MEET THE TEAM | Ciara Cunningham
Today, we’re excited to introduce Virtuous Pie UBC Wesbrook General Manager, Ciara Cunningham.
CIARA CUNNINGHAM | UBC Wesbrook
What’s been your favourite memory or experience working in the restaurant so far?
Aside from being introduced to all my wonderful team, when I got my promotion to GM- I was delighted! Just a couple of years ago, I had set a goal to move from Ireland to Canada and start in a job that aligned with my ethical values. Then I found Virtuous Pie! This company has allowed me to thrive and given me great insights into the plant-based industry. Seeing the support amongst all the businesses with the same purpose, to promote a healthier and sustainable lifestyle, is really gratifying.
What are you looking forward to doing in your new role?
I look forward to developing our team – we have so many talented people working here. In addition, I am eager to develop our menu based on customer and staff suggestions, find what is missing for the plant-based community and try to accommodate them here in our restaurant. Lastly, I would love to collaborate with more plant-based businesses in Vancouver!
What does living a plant-based lifestyle mean to you?
Living a plant-based lifestyle means being mindful of your impact on the environment with the food that you consume. I also like to live a sustainable lifestyle where possible – I love to thrift!
What are your go-to Virtuous Pie items?
My favourite pizza on the menu would probably be Pepperoni! I like to add broccoli to it for some greens!
And off-menu, my go-to VP food hack is what I like to call the “Loaded Salad”! I like to mix the “Kale and Squash” salad with Buffalo Cauliflower Wings, Cajun Chicken and Chilli Broccoli. And, of course, a blue cheese drizzle. It is glorious!
What are some fun facts about you?
- I love raw baking – it is so easy to do and so healthy! There are endless quick, simple recipes that I create and like to share with my housemates and my team.
- I have recently been trying to create as much as possible – art is becoming a huge part of my life, in all forms!
- I love to read too – using all the never-ending knowledge available out there to constantly learn and grow!
Virtuous Pie is in our people. We know that we couldn’t do what we do without our amazing store teams. Our restaurant team members are the people that you see day in and day out – bringing the Virtuous Pie vision to life. From making your favourite pizzas to helping you choose the perfect scoop for dessert. That’s why we wanted to feature some of our favourite people in the world – our store partners!