(via) Can Vancouver honestly claim to be a “world class” city without a great bookstore? By great we mean one that stops people in its tracks, ensnaring and enchanting all who enter it with the way in which it is artfully arranged. We don’t think so. It might have a handful of bookstores worthy of mention, but none are gobsmackingly massive or iconic (the stunning main branch of the public library notwithstanding). Chain behemoths like Chapters don’t count, and tangled labyrinths Powell’s in Portland or the Strand in New York are old hat. We believe that Vancouver should have something different and more modern — something like the voluminous, open-concept Livraria Culture in São Paulo, Brazil. Designed by Studio MK27 “to encourage shoppers to stay and read the books they’ve purchased or to simply hang out with friends”, it’s sexy as hell. Accordingly, we imagine it occupying the ridiculously over-sized Victoria’s Secret location on the corner of Robson and Burrard, which is no stranger to books in the first place.
The GOODS from The Cinematheque
Vancouver, BC | Halloween gets the Cinematheque treatment with a trio of art house horror classics screening from brand-new restorations: Werner Herzog’s Nosferatu the Vampyre with superbly creepy Klaus Kinski as the Count; 1973 cult folk-horror favourite The Wicker Man; and David Lynch’s enduring midnight movie Eraserhead.
On October 31 and November 1, all three films will screen in special Halloween triple bills at a special price: $20 Adults / $18 Seniors/Students. To celebrate the just-announced return of Lynch’s uber-bizarre, uber-loved Twin Peaks, we encourage you to dress up as your favourite character. There’ll be refreshments, decorations, and damn good coffee. Read more
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
The GOODS from Market by Jean-Georges
Vancouver, BC | Time-pressed diners shouldn’t ever have to sacrifice on quality and taste. To ensure that even the busiest of people can sit down and enjoy a good meal, MARKET by Jean-Georges has launched an Express Lunch that promises to have guests in and out in as little as a half hour.
Crafted weekly by Chef de Cuisine Montgomery Lau, the Express Lunch highlights cuisine inspired by the classics of Jean-Georges’ “greatest hits” with fresh, locally produced ingredients emphasizing comfort and creativity – including new flavour combinations that explore spices from other regions, all while remaining close to home. Guests can choose between two or three courses off the Express Lunch Fresh Sheet that includes a choice of appetizer, main and dessert. The two-course menu is priced at $27, while the three-course menu is priced at $32.
“While MARKET has always been a favourite for special meals and special occasions, we want people to know that MARKET is easy and accessible for anyone at anytime,” says Moustafa ElGayar, Food & Beverage Manager for MARKET by Jean-Georges. “The Express Lunch is a quick and easy way to enjoy a fantastic lunch.”
The first Express Lunch Fresh Sheet kicks off with menu items such as the Jean-Georges’ favourite Steelhead Sashimi on Crispy Rice and Chipotle Emulsion, Chili Oil Poached Sole served with Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Creamy Parsnips and Lime, and for dessert, MARKET Cheesecake served with Riesling Gelée, Poached Figs and a Concord Grape Sorbet. Read more
The GOODS from Music Direction
Vancouver, BC | The crew over at Music Direction had the pleasure of working with the team at Aburi Restaurants on the music program for the recently opened Gyoza Bar on West Pender Street. The result is a savoury and optimistic mix of foot-tapping mid- and uptempo goodness to accompany their amazing gyoza and ramen dishes. Tracklist after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from Bel Cafe
Vancouver, BC | Fall has arrived and there is a hint of excitement that the holidays are just around the corner. With the leaves turning a rich shade of red, Bel Café invites you to settle down in their cozy café and enjoy some festive cheer with a new range of Yuletide-inspired desserts that will be available from November 1.
Indulge this holiday season with one of Pastry Chef Wayne Kozinko’s special seasonal treats. Add a sweet twist to the countdown to Christmas with Chef’s butter tarts ($5.50 each), or go continental with raspberry Linzer Cookies ($8.50 for a box) and spiced whipped shortbread ($7 for a box); beautifully wrapped in festive boxes tied with ribbon ideal for gifting.
Take home a delicious decorative and stylish macaron tree that is good enough to eat; this gorgeously festive red, green and white candy cane-flavoured creation consists of macarons with white chocolate decorations (small $80 or large $130). Festivities continue with rich classic and fruity Christmas cake ($15), which is lovingly created months in advance to give the dried fruit opportunity to soak up the delicious boozy juices of the cake mix. For little ones or kids at heart, pick up a milk chocolate Santa ($15) created in house as an afternoon treat or the perfect stocking stuffer.
Stop by to warm up with a seasonal sip of eggnog latte (from $5.20) or opt for the spirited version with rum ($8) – all made in-house by the Bel Café team and served by their talented baristas. Pick up a box of the festive-themed candy cane macarons ($18 for box of 9) – a perfect hostess gift for those countless holiday parties. Read more
Come the weekend, we’ve got it pretty good. And it wasn’t too long ago that Vancouver was a bit of a brunch wasteland overseen by an irregular army of greasy spoon same-sames. Then along came Abigail’s Party in Kits, and later, Cafe Medina, which changed the game completely. The persistent line-up out front showed restaurateurs of a certain calibre that brunch was a saleable “thing”; that it didn’t necessarily mean a monotony of eggs benedict, buckets of hollandaise, and hungover campers drinking bottomless cups of shitty coffee.
Today, all the cool kids are doing it: Wildebeest, Mamie Taylor’s, Tableau, Chambar, Homer Street Cafe, The Oakwood, Ask For Luigi, Bestie, Burdock & Co., Farmer’s Apprentice — they’re all on board, and then some. The question today is, who isn’t on board? More to the point, who should be? We’ve given it some thought and drafted a short wishlist of seven that you can pick from. Though all are worthy of consideration, you can only pick one…
by Stevie Wilson | Earlier this year it was announced that the Vancouver Art Gallery would be relocated from its current home to a brand-new structure at West Georgia and Cambie Streets. With this news came a second ruling that the 48 year-old Centennial Fountain out front of the gallery would not be preserved. The decision was met with a variety of perspectives, most arguing that the large fountain wasn’t conducive to the flow of pedestrians in the common area, and was no longer valuable as a gathering place – not to mention it had become prone to leaks. Others pointed out its historic character, and its value as a work of art itself, constructed of small, hand-chosen mosaic tiles by artist Alex von Svoboda. Whatever your thoughts on the fountain may be, there’s no denying that it’s a big piece (both literally and figuratively) of the Downtown core’s history.
Prior to its official unveiling in 1966, Premier W.A.C. Bennett wished to have the fountain’s construction kept hidden in order for it to be a surprise for the public. The fountain was intended to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the colonial union between BC and Vancouver Island in 1886. In 1966 the grounds were still home to the provincial courthouse – the VAG didn’t take it over until 1983. A memorial drinking fountain honouring King Edward VII was also sharing the ground out front on Georgia Street; it was moved to the side of the courthouse building in 1972.
Bennett requested the construction hoarding around the fountain site to be painted green and white, which conveniently enough were the colours of his BC Social Credit Party. However, this simply wouldn’t do for the more creative types at City Hall. Despite not being the renowned tourist attraction it is today, the location was nonetheless at the center of a growing cultural epicenter and therefore was a prime location for Mayor William Rathie’s alternative proposal to allow local artists to paint the hoarding instead.
The “Paint-In”, held on April 6th, 1966, featured over 100 local amateur and professional artists and displayed a wide range of styles and subjects. Artists had been encouraged to sign up and individual spots along the hoarding were assigned. Georgia and Howe Streets were closed as a large, curious crowd watched the painters get to work. The newly-formed Vancouver Life magazine even featured a photo of the artworks on the cover of their May issue.
The artists’ murals remained on view until the centennial fountain’s unveiling in December; what became of the artists’ work isn’t clear. Regardless, the creative stunt is not without its legacy. In 1968, the British Columbia Provincial Museum in Victoria staged a similar gathering and invited several local artists to paint on the hoarding around its construction zone. Check out the gallery below to view some of the unique works that helped add a little extra fleeting colour to our city.
Vancouver Life and BC Motorist magazine images courtesy of Jason Vanderhill. Archival photography of the murals is the work of Ernie H. Reksten and Leslie F. Sheraton.
The GOODS from Prohibition
Vancouver, BC | The highly anticipated opening of Prohibition at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia is quickly approaching and we are seeking passionate individuals to join our team. We are looking for experienced individuals to become the Bartenders, Servers, Hosts/Hostesses, and Bar Backs that will deliver an unparalleled level of hospitality to our guests. Interested candidates should apply online at www.rosewoodhotels.com. Ideal candidates will possess a passion for hospitality and a keen interest in quality cocktails, spirits, wine, beer and cuisine. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to work with a team dedicated to raising the level of bar culture in Vancouver.
The GOODS from House Wine
Vancouver, BC | We have organized a monumental tasting of Bordeaux’ legendary 1982 vintage, including the region’s most renowned châteaux. To highlight the wines appropriately, the team at Hawksworth will be serving a multi-course gourmet dinner in their elegant York Room. All of the proceeds from the 1982 Bordeaux dinner will go towards the LAST Project. One of our dear clients has introduced us to a breakthrough cancer research project, developed by B.C. scientists, that could revolutionize the treatment of cancer. The project is identified as the Lactic Acid Suppression Theory Project, or LAST Project (visit our website for more information). From a rare magnum of Petrus to a bottle from Château Latour, this is a once in a lifetime chance to try all the top wines from this iconic vintage at over 30 years of age (the total value of wine being served represents well over $60,000). It will be a remarkable evening for a truly worthy cause. Details after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from Cibo Trattoria
Vancouver, BC | It’s no trick — Vancouver’s Cibo Trattoria is offering its patrons an offal treat this October with a two-night, Halloween-inspired menu custom designed by Executive Chef Faizal Kassam.
On Thursday, October 30 and Friday, October 31 — the two days known across the world as “Devil’s Night” and Halloween, respectively — Kassam will prepare a devilishly delectable five-course tasting menu that serves up clever nods to the feast of All Hallows’ Day, traditionally celebrated the day after Halloween. From Roasted Bone Marrow to Grilled Ox Heart and Agnolotti of Blood Pudding, to Grilled Calves Liver and Blood Orange Panna Cotta, Kassam’s menu is alternately sinister and sumptuous.
In addition to à la carte options, the special five-course tasting menu — listed below — will be offered for $69 per person, or $99 per person including wine pairings hand-selected by General Manager and Wine Director Robert Stelmachuk. Details and menu after the jump. Read more
The GOODS from Hawksworth
Vancouver, BC | Hawksworth Cocktail Bar is looking for a part-time bartender to join our team of knowledgeable and talented bartenders. The right candidate will possess that special combination of charm and efficiency that sets them apart from their colleagues at their current job. We are looking for someone with great foundation knowledge in classic cocktails and the willingness to learn and grow with a well established team. If this sounds like you, email kh [at] hawksworthrestaurant.com with your resume and a cover letter outlining your passion for spirits and service. Read more
The GOODS from The Vancouver Club
Vancouver, BC| The Vancouver Club is a prestigious world class club, always looking for professionals with passion and drive to make the experience for our members second to none. The Club is now accepting applications from creative, talented individuals for the position of Line Cook. Please contact rwindsor [at] vancouverclub.ca with a resume and cover letter. Read more
The GOODS from Hawksworth
Vancouver, BC | Yesterday Michael Christiansen (pictured above) won the 2014 Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship competition, held at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts in Vancouver, BC. The 23-year-old, originally from Winnipeg, stood the heat of the kitchen to beat finalists from across Canada for the $10,000 prize presented by Chefs’ Table Society of BC and a stage at an international restaurant of his choosing.
During yesterday’s final, Michael cooked alongside seven other contestants – each finalist created a recipe using ingredients from the Freybe Mystery Black Box which were only revealed that morning, and presented their dishes to the panel of Canada’s most revered chef judges. Michael made it to the final three with 26-year-old Stephen Baidacoff and runner-up 24-year-old Corey Hess, who was named Le Creuset’s Rising Star.
Michael’s main dish and dessert wowed the panel of judges as both creations, including his lingcod, were exceptionally clean and well balanced. He also won points for his technical ability, judged by Hawksworth Restaurant’s Chef de Cuisine Kristian Eligh and the Chefs’ Table Society of BC President, Chef Scott Jaeger in the kitchen. Michael scored top marks from the judges during a taste test by a panel that included: Chef David Hawksworth, Chef Michel Jacob, Chef Normand Laprise, Chef Anthony Walsh, respected Canadian food writer Jacob Richler and La Presse’s restaurant critic Marie-Claude Lortie.
“The calibre of the young chefs this year has been extraordinary and all of the judges have been impressed by the dedication, passion and creativity they showed in the kitchen,” says Chef David Hawksworth. “We created this national competition to find the top young culinary talent in Canada and we’ve found it in Michael. I’d like to thank all of the judges for giving their time and sharing their expertise with these emerging chefs as well as providing them with the inspiration to take their culinary careers to the next level.
“We couldn’t have held this competition without the help of our sponsors and we’d like to thank our founding sponsor the Chefs’ Table Society of BC, the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts for providing an excellent venue and a special thanks to Freybe, GFS, The Gourmet Warehouse and Le Creuset for their generous support. We look forward to next year’s competition and unearthing more young talent across the country in 2015.” Read more