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Tuesday, April 10, 2018
A Remarkable Restaurant Opens
Starting in Montreal, Copper Branch now has
restaurants in several parts of Canada.
Renown for its complete commitment to plant-based cuisine, the company creates delicious
dishes that reflect its forward-looking food philosophy. Each bite is an edible
treasure where tantalizing taste and nutrition are in balance. Copper Branch
contributes to bettering the world through healthy eating and various
well-being projects it is involved in.
The Power of Hope, Inspiration
and Hard Work
Byron Ruiz had been working in operations in Copper Branch. He believed
in the company so much, and was looking for yet another challenge in the
company, so together, with his life partner Christine Harries, co-owners, Michelle and Lorenzo DellaForesta and with the
blessing of Rio Infantino, president of Copper Branch, they opened up their own
restaurant in Westmount, Quebec. They're all proud to be a part of the
Copper Branch banner. Setting up the restaurant in Westmount demanded an intense renovation of
the former framing store. Christine put her architectural engineering skills
into high gear, and after about six months of rigorous work and everyone pulling
together, the banner on a new Copper Branch location was happily hoisted.
Giving with Immeasurable Rewards
But the couple was not motivated by money to do this; rather it was
brotherly love. Byron’s brother, Carlos had been diagnosed with T cell lymphoma, but
his life-long hope never wavered. It had always been a dream of his to own a
Copper Branch Restaurant – ever since the company first started in 2014.
“It is a gift for me to now be on board in a vital way with my family
and friends supporting me all the time in the restaurant. My life really
stopped when I got lymphoma and now it’s restarted. It is a total blessing for
me to work close up and personal with it all – overseeing many aspects to our restaurant;
I really love what Copper Branch is doing to better people’s lives. I also
speak about cancer as well holding the Copper Branch banner. It has given me
energy and a purpose. When I started here, my eating changed; lost weight and
felt far more energized. The food we serve is prepared fresh and with much
care. In fact, we are a community here – all supporting one another and
spreading that key ingredient: love.”
Carlos with Christine Harries
A Menu that creatively involves
It’s kind of fun, but you can actually build your own dish with the many
appetizing surprises Copper Branch has behind its counter. Substitute quinoa if
you like in place of brown rice. I of course was mesmerized the healthy variety of offerings, and
relied on Carlos to serve my companion and myself some of his recommendations.
I totally loved the spicy black bean burger. The patty was made of black beans,
sunflower seeds, sweet potato, brown rice and more. Its home-made South West
Sauce was so tasty. Perfectly shaped carrot
keftedes that we dipped into aїoli creamy garlic set off other flavours of turmeric,
fresh mint and fennel – to mention a few goodies in this number
Colourful and Inventive: the Taste
of Health in Every Dish
Copper Branch offers four fabulous burgers and so many exotically tasty
dishes. Even its sandwiches hold the promise of excitement. Imagine digging into
the smoked tofu and grilled vegetable sandwich or how about the shitake
teriyaki sandwich. I fell in love with the shitake mushrooms on first bite of
the General Copper Bowl dish. Carlos
explained that these mushrooms are first dehydrated and then rehydrated. They
were scrumptious and filling. I could have ordered a whole dish of them.
Five Power Bowls are offered with a base of several choices including
brown rice, quinoa and Konjka noodles. Protein choices are exotic and include
Tempeh, Smoked tofu, and Shitake. Flavours seem to travel the world: Greece, Asia, Mexico and the Mediterranean mix. You’ve
got to try the basil dressing. It’s creamy and incredibly addictive. In fact,
everything I had here was light, yet the variety of ingredients packed into
each dish created a remarkable discovery experience for me. Layered with robust
portions and flavours, each number had its own colourful presentation with
interesting tastes – some spicy, some subtle, but never predictable or boring.
Carlos insisted I try the incredible gluten-free brownie made with cocoa and Zucchini.
I was too full, so he handed it to me in his package and told me to make sure
to heat it up with coffee. It was sensational! I also tried the cashew lime
cheesecake; it was interesting. By the way, Copper branch coffee is an
exclusive, organic home-made blend. It is Fair Trade, Swiss filtered and of the
highest quality. It’s served with coconut milk, soya or almond milk. No lactose
milk here. Copper Branch is a way of life. I’m on board.
They cater for personal and business events.
Copper Branch is located at 5003 Sherbrooke West, at the corner of Claremont in Westmount.
Call (514) 379-4616.
They’re on Face book. Look them up at Copper Branch Westmount.