Misty Mountain Specialties Team
David Lee Kwen
David Lee Kwen is a mushroom authority. He established Misty Mountain Specialties in 1997 to feed his passion for fungi, the forest-crafted “food of the gods”. He influenced the market at a time when white button mushrooms were the only fungi to be found in restaurants and store shelves. David, with a belief in sustainable, healthy, and tasty food, changed the mushroom scene by introducing oyster mushrooms to Canadian chefs. He was also the first to introduce European-influenced crimini and portabella.
Today, Misty Mountain Specialties supplies chefs and consumers with a wide variety of products including fresh and dried mushrooms as well as other unique products such as wild fiddlehead greens, wild berries, and sea asparagus. Besides providing the local market with year-round domestic and exotic mushrooms, the company has also become one of the leading mushroom suppliers to the national and international marketplace.
Moushtak Estepho's career began as a truck driver with Misty Mountain Specialties in 1998, a year after the company started. At night, he studied towards his Bachelor of Business Administration. Throughout the years, Moushtak attended to every position in the company and learned all aspects of warehouse operations. Today, Moushtak directs sales and marketing, as well as oversees external projects.
He's proud of the company's innovation and respectfulness. Misty Mountain offers products that promote health benefits – and consumers are health conscious. When he opens the newspaper, he turns to the food pages – not the sports pages – continually aware of trends and changes in the food industry.
The accomplished soccer player and promising marathon runner is also a community volunteer. He and his wife help newcomers integrate into Canadian life, something he knows about, having moved to Richmond, BC from Iraq in 1994. He is also an active member of BC Food Processors Association, Fraser Valley Organic Association, and serves on the board of directors at his church.
To produce and source the most comprehensive selection of top quality mushroom products and exceptional specialty foods for professional chefs, mushroom connoisseur as well as general consumers.
2012 – International Business Award bestowed by the Association of Chinese Canadian Entrepreneurs (ACCE)
2011 - Top 100 Food and Beverage Processors in Canada
2011 - Business of the year - Richmond Chamber of commerce
2010 – Nominated by the City of Richmond for "Outstanding Work Place"
2010 – Nominated for BC Exports Award