The GOODS from Pizzeria Farina
Vancouver, BC | Passionate about pizza? Pizzeria Farina is looking to hire an experienced Chef de Cuisine/Manager. Applicants must have cooking experience, possess strong leadership skills and most importantly be passionate about food. The Chef de Cuisine will be responsible for the daily operation of the kitchen including ordering, inventory and managing a brigade of wonderful people. Please send your resume to info [at] pizzeriafarina.com. Learn more about the Main St. eatery after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from Burdock & Co.
Vancouver, BC | Chef Andrea Carlson and Matt Sherlock of Sedimentary Wines guide guests off the well-worn path of red and white to explore the world of orange wines. In a four-course tasting experience, guests are introduced to these quirky, funky, zingy Italian wines paired with flavourful dishes that bring out the best in each intriguing bottle.
Orange wines are created using ancient traditional techniques not commonly used in modern times; in a method usually reserved for red wines, white grapes are macerated and allowed to sit in their skins for a fortnight or more, resulting in wines with complex flavour, rich texture and glowing with a warm copper hue.
Only 20 seats are available for this extraordinary evening. Interested parties are encouraged to act quickly to reserve a seat. Tickets are $130 per person including tax and gratuity. Get all the tickets and menu details (with wine pairings) after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from The Biltmore Cabaret
Vancouver, BC | Hidden Charms is pleased to announce a very special performance. Rich Hope and His Blue Rich Rangers after a lengthy hiatus are returning to the stage to perform – for one night only – the iconic Byrds album Sweetheart of the Rodeo in it’s entirety. Now hear it live and in the flesh as the Rangers rev it up. Post LP performance will feature the usual assortment of Rangers barroom rockers and honky tonk hits to round out the night on the dance floor. Learn more 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. If you are passionate about food, hungry to learn more about vegetable-based cuisine, and a natural leader, please forward your resume. Formal culinary training and fine dining experience essential.
For the Chef de Partie position we are looking for candidates who are 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 10am-2am, with the successful candidate working 5 days a week. Training for both positions begins in early April.
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 to brian [at] theacornrestaurant.ca. Details after the jump… Read more
by Andrew Morrison | Danny Fazio and Thomas Anselmi of Arrival Agency invited me to take a look at how things were going at The Fox Cabaret yesterday. The space has come a long way since the mess left behind by the building’s previous long-term tenant, The Fox Cinema. The Fox, of course, was an old school porn theatre, and well documented as a grossed-out, fap-fest house of carnal horrors. Though it was an institution of sorts and very much part of the Main streetscape, screening 35mm adult films throughout the 1980′s and 1990′s, and well beyond 2003 when it switched over to DVD format. You can click here to learn more about the theatre and its 2010 end while empathetically lamenting the loss for commuting masturbators from across the Lower Mainland, but I don’t think it has been missed by that many people in the neighbourhood.
So what is The Fox Cabaret? I think we’re supposed to think of it as another “cultural compound”, the second coming of The Waldorf, which was sacrificed to false real estate idols last year. It’ll be operated by the same crew as before – led by Arrival founders Thomas Anselmi and Ernesto Gomez with partners Rachel Zottenberg and David Duprey (see also The Emerald, Rickshaw, The Narrow) – so I trust that we can expect similar programming as before. If you require a refresher, these guys arranged for The Cheaper Show, the East Side Culture Crawl, the New Forms Festival, the Polaris Music Prize, the Presentation House Gallery, the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, the Vancouver Art Gallery, and the Vancouver International Film Festival to hold events at The Waldorf, and for Black Mountain, Japandroids, Douglas Coupland, Rodney Graham, Grimes, Michael Turner, and Paul Wong to headline evenings as well. In addition to the great gigs and events that I feel confident in anticipating, I know that Music On Main will be doing some of the programming, and that comedy group The Sunday Service is set to become an entertaining fixture. Diversity for the win.
Clearly, Mount Pleasant’s cultural landscape is about to get a big shot in the arm. When The Fox opens, it will offer a cavernous space (with all the theatre seats gone) for 190 people. An upper balcony will have room for another 25 or so, and then an upstairs bar will seat another 50 when it opens later – possibly as soon as April – in what used to be the theatre’s old projector room (check out the disco ball, plucked from the destruction of Richards On Richards). The bar operations are going to be the province of Kevin Brownlee, who also works the wood at South Granville’s storied West Restaurant. The hours will be in the evenings until midnight on weekdays and 1am on weekends, with those being extended to 1am and 2am respectively after six months. There will be a food component, but it will basic – snacks only.
The Fox Cabaret is on track to open for its first events next weekend. Get your sneak peek below…
by Andrew Morrison | Campagnolo on Main Street is launching a new space this week and patrons won’t have to go far to find it as it’s located right above the restaurant. To gain access to the 32 seater (nicknamed “Upstairs”), there’s a separate door to the right of Campagnolo’s entrance. It’s hard to miss as it’s bright green with a piece of brown leather – emblazoned with a hobo-style symbol (the letter “c” surrounded by up/down stairs) by none other than Ken Diamond - nailed to it at head height.
So what’s the upstairs all about? During my walkthrough the other day, I thought it looked a little clubby, like the private reserve of a bunch Spitfire pilots just landed in Malta after a morning spent strafing the shores of Tunis. Everything on the walls has some sort of special significance, whether it be framed awards and glowing accolades or the detritus of enterprises that didn’t exactly work out as planned. To wit, if you look carefully, you’ll find an artwork that used to be at Fuel Restaurant (now Fable in Kitsilano) hanging on one wall, and the beautiful neon Fat Dragon sign hanging on its side over the stairs. My favourite? The old gate from Adega – the restaurant that was in the space for some 30 years before Campagnolo took it over – can be seen hanging above the bar like a Sword of Damocles, reminding everyone of the impermanence of success. So have a drink.
Co-owner Robert Belcham explained that it’s for the regulars. ”We get all kinds of people in the restaurant,” he said, “everyone from bikers and artists to lawyers and CEOs. They’ve always been on equal ground downstairs, and they’ve always supported us. So this is a place for them.” It certainly looked like it was shaping up to be a cool place to go for relaxed, bullshit-free ambiance with unfussy food and some well-made drinks without loud music, cover charge, or pretension. You sort of have to know that it’s up there to patronize it (I like that), and the stretched piece of leather on the door hardly says “welcome”. And yet everyone will be this Thursday (tomorrow) when it opens to the public.
Peter Van de Reep has come down from Campagnolo Roma to run the place (that’s him to the right of co-owner Robert Belcham pictured above), and he’s lined up a sweet-looking selection of casked cocktails and such. For food, Peter will be cutting Belcham’s own prosciutto straight from the bar, and runners will be bringing up items from a short and sweet menu that includes a redux Refuel’s infamous off-menu Dirty Burger . For the uninitiated, that’s a house-made scotch bap bun fried in butter/lard enclosing a patty made with ground, 40 day-aged beef that’s been fried in onions and topped with American cheese and secret sauce. So yeah…see you there.
The GOODS from The Shameful Tiki Room
Vancouver, BC | The Shameful Tiki Room is having its second “Island Nights with The Wicked Wahine Hula Dancer” on the night of Sunday, February 23rd. Come experience a true escape to the islands with an opening cocktail, a three course dinner, and three authentic Hula dance routines for an incredibly affordable price. Get your tickets here. Learn more about The Shameful Tiki Room after the jump. Read more
When a local brewery starts serving waffles with Earl Grey tea-flavoured butter and either Earnest Ice Cream or bacon and eggs, you kind of have to wonder exactly how good we have it right now in Vancouver. Remember where this city’s food and drinkscape was just a few years ago? No food trucks. No distilleries. Very few breweries. Dumb liquor laws. In retrospect, it was a stunted shadow of its current self. We’ve come a very long way.
We scarfed everything above – including the sausage board by Bestie – at Mount Pleasant’s 33 Acres last Saturday, and it felt completely civilized to eschew coffee in favour of a beer sampler served in tidy triplicate (though they do serve some very good coffee from Victoria’s excellent Bows & Arrows). The good-looking brewery is always fiddling around with their snacks. Today, for example, the special item is ice cream sandwiches made with beer waffles. Read that again. To have something close to what we had (ie. something more substantial), you have to visit them on Saturday (11am to 3pm) or Sunday (12pm to 3pm).
15 West 8th Avenue | Vancouver, BC | 604.620.4589 | 33acresbrewing.com
We’ve invited The Fish Counter, a brand new fish market and eatery on Main Street, to join our GOODS section as a recommended place to pick up local and sustainable Ocean Wise seafood and outstanding fish and chips. They are now proud members of Scout, and as such we will be posting their news in addition to hosting a page for them on our curated list of independent goodness. We would like to thank them for their support of Scout, and for making Vancouver a more delicious place to be.
We think it’s safe to say that just about everyone who knew about the coming of The Fish Counter on Main St. were expecting it to serve the very best fish and chips in town when it opened last month. We also think it’s safe to say that that is exactly what everyone has been getting. Salmon, halibut, ling cod, pacific cod, oysters — every one of the options hums in the deep fryer and sings in the mouth with dollops of pickly tartar sauce and generous squirts of lemon juice. The side saddle fries are excellent, too, especially when tarred with malt vinegar and feathered with salt. It’s all Ocean Wise, of course, as the two owners – Rob Clark and McDermid (the straight-faced chef and knife-wielding biologist pictured above) – are the sustainable seafood program’s two founders. Go score a two-piece and be golden!
The Fish Counter | 3825 Main Street | Vancouver, BC | 604-876-3474 | www.thefishcounter.com
by Andrew Morrison | Foreign Restaurant Porn looks at covet-worthy restaurants from parts afar and uses them to plug holes – geographically or conceptually - in Vancouver’s own restaurant landscape. This week we’re drooling over the stained glass and tile-decorated Fleischerei Bar in Leipzig, Germany. It’s a gorgeous 40-50 person stand-up sit-down watering hole that I think would suit the Riley Park neighbourhood well (roundabout the 4300 block of Main Street in a space similar to Lifetime Collective‘s).
Why? Because it’s pretty, for starters, and that train station-style bench is a dead ringer for the one at Don’t Argue. What’s more, it would be nice to have a few liquor-forward (not liquor primary) establishments in our neighbourhoods. I’m not talking about the kind of gargantuan steroidal shit show bro-pubs that Vancouver is now completely over-run by, but rather small cloisters of craft where nearby residents could come together for a pint of beer, a dram of whisky or an Old Fashioned cocktail without having to drive downtown (or be pressured to order dinner). No televisions. No shitty satellite radio station. Just a little style with a massive oak bar serving up honest to goodness drinks. (photos)
by Robyn Yager | Kildare Curtis has carried some of the highest quality international and Canadian designers at Eugene Choo since it opened 2000. His shop is at 3683 Main Street with its extension, The Annex, located right next door specializing in accessories, bags, and seriously beautiful shoes. Here are 10 wants from a recent pass…
1. Fleet Objects Drop Necklace and Bracelet | Inspired by the floats and bobbers of fishing equipment, this line (no pun) by Fleet Objects is a colourful and minimal way to incorporate colour through accessories. The pendants are products of Zoe Garred’s design studio in Vancouver, where she uses natural materials to make objects that speak of an abstract aesthetic in function and form. You might also recognize some of her other work at Chinatown’s Bestie (her hanging Mariner Lamps are gorgeous).
2. Eliza Faulkner wool skirt | Eliza Faulkner’s repertoire included the likes of Erderm, Zandra Rhodes, and Roland Mouret prior to her launching her eponymous line in 2012. The designer was born and raised on Vancouver Island and trained in London at Central St. Martin’s College of Art & Design. Pleats are huge this season, so zero in on this wool skirt in red and wear it with a cream cropped cable knit sweater, black tights, and black pumps.
3. Valentine Gauthier gold leather weaved flats | Metallic is basically a neutral these days. Gold, silver, copper, rose gold – anything goes. These gold leather weaved flats are no exception and would look amazing with just about any outfit. They’re retro in the weaving (some may even say nursie), but the colour modernizes them plenty. Gauthier’s resume includes lines at Rochas and Maison Martin Margiela, experience that makes for a feminine line with classic masculine twists.
4. Noah Waxman green leather desert boots | For guys, how beautiful are these green Noah Waxman leather desert boots? Again, footwear is a fantastic way to up the winter wardrobe ante without being too obnoxious about it. Noah Waxman is a footwear specialist who learned from master craftsmen in Amsterdam who instilled in the young shoemaker the highest respect for what it takes to make beautiful, comfortable and handcrafted footwear.
5. Strathcona Stockings | Who doesn’t love an insane printed tight or stocking? We’re not talking regular prints like the ubiquitous cat print or skull print, we’re talking tropical birds, lilies and avocados, mushrooms, peaches and the beautifully illustrated Mary Jane. If we have to wear tights in this cold and wet weather why not sport something more interesting? Every print from Strathcona Stockings are original – designed, collaged, photographed or drawn at the studio in Strathcona or on various travels. All products are made locally and in limited quantities. Ryley O’Byrne is behind the brand. Her prints have been featured in StyleBubble, Vogue Italia, New York Magazine, Elle UK, Nylon Magazine and all over the web and back. Let these tights and stockings be the statement piece in the outfit (because nothing says Vancouver more than weed on your feet).
6. Eliza Faulkner colour blocked silk dress | Another piece by Eliza Faulkner. It’s a very elegant and conservative dress that transitions well from day to night. The detachable rope belt can be used to cinch the waist or can be removed for a more draped effect. The knee length makes it a Vancouver-appropriate piece as we longingly await spring.
7. Comrags Thwaites dress | The Quartz Border Thwaites Dress by Joyce Gunhouse and Judy Cornish of Comrags is more like a piece of art than a dress, and more reminiscent of a green spring day than of the holidays that have just passed. This is what happens when two Canadian designers with the same design sensibility and work ethic come together. The company, born in 1983, is still based out of Toronto where their designs boast of “femininity with an edge”.
8. Oliver Spencer men’s colour blocked t-shirt | Tired of the usual black and neutral winter wardrobe? This Oliver Spencer jersey t-shirt is an awesome way to incorporate colour into the otherwise drab assortment of current winter wear. A modern British brand, Oliver Spencer is inspired by hunting and military clothing, Americana and Japanese style, and Sandy Powell, the costume designer for Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York. Total British cool.
9. Dolce Vita pointed oxford flats | Despite our stated affections for stilettos, flats are trending on the fashion front right now. We’re not sure if it’s the masculine influence at play or if it’s just a matter of comfort, but these chic and functional pointed toe flats by Dolce Vita are a wicked addition to the shoe closet. Eugene Choo has them in an all-over black colour and a two-toned black and white oxford version. If you can, grab both!
10. Osei-Duro dress | Osei-Duro is a clothing company based out of LA and Ghana. These beautiful garments are made in Ghana using traditional hand-dyeing techniques and weaving. Each piece is made uniquely and by an individual who is given full acknowledgement for their work. This particular piece is colourful and appropriate for either the summer months paired with sandals or in the winter with a heavy wool coat, black tights, and boots.
Eugene Choo & The Annex | 3683 & 3697 Main Street | 604-873-8874 | www.EugeneChoo.com
THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE IT HAPPEN
Chef Robert Clark | Owner/Chef
Mike McDermid | Owner
Ian Johansen | Chef
ABOUT THE FISH COUNTER
At The Fish Counter, our goal is to provide sustainable, healthy, and high-quality seafood to the Main Street community. And we’re all Ocean Wise. We focus on local and seasonal seafood from producers who care as much about the health of our oceans as we do. Think of us as your farmers’ market, for seafood. We offer a selection of take out items like fish and chips, soups and chowders, fish tacos, and oyster po’ boys. Our coolers are teeming with salsas, aioli, dips, spreads and broths in reusable mason jars. We have an ever-changing array of ready-made items to take home and heat up for busy families. Healthy, ocean-friendly and delicious.
The Fish Counter is a place that serves the whole community. We want you to feel comfortable coming in, whether you are buying a small piece of fish, grabbing a chowder to go, or just want to get out of the rain and learn more about sustainable seafood. Mike and Rob are here to help.
Photography credit: Charles Thompson.