The GOODS from The Chinatown Experiment
Vancouver, BC | Are you ready to take the next step? After the busy holiday market season you may be wondering what’s next for your small business. If Craft markets are a great starting place and can help get the ball rolling, a Pop-Up Shop is an opportunity to build on the experience for your customers and distinguish yourself from the crowd. It is easier than you may think! On January 28th from 6pm to 7pm, we will be providing answers to questions like What is a pop-up shop? while providing answers about the benefits and giving examples of businesses that successfully went from craft market to pop-up shop a special free workshop. If you are ready to take the next step and think a pop-up shop could be right for you, this event (and the Q&A that follows) will give you the knowledge you need to move forward. Secure your spot here!
The GOODS from The Keefer Bar
Vancouver, BC | Enter the door into Wonderland this New Years Eve at The Keefer Bar in Chinatown. Be enchanted by the space and bedazzled by the cocktails. Let the Champagne bubbles tickle your tongue as you sip from the bottle of decadence. Step into the adventure unknown! Guests receive a cocktail upon arrival and Champagne at midnight with a performance by Sweet Soul Burlesque and sets by DJ Dubconscious & Peter Allgood in between. Regular tickets are $30 in advance ($40 at the door). VIP tickets are $45 and include a copy of Sweet Sip Charity 2014 Calendar ($15 will go to the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre). Learn more about The Keefer Bar after the jump… Read more
The fellas over at Chinatown’s Mamie Taylor’s have spent the last few weeks quietly going about building a curtained-off private back room. It’s a long and narrow space with its own bar, a fireplace, and bar-height ledges for standing sips and bites. It can accommodate groups of 10-20, and they are now taking last minute bookings for the holidays (don’t forget to read up on their New Year’s Eve shindig). They took a photo for every day of its construction so that our readers could trace its path to completion. Check it out…
The GOODS from Campagnolo & Campagnolo Roma
Vancouver, BC | Main Street’s Campagnolo and Hastings-Sunrise’s Campagnolo ROMA are both serving up family-style feasts on New Year’s Eve. Alla famiglia groups of 4 or more at Campagnolo will receive multiple dishes of antipasti, primi, pizza, secondi and dolci for $48 per person from 5pm until close. To reserve, call 604-484-6018. At ROMA, it’s a chef’s choice feast of antipasti, primi, pizza and dolci priced at $39 per person for parties of 2 or more with bookings from 5pm until close. Call 604-569-0456 to reserve. Note that a credit card number is required at the time of booking at both restaurants and that reservations are only available for the New Year’s Eve menu. Learn more about both restaurants after the jump… Read more
by Andrew Morrison | I looked in on the construction of the upcoming Chinatown location of Matchstick Coffee today with owners Annie and Spencer Viehweger (and wee little Abraham, all of six months old). If you need a refresher, the exact address is 213 East Georgia, which puts it on the same block as Mamie Taylor’s, The Brixton, East Of Main, and Phnom Penh.
It looks like a tiny little spot from the street, but inside it’s a voluminous 2,800 sqft! That’s enough space to accommodate 70 seats, an office, a glassed-in bakery, four communal tables (3 made from the same birch tree, the 4th being maple), and a coffee bar as long as – if not longer than – the original Matchstick at Fraser & Kingsway. It’s big, and I expect it will be beautiful when it’s finished off with its polished concrete floor and reclaimed wood wall panelling.
The real kicker is the bakery. It sounds especially awesome. They’re going to be baking all of their own stuff in house, including rustic country loaves, croissants galore, and maybe even a rye. The oven is an 8 foot high, four deck, steam injection Bassanina beast from Italy that weighs a whopping 20,000 pounds.
Though it looks a bit of a dusty shambles in the shots above and below, they’re on track for a late January or early February opening. We’ll take a look again when the time is ripe.
The GOODS from Mamie Taylor’s
Vancouver, BC | Chinatown’s Mamie Taylor’s is now taking reservations for its all-inclusive New Year’s Eve bash. Expect an endless stream of canapes and hors d’oeuvres, dancing, and plenty of odd entertainments besides (“think along the lines of lumberjacks and ballerinas”). The evening starts at 8:30pm and runs until late. Tickets are $100. To book, please email either simon [at] mamietaylors.ca or ron [at] mamietaylors.ca, phone us at 604-620-8818, or come on down and pick up a ticket in person. Read more
The GOODS from The Modern Bartender
After a successful pop up operation in both Edmonton and Calgary at the end of the summer, Victoria has called on “The Modern Bartender” to be on the move yet again. Shawn Soole from “Little Jumbo” has asked us to set up shop Monday December 9 starting at 4pm and we’re in!
We’ll be taking all manner of barwares and essentials such as a bevy of classic mixing vessels, japanese import bar spoons, piles of jiggers, muddlers, strainers and of course other must haves from our huge selection of books, ice trays and sphere makers, Tiki mugs, assorted syrups and more bitters than you can possibly imagine. Come visit The Modern Bartender at the Little Jumbo in Victoria at 506 Fort Street on Monday December 9 starting at 4pm. Read more
The one and only leather maestro, Ken Diamond, will be at The Shop Vancouver in Chinatown on Thursday December 5th to put custom belts together starting at 4pm. His wallets, belts, key fobs, key chains, moccasins, beer cozies, and a new collab wallet will also be available for purchase until 8pm. “Come down and take a look at Ken’s fantastic leather goods and enjoy a beer provided our friends by Pabst.” says owner Brett Beadle. Don’t mind if we do! Watch the video above from the last time these two hooked up. Good times.
The Shop Vancouver | 432 Columbia Street | Vancouver, BC | DETAILS
The GOODS from Mamie Taylor’s
Vancouver, BC | Mamie Taylor’s restaurant has teamed up with not-for-profit Not So Fast to give back to its neighbourhood community this holiday season. A charity that promotes healthy food choices on the Downtown Eastside, Not So Fast has challenged Chef Tobias Grignon to create a signature dish using frugal and heathy ingredients from a very short list of affordable dried goods, high-protein nuts and legumes, and seasonal vegetables.
Rising to the occasion, he’s created Sunchoke and Goat Cheese Pierogies served on Braised Lentils with Roasted Kale and Walnuts ($18). From December 1st to the 14th, every signature Pierogi dish sold will benefit Not So Fast’s “Think Inside The Box” Friday food program at the Strathcona Community Centre. Since the program began last month, more than 150 Downtown Eastside families have been helped with Not So Fast’s “Think Inside The Box” meal starters.
The foundation of a wholesome meal for four, each dry goods starter box contains rice, beans or lentils and a recipe that features low-cost, seasonal produce such as kale and root vegetables. Read more
Farina is the closest pizzeria to Scout’s office, so we know it intimately. The room is adorably designed, one of the first ever independent jobs by Craig Stanghetta, who has since done up the looks of several popular establishments around town (eg. Pidgin, Homer St. Cafe, Revolver, Ask For Luigi, etc).
But back to the pizza! The crust is fantastic. Not only does it travel well and maintain core temperature longer than VPN-certified pizzas (at least the few blocks back to our office), it also maintains an ideal thinness. It’s very close to Neapolitan authenticity, even achieving the gently blistered char on the outer edges with their gas-fired oven. Our favourite pizzas here are the quattro formaggi with mozzarella, parmesan, provolone, and ricotta (flecked with basil, natch) and the finocchiona with fennel sausage, provolone, parmesan and peppers. Update: an earlier edit said that PF didn’t have a liquor license. That is, of course, incorrect. Our bad.
915 Main Street | Vancouver, BC | 604-681-9334 | www.pizzeriafarina.com
We’ve been in love with this place since before it was even open. Five years ago, it was just so incredibly exciting to have an Italian restaurant of mentionable calibre open up close to our office on the border of Strathcona (Farina is half a block closer). We were already very familiar with the operators – Tom Doughty, Robert Belcham, Tim Pittman – from their days at Fuel (later Refuel) and well before then at “C” and Nu. We had every reason to be stoked for it…
Like Farina, they make a fennel sausage pizza, but we prefer Campagnolo’s version because it’s simpler, substituting chilies for peppers and therefore not distracting texturally from the sausage. They also do a pie with fresh herbs, ricotta, castelvetrano olives, and basil that knocks our socks off. The oven is gas-fired, but you wouldn’t think it. Bonus: good rear bar area with well-made Italian cocktails and solid but short selection of wines by the glass.
1020 Main Street | Vancouver, BC | 604-484-6018 | www.campagnolorestaurant.ca
The GOODS from The Chinatown Experiment
Vancouver, BC | Building on the success of Neighbourhood Collective, The Chinatown Experiment is presenting a series of art sales beginning with Neighbourhood: Photographs. Our focus is to bring attention to emerging local artists and have them showcase their work outside of the traditional art gallery model.
We are hosting an art sale on Tuesday, Dec 3 from 6:30pm to 11pm. All art is available for $100 or less. Guest curator, Becky Philpott has brought together six local photographers under the theme of neighbourhoods. These six photographers include Kamil Bialous, Shannyn Higgins, Kane Hopkins, Leigh Righton, Eldon Underhill, and Mel Yap. Read more
We’ve invited Vancouver’s own The Modern Bartender in Chinatown to join our GOODS section as a recommended place to stock up on all things drink. They are now proud members of Scout, and as such we will be posting their news in addition to hosting a page for them on our curated list of independent goodness. We would like to thank them for their support of Scout, and for making Vancouver a more tipsy place to be.