by Allison Markin
When people ask, “where can we get a good sandwich?” the answer is often BRODO Kitchen in downtown Penticton.
Now coming up on its third anniversary in May, BRODO has become a go-to spot for simply fresh food, featuring salads, sandwiches, and soups.
Chef Paul Cecconi and his wife and business partner, Holly, saw a chance to open a spot — once home to an auto-repair shop decades ago — that features dishes sourced locally, and supporting local suppliers and other businesses. After a successful stint at Summerland’s Local Lounge and a strong history as a chef in locations around the world, Chef Paul now enjoys serving Penticton and being a mentor to student chefs.
“We opened in May, 2013 after revamping the space into kind of a farm-casual vibe,” says Paul. “Every chef dreams of having their own place, and Holly and I love being at BRODO and working throughout the area on events and catering too.”
Holly worked on creating the atmosphere in the shop, and some of her recipes and inspiration end up in the preserves for sale on BRODO’s shelves, from jams and jellies to savoury creations. She often can be seen at Penticton’s Downtown Community Market or at special events, such as Canada Day in Gyro Park.
“When we can, our two children help,” says Holly. “They’ve experimented with their own kitchen creations and get to see the work it takes to run a good business.” Working together as a couple, Paul and Holly have learned to set goals and priorities in both their business and personal lives. Their kids and family come first, and as Paul says, “We focus on our family and make sure we have boundaries. There is a time to talk BRODO business together, and time to look after each other and our kids. Ultimately it comes down to communication, and of course that’s important in any type of relationship.”
BRODO works with a number of other businesses in Penticton, and welcomes collaboration. With The People’s Crafthouse, they produce seasonal cream sodas featuring berries and fruits in season, source bread from local suppliers, and host beer-paired dinners with Cannery Brewing.
As the host venue for Soup Sisters Penticton, BRODO also gives back. At regular soup-making nights, women (and a few men) take over the shop and cook soup destined for the clients of the South Okanagan Women In Need Society, providing healthy meals for women and families in need. A national organization, Soup Sisters is entering its second year in Penticton.
Paul also mentors student chefs each year, giving them guidance and training as they start their culinary careers.
BRODO features locally-sourced ingredients in a variety of soups, sandwiches and salads, and the menu changes seasonally to reflect what’s fresh from the harvest. Unique to Penticton, the “flight of soups” has been a hit since opening — three soups to tempt taste buds, paired with a salad or sandwich. BRODO’s service is fresh and fast, true to its motto: simply fresh food.
Open 11am to 8pm for lunch and dinner, closed Sundays, BRODO offers free wifi and is in the heart of downtown Penticton, at 483 Main Street.