The GOODS from Cafe Medina
Vancouver BC | Café Medina owner Robbie Kane is inviting the restaurant’s loyal fans, friends and family to come together and support the local community and a worthy cause in Mealshare while celebrating the 2017 edition of International Waffle Day on Saturday, March 25.
For one day only, Café Medina will offer its signature Liège waffles as a Mealshare-branded menu item, meaning that for each waffle sold, the restaurant will donate the funds to provide a complementary meal to youth in need at no extra costs to guests. This initiative is in addition to the more than 10,175 meals and counting that the daytime hotspot has already donated through the Canadian non-profit since 2014.
Mealshare — a national non-profit organization on a mission to end youth hunger — partners with hundreds of restaurants across Canada that support the charity’s ‘buy one, give one’ model and contribute financially to the organization, which forwards funds to its network of partner charities to purchase the groceries and ingredients needed for a meal. Last November, Mealshare celebrated its milestone one-millionth meal provided to youth in need since its inception in 2013 with a special ceremony at Café Medina.
“While March 25 is a banner day for waffle lovers, it also affords our staff an opportunity to honour what has become an extremely important relationship with Mealshare and reaffirms our commitment to the local community,” says Kane. “We look forward to continue building that relationship not only on International Waffle Day but each and every day throughout the year.”
“Café Medina has been such a passionate supporter of our cause and we’re excited to see the restaurant write yet another chapter in their ongoing support of youth in need with its International Waffle Day initiative,” says Derek Juno, VP of Business Development with Mealshare.
Already renowned for its unique brand of eclectic, Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, Café Medina has earned its reputation as the city’s leading brunch destination thanks in large part to its Liège waffles, made with yeast-leavened dough — as opposed to batter — and use of pearl sugar to give the rich and delicious waffles their trademark molten caramelized texture. Whether enjoyed in the restaurant or packaged to go, Café Medina’s waffles ($3.15) are further enhanced by an array of decadent toppings, including mixed berry compote, passion fruit, raspberry caramel, salted caramel and milk chocolate lavender available for an additional $1 as well as Betterwith Ice Cream for $2 for dine-in guests.
Owner: Robbie Kane
Chef: Deniz Tarakcioglu
Manager: Jenna Briscoe
Bar Manager: Trixie Blumel
Since opening in 2008, Café Medina has carved out a niche as a truly exceptional breakfast, lunch and weekend-brunch destination that effortlessly blends eclectic bistro fare, connoisseur-savvy coffee and sweet nourishment via the city’s best Belgian waffles.
While the name Medina has many interpretations, it was selected for its connotation to “radiant or enlightened city”. Indeed, this unique café quickly shone as one of the city’s most stylish additions, thanks to owner Robbie Kane’s pioneering attitude towards café culture and distinctive brand of enlightened hospitality — an ideal complement for the café’s instantly memorable, Mediterranean-inspired cuisine by beloved chef Deniz Tarakcioglu.
As Kane explains it, Café Medina doesn’t simply serve food — he and his staff pride themselves on feeding the soul of each and every guest and providing them with sustenance in every way, shape and form. It’s this signature Medina mystique that has made the café a Vancouver institution, and is the reason its guests keep returning again and again.
After six years in its original location in Crosstown, Kane moved Café Medina to a bright and spacious new home at 780 Richards Street in August 2014. And while the café’s new location boasts a number of upgrades, Kane has also taken great pains to migrate and preserve the same quaint touches, fine details and old-world charm that made the café such a beloved staple of the local restaurant scene in its former site.
The café’s new quarters not only allow for increased seating capacity, an expanded bar, open kitchen, high ceilings and plenty of natural light, but also serve as an ideal evening venue for private functions and special events.
Available for Private Evening Functions
Boasting high ceilings, up-cycled lighting fixtures, antique mirrors and traditional deco panel moulding, Café Medina’s expansive dining room offers a truly unique and instantly memorable setting for celebrations, parties and gatherings for up to 60 guests seated or 90 guests reception-style.
Whether it’s an intimate wedding reception or rehearsal, cocktail-and-canapé mingler or a multi-course dinner service, Chef Deniz Tarakcioglu has custom-designed an array of seasonal menu options all featuring Café Medina’s signature Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. Please contact us for bookings and inquiries.