Here’s some tasty news that will get Vancouver carnivores sharpening their claws for summer: Scott and Amy Gurney, the creators of Victoria’s annual Culinaire food festival, are crossing the Strait in June to put on Vancouver’s first ever Brewery and the Beast. Citizens of Victoria enjoyed their first Brewery and the Beast last summer, and it – by all reports – a lip-smacking success. It’s being billed an “event focusing on education and promotion of local farms and ethically raised meat, while highlighting preparations by local chefs.” There are dozens of restaurants involved, among them Bestie, Wildebeest, Maenam, Cibo, Cin Cin, Lolita’s, Black & Blue, West, Meat & Bread, Peckinpah, Pourhouse, and Hawksworth. It’s sponsored by Phillips Brewing and Two Rivers Meats.
The original concept was simple: a large-scale meat-themed event held in the backyard at The Phillips Brewery, featuring well-known chefs skewering, grilling, and carving their creations for enthusiastic guests. “Overall it was a huge success and it inspired us to bring a fun, unique, and educational event to other markets,” says Scott Gurney, Event Coordinator and Creator of Brewery & The Beast. “We are excited to introduce Vancouver to the concept and showcase local and regional farms through the talent of Vancouver’s top chefs.”
Over 30 restaurants and chefs will be participating in the Vancouver event including Forage, Hawksworth, Maenam, West, and Wildebeest. The award- winning Phillips Brewing Company will be on-location to dispense a premium selection of their signature brews from a one-of-a-kind “Gypsy” wagon. Other libations will include wine on tap from the Vancouver Urban Winery, Left Field Cider, Phillips homemade sodas, and traditional Iced Tea. All will be fit to pair with the themed offerings for the day including; whole pig roasts, classic BBQ, charcuterie, culturally inspired creations, and experimental meat concoctions for the more adventurous carnivores.
It goes down on Sunday, June 16th (Father’s Day, woot!) from 1pm to 4pm at Concord Pacific Place (88 Pacific Boulevard). Tickets are $79 plus tax, and can be had here.
There’s a cool pop-up market going on at Old Faithful this weekend. Gentlemen’s Reserve will showcase clothing and accessories made by folks who are passionate about their individual crafts. The event has been put together by Free/Man Brand - a Victoria-based online publication hell-bent on promoting clothing and accessory brands borne of a commitment to preserve quality workmanship. It seems in keeping with what we’d expect from Old Faithful, and we’re excited to see what will be on offer.
Sat, May 5, 10am – 6pm & Sun May 6, 11am – 6pm | Old Faithful Shop (320 W Cordova) | Details
by Andrew Morrison | With last night went James Lindsay, aka Jamer; one of the greatest, most naturally gifted skateboarders and artists of his generation in British Columbia.
We first met while at a summer party on Willows Beach at some point in the mid-80′s. We were both 13 or 14 years old and part of a crew of about 10 to 15 kids who were more interested in skateboarding than anything else. Jamer was the wildest among us, and the most talented by far. I can still vividly remember his skateboard being an absolute piece of chipped up, water-logged shit (he was nicknamed “Jamer” because the graphic on the bottom of it said “Jammer”), but of course it didn’t matter. He could have been riding a donkey and his style still would have eclipsed ours. He was one of a kind in that respect. Read more
Reader “L.A.” | Willow’s Beach | Victoria, BC | 4:30pm | SHARE YOUR VIEW
We love posting the photographs that reveal the views from our reader’s windows. Whether it’s a back alley in the fall or a sandy beach in high summer, we’re always stoked to see what you see from home, work or while on the road. Some of our all-time favourite reader submissions below… Read more
enRoute magazine’s Canada’s Best New Restaurants issue is on way to press this morning. The results are the findings of Sarah Musgrave, who flies around Canada sussing out the recommendations of a select group of advisors from coast to coast (in BC, that’s chef/winemaker Heidi Noble of JoieFarm, writer and photographer Chris Mason Stearns, and Scout editor Andrew Morrison). Here’s the enRoute feature in pdf with some gorgeous art, but without further adieu…
1. Raymond’s | St. John’s
2. Hawksworth | Vancouver
3. L’Abattoir | Vancouver
4. Les 400 Coups | Montreal
5. Ici Toronto | Toronto
6. Van Horne | Montreal
7. Campagnolo | Toronto (unrelated to the Vancouver restaurant)
8. Le Comptoir | Montreal
9. Ulla | Victoria
10. Corsa 32 | Edmonton
Big congratulations are in order to all. I’m a huge fan of Jeremy Charles’ cooking, and the recognition for his Nfld restaurant, Raymond, is very much deserved. Big ups go without saying to worthy Hawksworth and L’Abattoir here in Vancouver, and to wee, well served Ulla in Victoria’s Chinatown, which supplied me with one of the best meals I’ve had so far this year. Each needs to prepare for the bumrush that is about to ensue.
“Having spent a decade in Michelin-starred kitchens in Europe, David Hawksworth is aiming to bring one home here. Equal parts romance and risk, this gambit is an ambitious chef’s love letter to a city that has grown up alongside him. This could be Paris or London, yes, but the point is this is Vancouver right now.”
“For all the kitchen’s derring-do, GM Paul Grunberg sets a high standard for service: It’s girl-next-door sweet but ultra-smart, ready to make suggestions or send over the sommelier. It may be barman Shaun Layton you want, though, whose exceptional cocktail program includes the namesake Slaughterhouse, a take on the Sazerac that’s delicately misted with green Chartreuse. They kill you softly here.”
“On the Island, where healthy eating doesn’t always come with a catch and talking about “ethically raised proteins” (also a mandate of Ulla’s menu) can be pleasurable as well as political, Left Coast cuisine has a new home.”
As per usual, the enRoute issue also singles out other new restaurants that are doing it right in one way or another. Miradoro gets kudos for its view; Meat & Bread is lauded for its porchetta; Save On Meats gets a nod for the best dessert name (“Chocolate Chocolate Awful Awful”); Ensemble is celebrated for its bread; and so on.
The GOODS from Inoui
Victoria, BC | Fernwood Coffee Company, 2010′s Canadian Barista Champions and local artisan coffee roasters, are giving the Parsonage Cafe in their namesake neighbourhood an overhaul. Inoui Design Collective has collaborated with the owners to come up with a new space that will be as welcoming as ever with a modernized look in line with the cafe’s expanding popularity and menu. Regulars and newcomers alike can expect the same friendly and bustling atmosphere, amazing coffee and espresso (as per!) as well as their great menu of breakfast, lunch and any-time-in-between goodies (including the greatest chocolate chip cookies ever!). The ladies at Inoui offer these “before” (see above) and “midst-of-construction” (see after the jump) shots and promise more pics before the grand opening. The space will still have an abundance of wood, pieces from other local designer/artists and interesting touches from Inoui’s creative re-use repertoire… Read more