Have you ever sat down to your morning breakfast and had the makers of your food explain right then and there where it came from?
I woke up extra early a couple of weeks ago on a Friday morning to have just that experience!
Yes, it was dark when I left my home, and colder than anyone would want, but it didn’t matter! Why? Soon I found myself surrounded by a fun crowd of sustainability-focused breakfast goers, at none other than the Sustainability Breakfast Meet-up. They woke up extra early to have the same experience as I was having, i.e., to enjoy this delicious local sustainable breakfast.
As I quietly munched away, the co-owner of Bite, Doug Taub, gave the opening speech. It was a great speech indeed.
Now you might not yet have heard the great news…. From what I gathered, Bite Groceteria and Café had expanded in Inglewood, and now they offer even more local produce and delicious foods. Making it even easier to find everything you need to make your very own sustainable breakfast!
While the kindred speech continued, I glanced around at the spacious new dining area in which I found myself. Everything from the white porcelain moldings on the walls to the giant lamp covers with “Bite” written on them is impressive. There was a feeling of cleanness and elegance that most places try for, yet do not obtain.
As Doug passed the microphone over to Todd McKinley, owner of Sparks Eggs, I soon found myself learning about the eggs on my plate. Did you know Sparks is the largest supplier of Alberta’s eggs? As well, in order to get that lovely orange hue to the egg yolk, a farmer must feed his chickens more corn! No kidding.
After I finished my hearty brightly colored eggs, it was then time for the next speaker, Rocky Schemer, proud owner of Rocky’s Sausage Haus. What incredible sausages! The maple flavor was so rich and yet, there wasn’t a lot of fat in the sausage. Rocky’s sausages can be found at Bite, and again, they are local and so good!
Last, but not at all least, the cheese was superb. I really enjoyed learning about what went into the cheese. Did you know Frank Fiorini’s cheese company, White Gold Cheese Factory, doesn’t use any milk bi-products? That is, White Gold Cheese Factory uses only real milk, not powdered milk.
When it comes down to it, what you buy does matter. It matters to your body, your community, and local businesses when you choose to purchase wisely. By “wisely”, I mean purchasing locally and caring about what you get!
Thanks REAP, and the Sustainability Breakfast for an awesome breakfast experience. I’ll be back next month!
Learn more about Calgary’s own Sustainability Breakfast that happens once a month.