Tuesday, June 12, 2012

spreadin the local love

Lately it feels like I'm hearing about so much exciting stuff in the food and bevvy industry. First, The Brooklyn Warehouse is bringing back the ol' school burger bar with their Ace Burger Co. With the gourmet burger bar recently heating up here (Cheesecurds in Dartmouth, and the soon to open Relish on Quinpool and Flipburger in Clayton Park), it's nice to see someone keepin' it real. George and Leo, the genius behind Brooklyn, trialed their burger bar during Open City and, surprise surprise, huge hit. Was it the real burger made of local grass fed beef or the friendly service or the ol' school feel? Pretty sure it was all of the above. All I know is my burger addiction is about to get a whole lot worse (or rather better!) with Ace down the street. 

And the news doesn't stop there!

Sheena, the powerhouse behind the gorgeous and healthful blog butterversusburpees, has partnered with her friend Kathy, a soon to be blogger, to bring their idea of locally sourced, healthy granola bars to life. Cue drumroll...introducing Made with Local! The ladies and their bars first appeared on the scene at Open City and were met with tremendous support. So much support in fact that you can find their delish bars at the World Tea House, Uncommon Grounds, and Cafe Brea in Dartmouth. As of this past weekend, you can also find one of the beautiful ladies at both the Alderney Farmers Market and the Halifax Seaport Farmers Market. With flavors like Blueberry Grunt, Sticky Squirrel, a num num pb and molasses concoction, Cran-Apple Crisp, and Choco-Berry Bliss, there`s something for all. And if you think it can`t get any better, Made with Local is almost entirely locally sourced and, get this, you will actually recognize every single ingredient. Take that packaged granola bars. Nothin` left to say but get some and perhaps get your follow on!

Last but certainly not least, big news outta the D Side. Two If By Sea's Zane Kelsall is up for a BDC Young Entrepreneur Award for Innovation with his idea to start Anchored Coffee, a direct trade roaster right here in the HRM. With a prize of 100 000 big ones, we could soon be home to another local coffee roaster. Focusing solely on direct trade and small lot roasting. Anchored Coffee wants fair prices for the farmer and delicious coffee for us. But wait, WE get to vote on the winning idea?!! Best get your ass over to the contest site to get your vote on now and every day until June 19th. Because, let's be real, elevating the coffee culture here in the city can only be a good thing. Scratch that. An amazing thing.