Posted on May 18, 2017
What would summer in the Lower Mainland be without scrumptious food-truck fare? Well, brace yourself foodies: there’s a new food truck cruising through local festivals, events and neighbourhoods, offering gourmet sausages in a bun, topped with homemade condiments so good, your taste buds will be in heaven!
We are elated to officially introduce its brand new social enterprise, Taste of Heaven. More than feeding folks mouth-wateringly delicious meals, this special food truck helps NightShift continue to deliver the message of love, hope and purpose to people who need it most.
Taste of Heaven feeds more than hungry stomachs. It feeds hungry hearts, too, because when you buy food from this truck, you become part of a community-based solution for people who desperately need help. Every meal purchased at Taste of Heaven helps support NightShift’s nightly outreach and daily continuing care services for special friends – those who are stuck in poverty, addiction, mental illness, homelessness or loneliness in downtown Surrey and beyond.
The vision behind Taste of Heaven is that everyone gets fed – nourished with good food AND love, hope and purpose. NightShift Founder and President, MaryAnne Connor (Mac), says the truck helps bring awareness and build compassionate neighbourhoods. “As we expand and attend more festivals and events, we are bringing more awareness, and opportunities to volunteer. This is about building community and fellowship,” Mac shares.
Celebrating its inaugural weekend earlier this month, Taste of Heaven stopped at Relate Church’s women’s conference in Surrey, and the next day headed off to Langley Evangelical Free Church’s parking lot to serve up gourmet sausages in a bun to folks after Sunday service. NightShift’s Executive Assistant, Elizabella Yim, was at both events, and says the food was received with rave reviews. “It was great. The most popular was the ‘Gate Keeper’ (a chorizo sausage topped with cheese, bacon bits and crushed chipotle crumbs),” she says. “People loved the chimichurri sauce on it. It was like a surprise because the sauce was hidden on the bottom.”
There will be lots more opportunities to check out Taste of Heaven throughout the summer, starting this Saturday, May 20, at the Fort Langley Beer and Food Festival. Taste of Heaven will be serving up its delicious, locally-sourced gourmet sausages on a bun from noon to 5 pm. “This is our first major public event, but there will be lots more over the summer,” says TOH Chef, Stephen DeKastle.
For this event only, Chef Stephen has created a signature sausage – made with duck blueberry sausage, served with rhubarb and onion beer slaw, and topped with feta and balsamic dressing. And of course, Taste of Heaven’s regular line up of divinely delicious sausages will be available, including a vegetarian option called the Mindful Saint, a spiced, marinated, roasted carrot adorned with spinach, fennel, onions, Thai chili mayo and topped with crushed pumpkin seeds. This is one of the truck’s highest rated sausages. Check out the menu for yourself!
With Taste of Heaven on the move throughout the Lower Mainland, why not schedule the truck to appear at your next special event, extended family celebration, block party, company gathering or sporting event? Book a date, and even have Chef Stephen create a signature sausage for your event!
We extend a warm, grateful thank you to the big-hearted, local food providers – Stapleton Sausage Co., Hardbite Handcrafted-Style Chips, and Phillips Soda Works – who have partnered with Taste of Heaven to deliver excellent, locally-sourced food, along with the message of love, hope and purpose.