When Songhees Nation Chief Ron Sam sat down with Clipper Founder and Chair Merideth Tall in 2014, a powerful vision was born. The respective leaders quickly realized that they shared the same desire to create a special partnership to help increase exposure to Victoria’s deep roots in Songhees culture. The determined path forward? Food + Culture + Community. And really, really good food.
Rooted in the Songhees Nation’s deep history in Victoria and the surrounding region, our food truck offers a modern take on Songhees cultural tradition. Critically-acclaimed Victoria local, Chef David Roger, in collaboration with a number of Songhees Nation community members, built a vast menu with fresh local ingredients that authentically incorporates the craft and care of food preparation embodied by the Songhees. An extension of the Songhees Nation, the food truck is an accessible touchpoint in downtown Victoria where you can experience an important piece of our culture and community.
Chef David Roger began his culinary career more than 30 years ago in Vancouver, B.C and returned to Victoria in 2004 to open the Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour Hotel. He apprenticed at the renowned five-star Pan Pacific Hotel’s award-winning Five Sails Dining Room, working with European Chefs dedicated to perfection in all aspects of dining. Later, he continued his career at Holyburn Country Club and the Coast Victoria Harbourside Hotel & Marina’s award winning Blue Crab Bar & Grill which has been rated as one of the top seafood restaurants on Vancouver Island.
At the Marriott, he headed up the culinary team, including signature restaurant, Fire & Water Fish and Chop House, as Executive Chef and helped place the hotel as the #1 Marriott in Canada after just over a year of operation. In 2013, Chef Roger was selected as the only Canadian Marriott Chef to head to their sister property in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to open their fine dining steak house. The launch was so successful that the Canadian ambassador himself wrote Roger a letter of commendation!
In The Media
First Nation’s Food Truck At Clipper’s Terminal Win For Songhees
CHEK TV: First Aboriginal Food Truck in Canada Opens in Victoria
Victoria Buzz: Songhees Seafood and Steam Food Truck: Food + Culture + Community
Times Colonist: Around Town – Teaming Up for First Nations food
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