VANCOUVER — Harvest Community Foods — the popular Chinatown grocer and eatery — is expanding its presence on Union Street in Vancouver. This April, Harvest will open the doors to Harvest Noodles, a 25-seat, day-and-night restaurant where chef/owner Andrea Carlson will serve up her classic West Coast-style noodle bowls. The original restaurant — renamed to Harvest Plant + Provisions — will continue to operate its community-supported-agriculture (CSA) program; sell locally sourced provisions; and launch a new plant-based menu.
After nearly eight years of serving nourishing locavore fare in an intimate setting, Harvest Community Foods has outgrown the 16-seat operation as a grocer and pick-up spot for the CSA program. Chef Carlson, her partner Kevin Bismanis and long-time collaborator Gabriella Meyer are excited to expand the Harvest restaurant concept by offering distinct culinary experiences in addition to its CSA program.
At Harvest Noodles — located in the former Tuck Shoppe — long-time visitors can enjoy Harvest’s signature noodle bowls, with flavours such as ramen with squash and miso broth and udon with sake kasu chicken. With extended hours from day to night and a license to serve liquor, Harvest will offer full table service and a beverage program that features B.C. ciders, beer and wines.
At Harvest Plant + Provisions, chef Carlson has launched a new plant-based menu. Offering fresh new vegan and vegetarian dishes in the familiar café environment — think shiitake bolognese with cauliflower and almond parmesan; carrot ‘lox’ and dill crème fraîche on brioche; turmeric-coconut chickpea curry; and tofu tonkatsu — the space will also continue to operate as the hub of Harvest’s CSA program. Supporting an alternative economic model of food distribution, the CSA program provides consumers with local produce every two weeks. Subscribers may preview future boxes by signing up for Harvest’s newsletter, which spotlights different ways to use the ingredients through recipes.
“We’re thrilled to expand our operations with the opening of Harvest Noodles and the evolution of Harvest Plant + Provisions,” says Carlson. “Harvest is truly a community project, which came to life nearly eight years ago thanks to a public vote. Now, the community’s ongoing support has allowed us to grow our restaurant and grocery concept, so we can ensure each restaurant offers the best experience possible for our guests.”