Apiecalypse Now!
By Andrea Yu

Experimenting With Vegan Treats

When you ask Jen Bundock how she got into baking, she jokingly talks about her days as a “procrastibaker.” “I was in grad school and any time I felt like not working on my grad degree, I wasted some time making food,” she says. Being vegan, Jen experimented with baked goods and savoury treats that tasted great without any animal products. Soon after, she toyed with the idea of starting her own vegan operation. In 2011, she started selling her baked goods at local farmers’ markets in the Distillery District and at University of Toronto under the name Apiecalypse Now! In 2014, the operation moved into a bricks-and-mortar location in Mirvish Village.

While Jen initially focused on making delicious baked foods, she noticed so many other great vegan bakeries had popped up since she started Apiecalypse Now! “I was friends with most of the people who owned them and we were all part of a pretty close-knit community who all came up at the same time.” So when she received noticed in late 2014 that the building where she ran Apiecalypse Now! was to be demolished, she took the opportunity to switch gears and fill a new niche, avoiding competition with her fellow vegan bakers.

We want to see a world that’s as bright and as optimistic as possible for the environment, for animals, for human beings and for food security, so that’s what we try to reflect in the shop. - Jen Bundock, owner
Being vegan, owner of Apiecalypse Now Jen Bundock experimented with baked goods and savoury treats that tasted great without any animal products.

From Pies to Pizza

The latest iteration of Apiecalypse Now! opened in May 2015 at Bloor Street West and Christie Street. And while the shop still sells vegan donuts and other sweet treats, its focus has changed to offering delicious and affordable vegan pizza and savoury snacks. “One thing about making vegan food is that you can’t just order pepperoni or chicken breast or ground beef,” explains Jen. So her and her staff make or season many of their faux meats in-house, along with sauces and dips, as well as dough made fresh twice a day.

Apiecalypse Now! even crafts one of their own vegan cheeses in-house. “We had to crack cheese all over again,” Jen explains. “We ended up coming up with a vegan cashew ricotta, which goes on our classic vegetarian slice – the Reunion Tour – which doesn’t have any fake meat on it.” On the other end of the spectrum is Apiecalypse Now!’s most popular slice, the Pig Destroyer Destroyer – their vegan version of a meat lover’s pizza. Jen says it appeals to people who “want a greasy pizza slice that tastes like the greasy pizza slice they had when they were 12.”

Apiecalypse Now sells vegan donuts and other sweet treats, but focuses on offering delicious and affordable vegan pizza and savoury snacks as well.
All of Apiecalypse Now's faux meats are made in-house, including their sauces and dips, as well as dough made fresh twice a day.

Veganism For Many Reasons

Jen hopes Apiecalypse Now! can be a place that supports the broad spectrum of the vegan community. “People walk through the door for a lot of different reasons,” Jen says, whether they are curious about veganism or became vegan for health, environmental or animal rights reasons.

“We want to see a world that’s as bright and as optimistic as possible for the environment, for animals, for human beings and for food security,” she explains. “So that’s what we try to reflect in the shop. We reflect the world that we think would be the most ideal.”

The latest iteration of Apiecalypse Now opened in May 2015 at Bloor Street West and Christie Street in Koreatown.
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