The GOODS from Bao Bei
Vancouver, BC | Feeling lucky? If not, Bao Bei is here to stuff your face with tasty morsels that bring long life, strength, prosperity, happiness and, of course, good luck between Jan. 22nd and Feb. 1st. Maybe you don’t believe in that kinda thing but it certainly doesn’t hurt to treat your mouth to the delicious foods of good fortune and get your Chinese New Year started off on the right hoof (ha!).
The night is first come first serve, although the family table is available for 2 seatings each night for groups of 8 – 12. The Special Chinese New Year Menu costs $35 per person. The regular menu will also be available. Learn more about the restaurant after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from Vancouver Urban Winery
Vancouver, BC | Vancouver Urban Winery’s popular Sunday School wine seminar series is back with an expanded curriculum and a keen team of instructors. Hosted by Sommeliers David Stansfield and Lisa Cook, Sunday School demystifies wine in an interactive, laid back environment. Each seminar features multiple flights of wine served blind and structured around a theme. Class content will range from understanding wine terminology and evaluating aromas and flavours to assessing perfect food pairings and gauging value. It’s perfect for novices and seasoned enthusiasts alike. Details after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from Bambudda
Vancouver, BC | Bambudda owner Ray Loy and Executive Chef Scott Korzack are welcoming Chinese New Year with a special, à la carte menu embodying the restaurant’s commitment to Cantonese cuisine prepared with a Western flair. The carefully curated food and cocktail list features specialties that harken back to Loy’s Cantonese heritage.
My family moved to Vancouver when I was a year old,” says Loy. “Growing up in Strathcona and Chinatown, Chinese New Year in my family became a blending of Chinese and Western cultures. The concept behind Bambudda was to share that unique culinary fusion with our guests.”
Duck, a traditional New Year’s offering, features prominently on the menu in both the steamed Duck Buns and the Tea Duck, served with a black-tea jus, red dates and holiday-appropriate chrysanthemum greens. In a playful nod to Chinatowns across the country, the fried Duck Gizzard is accompanied by packets of Wing’s Plum Sauce. Although Bambudda makes its own plum sauce in-house, Loy and Korzack wanted to pay tribute to the newer traditions embraced by Canada’s Chinese communities.
The Lettuce Wraps, stuffed with baked and fried Chinese eggplant, point to the Chinese word for “fortune,” which is also the word for “lettuce.”
And finally, the Lucky Coy, a frozen ginger parfait dessert in the shape of a fish, is a sweet way to highlight the custom of ending a Chinese New Year banquet with a whole fish — the head and tail symbolizing a good beginning and end to the year.
For his part, bar manager Robert “Buck” Friend has been tasked with creating three cocktails to complement the special menu: the rum-based Last Dynasty, the fiery Dragon’s Descendant and the Red Packet, made with cassia bark-infused tequila. Read more
The GOODS from Big Lou’s
Vancouver, BC | Though it’s not listed on any official holiday calendars, Superbowl Sunday is one of the biggest days of the year for sports fans. Again this year, Big Lou’s Butcher Shop has created a lineup of take-home party favourites to fill the Superbowl weekend with delicious local-sourced and hand-crafted flavours.
Big Lou’s Superbowl lineup includes heat and eat Superbowl Party Packs, Porchetta and Spicy Italian Meatloaf sandwich platters, along with brand-new items like nacho and fried chicken kits, and a delicious Duck Confit Mac & Cheese. Big Lou’s famous chicken wings will also be available, either smoked or hot.
In addition to this menu, all of Big Lou’s classic party platters and specialities like Turduckens will also be available for Superbowl weekend. Call or visit Big Lou’s Butcher Shop to order your locally-sourced Superbowl weekend goodness. Take a closer look after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from Matchstick Coffee Roasters
Vancouver, BC | Opening day for our second location at 213 East Georgia Street is only a few weeks away and we’re looking for people who are interested in joining our team! We’re looking for cafe, bakery, and roastery employees for both the Georgia and Fraser locations. If you are passionate about excellent coffee, great food, and treating people well, please bring a résumé in to our Fraser location and ask for Courtney or Alex. We look forward to meeting you! Learn more about the company after the jump… Read more
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.
Bambudda and the rain are big buddies. Though it’s undoubtedly a very cool thing that the frontage of the eatery opens up to Powell St. in the summer, there’s just something especially cool about how the food coddles in the January wet. The menu reads a little daintily, but the core ingredients are hearty and restorative. Wolfed last night were BBQ duck buns with fried gizzards (1); perfectly plump steam buns (2); lo mein wheat noodles with shrooms and delicious king pea tips – mix ‘em up with the poached egg hidden under the noodle nest (3); more pea tips, because they’re that good (4); and chicken skin with peppered lime.
Bambudda | 99 Powell Street | Vancouver, BC | 604-428-0301 | www.bambudda.ca
The GOODS from Vancouver Urban Winery
Vancouver, BC |Why not bring wine on tap to your home, office, patio or lounge? This quick and easy Portable Wine-On-Tap barrel unit, aka “The Cooper”, holds the equivalent of 52 bottles of wine and our stainless steel wine kegs and tap system keeps it smarter, fresher, and friendlier. It’s now available at the Vancouver Urban Winery. Call 604-966-9463 or email info [at] freshtap.com for more info. Read more
The GOODS from The Chinatown Experiment
Vancouver, BC | Happy New Year! 2014 promises to be an exciting year full of pop up shops, experiments and art exhibits! Our focus this year is to continue to strengthen Vancouver’s creative community by providing accessible space and support at our storefront in Chinatown and around the city. We are pleased to announce our unique and eclectic calendar for January…
January 14 – 18 | Sincerely Slow
The Sincerely Slow event “Dear Wanderer, slow down to see the beauty” asks that we consider pace of life so that we enjoy life’s precious details.
January 24 – 26 | Blumin Pop Up Shop
Blumin Warehouse is a coworking space for writers. This dedicated writers’ centre will act as a community to provide members with the synergy and support needed to refine their work. Blumin will offer semi-private, customizable space for members, with WiFi, fresh coffee, printing and photocopy facilities 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
January 28 | From Craft Market to Pop Up Shop: The How, what, where and why?
Free information session for those looking to host their own pop up shop in 2014. **SOLD OUT: We are at capacity for this workshop, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the waitlist or hear about future workshops.**
January 30 – February 4 | Very Rare: A solo exhibition by Ben Barber
Comprised of paintings, sculptures and other media; VERY RARE displays works that explore the means of which culture becomes fetish, and products turn to icons. Using well known objects from daily life countered with artmotif’s,the viewer is givena view into a world that is uncomfortable yet seemingly familiar.
If you are an entrepreneur or artist looking to get in front of a new audience, we want to hear from you! Contact us today at email@example.com.
The GOODS from Pidgin
Vancouver, BC | Gastown’s Pidgin is currently seeking enthusiastic full-time and part-time servers and bartenders to join their team. Candidates must have experience working in a fast-paced restaurant setting and have a strong passion for hospitality, food and drink. Please submit your applications to resumes [at] pidginyvr.com. Learn more about the restaurant after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from The Parker
Vancouver, BC | The Parker is proud to deliver Chef Curtis Luk’s new Dégustation Menu as a permanent menu feature. We’re very excited to start 2014 off on the right foot by delivering outstanding value for all our guests with 5 courses shared for 2 or 4 people for only $29 each.
Much has been made over the healthy lifestyle that vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dining can offer, and we’re thrilled to help lessen the wallop on the wallet. Each dinner is unique and designed toward each diner’s specifications. We love wowing our vegan and gluten-free clients with our beautiful plating.
The Parker is also looking forward to introducing some new wines from the old world in 2014 as it continues to discover the best of BC and beyond. Wine lovers can expect small lot selections and unique pairings from Steve Da Cruz as well as an ever-growing prowess on the wood from Nich Box.
The GOODS from Bambudda
Vancouver, BC | You don’t want to break the bank on dinner on New Year’s Eve because you’ll need it for the parties that follow. At Bambudda, we’re serving our everyday menu along with a family-style five course dinner for $39, just in case you have a hard time deciding on what to eat. No tickets are required. Just bring your appetite for a fun and casual night out with a side of deliciousness. We’re not sure if you’ll see too many fancy dresses or tuxedos, but we’re guaranteeing an abundance of chicken skins, bison tartare and crispy pork belly. Learn more about the restaurant after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from The Chinatown Experiment
Vancouver, BC | Are you ready to take the next step? After the busy holiday market season you may be wondering what’s next for your small business. If Craft markets are a great starting place and can help get the ball rolling, a Pop-Up Shop is an opportunity to build on the experience for your customers and distinguish yourself from the crowd. It is easier than you may think! On January 28th from 6pm to 7pm, we will be providing answers to questions like What is a pop-up shop? while providing answers about the benefits and giving examples of businesses that successfully went from craft market to pop-up shop a special free workshop. If you are ready to take the next step and think a pop-up shop could be right for you, this event (and the Q&A that follows) will give you the knowledge you need to move forward. Secure your spot here!