The GOODS from Salt Tasting Room
Vancouver, BC | On Tuesday, November 26th, Blood Alley’s Salt Tasting Room will host a Salt Cellar Series highlighting Natural Wine in BC. This event takes place in the underground Salt cellar where – in a relaxing and unique environment – guests will be seated around a 30ft long communal table to enjoy cheese, meats, condiments and wine.
Two to three times a month, Salt Tasting Room opens up their cellar for guests to sample a tasting menu built around wines from a selected winery, paired with artisanal cheeses, charcuterie, and house-made condiments. This particular evening will explore sustainable winemaking in the green era; all things from biodynamic and organic wines will be tasted and discussed for their merits in the glass. This unique dining experience is not to be missed, as it offers excellent value for those who appreciate tasting plates, exploring new wines and having them professionally paired. Details and tickets after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from The Parker
Vancouver, BC | On December 2, 2013 The Parker is excited to present a 5 course dining event for $49 hosted by our very our Chef Curtis Luk and his friend from Top Chef Canada‘s Season Two, Chef Jimmy Stewart of Housexguest. The two Top Chef alumni will team up to deliver an exclusive coursed tasting menu showcasing some of the finest and surprising ingredients that diners can expect well thought out and gorgeously plated offerings with an eye toward the unexpected and most of all a sense of playfulness on their plate. If you haven’t made plans for a Meatless Monday yet, December 2, 2013 is your night. The $49 includes tax, and diners can choose from several times to attend. But get your tickets quickly.
Slightly vexing will be the decision whether to choose from the suggested wine pairings by Steve Da Cruz or simply stick with some legendary cocktailery from the bar (expect Steve to be at his most tempting). Tickets for The Fall of Autumn on December 2nd can be purchased by calling the restaurant or via email through info [at] theparkervancouver.com. Read more
A new store called Litchfield is set to open later this afternoon at 38 Water Street in Gastown. Earlier today, the very personable owner, Jonathon Litchfield (above, right), unlocked the doors so I could take a quick peek while he and his boyfriend, Philip Turley (above, left), continued to stock the shelves, sweep up, and generally prep the space for its first customers.
Litchfield, it turns out, is the former President of Martha Sturdy’s namesake company, Sturdy (a fact that wasn’t volunteered as a boast, but rather discovered via Google). He took possession of the long, high-ceilinged rectangular space – which housed the Ishara boutique for some five years – on October 1st. It’s been a pretty quick turnaround.
The eponymous shop is geared towards men, particularly – I think – those who dig high quality projections of clean-cut masculinity. Expect everything from Juniper Ridge’s “Trail Crew” soaps and Burroughs Beard Oil to titanium camp cups and wood-handled Opinel folding knives. “It’s a concept store,” Litchfield says. “It was inspired by my family and how we lived when we were growing up.”
That makes sense. Jonathon is the oldest of five kids who were raised in a small city outside Osaka. The Japanese aesthetic/influence comes across loud and clear throughout the store. “We like well-crafted things that are made by nice people.” he said while waving at the stock around him. “Nothing is just decorative. Everything is as beautiful as it is useful.” This is well-evidenced by all the axes (made by Litchfield’s own brother), slingshots, bold ceramics, and so on. It ain’t just pretty.
It’s a precisely curated shop; I suppose a sort of retail expression of Litchfield’s own self. I don’t know him from Adam, but I suspect the shop’s tag line – “How We Live” – is likely super apt.
Check it out and say hi for us. The hours of operation aren’t firm yet, but it’ll probably be 10am to 6pm or 7pm.
The GOODS from L’Abattoir
Vancouver, BC | Gastown’s award-winning L’Abattoir restaurant is looking to hire a part-time host\hostess for 2 to 4 shifts a week. Duties include taking reservations, email communications and the effective management of guest needs. The successful candidate can expect a positive and professional working environment, a competitive wage and tips. Apply in confidence via email with resume attached to paul [at] labattoir.ca. Learn more about the restaurant after the jump… Read more
by Michelle Sproule | The Eastside Culture Crawl (November 15, 16, 17) is now upon us. The annual three day event sees over 425 East Side artists (painters, jewelers, sculptors, textile artists, furniture makers, musicians, weavers, potters, printmakers, photographers, etc.) open their studios to the public.
There is no schedule per se; only the one you choose to structure for yourself. There’s no pressure to buy, either. Treat it as a chance to float from one studio to the next, talking to artists about their processes while enjoying the diversity of creativity that the East Side has to offer.
The Crawl covers the area between Terminal Avenue to Burrard Inlet between Main Street and Victoria Drive (handy map). This year there will be over 425 artists participating and it’s estimated that over 15,000 crawlers will be out to take in what they have to offer. This is precisely the kind of event that calls for a game plan. Here’s ours…
This is the opening of the Crawl and the only opportunity you have for “evening” studio visits (Saturday and Sunday seeing only day-time visits). If you only have one chance to take in the Crawl, let this be it. Wandering around the neighbourhood on a cold, possibly wet night in Fall with thousands of other people looking to squeeze in as much art as they possibly can makes for soaring spirits. Make sure you dress appropriately (forecast suggests it’ll be a few degrees above zero), and do your utmost to be respectful of those who’ve opened their doors to you. If you own a flask, bring it.
Parker Street Studios | 125 Artists
The massive building at 1000 Parker St. is the densest collection of artist studios on the map every year and starting your crawl experience here is essential. Not only is there is something magical about this building on the opening night of the Crawl – the crowds are thick and fast with energy, the studios are full and the artists are ready to chat – but you want to cover as much ground as you can this weekend and Parker Street will give you the solid start that you’re looking for.
Eating & Drinking Before, During, and Afterwards
The intensity of Parker Street makes it difficult to just head out or head home afterwards without sustenance. Chances are you’ll be pumped before, in the midst, and after, and that will make you hungry and thirsty. Chinatown is wise and close by. If there’s room at The Parker, sip on a New Strathcona and snack on something healthy, grab a burger and an Old Fashioned at Mamie Taylor’s on East Georgia between Main and Gore, or slurp up some candied bacon ramen at Harvest Community Foods. Nearby, Ask for Luigi just opened up last night, and Cuchillo recently added a few things to their menu. Plus there’s Campagnolo, Pizzeria Farina, East of Main, The Emerald, The Dunlevy Snackbar, Phnom Penh, and Bao Bei. Just don’t go overboard, as you’ve got a lot of ground to cover tomorrow, too!
SATURDAY MORNING AND AFTERNOON
If you thought Parker Street on Friday night was a mad and exhausting labyrinth, it’s good to remember that the Eastside Culture Crawl is an endurance game, and that it’s only just begun…
Hit the pavement with your trusty Crawl map and explore mid-sized buildings that house several studios at once. Your main targets are The Arc (1701 Powell St., 23 studios), 339 Railway Street (9 studios), Portside Studios (150 McLean Dr, 19 studios), The William Clark Studios (1310 William Street, 31 Studios) and The Mergatroid (975 Vernon, 55 Studios). As you move between buildings and neighbourhoods, look for yellow balloons marking smaller studios in homes, garages and basements (or save that action for Sunday).
It’s important to resist the urge to go non-stop from one studio to the next. You need to eat and drink and you need to do it without going too far off the Crawl track. As you saw higher up in this guide, there plenty of worthwhile joints to check out. Trouble is, most of them are only open at night. Fret not, as there are a few ‘in-crawl-catchment’ choices during daytime. For example, The Wilder Snail in Strathcona will set you up with your morning coffee (and muffin too) and it’s smack-dab in the middle of Crawlville. There’s also Harvest Community Foods on Union, The Union Cafe, Benny’s, and Finch’s.
Bonus: by pure serendipity, there’s a Perogy Lunch taking place at the Ukrainian Cultural Centre on the corner of East Pender and Hawks on Saturday and Sunday. Scoot in to load up of homemade Ukranian food and then get the hell back out there!
SUNDAY MORNING AND AFTERNOON
This is what we call panic day. It’s when you realize you’re running out of Crawl time and you will need to act swiftly if you’re going to score. It’s also the day that you will visit the places you missed but heard about on Friday and Saturday via Twitter and word of mouth. So yeah, it’s the day that you will pick up the pace!
Small Studios & Follow Ups
This is also the day that you will revisit your favourite studios with your fingers crossed hoping that the painting/photograph/sculpture that you didn’t buy on Friday is still there. So don’t waste a minute. Map out a sensible route that includes targets that you haven’t hit yet and get rolling. You won’t see every studio, so don’t rush around like you might. Likewise, if a restaurant is full or there’s not room at the bar, move on. The last thing that the Eastside Culture Crawl is about is stress, disappointment, or the threat of either. Crawl with an open heart and mind, and enjoy the hell out of yourself!
The GOODS from Salt Tasting Room
Vancouver, BC | The award-winning Salt Tasting Room’s Gastown location is looking for an enthusiastic, and responsible Manager keen to share his/her passion for wine with customers and staff. The successful applicant will be in charge of day to day operations and work alongside Salt’s Director of Operations and Owner to ensure Salt continues to be a wine destination on Vancouver’s restaurant scene. Previous management/supervisory experience is required, as is some level of wine education (minimum ISG 2/WSET 3). This is not a desk job, but rather a working management position. As such, a strong service background is also necessary. Please send resumes with cover letters to tgamel.salt [at] gmail.com. Read more
The GOODS from SFU Woodwards
Vancouver, BC | There’s a diverse range of interesting cultural programming happening at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (SFU Woodwards) over this month, everything from unique presentations on ethical consumerism, live music, and artist talks on comic journalism to Arab cinema, poetry and public storytelling on affordable housing. Get all the details and more after the jump… Read more
We’ve invited Gastown’s new French/Asian Bambudda restaurant and bar to join our GOODS section as a recommended place for a bite and a sip. They are now proud members of Scout, and as such we will be posting their news in addition to hosting a page for them on our curated list of independent goodnesses. We would like to thank them for their support of Scout, and for making Vancouver a more delicious place to be.
305 Alexander Street | Vancouver, BC V6A 1C4
Telephone: 604-428-2544 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dinner: Wed-Sun 5:30pm to 10:30pm (11pm on weekend)
Lunch: Wed-Fri 11:30am to 2:30pm
Closed Monday & Tuesdays
PHOTOS BY CHRISTOPHER FLETT
Chef and Co-Owner – J-C Poirier
General Manager – Matthew Morgenstern
ABOUT ASK FOR LUIGI
Ask for Luigi is a casual and intimate Italian-inspired restaurant, specializing in fresh hand made pasta.* The service is family-style: all dishes are meant for sharing and food arrives to the middle of the table, as it is ready. The antipasti usually arrive first, with pasta dishes close behind. We also have amazing house made gluten free options available daily. All menu items are available for dine-in or take-out.
We have four beverage selections available on tap – one beer, one white wine, one red wine and one prosecco. We rotate the specific product as we find things that we are excited to share. We also have filtered still and sparkling water on tap. Proceeds from each bottle purchased go to our favorite local non-profit or charity organization – we choose a different cause every month.
Our dishes are best enjoyed with wine. Our modest white-forward wine list consists of fourteen whites and six reds. We really enjoy white wine and we hope that you will allow us to share our love of it with you! All of our wines are available by the glass and a new bottle will be opened based on a two-glass commitment. As soon as a new bottle is opened, you will hear a bell. That means it’s time to check the board to see what is now open and pouring. As time passes, we look to slowly build our reserve list – for those that want to sample something a little more rare.
A friend of ours from Treviso, Italy, once asked us what it is that Canadians customarily drink before they eat a meal. When we told him that it isn’t necessarily a custom to have a specific “aperitivo” in Canada, he assumed we didn’t understand the question and proceeded to rephrase and ask again… six more times!
So, to observe the “ritual” of Italian eating, we bring you, “The Spritz” – Easily the most popular aperitivo in Italy (well, at least in the Venice/Treviso area it is). We’re pretty sure we had about 15 per day while in Venice! Further to the spritz, we always have three amari and three types of vermouth available on rotation to help get the appetite going before your meal begins or as a digestivo at the end.
Of course the Italian eating ritual is never complete without a nice coffee at the end of the meal to finish off the experience. With our two-group Synesso and a rotation of our favourite beans each week, we strive to give our in-house baristas all the tools they need to execute an espresso drink on par with the local coffee houses. Don’t forget to ask our service staff about the “rimorchio” or “trailer” when you get to the bottom of your espresso… it’s the perfect finish!
If you would like a nice Grappa for sipping to end the evening, we always have three of our favorites on rotation as well. This usually consists of one fairly approachable Grappa, one a little more obscure, and an aged offering to choose from. Ask Matthew for some recommendations.
Finally – What’s in a name? “Ask for Luigi” is the idea that we are always more inclined to have a better experience when we go where we know somebody, or when a friend sends us to see someone they know. We hope to create an atmosphere where each guest feels like they were sent over by a mutual friend.
So go to the little Italian joint at the corner of Alexander and Gore and ask for Luigi. Tell them Paulie sent you. They’ll take good care-a-ya!
*Fresh pasta is only available during dinner service. We serve a wonderful, artisanal, dried pasta during lunch service. Gluten free is always an option.
The GOODS from Big Lou’s
Vancouver, BC | Holiday party season is approaching fast and Big Lou’s Butcher Shop has created a brand-new range of easy to order catering platters that will bring a big dose of locally-sourced deliciousness to your work lunch or party. This range of options spans gourmet to casual and will take the stress out of the planning process.
The Big Lou’s party platter options include everything from a French-style platter with pâté, rillettes, and other decidedly Gallic treats to meaty Charcuterie Platters and even a Smoked Seafood Platter with a wide range of fresh bounty slow-cooked to perfection. Big Lou’s sandwich fans can choose from a Big Italian Platter with our signature spicy meatloaf sliders or a platter of slider-sized Big Lou’s classics mixed and matched. The complete list of platters is below. Read more
The GOODS from Pidgin
Vancouver, BC | On November 5th at 6:30pm, join the Aboriginal Life in Vancouver Enhancement (ALIVE) Society and learn about Motivate Canada’s GEN7 initiative while enjoying the creativity of chef Makoto Ono and the PiDGiN kitchen, recently named one of the top restaurants in the country by enRoute magazine. Building new relationships is a key part of the GEN7 program, an initiative which trains and supports Aboriginal youth leaders to “hunt in both worlds”, as advocated by the late Chief Dan George. The Vancouver program began in 2012 when ALIVE partnered with the respected national youth organization Motivate Canada (MC), the Ray-Cam Cooperative Centre, the Vancouver Park Board, and the First Nations Employment Society (FNES) to implement a plan to train Aboriginal youth (16-24) in leadership skills, and anchor them in five selected community centres to act as role models. Each $5000.00 raised provides one more urban Aboriginal youth the ability to participate in this unique opportunity. Get all the details after the jump. Read more
The GOODS from Mamie Taylor’s
Vancouver, BC | You like beers? We’re making dinner – four courses, to be exact, all paired up with all the good stuff from Stanley Park Brewery. It starts with beer-inspired canapés and a custom beer cocktail; moves on to the pilsner alongside a shaved root vegetable salad with fennel, crispy egg, chili aoli, and crispy pigs ear; continues with an amber ale paired with pork and sweetbread boudin blanc, rye croutons, cauliflower puree, and sous-vide apple; plateaus with the brun up against chicken fried beef cheeks with onion beer gravy, turnip smashed potatoes, and pickled scallions; and closes with a custom brun cocktail washing down a pear beignet with vanilla ice cream beer float. Tickets are $65. It all goes down on Tues, Nov. 5th, starting at 6:30pm. Reserve by calling 604-620-8818 or emailing simon [@] mamietaylors.ca. Read more
Somewhere in the creative depths of Strathcona, several pieces of clothing are waiting in a tidy pile on the floor while these homemade beauties get their airy due in the autumn sun. Top marks, whoever you are!