Remember Mondovino, that entertaining 2004 documentary on the wine world’s unfortunate fixation with Robert Parker? Like a piece of terroiriste propaganda, it steered us through old French vineyards with pathetic French vignerons; introduced us to sharply dressed blendsmiths schooling the ancient and gullible in the vagaries of the Parker palate; and made us all want to immediately cancel our subscriptions to Wine Spectator. It’s creator, Jonathan Nossiter, has now written a book, Liquid Memory: Why Wine Matters, and…true to form…Slate wine writer Mike Steinberger has already ripped it apart, likening its author to Michael Moore, only without a sense of humour. Money quote: “Nossiter has now aired his thoughts on wine in both film and print. At this point, really the best thing he could do for the cause of good wine would be to put a cork in it.”
The main objective of this website is to scout out and promote the things that make Vancouver such a sweet place to be. We do this with an emphasis on the city’s independent spirit to foster a sense of connectedness within and between our communities, and to introduce our readers to the people who grow and cook our food, play the raddest tunes in our better venues, create our most interesting art, and design everything from what we wear to the spaces we inhabit.
The Scout List is our carefully considered first rate list of super awesome things that we’re either doing, wishing that we could do, or conspiring to do this week. From our calendar to yours…
SMART PEOPLE STUFF
The Northern Ireland Peace Process: Is It Working?
General John de Chastelain, former Chief of the Defence Staff of all Canadian Armed Forces, speaks to a Vancouver Institute audience about the Northern Ireland Peace Process. Here’s a little bit about the man courtesy of VI: “General de Chastelain has had a distinguished military career: as Deputy Chief of Staff of the United Nations Force in Cyprus, Commandant of the Royal Military College of Canada, Commander of the 4th Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group in Germany, and Director General Land Doctrine and Operations at National Defence Headquarters. In 1989, he was appointed Chief of the Defence Staff, and four years later became Canada’s Ambassador to the United States. Since November 1995, General de Chastelain has been involved in the Northern Ireland peace process and has been Chairman of the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning, which is responsible for ensuring the decommissioning of arms by paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland.” And it goes on and on – the General is something of an accomplished guy. Worth a listen.
Oct 31 | 8:15 | Woodward Instructional Resources Centre, UBC | FREE
Generate: An Intergenerational Writing Workshop
This sounds really interesting, from VPL: Register for a two-part workshop (November 1st and November 8th) designed for teams of grandparents or parents and their children or grandchildren. Each team will bring in an object or photograph or event of historical importance to their family; an heirloom, a recipe, a family photo, a wedding dress or a war medal. They will generate two or more intergenerational pieces of writing based on this object. This workshop is designed to get the whole family to work together to create a collective piece of personal history (Admission is free but registration is required: email firstname.lastname@example.org).
More info at Vancouver Public Library
CREEPY SLIMY BLOOD COVERED STUFF
Vancity Theatre has a whole weekend of bloodthirsty flicks lined up for you if you’re in to that sort of thing. I haven’t seen any of the movies – but judging from the promotional images alone I can see that we aren’t talking light and fluffy Twilight sort of stuff. Skip over to the Vancity site for the whole gruesome story…
Oct 30, 31, Nov 1 | Various times | Vancity Theatre | $8/$10
All Souls Night
Artists and neighbours come together to create a sanctuary for remembrance and reflection at the Mountain View Cemetery this Friday Night.
Oct 30 | 6 – 10pm | Mountain View Cemetery
Scoot over to Forsya on Main Street on Saturday night for something a little different. Owner Julie Hebb is hosting a evening of mingling and art on the dark and curious side. Ryan Heshka, Liane Varnam, Bonni Reid (macabre and fantastical paintings), Rod Filbrandt (his art is often seen on the Georgia Straight covers) Marinda Van’t-Haaff (kitschy creepy egg ornaments) will be there to show their work. Word on the street is that there may very well be door prizes, which means costumes are highly encouraged.
Oct 31 | 6:30 – 9:30 | Forsya Boutique & Gallery |FREE
Day of the Dead
The Wiki: The Day of the Dead (El Día de los Muertos or All Souls’ Day) is a holiday celebrated in Mexico and by Latin Americans living in the United States and Canada. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. The celebration occurs on November 1st and 2nd in connection with the Catholic holiday of All Saints’ Day which occurs on November 1st and All Souls’ Day which occurs on November 2nd. Traditions include building private altars honoring the deceased, using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts. Consider enjoying it at Zocalo. The Main street restaurant will be hosting a mariachi band and offering a special three-course set menu with traditional dishes like pozole verde and pollo con mole negro.
Nov 1 | 7:30 pm | Zocalo | $25
Guggenheimer Dog Gobble
Scout is proud to present the 1st annual Guggenheimer Dog Gobble, a hot dog eating competition held at Pourhouse for the Vancouver restaurant community on the afternoon of November 2nd (beginning at 3pm). Organised by Lumiere and DB Bistro sous chef Nathan Guggenheimer and Pourhouse co-owner Jay Jones, the friendly scarfdown is being held with generous sponsorship from Okanagan Spring (beer) and Windsor Meats (hot dogs). Anyone currently employed in the local food and beverage trade is welcome to register by adding their name in the comments below (please also email your contact and t-shirt size info to Nathan at email@example.com). Spectators are welcome. Check out the “How Many Wieners Can You Cram In Your Face” post here.
Nov 2 | 3pm | The Pourhouse
Vins d’Alsace Dinner
db Bistro chef Stephane Istel and Zinck Winery’s winemaker Philippe Zinck join forces for an evening of Alsatian wine and food pairing in Lumiere’s dining room on Monday night. Diners can expect Alsatian Tarte Flambee (omg), Lobster, Alsatian Choucroute Royal, delectable cheese and plum tarts all paired with wines from Zinck.
Nov 2 | 7pm | Lumiere / db Bistro | a steal at $75
C Book Launch
C Restaurant launches a new cookbook ”C Food” by Chef Robert Clark and Harry Kambolis. “C Food embodies the essence of C Restaurant–innovative, luxurious, ethical. The coffee-table worthy book is handsomely illustrated with striking photography while the step-by-step instructions inspire readers to recreate a much-coveted meal from C Restaurant at home.” Executive Chef Robert Clark and Chef de Cuisine Quang Dang of C Restaurant will be at Barbara Jo’s Books to Cooks treating guests to a menu featuring C’s acclaimed contemporary, seasonal cuisine. Guests will also take home a signed copy of inspiring and beautiful C Food.
Nov 4 | 7pm | Barbara Jo’s | $125 (for amazing food and a signed cookbook)
Tinhorn Creek at Le Gavroche
Tinhorn Creek celebrates this harvest season with the release of new Oldfield Series wines and a winemakers dinner. Scoot over to Le Gavroche this Friday to catch Sandra Oldfield pouring glasses at a multi-course dinner designed to complement Tinhorn Creek’s 2006 Merlot, the 2006 Syrah and the 2008 2Bench (as well as other special Tinhorn Creek wines).
Nov 6 | 6:30pm | Le Gavroche | $95 | call 604-685-3924 to reserve
If you’re in the ‘hood, drop around to Antisocial Friday night to catch heavy metal band The Saviours (from Oakland California) and local band Bogus Tokus play – no idea as to the musical ability of either band – but it’s free music at a cool venue.
Oct 30 | 8:30pm | Antisocial | FREE
Only the strongest, bravest and most resourceful among you will be able to get your hands on tickets. From this week’s Scout Zulu Report: “Black Mountain and Bison play the Rickshaw. For many reasons the Rickshaw Theatre at 254 East Hastings is quickly becoming the place to see a band in Vancouver. Kudos to developer David Duprey for taking the steps to transform the space and engaging the DTES community to add another pillar to the social fabric; kudos to the promoters for taking their productions back into this historically and culturally rich Vancouver hood; and Kudos to the bands (past, present, and future) who recognize the unique possibilities of the space to host all-ages and licensed crowds at the same time. OK, enough. Black Mountain and Bison together on Halloween…this one will be juicier than a Blair Stanley Budgie burrito!
Oct 31 | 9ish | Rickshaw | they were $15
Vancouver Fashion Week
Now in it’s ninth year, VFW is a coming together of emerging and established designers from many categories (from street wear and eco-friendly designs to aboriginal designs and high fashion) to present their newest creations. At this season’s fashion week Scout is most looking forward to the opening Gala at the Terminal City Club, the Eco Friendly Fashion Show, the “Night in Taipei Show” featuring established designer Angela Chen (profiled on Scout this week) as well as a street wear show, a kids wear show, and an International designer competition. Individual events are somewhere in the $25 range. Check out the full schedule here…
Nov 3-8 | various venues, times & ticket prices @ the VFW website
“Psycho” at Ravishing Beasts
The Museum of Vancouver will be showing Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film, Psycho, at 9pm as part of their ongoing Ravishing Beasts exhibit. The late night screening caps a “Halloween social, featuring music, cash bar, and guided tours of Ravishing Beasts.”
Oct 30 | 7pm exhibit opens, 9pm movie starts | Museum of Vancouver | $15
Made in L.A.
Yay, another flick featuring a non-blood-drenched-hockey-mask-wearing cast! Dogpile on Made in L.A. About the film: “Maria, Lupe and Maura are three Latina immigrants struggling to survive in Los Angeles sweatshops. But one day, determined to win basic labor protections, they embark on a three-year odyssey that will transform their lives forever. Compelling, humorous, deeply human, Made in L.A. is a story about immigration, the power of unity, and the courage it takes to find your voice.”
Oct 30 | 6pm | Labatt Theatre, SFU Habour Centre | FREE
Michelle Sproule grew up in Kitsilano and attended Bond University in Australia and the University of Victoria before receiving her graduate degree in Library Sciences from The University of Toronto. She lives by the beach in Vancouver and enjoys wandering aimlessly through the city’s shops and streets with her best friend – a beat up, sticky, grimy, and uncooperative camera.
News from Scout supporter Campagnolo
Vancouver, BC | Campagnolo, Main Street’s casual Italian eatery, celebrates Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch Whisky throughout the month of November with three inspired cocktails created by bar manager Giovanni Giardino. True to Campagnolo’s roots, each cocktail is made with an Italian ingredient—or an Italian twist. Read more
Why is Vancouver a good city for independent design? Because local merchants are very supportive of independent designers and there are many opportunities and places to sell your line.
Most exciting Orange moment to date? At the opening gala of the first store that carried my collection. “Debut” in Soho, NYC.
If there was a Orange soundtrack, what would it sound like? An awkward mixture of Taiwanese Pop songs, oldies, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Jazz (monks dream), Lisa Ono.
Three things about the Southlands neighborhood that makes you want to live there: trees, secluded, peace and quiet.
Four words that capture your design style: Minimal, structured yet feminine.
News from Scout supporter The Refinery
Vancouver, BC | Mark your calendars: Thursday, November 20th will be the chocolate event of the year. Joe Whinney, CEO and founder of Theo Chocolate, will make a rare appearance in Vancouver for this special event. Theo Chocolate is a fair-trade, certified organic bean-to-bar chocolate producer in Seattle. They were one of the first to create organic chocolate that didn’t taste like dirt. In fact, it tasted amazing. The company’s values, philosophy and transparency is matched only by the passion of the people who work there. Read more
The week’s must read is an excellent feature on Cioppino’s owner/chef Pino Posteraro’s trip to New York’s James Beard House in the new issue of Vancouver magazine.
Twelve cases containing six different vintages of specifically sourced Antinori wines must clear Customs and arrive in New York, on time and undamaged. The same goes for thousands of dollars’ worth of B.C. sablefish, spot prawns, albacore tuna, and Qualicum Bay scallops. God (and FedEx) willing, 80 of his signature limoncello cheesecakes should be waiting for him in the walk-in cooler of Daniel Boulud’s restaurant on the Upper East Side. The fresh herbs and produce should arrive from Union Square Market just after his plane touches down. Specialty ingredients (oils, vinegars, truffles, piquillo peppers, three types of salt, and four types of olives) sourced from Roland (an American food importer) should also be waiting.
In the airplane’s cargo hold are items too delicate to be trusted to overnight shipping. Meticulously wrapped in gel packs are $1,400 worth of Peace Country lamb racks, 320 handmade ravioli stuffed with beef cheeks, 13 pounds of reduced lamb stock in double-sealed containers, two one-kilogram bags of imported chickpea flour, and Posteraro’s collection of knives. If this trip is to be a success, the timing must be perfect and the organization meticulous. Nobody said cooking dinner at the James Beard House would be easy.
Check the full story here. Hats off to the writer, Chris Gonzalez, for the superb piece.
News from Scout supporter Two Chefs And A Table
(Vancouver BC) From November 4th to 7th, Two Chefs and A Table will be offering a very special set menu built around the Ports of Fonseca Guimaraens whose history in Port production stretches back to 1822. This not only promises to be a fascinating, delicious meal but it will also feature unconventional coursing to best match the unique sugar and alcohol content of the fine Fonseca Ports. Read more
Big, hearty congratulations to Sebastien Le Goff and chef Neil Taylor at Cibo Trattoria for scoring the numero uno nod in enRoute magazine’s annual Best New Restaurants issue (see who else placed here)… Read more
The view through your window…
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Our friends over at Kitsilano’s Zulu Records once again present their weekly Scout feature, the Zulu Report. Within, staff from the West 4th music store provide The Track, the song that is on heavy rotation that week; The Playlist, which is pretty self-explanatory; The Gig, the must see show of the week; and The Glance, a view ahead to music on the horizon. From their ears to yours, enjoy… Read more
In the Westender this week, I review Au Petit Chavignol. If you’ve never been, go. I freakin’ loved it, and have been on a fondue jihad ever since…
In the North Shore News, Deana Lancaster reviews Persepolis.
by Nicole Dennis Durnin | Branding is an important aspect of any business. It’s your client’s first impression of you, and it’s how they will connect with you on an emotional level. Branding is the sum of logos and colours and the look and feel of the store, and also the perceptions and experiences of your clients. The client experience is an aspect of the brand that I’m confident Lynn Steven will excel at. Developing the rest of the elements is where I’ve called in the experts. Read more
Japadog, streetside purveyor of Japanese-inspired hot dogs and long an intoxicatingly aromatic icon on Burrard just north of Robson, is in the midst of combining the 530 and 536 Robson addresses (beside “Viet-Sub”) for their first ever brick & mortar location (hat tip to RB for the news/photo).
This is sort of weird, no? Or do we really need a sit down hot dog joint?
“Comeback” might be a bit of a loaded word, but it fits to an arguable degree. After Rob Feenie left his eponymous Feenie’s restaurant and flagship Lumiere two years ago and landed as the Food Concept Architect for the Cactus Club chain, it could have easily been assumed that he had bought a one way ticket to the wilderness of the restaurant world. But last night, at the prestigious Vancouver Gold Medal Plates cooking competition, he bested nine of BC’s greatest chefs and reminded this town of his incredibly refined talent by taking gold. And he totally deserved it. Read more