Alimentaria Mexicana is coming to Granville Island – June 2021
Mexican-Canadian Chef and Entrepreneur Ernesto Gomez and his team of creative collaborators behind the beloved Chancho Tortilleria, Nuba and former Fayuca will introduce the city to an authentic Mexican cultural and culinary experience unlike any other when they open Alimentaria Mexicana in the heart of Vancouverâ€™s Granville Island this June.
The latest effort in Gomezâ€™s ongoing social mission to showcase, support and celebrate farmers and suppliers from Canada and small south-of-the-border communities across Mexico, Alimentaria Mexicana is a heartfelt love letter to his homeland and unites a lifetime of passion, expertise, dedication and storytelling.
Occupying the former location of Edible Canada, Alimentaria Mexicana will offer an expansive, multifaceted concept featuring a licensed dine-in cantina and patio, take-out window, tortilleria, and educational space as well as a retail shop with high-quality, locally and internationally sourced artisanal products and provisions â€” in essence, all the necessary elements to showcase an authentic Mexican taste of place.
Alimentaria will highlight Gomezâ€™s skills honed in the kitchens of Michelin-starred European restaurants and his continued quest to incorporate fairly-traded, traceable and nutrient-dense Mexican ingredients in his kitchens. He will be joined by partners Darragh McFeely (Nuba, Chancho Tortilleria, Fayuca), who brings more than 20 years of experience in the industry as a director and partner of numerous brands both in Vancouver and New Zealand, and Executive Chef Martin Vargas, former head chef at Fayuca when it was nominated as one of Canadaâ€™s top 30 New Restaurants by enRoute Magazine in 2016.
“Behind every chile, kernel of corn and native grain we source from Mexico are stories with thousands of years of heritage, genetics and biodiversity attached to them,â€œ says Gomez. â€œThese are stories of hardworking farmers that planted the crops, tended and harvested them with care and are now able to reap the rewards and improve the lives of the people who live and work in those communities.”