When you think Thanksgiving I am sure that the first thing which comes to your mind is not Caribbean, Japanese and Louisiana Soul Food. That is of course unless you have been lucky enough to take part in the 20 year strong Vancouver tradition known as Big Al’s American Thanksgiving. With another one rushing upon us in just a little over a week I thought it would be worth paying a visit to the partners behind this event and sharing their stories with you.
“Big Al” Robinson moved to Vancouver from Lake Charles, Louisiana 40 years ago as a rookie with the BC Lions but was sidelined by a knee injury before ever taking the field. While some might consider that a bad twist of fate, anyone who has met Big Al knows that this was the beginning of Legend. You see, at the age of eleven Al’s mother had forced him to work in kitchen of his family restaurant and so facing no football Al turned to what he knew, food. Since this unfortunate incident Big Al has run such Vancouver favorites as Bourbon Street, Happy Hour Cafe and most recently Big Al’s Soul Food. While Al no longer has a restaurant, his catering business, Big Al’s Catering, is thriving.
On the other side of this partnership is Ken Brooks and his wife Junko Tanabe, owners and proprietors …READ THE REST OF THIS ENTRY>>>