GOODS | Araxi Lost Lake Long Table Dinner To Pair With Le Vieux Pin & La Stella Wines

Le Vieux Pin is located at 34070-73th St. outside Oliver in the Okanagan Valley | 250-498-8388 | levieuxpin.ca

Le Vieux Pin is located at 34070-73th St. outside Oliver in the Okanagan Valley | 250-498-8388 | levieuxpin.ca

THE GOODS FROM Le Vieux Pin & Lastella

Oliver, BC | The outdoor dinner event of the summer is set to take place outside Whistler, BC at Lost Lake on Saturday, August 30th. It will showcase the cuisine of Araxi paired with the wines of Le Vieux Pin and LaStella. A long table set amidst a beautiful alpine lake will set the stage for this idyllic alfresco supper, the third in the restaurant’s highly anticipated summer series.

Chef James Walt has created a seasonal menu with fresh local organic ingredients to be paired with wines chosen by Araxi wine director Samantha Rahn and 2013 Sommelier of the Year. Each dish created specifically for the best of what these two wineries produce. Guests will have an experience like no other at these farm to table 4-course dinners. Read more

DINER | Chinatown Pop-Up “Luke’s General Store” Lands Permanent Spot On The DTES

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by Andrew Morrison | Following up on the success of their Chinatown pop-up, Lukes General Store is set to open a permanent location at 49 West Hastings on the Downtown Eastside. If the address doesn’t ring a bell, that’s because it’s the brand new glass, concrete, and steel mid-rise between the Acme Cafe and Save On Meats. It hasn’t fronted a tenant until now.

“Vancouver has been really great to us”, says owner Gareth Lukes, whose family has operated Calgary fixture Lukes Drug Mart since 1951.” We love being here. There is so much great energy in this city right now and great communities with a lot of interest in the products and experiences we offer.”

The move to the larger, fixed address will allow Lukes to broaden their retail offerings and table a cafe experience featuring donuts from nearby Cartem’s Donuterie and coffee from the Bay Area’s highly regarded Four Barrel. If you’re unfamiliar with the brand, it’s the outstanding stuff they brew at San Francisco’s Tartine Bakery. This will be the first time their beans will see retail action in Canada.

For the shop’s shelves, Dry Goods Manager Veronika Rezucha (formerly of Lark on Main) will be bringing in bars from Mast Brothers Chocolate and products from Malin + Goetz Apothecary, Baxter of California Shaving, Juniper Ridge, Pendleton Woolen Mills, and McClure’s Pickles (to name just a few). Music aficionado Shaun Cowan, formerly of Scratch Records, is on board to manage the store’s vinyl selection.

And speaking of music, it sounds like we’ll be hearing plenty of it at Lukes. From an imminent press release:

“We have a reputation in Calgary as a key part of the music and culture scene. Not only is it a cool spot to hang out and buy music, but we’ve thrown great events and free concerts there with artists such as Shad, Rural Alberta Advantage, and Ladyhawk,” says Aaron Schubert, who, in addition to setting up Lukes’ Vancouver location, has deep roots in the local music scene as manager of the the Pack AD as well as booking venues such as the Biltmore Cabaret and the Rickshaw Theatre. “We’re definitely looking forward to doing some similar music and art events at the new Hasting Street location. We’re really excited to become a permanent fixture of Vancouver’s exciting and diverse cultural scene.”

Construction is already underway. If all goes according to plan, the doors will open in September.

ALL ANTICIPATED OPENINGS

GOODS | Semlin Drive’s New “Pallet Coffee Roasters” Expanding Hours Starting Sept. 2

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

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’ve had plenty of requests about expanding our hours and so we are happy to say that as of September 2nd we’re going to make it happen. We will be expanding our weekday hours to 8am to 5pm, and on weekends – both Saturday and Sunday – from 9am to 5pm. We’re looking forward to serving you. Learn more about Pallet after the jump… Read more

AWESOME THING WE ATE #921 | An Earthy, Indecently Tasty Omelette At ‘The Oakwood’

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We ate the living daylights out of this dreamily-textured asparagus-stuffed omelette last Saturday at The Oakwood in Kitsilano. It came mounted with a healthy dollop of truffled creme fraiche and next to a pile of crispy fried brussels sprouts (halved). Everything lay in a shallow pool of impactful tomato sauce, the acidic zip of which had been tempered by a smoky char. The whole thing was flawless – as good an edible start to the day as can be had in Vancouver. Be sure to pair it with one of their gently spiced Micheladas. If you’re going to hit them up for brunch this weekend, be wise and book ahead because their queues – between 10am and 2:45pm on Saturday and Sunday - are starting to get rather Medina-esque.

Asparagus Omelette | $14 | The Oakwood | 2741 W. 4th Ave. | 604-558-1965

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OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | South Granville’s “Siena” Is On The Lookout For A Sous Chef

Siena is located at 1485 West 12th Avenue in Vancouver, BC | 604-558-1485 | www.eatsiena.com

Siena is located at 1485 West 12th Avenue in Vancouver, BC | 604-558-1485 | www.eatsiena.com

The GOODS for Siena

Vancouver, BC | We are looking for a great cook to join our team as Sous Chef at Siena restaurant in September. You will have the opportunity to work with chef Jessica Howery and a strong kitchen team in a quality-oriented, fun, and fast-paced environment. Previous experience with Italian cuisine is an asset, but all applicants with a relevant background will be considered. Apply in person at the kitchen door between 2:30pm and 4:30pm, or email service [at] eatsiena.com with “Sous Chef” in the subject line. We thank all applicants in advance for their interest, though we will only be able to respond to those selected for an interview. Read more

GOODS | Ryan Murphy Lands Executive Chef Job At West 4th’s Oakwood Canadian Bistro

The Oakwood Canadian Bistro is located at 2741 West 4th in Vancouver, BC | 604.558.1965 www.theoakwood.ca

The Oakwood Canadian Bistro is located at 2741 West 4th in Vancouver, BC | 604.558.1965 www.theoakwood.ca

The GOODS from Oakwood Canadian Bistro

Vancouver, BC | The Oakwood Canadian Bistro is proud to welcome Ryan Murphy as the new executive chef. The Halifax native has spent years traversing the globe in pursuit of his culinary passions. Murphy gained extensive experience working in international kitchens including Vue de Monde in Melbourne, Australia; Restaurant Fifty Three in Singapore; and Restaurant Frantzen in Stockholm, Sweden; and numerous well-renowned eateries around Vancouver.

With this changing of the guard, previous Oakwood executive chef Mike Robbins will leave behind this vibrant dining destination. “The Oakwood team wishes Mike Robbins all the best as he moves on to new culinary ventures,” says Oakwood’s Mike Shea. “Mike was instrumental in building the brand, outstanding reputation, varied menu and the loyal customer base. We look forward to supporting his next projects. We are thrilled to have Ryan Murphy step in and are excited about what’s to come.”

The up-and-coming culinary talent has had a deep respect for Vancouver’s dining scene and the rigours of kitchen life since he moved here in 2006. “It wasn’t long before I fell in love with the pace here and the endless avenues of working with food and flavours,” he says. “I look forward to leading the kitchen team at the Oakwood and building on the restaurant’s success.” Read more

VICTORY GARDENS | On Basil, The Sweet & Sublimely Aromatic Summertime Essential

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by Lisa Giroday, Sandra Lopuch and Sam Philips | While holding back our typing fingers trying not to write another story about tomato season, we realized that we had completely forgot about another ingredient that is just as good: basil!

Basil, aka ocimum basilicum, should never be put on the back burner, ever. Who doesn’t love revelling in its sweet, aromatic goodness? We love mixing it in after-work drinks, making pesto with it, adding it to salads, and, of course, combining it with its best friend, the tomato. Panzanella salad, anyone? Gnocchi Pomodoro? Margherita pizza?

People often have issues with keeping basil plants alive, and that’s chiefly because people forget that basil requires full sun. Plant basil transplants in June, the same time you set out your tomato transplants. Because basil and tomatoes are companion plants, this works out well. Even better, at the same time you transplant basil, be sure to seed some, too. That way you’ll score a staggered basil harvest. You can seed basil outside as early as late May (if you want to start it indoors, you can start it as early as mid-April). And remember, if you don’t feel like running around naked outside at night, it’s not the time to transplant basil or tomatoes in your garden.

A little bit on harvesting right now: Pinch out the tips from the top down, and pinch down the stem right before you see two nodes of growth. By doing this, you will encourage the plant to grow bushier, and not “leggy”, thus producing more delicious basil leaves. And, if you see your basil flowering, which you are right now, harvesting in this way promotes more foliage. In the case of basil, the plant is not “spent” despite flowering.

Companion planting-wise, basil is a true hero. Its pest-repellant powers include warding off flies, mosquitoes, and thrips. Not only will it help out your tomatoes in a number of ways (including flavour enhancement), but it’s also a good companion to oregano, peppers, and asparagus.

We love good, classic Genovese basil, as well as the purple-leaved beauty called Red Rubin. If buying seeds for next season, you can also get a seed packet with a mix of a few types for good measure. Buon appetito in the meantime.

THE VICTORY GARDENS ARCHIVE

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | “Market” On The Hunt For Experienced Restaurant Manager

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Market by Jean-Georges is located at 1128 West Georgia St. | 604-695-1115 | www.marketbyjgvancouver.com

The GOODS from Market by Jean-Georges

Vancouver, BC | We are currently searching for a Restaurant Manager with proven experience in running a profitable restaurant. Our ideal candidate can operationally ensure that high standards of service go well beyond the five-diamond service the restaurant and hotel provides. The manager has their finger on the pulse of the Vancouver culinary scene, and recommends and implements new concepts to ensure MARKET’s position in the marketplace. The manager inspires a passion for food, wine and service excellence, and consistently manages, motivates and mentors our team of consummate hospitality professionals. Learn more after the jump… Read more

GOODS | Happy Hour Arrives On Commercial Drive With New Specials At “La Mezcaleria”

La Mezcaleria is located at 1622 Commercial Drive in Vancouver, BC | 604-559-8226 | www.lamezcaleria.ca

La Mezcaleria is located at 1622 Commercial Drive in Vancouver, BC | 604-559-8226 | www.lamezcaleria.ca

The GOODS from La Mezcaleria

Vancouver, BC |­ La Mezcaleria on The Drive is embracing Happy Hour with new specials available Tuesday to Thursday from 5pm to 6:30pm. On Fridays and Saturdays, we’ll be hosting a late night Happy Hour from midnight to 1:30am. Local craft beer including Parallel 49 Lager, 33 Acres of “Ocean”, and Four Winds Saison will be served in little glasses, Mexican cantina-style (cañas – 8 ounce beers) for only $3. El Jimador Silver and Reposado shots will be available for $4, while LA Cetto Chenin blanc from Mexico and Bodega Munoz Garnacha from Spain will be available for $5 a glass. Lastly, for cocktails, we have Gin for Jaime, a Mexican style gin and tonic with fresh ginger and cucumber, and our freshly made, hand-squeezed classic margaritas served on the rocks for $8. There’s something for everyone with taste and time… Read more

STAFF MEAL | On Digging Into A Big Indian Pre-Shift Feast At Mount Pleasant’s “Acorn”

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by Ken Tsui | In the dog days of summer, chef/co-owner Brian Skinner and the kitchen team at Main Street vegetarian mainstay The Acorn are sweating it out as they prepare for another busy night. But before it all goes down, the staff are banding together and keeping to the spirit of making great vegetarian food by tapping into Indian traditions, the O.G. of vegetarian cuisines.

This afternoon’s meal is an elaborate one. It’s a long list scrawled on paper and simply labelled “Indian Staff Meal”. It’s an involved feast with plenty of components that tasks each staffer with making some of the classics, among them raita, papadums, khadi, palak paneer, grilled apricot chutney, mango lassis, pickled eggplant salad and pakoras of zucchini and cauliflower.

Brian leads the charge, guiding the crew based on lessons learned during his time in London. Today, the palak paneer (pureed spinach with crisped Indian cheese) is his responsibility. As the team puts the finishing touches on their respective contributions, the mixture of heat and movement looks and feels like controlled chaos, making it hard to keep track of all the fragrant and colourful plates coming out of the kitchen.

Meanwhile, co-owner Shira Blustein is holding court in the dining area. As the food comes out, the team gathers around her table to feast. Before long, Brian himself gets to lean into the spread. “I have a feeling I’m going to overeat…”

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GOODS | “Blue Mountain” Has Released Its 2013 Vintages Of Gamay Noir And Pinot Gris

Blue Mountain is located at 2385 Allendale Rd. in Okanagan Falls, BC | 250-497-8244 | bluemountainwinery.com

Blue Mountain is located at 2385 Allendale Rd. in Okanagan Falls, BC | 250-497-8244 | bluemountainwinery.com

The GOODS from Blue Mountain

Okanagan Falls, BC | We are pleased to announce the release of our 2013 Gamay Noir and Pinot Gris. Bright fruit and complex flavours characterize the 2013 vintage. If you find yourself in the Okanagan Valley we welcome you to visit the winery to taste and pick up your 2013 vintage wines. The 2013 Gamay Noir ($22.90) displays good acidity and juicy raspberry flavours, with notes of black currant and a long, spicy finish. Its balanced structure will allow the wine to age for 4-6 years. The 2013 Pinot Gris ($20.90) has a citrus, mandarin, orange nose with rich dense orange and lemon flavours across the palate with notes of orange peel and spice on the finish. The structure of the wine will allow it to age beautifully for 4-6 years. Read more

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | “L’Abattoir” In Gastown Is On The Hunt For A Host/Hostess

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L’Abattoir is located at 217 Carrall St in Vancouver’s Gastown neighbourhood | 604-568-1701 | www.labattoir.ca

The GOODS from L’Abattoir

Vancouver, BC | Gastown’s award-winning L’Abattoir restaurant is looking to hire a part-time host\hostess for 2 to 4 shifts a week. Duties include taking reservations, email communications and the effective management of guest needs. The successful candidate can expect a positive and professional working environment, a competitive wage and tips. Apply in confidence via email with resume attached to paul [at] labattoir.ca. Learn more about after the jump… Read more

GOODS | New “Juice Truck” On W. 5th Ave. Now Serving Summer Juice Cleanse Promo

A big pink (technically, it’s watermelon) truck on the corner of Abbott and Water Streets in Gastown (and sometimes Kits)

A big pink (technically, it’s watermelon) truck on the corner of Abbott and Water Streets in Gastown

The GOODS from The Juice Truck

Vancouver, BC | Patio cocktails, beach parties…you name it — during summer it’s easy to enjoy ourselves a little too much. It’s a good time for a full body reboot. Give your body the time to sigh and get back to square one with the Juice Cleanse by the Juice Truck. Until Sunday August 24th, they are offering a Summer Pick Up promo of 10% off all Juice Cleanses. Order any Juice Cleanse or Pick & Mix and get 10% off with pick up at their new storefront at 28 W 5th Avenue. Simply enter in the promo code ‘pickup’ during checkout. More info at www.thejuicecleanse.ca. Read more

GOODS | Famiglia Supper At “La Pentola” Set To Celebrate Tomatoes On August 31st

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 | On Sunday, August 31st, join La Pentola della Quercia at 6pm in paying homage to the tomato with the August Famiglia Supper Series, hosted by Chef Lucais Syme. Dine family-style at communal tables with your friends and neighbours as you experience all that the tomato has to offer. The tomato boasts a juicy history in Italy, with over 320 varieties worldwide. From sauces and stews to salads and roasts, what is known as the “Golden Apple” in Italy deserves recognition. La Pentola della Quercia will serve 10+ courses featuring caprese and panzanella salads, pastas with fresh tomato sauce, and free range meats. Tickets are $55 per person. We encourage you to reserve early as seating is limited. Call 604-642-0557 or email info@lapentola.ca to reserve. Learn more about the restaurant after the jump… Read more

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