The GOODS from Beta5
Vancouver, BC | To celebrate our third birthday this Saturday, Oct. 4th, we’re serving up a smorgasbord of birthday-themed treats, including chocolate birthday candles filled with a Tahitian vanilla bean ganache, chocolate-peanut butter balloon lollipops, devil’s food cake chocolate bars, and slices of our cream puff birthday cake between 10am and 5pm. We’re also welcoming back our line of desserts to-go (fine-dining desserts elegantly assembled into glass jars); plus we’re introducing three new cream puff flavours.
If the menu has you drooling, then perhaps our giveaways might just send you into a sweet-treat coma. We’ve got loot bags for the first 50 customers, we’re giving away three 3-month Chocolate Union memberships*, and there are 10 golden chocolate bars hidden amongst our stock of devil’s food cake bars. The lucky individuals who purchase the hidden golden bars will win tasty BETA5 prizes.
Check out our #beta5birthday hashtag on Instagram and Twitter (@beta5chocolates) to take a peek behind the scenes as we work like crazy to handcraft our birthday menu. On the big day, our customers can use our selfie station and the #beta5chocolates hashtag to tag their own photos from our birthday bash for a chance to win a 3-month Chocolate Union membership. It’s an old-fashioned birthday party with a social media twist. Read more
The GOODS from Burdock & Co.
Vancouver, BC | Burdock & Co. on Main Street is looking for a sous chef. The restaurant serves refined dishes crafted from organic ingredients. Chef Andrea Carlson’s relationship with local suppliers ensures that only the best arrives at the table, whether sourced from one of Vancouver’s nearby farms or a downtown urban garden. Please send resumes in confidence to andrea [at] burdockandco.com. Learn more about the restaurant after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from The Acorn
Vancouver, BC | R&B Brewing head brewer Todd Graham collaborated with 5 of Vancouver’s most celebrated chefs to produce the Chef Series. The line of 650ml limited edition bottled beers are designed to pair with food. Participating chefs were asked to choose a beer style and unique ingredients that they personally connect to. The result? Five incredibly diverse beers that reveal a little bit about each chef and pair perfectly with some of their favourite dishes.
The Acorn’s Spruce Tip Ale (the 2nd beer in the series) was inspired by Chef Brian Skinner. It’s made with locally foraged spruce tips and pairs with the restaurant’s cauliflower croquettes served with juniper aioli, which launches on the menu this week.
To celebrate, brewer Todd Graham will be playing a vinyl only set with local musician/artist extraordinaire Penny Buchner (Slow Learners). Join us tonight, between 10pm-1am Thursday September 25th, for $4 pints and croquettes, $6 cocktails, and great music! Read more
The GOODS from Campagnolo
Vancouver, BC | Now a highly anticipated annual event, Campagnolo’s Cerelia celebrates the season end of the Main St. Station Farmers Market. Each year as the leaves start to change colour, the air begins to cool and the produce at the local farmers markets shift from summer to autumn varieties, Chef Nathan Lowey plans his menu for this epic feast. This Italian celebration of harvest will be held on Wednesday, October 1 at 7:00PM. Guests are invited to gather around communal tables and welcome fall by breaking bread with old and new friends.
Late season produce will be celebrated and sourced day of from the Main St. Station Farmers Market and a variety of artisanal purveyors in which Chef de Cuisine Nathan Lowey has built a long standing relationship. Local farms may include Sapo Bravo Organics, Stoney Paradise Farm, Glorious Organics, UBC Farms, Sole Food Street Farms, Crisp Organics, Cropthorne Farm and Icecap Organics. Tickets are $79 plus Eventbrite Service Charge (tax, gratuity and wine are included).
Dinner will be served family-style and paired with wines from local producers La Frenz and Stable Door Cellars including: Stable Door Cellars Riesling, La Frenz Viognier and La Frenz Pinot Noir. Get the full menu and all the important details after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from The Fish Counter
Vancouver, BC | Join the Slow Food / Slow Fish movement and eight mystery chefs on Saturday, September 27th at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, just off Granville Island, for a Slow Fish Mystery Dinner. Start your evening with canapés and libations, and then move though the school’s eight professional teaching kitchens to meet mystery chefs, visiting from BC and beyond, who will each offer a tasting-sized portion of sustainable and lesser-known local seafood delicacies for you to try.
Chefs’ Table Society member, Slow Fish member, and Fish Counter co-owner/chef Robert Clark has been evangelizing sustainability in seafood since 1998 and is spearheading this event along with Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts executive chef, and Chefs’ Table Society member Julian Bond. At its heart the event is intended to raise awareness for Slow Fish and its role in protecting our oceans. The Chefs’ Table Society has a mandate to support BC producers and sustainable food production, and is happy to present this event.
Tickets are available here for $79 +fees, and include the reception, samples and beverages, and the chance to interact with eight acclaimed chefs, who will only be revealed to you once you are there. There are only 100 tickets for sale, so seafood lovers are advised to act now and not miss what is sure to be an exciting and delicious affair. Read more
The GOODS from The Biltmore Cabaret
Vancouver, BC | The Kopecky Family Band isn’t a family in the traditional sense – rather than being bound by blood and heritage, this band of six young musicians is connected by circumstance, miles on the odometer, and the songs they have crafted over the years. It is the Kopecky Family Band’s music that has brought them widespread attention and critical acclaim – the New York Times giving the recommendation that “If You Like Fleetwood Mac, Try the Kopecky Family Band”. (This is a great reminder to both check out KFB and give Rumours a spin on the turntable tonight).
Original founding member Kelsey Kopecky is also bringing something non-traditional on tour with the band – her love of yoga. Vancouver has (of course) been selected as a city to be a part of “Yopecky,” Kelsey’s pre-show, mixed level vinyasa yoga class! Just bring a mat and a spirit of adventure for some heart opening and movement. Kopecky Family Band and guest Avid Dancer play the Biltmore Cabaret Friday September 26 – advance tickets available online, at Red Cat, Zulu Records & the Biltmore. Learn more about the Biltmore after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from The Acorn
Vancouver, BC | The award-winning Acorn Restaurant is hiring for two full-time positions — Sous Chef and Chef de Partie. For the Sous Chef position we are looking for an individual with the drive to advance into a Chef de Cuisine role. Formal culinary training and fine dining experience are essential. If you are passionate about food, hungry to learn more about vegetable-based cuisine, and a naturally collaborative leader, please forward your resume to shira [at] theacornrestaurant.ca.
For the Chef de Partie position we are looking for a candidate who is dedicated to their craft and keen to learn more about cooking with vegetables. Formal culinary training and fine dining experience is an asset, but not essential. Depending on the position, working hours will range from 2pm-2am with the successful candidate working 5 days a week. Training for both positions can begin right away.
Being a small independent restaurant, we pride ourselves on having a collaborative, team-driven environment and you will need to share this philosophy. The Acorn provides excellent opportunity for growth and development. Please email your Resume, and a few words about how you can contribute to our amazing team. 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 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
Gene Pool | Slang/Place | A snobbish nickname for Gene Cafe on Main Street. Employed only by those who see its clientele as being too homogenous for their elitist tastes.
Usage: “If I had a Macbook Pro and a closet full of thrift, I’d probably hang out at Gene Pool, too…”
by Michelle Sproule | Have you ever had one of those experiences when you start thinking about how good an Earnest Ice Cream sundae is and you get so besotted with the memory of it that you get in your car and drive half way across town fully prepared to wait in a ridiculously long line up just to taste it only to realize that it’s Monday night and you have to wait all the way until Thursday before the tiny storefront opens it’s doors for service? Yeah, me too.
It’s not that they’re trying to torture us ice cream fiends. They have, it should be noted, distributed jars of their ice cream to numerous locations throughout the city where you can purchase it on any day of the week to pacify your cravings. The limited hours in the Fraserhood are out of necessity. They use that rest of the time (and all the space) to make the ice cream that will meet demand through the rest of the week.
Their smashing success has made the maintenance of the status quo impossible, so owners Ben Ernst and Erica Bernardi have decided to expand. They’ve just taken possession of the old Organic Lives space at 1829 Quebec Street on the corner of 2nd Avenue, where Mount Pleasant meets Olympic Village. When it comes on line this winter, this will be their main production space, though it will have a small retail component as well, which is to say we can walk in off the street and score ice cream by the scoop. The expansion also means that both locations will eventually be open for at least 6 days a week.
Right now, plans have been submitted to the city and they are just waiting for their permits. Though significantly larger, the new design will be similar to the Fraserhood location in layout and aesthetic (white walls, wood beams, brick — an uncomplicated, product-focused environment), plus there will be windows allowing customers to look into the production facility, which will take up the majority of the floor space.
The best case scenario for their opening date would be some point in December, but early 2015 is probably more realistic. Take a look inside…
by Ken Tsui | In the dog days of summer, chef/co-owner Brian Skinner and the kitchen team at Main Street vegetarian mainstay The Acorn are sweating it out as they prepare for another busy night. But before it all goes down, the staff are banding together and keeping to the spirit of making great vegetarian food by tapping into Indian traditions, the O.G. of vegetarian cuisines.
This afternoon’s meal is an elaborate one. It’s a long list scrawled on paper and simply labelled “Indian Staff Meal”. It’s an involved feast with plenty of components that tasks each staffer with making some of the classics, among them raita, papadums, khadi, palak paneer, grilled apricot chutney, mango lassis, pickled eggplant salad and pakoras of zucchini and cauliflower.
Brian leads the charge, guiding the crew based on lessons learned during his time in London. Today, the palak paneer (pureed spinach with crisped Indian cheese) is his responsibility. As the team puts the finishing touches on their respective contributions, the mixture of heat and movement looks and feels like controlled chaos, making it hard to keep track of all the fragrant and colourful plates coming out of the kitchen.
Meanwhile, co-owner Shira Blustein is holding court in the dining area. As the food comes out, the team gathers around her table to feast. Before long, Brian himself gets to lean into the spread. “I have a feeling I’m going to overeat…”
by Andrew Morrison | Full disclosure: Elizabeth Bryan and I go back a few years. We both used to write for Vancouver Island’s EAT Magazine, long before Scout was born. I was reminded of this while flipping through back issues while waiting for my meal at Dock Lunch, her little Mount Pleasant hideaway. She had piles of them on the sideboard, along with original copies of Pacific Island Gourmet, the long defunct magazine that she used to own.
Elizabeth’s passion for food is incredibly genuine, and in no small way a consequence of her South Carolinian roots. Her ”soul food” style of cooking really satisfies with plates – usually three or four different ones a day (menu posted on her Instagram feed) – deliciously evoking/expressing where she comes from. Think fried chicken, ham and biscuits, shrimp and grits, berry shortcakes, the whole kaboodle. She does just about everything in the 16 seat charmer by herself. And by that I mean she welcomes, cooks, serves, and cleans up as if she’s hosting people in her own home.
The truth of it is that the space actually was her apartment for 15 years, which is exactly why it looks and feels like you’re dining in her living room. She moved out to make the tiny eatery legal, but it’s still not uncommon to see guests bussing their own tables, bringing all their spent plates and glassware back to the kitchen once they’ve finished using them. Good on them.
It would be great if all customers could treat their Dock Lunch experiences similarly, because to treat it like any other restaurant would be a mistake. I don’t mean to say that Dock Lunch transcends or escapes the usual order, eat, pay, and retreat protocols that are the norm. Nor do I mean to suggest that it’s especially precious. It’s just cut from a different cloth, and well worth a visit. Take a look…
Dock Lunch | 152 East 11th Ave (off Main) | Open Mon-Sat, Noon(ish) to Six(ish)
The GOODS from The Biltmore Cabaret
Vancouver, BC | The Biltmore Cabaret presents a special summer double bill on Thursday, August 14th. In the sweetest deal of the summer, you are invited to enjoy Bry Webb (of the Constantines) for a special ‘Pay What You Can’ early show, with guests Olenka & the Autumn Lovers (Webb is on tour in support of his highly lauded new album, ‘Free Will’). Doors 7pm. RSVP on Facebook here. And then at 9:30pm, get set for the Tribute to the Ramones Pizza Part in celebration of the life and times of Tommy Ramone (RIP) and the entire Ramones crew. The Ramores, Slow Learners and Desolation Sound will play, and it just wouldn’t be a Ramones’ party without pizza. Come early to chow down on some choice slices. RSVP on Facebook here. Playbill/details after the jump. Read more