GOODS | Salt Tasting Room & Bitter Tasting Room Extend Dine Out Menu To End Of Feb

February 6, 2014 

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Salt Tasting Room is located in Gastown’s Blood Alley (look for the flag) | 604-633-1912 | www.salttastingroom.com

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Vancouver, BC | Dine Out is Back at Heather Hospitality Group. Salt in Kits, Salt Gastown and Bitter Tasting Room are extending their Dine Out Vancouver menus from now until February 28, 2014 (except for Valentine’s Day on February 14). Get all the details and read the menus after the jump… Read more

GOODS | Gastown’s “Salt Cellar” To Host Evening Of Food & Natural Wine On Nov. 26

November 21, 2013 

Salt Tasting Room is located in Gastown's Blood Alley (look for the flag) | 604-633-1912 | www.salttastingroom.com

Salt Tasting Room is located in Gastown's Blood Alley (look for the flag) | 604-633-1912 | www.salttastingroom.com

The GOODS from Salt Tasting Room

Vancouver, BC | On Tuesday, November 26th, Blood Alley’s Salt Tasting Room will host a Salt Cellar Series highlighting Natural Wine in BC. This event takes place in the underground Salt cellar where – in a relaxing and unique environment – guests will be seated around a 30ft long communal table to enjoy cheese, meats, condiments and wine.

Two to three times a month, Salt Tasting Room opens up their cellar for guests to sample a tasting menu built around wines from a selected winery, paired with artisanal cheeses, charcuterie, and house-made condiments. This particular evening will explore sustainable winemaking in the green era; all things from biodynamic and organic wines will be tasted and discussed for their merits in the glass. This unique dining experience is not to be missed, as it offers excellent value for those who appreciate tasting plates, exploring new wines and having them professionally paired. Details and tickets after the jump… Read more

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | Blood Alley’s Salt Tasting Room On The Hunt For A Manager

November 11, 2013 

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Salt Tasting Room is located in Gastown's Blood Alley (look for the flag) | 604-633-1912 | www.salttastingroom.com

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Vancouver, BC | The award-winning Salt Tasting Room’s Gastown location is looking for an enthusiastic, and responsible Manager keen to share his/her passion for wine with customers and staff. The successful applicant will be in charge of day to day operations and work alongside Salt’s Director of Operations and Owner to ensure Salt continues to be a wine destination on Vancouver’s restaurant scene. Previous management/supervisory experience is required, as is some level of wine education (minimum ISG 2/WSET 3). This is not a desk job, but rather a working management position. As such, a strong service background is also necessary. Please send resumes with cover letters to tgamel.salt [at] gmail.com. Read more

GOODS | Salt Tasting Room’s “Salt Cellar” Gears Up For Autumn With Special Events

September 26, 2013 

Salt Tasting Room is located in Gastown's Blood Alley (look for the flag) | 604-633-1912 | www.salttastingroom.com

Salt Tasting Room is located in Gastown's Blood Alley (look for the flag) | 604-633-1912 | www.salttastingroom.com

The GOODS from Salt Tasting Room

Vancouver, BC | The Salt Cellar Series offers local wine and food pairings in the unique atmosphere of the Salt Cellar, below Salt Tasting Room. Two to three times a month, Salt Tasting Room opens up their cellar for guests to sample a tasting menu built around wines from a selected winery, paired with artisanal cheeses, charcuterie, and house-made condiments. On several occasions, the spotlight shifts from wine to showcase cheese, charcuterie, honey or Okanagan fruit. The Salt Cellar Series is the perfect opportunity to meet new people in a relaxing environment, seated around the 30-foot long communal table.

Upcoming Salt Cellar events feature the wines of leading producers from BC and abroad, hosted by the winemaker or winery representative to introduce each wine. Upcoming events include: Unsworth Vineyards on October 1st, Firesteed (an Oregon winery) on October 22nd, Noble Ridge Cellars on November 5th, and “Natural Wines” – an exploration into sustainable winemaking in the green era – on November 26th. Events start promptly at 7PM, and tickets can be purchased through our website. These unique dining experiences are not to be missed, as they offer excellent value for those who appreciate tasting plates, exploring new wines, and having them professionally paired. Get all the details after the jump. Read more

GOODS | “Bee Sign Post” Apricots Waiting On Their Similkameen Trees For Your Word

The new Salt Tasting Room is located at 2585 West Broadway in Kitsilano | 604-428-0339 | www.salttastingroom.com

The new Salt Tasting Room is located at 2585 West Broadway in Kitsilano | 604-428-0339 | www.salttastingroom.com

The GOODS from Salt Tasting Room

Vancouver, BC | Last week we pre-sold 600lbs of cherries in 20lb boxes. This week we are offering organic apricots. These organic apricots are grown in the Similkameen Valley in the Okanagan. These apricot trees are lined up in a row by a beekeeper who uses them as sign posts for his bees. The bees follow the trees as they work their way back to the hives from the neighbouring properties. Because these apricots serve a greater purpose – as bee sign posts – they are not treated like apricots that are grown for trade. They are not irrigated and are pretty much ignored. This results in an apricot that is slightly smaller than those you see in the supermarket but they’re bursting with an intense, concentrated flavour. For years the beekeeper just to let them fall off the trees…that is until we persuaded him to sell some to us. These are the apricots that we are bringing to Vancouver for collection on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 30th. We’ll sell them to you in lots of 10lb for $35 or 20lb for $60. Place your order by Sunday 28th at 8pm and they’ll be picked Monday morning, ready for collection at the Kitsilano location of Salt Tasting Room or at Gastown’s Rainier Provisions on Tuesday afternoon. Read more

GOODS | Big Boxes Of Fresh Naramata Fruit Made Available Through Salt Tasting Room

The new Salt Tasting Room is located at 2585 West Broadway in Kitsilano | 604-428-0339 | www.salttastingroom.com

The new Salt Tasting Room is located at 2585 West Broadway in Kitsilano | 604-428-0339 | www.salttastingroom.com

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Vancouver, BC | Salt Tasting Room partner Scott Hawthorn owns an orchard on the bench in Naramata. Traditionally, cherries, peaches, apricots, apples and pears have been made available to Heather Hospitality Group through either Scott’s Orchard or those of his neighbours, but this year HHG is going to make them available to whoever wants them. The fruit run starts with Sam cherries at $55 for a 20lb box. Orders must be placed and paid for by Monday July 22nd. They will be picked off the tree on Tuesday and delivered for collection on Wednesday afternoon. Go here to purchase. You can choose to either collect them from our Salt location in Kitsilano or at Rainier Provisions in Gastown. Read more

DINER: New “Salt Tasting Room” Location In Kitsilano Now Softly Open On Broadway

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by Andrew Morrison  (photos via Sean Heather) | The new location of Salt Tasting Room is in the midst of its second soft opening service tonight and will open for real this Tuesday. The 28 seater (with a patio) is located at 2585 West Broadway in the old Mistral address. We broke the news of its coming back in May:

“It’s a weird, fickle block. I say that because it has – in the recent past – felled the luminous likes of Lumiere, DB Bistro, and Mistral in short order. The dolled up “food to go” operation called Nosh – the one that opened in the space in January after Mistral shuttered – lasted a mere five months. I’m not privy to the details of the deal, but Heather has a knack for getting good ones, and I can’t imagine him advancing beyond Gastown if this particular dotted line wasn’t especially mesmerizing (I think it would have had to have been for him to take it). And while it’s true that Heather hasn’t opened a restaurant outside west of Abbott St. in years – not since the short-lived Lucky’s Diner in Yaletown – he knows the area well enough (“I’m happy to be back on the street that I spent four years of my life on as manager [at] Benny’s Bagels when I first arrived from Ireland in 1991,” he writes via email). But more importantly, Salt isn’t an unknown entity in Vancouver, and cured meat + cheese + wine is hardly a bumfuzzling equation anywhere except in vegan and vegetarian circles. People know it and dig it, so it could pretty well open in any address in this city – even off an alley that smells awfully of pee – and folks would still give it a shot. SHort version: it’s a win for the west side.”

The new location is open from 4pm until midnight, Tuesday through Sunday.

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DINER: Blood Alley’s Salt Tasting Room To Open New Location In Kitsilano Next Month

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by Andrew Morrison | Sean Heather has confirmed that he and business partner Scott Hawthorn have picked up the old Mistral location at 2585 West Broadway. Residents can expect the second location of the Gastown icon, Salt Tasting Room, to open there next month. From what I know of the space, it’s 28 or so seats with several on a wee patio, plus a larger than necessary kitchen for Salt-like operations (as to whether or not that means we’ll see a lot more than just cheese and charcuterie on the menu I do not know at this point).

What to think? It’s a weird, fickle block. I say that because it has – in the recent past – felled the luminous likes of Lumiere, DB Bistro, and Mistral in short order. The dolled up “food to go” operation called Nosh - the one that opened in the space in January after Mistral shuttered – lasted a mere five months. I’m not privy to the details of the deal, but Heather has a knack for getting good ones, and I can’t imagine him advancing beyond Gastown if this particular dotted line wasn’t especially mesmerizing. I think it would have had to have been for him to take it. And while it’s true that Heather hasn’t opened a restaurant outside west of Abbott St. in years – not since the short-lived Lucky’s Diner in Yaletown – he knows the area well enough (“I’m happy to be back on the street that I spent four years of my life on as manager [at] Benny’s Bagels when I first arrived from Ireland in 1991,” he writes via email). But more importantly, Salt isn’t an unknown entity in Vancouver, and cured meat + cheese + wine is hardly a bumfuzzling equation anywhere except in vegan and vegetarian circles. People know it and dig it, so it could pretty well open in any address in this city – even off an alley that smells awfully of pee – and folks would still give it a shot. In short, it’s definitely a win for the west side.

Expect opening day at some point in June.

NOTE: Scout is not accepting wagers on how long it will take before the DTES anti-gentrification set misconstrues this development as a major victory.

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GOODS: Gastown’s Salt Tasting Room Set For Delicious Series Of Salt Cellar Evenings

October 19, 2012 

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Salt Tasting Room is located in Gastown's Blood Alley (look for the flag) | 604-633-1912 | www.salttastingroom.com

The GOODS from Salt Tasting Room

Vancouver, BC | The Salt Cellar Series offers local wine and food pairings in the unique atmosphere of the Salt Cellar, below the Salt Tasting Room. Two to three times a month, Salt Tasting Room opens up their cellar for guests to sample a tasting menu built around wines from a selected winery, paired with artisanal cheeses, charcuterie, and house-made condiments. On several occasions, the spotlight shifts from wine to showcase cheese, charcuterie, honey or Okanagan fruit. The Salt Cellar Series is the perfect opportunity to meet new people in a relaxing environment, seated around the 30-foot long communal table. Upcoming Salt Cellar events feature the wines of many of BC’s best producers and are hosted by the respective winemakers or winery representatives. Details after the jump… Read more

GOODS: Oliver’s “Stoneboat Vineyards” To Pour New Releases At Salt Tasting Room

Stoneboat is located at 7148 Orchard Grove Lane in Oliver BC | 888-598-2226 | www.stoneboatvineyards.com

The GOODS from Stoneboat Vineyards

Vancouver, BC | On Tuesday, June 26 2012, new releases from Stoneboat Vineyards will be in the spotlight at the Salt Tasting Room. The wines will be paired with gourmet delights such as artisanal cheeses and local charcuterie. Tim and Jay Martiniuk, two members of the family that owns and operates Stoneboat Vineyards, will attend the event and share their insights into the new vintages.

Brothers Tim and Jay exemplify the hands-on approach of the Martiniuk family, which has been a pioneer in BC’s winemaking industry since the 1980s. Jay is an experienced winemaker who served as cellarmaster at Osoyoos Larose and now designs and orchestrates the winemaking programs at Stoneboat. He recently completed a degree in Food Sciences at UBC, where he studied wine chemistry & fermentations at the Wine Research Centre. Jay’s twin brother Tim is known the resident jack-of-all-trades at the family winery, overseeing marketing and wine shop operations. The June event is part of Salt’s “Salt Cellar Series” of tasting events, and promises to show the new Stoneboat Vineyards wines to their best advantage, paired with a variety of savoury tidbits. Read more

GOODS: CedarCreek To Release Six 2011 Vintages At Gastown’s Salt Tasting Room

April 16, 2012 

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Salt Tasting Room is located in Gastown's Blood Alley | 604-633-1912 | www.salttastingroom.com

The GOODS from CedarCreek Estate Winery

Vancouver, BC | Join Winemaker Darryl Brooker and President Gordon Fitzpatrick at the release of CedarCreek’s 2011 vintage on Tuesday, April 17th at 7pm. Enjoy six of CedarCreek’s new released aromatic white wines including our popular Rosé paired with artisanal cheeses, local charcuterie and condiments at Salt Tasting Room. Right from the favourite Ehrenfelser to the double Gold Medal winning Riesling, our white aromatics were a great success in 2010 and we can’t wait to unveil the 2011 vintage. These wines are a taste of Spring, and winemaker Darryl Brooker is pleased to share why. And for all those of you who would like to know more, come prepared as the makers themselves are going to be available to answer questions on everything you’ve ever wanted to know about wine. Learn more and purchase tickets after the leap…

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GOODS: Naramata Winery “JoieFarm” To Host Tasting At Salt Tasting Room This June

March 21, 2012 

JoieFarm is located in beautiful Naramata, BC | 250-496-0073 | Toll free: 1-866-422-5643 | www.joiefarm.com

The GOODS from JoieFarm

Naramata, BC | Please join us at Salt Tasting Room’s 40 foot long communal table on Tuesday June 5th for an evening of JoieFarm wines, cheese and charcuterie. We will be there in person to discuss our wines and their particular affinity for all things porcine. Tickets are $60 (plus tax & tip) and can be purchased online from www.salttastingroom.com. Details about the winery after the jump… Read more

GOODS: Gastown’s “Salt Tasting Room” Set To Host Next Episode Of Fourplay On Feb. 27

February 23, 2012 

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Salt Tasting Room is located in Gastown's Blood Alley | 604-633-1912 | www.salttastingroom.com

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Vancouver, BC | On February 27th, sexy burlesque, saucy music and sensual food are on the menu for Fourplay, the 4-part dinner/theatre series that follows the epic love story of Sean and Heather. After their fateful reunion in Episode 1, the love birds got engaged in Episode 2. Now it’s all about the wedding preparations, and what would those be without a stag party and a wedding shower? But after stag and the shower are accidentally booked at the same restaurant, sparks fly and Heather and Sean’s relationship is put to the test as the pair launch into the final stages of pre-married life. Will they survive this evening of sensory overload? Will you survive this supernova of sass? There’s only one way to find out… Read more

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