The GOODS from Big Lou’s
Vancouver, BC | When we were younger, the holiday season was all about presents, but the older we get, the more we discover that its true pleasure is time shared in seasonal feasting and drinking with family, friends and work colleagues. Big Lou’s Butcher Shop is working closely with local farms and suppliers to offer a wide range of delicious, locally-sourced catered and cook-at-home options for every kind of holiday feasting–from work events and parties all the way to the traditional Christmas dinner.
Big Lou’s party platters are a great choice for get-togethers and can be ordered with as little as 24 hours notice. The options include charcuterie, smoked seafood, local cheese and meats from Qualicum Beach and slider platters. Big Lou’s is also able to provide platters of our famous sandwiches for work lunches and parties.
There are many ways to interpret the Christmas dinner and Big Lou’s has them all covered with local, unmedicated turkeys, hams, and geese for classic feasts and a full take-home Turkey Dinner with sides, Big Lou’s offer two sizes of Turducken for Christmas, Southern-style. A wide range of housemade Big Lou’s holiday trimmings like turkey gravy, cranberry sauce, stuffing or sausage stuffing will help round out any holiday feast.
Big Lou’s full Holiday Menu is included below and can be found online here. If you have questions regarding your Christmas needs, call (604) 566-9229 or email info [at] biglousbutchershop.com to consult with someone from the Big Lou’s team. Big Lou’s Butcher Shop is located at 269 Powell St. and has delivery options for orders big and small. Read more
The GOODS from Vancouver Urban Winery
Vancouver, BC |Just in time for the Holiday season, Vancouver Urban Winery has launched the first edition of their “Colab Series” featuring 2012 chardonnay with Road 13 and 2012 pinot noir with Bench 1775. The ribbon-adorned gift pack is perfect for friends, as a hostess gift, for Secret Santa exchanges or stylish party potables. Coming in at a cool $45 for the set (or $24 each), the limited edition package is available at Vancouver Urban Winery’s Retail Shop at 55 Dunlevy Avenue until December 31st (or while supplies last). Best part? Try before you buy: step up to the stainless steel taps and have the sommelier pour you a taste of each. Get the tasting notes and details after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from Ask For Luigi
Vancouver, BC | Ask for Luigi opened for its first lunch service this past Wednesday (Nov 27th). Lunch is offered Wednesday through Friday from 11:30am to 2:30pm. The lunch menu is essentially a smaller version of the dinner menu and will include pasta dishes and paninis made with house-made bread. Take-out is also being offered during lunch. Have a read of the full lunch menu after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from Cadeaux Bakery
Vancouver, BC | This Christmas season Cadeaux Bakery offers a delicious selection of pastries and desserts for all your holiday celebrations. We will be featuring three amazing Yule Logs in the flavours of Chocolate, Chestnut or Rum Egg Nog for $19.99 each. Other options include Sticky Toffee Pudding (packs of 2) $6.99, Traditional Fruit Cake (boozy and filled with fruits and nuts $24.99), and a sweet selection of Christmas cookies and truffles. The fruit cakes have been lovingly cared for the last few months now and are in limited quantity so please call and reserve yours early. Also this year, Santa will once again be making a stop at Cadeaux so come on down with the kiddies and meet the big jolly guy for one last chance to get on his “Nice List”. He, along with Mrs. Claus, will be at the bakery on Saturday December 21st from 11 am to 3 pm. Learn more about Cadeaux after the jump… Read more
Railtown’s Union Wood Co. makes a lot of awesome things (kickass aprons, an outdoor communal table for Boneta, boxes for Victory Gardens, seats for Wildebeest, and much more), so it was entirely appropriate for them to have someone else make something awesome for them. Check out their brand new “Go West” t-shirt, which was designed by Massachusetts artist Shane Swift. The hand-drawn work is now being screened on premium cotton T’s. You can grab your own either online or in the shop.
$25 | Union Wood & Supply Company | 503 Railway Street | 604 675 9033 | www.unionwoodco.com
305 Alexander Street | Vancouver, BC V6A 1C4
Telephone: 604-428-2544 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dinner: Wed-Sun 5:30pm to 10:30pm (11pm on weekend)
Lunch: Wed-Fri 11:30am to 2:30pm
Closed Monday & Tuesdays
PHOTOS BY CHRISTOPHER FLETT
Chef and Co-Owner – J-C Poirier
General Manager – Matthew Morgenstern
ABOUT ASK FOR LUIGI
Ask for Luigi is a casual and intimate Italian-inspired restaurant, specializing in fresh hand made pasta.* The service is family-style: all dishes are meant for sharing and food arrives to the middle of the table, as it is ready. The antipasti usually arrive first, with pasta dishes close behind. We also have amazing house made gluten free options available daily. All menu items are available for dine-in or take-out.
We have four beverage selections available on tap – one beer, one white wine, one red wine and one prosecco. We rotate the specific product as we find things that we are excited to share. We also have filtered still and sparkling water on tap. Proceeds from each bottle purchased go to our favorite local non-profit or charity organization – we choose a different cause every month.
Our dishes are best enjoyed with wine. Our modest white-forward wine list consists of fourteen whites and six reds. We really enjoy white wine and we hope that you will allow us to share our love of it with you! All of our wines are available by the glass and a new bottle will be opened based on a two-glass commitment. As soon as a new bottle is opened, you will hear a bell. That means it’s time to check the board to see what is now open and pouring. As time passes, we look to slowly build our reserve list – for those that want to sample something a little more rare.
A friend of ours from Treviso, Italy, once asked us what it is that Canadians customarily drink before they eat a meal. When we told him that it isn’t necessarily a custom to have a specific “aperitivo” in Canada, he assumed we didn’t understand the question and proceeded to rephrase and ask again… six more times!
So, to observe the “ritual” of Italian eating, we bring you, “The Spritz” – Easily the most popular aperitivo in Italy (well, at least in the Venice/Treviso area it is). We’re pretty sure we had about 15 per day while in Venice! Further to the spritz, we always have three amari and three types of vermouth available on rotation to help get the appetite going before your meal begins or as a digestivo at the end.
Of course the Italian eating ritual is never complete without a nice coffee at the end of the meal to finish off the experience. With our two-group Synesso and a rotation of our favourite beans each week, we strive to give our in-house baristas all the tools they need to execute an espresso drink on par with the local coffee houses. Don’t forget to ask our service staff about the “rimorchio” or “trailer” when you get to the bottom of your espresso… it’s the perfect finish!
If you would like a nice Grappa for sipping to end the evening, we always have three of our favorites on rotation as well. This usually consists of one fairly approachable Grappa, one a little more obscure, and an aged offering to choose from. Ask Matthew for some recommendations.
Finally – What’s in a name? “Ask for Luigi” is the idea that we are always more inclined to have a better experience when we go where we know somebody, or when a friend sends us to see someone they know. We hope to create an atmosphere where each guest feels like they were sent over by a mutual friend.
So go to the little Italian joint at the corner of Alexander and Gore and ask for Luigi. Tell them Paulie sent you. They’ll take good care-a-ya!
*Fresh pasta is only available during dinner service. We serve a wonderful, artisanal, dried pasta during lunch service. Gluten free is always an option.
The GOODS from Big Lou’s
Vancouver, BC | Holiday party season is approaching fast and Big Lou’s Butcher Shop has created a brand-new range of easy to order catering platters that will bring a big dose of locally-sourced deliciousness to your work lunch or party. This range of options spans gourmet to casual and will take the stress out of the planning process.
The Big Lou’s party platter options include everything from a French-style platter with pâté, rillettes, and other decidedly Gallic treats to meaty Charcuterie Platters and even a Smoked Seafood Platter with a wide range of fresh bounty slow-cooked to perfection. Big Lou’s sandwich fans can choose from a Big Italian Platter with our signature spicy meatloaf sliders or a platter of slider-sized Big Lou’s classics mixed and matched. The complete list of platters is below. Read more
The GOODS from Big Lou’s
Vancouver, BC | Big Lou’s Butcher Shop isn’t just famous for meat, we’re also pretty well-known for our range of deli-style sandwiches. We understand that some of you can’t make it over to Railtown as often as you’d like so we’re proud to now be working with Betty at The Burrard to bring our sandwich magic to the West End.
Betty at The Burrard is a stylish sort of place and off-the-shelf just wouldn’t fit, so we’ve created three new sandwiches exclusively for Betty. The Godfather and the Big Lou’s Roast Beef on Panini and a Mediterranean Vegetable sandwich on Ciabatta.
All the sandwiches are made fresh daily at Big Lou’s and delivered to the Betty where they’re warmed to perfection on their Panini press. Along with our sandwiches, visitors to Betty at the Burrard can enjoy treats from other great local suppliers like Earnest Ice Cream and To Die For along with delicious coffees crafted by their award-winning Barista team. Read more
The GOODS from Cadeaux Bakery
Vancouver, BC | Cadeaux Bakery Inc. is looking to fill a full-time position within our BOH team in the role of pastry cook. This individual will be responsible for recreating our pastries/desserts for retail and wholesale clients (everything from viennoiserie, custom celebration cakes, ice creams, individual desserts, et cetera), store opening and closing duties, plus general upkeep/tidying. The shifts are scheduled Monday through Sunday between 4:00 am and 7:30 pm (days and hours will vary). The successful candidate will a have friendly, upbeat personality (we’re a fun group!), a passion for baking, and a desire to contribute to a bakery that focuses on excellence. Our main goal is to provide beautiful, delicious, and seasonally inspired pastries made from all-natural ingredients. We love what we do and want you to help us share it with Vancouver! Requirements and details after the jump… Read more
By now you’ve probably heard/read the shitty, shocking news alleging that former Two Chefs & A Table co-owner Allan Bosomworth had a secret camera installed in the washroom at the now closed DTES resturant:
A warrant is out for the arrest of a restaurant co-owner who authorities allege observed or recorded people “in a place in which they could reasonably be expected to be nude.”
Two former employees of the restaurant say they were told by a co-owner not charged in the matter that he discovered a USB-key-sized camera on Dec. 18, 2012 while cleaning around the toilet in the co-ed washroom used by patrons and staff of the now-closed upscale establishment.
Police and the Crown would not comment on the case.
The Crown alleges Allan Bosomworth observed or recorded people “in a place in which they could reasonably be expected to be nude, to expose their genital organs and, or anal region,” according to the indictment and arrest warrant filed Sept. 13, 2013. The documents cite part of section 162 of the Criminal Code.
The alleged offence, which carries a prison sentence of up to five years but has not been proven in court, took place between Dec. 14, 2012 and Dec. 18, 2012, according to the court document.
During the busy Christmas party season, the only bathroom at Two Chefs And A Table, a popular, upscale, 28-seat restaurant on the edge of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, would have been used by hundreds of guests. It was the only private space in the restaurant, and the place where staff routinely changed in and out of their uniforms before and after their shifts.
I just got off the phone with Karl Gregg, the now defunct restaurant’s co-owner (it closed in mid-June after a five year run). He’s holding up as well as you can imagine, despite the barrage of negative attention. The press is naturally in full foam about this (food and alleged perversion being the front page fodder they are), so the following statement – which I imagine was drafted by his lawyer – will start making the rounds later today…
Due to on-going criminal proceedings we are unable to comment on any specifics at this time beyond saying that we, the other two owners of the business, acted quickly and diligently from the very beginning of this incredibly unfortunate situation – from reporting the matter to police and cooperating fully with the investigation, to ensuring that Allan Bosomworth was immediately terminated from any on-site access or responsibilities.
The safety of our staff and customers is always topmost in our minds. Our businesses are part of our community and our customers are our friends. As owners, we are saddened, sickened and devastated by what has occurred but as this matter is now before the courts we have been advised that we are unable to further comment on specifics of this incident until such a time as the criminal proceedings are complete.
What an awful thing. I feel terrible for the former employees and all the past Two Chefs guests who are probably not a little freaked out about this. At the same time, as this whole thing unfolds, I think it’s very important to remember that Karl did the right thing from the get go by contacting the police and telling his staff. He’s a great guy and a terrific chef who has worked really hard throughout his life, so I really hope that his personal reputation doesn’t take too hard a hit because of what his business partner is alleged to have done.
The GOODS from Big Lou’s
Vancouver, BC | Throughout its five years on Alexander St., a few items came to define Two Chefs & a Table: the Croque Madame, Lamb Burgers, Chicken & Waffles and, of course, the Two Chefs Mac & Cheese. And while the tradition lives on at Two Chefs Richmond, it’s been ages since Railtowners were able to enjoy the rich three-cheese sauce and crunchy breadcrumb crust.
That’s about to change the launch of Two Chefs Mac & Cheese to take home from Big Lou’s Butcher Shop. This classic will be available in personal and family sizes either cooked and ready for instant gratification or ready for the oven for home preparation. The personal size is good for one healthy appetite and costs $6 while the larger “half-pan” size feeds 2-3 people and costs $12. You can also add some Big Lou’s pulled pork to your Mac & Cheese for next level indulgence and taste. Read more
Definitive Records asks interesting Vancouverites to pick the three albums that anchor their musical tastes. Today, we hear from Craig Pierce, owner of Railtown’s awesome Union Wood & Supply Company. In addition to being a superb craftsman (he made – among other things – the gorgeous, bum-embracing barstools at Wildebeest), he’s also a pretty righteous dude.
Ice Cube – The Predator | LISTEN | The perfect balance of angst and humour for a teenager. It built the foundation of my forever love of hip-hop.
The Walkmen – Everyone Who Pretended To Like Me Is Gone | LISTEN | Gritty and raw, this album feels like it just woke up from a long night in NYC’s LES.
The Cave Singers – Invitation Songs | LISTEN | Inject your brain with some folksy Pacific Northwest vibes. Great guys with great energy live.
The GOODS from Big Lou’s
Vancouver, BC | We are looking for a butcher shop assistant; someone who loves everything about meat and can help with all aspects of butcher shop. The following skills are an asset: excellent knife skills; the ability to follow recipes and procedures; the ability to manage time appropriately; cleaning and organizational prowess; great people skills. This is a part-time position that is entry level and will be 4-5 days per week 2pm-7pm, with more hours possible in Fall. Please apply by email – info [at] biglousbutchersop.com – only. Learn more about us after the jump… Read more