by Ken Tsui | Before chefs Shelome Bouvette and Allison Flook kick-off another fully booked dinner service at Mount Pleasant’s Peruvian-inspired Chicha eatery, they step aside to make way for general manager Kumiko Umeno, who will be putting together the night’s staff meal with her mom, Sayuri, as back-up. Together, they’re making mizutake and freshly folded gyozas for the team.
Mizutake is a Japanese chicken noodle soup – a comforting classic and exactly what the team needs before a busy night. As the chicken gently simmers in a traditional dashi stock, Kumiko and Sayuri fold gyozas with Shelome, who jumps in to help. Everyone has a good laugh when the chef’s first few dumplings look more like pierogis than gyozas, but with a bit of coaching from Sayuri, Bouvette quickly gets the hang of it.
When the chicken is almost ready, Kumiko drops enoki, tofu, cabbage and daikon into the bubbling broth and gives it all a stir. As the soup comes back up to a simmer, Kumiko adds udon while Sayuri pan fries the fresh gyoza. As the udon and first batch of gyoza finish cooking, Kumiko mounds shaved daikon into each bowl, flavouring it with soy, yuzu and spicy togarashi before ladling the restorative soup over it all.
Kumiko brings it all out to the hungry crew, who patiently wait in the dining room. The gyozas are scooped up quickly but Sayuri has the motherly foresight to pack some away, “the crew is going to need a late night snack after service,” she says while closing the lid of the box with a smile.
The GOODS from Campagnolo
Vancouver, BC | The few weeks of harvest between late July and early August are what dreams are made of for most Vancouver chefs. There is an incredible variety of fresh local produce available inspiring an endless amount of breathtakingly beautiful and delicious dishes.
On Wednesday, August 6, Campagnolo Restaurant is partnering with Masi wine to present a Midsummer Night: a family-style feast spotlighting peak-of-the-season produce. This annual dinner celebrates the season’s freshest ingredients sourced that day from the Main Street Station Farmers Market as well as a variety of small farms and producers unique to Campagnolo. Guests will be lavished with summer produce newly picked from small artisanal farms and refreshing wines from Masi.
Guests will be seated at communal tables and will share over a dozen dishes including antipasti, pasta, primi, contorni and dolci. Guests can anticipate a plethora of summer vegetables plus fresh fish, poultry and meat dishes paired with Masi’s Mondello Delle Venezie, Rosa dei Masi and Serego Alighieri Possessioni Rosso. Details after the jump… Read more
REDirect – a celebration of skateboard filmmaking between Red.com and TheBerrics.com – imagines the concrete terrain of a Los Angeles that is empty save for a handful of professional skateboarders who quickly adapt to their winfall. Everything is fair game, from off-ramps and drainage ditches to highway dividers and shoulder embankments. The makers are donating all proceeds from the dreamy video to LA County animal shelters. Dig the poignant return of reality (traffic) at the end.
The GOODS from The Biltmore Cabaret
Vancouver, BC | The Gathering is the brand new hip hop social taking over East Van every summr Sunday night at the Biltmore Cabaret (no juggalos, we promise). Vancouver has been in dire need of a local hip hop night for years, one that favours MCs over EDM and focuses on fostering local talent. The night showcases both up-and-coming and established MC and musical artists weekly, with a host of surprises (to be revealed). This week’s edition features Jellyfish Recordings artist Potatohead People (Nick Wisdom, AstroLogical) and Rob The Viking (of Swollen Members), with special guests Mosaic, Garrett Grhymes, Alex Cruz, Ham-E Tha Northern Mic, RLGN!, & DJ’s Emotionz, Def 3 & Coner. Doors open at 9pm. Come early for a laid back vibe with old school hip-hop spinning before the acts take to the stage. Visit biltmorecabaret.com and RSVP on Facebook for continued updates as the night evolves. Read more
The Goods From El Matador
North Vancouver, BC | Every Sunday through Thursday, El Matador offers $2 off all tapas and $1 off all drinks before 5pm and after 10pm. At El Matador, the serving of tapas is meant to encourage conversation. Diners are less focused on a large meal set before them, and more on small bites and conversation. Offerings include such items as grilled goat’s cheese with salsa fresca; shallot and crimini stuffed mushrooms; and baked chorizo. The Spanish take their gin seriously and the five gin-based house cocktails at El Matador are serious about it, too. The house sangria – a mix of wine, triple sec, juice and fresh fruit – is also not to be missed. Details after the jump… Read more
by Andrew Morrison | One particular stand out from a recent trip to Portland was the new and expansive Division Street location of Bollywood Theatre, a killer Indian street food joint that originally debuted on NE Alberta St. back in 2012. It was one of the best eating experiences I’ve had this year, and I wish to hell we had something just like it here in Vancouver’s restaurant scene, which would benefit hugely from a shot in the Indian arm. The short video below – produced by the restaurant – will give you an inkling as to what the place is all about…
The new location’s open concept interior is – as you can see from the shots below – pretty as all get out. The worn wooden benches, bright fabrics, myriad milieu ephemera (everything from Ghandi shrines to “Spitting Prohibited” signs) and attention to detail – not to mention the intoxicating panoply of smells – lend it a more hallucinatory than cinéma vérité feel, but that hasn’t stopped Portland’s local Indian community from loving the hell out of the place.
The food kicks serious ass for cost with prices hovering in the $15 range for a fill-up that could include things like addictive kati rolls, thali platters of pork vindaloo and chicken curry, and Goan-style shrimp in slickly spiced, citrus-zinged coconut milk. The flavours from owner/chef Troy MacLarty (pictured below right – a farm-to-table disciple of Berkeley’s famed Chez Panisse Café) are bright and punchy, and the quality/authenticity of his ingredients is unimpeachable (NB: the restaurant has a satellite store selling all manner of imported Indian spices and edibles).
The drinks program is no slouch, either, with its tidy mix of vernacular cocktails and beers. Our own Vij’s in South Granville has them beat in the wine department, but Bollywood Theatre has no pretensions of being anywhere remotely close to fine dining (it’s counter service, plus you bus your own tables), which is another reason why I’d love to see something like Bollywood Theatre here, particularly in False Creek-Olympic Village, which could really use something that didn’t feel like a corporate Cactus Club/Earls amalgam that’s been covered in craft beer paint.
The GOODS from 33 Acres Brewing Co.
Vancouver, BC | 33 Acres Brewing Company is in need of front of house servers for its Tasting Room at 15 W 8th Avenue in Mount Pleasant. Serving experience is a huge bonus, but not necessary. Friendly upbeat with no ego. Willingness to learn about beer and other local products. Sense of urgency is key. Food Safe and Serving it right are required. Please email us in confidence at beer [at] 33acresbrewing.com or drop your resume off. Details after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from Quail’s Gate Winery
West Kelowna, BC | For the upcoming 2014 Season we are seeking an experienced, energetic and passionate individual to join our culinary team as Assistant Pastry Chef. Our successful candidates will assume the support position and run the kitchen in the absence of the Pastry Chef. They will assist in planning and directing all aspects of pastry preparation and assist in the development and implementation of the seasonal dessert menus and features.
Applicants should have at least 1-2 years’ experience in a similar position along with the Food Safe Level 1 Certificate. The successful candidate will have a positive attitude, be capable of working in high pressure situations with the ability to multi task and must be creative and passionate about the culinary arts. Wine and food pairing knowledge is an asset. If you are ready for this adventure and have the skill required to succeed, please submit your resume with covering letter to: Human Resources, employment [at] quailsgate.com. Read more
by Maya-Roisin Slater | Definitive Records asks interesting Vancouverites to pick the three albums that anchor their musical tastes. Today we hear from local visual artist, musician, and producer Eli Muro. To see beautiful works by this jack of many trades, visit his website here.
Bill Withers – Still Bill | LISTEN | “Bill Withers is one of the most honest musicians I have ever heard. His topics are so real and he’s not afraid to make music about harsh realities. Yet at the same time he can make a song like “lean on me”. I feel like he’s giving me life advice when I listen to this album. “Still Bill” is the full spectrum of good honest soul music and real talk, a lot of the songs on this album have had the ability to make me cry.”
Nas – Illmatic | LISTEN | “Hip Hop was the first genre of music that I fell in love with, and “Illmatic” was on repeat for most of my adolescence. Nas came out in the “golden age” when hip hop was new and exciting. He was just making the kind of music that felt natural to him. Now when he tries to make a pop song for the radio or something it sounds forced, but this was his first album where he’s just being himself, which is why I think it’s such a classic.”
Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma | LISTEN | “This album blew my mind. It’s everything I love: hip hop, jazz, electronic and experimental all in one package. Flying Lotus seems to have no boundaries, he just goes everywhere with his art. The string arrangements by Miguel Atwood Fergussen are next level and I think the balancing of subtle atmospherics and intense complexities are just perfect.”
The GOODS from Hawksworth
Vancouver, BC | Canada’s Restaurant of the Year is searching for a dynamic and highly motivated front of house manager to join our talented team of industry professionals. In this pivotal role, reporting to the General Manager, you will be required to lead the front of house team, oversee day-to-day operations, train, supervise and schedule staff, monitor guest experiences and liaise with the Chef de Cuisine and Executive Chef/Owner. Details after the jump… Read more
The Vancouver Lexicon – our A-Z dictionary of local slang, myths, legends, and such – might appear to be complete, but we mean to keep adding to it every week. Today we included a further six new localisms that everyone should know about. They are Pho Bich Nga, Chocolate Fuck Ups, Skypig, Granville Shitshow, Diner En Blanc, and Lumberjoke.
The third episode of the Aprons For Gloves’ Restaurant Rumble preview series just landed on our desk. It sets up the Middleweight Title showdown between Max Cunnigham (Partner, Joe’s Apartment) and Yacine Sylla (Bartender, Chambar). The fights take place in Gastown on July 23rd. Click here for details and to score tickets to the Livestream parties.
The GOODS from Araxi
Whistler, BC | The Araxi Longtable Dinners are British Columbia’s most exciting al fresco dining experiences – and on Monday, August 4th, Whistler’s Araxi Restaurant is bringing its first Longtable to Vancouver at the oceanside Bard on the Beach venue in picturesque Vanier Park.
“This will be the largest Longtable to date,” says Araxi’s award-winning executive chef James Walt, “and we’re thrilled to celebrate our culinary provenance with the very best of British Columbia ingredients at the peak of the summer season, as well as some terrific wine pairings.”
Chef Walt will be joined by the entire collective of Toptable Group chefs: Andrew Richardson from CinCin, Frank Pabst from Blue Water Cafe, Quang Dang from West, and Thierry Busset from Thierry Patisserie and Cafe. Guests will also have the opportunity to meet the suppliers who raise the produce. Get all the details and the full menu after the jump… Read more