We’ve been in love with this place since before it was even open. Five years ago, it was just so incredibly exciting to have an Italian restaurant of mentionable calibre open up close to our office on the border of Strathcona (Farina is half a block closer). We were already very familiar with the operators – Tom Doughty, Robert Belcham, Tim Pittman – from their days at Fuel (later Refuel) and well before then at “C” and Nu. We had every reason to be stoked for it…
Like Farina, they make a fennel sausage pizza, but we prefer Campagnolo’s version because it’s simpler, substituting chilies for peppers and therefore not distracting texturally from the sausage. They also do a pie with fresh herbs, ricotta, castelvetrano olives, and basil that knocks our socks off. The oven is gas-fired, but you wouldn’t think it. Bonus: good rear bar area with well-made Italian cocktails and solid but short selection of wines by the glass.
1020 Main Street | Vancouver, BC | 604-484-6018 | www.campagnolorestaurant.ca
If you have the 2013 edition of the locally produced and always odd Miracle & Connelly Calendar on your wall, you’re likely making arrangements to secure the new one. If you’ve seen a copy of one of these hand-inscribed calendars hanging on a friend’s wall, you’ve probably wanted one. If you’ve never seen or heard of it, trust us, you want one! 2013′s legendary calendar – the strangest yet – came complete with 12 months stuffed with all manner of horrible and wonderful days (eg. October 22nd was Silverfish Awareness Day), and we don’t doubt that 2014′s will be just as weirdly memorable.
They’re $20.14 each, 3 for $50, or 5 for $80. Email us [at] miracleandconnellypresents.com to lock down a copy. The calendars will be available at two launches this week: Thursday, November 28 (7pm – late) at the Dunlevy Snackbar in Strathcona and Friday, November 29 (9:30pm) at Solders & Sons (247 Main Street).
The GOODS from The Parker
Vancouver, BC | On December 2, 2013 The Parker is excited to present a 5 course dining event for $49 hosted by our very our Chef Curtis Luk and his friend from Top Chef Canada‘s Season Two, Chef Jimmy Stewart of Housexguest. The two Top Chef alumni will team up to deliver an exclusive coursed tasting menu showcasing some of the finest and surprising ingredients that diners can expect well thought out and gorgeously plated offerings with an eye toward the unexpected and most of all a sense of playfulness on their plate. If you haven’t made plans for a Meatless Monday yet, December 2, 2013 is your night. The $49 includes tax, and diners can choose from several times to attend. But get your tickets quickly.
Slightly vexing will be the decision whether to choose from the suggested wine pairings by Steve Da Cruz or simply stick with some legendary cocktailery from the bar (expect Steve to be at his most tempting). Tickets for The Fall of Autumn on December 2nd can be purchased by calling the restaurant or via email through info [at] theparkervancouver.com. Read more
by Michelle Sproule | The Eastside Culture Crawl (November 15, 16, 17) is now upon us. The annual three day event sees over 425 East Side artists (painters, jewelers, sculptors, textile artists, furniture makers, musicians, weavers, potters, printmakers, photographers, etc.) open their studios to the public.
There is no schedule per se; only the one you choose to structure for yourself. There’s no pressure to buy, either. Treat it as a chance to float from one studio to the next, talking to artists about their processes while enjoying the diversity of creativity that the East Side has to offer.
The Crawl covers the area between Terminal Avenue to Burrard Inlet between Main Street and Victoria Drive (handy map). This year there will be over 425 artists participating and it’s estimated that over 15,000 crawlers will be out to take in what they have to offer. This is precisely the kind of event that calls for a game plan. Here’s ours…
This is the opening of the Crawl and the only opportunity you have for “evening” studio visits (Saturday and Sunday seeing only day-time visits). If you only have one chance to take in the Crawl, let this be it. Wandering around the neighbourhood on a cold, possibly wet night in Fall with thousands of other people looking to squeeze in as much art as they possibly can makes for soaring spirits. Make sure you dress appropriately (forecast suggests it’ll be a few degrees above zero), and do your utmost to be respectful of those who’ve opened their doors to you. If you own a flask, bring it.
Parker Street Studios | 125 Artists
The massive building at 1000 Parker St. is the densest collection of artist studios on the map every year and starting your crawl experience here is essential. Not only is there is something magical about this building on the opening night of the Crawl – the crowds are thick and fast with energy, the studios are full and the artists are ready to chat – but you want to cover as much ground as you can this weekend and Parker Street will give you the solid start that you’re looking for.
Eating & Drinking Before, During, and Afterwards
The intensity of Parker Street makes it difficult to just head out or head home afterwards without sustenance. Chances are you’ll be pumped before, in the midst, and after, and that will make you hungry and thirsty. Chinatown is wise and close by. If there’s room at The Parker, sip on a New Strathcona and snack on something healthy, grab a burger and an Old Fashioned at Mamie Taylor’s on East Georgia between Main and Gore, or slurp up some candied bacon ramen at Harvest Community Foods. Nearby, Ask for Luigi just opened up last night, and Cuchillo recently added a few things to their menu. Plus there’s Campagnolo, Pizzeria Farina, East of Main, The Emerald, The Dunlevy Snackbar, Phnom Penh, and Bao Bei. Just don’t go overboard, as you’ve got a lot of ground to cover tomorrow, too!
SATURDAY MORNING AND AFTERNOON
If you thought Parker Street on Friday night was a mad and exhausting labyrinth, it’s good to remember that the Eastside Culture Crawl is an endurance game, and that it’s only just begun…
Hit the pavement with your trusty Crawl map and explore mid-sized buildings that house several studios at once. Your main targets are The Arc (1701 Powell St., 23 studios), 339 Railway Street (9 studios), Portside Studios (150 McLean Dr, 19 studios), The William Clark Studios (1310 William Street, 31 Studios) and The Mergatroid (975 Vernon, 55 Studios). As you move between buildings and neighbourhoods, look for yellow balloons marking smaller studios in homes, garages and basements (or save that action for Sunday).
It’s important to resist the urge to go non-stop from one studio to the next. You need to eat and drink and you need to do it without going too far off the Crawl track. As you saw higher up in this guide, there plenty of worthwhile joints to check out. Trouble is, most of them are only open at night. Fret not, as there are a few ‘in-crawl-catchment’ choices during daytime. For example, The Wilder Snail in Strathcona will set you up with your morning coffee (and muffin too) and it’s smack-dab in the middle of Crawlville. There’s also Harvest Community Foods on Union, The Union Cafe, Benny’s, and Finch’s.
Bonus: by pure serendipity, there’s a Perogy Lunch taking place at the Ukrainian Cultural Centre on the corner of East Pender and Hawks on Saturday and Sunday. Scoot in to load up of homemade Ukranian food and then get the hell back out there!
SUNDAY MORNING AND AFTERNOON
This is what we call panic day. It’s when you realize you’re running out of Crawl time and you will need to act swiftly if you’re going to score. It’s also the day that you will visit the places you missed but heard about on Friday and Saturday via Twitter and word of mouth. So yeah, it’s the day that you will pick up the pace!
Small Studios & Follow Ups
This is also the day that you will revisit your favourite studios with your fingers crossed hoping that the painting/photograph/sculpture that you didn’t buy on Friday is still there. So don’t waste a minute. Map out a sensible route that includes targets that you haven’t hit yet and get rolling. You won’t see every studio, so don’t rush around like you might. Likewise, if a restaurant is full or there’s not room at the bar, move on. The last thing that the Eastside Culture Crawl is about is stress, disappointment, or the threat of either. Crawl with an open heart and mind, and enjoy the hell out of yourself!
The GOODS from Mamie Taylor’s
Vancouver, BC | You like beers? We’re making dinner – four courses, to be exact, all paired up with all the good stuff from Stanley Park Brewery. It starts with beer-inspired canapés and a custom beer cocktail; moves on to the pilsner alongside a shaved root vegetable salad with fennel, crispy egg, chili aoli, and crispy pigs ear; continues with an amber ale paired with pork and sweetbread boudin blanc, rye croutons, cauliflower puree, and sous-vide apple; plateaus with the brun up against chicken fried beef cheeks with onion beer gravy, turnip smashed potatoes, and pickled scallions; and closes with a custom brun cocktail washing down a pear beignet with vanilla ice cream beer float. Tickets are $65. It all goes down on Tues, Nov. 5th, starting at 6:30pm. Reserve by calling 604-620-8818 or emailing simon [@] mamietaylors.ca. Read more
Somewhere in the creative depths of Strathcona, several pieces of clothing are waiting in a tidy pile on the floor while these homemade beauties get their airy due in the autumn sun. Top marks, whoever you are!
The GOODS from Pizzeria Farina
Vancouver, BC | Pizzeria Farina is looking to add a new counter person to their team. If you have 3 years customer service experience, love working in a fast-paced environment and are passionate about great pizza, please send you resume to jennifer [at] pizzeriafarina.com. Details after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from The Parker
Vancouver, BC | To celebrate our first fantastic year on Union Street, we‘re very excited to offer our new Degustation option where Chef Curtis Luk will design a unique dining experience featuring new dishes such as House-Made Tofu Quenelles in Black Bean Sauce with Braised Beans, Hand-Made Carrot Cavatelli with Seared Broccolini, Beluga Lentils and Kobocha Squash Purée as well as his beautiful Rice Pudding with sorbet and candied autumn apples. Every experience will be unique and for $29 per person, two can expect four gorgeous plates and one shared dessert. At the bar, Steve Da Cruz will have many pairing options from his Columbia Watershed based wine program including some of the finest Pinot Noirs from BC and Oregon such as Crowley, Ex Nihilo and de Lancelotti to name a few. Nich Box also has a few new cocktails up his sleeve like the Mary, Queen of Scots made with Jura Superstition Single Malt, Sweet & Dry Vermouth and a hint of Yellow Chartreuse. Book your table tonight and catch one of the amazing flicks screening at Tinsletown during the Vancouver International Film Festival of which The Parker is proud to be a sponsor. Read more
The GOODS from Campagnolo
Vancouver, BC | The Main St. Station Farmers Market started in Campagnolo’s first year; it’s held every Wednesday throughout the summer at Thornton Park, and Campagnolo has been visiting ever since that very first day. The season end of the market is bittersweet; the bounty available is breathtaking but it means Campagnolo won’t see some of these market vendors again until next June. In honour of the final Main St. Station Farmers Market of the season, Campagnolo presents Cerelia – an Italian celebration of harvest to be held on Wednesday, October 2. Guests are invited to gather around communal tables, and break bread with old and new friends while indulging in fresh finds, sourced that day, from the Main St. Station Farmers Market and a variety of other incredible suppliers.
Produce will be harvested by local farmers which may include Sapo Bravo Organics, Stoney Paradise Farm, Glorious Organics, UBC Farms, Klippers Organic Acres, Sole Food Street Farms, Crisp Organics, Cropthorne Farm and Icecap Organics. Tickets are $59 plus Eventbrite service charge (tax and gratuity included). Beverages are an additional cost, but guests are invited to bring their own wine and the corkage fee will be waived. Details after the jump… Read more
by Andrew Morrison | I toured The Emerald last night. The second-floor, old school Vegas-inspired restaurant and lounge from Rachel Zottenberg and David Duprey (The Narrow, Rumpus Room, Rickshaw, Fox Cabaret) is set to open next week at 555 Gore Street between Keefer and Pender on the eastern edge of Chinatown. They’re doing a private friends and family dry run this evening and then opening to the public – softly – on Monday night.
The Emerald is split into four sections – a 23 seat bar and lounge, a 65 seat dining room complete with white linen table cloths, a semi-private “boardroom” long table, and a still-unfinished performance venue tucked away in the back that will showcase live comedy acts and such.
It’s pretty amazing what they’ve done with the place. I certainly didn’t expect to find what I found when I climbed the ruby-carpeted stairs. What used to be the old Fu Wah dim sum joint (the place had been dormant since before the Boer War) has been transformed into something straight out of Nevada, circa 1960. There are Rothko paintings (copies on canvas done by a friend) on the walls, round tables, deep set booths, vintage blown glass bric-a-brac set in the room dividers, a mounted sailfish, cozy recliners, huge chandeliers, even a bearskin. It’s almost like a movie set, and there’s nothing on the exterior that hints at the interior save for an old Sinatra quote on the awning: “The big lesson in life, baby, is never be scared of anyone or anything.”
The menu fits it like a glove. Think scampi, prawn cocktail, waffle fries, shake and bake cauliflower, tea sandwiches, spaghetti and meatballs (including a vegetarian version), and a great many other things that gel with the theme. There are about 15 beer taps in the lounge, nearly all of them craft and local, plus a deep list of vernacular cocktails that includes a Bloody Caesar made at the table from a push cart (an accidental nod to the room’s dim sum past?).
The hours will be from 5pm to midnight seven days a week with cheap Vegas-style brunches on weekends.
The white Welcome To East Van moving truck has been vandalised with a punny suffix. Spotted today in Strathcona. The question isn’t “who did it?” but rather “how did this not happen sooner?”
The GOODS from Mamie Taylor’s
Vancouver, BC | Mamie Taylor’s is looking for a bartender and support staff. Who knew, we are busy! The successful bartender applicant will have previous experience as well as an interest in cocktails and spirits (mixologizing should be kept to a minimum). Support staff should be interested in learning how every aspect of a restaurant runs and will be capable of working well with others. Email resumes to info [at] mamietaylors.ca.
The GOODS from Campagnolo
Vancouver, BC | Campagnolo is looking to hire an experienced Sous Chef or a hardworking, passionate cook looking to further their culinary career. At Campagnolo, we work with the finest seasonal ingredients, support local producers, butcher all of our meat in house, and make our salumi, pasta and bread from scratch. If this is an environment you can see yourself working in, please email your resume to the attention of Michael De Grazia at mdegcooks [at] gmail.com.
We are also hiring a reservationist. This is a unique position as you can work from home. The desired candidate is organized, personable and has experience working as a hostess, manager or other guest relations position in the hospitality industry. This is a seasonal position from September through December. You must be available to answer emails and phone messages 8 hours a day, Monday through Friday. If you think you have the chops to manage group bookings for Campagnolo Restaurants, please email your resume to the attention of Tim Pittman at info [at] campagnolorestaurant.ca. Read more