GOODS: Acclaimed “Thierry” Springing Into Easter With Limited Edition Chocolates

Thierry is located at 1059 Alberni St. (Thurlow/Burrard) in Vancouver, BC | 604 608 6870 | www.thierrychocolates.com

The GOODs from Thierry

Vancouver, BC | This Easter, join us for an exclusive selection of festive delicacies, handcrafted by Maître Chocolatier Thierry Busset and his expert team. From assorted Easter chocolates to striking limited edition pieces all made from Chef Thierry’s finest French chocolate, there will be something for all ages ranging from $9 to $200. In true Parisian style, keep an eye out for distinctive Easter traditions, such as chocolate fish and roosters, bound to make an appearance in select Easter eggs! Holiday hours and further details after the jump… Read more

INGREDIENTIA: On Hazelnuts, Going Beyond Nutella & Making Thierry’s Awesome Sablés

November 27, 2011 

by Claire Lassam | My love affair with hazelnuts started when I was very young. I don’t remember having them around the house, and as an Ontario girl, I don’t remember them growing around where I lived. What I do remember is Nutella.

I vividly recall the first time I ate it. It was a big spoonful shoved into my mouth by my Dad to make me shut up in the back of our car after a early morning run to Little Italy. I remember the chocolate, the instant rush of sugar, but mostly I remember the taste of hazelnuts. Now, despite 56 roasted hazelnuts per jar and a whole cup of skim milk, I can’t keep Nutella in my house. I’m far too addicted to the stuff to keep it anywhere near, so I get my fix in smaller doses elsewhere.

You can’t even imagine my happiness when I moved here a few years back and found that not only were there beaches and mountains, but also hazelnuts! Consider me sold, Vancouver. Now, Nutella has been produced since 1963 (and a slight variation from Ferrero was produced beginning in 1944), which seems like a long time, but when you consider that archeologists have found traces of hazelnuts in Scotland that date back 9000 years, well, half a century seems only a blink of an eye.

Hazelnuts were grown in Ancient Rome; they were given to the sailors and explorers of England because of their long shelf-life; fhey have been flavouring liqueurs in Italy for over 300 years; and more recently, they’ve been used as food for Oregonian hogs to make some of the best prosciutto to ever come out of North America. BC makes up a very small part of the hazelnut trade. They’re mostly grown in Agassiz, where we only produce about 330,000 kilos a year. In contrast, Turkey cleans up with 625,000 tonnes a year, which is about 75% of the global market.

Those grown here are still the best I’ve ever eaten. They’re often thinner then commercial filberts; slightly longer with a crunchier texture and a stronger, more pronounced flavour. And they just so happen to be in season right now.

At home, I often pulse them with basil and lemon zest in my food processor and pour the resulting pesto on everything from pork roast to pasta, or I grind them up and put them in cakes or macarons. If you feel like having someone else do the work for you, get into West on South Granville for hazelnut spaetzle with pork, or get the duck breast at Boneta, which is served with brussel sprouts and local hazels. One of my new favourite chocolatiers, Beta5, caramelizes them and enrobes them in Michel Cluizel chocolate, and those things are pretty close to heaven my books. And of course there’s the masterful Thierry Busset, who uses hazelnuts over and over again in his Alberni St. store. You can snag some in his financiers, tuiles and sable cookies, and in his macarons as well. And if you can’t get enough, you can make them at home now, because he has very kindly given us a recipe… Read more

GOODS: Alberni’s “Thierry” Hosting Launch Of Chef Michel Roux’s New ‘Desserts’ Opus

November 10, 2011 

Thierry Chocolaterie Patisserie Cafe | 1059 Alberni Street | Vancouver, BC | 604 608 6870 | www.thierrychocolates.com

The GOODs from Thierry

Vancouver, BC | On December 7th at 7:00 p.m., chef Thierry Busset will welcome chef Michel Roux chez Thierry to celebrate the launch of chef Roux’s most recent cookbook, ‘Desserts’. Although Michel Roux is best known for his exquisite Thames-side restaurant, The Waterside Inn, which recently celebrated 25 years of Michelin three-star status, his other true passion is dessert. Of course, the sweet courses are also the raison d’être for chef Busset, who worked alongside Roux at London’s iconic Le Gavroche. The fête will feature creations inspired by ‘Desserts’ and chef Busset’s own confections, along with bubbly and a signed copy of the book. Details after the jump… Read more

GOODS: Chocolatier-Pâtissier “Thierry” On The Hunt For An Experienced Sous Chef

September 23, 2011 

Thierry is located at Thierry Chocolaterie Patisserie Cafe 1059 Alberni St. (Thurlow/Burrard) in Vancouver, BC | 604 608 6870 | www.thierrychocolates.com

The GOODs from Thierry

Vancouver, BC | A partnership between Top Table Group (Araxi, Blue Water Cafe, CinCin and West) and Chef Pâtissier Thierry Busset (3-star-Michelin chocolatier-pâtissier who is widely regarded as one of the finest pastry chefs in North America), Thierry is seeking an experienced Sous Chef. Under a bright awning that recalls the storefront pâtisseries of Busset’s native France, the cafe and retail space present clean, modern lines, both indoor and outdoor self-seating, and is located on Alberni Street in Vancouver’s downtown core.

Featuring classic chocolates, pastries, cakes, and a variety of that Parisian icon: the macaron, all items are hand-made using only premium ingredients. Barista crafted coffees and liquid chocolate are also a central part of the cafe, complemented by a selection of savoury items and a liquor license.

We strive for the finest quality products and nothing else. One of these products is you! We are currently seeking an experienced Sous Chef. The ideal candidate must have a minimum of 7 years experience in professional pastry kitchens, including time spent in a retail pastry environment, and be well versed in inventory control, costing and purchasing.

If you are seeking a stimulating and rewarding career in a dynamic and fast-paced environment, please email your resume and cover letter to careers@thierrychocolates.com specifying “Sous Chef” in the title. Learn more about Thierry after the jump… Read more

GOODS: Chocolate Heaven “Thierry” Café Has Joined The Growing Scout Community

September 14, 2011 

We’ve invited Thierry to join our GOODS section as a recommended local business that is worth checking out. They’re now proud members of Scout, and as such we’ll be posting their news front and center and hosting a page for them on our curated list of independent goodnesses. We’d like to take this chance to thank them for their support of Scout, and for making Vancouver a more delicious place to live!

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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 

Keep up with award-winning Top Table restaurants CinCin, Araxi, West, and Blue Water Cafe at TopTable.ca

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

News from Scout supporter Top Table

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

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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

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