OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | New “Chambar” Is On The Lookout For Experienced Line Cooks

October 15, 2014 

Chambar is located at 568 Beatty St. in Vancouver’s Crosstown neighbourhood | 604-879-7119 | chambar.com

Chambar is located at 568 Beatty St. in Vancouver’s Crosstown neighbourhood | 604-879-7119 | chambar.com

The GOODS from Chambar

Vancouver, BC | The award-winning Chambar restaurant is looking to add line cooks to the team for both AM and PM shifts now that business is underway at the new Beatty Street location (next door to the original). All interested parties with experience should their resumes in confidence to tia [at] chambar.com. Learn more about the new location here. Read more

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | Chambar On The Hunt For A Full-Time Host With Experience

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Chambar is located at 562 Beatty St. in Vancouver’s Crosstown neighbourhood | 604-879-7119 | www.chambar.com

The GOODS from Chambar

Vancouver, BC | Chambar is on the lookout for a full-time host. Applicants must have a minimum of 3 years experience in the industry and be highly adaptable. Events management experience is preferred. Our hosts must be great with guests and have a high level of customer service skills. Applicants should also be enthusiastic, eager to learn, and well-versed in the OpenTable reservation system and its operations. Please email your resume and cover letter justin [at] chambar.com. Read more

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | Dirty Apron Deli Is On The Lookout For A Full-Time FOH Staffer

January 17, 2014 

The Dirty Apron Deli & Cooking School is located at 540 Beatty St. in Vancouver | 604-879-8588 | www.dirtyapron.com

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Vancouver, BC | The Dirty Apron Delicatessen is on the lookout for a new full time front of house Deli Sales Associate. Applicants must have a passion for food, local products, and a minimum 2 years experience in the hospitality or grocery industries. Starting wage is $11/hour. Interested applicants can email resumes to info [at] dirtyapron.com with the subject line “FOH Deli Position”. Read more

DINER | New Durbach Eatery Opening This Spring In The Original “Wild Rice” Location

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by Andrew Morrison | Andrew Wong officially announced this morning that he will soon finish up at the original downtown location of Wild Rice. The trailblazing restaurateur opened the socially and environmentally conscious “Modern Chinese” eatery at 117 West Pender St. off Abbott St. back in 2001, serving ethically sourced cuisine informed by his heritage and pairing it with local wines and original cocktails. The spirit of the restaurant (a founding member of Ocean Wise and Green Table) will, of course, continue to live on at its new location in New Westminster’s increasingly awesome River Market. The restaurant officially closes its doors on January 31st.

With Wong’s announcement out of the way, we can now tell you that he accepted an offer from restaurateurs Andrey Durbach and Chris Stewart (see The Sardine Can, La Buca, Pied-A-Terre) before Christmas. The well respected pair take possession on February 1st and are joined in ownership this time around by Michel Durocher, who has been part of the company since long before he started managing The Sardine Can (back to the old Parkside days).

Together, they hope to transform the 2,500 sqft space into a cheffish gastropub/tavern of serious sway. We can expect a darker, woodier, warmer aesthetic, which is to say that it it won’t look remotely the same as Wild Rice when it open this Spring (they’re crossing their fingers for April/May). “It’s a complete overhaul,” says Stewart. The only thing that they’re keeping is the length of the bar. When I asked Durbach for points of conceptual reference, he mentioned the Dominion and Au Pied de Cochon in Montreal and The Spotted Pig and Minetta Tavern in New York. Think 90 food primary seats and a menu of classics that have been amplified by good ingredients and furrowed brows of creativity. Though nothing about the place is really set in stone just yet, Durbach likes the idea of spinning high quality fish and chips, chicken karaage, an assortment of salads, perfect Côte de Boeuf (inspired the mainstay at the recently closed Boneta), toulouse bangers with whipped potatoes and craft beef-infused onion gravy, and so on. Durbach also says that he’d like to try and make the best burger in town, so you know…fancy, but not too fancy.

With the new Chambar re-opening in their new location just up the street at the same time and rumours of new eateries slated for the old Chambar location and the soon to move Medina next door, this looks like a solid pick-up from Durbach et al. Crosstown, it seems, is going to have a little renaissance (again).

They don’t have a name for the restaurant just yet, but we’ll let you know as soon as it’s set and update our readers as things progress because this is one to keep an eye on. In the meantime, there’s still time to pay your respects to Wild Rice and sneak in another delicious bowl of Rossdown chicken Kung Po.

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OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | Chambar Hunting For Experienced Line Cook And Pastry Chef

December 6, 2013 

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Chambar is located at 562 Beatty St. in Vancouver’s Crosstown neighbourhood | 604-879-7119 | www.chambar.com

The GOODS from Chambar

Vancouver, BC | Chambar Restaurant is looking to hire an experienced Pastry Chef and a full-time line cook with a minimum of 3 years of experience in a high volume, fast-paced kitchen. The candidates must have a strong work ethic and be detail-oriented with fine dining plating skills. Wage competitive. Please email resumes to jobs@chambar.com. No phone calls please. Read more

GOODS | Huge Variety Of Holiday Gift Boxes Now Available At Crosstown’s “Dirty Apron”

December 3, 2013 

The Dirty Apron Deli & Cooking School is located at 540 Beatty St. in Vancouver | 604-879-8588 | www.dirtyapron.com

The Dirty Apron Deli & Cooking School is located at 540 Beatty St. in Vancouver | 604-879-8588 | www.dirtyapron.com

The GOODS from The Dirty Apron

Vancouver, BC | The Dirty Apron Cooking School’s holiday gift boxes are back with old favourites as well as a new selection for every foodie on your gift list. Featuring local hand crafted treats as well as gourmet bites to satisfy all appetites and occasions, the Dirty Apron Gift Boxes are available for pre-purchase online with delivery and in-store purchases starting December 1st.

Get the party started with The Bartender ($125). Full of the essentials, this box comes equipped with a mason jar cocktail shaker, whiskey stones and a selection of aromatic extracts from Bittered Sling. Or satisfy the foodie in your life with The Chef ($200). Full of fine products to complete the gourmet pantry, lucky recipients of this box can expect to find the recently crowned world’s best olive oil Olio Novello, smooth Il Buon Condimento balsamic vinegar, a bottle of the celebrated Noble Maple Syrup and The Dirty Apron’s own truffle oil. Serious snackers will swoon for The Epicurean ($65) which contains the cure for any craving: Kookabura red licorice, old fashioned potato chips, TCHO chocolate, Christmas biscotti, and BETA5 fleur de sel caramels. A cornucopia of covetable treats, The Bounty ($250) is perfect for discerning tastes. The name says it all as this box has everything: hickory smoked almonds, beef jerky, Oyama salami compete with Opinel folding knife, Brome Lake liquor pate and Mediterranean pickles. Wash it down with a bottle of Driftwood Ale and continue digging to see what else is hidden inside this endless box of treats. Other gift boxes available this holiday season include The Dude ($100), The Ultimate Celebration ($100/$150), Fresh Feast ($150), The Party ($90), Mama Mia ($100) and Mama Mia Belissima ($199).

The Dirty Apron Gift Boxes are now available online for pre-order and in-store starting December 1st until the end of the holiday season. Gift Boxes can be picked up at the retail location at 540 Beatty Street or arranged to be delivered. Read more

GOODS | Big Pumpkin Carving Competition Going Down At “The Dirty Apron” This Week

October 28, 2013 

The Dirty Apron Deli & Cooking School is located at 540 Beatty St. in Vancouver | 604-879-8588 | www.dirtyapron.com

The Dirty Apron Deli & Cooking School is located at 540 Beatty St. in Vancouver | 604-879-8588 | www.dirtyapron.com

The GOODS from The Dirty Apron

Vancouver, BC | The Dirty Apron wants foodies to get into the spirit of Halloween by showing off their pumpkin carving skills. From now until October 31st, the Crosstown deli will be accepting entries. The winner will take home a gift certificate for a cooking class of their choice at The Dirty Apron Cooking School. The rules are simple: carve a pumpkin with a food theme then take a picture and share it on The Dirty Apron Facebook page. You can also tweet or Instagram the photo to @dirty_apron with the hashtag #dirtyapronhalloween. Alternatively, entrants can bring their creations into The Dirty Apron Delicatessen for display (and bonus points!). Once the contest is closed a winner will be selected and announced the first week of November. The contest is open until the end of day Thursday, October 31st. Pumpkins will be judged on creativity and the best use of the “food” theme. The winner will be announced on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and will be notified via the method of entry. Read more

DINER | When Chambar Moves Next Door, What Happens To The Much-Loved Medina?

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by Andrew Morrison | When we recently broke the news about Chambar’s expansion plans, we promised that we’d let you know about the fate of Medina, the dizzyingly popular brunch spot that Chambar is umbilically connected to. First, some background…

Chambar owners Karri and Nico Schuermans launched Medina together with an former employee of theirs, Robbie Kane, almost seven years ago. It was a time when the brunch scene in Vancouver was suffering from broad bouts of ubiquity. Granted, there were a lot of eateries offering brunch back then, but for the most part they adhered hard to the mimosa and benny traditions, which is to say that one could get the same lazy weekend mid-day meal at one restaurant and the next, ad infinitum. Medina was refreshing because it broke through the mold with things like Liege waffles with lavender chocolate and caramel, sizzling fricasee pans of fried eggs with braised short rib, arugula and applewood smoked cheddar (my personal fave), and coffee worthy of a second cup. It didn’t take long for Medina to attract daily line-ups, and soon it expanded to include more seats in a rear dining room. In very short order, it became the most highly recommended brunch spot in the city, a position that it still holds to this day.

So with Chambar moving and expanding their hours to include breakfast and brunch, the fate of Medina was unclear. The lease might be up, but even it wasn’t it would have to close so Nico and Karri wouldn’t have to compete with themselves right next door when they launched Chambar 2.0. But will Medina ever re-open? Of course it will. It’s too successful a brand to be left by the wayside, but it will have to move.

“I just want to tell all our customers that they shouldn’t worry,” Robbie told me over the weekend. “I’m looking for a new location for Medina as we speak, and I’m looking very hard.” Where that will be remains up in the air (we’ll let you know as soon as the deal is signed), but Robbie hopes to have the new Medina open this Spring, roundabout the same time that the old Medina closes.

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OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | Beatty’s Chambar Is On The Lookout For An Experienced Host

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Chambar is located at 562 Beatty St. in Vancouver’s Crosstown neighbourhood | 604-879-7119 | www.chambar.com

The GOODS from Chambar

Vancouver, BC | Chambar is on the look out for a full time host. Applicants must have minimum 3 years experience in the industry and be highly adaptable. Events management experience is preferred. The successful candidate will be great with guests and have a high level of customer service skills. Applicants should be familiar with the OpenTable reservation system, be enthusiastic, and eager to learn. Please email justin [at] chambar.com with resume attached. Learn more about us after the jump… Read more

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS: Beatty’s Chambar On The Lookout For Experienced Line Cook

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Chambar is located at 562 Beatty St. in Vancouver’s Crosstown neighbourhood | 604-879-7119 | www.chambar.com

The GOODS from Chambar

Vancouver, BC | Chambar Restaurant is looking for a full-time line cook with a minimum of 3 years of experience in a high volume, fast-paced kitchen. The candidate must have a strong work ethic and be detail oriented with fine dining plating skills. Wage competitive. Please email resumes to jobs@chambar.com. No phone calls please. Learn more about the restaurant after the jump… Read more

OUTFIT OF THE DAY | Special “Going Out For A Late Bite & Sip At Chambar” Edition

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by Robyn Yager | Wilfred black pants (Front & Company), geometric printed Marc by Marc Jacobs top (Front & Company), navy leather bag from a boutique, Clinique lip crayon in Mightiest Maraschino, Vera Wang’s Lovestruck perfume, the spring/summer edition of Montecristo (in case the conversation turns dull) and black suede Manolo Blahniks. Not pictured: Chambar’s canard et chèvre and a glass of the La Frenz ‘Amos Vineyard’ ’11 Pinot Noir.

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SEEN IN VANCOUVER #453: Scenes From Chambar’s Glorious “Belgian Day” Gluttony

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As our Instagram and Twitter followers might have noticed, we’ve been on the road quite a bit recently. Though we had a fantastic trip getting to know Alberta better via camper van, we missed out on something that always knocks our summer socks off: the medieval-style Belgian National Day Feast at Chambar on Beatty Street. The meal is a real barn burner; this year with artichokes, ostrich tartare, honey roasted squab, pheasant and pistachio terrine, espelette pepper chicken wings, tea-smoked duck, BBQ quail, flambeed foie gras, turkey kofta, fried chicken, and more (not to mention copious amounts of Chambar Ale). As is the norm for this event, which went down on Sunday, no utensils were provided, so you can well imagine the savagery and the size of the linen bill. As luck and friendship would have it, our friends Mike Babiarz (of Warren Lane Pictures) and Anna McLean (of Duchesse Vintage) agreed to don swell-looking bibs and go in our stead with appetites and a camera. By all reports, it sounds like a seriously good time was had. Thanks for sharing!

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GOODS: Chambar Set For National Belgian Day Feast (Without Cutlery) This July 21st

Chambar is located at 562 Beatty St. in Vancouver’s Crosstown neighbourhood | 604-879-7119 | www.chambar.com

Chambar is located at 562 Beatty St. in Vancouver’s Crosstown neighbourhood | 604-879-7119 | www.chambar.com

The GOODS from Chambar

Vancouver, BC | Hear hear! Come one, come all! On Sunday, July 21, Chambar restaurant will host its annual medieval feast to celebrate Belgian National Day. In honour of his heritage, and Chambar’s vibrant cultural roots, Chef/Owner Nico Schuermans is set to cook up a feast of 8 birds served 13 ways that will include Ostrich, Squab, Pheasant, Duck, Quail, Turkey, Chicken and a Pastry Swan to finish the meal. This debaucherous dining experience will be rounded out with communal tables loaded with family style platters and meters of the newly re-launched Chambar Ale.

History buffs will recognize Belgium’s national holiday as the day that Leopold the First took the constitutional oath as the first King of Belgium on July 21, 1831. For one night only, indulge with Chambar to honour this momentous occasion in Belgian history. Details after the jump… Read more

AWESOME THING WE ATE #897: The Fried Chicken And Waffles At “Yolk’s” Food Truck

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Yolk’s Mobile Breakfast has become well known as a brunch-centric food truck; a reliable source of poached eggs on English Muffins with quality hollandaise and an outstanding product called the Truffle-Lemon Hashbrown Skewer (it’s as good as it sounds).

They also do fresh juices, pork belly Croque Madame sandwiches, fruit pancakes, and other goodies besides, but the big draw today was their special Fried Chicken and Waffle lunch made with organic, free range chicken supplied by our friends out at Polderside.

Yolk’s brines the chicken in honey, citrus, salt and fresh herbs and batters it up with panko bread crumbs and buttermilk. The end result is crispy then tender, and not at all greasy with the seasoning held back to allow for the gravy and maple syrup to do their tasty thing.

The waffles, made a la minute Belgian-style with butter and proper vanilla, are well-browned but pillowy soft on the tooth. At $9.50 an order, it’s a delicious steal of a meal, and one that is mercifully only available on Fridays (it would be dangerously tempting if available every day).

Yolk’s can be found parked on the sidewalk by the Beatty & Dunsmuir exit of Chinatown/Stadium skytrain station from Wednesday through to Sunday (and sometimes at Farmer’s Markets – follow them on Twitter to stay abreast).

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