The GOODS from La Pentola
Vancouver, BC | On Sunday, May 26, La Pentola’s Famiglia Supper Series continues with a Frutti di Mare dinner hosted by chef Lucais Syme. Join us at 6pm to dine alla famiglia style at a communal table with your friends and neighbours. This month we feature local Ocean Wise seafoods like local spot prawns, Dungeness crab, oysters, halibut and salmon. Details after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from Wildebeest
Vancouver, BC | This weekend’s special Mother’s Day edition of our Sunday dinner series has made Nick Miller cry tears of joy twice already. As always, these meals are curated and butchered from whole animals, lamb in this week’s case, and as such availability is very limited. Each dinner is $180 and is a complete meal for four guests, or an amazing anchor for larger groups. Dig into the menu after the jump. Read more
The GOODS from Hawksworth
Vancouver, BC | Hawksworth Restaurant is looking for servers, sever assistants and food expeditors to join our team. Ideal candidates have worked in a fine dining restaurant or have hotel dining experience. All those interested are invited to submit their resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax them to 604-681-2154. Learn more about the award-winning restaurant after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from The Bottleneck
Vancouver, BC | The downtown core has a new option for lunch dining, as The Bottleneck opens its doors Monday through Friday with a fresh daytime menu. The Bottleneck’s lunch menu features an array of delicious new options from meaty to vegetarian, vegan to gluten-free. Following the same direction as the evening menu, Chef Hugh Carbery focused on using natural, free range meats, Ocean Wise seafood, and locally sourced products wherever possible. Options/details after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from Wildebeest
Vancouver, BC | Following up on last weekend’s super Bresse success is this Sunday’s suckling sensation! The menu below is perfectly suited for four diners coming in at $45 per guest, also working well at $180 for larger groups incorporating this into the rest of their dinner. The pig – a cross of the breed Gloucester and the breed Tamworth – is fresh from Rosedale, BC; raised with love by Farmer John Klop. Please call us at 604-687-6880 or email email@example.com to book one of these very limited dinners. Take a look at the menu – complete with crispy pork skins, ribs and wild garlic sausage – after the jump… Read more
by Andrew Morrison | There’s a new BBQ joint coming the West End’s way in May. What used to be Main Dining Room – the middling Chinese restaurant at 833 Denman St. (it had something like 10 owners in 12 years) – will soon reopen its doors as Buckstop, a 40 seater with a 2am liquor license. The owners are Ontario industry vets Fiona Grieve (FOH) and David Coatsworth (BOH). Both have plenty of fine dining experience, but with Buckstop being all about BBQ, I reckon there won’t be much white linen hanging around.
Everything is going to be made in-house (preserves, condiments) and a lot of the dishes will see plenty of smoke. The plan is to table a lot of what people would expect from a BBQ pit (racks of ribs, briskets, etc) but to also offer a lot of small share plates so that diners don’t have to commit to the full slab. Expect to see things like barbecued buttermilk calamari, smoked pork rilette crostini, prawn poboy tacos, and smoked gouda grilled cheeses with double smoked bacon. Peckinpah meets Bin 941.
There’s still a ways to go on the interior, but considering how gnarly the place was when they took it over (I saw photos – blech). It’s hard to imagine given the shots above, but they’re very close to being finished. I’ve been told to imagine painted gold ceilings and a big antler chandelier, and that’s a hard thing to do, but not as difficult as making sense of the “door to Narnia” that left embedded in the ceiling panels by a previous tenant (see photo above). Unsolicited contextualization: think Bin 941 if it was bought by Memphis Blues.
The GOODS from Wildebeest
Vancouver, BC | This weekend, Wildebeest presents the first in a new series of Sunday dinners. Join us this Sunday for roast chicken, featuring whole Rosedale ‘Bresse’ chickens, revered for their flavour due to perfect fat distribution and superior texture. These locally raised chickens are directly from the Bresse line, the world’s only AOC bird, national bird of France, chicken of choice of Chef Heston Blumenthal, and the first of their kind to be served in Vancouver. Dinner for four is $140 and in very limited supply. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to book your dinner. Menu after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from The Dirty Apron
Vancouver, BC | Vancouver’s top culinary classroom will celebrate all things Okanagan with a special cooking class on May 5th, 2013 highlighting recipes from the popular cookbook The Butcher, The Baker, The Wine & Cheese Maker – An Okanagan Cookbook. In a unique twist, The Dirty Apron will welcome three Okanagan chefs to demonstrate their passion for BC bounty, each teaching his or her own recipe from the book.
Chef Natasha Schooten of Terrafina Restaurant in Oliver will teach the first course: Harker’s Organic Spinach and The Farm House Natural Cheeses Fromage Frais Fritters with Kale Pesto and Apple Mustard. This flavourful starter will be followed by Slow Cooked Halibut with Basil, Crisp Sweet Life Farms Potatoes, Stoney Paradise Tomatoes, and Artichoke Chardonnay Emulsion as taught by Gold Medal Plates Award winner Chef Mark Filatow of Waterfront Restaurant & Wine Bar in Kelowna. And, what better way to finish a perfect meal than with an expertly prepared Apple Tarte Tatin as demonstrated by Chef Sandrine Raffault-Martin, owner of Sandrine French Pastry & Chocolate in Kelowna. Each course will also be expertly paired with wines from the Okanagan including Rustic Roots Winery, Meyer Family Vineyards, and Bella Wines. Read more
We checked out the brand new Gastown pop-up shop from The Found and The Freed at 207 Abbott St. the other day. So many awesome things to dig! Hours are Monday to Friday, 11am to 7pm, and from 11am to 5pm on the weekends. The pop-up wraps on May 10th. Pay them a visit and tell them we said hi!
The GOODS from Hawksworth
Vancouver, BC | Hawksworth Restaurant is looking for a new Catering Sales Manager. The person in this role will ultimately be responsible for the development of the catering business by identifying leads and proactively and creatively pursuing leads to result in catering orders for both Hawksworth Restaurant and Bel Cafe. Responsibilities include cold calling on local businesses, and following up daily with each catering customer to ensure their complete satisfaction. Must have 3 years experience in a sales capactity within the hotel and restaurant industry and solid experience in event planning, management and operations. Interested applicants please email email@example.com or fax 604 681 2154. Read more
by Andrew Morrison | I toured the construction site of the new location of Miku the other day with GM Mike Deas-Dawlish and owner Seigo Nakamura. The address is 200 Granville St., which is to say it’s the old Aqua Riva location on the waterfront next to Canada Place. It’s a huge spot, some 196 seats altogether, with 35-40 seats on a brand new patio that wraps around the building’s exterior (weird that Aqua Riva never had a patio). There’s also a 12 seat sushi bar and a horseshoe-shaped cocktail bar that will serve about 18 chairs.
This time around, Miku will continue with its signature Aburi-style sushi and Sumiyaki grilling, but there will be a lot more seafood, with plenty of platters and share plates. Kimura Hideki, the same Japanese painter who did the murals at Minami (Miku’s sister restaurant in Yaletown), is en route to treat the few walls (most of the place is glass looking out onto the water).
The original Miku, located not far away at 1055 West Hastings, will be closing on April 19th (Richard Chew of Kitsilano’s Chewies Steam & Oyster Bar will take possession on May 1st with plans to open another Chewie’s this summer). The new Miku should be ready before the end of May.
The GOODS from Ocean Wise
Vancouver, BC | This spring, be the first to experience the newest spring release wines from B.C.’s very own Naramata Bench at Wine for Waves, presented by Vancouver Aquarium and Naramata Bench Wineries Association, while supporting the conservation of our oceans.
Join us at Wine for Waves on April 26 for a delightfully delicious evening as we uncork Naramata Bench’s newest spring release wines. Experience the best of the region right here in Vancouver while sampling tantalizing Ocean Wise culinary offerings. Meet Naramata Bench Wineries Association winemakers with their first blush of spring wines, and bid on incredible silent auction items of fine wines and exclusive packages.
Ocean Wise restaurant partners such as YEW restaurant + bar in Vancouver and Naramata Bench’s Hillside Winery and Bistro and Lake Breeze Vineyards, as well as additional winery restaurants from the Bench, will feature delectable tastings that charmingly complement the spectrum of the evening’s wines.
Wine for Waves benefits Vancouver Aquarium’s national sustainable seafood initiative, Ocean Wise, which works with restaurant, retailer, and supplier partners to offer ocean-friendly seafood items to consumers. Get all the details after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from The Vancouver Club
Vancouver, BC| The Vancouver Club’s corner suite and rooftop garden are now open. With new offerings come new opportunities, so The Club is now accepting applications from creative, talented individuals for the position of chef. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with a resume and cover letter. Learn more after the jump… Read more