GOODS | Movies At Market Dinner Series To Launch With Premiere Of “Spinning Plates”

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Vancouver, BC | Grab your gourmet popcorn and a seat, and join MARKET by Jean-Georges for a culinary journey with an inspired take on the classic pairing of dinner and a movie. Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver will be opening the doors to its private Blue Moon Theatre for an exclusive screening followed by a private four-course dinner at MARKET by Jean-Georges for. Kicking off the Movies at MARKET series, on April 23 and 24, will be the Vancouver premiere of Spinning Plates, an award-winning documentary about three extraordinary restaurants and the incredible people who bring them to life.

In Spinning Plates, a world-renowned three-star Michelin chef competes for the ultimate restaurant prize in Chicago, while privately battling a life-threatening condition. A 150-year-old restaurant in Iowa is still standing only because of an unbreakable bond with the community. And a fledgling Mexican restaurant in Tucson struggles as its owners risk everything to survive and provide for their young daughter. Their unforgettable stories of family, legacy, passion and survival come together to reveal how meaningful food can be, and the power it has to connect us to one another. Details after the jump… Read more

GOODS: Year Of The Rabbit Arrival Uncorks Thumper Vintage Bottles At “Market”

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Vancouver, BC | February 3, 2011 begins the Chinese New Year – “Year of the Rabbit”. The rabbit is the fourth of 12 Chinese animal astrological signs, and primarily represents tranquility and calm. The rabbit is considered a lucky sign and the year ahead is said to be one to ‘catch your breath’ and ‘calm your nerves’. But MARKET by Jean-Georges sommelier, David Tremblay, wants to take your breath away with rare vintages from “Years of the Rabbit”… Read more

Jay Jones Takes Over The Bar At MARKET in The Shangri-La Hotel

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Vancouver, BC | Award-winning, veteran bartender, Jay Jones, joins the team of Market by Jean-Georges as lead bartender.  Jones, who has been at the forefront of the local bar scene for more than a decade, brings his signature stylings to Market to showcase bar service at one of Vancouver’s destination restaurants. Jones goes behind the bar at Market, located in Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver on Friday, January 14, 2011.

“Jay is a terrific addition to the team and he is literally going to raise the bar in Market,” said Bruno Valentino, general manager, Market by Jean-Georges. “His beverage savvy and his reputation for being an industry leader will no doubt make the Market bar a must for locals and visitors.”

A Vancouver native, Jones has developed and lead cocktail, wine and beer programs for the city’s top restaurants and bars, including West, Nu, Salt Tasting Room, the Donnelly Hospitality Group and Voya. Most recently he co-created and opened Pourhouse. Read more

“Market” To Table Two N.Y.E. Suppers And A “Re-Hab” Brunch…

December 24, 2010 

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Vancouver, BC | Gather family and friends for a New Year’s celebration in MARKET by Jean-Georges.  Karen Gin, Market’s Chef de Cuisine and her team have created menus to ring in 2011, whether your celebration is New Year’s Eve, or New Year’s Day – where the focus is on brunch and celebratory cocktails. Full details and menus after the jump… Read more

“Market” To Get A Lick Of Spice With New York’s Anthony Ricco

October 28, 2010 

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Vancouver, BC | For three weeks in November, a spicier side of Jean-Georges comes to life in Vancouver.  From November 8 to 30, guests of Market by Jean-Georges will have the opportunity to taste the dishes and spices of the famed Spice Market NYC. The Spice Market promotion starts with the arrival of Anthony Ricco, executive chef of Spice Market. Six signature Spice Market dishes will be added to the dinner menu. Available a la carte ((C$10 – C$30) or as a tasting menu (C$68), these six dishes top Spice Market’s list of favourite items… Read more

Market By Jean-Georges Tables New “Simply Cooked” Concept…

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Vancouver, BC | Karen Gin, chef de cuisine for MARKET by Jean-Georges has introduced a new Jean-Georges concept to Vancouver’s MARKET. “Simply Cooked” is the new menu heading which offers a choice of fish or meat which is prepared simply – pepper and salt as the only seasoning – and then Market cooked with a side of Shisito peppers and citrus-chili emulsion.

“Simply cooked is letting the ingredient speak for itself,” said Gin. “It’s perfect for Vancouver where we have such amazing products, and this approach is giving us a chance to interact even more directly with the fish suppliers and farmers”.

Choices include Qualicum Beach scallops, Arctic char, Queen Charlotte sablefish, Nova Scotia lobster, lamb Chops and Alberta AAA beef tenderloin, with prices ranging from $15 to $19 at lunch, and $21 to $34 at dinner. Diners can add side dishes such as the grilled brocolinni with parmesan cheese and olive oil, warm baby beets with balsamic vinegar or truffled mash potatoes. Read more

“Market” Celebrating Gay Pride With Pink Parties On The Patio

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Shangri-La - the City’s landmark hotel, restaurant, and spa - will be hosting a Pink Party all week long in MARKET

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Vancouver, BC | For the Pink Party…we recommend you put on anything…PINK! We will be featuring the Celebration Bubbly – a must have – by the glass and bottles of sparkling wine & Champagne, hand-crafted cocktails (including a surprise Pride Cocktail!), lychee bellinis, complimentary snacks that are the perfect pairings for our beverages, and a daily draw with prize and winner announced at 6:00pm each night. Full details after the jump… Read more

Market Details June Prix Fixe And Introduces Chef Karen Gin

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The Shangri-La - the city’s landmark hotel, restaurant, and spa - is located at 1128 West Georgia in Vancouver, BC

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Vancouver, BC | MARKET by Jean-Georges announces the appointment of new chef de cuisine Karen Gin, details resident bartender Justin Tisdall’s recent competitive foray to France, reintroduces its fantastic patio in time for summer, and serves a Dine Out menu through to the end of June. Read all about it after the jump… Read more

Market By Jean-Georges Prepped And Ready For The Olympics

February 2, 2010 

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Shangri-La - the City’s landmark hotel, restaurant, and spa - prepares to celebrate Vancouver in 2010

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Vancouver, BC | February 12th is the Opening Ceremony for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics and Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver is waiting to welcome the world with distinct offerings and legendary hospitality. From the arrival of three-star Michelin chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and the creation of Street MARKET to medal-worthy spa treatments that harness the power of the Pacific Ocean, Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver is ready for a year of fun and GAMES. Read more

New Management Team Takes Shape @ Market by Jean-Georges

January 19, 2010 

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Veterans Bruno Valentino, Richard Luxton, and Justin Tisdall promoted from within at MARKET by Jean-Georges

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Vancouver, BC | Bruno Valentino steps easily into the role of General Manager for MARKET by Jean-Georges, the signature restaurant of Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver, for three-star Michelin chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Valentino, who arrived in Canada one year ago, was Assistant Restaurant Manager and an integral part of the opening team for Jean-Georges’ first Canadian restaurant.

Immediately prior to joining MARKET by Jean-Georges, Valentino was General Manager for Lagoon Restaurant, the Jean-Georges restaurant at the St Regis Resort Bora Bora in French Polynesia. A native of France, Valentino moved rapidly through the culinary and hotel ranks before catching the eye of Jean-Georges. A graduate of the Paul Augier catering school in France, Valentino has worked throughout Europe and the United States. Read more

Jean-Georges Vongerichten On Spiders & The Math Of Empire

This is the 40th interview of what will eventually amount to 500 profiles of people who have made life in BC that much more interesting. At the rate we’re going it’ll take three years, at which time we’ll probably just start shooting for 1,000. Read more

Jean-Georges’ “Market” In The New Shangri-La

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My friend Owen and I went in for a first pass to the highly anticipated Market in the new Shangri-La hotel last night. They’d only just opened for their first public service after back to back “friends and family” test runs, but it filled up fast (they had 80 in the book, and were accepting plenty of walk-ins). We found many familiar faces from West, Le Crocodile, and Feenie’s/Lumiere working the room and kitchen. Of course, former Chambar manager Paul Grunberg (interview) was there, too, and ex-Boneta bartender JT was rocking the drinks (as you can see above). Jean-Georges Vongerichten himself was also in full effect, and was gracious enough to walk me through his restaurant’s first hours…

In our discussions it quickly became clear how genuinely excited he was about working with local boy executive chef David Foot, and very enthusiastic about the ingredients that the coast was bringing to his kitchen. His passion for the project was evident by way of non-stop gesticulation, and those among his staff that I spoke to were just as bubbly (not only about serving their first guests but also about working for an international legend like Jean-Georges).

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I’d met Jean-Georges only briefly before at a party a couple of months back. I’d never tasted his food or been inside any of his many far-flung properties. Accordingly, I went in with seriously empty slate expectations. Designers H. Jay Brooks and Cynthia Penner of Box Interiors (whose previous credits include Whistler’s sexy Adara Hotel and local restaurant lookers like Trattoria Italian Kitchen and Watermark) did a fine job of breaking Market up into four distinct zones: a cafe, sizeable raw bar and lounge, a sleekly formal restaurant, and an expansive patio). I really loved the lounge. The acoustics seemed to tolerate the mix of music, voices, and myriad hard surfaces everywhere, and the lighting was soft and gentle. We sat, dined, and mingled here for the duration, so I’m looking forward to test driving the dining room proper in the coming weeks.

On the food front, the butternut squash soup and the black truffle and fontina pizza were definite standouts, but truly every dish I tried was of a very high calibre: very clean and exquisitely balanced flavours with expressive presentations. Pure Vongerichten, from what I’ve heard.

I think I was pleased most by the price points. Expecting menus priced in the stratosphere, I found them in Earls territory instead: roughly $12-28, with a $65 multi-courser set piece that screamed come hither. It’s not often that you come away from a top tier dining experience for two (with beers and cocktails) and end up spending less that $100. I’d be interested in knowing if that was always part of the plan, or whether they considered the economic downturn and retooled to fit the times…

For more photos, our friend Rhonda May over at City Food was in just prior to the opening yesterday and took plenty of lovely ones. Check them out…

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Andrew Morrison is a west coast boy who studied history and classics at the Universities of Cape Town and Toronto after an adolescence spent riding skateboards and working in restaurants. He is the editor of Scout Magazine, the weekly food and restaurant columnist for the Westender newspaper, a contributor to Vancouver and Western Living magazines, and a proud board member of the Chef’s Table Society of BC. He lives and works by the beach in Vancouver.

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10 Minutes With “Market” GM Paul Grunberg

Once or twice a week, Scout poses 60 questions to a local who has made life in BC that much more interesting. They pick and choose. The minimum response is 20 answers (a Rorschach test, for sure).

Today it’s the turn of Paul Grunberg, former grand poobah at Chambar and now the general manager of Market, the new restaurant by international superstar chef Jean Georges Vongerichten slated to open inside the upcoming Shangri-La Hotel when it launches on January 24th.

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Scout Q&A

Three things about your neighbourhood that make you want to live there: Crosstown: I wake up in the morning and can get a great espresso and a waffle at Café Medina, dinner at Chambar, Boneta or Wild Rice. And it isn’t Yaletown!

The thing that you eat that is bad for you that you will never stop eating: Mars Bars; ever since my grandma bought me my first one…

Sexiest fashion item for the opposite sex: Jeans and a white T- shirt.

Favourite wine varietal: White Burgundy from Chablis – anything Bret Brothers…

One thing you’d like to change about Vancouver: The homeless situation.

Bartender who could sell you anything: Tannis Ling, she sold me a jalapeno cocktail.. Fantastic!

Cheap place for dinner: Our house on a Sunday.

Book you’re reading: Martin Pricard; Au Pied du Cochon.

Best bar stool in the city: Chambar/Boneta. Expect the unexpected and win everytime!

What are you proud of: My family and my accomplishments, and all the incredible people that make them possible.

Saddest thing about Vancouver: The rain.

Best fine dining restaurant in the city: Cioppino’s, hands down one of the best dining experiences I have had in Vancouver to date…

Talent you wish you possessed: Being able to speak multiple languages.

The trend you wish you never followed, but did: Getting lines shaved into my head.

Local person you admire most:
The Schuermans (owners of Chambar).

Best concert experience ever: Kings of Leon at the Paramount in Seattle.

How you waste time at work: Time to waste at work??

The thing that makes you the most nervous: Uncertainty.

Quality you admire most in yourself: Ambition.

The thing you’re addicted to: My Girl.

Biggest hope: My family is happy and healthy.

Favourite book as a child: Where The Wild Things Are.

Market Sets The Date

December 11, 2008 

It was mentioned to me last night while out and about but I just passed the Shangri-La window and snapped this shot. Jean Georges first restaurant in Canada, “Market”, opens January 24th.

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