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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.
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
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).
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.
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