Honour Bound details the many cool things that we feel honour bound to check out because they either represent our city extremely well or are inherently awesome in one way or another.
As many readers might already be aware, local bartender José Rafael Borges was jumped and badly beaten in Gastown while en route to a friend’s house in the early morning of July 11th. I’m told there were no witnesses to the assault and José remembers next to nothing of what happened. He apparently came to the next day after reconstructive surgery to his face. In addition to losing three (possibly four) teeth and having to endure his mouth being wired shut for the next month and a half, he suffered a broken nose, a broken maxilla, neck injuries and a severe concussion. Alas, he’s evidently in good spirits and joking about the prospect of him now resembling Javier Bardem. He’s no doubt buoyed by the response of his peers in the restaurant community, many of whom have donated what they can afford to an online fundraiser that aims to aid him on his path to a full recovery. The goal is set at $20,000. To help it along, chef Jefferson Alvarez has quickly arranged a special one-off feast at Kitsilano’s Cacao restaurant on July 30th from 1pm to 6pm. Vij’s Jay Jones will be mixing drinks and all wine is being donated by Lionel King, Jeff Curry and Tom Doughty. Tickets are $50 a head, with all proceeds going to help José. Details here.