Neverland is locally owned and conceived by childhood friends, Terri Tatchell and Renee Iaci. With backgrounds in film (Tatchell is the Oscar-nominated co-writer of District 9) and theatre (Iaci is an original founder of Shameless Hussy Productions), they have built Neverland with an eye for excellence and an emphasis on the experience. Their shared love of decadence and whimsy can be felt from the moment you walk through the door. They are also strong advocates of the tipsy teas.
KITCHEN TEAM LEADERS
Executive Chef Gordon Kuang has been with Neverland since before we opened our doors. He is most famous for making the best risotto balls you will EVER taste. No joke. They are amazing. Aside from being crazy talented Gordon is just an amazing guy to work with. He keeps the menu changing and seasonal, constantly raising the bar. Everyone loves Gordon.
Bella Linhares, pictured with Gordon is Neverland’s Sous Chef and pretty much the soup Goddess of all soup Goddesses. We are all very excited that she has started her own soup business Ladle Ladle Soups so we aren’t constantly stealing the soup she makes from Neverland. You can follow Ladle Ladle on instagram @ladleladlesoups.
Jessica Toews is Neverland’s Pastry Chef responsible for the vegan nanaimo bar that couldn’t possibly be vegan. The one that you can’t stop eating. That and a whole lot of other impossibly delicious Neverland wonders. Those gorgeous iced sugar cookies suddenly gracing our front counter – you guessed it – Jess. Jess also makes amazing cakes from home by special order so check her out on instagram @sweet_attic.
FRONT OF HOUSE LEADERS
Roxanne Ludington is Neverland’s General Manager and a fairly recent addition to Vancouver and the Neverland family. We are pretty excited about all of the expertise she brings with her and let’s just say she “get’s it”. Her passion for excellence and everything Neverland stands for is in perfect alignment. Any concerns – ask for Roxanne!
Dalton Brownson is the Front of House Supervisor who will do anything in his power to make sure your experience is the best it can be. Not even because it’s his job – but because that is just the kind of person he is. He is “good people” our Dalton and when his family came to visit we saw why. As a gifted aspiring actor we also know our time is limited but we’ll cherish every moment while we have him! Look for Dalton. He’ll take care of you!
Kaeli McArter is impossible to title. She has been Terri’s assistant since Neverland was a glimmer of an idea and she has been instrumental in everything from securing the liquor license to rocking the open mics, to finding the perfect oven when ours suddenly stopped working in the middle of the day. Kaeli is one of those people who can do anything. She spends her time between Vancouver and LA because her not so secret super power is her voice and her song writing so we cherish the time we get with her too! Kaeli is currently the acting manager on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
AND SO MANY MORE INVALUABLE NEVERLANDERS
We honestly are so lucky to have such an amazing team at Neverland. Now and for the past years. There are too many past and current employees to mention but nearly all of them have contributed to the place you enjoy today. So enjoy your interactions with our staff. They are all special people.