This is the final week of #WeGrowTogether: Holiday Edition where we’re featuring women-owned businesses all month.
This week we explore delicious culinary creations that you can add to your holiday menu, including LOTS of vegan options for your plant-based friends!
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MEET THE FEATURED BUSINESSES
Beana Foods (vegan option!)
Location: Burnaby. Shop online.
Introducing Beana Foods, a family-owned venture offering vegan Persian cuisine. Led by owner Safoura Kassnejad, Beana Foods believes in crafting satisfying meals without the need for animal products. Their mission is to make clean eating accessible, adding variety to meals while prioritizing environmental preservation.
Committed to positive change for both individuals and the planet, Beana Foods produces 100% plant-based, ready-to-eat foods with natural whole foods ingredients. From BeefLESS Stew to Chick-Bean Salad and NutPlant, their versatile offerings make healthy and tasty plant-based dining effortless for any time of day.
Learn more & connect with Beana Foods
Website – beanafoods.ca
Instagram – @beanafoods
Kula Foods Inc (vegan option!)
Location: Vancouver. Find Kula products near you.
Kula Foods, founded by Asha Wheeldon, is dedicated to reconnecting people with plant-based Afro-Vegan proteins and sauces. Asha was inspired to start her entrepreneurial journey when she moved to Vancouver and realized there was a need in the market for Afrocentric food and spices. Driven by the joy of cooking plant-based dishes, Asha established Kula Foods to fill the void, contributing to the cultural elevation one plate at a time.
Specializing in plant-based meats, sauces, stews, and more, Kula Foods delivers its offerings through online orders, local retail partners, and curated prepared meals for delivery, and curbside pickup.
Learn more & connect with Kula Foods Inc.
Website – kulafoods.ca
Instagram – @kulafoods
Location: Vancouver. See the store locator online.
Learn more & connect with oomé
Miki Talebi launched oomé in 2022, a line of premium smoked tofu with a unique flavour palette. oomé is celebrating ethically produced, locally sourced, and planet-friendly food. Most importantly, Miki founded oomé to honour her Japanese heritage and continue her late father’s legacy.
With vibrant packaging that can’t be missed, oomé is available in nearly 100 stores, including Choices Markets, IGAs, Nature’s Fare, Whole Foods, and SPUD.
Website – thisisoome.com
Instagram – @thisisoome
Location: Victoria. See here where you can find Save da Sea.
Discover Save da Sea Foods, founded by Aki Kaltenbach. Save da Sea offers sustainable, plant-based seafood crafted from wholesome ingredients. Aki’s commitment to reducing environmental impact led her to create menu items with sustainable ingredients, launching Save da Sea in 2019.
Originally intended for the food-service industry, the pivot to the consumer product goods market during the pandemic brought Save da Sea Foods to the refrigerated sections of 500 stores across Canada. Aki’s plant-based seafood mimics the taste and texture of traditional options, empowering consumers to make environmentally conscious choices for a healthier planet.
Learn more & connect with Save da Sea
Website – savedasea.com
Instagram – @savedasea
Location: Prince George. Book for catering here.
Introducing Baller Food, a food truck founded by busy mom Kate Ames in Prince George. Faced with daycare closures and a job loss, Kate turned to cooking, giving rise to her unique food truck brand. Baller Food serves a creative menu featuring ball-shaped dishes like meatballs, arancini, and gourmet salads, offering a variety of options, including vegetarian.
Kate’s culinary skills extend beyond the food truck; she’s the head chef at Birch and Boar Charcuterie and Provisions. Currently booking for 2023 events, Baller Food caters to public and private events and plans to join DoorDash and offer frozen meals at Birch and Boar.
Learn more & connect with Baller Food
Website – ballerfoodcanada.ca
Instagram – @ballerfoodcanada
Location: Golden. Place an order or visit in-person.
Meet Laura Daley, the dedicated owner and baker behind Daley Bread Bakery. With almost 20 years of professional baking experience, Laura’s journey from hobbyist to full-time baker led her to Golden after her previous job was eliminated due to the pandemic.
Recognizing the absence of quality artisan bread and pastries in the area, Laura seized the opportunity to fill the gap. Since 2020, Daley Bread Bakery has been uniting the local community and businesses with its commitment to providing top-notch artisan bread and pastries.
Learn more & connect with Daley Bread Bakery
Website – daleybreadbakery.ca
Instagram – @daleybreadbakery
Location: Surrey. Shop online or in-store here.
Dive into the flavorful world of Aji, a family-owned sauce pronounced ‘ah-hee’. This unique recipe was created in Columbia by the Gonzalez family, using the flavours of their culture. When the family moved to British Columbia, they brought this taste of home with them. The turning point came at a party when mom Dyana brought Aji-infused guacamole, which wowed guests. This led to overwhelming demand, inspiring Dyana to turn it into a business.
Today, Aji’s diverse product range includes sauces, flavoring pouches, and hot sauces from mild to Habanero. They’re sold to customers across BC and Alberta, sharing the warmth and family spirit of Colombian culture.
Learn more & connect with Aji Gourmet Products
Website – ajigourmetproducts.com
Instagram – @dyanasajisauces
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