The GOODS from La Pentola
Vancouver, BC | La Pentola’s Famiglia Supper Series continues as we pay tribute to the city of Rome. Join us this Sunday at 6pm to dine family style at a communal table with your neighbours and friends. As we head to the epicenter of Italian cuisine we will feature 10+ classic Roman dishes including carciofi alla romana, all’amatriciana, and of course, carbonara. We encourage you to reserve as seating is limited. Dinner will be served at 6pm. The cost is $55 per person for 10+ courses. Reserve here and learn more about the restaurant after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from La Pentola
Vancouver, BC | La Pentola’s Famiglia Supper Series kicks off 2014 with a hearty winter dinner on january 26th featuring traditional dishes from the Trentino region of Italy. Join us at 6pm to dine family style at a communal table with your neighbours and friends. This 10+ course dinner will feature dishes including canederli ‘bread dumpling,’ zampone ‘stuffed trotters,’ tortellini, and local Windsor Meats venison. We encourage you to reserve early as seating is limited. Dinner will be served at 6pm. The cost is $55 per person. Learn more about the restaurant after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar
Vancouver, BC | This February executive chef Frank Pabst of Vancouver’s Blue Water Cafe will celebrate the tenth anniversary of his sustainable seafood festival. Aptly named “Unsung Heroes”, Pabst initially created the month-long event to bring awareness to local and unique seafoods and to avoid species that are over-fished or harvested in ways that can damage ocean beds. It is now one of the most-anticipated events on the city’s culinary calendar.
“Our objective was – and is – to utilize lesser-known ingredients while introducing guests to new experiences and flavours,” says chef Pabst. “The popularity of the event has increased tremendously and these formerly ‘unsung’ species are now heroes in their own right – they have truly entered the ‘mainstream’ of the public’s consciousness.”
Blue Water Cafe restaurant director Stephan Cachard adds, “We have seen the demand for this event grow immensely – as much as 400% over the past decade – with the majority being repeat guests.”
Known for championing British Columbia’s sustainable seafood movement, Blue Water Cafe is a founding member of the Vancouver Aquarium’s ‘Ocean Wise’ conservation program. The restaurant strives to educate guests on seafood sustainability while providing an exceptional dining experience. Every year, Blue Water Cafe donates 10% of the proceeds from Unsung Heroes to the Ocean Wise program.
In prior years, the Unsung Heroes menu has consisted of dishes such as red sea urchin trifle, stir-fried jellyfish and poached periwinkles. Always aggressively raising the bar, chef Pabst promises new flavours in 2014 with previously unavailable ingredients including steamed gooseneck barnacles and sustainably-raised sturgeon liver mousse. Read more
The GOODS from La Pentola
Vancouver, BC | La Pentola’s signature New Year’s Eve menu will feature both family style platters and individual dishes. Highlights include a glass of Moet & Chandon Champagne and caviar (upon arrival for late seating only), vitello tonnato, lobster ravioli, Icelandic heritage breed lamb and celebratory dolci. The early seating sees seven courses served from 5pm to 8pm while the late seating starts at 9pm qnd goes late with a 10 course feast. Details after the jump… Read more
Aftershave | Place/Bar | The nickname for Yaletown’s Afterglow lounge, so-named after the clientele’s heavy use of designer man-scents.
Usage: “Did you see those Ed Hardy bros leaving Aftershave and getting in that SUV limo?”
The GOODS from La Pentola
Vancouver, BC | La Pentola’s Famiglia Supper Series concludes for 2013 with a traditional Venetian dinner. Join us at 6pm on November 24th to dine family-style at a communal table with your neighbours and friends. This 10+ course, $55 dinner will begin with classic cicchetti followed by Venetian-inspired seafood, meat, and farm fresh vegetables from our local suppliers. Reserve today for the last Famiglia Supper of the year! Seating is limited. Learn more about the restaurant after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from Hapa Izakaya
Vancouver, BC | In support of the efforts to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan, Hapa Izakaya has announced today that they are now donating $1 from every edamame dish sold within Hapa’s Vancouver locations, between Friday, November 15 and Monday, December 9 to the Canadian Red Cross.
“Our hearts are saddened by the tragic devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan”, says owner, Justin Ault. “The Hapa family stands with their staff, friends and guests who have loved ones affected by the typhoon and hope this small gesture will provide some comfort to those greatly in need. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.”
Donations collected will support the Canadian Red Cross to provide urgently-needed basic services to affected communities. This includes carrying out search and rescue operations, distributing food, and mobilizing items like blankets, clothing, hygiene kits and sleeping mats.
The GOODS from La Pentola
Vancouver, BC | La Pentola’s bar team is getting into the Christmas spirit with new twists on traditional cocktails and carefully crafted festive ingredients. This week sees the addition of four Italian influenced seasonal sips.
La Befana is reinvented eggnog named after the old witch who, according to Italian folklore, rides a broomstick from house to house bringing gifts to children on Epiphany Eve. Carcadè Spumante showcases sparkling wine mixed with carcadè’, a traditional Italian hibiscus tea. The Sant’Angelo cocktail takes its inspiration from the shaved ice carts that are found on the streets of Rome, offering a sweet treat called ‘grattachecca’ flavoured with black cherry, tamarind, almonds or mint sciroppo (sugar syrup). La Pentola’s Sant’Angelo blends grappa and Marsala, two ingredients rarely seen in mixed drinks, mixed with tamarind sciroppo and housemade espresso bitters over crushed ice.
“I’m fine-tuning a recipe for a Hot Buttered Rum that promises to be ridiculously tasty,” says Head Bartender Martin Corriveau. “Our bartending team will also be showcasing timeless punch recipes, carefully crafted from historical formulas. It will be the perfect way to start the night or to kick back before a meal, and since we’ll be making something different every other day, it will be the liquid equivalent of Chef Lucais Syme’s daily food feature.” Corriveau will also revisit some neglected classic cocktails such as the 20th Century (gin, Lillet, crème de cacao) and the Vancouver (a 1950′s drink created at the Sylvia Hotel on English Bay) and explore modern marvels like the Penicillin (scotch, ginger and lemon). Read more
Vancouver, BC | Aburi Restaurants is excited to welcome Koji Kawakami, 19th generation president of Yoshi no Gawa sake brewery in Japan, to Vancouver at the end of October to host two exclusive, six course sake-pairing dinners at Miku (Tuesday, October 29th) and Minami (Wednesday, October 30th) restaurants starting at 6:30 pm. Yoshi no Gawa is one of the oldest sake breweries in Japan and has been in operation since 1548.
“It is not everyday that we have an esteemed sake maker in town to present a dinner, especially two dinners,” explains Miki Ellis, Aburi Restaurants sake specialist and North America’s youngest accredited sake specialist. “Yoshi no Gawa’s sake is representative of the Niigata region in Japan – light, clean flavours that offer diversity with different types of foods. We expect two great evenings of sake and food.”
Both menus, prepared by Miku Executive Chef Kazuhiro Hayashi and Minami Chef de Cuisine Alan Ferrer, will feature fresh, seasonal ingredients and some regional tastes from Niigata… Read more
by Andrew Morrison | La Pentola owner/chef Lucais Syme and his wife Jill have secured the 1,500 sqft ground floor corner space of the Victoria Block. That’s underneath the old Victorian Hotel at West Pender and Homer (350 W. Pender), right across the street from the original Finch’s and next door to the awesome Paper Hound. With it, they plan to open Cinara, a 40 seat eatery that will feature picture windows looking out onto the street, a small wine-focused bar, and an open kitchen plating contemporary European cuisine with a strong Italian accent. “It’s really our chance to cook from the heart,” Syme says. “We want to create simple, beautiful things.” And I expect that that’s exactly what we’ll get.
The name of the place – pronounced Chinara – is a nod to the humble artichoke (“Prickly on the outside and sweet on the inside,” Syme says). While it is one of several ancient monikers for the wild artichokes of the Levant and the thistle family’s Greek catch-all (Cynarae), Cinara is actually a place, an almost mythic island in the Aegean Sea (now known as Zinara). It was said to be home to some especially alluring Sirens, as well as a mysterious place of banishment. It was where the emperor Tiberius once sent a cheeky Greek named Zeno who dared to employ some flowery language in his presence. Cinara was also the name of a particularly greedy but irresistibly sexy ex-lover of the Roman lyric poet Horace (“the grief I knew in my cups when the delicious Cinara left me” – the poor dear)…
Alas, Syme, as far as I know, is not a poet (lyric or otherwise) and, thank goodness, has not been banished from Yaletown. Operations at La Pentola will continue as normal.
Cinara will be open for dinner only, but breakfasts could be added to the menu as the hotel continues its slow burn of boutiquification (a new lobby is also under construction). Predictions? Lucais and Jill are devotees of quality (witness their tenures at La Quercia and La Ghianda), so I’d be shocked if this wasn’t one of the best new restaurants of 2014. Construction starts this week and opening day is slated for some point in January.
The GOODS from Homer St. Cafe & Bar
Vancouver, BC | Homer St. Cafe and Bar is proud to announce the debut of its new brunch menu, available on Sunday, October 6, 2013. Rooted in familiar, wholesome ingredients, Homer St. Cafe’s honest approach to brunch features locally sourced, elevated comfort foods delivered with playful panache. Revitalizing everyday classics, this new “wow” option for Sunday diners marks a welcomed boost to Yaletown’s brunch scene.
Characterized by both sweet and savoury selections, the brunch menu is carefully crafted by Executive Chef Marc-André Choquette (Chef MAC) and Restaurant Chef Tret Jordan. Featuring brunch-time takes on Homer St. Cafe’s signature rotisserie meats, the new Sunday daytime menu centers around the house-made pork sausage and pork belly, both which are roasted in the signature Rotisol Grande Flame Olympia Rotisserie (the only one of its kind in Canada to be used in a restaurant). Guests can also look forward to refined favourites, such as a maple chicken cobbler with poached egg, or the baked steelhead trout with beef brisket and poached egg. For diners seeking more of a lunch option, Chef MAC and Chef Tret embraced their savoury sides with tempting dishes like the pork and hazelnut terrine with pickled vegetables and apple mustard, or the fried oysters with mustard aioli and pickled cucumber. And for those with a sweet tooth, the decadent fried nutella and banana monte cristo sandwich is sure to satisfy. Rounding out the brunch menu are handcrafted classic cocktails, from a signature mimosa to the House Caesar. Thanks to Bar Manager JS Dupuis’ creativity, Sunday sippers can enjoy the Port of Mumbai, made with Bombay Sapphire, grapefruit, and lavender honey, while the inventive House Caesar features house-made, chicken-infused spirits and spicy clamato.
Set in two of Vancouver’s most iconic buildings, the Homer and the Beasley in Vancouver’s Yaletown district, Homer Street Cafe and Bar incorporates the original character of the heritage space with a decidedly contemporary aesthetic. Sunday diners will enjoy the bright and airy – and decidedly “brunch-like – feel in a variety of settings, including the open concept “Chef’s Bar” and a semi-private dining room, replete with reclaimed factory windows, bespoke seating, and antique tiling. Read more
The GOODS from La Pentola
Vancouver, BC | Freshest of flavours, seasonal ingredients and imaginative mixes – it’s not just Chef Lucais Syme’s kitchen team at La Pentola della Quercia that’s creating handcrafted cuisine. Situated in the heart of Vancouver’s trendy Yaletown, inside OPUS Hotel, La Pentola’s bar – headed up by Martin Corriveau – is taking a spirited approach to cocktails this fall.
Echoing the restaurant’s ethos of combining fun with flavour to create an unforgettable experience, the focus is on handcrafted ingredients this season: from brandied organic Montmorency sour cherries from the Fraser Valley to a deconstructed housemade gin and tonic. Warming spirit-forward cocktails make the most of seasonal produce, including Okanagan apples and peaches, and Italian-influenced ingredients appear in drinks such as a shandy that showcases a locally-made cider.
“We’re moving towards heavier, spirit-forward cocktails,” says Head Bartender Martin Corriveau. “Be prepared for some bold drinks – Negronis, amaro-heavy libations and brown spirits feature more prominently. Our oak-barrels will be filled with Vieux Carrés; a luscious New Orleans cocktail with Cognac, whiskey and Bénédictine – and we will be bottling Corpse Revivers No.2: a 1930’s classic with triple sec, Lillet, gin and absinthe.”
This summer, Corriveau introduced barrel-aged and bottled elements to the cocktail program – beginning with a barrel-aged Manhattan and a carbonated French Canadian 75, made from Bombay Sapphire gin and orange bitters, then bottled and labeled by batch number. The traditional French 75 is made with Champagne, but La Pentola’s version features Blanche de Chambly beer from Quebec – just one of many quirky twists on tradition.
Corriveau will be introducing guests to the bar’s collection of Italian amari. These aperitifs range from the more familiar Campari, Aperol and Fernet Branca to the more unusual artichoke-based Cynar – alongside their collection of grappas. Corriveau also shows off his sweet side by making his own syrups such as orgeat (almonds and orange blossoms), pimento (cloves), vanilla, elderflower and grenadine. Read more
The GOODS from La Pentola
Vancouver, BC | On Sunday September 29th at 6pm, join La Pentola della Quercia at 6pm to dine alla famiglia style at a communal table with your neighbours and friends. This month, the Famiglia Supper Series continues with a ‘Flavours of Tuscany’ dinner. As summer comes to a close, Syme will highlight the beautiful flavours that come with the changing season, serving 10+ courses featuring the freshest local products from Windsor Meats and Tuscan-inspired farm fresh vegetables. Tickets are $55. We encourage you to reserve early as seating is limited. Call 604-642-0557 or email info [at] lapentola.ca to reserve. Read more