Fred VanVleet has taken a brief step up from the basketball court to bring visitors to meet the owners of various beloved community restaurants on a cross-country tour of Canada.
VanVleet has partnered with DoorDash and Uninterrupted to host a five-part restaurant documentary called “Made for This” on YouTube on Monday. The Raptors star and NBA champion will take spectators to restaurants serving a variety of cultural cuisines in Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver.
Some of the restaurants featured in the documentary include: Toronto’s Aunt Lucy’s Burgers, Whitby’s Signature Indian Cuisine, of calgary take it and go And Vancouver digs, Chickpea And kula kitchen, The documentary aims to showcase the entrepreneurial journey of small business owners through DoorDash programs.
In each episode of “Made for This,” VanVleet sits down with the owners to learn about their cultural history and how it informs the food they make. Throughout the show, speaking with restaurant owners, VanVleet shares with them his own lessons for success learned from passion and hard work.
“Once I heard the concept behind this project, I knew it was something I wanted to be involved in,” said Fred VanVleet in a press release.
As a member of the 2019 Championship Raptors team, Fred VanValet emerged as one of the NBA’s last role-playing players.
“As someone who has always believed in himself and fought against all odds to achieve success, I have a part in all the stories of these proud business owners,” he said in the release.
Canada’s hospitality industry has faced difficulties and challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, a reality that has only ended for the marginalized and BIPOC business owners. The documentary aims to highlight the stories of such restaurant owners and their presence in their communities and the importance of their food.
To support the business owners and their restaurants, DoorDash is donating $10,000 to each participating eatery, according to the press release. Restaurants participating in the documentary also have access to DoorDash’s Entrepreneurship and Access programs.