Originally from Kent in the UK, Ed has always worked in fine dining kitchens around the world and has been
making sourdough since 2008. Ed and Natasha moved to Canada in 2013 to snowboard for a season. They both worked
in hospitality and Ed worked in farm-to-table restaurant Alta Bistro in Whistler, BC.
While taking some shoulder-season leave and working on Vancouver Island farms in the summer of 2014, Ed started
a sourdough culture that he took with him back to Alta Bistro and implemented a bread programme for the
Being vegan for the past five years, it was important for Ed and Natasha to bring that into their business.
They both believe that you shouldn’t make food for other people that you wouldn’t eat yourself.
The bread shop and plant-based bakery sells loaves for pick-up in-store and a selection of small baked items
and espresso based coffees are available in the bread shop. Direct-trade, Australian-inspired Vancouver roasted
smooth, rich and balanced deep chocolate syrupy sweetness and cherry-like fruitiness espresso coffees matched
with oat, almond, soy or coconut alternatives to cow’s milk.
At BReD, we have a commitment to sourcing as locally as we can. This means that more than 50% of our non-labour expenses from our local independent suppliers are no further than Vancouver, which is the closest city to Whistler village. And our customers are locals too, at least 75% of our clientele live in the Sea to Sky Corridor or Vancouver.
Our menu changes with the seasons to reflect this, so you won’t find carrot cake on our menu all year round because we cannot always access locally grown carrots and we prefer not to source them from overseas.
Our seasonal menu uses ingredients from the following suppliers:
Fresh produce from Helmers farm in Pemberton
Fresh blueberries from Hares farm in Pemberton
Fresh produce from Seed to Culture in Lillooet
Fresh produce from Edible Eden Farm in Pemberton
Fresh produce from Laughing Crow farm in Pemberton
Fresh produce from North Arm Farm in Pemberton
Olives from Astrid’s Fine Foods in Whistler (distributor for Lekker’s in Richmond)
Loose leaf tea from Ranger Tea (formerly Namasthe) in Whistler
Tea blends from Blume in Vancouver
Coffee beans from Elysian coffee in Vancouver
Dry foods from Jiva Organics in Vancouver
Dry foods from LCG Foods in Vancouver
Maple syrup from Simply Canadian in Vancouver
Butter and cream cheese from Vegan Supply in Vancouver
Salt from Vancouver Island Sea Salt in Oyster Bay
Flour from Anita’s Organic Mill in Chilliwack
Introduction and aim
We recognize that environmental degradation and climate change is a serious global problem, and our operations result in emissions to air and water, and the generation of waste. It is our aim to comply with legislation and other requirements, continue to reduce the environmental impacts of our business and operate in an environmentally responsible manner. As a business we are committed to minimizing our impact on the environment and climate. This policy describes how we will achieve our aim.
This environmental policy applies to all our operations including management, cafe service, baking, delivery and procurement. Natasha Tatton is responsible for ensuring that the policy is implemented. However, all employees have a responsibility in their area to ensure that the aims and objectives of the policy are met.
We will ensure that resources are available to enable us to achieve our objectives and targets.
During 2023 we aim to:
To achieve our aims, we have set ourselves the following targets: