The word feast usually evokes a certain image of medieval villagers “cheers-ing” each other with turkey legs and cups of mead, indulging in a sumptuous overload of food, but for our latest business Owner and Chef, Mike Mulcahy, the word means much, much more. In keeping with the definition of the word, it is a meal shared, usually in celebration. It’s about a celebration of life, of family and friends, and of our extreme fortune to be in a country where food is readily available to us. Welcome to Big Feast Bistro & Catering.
Located on a busy street in Maple Ridge, Big Feast Bistro was opened in the spring of 2010 by Owners and husband/wife team Mike and Stacy Mulcahy. Mike is the Chef and menu creator extraordinaire, while Stacy runs much of the business and promotional operations. Mike, a former musician, always loved to cook, but also spent a number of years in the corporate world. In his 26 years of experience as a Chef, Mike has channeled his interest in the kitchen into a number of enviable jobs that allowed him the opportunity to travel.
Mike and Stacy, both raised in BC, spent a number of years in Ontario before returning to Maple Ridge, fully aware that the shift in consumer’s focus to eating seasonal and local foods fit extremely well with their own desire to share and promote a lifestyle that they themselves had already been living. With their close proximity to farms in the area and quality food sourced in their own “backyard”, the full service breakfast and lunch restaurant that uses local, organic and artisan products was born.
Not only is Mike mixing up new and exciting things in the kitchen, like their customer described “weird” soups, Bolivian Honeymoon muffins (made with quinoa), and tofu scramble, he is also creating refreshing twists on delicious classics like the Grown-up Grilled Cheese and Asian Slaw with Sesame Lime Vinaigrette. Deliciousness to write home about? Most definitely. Their menus change to reflect seasonal flavors, their specialty coffees are made fresh using Salt Spring Coffee products, and their baked goods are made in-house each morning.
In addition to their catering services and restaurant, you can “take away” your favorites too. From soups to trail mix and granola to coffee or beef ragout, there are countless ways to enjoy Big Feast. For people on the go, skip the drive-through, pre-order your meal and meet them on the curb to pay and pick it up as you drive by. Genius!
This isn’t just a restaurant or catering service, however; Big Feast Bistro and its employees have a strong involvement in the community and support a variety of charities, from the Food Bank to The Caring Place and the Pay it Forward Fund at RCH. They also recycle as much as is possible and have two garbage cans outside their restaurant with organic waste that people can pick up and use for fertilizer in their own yards and gardens. They teach a cooking program for grade 1-3 students at local schools, and include social responsibility and local sourcing in their lessons.
If you haven’t been to Big Feast yet, you need to put this restaurant on your “must visit” list. You can also check their website or social media sites for more information on their live music series, happening later this year.
Mike is offering lunch for two as a prize to one of our lucky readers (and their very lucky companion!). Please leave a note below to be entered to win. A winner will be chosen at random on September 23, 2011.
For an extra entry, please post the following on Twitter: “I entered to win lunch for 2 @BigFeast via @FVPulse http://twe.ly/kCqb“.
Update: Congratulations to our winner, Cheryl T! This contest is now closed.
11920 227th Street, Maple Ridge