DINER | “Two Chefs” Co-Owner Releases Statement On Warrant For Partner’s Arrest

September 23, 2013 

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By now you’ve probably heard/read the shitty, shocking news alleging that former Two Chefs & A Table co-owner Allan Bosomworth had a secret camera installed in the washroom at the now closed DTES resturant:

A warrant is out for the arrest of a restaurant co-owner who authorities allege observed or recorded people “in a place in which they could reasonably be expected to be nude.”

Two former employees of the restaurant say they were told by a co-owner not charged in the matter that he discovered a USB-key-sized camera on Dec. 18, 2012 while cleaning around the toilet in the co-ed washroom used by patrons and staff of the now-closed upscale establishment.

Police and the Crown would not comment on the case.

The Crown alleges Allan Bosomworth observed or recorded people “in a place in which they could reasonably be expected to be nude, to expose their genital organs and, or anal region,” according to the indictment and arrest warrant filed Sept. 13, 2013. The documents cite part of section 162 of the Criminal Code.

The alleged offence, which carries a prison sentence of up to five years but has not been proven in court, took place between Dec. 14, 2012 and Dec. 18, 2012, according to the court document.

During the busy Christmas party season, the only bathroom at Two Chefs And A Table, a popular, upscale, 28-seat restaurant on the edge of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, would have been used by hundreds of guests. It was the only private space in the restaurant, and the place where staff routinely changed in and out of their uniforms before and after their shifts.

I just got off the phone with Karl Gregg, the now defunct restaurant’s co-owner (it closed in mid-June after a five year run). He’s holding up as well as you can imagine, despite the barrage of negative attention. The press is naturally in full foam about this (food and alleged perversion being the front page fodder they are), so the following statement – which I imagine was drafted by his lawyer – will start making the rounds later today…

Due to on-going criminal proceedings we are unable to comment on any specifics at this time beyond saying that we, the other two owners of the business, acted quickly and diligently from the very beginning of this incredibly unfortunate situation – from reporting the matter to police and cooperating fully with the investigation, to ensuring that Allan Bosomworth was immediately terminated from any on-site access or responsibilities.

The safety of our staff and customers is always topmost in our minds. Our businesses are part of our community and our customers are our friends. As owners, we are saddened, sickened and devastated by what has occurred but as this matter is now before the courts we have been advised that we are unable to further comment on specifics of this incident until such a time as the criminal proceedings are complete.

What an awful thing. I feel terrible for the former employees and all the past Two Chefs guests who are probably not a little freaked out about this. At the same time, as this whole thing unfolds, I think it’s very important to remember that Karl did the right thing from the get go by contacting the police and telling his staff. He’s a great guy and a terrific chef who has worked really hard throughout his life, so I really hope that his personal reputation doesn’t take too hard a hit because of what his business partner is alleged to have done.

GOODS | “Big Lou’s Butcher Shop” Bringing Two Chefs Mac & Cheese Back To Railtown

September 5, 2013 

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Big Lou’s Butcher Shop is located at 269 Powell Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-566-9229 | www.biglousbutchershop.com

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Vancouver, BC | Throughout its five years on Alexander St., a few items came to define Two Chefs & a Table: the Croque Madame, Lamb Burgers, Chicken & Waffles and, of course, the Two Chefs Mac & Cheese. And while the tradition lives on at Two Chefs Richmond, it’s been ages since Railtowners were able to enjoy the rich three-cheese sauce and crunchy breadcrumb crust.

That’s about to change the launch of Two Chefs Mac & Cheese to take home from Big Lou’s Butcher Shop. This classic will be available in personal and family sizes either cooked and ready for instant gratification or ready for the oven for home preparation. The personal size is good for one healthy appetite and costs $6 while the larger “half-pan” size feeds 2-3 people and costs $12. You can also add some Big Lou’s pulled pork to your Mac & Cheese for next level indulgence and taste. Read more

DINER: After 5 Year Run, Railtown’s “Two Chefs & A Table” Set To Close On June 15

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by Andrew Morrison | Just got a message from Two Chefs & A Table (305 Alexander St.) owner Karl Gregg, which I’ve excerpted below. It’s an unfortunate one…

It is with no small amount of sadness that Two Chefs and a Table announces that we will be offering the last service at our Railtown Bistro on June 15. We’d like to take this moment to offer our sincere thanks to the many people who chose to make us part of their lunch, brunch, dinner and catering plans over the last five-plus years. We’d also like to thank all our friends in the food industry for their support and encouragement.

Silver lining: The Two Chefs name and menu will continue to run at the location in Richmond.

DINER: “Two Chefs” To Become Southern Fried Chicken Shack Pop-Up In Early March

February 21, 2013 

From March 6th to the 8th, Railtown’s Two Chefs and a Table (305 Alexander) will open as the “2 Chefs Chicken Shack”. The pop-up will see a Southern-style Fried Chicken joint serving nothing but fried chicken and Southern-style sides. From the inbox:

The menu will match up the chicken with classic Southern sides like coleslaw, mac & cheese, beans and potato wedges, all done Two Chefs’ style. And since eating fried chicken is a thirsty business, Two Chefs Chicken Shack will also be serving up bourbon cocktails and a special craft beer list to quench the thirst–or cool the heat for those who choose to test themselves against the Hot Chicken.

True to Southern tradition, all the chicken will be skillet fried and served up three ways: whole, half or Chicken and Waffles. The birds will be exclusively sourced from Maple Hills Farm who raise some of best medication and antibiotic-free around just down the road in Abbotsford, BC.

“We’ve been scheming on a Fried Chicken Shack pop-up restaurant for a while,” said Karl Gregg. “When the idea finally came to us to just do it as a pop-up in our original Railtown Bistro, we decided to jump at it. We love Southern Food and are looking forward going all Southern.”

[drools, half wishes the change was permanent]

ALL ANTICIPATED OPENINGS

GOODS: Railtown’s “Two Chefs” To Ring In New Year With A Prohibition-Style Evening

December 6, 2012 

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Two Chefs And A Table is located at 305 Alexander Street | 778- 233-1303 | www.twochefsandatable.com

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Vancouver, BC | Two Chefs and a Table is going back to the Roaring Twenties for one night with a speakeasy-style dinner to celebrate the New Year. The menu, drinks and décor will harken back to the wild days of prohibition, though guests can dine easy in the knowledge that the police won’t be breaking down the door…unless they have a hankering for Waldorf-style appetizers and classic cocktails.

There will be two ways to enjoy this special evening — as a $35 three-course set menu served from 5:30 to 8:30pm for those whose evenings include multiple stops, and a 9:00pm seating for the midnight celebrations which will feature a $75 five-course menu with paired wine and cocktail selections (prices do not include tax and gratuity). The five-course menu will also be available by special request during the earlier seating.

The mood for the night will be set with period music, privacy curtains and candles for a true Prohibition feel. What better way to ring in the New Year than with great food and drink, great company and an intimate, unique event to remember? Get all the details about the restaurant after the jump… Read more

GOODS: Railtown’s Two Chefs Set To Plate The “Dishes Our Grandparents Taught Us”

November 30, 2012 

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Two Chefs And A Table is located at 305 Alexander Street | 778- 233-1303 | www.twochefsandatable.com

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Vancouver, BC | With the spirit of the Holidays in the air, Two Chefs and a Table is readying for its next Wine Drinker Dinner with a distinctly family-oriented theme. On Thursday December 6th, Dishes our Grandparents Taught Us will feature a multi-course meal of dishes that the Two Chefs team first learned in their family kitchens.

Grandparents’ houses are most often remembered warmly, and it’s no surprise that the five-course menu includes comforting selections like Oxtail Soup, Fried Chicken and Braised Chuck Steak. Of course, in this city of immigrants, the cuisines represented span Southeast Asian Satays, to French and Italian and even the classic Canadiana of a Maple Pecan Tart. Check out the menu after the leap… Read more

GOODS: “Two Chefs & A Table” Announces Dates For Their Wine Drinker Dinner Series

October 29, 2012 

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Two Chefs And A Table is located at 305 Alexander Street | 778- 233-1303 | www.twochefsandatable.com

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Vancouver, BC | Two Chefs and a Table is pleased to announce the dates for a winter series of Wine Drinker Dinners, our signature multi-course paired dinner events. The four dinners, which kick off in November and run through to February, will be themed around regional cuisines, wineries and wine varietals along with the unveiling of an exciting new dinner format.

The debut of the season will be our first-ever Blind Trust Wine Drinker Dinner which takes place Thursday, November 15th. True to it’s name, the food and wine pairings will be kept secret from diners until each course is presented with at the table with the wine pairing. The meal will include five courses matched with five varietals and diners can expect to experience some unconventional pairings alongside more classic combinations… Read more

GOODS: Menu At West Side’s “Cellar Jazz Club” Getting The Two Chefs Treatment

September 24, 2012 

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Two Chefs And A Table is located at 305 Alexander Street | 778- 233-1303 | www.twochefsandatable.com

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Vancouver, BC | Over the course of the last 12 years, Cory Weeds’ Cellar Jazz Club has not only established itself as the finest jazz clubs in Vancouver, but as one of the best in the World, having been named one of Downbeat Magazine’s “Top 100 Jazz Clubs in the World” six times. This Friday, September 28th, Two Chefs and a Table will help the club celebrate it’s 12th Anniversary by launching a new food partnership with the Cellar. The menu of share plates and entrees they have created for the Cellar balances seasonal favourites with healthy dose of flavours of the Bayou and South where Jazz originated over a century ago.

“When Cory approached us about the possibility of a partnership, the potential was evident immediately,” said Karl Gregg of Two Chefs and a Table. “Cory’s willingness to build a menu that drew upon the Southern heritage of Jazz was very exciting for us as was the chance to share our food with a whole new audience.”

The menu developed specifically for the Cellar combines Southern classics like Shrimp n’Grits, Creole Meatballs and Fried Chicken alongside favourites like the Big Lou’s Burger, charcuterie and cheese selections and local mussels. And while the menu is rooted in the deep South, Two Chefs and a Table makes the dishes from scratch using fresh local ingredients.

“I’m really excited by this partnership” said Cory Weeds. “I was looking for ways I could evolve my business and improve the product, while having more time to spend on the other things I love to do—like my own music. I looked at potential food service partners and Two Chefs and a Table seemed like exactly the right fit.”

The new menu will be launched on Friday, September 28th as part of the club’s 12 Year Anniversary Celebration featuring the Jerry Weldon/PJ Perry Quartet. The menu will be available 7 nights a week afterwards. Read more

GOODS: Two Chefs & Big Lou’s To Open Test Kitchen To Public Every Tuesday Night

September 13, 2012 

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Two Chefs And A Table is located at 305 Alexander Street | 778- 233-1303 | www.twochefsandatable.com

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Vancouver, BC | With two busy restaurants, an award-winning butcher shop and a successful catering company under their umbrella, new menu and product development is a never-ending process for the Two Chefs and a Table team. Beginning September 18th, the public will be given a window on that process as the Gastown bistro launches their new Test Kitchen Tuesdays program.

Each Tuesday, the Two Chefs and Big Lou’s culinary team will gather at the bistro to work on new dishes and menus and the doors will be thrown open to allow interested friends, regulars and food lovers in to try these new ideas and dishes while interacting with the chefs in an informal setting. The open kitchen will allow patrons to watch the crew at work while they enjoy everything from fresh cuts from Big Lou’s Butcher Shop and new creations out of the smoker to more refined preparations for tasting menus and paired wine dinners (depending on the week).

Home chefs and foodies will be able to get a little closer to the culinary process and interact with the Chefs picking up pointers for their own food adventures at home. The Chefs will be on hand to present and explain the dishes, field questions and, of course, solicit feedback. Read more

GOODS: “Two Chefs & A Table” Proudly Participating In Raise-It-4-Ryp Golf Tourney

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Two Chefs And A Table is located at 305 Alexander Street | 778- 233-1303 | www.twochefsandatable.com

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Vancouver, BC | The Two Chefs and a Table team is proud to be part of the inaugural Raise-it-4-Ryp Golf Tournament being held September 4th at Mayfair Lakes Golf Course and Country Club in Richmond. The event, being held in memory of Rick Rypien and will gather hundreds of friends, colleagues and fans together to raise funds for programs run in conjunction with Mindcheck.ca along with funds to continue the Rick Rypien Hockey Camp in Crowsnest Pass, Alberta and the Canucks Autism Network.

Rick was a fan favourite during his time in Vancouver for his grit, determination and willingness to enter any on-ice battle. He showed the same courage in stepping forward to discuss his personal struggles off the ice, bringing needed attention to the subject of mental illness and depression. The goal of the inaugural Raise-it-4-Ryp Golf Tournament is to carry that legacy of education and awareness forward while celebrating the life of Ryp, who’ll be forever part of the Canucks’ family. Read more

GOODS: Railtown’s “Two Chefs & A Table” Set To Plate Special Menu For Greek Day

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Two Chefs And A Table is located at 305 Alexander Street | 778- 233-1303 | www.twochefsandatable.com

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Vancouver, BC | Greek Day is one of Vancouver’s great summer celebrations. Wandering past the dancers on Broadway on a summer day is one of the rites of passage to becoming a full-fledged citizen. This year, we turned Two Chefs and a Table‘s resident Greek chef Christine loose on a menu to help us celebrate Greek Day in our own delicious way. The menu she created leans heavily on classic Greek fare like Rabbit, Kalamari, traditional Loukaniko sausage and will be paired with Greek Wines and traditional drinks like Retsina, Lemonada and a Mextaxa-based cocktail. The five-course menu is being launched on Wednesday, June 20th and will be served each evening through to Friday. Menu after the jump… Read more

GOODS: Railtown’s “Two Chefs & A Table” Pairing With Laughing Stock For Wine Supper

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Two Chefs And A Table is located at 305 Alexander Street | 778- 233-1303 | www.twochefsandatable.com

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Vancouver, BC | Two Chefs and a Table is proud to announce a five-course menu being offered all week in our bistro with paired wine selections from our friends at Laughing Stock Vineyards. We’ve had the pleasure of working closely with Laughing Stock in the past as our team had the honour of travelling to Naramata and cater their crush dinner in 2010. It’s our pleasure to present this menu which matches a range of their superb wines to some of Two Chefs favourites and some new creations created specifically to pair with the selected wines. The menu will be offered through Saturday May 19th and costs $75 per person (tax and gratuity not included). To make reservations, call 778-233-1303 or email info@twochefsandatable.com. Take a look at the menu after the jump… Read more

GOODS: Railtown’s “Two Chefs & A Table” Offering Brunch Three Ways On Mother’s Day

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Two Chefs And A Table is located at 305 Alexander Street | 778- 233-1303 | www.twochefsandatable.com

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Vancouver, BC | Mother’s Day brunch is a ritual for many families and this Sunday, May 13th Two Chefs and a Table will offer its brunch three different ways in two cities to allow the widest ranges of moms to enjoy its wildly popular made-from-scratch classics. Along with a traditional Two Chefs brunch in their Gastown bistro, Mother’s Day will also see the return of the pop-up brunch at Cork & Fin and the first-ever brunch service offered at Two Chefs Richmond.

Requests for brunch have been a constant since Two Chefs Richmond opened last August and this Mother’s Day, those requests will be answered with a full à la carte service of Two Chefs and a Table brunch classics like Monsieur Andre’s breakfast, Big Lou’s Breakfast and a range of Hashes and Benedicts. Brunch in Richmond will be served from 9am-2pm and reservations can be made by calling 604-233-7769.

Mother’s Day will also see the return of the Two Chefs/Cork & Fin pop-up brunch in Cork & Fin’s gorgeous Maple Tree Square room. The most popular items from the last pop-up like Crab Benny, Shrimp & Grits and Short Rib Hash will be carried over alongside some brand-new seafood-themed brunch creations. Brunch is $24.50pp including fresh pastries, a Mimosa and choice of brunch entrée. Reservations can be made by calling 604-569-2215 or at corkandfin.ca.

A full brunch service will also be offered at Two Chefs and a Table’s airy Railtown Bistro with extended hours for Mother’s Day. Seating will be first-come, first-served making this a great option for brunch those families who’d rather not make reservations. More after the jump… Read more

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