When I started The Tiffin Project, and in the years before it, I had to sell something that was entirely based on an assumption that I made of the public: people are ready and willing to use my product. Does it work, you ask? According to SPEC’s survey on waste in Vancouver, the Tiffin Project is in the right place, at the right time.
Waste is a forgettable word. It’s measurement can mean something different to everyone. Chefs, however, are particularly mindful of waste. In a good classical kitchen, very little goes to waste. Take Mark Brand’s new operation, No. 1 Noodle House. What makes the most sense after Save On Meats? A Ramen place. Those bones are gold!
Every year, the city of Vancouver produces 25,000 tons of takeout waste. What does a statistic like that mean to you? Do you try to picture it all in one big pile? Do you try and calculate some weight-per-citizen average number; do you try and squeeze out another stat from it to make sense of it as another number? Or does your brain just go into standby mode – like it does for many - because you’ve read and heard too many statistic pitches?
Two guys open a sausage shop just past the overarching gates of Chinatown and it is bound to turn some heads. Dane and Clinton admit that they couldn’t have gone with “‘sausage bros’, or something like that,” but aside from their restaurant name (a literal German translation of “beast”), “Bestie” had a special kind of characteristic they specifically wanted to personify.
A new type of Tangoo has been introduced to the city. It still involves dancing, but preludes with dining, cocktails, and some good ol’ socializing. Tangoo’s tagline is “imagine your weekend, all in one night.” Underlining this is how the Tangoo staff organize everything. From drinks, appetizers, dinner, and a night out at a bar or pub, Tangooers don’t worry about line ups or debates on places to go that wouldn’t take two hours just to get in. The effortlessness of a VIP-like service without necessarily sporting a VIP exterior is the perfect reason to bring you and your crew Tangooing over and over again.
Wontons, pie holes, ice cream and then some: Hawkers Market delivered the first of many distinctive nights at East Van Studios. By bringing together a global palette of unique tastes under one East Van roof, each hawker conquered one tongue at a time in a notable style of culinary commerce. Simply put, this wasn’t your typical run to the supermarket.
There’s no point avoiding it. The city of Vancouver and the concept of urban agriculture are like two peas in a pod. Only now, you can grow your own set of peas in a self-watering container system that fits on your windowsill. It’s called Patch, and it’s only a matter of time before everyone’s giving it two green thumbs up.
Hunter J. Moyes doesn’t want the Tiffin Project to be another hipsteresque, granola-stereotyped trend that is only used East of Main Street. The money it took to fund the Tiffin Project did not come from IndieGoGo, Kickstarter, or through any other crowdfunding platform. He is not asking for you to donate your money to his cause — he’s making you invest in an inevitable food culture of locally farmed products, a richer agricultural system, and one of many solutions needed to end world hun— I mean, food security.
On March 22nd, 2012, East of Main & This is Vancity partnered up to host EastVanLove Vol.5 at Hai Phong. This sceencast of the event marks the first time an EastVanLove event has been recorded and uploaded. Enjoy!