Definitive Records asks interesting Vancouverites to pick the three albums that anchor their musical tastes. Today, we hear from the one and only John Bishop, owner of Kitsilano’s legendary Bishop’s restaurant and one of Canada’s greatest and most respected chefs/restaurateurs.
Bill Hayley & The Comets – Rock Around The Clock | LISTEN | This new American music nearly set off riots when it played in UK cinemas back in the day. Seats ripped out, young people dancing wildly everywhere…we all wanted to be in a rock and roll band!
Elvis Presley – Jailhouse Rock | LISTEN | Everyone went wild for this young kid from Memphis. He never toured the UK where I grew up but he had the biggest fan club there. I still to this day break out with some of the songs he made so popular.
Buddy Holly – Crying, Waiting, Hoping | LISTEN | This bespectacled singer with the big blonde Hofner acoustic guitar and the sweetest harmonizing voice made me want go out and buy a guitar and form a band, which I did.
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.”
The GOODS from CedarCreek Estate Winery
Vancouver, BC | We are celebrating our 25th Anniversary this year and what better way to celebrate then releasing our 2007 “Tradition”, an extraordinary wine that showcases our 25 years of patience, perserverance and desire for perfection. The wine will paired with a delicious four course culinary adventure with Chef John Bishop of Vancouver’s Bishop’s Restaurant on Thursday, July 12th. This will be an unforgettable experience. Details after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from Bishop’s
Vancouver, BC | Kitsilano’s famed Bishop’s Restaurant, led by John Bishop and executive chef Andrea Carlson, is seeking a an experienced cook and garde manger. The right candidates will be inspired by local food and fully dedicated to the craft of cooking. Send resumes to bishopsrestaurant [at] telus.net and learn more about the restaurant after the jump… Read more
News from Scout supporter Bishop’s
Vancouver, BC | “It was twenty years ago today, Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play.” Twenty-five years (and one month) ago, John Bishop taught Vancouver about eating local, seasonal and sustainable food and in doing so, helped create a local cuisine culture. Bishop’s Restaurant first opened its doors to the public 25 years ago last month (December 14, 1985) and it is celebrating the occasion with a special prix fixe menu that pays homage to its first menu so many years ago. Priced at $49, the four-course menu includes such Bishop’s classics as Goat Cheese Salad, Dungeness Crab Cakes, Lamb Three Ways and Death by Chocolate. Read all about it after the jump… Read more
Job Posting by Scout supporter Bishop’s
Vancouver, BC | Bishop’s Restaurant is looking for dedicated individuals with a professional attitude for the positions of garde manger and entremetier. Please send resumes to email@example.com. Learn more about the restaurant after the jump… Read more
Job Posting by Scout supporter Bishop’s
The award-winning Bishop’s Restaurant in Kitsilano is looking for an experienced hostess to work Sunday and Monday evening shifts. Applicants must have a great attitude and be able to work in a strong team environment. In addition to a proficiency with computers and previous experience with the Open Table reservation system, some food and wine knowledge is preferred. Email your resume in confidence to firstname.lastname@example.org. Find out more about the restaurant after the jump… Read more
News from Scout supporter Bishop’s
Vancouver, BC | From May 27 to June 19, South Granville’s Winsor Gallery (3025 Granville Street) plays host to a show by famed artist Alan Wood. The Bishop’s Garden – presents a new series of wood relief sculptures, collage and watercolours, based on the haven found in a close friend’s garden. That close friend is restaurateur John Bishop and that garden is the one found in the back of Mr. Bishop’s Point Grey home.
” It seems like I’ve known Alan for ever,” says Mr. Bishop. “In the early days, my wife Theresa and I would save up to buy his work. In turn, Alan and his wife Flora started coming to the restaurant and the friendship grew over the years.”
“When Flora passed away five years ago, I started to drop by John and Theresa’s home. They were always so welcoming and kind. I’d come and sit in the back garden – it became my refuge. One evening, I came for dinner. John and his son David had arranged eight of my pieces around the garden illuminated by candlelight. It was magic. That gave me the idea to try to capture and interpret the calm and happiness I have found there. This show is the result,” says Mr. Wood. “I named the series The Bishop’s Garden because I want to honour the role played by everyone in the Bishop family in creating this special space.” Read more
News from Scout supporter Bishop’s
Vancouver, BC | Bishop’s will be offering a special three course Thanksgiving Dinner with all the trimmings for only $55 this upcoming Sunday and Monday. Their regular menu will also be available. Reservations are highly recommended… Read more
News from Scout Supporter Bishop’s
(VANCOUVER) It’s a proven medical fact that sipping a moderate amount of red wine is good for your heart – it helps to reduce the amount of ‘bad cholesterol.’ The French have known for centuries that red wine is good for you – they aren’t concerned about ‘physical health’ per se, they are talking about being good for you, good for your life. A little wine promotes conviviality amongst friends and strangers, complements the flavours of food, encourages people to really enjoy a meal, causes you relax and has even been known to inspire poetry. Yes, a little wine is good for your ‘heart’ in all the senses of that word. Read more
I had an outstanding meal at Bishop’s with some friends and colleagues the other night. This was the second in the restaurant’s summer series of Producer’s Dinners, and I was accordingly very keen to see what the kitchen would do with their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) box full of mysterious, freshly-harvested local ingredients sourced from farms in the city and Aldergrove. Special guests were the producers themselves, David Catzell of Fraser Common Farm and Ward Teulon from City Farm Boy. Read more
Still rather cobwebby this morning. It was a bit of a wild one last night… Read more
One 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 which ones they’d prefer to answer, with a minimum response rate of 20. A Rorschach test, for sure…
Inarguably one of Vancouver’s most respected chef/restaurateurs, John Bishop is also a cookbook author, mentor, and the Godfather of Vancouver’s regional cuisine. For over twenty years, his local-centric restaurant Bishop’s – widely considered one of the best in the country – has trained and inspired legions of young cooks, servers, and managers to source their food locally and to forge strong relationships with the farmers and producers of the Lower Mainland.
Three things about your neighbourhood that make you want to live there: Point Grey: parks; beaches; friendly people.
Default drink of choice: Campari spritzers.
The one place you’d move to: Rural Britain.
Favourite wine varietal: Riesling.
One thing you’d like to change about Vancouver: Downtown Eastside.
Cheap place for dinner: East Is East.
Book you’re reading: Three Day Road by
Last place traveled: India.
Cliche that you use too often: “Well done”.
Dead film actor you wish was still making pictures: John Casavettes.
Place in BC that you love escaping to: Kalamalka Lake near Vernon.
Under what circumstances would you join the army: None.
Saddest thing about Vancouver: Homelessness.
Most challenging part of owning a business: Time away from family.
Your nickname growing up: “Bish”.
Talent you wish you possessed: Languages.
Musical instrument you long to play: Guitar.
Sport you gave up: Hunting in Ireland.
The game you’re best at: Catch with my daughter.
Somewhere within an hour of Vancouver that is worth checking out: Crescent Beach.
Local person you admire most: Milton Wong.
Best concert experience ever: Frank Sinatra.
Aspect of your personality you wish you could change: Procrastination.
The thing you wished people cared more about: Eachother.
The dish you’re most proud of: Any family meal that I can cook for them.
The thing that makes you the most nervous: The global economy.
Town you were born in: Shrewsbury, Shropshire (England).
Old television shows you can tolerate re-runs of: Doc Martin and The Vicar of Dibley.
Album that first made you love music: Bill Hayley and the Comets’ Rock Around the Clock.
The career path you considered but never followed: Arctic Explorer.
The one country that you have no interest in ever visiting: Iraq.
Your top 3 films of all time: The Tempest. Being There. Local Hero.
The first three things you do every morning: Tea. Newspapers. Breakfast.
The thing you’re addicted to: Cooking.
Biggest hope: World peace.
Luckiest moment of your life: Meeting my wife, Theresa.
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 5:30pm – 11:00pm
Proprietor: John Bishop
Executive Chef: Ron Shaw
Maitre d’: Abel Jacinto
“This is the place for those who want the best of everything without the taint of pretension.”
Tucked away on West 4th in Kitsilano is a legendary restaurant with a big reputation. For more than 20 years John Bishop has led the field in serving food that is organic, produced locally and sustainably. Many consider his eponymous Bishop’s to be Canada’s version of Chez Panisse. With a reputation like that, lots of people don’t realize that Bishop’s is also a cosy neighbourhood haven serving quality dishes at affordable prices. John and Chef Shaw work directly with fishers, producers and growers to source the pick-of-the-crop and menus change constantly to reflect this.
Dining at Bishop’s is like having dinner at the home of an elegant friend. From the warm reception that greets you to a table dressed in “soothing linen” surrounded by spectacular West Coast First Nations art, you know you will be pampered in this urban oasis of calm. The art on the walls a fitting backdrop to the culinary art of Chef Shaw.
Abel Jacinto presides over a wine cellar that features the best of British Columbia with hard-to- find and rare wines from around the world. The list is consistently updated.
John and his restaurant have been honoured with numerous awards including:
Mobil Travel Guide Four Stars, 2008, 2011
Gold Medal, Cuisine Canada National Cookbook Awards 2008 (for “Fresh”)
Inaugural recipient of the Green Award, Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards
Best Restaurant (numerous years), Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards
Best North American Cuisine, Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards
2012 Where To Eat In Canada