Some plump, extra-delicious news from the inbox:
“Passports go on sale today for the 2nd annual Golden Dumpling Cook Off and Derby. Last year’s Cook Off was a sellout, so advance purchase is encouraged at www.goldendumpling.ca. On August 10th from 12pm–5pm, in conjunction with the Chinatown Festival and the Vancouver Chinatown Business Improvement Association, 20 restaurants will compete for the top prize. Competitors include Ask For Luigi, Bestie, Harvest Community Foods, Homer St Cafe and Bar, Maenam, Wildebeest, Vij’s, Winner Winner and returning champion, Pidgin.
All those who purchase a Golden Dumpling Passport can fill their bellies by travelling to each of 20 restaurant stations, where they’ll receive a passport stamp and a freshly prepared dumpling. One restaurant will be crowned the winner and will receive the one-of-a-kind Golden Dumpling Trophy, designed by local artist Diane Espiritu. The contest will be judged by Scout Magazine’s Andrew Morrison, Bao Bei’s Joël Watanabe, food stylist and food and travel journalist Nathan Fong, and Global BC’s Sophie Lui.
In addition to the Cook Off, don’t miss the excitement of the Dumpling Derby, where speed eaters will bring big appetites to the table for the ultimate showdown. Men’s and women’s heats will see one winner in each category taking home coveted prizes and undisputed bragging rights. Heightening the tension is last year’s winner, John Jugovic, who will be returning to defend the men’s title and confirm his legendary status in Dumpling Derby history. Contestants are limited to eight men and eight women, so those with cavernous bellies and a competitive nature are encouraged to sign up immediately via the website.
Proceeds from the Golden Dumpling Cook Off will be donated to the Chinese Elders Community Kitchen, a program of the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre. The Program creates a safe space where Chinese elders gather each week to cook and share a meal, and have the opportunity to connect with each other in a social setting. The Chinese Elders Community Kitchen allows participants to engage in educational activities such as learning about food safety and healthy eating. Over 80 Chinese elders participate in the Program year-round and the demand continues to grow.
To purchase Golden Dumpling Passports for the Cook Off and Derby, or to throw your hat in the ring as a Derby contestant, please visit www.goldendumpling.ca. Purchase online in advance for $30 plus Eventbrite fee, or plan to arrive early on the big day; 100 passports will be available at the door for $35 each.”
Some shots from last year…
The GOODS from The Biltmore Cabaret
Vancouver, BC | The Biltmore Cabaret presents RAM ON, a tribute to Paul McCartney’s “Ram” with Sprïng and members of Synthcake, plus special guests. Sprïng is a neo-psychedelic band based out of Vancouver. In March of 2014, they released their debut LP entitled Celebrations and are currently playing shows both locally and abroad in support of the release. On the July 7th – to celebrate Sprïng member Joseph Hirabayashi’s birthday – they will be paying tribute to former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney’s Ram, an eclectic, eccentric, and manically infused super Beatles record released in 1971 (a cult favourite among McCartney fans). Joining Sprïng will be Lana Pitre and Kristy-Lee Audette of Vancouver locals Synthcake. The band has dubbed the project “Sprïngcake” and is excited to be joined by Spencer Owen and Classic Rick. Learn more after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from CinCin
Vancouver, BC | Famed Argentine Chef Francis Mallmann will soon visit Vancouver’s award-winning CinCin Ristorante for two nights only – September 10th and 11th – to showcase his unique brand of fiery ‘Gaucho Grilling’. This visit is Mallmann’s first to British Columbia and only his third to Canada.
Chef Mallmann will be co-hosting two multi-course dinners with CinCin executive chef Andrew Richardson. The first dinner – a five-course Wine Dinner – will see specially selected wine pairings chosen by Mallmann, while the second – a four-course Tasting Menu – will have optional bottles and by-the-glass offerings selected by CinCin wine director Shane Taylor and restaurant director Richard Luxton. Guests will have an opportunity to purchase an autographed copy of Mallmann’s much-anticipated second cookbook “Mallmann on Fire” – one full month before it is released to the public. But Mallmann has something more up the sleeve of his chef’s whites. On both evenings, the chef and his brigade will be giving special street-side demonstrations of their craft on Vancouver’s bustling Robson Street, right outside CinCin’s front door.
Call him the Man of La Plancha – the outsize Argentine cast iron griddle – that, together with his wood-burning parilla – form the tools of his trade. For Mallmann’s use of open fire is legendary. Argentine-born but European trained, Mallmann disdains the prissy and contrived of haute cuisine preferring the gutsy flavours found in whole salted chickens, baby goat, suckling pig and enormous cuts of beef. Indeed, his 2009 cookbook, ‘Seven Fires – Grilling the Argentine Way’ includes his method for cooking a whole cow – at once.
Prices for the five-course Wine Dinner and four-course Tasting Menu are CAD $165.00++ and CAD $120.00+, respectively. “Mallmann on Fire” is available for guests at a CAD $40.00 supplement, and interest may be indicated at time of booking. For reservations or more information, please call CinCin Ristorante at 604 688 7338 or email email@example.com. Read more
The GOODS from the Similkameen Wineries Association
Keremeos, BC | Ladies and gentlemen, start your grills! The Similkameen is about to name a new Similkameen BBQ King! The annual Similkameen BBQ King event will be held on Saturday, July 12th 9pm at the historic Grist Mill & Gardens in Keremeos. This truly unique Similkameen wine and food experience is a competition where 9 featured chefs compete for the coveted title of Similkameen BBQ King or Queen.
This event is a competition where 9 competing chefs will create unique dishes for guests using organic ingredients from local farmers in the heart of Canada’s organic capital. Attendees at the event will go from station to station enjoying the foods prepared by each chef, along with Similkameen wines specifically paired to go with each dish, and then all attendees get the opportunity to cast their vote for the best wine and food pairing.
George Hanson, President of the Similkameen Wineries Association explained, “We are so excited for our upcoming Similkameen BBQ King event which is our annual, signature event. It is held at the gorgeous Grist Mill and Gardens in Keremeos. It is an extraordinary evening and a very special Similkameen experience!”
The first hour of the event, from 5-6pm, will feature wine tastings from our Similkameen wineries and some delicious appetizers from local chefs including Benja Thai, Branding Iron and Tree to Me. And then the competition begins at 6pm!
The 9 competing chefs are:
• Chris Boehm from Burger 55
• Jason Hartl from the Delta Grand Okanagan
• Natasha Schooten from the Grist Mill
• Brent Pillon from Hillside Winery & Bistro
• Lee Humphries from Local Lounge & Grille
• Jeff Van Geest from Miradoro Restaurant at Tinhorn Creek
• Shayna Merritt from Shayna & Shulman Culinary Adventures
• Justin Paakkunainen from Walnut Beach Resort
• Adair Scott from Watermark Beach Resort
In addition to the amazing food and wine at this event, there will also be live entertainment by Ajna featuring home-town favourite, saxophonist and music educator Jonnie Bridgman who is returning to the Okanagan/Similkameen for his second annual summer tour with the Ajna Jazz Trio. Jonnie is really looking forward to performing in his hometown of Keremeos at the Similkameen BBQ King. Ajna is a creative, modern collective of accomplished jazz musicians. They deliver a no-limits performance of innovative original jazz and unique interpretations of classic standards. They will be joined by a special guest vocalist, Corrine Painter, to keep you singing and swinging all night long.
There will also be a silent auction that is a partial fundraiser for the Grist Mill, which is a Heritage BC site. Hanson expanded, “We are starting to get in some absolutely amazing prizes for our silent auction, many of which are unique wine and food experiences themed around the competing chefs and our member wineries.” Hanson continued, “This award-winning event sold out last year and we had to turn people away at the door. Read more
by Michelle Sproule | The main objective of this website is to scout out and promote the things that make Vancouver such a sweet place to be. We do this with an emphasis on the city’s independent spirit to foster a sense of connectedness within and between our communities, and to introduce our readers to the people who grow and cook our food, play the raddest tunes in our better venues, create our most interesting art, and design everything from what we wear to the spaces we inhabit. The Scout List is our carefully considered, first rate agenda of super awesome things that we’re either doing, wishing that we could do, or conspiring to do this week. You can also check it out in the Globe & Mail, from our calendar to theirs…and yours!
EAT | As was noted in another Scout feature, Japantown eatery Cuchillo enjoyed their first birthday this week. Be sure to revisit them for a celebratory taco, but it should also be noted that The Acorn turned two last night. The innovative vegetarian restaurant on Main Street has had a excellent run to date (eg. stellar local reviews; named one of the best new restaurants in Canada by en Route magazine; chef Brian Skinner won the Gold Medal Plates, etc.) and they keep getting better and better. They’re also eye high in killer ingredients at the moment (it being early summer), so the time is especially ripe to check them out again, too.
Acorn | Tues-Sunday 5:30pm till late | 3995 Main St | www.theacornrestaurant.ca
Cuchillo | Daily 5pm till late | 261 Powell Street | (604) 559-7585 | www.cuchillo.ca
GO ANALOG | Ever sit down in a restaurant or coffee shop and observe how everyone’s eyes are trained on the little glowing screens of smart phones and Macbooks? Of course you have. We all have. And we’ve all done it. Social artist Julien Thomas and Hughes Condon Marler Architects (HCMA) thought it would be interesting to construct a space that was free of cellular/digital signals, a space – get this – that encourages personal connections over digital ones. In order to achieve this the designers installed electromagnetic mesh shields that “prevent the entry or escape of electrical influences” in a pop-up space called Faraday Cafe (a nice side effect of the project is that the shields have the appearance of an art installation of sorts, so the space is an interesting conversation starter in and of itself). Faraday Cafe is open for business starting Wednesday, July 2. They’ll be offering artisanal coffees (Heart, Bows & Arrows, Ritual) during the day and will host pop-up dinner parties (Wednesdays at 7pm), afternoon DJ sets (Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 3pm) and a special storytelling evening on July 15.
July 2 – 16 | Daily 10am – 6pm (closed Sundays) | 434 Columbia St | DETAILS
ARCHITECTURE | Learn about the art deco in the city by taking a Vancouver Heritage Foundation walking tour with historian Maurice Guibord this Friday. From VHF: “The Art Deco style exploded worldwide after the First World War, as a lively and joyful counter to the previous years of constraint and conflict. Impacting fashion, marketing and publishing, its most vivacious implementation was in the world of architecture and design, and Vancouver jumped right into the fray.” Guibord will lead participants through the streets of downtown pointing out distinctive lines, ornamental details, colours and geometric shapes typical of the style. Bonus: the tour ends at one and only Marine Building.
Fri, July 4 | 10-12pm | Meet @ Christ Church Cathedral (Burrard/Georgia) | DETAILS
SKATE JAM | Head out for an evening of skateboarding at the UBC Skate park on Friday. Starting at 4pm there will be freestyle demos, games and prizes for all ages and skill levels. The UBC Skatepark is located on campus at the intersection of Thunderbird Boulevard and Health Sciences Mall.
July 4 | 4-8pm | UBC Skatepark | DETAILS
SAIL | Hustle down to Jericho to get in on a little live music, barbecued food and birthday cake in celebration of Jericho Sailing Centres 40th Anniversary this weekend. A low cost oceanfront community centre with concrete floors dusted in sand, sparsely outfitted instructional classrooms, a straightforward burger and beer menu in the Galley…Jericho doesn’t deal in pretension or exclusivity. It gets right down to the business of enjoying salt air and waves. It’s that simple. The spirit behind small, naturally powered watercraft is an important part of Vancouver culture and heritage, so head down to Jericho to celebrate it!
Sat, July 5 | 11 am–5:30 pm | Jericho Sailing Centre (1300 Discovery) | DETAILS
SECRET SPACES | Theatre Conspiracy is a Vancouver organization that produces theatrical events intended to inspire conversation about international issues and themes. In order to finance their productions the theatre holds a series of intimate dinners that take place in cool, one-of-a-kind locations around town. To wit, this Friday night there will be a Secret Spaces dinner at an architectural studio in Mount Pleasant. Not only will attendees of the “Whiskey Walls & Leather Tables” dinner enjoy cocktails, wine and a six-course dinner (plated by Chef Kevin Mooney of Shaughnessy Restaurant at VanDusen Botanical Gardens), but also the studio itself sounds pretty amazing: an understated, energy efficient conversion of a 1911 butcher shop lined with Douglas Fir that has been sealed with a blend of Canadian whisky and beeswax (we’ve posted pictures and written about it before). Scott & Scott Architects also helped with designing everyone’s favourite Currywurst shop, Bestie, so this definitely isn’t ‘just another venue’. We’re betting that there’ll be some interesting conversation to enjoy on top of the good food and unique location. Support the arts and eat well!
Fri, July 4 | 6:30-11 pm | Scott & Scott Architects’ Studio (Mount Pleasant) | DETAILS
CHILL | Break out the blanket and lawn chair as there’s an outdoor screening of Bend It Like Beckham in Victory Square on Friday night. Pack your own popcorn or pick something tasty up from one of the on-site food trucks. Arrive early to secure a good spot and take part in some of the free pre-movie yoga classes.
July 4 | 9:30pm |Victory Square, Vancouver (Hastings & Cambie) | Free | DETAILS |
MAKE | Learn to make saké this Saturday. Mogu Mogu Goute (a local blog focused on simple, healthy Japanese food) will set up at District Main Garden Patio to teach the basics about equipment and ingredients required to make ‘Doburoku’ (a farmer’s style rice ale or saké). Learn about the different rice grades, sanitization precautions, the fermentation process, and how to monitor and adjust your sake for taste. $40 includes a Doburoku starter kit containing koji, dry yeast, rice, and cheese cloth.
Sat, July 5 | 7-8:30pm| District Main Garden Patio (4453 Main St.) | $40 | DETAILS
FOREST LOVE | As far as forests go, Stanley Park is a bit of a loner. Isolated from other forests by city and ocean, its just a little different from the other kids in the school yard. Take a little time out on Sunday to learn about the characteristics of ‘fragmented forests’ and the challenges that they face. Take a walk with a knowledgable Stanley Park Ecology Centre volunteer and be brought up to speed on how the unique setting of Stanley Park requires special management. You will also find out what you can do to make sure that this beautiful part of our city remains strong and healthy.
Sun, July 6 | 1:30pm | Stanley Park Nature House on Lost Lagoon | $10 | DETAILS
GIG | Singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten is in town from Brooklyn to play a set at the Rickshaw in support of her new album Are We There. We saw Van Etten play at Zulu Records a few years back and she was fantastic. Strong character, mellow but not passive; her music is as great on a Sunday morning with a cup of coffee as it is full blast on a road trip. Stoked for this show!
Sun, July 6 | Doors 8pm | The Rickshaw (254 E Hastings St) | $18 | DETAILS
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Michelle Sproule grew up in Kitsilano and attended University in Australia and the University of Victoria before receiving her graduate degree in Library Sciences from The University of Toronto. She lives in beautiful Strathcona and enjoys wandering aimlessly through the city’s streets with her best friend – a beat up, sticky, grimy (but faithful) camera.
The GOODS from The Cinematheque
Vancouver, BC | To celebrate the brand-new, 50th anniversary restoration of The Beatles’ epochal first film, A Hard Day’s Night, The Cinematheque is hosting an all-ages Opening Night on Friday, July 4th to kickoff their exclusive, one-week engagement. In store: refreshments, a special performance by in-costume cover band The Fab Fourever (dancing in the aisles encouraged!), remarks by rock documentary scholar Michael Baker, and a screening of newly restored, pop culture milestone. Lace up your black boots, leave that moptop intact, and mosey down to The Cinematheque for a night of Beatlemania! Doors at 6:30pm. Get more info here… Read more
The GOODS from The Biltmore Cabaret
Vancouver, BC | To celebrate the end of one of BC’s draconian liquor laws, Glory Days Saturdays is hosting The Biltmore Cabaret’s first #HAPPYHOUR tonight (June 28th) from 9pm-11pm with no cover before 10pm. Work on your tan by day, get down to the freshest tunes spun by Glory Days resident DJs MyGayHusband, Rico Uno, Genie, and Sincerely Hana by night… Read more
The GOODS from Bistro Pastis
Vancouver, BC | For more than 200 years the French have been celebrating the storming of the Bastille as a national holiday – a time of sharing good food and wine with friends and neighbours. Vancouver’s very own corner of France, Bistro Pastis in Kitsilano, is celebration central with its annual Fête de la Bastille on July 14th. This year Pastis will be hosting live the amazing French singer; Pepper Bayard, performing jazzy and french classics! To add to the celebration, you might be one of two lucky patrons to win the luxury of having John Blakeley visit your home to personally cook a 5-Course tasty menu for six people. One draw from each dinner seating will produce the fortunate winners who will have John delight them and their company with his culinary flair. To accompany the live music and celebration; Pastis has created an exciting menu of delectable food and wine. Take a look after the jump… Read more
by Robyn Yager | The Vancouver Maritime Museum’s new 2014 summer exhibition, Babes & Bathers: History of the Swimsuit, opened to the public today (June 28th) and should be well worth checking out. Aside from providing one of the most frustrating and sometimes humiliating shopping experiences, swimsuits are seriously overlooked at the interesting intersection of fashion and social history. Over the years, swimsuits have helped to communicate and facilitate eras of social change, and as such they are integral to our understanding of the role fashion plays in society.
With the help of Vancouver fashion historian Ivan Sayers, the Vancouver Maritime Museum is exhibiting swimming costumes worn in Vancouver from the 1890′s to the 1980′s (Sayers is the owner of one of the largest private collections of clothing in the country and has lent his expertise to fashion shows, lectures, and exhibitions throughout North America). What should prove particularly fascinating is the accompanying collection of Woodward’s catalogues that reveal through their many pages how this city has dressed for the beach over time.
VMM | 1905 Ogden Ave. in Vanier Park | Now-Nov. 2 | vancouvermaritimemuseum.com
The GOODS from Oakwood Canadian Bistro
Vancouver, BC | The CBC Canadian act to watch of 2014, Jordan Klassen, will be taking the Oakwood stage this Sunday, June 29th. For the past few months, The Oakwood has been transforming itself from its usual program once a month to provide a space to showcase what they feel are great up and coming artists. In the 70’s, The Oakwood in Kits used to be a spot called “Rohan’s Rockpile”. It was a pub known best for after-hours shows and hosted a broad range of amazing talent. From local singer songwriters to the world-renowned Rolling Stones and the Who, Rohan’s had the music industry connection and had brought in some of the best. Upon discovering this, the Oakwood felt obliged to pay tribute to the great music venue it once was. Tickets are $10 for reserved seating and are available at the restaurant or online at www.theoakwood.ca Come join us for another great night of food, drinks and music. Read more
by Grady Mitchell | ”In my house, everybody was loyal to the funny,” says comedian Dino Archie. Growing up in Fresno, California, his family held a house philosophy of good-natured ribbing, so he learned to dish it out and, maybe even more importantly, to take it, too. On Friday, June 27, he’ll showcase a lifetime’s worth of talent when he performs at The River Rock Casino with Ivan Decker, Brent Morin, and David Merheje.
Not all his family were amateur jokers and performers. His uncle, for example, was a professional comedian, and his grandfather was a preacher. “He could sing like one of the Four Tops,” Dino says. “He would preach freestyle; he would never write.” He saw the same crowds every week, and he had to keep them entertained. Although the message is different, the lessons Dino learned from his grandpa’s delivery are invaluable. That influence, along with early black comics like Richard Pryor, movies like I’m Gonna Git You Sucka and Hollywood Shuffle, and shows like In Living Color, served as the foundation for his comedy. Although he writes much of his material, he often launches impromptu riffs in his shows, much like his grandpa. Usually those moments involve audience members, and the better ones sometimes get added to his regular rotation.
Originally, Dino wanted to be behind the scenes, not onstage. He dreamed of being a screenwriter and attended film school to learn how to make movies, not star in them. Then a friend signed him up for an open mike in North Hollywood. After five minutes onstage, he was hooked. Since then he’s been performing three or four shows every week.
A few years ago he came to visit a friend living in BC. Gripped by the city’s thriving comedy scene, a month-long visit turned into something much longer. Vancouver offered a vibrant community of talented comics, and the perfectly-sized market for Dino to hone his skills. For the past 3 years he has bounced between LA and Vancouver, telling jokes almost nightly. Whether an intimate club or a massive theatre like the River Rock, Dino’s goal is always the same: “Play to the guy at the back of the room. If you can grab the guy in the last row, you’ll snatch everyone ahead of him, too.”
To buy tickets to the Vancity Summer Comedy Extravaganza, click here.
Pecha Kucha Night organisers have announced the final line-up of speakers for Vol. 33 on July 3rd, and it’s quite the doozy cross-section of Vancouver’s cultural fabric…
Sam Chandola - Founder and CEO, Victory Square Games
Sandra Singh - Chief Librarian, Vancouver Public Library
Laura Barron - Director, Instruments of Change
Scott Larson - CEO and Co-Founder, Urthecast
Kevin Lee Royes - Soulcial-Preneur, The Soulcial-Preneurs Club
Lital Marom - Co-Founder and CEO, Beyond
Christopher Gaze - Actor and Artistic Director, Bard on the Beach
Emerson Lim - Founder, Karma Teachers
Jonathan Anthony - Corporate Disorganizer, Teekay Corporation
Seann Dory - Co-Director/Co-Founder, Sole Food Street Farms
David Pay - Artistic Director, Music on Main
Jimmy Stewart - Chef, Blacktail Florist
The GOODS from the Naramata Bench Wineries Association
Naramata, BC | The 24 member wineries of the Naramata Bench Wineries Association are circling their trucks on September 13 for the Okanagan’s wine party of the season, and the wine and food event for wine enthusiasts to plan an Okanagan Fall weekend around. The event will take place at Poplar Grove Winery from 6:30pm to 9pm.
Attendees will enjoy wines from 24 renowned wineries, local cuisine, live 50′s music and a celebration of the making of the Naramata film “My American Cousin,” which was shot in September 1984 by Writer/Director Sandy Wilson, who was born and raised in Naramata. Sandy and some of the original cast and crew will be at the party. We will revisit the summer of 1959 in Naramata, the setting for the film, so dare to wear a 1950′s outfit as there will be prizes for the best and most authentic ones!
Seven talented Chefs from Naramata Bench restaurants will be creating a fabulous menu of gourmet offerings featuring a wide selection of Ocean Wise seafood supplied through Codfathers Seafood Market and game meats supplied by North Okanagan Game Meats.
The 24 Naramata Bench Wineries Association members pouring are: Kettle Valley Winery, Therapy Vineyards, Serendipity Winery, Van Westen Vineyards, Elephant Island Orchard Wines, Lake Breeze Vineyards, Lang Vineyards, Terravista Vineyards, Moraine Estate Winery, Bench 1775 Winery, Black Widow Winery, Laughing Stock Vineyards, 3 Mile Estate Winery, Howling Bluff Estate Winery, Hillside Winery & Bistro, D’Angelo Estate Winery, Red Rooster Winery, La Frenz Winery, Poplar Grove Winery, Monster Vineyards, Perseus Winery, Misconduct Wine Co., Deep Roots Winery and Upper Bench Estate Winery.
The Naramata Bench Restaurants are: The Bench Market, The Vanilla Pod, The Kitchen, The Pecking Room, Hillside Bistro, Lake Breeze Patio, and the Naramata Heritage Inn. Read more