Strathcona's hospitality community will come together this month to showcase the neighbourhood's vibrant culinary scene while raising money to provide support for vulnerable individuals in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside (DTES) during the second annual Dine Strathcona initiative, taking place November 18 to 30.
First launched in 2019 by the Strathcona Business Improvement Association (SBIA) as 'Dine Railtown', the neighbourhood initiative has now expanded to encompass restaurants, cafés, and breweries across the larger Strathcona area. Dine Strathcona will see participating dining establishments such as Ask For Luigi, Dosanko, and The Garden offer a feature dish throughout the two-week event period, with $1 for each dish ordered donated to WISH Drop-in Centre.
For almost 40 years, WISH Drop-In Centre has been refuge and an essential point of contact for street-based sex workers who have been made vulnerable due to poverty, homelessness, trauma, violence, stigma, and a lack of access to supports and opportunities. It is the largest organization in Canada supporting sex workers and the only drop-in centre in the region supporting them 365 nights a year. Money raised during Dine Strathcona will help fund the critical services and resources WISH provides, including its 24-hour drop-in centre where they serve over 9,000 meals a month, its emergency shelter, Mobile Access Project Van, and WISH's capacity building programs.
"Small businesses and organizations like Wish Drop-in Centre are at the heart of this neighbourhood and it's more critical now than ever to show our support for them," says Theodora Lamb, Executive Director of the SBIA. "Dine Strathcona allows residents and visitors alike to do just that - make a positive impact in the lives of those who live and work in the district while also enjoying safe dining experiences at the many incredible cafés, restaurants and small businesses that call Strathcona home."
Of course there have been tremendous safety and distancing measures to keep everyone safe. Many of the features are available for take-out and delivery for those who would love to support from the comfort of their own home.
Now there are some incredible restaurants on the list, but I'm Alfred Drinking Coffee so I'm going to talk about which Cafés you can check out:
Pallet Coffee Roasters
The Uncommon Cafe
Be sure to head their in person (safely and according to COVID-19 guidelines) for dine in, take-out, or virtually through online ordering! It's a great cause and you'll get to enjoy some immaculate food so for the next 2 weeks be sure to go out and enjoy some of the best that Strathcona has to offer!