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Don’t Panic our Bannock is Vegan

Don’t Panic our Bannock is Vegan Is it possible for bannock to be vegan? Yes it is! Gluten-free? Probably Not! But Possible? Yes! Meet Michelle, from Kekuli Cafe Westbank! Whats Vegan at Kekuli! I asked her, because she is Vegan!! And she knows… Meet Michelle #video! Our Front of House Kekuli Associate!! ūüíēūüėá She is a #Vegan! She helps me to understand what is vegan and we work at keeping our food so that vegans can enjoy it without the milk and eggs and cheese! Just ask and Michelle will help you!! @kekulicafebannock #Westbank #okanagan A post shared by KekuliCafeBannock (@kekulicafebannock) on Mar 3, 2018 at 12:26pm PST We want to make sure that your Bannock experience is 100% pure heaven! Don’t feel bad when diving into a piece of bannock, its got less fat and calories than most muffins. We pride ourselves on making sure, that a piece of bannock is light, fluffy and golden brown. Cooking the bannock to perfection, to not absorb the oils, and every piece is made with love, light and good thoughts.    ...

What’s for dinner? Check it out… Bannock!

What’s for dinner kids? Bannock! Kekuli Cafe, West Kelowna & Merritt BC, we like to start our workers, young! Just kidding, making Bannock memories with your kids or grandkids is what we need to start doing. Kids love Bannock, handmade, fresh, authentic, a great treat for kids, parents and grandparents. Oh, well actually, who are we kidding. Bannock is great for everyone! Put down that doughnut, try delicious handmade fresh Bannock with your family! Bannock is the new doughnut! Kekuli Cafe makes it fresh every single day! What’s for dinner? Come in and check it out! #DontPanicWeHaveBannock What‚Äôs for supper kids?? #Bannock. #dontpanicwehavebannock @kekulicafebannock @comfortinnsuitesmerritt @indigenoustourismbc @tourismmerritt @westkelownacity @westkelownanow @visitwestside @westbankfn A post shared by KekuliCafeBannock (@kekulicafebannock) on Apr 30, 2018 at 9:50pm PDT...
“Don’t Panic…We Just Moved”

“Don’t Panic…We Just Moved”

Kekuli Cafe, “Don’t Panic…We Have Bannock”!¬ģ, we just moved to 307-3550 Carrington Road across from Canadian Tire & Marks Work Wearhouse in Westbank BC Kekuli Cafe owners, Sharon Bond & Darren Hogg found this amazing spot and couldn’t get any luckier than to get this location at the Westbank Hub Centre.¬† Come join us at Kekuli Cafe Westbank for bannock & coffee! Great place for coffee groups, meetings, business lunch, take-out & snacks. Get ready for the licensed patio. Follow our journey on Facebook (Kekuli Caf√© Coffee & Bannock..head to Merritt BC., road trip! We hope to see you at Kekuli Cafe Westbank ¬† This is the beginning of Kekuli Cafe. At the local Vista Ridge Carwash back in 2004   See you soon! Any questions, please Facebook Message us! Sharon & Darren...

First Nations Bannock Restaurant in Canada

We’ve gone through crucial times as bannock is still making its way in the restaurant world. We first set up as a bannock stand in Westbank, BC, years ago. We experienced success in our little venture, and sought feedback from our customers about opening a First Nations restaurant. What is a First Nations restaurant? If you have been to a Mexican restaurant, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, etc., there are now First Nations restaurants opening up across Canada!

A little inspiration of Dessert Bannock

A little inspiration of Dessert Bannock

Sharon Bond-Hogg, of Kekuli Cafe loves cooking! A pinch of this, a dash of that, a palm of this and an eyeball of that, and some good old fashioned Inspiration, makes for some yummy desserts and bannock treats at Kekuli Cafe! Here we have a Berry Bannock Pudding recipe that we make at Kekuli Cafe, inspired by Dolly Watts, who is now retired on the Island. I wish I would have met her years ago, when I was researching my business plan and ideas, because I was scared to open my restaurant! How would this be perceived? Well, all good, and all said and done! Two restaurants and more to come! So here is a recipe video of our Berry Bannock pudding! Enjoy! Berry Bannock...
Got Bannock? Kekuli Cafe sure does!

Got Bannock? Kekuli Cafe sure does!

Got Bannock? We Got Bannock! Experience Kekuli Cafe’s fresh, warm buttered Bannock. Or our original flavours of Skor, Saskatoon Berry, Maple Glaze, they’re sort of like a doughnut, the texture is light, fluffy, crispy on the outside but yet soft, and tender, actually handmade fresh every single day. Baked and Fried in-house. Best survival bread ever created in the millennium. When did you ever have your first piece of fry bread? Kekuli Cafe “Don’t Panic…We Have Bannock!” ¬ģ We mix the Bannock, Stir the Bannock, We fry the bannock! Find us You can find us in 2 locations in Merritt BC http://Kekuli Caf√© Merritt Coffee & Bannock¬†& West Kelowna, BC¬†http://Kekuli Caf√© Coffee & Bannock When I started Kekuli Cafe, working on my business plan, for almost three years, we couldn’t find any First Nations restaurants, back in the 2000’s. ¬†So Kekuli Cafe has been in the making for many years. We found our way and Kekuli Cafe is growing every year! Kekuli Cafe is now ready to Franchise across Canada. Kekuli means “pit house”, a First Nations winter dwelling. The name Kekuli was the perfect name to share with the world, meaning house, welcome to my home! ¬†Your place to gather with friends, family, food and fun! Check out this Link Here is a link from CBC Aboriginal, so many bannock choices, check it out! We now have counted almost 20 restaurants across Canada serving Indigenous Cuisine! The most exciting thing since sliced bread! http://www.cbc.ca/news/aboriginal/bannock-fry-bread-may-long-1.3591449?cmp=rss  ...
Don’t Panic…We are ready to Franchise!

Don’t Panic…We are ready to Franchise!

The day we opened our doors on September 12, 2009, people were flocking into the doors, carrying out our humble boxes of Bannock, and the biggest question we were asked, and still to this day…”Are you a Franchise?” I always said, “Our dream is to franchise, and here we are almost 7 years later, a member of the Canadian Franchise Association. We’ve attended 2 franchise shows in BC and Alberta and it’s been the best experience in the world of business. Build it & they will come! Over the years of operating Kekuli Cafe, our goal was to hone in on the menu and our Brand. We needed the menu to reflect, what we knew, as consumers wanted, ¬†the way the world is headed towards fresh, fast and healthy options. Kekuli Cafe, “Don’t Panic…We Have Bannock”! est. 2009 Westbank BC, & second location August 1, 2014 in Merritt BC. ¬†The destination of choice for fresh, healthy and fast-casual, quick serve cafe. We may be new to Franchise world, but we’ve made the headways in the world of Indigenous¬†Food and creating a way to make it fun, fresh & even healthy! We’ve been ahead of the fast food chain, in some areas, that surprise us, when other chains have new food or drinks¬†come out, we’ve already been there and done that! Both our locations have been serving alcohol as a coffee shop for almost 2 years, and other businesses are following our footsteps. We have the drive to succeed, the perseverance to never give-up and the passion for people! Our goal is to make this the best business in Canada...
MooseMeat & Marmalade & Bannock

MooseMeat & Marmalade & Bannock

Day with MooseMeat & Marmalade Don’t Panic…But how tasty would MooseMeat, Marmalade and Bannock be?¬†#YUMMM Filming an episode of the show, Moose Meat & Marmalade, with Art Napoleon and the London Chef, Dan Hayes, at Kekuli Cafe Westbank. This will be a fantastic episode of their wild elk hunt and foraging of delicious wild asparagus and morel mushrooms. Check out Season 2, Episode 10 for this amazing episode with these 2 great guys! Art and Dan, ¬†went hunting with Jacob and Charles Kruger of the Penticton Indian Band. http://aptn.ca/moosemeatandmarmalade/video/season-2/ Little did I know, how to clean a mushroom. Art showed me the magic of cleaning a mushroom, seems easy and looked like a nice mushroom. So, I cut one up myself, at home…sliced it right down the middle and it falls open slightly and out crawls a creepy bug! UGH! Ya I don’t think I will be foraging any wild mushrooms, thanks! But they sure were tasty with Wild Elk Steak & Asparagus. Since moving back to my hometown of Merritt BC, I’ve had the fun of picking wild asparagus and other great traditional plants that our ancestors survived off, hundreds of years ago and even today they still harvest their medicines and plants. So if you want to learn more about traditional foods in North America, watch MooseMeat & Marmalade and their wild foraging in the Okanagan! Shall be a great episode for sure!  ...
Bannock & Coffee Buzz  Happy 2016

Bannock & Coffee Buzz Happy 2016

There’s a Bannock Buzz out there….Whats New? Opening 7 days a week! Did you know we are a Coffee Shop with light breakfast and awesome homemade lunches? We do cater and take-out as well! ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬† Thank you for supporting our decision last year for helping our staff have that one day for themselves. We actually retained employees, got to know our employees and the things they like to do. ¬†All of these things we learned, we were also told, why don’t you open 7 days week, because there are people out there who need the hours and Sundays are a day, where some people, like students can actually work, to support their going back to school. So many reasons, why we decided to open Sundays. There are times when people emailed us, travelling through town, and were disappointed, because it was their only day coming through, until next year. ¬†We have kept our staff’s desired availability in mind, and ensure they get their needed time off. Thank you for your support and keeping Kekuli Cafe…”Don’t Panic…We Have Bannock”¬ģ . If you haven’t checked out Kekuli Cafe yet…. This is the time to try it out! We keep our menu updated¬†and we love to try new things! Our Bannock is light, fluffy & golden brown. ¬†Bannock or Frybread, is a quick bread that was invented by our Ancestors and used for survival. Our Ancestors did not have flour in those days, but they would grind roots of special plants, add harvested berries & natural saps & sweeteners. There was no Indian name for the bread, but, (Seplil...

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