Starting December 14th, Lukes will be offering an all new lunch service focused on serving high quality menu items from The Acorn, Vancouver’s top vegan/vegetarian restaurant. PICNIC is launching exclusively out of Lukes’ Gastown location, which is currently the city’s only supplier of world-renowned Four Barrel coffee, as well as a host of other high- quality food and grocery items. Lukes has been successfully running its Vancouver location for over a year, and the addition of this food program is the logical next step for the family-owned national group.
Our café customers were looking for a lunch option; something healthy and delicious. We’ve been cautious about launching something, because it was important to us that the supplier was the right fit. The Acorn is fearlessly dedicated to being both creative, ethical, and of course tasty. – Lukes owner, Gareth Lukes.
The Acorn has become widely known for creating some of the freshest and most creative seasonal vegetables dishes in Vancouver. Over the three years since opening its doors, The Acorn has won National awards and has been featured in The New York Times, Huffington Post, CNN, and The Daily Meal, the latter two naming it among the best vegetarian restaurants in the world.
The launch of PICNIC at Lukes is a furthering of the Acorn’s ethos of using only the highest quality market ingredients without any mysterious chemicals or preservatives, and making everything from scratch. Similar to The Acorn, PICNIC will be adapting its offerings seasonally to match what is most readily available from local farmers. Made daily in-house at The Acorn, all items will arrive at Lukes just in time for the lunch rush.
I attended the launch event where I sampled two feature sandwiches. There was the vegetarian option (smoked white cheddar, tomato jam, arugula pesto, caramelized onions, roasted red pepper, portobello mushroom on rosemary foccacia) and a second, vegan option (arugula macadamia nut cheese, pepperade, roasted eggplant, spinach, pickled red onion, balsamic glazed king oyster mushrooms on black olive focaccia). I found both the sandwiches to be refreshingly delicious with quality ingredients on a wonderfully fluffy focaccia bread. I was particularly impressed by the thick slab of cheese in the sandwiches!
And of course the coffee at Luke’s is on point…
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