Mocha Cabana Bistro is situated in the heart of downtown Lethbridge. Mocha is Lethbridge’s original farm to table restaurant with a commitment to all things fresh and local. Owner Angel Harper and Jaclyn Geddes are both farm girls and bought the restaurant five years ago. It was important for them to manage their business with their values, which are based around community supporting each other.
“When we have defined values, it was easy to come up with our mission statement which is to nourish and sustain our community,” says Harper.
Mocha Cabana supports local in every way, from local product to musicians and even local chef talent. Angel sits on the Lethbridge College advisory board and loves to hire apprentices and up and coming Chefs – They work with over 20 farmers and producers.
One in particular that Angel wanted to highlight was Broek Pork Acres who raise and process pasture raised Berkshire hogs.
“They’re a dutch family from outside of Lethbridge who raise Berkshire Pigs, they come from the U.K but do very well in our environment. Broek Acres treat their animals humanely, they get to be in a pasture, are hormone free – we love working with them.” She also wanted to note that they have a little meat market outside of Lethbridge, which Mocha also uses as a production space to hand cut their beef.
Not only does Angel and her team have close relationships with farmers and producers, they also support local breweries and distilleries.
“Theoretically Brewing has been a great partner ever since they opened. For their first seasonal beer, they brought in pumpkins and roasted them here. We’ve always supported them, and we now have their beer on tap. We have a two-tap system, and we dedicate one line to whatever they’re creating in the moment.”
It’s no surprise that the restaurant has been placed on Trip Advisor’s Hall of Fame and has a mention in the book Food Artisans of Alberta for their support of local.
They’ve also recently launched an online farmers market – www.mochalocal.ca