The GOODS from Uva Wine Bar
Vancouver, BC | Steve Edwards, General Manager and Wine Director of Cibo Trattoria and its adjacent Uva Wine Bar, is thrilled to announce that mixologist, sommelier and international spirits diplomat Lauren Mote is joining the team as Bar Manager of Uva. Mote will kick off her tenure by crafting a new lineup of custom cocktails beginning in October.
Mote, who boasts more than 13 years of expertise in leading bars and restaurants both in Toronto and on the west coast is perhaps best known to cocktail and culinary aficionados as co-proprietor of the wildly successful Bittered Sling, a retail line of high-quality, small-batch bitters and extracts. The new position not only allows Mote to renew acquaintances and reconnect with her well-established roots in the bartending fraternity, but provides her with a brick-and-mortar test bar in which to introduce patrons to Uva’s deep well of rare and distinctive spirits, while also incorporating the versatile roster of Bittered Sling Extracts.
“I’m excited to lead a world-class cocktail program and bar team in the heart of downtown Vancouver,” says Mote. “It’s something that I’ve definitely been missing since focusing my energies on Bittered Sling two years ago and now that our line is fully up-and-running, it’s the ideal time to return to my roots.”
Mote joins an already powerhouse team in place at Cibo and Uva. Edwards, one of the city’s leading wine stewards, is the former restaurant director and sommelier at acclaimed eateries such as Vancouver’s CinCin Ristorante and Whistler’s Araxi and Bearfoot Bistro. Executive chef Faizal Kassam, meanwhile, is a rising culinary tour-de-force whose 11-plus years in the Vancouver restaurant industry includes stints at Bin 941, La Brasserie, Bacchus at the Wedgewood Hotel and Hawksworth Restaurant at Hotel Georgia.
Providing a warm and inviting trattoria experience, Cibo and Uva are celebrated for both their casual, rustic Italian cuisine and Kassam’s unwavering commitment to sourcing same-day, local and organic ingredients. An enthusiast of the seasonal Italian market culture, Kassam’s dedication to showcasing a true farmer-driven dining experience provides the understated flair behind his menus.
“Quite honestly, I can’t think of a better fit for this position than Lauren,” says Edwards. “Her encyclopedic cocktail knowledge combined with the sommelier certification makes her a perfect fit for Uva’s bar and wine programs. She is a world-class talent and already one of Canada’s best bar personalities. Faizal and I are thrilled to welcome her to the family.”
900 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 3L9 | MAP
Open for breakfast and lunch daily from 7am to 2pm
Open for dinner daily at 5 p.m.
Executive Chef: Faizal Kassam
General Manager/Wine Director: Steve Edwards
About Uva Wine Bar
Enticing cocktails, refined wines, eclectic import beers — Uva Wine Bar, located adjacent to the Moda Hotel, is Downtown Vancouver’s newest enclave for connoisseurs of wines and spirits seeking a sanctuary that caresses the eye as well as the palate. From the finest charcuterie, to artisanal cheeses and to hard-to-find wine selections, indulge in Uva Wine Bar’s cosmopolitan, yet relaxed interpretation of a true Italian ‘enoteca’.
Uva Wine Bar epitomizes the spirit of its location in the heart of Downtown Vancouver’s arts and cultural district. Striking, yet inviting décor sets a bold statement. The elegant modernism of its interior design combined with the building’s historical elements, such as its delicate 1908 terrazzo floors, creates a unique, yet vibrant setting that must be experienced.
Steps away from the Orpheum Theatre, Robson Street, and some of Vancouver’s finest art galleries, Uva Wine Bar is the perfect beginning or end to your night out in the city.