The Noodle Box: LAUNCHED
The Noodle Box found that it fit in with their culture easily. They agreed to be the 3rd founding partner of The Tiffin Project, and carried the project’s containers before anyone else when they launched ahead of schedule July 1, 2012. On top of that – if you buy your unit at their Vancouver locations, they’ll give you $2 off of your first meal.
The Noodle Box has 7 locations – 5 of which are on Vancouver Island. Visit their website for their story – it’ll explain why this was a perfect fit for their growing and already-sustainably-minded company. They will be offering $1 off of any transaction using a Tiffin Project container.
Curry2U – LAUNCHED
Shaffeen Jamal of Curry2U technically started doing this years before the project started. Curry2U offers “Tiffin Thursday” deals, as they always have. On Thursdays, you can go to Granville Island to visit Curry2U and fill your Tiffin Project unit for $5 with any of their vegetarian items. Otherwise, fill up your Tiffin Project container there for $5.99, anytime. Owner Shaffeen Jamal sits on the board of directors for The Tiffin Project Foundation.
Nuba Restaurant Group – LAUNCHED
This Lebanese restaurant phenomenon has 5 locations to serve you from if you include the Nuba Café at The Waldorf Hotel (Hastings & Cambie, Seymour, Main St., and W. Broadway). The owners - Victor Bouzzide and Ernesto Gomez – are all about community, and were the 2nd restaurant to agree to support The Tiffin Project (#1 if you don’t count Curry2U). Their healthy mostly-vegetarian menu is perfect for the project.
Nuba is the inspiration behind the second model of container that is being used – the wider and shallower of the two units with the removable partition. They needed a container to suite their menu, which is mostly centered around the practice of sharing food.
Nuba offers their lunch plates at their downtown location at Hastings and Cambie, their West Broadway location, and their Main St. Cafe – for 10% off. You can even catch project founder Hunter Moyes doing PM services there if you look closely for him at dinner time!
Edible Canada - LAUNCHED
You’ll find a beautiful display for The Tiffin Project in Edible’s shop at the heart of Granville Market. They will be offering 10% off of any takeout meal involving a Tiffin Project container during the months that their outdoor takeout window is open.
Edible Canada has always been a supporter of local food. Long before The Tiffin Project moved to Vancouver, Edible Canada was deep in the trenches of the local food movement. Located down in Granville Market, Edible will be offering food from their takeout window – items specific to The Tiffin Project, as well as their regular takeout items.
The Tiffin Project’s units may also be being sold through the Edible Shop. Edible will be releasing their summer menu shortly.
Harvest Union – LAUNCHED
Harvest Union had the right idea – charging their patrons for takeout packaging ever since they opened, but took their takeout vision to the next level with The Tiffin Project. Sandwiches, salads, and soups from Harvest Union will be 25 cents cheaper when project members bring in their containers.
Harvest Union is a start-up prototype set to become an indispensable nouveau archetype – uniquely offering an array of local food items and a cafe made from those items. They feature greens from SOLE Food, Earnest Ice Cream, local cheeses, proteins, seasonal produce and a whole lot more – from their quaint little space. Their focus can be summed up in a few words – local, seasonal, and delicious. Andrea Carlson, prolific locally-minded Chef, has stepped in to help the founder and operator Mike Leung – only good things can come from this!
Hunter is currently working with Harvest Union to finalize a menu and deal specifics. Harvest Union now offers some amazing vegan Udon that are perfect for Tiffin Project containers. Either way, if you visit them for food “TO GO”, you’ll get 25 cents off of your purchase with one of the project’s containers.
CHAU VEGGIEXPRESS – LAUNCHED
CHAU, up at Victoria and 34th in East Vancouver, is very much worth the hike – a vietnamese-style eatery, but vegan! Their creativity is, spearheaded by Maria Huynh, is a real treat for serious foodies – so says project founder Hunter Moyes, who’s known to know a few things about food. If you bring them your container, they’ll send you home with something delicious, and it’ll be 15% off.
Tacofino - Launch: (TENTATIVE of 2013)
Tacofino and The Tiffin Project have been on pause during the off-season for food truck and food cart season (summer). The Tiffin Project has studied the food truck and cart waste scenario in downtown Vancouver – and a solution like The Tiffin Project would be hard to apply there. For many reasons which you can e-mail us about if you’re curious, we decided not to do the project with Tacofino, but hope to in 2013. We are also in talks with their Tacofino Commissary location at Hastings and Nanaimo – which currently doesn’t do takeout at all. Stay tuned to our website and social media for updates concerning Tacofino.
Fable – Launch: (TENTATIVE of 2013)
Fable is the creation of Trevor Bird, who’s made a name for himself in Canada’s culinary community via 2012′s season of Top Chef Canada. His right-hand man Curtis (also a Top Chef contestant), and what looks to be a great team, need just as much thanks. Their Farm-to-table concept (Fa-ble = Farm + Table), featuring amazing dishes that are sourced as sustainably as possible, may be on The Tiffin Project’s list of partners for 2013, but weren’t available for participation in 2012 as a result of Trevor and Curtis being on his heels with success with Fable. Regardless, their sourcing habits are so admirable, that they’re already living the message of The Tiffin Project. News on them as it happens!
The Stock Market – Launch: (HONOURABLE MENTION / TENTATIVE of 2013)
During 2012, we launched, and got so busy that we forgot to finalize things with The Stock Market. Located in Granville Island, The Stock Market has been doing this for years! They’ll offer you 25 cents off of your soup, if you bring in your project container, or even just a bowl! These guys “get it”!
Calabash Bistro – Launch: Q2/2013
Communications with Calabash Bistro resumed in 2013 recently between part-owner and Chef Cullin and Hunter Moyes. Calabash isn’t open for lunch service, but already incorporates tiffins into his dinner services. Details concerning a launch in April are in the works. Stay tuned!