A new Richmond-based social enterprise is getting rave reviews from its customers.
The latest praise for Storeys Cafe is courtesy of Avia Employment Services, after the Storeys team catered the latter’s fourth annual Disability Employment Month Forum and Tea on Sept. 25.
Lonnie Belfer, industry and community relationship liaison for Avia, described Storeys service as being “exceptional.”
“Every year we look to enhance this event,” Belfer said of the forum and tea held at the Pacific Autism Family Network’s GoodLife Fitness Family Autism Hub on Sea Island. “
This yearit was an honour to include Storey’s Cafe as the caterers. The participants loved the food. From the presentation of each of the dishes and the wonderful demeanour of the catering staff, they truly added to the amazing day.”
Belfer said organizers from Avia (which as a division of Back in Motion Rehab has been proudly providing WorkBC services to local residents since 2012), were invited to a tasting at the cafe several weeks earlier to help select the menu items for its function. He said that made it easy to place the order.
“We could not have been more happy with the experience at our forum,” Belfer concluded.
In recognition of BC Disability Employment Month, Avia has provided the forum and tea as a way for service agencies and those identifying with disabilities to share their stories of success.
The executive director of Turning Point Recovery Society also proudly sends kudos Storeys’ way.
“Our team at Storeys Cafe has done an extraordinary job during our first year to develop a fast, growing grassroots cafe and catering business in the heart of Richmond,” said Brenda Plant, executive director of Turning Point.
Spearheading the development of Storeys within the award-winning Storeys Building complex, Plant noted the catering business has been built by reaching out to community partners and colleagues.
“They’ve expanded the menu and developed a first-class experience of food service, both within the cafe itself and at all of the events we cater,” she said. “Clients from our primary and second stage programs are benefiting from the transition to work program we offer to them through Storeys Cafe. I congratulate the team on this most recent honour and thank all of the corporate and community support we have received this year with our new social enterprise.”
The Storeys Cafe and Catering team consists of chef Jamie MacFarlane, assistant chef Elzbieta Dudzik, assistant manager Emily Arcand, special projects workers Zayla Jones, Barista and Jillian Richman, senior support worker Justin Yao, and cafe manager and team leader Marnie Plant.
Storeys Café is an independent, non-profit venture committed to assisting those advanced in recovery from addiction to gain employment skills and transition back into community.
Storeys is open from 8 am to 4 pm weekdays at 8080 Anderson Rd.