The GOODS from West Restaurant
Vancouver, BC | In collaboration with Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks, we are pleased to announce an exciting reception with special guest Chuck Hughes – renowned Canadian Chef, television personality and restaurateur. Guests will have the opportunity to meet Chuck and will receive a signed copy of his latest cookbook, “Chuck’s Day Off”. Executive Chef Quang Dang will create canapés inspired from Chuck’s cookbook, complemented by summer cocktails from Bar Manager David Wolowidnyk and wine selections from Wine Director Owen Knowlton. Details after the jump… Read more
by Andrew Morrison | A shockingly good dinner went down the other night at South Granville’s celebrated West Restaurant. This year’s Canadian Culinary Champion, Marc Lepine of Ottawa’s Atelier, was behind the line collaborating on courses with West chef Quang Dang. It’s hard to say which of their many dishes was the best of the lot (I was pretty partial to the slow-cooked pork belly with the ’09 Whitehaven “Greg” Series Pinot Noir), but the entirety was one of the best meals I’ve had so far this year, right up there with The Pointe at the Wick, Sonora Island Resort, and Chez Panisse. From start to finish, everything about it was seamless.
I had the good fortune to be on hand in Kelowna for the Culinary Championships this past February and was floored by what I saw and tasted from Lepine. The competition threw low food costs, harsh time constraints, mystery wines and a black box full of “who knows?” ingredients at the mild-mannered chef, yet he excelled. I mean this with no disrespect to his fellow competitors, but he quietly and confidently made short work of them. It was a freakish thing to behold, and it was not something that I or any of the other judges expected, especially with chefs like Rob Feenie and JeanPhillipe St-Denis in the mix. I’ve yet to eat at Atelier, but wow do I ever mean to!
Equally impressive on the evening, of course, was Dang and the whole operation at West. These days, most of the new restaurants that I test drive for work are decidedly more casual affairs, so it was a cozy thing indeed to see the orchestration of fine dining up close again. I couldn’t possibly do it every day, but from time to time it’s nice to be deliciously reminded of what the high end is all about. Take a look below…
Andrew Morrison lives and works in Vancouver as editor-in-chief of Scout, food columnist at the Westender, and National Referee & Judge at the Canadian Culinary Championships. He also contributes regularly to a wide range of publications, radio programs, and television shows on local food, culture and travel; collects inexpensive things; and enjoys rare birds, skateboards, cocktails, shoes, good pastas, many songs, and the smell of camp fires.
The GOODS from West Restaurant
Vancouver, BC | Executive Chef Quang Dang has crafted an exclusive Thanksgiving Tasting Menu, where traditional holiday flavours meet his contemporary-style cuisine. With suggested pairings carefully selected by Wine Director Owen Knowlton, it will truly be a celebration to remember. Reserve a table between October 5th and 8th and take a look at the menu after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from West Restaurant
Vancouver, BC | On August 28th, Chef Dang welcomes Chef Jeremy Charles from St-John’s, Newfoundland. Chef Charles is the incredible talent behind widely acclaimed Raymonds restaurant, recently named best new restaurant for 2012 by EnRoute magazine. Chef Dang and Chef Charles will present a unique “East meets West” menu, featuring favourite ingredients from the two coasts. Wines will be carefully paired with each dish, in partnership with some of Canada’s top wineries, including Tantalus, Laughing Stock and Pilliteri Estates. Details after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from West Restaurant
Vancouver, BC | Executive Chef Quang Dang is proud to present a Guest Chef Series at West this autumn, with an exciting round up of chefs who represent the next generation of culinary achievement across North America. “We’re tremendously excited to welcome these three outstanding chefs to West,” Dang said, “they are truly some of the finest talents on the continent.”
Beginning on August 28th, Chef Dang welcomes Chef Jeremy Charles from St-John’s, Newfoundland. Chef Charles is the incredible talent behind widely acclaimed Raymonds restaurant, recently named best new restaurant for 2012 by EnRoute magazine. Chef Dang and Chef Charles will present a unique “East meets West” menu, featuring favourite ingredients from the two coasts. Wines will be carefully paired with each dish, in partnership with some of Canada’s top wineries, including Tantalus, Laughing Stock and Pilliteri Estates.
On October 2nd, renowned Chef Marc Lepine will join Chef Dang at West for a collaborative seven-course dinner – whereby each chef will challenge the other to create alternate courses based on specific criteria and ingredients. Chef Lepine was named Canadian Culinary Champion in February 2012, and took home the winning title at the Gold Metal Plates in 2011 – while his Ottawa restaurant Atelier has consistently been recognized as one of the best in Canada.
Finally, on Sunday November 11th, Chef Dang welcomes special guest Mourad Lalouh, Executive Chef at Michelin-starred Aziza in San Francisco, to celebrate the launch of his new book ‘Mourad is Moroccan’. The seven-course menu will be inspired by recipes from the book, as prepared by Chef Dang and Chef Lalouh. Presented in partnership with Bombay Sapphire, the menu will be paired with original cocktails by West’s very own David Wolowydnik, the reigning ‘World’s Most Imaginative Bartender’… Read more
The GOODS from CinCin, Araxi, West, & Blue Water Café
Vancouver & Whistler, BC | If cherry blossoms herald spring across the province, in British Columbia’s culinary industry, the change of seasons is marked by the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Now in their 23rd year, and unique in Canada, the awards were convened on a fitting spring day – Monday, April 23rd – at the Sheraton Wall Centre. A panel of 18 judges acknowledged industry excellence as Araxi, Blue Water Cafe, CinCin, West and Thierry were honoured before an audience of leading restaurateurs, chefs, and service professionals. Details after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from West Restaurant
Vancouver, BC | Since its opening more than a decade ago, West has been a place of quiet evolution, setting benchmarks with its unique coastal cuisine that speaks to where we live. And now, with the appointment of Quang Dang as executive chef, the introduction of his new menu and recent décor enhancements, West continues to evolve. “We really wanted to add another dimension to West,” says proprietor Jack Evrensel. “The addition of the Elements section introduces a wider range for the menu. It provides another way to enjoy West on a daily basis, for a casual bite on the way home from the office, or simply as an informal meeting place in the neighbourhood,” he added. Read more
Two of my favourite Canadian chefs, Jeremy Charles of Raymonds in St. John’s and Quang Dang of Diva here in Vancouver (soon to be at South Granville’s West), are cooking up an “East Meets West” themed super supper in Newfoundland this Thursday night. That’s 7 courses of presumably amazing food complete with wine pairings from Kim Cyr of “C” and Raymonds’ own wine director Jeremy Bonia. I had the pleasure of eating/judging some of Charles’ food when he represented his province at the Canadian Culinary Championships this past winter. The guy is extremely talented, especially under pressure (he won the silver medal), and dang if Quang needs any introduction at all. It’s just too bad it’s 7314 km away. I’m game if you have a jet…
Today, the first day of NHL free agency, we’ve so far learned that Raffi Torres is off to the Coyotes and that the Canucks have re-signed Sami Salo and Chris Higgins. Not to be outdone, our local restaurant trade is making moves as well, beginning with the looming departure of first line center executive chef David Gunawan from South Granville’s venerable West to Belgium (in exchange for future considerations). To fill the captaincy, owner Jack Evrensel has booked the services of talented 1st round draft pick chef Quang Dang, who has successfully quarterbacked the powerplay at Diva in the Metropolitan Hotel for a little over a year now. No news as of yet on his replacement, but there’s no rush. Apparently, this deal doesn’t go through until the end of August. If that’s true, then there’s plenty of time for Diva to exploit free agency. There are several heavyweights currently available, and not many fine dining joints buying.
We like Quang Dang. He is short and good tempered, owning a cool name that few know how to pronounce (we’ve been calling him “Wang” to his face for years). He’s also a terrific cook, currently masquerading as the executive chef at the Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver and its posh little restaurant, Diva At The Met.
Four things about Kitsilano that make you want to live there: Good restaurants, nice people, the beach, and the quiet. Even if I start disliking the ‘hood, I can’t stand moving.
The thing that you eat that is bad for you that you will never stop eating: Chips with sour cream, and bacon…I’m addicted.
Default drink? Beer.
The thing that you really dig about working at Diva: Great kitchen with space to cook just about anything, and the crew.
The thing that you miss most about working at C Restaurant: Chef [Robert] Clark and Harry [Kambolis]. Ah, the adventures…
Bartender who could sell you anything? All of them.
What makes you angry? Cars that keep trying to run me over. Read more
News from Scout supporter “C” Restaurant
Vancouver, BC | C Restaurant is set to commemorate culinary icon James Barber. On Sunday, April 18th 2010, C Restaurant along with The Canadian Chef’s Congress, will host a memorial-fundraiser dedicated to Barber with proceeds being donated to his favorite charity, Providence Farm.
The event, created by a team of chef’s all hand picked by Barber’s wife Christina Burridge, will honor cuisine and culinary talent from Vancouver and Vancouver Island. All of the people involved were known to hold a special place in Barber’s heart. Included on the team are:
Bill Jones – Cookbook Author and Food Consultant, Cowichan, B.C.
Edward Tuson – Sooke Harbour House, Sooke B.C.
Maureen Seay – Renowned Pastry Chef, Vancouver, B.C.
Peter Zambri – Zambris Restaurant, Victoria, B.C.
Quang Dang – C Restaurant, Vancouver, B.C.
Robert Clark – Kambolis Restaurants, Vancouver, B.C.
The menu for the evening will include some of Barber’s favorite recipes and of course, Ocean Wise seafood. Tickets for the event are $250 per person and can be purchased directly from C Restaurant or by phoning 604-681-1164. All proceeds will be donated directly to Providence Farms. Read more
“C” Restaurant chef de cuisine Quang Dang is on the move after being hired on as the new executive chef at Diva in the Metropolitan Hotel. The news, which should be made official any day now, comes shortly after it was announced that the downtown hotel’s chef of several years, Dino Renaerts, was on his way out to run West Van’s Fraiche and Crave Beachside.
News from Scout supporters Nu, Raincity Grill, and C RESTAURANT
Vancouver, BC | In commemoration of Earth Hour™, Raincity Grill, C Restaurant and nu restaurant + lounge will shut off more than just the lights on Saturday, March 27th. The chefs at all three restaurants will be promoting raw food menus in order to take the event, one of the world’s biggest climate change initiatives, an environmental step further.
The menus created will consume far less energy than normal restaurant fare based on the cooking techniques. C’s Chef de Cuisine Quang Dang defines raw food as, “A diet based on unprocessed and uncooked plant foods, such as fresh fruit and vegetables, sprouts, seeds, nuts, grains, beans and for us seafood. By not heating food above 47 degrees Celsius the enzymes can better assist in digestion and absorption. Most cooking techniques diminish the nutritional value and of food as well as burn energy in the process.” Read more