GOODS | Celebrated Argentine Chef Francis Mallmann To Cook At “CinCin” In September

CinCin Ristorante is located at 1154 Robson Street in downtown Vancouver, BC | 604-688-7338 | www.cincin.net

CinCin Ristorante is located at 1154 Robson Street in downtown Vancouver, BC | 604-688-7338 | www.cincin.net

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Vancouver, BC | Famed Argentine Chef Francis Mallmann will soon visit Vancouver’s award-winning CinCin Ristorante for two nights only – September 10th and 11th – to showcase his unique brand of fiery ‘Gaucho Grilling’. This visit is Mallmann’s first to British Columbia and only his third to Canada.

Chef Mallmann will be co-hosting two multi-course dinners with CinCin executive chef Andrew Richardson. The first dinner – a five-course Wine Dinner – will see specially selected wine pairings chosen by Mallmann, while the second – a four-course Tasting Menu – will have optional bottles and by-the-glass offerings selected by CinCin wine director Shane Taylor and restaurant director Richard Luxton. Guests will have an opportunity to purchase an autographed copy of Mallmann’s much-anticipated second cookbook “Mallmann on Fire” – one full month before it is released to the public. But Mallmann has something more up the sleeve of his chef’s whites. On both evenings, the chef and his brigade will be giving special street-side demonstrations of their craft on Vancouver’s bustling Robson Street, right outside CinCin’s front door.

Call him the Man of La Plancha – the outsize Argentine cast iron griddle – that, together with his wood-burning parilla – form the tools of his trade. For Mallmann’s use of open fire is legendary. Argentine-born but European trained, Mallmann disdains the prissy and contrived of haute cuisine preferring the gutsy flavours found in whole salted chickens, baby goat, suckling pig and enormous cuts of beef. Indeed, his 2009 cookbook, ‘Seven Fires – Grilling the Argentine Way’ includes his method for cooking a whole cow – at once.

Prices for the five-course Wine Dinner and four-course Tasting Menu are CAD $165.00++ and CAD $120.00+, respectively. “Mallmann on Fire” is available for guests at a CAD $40.00 supplement, and interest may be indicated at time of booking. For reservations or more information, please call CinCin Ristorante at 604 688 7338 or email info@cincin.net. Read more

GOODS | CinCin Celebrating “Negroni Week” In Support Of The BC Hospitality Foundation

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CinCin Ristorante is located at 1154 Robson Street in downtown Vancouver, BC | 604-688-7338 | www.cincin.net

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Vancouver, BC | From June 2nd to 8th, CinCin Ristorante and Bar revisits its Italian roots with “Negroni Week” – an international celebration of one of the world’s great cocktails – and is one of only five venues participating in British Columbia. Restaurants and bars around the globe, from Romania to South Africa, will donate proceeds from their Negroni sales to a local charity during this time.

“Negroni Week is an opportunity for restaurants and bars around the world to unite with a common love of this classic cocktail, but also to give back to the community,” says Adaina Smyth, CinCin bar manager. “Since 2006, the BC Hospitality Foundation has provided a financial safety net that helps to support ill and injured food, beverage, and hospitality industry members in British Columbia, when they need it most. We are honoured to be able to support the BCHF by donating the proceeds of our Negroni Week sales to this important cause.”

In keeping with the spirit of community, the CinCin Bar team – led by Smyth – have collaborated to create a specialty menu of six new Negroni cocktails in addition to its signature CinCin Negroni. Smyth recommends guests try the Negroni Amante, which features locally-produced Long Table Gin, Campari, Pedro Ximenez Sherry and Prosecco for a light summer cocktail, or for a traditional Italian taste, the Tocco Italiano with Beniamino Moscato Grappa, Campari, and Martini Bianco. The full Negroni menu can be found online here. Read more

GOODS | Three “Top Table” Restaurants To Serve Superlative Wine Suppers This Spring

The award-winning CinCin, Blue Water Cafe, and Araxi restaurants will each play host to special wine suppers this Spring

The award-winning CinCin, Blue Water Cafe, and Araxi restaurants get set for special wine suppers in May/June

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Vancouver & Whistler, BC | This Spring, Toptable Group and its team of award-winning chefs and renowned wine and restaurant directors, is pleased to present a trio of exclusive wine dinners at Blue Water Cafe, CinCin Ristorante, and Araxi Restaurant on May 20, 22, and June 6 respectively. Get all the details regarding each supper 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.

DINER | The Top 10 Pizzerias In Vancouver #3: CinCin Ristorante On The Robson Strip

December 1, 2013 

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Though it takes a far more elevated approach to the dining experience than most Vancouver restaurants (let alone its pizzerias), Robson’s legendary CinCin nevertheless boasts a wood-fired oven and has been churning out great pies since shortly before the Industrial Revolution. Seriously, it earned a place in the top 3 before any of the others on this list were even born.

So grab a seat at the bar, order a glass of 2008 Andrea Oberto Barolo (yes, they sell it by the glass – along with 30 others) and pick a pizza littered either with Calabrian nduja and mozzarella or wild mushrooms and fennel salami. Feasting like this at CinCin is one of the little gifts that Vancouver gives its learned initiates. It might cost more than the others, but treat the extra expenditure as an Ambiance & Service Tax and order another glass.

1154 Robson St. | Vancouver, BC | 604-688-7338 | www.cincin.net

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GOODS | Autumnal Five Course Truffle Wine Dinner Set For Robson’s ‘CinCin’ On Nov. 27

November 12, 2013 

CinCin Ristorante is located in the heart of downtown at 1154 Robson St. | Vancouver, BC | 604-688-7338 | CinCin.net

CinCin Ristorante is located in the heart of downtown at 1154 Robson St. | Vancouver, BC | 604-688-7338 | CinCin.net

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Vancouver, BC | Celebrate CinCin’s ninth annual Festa del Fungo with a special truffle wine dinner on Wednesday, November 27th. Executive Chef Andrew Richardson has created a specialty truffle menu which indulges the lusty flavours of autumn, and Wine Director Shane Taylor is pleased to invite you to enjoy extraordinary wine selections from Piedmont region of Italy, finished off with an exciting Italian-influenced Canadian ice wine from Niagara-on-the-Lake. Chef Richardson’s five-course truffle tasting menu will be accompanied by these exquisite wines: Andrea Oberto Barbera D’Alba 2012, Marcarini La Serra Barolo 2009, Vietti Castiglione Barolo 2009, Mauro Veglio Vigneto Arborina Barolo 2008, and Pillitteri Cabernet Franc Ice Wine 2011. Get all the details after the jump… Read more

GOODS | CinCin’s Month-Long “Truffle & Mushroom Festival” Set For Nov. 1 Launch

October 29, 2013 

CinCin Ristorante is located in the heart of downtown at 1154 Robson St. | Vancouver, BC | 604-688-7338 | CinCin.net

CinCin Ristorante is located in the heart of downtown at 1154 Robson St. | Vancouver, BC | 604-688-7338 | CinCin.net

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Vancouver, BC | “Nobody knows the truffles I’ve seen,” says CinCin Executive Chef Andrew Richardson. The evening of November 1st will signal the beginning of CinCin’s ninth annual, month-long Festa del Fungo. Join Chef Richardson in celebrating truffles and wild mushrooms, which herald the lusty flavours of autumn.

Richardson, whose Michelin-starred skills and contemporary Italian cuisine have been pleasing the appetites of his guests for the past 18 months, has been busy meeting with his suppliers. Together they have selected the finest native examples of mushrooms that best demonstrate the flavours of our coastal fields and forests. Guests will be treated to a nightly rotating list of mushroom varieties including golden chanterelles, lobster, hedgehog, hen-of-the-woods, king oyster and portobello. A number of specialty dishes will be featured on chef’s ‘mid-course’ menu, including Chef’s chestnut and potato gnocchi served with rosemary, almonds, and of course, his decadent truffle cream.

Chef Richardson has also been on a quest for the world’s finest truffles. Each dish on the special menu has been designed specifically for the festival, in order to pair perfectly with the striking flavours of fresh black Burgundy or white Alba truffles. “We buy only the best, hand-selected from experts we trust,” he says. “The trick with truffles is not to clean them too early,” he adds. “They are truly living ingredients, and their layer of earth should be gently washed just before use.” Read more

GOODS | “CinCin” Pairing With San Felice & Viticcio Wineries For Two Special Suppers

October 25, 2013 

CinCin Ristorante is located in the heart of downtown at 1154 Robson St. | Vancouver, BC | 604-688-7338 | CinCin.net

CinCin Ristorante is located in the heart of downtown at 1154 Robson St. | Vancouver, BC | 604-688-7338 | CinCin.net

The GOODS from CinCin

Vancouver, BC | The critically acclaimed San Felice + Viticcio wineries are set to pair up with Chef Andrew Richardson’s Contemporary Italian Cuisine on November 11th and 14th respectively. We are particularly pleased to introduce these two wonderful wineries that exemplify modern Italian winemaking techniques, but are based in historic vineyards. This is also a special opportunity to introduce Shane Taylor, CinCin’s new Wine Director. Shane recently qualified as an Advanced Sommelier from the London-based Court of Master Sommeliers, one of the wine world’s most senior and prestigious accreditations. He is delighted to present these two wine dinners. Get all of the details after the jump… Read more

GOODS | Robson’s “CinCin” To Host Special Il Palazzone Wine Supper On October 24th

September 5, 2013 

CinCin Ristorante is located in the heart of downtown at 1154 Robson St. | Vancouver, BC | 604-688-7338 | CinCin.net

CinCin Ristorante is located in the heart of downtown at 1154 Robson St. | Vancouver, BC | 604-688-7338 | CinCin.net

The GOODS from CinCin

Vancouver, BC | On Thursday, October 24th, CinCin will host one of the most exclusive wine dinners to be convened in Vancouver in recent years. Wine Director Shane Taylor is delighted to announce a special evening with Montalcino’s esteemed Il Palazzone Winery, and its highly-regarded proprietor, Richard Parsons. A prominent New Yorker, Mr. Parsons is the former Chairman of Citigroup and Chairman and CEO of Time Warner. He affirmed his lifelong passion for wine when he purchased Il Palazzone in 2000.

The evening will feature an extraordinary selection of four vintages of Il Palazzone Brunello di Montalcino Riserva wines, from the 2006, 2004, 2001 and 1999 vintages. Each of these wines has consistently attracted scores of 92 points or higher from Robert Parker and Wine Spectator. Ms. Mandy Presser, Vice President of US Sales and Marketing for Il Palazzone, will be introducing the wines.

The evening will begin with critically acclaimed Adami single vineyard Prosecco and finish with the elegant Il Palazzone Grappa. Each wine selection will be paired with Executive Chef Andrew Richardson’s contemporary Italian cuisine. And for this special menu, Chef Andrew will be using Il Palazzone’s limited release Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

One half of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to Stand Tall Education Network, a project of Rose Charities, which assists children’s education in Uganda. Throughout the evening a few select Il Palazzone wines will be available for silent auction. Get all the details after the jump… Read more

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | Robson’s CinCin” On The Hunt For A Full-Time Chef De Partie

September 3, 2013 

CinCin Ristorante is located in the heart of downtown at 1154 Robson St. | 604-688-7338 | CinCin.net

CinCin Ristorante is located in the heart of downtown at 1154 Robson St. | Vancouver, BC | 604-688-7338 | CinCin.net

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Vancouver, BC | Award winning Italian restaurant CinCin Ristorante + Bar is looking for a full-time experienced Chef de Partie. The ideal candidate will have the opportunity to learn from an experienced kitchen team and work with fresh seasonal products using our unique kitchen equipment such as our alder wood fired oven, rotisserie and grill. CinCin provides a great opportunity for development within the organization; candidates must be well spoken, professional and friendly. Experience cooking in a large-scale restaurant is a bonus, but not necessary.

CinCin Ristorante + Bar is known for contemporary Italian cuisine, seamless service, and an award-winning wine list. We offer competitive wages, benefits and an opportunity to join a company that is on the cutting edge of modern sophistication, along with a camaraderie that supports our shared passions.

To apply for this position, please send your resume and cover letter in confidence to richard@cincin.net specifying “Chef de Partie” in the subject line. We thank all applicants for their interest, though we will only be able to respond to those selected for an interview. Read more

GOODS | Sommelier Shane Taylor Named New Wine Director At Robson’s “CinCin”

CinCin Ristorante is located in the heart of downtown at 1154 Robson St. | Vancouver, BC | 604-688-7338 | CinCin.net

CinCin Ristorante is located in the heart of downtown at 1154 Robson St. | Vancouver, BC | 604-688-7338 | CinCin.net

The GOODS from CinCin

Vancouver, BC | Jack Evrensel, proprietor of Toptable Group, is delighted to announce the appointment of Shane Taylor as Wine Director at CinCin. Shane brings an impressive résumé in service, having worked at the Relais Gourmand White Barn Inn in Kennebunkport, Maine as well as serving at Glenapp Castle and Chapter One, both Michelin-starred. In addition, he has achieved impressive accreditation in gaining both his WSET Diploma in Wine and Spirits, as well as his Advanced Sommelier’s certificate from London’s Court of Sommeliers, one of the most senior and prestigious recognitions in the wine world. “We are thrilled to have him join our Toptable Group wine team,” Evrensel said.

A native of PEI, Taylor returned to Canada in 2005 to join Araxi in Whistler and then in 2008 became Assistant Wine Director of another sister restaurant, Blue Water Cafe. “There’s a story in every bottle,” Taylor says, “and I like to share that with both my guests and our service personnel at CinCin. We are constantly searching out unique wines from around the world, especially those that show real value in the glass.”

Taylor’s appointment reflects more than three decades of wine excellence at Toptable Group restaurants. In addition to managing portfolios that number into the thousands of local and global labels, each venue also hosts acclaimed wine dinners throughout the year that marry the finest cuisine with carefully selected vintages. Taylor joins one of Canada’s top collaborative wine teams… Read more

GOODS: Robson’s Award-Winning “CinCin” Pairs Heated Patio With Rapid Fire Lunches

CinCin Ristorante is located in the heart of downtown at 1154 Robson St. | Vancouver, BC | 604-688-7338 | CinCin.net

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Vancouver, BC | Since his return to Vancouver last year, Executive Chef Andrew Richardson has brought CinCin’s award-winning cuisine to new heights – while Restaurant Director Richard Luxton and his service team deliver unparalleled dining experiences to each guest. Choose from authentic Roman wood-fired pizzas, daily rotisserie additions, handmade pastas and Ocean Wise seafood – all executed with Chef Richardson’s Michelin-trained signature techniques. From quick power-lunches with friends to intimate client meetings and leisurely celebrations, the team at CinCin will make your weekday lunch plans both memorable and seamless. And with the arrival of spring comes the reopening of our heated terrace… Read more

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS: Robson’s “CinCin” On The Hunt For A Passionate Pastry Chef

January 11, 2013 

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CinCin Ristorante is located in the heart of downtown at 1154 Robson St. | Vancouver, BC | 604-688-7338 | CinCin.net

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Vancouver, BC | CinCin Ristorante is seeking an experienced Pastry Chef to join our professional and dedicated team. We require a creative, proactive individual with an extraordinary passion for excellence to thrive in our energetic and fast paced environment. You will have a minimum of 5 years’ experience and training as a pastry chef in similar fine dining establishments. Details after the jump… Read more

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS: Robson’s “CinCin” Looking For An Experienced Bar Manager

December 19, 2012 

CinCin Ristorante is located in the heart of downtown at 1154 Robson St. | Vancouver, BC | 604-688-7338 | CinCin.net

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Vancouver, BC | CinCin Ristorante + Bar on Robson is looking for a fine-dining restaurant bar manager to join its professional and dedicated management team. The ideal candidate must be detail oriented, passionate and eager to spearhead an award-winning bar to greater heights. This opportunity is open to an exemplary industry professional that can both educate and inspire a team of seasoned staff to further develop their skills. A keen eye for details, notable leadership qualities, a welcoming persona and a commitment to hospitality is a must. Applicant must have a minimum of three years bar and fine dining experience. Read more

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