About Us

Dedicated to building a community that will embrace a plant based lifestyle

a vegan cafe serving plant-based cuisine in White Rock

what we stand for

By providing elevated plant-based food and beverages of superior quality, grounds & greens cafe aims to build a community of people and families who value kindness and are committed to improving themselves, their community and the environment.


Grounds & greens cafe was the result of a love story between two accomplished chefs, Mannel and Ben Kilford.

Their mission in opening a plant-based cafe was to build a community of people and families who value kindness, and are committed to the improving themselves, the community and the environment. At Grounds & Greens Café, you will find plant-based dishes that were created with quality and creativity in mind. As their guest, you can trust to find nutritionally balanced menu items meant to nourish and sustain your body, and the elevated taste is meant to inspire plant-based eating. All dishes are made in house with high quality, often locally sourced ingredients.

Meet The Team

Mannel Kilford

chef and owner

Favourite Dish: Basic B*** Bowl
Coffee Order: Cortado (wink wink… it’s not on the menu but it can be done!)
Fun Facts: When I’m not in the kitchen you will find me working out, I do a variety of exercises but my favourites are F45 for strength training and peloton for cardio! Travelling is my passion and I’ve been to over 30+ countries (and counting) to date! Favourite winter vacation would be Prague and summer vacation is Costa Rica! My current obsession right now is thrifting and spending time with my son!!!

Ben Kilford

chef and owner

Favourite Dish: Influencer extra crispy tofu
Coffee Order: Latte


assistant manager

Favourite Dish: Rice rice with avocado
Coffee Order: Recently I’ve been loving the iced salted caramel latte
Fun Facts: My family is from Estonia, I went to UVIC for recreation and health
education and graduated with honours, I’ve played soccer for the past 14 years of
my life and I do not like pickles or olives 🙂


assistant manager

Favourite Dish: Brekkie wrap with side caesar dressing for dipping
Coffee Order: Oat milk Americano misto with vanilla
Fun Facts: In 2021 I graduated with distinction from SFU with a degree in linguistics and psychology, and I’ve played the piano for 18 years. My goal for 2022 is to travel all through Europe (and improve my French), my favourite tv show is Parks and Recreation, and I hate cilantro!


committed to create quality foods and beverages and deliver exceptional experiences that excite our customers


We act with integrity, follow through on commitments and practice transparency, allowing our community to have confidence in us and what we do.


we are welcoming and act with the upmost respect and appreciation for people and our surroundings


we are accountable for our actions, give our best in all that we do, and commit to continuous improvement

Concept and Video by Shana Lee Gibson https://www.shanaleegibson.com/
A big thank you to Diane at The Happy Herd Farm in Aldergrove, BC.