The GOODS from Lazy Gourmet
Vancouver, BC | The Lazy Gourmet, one of Vancouver’s first catering companies, is hiring in the kitchen and specifically looking for line cooks, bakers, and a bakery supervisor. The idea candidates will enjoy working in a busy, professional cooking environment, and must be able to work weekdays and weekends. Full time and part time positions are available, with a probation of three months. Full-time hires are then eligible for benefits. Competitive wage based on experience. Resumes to kevin [at] lazygourmet.ca. Read more
by Lisa Giroday, Sandra Lopuch and Sam Philips | OK, so your tomatoes have likely been planted (if not, it’s not too late); salads are abundant; strawberries and garlic scapes are beginning their season (the latter already showing up in our pestos, hummus, frying pans, and pickling jars – more of scapes and what to do with them here); peas are flowering and pods are forming. You’ve surveyed with satisfaction the rapid growth of your veggie garden but forgotten one thing: garden pests.
Yes, the bain of summer gardening is upon us. Aphids are in season; you see ants carrying them around all over the undersides of plant leaves, in plant crevasses, you name it. But what can you do besides spraying the little beasts off repeatedly with a hose? This is where companion planting comes into play in the organic garden. Here, we want to talk about our top two faves that pair well with an array of veggies: two edible flowers, nasturtiums and marigolds. They can be planted at this time to combat pests and bring harmony to the garden. Bee attraction? Check. Warding off pests? Check. Edible, too? Perfect. There absolutely have to be flowers in a veggie garden, too.
Let’s start with nasturtiums. They grow like mad and their leaves and flowers are edible. Harvest for garnish and salads. They have a unique, delicious taste; a tad sour and peppery. They act as aphid “bait” in the garden. Yes, they may attract aphids, but trust us. If you plant them near your tomatoes, peppers, kale, artichokes, and anything else susceptible to an aphid attack, your other crops will remain unscathed. And, if your nasturtium remains relatively unscathed too, all the better. Plant nasturtiums around tomatoes, cabbage, cucumbers, and under fruit trees where they will battle wooly aphids, whiteflies, cucumber beetles and other pests of the cucurbit family.
And then there are the miraculous marigolds! Not only are they garden superheroes at fighting off evil, they are also a great addition to salads. They even do well in beer (Marigold IPA anyone?). What’s more, they keep soils free of bad nematodes and discourage many insects from munching on your precious, health-sustaining veggies. Plant them throughout the garden and reap their many gastronomic and medicinal benefits (yup, marigolds are also used in treatments for eczema, rashes, burns, gastric ulcers, fever, and more).
We’ll be at the OLLA flower festival on June 22nd at Victory Square Park from 9am to 4pm and we’ll have enough marigolds and nasturtiums for all your pest control and culinary needs.
Victory Gardens is a team of local urban farmers for hire. Lisa, Sandra and Sam help transform tired or underused residential and commercial green spaces into food producing gardens. Their goal is to challenge the way communities use space and to participate in the change needed to consume food more sustainably. For the rest of the growing season, they’ve hooked up with Scout to share some cool tips and tricks on how to get the best from of our own backyards.
The GOODS from Legacy Liquor Store
Vancouver, BC | Join Chief Beekeeper Julia Common, Charles Tremewen of Long Table Distillery and Bartender Don Wheeler for our second event featuring local organisation Hives for Humanity. Four different honeys will be tasted separately and in cocktails lovingly crafted by Don Wheeler using Long Table Distillery Spirits. Expect an evening discussing the importance of Urban Beekeeping; what it’s like pioneering the craft distillery scene in Vancouver and the role honey plays in cocktails. Guests will leave with a better understanding of bees, distilling and cocktail making, as well as with a special cocktail recipe and honeys to create your own. Hope to see you there! Tickets available online here. Read more
When anti-gentrification protesters began their picket in front of Gastown’s fledgling Pidgin restaurant back in February, their leaders were closely tied to the Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood Council (DNC). That same organisation has just released the following statement on its website:
The DNC shares many of the goals of the anti-gentrification protesters, but feels that the specific actions in front of 350 Carrall St. have served their purpose. The DNC therefor [sic] disagrees with the continuation of this action, and calls on the protesters to move on.
Though the unsubtle hint is four months late, it’s nevertheless encouraging to see the DNC – an organisation that has real work to do – finally making sense (however sheepishly) on the Pidgin protest. Attacking a local, independent business – a restaurant – was lazy scapegoating for effect, which is to say the least imaginative and most unhelpful form of dissent in the arsenal of those who would do this sort of thing for a living and the cause of right. There are honest to goodness fights to be had on (and for) the Downtown Eastside. This one was an embarrassing distraction from the beginning.
But will it end?
by Robyn Yager | The Mantry - aka The Modern Man’s Pantry – is a US-based, home-delivered food-of-the-month club geared towards dudes. Think boutique BBQ sauce, bison jerky, fried chicken and other delicious things besides, all packed up in a handmade wooden crate. That’s 5 to 6 full-sized items as well as a manual with recipes and stories. Cheesy name (and temp association with Dockers – see video) aside, something like this would make a perfect gift for pops this Sunday. We suggest you take inspiration from it and feather your box with manly items from local stores like The Shop and Old Faithful before heading over to Granville Island for the main fill-up of curated consumables at Edible Canada.
The GOODS from Hawksworth
Vancouver, BC | Summer is just around the corner and to celebrate the start of the sunshine, Hawksworth Restaurant is excited to announce their new patio in downtown Vancouver. Stretching the length of the restaurant on Georgia Street, their newly opened patio features foliage, teak chairs paired with corian table tops and a glass partition that creates a chic street-side space ideal for al fresco fun in the sun.
Hawksworth Restaurant’s latest seasonal features include a new hamachi sashimi with white soy, exotic smoked passionfruit, thirst-quenching coconut sorbet and a touch of summer heat with the addition of jalapeno. “The dish is a cool and refreshing combination that showcases the freshest seasonal Pacific produce partnered with flavours that evoke sunshine and warmth,” says Chef David Hawksworth. “It’s the perfect plate to enjoy on the patio.”
Pair Hawksworth’s new outdoor dining experience with a chilled glass of wine or try one of the crisp, citrus-forward cocktails that will be featured on the Hawksworth Cocktail Bar’s newly-extended menu. Try a classic mint julep or pick a light and bright drink from the new menu, which features 18 new cocktails that showcase some of the new premium liquor that has been added to the bar. Selected from the world’s finest spirits, the extended bar offerings rival specialist bars for their scope and quality. Read more
The GOODS from L’Abattoir
Vancouver, BC | L’Abattoir is looking for a full time hostess/host/maitre’d with administrative experience who is capable of working both evening and daytime shifts. Wages are competitive and tips are high (benefits, too, if your can believe it). Apply in confidence to paul [at] labattoir.ca. Details after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from Culinary Capers Catering
Vancouver, BC | Opened in 2008, Culinary Capers Beijing is a division of Culinary Capers Catering, Vancouver’s market leader in off-premises catering. Company President and Executive Chef Billy Kawaja and CEO Debra Lykkemark heads a group of top professionals dedicated to producing cutting edge cuisine, innovative presentation, contemporary design and courteous service. The award-winning kitchen team was the official caterer for the BC Canada Pavilion in Beijing during the 2008 Summer Games. In 2010, our Beijing operation was the recipient of two international awards for a spectacular four-course luncheon for 120 guests on the Great Wall of China and recently was recognized as the Best Event Caterer in Beijing by China BT MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) Magazine. This high profile leadership role of Executive Chef will be reporting to Culinary Capers Beijing President Billy Kawaja, a Canadian Red Seal Chef. Get all the details after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from Fraîche
West Vancouver, BC | Now there’s yet another reason to stop, relax and soak up the stunning views and incomparable cuisine at Fraîche: The popular West Vancouver restaurant has unveiled its new Sunset Dinner Series, which launches on the Summer Solstice (June 21) and offers patrons their pick of two prix fixe menus, created by new executive chef, Carol Chow.
Available Sundays and Tuesday through Thursday, the revolving $45 three-course prix fixe menu may feature Kusshi Oysters with cucumber jelly and shaved horseradish; Steak Tartare with truffled pecorino and extra-virgin olive oil; and Summer Pavlova served with berry sorbet.
Also available nightly (except Monday) Fraîche Restaurant will roll out a $125 five-course tasting menu which includes wine pairings. Diners may be treated to Sweet Pea Soup with seared scallop and cumin cracker, paired with Wapiti Cellars 2011 Viognier (Naramata); Prawn and Frisee Salad with house-smoked bacon, pine nuts and olives in a Dijon vinaigrette, paired with a Buehler 2011 Chardonnay (California); Confit of Turkey Ravioli with beets, goat’s cheese and candied walnuts, paired with a Foxtrot 2010 Pinot Noir (Naramata); Porcini Dusted Lamb Sirloin, with celery root puree, asparagus and wild mushrooms, paired with an Allegrini 2008 Palazzo della Torre (Italy); and something very special for dessert. Read more
The GOODS from CedarCreek Estate Winery
Vancouver, BC | CedarCreek Estate Winery is pleased to announce that Chef Greg Keenan will be our Chef at the Vineyard Terrace restaurant this summer season. Chef Keenan received his formal training at the University College of the Caribou as well as Vancouver Community College where he obtained a Culinary Arts diploma. Greg has also completed the Provincial Instructor Program and has qualified and received his Red Seal chef certification. He has worked with a number of prestigious fine dining establishments such as 360 Restaurant – CN Tower and CinCin in Vancouver as well as restaurants in beautiful Sun Peaks. Greg is excited to offer a farm to table culinary experience and feels that CedarCreek is an ideal setting to promote the best of the Okanagan. Read more
Need another reason to be stoked for this summer’s imminence? The awesome outdoor extravaganza so deliciously seared into our memories as Food Cart Fest is set to make its tasty return every Sunday this summer – starting June 23rd – at a new location: 215 West 1st Avenue. It’s going to be bigger than ever before, with some 20 food trucks parked laager-style around communal tables with community markets, live music, and all manner of ancillary vendors besides making it the raddest bit of real estate in the city ($2 entry charge). We mentioned this excellent eventuality back in March when the old Waldorf team announced the launch of their new agency, Arrival, but now the deets are locked in and we’re super exited to share! Here’s the full skinny, complete with a map that comes free of drool stains…
The Arrival Agency and the Streetfood Vancouver Society are pleased to announce the second annual Food Cart Fest. Beginning Sunday, June 23, at its new home at 215 West 1st Avenue, the festival will run for 14 weeks until September 22. Boasting one of the largest gatherings of food carts in North America, this year’s festival will highlight Vancouver’s exploding street food culture.
Not strictly for foodies though, Food Cart Fest is also about enjoying the summer with friends and family. Building on what many considered a highlight of last summer, each week over 20 food carts will be complemented by community markets, live music, DJs, craft food vendors, and kids’ activities.
After a successful first year, where attendance was upwards of 5,000 each week, the festival is expecting even more people in its new, centralized location. The Arrival Agency worked with Mayor Gregor Robertson and the staff of the City of Vancouver to find an ideal location for the event this year. “We are really excited to be in the heart of the city, connected by so many transit options and right along the Seawall,” says Arrival’s Ernesto Gomez.
The festival’s new location is adjacent to the Cambie Street Bridge and the Olympic Village; between West 1st Avenue and the Seawall (where Cavalia: A Magical Encounter Between Human and Horse took place). The site is a short walk from the Canada Line’s Olympic Village Station; the Aquabus’ Spyglass Place Dock; and bus routes along Broadway, Cambie, Main, and West 2nd Avenue.
Vancouver was recently named one the top three cities for food carts in North America by Travel+Escape and has been drawing international praise for its diverse and delicious street food. “We’re excited to have the entire summer to showcase why we do such a damn fine job here in Vancouver,” says Kaboom Box’s Andy Fielding.
FOOD CART FEST 2013
Launching Sunday, June 23 | 12pm-6pm
Happens every Sunday until September 22 (14 weeks)
215 West 1st Avenue
Admission is $2
Children 13 and under get in free
Scout Magazine is a proud sponsor of Food Cart Fest. We’ll be seeing you there!
The GOODS from 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters
Vancouver, BC | In support of the upcoming Aprons for Gloves “Restaurant Rumble,” Lucky’s Doughnuts has created a special feature doughnut, the Fruit PUNCH. The doughnut is a boxing glove-shaped, yeast-raised Bismarck filled with mango/passion fruit curd, and finished with a red raspberry glaze. As of today, the Fruit Punch is available at both the Main Street location and the new Kitsilano café for $3.50, with partial proceeds going towards the fundraising goals of our in-house Restaurant Rumble contender, doughnut guy Colter Jones. Colter must raise a minimum of $2,000 to be eligible to enter the ring during the Restaurant Rumble event on July 24.
We’re also pleased to announce that 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters is an official sponsor of the 2013 Restaurant Rumble, an annual event raising money for the Aprons for Gloves Boxing Association. In its second year now, the Restaurant Rumble is a boxing event that takes contenders from Vancouver’s hospitality industry through three months of training before pitting them against each other in the ring. The association raises money for the Eastside Boxing Club which offers boxing and mentorship programs for underprivileged youth and battered women. Proceeds from last year’s event went towards buying new equipment for the club and covering the costs of moving to a new location after their original gym on the Downtown Eastside closed. Read more
Making the world’s first playable beer bottle was a formidable technical challenge. The clever people at Auckland firm Gyro Constructivists first had to design and build a record-cutting lathe, driven by a hard drive recording head. Then they reinvented Edison’s original cylinder player, using modern materials and electronics and built to very fine tolerances. The Edison Bottle made its public debut at SemiPermanent in Auckland in May to a standing ovation from the assembled media and design community. Beck’s has had a long association with music and art. In fact, at about the same time Heinrich Beck was brewing his first beer in the 1870s, Tom Edison was tinkering away on designs for the first phonograph. Considering how beer has influenced recorded music since then, this physical collaboration was very appropriate and long overdue.
The music? Here She Comes from Kiwi band Ghost Wave.