White Spot recently launched a cookbook with many of their signature appetizers, salads, burgers, entrees and desserts.
White Spot is an icon in British Columbia and pretty much a “go to” for many BC classic family meals.
This is the restaurant’s first cookbook, celebrating 85 years of success, beloved dished and family-friendly service, featuring recipes for classic dishes like their signature Chicken Pot Pie and Teriyaki Rice Bowl, as well as contemporary feature entrées like their Prawn and Lentil Rice Bowl – all geared for the home cook.
I had the chance to chat with Danny Markowicz, the Executive Development Chef for White Spot and Triple O’s about the iconic brand, the cookbook, and his personal favourite dishes.
Lifebitesmm: Why do you think White Spot has not only survived but thrived amongst many other multi-location restaurant brands?
Chef Danny: We are a guest focused company that constantly check in with our guests, staff and conduct regular research to ensure we’re staying relevant to our guests and the market. We stay true to our roots and at the same time continue to evolve our menu offerings to keep up with the ever changing industry.
Lifebitesmm: What is your personal favourite recipe to cook from the book?
Chef Danny: From the cookbook, my favourite recipe is the Champagne Prawn Risotto.
Lifebitesmm: What is your personal favourite White Spot classic order?
Chef Danny: Double-Double, fries and a chocolate shake. Epic!
Lifebitesmm: What is your personal favourite New(er) menu dish?
Chef Danny: My favorite new dish is the Tandoori cauliflower quinoa salad. Healthy, delicious and packed full of flavour.
Lifebitesmm: Any “insider” order secrets……personal tweaks or food quirks that you make to a White Spot dish to please your taste-buds?
Chef Danny: I sometimes order a side of poutine gravy and dip my burger. So wrong, but so good. Guilty as charged!
Lifebites: Tell me about White Spot’s involvement in the community and giving back….Why partner with Variety- The Children’s Charity for this project?
Chef Danny: We support Variety – The Children’s Charity including their annual telethon and many other initiatives throughout the year. Variety is our longest standing charitable relationship and White Spot has been involved since the charity was formed here in BC in 1965. Variety does so much to help kids in need and it felt like a natural fit for our cookbook, especially around the holidays. We will be donating partial proceeds from every White Spot Cookbook sold before December 31st to Variety – The Children’s Charity. To learn more about Variety visit: www.variety.bc.ca OR www.facebook.com/variety.bc.ca
Here’s your chance to win a copy of the book!
For your chance to win a copy of the cookbook, 1) like White Spot’s Facebook page, 2) follow @White_Spot and leave a comment at the bottom of this blog post or on the Lifebitesmm facebook page about your very favourite White Spot dish. The winner will be announced on Dec 18!