We’re two Stratford Chef School grads that opened up a small self-run sandwich shop in August of 2013. We love making inventive, healthy and tasty food from wholesome ingredients, and then figuring out how to best put that between two slices of bread. We’re proud to use only Ontario produce and livestock, make everything from scratch, and to be able to tell you all of the ingredients used in our preparations. Our food is tasty enough to feel guilty, but healthy enough not to.
We’re getting ready for a busy ramp into the holiday season this year. Some significant Saturdays over the holidays are causing us to be open for business on December 24th and December 31st. We will be taking a short break between Christmas and the New Year, closing for the week but coming in on Friday the 30th to prep up for Saturday.
Our December/January menu is up and running – we’re bringing back a staple in the Brown Butter Squash. We’re starting to feel like this one belongs on our menu every winter/spring. We do get told this when we happen to not have it on the menu! Also coming onto the menu is a Southern-style barbecue chicken sandwich garnished with fried peppers and onions and inspired by a larger than ever harvest of green tomatoes this year which feature here as a bright relish, tying it all together.
It’s been a while since we’ve found the time for a blog post on here, but we’ve got a few newsworthy items to discuss so it’s about time!
We’ve recently entered into a partnership agreement with Epicater, a small Toronto-based company that helps small restaurants link up with larger catering clients. We’re excited about the possibility of serving more lunches to clients in larger offices.
In other news, we’ve upgraded from our limited fryer set-up to a full-on industrial gas fryer. The results are great! We’ve got cleaner french-fries that cook faster, which will reduce our wait times over the counter – news we’re sure you’ll appreciate if you’re a Saturday visitor.
Moving into the holiday season, we’ll have our pre-order form up for our holiday bacon soon. If you need a reminder, that’s our usual Ontario pork belly, but cured a little differently – with warm spices and orange. We sell it vacuum-sealed. Makes a great gift!
We’re changing up our menu for October and November. Gone are the TLC and the El Granjero, due to tomatoes and corn respectively rotating out of season. Our new offerings in their place are as follows. A fall-inspired bacon sandwich called ‘The Crandaddy’ garnished with an apple and cranberry chutney, spinach and cheddar cheese. For the vegetarians we’re going with a veggie burger called ‘The Baroness’ made from black beans and roasted vegetables – this cooks on our grill and sits on a toasted whole wheat kaiser with crisp lettuce, roasted garlic mayonnaise, and pickled red onions.
The Oktoberfest Festhalle this year will be at our home turf in the Kitchener Market as a substitute for the usual Frederick and King location. We’re leaving the O-Fest menu selections to the experts, but please do stop on by for lunch sometime while the the ceremonies are on – the building will be licensed for this occasion. Prost!
We had a great little end-of-summer break, but all things must come to an end. We’re back in action, gearing up our local deliveries and working on an upcoming menu change in October. Our newest jam is that we’ve signed on to just-eat.ca to enable smaller, more modular orders from the community – check it out! We’re still operating our order form from this website for larger corporate orders, in addition to building our standing orders with local businesses.
In other news, it’s harvest time and we’re working hard on pickling and canning whenever we get some spare time around here. We’re also bringing in a vendor friend on Saturdays to supplement our menu with some sweets. A warm welcome to Birgit from bittersweettart.co who will be bringing in a line of locally baked goods and selling them here for kids and adults alike.
It’s a great time of the year for sandwiches! The Farmer’s Market is rife with beautiful veggies for the summer – pickling cucumbers, tomatoes, berries and fresh greens of all sorts – corn is starting to come in and we’ve got new potatoes to look forward to soon. We just got a massive harvest of garlic scapes from Nick’s dad and we’re looking forward to getting our hands on this year’s hot pepper harvest. Pickling time is now so we’re hoarding jars! We’re celebrating a fresher time with a departure from the menu of the Ms. Piggy and the B.B. Squash. We’re treating our bacon right with tomato, lettuce, chèvre and chipotle, hold the pork for vegetarians. Back by popular demand is also the El Granjero, a chorizo sausage patty garnished with a corn, bell pepper and lime salsa on a bun.
We’ll be repeating last year’s vacation itinerary, closing on August 16th and returning on the 30th. We’re excited to rejuvenate and do a bit of traveling. We’ll also be rocking some deep cleaning, remodeling, and organizing at the stand.
We had a blast this past weekend at Steel Rails 2016. The event was, for the first time, not on a train, but instead emulated the train feel with a series of rented shipping containers plonked down around a factory, which all contained art of all forms – a food/celebrity pun series of printed art, live performances both acrobatic and acoustic, and a tarot reader were among some of the attractions.
We pumped out 600 sandwiches, most of which contained a delicious batch of braised pork shoulder and a house made barbecue sauce. We’ll likely have these little babies on our menu soon. We’re looking forward to Steel Rails 2017, whether we provide delicious food or just attend the event ourselves.
We’re proud to be participating again this year in Lutherwood’s Steps for Kids, a fundraiser for children’s mental health. It’s a walk/run where teams take pledges benefiting the Lutherwood Children’s Mental Health Centre. The event takes place on May 1st of this year. We’ll be bringing some grilled veggie wraps and chicken caesar wraps to feed participants and volunteers. For more information or to support the cause, please visit the event page here – http://www.lutherwoodstepsforkids.ca/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1153800
We are proud to be participating in this year’s first ever Artilicious. We don’t know too much about the event, but it’s taking shape as sort of a food-meets-craft show featuring local food vendors and artisans. We’ll be manning a booth knocking out some bite-size versions of our brown butter squash sandwich. The event is at the Marketplace in the Kitchener Market, our home turf, and takes place on March 10th, world kidney day, which is no coincidence as ticket sales are in support of the Kidney Foundation of Canada. Check out the event page here.
Our breakfast sandwich – consisting of our house made bacon, pan-fried farm egg any style, leaf lettuce and mayonnaise on a whole wheat kaiser – $6 after taxes – has graduated beyond being a Saturday morning only sandwich. We have been getting some interest in this sandwich outside the times we had been serving it. We’ve decided to promote it to a full-time menu item, just not for delivery. If you want to try out our simple but great bacon and egg sandwich, but it’s not Saturday before 11am, you are now in luck!
It’s been a whirlwind week coming back from the holiday break. Due to deliveries, prep, sign changes, and some unexpected equipment failure, it took us until Friday to complete our menu change for January!
We’re introducing the Tex-Hen, so far to a warm reception – a fajita-like chicken sandwich with black beans, peppers, chipotle and sour cream on toasted whole wheat.
Due to popular demand, and its wonderful appropriateness for the winter months, our Reuben has also found its way back to our menu. It’ll likely be for a while this time – this one is famous for causing an uproar when it leaves the menu. If you haven’t tried one of these, do so, it’s a little different from your traditional Reuben, but in a good way!