening an expanded version of its original retail concept store at Granville Island in the spring of 2011. The expansion will include an increased shopping presence showcasing the best artisan food products of BC and Canada, an impressive demonstration kitchen to welcome BC and Canada’s top chefs, and a tapas and wine bistro specializing in the healthy classic dishes that exemplify market-inspired cuisine. Additionally, the space will include a Gourmet-to-Go section, a take-away window, and a vibrant patio space.
Edible At the Market will be centered on the Retail Store, continuing to celebrate the best culinary product offerings from coast to coast. True to their roots and forever faithful to local producers, Edible has made a commitment to carry a minimum of 75% BC products, so customers will still be able to source all of the unique items created by our province’s dedicated culinary artisans.
The addition of a permanent demonstration/production kitchen will allow Edible to continue to expand on its popular Market Dinner Series with many of BC and Canada’s top chefs. This new space can accommodate up to 50 people, and is designed to operate separately while the rest of the business continues to run, making it ideal for afternoon tastings and seminars. When the kitchen is not being used for a private event, customers can watch Edible’s team creating delectable foods – available for purchase and enjoyment at home.
The guiding philosophy At the Market is that if they can source the best ingredients possible in BC (preferably in Granville Island Public Market) they will, but they will also search coast to coast, looking for the best Canada has to offer. Their goal is to have over 95% of their menu featuring Canadian food products. They will also be working with Oceanwise to create one of Canada’s most forward-thinking and sustainable menus that follow fish through their seasonal runs.
Like the cuisine, the beverage program will showcase sommelier-selected BC and Canadian wines, craft beer, artisan spirits, ciders, and more. Teas will come all the way from across the street – from the Granville Island Tea Company.
The interior will be influenced by the west coast environment, as well as tributes to the space’s former occupant, the Wood Co-Op. Celebrated Vancouver architect Gair Williamson has been retained to design the 3000 square foot space.
The expanded space will provide them with an opportunity to showcase even more talent and create an even stronger food community both locally and nationally. This expansion will solidify Edible BC and Edible Canada’s position as the largest culinary tourism operation in the country. They will continue to cater to the locals (who still account for up to 70% of our business) while also welcoming visitors to our city.