World class sommelier Sebastien Le Goff (interview) has returned home to Vancouver after a stint working in Singapore. He is now overseeing the wine and beverage programs for the Cactus Club chain and will run the new English Bay location when it opens this Fall. Full press release after the jump. Read more
News from Scout supporter Cibo Trattoria
Vancouver, BC | Cibo Trattoria will host an exclusive wine and producers dinner that celebrates the very best of BC food and wine. On Sunday September 5th, guests will enjoy a delectable menu crafted by Cibo’s talented Executive Chef Neil Taylor. Each dish in the five-course menu will feature organic produce from Sapo Bravo Farm, paired perfectly with the award winning wines of Poplar Grove winery. Poplar Grove Winemaker and guest speaker Ian Sutherland will delight guests as he introduces each wine pairing, and Gabriel Fernandez and Katie Brown from Sapo Bravo farms will share some of their unique farm practices. Read more
Sebastien Le Goff is on his way out at Cibo Trattoria and Uva Wine Bar in the Moda Hotel. Word is he’s headed to the Far East to open the new 120 seat DB Bistro Moderne in Singapore’s $5.5 billion Marina Bay Sands project. We offer him our sincere congratulations and wish him the very best. It sucks that we’re losing one of the top front of house pros of our generation, but here’s hoping he’ll be back one day to open a place of his own.
Stepping into his big shoes at Cibo and Uva will be the very capable and well-liked Ed Perrow. Perrow is best known in the city for his long-time tenure as Gord Martin’s operations man at Bin 941 and Bin 942. He most recently shepherded the opening of Davie’s popular La Brasserie.
Big, hearty congratulations to Sebastien Le Goff and chef Neil Taylor at Cibo Trattoria for scoring the numero uno nod in enRoute magazine’s annual Best New Restaurants issue (see who else placed here)… Read more
News from Scout supporter Cibo Trattoria
Vancouver, BC. July 15, 2009 — Sebastien LeGoff and Chef Neil Taylor of Cibo Trattoria present a pair of Italian suppers showcasing products from authentic, artisan farmers. On Tuesday, July 28, dinner at Cibo will feature Two Rivers Specialty Meats’ artisan, chemical free meats with optional handcrafted, additive free wine pairings from Farmstead Wines. The five course menu, highlighting Sloping Hills pork and Pemberton Meadows Beef, is just $50 with specially selected wine pairings for $25. Reservations are available online at CiboTrattoria.com or by calling 604.602.9570. On Sunday, September 6, enjoy traditional Italian outdoor cookery at UBC Farm. Limited to just twenty guests, diners will enjoy a late afternoon family-style supper paired with fine Italian wines. Tickets are $75 including wine, tax and gratuity and available online at http://cibo.eventbrite.com Read more
On March 18, Cibo Trattoria in the Moda Hotel will continue their monthly culinary journey through Italy with a special menu showcasing the Austrian-influenced cuisine of the Trentino-Alto Adige region (read: not your typical Italian meal). I had the good fortune of test-driving their inaugural regional dinner, showcasing Piemonte, just a few weeks ago (snaps below).
It was superbly done set piece with simply expressed, super clean flavours, rare pairings courtesy of Sebastien Le Goff (I hadn’t enjoyed a Dolcetto in quite some time), and very fine company.
From the press release…
Trentino-Alto Adige is an alpine region along Italy ’s northern border with a distinctive cuisine that features German and Austrian influences. Pork, smoked meat and fish, and wild game; along with polenta, wild mushrooms and berries, are staples of the region’s cuisine.
This wont be a “typical” Italian meal. Rye and caraway breads, sauerkraut and horseradish are rarely found elsewhere in Italy and pay homage to the region’s Bavarian and Austrian history.
The menu, created by Executive Chef Neil Taylor, features:
Smoked local trout, rye bruschetta, fresh horseradish
Speck canederli with smoked ham brodo
Polenta nera, wild mushrooms and thyme
Nicola valley venison, wild berries, cabbage, chestnuts and red wine
Apple fritter, cinnamon and sour cream
The five courser is a bargain at $48, with wine pairings also available. To reserve, call 604-602-9570.
One or twice a week Scout poses 60 questions to a local who has made life in BC that much more interesting. They pick and choose which ones they’d prefer to answer, with a minimum response rate of 20. A Rorschach test, for sure…
A highly decorated veteran of Vancouver’s restaurant scene, Sebastien Le Goff toiled and poured as GM at Cin Cin and Lumiere before becoming the front and back polymath and sommelier at the Moda Hotel’s two resident hot properties, Cibo Trattoria and Uva Wine Bar.
Three things about your neighbourhood that make you want to live there: Yaletown – Nuba, Pacific Dry Cleaners, and Agro Café.
The thing that you eat that is bad for you that you will never stop eating: Dark, bitter chocolate.
Default drink of choice: Negroni.
The one place you’d move to: Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Favourite wine varietal: Pinot Noir.
The person you can imitate: My former boss in Hong Kong.
One thing you’d like to change about Vancouver: More restaurants open late at night once you have finished work. eg. Blue Ribbon in NYC.
Bartender who could sell you anything: Audrey Saunders at the Pegu Club in New York City.
Cheap place for dinner: Gyoza King.
Book you’re reading: “je l’aimais” by Anna Gavalda, a contemporary female French writer.
Last place traveled: El Salvador.
Biggest fear: Losing my sense of smell and taste.
Cliché that you use too often: French people drink more than others.
Dead film actor you wish was still making pictures: Jean Gabin, famous French actor from the 60’s.
Best sneaker in the world: Puma.
Place in BC that you love escaping to: Qualicum Bay.
Under what circumstances would you join the army: If they needed a sommelier (ED. NOTE: this is by far the best answer we’ve yet had to this question)
Your paternal grandfather’s personal story: He drove a train in France.
Best bar stool in the city: Boneta.
Dumbest purchase ever: A pottery mask from El Salvador that I knew would likely be broken on the plane on the way back – and it did!
What are you proud of: What I will achieve tomorrow.
The thing that makes you the angriest: Drivers changing lanes without signaling (I drive a scooter and have been hit twice).
Saddest thing about Vancouver: The downtown eastside.
Most challenging part of owning a business: Working with the right people.
Best fine dining restaurant in the city: Jean-Georges at Market.
Your nickname growing up: “Seb”.
Talent you wish you possessed: Painting.
Musical instrument you long to play: Saxophone.
Sport you gave up: Football (soccer on this side of the world).
The game you’re best at: Table Tennis
Best gallery in the city: VAG
Somewhere within an hour of Vancouver that is worth checking out: Bowen Island.
The number of fist fights you’ve been in: 2.
The scariest situation you’ve ever been in: Being stuck in Burma (at the border with Thailand).
Three things of no value that you will keep until you die: A picture of my grandfather driving a train on the day he retired; a shark tooth (fish caught by my uncle); and a traveling journal (through Central America).
Best concert experience ever: The Cure (in the late 80’s) and Sigur Rós at the Chan Centre in 2008.
Aspect of your personality you wish you could change: Be more patient.
How you waste time at work: Reading wine magazines.
The thing you wished people cared more about: Having polished shoes.
The thing that makes you the most nervous: pouring red wine to someone wearing white clothing.
Town you were born in: Nantes, France.
Old television shows you can tolerate re-runs of: Seinfield.
First memory: My grandfather cooking me French pancakes (crepes).
Quality you admire most in yourself: Perseverance.
Album that first made you love music: Indochine (French band from the 80’s)
Default junk food of choice: Instant noodle bowl.
The career path you considered but never followed: History teacher.
The one country that you have no interest in ever visiting: None. I would go at least once anywhere.
Your top 3 films of all time: Pulp Fiction, Les Nuits Fauves, Casablanca
The first three things you do every morning: Turn the music on. Look out the window. Prepare a French press.
The thing you’re addicted to: Wasabi peas.
Luckiest moment of your life: Finding a job in Singapore after running out of money.
Favourite book as a child: Gaston la Gaffe – French comic book.
Direct from the press release
Beginning in February, Cibo will give guests an opportunity to eat their way across Italy and learn about its diverse regional cuisines and wines with a series of monthly regional dinners. One evening a month, Cibo will offer a special 5-course regional tasting menu for $48, with optional wine pairings specific to the region.
The first dinner will be Wednesday, February 4, and will celebrate the cuisine of the Piemonte region. Piemonte is a landlocked, mountainous region of Northern Italy known for its substantial and hearty food – perfect for surviving the long winters (and perfect for Vancouver’s winter). Its landscape produces many amazing and high-quality ingredients, including wild mushrooms and truffles from the hills and forests, dairy and cattle from the fertile pastures, and rice and maize from the Po River Valley.
Cibo’s Piemonte menu will include:
- Fritto misto of sweetbreads, anchovy and sage, lemon
- Bagna cauda of fennel, baby beetroots, celery hearts, spinach and sunchokes
- Ravioli of potato, pancetta and sweet onions, red wine butter
- Braised Pemberton Meadows natural beef, black trompette mushrooms, soft polenta, horseradish gremolata
- Toma Piemontese, pistachios and honeycomb
The special regional dinner menu will be offered throughout the evening, in addition to Cibo’s regular menu. For more information, please visit www.cibotrattoria.ca. For reservations, please call 604.602.9570.
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900 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 3L9 | MAP
Open for breakfast and lunch daily from 7am to 2pm
Open for dinner daily at 5 p.m.
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Executive Chef: Faizal Kassam
General Manager: Robert Stelmachuk
Bar Manager: Lauren Mote
About Uva Wine Bar
Enticing cocktails, refined wines, eclectic import beers — Uva Wine Bar, located adjacent to the Moda Hotel, is Downtown Vancouver’s newest enclave for connoisseurs of wines and spirits seeking a sanctuary that caresses the eye as well as the palate. From the finest charcuterie, to artisanal cheeses and to hard-to-find wine selections, indulge in Uva Wine Bar’s cosmopolitan, yet relaxed interpretation of a true Italian ‘enoteca’.
Uva Wine Bar epitomizes the spirit of its location in the heart of Downtown Vancouver’s arts and cultural district. Striking, yet inviting décor sets a bold statement. The elegant modernism of its interior design combined with the building’s historical elements, such as its delicate 1908 terrazzo floors, creates a unique, yet vibrant setting that must be experienced.
Steps away from the Orpheum Theatre, Robson Street, and some of Vancouver’s finest art galleries, Uva Wine Bar is the perfect beginning or end to your night out in the city.
900 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 3L9 | MAP
Breakfast – 7am to 11am, Monday to Friday
Brunch – 7am to 2pm, Saturday & Sunday
Lunch – 11:30 to 2pm, Monday to Friday
Dinner – from 5pm, Monday to Sunday
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Executive Chef – Faizal Kassam
General Manager/Wine Director: Robert Stelmachuk
Cibo Trattoria specializes in authentic Italian cuisine made with fresh, organic and local ingredients. Celebrated Executive Chef Faizal Kassam’s menu of rustic dishes offers a truly extraordinary, yet casual dining experience for all. With a handpicked wine collection of varied and unique vintages available at Cibo, with a focus on sustainable and unique wines, guests are ensured taste-infusing wine pairings to complement their menu selection. Furthermore, Cibo’s charming, knowledgeable and caring team provide guests with the best service in the city. Cibo was named one of the Top Italian Restaurants in the World by Ospitalita Italiana Seal. Cibo is also the first Official Restaurant Partner of Slow Foods Vancouver. Cibo Trattoria is open nightly for dinner nightly from 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and is located at 900 Seymour Street adjacent to the Moda Hotel lobby.