Western Living Magazine
How to Make a Spec Home Stand Out: Lessons from a Not-Boring Calgary Infill
The Home Tour: A 1,400-Square-Foot Townhouse With Scandi-Cool Style
Home Tour: Inside This Mountain-Modern Home
Recipe: Green Papaya Salad from Chef Angus An
Recipe: Scallop Ceviche from Maenam’s Chef Angus An
3 Classy Australian White Wines to Toast Olivia Newton-John With
The Best Beginner Hikes In and Around Whistler
Getaway Guide: How to Spend One Perfect Day on Galiano Island
Where to Eat, Stay and Play in Canmore
‘West Coast North’ is a Love Letter to Western Canadian Architecture and Interiors
Design Obsession: This Roll-Up Drying Rack Is Maybe My Favourite Thing in the Kitchen
10 of the Hottest Homewares for Summer 2022
Announcing the 2022 Designers of the Year Finalists
You’re Invited to the Design Party of the Year!
DotY 2022: Our Judges for the Maker Category Can’t Wait to See What You’ve Got
Not only has her restaurant spun off a million more amazing rooms, but Schuermans has stepped up to the fight for food security.
Karri Schuermans runs Vancouver's much-loved Chambar restaurant and helped create lineups-out-the-door at that restaurant, as well as at Café Medina and the Dirty Apron cooking schoolbut her focus on serving up local food may have an impact beyond the crowded sidewalk outside her rooms. As a restaurateur, Schuermans recognizes the importance of growing food close to home, and how political changes can threaten our local agriculture (she says, for example, that many of our greenhouses in the Agricultural Land Reserve [ALR] are abandoning fruit and veggie production in favour of growing cannabis). An imported tomato doesn't support local farms or benefit our local economy, and it has a much larger eco-footprint than anything grown in our hood.
Schuermans has been on the Vancouver Economic Commission board since 2016, and her passion for protecting local food systems sparked her determination to lead a transition in B.C.'s Lower Mainland to a low-carbon economy. In doing so, we are choosing the economy and the environment, says Schuermans. This year, she is spearheading a collaborative initiative with the end goal of reducing our carbon emissionsand making sure agriculture doesn't get forgotten in the process. The initiative will lead to a master plan; the plan will lead to infrastructure in the Lower Mainland that better supports newer, greener technology like electric cars (and protects the environment, and our local food systems, in the process). Though her collaborative initiative is complex, having accessible, sustainable food is at the root of her work. Finding local food was getting harder and harder, and that was what attracted me to doing this, says Schuermans.
Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi: It's an authentic collection of recipes that reflects Jerusalem's melting pot of Muslim, Jewish, Arab, Christian and Armenian communities.
Most overrated ingredient?¨
What's always in your fridge?
Dark chocolate, calamansi vinegar, preserved lemons, cheese, lots of butter… and vegemite.
What's you go-to breakfast?
What's a kitchen hack more people should know about?
Add sparkling water for fluffy scrambled eggs.
Guilty pleasure snack?
Crinkle-cut dill pickle chips!