Aphrodite’s founder, Allan Christian (August 19, 1943—April 29, 2008) was born and raised on a traditional farm in rural southeastern Saskatchewan. As a young man, his adventurous spirit led him to explore a new life on the West Coast, but he never lost his passion for connecting with the earth, and the hardworking people who cultivate the land.
After dedicating the majority of his adult life to the corporate business world in downtown Vancouver, in the early '90's Allan found himself at a crossroads and elected to leave the corporate world behind. After exploring his entrepreneurial spirit for a few years, he found himself returning to his roots at an organic farm in BC's Fraser Valley. With a new-found focus on health and wellness, he put his business skills to use at Glen Valley Organic Farm Co-Op by helping them raise money to keep the farm running. Eventually living at the farm, he felt the pull to roll up his sleeves and get involved in a hands-on way, from fixing machinery and mending fences to pitching in with weeding and harvesting. Those years on the farm were some of his happiest – a full circle; returning to the land that as a younger man he thought he wanted to escape.
Allan’s adventurous and entrepreneurial nature extended to every part of his life, from the kitchen to business. During a visit to the farm by Allan’s mother, they baked pies together with the organic heritage apples that had fallen from trees in the orchard. This simple activity sparked an idea that would soon become a successful business, and eventually grow into a community of people committed to sustainable, local, organic products.
From this seed, the idea for the pie shop blossomed, and Allan would become a bold visionary for the organic and sustainable food movement in Vancouver. He knew that an organic pie shop would be the perfect way to bring the goodness of the farm to people in the city, and with determination and a lot of hard work, Aphrodite’s Organic Delights opened in early 2003 at 4th and Dunbar in Kitsilano.
Encouraged by the local neighbourhood, later that year Allan opened the restaurant to showcase the wonderful fresh organic vegetables from the farm, often harvesting the vegetables and serving them at the restaurant the same day. Aphrodite’s was an instant hit, the literal definition of "farm to table" and was voted “Vancouver’s Best Kept Secret” in 2006—it’s not a secret anymore!
After Allan’s passing in 2008, his daughter Peggy Vogler dedicated herself to keeping her father’s legacy alive. Since Peggy took over the business, the Aphrodite’s community has continued to thrive and has grown larger and stronger every year, with more people in Vancouver dedicated to eating wild, local and sustainable food than ever before.
Aphrodite’s is not only home to the sustainable food movement, but also supports local artists, charities and non-profits. Although Allan is no longer with us, his passion for bringing local, organic food and products to the city lives on, bigger and bolder than ever before. For us, it’s bigger than pie.
Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love, is the inspiration for everything we do, from the menu to the service. Our dedicated staff will infuse your Aphrodite’s experience with their love of food, our community and our planet. Everything tastes better when it’s made with love.