Take a look at the portfolio of work that Food Connections has done in the past.
Nutrition Consulting and Analysis
Cobs Bread – Writing Health Claims
We worked with Cobs Bread to write CFIA and FDA approved health claims for their new Chia Bread. Here are a few of the health claims we researched and wrote:
- “Two slices of our Chia Whole Wheat contain 56% of your Daily Value of omega-3 ALA and is also rich in whole grains.”
- “Two slices of our new Sunflower Flax Sourdough Loaf provides 11% of your daily needs of iron.”
White Spot – Menu Nutrition Consulting
White Spot has over 60 restaurants across BC and Alberta and is best known for its family dining, hamburgers, and Pirate Pak children’s meals. White Spot wanted to create a Lifestyle Choices menu to provide specific meals to their health conscious clients. So they contacted me to help. I began with auditing all their menu items to suggest ones that would work well as a healthy alternative. The chef and I then worked together adjust the menu item recipes (e.g. substituting ingredients) to come up with the Lifestyle Choices Menu.
Restaurant Nutrition Analysis
The nation-wide Informed Dining program helps British Columbians get the nutrition information they need to make informed choices when eating at participating food service establishments. I was hired to complete nutrition analysis in restaurants throughout British Columbia. I specialize in creating professional and accurate menu nutrient breakdown for both large and small businesses. Click here to see my past clients.
Enroot – Nutrition Labelling
Enroot delivers prepared meals on demand to residences or workplaces. Their vision is to provide healthy, local, sustainable, farm-to-table meals. They hired me to help them highlight the nutritional value of their meals. I worked with them to measure the amount of nutrition in each of their core menu items and create nutrition labels for each. I’ve also worked with them on recipe development to improve the nutritional values of certain menu items. You can find out more about Enroot at their website.
Food Business Consulting
“Because of strategic business partnerships, Fortune House experienced a 10% increase in annual sales this year and a 30% increase in customer loyalty and new audience, breaking their 25 yr record.”
Karma Bitez – Product Launch Consulting
Karma Bitez is a new business with a vision of rescuing fruit pulp to create delicious upcycled snacks. They connected with me to help them design the recipes for their snacks. After sampling their current recipes, I gave them suggestions on flavour combinations, ingredient adjustments, and strategic branding to create a winning product in flavour, texture, and innovation. You can connect with them on their website or on their Facebook page.
Mealshare – Strategic Business Consulting
We specialize in helping food businesses thrive while living out their vision for social responsibility and giving back to community.
Level Ground Trading – Marketing & Outreach
We were hired by Level Ground Trading to be the Metro Vancouver connector for marketing and outreach opportunities.
On January 29-31, we were at the annual Missions Fest, hosting a booth inside the Vancouver Convention Centre to share about Level Ground’s vision to alleviate poverty in farming communities through Direct Fair Trade partnerships. We served coffee and chai for thousands of attendees over the weekend when they passed by our booth. We also gathered contacts as we accessed leads for follow-up.
Fortune House Restaurant – Food Bloggers Event
Located in Metrotown in Burnaby, Fortune House serves elevated Cantonese cuisine and dim sum. For Chinese New Year, we organized a food bloggers event at Fortune House to spread the word about the amazing food it serves. Over 40 food bloggers and social media influencers joined us for dinner and wrote a restaurant review on their blog, shared photos on social media, and left restaurants reviews on Yelp, Zomato, Facebook, and Google. Notable influencers attending the dinner were the Marketing Director for Metropolis and the West Coast Representative of Zomato. Resulting from that evening there were 49 users that created 439 posts on Twitter related to the event. Their posts reached 116,878 people and gained 1,988,813 impressions.
Food Waste Consulting & Decreasing Costs
Safeway – Food Waste Awareness
Metro Vancouver’s Love Food Hate Waste campaign was created to help local households reduce food waste. Food Connections was hired to create recipes, design educational tools, prepare food samples, and engage in various outreach and marketing events around the city for this campaign. We are also in Safeway stores throughout Greater Vancouver every Spring to serve samples of creative recipes using ingredients people normally compost, while educating consumers on how to reduce household food waste.
Oasis Café – Reducing Food Waste
Oasis Café provides home cooked meals to the homeless and at risk, and those with barriers to employment. I work closely with the kitchen staff to empower them with hospitality skills to help their transition back into community. I also helped Oasis Café reduce food waste by 30-50% and save an average of $100 per day on food costs.
To do this, I design creative menu plans weekly to strategically use up the ingredients on hand before purchasing more. I also connect the cafe with frequent donations from surplus food from farms and surrounding businesses.
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SHORT FILM SERIES
In partnership with Wakefield Productions, we have created a series unveiling the stories of food producers and restaurant chefs around the world. Click below to subscribe to our channel "Soul Food: Stories Through Cuisine".