The first time I met Jason Apple was when I was one of the panelists at a #Localtalks in Vancouver. I remember sitting down and wondering what Jason and I had in common. As we continued into the discussion, I still had no idea. It wasn’t until halfway through that I realised that what we had in common was far beyond the surface of our careers. Jason is a super passionate, driven and intelligent entrepreneur- and he truly wears his heart on his sleeve. I (along with everyone in the audience) fell in love with his openness, and his stories (which included his adorable children). This is such an uplifting and inspiring conversation. Also, Jason just so happens to be a super successful business owner and one of the pioneers of the Vancouver food truck industry!
Jason Apple is one for the co-founders of Gourmet Syndicate, the company that owns and operates two of Vancouver’s most recognized mobile restaurant brands: Roaming Dragon and Vij’s Railway Express. Since launching in 2010, Jason has been instrumental in shaping Vancouver’s street food culture as well as actively involved in policy changes through his advocacy with the City of Vancouver, as a member of the Food Policy Council, and as a Board Member (currently President) of Street Food Vancouver Society. Jason has been recognized as a “40 Foodies Under 40” by Western Living Magazine, his food trucks have earned three Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, as well as enRoute Magazine’s “Best New Restaurant in Canada” People’s Choice Award. Jason is currently focused on transitioning Roaming Dragon & Vij’s Railway Express from street food-focused food trucks into full-service catering companies, an undertaking that has been driven by explosive growth and catering demand.
Prior to his role as founder of Roaming Dragon & Vij’s Railway Express, Jason spent a decade in the software/SaaS industry, as well as founded a fly-fishing and eco-Adventure travel company throughout South America. Jason earned at BA in Political Science & Certificate in Management and Business Administration from the University of Washington.
- Jason Apple is the co-founder of a company called Gourmet Syndicate
- Chloe and Jason met at a talk by Local talks called taking the leap and trusting your gut