HONOUR BOUND | Vancouver Chefs Set To Gather In Support Of Tina Fineza On Oct. 19

September 5, 2014 


The restaurant community is joining forces in support of their friend and colleague Tina Fineza who was diagnosed with aggressive stage 3 bilateral breast cancer in June of 2014. Tina’s treatment consists of chemotherapy, surgery and radiation which will result in her taking a leave of absence from her consulting company, Service Excellence for a minimum of 1 year.

UPDATE | THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT | You can still help by making a donation here.

Mise en Place will take place on October 19. Twelve chefs from Vancouver and beyond will be serving up delicious bites from their designated kitchen at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts’ Bistro 101, plus canapés and desserts will be served. The evening will start off at 5:30PM with a reception and later guests will move through the various professional kitchens, sampling creations from these incredibly talented Canadian chefs.

Tickets are $74 and include welcome canapés, small plates and desserts throughout the evening. Beverages are served by donation, plus a raffle and silent auction featuring incredible culinary treats and experiences will be available to bid on and win. So bring cash! Tickets for Mise en Place can be purchased here.

Mise En Place Participating Chefs and Restaurateurs:

Bruno Feldeisen – Four Seasons Hotel, Vancouver
Christophe Langlois – Artisan Eats Cafe & Fine Food, Bowen Island
David Robertson – The Dirty Apron Cooking School, Vancouver
Dave Wong & Dawn Doucette – Earls Chefs Collective, Vancouver
Ed Perrow & Neil Taylor – Espana, Fat Badger, Vancouver
Jefferson Alvarez – Secret Location
Iori Kataoka – Shuraku Sake Bar and Bistro, Vancouver
Angus An – Maenam
Eleanor Chow & Slavita Johnson – Cadeaux, Vancouver
Frank Pabst – Blue Water Cafe & Raw Bar, Vancouver
Jason Apple & Jory Simkin – Roaming Dragon Food Truck, Vancouver
Jesse Grasso – The Black Hoof, Toronto
Jennifer Peters & Hamid Salimian – NextJen Gluten Free Flour, Vancouver
Marcelo Ramirez – La Taqueria, Vancouver
Margaret Chisholm – Culinary Capers Catering, Vancouver
Mary Mackay, Terra Breads, Vancouver
Michael Noble – NOtaBLE, The Nash, Calgary
Merri Schwartz – Growing Chefs, Vancouver
Taryn Wa – Savoury Chef Foods, Vancouver

If you are unable to attend Mise en Place but would still like to help, you are welcome to make a donation at https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/1qv86.

We are so pleased to also announce that The BC Hospitality Foundation has generously offered to match up to $5,000 in funds raised on October 19.

Honour Bound details the many cool things that we feel honour bound to check out because they either represent our city extremely well or are inherently awesome in one way or another.

GOODS: Consulting Chef Tina Fineza Tables New Menu For Chinatown’s “East Of Main”

East Of Main is located at 223 E. Georgia (between Main & Gore) in Vancouver BC | 604-899-2777 | eastofmaincafe.com

The GOODS from East of Main Cafe

Vancouver, BC | East of Main Cafe has launched a new menu for spring created by consulting chef, Tina Fineza. As Tina has been exposed to exotic foods her entire life, Mediterranean flavours come naturally to her. The new menu includes more tapas dishes and share plates, is intense with bright Mediterranean spices and focuses on ethically produced ingredients. Dishes include Lamb Tagine, Eggplant Moussaka, Seared Rare Albacore Tuna, Coffee & Pomegranate Cauliflower and Chickpea Kale Salad. The lunch menu has also been updated with a variety of fresh salads and wraps to reflect the Mediterranean theme. Check out the new menu here and learn more about East of Main after the jump Read more

Scout Jobs: “Abigail’s Party” Seeks Chef To Lead Kitchen Team

November 2, 2010 


Abigail's Party is located at 1685 Yew Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-739-4677 | www.abigailsparty.ca

Job Posting from Scout supporters Abigail’s Party

Vancouver, BC | Abigail’s Party is looking for a new Chef to lead our kitchen. Our ideal candidate has a passion for preparing comfort food dishes, both classic & innovative, and have great knowledge and interest in cooking with ethically-raised meats, sustainable seafood and seasonal produce. From the kitchen, we care most about two things: making amazing flavours, and where our ingredients come from. On top of that, we’d like to have an individual who:

- works cleanly and is highly organized;
- can work comfortably in high volume;
- has inventory experience and a strong grasp of effective food costing; and
- has at least two years’ experience as Chef or Sous-Chef.

We love being a neighbourhood restaurant, making tasty cocktails, whisky, craft beer and everything about wine. At five years old, we’re well-established and have a great brunch, dinner & late night following. We’re offering good pay, benefits and fun times. Email your resume to james@abigailsparty.ca and we’ll contact you to arrange to discuss the position in person. Applications will be kept confidential until permission is granted to contact references. Read more

“The Commune Cafe” To Open At Seymour and Nelson This July

Industry veterans Annette Rawlinson (C, Au Petit Chavignol) and Tina Fineza (Flying Tiger, Les Faux Bourgeois, La Taqueria) are joining consultancy forces for the first time to open The Commune Cafe on the main floor on the new building that welcomed the US Olympic Committee during the Games (1002 Seymour at Nelson).

Chef Fineza has developed an all day menu of 24 items (clever braises, paninis, things that don’t require a hood vent), while Rawlinson has put together a tidy but short list of wines and beers.

Owners Ali and Amir Samei are from the corporate world. Fineza tells me they’re passionate about food and wine, and opening something along these lines has long been a dream of theirs.

There will be 26 seats inside (including a large communal table) and another 24 on a streetside patio. Award-winning design maestros Rob Edmonds and David Nicolay of Evoke are in charge of the look and branding.

Opening day is slated for the first week of July.


Holiday Cheer Means Brunches, Late Nights & Asian Street Food

December 17, 2009 


Popular west side restaurants Abigail's Party and The Flying Tiger are geared up for the holiday season

News from Scout supporters Abigail’s Party and Flying Tiger

Both popular restaurants are fully prepped for the holiday season, selling gift cards, organising Christmas parties, and shaping New Year’s Eve events that are coming cheaply and with bubbly. Get all the details after the jump… Read more

Jay Jones Creates New Cocktail List For “The Flying Tiger”


Jay Jones awaits a race at Kentucky's Keenelands track - photo AM

Cocktail maestro Jay Jones has re-written the drinks list at The Flying Tiger on West 4th. The co-owner of the soon-to-open Pourhouse in Gastown will see his creations hit the wood and well soon in order to dovetail with the release of chef Tina Fineza’s new menu (the first significant overhaul since opening three years ago). I was there for staff training day, was able to sneak sips of every single one, and bore witness to each being in keeping with the restaurant’s pan-Asian theme. Good stuff, the lot of it (look out for the rum-based Bengal Breeze).

Interview with Jay Jones and Pourhouse chef Chris Irving after the leap… Read more

Changes at Abigail’s Party

December 1, 2008 

News from Scout member Abigail’s Party:

Vancouver, BC – Corkscrew Entertainment has appointed Chef Tina Fineza as the Executive Chef of Abigail’s Party, and will re-open after renovations and launch her new menu on Monday, December 1, 2008.


The updated menu will feature a modern take on gastropub and comfort favorites, such as:

Kurobuta Pork Belly Sliders | Housemade sauerkraut, grainy Dijon

Housemade Ricotta Gnocchi with Braised Bison Ragu | Italian parsley salsa verde, shaved Pecorino

Moroccan Chicken with Warm Couscous Salad | Preserved lemon, apricots, slivered almonds, green olives

Ling Cod with Vegetable Succotash | Yams, spinach, fresh corn, chanterelle mushrooms, chervil and fennel salad, smoked paprika oil

Moccia Italian Sausage Sandwich | Slow-cooked peppers and onions, bocconcini, olive oil, garlic

“Milk and Cookies”

Maker’s Mark bourbon and dark chocolate milkshake, housemade “Oreo” cookies

“The new menu is simple, classic and a great value,” says Chef Fineza, who developed the menu in collaboration with Abigail’s Party Chef de Cuisine, Jesse Grasso.

Chef Fineza will continue in her role as Executive Chef at the Flying Tiger and will oversee both restaurants. With recent consulting work with Les Faux Bourgeois and Habit Lounge, Fineza has become one of Vancouver ’s most sought-after culinary minds.

“I strongly believe that Chef Fineza is one of Vancouver’s most knowledgeable and talented chefs,” says James Iranzad, who co-owns the restaurants. “We are thrilled to have her at the helm of two of our restaurants.”

Abigail’s Party is located at 1685 Yew Street in Kitsilano, and is open for dinner Monday to Saturday, and brunch on weekends and holidays. More information and the full updated menu is available at www.abigailsparty.ca.

Abigail’s Party


1685 Yew Street, Vancouver BC | MAP
Email: james@abigailsparty.ca
Web: www.abigailsparty.ca | Twitter | Facebook


The People Who Make It Happen


Owner/Operating Partner | James Iranzad
Chefs | Graham Barber



Abigail’s Party a great night out – Alexandra Gill, Globe & Mail

“I loved Abigail’s Party… Kitsilano’s new casual dining gem” – Andrew Morrison, Westender

Hours of Operation

5.30pm – 2am Monday – Saturday
9am – 2.30pm Weekend & holiday brunch