The GOODS from Cavalier
Vancouver, BC | Cavalier’s Designer of the Month for December is Fiona Morrison of Wolf Circus Jewelry. Fiona Morrison created Wolf Circus Jewelry in 2011 while attending University. She began the company after purchasing a wolf head ring and noticing the discussion and compliments a simple piece of jewelry could bring. Wolf Circus Jewelry is intended for the bold, beautiful, brainy and badass. These pieces aim to inspire confidence and spark imagination every time you slip them on. Read more
The GOODS from Big Lou’s
Vancouver, BC | When we were younger, the holiday season was all about presents, but the older we get, the more we discover that its true pleasure is time shared in seasonal feasting and drinking with family, friends and work colleagues. Big Lou’s Butcher Shop is working closely with local farms and suppliers to offer a wide range of delicious, locally-sourced catered and cook-at-home options for every kind of holiday feasting–from work events and parties all the way to the traditional Christmas dinner.
Big Lou’s party platters are a great choice for get-togethers and can be ordered with as little as 24 hours notice. The options include charcuterie, smoked seafood, local cheese and meats from Qualicum Beach and slider platters. Big Lou’s is also able to provide platters of our famous sandwiches for work lunches and parties.
There are many ways to interpret the Christmas dinner and Big Lou’s has them all covered with local, unmedicated turkeys, hams, and geese for classic feasts and a full take-home Turkey Dinner with sides, Big Lou’s offer two sizes of Turducken for Christmas, Southern-style. A wide range of housemade Big Lou’s holiday trimmings like turkey gravy, cranberry sauce, stuffing or sausage stuffing will help round out any holiday feast.
Big Lou’s full Holiday Menu is included below and can be found online here. If you have questions regarding your Christmas needs, call (604) 566-9229 or email info [at] biglousbutchershop.com to consult with someone from the Big Lou’s team. Big Lou’s Butcher Shop is located at 269 Powell St. and has delivery options for orders big and small. Read more
The GOODS from Edible Canada
Vancouver, BC | Edible Canada’s 2014 Guest Chef Market Dinner dates have officially been released today, and as always, it is generating one of their busiest booking days of the year. While welcoming back many of our guest favorites, they have also lined up several new local celebrity chefs to create an all-star series for the year. New this year, all of the guest chefs will be showcasing a specific theme – be it maple syrup, BBQ or even “Aphrodisiacs with a Twist”. It is going to be an educational and fun year!
These special evenings take place in the bistros state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen where up to 24 guests will enjoy an exclusive, multicourse dinner prepared by some of the best and most talented chefs in Canada. The dinners are only $80.00 per person and include a selection of wine, beer or spirits paired by their bartender or in-house sommelier.
Hosting the series for a sixth year, Edible Canada Founder, Eric Pateman, has a passion for celebrating Canadian cuisine while telling the stories of local talent. “It’s an honour to share our space with these talented chefs to showcase the food community at large” he states. “There is no ego involved here. We open our kitchen to approximately 40 chefs a year, giving our guests a more personal experience and the opportunity to learn from them first hand. These dinners are incredibly popular due to the value and intimate setting.”
Dinner guests are also offered a 10% discount in the Edible Canada Retail Store and on future tours booked during the event.
Gift certificates are available, as are multipack savings packages, making these Market Dinners the perfect gift for the foodie on your holiday list! Advanced reservations are required and seating is limited, so be sure to book early. Many of the popular dinners will sell out within days… Read more
We’ve invited Tofino’s excellent Spotted Bear Bistro to join our GOODS section. 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 goodness. We would like to thank them for their support of Scout, and for making British Columbia a tastier place to be.
The GOODS from The Dirty Apron
Vancouver, BC | The Dirty Apron Cooking School’s holiday gift boxes are back with old favourites as well as a new selection for every foodie on your gift list. Featuring local hand crafted treats as well as gourmet bites to satisfy all appetites and occasions, the Dirty Apron Gift Boxes are available for pre-purchase online with delivery and in-store purchases starting December 1st.
Get the party started with The Bartender ($125). Full of the essentials, this box comes equipped with a mason jar cocktail shaker, whiskey stones and a selection of aromatic extracts from Bittered Sling. Or satisfy the foodie in your life with The Chef ($200). Full of fine products to complete the gourmet pantry, lucky recipients of this box can expect to find the recently crowned world’s best olive oil Olio Novello, smooth Il Buon Condimento balsamic vinegar, a bottle of the celebrated Noble Maple Syrup and The Dirty Apron’s own truffle oil. Serious snackers will swoon for The Epicurean ($65) which contains the cure for any craving: Kookabura red licorice, old fashioned potato chips, TCHO chocolate, Christmas biscotti, and BETA5 fleur de sel caramels. A cornucopia of covetable treats, The Bounty ($250) is perfect for discerning tastes. The name says it all as this box has everything: hickory smoked almonds, beef jerky, Oyama salami compete with Opinel folding knife, Brome Lake liquor pate and Mediterranean pickles. Wash it down with a bottle of Driftwood Ale and continue digging to see what else is hidden inside this endless box of treats. Other gift boxes available this holiday season include The Dude ($100), The Ultimate Celebration ($100/$150), Fresh Feast ($150), The Party ($90), Mama Mia ($100) and Mama Mia Belissima ($199).
The Dirty Apron Gift Boxes are now available online for pre-order and in-store starting December 1st until the end of the holiday season. Gift Boxes can be picked up at the retail location at 540 Beatty Street or arranged to be delivered. Read more
The GOODS from Bittered Sling
Vancouver, BC | It was Scotland for the win this week, as Justin Taylor of Yew restaurant + bar beat out an all-star cast of Vancouver’s elite bartenders in front of a sold-out crowd at the Season 3 finale of Vancouver’s popular food and cocktail pairing competition, Bittered Sling Bistro.
Sponsored by Charton-Hobbs, the Nov. 24 finale — held at Uva Wine Bar — was billed as the “European Invasion” with each bartender tasked to create a unique cocktail inspired by and using an assigned feature spirit: Hennessy Cognac, Ardbeg and Glenmorangie single-malt Scotch Whiskys and Belvedere vodka.
Taylor went all out, using all of the featured spirits in his winning creation “Blowing Smoke Up Yer Kilt,” an imaginative and balanced blend of Ardbeg Single Malt Scotch Whisky, homemade Glenmorangie-fortified vermouth, homemade Hennessey-fortified ginger liqueur, Campari, homemade Belvedere-fortified Blackberry/Raspberry Liqueur, Bittered Sling Kensington Dry Aromatic bitters, La Fees Absinthe, orange zest and maple smoke. The judges were also wowed by his theatrical presentation that included a smoking gun, ice spheres and bagpipe music.
Competition was fierce, say Bittered Sling proprietors Jonathan Chovancek and Lauren Mote. “We’ve had the pleasure of working with the most creative talent from behind the bar this season at Bittered Sling Bistro,” says Mote. “Almost any of the finalists could have won, but Justin really pulled out all the stops.”
As well as coveted bragging rights, Taylor wins a one-of-a-kind brand of “bartender bitters” to be created in his honour by Bittered Sling. Learn more about the competition after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from Oyama Sausage Company
Vancouver, BC | December is upon us, and so the frenzy of shopping for gifts and getting ready for holiday entertaining begins. Why not make shopping easy as can be with a visit to Oyama Sausage Company on Granville Island? You can stock up on tasty treats while you enjoy the bustle of Granville Island. From party trays to gift baskets, Oyama can take care of even the most difficult person to shop for. We’re celebrating the St. Hubertus and Game Weekend from Friday Dec. 6th to Sunday Dec. 8th, and then offering up the last Boudin Noir and Morcilla of 2013 between Friday Dec. 13th and Sunday Dec. 16th. From then until New Year’s, we’ll be in the full Christmas swing of things. Check after the jump for details… 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. Expect a theatrical take on A Christmas Carol that sees Scrooge as a pawn shop owner on Hastings Street, screenings of the film Far From Vietnam, and The Tempest Replica dance production. Get all the details and more after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from The Acorn
Vancouver, BC | This is the last week to enjoy items from our Autumn Menu before we launch the Winter Menu this Thursday, December 5th. Highlights of the new menu will include the return of old favourites like the Potato and Parsnip Croquettes with Okanagan Apple, Aged Cheddar and Pale Ale Sauce, and the winning dish from Gold Medal Plates Victoria: Seared King Oyster Mushrooms, Braised Shallots, Roasted Carrots, Sherry Gel, Carrot Meringue and Mushroom Jus. We’re also featuring a new cocktail called “Darkhorse + Stormy”. It puts Reposado Tequila and Mezcal next to Odd Society Créme de Cassis, Ginger Syrup, Fresh Lemon Juice, Jamaican + Spicy Charred Pineapple Bitters. Learn more about the award-winning vegetarian restaurant after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from Orofino Strawbale Winery
Cawston, BC | Orofino is once again hosting their annual “Orofino Crush Pad Winter Classic” event. The winery will be open for a festive holiday weekend in the Similkameen Valley from 12pm to 4pm on December 6th, 7th and 8th. We invite everyone to taste through a few new wine releases and check out the wineshop for holiday gift ideas.
There will also be many opportunities to grab a stick for some pick-up hockey on the crush pad. Nothing too strenuous and definitely nothing too serious! Stickhandle around until exhaustion hits and then trade in your stick for a glass of wine or a hot chocolate and marshmallows done over an open fire. Read more
The GOODS from Wildebeest
Vancouver, BC | On Monday, December 9th, 2013 at 6:00pm, in partnership with The Social Concierge and Absolut Elyx, Gastown’s Wildebeest presents ‘Candlelight Club’, a single origin dinner showcasing the winter bounty of Salt Spring Island. Experience a true candlelit dining experience as Chef Wesley Young orchestrates an intimate 5-course dinner with craft cocktail pairings by award-winning bartender Josh Pape. Illuminated solely by the light of hundreds of candles, guests can expect to experience Wildebeest’s award-winning dining room as never been seen before, with live jazz by Rosie & Jugheads accompanying this evening of local and seasonally inspired dining.
Guests can expect a custom menu featuring the best of Salt Spring Island producers. Items such as hay-roasted carrots with slow poached egg, Montaña cheese and crispy spelt; Salt Spring Island mussels with brassicas, whey sauce and wild herbs, and whole roasted lamb with glazed Hakuri turnips pine-roasted celeriac and toasted wheatberry will be paired with compelling cocktails including a Roasted Fennel ‘vesper’, a Wildebeest ‘wine cooler’, and the ‘Beetlejuice’. Ingredients specially-sourced from the likes of Foxglove Farm, Ruckle Heritage Farms and Salt Spring Island Cheese Co. take centre stage on this innovative menu, which you can read before scoring your tickets after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from Mamie Taylor’s
Vancouver, BC | Mamie Taylor’s restaurant has teamed up with not-for-profit Not So Fast to give back to its neighbourhood community this holiday season. A charity that promotes healthy food choices on the Downtown Eastside, Not So Fast has challenged Chef Tobias Grignon to create a signature dish using frugal and heathy ingredients from a very short list of affordable dried goods, high-protein nuts and legumes, and seasonal vegetables.
Rising to the occasion, he’s created Sunchoke and Goat Cheese Pierogies served on Braised Lentils with Roasted Kale and Walnuts ($18). From December 1st to the 14th, every signature Pierogi dish sold will benefit Not So Fast’s “Think Inside The Box” Friday food program at the Strathcona Community Centre. Since the program began last month, more than 150 Downtown Eastside families have been helped with Not So Fast’s “Think Inside The Box” meal starters.
The foundation of a wholesome meal for four, each dry goods starter box contains rice, beans or lentils and a recipe that features low-cost, seasonal produce such as kale and root vegetables. Read more
The GOODS from Vancouver Urban Winery
Vancouver, BC |Just in time for the Holiday season, Vancouver Urban Winery has launched the first edition of their “Colab Series” featuring 2012 chardonnay with Road 13 and 2012 pinot noir with Bench 1775. The ribbon-adorned gift pack is perfect for friends, as a hostess gift, for Secret Santa exchanges or stylish party potables. Coming in at a cool $45 for the set (or $24 each), the limited edition package is available at Vancouver Urban Winery’s Retail Shop at 55 Dunlevy Avenue until December 31st (or while supplies last). Best part? Try before you buy: step up to the stainless steel taps and have the sommelier pour you a taste of each. Get the tasting notes and details after the jump… Read more