The GOODS from Market by Jean-Georges
Vancouver, BC | Movies at MARKET returns this fall with a brand new line up of foodie films, starting with the acclaimed movie Chef on October 3rd and 4th. Hosted by Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver in its private Blue Moon Theatre, Movies at MARKET has grown to become a cult favourite for film buffs and foodies alike. Chef, a light-hearted comedy with a star-studded cast, promises not to disappoint.
Directed by and starring Jon Favreau, the film co-stars Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo, Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Downey, Jr. and Oliver Pratt. Favreau plays the part of professional chef Carl Casper who suddenly quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant after refusing to compromise his creative integrity for its controlling owner. Left to figure out what’s next, he finds himself in Miami, where he teams up with his ex-wife, his friend and his son to launch a food truck. Taking to the road, Chef Carl goes back to his roots to reignite his passion for the kitchen — and zest for life and love.
Once the lights come up, guests of the Movies at MARKET series are escorted to MARKET by Jean-Georges’ main dining room where the second course of the evening awaits. Chef de Cuisine Montgomery Lau has created a four-course dinner menu inspired by the film du jour. From the more formal Pasta Aglio e Olio with Orzo, Clams and Mussels to the less serious but equally tantalizing Flavours of a Sandwich Cubano with Roasted Pork Shoulder, Swiss Cheese, Fried Pickles Sour Dough Crisp and Fixings, the dinner is a play on the movie’s theme with Chef Lau’s twist on the flavours of an epic food truck journey.
With only 36 seats available per screening, the exclusive Movies at MARKET series is the hottest date night ticket in town. The evening includes a glass of bubbly, gourmet popcorn, film screening, and a private four-course dinner. The doors open at 5:00 pm with a glass of bubbly upon arrival, and the event starts at 5:30 pm with the screening of the movie followed by dinner. Tickets for Movies at MARKET are priced at $78 with wine pairings available for an additional $55 or $110. For more information or for reservations, call the restaurant at (604) 695-1115. Read more
The GOODS from Uva Wine Bar & Cibo Trattoria
Vancouver, BC | In what has all the makings of a true bottle royale, Cibo Trattoria will host a one-night-only, five-course dinner and comparative tasting that will pit a number of hand-selected wines from British Columbia against those hailing from New Zealand, France and Italy on Wednesday, October 1 at 6:30pm.
Cibo General Manager/Sommelier Robert Stelmachuk and Executive Chef Faizal Kassam will share the stage with one of Vancouver’s preeminent wine personalities, Kurtis Kolt, as they host the B.C. vs. World ‘Bottle Royale’ Dinner. Named the Sommelier of the Year at the 2010 Vancouver International Wine Festival and one of Western Living Magazine’s Top 40 Foodies Under 40, Kolt is a local wine critic, consultant and judge and was recently announced as the new wine columnist for The Georgia Straight.
“Kurtis is highly regarded as a leading spokesperson for B.C. wine and we’re thrilled to welcome him as guest host of this event,” said Stelmachuk. “Faizal’s focus on farmer-driven dining will also provide the perfect complement as we put the best of B.C. up against the pick of the international crop.”
“I’m excited to be a part of this marquee event,” said Kolt, who has long been a fan of Stelmachuk’s wine programs. “These B.C. wines demonstrate our region’s diversity in terms of terroir, and when paired on an equal playing field they can hold their own against standout wines from similar climates around the world.” Menu after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from Hester Creek Estate Winery
Oliver, BC | Get to know garlic all over again at the third annual Garlic Festival, to be held Saturday, Oct. 4, from 11am to 4pm at Hester Creek Estate Winery near Oliver.
A member of the onion family, there are hundreds of varieties of garlic used widely around the globe for both culinary and medicinal purposes. Find out all about it when local growers share their aromatic wares at Hester Creek’s Garlic Fest. Held in conjunction with the Okanagan Fall Wine Festival, the festival features samples and sales of garlic and other local products; wine and food pairings from Hester Creek and Terrafina Restaurant; live, local entertainment; and much more.
Admission is by donation to the Farm to Table Lunch Program at nearby Oliver elementary school. Twice a week between October and May, students are treated to lunch made with ingredients from local farms, including plenty of fresh, seasonal vegetables. “It’s a terrific program, one that we’re very proud to support,” says Mark Sheridan, General Manager of Hester Creek Estate Winery. “It promotes the use of ingredients from our local producers as well as healthy eating. It also helps raise awareness in the next generation of Okanagan Hester Creek Estate Winery is located at 877 Road 8, in Oliver, B.C. Visit Hestercreek.com for more information about the winery, about dining at Terrafina at Hester Creek and about the Third Annual Garlic Festival. Read more
The GOODS from CedarCreek Estate Winery
Kelowna, BC | Join us under the starlit Okanagan sky on Saturday, October 4th at 6pm to enjoy a tasting menu paired with our ‘Vineyard Designate’ wines. Wines that truly reflect the very soil they come from. Pairing menu is created by our Chef Jeremy Tucker who follows our Farm to Table philosophy of serving local, seasonal ingredients at their freshest. This will be a rare experience you will cherish, on that you have our word. Tickets are $75 plus tax. To purchase yours and get more information, please contact Heather Courtney at 778.738.1022 or hcourtney [at] cedarcreek.bc.ca.
A few vintages ago, we began a shift toward block-designation in our Platinum wines. We felt our vines had arrived at an age where they could really tell the story of our land. And what a story they’re telling. The difference between our Block 2 and Block 4 Pinot Noirs, made identically from grapes grown only meters apart, is so striking we had to go into the vineyard and dig ten-foot trenches to see what was down there. And you can too if you drop by our website and watch the video. It’s pretty interesting stuff. On that, you have our word. Read more
The GOODS from The Acorn
Vancouver, BC | The Acorn Artist Series shines a light on artists in Vancouver whose work we admire greatly and wish to proliferate in our own humble way. Each month we make a new artist postcard that gets handed out to our guests who are free to frame it, mail it, or fold it into an airplane and surprise their neighbour. This month, we’re featuring Elizabeth Zvonar. In her dreams, her website has had over 1 million views. True story: rich and famous people have told her that they should have bought her work after they had already purchased another artist’s work. She also knows high people in places. A quick Q & A with her (and more) after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from Bao Bei
Vancouver, BC | Bao Bei is looking for a part-time host for weekend evenings. With a no reservation policy, the host at Bao Bei must think with a strategic mind in order to manage the smooth turnover of our busy room. This is one of the most important positions at the restaurant; to be successful the candidate must enjoy working with the public and feel extremely confident while doing so. If working in a high energy, challenging, and fun atmosphere appeals to you, please drop your resumé in person at Bao Bei from Sept. 16th onwards between the hours of 3:30pm – 5:00pm. Learn more about the company after the jump… Read more
The GOODS for Siena
Vancouver, BC | We are looking for an experienced cook to join our team at Siena restaurant. You will have the opportunity to work with a strong kitchen team in a busy, quality-oriented, professional environment. Open for Dinner service only. Previous experience with Italian cuisine is an asset, but all applicants with a relevant background will be considered. Apply in person at the kitchen door between 2:30pm and 4:30 pm, or email service [at] eatsiena [dot] com with “HIRE ME” in the subject line. We thank all applicants in advance for their interest, though we will only be able to respond to those selected for an interview. Read more
The GOODS from Odd Society Spirits
Vancouver, BC | Odd Society Spirits has been quietly selling their wares at Vancouver Farmers Markets since the province and the city announced liquor policy changes allowing alcohol sales at select farmers markets earlier this summer. Odd Society is sampling and selling their complete line of spirits and liqueurs including Wallflower Gin, East Van Vodka and Creme de Cassis at select markets until the season ends.
With the first day of fall fast approaching, it’s easy to forget that there is still a ton of fresh seasonal bounty to be harvested and enjoyed. While searching for fresh finds at the market, don’t forget to pick up a locally crafted bottle of Odd Society Spirits made with agricultural inputs sourced solely in B.C.. You can visit Odd Society Spirits at the Mt Pleasant Market on Sunday, September 14 and Sunday, October 5, and the Yaletown market on Thursday, September 18. Read more
The GOODS from The Parker
Vancouver, BC | The Parker is excited to offer a unique way to celebrate the holidays this year. Through Mealshare, the restaurant will feed 100 individuals in need for each and every private party booked. We’ll be celebrating the season of giving by giving back.
Mealshare, the buy-one give-one non-profit that feeds people in our neighbourhood and abroad, has made an immediate impression on the dining scene in western Canada. The Parker is proud to be one of its first members in Vancouver.
The Parker’s intimate room paired with thoughtful service and beautifully crafted menus helps create the perfect private holiday celebration for the discerning diner. Our award-winning innovation and sustainable practices make it a unique choice for companies looking for something different this year. And helping to feed those less fortunate at the same time is what the spirit of the season is all about.
For bookings, the restaurant is ideal for groups of about twenty to thirty. Please e-mail us at info [at] theparkervancouver.com for details. We look forward to creating an unforgettable holiday event with you and your company this year. Read more
The GOODS from Campagnolo
Vancouver, BC | ‘Upstairs’ at Campagnolo, a late night oasis for cocktail aficionados, is setting their alarm clock early in order to open on weekend mornings for brunch. Starting Saturday, September 13 brunch will be served on weekends and holidays from 10:30AM until 2:00PM.
Chef Nathan Lowey of the award-winning Campagnolo Restaurant, first expanded his menu to coincide with the opening of the bar located above Campagnolo, appropriately referred to as ‘Upstairs’, in February of 2014. Upstairs does not adhere to the strict dedication to Italian cuisine as Campagnolo but does honour the same ideology that respects British Columbia’s bounty and the culinary skill required to make the most of it all year round. “Our brunch menu offers the style of brunch I like to eat,” says Lowey. “I want quality ingredients prepared with love by professional chefs, but I don’t want to feel like I have to get dressed to the nines to enjoy it.”
Lowey’s brunch menu boasts hearty comfort foods with an emphasis on fresh baked pastries and bread, house made sausage and bacon, and locally sourced seasonal ingredients. A sampling of the many brunch dishes on offer include dangerously addictive sticky buns, fresh made brioche and honey butter, heirloom tomato salad, free range fried chicken and biscuits, baked eggs with pimento cheese and basil, house smoked wild BC salmon Benedict, blueberry flapjacks, and the infamous ‘Dirty Burger’.
The brunch beverage list created by Barman Peter Van de Reep, showcases simple yet thoughtfully created cocktails, local craft beer, fresh squeezed juices, fruit smoothies, plus cold pressed and drip 49th Parallel Ethiopia Chelelektu coffee.
The door to Upstairs is located to the right of Campagnolo’s front entrance at 1020 Main St. and will officially open for the first time during the light of day this coming Saturday. Read more
The GOODS from Doi Chaang Coffee Co.
Vancouver, BC | It’s 8:30 a.m. and you’ve returned to work after a few blissful days of vacation. It can be an adjustment, which is why one local coffee company wants to help you with its organic, ‘beyond fair trade’ coffee. Thai Doi Chaang Coffee Company wants you to get back into the swing of things with ease by adding a buzz to your mornings (or afternoons and evenings, if that’s more your speed.) The 50% farmer-owned company is offering 15% off on one of its special blends, Hardwired, all Fall-long. Learn more after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from Forbidden Fruit Winery
Cawston, BC | On the banks of the Similkameen River near Cawston, Forbidden Fruit Winery has been welcoming guests to its tasting room for ten years. The winery gets its fruit from the family-owned Ven’Amour Organic Farms, which encompasses 142 acres of orchards, vineyards and natural habitat. The farm is bounded to the east by pine and sagebrush slopes, and to the west by a cottonwood riparian forest nestled into a bend in the river.
The tasting room is in a modest bungalow. Open the door, and the character and passion of the owners Steve Venables and Kim Brind’Amour are immediately evident. Kim’s brilliant-hued paintings, mosaics designs and jewellery glow from walls and shelves, reflections of the fruits, flowers and natural landscapes of the farm.
Steve purchased the property in 1977 and by 1984 it was a certified organic farm. On most summer days, Steve is behind the tasting-counter so visitors can hear first-hand how the wines are made and how the winery developed. Forbidden Fruit is best known for its stellar fruit wines with cheeky titles such as “Crushed Innocence”, “Adam’s Apple” and “Pearsuasion”. “Caught”, an apricot mistelle, recently won a Gold Medal at the 2014 WineAlign National Wine Awards. Read more
The GOODS from L’Abattoir
Vancouver, BC | Originally offering an evenings-only menu, Gastown’s French inspired L’Abattoir restaurant will now be opening its doors earlier to include lunch during the week.
From Monday to Friday between 11:30 and 2:30 a simple and elegant menu has been crafted to please afternoon appetites. The classic and clean flavours that characterize L’Abattoir’s nightly fare have been carried onto their lunchtime menu. Highlights include Steelhead served with fried potatoes, dill and horseradish; a shrimp, tomato and potato frittata finished in creamy hollandaise and peppery arugula; and a beef dip with tongue, salad, thickly cut fries and jus gras for dipping. Diners can choose between a two or three course menu or select a meal a la carte.
Behind the bar, resident expert Shaun Layton has designed some new cocktail creations to compliment lunchtime dining. This includes the House Aperol Spritz, which bottles charged white wine with Aperol, seltzer and orange, as well as their daily feature Vermouth on the rocks served with a seasonal garnish. In homage to the power lunches of the past, a martini also graces the midday menu, made with Tanqueray 10, Dolin Dry and pickled onions. Non-alcoholic options include daily bottled house made iced teas and bottled cold brewed JJ Bean coffee.
Lunch aside; L’Abattoir is also pleased to announce the debut of their private dining room. This 1,200 sq ft. facility is situated just adjacent to the regular dining room and features historical architectural elements complimented by a contemporary design aesthetic. Exposed brick walls, beamed ceilings and steel framed windows speak to the history of the space while sleek glass, steel accents and custom chandeliers add a modern finish.
Entering through the kitchen the vintage Bonnet range oven takes center stage and denotes the quality dining experience awaiting guests. While large enough for 50 people seated or 80 standing, the room retains an intimate ambiance and a noise-reducing barrier blocks out the nightly hustle and bustle of the regular dining room. Basked in ample natural light, the private dining room at L’Abattoir is an elegant space with old world charm easily suited for any occasion, from private gatherings and celebrations to corporate functions and meetings. Read more
The GOODS from Chocolate Arts
Vancouver, BC | On Saturday, September 20th, Vancouver’s Chocolate Arts chocolate shop and café releases Allure, a signature chocolate created in collaboration with renowned French chocolate house Cacao Barry. The first artisan chocolatier in Canada to visit the Or Noir laboratory and blend his own signature chocolate, owner and head chocolatier Greg Hook visited Cacao Barry’s headquarters to undergo a rigorous development process for his new product. The outcome is Allure, a highly personalized product embodying the flavour profile and characteristics Greg desires in his chocolate.
Each phase of the meticulous multi-step process building on the outcome of the one before, Greg’s research began while still in Vancouver, with a blind taste test of pure 100% chocolates demonstrating various key flavor profiles: bitter, sweet, aromatic, fruity and cocoa. Next he travelled to France, where he went through another round of single-origin chocolate tasting, sampling and selecting various cocoa beans. With the help of Or Noir experts, he then tried his selections combined in various quantities: as cocoa liqueur, ganache and paired with various fruits and nuts in order to evaluate compatibility. The result was Allure, a dark chocolate comprised of cocoa beans from Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Peru.
Allure demonstrates a strong cocoa start that carries through a round fruity finish. While traditionally most fruity chocolates lack a strong cocoa punch and cocoa-heavy varieties lack fruit, Chocolate Arts’ personal blend manifests and harmonizes these flavours, effectively capturing chocolate’s inscrutable universal charm and appeal.
Allure will be available in various prêt-à-manger chocolates and pastries at Chocolate Arts chocolate shop and café, as well as in various formats for home use. Read more