The GOODS from Bel Cafe
Vancouver, BC | David Hawksworth’s Bel Cafe is searching for a new chef to join our dedicated team of culinary leaders. The successful applicant must be highly organized, hard working and have at least 2 years of management experience. Experience in a cafe/bistro environment is preferred, but not required. This is a salaried position with management benefits. We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those short-listed will be contacted for interview. Bel Cafe is located at the corner of Howe and Georgia inside the historic Rosewood Hotel Georgia and is nestled alongside the acclaimed Hawksworth Restaurant. Read more
The GOODS from Cafe Medina
Vancouver BC | Cafe Medina is moving into its new location at 780 Richards St. and growing its culinary program under the direction of celebrated chef Jonathan Chovancek. We are looking for driven and experienced individuals to join our team. In the back of house, we need a Sous Chef, line cooks, and Chief Steward. A minimum 3 years experience in a similar position is required. We are looking for people with a passion for egg work and working mornings, as well as a focus on consistency and quality. The successful candidates will be team-oriented, self-motivated, and energetic. Wages and benefits are dependent on experience. Please submit your resume in confidence to chef [at] medinacafe.com. We thank you for your submissions but please note that only shortlisted candidates will be notified. The start date will be mid-July. We are also looking to fill a few front of house positions, specifically for server’s assistants and baristas. In addition to a minimum of two years experience, a belief in enlightened hospitality and fantastic strength of character are musts. We are looking for passionate team players who want to grow and perpetuate Vancouver’s amazing food scene. Read more
The Pecha Kucha Night organisers have announced the line-up of speakers for Vol. 33 on July 3rd. Tickets have just gone on sale, so be quick with your mouse, trackpad, or fingers because they usually sell out fast…
• Sam Chandola - Founder and CEO, Victory Square Games
• Sandra Singh - Chief Librarian, Vancouver Public Library
• Laura Barron - Executive Director, Instruments for Change
• Scott Larson - CEO and Co-Founder, Urthecast
• Kevin Lee Royes - Soulcial-Preneur, The Soulcial-Preneurs Club
• Lital Marom - Co-founder and CEO, Beyond
• Christopher Gaze - Actor and Artistic Artistic Director, Bard on the Beach
• Emerson Lim - Founder, Karma Teachers Centre for Yoga and Meditation
• Jonathan Anthony, Corporate Disorganizer, Teekay Corporation
We’re going to be giving away a double pass to the festivities before too long, so be sure to watch our Twitter feed for your chance to win!
The GOODS from Uva Wine Bar
Vancouver, BC | Already celebrated for its broad selection of note-worthy wines, UVA Wine Bar has refined its name to UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar as a nod to Bar Manager Lauren Mote’s renewed focus on creating a truly unique cocktail experience at the downtown hotspot.
Mote, a prominent mixologist, international spirits diplomat and bartender who boasts more than 15 years of experience behind the bar in both Toronto and Vancouver, has custom-designed an eclectic, clever and inventive cocktail menu that has helped position UVA as a trendsetter on the Vancouver cocktail scene.
“This name change is a reflection of the next generation of UVA and a testament to Lauren’s enthusiasm and determination in developing a truly world-class cocktail program over the eight short months she has been here,” said General Manager and Wine Director Robert Stelmachuk. “Lauren has been a one-of-a-kind addition to our team, and her cocktail list follows suit.”
Aficionados of the grape need not worry — UVA’s extensive list of fine wines remains in the skilled hands of Stelmachuk, a certified sommelier with more than 25 years of experience in the industry who maintains a sharp focus on championing small-production, boutique wines. Stelmachuk is currently pursuing his Master Sommelier designation with the Court of Master Sommeliers, which is often regarded as the ultimate professional credential a sommelier can attain. Read more
by Stevie Wilson | The old, neoclassical-style building at western edge of Gastown and the northern end of Seymour Street – now known as Waterfront Station – is one of Vancouver’s many standing examples of civic evolution. Similar to the current structure of the Hotel Vancouver, the Granville Street Bridge, and various other sites across the city, this building has gone through several changes in its 100 years. Though it now operates as a transit hub for the SkyTrain, Seabus, and West Coast Express, it was once a different kind of station altogether: the terminus of the CPR Railway’s transcontinental line. It is the third incarnation in a series of historic sites whose predecessors were ultimately destroyed in favour of new design, new tastes, and the accommodation of civic development.
The first CPR station was constructed nearby at the foot of Howe St. in 1886, but it was not much more than a single-level shed. The second station, designed by Edward Maxwell, opened in 1898 adjacent to the current site, where the Granville Plaza now stands. It featured beautiful chateau-style brick architecture with a large, arched stone entranceway, two imposing tower facades, pitched roofs, and spires similar (though on a much smaller scale) to the current Hotel Vancouver, which was also built by the CPR. The chateau-style design is found throughout many of their other (former) properties, including the historic rail station in New Westminster (now a Keg restaurant) and the Château Frontenac in Quebec City.
The stations third design was constructed between 1912-1914 and reflected the success of CPR’s trade route expansions. The exterior features a colonnade façade typical of the time, with a large interior reminiscent of Beaux-Arts design. Look closely in the photos below and you’ll notice the CPR banner atop the south-facing main entrance. Inside, Canadian landscape murals high across the walls act as a subtle nod to the cross-country route of the pioneering CPR line.
Originally, the interior featured a lunch counter and kitchen, dance hall, and lodging for travellers, in addition to amenities for staff. Outside, the bronze Angel of Victory statue by Coeur de Lion stands as a memorial to CPR employees lost during WWI. It’s worth noting that the locations of the three stations had an impact on the development of the city; their location far west of the Granville Townsite became a new focus for economic growth, which in turn contributed to the area’s evolution into the “downtown” that we recognize today.
By the late 1970s the station had begun its transformation into a modern transit hub. Commuter rail travel was eventually taken over by Via Rail in the 1978, and service shifted to Pacific Central Station off Terminal Avenue. A year after the opening of the Seabus terminal in 1977, the lobby at Waterfront Station was renovated by Hawthorn Mansfield Towers Architects to include shops, restaurants, and offices. The construction of the Expo Line in 1985 required the removal of several CPR tracks. However, the West Coast express, which opened in 1995, operates on original rail lines. Take a look around next time you’re waiting for the SkyTrain, and enjoy a glimpse into one of Vancouver’s busiest landmarks. Like any good historic building, it’s rumoured to have plenty of ghosts, too, so be sure to keep an eye out.
by Andrew Morrison | Seigo Nakamura’s highly anticipated Gyoza Bar is framing up rather nicely. During a recent visit to the construction site at 622 West Pender St. with chef de cuisine Michael Acero, general manager Nicola Turner, and corporate chef Kazuya Matsuoka (left to right, above), I got wind of a few appetizing details.
For starters, the 80 seat, 2,600 sqft eatery won’t be hamstrung by the singular focus of just gyozas (as enticing as that may sound). It’ll also be concentrating on ramen, and in myriad ways. Acero and Matsuoka explained that they’ll be offering several different broths, among them the traditional tonkotsu (pork), miso, chicken, vegetable, and – most interesting of all – a tomato seafood essence.
These will be bowled with ramen noodles made in house with the massive (and hugely expensive) “Richmen” machine that I saw still wrapped up in a crate in the middle of the dining room (see photo #2 below). It was just freshly delivered by the noodle-loving engineers at Yamato Mfg. in Japan. It’s pretty cool that the noodle-making process will be something customers can witness close up, and proof enough that Nakamura – who also owns the innovative Miku and Minami restaurants – is looking to lead rather than compete in the local ramen scene.
But back to the gyozas! Let’s talk stuffings. There will by five: one constant made of barley-fed pork that is done in the “imono” teppan-style (cast iron griddle), and four that will change with the seasons. At launch, these will be chicken, short rib and miso, shrimp, and a vegetarian type – each plated in fives. There will also be bao-style sandwiches, a tapas menu of 12 items, salads, and bar program that will see 8 beers and 8 wines on tap, plus 6-7 sakes (natch).
Opening day is still on track for a mid-July, which can’t come soon enough.
Jim Sinclair – Executive + Artistic Director
Kate Ladyshewsky – Acting Managing Director
Amber Orchard – Managing Director (on leave)
About The Cinematheque
At The Cinematheque, we are dedicated to bringing Vancouver audiences the Essential Cinema Experience. Home to one of the largest and most extensive programs of curated films in North America, we present over 500 screenings annually that celebrate the richness and diversity of regional, national, and international film culture. We present retrospectives of great directors’ works and historical film movements, new features from Canada’s hottest young filmmakers, prestigious internationally touring exhibitions, plus guest appearances, lectures, panel discussions, and much, much more. From the newest digital restoration of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey to a pristine 35mm print of David Cronenberg’s Videodrome; from the all-ages animation of Japan’s Studio Ghibli to the cerebral cinema of French auteur Jean-Luc Godard; from our annual festivals celebrating the best in contemporary European, Francophone, and Canadian cinema to our monthly series spotlighting experimental cinema and mental health; The Cinematheque is proud to offer something for every film lover.
What would the movies be without popcorn? Our concession serves up fresh and delicious popcorn,with free (real) melted butter and special toppings, along with a tasty mix of treats and baked good, including gluten-free options.
Established in 1972, The Cinematheque is a registered non-profit charity that relies on public and private support. We are thankful for the support of our amazing volunteers that work at our box office and concession each night, distribute our bi-monthly Program Guide, and assist in the office.
Not just a movie theatre! Supplementing our rich body of programming are core resources like our Film Reference Library, West Coast Film Archive, the bi-monthly Cinematheque Program Guide, and our unique educational programs.
“Going to The Cinematheque is the closest thing to visiting Manhattan without leaving Vancouver …. Its program is as innovative and entertaining as any you’ll find in New York.” David Spaner, The Province
“Cinémathèques now take on a job parallel to what museums do with painting and sculpture. They assemble, sort, analyze and exhibit the culture of the world.” Robert Fulford, The Globe & Mail
The GOODS from CinCin
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
The GOODS from Chambar
Vancouver, BC | Chambar is hiring all front of house positions for our new location. If you’re interested in joining our team and being apart of this exciting project, we would like to invite you for an interview with our management team. We will be conducting interviews on June 9th and June 10th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Please follow this link to schedule your interview. Since opening its doors in 2004, Chambar has made its mark on Vancouver’s hospitality scene as a leader in fine dining. This lively restaurant boasts a European flair and continuously provides excellent food with no hint of pretension. It’s the warm, familiar setting and the genuine enthusiasm of our team that makes our guests want to come and relive their Chambar experience time and time again. Read more
The GOODS from The Bottleneck
Vancouver, BC | Join us Thursday, May 29th at The Bottleneck for an evening of Polish Folk, classical, and Eastern European Cabaret – our first ever live piano performance by Vancouver’s Polish Princess, Marta McKeever (Girl Nobody, Fan Death, e.s.l.). The fun starts at 8pm with no cover. Learn more about The Bottleneck after the jump… Read more
Hunter & Hare is a new consignment store opening at 334 West Pender Street this weekend. We recently popped our heads in to check things out and, although the team was still setting up shelving and just beginning their merchandising, the aesthetic and overall vision were clearly taking shape.
The store will sell both men’s and women’s clothing as well as a small selection of accessories and small items for the home. Think Jordan River Soap, seeds from Strathcona 1890 Urban Seed Collection, stationary from Dani Press, crystal pendants from Charles & Grace, HeyDay Designs candles from P.F. Candle Co., and more. The look, feel, and concept is similar to that of Front & Co. on Main Street.
Owners Joanne Bousaleh and Micki Cole both have a background in the fashion industry and knew shortly after they met that they wanted to open a shop together, a place that cultivated good style while following a path that encouraged waste reduction rather than over consumption. A consignment store was a perfect fit. The long search for a space finally ended when the two signed on to move into the increasingly awesome Victoria Block between Homer and Hamilton (where you will also find The Paper Hound and recently opened Cinara).
Hunter & Hare will open this Saturday, May 24th. Drop in to the shop between 5pm-8pm that evening for an opening party where you can check out the space and meet the people behind it.
Hunter & Hare | 334 West Pender Street | www.hunterandhare.com
FUEL is a forum to connect innovators from around the globe with local entrepreneurs, designers, engaged citizens and leaders from public, private and nonprofit sectors committed to developing a better world. It takes place over two days: May 29th-30, right here in Vancouver.
Created by our friends at Cause+Affect and produced in collaboration with THNK, the School of Creative Leadership, FUEL will explore the future of how we live, work and lead across four sectors relevant to our city; Food, Design, Sustainability and Technology. Attendees will engage in a variety of experiences including dialogues, panel discussions, workshops and trend forecasts, each aimed at delivering unique interactions, inspiration and real tools for making impact.
Here are 10 reasons to check it out:
1. We all go to events in our own sectors, be they food events, tech events, design events, or what have you. It’s all very comfortable and we always know many of the people in the room. FUEL is your opportunity to get out of your silo and talk about bigger issues. Fish folks talking to design folks? Something interesting is bound to happen!
2. Views from the outside. Vancouverites can be a little guilty of believing all our own hype and its nice to share ideas with folks who don’t live here. FUEL brings Hong Kong, Boston, Philly, San Fran and London to Vancouver. We wonder what they will say about our best place to live status?
3. FUEL is the beginning of the “C-School State of Mind”…understanding innovation means understanding creativity. Curious? Read more here and immerse yourself in both Day 1 and Day 2 to get the full experience.
4. Online is great but live is better. There’s just no arguing that.
5. Skip work. Whether you’re the CEO of a large organization or a group of three entrepreneurs working in a basement, we all need a day away from the office. This day out will give your team more “juice” than the juice truck and it might even bring you new business (a win for everyone).
6. Smart is good. Think some deep thoughts about the future, meet a new friend or two, make an impact by contributing to your community and finish the night off with a bit of a booze up. Make it a day you can be proud of!
7. The food! It usually kinda sucks at these things. FUEL has brought in Food.ee to cater lots of local starts including Finch’s, Vij’s, et cetera. On top of that, dinner is diner’s choice with select deals at Medina, Acme, Nuba, Meat & Bread, among others. If nothing else, you will be well fed.
8. Bragging rights. People who attended the first ever Pecha Kucha are proud of that fact. We suspect that the first FUEL attendees will feel the same.
9. Having an opinion is never a bad thing. Sharing it is even better.
10. Do you enjoy Pecha Kucha nights? Us, too. Cause+Affect understand “smart fun” and they’ve never let us down yet. If you’re hearing about FUEL here for the first time you might still be lucky to score some tickets. Don’t wait!
by Andrew Morrison | When Scout broke the news that Cafe Medina would be moving this summer, we asked our readership to vote on where they’d like to see the new location of the popular Beatty St. brunch spot. Well over 1,000 of you responded, with Mount Pleasant and the DTES (specifically Gastown, Strathcona, or Chinatown) being your favoured destinations. Alas, owner Robbie Kane is staying close to home, opting for the short-lived Tappo Restobar spot (formerly Q4 al Centro) at 780 Richards Street.
It’s a wise choice, and even though the move takes Medina a few blocks further away from me, I’m thrilled at the prospect. The change will not only increase Medina’s seating capacity to 75 people (up from 65), but it will also allow for a proper bar. And since bars are generally evening fixtures, we can expect the restaurant to eventually expand its operations and start serving dinner, perhaps as soon as this Autumn – and there was much rejoicing.
Further cause for high fives is the assurance from Kane that “all the favourites” will remain on the menu. To me (and Kane confirms this), that means things like the amazing tagine, the fluffy Liege waffles, and the dreamy short rib friccasse with applewood smoked cheddar and arugula. With the move, however, will come significant menu changes. And it’s ok to be anxious about that. If you love Medina as much as I do, you might even be terrified. My initial fears, however, have since been calmed.
Those who enjoyed the Mother’s Day brunch at Medina may have spied Bittered Sling co-founder/chef Jonathan Chovancek observing operations. That’s because he’s been freshly brought aboard to steer the new Medina’s culinary ship forward. An admitted fan of the restaurant since its launch, Chovancek is very familiar with the existing menu, and is already at work experimenting with new items. “My goal is to slowly incorporate new dishes that will become classics, new favourites,” he says, adding that he’s keen to honour Medina’s legacy.
Chovancek may have top drawer farm-to-table sensibilities and great relationships with local farmers and producers (one of the best pieces of salmon I’ve ever eaten was prepared by him several years ago out at UBC Farm), but the thing that quiets the anxieties I have about the changes to come is his demonstrated adaptability. By his own account, he’s an “interpretive chef” — he’s not one to be pigeon-holed as a proponent or purveyor of one particular cuisine. And I trust that the pan-Mediterranean/Levantine milieu of Medina won’t prove too difficult for him to unpack, iron out, and wear as if it were tailored to fit.
His experience inspires further confidence. With skills honed at Vancouver Island’s Aerie Resort and Sooke Harbour House, Ontario’s Eigensinn Farm and Avalon, and here in Vancouver via catering outfits like Culinary Capers and Kale & Nori, it’s not as if Chovancek is unfamiliar with high expectations. And it’ll be great to see him behind a line again. Bittered Sling, the company he launched with partner Lauren Mote, is now largely a retail operation that runs itself, so it’s not hard to measure his motivation. “I need to be cooking again,” he says with smile. Too right.
As for the space, don’t read anything into the photos you see above. It’s got high ceilings, windows, an open kitchen, and a bar. Beyond that, there will be next to nothing left of Tappo Restobar when they’re finished with it. Not even the floor is staying. Brian Kane – Robbie’s big brother and a production designer in the film trade for 30 years – is doing a complete overhaul, and I’m very excited to see what he comes up with.
The new Medina is on track to open in August, not long after the original location closes it doors.