Big Upcoming Events For CinCin, Araxi, West and Blue Water Cafe

November 3, 2010 

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Veteran Top Table restaurant staff have been recognised for their contributions to the Vancouver restaurant scene...

News from Scout supporters CinCin, Araxi, West, & Blue Water Café

Vancouver & Whistler, BC | Check out all the details on CinCin’s Truffle Festival, the Mayor’s Arts Award for Blue Water Cafe executive chef Frank Pabst, Neil Henderson’s return to Whistler’s Araxi, the Chefs’ Table luncheon at West and the full calendar of holiday events at each Top Table restaurant (including Araxi’s annual involvement in Cornucopia) after the jump… Read more

West Restaurant Elevates David Gunawan To Executive Chef

September 14, 2010 

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West is located at 2881 Granville in Vancouver's South Granville neighbourhood | 604-738 -8938 | westrestaurant.com

News from Scout supporter West Restaurant

Vancouver, BC | Jack Evrensel, proprietor of Top Table Group, is pleased to announce the promotion of David Gunawan to the position of Executive Chef of West Restaurant.

“Since assuming the Chef de Cuisine role at West, David has worked tirelessly with his team and our suppliers to create new menus that reflect the very best of British Columbia,” Evrensel said. “That devotion to West’s core values of providing exemplary fine dining experiences has been reflected in the overwhelmingly positive response of our guests. This promotion is recognition of that response, which flows from David’s tremendous talent, his discipline, and his leadership skills.”

An emergent star in Vancouver’s culinary scene, the Singapore-raised Gunawan honed his skills in top restaurants in Chicago, Seattle and Vancouver. He joined West as Chef de Partie in 2007, and was promoted to Chef de Cuisine from Executive Sous Chef earlier this year. Read more

Top Table Staff Win Accolades As Major Anniversaries Near…

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Veteran Top Table restaurant staff have been recognised for their contributions to the Vancouver restaurant scene...

News from Scout supporters CinCin, Araxi, West, & Blue Water Café

Vancouver & Whistler, BC | Fresh on the heels of an unprecedented 17 awards garnered at the recent Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, Top Table team members will be recognized with two more accolades.

On September 27th, executive chef Frank Pabst of Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar, and restaurant director Brian Hopkins of West, will be inducted into the British Columbia Restaurant Hall of Fame. These awards signal those “who have demonstrated exceptional professionalism working in the restaurant industry by making their restaurant a special experience.”

The BC Restaurant Hall of Fame was founded six years ago by the BC Restaurant and Food Services Association, and annually honours “the greats” of the province’s culinary community. Jack Evrensel, proprietor of Top Table Group (and 2007 inductee) said, “This is a true distinction and a great honour for Frank and Brian, as well as being a real credit to the other team members in their respective restaurants.” Read more

Top Table Eateries Win Big At The Van Mag Restaurant Awards

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CinCin, Araxi, West, and Blue Water Cafe take home awards at the 2010 Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards

News from Scout supporters CinCin, Araxi, West, & Blue Water Café

Vancouver & Whistler, BC | We are pleased to share with you that Top Table restaurants were recognized an unprecedented 17 times at the 21st annual Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards held Tuesday, May 18th at the Sheraton Wall Centre. A panel of 19 judges acknowledged Araxi, Blue Water Cafe, CinCin and West, before a standing-room only audience of British Columbia’s leading restaurateurs, chefs and service professionals. Read more

Top Table’s New Awards, Spring Menus And Upcoming Events…

Keep up with award-winning Top Table restaurants CinCin, Araxi, West, and Blue Water Cafe at TopTable.ca

News from Scout supporters CinCin, Araxi, West, and Blue Water Café

Vancouver + Whistler, BC | Top Table restaurants were successful again this year at the annual Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival Wine List Awards. Convened on Friday, April 23rd at a luncheon to kick off the final weekend of the 32nd festival, Blue Water Cafe and West won two of only three Platinum Awards, while CinCin won one of five Gold Awards, and Araxi, Silver.

The Wine List Awards draw upon restaurants from across British Columbia and Alberta, with judging criteria measuring each restaurant’s wine program philosophy and how successfully wine and food pairing goals match it. Further criteria include the quality of wine education for staff, an accessible and user-friendly list, and the provision of value at all price points.

We would also like to congratulate Owen Knowlton, wine director of West, who was nominated for Sommelier of the Year, a distinction awarded to Blue Water Cafe’s Andrea Vescovi in 2009 and Chris Van Nus in 2007.

Top Table’s wine libraries are also perennial recipients of the ‘Best of’ Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine. Read more

David Gunawan Promoted To Chef De Cuisine Position At West

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West is located at 2881 Granville in Vancouver's South Granville neighbourhood | 604-738 -8938 | westrestaurant.com

News from Scout supporter West Restaurant

Vancouver, BC | Jack Evrensel, proprietor of Top Table Group, is pleased to announce the promotion of David Gunawan to Chef de Cuisine of West Restaurant.

“David is a tremendous talent who will provide a fresh focus for West’s kitchen,” said Evrensel. “His philosophy reflects the restaurant’s core values and our ongoing dedication towards providing exemplary fine dining experiences.”

A rising star in Vancouver’s culinary scene, David honed his skills in top restaurants throughout Chicago, Seattle and Vancouver.

Unusually for an aspiring chef, he first studied at Purdue University in Indiana where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Form soon followed function, when he graduated from two culinary schools: Kendall College in Chicago, and then Vancouver Community College. Read more

Top Table Restaurants On The Most Romantic Night Of The Year

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Award-winning Top Table restaurants CinCin, Araxi, West, and Blue Water Cafe are celebrating Earth Hour

News from Scout supporters CinCin, Araxi, West, and Blue Water Café

Vancouver + Whistler, BC | Like yours, our Olympic memories are rife with wonderful individual moments and the spirit that celebrated excellence at every turn. We enjoyed a great mix of our regulars and locals at each of our restaurants – Araxi in Whistler, and Blue Water Cafe, CinCin, and West in Vancouver – along with many visitors, royals and celebrities of an extraordinary diversity. Read more

Top Table Restaurants Opening Doors And Corks To Medalists

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Award-winning Top Table restaurants CinCin, Araxi, West, and Blue Water Cafe to pop corks for Olympic medalists

News from Scout supporters CinCin, Araxi, West, and Blue Water Café

Vancouver & Whistler, BC | Winning an Olympic medal is no easy feat. The road is long, the sacrifices many, and the support structures that enable athletes to reach the podium are elaborate. But ask an Olympic athlete the key to their success, and the reply is almost always, “My family and friends.”

Araxi in Whistler, and Blue Water Cafe, CinCin, and West in Vancouver, will salute winning athletes during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics by helping them toast family and friends at the restaurants’ bars with a complimentary bottle of Nicolas Feuillatte champagne.

“We want to congratulate the bronze, silver and gold medalists from all countries, and give them the opportunity to toast those closest to them, that took them to the pinnacle of their sport,” said Jack Evrensel, proprietor of Top Table. “Top Table is all about teamwork, and so are the endeavours of Olympic athletes – this is a simple way to show our appreciation.”

Medalists: Reserve in advance through Top Table’s restaurant directors, bring your medal, and the bubbles will begin to flow. Read more

Top Table Cookbook Collection From Vancouver’s Top Toques

December 1, 2009 

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Purchase signed copies of all three Top Table cookbooks (West, Araxi, Blue Water Cafe) this holiday season

News from Scout supporters West, Blue Water Cafe, and Araxi

From the good folks at Top Table comes word of a gift set – “an inscribed collection of the year’s top cookbooks” – just in time for the holidays. More after the leap… Read more

Araxi, West, CinCin, & Blue Water Café Ready For The Holidays

November 26, 2009 

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Lunch service, cookbooks, private functions, gift certificates, and more from the Top Table group of restaurants

News from Scout supporters CinCin, Araxi, West, and Blue Water Café

Vancouver, BC | Araxi, Blue Water Cafe, CinCin and West offer delicious holiday gifts and entertainment for staff, family and favoured clients. Full details on what the award-winning restaurants have planned for the holidays after the jump…
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MIchelin-Starred Richard Neat To Cook At Granville’s “West”

Internationally renowned chef Richard Neat will be in the kitchen at West for one night only this Monday

Internationally renowned chef Richard Neat will be in the kitchen at West for one night only this Monday

News from Scout Supporter West Restaurant

A few seats remain for our forthcoming guest chef dinner with renowned UK Chef Richard Neat next Monday, August 31st. Richard, who mentored West’s own Warren Geraghty at London’s fabled Pied à Terre and at Restaurant Neat in Cannes and London, was honoured as the first British chef to win a Michelin star in France. Read more

Yaletown’s Cioppino’s And Enoteca Join Scout Magazine…

Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill is now a proud member supporter of Scout. We will be publishing their news and releases on our front page, and hosting an individual page for them on our list of recommended restaurants. Scroll below for a taste or visit their Scout page here:

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1133 and 1129 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC | MAP
Tel: 604-688-7466 for Cioppino’s | 604-685-8462 for Enoteca
Email: pino@cioppinosyaletown.com
Web: www.cioppinosyaletown.com Read more

West Restaurant

DETAILS

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2881 Granville St. | Vancouver | MAP
Voice: 604 738 8938
Web: westrestaurant.com
Email: info@westrestaurant.com

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Hours

Restaurant: Nightly from 5:30 – 11:00pm
Bar: Nightly from 5:30 – midnight
Lunch: Daily from 11:30am – 2:30pm
Weekend Brunch: 10:30am – 2:30pm

Our Team

Quang Dang, Executive Chef
Rhonda Viani, Pastry Chef
Owen Knowlton, Wine Director & Restaurant Director
David Wolowidnyk, Bar Manager

About West Restaurant

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True to our Region True to the Seasons

Recognized as the “jewel in Vancouver’s culinary crown,” West’s outstanding contemporary regional cuisine and seamless service has garnered much critical acclaim, including four consecutive wins as Restaurant of the Year by the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, and a prestigious four star rating by Mobil Travel Guide.

Pristine local ingredients are sourced to deliver superbly conceived dishes offering modern interpretations of classics. Exuding energy and action, the kitchen offers two ‘chef’s tables’ that render an up–close culinary theatre experience.

The elegant dining room is highlighted by a magnificent, temperature-controlled wall of wine housing West’s extensive wine collection, an ever-evolving list of acclaimed Old World producers, rare finds and exciting New World vintners. At the gleaming cherrywood bar, martinis and cocktails are composed of fresh herbs, juices and creative infusions.

West is located in Vancouver’s chic South Granville neighborhood (just five minutes from the downtown core).

Accolades

Wine List Award, Gold
Vancouver International Wine Festival, 2013

Best of the City “Gold for Best West Coast Cuisine”
Westender Reader’s Choice Award, 2013

Silver – Executive Chef Quang Dang
Gold Medal Plates 2012

World’s Most Imaginative Bartender, David Wolowidnyk
BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® World’s Most Imaginative Bartender Competition, Morocco, 2012

Wine List Award, Platinum (Best Overall)
Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival, 2012

‘Best of’ Award of Excellence
Wine Spectator, 2012

Top 50 Restaurants in Canada
Vacay.ca 2012

Best Upscale Restaurant, Silver
Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, 2011

Sommelier of the Year, Owen Knowlton
Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival, 2011

Four Star Award
Mobil Travel Guide, 2011

Four Diamond Award
AAA / CAA, 2011

Best Service, Gold
Restaurant of the Year, Bronze
Best Last Course, Bronze
Best Regional, Honourable Mention
Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, 2010

Best West Coast
WHERE Magazine ‘To Dine’ Awards, 2009

Ranked No. 1 in BC for Food & Service ?Vancouver
Zagat Survey, 2009

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Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill

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1133 and 1129 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC | MAP
Tel: 604-688-7466 for Cioppino’s | 604-685-8462 for Enoteca
Email: pino@cioppinosyaletown.com
Web: www.cioppinosyaletown.com

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Bio

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chef/owner Pino Posteraro in his kitchen at Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill

Giussepe (Pino) Posteraro was born in Lago, Italy March 22, 1964. At the age of twelve he came to Canada to visit his brother not realizing at the time that later in his life he would be making Canada his permanent home. After beginning training as a medical student, Pino changed track and decided to come to Canada to work for his brother in his restaurant. Pino later returned to Europe to study with Armando Zanetti, who became his mentor. Before returning to Canada he worked in several well known restaurants in Europe and Singapore.

In 1999, Pino decided it was time to venture out on his own. He opened Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill in Yaletown in September of that year, providing Vancouver with an outstanding Italian-Mediterranean restaurant which has gained many awards for its food and wine. Year after year, it is classed as one of Vancouver’s top fine dining restaurants.

In addition to his duties at the restaurant, Pino sits on the Board of Directors of the Chef’s Table Society of BC, a non-profit group of Vancouver’s top chefs who are working to foster the development of new talent through scholarships and bursaries.

About Cioppino’s

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The Restaurant

Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill & Enoteca are pleased to give you a fresh perspective on Mediterranean cooking with chef/owner Giuseppe “Pino” Posteraro, the 2008 winner of Vancouver Magazine’s Chef of the Year and gold medal winner at the BC Gold Medal Plates (2007).

The critically-acclaimed restaurants, favourites of celebrities, oenophiles, and food lovers, are consistent award-winners that are always looking ahead and staying fresh. Widely acknowledged as the best expression of Mediterranean cooking in British Columbia, Cioppino’s and its sister restaurant next door, Enoteca, offer two large patios, two open show kitchens, two full-service dining rooms, as well as several private rooms for corporate and special functions. Both meet the high expectations of thousands of diners every week.

The Cuisine

Let Pino surprise and refresh your palate with “Cucina Naturale”, a classical style of cooking that emphasizes the use of only the freshest of ingredients. Its lightness of taste is derived from minimizing animal fats and creams in favour of low cholesterol olive oils. To make sauces without flour he uses vegetable purees and reductions of seafood stocks. Wine sauces are kept in the fridge overnight to eliminate the fat layer formed on top. Pino believes in balance in all dishes, and strives to achieve the cleanest of flavours by letting his ingredients do most of the work. “I respect the nature of my ingredients, and I try to bring out their natural taste,” says Pino.

Pino is perhaps best known famous for his exceptionally light pasta dishes. Much attention is paid to the pasta itself, made in house from traditional recipes. But both the lunch and dinner menus are exceptionally versatile, featuring a wide variety of both large and small meat and seafood dishes that represent the very best of Pino’s extensive repertoire, always reflecting the seasonal availability of fish, game, fruits and vegetables.

Whatever your pleasure, come let us please you as never before.

The Wines

Cioppino’s & Enoteca boast one of the largest wine cellars in Vancouver, with thousands of bottles available, among them many of the best ever created. For the experienced wine lover, the full list is a wonder to explore, while casual sippers will appreciate the many well-chosen labels available by the glass. We are proud that our wine list has been acknowledged by the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival with a Gold Glass Award for the last four years in a row, and either given a “Best of Award of Excellence” or an “Award of Excellence” designation from Wine Spectator every year since 2001. Wine is an integral part of the Mediterranean dining experience, and we take it just as seriously as we do our cuisine. To view the entire list in .pdf format, click here.

Accolades

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Mia Stainsby – Vancouver Sun | At Cioppino’s Enoteca, you can heap adjectives upon chicken that it usually doesn’t deserve. Succulent. Melodiously flavourful. (In this case, with rosemary butter, lemon and garlic notes.) It’s erudite comfort food. Enoteca is the “casual” option to Pino Posteraro’s more formal Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill, just as some of New York’s hot restaurants have down-market “next-door” siblings, Enoteca is also right next door. It’s scaled down, but still elegant with light woods a gallery of oil paintings and a lovely wine room for private parties.

Gary Faessler, Vancouver Lifestyles | For close to two years now he has been skilfully turning out beautiful plates of classic Mediterranean food with an emphasis on local and seasonal fresh ingredients. Classic yes, but Pino has the experience, the heart and the creativity to reinvent these dishes into contemporary versions which have a spirit and style all their own.

Andrew Morrison, Westender | One of the hardest things about reviewing a restaurant is understanding the standard it aspires to. Cioppino’s in Yaletown leaves little room for doubt about this. It has won “Best Italian” at the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards four years in a row and been recognised for its excellent wine cellar with even more accolades. Everyone knows it’s good. Not long ago I jumped into a cab in front of the restaurant and the driver said “Cioppino‘s. Nice.” I asked him if he’d ever dined there before and he said no, but insisted he knew all the best restaurants from years of tuning in to post-dinner conversations. “West, Vij‘s, Lumiere, and Cioppino’s. I never hear a complaint.”

Steven A. Shaw, Weekend Post | Perhaps most humiliating for me as a New Yorker was the slow realization that the general level of Italian cuisine in Vancouver is now higher than in New York City. Leading the charge is the dynamic Pino Posteraro, who used to cook for Frank Sinatra. I can’t recall a better Italian meal than the one I enjoyed at Cioppino’s (which everybody calls Pino’s)…

The New York Times | Cioppino’s, is a bustling Italian restaurant in Yaletown with brick walls and an open kitchen…the spring risotto with peas and crab was warm and comforting…

James Barber, Vancouver Sun | The food is terrific, the service is not only bright and well-informed but (that wonderful rarity) unobtrusive. Nobody flat out asked us how we were enjoying our dinner or how things were, but there was the occasional fleeting smile from a passing server, a smile of confident complicity that said “pretty good, eh?”

Jamie Maw, Vancouver Magazine | On any given night, one of the city’s top two restaurants. The results are often most astounding in classic dishes: a casarecce with duck ragout and oranges that just goes on and on; a perfectly cooked Dover sole served off the bone; an understated spaghetti Bolognese. Wine list is extensive but can get pricey. Long Friday lunches here are becoming a welcome salon of good food and conversation.”

Zagat | “As good as Italian gets in Vancouver” is how partisans praise this “sexy”, “happening” Yaletown magnet where “sublime”, “imaginative” creations are served in an “elegant” room graced by an open kitchen; a few claim that service “depends on whether or not you’re recognised”, and ornery oenophiles would like lower prices, but those “on expense accounts” agree that this “high-end” spot is “worth it”; N.B. wallet-watchers may want to consider the adjacent, less formal Enoteca.

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