David Izquierdo’s vision is simple: fresh, local, free-range chicken. His secret weapon? A top-of-the-line rotisserie imported from France.
As the founder and owner of L’Epicerie Rotisserie & Gourmet Shop, located in the Granville Island Public Market, Izquierdo has been able to bring a bit of French comfort food to the City of Glass. Born and trained as a chef in France, he moved to Vancouver nearly two decades ago, working in restaurants here before opening L’Epicerie in 2012.
“I’m a cook, I’ve been in the industry for 35 years,” he says, standing by his shop’s display case. “I had been in the restaurant industry for my life, and decided to do something different.” As he speaks, succulent chickens are rotating slowly inside the rotisserie, waiting to be carved (which is done fresh upon ordering). Aside from the hormone-free chicken that is rotated for 45 minutes to two hours, L’Epicerie also serves an array of fresh and frozen dishes—everything from beef stews and roasts to salads and sandwiches. Rounding out the selection are French lemonades, quality oils, succulent spreads, and Dijon mustards—and pastries for dessert.
“My mission statement? Providing good-quality comfort food,” Izquierdo says. He is quiet, modest; he would rather let his food do the talking. And really, it says everything.