We had the pleasure of interviewing Jessica and Mataio Gillis last week for the latest video in our Local Connections series. They are the owners of a wonderful local company that operates under quite a few names: Ciao Thyme, In The Kitchen and Incognito. This single business functions as a cooking school (In The Kitchen), catering company (Ciao Thyme) and private dining space (Incognito) and is based right downtown on Unity Street. Best of all, they also feature Boundary Bay Brewery beer!
Jessica works with all the clients and writes menus designed to highlight local, seasonal flavors while Mataio works with local farmers and producers to source the incredible ingredients he’ll be cooking with. They work together to provide catering with menus designed specifically for each event and to each client’s taste, but also to bring the community together through unique family style dining experiences in their space on Unity Street and cooking classes that range from making your own cheese, teaching kids to make Sushi and traveling to Umbria, Italy.
They are members of Sustainable Connections, believe strongly in the international Slow Food movement and in supporting local, sustainable agriculture. They also donate 10 – 15% of their annual revenue each year to local non-profits in an effort to help our community continue to grow and thrive. We are thrilled to have this Local Connections with Jessica and Mataio and are proud that they choose our craft beer to serve as part of their culinary adventures. Check them out!