GOODS | Chef Wesley Young Tables New Menu Of Summer Flavours At “Wildebeest”

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

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Vancouver, BC | Vancouver’s Wildebeest restaurant has launched its summer menu. Executive Chef Wesley Young brings the heat this season with a fresh, well-balanced line up of dishes that draw heavily from the Pacific Northwest’s rich and varied agricultural largess.

Available for the next few months, the menu features well-rounded midsummer fare with a focus on lighter proteins and the reciprocity of crisp flavours and varied textures. Diners can expect to taste dishes such as pan-roasted halibut with oyster mushrooms, an egg yolk glaze, seaweed, and dashi; oyster ‘Blumenthal’ with poached razor clam, rhubarb ‘snow’, and croutons; Fraser Valley rabbit with butter-poached white asparagus, fava beans, and peas; and rainbow carrots with a stinging nettle ‘cassoulet’, summer squash, and mustard flowers.

Dessert tempers the season’s torrid temperatures with offerings of yoghurt sorbet with walnut praline, macerated strawberries, and edible flowers, and toasted hazelnut ice cream with sorrel mousse and fresh strawberries.

From the bar hails the latest incarnation of the restaurant’s rotating frozen cocktail feature: a bright and heady tequila-watermelon slushie, just in time for the inauguration of Wildebeest’s recently launched Happy Hour. From 5-7pm daily, cool off with boozy slushies and Parallel 49 ‘Tricycle’ Radler for just $5 a pop. To view the full menu, visit www.wildebeest.ca. Read more

GOODS | Wildebeest’s “Underbelly” Set To Welcome Jura Legends For Big Wine Supper

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

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Vancouver, BC | On Thursday, July 24th at 7:00pm, enjoy a Gallic staycation at Gastown’s Wildebeest with a five-course menu paired with wines of the Jura from Domaine André and Mireille Tissot. Join Wine Director Brook Delves and Sommelier Justin Everett as they host and speak to Tissot’s tipples at this unparalleled long-table dinner in Underbelly, Wildebeest’s intimate subterranean wine bar. Chef Wesley Young elevates the senses with a classic five-course menu inspired by French mountain cuisine in harmony with some of the region’s choicest biodynamic wines. Importer That’s Life Gourmet will also be in attendance. Tickets for this event are limited and on sale for $150 per person, including tax and gratuity. Reservations can be made by emailing eat [at] wildebeest.ca. Details and menu after the jump… Read more

GOODS | Wildebeest Celebrating Quebecois Craft Beers With Special Feast On June 3rd

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

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Vancouver, BC | On Tuesday, June 3rd Wildebeest celebrates Quebecois craft beers with “Da Beest & Da Block”, an exclusive six-course dinner paired with pours from three of La Belle Province’s finest microbrasseries. As part of Vancouver’s Craft Beer Week, guests are invited to enjoy six unique brews from Quebec’s celebrated Le Trou du Diable, Dieu du Ciel and Les Trois Mousquetaires microbreweries alongside a French-Canadian inspired menu by Chef Wesley Young.

In addition to the brews paired during dinner, special edition beers will be poured by Le Trou de Diable brewmaster Isaac Tremblay. Guests are able to taste a selection of beers chosen by the brewmaster himself, including Le Trou de Diable’s Amer Indienne Belgian IPA and “Dulcis Succubus” Wine Barrel Aged Saison. With three seatings — 5pm, 7pm, 9pm — guests have several opportunities to enjoy this one night only event.

Tickets for this event are limited and on sale for $99 each, excluding taxes and gratuity, which includes a six-course dinner and six unique craft beer pairings. To secure a ticket and select a seating time please purchase online. Menu after the jump… Read more

DINER | Wildebeest Team Lands West Side Address, Gets Set To Open “Bufala” Pizzeria

by Andrew Morrison | Josh Pape and James Iranzad, the owner-operators of Wildebeest in Gastown, are opening a new restaurant, this time in Kerrisdale. It’s to be a 55 seater called Bufala, so named – one assumes – after the Italian water buffaloes that provide the world’s better pizzerias with milk for mozzarella cheese (wildebeests and buffaloes are also a tidy pair of bovid ungulates).

Bufala is currently under construction at 5295 West Blvd (Arbutus) at West 38th, so not far from Kerrisdale’s epicentre. I toured the space before the weekend, and it was clear that they weren’t far off from finishing (despite the state of the interiors depicted in the images above). When it opens, probably before the end of the month, it will do day and night service, and presumably a brisk take-out trade.

For pizzas, they’ll have a high temperature double decker electric oven making 10-12 types a night. A few of these will be of the traditional sort (eg. Margherita), but the majority will be originals built for taste. In addition to the pies, there will be several sides, including 3-4 staple salads, plus a pasta feature or two. There’s a new Farmer’s Market located right across the street, and they hope to make use of it. ”There are a lot of farmers at the market that we already deal with at Wildebeest,” Iranzad says, “so it’ll be nice for us to just walk across the street and build features with them.”

And speaking of Wildebeest, in a two-way street arrangement their amazing smoked olives will be on offer at Bufala, while Bufala’s bread will be tabled at Wildebeest. Doing the cooking will be Lucas Earthy, formerly of Les Faux Bourgeois and La Pentola della Quercia, and Wildebeest’s own Graham Marceau.

The design will see the space dominated by two long communal tables running down the middle of the room with four booths on one side and an open kitchen bar complete with four or five stools for prime viewing/dining on the other. There is no sit down bar, though there is – naturally – a bar program. “It’s definitely a smaller program than what I’m used to,” Pape – a former Bartender of the Year – explains, “but it’ll have a good mix of classic Italian and contemporary cocktails.” I trust we’ll also see a well chosen selection of wines by the glass and some quality beers as well.

So what to make of it?

For sure, Vancouverites like pizza. In recent years they’ve been rewarded for their decades of patience suffering mostly second rate pies by an explosion of quality pizza joints, especially in East Van. But the people of Kerrisdale – and the West Side in general – haven’t been as fortunate. So it would be hard to view this development as anything other than is an absolute win for them.

And excellence aside, the award-winning Wildebeest is very much a fun-loving eatery, so I imagine they’ll get a lot of kicks out of doing pizza. “We want to be a neighbourhood restaurant,” Pape says, “but want to play a little bit, too.”

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GOODS | “Wildebeest” Preps For Migration To Tofino & Very Special Supper At Shelter

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

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Vancouver, BC | Wildebeest restaurant migrates to the Island this weekend to invade the kitchen at Tofino’s Shelter. On Saturday May 3rd, Chef Wesley Young and the Wildebeest team will cook up their most popular plates with some local and foraged twists, while award-winning bartender Thor Paulsen will commandeer Shelter’s bar to pair dishes with well-crafted cocktails. For those who prefer a cold brew with their meal, Tofino Brewing Co. will join the party to tap a cask of one-off craft beer. Early reservations are encouraged for what is sure to be a popular event. Please call Shelter to book a seat: 1-250-725-3353. Details after the jump… Read more

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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