Bannock Bitz news

Bannock Bitz news

Welcome to our Bannock Bitz newsletter!  We hope you enjoy it! We will keep you updated! Is there anything you want to know? Let me know, and I will find out! “Don’t Panic…We Have Bannock”! Two locations #MERRITTBC & #WESTBANKBC to serve you BANNOCK, Breakfast, Lunch & our new Dinner menu! Lots of changes & exciting things! Thanks  for your support in our small business, locally owned & providing sustainablity for future growth & rejuvenation! Click here for YOUR Bannock Bitz News...
Don’t Panic…What is Bannock?

Don’t Panic…What is Bannock?

Don’t Panic, What is Bannock?? Back in the 1700/1800’s, the Scottish, brought over some oats, n cast-iron pans back in the fur trade days…and introduced their quick bread…the First Nations put a twist on that quick bread and used ground corn, wheat, roots and added berries to their version of a bread…Aboriginal Peoples depending where they lived, made bannock dough on a stick, baked in hot ashes, fried it in pans, rock clay ovens. Of course they did it this way, there were no fryers, and hot ovens back in the day. Thankfully today, as times have changed, like we all have changed, fryers, healthy oils, ovens & electrical methods of cooking have been invented. Kekuli Cafe Westbank & Merritt make each piece of fry bread is handmade! Hundreds of pieces everyday! We sell our bannock individually or by the 6 packs or more! You can also order our bannock for your special events. Anyways, our Ancestors made many dishes with this type of bread for survival and hard times. There are 100’s or thousands or variations of bread recipes from all over the world. Almost every country has a version of quick bread of sustenance! A couple of my favourites that I have tried, are Beignets and Sopapillas! There is nothing better than homemade, handmade fresh bread, bannock, buns, biscuits or scones! I have made my own version of a quick bread! Its actually fry bread, but I call it bannock, because it rhymes with Panic! and my slogan.. is “Don’t Panic…We Have Bannock”!®, (trademarked & registered). The difference between fry bread and bannock? Not much, other than the name...
What really happened that day? Food Network’s ‘You Gotta Eat Here’ Segment

What really happened that day? Food Network’s ‘You Gotta Eat Here’ Segment

“Don’t Panic…We Have Bannock” on Food Network’s You Gotta Eat Here What really happened that day? Camera! Action! Lights??? What is it like to be on National TV? Awesome of course! But the weirdest feeling, is cameras in your face, it really does put this overwhelming, scare the crap outta you kind of feeling! Like, omg, is there something on my face, is my make up okay, does this shirt look alright? Did I wear the right outfit? Not, oh ya, this is about the bannock! haha! When the Lone Entertainment, Food Network’s ‘You Gotta Eat Here’ Krue came into the cafe, bright n early, to set up their cameras & lights, my vision board request, was becoming a reality. Like, who would really believe that you had a vision board because of watching the movie “The Secret” back in 2008, well I did! I also had that I would be in a cookbook! Surprise! (thats another story) That first day on the set, was getting to know everyone, and that this these 2 “Krues” had a job to do! To create our 5 minutes of fame for National TV. We’re of course all a little nervous, who wouldn’t be? We were hooked up with microphones, the lights were spread around the restaurant. There was Lone Krue of about 6 people. I remember, Monique, the lady that kept everything rolling, going & organized! Don’t ever ask her to powder your nose! That’s not her job 🙂 Then Jim Morrison, who is the creator of “You Gotta Eat Here”, is one of the easiest going people, I met. He makes you get...
You Gotta Eat Here!

You Gotta Eat Here!

It all happened back in January 2012… We received a phone call from Lone Eagle Entertainment We were recommended by Tourism BC & many of our Kekuli Fans Being on the Food Network was actually on my Vision Board back in 2008! I had the Food Network logo on it, and to our amazement in 2012, we were chosen to be on You Gotta Eat Here (YGEH). I would say it was one the most life changing moments for our restaurant to be featured on YGEH! We’ve had such great support from our communities, family and friends, who have given our restaurant a chance. What was Bannock? What would a First Nations person actually serve at a Bannock restaurant? We had many interesting questions from customers and people who actually just walked out the door on us, expecting us to serve Kangaroo or Butter Chicken! It was nerve wracking, opening a First Nations restaurant, there has not been many First Nations restaurants in Canada that we could ask how did they do it, what did they serve? We built our restaurant from scratch, two people, with perseverance, a dream, & wanting to be their own boss, (other than our customers are our bosses), (and I’m bossy to Darren) and (Darren is the Minister of Finance, last line of defence), we have built and continue to grow Kekuli Cafe, thanks to YGEH, featuring a First Nations restaurant on the Food Network, proud Chefs, and Restaurants are opening up all across Canada. YGEH, is like a long running commercial for us, getting our word out there, spreading the love for our...