DINER | The North Shore’s Award-Winning “Fraiche” Restaurant Has Closed For Good

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West Van’s dining landscape just got a little weaker. Fraîche Restaurant, which was named one of Canada’s Top Ten Best New Restaurants of 2008 by enRoute magazine, permanently closed after its New Year’s Eve dinner service. It’s a pity that a fine dining eatery of this calibre (one of just a handful remaining in this increasingly casual city) couldn’t crack the code of one of the country’s wealthiest neighbourhoods. Perhaps this is just further evidence of the West Coast’s lack of enthusiasm for the fancy/expensive/formal milieu. In any event, here’s hoping chef Nicholas Lim, manager Paul Garbini, and the rest of the staff land on their feet.

GOODS: Fraiche’s New “Sunset Dinner Series” Set To Launch On Summer Solstice

Fraîche is located at 2240 Chippendale Road in West Vancouver, BC | 604-925-7595 | fraicherestaurant.ca

Fraîche is located at 2240 Chippendale Road in West Vancouver, BC | 604-925-7595 | fraicherestaurant.ca

The GOODS from Fraîche

West Vancouver, BC | Now there’s yet another reason to stop, relax and soak up the stunning views and incomparable cuisine at Fraîche: The popular West Vancouver restaurant has unveiled its new Sunset Dinner Series, which launches on the Summer Solstice (June 21) and offers patrons their pick of two prix fixe menus, created by new executive chef, Carol Chow.

Available Sundays and Tuesday through Thursday, the revolving $45 three-course prix fixe menu may feature Kusshi Oysters with cucumber jelly and shaved horseradish; Steak Tartare with truffled pecorino and extra-virgin olive oil; and Summer Pavlova served with berry sorbet.

Also available nightly (except Monday) Fraîche Restaurant will roll out a $125 five-course tasting menu which includes wine pairings. Diners may be treated to Sweet Pea Soup with seared scallop and cumin cracker, paired with Wapiti Cellars 2011 Viognier (Naramata); Prawn and Frisee Salad with house-smoked bacon, pine nuts and olives in a Dijon vinaigrette, paired with a Buehler 2011 Chardonnay (California); Confit of Turkey Ravioli with beets, goat’s cheese and candied walnuts, paired with a Foxtrot 2010 Pinot Noir (Naramata); Porcini Dusted Lamb Sirloin, with celery root puree, asparagus and wild mushrooms, paired with an Allegrini 2008 Palazzo della Torre (Italy); and something very special for dessert. Read more

GOODS: West Van’s “Fraiche” Restaurant Appoints Carol Chow As Executive Chef

Fraîche is located at 2240 Chippendale Road in West Vancouver, BC | 604-925-7595 | fraicherestaurant.ca

The GOODS from Fraîche

West Vancouver, BC | Carol Chow is thrilled to be joining West Vancouver’s Fraîche Restaurant as executive chef beginning April 24. A North Shore native, Carol has been working overseas for several years in London and Shanghai, as a private residence and consulting chef. Previous posts as executive chef at Gusto di Quattro, Teahouse in Stanley Park, Hart House, and the old Beachside Café round out her experience.

Carol considers herself a flavour forward chef; a philosophy that takes the guess work out of enjoying great food. Her exquisitely simple style will be evident in every dish she produces for the restaurant and its guests, at every occasion: dinner, lunch, and brunch. Carol is looking forward to making the menu at Fraîche a notch more approachable. A natural teacher, she is devoted to guiding the next generation of chefs and never misses an opportunity to pass on her knowledge and passion for food. Read more

GOODS: Elevated “Fraîche” Pairing February 14th With Seven Courses, Wine & Romance

February 8, 2012 

Fraîche is located at 2240 Chippendale Road in West Vancouver, BC | 604-925-7595 | fraicherestaurant.ca

The GOODS from Fraîche

West Vancouver, BC | Does it get any more romantic than a floor to ceiling vista of Vancouver’s sparkling cityscape? Well, hopefully the view of your love inspires romance even more – but what a perfect pairing. Add Chef Jefferson Alvarez’s critically-acclaimed cuisine and our smartly selected wine cellar for a fun and delicious evening. Fraîche is offering a special 7 course Valentine’s menu for $65 or $95 with paired wines. Learn more after the jump… Read more

GOODS: West Van’s “Fraîche” Prepares For New Years Eve & Le Vieux Pin Wine Dinner

December 12, 2011 

Fraîche is located at 2240 Chippendale Road in West Vancouver, BC | 604-925-7595 | fraicherestaurant.ca

The GOODS from Fraîche

West Vancouver, BC | West Vancouver’s Fraiche and chef Jefferson Alvarez welcome the Okanagan’s outstanding Le Vieux Pin for an intimate wine dinner on Wednesday, January 11th. Details above. To discover what the restaurant has planned for New Years Eve, click after the jump… Read more

GOODS: Lunches At West Van’s “Fraîche” To Benefit The Lions Gate Hospital Foundation

October 12, 2011 

Fraîche is located at 2240 Chippendale Road in West Vancouver, BC | 604-925-7595 | fraicherestaurant.ca

The GOODS from Fraîche

West Vancouver, BC | Talk about a win-win! Guests can enjoy a wonderful lunch from our brand new fall menu and $1 from each item ordered will go to the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation. Choose from the new autumn selection of soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, pastas and more, or sample our three-course, prix-fixe menu. The promotion runs through all of October and November during lunch hours (11:00am to 3:00 Tuesday to Saturday). Learn more about the restaurant after the jump… Read more

GOODS: West Vancouver’s “Fraîche” Hires On Jefferson Alvarez As New Executive Chef

Fraîche is located at 2240 Chippendale Road in West Vancouver, BC | 604-925-7595 | fraicherestaurant.ca

The GOODS from Fraîche

West Vancouver, BC | One of West Vancouver’s most popular dining rooms is about to get a new infusion of flavour from up-and-coming chef, Jefferson Alvarez. Following outstanding reviews of his menus at Divino Wine Bar in Vancouver magazine, Nuvo magazine and the Globe and Mail, Alvarez has packed up his knives and headed to the hills of West Vancouver to share his magic with a new audience. Read more

West Vancouver’s “Fraîche” To Ring In New Years With Veuve

December 15, 2010 

Chef Dino Renaerts has left his executive role at Diva at the Met to helm Fraiche and Crave Beachside

Executive Chef Dino Renaerts of Crave Beachside and Fraîche gets cooking for Father's Day on the North Shore

News From Scout supporters Fraîche

West Vancouver, BC | This New Year’s Eve we have 2 fantastic ways to enjoy the night. You can choose to ring in the new year with sultry jazz and Veuve Clicquot, or you can come for our early dinner designed to get you out in time for another party. Either way, your choices are delicious! Our Early Seating features a 4 course gourmet dinner with selections like Beef Tenderloin or Sablefish, and a glass of Domaine Chandon for $75 per person. Click here for the full menu.

The Gala Dinner features 5 courses, a glass of Veuve Clicquot champagne at midnight, sultry jazz from the trio at Dave Ivaz Music, and lots of party favours! This menu features Oysters, Blue Cheese Soufflé, Beef Tenderloin, Sablefish, and more, all for only $125 per person. Click here for the full menu. Read more

Pizza For Every Meal At West Vancouver’s “Beachside Forno”

Beachside Forno is located at 1362 Marine Drive in West Vancouver, BC | 604-926-3332 | www.beachsideforno.com

Beachside Forno is located at 1362 Marine Drive in West Vancouver, BC | 604-926-3332 | www.beachsideforno.com

News From Scout supporter Beachside Forno

West Vancouver, BC | With a name like Beachside Forno, it’s natural to expect a range of delicious savoury pizzas for lunch and dinner, and guests certainly won’t be disappointed. Interesting daily specials like plump chicken, fresh chopped tomatoes and lively jalapeños complement the range of everyday flatbread offerings. They join seasonal favourites like portobello mushrooms & truffle ricotta; prosciutto, arugula, pecorino & drizzled balsamic, and the classic roasted tomato, garlic, chilies & bocconcini… Read more

Raising The Bar At FraÎche With Creative Cocktails & New Bites

    Fraîche Restaurant | 2240 Chippendale Road in West Vancouver | 604-925-7595 | www.fraicherestaurant.ca

Fraîche Restaurant | 2240 Chippendale Road in West Vancouver | 604-925-7595 | www.fraicherestaurant.ca

News from Scout supporter Fraîche

West Vancouver, BC | A burgeoning bar scene is bubbling at Fraîche Restaurant in West Vancouver. Head to the hills for inspired cocktails, classic highballs and a carefully selected wine list on the other side of the Lion’s Gate Bridge. Bar manager and North Shore native, Graham Racich is looking forward to sharing his passion for mixing drinks and making guests happy. Read more

Fireworks And Farmer’s Markets At Beachside Forno And Fraiche

Chef Dino Renaerts has left his executive role at Diva at the Met to helm Fraiche and Crave Beachside

Executive Chef Dino Renaerts of Crave Beachside and Fraîche gets cooking for Father's Day on the North Shore

News From Scout supporters Fraîche and Beachside Forno

West Vancouver, BC | From the soil to the sky there’s fun to be had at West Vancouver eateries, Beachside Forno and Fraîche Restaurant.  Make the most of the sunny days and warm nights by adding some flavour to two signature Greater Vancouver events, the 20th Annual Celebration of Light Fireworks Festival and the Ambleside Farmer’s Market. Details on both after the jump… Read more

Beachside Forno & Fraîche Prep For Father’s Day In West Van

Chef Dino Renaerts has left his executive role at Diva at the Met to helm Fraiche and Crave Beachside

Executive Chef Dino Renaerts of Crave Beachside and Fraîche gets cooking for Father's Day on the North Shore

News From Scout supporters Fraîche and Beachside Forno

West Vancouver, BC | Father’s Day is all about family. Fraîche Restaurant is doing our part to help bring families together for good old fashioned Sunday dinners. We do the shopping, cooking and cleaning up – your family sits back, indulges in a three-course, family style meal and enjoys each other’s company. It’s quality time done right. The concept is simple but the benefits of a delicious, fun and foolproof Sunday night dinner will go a long way in getting your week off to a great start. $40 for adults and $20 for kids under 12. Read more

Chef Dino Renaerts Takes Over At Fraîche And Crave Beachside

Chef Dino Renaerts has left his executive role at Diva at the Met to helm Fraiche and Crave Beachside

Chef Dino Renaerts has left his executive role at Diva at the Met to helm Fraiche and Crave Beachside

News From Scout supporters Fraîche and Crave Beachside

West Vancouver, BC | Local top chef Dino Renaerts makes an exciting move to replace chef Wayne Martin at the helm of Fraîche Restaurant and Crave Beachside. The acclaimed hilltop restaurant and seaside eatery, loved by locals and critics alike, are now in the hands of Renaerts – one of the few born, raised, trained and celebrated Vancouver chefs.

“I’m really looking forward to doing something new, somewhere new,” says Renaerts. “The food at Fraîche has been impeccable since Wayne Martin opened its doors in 2007 and it’s going to be fun and challenging to add my own twist to the menu and wine program.” Dino Renaerts comes to West Vancouver from his latest post as Executive Chef for Diva at the Met in the Metropolitan Hotel. A certified sommelier, Renaerts believes that a well-designed pairing of food and wine is much greater than the sum of their parts. Read more

Fraîche To Marry Romance With Superb View This Valentine’s Day

January 27, 2010 

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Fraîche Restaurant | 2240 Chippendale Road in West Vancouver | 604-925-7595 | www.fraicherestaurant.ca

News from Scout supporter Fraîche

West Vancouver, BC | In all the excitement that February will bring to Vancouver this year, don’t forget Valentine’s Day. Take your sweetie for an over-the-top dinner high up in the hills with a meal and a view to take your breath away. Executive Chef Wayne Martin has created a mouthwatering menu to celebrate the night in style. See below for complete menu details. Read more

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