Have you ever experienced one of the collaboration dinners at Save On Meats in Vancouver? Then your missing out! Every month, Save on Meats hosts an exquisite four course meal paired with drinks, and I have to tell you, it’s out of this world! With world renowned chefs and an amazing fine-dining meal, not to mention award winning bartenders stiring up a storm some of the finest cocktails, beer & wine that pair perfectly with each course. The best part? This is all to raise money for A Better Life Foundation.
Tonight they had their very own proprietor Mark Brand, the once-homeless and former drug and alcohol addict and 3 other chefs recreate some items they actually have on their menu and I must say, what an amazing meal and an amazing night!
Started the night off with a sampler glass of Persephone Stout. Course 1 we had a Kentucky Cobbler gin cocktail with carrot lox bagel with cashew cream cheese and a jackfruit slider with coffee BBQ sauce by Kadieann Tighe. Course 2 we had Persephone dry apple cider with gluten free fried chicken and waffles with Hives for Humanity honey and charred jalapeño butter by Vanecea Waterworth. Course 3 we had a Pink Flamingo rum cocktail with crispy pork belly with baked beans and a poached egg topped with chimichurri by Kris Barnholden. Course 4 we had an After Dinner baileys cocktail with a hot fudge sundae topped with caramel pop rocks by Mark Brand himself!
Save on Meats partners with groups like A Better Life Foundation because they know first hand about those in need. They are located right in the hub of the downtown Eastside of Vancouver and are doing their part to help fight back against hunger and poverty. This foundation looks to increase food security for women and children who are fleeing violence, as well as provide training and employment opportunities which providing a hearty and healthy meal. They feed about 1000 Vancouverites a year, and aren’t stopping anytime soon, they’ve served over 2 million meals to date!!!!
Save on Meats has been around since 1957. I’ve been twice before, about a year and a half ago with Mark Singson of FAM Inc, a few months ago with chef Alexandrea Fladhamer from Fiore Restaurant, and recently Chef Lauraleigh Paul Yuxweluptun’aat from Skwachays Lodge, all amazing experiences I would never forget.
It’s moving to see all those who want to help, the generosity of the guests, providing monetary donations to give back to those in need. They provide equal employment opportunities for those who may not find employment elsewhere, such as those with mental health issues, physical disabilities, those with a criminal record and others who just aren’t given the same opportunities at a career. The restaurant itself has an affordable menu for everyone in the community. From an All Day Breakfast for only $5.95 to a a hearty burger and side for under $9.
They have served over 88,000 meals to those in need and have tons of programs giving back including 2 ways of supporting this Foundation. Firstly they have The Greasy Spoon which pairs amazing chefs from around the country and bring them in to create a diner inspired meal paired with cocktails made by award winning bartenders, as well as beer and wine. You’ll sit in social tables where you can interact and connect with like minded individuals also looking to make a difference. Each ticket helps feed and employ those in need, so open your wallets folks!
They also have Plenty of Plates which is an opportunity for you to give back by cooking and serving wholesome meals to those in need. They also have a Token program which gives warm clothing to those in need. Each token is $5 and good for a pound of clothing at The Rag Machine which is a high quality recycled clothing store where everything they sell is about $6 a lb. They even have sandwich tokens too! Just purchase a token and choose where you’d like to see it used, such as the VPD, Women’s Health Collective, Rainier’s Women Clothing or leave it up to them to allocate where the funds would go. They have a diner, sandwich window, butcher, not to mention they offer cooking classes like canning, sausage making, and even do catering for events like Weddings!
Want to learn more about the impact they’re making? Here’s their Social Impact Report;
They are located at 43 West Hastings, Vancouver so go down and give them a visit! Want to attend a Greasy Spoon Supper Series? Click here;