16 Gems in the Strathcona Community

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There are over 850 businesses that call Strathcona home. The community has nurtured many successful businesses like Yolk’s, Sunrise Soya Foods, Hootsuite, and Aritzia, and continues to be a hub for many locally owned independent businesses.

“Meet The Makers Expo 2015” is your chance to meet the makers & entrepreneurs behind Strathcona’s businesses, ask questions, watch demos, offer input, while enjoying their delicious food and drinks (did we mention free craft beer garden?), and have a voice in the revitalization of the East Hastings area.

“We want the community have a voice in the change and, at the same time, share innovation and celebrate local, independent talent” says Joji Kumagai, Executive Director of the Strathcona Business Improvement Association. 

U Magazine was invited to have a sneak peek of the event.

Yolk’s Restaurant & Commissary

Meet The Makers Expo 2015

Meet The Makers Expo 2015

First up, Yolk’s! The owner Steve was such a down to earth guy. It was amazing hearing his story how Yolk’s was hatched from years in the industry to Yolk’s Breakfast Trailer to 36-seats Yolk’s Restaurant & Commissary to the now expanded 80-seats restaurant.

_MG_0143He mentioned how East Hastings & Clark is a strange spot to be in and things were rough in the beginning, but he said “I’m thankful and blessed for this location. If it wasn’t for this place, I wouldn’t have been able to start Yolk’s. If I had to go back, I wouldn’t do anything differently”.

_MG_0145We were delighted he treated us some of his house-made Beignets along with some delicious Squeezed to order Orange Juice. The warm sweet dough was served with yummy salted caramel dip and icing sugar.

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The Heatley

Next up, Michael, the former sous chef at Vancouver’s Alibi Room, is the man behind the new to the hood – The Heatley. In fact, they just had their Grand Opening on June 6! He is thrilled to finally be able to share his longtime vision of a local, casual neighborhood eatery to Vancouverites, serving classic comfort food with cocktails, microbrews, and drinks. We were privileged to sample some of his tasty dishes prior to the grand opening.

_MG_0183Prawn Ceviche – coconut milk, cucumber lime, serrano pepper, cilantro, tortilla_MG_0191Stuffed Mushroom with Prawn – white wine mozzarella and cream cheese_MG_0202Bean Dip – black bean, Chile de arbol, baked with feta

_MG_0211Crispy Chicken – pan seared chicken with soft cream polenta, bacon brussels & avocado mousse

_MG_0214Pan Seared Salmon – salmon with purple cauliflower puree, heirloom carrots & lemon puree

_MG_0197Under the Sun – Pimm’s #1, Lillet, muddled mint and basil, Limonata

Divine Intervention – limeleaf infused gin, lime juice, ginger liqueur

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Homesteader’s Emporium

_MG_0250Just across the street from The Heatley is the one-stop-shop for your “make things from scratch needs”! The cheerful owner Rick is what makes this place special. His passion for sustainability and self-efficiency really shone through. His store offers tools for making your own soap to fermenting your own cheese to building beehives to running micro-livestock. What’s cool about his place is that they also offer a variety of workshops, presented by experts & specialists, to teach you where to start._MG_0233 _MG_0244

Ed’s Daily

_MG_0257_MG_0268This 3,500 sqft space, formerly a hotel + pool parlor in Strathcona, has been fully transformed into a brand new neighborhood cafe and commissary kitchen. Not only do they serve fresh grab-and-go breakfast and lunch items, they also offer catering service (will serve brunch soon too!) What’s awesome about Ed’s Daily is that they offer kitchen space at the back for local culinary entrepreneurs to kick start their food ventures.

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We got a taste of their daily feature – Moroccan Lamb Meatballs – made with Peace Country Lamb, pesto cous cous, harrissa yogurt, pickled red onion and cucumber. The meatballs were moist and tender with strong lamb flavor, matching with the fluffy couscous. It was a simple pleasure to eat!

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Pat’s Pub & Brewhouse

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Lastly, this 100-year-old Pub + Hotel was the last stop of our tour. Just walking distance from Chinatown & Gastown, Patricia’s Hotel has been a popular establishment where cruisers stay before and after their cruise trips. As we stepped into the pub, we were surprised by the “back-in-time” atmosphere filled with fun live music. Serving over 20 taps of local beer plus live music from local and touring bands, it’s quite a hit for the mature folks. The tour ended as we were gifted with Pat’s Classic Lager that are micro-brewed and canned on site. It’s awesome that they are all-natural and preservative-free.

“Meet The Makers Expo 2015” Participating Businesses:  The Heatley, Ed’s Daily, Yolk’s, Casa del Caffe, A.G.R.O. Roasters, The Butler Did It Catering, Postmark Brewing, Pats Lager, YEW Woodshop, Propellor, Velometro, Homesteader’s Emporium, Sunrise Soya Foods, HFour, Junction Creative, Savoury Chef

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Come say hi to these amazing local entrepreneurs this Saturday and have a good time at the “Meet the Makers Expo”!

Please register for your free tickets here:
http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/meet-the-makers-expo-tickets-16821368165

Date: Saturday June 13, 2015
Time: 11 am ~ 3 pm
Venue: MakerLabs @ 780 East Cordova, Vancouver
Price: Free
More info: madeinstrathcona.com