There’s a new butcher on the block - and we do things differently. Really. At The Very Good Butchers, we believe in butchering beans, not animals.
We’re on a mission to show that making good choices doesn’t mean sacrificing flavour. We want to make plant-based eating as approachable, nutritious and delicious as possible by creating food that’s Very Good for people, animals and the planet (while having a little fun along the way).
Fed up with the overly processed meat alternatives available, our founders knew they could raise the plant-based bar. As trained chefs with years of experience, they set out to make the most delicious and nutritious plant-based meats they could, and in our humble opinion, they nailed it!.
After selling out farmers markets on Denman Island, BC, our bean butchers knew they were onto something. They brought their magic beans to Victoria and opened the Canadian West Coasts’ first plant-based butchery.
A bajillion butchered beans, a Dragon’s Den appearance, 15 new products, and the opening of a production facility later (all in 3 years!), and our (not so) little Butcher Shop is online and ready to put some Very Good food on your plate.
Meat the Bean Butchers
James has been a chef for over 10 years, working in the UK and Canada. Originally trained in classic French cuisine, he became interested in vegetarian and vegan cooking when he moved to the West Coast in 2012. James oversees product and menu development for The Very Good Butchers.
Tania began cooking and baking in professional kitchens 5 years ago. Having grown up in a mainly vegan household, she has always been inspired by plant based foods and holistic nutrition.
James and Tania met working together in a vegetarian restaurant in Vancouver, and moved to Denman Island with their son in early 2016.
Mitchell joined The Very Good Butchers shortly after their first summer at the Denman Farmer's Market. He grew up on Denman Island and now lives in Victoria B.C. He's responsible for the business operations and marketing of The Very Good Butchers.