Vegetarian Beatle, Paul McCartney, fed by urban farmers in Vancouver, BC
When the legendary Beatle hits town, he’ll chow down on food grown near BC Place Stadium
By Mia Stainsby
The Vancouver Sun
24 Nov 2012
Which brings us to McCartney’s visit to Vancouver and his concert, Sunday at BC Place. He’ll be glad all over to learn that much of the food he’ll be served was grown next to the stadium and by people with broken wings who learned to fly.
The grower, Sole Food Farm, produces artisanal vegetables on vacant urban land and provides training and jobs to people with multiple barriers. “We’ve taken people with no agricultural skills and deal with significant personal challenges and they’re producing food at an extremely high level,” says Sole Food founder Michael Ableman.
“Not only can chefs say the food was grown just down the street but by people who are challenged and who really rise to the task of doing an incredible job and have gained the respect of top chefs and the most discerning eaters.”
Ryan Stone, executive chef for Centerplate, the catering arm of BC Place, says he’s been using as much Sole Food produce as he can for McCartney’s tour crew while they’ve been setting up for the concert.
“I support the social cause but the quality of their produce is second to none. They carry it across the street to us,” Stone says.