Welcoming and Celebrating the 2023 Cohort of Dream Cuisines

Dream Cuisine 2023 Cohort

In a world bursting with diverse flavors and culinary experiences, Dream Cuisines program of Flavours of Hope stands as a beacon of empowerment and opportunity for newcomer women looking to break into the food industry.

With a unique blend of mentorship, shared kitchen space, and peer-based knowledge sharing, Dream Cuisines nurtures the dreams of these budding entrepreneurs, transforming them into accomplished chefs and resilient business owners. As we step into the third year of this remarkable initiative, we are thrilled to introduce you to the extraordinary women who make up the 2023 cohort.

Elaichi Patisserie

Find a haven of warm and inviting delights at Elaichi Patisserie, meticulously crafted by talented baker Vinaya Waghmode. Drawing inspiration from Mumbai, which is known for its diverse communities and flavours, Vinaya’s passion lies in showcasing the depth and richness of Indian culinary tapestry beyond the common perceptions. At Elaichi Patisserie, you can expect an exquisite assortment of baked goods and treats infused with a balance of bold flavours and delicate essences of cardamom, vanilla, ginger, pistachio, mango, and more.

Driven by her love for creating food and baking for others, Vinaya finds joy in sharing her delectable creations, especially during social events and celebrations. Whether you’re marking a special occasion or seeking a decadent treat to elevate your day, Elaichi Patisserie offers an array of indulgent delights for you to savour and celebrate with.

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Damaskino Pastry

Damaskino Pastry, created by Rana Alkari, brings the delightful flavours of traditional Syrian cookies to your table. Rana specializes in the art of crafting maamoul cookies, which hold a special place in Syrian culinary heritage. Her personal favourite features a delectable filling of pistachio and date, enhanced with the subtle crunch of pecans. With each bite, you’ll experience the authentic flavors and textures that have been passed down through generations.

Passionate about sharing the wonders of Syrian cuisine, Rana embraces the opportunity to teach others about the unique flavours, techniques, and traditions that make Syrian food so special.

Through Damaskino Pastry, she invites you to embark on a delectable journey, where every bite tells a story of tradition, culture, and the warmth of homemade treats.

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Colombian Antojitos

Colombian Antojitos, founded by Viviana Rojas, brings the vibrant street food culture of Colombia to Vancouver. With a delightful fusion of sweet and savoury flavors, Viviana specializes in creating tasty combinations that embody the gastronomic paradise she experienced while growing up. Proudly serving fresh Colombian food without preservatives, she is on a mission to connect people with her culture through her cooking. Each dish at Colombian Antojitos is crafted with care and precision, ensuring an unforgettable experience for every customer.

Whether you’re craving a warm, scrumptious empanada or indulging in a sweet and savoury aborrajada, Colombian Antojitos offers an array of snacks that capture the essence of Colombian street food.

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Sabor a Yucatan

Laura Molina founded Sabor a Yucatan with a passion for showcasing the vibrant flavors of Mexican, specifically Yucatecan cuisine. With love and dedication, Laura hopes to create an experience that evokes the warmth and comfort of a home-cooked meal. She specializes in crafting two beloved dishes: the comforting frijoles and the iconic cochinita pibil. These cherished recipes have been passed down through Laura’s family, capturing the essence of their heritage and the spirit of family gatherings.

Explore authentic Yucatecan flavours with Sabor a Yucatan, where aromatic spices and bold flavors come together harmoniously, as we proudly share the little pieces of Mexico that make our cuisine truly special.

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Egyptian Bites

Egyptian Bites was born out of Rehab Elsayed’s heartfelt longing for the authentic flavors of Egypt. Inspired by the traditional foods of her homeland, Rehab specializes in the art of crafting Feteer, a delicacy that holds a significant place in Egyptian culinary history. Originally known as Al-Multout (Al-Mutabbaq) in ancient Egypt, Feteer was considered an offering to the gods and even has an inscription in the tomb of Rakhmire, a minister from the era of Kings Thutmose III and Amenhotep II, detailing a sweetened mashaltet pie with honey and ghee, similar to the modern version.

Throughout generations, Feteer Mushaltat has become an integral part of Egyptian cuisine and culture, passed down as a symbol of hospitality, served during holidays, special occasions, and weddings. It carries great social importance as women in the countryside lovingly prepare and share it with their relatives and guests.

Experience the rich culinary heritage of Egypt with Egyptian Bites and uncover sweet, savoury, and light flavours that have delighted generations!

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Vancouver Farmers Markets is thrilled to uplift these remarkable chefs, entrepreneurs, and visionaries, providing them with mentorship, shared knowledge, and a space to flourish in the culinary industry.

Join us in supporting these talented individuals as they bring their delectable creations to the farmers markets. Together, we’re empowering their dreams to become reality, one mouthwatering dish at a time!