GOODS | Gastown’s “Bambudda” Dishes Five Course Menu For $29, Awaits New Cocktails

Gastown’s Bambudda is located at 99 Powell Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-428-0301 | www.bambudda.ca

Gastown’s Bambudda is located at 99 Powell Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-428-0301 | www.bambudda.ca

The GOODS from Bambudda

Vancouver, BC | Gastown’s Bambudda restaurant is now serving up a special five course family-style menu featuring their signature dishes Sunday through Thursday evenings. At $29 per person, options will include bbq duck buns, chicken skins, nectarine salad, mushroom dumplings, and beef and broccoli. Expect a new summer cocktail list to debut during the 1st week of August. Learn more about Bambudda after the jump… Read more

GOODS | “49th Parallel” Nabs 1st & 2nd At The Western Regional Barista Competition

49th Parallel Café has two locations in Vancouver: 2152 West 4th & 2902 Main St. | www.49thparallelroasters.com

The GOODS from 49th Parallel

Vancouver, BC | On Saturday, July 26th, the Western Regional Barista Competition was hosted at Rocanini Coffee Roasters. 49th Parallel sent two competitors to compete for the opportunity to advance to the Canadian National Barista Competition. Cole Trepanier and CJ Yang placed first and second respectively and will be competing at the Canadian National Barista Competition in Mississauga, ON September 28-29, 2014.

Following months of training with former Canadian Barista Champion and coffee educator at 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters Kyle Straw, Cole and CJ put their hard work to the test. With presentation themes concerning current issues affecting the coffee industry such as coffee leaf rust and processing methods, the extensive amount of knowledge Cole and CJ presented to the judges set them apart from the other competitors.

During competition, baristas give a 15-minute service oriented presentation in which they serve a team of certified sensory and technical judges 4 espressos, 4 cappuccinos and 4 signature beverages of the baristas choice. It is a race against the clock as competitors are scored on a complex set of rules that emphasize cleanliness, taste, professionalism, efficiency and mastery of craft. Learn more about 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters after the jump… Read more

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | “Hawksworth” On The Lookout For Experienced Chef De Partie

Hawksworth is located in Rosewood Hotel Georgia at 801 West Georgia St. | www.hawksworthrestaurant.com

The GOODS from Hawksworth

Vancouver, BC | Hawksworth Restaurant is currently seeking a hard working and passionate individual for a Chef de Partie position. A minimum of 2+ years of fine dining kitchen experience is required. This position is for either AM or PM, depending on experience. It will suit someone with a desire to grow and learn in a fast-paced and dynamic work environment. Please respond to kh [at] hawksworthrestaurant.com with a cover letter (detailing why you would be the right fit for the position) and a resume outlining your experience. Read more

STAFF MEAL | Japanese Pre-Shift Feast At Mount Pleasant’s Peruvian-Inspired Chicha

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by Ken Tsui | Before chefs Shelome Bouvette and Allison Flook kick-off another fully booked dinner service at Mount Pleasant’s Peruvian-inspired Chicha eatery, they step aside to make way for general manager Kumiko Umeno, who will be putting together the night’s staff meal with her mom, Sayuri, as back-up. Together, they’re making mizutake and freshly folded gyozas for the team.

Mizutake is a Japanese chicken noodle soup – a comforting classic and exactly what the team needs before a busy night. As the chicken gently simmers in a traditional dashi stock, Kumiko and Sayuri fold gyozas with Shelome, who jumps in to help. Everyone has a good laugh when the chef’s first few dumplings look more like pierogis than gyozas, but with a bit of coaching from Sayuri, Bouvette quickly gets the hang of it.

When the chicken is almost ready, Kumiko drops enoki, tofu, cabbage and daikon into the bubbling broth and gives it all a stir. As the soup comes back up to a simmer, Kumiko adds udon while Sayuri pan fries the fresh gyoza. As the udon and first batch of gyoza finish cooking, Kumiko mounds shaved daikon into each bowl, flavouring it with soy, yuzu and spicy togarashi before ladling the restorative soup over it all.

Kumiko brings it all out to the hungry crew, who patiently wait in the dining room. The gyozas are scooped up quickly but Sayuri has the motherly foresight to pack some away, “the crew is going to need a late night snack after service,” she says while closing the lid of the box with a smile.

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GOODS | “Campagnolo” To Celebrate Peak Season Bounty With Big Feast On August 6

Campagnolo Restaurant is located at 1020 Main St. in Vancouver, BC | 604-484-6018 | campagnolorestaurant.ca

Campagnolo Restaurant is located at 1020 Main St. in Vancouver, BC | 604-484-6018 | campagnolorestaurant.ca

The GOODS from Campagnolo

Vancouver, BC | The few weeks of harvest between late July and early August are what dreams are made of for most Vancouver chefs. There is an incredible variety of fresh local produce available inspiring an endless amount of breathtakingly beautiful and delicious dishes.

On Wednesday, August 6, Campagnolo Restaurant is partnering with Masi wine to present a Midsummer Night: a family-style feast spotlighting peak-of-the-season produce. This annual dinner celebrates the season’s freshest ingredients sourced that day from the Main Street Station Farmers Market as well as a variety of small farms and producers unique to Campagnolo. Guests will be lavished with summer produce newly picked from small artisanal farms and refreshing wines from Masi.

Guests will be seated at communal tables and will share over a dozen dishes including antipasti, pasta, primi, contorni and dolci. Guests can anticipate a plethora of summer vegetables plus fresh fish, poultry and meat dishes paired with Masi’s Mondello Delle Venezie, Rosa dei Masi and Serego Alighieri Possessioni Rosso. Details after the jump… Read more

AWESOME THING WE DRANK #677 | A Rosé That Is Much Better Than Its Bottle Is Weird

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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

Commanderie de la La Bargemone | Cuvée Marina Rosé 2013
Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence, France | $30 +650408

Yeah – I was skeptical too. I mean, just look at that bottle! Is it perfume? A marketing ploy? My skepticism is as finely attuned to wine BS as my palate is to Trichloroanisole, but then the aroma - savoury, stony, minerality, spice – and the colour! Its gorgeous gossamer pale peach salmon hue instantly conjures the warm, herb-laden winds of Provence.

Skepticism settled, tuck in and enjoy this bone dry and positively racy rosé. Stony spice throughout, with sun-warmed watermelon, Lilliputian strawberries, roses, mandarin and an undertone of a heady wild herb bouquet. The structure is quietly confident, acidity is vibrant and the pink grapefruit pith finish lingering. The sustainably farmed syrah, cab sauv and grenache in this blend are on a 150 hectare property that dates back to the 13th century, situated just outside of the village of Saint-Cannat in Aix-en-Provence. Only a limited amount of this striking wine found its way into our liquor stores, so find it while you can or befriend someone who has.

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GOODS | Happy Hour With Spanish Tapas And Cocktails At North Shore’s “El Matador”

El Matador is located at 131 W Esplanade #2 in North Vancouver, BC | 604-770-1717 | www.elmatadorsocial.com

El Matador is located at 131 W Esplanade #2 in North Vancouver, BC | 604-770-1717 | www.elmatadorsocial.com

The Goods From El Matador

North Vancouver, BC | Every Sunday through Thursday, El Matador offers $2 off all tapas and $1 off all drinks before 5pm and after 10pm. At El Matador, the serving of tapas is meant to encourage conversation. Diners are less focused on a large meal set before them, and more on small bites and conversation. Offerings include such items as grilled goat’s cheese with salsa fresca; shallot and crimini stuffed mushrooms; and baked chorizo. The Spanish take their gin seriously and the five gin-based house cocktails at El Matador are serious about it, too. The house sangria – a mix of wine, triple sec, juice and fresh fruit – is also not to be missed. Details after the jump… Read more

VANCOUVER WOULD BE COOLER IF #238 | False Creek Had PDX’s “Bollywood Theatre”

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by Andrew Morrison | One particular stand out from a recent trip to Portland was the new and expansive Division Street location of Bollywood Theatre, a killer Indian street food joint that originally debuted on NE Alberta St. back in 2012. It was one of the best eating experiences I’ve had this year, and I wish to hell we had something just like it here in Vancouver’s restaurant scene, which would benefit hugely from a shot in the Indian arm. The short video below – produced by the restaurant – will give you an inkling as to what the place is all about…

The new location’s open concept interior is – as you can see from the shots below – pretty as all get out. The worn wooden benches, bright fabrics, myriad milieu ephemera (everything from Ghandi shrines to “Spitting Prohibited” signs) and attention to detail – not to mention the intoxicating panoply of smells – lend it a more hallucinatory than cinéma vérité feel, but that hasn’t stopped Portland’s local Indian community from loving the hell out of the place.

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The food kicks serious ass for cost with prices hovering in the $15 range for a fill-up that could include things like addictive kati rolls, thali platters of pork vindaloo and chicken curry, and Goan-style shrimp in slickly spiced, citrus-zinged coconut milk. The flavours from owner/chef Troy MacLarty (pictured below right – a farm-to-table disciple of Berkeley’s famed Chez Panisse Café) are bright and punchy, and the quality/authenticity of his ingredients is unimpeachable (NB: the restaurant has a satellite store selling all manner of imported Indian spices and edibles).

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The drinks program is no slouch, either, with its tidy mix of vernacular cocktails and beers. Our own Vij’s in South Granville has them beat in the wine department, but Bollywood Theatre has no pretensions of being anywhere remotely close to fine dining (it’s counter service, plus you bus your own tables), which is another reason why I’d love to see something like Bollywood Theatre here, particularly in False Creek-Olympic Village, which could really use something that didn’t feel like a corporate Cactus Club/Earls amalgam that’s been covered in craft beer paint.

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OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | 33 Acres On Hunt For Servers To Work Brewery Tasting Room

33 Acres Brewing Co. is located at 15 West 8th Ave in Vancouver, BC | 604.620.4589 | www. 33acresbrewing.com

33 Acres Brewing Co. is located at 15 West 8th Ave in Vancouver, BC | 604.620.4589 | www. 33acresbrewing.com

The GOODS from 33 Acres Brewing Co.

Vancouver, BC | 33 Acres Brewing Company is in need of front of house servers for its Tasting Room at 15 W 8th Avenue in Mount Pleasant. Serving experience is a huge bonus, but not necessary. Friendly upbeat with no ego. Willingness to learn about beer and other local products. Sense of urgency is key. Food Safe and Serving it right are required. Please email us in confidence at beer [at] 33acresbrewing.com or drop your resume off. Details after the jump… Read more

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | “Quails’ Gate” On The Lookout For An Assistant Pastry Chef

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 | For the upcoming 2014 Season we are seeking an experienced, energetic and passionate individual to join our culinary team as Assistant Pastry Chef. Our successful candidates will assume the support position and run the kitchen in the absence of the Pastry Chef. They will assist in planning and directing all aspects of pastry preparation and assist in the development and implementation of the seasonal dessert menus and features.

Applicants should have at least 1-2 years’ experience in a similar position along with the Food Safe Level 1 Certificate. The successful candidate will have a positive attitude, be capable of working in high pressure situations with the ability to multi task and must be creative and passionate about the culinary arts. Wine and food pairing knowledge is an asset. If you are ready for this adventure and have the skill required to succeed, please submit your resume with covering letter to: Human Resources, employment [at] quailsgate.com. Read more

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | “Hawksworth” Is On The Hunt For A Front Of House Manager

Hawksworth is located in Rosewood Hotel Georgia at 801 West Georgia St. | www.hawksworthrestaurant.com

The GOODS from Hawksworth

Vancouver, BC | Canada’s Restaurant of the Year is searching for a dynamic and highly motivated front of house manager to join our talented team of industry professionals. In this pivotal role, reporting to the General Manager, you will be required to lead the front of house team, oversee day-to-day operations, train, supervise and schedule staff, monitor guest experiences and liaise with the Chef de Cuisine and Executive Chef/Owner. Details after the jump… Read more

GOODS | “Araxi” Menu For Longtable Dinner In Vanier Park Released (It Looks Amazing)

Araxi Restaurant is located at 4222 Village Square in beautiful Whistler, BC | 604-932-4540 | www.araxi.com

Araxi Restaurant is located at 4222 Village Square in beautiful Whistler, BC | 604-932-4540 | www.araxi.com

The GOODS from Araxi

Whistler, BC | The Araxi Longtable Dinners are British Columbia’s most exciting al fresco dining experiences – and on Monday, August 4th, Whistler’s Araxi Restaurant is bringing its first Longtable to Vancouver at the oceanside Bard on the Beach venue in picturesque Vanier Park.

“This will be the largest Longtable to date,” says Araxi’s award-winning executive chef James Walt, “and we’re thrilled to celebrate our culinary provenance with the very best of British Columbia ingredients at the peak of the summer season, as well as some terrific wine pairings.”

Chef Walt will be joined by the entire collective of Toptable Group chefs: Andrew Richardson from CinCin, Frank Pabst from Blue Water Cafe, Quang Dang from West, and Thierry Busset from Thierry Patisserie and Cafe. Guests will also have the opportunity to meet the suppliers who raise the produce. Get all the details and the full menu after the jump… Read more

VICTORY GARDENS | On Harvesting The 5,000 Year History Of The Humble Carrot

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by Lisa Giroday, Sandra Lopuch and Sam Philips | Carrots are delicious, sweet and nutritious root veggies and one of the most satisfying crops to harvest in the garden. In our educational coaching sessions with kids, they especially get into plucking up the full-sized carrots that they seeded in the spring. So do adults, equally. While carrots can take a while to mature, they’re totally worth the wait. Right about now is prime carrot harvesting time, which means it’s also prime time to sow carrots seeds to reap a fall and winter harvest. We like to choose a cultivar that’s cold hardy and a good storage type. We prefer Bolero – a fat, orange, beefy carrot with the sexy Spanish name.

Wild and cultivated carrots belong to the species Daucus carota. Historically, before carrots were ever cultivated for their taproot, the tops were utilized for their leaves and seeds, and they were also used for medicinal purposes. A few carrot relatives are still grown for their leaves and seeds, such as parsley, fennel, dill, and cumin.

Wild carrots are indigenous to Central Asia and Europe. Their roots are paler, smaller, and more tough/bitter than their domestic counterparts. What was the colour of the first cultivated carrot? You have to go back 1,000 years to Afghanistan, where the roots came in shades of pale yellow and purple – not orange. Before carrots were ever cultivated, wild types abounded (seeds have been found in Europe that date 5,000 years back). They are still found today in the world’s temperate regions, and purple and white types still grow wild in Afghanistan.

For details on how to grown carrots, check out our article we posted this time last year.

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OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | Yaletown’s Italian “Lupo” On Hunt For Prep Cook & First Cook

Lupo Restaurant is located at 869 Hamilton  St. in Vancouver, BC | 604-569-2535 | luporestaurant.ca

Lupo Restaurant is located at 869 Hamilton Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-569-2535 | www.luporestaurant.ca

The GOODS from Lupo Restaurant

Vancouver, BC | Yaletown’s celebrated Lupo eatery is on the lookout for a prep cook and a first cook. The restaurant offers good wages, room for advancement, and benefits to the right candidates who are able to maintain a high standard with minimum supervision. Send resumes in confidence via email to julio [at] luporestaurant.ca. Details after the jump… Read more

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