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One Big Table


Shop Local. Everyday. at One Big Table 

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One Big Table


Shop Local. Everyday. at One Big Table 

par·tic·i·pa·tion

pärˌtisəˈpāSH(ə)n/

noun - the action of taking part in something.

 

The original One Big Table started approximately 4 years ago as a catering company of sort - I believe the definition we settled on after some pondering was “renegades culinary experiences”  - 

Back then, just like today, we were extremely dedicated to all things local.

We searched for those ingredients that are unique to our region because a simple belief: to choose quality ingredients means inviting good flavours to your table - it’s a simple and incredibly effective rule.

we looked for the small, the unique, the traditionally made; heritage varieties that have been part of the land in the past but are now disappearing, artisan cheeses, sourdough breads, ethical meats -  in balance with the seasons and the natural rhythm they provide

We explored the Okanagan at first, its farmers and cheesemakers. We moved North and South, reaching the Kootenays and adventuring on the coast. We have tested these flavours at the many events we hosted over the years finding the enthusiastic favour of our guests but all of a sudden we grew unsettled. We felt the wish for this idea to reach a bigger audience, to truly spill into the public, to get into your kitchen not just on farmer’s market day but everyday.

Why so dedicated to these unique flavours?  because they reflect who we are and our multicoloured heritage: they are in a sense, our culinary identity as British Columbians - defining who we are while shaping our community.

And so, the idea of a grocery store was born.

*** Please Note that this is a work in progress as we look for a physical location to call our home. If you want a taste of the One Big Table that will be, then come and find us at our next pop up, meet some of our suppliers and get a face to face idea of what this project  is all about. We think you'll love it.

 

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Our Philosophy


 It is when you find something that is grown or produce close to where you buy it— something that holds the air of this valley and that has soaked in its sun—that you will find a truly special flavour, no matter how common the ingredient on hand might be.

Our Philosophy


 It is when you find something that is grown or produce close to where you buy it— something that holds the air of this valley and that has soaked in its sun—that you will find a truly special flavour, no matter how common the ingredient on hand might be.

Our menu is seasonally- and locally-inspired.

Supporting local suppliers does not mean one-stop-shop for groceries at large chain grocers. It means special stops at the Mediterranean Market for items like olive oil; it takes us to Urban Harvest for organic produce; Okanagan Grocery for artisan breads, and L&D Meats & Deli for high-quality cuts of meat. Truly supporting local purveyors means many stops along the way, and a distinct amount of time dedicated to doing the groceries.   

We want to make time to support our local purveyors

We believe in nourishing these connections and allowing them to sustain our community network, because we are part of a local food system and we intend to support and reap the benefits of belonging within our community.

As we always say:  it’s when you find something that is grown close to where you buy it – something that holds the air of this valley and that has soaked its sun – that you will find a truly special flavour, no matter how common the ingredient on hand might be. We know that our high-quality local ingredients transform the dishes we prepare, in a way that may be hard to describe, but is certainly easy to taste!

 

When picked at the right time, local food does not need to spend unnecessary time on a truck or be transported to/from a distant market; It’s ready to be enjoyed the same day.

As well, when you share your money with a local farmer, or at the fruit stand on your journey, that money fuels our local economy. It will stay within the community, changing fewer hands that you might think. It will be used within the community to pay wages (thus creating local jobs) and buy supplies (supporting other local business), thereby playing an important role in nourishing the community in which we choose to live.

We want to nourish our community while we nourish our clients.

When your food travels a shorter distance to reach your table, it means a more flavourful product at a much lesser environmental cost. Less gas, greenhouse emissions, and pollution.

Over our time here in the Okanagan valley, we have had the fortune to establish great relationships with local farmers, and we intend to continue this collaboration and prioritize it within our menu planning!

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Team obt


Team obt


Giulio piccioli

CHEF/owner

 

Being born and raised in Italy has had, not surprisingly, a profound impact on my life and on how I relate to food.

 

At the age of 19, I left my home in northern Italy and I moved to Ontario. The opportunity to learn and really understand how people eat in a different country really surprised and inspired me, so I decided to make a passionate career out of what had previously been a growing interest.

 

Over the years, I have had the opportunity to work with some amazing chefs both in Italy and Canada, and food became my way to speak and relate to people. In time, however, the kitchen setting felt too restrictive, and these limitations pushed me to find new ways to express my passion and love for food. Taking the next step in my culinary journey, I have been able to cook without compromising my ethics by opening my own business.

Christian Brandt

maitre D'

 

It's hard to capture this fine-young man in a few words so You will have to discover his kind manners and abilities in person. Co-Founder of the Okanagan Car Share and all around good guy, Christian connected with the One Big Table project over a year ago now and He never looked back.

 

Although mainly a volunteer position, Christian has proven an essential key player in adding a unique touch to the One Big Table experience and has helped greatly in the exponential growth  we have experienced in the past year.

 

We often ask what We would do without him but likely this is something we won't have to worry too much about - at least for the next little while.