Manchester has always loved chips and gravy. But Blue Caribou helped us fall in love with poutine.
Canada’s national dish of French fries, squeaky fresh cheese curds and gravy, poutine is the ultimate comfort food.
Back in 2019, Blue Caribou set up home in the Arndale Market following a series of pop-ups, brightening up our city centre lunch options.
During lockdown, they launched a new meal kit so we could get our poutine fix at home.
And now, the company is about to relaunch with some more kits and special poutine dishes, available for delivery and via some new outlets.
Alex Markham has recently taken over from Graham Gartside-Bernier, who hails from Bolton and his partner Vincent, from Québec, so that the pair could concentrate on their family and plans to move back to Canada.
“I’ve worked with Vincent in the past at another of my companies, The Sunday Roast Company, and whilst we were having a heated discussion about whose gravy was better, conversation turned to what they were planning to do with Blue Caribou,” explains Alex.
“Vincent had said that they had decided to put the company on the back burner whilst he was studying to become a teacher.
“Their son was off school because of the pandemic and time was precious, so I suggested that we could team up and use my existing infrastructure so that they could focus on their life and not have to worry about running a business…
“And here we are – and I have the secret recipe for the gravy!”
Blue Caribou will be relaunching exclusively through Uber Eats in Manchester city centre on Thursday 4th March and with DIY kits and produce available soon through the STORE group: Ancoats General Store, Groceries and Beer and Stretford Foodhall.
“We’ll be offering the same great food as they did at the Arndale store – the best poutine outside of Montréal with our own hand-cut fries, fresh squeaky cheese curds and signature secret-recipe gravy,” says Alex.
“There will be weekly specials which will feature different topping such as roast chicken and peas (La Galvaude) and pastrami, pickle and mustard (La Reuben).”
And what about the meal kits?
“We’re going to be making our own cheese curds, gravy and fries which will be sold separately so that people can make their own poutine at home,” says Alex.
“We’ll also be doing meal kits with all the ingredients in for the perfect poutine.
“We’re planning on delivering these both locally and nationwide.”
We can’t wait.
Blue Caribou will relaunch on Thursday 4th March at 5pm exclusively on Uber Eats and the kits/produce will be available through the STORE group ASAP.