GOODS | “UVA Wine Bar” Set For In-House Bartending Battle Of The Bedazzled April 6

Uva Wine Bar is located at 900 Seymour St. in Vancouver, BC | 604-632-9560 | www.uvawinebar.ca

Uva Wine Bar is located at 900 Seymour St. in Vancouver, BC | 604-632-9560 | www.uvawinebar.ca

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Vancouver, BC | UVA Wine Bar is welcoming all excitable Vancouverites to a one-night-only cocktail battle that will pit UVA’s very own bartending talent against one another in the “Battle of the Bedazzled – A Mexican Standoff” competition on Sunday, April 6 from 4 to 7 p.m. at UVA Wine Bar, 900 Seymour St. in Vancouver.

Join the crowd as the most exciting home-base bar competition of the season culminates with UVA bartenders Kenneth Rose, Ian Dayang, Tim Hoult, Lily Duong, and Arthur Wynne vying for bragging rights, an Apple iPad and a coveted spot competing on behalf of UVA in the BC Hospitality Foundation’s annual “Dish ‘n Dazzle” fundraising event on Thursday, May 1.

Developed by UVA bar manager Lauren Mote (Bittered Sling Extracts) and sponsored by Herradura Tequila and Brown-Forman Canada, the competition will see each bartender create a unique cocktail inspired by and using the featured spirit, Herradura Tequila. Guests will have the opportunity to sample each competitor’s cocktail creation alongside delicious bites from the UVA kitchen. Read more

GOODS | Calvados Cocktail Competition All Set To Go Down Tomorrow At Uva Wine Bar

February 17, 2014 

Uva Wine Bar is located at 900 Seymour St. in Vancouver, BC | 604-632-9560 | www.uvawinebar.ca

Uva Wine Bar is located at 900 Seymour St. in Vancouver, BC | 604-632-9560 | www.uvawinebar.ca

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Vancouver, BC | Calling all apple-loving Vancouverites! Please join us for Vancouver’s inaugural Calvados Cocktail Competition on Tuesday, February 18th, 7–10 p.m at Uva Wine Bar. The most creative competition of the season culminates with six of Vancouver’s elite, behind-the-bar all-stars — Thor Paulson (Wildebeest), William Johnson (L’Abattoir), Julia Diakow (Cuchillo), Martin Correveau (La Pentola), Justin Anello (La Terrazza) and Sean McGuigan (Clough Club) — vying to become the winner of $1,000 cash, a limited bottle of Pere Magloire 20 YO Calvados and of course, coveted bragging rights.

Developed and sponsored by Pere Magloire Fine Calvados and our very own Lauren Mote, each bartender will be tasked to create a unique cocktail inspired by and using the featured spirit, Pere Magloire Fine Calvados. Guests will have the opportunity to sample each competitor’s cocktail and delicious inspired bites from the Uva kitchen.

This competition started on January 15th as an open call to working bartenders to submit a cocktail recipe showcasing one of the world’s most elegant and rare spirits, the apple-based “appellation d’origine contr?lée” (AOC) regulated brandy from the northern France, “Calvados”. All submitted recipes blind-tasted by Lauren and West Restaurant’s Bar Manager David Wolowidnyk to narrow down the group to the remaining six finalists. Learn more about the event after the jump… Read more

GOODS | Cibo Trattoria And Uva Wine Bar Release Extra Tickets For New Year’s Eve

December 31, 2013 

Uva Wine Bar & Cibo Trattoria are located at 900 Seymour St. in Vancouver, BC | 604-632-9560 | www.uvawinebar.ca & www.cibotrattoria.com

Uva Wine Bar & Cibo Trattoria are located at 900 Seymour St. in Vancouver, BC | 604-632-9560 | www.uvawinebar.ca & www.cibotrattoria.com

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Vancouver, BC | Raise a glass, make a toast to Auld Lang Syne and usher in the New Year in fine style at Vancouver’s chic Cibo Trattoria and Uva Wine Bar this Dec. 31. An elegant enclave for both aficionados of casual, rustic Italian cuisine and wine and spirit connoisseurs, Cibo and Uva will play host to a pair of unique New Year’s events that allow guests to either savour a multi-course tasting menu at Cibo or celebrate in true New Orleans fashion with a Mardi Gras-styled bash at Uva.

At Cibo Trattoria, Executive Chef Faizal Kassam and General Manager/Sommelier Steve Edwards will treat guests to a decadent, five-course gala menu. The first seating, which begins at 5 p.m., is $89 per person and features limited à la carte options as well as the exclusive New Year’s Eve menu with wine pairings also available. The second seating, which begins at 9 p.m., is $109 per person and features the festive NYE menu as well as a house-made aperitif upon arrival, party favours and Champagne toast when the clock strikes twelve.

Meanwhile, at adjacent Uva Wine Bar, revelers will be able to kick up their heels and partake in an unforgettably indulgent, New-Year’s-by-way-of-New-Orleans celebration complete with Mardi Gras beads, southern-inspired cocktails by Bar Manager Lauren Mote and passed midnight party treats for $40 per guest. Entertainment will be provided by the brassy, sultry and jubilant stylings of the James Danderfer Trio, which will transport listeners back to the small, 1930s jazz cabarets of New Orleans and Chicago with timeless tunes reminiscent of the Benny Goodman and Jelly Roll Morton trios. Read more

GOODS | Brand New Food & Cocktail Menus Debut At “Uva Wine Bar” In The Moda Hotel

November 6, 2013 

Uva Wine Bar is located at 900 Seymour St. in Vancouver, BC | 604-632-9560 | www.uvawinebar.ca

Uva Wine Bar is located at 900 Seymour St. in Vancouver, BC | 604-632-9560 | www.uvawinebar.ca

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Vancouver, BC | Admired for its sleek design, noteworthy wines, creative cocktails and focused Italian-inspired menu, Uva Wine Bar has long enjoyed a devout following by Night. Now it’s time to meet Uva by Day. The sophisticated wine bar is launching a new menu for Day, welcoming guests with artisanal sandwiches, traditional Italian brodos and bracing hits of rich, velvety espresso. Inspired by classic Italian cafes, Uva will be serving up Milan-meets-Vancouver cuisine. Think sandwiches wrapped in butcher paper — Braised Pork Shoulder spiked with apple bacon jam and salsa verde; Confit Chicken & Prosciutto with grilled radicchio, fig marmalade and Grana Padano; or Vegetale with grilled zucchini, eggplant, roasted garlic aioli, olives and goat cheese — traditional Italian Brodo made just the way Nonna would and Zeppole, hot Italian fritters filled with delicious seasonal flavours.

“The menu for Uva by Day is hearty, satisfying and approachable, but it’s still seriously good food,” says Executive Chef Faizal Kassam, whose rustic Italian cuisine at Uva and sister restaurant Cibo Trattoria soars thanks in part to sound relationships with local suppliers. “We’re matching classic Italian techniques and flavour profiles with incredible local ingredients. I’ve really enjoyed every step of creating this menu.”

This week also marks the introduction of an enticing new list of cocktails created by Bar Manager Lauren Mote, who joined the team at Uva in September. “With this selection, I’m aiming for ‘complexity within simplicity’,” says Mote. “We’ve gone back to basics, showcasing top-tier spirits, bitters and terrific house-made ingredients in these seasonal and classical cocktails.” Highlights of the list include: Stemmed, a luscious blend of Syrah, spirits and Denman bitters; Minnow Grog, made with Flor de Cana Nicaraguan rum, Falernum, lime, Plum & Rootbeer bitters; Liberation, with Pere Magloire Calvados, Campari, Fino sherry, Lillet, Cascade Celery bitters; the smooth Chartreuse Milkshake, with Citadelle gin, green Chartreuse, cacao, lime and orange, Malagasy Chocolate bitters, egg white; and Gin-Gin Donkey, a refreshing mix of Beefeater gin, sage, ginger wine, lime, Grapefruit & Hops bitters. Read more

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | Award-Winning Uva Wine Bar Is On The Hunt For Bar Staff

October 2, 2013 

Uva Wine Bar is located at 900 Seymour St. in Vancouver, BC | 604-632-9560 | www.uvawinebar.ca

Uva Wine Bar is located at 900 Seymour St. in Vancouver, BC | 604-632-9560 | www.uvawinebar.ca

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Vancouver, BC | The award-winning UVA Wine Bar at the Moda Hotel is currently seeking an experienced full-time Bartender to join their team. The ideal candidate should have at least 2 years experience in casual-fine dining service, a knowledge of classic cocktail techniques, and a passion for hospitality, wine and spirits. There is also an opening for a part-time Bar Assistant on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Appropriate training, competitive wages and tips are offered in both positions. Interested candidates should apply with a current CV, cover letter and references to lauren [at] uvawinebar.ca. We thank you for your submission, but only suitable candidates will be contacted for interviews. Read more

GOODS | Bittered Sling’s Lauren Mote To Curate New Bar Program At “Uva Wine Bar”

September 15, 2013 

Uva Wine Bar is located at 900 Seymour St. in Vancouver, BC | 604-632-9560 | www.uvawinebar.ca

Uva Wine Bar is located at 900 Seymour St. in Vancouver, BC | 604-632-9560 | www.uvawinebar.ca

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Vancouver, BC | Steve Edwards, General Manager and Wine Director of Cibo Trattoria and its adjacent Uva Wine Bar, is thrilled to announce that mixologist, sommelier and international spirits diplomat Lauren Mote is joining the team as Bar Manager of Uva. Mote will kick off her tenure by crafting a new lineup of custom cocktails beginning in October.

Mote, who boasts more than 13 years of expertise in leading bars and restaurants both in Toronto and on the west coast is perhaps best known to cocktail and culinary aficionados as co-proprietor of the wildly successful Bittered Sling, a retail line of high-quality, small-batch bitters and extracts. The new position not only allows Mote to renew acquaintances and reconnect with her well-established roots in the bartending fraternity, but provides her with a brick-and-mortar test bar in which to introduce patrons to Uva’s deep well of rare and distinctive spirits, while also incorporating the versatile roster of Bittered Sling Extracts.

“I’m excited to lead a world-class cocktail program and bar team in the heart of downtown Vancouver,” says Mote. “It’s something that I’ve definitely been missing since focusing my energies on Bittered Sling two years ago and now that our line is fully up-and-running, it’s the ideal time to return to my roots.”

Mote joins an already powerhouse team in place at Cibo and Uva. Edwards, one of the city’s leading wine stewards, is the former restaurant director and sommelier at acclaimed eateries such as Vancouver’s CinCin Ristorante and Whistler’s Araxi and Bearfoot Bistro. Executive chef Faizal Kassam, meanwhile, is a rising culinary tour-de-force whose 11-plus years in the Vancouver restaurant industry includes stints at Bin 941, La Brasserie, Bacchus at the Wedgewood Hotel and Hawksworth Restaurant at Hotel Georgia.

Providing a warm and inviting trattoria experience, Cibo and Uva are celebrated for both their casual, rustic Italian cuisine and Kassam’s unwavering commitment to sourcing same-day, local and organic ingredients. An enthusiast of the seasonal Italian market culture, Kassam’s dedication to showcasing a true farmer-driven dining experience provides the understated flair behind his menus.

“Quite honestly, I can’t think of a better fit for this position than Lauren,” says Edwards. “Her encyclopedic cocktail knowledge combined with the sommelier certification makes her a perfect fit for Uva’s bar and wine programs. She is a world-class talent and already one of Canada’s best bar personalities. Faizal and I are thrilled to welcome her to the family.” Read more

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | Uva Wine Bar On Hunt For Skilled, Charismatic Bar Manager

August 23, 2013 

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Uva Wine Bar is located at 900 Seymour St. in Vancouver, BC | 604-632-9560 | www.uvawinebar.ca

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Vancouver, BC | Uva Wine Bar is the perfect place to unwind after work with friends. Well known in the city for it’s innovative cocktail list and execution, the only thing missing is the right leader. We are seeking the perfect blend of technical skill and charisma in a Bar Manager to lead our establishment to its potential. This position will report directly to the General Manager, but will be given room to exercise creative freedom and leadership. Get all the details after the jump… Read more

A Drinker’s Guide To Vancouver Hotels: A “Dia Verde” In The Moda’s Uva Wine Bar

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Built in 1908, the revitalized (and re-branded) boutique Moda Hotel is clean and simple with a layer of modern chic gently applied over its historic foundation. The original mosaic tile floors of the lounge are offset by sleek white chairs and trippy light fixtures (reminiscent of flowering ivy). This lounge is located close to theatres, but also feels tucked away and semi-private.

The Drink | Try a Dia Verde (pink peppercorn infused Hendricks gin, Lillet blank, prosecco, muddled cucumber, fresh mint, aloe juice, fresh lime juice). It’s refreshing yet earthy with subtly sweet undertones. $14

Uva Wine Bar | The Moda Hotel | 900 Seymour Street | WEBSITE

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OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS: Cibo Trattoria & Uva Wine Bar Seeking Daytime Supervisor

March 20, 2013 

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Cibo Trattoria is located in the Moda Hotel at 900 Seymour Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-602-9570 | CiboTrattoria.ca

The GOODS from Cibo Trattoria

Vancouver, BC | Cibo Trattoria and Uva Wine Bar are looking for an experienced daytime supervisor. The ideal candidate will have strong restaurant, food and wine knowledge, and exceptional hospitality and administrative skills. If you love the restaurant industry, but hate working nights, this could be your ideal job. Responsibilities will include but not be limited to: Supervising the restaurant during breakfast and lunch service, cashout reconciliation, reporting, menu updating and printing, POS changes, scheduling, training and hiring, ordering and receiving. Competitive wage based on experience. Please forward your resume to Steve at steve [at] cibotrattoria.ca. Read more

GOODS: Colette Lynch & Steve Edwards Join The Crews At Uva Wine Bar And Cibo

Cibo Trattoria is located in the Moda Hotel at 900 Seymour Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-602-9570 | CiboTrattoria.ca

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Vancouver, BC | Josh Bentley, Vice President of Viaggio Hospitality Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Steve Edwards as General Manager of Uva Wine Bar and Cibo Trattoria and Colette Lynch as Restaurant Sales Director. “We are delighted that two such well known and respected individuals have joined our team,” stated Bentley. “Cibo and Uva have always enjoyed an envious reputation for award winning experiences and Steve and Colette are looking forward to continuing and growing this environment”.

Steve Edwards was most recently the General Manager and Sommelier of the acclaimed Bearfoot Bistro in Whistler and was nominated Sommelier of the Year at the 2012 Vancouver International Wine Festival. Under his guidance, Bearfoot Bistro was the only Whistler restaurant to be awarded three stars in the eponymous “Where to Eat in Canada.” “The immeasurable magic of food and wine inspires me daily,” says Steve. I’m thrilled to be part of such a talented team at Uva and Cibo and I am a huge fan of Neil Taylor and his international reputation. It’s awesome to be back in Vancouver and I’m looking forward to welcoming a lot of old friends and clients to Cibo”, continued Steve. Steve’s tremendous wealth of experience includes stints as Restaurant Manager and Sommelier at Vancouver’s much awarded Cin Cin Ristorante and Restaurant Director and Sommelier of Araxi – Whistler’s first fine dining restaurant. Steve also holds a diploma from the International Sommelier Guild and is a graduate of the Wines of Australia Sommelier Immersion Program.

Colette also brings many years experience to the team and has an enviably vast knowledge of food and wine. Her extraordinary organizational skills and event planning background ensure all guest experiences are second to none. Colette’s impressive resume includes wine portfolio consultant, Restaurant Manager at Fraiche Restaurant in West Vancouver and Group Sales Executive and Special Events Coordinator for Goldfish and Joe Fortes Restaurants. “We have an incredible array of dining spaces and experiences to offer – the private Madonna Room is absolutely stunning and I’m really excited to showcase the other establishments on the property as well. The respectful renovation of the over 100 year old building really is unique and then of course there is Neil’s fabulous cuisine,” enthused Colette. Read more

GOODS: The Moda Hotel’s “Uva Wine Bar” & “Cibo Trattoria” Seeking Sommelier/Maitre’d

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Uva Wine Bar is located at 900 Seymour St. in Vancouver, BC | 604-632-9560 | www.uvawinebar.ca

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Vancouver, BC | One of Vancouver’s top, award-winning restaurants and wine bars is seeking a one-of-a-kind Sommelier/Maitre d’. This individual must possess strong character and charm and always leave a lasting impression on customers. Must have strong wine knowledge of old worlds and BC wines. Must be comfortable and knowledgeable with working with over 600 labels. The ideal candidate can work his/her best under pressure! Details after the jump… Read more

GOODS: “Cibo Trattoria” And “Uva Wine Bar” Announce New Staff Appointments

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Uva Wine Bar is located at 900 Seymour St. in Vancouver, BC | 604-632-9560 | www.uvawinebar.ca

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Vancouver, BC | Uva Wine Bar and Cibo Trattoria, located in Vancouver’s chic Moda Hotel, are delighted to announce the addition of two talented professionals to their award-winning team. David Fert is the General Manager of Cibo Trattoria and UVA Wine Bar, and David Bain is the Bar Manager at UVA Wine Bar. Read more

Chef Neil Taylor Plating Special Three Course Taste Of Tuscany At Cibo Trattoria

January 25, 2011 

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Cibo Trattoria is located in the Moda Hotel at 900 Seymour Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-602-9570 | CiboTrattoria.ca

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Vancouver, BC | Cibo Trattoria, the award-winning Italian eatery in downtown Vancouver’s chic Moda Hotel, is serving a taste of Tuscany. Executive Chef Neil Taylor and his talented kitchen brigade have used fine, fresh ingredients to craft a three-course menu that promises to transport guests to the idyllic Italian region.

Available until February 6 in addition to the regular a la carte menu, guests will savour three courses beginning with a choice of ribolita – soup of cannellini beans, bread, kale and extra-virgin olive oil — or chicken-liver Toscana served with house-made pickles and bruschetta. The main course features include: cacciucco, a Tuscan fish stew of rock cod, mussels, clams, octopus, tomato and chilli; tagliata di manzo, a marriage of skirt steak, cannellini beans, rosemary and green peppercorns; and pici, hand-rolled Tuscan spaghetti with pork ragu and pecorino. The grand finale is panforte – spiced fruit and nut cake — or chocolate nemesis river café.

Cibo Trattoria’s three-course Tuscan menu is $35 + tax per person, available in addition to the regular a la carte menu until February 6, 2011. Learn more about Cibo after the jump… Read more

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