By Travis Fehr
VANCOUVER — It’s that time again where everyone is always being asked what their New Year’s resolution is going to be. I’m not really the guy to have one, but if I were to say I was going to eat less meat and become vegetarian (or even worse, vegan), I now know that I wouldn’t suffer too much.
PICNIC is the brand new take-out project conceived by Vancouver vegetarian and vegan eatery, The Acorn. Helmed by the restaurant’s head chef Robert Clarke, PICNIC is the best version of grab-n-go vegetarian gourmet sandwiches money can buy, made with locally grown produce, locally sourced focaccia bread, and seasonal ingredients.
Teamed with Luke’s General Store on 49 West Hasting Street, PICNIC will be exclusively sold next to Four Barrel Coffee and Cartems Donuterie. Their winter menu includes two sandwiches. One of them has roasted red peppers, smoked white cheddar, tomato jam, caramelized onions, and portobello mushrooms on a rosemary focaccia. It’s a mouthful, but a smoky and sweet experience. The other is a vegan sandwich made with roasted eggplant, balsamic-glazed king oyster mushrooms, pickled red onion, and Macadamia nut “cheese,” served on a black olive focaccia with (what I found made this sandwich) an arugula and spinach peppernade.
“I wish there was something with this much flavor when I was a vegetarian,” says Veronika Rezucha, manager at Luke’s General Store. With only two sandwich varieties so far, PICNIC has only one way to go and that’s up, with what I naturally assume will be new varieties of seasonal sandwiches in compostable packaging. So come into Luke’s, grab a sandwich, and head out. Or, if you’re not in a rush, you can have your PICNIC inside.
PICNIC runs out of Luke’s General Store. Hours of operation are Monday to Friday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m., and Saturday to Sunday, 10 p.m.-6 p.m.BC, British Columbia, food and drink, Lukes General Store, Picnic, takeout, The Acorn, vegan, vegan dining