Vancouver, BC | Proprietors David and Manjy Sidoo and Daniel Boulud are thrilled to announce that Mr. Chris González has joined their award-winning front of house team as General Manager. “Chris is an exceptional young man with a sterling reputation in Vancouver’s thriving culinary scene. We are absolutely elated to have him at the helm as we welcome the world in 2010.”
A consummate professional, Chris joins Lumière and db Bistro Moderne after a two-year tenure as Restaurant Manager at Robson Street’s CinCin Ristorante + Bar. A graduate of Vancouver’s venerable Top Table restaurant group, Chris brings passion, culinary savvy and gracious hospitality to Lumière and db bistro.
Chris has long been an active participant in British Columbia’s hospitality arena, serving as General Manager of Yaletown’s Villa del Lupo Restaurant and as a representative of Canadian Winery of the Year Summerhill Estate Winery in Kelowna. An avid traveler and culinary enthusiast, Chris looks forward to inspiring staff, elevating expectations and delivering memorable Five Diamond Service to compliment the superlative cuisine of Chefs Boulud, MacKay and Istel.
Chris is also an accomplished food and wine writer whose words have graced the pages of Vancouver Magazine, Georgia Straight, Vancouver City Guide and the Eating & Drinking Guide. He has also served previously as a judge for Vancouver Magazine’s esteemed Restaurant Awards. His keen eye, discerning palate and boundless enthusiasm make him a welcome addition to the Lumière and db Bistro Moderne family. Read more
The week’s must read is an excellent feature on Cioppino’s owner/chef Pino Posteraro’s trip to New York’s James Beard House in the new issue of Vancouver magazine.
Twelve cases containing six different vintages of specifically sourced Antinori wines must clear Customs and arrive in New York, on time and undamaged. The same goes for thousands of dollars’ worth of B.C. sablefish, spot prawns, albacore tuna, and Qualicum Bay scallops. God (and FedEx) willing, 80 of his signature limoncello cheesecakes should be waiting for him in the walk-in cooler of Daniel Boulud’s restaurant on the Upper East Side. The fresh herbs and produce should arrive from Union Square Market just after his plane touches down. Specialty ingredients (oils, vinegars, truffles, piquillo peppers, three types of salt, and four types of olives) sourced from Roland (an American food importer) should also be waiting.
In the airplane’s cargo hold are items too delicate to be trusted to overnight shipping. Meticulously wrapped in gel packs are $1,400 worth of Peace Country lamb racks, 320 handmade ravioli stuffed with beef cheeks, 13 pounds of reduced lamb stock in double-sealed containers, two one-kilogram bags of imported chickpea flour, and Posteraro’s collection of knives. If this trip is to be a success, the timing must be perfect and the organization meticulous. Nobody said cooking dinner at the James Beard House would be easy.
Check the full story here. Hats off to the writer, Chris Gonzalez, for the superb piece.