Big Feast Bistro & Catering – Pulse Spotlight – 09.12.11

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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“.

Update: Congratulations to our winner, Cheryl T! This contest is now closed.

Big Feast
11920 227th Street, Maple Ridge
Ring: 604.477.4334 

Contributor: Chrissy Lambert

Chrissy Lambert is a freelance Makeup Artist and owner of Makeup Infusion. She is a proud Auntie of two adorable nieces and loves a night out “on the town” as much as a quiet night at home.

41 Responses to “Big Feast Bistro & Catering – Pulse Spotlight – 09.12.11”

  1. Cora says:

    I love this restaurant!!! All the food is so fresh and tasty – especially the soups!!! Yuuuuummmm….

  2. susan says:

    Looks like a great place – would love to visit!

  3. Sarah says:

    Super fantastic place! The muffins are to die for and Mike and Stacy are just great people all around!

  4. Holly Jajcaj says:

    I live in Chilliwack…. we visit Maple Ridge once in a while… but I don’t recall seeing this Bistro. Would love to try it out.

  5. Tina says:

    I must remember to stop in next time I drive through Maple Ridge. It sounds great!

  6. Char says:

    looks delicious, would love to come!!!

  7. Janelle says:

    Bar none the best restaurant in the area! They’re a strong presence at the farmers’ market too!

  8. theresa says:

    looks yummy will have to try this one out!!!

  9. Lori E says:

    I will add this to my list. Always nice to have a new local restaurant to try. Will also follow on Twitter.

  10. Cathy Clattenburg says:

    looks delicious,would love to try.

  11. Linda Sikora says:

    A “grown up” grilled cheese…sounds delish!!!

  12. Kelly says:

    Yes, some of the food is a bit different – but YUMMY – is the key word here!!!!

  13. Heidi says:

    Can’t wait to try it out!

  14. Very cute spot and love the decor!

  15. Peggy Wiens says:

    Oh, how I love local, fresh, interesting food!! I will certainly be sniffing out the Big Feast!

  16. Cathy Malchuk says:

    I haven’t been in yet but have been meaning to, I am excited to check it out!!

  17. Sylvia says:

    Looks like a great place to try out.

  18. Shannon says:

    I’ve been wanting to try out Big Feast for quite some time now, but haven’t gotten there yet. I really appreciate their decision to use local and seasonal food. Regardless of winning a free lunch or not, I’ll be trying out Big Feast soon! :)

  19. Chrystalyn says:

    Sounds yummy to me and a nice place to try out

  20. Trish says:


  21. Kristina says:

    Their lobster grilled cheese sandwich is mind blowing!

  22. Amy says:

    Looks great! Definitely need to go and check it out!

  23. CHERYL says:

    wow – muffins with quinoa – that’s my kinda place – looking forward to visiting you soon!!!!!!!

  24. Stephanie says:

    I have been wanting to try this place out. This article will make that happen soon!

  25. Nicki says:

    I would love to use the dinner for two to take my Mom out for dinner to thank her for everything she does.

  26. Always visit your booth at market but have yet to come into the restaurant. I think this would be perfect!

  27. Laura says:

    I live in Abbotsford, but would make my way out to try this place!

  28. Dilara says:

    Looks like a great place!

  29. Cheryl Tall says:

    This looks so quaint. I’d love to check it out. I’m a big fan of cutesy little diners like this.

  30. Nicole says:

    I would love to try this bistro, the menu looks so good! It’s definitely on my to-do list.

  31. Cheryl says:

    I’ll definitely have to try out this place.

  32. Carol says:

    The people are great, the atmosphere is welcoming and the food, well, what can I say, yummmmm.

  33. Adriana and Robert says:

    ….if you have not been there, you are missing out on something incredible!

  34. Erin says:

    That Grilled cheese looks amazing!

  35. Posting this just before lunch hour at the school I work at….already hungry and now even more so after reading the review….yum!

  36. Duncan says:

    Sounds like an amazing find. Hoping for the prize, but will have to check it out either way!

  37. Siusan says:

    My son who is a very picky eater said that your blueberry pancakes are the best he’s ever had. I absolutely LOVE your salmon Benedict. Thanks for the chance to win lunch. Hope I’m the lucky one.

  38. Chef Dez says:

    I look forward to trying your creations Mike!

  39. Caroline says:

    I am salivating and hope to win this.
    Sounds like a fantastic place and we’ll make a point of visiting next time we drive by!

  40. Michelle Lusk says:

    Mike uses out organic pea shoots. Love Big Feast!

  41. […] You will also find Zena’s breads being used for gluten free sandwiches at Big Feast Bistro. […]

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