Brewing Up a New Partnership

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Brewing up a new partnership: The Canadian Canoe Museum announces the Silver Bean Café as the new museum’s café operator

PETERBOROUGH, Thursday, October 6, 2022 – Drinks, light lunches, tasty treats,and grab-and-go options will all be available at The Canadian Canoe Museum’s (CCM) new café and patio beginning next summer, thanks to a new partnership with the Silver Bean Café. Named the Silver Bean Café on the Lake, the café will offer tourists,surrounding neighbours, and the general public delectable delights year-round.

In March, the CCM invited proposals from qualified vendors for the supply of café services through a request for proposal process.

“We were searching for an energetic, warm, and welcoming team with proven experience to manage and operate the Museum’s new café, that was also community-minded and would work with us to enhance our visitor experience,” shares executive director Carolyn Hyslop. “The Silver Bean Café was a natural fit! We cannot wait to sip on an Americano by the outdoor fireplace on the lakefront terrace or enjoy an ice cream while walking along the trail and shoreline!”

Dan Brandsma, the owner of The Silver Bean Café, assures his loyal customers that the original location on King Street will continue to operate seasonally but is excited about this new venture.

“We are thrilled that the Silver Bean Café is partnering with the CCM to provide a beautiful new and welcoming café space! It is exciting to be able to provide a location that will be open all year round and maintain a presence on another beautiful Nogojiwanong/Peterborough waterfront with stunning indoor and patio options. We feel we have a natural affinity to the Museum’s values, culture, and waterfront location and will do our utmost to add to the experience with fresh, local and delicious food and drink offerings. What a privilege. We can’t wait!” exclaims Brandsma.

The menu will consist of light lunches with specialty sandwiches and salads; breakfast made fresh to order, including freshly baked scones; desserts baked in-house and imported from other local bakeries; locally roasted coffee and beautifully prepared espresso drinks; Kawartha Dairy ice cream in the summer; soup, chili and other comfort foods in the winter; and a variety of grab-and-go options. The café will also be licensed to serve alcohol.

The café can accommodate 30 people seated inside and 32 seated outside on the terrace. It is expected that the café will be open seven days a week during the Museum’s hours of operation, year-round.

The new museum, which is set to open next summer, will welcome local, national, and international visitors to the region to experience the CCM’s world-class collection and a new suite of exhibits and award-winning programming. Surrounded by public parks on a five-acre site at 2077 Ashburnham Drive in Peterborough, ON, the new museum will provide stunning west-facing views of Little Lake and a connection to the Trans Canada Trail. It will become a vibrant community space for outdoor activities and the Museum’s canoeing and outdoor programs and events. Learn more at canoemuseum.ca/new-museum.

Supporting the new museum project are The Weston Family Foundation, the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, the City of Peterborough, and the County of Peterborough.

Season 19 is upon us!

It is true. Patio season is just around the corner! We look forward to enjoying our little corner of paradise with the Peterborough / Nogojiwanong community and welcomed visitors to this beautiful area. Mark your calendar for May 1st!

A majority of our fantastic team is returning; and we welcome our new manager, Jade Wallace (who used to manager The Planet North at Trent University). We are most grateful for the dedicated work and the positive impression our former manager Maggie Piper has had at the Bean. We wish her well in her new career path.

The new season greets us with fresh opportunity and challenges. We hope you enjoy the updated seating options in the event room and the addition of some new menu items. We also wanted to be upfront with the current reality of rising food, coffee and ice cream costs, we’ve had to bump up many of our prices. We strive to be affordable yet sustainable as a business. And we thank you for your support.

Here’s to another pleasant Ptbo patio season!

Cheers, Dan.

Curtain Call on the 2021 Season

As our 18th season comes to a close on our last day Oct 17th, we are most grateful for the amazing community support once again. Outdoor dining was thriving this summer. The Staff Bean Team was hard-working, creative and consistent. And the waterfront was a daily treat for us all. Cheers to You!

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