It’s About More Than Just Restaurants

 

At Fiesta Farms, we value this city’s food scene, and as independent owners ourselves, we stand behind our fellow food business owners who are suffering during the crisis. We put together this post to help everyone understand how the loss of restaurants will not only affect our dining options, but a great many other things; from food supply to real estate, and what each of us can do to help.  Continue »



Toronto Restaurants: How You Can Help

 

There are currently over 1000 restaurants signed up at SaveHospitality, a coalition of independent restaurateurs and suppliers representing more than 65,000 workers. A number of people have been working behind the scenes to ensure the government hears the voices of this city’s independents. Spearheaded by John Sinopoli, a chef with three shuttered restaurants, he told the Star recently, “The hospitality industry contributes a massive amount to the labour force and GDP. If half of the restaurants close, that’s money not going back into the economy. This is a team effort with landlords, banks and governments, because no one wants to see us fail.”

If you’re here on a grocery store website right now, instead of reading the Economist or scrolling through cat memes, then it probably means you love food as much as we do. We’re all in this together and we’re proud of the incredible food scene in Toronto. We want to keep that scene alive and support our city’s restaurants at this harrowing time. So we’ve rounded up the best ways to do so:

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COVID-19 – Q & A Roundup

Dear Fiesta Community,

There are a series of themes we’re identifying in the notes coming through our form system and social networks. Our tactics are changing by the hour, so here’s a centralized smattering of answers to the most common comments/questions:

Thank you Fiesta, we’re grateful!

We know, but we never get tired of hearing stories. We’re printing them and putting them up in the staff room to keep morale high so please feel free to share away.

Do you deliver?

Sort of. We’re a bricks and mortar store. We’re not set up to take orders, pack, store and deliver. But we realize that for some, we’re the only line they have on food.

We are currently handling orders for people who meet 2 criteria:

  1. Identify as members of vulnerable populations (Over 70 years old, immuno-compromised, with a disability, or are expecting mothers)
  2. Live within a two-kilometre radius of the store

And like everything, this could change in the next few days.

We’re doing our own delivery (not using Instacart/Buggy/whatever). All of your offers to deliver, pickup, etc. are greatly appreciated but create extra logistical challenges we’re not prepared to address yet. Thanks!

What are you doing to protect team members?

  • We’ve posted signs about social distancing everywhere.
  • We’ve implemented crowd control when necessary (in response to sudden waves. It’s often quite calm here).
  • Cashiers wipe down their area after every order.
  • We’re circulating the store, cleaning common areas with bleach every hour.
  • We’re wiping buggies and baskets down after each use.
  • We’re installing plexiglass at all of our cashiers’ registers.
  • Even though we’re a single store (not a regional, national, or global chain), we’ve put together a bonus to recognize our employees for the essential work they’re doing. Some chains are promoting this, but our marketing has never been about us. We’re not going change that now.

What can I do to help fellow Fiesta customers?

  • Don’t enter the store if you’re feeling sick.
  • Don’t enter the store if you’ve been out of the country in the last two weeks, please self-isolate for 14 days. Then come by!
  • Only touch foods and products you’re going to purchase. Sorry, you’ll need to eyeball that perfect item.
  • Limit your time in the store.
  • Sanitize your hands upon entry and refrain from touching your face etc.
  • While we generally love a family visit, please limit the number of people you bring with you to the people who need to be there.
  • Stay cool. We are. So please don’t judge other people, leap to any conclusions about who has a right to be here and who shouldn’t. Please observe a delicate balance of minding your business while being friendly, warm and supportive to everyone else–make a conscious choice to assume the best.

Thanks for your continued support. We can do this!



Vote for Your Favourite Grocery Store!

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It’s that time of the year again, time to vote. No, not for you-know-who… we’re talking about Now Magazine’s annual Reader’s Choice, your opportunity to vote for your favourite grocery store, and much more. Continue »



Everything You Need To Know About Shrimp

 

Honey Garlic Korean Grilled Shrimp (link below)

 

We are in the full sun of summertime and the shrimp is hopping onto skewers or into the poaching pot. It’s the ideal summer bite! Easy to cook, served hot or cold, and goes with everything! You really can’t go wrong with shrimp. Or can you…
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