Spoke & Fork: Delivery Service

May 7, 2015

Get-on-yer-bike! Eli Scheiman owner of Spoke & Fork is already a legend at spinning his wheels to ensure your take-out food is delivered warm and in tact.

Photo credit: Alex22

Photo credit: Alex22

This unique Kingston-based bicycle food delivery service uses bicycles as their sole mode of transportation. Despite minus 30 temperatures over winter, Eli and his team battled snow; wind and rain to bring you fresh food from a variety of locally owned downtown restaurants.

“I figure we are hardened up after the winter that spring and summer feels like a breeze,” quipped Eli. “We aim to provide customers access to high quality food, 7-days a week from business’ with similar values to us.”

The bicycle delivery model is inherently environmentally sustainable, incurring none of the environmental-degrading effects so common in deliveries done by car.

The good-for-the-environment service is easy. Arrange pick up from foodie finds such as; Woodenheads, Le Chien Noir, Diane’s, Harpers, Olivea, Pan Chancho, Curry Original, Jina Sushi, Mission St. North and Farm Girl food trucks, fresh produce and meat from Tara Natural Foods and farmers markets, shop from Green Door Vitamins, Verde Environmental Store, Kingston Olive Oil Company and more. It’s as simple as one, two, three…

  1. Browse through their full list of partners at spokeandfork.ca (amazing good food and more!)
  2. Place an order by phone 613-985-0602
  3. Sit back and the team will do the rest, like place order, call to inform you it’s on its way, confirm price or if there is a change in the menu etc.—pick up, pay and deliver right to your door.

Only one small thing…

“Don’t call us to deliver Kentucky Fried Chicken,” says Eli. “Don’t be surprised when we recommend an alternative such as chicken bites from Red House. This incident occurred the other day and the customer was extremely happy with the discovery of this local option.”

Some businesses offer a free delivery service, which is no charge to you for this swift sustainable way in which you receive your food. The base rate for Spoke & Fork is $4, which many housebound seniors, students, and busy professionals use to ensure they still enjoy good healthy food and groceries. Spoke & Fork cyclists service four zones from across the bridge in the east to St. Lawrence College/Portsmouth Rd regions. Depending which zone you are in the base may climb to no more than $6.50, add $1.50 for orders over $50, and $2.00 over $100 dollars.

They are open 11 a.m. thru 9:30 p.m. seven days a week for delicious food and even good drink too. In the hot summer months ahead, Mackinnon Brothers beer or any other cold beverage from The Beer Store, LCBO or Wine Rack can be paired with dinner too.

While business is booming, it would take a lot to rattle Eli Scheinman. In addition to his new business, Eli is a certified CHEK holistic life coach. Founded by Paul Chek, a world-renowned holistic health and physical coach. It incorporates a spiritual practice that aids individuals in living a happy and fulfilling life.

“The teachings are what I incorporate into my life everyday,” says Eli. “I am generally a grounded person. The CHEK practice looks after the whole being including evaluating your breathing, eating, sleeping, how you move, and overall thinking—each has its effects on your happiness which is directly related to performance and achieving your goals.

A lot of times people are working out but not necessarily working within. Stress can come in all its form. There are so many reasons and diet is generally one of them.

Spoke & Fork is true reflection of Eli’s interests in food, physical and mental health, environmental sustainability and cultural vibrancy.

To place an order call 613-985-0692 or to see a full list of business partners Spoke & Fork delivers from visit their website www.spokeandfork.ca.

For the Love of Food at the Waterfall Café

Kingston Heritage & Frontenac Gazette

Nothing but passion is behind the door of the Waterfall Café in Yarker.  This unexpected eclectic foodie haven is nestled next to a tumbling waterfall, giving great joy and pleasure to many.

The charming Waterfall Cafe seeks new owner.

The charming Waterfall Cafe seeks new owner.

Years ago, owner/chef Eric De Poe discovered this gem and repurposed the historical site at 2810 County Road 6 as a labor of love.

“I am not a trained chef, but I’ve been cooking since I was twelve,” explains Eric. “It’s my Mother’s fault really…it all sparked one morning I had slept in and came downstairs demanding breakfast. She took one look at me and made it clear that I was left with the choice of going hungry, or cooking for myself. I’ve been cooking ever since,” he laughs.

A natural love of flavor and a keen interest in food carried through to his University days and beyond.

“I always wanted a restaurant. I would walk by the windows of one, and peer inside, full of ideas and with a dream of having my own one day.”

Eric De Poe, Owner Waterfall Cafe

Eric De Poe, Owner Waterfall Cafe

That fortuitous day arrived when he fell for the old charm of the tearoom, at the foothill of the waterfalls of the Napanee River.

Waterfall cafe is a short drive from many natural attractions such as camping, cottage country, geo-caching, and a rugged gorge experiencing lots of traffic from tourists and locals alike.

The story begins on a weekend break from the big city—Eric found what became a great love. Overnight in cottage country, one dark and stormy day, he crashed in on a real estate tour of the crumbling building. Something about the quaint space and the countryside enticed him to buy it. Totally unexpected, or was it?

Those early years, it was a one-man show. Eric worked a full week in Toronto and travelled to his little oasis to shop, chop, bake and wash the dishes at his little café. Living the dream as they say.

He enthusiastically tackled new recipes, expanding and learning the business.

His good fortune continued—he met the lovely Barbara Linds, also a busy executive and single-Mom living in Toronto. It was love, especially when she too fell for his charming café. Thankfully she also had a good sense of humour—for he claims what sealed the deal, was her passion for his tearoom.

On their wedding day, he jokingly recalled that when searching for a partner; the ad read: Intelligent man seeks intelligent and creative woman—must love tearoom! The two have been busy at the business ever since, working their day jobs and commuting to the café, until they finally relocated to Yarker.

“We hired a very talented design team to help re-construct a loft apartment upstairs and a huge mural (located on the outside wall) symbolizing the importance of this historical area,” says Barbara. “We engaged the community, meeting with it’s members for their input on what the mural should look like, and held a big celebration when it was done.”

Mural in Yarker by Bon Eco Designs

Mural in Yarker by Bon Eco Designs

Carolyn Butts & Hans Honegger of Bon ECO designs made a sculpture of wood, foam and tire strips to celebrate the industrial past.

Their efforts continued with the re-design of the loft, which is magazine worthy, styled as an urban Manhattan apartment, with natural light and views of the cascading waterfall below. The café runs on geo-thermal heating and cooling.

The falls next to the Waterfall Cafe

The falls next to the Waterfall Cafe

Sadly, this love story is coming to an end. (Not for Eric and Barbara, who even today, smiling, he brushes by her with a kiss). Their future continues with many exciting projects on the horizon. “Eric works expansively at everything,” smirks Barbara. “I can’t see him retiring anytime soon.”

But, it is time to close the doors of the Waterfall Café as they begin this new chapter. The café and two bedroom apartment is up for sale, or lease.

The delicious earth-friendly dine in/ take-out menu of home-style chicken and ribs, vegetarian stacks, salads, and homemade pies served with a smile—all creative visions of Eric De Poe.

“It’s been a slice!” said Eric, “I’ve loved cooking for you.”

The community and tourists will miss pub nights, jazz evenings, author readings and weekend stops at the Waterfall Café.

“We hope to pass this along to someone who will serve great food.” (A local chef, baker or individual interested in canning and in need of a commercial kitchen would benefit from this space.)

Chef Eric will continue to serve up Friday – Sunday, and holiday Monday’s until it closes on Labour Day. Drop in to say farewell, or take a peak inside…maybe it’s long been your dream to own a restaurant too? For more information about the Waterfall Café visit http://www.waterfallcafe.ca  or call 613-377-1856.

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