HOW WE STARTED
Neverland Tea Salon founded in 2013 and located in the heart of Kitsilano, is locally owned and conceived by two 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), 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.
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.
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.
Candice Moraldo is an international award-winning pastry chef who trained in Marseille, France. She went on to work for five years as Pastry Chef in Auckland New Zealand at a 5 star hotel and yacht club. Most recently Candice was Pastry Chef and Team Leader at Vancouver’s Shangri-la Hotel. We welcomed Candice to the team for our grand reopening June 2020.
Roxanne Ludington is Neverland’s General Manager of our Neverland family. Roxanne has over 30 years in the hospitality industry, with management experience from family dining, fine dining, hotel and golf & country clubs. Her passion for excellence and everything Neverland stands for is in perfect alignment. Any concerns – ask for Roxanne!
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.