INTELLIGENCE BRIEFS | On The End Of Latab And The Delicious Things That Refugees Bring

February 14, 2017.

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by Talia Kleinplatz | Toronto restaurateur Jen Agg just opened a new venture with former Momofuku Ko chef Mitch Bates. “Grey Gardens is just the logical progression from everything I’ve learned operating and opening restaurants in the past eight years.” We just selfishly wish it was here instead of there.

Harambe lives on and this guy’s got the Cheeto to prove it. But for real, this week in bizarre news, someone just purchased a Harambe-shaped cheeto for $100,000

We’re sad to report that Latab on Helmcken Street held its last service over the long weekend. The 25 seat restaurant/wine bar from chef Kris Barnholden and Eryn Dorman was an asset to Vancouver’s food scene – a real focal point of creativity and a source of inspiration to up-and-coming cooks. It leaves us way too soon and will be missed.

Nikki Bayley resurrects the Eater 38 list of Vancouver’s must-visit restaurants to include the likes of Savio Volpe, Kissa Tanto and Kingyo.

DC’s Busboys and Poets had been serving up political dialogue and resistance long before Trump’s inauguration. Munchies pays a visit to the popular eatery to see how they’re doing three weeks in.

And for a closer look at race, politics and restaurants, consider listening to The Sporkful’s 6 part series entitled Who is This Restaurant For?

The folks at Lucky Peach share an excerpt of Jim Meehan’s much anticipated book, Meehan’s Bartender Manual. This particular chapter focuses on the importance of etiquette behind the bar.

36 new projects across the province are set to receive $2.3 million in funding for agri-food initiatives including one company that is planning to develop “sustainable products from locally farmed insects.”

The New York Times tells the story of a Syrian couple who fled their home country for Brooklyn and are now bringing their baking skills to bear in the city they now call home.

For all the vegetarians in the house: The Vancouver Sun’s Mia Stainsby just reviewed The Arbor and suggests you try the Southern fried artichoke sandwich and the pulled jackfruit steamed buns.

The folks at Vancouver Is Awesome share their picks for some of the best burgers in town including the FD Burger at Fable Diner and the Dirty Burger at Upstairs at Campagnolo.

When a person boldly anoints himself the “Dumpling King”, you have no choice but to check out his wares. The self-professed monarch, Matthew Murtagh-Wu, will be hosting a dumpling pop-up in Gastown. Check it out February 17th, 18th, 24th and 25th.

SAVEUR Magazine sits down with NPR journalist Ari Shapiro to talk about lessons learned from meals on the road while on assignment

Local teen Justine Balin was recently named Chopped Canada Teen winner and was awarded the $10,000 prize after a duking it out against 3 other competitors in a series of elimination round cooking challenges.

A closer look at a model of “radical hospitality” in a small diner in Philadelphia which simultaneously tackles food waste while donating its profits to charity.

Lucky’s has released a selection of Valentine’s themed doughnuts just in time for the 14th. Why not treat your love to a Raspberry, White Chocolate and Rose Bismarck today to show them just how much you care? (And then ask for some bites.)

Or, if you prefer to impress your Valentine with your own baking skills, here’s a selection of boozy treats you can whip up at home. Because nothing says “I love you” like Bitter Amaro Balls…..

Eating via Instagram honours this week go to L’Abattoir and the perfect brunch spread.

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