OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | Blue Water Cafe On The Lookout For A Restaurant Manager

March 24, 2014 

Blue Water Cafe is located at 1095 Hamilton Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-688-8078 | www.bluewatercafe.net

Blue Water Cafe is located at 1095 Hamilton Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-688-8078 | www.bluewatercafe.net

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Vancouver, BC | We are currently seeking a Restaurant Manager for Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar. Applicants must have a minimum of 3-5 years management experience in the fine dining industry and have a passion for food and wine. Applicants must be self-motivated with a high standard of hospitality, integrity and events management skills in a demanding environment.

Blue Water Cafe is Vancouver’s definitive destination for seafood, widely known for its excellence in celebrating the extraordinary flavours of BC. Consistently awarded “Best Seafood Restaurant” in Vancouver and recognized for its unparalleled service, an evening at Blue Water Cafe is truly an unforgettable experience. Please email your resume to stephan@bluewatercafe.net. We thank all applicants for their interest, though we will only be able to respond to those selected for an interview. Learn more about Blue Water Cafe after the jump… Read more

DINER | Jack Evrensel Sells West, CinCin, Blue Water Cafe, Thierry, Araxi To Aquilinis

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by Andrew Morrison | There have been rumblings about this for several months, but today it’s official. As of this morning, the Aquilini Group is now in full possession of Toptable, the collection of eateries developed over the past 33 years by legendary Vancouver restaurateur Jack Evrensel. The official announcement will be released to the media this afternoon.

Evrensel opened some of the most successful and impactful eateries we’ve ever had. These included them Araxi (Whistler) in 1981, CinCin in 1990, Blue Water Cafe and West in 2000 (two months apart), and Thierry in 2011. Many of Vancouver’s top bartenders, servers, sommeliers, managers, and chefs honed their skills under the Toptable umbrella – so many that they’re hard to count. And the staff they currently have on payroll are some of the best in the business.

“Our team has never been stronger nor this rich in talent,” Evrensel is quoted as saying in the official news release that is coming out this afternoon. He attributes this to the commitment and passion of the company’s “award-winning chefs, renowned restaurant and wine directors, and dedicated employees,” but at least some of the credit needs to be pointed his way. I’ve seen perhaps one of two restaurateurs in my life who are as dedicated to the higher standards of hospitality. What has set Jack apart, however, has been his penchant for managing from the background. There’s never been any personal glory-basking or attention-seeking. In all the years that I’ve been reporting on restaurants, I’ve managed to take his photo just once, at an Araxi long table supper on Pemberton’s North Arm Farm several years ago (see above). I remember him shifting his weight to one leg and tilting his head as if to say, “Aw, c’mon” like a little kid. I trust that he’s doing that right now as he reads this.

Evrensel will stay for the next three months in a consulting role to help manage the transition, and operations will continue as normal. On the phone yesterday, he couldn’t tell me what he was going to do after that. “I really don’t know. I’ve never really had a five year plan. I go with the flow. I’m at peace. I don’t know the future, and that’s the way I like it.”

I don’t expect the Aquilini Group – a real estate, development, renewable energy, sports, and entertainment behemoth - will mess around with a good thing. The managers currently in place at every Toptable property are at the top of their game, so the maintenance of the status quo sounds ideal.

All I know for certain is that Jack deserves a round of applause, not only for a long career of excellence, but also for finding and locking down the one deep-pocketed buyer who could afford to take his considerable life’s work off his hands.

Terms of the deal are not being disclosed.

GOODS | Blue Water Cafe Celebrating 10th Year Of “Unsung Heroes” Menu In February

January 8, 2014 

Blue Water Cafe is located at 1095 Hamilton Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-688-8078 | www.bluewatercafe.net

Blue Water Cafe is located at 1095 Hamilton Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-688-8078 | www.bluewatercafe.net

The GOODS from Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar

Vancouver, BC | This February executive chef Frank Pabst of Vancouver’s Blue Water Cafe will celebrate the tenth anniversary of his sustainable seafood festival. Aptly named “Unsung Heroes”, Pabst initially created the month-long event to bring awareness to local and unique seafoods and to avoid species that are over-fished or harvested in ways that can damage ocean beds. It is now one of the most-anticipated events on the city’s culinary calendar.

“Our objective was – and is – to utilize lesser-known ingredients while introducing guests to new experiences and flavours,” says chef Pabst. “The popularity of the event has increased tremendously and these formerly ‘unsung’ species are now heroes in their own right – they have truly entered the ‘mainstream’ of the public’s consciousness.”

Blue Water Cafe restaurant director Stephan Cachard adds, “We have seen the demand for this event grow immensely – as much as 400% over the past decade – with the majority being repeat guests.”

Known for championing British Columbia’s sustainable seafood movement, Blue Water Cafe is a founding member of the Vancouver Aquarium’s ‘Ocean Wise’ conservation program. The restaurant strives to educate guests on seafood sustainability while providing an exceptional dining experience. Every year, Blue Water Cafe donates 10% of the proceeds from Unsung Heroes to the Ocean Wise program.

In prior years, the Unsung Heroes menu has consisted of dishes such as red sea urchin trifle, stir-fried jellyfish and poached periwinkles. Always aggressively raising the bar, chef Pabst promises new flavours in 2014 with previously unavailable ingredients including steamed gooseneck barnacles and sustainably-raised sturgeon liver mousse. Read more

GOODS: “Blue Water Cafe” Hosting Special Supper With NYT Food Writer Mark Bittman

April 18, 2013 

Blue Water Cafe is located at 1095 Hamilton Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-688-8078 | www.bluewatercafe.net

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Vancouver, BC | It is with great pleasure that we announce a very special evening in honour of Mark Bittman’s visit to Vancouver. Acclaimed New York Times columnist, author of “How to Cook Everything” and all-round culinary star, Mark Bittman will join us at Blue Water Cafe for an intimate celebration of food and wine. Chef Frank Pabst will create an exclusive four-course menu, while Wine Director Andrea Vescovi personally pairs each course with his own handpicked selections. Read more

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS: Yaletown’s “Blue Water Cafe” Is Searching For A Line Cook

January 27, 2013 

Blue Water Cafe is located at 1095 Hamilton Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-688-8078 | www.bluewatercafe.net

The GOODS from Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar

Vancouver, BC | Award-winning seafood restaurant Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar is accepting applications for a full-time, experienced line cook. Candidates will have the opportunity to learn from an experienced kitchen team and work with exceptional seasonal products. Blue Water Cafe provides a great opportunity for development within the organization; candidates must be energetic and motivated team players who work well under pressure in a dynamic and fast-paced environment. If you think you are a good fit and would enjoy being a part of our team please forward your resume to ricardo@bluewatercafe.net. We thank all applicants but only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Read more

GOODS: “Blue Water Cafe” Gets Set To Launch A February Full Of Unsung Heroes

January 17, 2013 

Blue Water Cafe is located at 1095 Hamilton Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-688-8078 | www.bluewatercafe.net

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Vancouver, BC | For the past decade Executive Chef Frank Pabst has championed our local sustainable fisheries movement, spotlighting delicious yet under-utilized species. This February, Chef Pabst will present his annual “Unsung Heroes” festival, focusing on seafood such as mackerel, jellyfish and periwinkles. “Once upon a time, these fish were considered a little exotic,” Pabst says, “but they’re really about where we live—and truly amazing to work with.” Working in concert with the Vancouver Aquarium’s ‘Ocean Wise’ program, of which Blue Water Cafe is a founding member, Pabst’s objective is to avoid species that are over-fished, or harvested in ways that can damage ocean beds – and introduce diners to fresh experiences and new flavours. “Our real goal is to bring further awareness to these fine ingredients and make them more accessible to our guests, while trying to protect and conserve our marine ecosystems” he says. His menu will cater to both the “Unsung Hero” connoisseur as well as guests looking to try something different for the first time. Certain menu items will return by popular demand, such as Sea Urchin Scallop Mousse with Ponzu Jelly, Periwinkles poached in Kombu Dashi, and Jellyfish with Pork Jowl and Lotus Root. 10% of proceeds will be donated to the Ocean Wise sustainable seafood program. Read more

GOODS: Araxi, CinCin, Blue Water Cafe, And West Prepare For Special Fall Wine Dinners

October 4, 2012 

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Details on a special series of extraordinary wine suppers at Araxi, Blue Water Cafe, CinCin and West during the Fall season

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Vancouver & Whistler, BC | This autumn we are pleased to present five extraordinary wine dinners at Araxi, Blue Water Cafe, CinCin and West. Our award-winning chefs will craft multi-course tasting menus to complement each evening’s progression of wines. Senior representatives from select wineries will speak to the history and terroir of their estates and winemaking methods. Get all the details on these unmissable evenings after the jump… Read more

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS: Yaletown’s “Blue Water Cafe” On The Hunt For Kitchen Staff

September 14, 2012 

Blue Water Cafe is located at 1095 Hamilton Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-688-8078 | www.bluewatercafe.net

The GOODS from Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar

Vancouver, BC | Award-winning seafood restaurant Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar is accepting applications for a full time experienced line cook position, a junior kitchen management position, and a pastry chef assistant position. Candidates will have the opportunity to learn from an experienced kitchen team and work with exceptional seasonal products. Blue Water Cafe provides a great opportunity for development within the organization; candidates must be energetic and motivated team players who work well under pressure in a dynamic and fast paced environment. Read more

GOODS: Top Table Rooms Win Accolades At The 23rd Annual Van Mag Restaurant Awards

April 24, 2012 

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Every one of Top Table's restaurants were recognised for their contributions to the Vancouver restaurant scene this year

The GOODS from CinCin, Araxi, West, & Blue Water Café

Vancouver & Whistler, BC | If cherry blossoms herald spring across the province, in British Columbia’s culinary industry, the change of seasons is marked by the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Now in their 23rd year, and unique in Canada, the awards were convened on a fitting spring day – Monday, April 23rd – at the Sheraton Wall Centre. A panel of 18 judges acknowledged industry excellence as Araxi, Blue Water Cafe, CinCin, West and Thierry were honoured before an audience of leading restaurateurs, chefs, and service professionals. Details after the jump… Read more

GOODS: Top Table’s Araxi, Blue Water Cafe, CinCin And West Shine At The Wine Festival

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Vancouver & Whistler, BC | Top Table Group’s restaurant wine lists were once again saluted at the 9th Annual Wine List Awards Luncheon convened earlier this afternoon during the 34th annual Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival. In attendance at the Luncheon were Top Table wine directors Samantha Rahn (Araxi), as well as Andrea Vescovi (Blue Water Cafe) and Owen Knowlton (West), each of whom has previously been awarded ‘Sommelier of the Year’, in 2009 and 2011 respectively. Blue Water Cafe and West were two of only six restaurants awarded with the highest Platinum Wine List Award, while Araxi and CinCin Araxi and CinCin were among a distinguished group to win the Gold designation. Read more

GOODS: Chef Frank Pabst Reveals 2012 “Unsung Heroes” Menu At Blue Water Cafe

January 26, 2012 

Blue Water Cafe is located at 1095 Hamilton Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-688-8078 | www.bluewatercafe.net

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Vancouver, BC | Executive Chef Frank Pabst’s eighth annual Unsung Heroes Festival takes pride of place at Vancouver’s multiple award-winning Blue Water Cafe throughout the month of February. Chef Pabst, who has won many culinary distinctions, has long been a champion of the sustainable fisheries movement. He created the Unsung Heroes Festival specifically to draw attention to the diversity of formerly under-utilized species. His concept is simple: Avoid species that are over-fished, or fished in ways that damage ocean beds or cause unnecessary by-catch, by introducing diners to new experiences and flavours using species found in abundance.

Since then, the Festival has become ‘wildly popular’ at Blue Water Cafe, as avid diners seek out new dishes, as well as returning favourites from Unsung Heroes past. 

“Eight years ago, this was quite a radical concept,” Pabst says. “But now our guests are well-informed as to just how delicious and nutritional some of these lesser-known seafoods can be. I’m delighted that we’ve been able to introduce them in the mainstream.” Again this year, 10% of proceeds will be donated to the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise sustainable seafood program, of which Blue Water Cafe is a founding member. Take a look at the menu after the jump… Read more

DINER: A Repository Of Kitchen Memories In Exchange For Anthony Bourdain VIP Passes

October 29, 2011 

As noted in an earlier post, Blue Water Cafe kindly supplied us with a pair of VIP passes to give away to a lucky Scout reader keen to see Anthony Bourdain speak tonight (Saturday, October) at the The Center In Vancouver For The Performing Arts. Many dozens have expressed their interest in the comment thread, some of whom are now writing down their fondest kitchen memories to win. They (and you) have between now and 8am to jot down between 100 and 500 words detailing a moment around food that really stood out. Maybe we’ll read of sorts similar to those which may have steered Anthony Bourdain toward a life of knives, late nights and finger condoms. Who knows? But please do them the honour of “liking” your favourites on our Facebook page up until noon, at which time with the memory with the most “likes” wins, and will land at the show later that night in premium seats with his/her presumably very pleased date. Afterwards, the winner + 1 will be invited to a post-performance meet and greet with Mr. Bourdain himself, which – fuck it – is pretty damn rad. So dig deep for all those memories, pick your fave, write it down and tell your friends to “like” what they may or may not remember of you. In any event, good luck to all. Happy writing. Happier reading.

UPDATE: Congrats to Darin Wall, the 1st Cook at Horizon’s Restaurant. You and a friend are going to the show!

SWAG: Who Wants To Win A VIP Package To Go See Anthony Bourdain Tomorrow Night?

The good folks at Yaletown’s award-winning Blue Water Cafe have given us two VIP passes to go see culinary polymath Anthony Bourdain speak at the Center In Vancouver For Performing Arts tomorrow (Saturday) night at 8pm.

Following the release of his newest best-seller, Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook, Anthony Bourdain will visit The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts for one night only, Saturday, October 29, 2011. Chef, author of Kitchen Confidential, and host of Travel + Escape Channel’s No Reservations, Bourdain will spend the evening sharing candid, and often hard-hitting insights about his life’s work and travels, including an open question and answer session with the audience.

This is going to be a thousand kinds of awesome, as the package includes the following for two: premium seating; exclusive access to post-show reception meet and greet with Anthony Bourdain; hors d’oeuvres by Executive Chef Frank Pabst of Blue Water Cafe at reception; limited edition Anthony Bourdain poster (numbered exclusive to ticket packages); and goodness knows what else. To stand a chance at winning, express your interest in the comments below and keep an eye on our Twitter feed and our Facebook page for the giveaway late tonight!

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