CinCin’s Talented Todd Howard Rises To Executive Chef Role

December 9, 2010 

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CinCin Ristorante is located in the heart of downtown at 1154 Robson St. | Vancouver, BC | 604-688-7338 | CinCin.net

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ToddHoward_2x3Vancouver, BC | Jack Evrensel, proprietor of Top Table Group, is pleased to announce the appointment of Todd Howard to Executive Chef of CinCin Ristorante. “Todd has led the kitchen team at CinCin with great dedication for the past nine months as Chef de Cuisine,” Evrensel said, “and his prodigious culinary talents have not gone unnoticed by our guests.” Howard’s resume saw him earn top marks at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology’s Culinary School before landing at two leading Calgary restaurants. But it was a two-year posting in London that saw him grow into his potential. In 2004, Todd joined Angela Hartnett’s Menu at The Connaught Hotel, a Gordon Ramsay restaurant, while also performing stages at Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck and London’s iconic Le Gavroche. In 2006, Todd returned to Canada to join CinCin’s sister restaurant West, and then as head chef he opened Watermark Restaurant in the British Virgin Islands. Read more

CinCin Preps For Special Truffle Dinner With Osoyoos Larose…

November 9, 2010 

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CinCin Ristorante is located in the heart of downtown at 1154 Robson St. | Vancouver, BC | 604-688-7338 | CinCin.net

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Vancouver, BC | CinCin Ristorante will soon host one of Canada’s foremost wineries in an exclusive winemaker’s dinner starring Autumn’s earthy harvest and premier Okanagan wines. A highlight of CinCin’s annual Mushroom and Truffle Festival ‘FESTA DI FUNGHI’, Chef de Cuisine Todd Howard, Restaurant Director Ricardo Ferreira and Wine Director Sarah McCauley will present a special multi-course menu designed to accentuate the subtle nuances of each course and its accompanying wine. Osoyoos Larose’s winemaker and vineyard manager, Pascal Madevon, will guide guests through a descriptive evening showcasing their portfolio of Bordeaux-inspired reds, as well as a personally-selected sparkling and white wine. To conclude the evening, Mr. Madevon will lead an exploratory component tasting of the yet-to-be released 2009 vintage of Osoyoos Larose’s flagship wine, Le Grand Vin. Full menu and details after the jump… Read more

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

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…

April 28, 2010 

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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

Dessert Guru Thierry Busset To Open Pâtisserie With Top Table

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Acclaimed CinCin chocolatier-pâtissier Thierry Busset to open atelier on Alberni St. in partnership with Top Table

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Vancouver, BC | Chocolatier-Pâtissier Thierry Busset is preparing to open his atelier in partnership with the Top Table Group later this year.

Under a bright awning that recalls the storefront pâtisseries of his native France–and simply reading thierry–the 220 square metre space will be dedicated to the creation of classic chocolates, pastries, cakes, and a variety of that Parisian icon: the macaron.

With the lease just signed and plans advancing rapidly for an Autumn 2010 opening, thierry will be located in Vancouver’s downtown core.

“The shop will realize a longtime dream of mine,” Busset says. “Everything will be made on the premises and we will work in the style of the atelier, with our work space open to the retail area.”

Marc Bricault, who has worked with Top Table on projects at CinCin and Araxi, and who designed the wine room at Blue Water Cafe, will be designing the space featuring clean, modern lines, and with both indoor and outdoor seating. 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

February 5, 2010 

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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

Sarah McCauley Appointed Wine Director At CinCin Ristorante

December 8, 2009 

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CinCin Ristorante | 1154 Robson Street | Vancouver, BC | 604-688-7338 | CinCin.net

News from Scout supporter CinCin

Vancouver, BC | Jack Evrensel, proprietor of Top Table Group, is delighted to announce Sarah McCauley as Wine Director of CinCin Ristorante. “Sarah has determinedly worked her way ever upward at Top Table restaurants, while continuously improving her professional wine credentials,” Evrensel said.

SteveLi_Cin_0056_LR1Beginning in 2002 as a server at sister restaurant West, Sarah took a leave overseas to work at London hotspot Zuma in Knightsbridge. She returned to Vancouver as a senior server and maitre’d at CinCin’s sister restaurant, Blue Water Cafe where her passion for guests’ experiences saw her play a strong leadership role.

This year, Sarah completed her Diploma and Certified Instructor designation (AIWS) from the Wine and Spirits Educational Trust (WSET). She has also attended Vin Italy for the last several years, renewing her wine connections in Tuscany and Piedmont, while constantly refining her knowledge of Italian wines, “the better to arrange the perfect marriage with CinCin’s menus,” as Evrensel says. 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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CinCin Ristorante

October 4, 2008 

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DETAILS

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1154 Robson Street | Vancouver, BC | V6E 1B5 | MAP
Voice: 604-688-7338
Web: cincin.net
Email: info@cincin.net

Gallery

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Hours

Ristorante: Nightly from 5pm – midnight
Bar: Nightly from 4:30pm – midnight
Late Menu: 11pm – midnight

Our Team

Andrew Richardson, Executive Chef
Lewis Birch, Pastry Chef
Richard Luxton, Restaurant Director
Benjamin Wristin, Restaurant Manager
Shane Taylor, Wine Director
Adaina Smyth, Bar Manager

About CinCin Ristorante

Italian inspired wood fired cucina

A winding stone staircase leads upward from bustling Robson Street to this celebrated Vancouver dining room, recognized for its contemporary, Italian inspired menu and award-winning wine cellar. The elegant marble bar is a central feature, accented by stone walls hung with original artworks, and punctuated with tall arched windows that open onto a secluded terrace. Housed in the private dining room, part of CinCin’s value-driven wine collection is on display: deep and global with rare vintages, boutique finds, and an extensive half-bottle selection.

An ingredient-driven, seasonal focus sets the tone for CinCin’s menu, with distinctive dishes embracing the traditions of Italy.

Restaurant Director Richard Luxton and his service team choreograph unrivalled dining experiences, committed to their exemplary wine program and his own industry-leading service standards.

Accolades

Awards

Wine List Award, Gold
Vancouver International Wine Festival, 2013

Best Upscale Italian, Silver
Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, 2012

‘Best of’ Award of Excellence
Wine Spectator, 2012

Best Last Course, Gold
Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, 2010

Reviews

One of Vancouver’s most significant restaurants.
Taste Magazine, Winter 2012

Outstanding food, service, and a notable wine list.
CBS Seattle, 2012

CinCin pretty much pioneered the city’s house resto-blend concept.
Georgia Straight, 2012

CinCin truly is, was, and probably always will be on the very best Italian fine-dining restaurants in this city.
24 Hrs Newspaper, Vancouver

This Michelin-trained man knows his way around an Italian kitchen.
24 Hrs Newspaper, Vancouver

An extensive Italian menu and wine cellar.
Westjet Up! Magazine, 2012

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