The GOODS from The Bottleneck
Vancouver, BC | The Beef Cheeks are back! The Bottleneck officially launches its new fall dinner menu this week, seeing the return of the infamous Braised Pemberton Valley Beef Cheeks and the delightfully fresh Margarita Pizza. Fans of The Bottleneck’s original dishes will love the additions of the Whiskey and Duck Sausage, Gnocchi Bolognese and the 5 spice Banana Split. Using natural, free range meats, Ocean Wise seafood, and locally sourced products wherever possible, the new fall menu is as consciously aware as it is delicious. Check out a sampler of Fall Dinner Menu options after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from Hawksworth
Vancouver, BC | Yesterday, Paul Moran won the inaugural Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship competition, held at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts. The 26-year-old from Kelowna withstood the heat of the kitchen to beat nine other finalists to win a $10,000 cash prize presented by Chefs’ Table Society of BC and a stage at an international restaurant of his choosing.
During yesterday’s final, Paul cooked alongside nine other contestants – each finalist created a recipe using specified ingredients and created their dish for the panel of Canada’s most revered chef judges. Paul made it to the final three with 23-year-old Brad Masciotra from London, Ontario and 27-year-old Carmen Ingham from North Vancouver, BC who was named Le Creuset’s Rising Star. The trio was challenged to a black box cook-off using the mystery ingredients of Freybe Schinkenspeck, steelhead trout, lobster, meyer lemon, heart of palm and almonds to create a winning dish.
Paul’s main and dessert dish wowed the panel of judges with his creativity and he won points for his technical ability, judged by Hawksworth Restaurant’s Chef de Cuisine Kristian Eligh and President of the Chefs’ Table Society of BC Chef Scott Jaeger in the kitchen. Paul also won over the judges during a taste test that impressed the panel of Chef David Hawksworth, Chef Vikram Vij, Chef Normand Laprise, Chef Mark McEwan, Chef Anthony Walsh and respected food writer Jacob Richler.
“All the judges have been blown away by the dedication, passion and creativity of the young chefs,” says Chef David Hawksworth. “We created this competition to find the creme of Canada’s culinary talent and we’ve found it in Paul Moran. I’d like to thank the judges for giving their time and providing these emerging chefs with the inspiration to take their culinary career to the next level. Read more
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
The Goods from Commune Cafe
Vancouver, BC | Get set for a night of local food, local beer, live performance, and fun at Commune Cafe. The Seymour St. eatery has partnered with Howe Sound Brewery to create a special 4-course dinner event on Wednesday November 6th, using Howe Sound craft beers and other local ingredients. Food will be paired with featured beers to provide a great experience for beer lovers and food enthusiasts alike. Purchase your ticket for this 4-course dinner and beer tasting event at Commune Cafe or online here. Read more
The GOODS from Market by Jean-Georges
Vancouver, BC | For one night only, two iconic dining establishments will be switching venues. On Saturday, November 9, MARKET by Jean-Georges will be taking over the dining room at the Bearfoot Bistro, while on Wednesday, November 13 the Bearfoot Bistro team will be packing up their things and moving into MARKET. Each restaurant will be serving up an exclusive four-course tasting menu featuring the best of the season for $78.00.
The evening was inspired by a glass of wine and conversation between Bearfoot Bistro founder André Saint-Jacques and MARKET restaurant manager David Auer. “At the Bearfoot Bistro we are always looking to be innovative and have fun. I have always been a great fan of Jean-Georges and have had the pleasure of dining at many of his restaurants around the world. Partnering with the MARKET in this crazy idea seemed like a natural fit,” says Saint-Jacques from the Bearfoot Bistro.”
“From the chefs, furniture, front-of-house team and bartenders, each of our restaurants are planning to take this opportunity to be playful and have some fun,” says Auer from MARKET by Jean-Georges. “The plan is to recreate our respective restaurants so that from the moment you walk in the door to the moment you leave, you will think you are in a different place. The switch is a perfect way for us to be able to share our amazing MARKET experience to a different audience in a different place.”
Chef de Cuisine Montgomery Lau from MARKET by Jean-Georges is planning to feature the “Best of MARKET” for the restaurant swap. Jean-Georges’ signature ‘vibrant cuisine’ – a reflection of classic French training, 10 years spent in Asia and the Culinary Concepts’ philosophy of ‘global in reach, local in content’ – features intense flavours and textures resulting from the use of vegetable juices and fruit essences, light broths and herbal vinaigrettes. Executive Chef Melissa Craig has established herself as one of the top names in Canadian cuisine. Commanding a large kitchen devoted to sourcing the best ingredients from home and abroad, Chef Craig’s vision is both approachable and cutting edge. For the night’s tasting menu, Melissa will be featuring classic Bearfoot Bistro favourites inspired by the local harvest season. Read more
The last Pecha Kucha Night of the year is going down on Wednesday, November 20th at the Vogue Theatre. Tickets go on sale tomorrow (Wednesday) at 10am. We highly recommend to our readers that they snatch up tickets straight away, as PK nights in Vancouver sell out wicked fast. As usual, the organisers are curating a great group of speakers. We’ll publish the full list as soon as it’s finalised next week.
by Andrew Morrison | Cartems is set to open their new location at 534 West Pender Street this week, perhaps as soon as Wednesday. With the original location at Carrall and Hastings having been shuttered for some time now, I reckon not a few people are getting a little desperate to be re-united with their bacon whisky donuts (or vegan pumpkin spice, if that’s how you roll). I took a look inside the 24 seater over the weekend, when they were just one inspection away from getting the green light (they passed). The space was unrecognisable from when I last saw it. The production kitchen takes up over two thirds of the whole, new light fixtures have come in, a little two-seater bench has been built into the window nook, and the communal tables are in place. It looks great, and I imagine it will look even better when it’s finished, especially from the outside, where the old school marquee signage juts out over the sidewalk like the prow of a ship. Even better than the sight will be the smell, which will likely intoxicate with fresh donut aromas (20 different kinds – including savoury – 7 days a week) competing up our nostrils with coffee wafts from the Fraserhood’s awesome Matchstick. Opening hours will be 8am to 6pm. Shots of the original space below.
I saw a blanket at Old Faithful today. It came from The Woolen Mill on the Cannon River in Faribault, Minnesota, which for some reason made me think of this Will Ferrell beer commercial. I don’t know if it was Robyn’s last article about tartans or Michelle’s gallery of this morning’s fog that did it. Either way, I want it
$159 | 320 West Cordova St. | Vancouver, BC | 778-327-9376 | www.oldfaithfulshop.com
by Michelle Sproule | My fog alarm went off early this morning so I had a fun (if chilly) photo adventure around the city trying to find some pretty in the grey from Strathcona and the DTES to Stanley Park and English Bay. One of my favourite things about this weather phenomenon is how – with a dash of suspended disbelief – it tends to temporarily remove once familiar points of reference. You can ask yourself questions like: Is this calm water without horizon the start of a vast ocean or a mere duck pond? Does this beach ever stop? Will this road have an end, and if not, where does it lead? Is that building 50 storeys high or just 3? Such fleeting mysteries are only ever revealed to the patient, so not to me. I much prefer to take the riddles home, every time.
The GOODS from Big Lou’s
Vancouver, BC | Big Lou’s Butcher Shop isn’t just famous for meat, we’re also pretty well-known for our range of deli-style sandwiches. We understand that some of you can’t make it over to Railtown as often as you’d like so we’re proud to now be working with Betty at The Burrard to bring our sandwich magic to the West End.
Betty at The Burrard is a stylish sort of place and off-the-shelf just wouldn’t fit, so we’ve created three new sandwiches exclusively for Betty. The Godfather and the Big Lou’s Roast Beef on Panini and a Mediterranean Vegetable sandwich on Ciabatta.
All the sandwiches are made fresh daily at Big Lou’s and delivered to the Betty where they’re warmed to perfection on their Panini press. Along with our sandwiches, visitors to Betty at the Burrard can enjoy treats from other great local suppliers like Earnest Ice Cream and To Die For along with delicious coffees crafted by their award-winning Barista team. Read more
Vancouver, BC | Aburi Restaurants is excited to welcome Koji Kawakami, 19th generation president of Yoshi no Gawa sake brewery in Japan, to Vancouver at the end of October to host two exclusive, six course sake-pairing dinners at Miku (Tuesday, October 29th) and Minami (Wednesday, October 30th) restaurants starting at 6:30 pm. Yoshi no Gawa is one of the oldest sake breweries in Japan and has been in operation since 1548.
“It is not everyday that we have an esteemed sake maker in town to present a dinner, especially two dinners,” explains Miki Ellis, Aburi Restaurants sake specialist and North America’s youngest accredited sake specialist. “Yoshi no Gawa’s sake is representative of the Niigata region in Japan – light, clean flavours that offer diversity with different types of foods. We expect two great evenings of sake and food.”
Both menus, prepared by Miku Executive Chef Kazuhiro Hayashi and Minami Chef de Cuisine Alan Ferrer, will feature fresh, seasonal ingredients and some regional tastes from Niigata… Read more
The GOODS from Hawksworth
Vancouver, BC | Hawksworth Restaurant is currently seeking a hard working and passionate individual for a 1st Cook position. The ideal candidate will be a passionate culinarian, looking to advance through one of Canada’s best kitchens. Ideally, you will have 2 years fine dining experience. Further details will be provided in the interview process. We are also looking for a talented and enthusiastic 2nd Pastry Cook. The successful candidate will be reliable, hard working and team oriented with at least one year of practical experience. An accreditation certificate from a community college is preferred. Please respond with a cover letter detailing why you would be the right fit for the position and a resume outlining your experience to kh [at] hawksworthrestaurant.com. Read more
by Andrew Morrison | La Pentola owner/chef Lucais Syme and his wife Jill have secured the 1,500 sqft ground floor corner space of the Victoria Block. That’s underneath the old Victorian Hotel at West Pender and Homer (350 W. Pender), right across the street from the original Finch’s and next door to the awesome Paper Hound. With it, they plan to open Cinara, a 40 seat eatery that will feature picture windows looking out onto the street, a small wine-focused bar, and an open kitchen plating contemporary European cuisine with a strong Italian accent. “It’s really our chance to cook from the heart,” Syme says. “We want to create simple, beautiful things.” And I expect that that’s exactly what we’ll get.
The name of the place – pronounced Chinara – is a nod to the humble artichoke (“Prickly on the outside and sweet on the inside,” Syme says). While it is one of several ancient monikers for the wild artichokes of the Levant and the thistle family’s Greek catch-all (Cynarae), Cinara is actually a place, an almost mythic island in the Aegean Sea (now known as Zinara). It was said to be home to some especially alluring Sirens, as well as a mysterious place of banishment. It was where the emperor Tiberius once sent a cheeky Greek named Zeno who dared to employ some flowery language in his presence. Cinara was also the name of a particularly greedy but irresistibly sexy ex-lover of the Roman lyric poet Horace (“the grief I knew in my cups when the delicious Cinara left me” – the poor dear)…
Alas, Syme, as far as I know, is not a poet (lyric or otherwise) and, thank goodness, has not been banished from Yaletown. Operations at La Pentola will continue as normal.
Cinara will be open for dinner only, but breakfasts could be added to the menu as the hotel continues its slow burn of boutiquification (a new lobby is also under construction). Predictions? Lucais and Jill are devotees of quality (witness their tenures at La Quercia and La Ghianda), so I’d be shocked if this wasn’t one of the best new restaurants of 2014. Construction starts this week and opening day is slated for some point in January.