GOODS: “Goldfish Pacific Kitchen” Raises Nearly $50,000 For Vancouver Native Health

Goldfish Pacific Kitchen is located at 1118 Mainland in Vancouver, BC | 604-689-8318 | goldfishkitchen.com

News from Scout supper Goldfish Pacific Kitchen

Vancouver, BC | This year’s Summer Splash, held on the first full day of summer, June 22nd 2011, raised almost $50,000 – an incredible figure which all goes to the Vancouver Native Health Society. “We are just delighted with the results of the evening – we have raised an incredible amount of money for an extremely worthwhile cause,” says Dotty Kanke, Goldfish owner and philanthropist. “This year’s Summer Splash had such great support and we are very grateful for everyone’s generous donations.” Read more

Yaletown Restaurant Proves Prophetic As “Fiasco” Shutters

December 19, 2010 

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A reader sent in this cell phone shot of a Distress Warrant in the window at 1168 Hamilton Street, the address belonging to Fiasco, Yaletown’s “newest” restaurant. If it is indeed shuttered for good, it’s clear that their vision of “swank and swagger done with style” didn’t pan out. While Yaletown does have a habit of chewing up businesses and spitting them out (witness the fates of LK Dining Lounge, Plan B, Lucky Diner, Diner, Pinky’s, Charlie’s, Browns, etc), this was pure infanticide. Fiasco’s life was astoundingly brief. It opened in the first week of October, which means it breaks the record for the shortest lived establishment in the neighbourhood’s history (as far as I know it).

As to why anyone would give their restaurant a name synonymous with failure, or better still, disaster, is beyond me, but so is Yaletown these days. It has become a chain restaurant theme park in recent years, and though excellence and fun still abound, the last few newcomers have been totally bizarre, so much so that you have to wonder what’s next. The Hindenburg?

Yaletown’s “Lupo Restaurant” Has Joined The Scout Community

December 17, 2010 

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Yaletown’s Lupo Restaurant is now a proud member supporter of Scout. We will be publishing their news on our front page and hosting a page for them in our list of recommended restaurants to check out. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank them for their support of our little website. Click ahead to read on or jump directly to their Scout page hereRead more

Pacific Rim-Inspired “Goldfish” Opens For Holiday Season Lunch

December 1, 2010 

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Goldfish Pacific Kitchen is located at 1118 Mainland in Vancouver, BC | 604-689-8318 | goldfishkitchen.com

News from Scout supper Goldfish Pacific Kitchen

Vancouver, BC | Goldfish Pacific Kitchen, Yaletown’s very own Pacific Rim-inspired restaurant, re-opens its doors for lunch for a limited time on Tuesday, November 22, 2010 until Wednesday, December 22, 2010 from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily – offering business patrons, food lovers and holiday shoppers a fine dining destination away from the hustle and bustle of the festive season.

The varied menu was hand-selected by Goldfish’s chef duo team of Ryan Mah, Chef de Cuisine, and Curtis Webb, Executive Chef. Items include the ever popular Snake River Farms Kurobuta Pork Buns, Green Papaya Beef Salad, Ling Cod Bento, and Lamb Curry. Unique dishes for lunch are featured as “Gold Plates,” such as the Korean Style Fish and Prawn Taco, Tuna Poke Salad and Spicy Tofu Bowl. Read more

“Goldfish Pacific Kitchen” Joins The Growing Scout Community…

November 30, 2010 

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Yaletown’s Goldfish Pacific Kitchen is now a proud member supporter of Scout. We will be publishing their news on our front page and hosting a page for them in our list of recommended restaurants to check out. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank them for their support of our little website. Click ahead to read on or jump directly to their Scout page hereRead more

Big Upcoming Events For CinCin, Araxi, West and Blue Water Cafe

November 3, 2010 

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Veteran Top Table restaurant staff have been recognised for their contributions to the Vancouver restaurant scene...

News from Scout supporters CinCin, Araxi, West, & Blue Water Café

Vancouver & Whistler, BC | Check out all the details on CinCin’s Truffle Festival, the Mayor’s Arts Award for Blue Water Cafe executive chef Frank Pabst, Neil Henderson’s return to Whistler’s Araxi, the Chefs’ Table luncheon at West and the full calendar of holiday events at each Top Table restaurant (including Araxi’s annual involvement in Cornucopia) after the jump… Read more

A “Fiasco” Brewing In The Old Amarcord Location In Yaletown

September 29, 2010 

Fiasco-press-releaseA shudder from James Neil in the inbox:

It was only three years ago since I had moved to the wonderful neighbourhood of the trendy Yaletown. Quite often when you responded to the question “So, where do you live?” and your response was Yaletown you would consistently get the reaction of “Oh wow, what a great area.” In such a short time that answer has changed, dramatically changed. It now gets the response of “Oh, you are one of those.” I am not really sure what that even means but I think we can all figure it out on our own or at the very least come really close with a good guess. This alone inspired the concept behind the new restaurant “fiasco”.

Our vision is quite simple…….swank and swagger done with style.

In order to achieve this we have partnered up with the stylish Goorin Bros. as our staff will be modelling the sleek head pieces throughout the restaurant. Our style won’t end there. With Haute Flooring & Renovation behind the scenes we have created a décor that highlights our brick and beam interior. It is a clean, crisp, and simple room that brings a great vibe to the forefront with live entertainment.

With a casual Italian focus on our food we are presenting a menu that is simplified. A wide selection of appetizers and some great seasonal creations are all being executed by Peter Abrahams. Sarah John, an import from Australia, is our main girl for the bar. With a liking for the classics in cocktail making she will be adding her own twist to some great Italian classics. As for our wine menu, we will proudly be pouring Champagne by the glass as well as different selections of Prosecco and other great sparkling wines of the world. With over 60 different wines from around the world and we boast a menu of over 18 wines by the glass.

This is the old Amarcord location at 1168 Hamilton St. that he’s picked up in the heart of Yaletown (the quiet Italian shuttered in the summer). Make what you will of the press release. It’ll be a shame if the name – Fiasco – proves perfect. Grand opening is Friday.

Yaletown’s “George” Welcomes Timothy Schofield To The Team

September 24, 2010 

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George Ultra Lounge is located at 1137 Hamilton in the heart of Yaletown | 604-628-5555 | www.georgelounge.com

News from Scout supporter George Ultra Lounge

Vancouver, BC | George  Lounge, the Godfather of Vancouver’s thriving cocktail culture, is pleased to welcome Timothy Schofield as Lounge Manager effective immediately. Tim looks forward to fostering an environment at George where bar talent continues to thrive, improving the guest experience, and continuing George’s reign as the place to go for London cocktails, Vancouver style. Read more

Glowbal’s Emad Yacoub Suing Nephew Over Press Release Fibs

September 10, 2010 

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Restaurateur Peter Girges and PR rep Pamela Groberman at the 2010 Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards

Oh, hubris and hyperbole. You’re such fickle bitches. From Business in Vancouver today:

Glowbal Restaurants Ltd. owner Emad Yacoub is suing his nephew, Peter Girges, principal of Rocks Glass Concepts Ltd., for allegedly trading on the good name of Glowbal and creating the impression that Girges was a significant force in Glowbal’s growth.

It was a press release penned by restaurant PR Pamela Groberman announcing Girges’ “100 Days” venture with the Opus Hotel and his two upcoming Yaletown restaurants, Chinois and Pierre’s, that angered Mr. Yacoub.

In the release, it was claimed that Mr. Girges was the “visionary” behind the Glowbal Group of Restaurants; was the “other half of the Glowbal Group of Restaurants”; that he helped build the original Coast, Italian Kitchen, Sanafir, Trattoria Italian Kitchen, Glowbal and Afterglow; and that he had helped “develop” the Glowbal Group of Restaurants.

“Girges at no time held a 50% interest or otherwise maintained any element of control over the Glowbal Group. Control at all times has, and remains directly and indirectly, with Emad Yacoub,” the statement of claim reads.

I could give a shit as to how much of that is true or false, but methinks an uncle doesn’t sue his own nephew just for kicks. Either way, this should be provide plenty of amusement in the coming days. Bon appetit.

Top Table Staff Win Accolades As Major Anniversaries Near…

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Veteran Top Table restaurant staff have been recognised for their contributions to the Vancouver restaurant scene...

News from Scout supporters CinCin, Araxi, West, & Blue Water Café

Vancouver & Whistler, BC | Fresh on the heels of an unprecedented 17 awards garnered at the recent Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, Top Table team members will be recognized with two more accolades.

On September 27th, executive chef Frank Pabst of Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar, and restaurant director Brian Hopkins of West, will be inducted into the British Columbia Restaurant Hall of Fame. These awards signal those “who have demonstrated exceptional professionalism working in the restaurant industry by making their restaurant a special experience.”

The BC Restaurant Hall of Fame was founded six years ago by the BC Restaurant and Food Services Association, and annually honours “the greats” of the province’s culinary community. Jack Evrensel, proprietor of Top Table Group (and 2007 inductee) said, “This is a true distinction and a great honour for Frank and Brian, as well as being a real credit to the other team members in their respective restaurants.” Read more

Pino Posteraro To Be Inducted Into The Dirona Hall of Fame

May 20, 2010 

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Cioppino's is located at 1133 Hamilton St in Yaletown | Vancouver, BC | 604-688-7466 | www.cioppinosyaletown.com

News from Scout supporter Cioppino’s

Vancouver, BC | Pino Posteraro, Executive Chef/Proprietor of Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill & Enoteca in Yaletown, has been selected to join the Distinguished Restaurants of North America (DiRoNA) Hall of Fame. He becomes the first Vancouver restaurateur, and only the third in Canada (after Jacques Landurie of Les Halles, Montreal, and John Arena of Winston’s, Toronto) to be so recognized. In its citation, DiRoNA spoke of Posteraro’s “reputation, culinary achievements, and community involvement, particularly with Chefs Table Society of BC,” and lauded his longstanding commitment to his industry. Read more

Top Table Eateries Win Big At The Van Mag Restaurant Awards

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CinCin, Araxi, West, and Blue Water Cafe take home awards at the 2010 Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards

News from Scout supporters CinCin, Araxi, West, & Blue Water Café

Vancouver & Whistler, BC | We are pleased to share with you that Top Table restaurants were recognized an unprecedented 17 times at the 21st annual Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards held Tuesday, May 18th at the Sheraton Wall Centre. A panel of 19 judges acknowledged Araxi, Blue Water Cafe, CinCin and West, before a standing-room only audience of British Columbia’s leading restaurateurs, chefs and service professionals. Read more

Shaun Layton of George Named 2010 Bartender Of The Year

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George Ultra Lounge is located at 1137 Hamilton in the heart of Yaletown | 604-628-5555 | www.georgelounge.com

News from Scout supporter George Ultra Lounge

Vancouver, BC | George Lounge congratulates Shaun Layton on being named Vancouver Magazine’s 2010 Bartender of the Year. His win gives George the distinction of having two such award winners on its talent roster since opening in 2005. George alumni Nick Devine won the Vancouver Magazine Bartender of the Year Award in 2007 while working at George.

Reflecting on the award, Layton says he’s “thankful for the fantastic platform for quality and creativity that George provides” and advises aspiring bartenders to “learn the basics about the history and production of alcohol and cocktails first, keep it simple, and once you’ve got that down tweak the classics and make them your own. Read more

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