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Vendor Feature: Ipse Mandoo

Dumplings are a staple in my kitchen. You can panfry, steam or boil them for a quick meal. Thank you, Ipse Mandoo for the invite!

Who is Ipse Mandoo?

1) Why did you start your business?

As a mother, I did not have time to take care of my two years old son when I operated a Japanese restaurant in Langley. Closing the business, I decided to do a small business which I could work according to my own schedule. While I owned a restaurant, I did not like the taste of factory made gyoza. So I developed my own recipes, which was first used for my first sales in the dumpling manufacturing business. Plus, I like to decorate things, which is the reason why I shaped leaf-shaped dumplings.

2) What was your background?

Before I operated two different Japanese restaurants, I worked as a cook from some Korean restaurants. I was into learning various recipes and developed it as my own ones. This enhanced my understanding in Korean food.

3) What is special about your products?

My effort is revealed in the taste of my dumplings. I have a motto to run my business: I only produce the food that my son can eat without any concern. My dumplings are what my son likes the most. That’s why I am always obsessed with checking the quality of ingredients.

  • our dumplings are 100% handmade.
  • our dumplings are made upon pre-orders. We never make them in advance.
  • The wrappers are also made of our secret recipes.
  • I always buy the ingredients myself to check the quality.
  • My business has grown so fast as my customers instantly noticed the difference between my dumplings and other ones.
  • The lineup for our booth was among the longest ones in the BC Dumpling Festival.

4) What else do you want to share?

We are introducing seasonal menu on a regular basis and running giveaways in the future.

Check them out!

https://instagram.com/ipsemandoo

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Vendor Feature: Thomakis Yogurt

I love Greek yogurt! What about you? Thank you Thomakis for the treat!

Who is Thomakis Yogurt?

1) Why and when did you start your business?

My husband Christos wanted to make something to feel connected to his Greek roots. He came home and said he wanted to make yogurt. So he did and it was amazing! He did this during covid when everyone else was making bread. A friend of ours came by and tried the yogurt and said we should make a business…that people would love it. So Thomakis was born.

2) What was your background?

Christos was a chef professionally for many years but when wanting to start a family chose to change directions for a job that was more oriented to be able to balance a family. He works in food sales and distribution. Though his passion was and always will be good food.

3) What is special about your products?

We strive to make the highest quality product. Clean with no fillers or preservatives. It takes time and lots of love and care to get such a smooth silky product.

4) Finally, anything else you want to share?

We love what we do and the community around us who love our product and make it possible for us to continue to grow and share great food with others!

Check them out!

https://thomakis.com/

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Vendor Feature: Sushi Mura (Richmond)

For beer lovers out there, this Japanese restaurant has beer on tap! Thank you Sushi Mura for the invite!

Who is Sushi Mura?

1.Why and when did you start your business?

Our owner EJ ran this business for 11 years now. He has been in the food industry for over 21 years as a chef and the owner.

2.What is the background?

Sushi Mura is a fast-growing restaurant located in Vancouver since 2012. After receiving so much love and support from our customers, we are dedicated to constantly expanding our restaurant in the future. Our goal is to bring customers joy and satisfaction with the best quality of our customer service with our best fresh ingredients.

Until everyone becomes Sushi lovers “Muran,” we won’t stop serving our immersive dining experiences service and the best quality of taste.

3.Finally, what else would you like to share?

With highly experienced and passionate sushi chefs, we strive to bring the greatest taste and finest experience to our customers. To satisfy your desire for an exceptional Japanese foods experience, we only use best quality of ingredients, which we receive from our suppliers every morning.

Check them out!

https://sushi-mura.com/

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Vendor Feature: Spirits With Smoke

These kits are great for making your own infused drinks, both alcoholic and nonalcoholic too!

Who is Spirits With Smoke?

Here are some questions that you can choose to answer:

1) Why and when did you start your business?


Antonio and I are two best friends who started our business because of a great opportunity fueled by a love of whiskey and cocktails.

After working in the hospitality industry for a combined total of 20 years, we saw an opportunity to transform the ordinary cocktail by focusing on creating a complete sensory experience by adding Smoke. While helping a whiskey bar help develop its Old Fashioned program, we recognized that people didn’t just want to enjoy great smoked cocktails; they wanted to craft them at home too!

But now our goal has gone beyond just smoked cocktails. We want bartenders to enjoy various restaurant-quality cocktails at home, whether an Old Fashioned, Margarita or a delicious non-alcoholic creation.

Our goal is for homes across the country to never drink ordinary.

2) Next, what was your background?


Both Antonio and I have backgrounds in Anthropology and Geography. Not exactly directly related to starting a cocktail barware company! However, we met while working at a whiskey bar and fell in love with the hospitality experience.

It is why we are passionate about helping people recreate those experiences at home.

3) Some interesting facts about your product?

Spirits with Smoke is about enhancing your drink, whether it be an alcoholic cocktail or mocktail! So much of what we consider to taste comes from our sense of smell. Smoking can influence the flavour, aroma, and appearance of any cocktail, elevating a simple drink to something extraordinary. However, the tricky part with smoke is that humans don’t have the specific receptors to taste Smoke. That’s where the power of aroma comes in.

Smoke transfers phenols, carbonyl compounds, and organic acids, all breaking down into what we detect as distinctive smells. By adding a smokey dimension, you are adding to the aroma of the drink, which in turn pumps up the flavour and adds depth and complexity to an otherwise ordinary cocktail.

4) Finally, anything else you would like to share?

We are passionate about ensuring we leave the planet better than we found it. That’s why for every product sold, we plant a tree! Our “give back, more than we take” philosophy is one of our core principles.

Check them out!

https://linkpop.com/spiritswithsmoke

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Vendor Feature: Jin Soo Sung Chan Korean BBQ

Thank you, Jin Soo Sung Chan Korean BBQ for the invite!

Who is Jin Soo Sung Chan Korean BBQ?

Why did you start your business?

We always wanted to introduce our Korean traditional food to everyone. We wanted introduce to all that there is a korean bbq place in Guildford Surrey!

Our food is authentic and we have variety of korean food to choose. We have VIP rooms where family and friends can enjoy time with privacy. We can cater to big events, including birthday parties and family gatherings like wedding or celebration of life.

Check them out!

https://www.jinsoosungchan.ca/

https://instagram.com/jinsoosungchankbbq?

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Vendor Feature: Ricardo’s Kandy Korner

There’s so many sugar free choices here!

When you hear the name, you assume this store only sells candy, but it sells more than candy and even sugar free alternatives too!

Who is Ricardo’s Kandy Korner?

1. Why and when did you start your business?

Always thought the idea of a candy store is fun and nostalgic as there isn’t many places that do it and opened it 2021 first location in white rock.

2. What was your background?

Before the candy store, I had a grocery store in White Rock. Also, before that, I was working at the Bank.

3. Why is your business is special?

Currently, we have over 400 different bulk candies such as gummies, chocolates…..you name it.

4. Finally, what else do you want to share?

Venturing out soon! I will be having my own ice cream shop open in White Rock . Eventually, I will have one in downtown Vancouver as well.

Check them out!

https://instagram.com/ricardos.kandykorner

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Vendor Feature: Farming Karma

Feeling thirsty? Farming Karma has both alcoholic and non-alcoholic sodas from their brewery. Thank you for the refreshing drinks!

Who Is Farming Karma?

  1. When and why did you start your business?Karma (my dad) has been farming in the Okanagan for 30 years. My family grows apples, cherries, and pears. We wanted to make a healthy beverage for our community (something different from pop, juice or carbonated water) so we decided to juice our fruit and turn it into a healthy soda! Our soda is light, refreshing, and lightly carbonated with the following core values; NO added sugars, NO preservatives, NO colors or artificial flavours, NO concentrates or syrups, made with REAL fruit, natural, vegan, and gluten free beverage.
  2. What is your background? Our business is a family business. All the way from my dad Karma to my 1 year-old son Jhelum we all contribute to the business. My background is actually in Pharmacy and I was a Pharmacist before I started juicing our fruit. Everything was new to us and quite different from farming and pharmacy. We continue to learn every day about retail sales, marketing, manufacturing, and everything that goes into running a small business.
  1. What is special about your product? Our first product was our Apple Soda. We sold our first can about 2 months before the pandemic started. We ended up innovating our product to 4 more flavours during the pandemic leading to our full product line: Apple, Cherry, Peach, Berry, and Pear Soda. Because of this expansion we won the Innovative Product of the Year Award for Sobey’s in Western Canada 2020. Our product is unique and there is nothing in the market like it! In the market there are pops, juices, and flavoured waters but what makes our product different is that it contains a serving of real fruit (along with the core values mentioned above).
  2. Finally, what else do you want to share? For Food and Beverage BC, we are currently nominated for the Top 10 Product of the Year Award. The results come out during the award show on November 3rd!

Check them out!

https://shop.farmingkarma.ca/

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Vendor Feature: OiSO Kimchi Cafe

At first, the name could be misleading, but believe me, the menu had more than kimchi! Thank you, OiSO Kimchi Cafe for the invite!

Who is OiSO Kimchi Cafe?

1) What was your background?

I started restaurant called ‘Damso’ 12 yrs ago. Damso expanded to 3 different locations throughout years.

2) Why and when did you start your business?

Last year, I decided to sell it all because, I wanted start something new, simple and easy. That led to Oiso.

3) What is special about your place?

Oiso is technically all the core essential of what Damso meant to be. I am taking minimalist and simplistic approach with Oiso as far as branding and culinary direction goes. However, that doesn’t mean we cheap out our ingredients and product. We only use freshest and best ingredients available with best cooking technique to our culunary knowledge and arsenal with reasonabley priced menu and portion. Thus easier approach for people with different budget and standard.

4) What else do you want to share?


As for me, I have been cooking for last 20 yrs already! I worked for many different high end local hotels and fine dining restaurants to Michelin star restaurants before I opened Damso.

Check them out!

https://instagram.com/oiso150

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Vendor Feature: Wasuta Pasta

What an interesting concept of a Japanese-Italian cuisine! Thank you, Wasuta Pasta for the invite!

Who is Wasuta Pasta?

1) Why and when did you start your business?


We started this restaurant about one years ago. (May 12 2021)

The owner is Japanese and he used to work at Italian restaurant for long time, and he has knowledge about Italian cuisine as well as Japanese.
Therefore he ended up collaborating both cuisine and made the Italian Japanese style pasta.

2) What was your background?

Japanese who immigrate to Canada
Working Italian restaurants for long time.
As well as Japanese restaurants.

3) Some interesting facts about your product?

Most of our food is homemade, and we make from scratch.
We baked focaccia bread every single day.

4) Finally, anything else you would like to share:)
We had our first anniversary on May 12.

Check them out!

https://instagram.com/wasutapasta

https://www.wasutapasta.com/

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Vendor Feature: Whisk Matcha

I love matcha!

It’s matcha that led me to Whisk Matcha!

Who is Whisk Matcha?

1) When and why did you start your business?

I started Whisk as a side hustle and a passion project when I was on maternity leave with my son, in 2015. I always loved everything matcha.

2) What was your background?

I studied hospitality management in University, so I’m totally in the field. Prior to Whisk, I worked in luxury hotels from room services to catering sales to event management.

3) What is special about your products?

I personally know and have met all the tea farmers that produced our matcha in Japan! I’m so grateful that I’ve got to build meaningful relationship with them (prior to the pandemic!).

4) Another else that you would like to share?

All the menu items at our cafe (from matcha ceremonial to Vietnamese coffee to avocado toasts) are all my personal favourites that I used to enjoy everyday. It feels incredible to share these with everyone. Plus, everything is vegan at our store (but you wouldn’t tell any differences :)).

Check them out!

https://whiskmatcha.ca

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