November 20, 2020
As we head into winter, we are all craving warming dishes. Soups, stews, curries and chilis are healthy and nourishing comfort foods that are easy to grab-n-go at your local restaurant. To get you inspired, we are sharing 5 Reason to #BuyBC Warming Soups this Winter along with soup recommendations from restaurants across BC!
1. #BuyBC Celebrate Unique Local Ingredients:
Using vegetables in season is an amazing way for restaurants to celebrate local farmers, producers and processors. BC grown root vegetables are the perfect addition to winter soups, chilis, stews and curries. The Arbutus Room at Brentwood Bay Resort is serving up a unique Sunchoke and Apple soup on their fall/winter menu. Sunchokes are a little-known vegetable that look a bit like ginger, but have a starchy nuttiness to them, making for a perfect fall meal. The Sunchokes at Brentwood Bay Resort come from Gobind Farms. If you live in the Victoria area and would like to try this unique and amazingly yummy soup, the Arbutus Room is open for dinner Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 5pm to 9pm
2. Soup Incorporates a World of Flavours and Traditions:
There are so many delicious styles of soup available. Think: Ramen, Pho, Wonton, Sweet Potato and Peanut, Chicken Noodle, Chicken Tortilla or French Onion. Soups are a great way to explore a variety of flavours and different cultures. Hillside Bistro in Naramata is currently offering a Thai Curried Butternut Soup with coriander oil. This medium spiced soup is gluten-free and vegan friendly, made with BC squash, roasted peppers, onions, ginger, lemongrass, lime leaves and Thai chilies. The touch of spice makes it a perfect pairing with the Hillside Winery Gewurztraminer. Hillside Bistro is open from Thursday to Sunday from 5:00pm to 7:30pm (last seating).
3. Grab and Go!
If you are in a hurry and in need of a quick meal, grab a soup to-go from your local restaurant. Soup is a super easy carry-out option and provides a fast and nutritious meal. Some restaurants also sell frozen soups so you can stock up your freezer while you are at it. Theo’s Restaurant in Penticton is currently offering a hearty and delicious Fasolada bean soup. Enjoy with a glass of the Hester Creek Cabernet Franc and you’ve got a great #EatDrinkLocal pairing!
4. Try the House-Special:
Soups offer the opportunity for chefs to be innovative and create something that is unique to their restaurant. Each chef can create their own house-special with special spice blends and secret ingredients. At Time and Place Burnaby, Executive Chef David Ferguson has created a signature West Coast Chowder. This special recipe uses an abundance of local seafood including: Kuterra Salmon from Vancouver Island, Lasqueti Island Honey Mussels, long line caught Pacific Lingcod and Manila Clams from the East Coast of Vancouver Island. The broth is made with flavourful San Marzano tomatoes and clam nectar along with fresh thyme, garlic, carrots, fingerling potatoes, leek and white onion. YUM!
5. Create a New Tradition:
Rituals make us feel comfortable and secure – these are feelings we want back in COVID-19 times. Why not create a new tradition by ordering trying a new soup, stew, curry or chili every Sunday? This is a fun way to explore new flavours while supporting a variety of local restaurants. If you live in the Kootenays, the Wild Boar Osso Bucco from Soulfood is a must-try! The Wild Boar Shank is served with braised Yaqan Nukiy root vegetables, a Wynnwood Cellars red wine beef demi-glace, and a lemon-garlic gremolata. The team at Soulfood shared that this has been a top seller since cooler temperatures arrived!
As we head into winter, we encourage you to think of creative ways to support your local restaurants. Dine-in, order take-out or stock up on frozen meals when you can. If you enjoy a delicious soup, chili, curry or stew at a local restaurant give the business some extra love by sharing a photo and tagging them on social media! Include us by tagging @BCTastesBetter and we will help spread the word.