OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | Skilled, Veteran Baristas Sought By “Pallet Coffee Roasters”

September 2, 2014 

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Pallet Coffee Roasters is located at 323 Semlin Dr. | Vancouver, BC | 604.255.2014 | palletcoffeeroasters.com

The GOODS from Pallet Coffee Roasters

Vancouver, BC | We’re looking to grow our team with quality-focused people who breathe coffee. Ideally this is a position that will lead to a FT management role for our growing flagship shop within our roastery. Open for just one month now, Pallet Coffee Roasters is looking for baristas with specialty coffee experience of at least two years. We like to offer plenty of room for advancement for people who are passionate about specialty coffee, and there is lots of room to grow. Our roastery and shop is located in the diverse Hastings Sunrise neighbourhood. Learn more about us after the jump and drop by with your resume for a chat… Read more

GOODS | Gastown’s “Notturno” Serving Up New Plates & Cocktails Through September

September 2, 2014 

Notturno is located at 280 Carrall Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-720-3145 | www.notturnogastown.ca

Notturno is located at 280 Carrall Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-720-3145 | www.notturnogastown.ca

The GOODS from Notturno

Vancouver, BC | The arrival of September brings with it new food and cocktail menus. It also means that Fall is right around the corner. Sorry, but it’s true. We miss Summer already, so we thought we’d share some of our favourite highlights along together with our new menus. We landed a sidewalk patio (better late than never), celebrated our 1-year anniversary (of awesomeness), launched our cask-aged cocktails (and they disappeared fast), brought back some of your favourites (Beef Carpaccio), and brought back some of our favourites (sautéed woodland mushrooms with garlic, olive oil, egg yolk and Maldon salt). We’d love to hear how your summer was, too, so drop by and share a story or two. Details and full menu and cocktail additions after the jump… Read more

VANCOUVER WOULD BE COOLER IF #239 | It Had A Pop-Up Beer Garden Like Argentina

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by Treve Ring | You don’t need Google Translate to decipher the Refugio de Camping designs from IT MET Estudio, an architecture and design firm based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I, for one, would camp a helluva lot more often if my campsite featured a greenhouse and beer taps.

This 18-by-8.5 foot pop-up pop up refuge/party is designed to fold and open itself, the translucent façade (sinusoidal polycarbonate sheets, in case you were wondering) filtering in daylight and producing a lit-from-within lantern effect in darkness. Thin white metal bones and guatambu hardwood paneling can easily be disassembled, transported and reassembled as a puzzle, each part designed in order to be moved and built by anyone, anywhere.

In Buenos Aires’ hip Recoleta district, the first Refugio de Camping is perched on an urban rooftop, fully embracing the culture of alfresco drinking, transient and translucent. It doesn’t take much to imagine fitting in just about anywhere in Vancouver.

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OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | “Quails’ Gate” On Lookout For Pastry Chef (Maternity Leave)

Quail’s Gate is located at 3303 Boucherie Rd in West Kelowna | 250.769.4451 & 1.800.420.9463 | quailsgate.com

The GOODS from Quail’s Gate Winery

West Kelowna, BC | Located in the beautiful Okanagan Valley, Quails’ Gate’s Old Vines Restaurant offers an excellent venue to build or continue your career in the culinary arts. Open year-round, opportunities exist for advancement and gaining knowledge of pairing wines with the bounty of ingredients we are so fortunate to have in the Okanagan Valley. Our belief in farm to table cookery marries well with our family business values and philosophy.

Our successful candidate will assume the position of Pastry Chef- maternity leave. This position is responsible for managing the Pastry station and supervising 1-2 Pastry Cooks. Pastry is responsible for production of all breads & pastry items, all plated desserts and special occasion items. Pastry Chef duties include but are not limited to line service, staff leadership and inspiration, inventory and ordering. Pastry Chef works amongst and in support of the ingredient inspired Culinary brigade.

Applicants must have successfully completed a formal culinary training program or have equivalent years experience in the industry. Applicants must have 2+ years’ experience in a similar leadership role, preferably in a fast-paced, fine dining establishment and demonstrate excellent line cooking skills. As business levels fluctuate throughout the year, applicants must be able to work a flexible schedule.

If you are seeking a position with a dynamic winery that is intent on establishing itself as Canada’s leading premium brand, please forward your resume with covering letter to employment [at] quailsgate.com. Read more

GOODS | “Postmark” Brews Limited Release Mango Belgian Wit Beer As A Summer Adieu

Postmark Brewing is located at 55 Dunlevy Street in Vancouver, BC | 604.699.1988 | postmarkbrewing.com

Postmark Brewing is located at 55 Dunlevy Street in Vancouver, BC | 604.699.1988 | postmarkbrewing.com

The GOODS from Postmark Brewing

Vancouver, BC | Postmark Brewing’s newest beer – a traditional Belgium Wit conditioned with mango puree – is the perfect summer send off (4.8 ABV). The sweetness of the mango harmonizes the wheat bitterness to create a well balanced session fruit beer for the last warm days of summer. The limited release brew will only be available at the brewery’s Growler Window and in Belgard Kitchen. Learn more about us and our home at The Settlement after the jump… Read more

AWESOME THING WE DRANK #678 | The Idiosyncratic Tahbilk Marsanne 2010 (Aus)

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by Treve Ring | In my line of work I get to drink taste a boatload of wines, many good, most average, a lot of plonk, and a slight few, awesome

Tahbilk Marsanne 2010 | Nagambie Lakes, Victoria, Australia | $20 +559716

Still think all Aussie wines are cheap and cheerful? C’mon mate! It’s a new day and that thinking is as dated as foam on a plate. Australia is a place of outstanding regional diversity, wine history and talent, and if you’re not open to accepting that terroir is a renewed and serious focus, then I hereby sentence you to Yellow Tail, for life!

Tahbilk {ta-BILK} is one such winery with a lineage rivaling that of our own country. The winery and original vineyards were established in 1860, and purchased by the Purbrick family, the 4th generation of which oversees operations today. Tahbilk’s ties to the rare, French-born Marsanne grape stretches back to the 1860’s when the first grapes were ever recorded. Though those initial plantings are no longer around, the Estate still produces Marsanne from 1927 plantings – some of the oldest in the world. In fact, Tahbilk claims to have the largest, single holding of Marsanne anywhere (take that, France!). Tahbilk releases library vintages from time to time (yes, even the 1927), so if you ever see “Museum Release” on the label, just trust me and buy it.

This is an idiosyncratic wine that gains so much complexity with time that it’s boggling. While juicy and bright in its youth, your patience will be exponentially rewarded (5-20 years+). The 2010 is still a junior, opening with whiffs of lemon, white peach, light petrol, marmalade and wild herbs. A medium-bodied positively oily palate bears pear, honeysuckle, earth, lemon, thyme, and stony spice. Its well-knit rope of herbal earthiness and floral perfume, bright acid and stone fruit is capped by a lengthy finish. All this for $20 and I’m pretty cheerful.

EVERY AWESOME THING WE DRANK 

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | New “Chambar” Is On The Lookout For Experienced Line Cooks

Chambar is located at 568 Beatty St. in Vancouver’s Crosstown neighbourhood | 604-879-7119 | chambar.com

Chambar is located at 568 Beatty St. in Vancouver’s Crosstown neighbourhood | 604-879-7119 | chambar.com

The GOODS from Chambar

Vancouver, BC | The award-winning Chambar restaurant is looking to add line cooks to the team for both AM and PM shifts now that business is underway at the new Beatty St. location (next door to the original). All interested parties with experience should their resumes in confidence to tia [at] chambar.com. Learn more about the new location here. Read more

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | Yaletown’s “La Pentola” On The Lookout For A Pastry Chef

La Pentola is located in the Opus Hotel at 350 Davie St. in Vancouver, BC | (604) 642-0557 | www.lapentola.ca

La Pentola is located in the Opus Hotel at 350 Davie St. in Vancouver, BC | (604) 642-0557 | www.lapentola.ca

The GOODS from La Pentola

Vancouver, BC | Award-winning La Pentola della Quercia is seeking a qualified pastry chef to take over the bread and pastry program. The candidate must have previous high end pastry experience, and the ability to produce focaccia, ciabatta, macarons, as well as various Northern Italian inspired creations. The successful applicant works well with minimal supervision, and will design and implement a dessert menu which can be carried out by the chefs at night. This is a permanent full time position, with both salary and benefits. Please apply with a resume to chef.travis.mccord [at] gmail.com, or in person between the hours of 2-5. Read more

VICTORY GARDENS | Digging The Delicious Daylights Out Of The Humbly Mighty Potato

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by Lisa Giroday, Sandra Lopuch and Sam Philips | Who loves potatoes? We do, and their season in full force! While starch isn’t totally in vogue, this crop remains a staple worldwide, and late summer potatoes are so good freshly uprooted from the garden and made into a fresh potato salads to accompany your end of summer BBQ’s and beach picnics.

Potatoes, or Solanum tuberosum L., are actually a perennial in the nightshade family, but we harvest the tubers annually. The name comes from the Spanish patata, which is a compound of the Taino batata (sweet potato), and the Quecha papa (potato). They’re indigenous to the Andes; humans having domesticated them in southern Peru and northwest Bolivia between 8000 and 5000 BC. Today, they’re the world’s fourth largest food crop (after corn, wheat, and rice), with 1/3 being grown in China and India. There are about 5,000 varieties of potato, with 3,000 of them being found in the Andes alone, mainly in Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Chile, and Colombia. Wild potato species can be found throughout the Americas, from the US to southern Chile. It’s too bad that we only see a few varieties of potato in the grocery store. But if you go to the Farmers Market on the weekend, swing by the Helmer’s Organic stand and get acquainted with their wide array of potato varieties, shapes, colours, and flavours.

After the Spanish conquest in the 16th century, the potato was introduced to Europe. By the 19th century, after a slow but steady adoption of the now staple tuber, potatoes played a huge role in the population boom in Europe. Alas, due to the lack of diversity in the varieties introduced (do we ever learn?), potatoes became more susceptible to diseases like blight, and this resulted in massive crop failures, the most consequential of which leading to the disastrous “Irish Potato Famine” of 1845.

Potatoes grow really when in the Lower Mainland, and they’re ready right now. And while they aren’t typically considered to be the healthiest of vegetables, did you know that just one medium-sized sucker will provide you with 45% of your daily vitamin c needs and 18% of your daily potassium? It doesn’t hurt that they’re super tasty, too. Nor variety of cooking methods and presentations is endless.

So what are you waiting for? Go get some freshly harvested potatoes – boil ‘em, mash ‘em, stick ‘em in a stew – or make a tasty frittata for Sunday brunch!

THE VICTORY GARDENS ARCHIVE

OPENING SOON | Lebanese Eatery “Jamjar” Set To Open On Commercial Dr. Next Month

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by Andrew Morrison | A new casual Lebanese eatery called Jamjar is opening for lunch and dinner soon on Commercial Drive off East 7th Avenue.

Its the brainchild of Fadi Eid, who has been working on the project since April with designer Adrienne Kavanagh. Eid comes to Vancouver from Lebanon by way of Abu Dhabi. The hospitality management grad has been working in the trade since his teens, having gotten his start toiling in his uncle’s bakery (of late he’s been working front of house for the Fairmont).

The restaurant’s communal, casual concept will see home-style Lebanese food served in sharable “mezze” fashion (eg. falafel, labneh, mjadra, makanik), with equal focus paid to flat breads (“saj”), traditional stews, and a variety of flavoured humus and dips (eg. beet, avocado-cilantro, etc.). The latter will also be sold in branded jars that customers can re-use by bringing them back for refills at a discounted price. The restaurant’s flat bread, flavoured olive oilsm and spices will also be retailed. You can read a draft of the menu here. Lunch will change daily, but the dinner card will be more or less fixed.

To pair with the food, the short bar will be serving local beer and wine, as well as cocktails employing Mediterranean herbs and Levantine spices.

I’ve included Kavanagh’s design renderings with the image set below. The models make it look super clean and modern, but she’s found some cool pieces at Scott Landon Antiques to give the 32 seat space some character, and you never know what an open kitchen can do to the feel of a place when it pumps out the intoxicating aromas of exotic spices and freshly baked breads.

Opening day at Jamjar (2280 Commercial Drive) is set for the end of September.

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OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | Chinatown’s Busy ‘Mamie Taylor’s’ Is On The Hunt For Servers

Mamie Taylor’s is a new restaurant and bar at 251 East Georgia Street in the heart of Chinatown | mamietaylors.ca

Mamie Taylor’s is a new restaurant and bar at 251 East Georgia Street in the heart of Chinatown | mamietaylors.ca

The GOODS from Mamie Taylor’s

Vancouver, BC | Mamie Taylor’s is searching for full-time and part-time front-of-house staff for both the dining room and lounge. About Us: Laid-back and casual regional American dining. We don’t take ourselves too seriously, but we’re very serious about what we do. About You: Fun and easy-going with a minimum of three-years serving experience. Some wine and cocktail knowledge a definite plus. Must love (or at least tolerate) taxidermy. Email us in confidence at info [at] mamietaylors.ca. More info after the jump… Read more

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | “Burrowing Owl” On The Hunt For Guest Experience Manager

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery is located at 500 Burrowing Owl Pl. in Oliver, BC | 877.498.0620 | www.bovwine.ca

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery is located at 500 Burrowing Owl Pl. in Oliver, BC | 877.498.0620 | www.bovwine.ca

The GOODS from Burrowing Owl Estate Winery

Oliver, BC | Burrowing Owl Estate Winery is seek­ing a new Guest Experience Manager. This is a full time, year round position based in Oliver, B.C. The successful can­didate will manage day to day operations in the Wine Shop (including staff supervi­sion and Wine Shop Merchandising), on-site grounds care taking, and some Guest House operations in a manner which ac­tively promotes the premium nature of the Burrowing Owl brand.

The successful candidates will have a Uni­versity degree in communications, sales, wine education, and or tourism/hospitality as well as 3+ years working in a related area of the Wine Industry. Retail merchan­dising experience is a must. Strong com­puter skills are required, and the ability to communicate effectively with guests and staff alike.

Other skills that are beneficial include the ability to pay acute attention to detail as well as possessing versatility, flexibility, and a willingness to work within constant­ly changing environment. The successful candidate will frequently be required to walk, kneel, bend, stand for extended pe­riods, and lift 35-50 pounds. Interested candidates should forward their resumes and a cover letter that includes compensation expectations to employment@burrowingowlwine.ca. Read more

SEEN IN VANCOUVER #513 | A Look Inside The (Almost Finished) “Red Truck Brewery”

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by Chuck Hallett & Andrew Morrison | There’s a reason breweries are located in industrial districts. Brewing beer is, at its heart, a result of light industry. It’s a chemical manufacturing process what converts a standard set of input ingredients (barley, hops, yeast and water) into an end product. It differs from producing wood pulp only slightly, and most of that is because the end product is that magical elixir we call beer.

Smaller breweries often play down the technical aspects of beer production simply because they can. Polished concrete countertops and wood-panelled tasting rooms are sexier than the industrial patchwork of tanks, pipes and coolant they conceal.

Once you bust past a certain size, though, the process of actually making beer takes centre stage, as well it should. This is the case with Mount Pleasant’s newest craft brewery: Red Truck. The company has expanded out of their 3,600 hectolitre micro-brewery on the North Shore and into a 40,000sf, 25,000hl facility directly on the spot where the old Brewery Creek emptied into the now-filled False Creek Flats. The added capacity is already allowing them to crank out a steady stream of packaged lager, IPA and pale ale, along with (soon) the odd limited bomber release of something more interesting.

This is a cavernous warehouse of a brewery, with a forest of gleaming 2 storey tall fermenters dotting the snazzily tiled floor. Piping interconnects and steel cat walks criss cross left and right, and a control station on a 2nd floor outcrop monitors the whole operation like it’s some sort of fermentation DJ booth.

Capping off the whole operation is a fully restored vintage red delivery truck, which is suspended from cables above the heads of the workers below. Waxing and washing it is a task that will presumably fall to the interns.

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Still to come on the sunny south-side of the building is a retail kiosk and growler station, plus the highly anticipated 70 seat old school Red Truck Stop diner, which will serve burgers, hot dogs, wings, liquor and plenty of booze in addition to beer. Bonus: a sun-drenched 40 sat patio — a feature not allowed under the more popular Brewery Lounge license.

The numbers above might seem huge but in reality they really aren’t. The 60hl brewhouse is the next logical step for a growing craft brewery, and a 25,000hl/year production target doesn’t even crack the top five list for BC. For comparison, Deschutes Brewing in Oregon’s annual production is just about 750,000hl, proving it is possible to make delicious beer in large quantities.

As mentioned up top and made evident in the images below, the brewery is already making beer. They’ve had their state of the art bottling and packaging line whirring, plus the machine that goes bing has gone bing. There’s not that much left on site to do save for cladding the building’s exterior, finishing/furnishing some of the offices and conference rooms (installing AV, etc), and giving the whole thing a good once over with a broom and a hose.

It’s more complicated than that, of course, but you get the point. They’re close. Hours aren’t yet set in stone, but 10am to 10pm might be right. We’re crossing our fingers for it to be part of our lives by Christmas or New Years.

* Correction: the draft published yesterday stated that Red Truck was owned by the Mark James Group. This was incorrect and we apologise for the error.

EVERYTHING SEEN IN VANCOUVER

GOODS | Chef Brad Hendrickson Back From New York And Cooking At The Stable House

The Stable House is located at 1520 W. 13th Ave in Vancouver BC | 604-736 1520 | thestablehouse.ca

The Stable House is located at 1520 W. 13th Ave in Vancouver BC | 604-736 1520 | www.thestablehouse.ca

The GOODS from The Stable House

Vancouver, BC | The Stable House Bistro is pleased to announce that Chef Brad Hendrickson is now at the helm of the kitchen and menu design. Brad comes to The Stable House via the US but since marrying and settling in Vancouver, he has quickly become one of us. His focus is on fresh, seasonal products prepared using modern french methodology – techniques he learned while working under Daniel Boulud in New York (Daniel) and Dale Mackay right here in Vancouver (Lumiere). As always, the menu is based on great food – paired well and all meals, charcuterie and cheeses complement the ever evolving wine list. In addition to Brad’s new menu, the restaurant has a new patio and happy hour to help keep Summer 2014 alive as long as possible. Read more

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