Sign the petition to support culinary graduates working in BC
May 23, 2018 bcrfauser01

The restaurant industry across BC is desperate for qualified chefs.

This petition could help the current labour shortage in the culinary and hospitality industry by adding hundreds of chefs to the labour force.


One solution is to allow accredited private culinary schools and career college students from outside of Canada to remain on to work for a year following graduation – something only the publicly funded schools are permitted to offer their students.

The BC Restaurant & Foodservices Association has been working hard with Hedy Fry, MP Vancouver Centre, to try to move this forward and your support is needed by signing this petition she has initiated to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship.

Please take the time to sign it, your signature could help add valuable labour to restaurants across BC.

Are you participating in Eat Drink Local Month?
May 07, 2018 bcrfauser01

Are you participating in Eat Drink Local Month? This month is a celebration of all
things BC in restaurants because we know that with BC ingredients on your menu and BC wines, beers and spirits on your wine and bar lists – BC tastes better – and it is an economic driver for your business and for the local businesses that you support. Buying BC is a great way to show your local pride and to keep the local economy strong.

The Buy BC: Eat Drink Local program is year round – with the launch this month. The program is a cost shared one – because it is funded by the Ministry of Agriculture’s Buy BC program. Participating restaurants are profiled on our website, featured on our social media, included in a regional photo shoot and an opportunity to have an article written about your business and the farmers that you work with. Let us help you tell your story!

Members are just $175 – that’s less than having a photo shoot or placing a single ad!

Call Tamsin for more information at 604.669.2239 – email tamsin@bcrfa.com.

Local Farm Tour May 16
May 04, 2018 bcrfauser01

As part of the Buy BC: EAT DRINK LOCAL program this May, we are working with We Heart Local BC to offer a tour to chefs and culinary students.

Wednesday May 16
Bus Departs 9:00 am – Returns at 3:00 pm

Pickmick Dairy & Westcoast Vegetables
The Tour includes lunch and an artisan cheese tasting


This back of the house tour will introduce you to local farmers who are working hard to provide you with freshly grown produce and dairy products. We invite you to hear their stories, share their passion and learn more about agriculture in BC.

Are you interested in joining this amazing opportunity?

Email for more info or book your ticket online at www.bcac.ca/cheftour.

We Heart Local BC is part of BC Agriculture Council’s public trust initiative and proudly supports BC farmers and ranchers. Our objective is to create direct connections with farmers and strengthen the links with the BC food system.

May 01, 2018 bcrfauser01

Please be aware that our phone system is down.  If you need to speak to Ian email him at itostenston@bcrfa.com  If you have inquiries about Eat Drink Local BC please email tamsin@bcrfa.com.  Inquires about membership please email sbarkoff@bcrfa.com.  All other inquiries please email info@bcrfa.com.  Thank you for your understanding.