STAFF MEAL | Gastown’s “Wildebeest” Eats Korean Tteokbokki And Kalbi For Staff Meal

April 21, 2014 

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The Staff Meal photo essays detail the stories behind the family-style meals that some of Vancouver’s busiest restaurant crews get either before or after service. 

by Ken Tsui | Before unlocking the doors to usher in another fully-booked dinner service, Wildebeest chef Ashley Kurtz is putting together a staff meal based on his memories from the time he spent in South Korea. While travelling the country, he discovered tteokbokki, a dish of rice cakes cooked in a spicy sauce.

Today, this ubiquitous Korean street vendor staple is at the core of the meal. As the sauce bubbles, Kurtz effortlessly moves around the kitchen, throwing kalbi (thin, marinated slices of beef short rib) on the grill, fluffing the freshly cooked rice while occasionally returning to the giant pot of tteokbokki for a quick stir. As the sauce thickens, he doles out his house-made kimchi, soy marinated bean sprouts and sesame leaves as side dishes.

When the meal is served, the staff gather around a long table, ladling out tteokbokki and wrapping sesame leaves around the rice and short rib. Kurtz sneaks a bowl of puffed wild rice onto the table for a bit of added crunch. Co-owner James Iranzad sits down to the spread, looks across the table and jokes, “OK, but where’s the beer?”

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GOODS | “Wildebeest” Set For Craft Beer Supper With Delta’s Four Winds Brewing Co.

Wildebeest is located at 120 West Hastings Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-687-6880 | www.wildebeest.ca

Wildebeest is located at 120 West Hastings Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-687-6880 | www.wildebeest.ca

The GOODS from Wildebeest

Vancouver, BC | On Wednesday, March 26th at 6:30pm Wildebeest celebrates the special release of several new craft beers from Four Winds Brewing Co. with a five-course menu created by Chef Wesley Young. A local favourite, Four Winds Brewing Co. is known for using a combination of new world and old world methods to produce flavourful West Coast, Belgian and German style beers. With representatives from Four Winds Brewing Co. in attendance, guests have an exclusive first look into the brewery’s freshest additions, and feast on innovative, seasonally inspired dishes crafted in harmony with each new brew.

Tickets for this event are limited and on sale for $69 each, which includes a five-course dinner and Four Winds Brewing Co. craft beer pairings. Reservations can be made by contacting eat@wildebeest.ca or for more information visit us on facebook. Menu and details after the jump… Read more

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | Award-Winning “Wildebeest” On Hunt For Brunch Manager

Wildebeest is located at 120 West Hastings Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-687-6880 | www.wildebeest.ca

Wildebeest is located at 120 West Hastings Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-687-6880 | www.wildebeest.ca

The GOODS from Wildebeest

Vancouver, BC | Wildebeest is looking to hire an experienced leader to manage weekend brunches. The ideal applicant has local experience in brunch/breakfast service and is available to begin this month. Hours would be 9am to 4pm with competitive compensation and a benefits plan. Please note that this is a part-time position, limited – for the time being – to weekend brunches only. It would be well suited to an individual looking for supplemental employment in a progressive, delicious restaurant. Please email resume and cover letter in confidence to eat [at] wildebeest.ca. Read more

GOODS | Wildebeest Gets Set To Table “Meditations On A Tamworth Pig” Supper

February 25, 2014 

Wildebeest is located at 120 West Hastings Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-687-6880 | www.wildebeest.ca

The GOODS from Wildebeest

Vancouver, BC | On Wednesday, March 12th at 7:00pm Gastown’s Wildebeest partners with Waldorf Wine Group to present “Meditations on a Tamworth Pig”. Join WE Vancouver wine columnist Kurtis Kolt as he hosts this remarkable evening focusing on a tour of Old World, terroir-driven wines. The kitchen team looks forward to presenting the unique, heritage breed Tamworth pig by way of their adventurous nose-to-tail, contemporary country cooking. Tickets for this event are limited and on sale for $99 per person, including tax and gratuity. Reservations can be made by emailing eat [at] wildebeest.ca. Menu after the jump… Read more

GOODS | Wildebeest Chefs Set To Prepare “Elementa (Two)” Supper On February 17th

February 12, 2014 

Wildebeest is located at 120 West Hastings Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-687-6880 | www.wildebeest.ca

Wildebeest is located at 120 West Hastings Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-687-6880 | www.wildebeest.ca

The GOODS from Wildebeest

Vancouver, BC | Wildebeest’s Ashley Kurtz, Melanie Witt and Josh Blumenthal invite you to experience the aromas, tastes and textures of winter in the Pacific Northwest at their second culinary event. Offering up a surprise eight course dinner with beverage pairings, ‘Elementa’ explores a modern approach to cooking in our region. Following autumn’s Elementa (one) at The Acorn, Elementa (two) is on Monday, February 17th at Ask For Luigi (305 Alexander St. in Railtown). Guest can expect an 8-course surprise tasting menu with curated beverage pairings from Wildebeest sommelier Justin Everett.

Using exclusively local ingredients sourced from small producers and organic farms, the focus of this second dinner will be on shellfish, which peak in winter months. The food style is minimalist new-Cascadian, using modern and classic cooking techniques to highlight the provenance of the ingredients. The goal is for guests to taste and explore time and place in the evolution of the cuisine of the Pacific Northwest. Tickets are very limited (only 20 seats) and include dinner, beverages, tax and gratuity at $140. For more info contact through Facebook or send an email to elementa[at]pacnw@gmail.com. Read more

GOODS | Wildebeest Scores The Ferrari Of Slurpee Machines, Makes Frosty Negronis

January 22, 2014 

Wildebeest is located at 120 West Hastings Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-687-6880 | www.wildebeest.ca

Wildebeest is located at 120 West Hastings Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-687-6880 | www.wildebeest.ca

The GOODS from Wildebeest

Vancouver, BC | Recently landed behind the bar at Wildebeest and making everyone giddy is our new Frosty Factory, the Ferrari of ‘slurpee’ machines. Pouring only classic cocktails, the Frosty ensures absolutely perfect slushiness and takes your favourite cocktails to another level, without even a hint of brain freeze. Negroni Sbagliato? Check. Moscow Mule? Check. Last Word? Checkity check. Follow Wildebeest on Instagram, etc. to see which cocktails are flowing each week, like slow-moving frozen lava right into your lovely mouth. You’re welcome. Read more

GOODS | Gastown’s Celebrated Wildebeest Is Set To Plate A Wine-Paired Feast On NYE

December 23, 2013 

Wildebeest is located at 120 West Hastings Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-687-6880 | www.wildebeest.ca

Wildebeest is located at 120 West Hastings Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-687-6880 | www.wildebeest.ca

The GOODS from Wildebeest

Vancouver, BC | On Tuesday, December 31st, 2013, Gastown’s Wildebeest invites revelers to inaugurate the new year with an evening of innovative and seasonally inspired feasting. Executive Chef Wesley Young orchestrates an intimately set four-course menu with optional complementary wine pairings. Diners can expect to enjoy a night of flavourful, fuss-free festivities in Wildebeest’s award-winning heritage dining room.

Tickets for this event are limited and on sale for $69 each, with curated wine pairings available for an additional $69. Interested parties are encouraged to act quickly to reserve their seat. To purchase a ticket, please call Wildebeest at 604-687-6880. Have a look at the menu after the jump… Read more

SEEN IN VANCOUVER #479 | Wildebeest & Road 13 Pair To Make Two Signature Wines

December 16, 2013 

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Wildebeest and Road 13 Vineyards have collaborated on a limited release of signature red and white blends that are now available by the glass or bottle at the award-winning Gastown restaurant.

The collaboration began last spring when Road 13 owners Pam and Mick Luckhurst brought winemaker J-M Bouchard to the eatery with dozens of tank and barrel samples of different grape varieties and aging methods. Together with Wildebeest co-owner James Iranzad, Wine Director Brooke Delves, and Sommelier Justin Everett, they sat down for a comprehensive tasting and blending session that would result in one light red (Gamay, Pinot Noir) and one Alsatian-inspired white (Pinot Gris, Riesling, Gewürztraminer); both blended to complement chef Wesley Young’s cuisine.

Only 50 cases each of Wildebeest Red and Wildebeest White have been produced. For those that wish to take the Wildebeest experience home with them, a limited number of bottles will also be available at select private stores in the new year.

The good folks at Warren Lane Pictures documented the process in the video above.

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GOODS | Wildebeest Serving Special Single Origin “Candlelight Club’ Dinner On Dec. 9th

December 2, 2013 

Wildebeest is located at 120 West Hastings Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-687-6880 | www.wildebeest.ca

Wildebeest is located at 120 West Hastings Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-687-6880 | www.wildebeest.ca

The GOODS from Wildebeest

Vancouver, BC | On Monday, December 9th, 2013 at 6:00pm, in partnership with The Social Concierge and Absolut Elyx, Gastown’s Wildebeest presents ‘Candlelight Club’, a single origin dinner showcasing the winter bounty of Salt Spring Island. Experience a true candlelit dining experience as Chef Wesley Young orchestrates an intimate 5-course dinner with craft cocktail pairings by award-winning bartender Josh Pape. Illuminated solely by the light of hundreds of candles, guests can expect to experience Wildebeest’s award-winning dining room as never been seen before, with live jazz by Rosie & Jugheads accompanying this evening of local and seasonally inspired dining.

Guests can expect a custom menu featuring the best of Salt Spring Island producers. Items such as hay-roasted carrots with slow poached egg, Montaña cheese and crispy spelt; Salt Spring Island mussels with brassicas, whey sauce and wild herbs, and whole roasted lamb with glazed Hakuri turnips pine-roasted celeriac and toasted wheatberry will be paired with compelling cocktails including a Roasted Fennel ‘vesper’, a Wildebeest ‘wine cooler’, and the ‘Beetlejuice’. Ingredients specially-sourced from the likes of Foxglove Farm, Ruckle Heritage Farms and Salt Spring Island Cheese Co. take centre stage on this innovative menu, which you can read before scoring your tickets after the jump… Read more

GOODS | “Wildebeest” To Set Table For A Special Bourbon Supper On November 12th

October 24, 2013 

Wildebeest is located at 120 West Hastings Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-687-6880 | www.wildebeest.ca

The GOODS from Wildebeest

Vancouver, BC | On Tuesday, November 12th, Wildebeest will present our second bourbon supper in our ongoing series of pairing dinners. Join us in our private dining room for a welcome cocktail followed by five delicious courses, each paired with a different delicious bourbon from the house of Buffalo Trace. This time, think Eagle Rare, W.L. Weller, Ridgemont 1792, and other beauties served straight up or as a cocktail best suited to each course. And here’s what you’ll be enjoying with those lovely liquids…

THE BUFFALO & THE BEEST

Sawmill Bay oysters, candied lemon, bourbon mist

- W.L. Weller ‘Wheated’ Bourbon – Pig’s head terrine, porcini mushrooms, smoked quail egg

- Sazerac 6 Year Rye – Lamb tartare, heritage onions, horseradish emulsion, mustard seed gastrique

- Buffalo Trace Bourbon – Line-caught local cod, baby cabbage, sea urchin

- Buffalo Trace ‘Bensonhurst’ – Charred brassica, smoked ricotta, wheatberries

- Eagle Rare 10 Year – Aged pigeon, sunchokes, pear & chestnut sauce

- Ridgemont Reserve 1792 – East Van Roasters chocolate, parsnip pannacotta, walnut crumb

Tickets are $75, and very limited, available via email: eat [at] wildebeest.ca. Read more

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | Wildebeest Is Looking For A Full-Time Senior Line Cook

October 3, 2013 

Wildebeest is located at 120 West Hastings Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-687-6880 | www.wildebeest.ca

The GOODS from Wildebeest

Vancouver, BC | Wildebeest is on the hunt for a full-time senior line cook/chef de partie. The ideal candidate is calm under pressure and has at least four years of practical experience cooking on line in upscale casual or fine dining settings. We offer a safe, consistently busy, and positive place of work with industry-leading wages and benefits. Please email your resume to eat [at] wildebeest.ca. Qualified applicants will be contacted confidentially for an interview. Read more

GOODS | “Wildebeest” Hosting Oregon Craft Brewers At Special Beer Dinner On Oct. 2nd

September 27, 2013 

Wildebeest is located at 120 West Hastings Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-687-6880 | www.wildebeest.ca

The GOODS from Wildebeest

Vancouver, BC | Wildebeest is super proud and fortunate to present a pretty fine dinner for beer lovers next week. On Wednesday, October 2nd, join us for an amazing five-course dinner showcasing the brews of Portland’s Pfriem Family Brewers and Breakside Brewing. Both are independent brewers based out of Oregon – young upstarts producing delicious small batch beers loved by West Coast beer aficionados. While a couple of the beers we’ll be pouring have just arrived to the BC market for the first time, the majority are very limited production and only being brought up to Canada for this collaborative dinner – the first of its kind outside of Oregon. Tickets are $75 and available via eat [at] wildebeest.ca or 604-687-6880. Read more

GOODS | Award-Winning Wildebeest Set To Serve Special Bourbon Supper This Monday

September 18, 2013 

Wildebeest is located at 120 West Hastings Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-687-6880 | www.wildebeest.ca

The GOODS from Wildebeest

Vancouver, BC | This Monday night, Wildebeest will present a dinner to remember. Join us in our private dining room for a welcome cocktail followed by five delicious courses, each paired with a different delicious bourbon from the portfolio of Beam Global. Think Maker’s 46, Knob Creek Single Barrel, Basil Hayden’s and other beauties served straight up or as a cocktail best suited to each course. Tickets are $75, and very limited via email: eat [at] wildebeest.ca. Learn more about the restaurant after the jump… Read more

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