GOODS | Blasts From The Past Set To Take To The Stage At “Tinhorn Creek Vineyards”

February 24, 2014 

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards is located at 32830 Tinhorn Creek Rd in Oliver, BC | 250-498-3743 |

The GOODS from Tinhorn Creek

Oliver, BC | Tinhorn Creek Vineyards celebrates their 20th anniversary this year, so come and kick off your shoes and join in the party as they are bringing back some of their favourite bands from past Canadian Concert Series. The much-anticipated annual event is a rare opportunity to see some of Canada’s top musical talent while enjoying award-winning wines and taking in the spectacular views of the South Okanagan Valley.

Tinhorn Creek’s outdoor amphitheatre sits atop the winery’s hillside overlooking the famed Golden Mile, and is a one-of-a-kind venue for dancing the night away under the stars. Kicking off on May 24th, the 2014 Canadian Concert Series features Tinhorn’s favourite past performers every month and ends with legendary guitarist and singer-songwriter Colin James for the grand finale performance on September 6th.

The Town Pants are the first blast from the past and they will be starting the Canadian Concert Series with their rollicking Celtic rhythms on May 24th ($25) and the party continues with the funky grooves of The Boom Booms on June 28th ($30). On July 26th, Hey Ocean ($40) bring their mellow indie party-pop to the vineyard, followed by the alternative rock music of Odds on August 23rd ($45).

Colin James returns to Tinhorn Creek on September 6th ($75) to celebrate their 20th anniversary, it’s a special visit for the singer-songwriter as he helped the vineyards to celebrate their 10th anniversary a decade ago. He brings back his unique blend of musical styles that are the result of a long career that has seen him as rock guitar legend, platinum pop artist, blues baby and swing music band leader. Read more

DINER | Jeff Van Geest To Bring “Aurora Bistro” Back For One Night Only – Feb 8th


I was a huge fan of Aurora Bistro and so was not a little disappointed when it closed. While it’s been great watching former owner/chef Jeff Van Geest doing great things at Miradoro up in the Okanagan ever since, there’s no denying that this city’s food scene took a hit when he skipped Main Street. That was back in the Fall of 2008, at the height of the financial meltdown, so there wasn’t that much going as far as fine food is concerned in those parts until recently, when Burdock & Co. opened (fun fact: both Van Geest and Burdock chef Andre Carlson worked in the kitchen at Bishop’s).

Anyway, Van Geest just sent me an email saying that he was coming to town to resurrect Aurora Bistro for one night only on February 8th, 2014. Read all about it below:

Join Chef Jeff Van Geest for an evening of classic Aurora Bistro dishes paired with delicious B.C. wines from Tinhorn Creek Vineyards on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 7pm, at Longtail Kitchen.

Jeff, along with Longtail Kitchen’s chef and owner Angus An, Aurora Bistro alumni Dan Tigchelaar, Hugh Carbery, Kurtis Kolt and Katharine Manson will host a nostalgic and fun evening to be shared with friends. Guests will gather around long communal tables and indulge in a 4-course prix fixe menu comprised of fan favourites made from locally sourced, seasonal ingredients.

Tickets are priced at $95 (inclusive of wine pairings and gratuity) with partial proceeds being donated to the BC Hospitality Foundation. Limited seating is available. Menu/details after the jump… Read more



Bishop’s | Restaurant | A Vancouver institution named for its owner, John Bishop, a silver-haired Welsh gentleman. Opened on West 4th Avenue in 1986, Bishop’s is famous for its love affair with local, sustainable, and organic ingredients, as well as its support for local artists. It is one of the last bastions of fine dining in Vancouver. Many of BC’s best restaurant talents have worked here, among them Vikram Vij, Jeff Van Geest, Andrea Carlson, James Walt, Carol Chow, and Michael Allemeier (even Rob Feenie pulled a shift or two).

Usage: “I had dinner at Bishop’s last night and the service blew my mind.”




Aurora Bistro | Place/Restaurant (closed) | One of Vancouver’s first locavore restaurants (included an all BC wine list). Launched by a former Bishop’s restaurant sous chef named Jeff Van Geest (now cooking in the Okanagan at Miradoro), it was located at 2420 Main Street and closed in the Fall of 2008.

Usage | “I’ve lived in Mount Pleasant for so long that when Aurora Bistro opened I thought they were crazy.”


GOODS: Van Geest Versus Hawksworth For Special Winemaker’s Supper At “Miradoro”

September 6, 2012 

Miradoro is located at 32830 Tinhorn Creek Road in Oliver, BC | 250.498.3742 |

The GOODS from Miradoro

Oliver, BC | Tinhorn Creek Vineyards and Miradoro Restaurant are offering a number of exciting events for wine lovers from September 28 to October 6, during this year’s Okanagan Wine Festival. The Chef vs Chef Winemaker Dinner starts off the roster of events at Miradoro Restaurant on Friday September 28 at 6:30pm. Join Sandra Oldfield as Miradoro Executive Chef Jeff Van Geest and Hawksworth Restaurant Executive Chef David Hawksworth alternate courses, pairing their dishes with the latest Oldfield Series releases from Tinhorn Creek. Details after the jump… Read more

GOODS: Chef Jeff Van Geest Plating Special Mother’s Day Brunch At Okanagan’s Miradoro

Miradoro is located at 32830 Tinhorn Creek Road in Oliver, BC | 250.498.3742 |

The GOODS from Miradoro

Oliver, BC | Celebrate Mother’s Day at Tinhorn Creek Vineyards destination restaurant, Miradoro, located amongst stunning views of the South Okanagan Valley wine country. This Mother’s Day guests will enjoy a 2-course brunch tasting menu, with options for each course for $30. For the special occasion, Miradoro will be donating $5 from each tasting menu to the BC Children’s Hospital’s Caring a la Carte Mother’s Day campaign. Details after the jump… Read more

GOODS: Oliver’s “Miradoro” At Tinhorn Creek Vineyards Re-Opens For The Spring Season

February 29, 2012 

Miradoro is located at 32830 Tinhorn Creek Road in Oliver, BC | 250.498.3742 |

The GOODS from Miradoro

Oliver, BC | Miradoro Restaurant, British Columbia’s premiere winery restaurant, is pleased to announce it’s reopening on March 1st, 2012 after closing for the January / February winter months. The destination restaurant at Tinhorn Creek Vineyards offers stunning panoramic views of the South Okanagan Valley wine country and features Mediterranean-influenced cuisine that showcases the region’s finest ingredients. Get all the details after the jump… Read more

GOODS: Chef Jeff Van Geest Readies For Holidays With Special Menus At “Miradoro”

December 16, 2011 

Miradoro is located at 32830 Tinhorn Creek Road in Oliver, BC | 250.498.3742 |

The GOODS from Miradoro

Oliver, BC | Embrace the seasonal spirit this December with a special Christmas Eve Dinner and New Year’s Eve feature menu at Tinhorn Creek Vineyards destination restaurant, Miradoro. Located amongst the stunning views of the South Okanagan Valley wine country, Miradoro offers a welcoming reprieve this holiday season. For those looking for a little holiday cheer, Miradoro Restaurant is serving a three-course Christmas Eve Dinner crafted by talented Executive Chef Jeff Van Geest. For $30 guests will enjoy a local and seasonally inspired set menu with your choice of Roast Beef or Turkey. And New Year’s Eve at Miradoro is sure to be a night to remember with Chef Jeff Van Geest and his talented team serving a spectacular last meal of the year. Combined with award-winning wines of Tinhorn Creek Vineyards, the New Year’s Eve feature menu highlights include fresh oysters on the half shell, porcini crusted venison loin, wild mushroom risotto and spiced pumpkin pannacotta. Guests have the option to order this feature set menu or order a la carte, and will enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and party favours at midnight. The New Years Eve menu is priced at $75 not including applicable taxes and gratuity. Menu after the jump… Read more

GOODS: Chef Jeff Van Geest Plating Fall & Winter Menu At The Okanagan’s “Miradoro”

Miradoro is located at 32830 Tinhorn Creek Road in Oliver, BC | 250.498.3742 |

The GOODS from Miradoro

Oliver, BC | Miradoro Restaurant, British Columbia’s premiere winery restaurant, is delighted to announce its new fall and winter menus. The destination restaurant at Tinhorn Creek Vineyards offers stunning panoramic views of the South Okanagan Valley wine country and features Mediterranean-influenced cuisine that showcases the region’s finest ingredients. In the kitchen, Executive Chef Jeff Van Geest is guided by the belief that there’s nothing better than simply, well-prepared ingredients from our local fields, forests and ocean. Drawing inspiration from Spain, Portugal and Italy – cuisines designed to pair perfectly with wine — Van Geest works closely with local farmers and producers to pay homage to the bounty of the Okanagan. Locally and ethically produced, greens from Sesen Farm & Seeds and beef from Okanagan’s Finest Angus Beef feature prominently on Miradoro’s menus. Read more

GOODS: The Okanagan’s “Miradoro” Named One Of The World’s Best Winery Restaurants

Miradoro is located at 32830 Tinhorn Creek Road in Oliver, BC | 250.498.3742 |

The GOODS from Miradoro

Oliver, BC | Miradoro has just been recognized in the latest issue of Wine Access as one of “The World’s Best Winery Restaurants.” The article is not available online, but Wine Access writes:

“The ‘miradoro’ or ‘golden view’ here is the breathtaking panorama of the South Okanagan Valley, perfectly captured by floor-to-ceiling windows in this sleek modern restaurant. Restaurateur Manuel Ferreira, of Vancouver’s much loved Le Gavroche, and chef Jeff Van Geest have created irresistible Mediterranean-Okanagan fusion cuisine here. Local ingredients bring fresh life to Spanish chorizo, Neapolitan-style pizza and Moroccan tagine, and dishes pair gorgeously with winemaker Sandra Oldfield’s crisp chardonnays and smooth merlots. The patio overlooking the winery’s amphitheatre is the place to be on sunny afternoons for tapas and a glass of Oldfield Series Rose.” Miradoro was one of two BC winery restaurants listed – the other being Hester Creek’s new Terrafina. Learn more about Miradoro after the jump… Read more

Confirmed: Jeff Van Geest To Diva At The Met

We had this up as hearsay last week but it’s now confirmed. Former Aurora Bistro owner/chef Jeff Van Geest signed on the dotted line with Diva at the Met today to become Dino Renaerts’ executive sous/restaurant chef. His first day is tomorrow.

Congratulations to all involved. Win-win, et cetera.

Chef Jeff Van Geest Hired?

Word on the snowy streets is that former Aurora Bistro owner/chef Jeff Van Geest has been picked up by Diva at the Met as the restaurant chef under exec Dino Renaerts. Not sure if it’s a done deal yet, but when (and if) this becomes public I’d see it as a small coup for hotel.

Wallflower To Replace Aurora

our last brunch at the now closed Aurora Bistro - circa last May

Just to stop the rumour mill from continuing to churn out some real doozies, a veteran FOH’er named Lisa Hewlett (ex-Boathouse, Jimmy’s Taphouse) has struck a deal with Aurora owner Jeff Van Geest to take over his former Main St. location (he handed over the keys this morning). The most interesting gossip saw the space landing in the lap of Andrey Durbach and Chris Stewart of Parkside, La Buca, and Pied-a-Terre, but though there was some truth to this (there were talks) it has come to naught. The deal is done.

The new restaurant, dubbed The Wallflower Modern Diner, will focus on accessible, health-conscious diner fare with some of the recipes coming from Hewlett’s own grandmother. Renos sound like they’ll be light to moderate, with very little in the way of structural modifications (if any at all). Opening day is slated for some time in January.

“We’re trying to bring something to the community that will be a good fit” Hewlett told me over the phone this afternoon. Diner food sounds about right these days.

We wish both Lisa and Jeff the best of luck.

Aurora Bistro Has Closed

Saddest. News. Ever. It’s been bottled up (and leaking) for the last few days, but now it’s official.

After more than five years of operation in Vancouver’s emergent Main Street neighbourhood, Aurora Bistro has closed its doors. Aurora Bistro opened in June 2003 to rave reviews and has remained a popular regional restaurant winning numerous awards.

Despite the restaurant’s broad following and significant acclaim, it recently became evident that the business could no longer remain profitable and continue to operate.

To close the restaurant was a difficult decision to make, but after committing five years to Aurora as a hard-working chef and active restaurant owner, Jeff Van Geest is ready for a fresh start and welcomes more time to spend with his family.

“I want to thank my incredible staff for their hard work and dedication to Aurora. I also want to sincerely thank our suppliers, customers, our dear industry friends and the food and wine media for their amazing support over the years” says Van Geest.

When an award-winning, eco-conscious, local-friendly, and all around awesome restaurant can’t find enough customers to fill 30 seats a night, I wonder at the future of our restaurant scene. Too pissed at my own city to say much at the moment. Please comment, leave best wishes, and discuss in the forum.

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