The GOODS from Curious Oyster
Vancouver, BC | When oysters are in season, Parisian bistros spill over onto the sidewalks with patrons celebrating with plates of ice-cold shucked oysters, warm grilled sausages, baskets of crusty bread, and dewy bottles of Muscadet wine.
This fall tradition comes to Vancouver as Curious Oyster and Racine Wine Imports host a Paris evening at Le Marché St. George on November 14, 2013. Better Together is an oyster and Muscadet tasting, served with rustic breads and butter, and charcuterie from Oyama Sausage Co. “Muscadets are a classic and unforgettable match with oysters,” says Brian Sohn, co-owner of Racine Wines.
Lively, bright, and grown in the Loire Valley near the Atlantic ocean, artisanal Muscadets are a perfect partner for seafood. Guests will taste four wines by vignerons Jo Landron (Domaines Landron) and Marc Ollivier (Domaine de la Pépière), who are among a handful of remaining producers making genuine Muscadets. Both vignerons farm organically and harvest manually, making truly compelling wines that will have you reaching for another oyster. Get all the details after the jump… Read more
The Larsen family are a talented bunch. Sisters Janaki and Klee do plenty more that just make Le Marché St. George this city’s most one-of-a-kind corner market. Janaki makes stunning ceramics and Klee take beautiful photographs. Lately Klee has been playing around with printing photos on vellum and adding layers of gold foil and resin (the results literally glow). Clear some space on your schedule to attend the opening reception for her first solo show – Oro (Spanish and Italian for gold) – at The Shack Art Collective in East Van this Saturday night. The majority of pieces are small and – in keeping with the mandate of The Shack – priced well within reach (in the $80-$110 range). Bring a little cash in your pocket for art (and a drink) and enter through the alley to check out this cool little gallery and the amazing artist exhibiting within!
Sat, April 20 | 7pm | The Shack Art Collective | 4364 Prince Albert (enter through alley) | DETAILS
Le Marché St George turns two years old this weekend. The cool-as-hell corner store and the good folks behind it are celebrating by sharing treats, offering 20% off of all their stock and launching a winter pop-up shop. Head around back to check out all the gorgeous Mexican textiles and ceramics by Janaki Larsen, photographs by Klee Larsen, shoes and leather goods from Hunter Mayer of Apartment 5 and jewellery by House of Hudson. The 20% off sale is this Saturday only, but the pop-up continues through December.
Saturday, November 24 | 9am-6pm | Le Marché St. George (4393 Saint George St.) | Details
by Michelle Sproule | When three of your favourite things all come together at once it’s like a rare planetary alignment. You just sit there and enjoy the moment, knowing that it probably won’t happen again in your lifetime. One of these especially uncommon occurrences took place this week when Heidi Noble and Michael Dinn of JoieFarm arranged a media luncheon to introduce their outstanding 2010 Vintage Reserve Series (love that Pinot Noir). Chefs Dana Ewart and Cameron Smith of the Okanagan’s Joy Road Catering were on hand to pair their always marvellous “cuisine de terroir” with the wines, and it all went down in the charming suite above Le Marche St. George. Have a look and a taste…
There’s a Mikuni Wild Harvest pop-up shop this weekend at Le Marche St. George. It will feature the most popular and unique items from the Mikuni Catalogue. Think fresh fingerlimes, sake-cured ikura caviar, fresh black truffles, fresh morels, fresh chanterelles, fresh hearts of palm, and more. Dig it.
Owen Lightly, the chef behind Butter on the Endive (and Scout’s Pound of Butter food column), recently ran a series of Chef in Residence dinners in one of the apartments above Le Marche St George. There were two seatings per evening for three evenings in a row with a different ‘theme song/playlist” and chef/collaborator for each (Jane Cornborough, Alvaro Musso, Adam Chandler). We attended the first seating on Thursday May 3rd, and as you can see, it was pretty outstanding. The night had a Neil Young I Wanna Live With A Cinnamon Girl vibe and Chef Owen Lightly and his collaborator Adam Chandler (former-chef-now-chocolatier of Beta5 fame) served a fabulous spring meal of albacore tuna with charred ramp, rhubarb risotto with white chocolate (daring, but spot on), Yarrow Meadows duck breast, taleggio sponge cake with shiro plum, and buckwheat crumble smothered in birch caramel. Matching the cuisine was – wow – the setting. What a stunning place to dine! To keep abreast of future BOTE suppers, be sure to follow them on Twitter.
Scout and Le Marche St. George hosted a pretty amazing supper the other night (tickets were $25 and it sold out in less than half an hour). Renaissance man Tonio Creanza of Italy’s Messors led us through a tasting of his family’s delicious olive oil in the shop before leading us outside to a table of 20 set in the idyllic green coddled and candle-lit backyard. The weather was a close run thing; envious to start and jealous to close. We got in the burrata, caprese, pastas, and sausage in sugo courses before the rain protested, but it was altogether as beautiful an evening of good wine, good food, and good people as one can ever hope to have on a Spring night in Vancouver, and finishing with olive oil-dressed basil ice cream on almond, fig and apple crostada back indoors was perfect punctuation. Thanks to Tonio for the food, enlightenment, and songs; and to Jennifer, Luis, Kari, the Larsens, and everyone who broke bread with us. If you’ve ever wanted to travel to Italy to learn about the land, the food, and the connection between the two, Tonio’s your man. He’s running two in-residence workshops in Puglia this summer that would turn any food-lover on. More of Michelle’s photos below…
We are partnering with Le Marche St. George to host an intimate, exploratory evening of Mediterranean cuisine this Sunday, April 29th. Polymath Tonio Creanza of Puglia’s Messors will be doing the cooking (that’s a link you want to click) and the amazing Larsen family will be handling the service/orchestration. That’s the good news.
The bad news is that there are only 8 seats available on the backyard table of 20 (the other 12 were snatched up by the few people who got wind of this dinner this afternoon). The cost is only $25, which is to say it’s not a money-making exercise. To give you an idea as to what to expect, our friends Luis Valdizon and Klee Larsen took the above shots of the evening that went down last Sunday in Le Marche’s garden, and Luis wrote the following:
Let me start by saying that this was undoubtedly one of the most magical occasions that I’ve ever been a part of. It’s hard to even describe. The Larsen women (Patricia, Janaki, and Klee) really know how to make dreams come to life. Our dear friend Tonio Creanza, his wife, and his family, who we have been supportive of since we opened (there are two detailed interviews on our blog about Tonio, his olive oil, and his wonderful company, Messors, which you can read about here and here) brought their own flavour that was perfectly in sync with the aura that Le Marché St. George is known for.
The evening started with an educational olive oil tasting where guests were invited to sample Tonio’s olive oil and enjoyed an intimate musical performance from Mr. Creaza himself. This was my first time seeing him perform and it was something completely honest. Tonio was in his element. The lush sound of his voice and guitar filled the room with warmth and charm. Meanwhile, the backyard of Le Marché was being transformed into a dining area that was a work of art in itself, to be enjoyed by its company, who transcended beyond its own beauty, as it was the people, from babies to grandmothers, who gave the setting its heart.
After a short intermission to prepare dinner, guests started pouring in and filling up empty seats. They chatted away with their friends and strangers while sampling various appetizers set at their table and sipping wine from freshly opened bottles. In what seemed like moments, the pasta was served. The orchestra of oohs and aahs was short-lived as people enjoyed their first bites. Two pasta dishes were joined by an abundance of Parmigiano-Reggiano, fresh basil, salads of fennel, fruit, and roasted bell peppers, olive oil, and bread.
It’s definitely going to be a night to remember, rain or shine (if it rains, we’ll have a set up inside), and we’d love a few Scout readers to join us. Should you be interested in breaking bread with us, here’s what you need to know…
Date & Time: 6:30pm sharp, Sunday, April 29th, 2012.
Cost: $25 per person (cash on arrival)
Location: Le Marche St. George | 4393 St. George at the corner of 28th.
To reserve: email your name (max 2 people) and your cell phone number to luis [at] marchestgeorge.com with a CC to andrew [at] scoutmagazine.ca.
Special note: as this is a shared alla famiglia supper, substitutions and special requests based on dietary restrictions will be politely declined. Sorry!
We trust that this special supper will sell out before the ink is dry on this post [it certainly did] , but we hope to be partnering up with Le Marche St. George for future events, so don’t fret too hard if you don’t put your name down in time. And for those looking for a Tonio Creanza experience a little further afield, check out his summer culinary workshop in Italy called Harvesting Food Through History. It looks like it would be an unforgettable experience!
UPDATE: The dinner has sold out. Email your name/number if you’d like to be on the waiting list.
The GOODS from Butter On The Endive
Vancouver, BC | Butter on the Endive is gearing up for another great event. This time we will be taking over the beautiful space above Le Marché St. George from May 3-6 to hold 3 consecutive 5-course dinners, with a casual Sunday brunch to cap it all off. Each of the dinners will be created collaboratively with other local chefs/friends and will celebrate the transition from grey to green. Details after the jump… Read more
So in love with the simplicity of these shallow bowls by Janaki Larsen | Le Marché St. George | $15 each
Can’t wait to get our hands on some of the new natural wool products at Le Marche St.George. Unbleached and unaltered wool throws, shawls and pillows, just in time for the first frost.
Wool Shawls | Le Marche St. George | 4393 Saint George St. | $65 | Website | Photo Klee Larsen
The new issue of Monocle has landed at our door. I penned a few words in the big spread on some of the world’s best and most interesting cafés; singling out Le Marché St. George to represent Vancouver. While I wouldn’t doubt that proper coffee wonks would point to a few other shops in town and say they do it better (I wouldn’t disagree, and much prefer my Stumptown over Oughtred), I don’t think many come even remotely close to besting Le Marché when it comes to charm. I reckon the shots above, including the rather stunning one of barista Klee Larsen, testify as much (taken by local photographer and cool fellow Grant Harder). Granted, their coffee is certainly no slouch and their pain au chocolate is the bee’s bum, but it’s the space and the folks within that keep me happy. I may be in the minority of caffeine addicts on this score, but I appreciate atmosphere in a café over the fetishisation of the bean. If you’ve never been before, it really is as gorgeous and cozy as it looks.
PS. The article’s accompanying video details several cafes from around the world, and was produced by Aleksander Solum and narrated by Jonathan Openshaw and Gillian Dobias.
Le Marché St George turns three years old today. The good folks behind the excellent corner store and cafe are celebrating by sharing treats, offering 20% off of all their stock and launching their annual Winter pop-up shop. Poke your head into the garage at the rear of the property and check out all the gorgeous textiles – think Mexican wools, beautiful cashmere and linen scarves, chunky knit sweaters, pillows, throws and blankets – as well as a fresh batch of ceramics by Janaki Larsen, art work by Klee Larsen, sturdy leather satchels, Scatter/Gather pendant lights and some great jewellery. The 20% off sale is for today (Saturday) only, but the pop-up continues through December.
Saturday, November 23 | 9am-6pm | Le Marché St. George (4393 St. George) | DETAILS
by Michelle Sproule | The main objective of this website is to scout out and promote the things that make Vancouver such a sweet place to be. We do this with an emphasis on the city’s independent spirit to foster a sense of connectedness within and between our communities, and to introduce our readers to the people who grow and cook our food, play the raddest tunes in our better venues, create our most interesting art, and design everything from what we wear to the spaces we inhabit. The Scout List is our carefully considered, first rate agenda of super awesome things that we’re either doing, wishing that we could do, or conspiring to do this week. You can also check it out in the Globe & Mail, from our calendar to theirs…and yours!
COLLECT | The Contemporary Art Gallery runs an off-site residency space at The Burrard Marina (1655 Whyte Ave) called Field House Studio. New York-based artist Marie Lorenz is currently the artist-in-residence and she is working on building a boat from pieces of driftwood that have been gathered from the beaches and shorelines of the lower mainland. This Thursday night, Lorenz will be at the Maritime Museum (joined by Vancouver artists Rebecca Bayer and Josh Hite) to talk about beachcombing, her process, the inspiration that can come from using found objects, and the beauty of nature. On Sunday, Lorenz puts words into action by leading a beachcombing expedition along Kits Beach. Following the walk, participants are encouraged to stick around and use what they’ve collected to create crafts.
Thu, May 29 | 6pm | Maritime Museum (1905 Ogden Ave) | Free with admission | DETAILS
Sun, June 1 | 1pm | Hadden Park Field House (1015 Maple St.) | Free | DETAILS
CONNECT | Jumpstart your brain by exposing it to some thought-provoking content this week at Fuel (Future of Urbanity, the Environment, and our Lifestyle). The new event series aims to connect innovators from around the world with local entrepreneurs, designers, and community builders to see what happens when they sit down and talk shop. The really interesting twist is that the organizers have matched presenters from different fields to come together to explore aspects/impacts of four sectors that are relevant to our city: Food, Design, Sustainability and Technology. “We all go to events in our own sectors, be they food events, tech events, design events, or what have you. It’s all very comfortable and we always know many of the people in the room. FUEL is your opportunity to get out of your silo and talk about bigger issues. Fish folks talking to design folks? Something interesting is bound to happen!” Expect panel discussions, workshops and trend forecasts. This is seriously interesting stuff, so skip over to the Fuel website to read the full line-up of events.
May 29 | Various times + prices | Vancouver Playhouse Theatre (600 Hamilton St.) | DETAILS
May 30 | Various times + prices | Museum of Vancouver (1100 Chestnut St.) | DETAILS
RIDE YOUR BIKE | As we transition from spring in to summer and start to see more days of dry pavement, biking to get around becomes not only sensible, but also enjoyable again. Coincidentally, this is bike-to-work week and you’ll find all sorts of fun perks to riding to the office. There will be over 50 “Celebration Stations” across the city offering bike commuters things like free bike repairs, coffee, snacks and bike route maps. If you aren’t a year-round rider, this is a great time to lug your bike out of hibernation. A spring tune-up is always a good idea before you lay foot to pedal. If you’re looking for a bike shop that can help you get things in order, The Standard Bike Shop in Chinatown/Strathcona is a good place to start. Pro tip: The Standard is having their first birthday party this Sunday. Expect music, a BBQ, races, a pie-eating contest (note, if you will, that The Pie Shoppe is only a few doors down from Standard Bike), and general good times.
Bike to Work Week | Now through May 30 | DETAILS
Standard Bike Shop Birthday Celebration | Sunday, June 1 | 751 Gore Ave | DETAILS
SALT WALKS | Last August, artist Randy Lee Cutler led a series of walks through Chinatown that focused on salt. These began at the Access Gallery with a salt tasting and a run down of the different ways to consider salt (as medicine, a method of food preservation, a flavour, and as a crystal structure). Cutler then took participants on a tour around Chinatown to visit with shop-keepers who explained how salt influenced their business “whether as a flavour, a remedy or a molecular formation.” As she went, Cutler filmed the experience and the resultant film, Salt Walks: Three Movements, screens this Saturday in the Hall of One Hundred Rivers at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. There will be a salt tasting led by Cutler following the movie.
Sat, May 31 | 2–4pm | Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Gardens (578 Carrall St.) | DETAILS
DRINK | It’s Craft Beer Week, folks, and with over 60 breweries participating in 21 events there’s a lot to drink and do. Craft Beer Bingo? Check. Cicerone vs Sommelier? You bet. Beer dinners? Absolutely. Some events are already sold out, so don’t dilly-dally on the rest.
May 30 – June 7 | Various times/venues | DETAILS
MAKE | How great would it be to make your own mozzarella, burrata, or Oaxacan string cheese? Super great, right? But where to begin? Head to The Homesteaders Emporium this Wednesday for a 2-hour class that will teach you how to turn milk into delicious, stretchy ‘pasta-filata’ cheeses. This demonstration-style class will give you the basis for understanding how you can pull off the processes at home. Cheese is big in this town and cheesemaking courses sell out in a heartbeat, so don’t sit around contemplating whether or not you’re going to jump in for too long. Just jump! If you can’t score a ticket, Homesteaders has all manner of cheese-making equipment, literature, and basic know how. It’s a great place to start a new DIY project. If you can’t wait and need cheese immediately following the workshop, it’s worth noting that Les Amis Du Formage is only a block away at 843 E. Hastings.
May 28 | 6:30-8:30pm | Homesteader’s Emporium (649 E Hastings) | $35 | DETAILS
POP-UP | The good folks behind the excellent Le Marché St George are prepping for a summer pop-up shop. From Le Marché: “White linen, unbleached canvas, panama hats, days at the beach, laying in the grass, laundry on the line, simple food on simple dishes. These are some of the things that have inspired this summers Pop up Shop.” Poke your head into the tiny corner store and check out all the gorgeous textiles. Think linens, beautiful blankets, ceramics by Janaki Larsen, art work by Klee Larsen, sturdy leather satchels, clothing by Mandula and, on Saturday only, Victory Gardens will be there selling a selection of wee vegetable plants ready to find a home in your garden.
May 31 – June 8 | 10am-6pm | Le Marché St. George (4393 St. George) | DETAILS
FAIR IN THE SQUARE | Fair in the Square will be held in Victory Square Park this Sunday. It’s always nice to see the little plot of land at the intersection of Pender/Hastings/Cambie come alive with community events and activities. Expect community groups with information tables, art, live music, a free BBQ lunch, some sword-fighting demonstrations (because yeah), yoga (obviously) and lots and lots of cupcakes. This event, put on by The Central City Foundation, is free and worth a visit for its uplifting spirit of community.
Sunday, June 1 | 11-2 | Victory Square Park (Hastings @ Cambie) | DETAILS
DESIGN | Local designer Kate Duncan makes stunning furniture by marrying simple lines and a clean, modern aesthetic with a high level of craftsmanship. Her work is of the caliber that commands respect of other designers – even her line of cutting boards and serving trays are outstanding. So when we heard that she was pulling together an interior design and home décor pop-up shop that would showcase her furniture alongside the works of a handful of like-minded designers, we were stoked. “Address” continues this week at The Chinatown Experiment. Expect art, textiles, hardware, lighting, and more – all uncomplicated and imbued with beautiful style.
Now – June 4 | daily 11am – 7pm | The Chinatown Experiment (434 Columbia St.) | DETAILS
CINEMA | Late in 2013, the Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society announced a competition for local filmmakers to “…write an original 10-minute script based on eight lines of open-ended dialogue from Atom Egoyan’s award-winning The Sweet Hereafter.” Many aspiring filmmakers rose to the challenge and the winning three will show their short films this week. Sweetness Follows directed by Christopher O’Brien, Karaoke or Die directed by Blair Dykes and I Really Like You directed by Jason Karman will premiere prior to the full-length screening of The Sweet Hereafter on Wednesday night. Grab a seat and see what Vancouver talent has to offer!
Wed, May 28 | 7pm | The Cinematheque (1131 Howe St) | $11 | DETAILS
EAT LOCAL | We add more Farmers Markets to roster this week: the West End market opens on Saturday and next Wednesday (June 4) sees the start of the Main Street Market. Farmers Markets are a great place to stock up on fresh, local food. Grab spot prawns while you can, salad greens, fresh asparagus, vegetables, and herbs, as well as cheese, artisan breads, preserves, honey, wild salmon, cookies and pies. Support the people who grow our food!
Yaletown | May 29 | 2-6pm | Mainland between Davie & Helmcken DETAILS
Trout Lake | May 31 | 9am-2pm | North Parking Lot, John Hendry Park | DETAILS
West End | May 31 | 9am-2pm | 1100 Block of Comox (across from Nelson Park) | DETAILS
Kits | June 1 | 10am-2pm | 2690 Larch @ 10th | DETAILS
Main Street | June 4 | 3pm-7pm | 1100 Block Main (Thornton Park) | DETAILS
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Michelle Sproule grew up in Kitsilano and attended University in Australia and the University of Victoria before receiving her graduate degree in Library Sciences from The University of Toronto. She lives in beautiful Strathcona and enjoys wandering aimlessly through the city’s streets with her best friend – a beat up, sticky, grimy (but faithful) camera.