GOODS | Yaletown’s “La Pentola” Serving Up New Summer-Inspired Menu & Cocktail List

La Pentola is located in the Opus Hotel at 350 Davie St. in Vancouver, BC | (604) 642-0557 | www.lapentola.ca

La Pentola is located in the Opus Hotel at 350 Davie St. in Vancouver, BC | (604) 642-0557 | www.lapentola.ca

The GOODS from La Pentola

Vancouver, BC | As the summer sun heats up it brings sunshine to the city and a bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables to La Pentola della Quercia’s kitchen door with daily deliveries of fresh juicy fruits, summer squash and beautiful beets. La Pentola introduces a range of lighter dishes that complement the warmer summer season and an expanded cocktail list will be appearing at the bar with one of the widest list of digestifs in Western Canada.

“We’re excited to feature the season’s freshest fruit and vegetables on our new menus,” says La Pentola’s Co-owner & Chef, Lucais Syme. “This summer we’ll be featuring some awesome kale varieties, beautiful little beets, nettles, radicchio, carrots and fruits.”

Fresh beet and ricotta salad with pickled radishes and hazelnuts will be appearing on the menu, alongside ricotta gnocchi with fava beans, zucchini and pine nuts; nettle risotto and parmigiano reggiano; poached asparagus with soft quails’ egg and grated prosciutto; and daily market fresh fish ‘acqua pazza’ with clams and fregola. Dinner menus are priced at $60 or $75 per person for seven or ten courses, and include antipasti, pastas, main courses and dessert.

Pastry Chef Matt Wilson is sweetening things up for the summertime with fresh new desserts such as lemon balm mousse with strawberry essence and prosecco; dark chocolate ganache with prickly pear, licorice root sorbetto and nasturtium; cherries with pistachios, dark chocolate and grappa; and fresh raspberries with hazelnuts, black sesame and sorrel.

Echoing the kitchen’s ethos of combining fun with flavour, La Pentola’s comprehensive summer cocktail menu is focused on Italian bitters, fresh fruits, and housemade liqueurs. The new menu has been expanded to feature over 40 Italian, French, Argentine, and German digestifs – one of the widest selections in Western Canada.

The new menu will feature all of the restaurant’s spirits and amari, as well as classic cocktails and punches, bottled cocktails and weekly special features. Martin has come up with more creative cocktails to supplement the menu such as a housemade limoncello carefully crafted with the freshest fruits, and old-time sodas carbonated and bottled in-house.

Other creative summer drinks include the Negroni Rosato – a mix of gin, housemade Rose Vermouth, Campari and orange oil. The Ragazzina, which is inspired by 1970’s Italian icon Gloria Guida, features quince-infused Courvoisier VS, St. Germain, sparkling wine and peach bitters.

La Pentola continues their Famiglia Supper Series, hosted on the last Sunday of each month, with a Sicilian summer dinner this July. Join La Pentola on Sunday July 27 at 6:00pm to dine family style at a communal table with neighbours and friends. For the 10+ course Italian feast Chef Lucais will feature fresh tomatoes, capers, new potatoes, as well as Sicilian inspired fish, seafood, meat and farm fresh vegetable dishes. The Supper Series costs $55 per person for 10+ courses, reservations are encouraged, call 604-642-0557 or email info@lapentola.ca. Read more

GOODS | La Pentola Set To Serve Up Special Tuscan-Inspired “Grigliata” Supper June 29

La Pentola is located in the Opus Hotel at 350 Davie St. in Vancouver, BC | (604) 642-0557 | www.lapentola.ca

La Pentola is located in the Opus Hotel at 350 Davie St. in Vancouver, BC | (604) 642-0557 | www.lapentola.ca

The GOODS from La Pentola

Vancouver, BC | La Pentola’s Famiglia Supper Series invites you to a Tuscan-inspired grigliata on June 29th, hosted by Chef Lucais Syme. Join us and dine family-style at a communal table with your neighbours and friends. This 10+ course dinner pays homage to Italian summer grilling, and will feature a nose to tail boar dinner from the grill, alongside farm fresh vegetables, pasta, and grilled seafood. Tickets are $55. Reserve soon as seating is limited! Read more

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | Blue Water Cafe On Lookout For Chef De Partie & Sous Chef

Blue Water Cafe is located at 1095 Hamilton Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-688-8078 | www.bluewatercafe.net

Blue Water Cafe is located at 1095 Hamilton Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-688-8078 | www.bluewatercafe.net

The GOODS from Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar

Vancouver, BC | We are looking for experienced individuals to join our team as Junior Sous Chef and Chef de Partie at Blue Water Cafe. The ideal candidate will have the opportunity to learn from an experienced kitchen team and work with exceptional seasonal products. The ideal candidate is team-oriented, motivated and energetic. He or she is a team player who works well under pressure in a dymamic and fast paced environment. Canadian citizenship, permanent resident status, CIS or valid work permit is a must.

Blue Water Cafe is Vancouver’s definitive destination for seafood, widely known for its excellence in celebrating the extraordinary flavours of B.C. Consistently awarded “Best Seafood Restaurant” in Vancouver and recognized for its unparalleled service, an evening at Blue Water Cafe is truly an unforgettable experience. Read more

GOODS | ‘La Pentola’ Serving Boulevardiers, Fiorentina Steaks, Amarone On Father’s Day

La Pentola is located in the Opus Hotel at 350 Davie St. in Vancouver, BC | (604) 642-0557 | www.lapentola.ca

La Pentola is located in the Opus Hotel at 350 Davie St. in Vancouver, BC | (604) 642-0557 | www.lapentola.ca

The GOODS from La Pentola

Vancouver, BC | Celebrate Dad with a Rib Eye or Fiorentina steak for two. Seared to perfection, the Fiorentina is a classic cut from Florence that is perfectly paired with a stiff Boulevardier cocktail for Dad. Don’t miss the uncorking of Amarone from our cellar, to be offered by the glass for the occasion. Reserve here and learn more about the restaurant after the jump… Read more

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | “Blue Water Cafe” Is On The Hunt For An Assistant Pastry Chef

Blue Water Cafe is located at 1095 Hamilton Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-688-8078 | www.bluewatercafe.net

Blue Water Cafe is located at 1095 Hamilton Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-688-8078 | www.bluewatercafe.net

The GOODS from Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar

Vancouver, BC | We are looking for an experienced individual to join our team as Assistant Pastry Chef. A minimum 5 years experience in a similar position is required. Knowledge of bread-making, chocolate work, and individual dessert plating is a must. Candidate needs to be team oriented, motivated and energetic.

Blue Water Cafe is Vancouver’s definitive destination for seafood, widely known for its excellence in celebrating the extraordinary flavours of B.C. Consistently awarded “Best Seafood Restaurant” in Vancouver and recognized for its unparalleled service, an evening at Blue Water Cafe is truly an unforgettable experience. We thank all applicants for their interest, though we will only be able to respond to those selected for an interview. Please send application by email to jeanpierre [at] bluewatercafe.net. Learn more about the restaurant after the jump… Read more

GOODS | La Pentola Continues Its Famiglia Supper Series With Special Seafood Feast

La Pentola is located in the Opus Hotel at 350 Davie St. in Vancouver, BC | (604) 642-0557 | www.lapentola.ca

La Pentola is located in the Opus Hotel at 350 Davie St. in Vancouver, BC | (604) 642-0557 | www.lapentola.ca

The GOODS from La Pentola

Vancouver, BC | La Pentola’s Famiglia Supper Series continues in May with a delectable seafood dinner. Join us this Sunday, May 25th at 6pm to dine family-style at a communal table with your neighbours and friends. For this 10+ course Italian feast Chef Lucais will feature Organic Ocean’s freshest seafood including spot prawns, pacific octopus, squid ink risotto, albacore tuna, ‘bottarga’, Haida Gwaii Halibut and more. The cost for 10+ courses is $55 per person. We encourage you to reserve as seating is limited. Read more

GOODS | Three “Top Table” Restaurants To Serve Superlative Wine Suppers This Spring

The award-winning CinCin, Blue Water Cafe, and Araxi restaurants will each play host to special wine suppers this Spring

The award-winning CinCin, Blue Water Cafe, and Araxi restaurants get set for special wine suppers in May/June

The GOODS from CinCin, Araxi, & Blue Water Café

Vancouver & Whistler, BC | This Spring, Toptable Group and its team of award-winning chefs and renowned wine and restaurant directors, is pleased to present a trio of exclusive wine dinners at Blue Water Cafe, CinCin Ristorante, and Araxi Restaurant on May 20, 22, and June 6 respectively. Get all the details regarding each supper after the jump… Read more

GOODS | La Pentola Continues Its Famiglia Supper Series With 10 Course Marche Feast

April 22, 2014 

La Pentola is located in the Opus Hotel at 350 Davie St. in Vancouver, BC | (604) 642-0557 | www.lapentola.ca

La Pentola is located in the Opus Hotel at 350 Davie St. in Vancouver, BC | (604) 642-0557 | www.lapentola.ca

The GOODS from La Pentola

Vancouver, BC | La Pentola’s Famiglia Supper Series continues this April as we take a trip to the region of Marche, Italy. Join us Sunday, April 27 at 6pm to dine family style at a communal table with your neighbours and friends. For this 10+ course Italian feast Chef Lucais will feature classic dishes including Olives Ascolane and Vincisgrassi as well as coastal Marche inspired fish, seafood, meat, and farm fresh vegetable dishes. We encourage you to reserve as seating is limited. The cost is $55 per person for 10+ courses. Learn more about the restaurant after the jump… Read more

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | Yaletown’s Homer St. Cafe & Bar Now Hiring For The Kitchen

April 17, 2014 

The Homer St. Cafe & Bar is located at 898 Homer St. in Vancouver, BC | 604-428-4299 | www.homerstreetcafebar.com

The Homer St. Cafe & Bar is located at 898 Homer St. in Vancouver, BC | 604-428-4299 | homerstreetcafebar.com

The GOODS from Homer St. Cafe & Bar

Vancouver, BC | Homer St. Cafe and Bar is now recruiting for kitchen positions. We are looking for motivated candidates with a background in casual dining to join our award winning team. We are looking for team players who excel in fast-paced, high energy environments and are legally entitled to work in Canada. We value the interest of all applicants; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All interested candidates please forward your resumes to tret [at] homerstreetcafebar.com. Learn more about Homer St. Cafe after the jump… Read more

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | “Hapa Izakaya” Now Hiring For The Front & Back Of House

There are six Hapa Izakayas in Vancouver & Toronto. Kits | Robson | Yaletown | Coal Harbour | College St. | Ritz Bar

There are six Hapa Izakayas in Vancouver & Toronto. Kits | Robson | Yaletown | Coal Harbour | College St. | Ritz Bar

The GOODS from Hapa Izakaya

Vancouver, BC | Hapa Izakaya is hiring at all locations. For the front of house, we are seeking servers, bartenders and hosts who are energetic, hard-working, and looking for a fast-paced, fun environment. Applicants should have a passion for Japanese cuisine. Experience is an asset, but not mandatory. In the kitchen, we are looking for cooks with culinary experience, preferably with some Japanese influence. Japanese language skills are a definitely asset. Candidates may apply in person at Hapa Coal Harbour (909 West Cordova Street), Monday to Friday between 2:00pm-4:00pm, or Saturdays between 4:30pm-6:00pm. Learn more about the company after the jump… Read more

GOODS | “La Pentola” Turns In Its Winter Menu For New Celebration Of Italian Spring

March 26, 2014 

La Pentola is located in the Opus Hotel at 350 Davie St. in Vancouver, BC | (604) 642-0557 | www.lapentola.ca

La Pentola is located in the Opus Hotel at 350 Davie St. in Vancouver, BC | (604) 642-0557 | www.lapentola.ca

The GOODS from La Pentola

Vancouver, BC | La Pentola, situated inside Yaletown’s OPUS Hotel, is lightening up for spring with a new range of dishes and drinks on the menu. New fresh flavours reflect the spring season and lighter libations will be appearing at the bar this month.

“We’re ready to showcase the best of Spring’s seasonal produce on our new dinner menu,” says La Pentola’s co-owner & Chef, Lucais Syme. “We have daily deliveries of freshly harvested vegetables, fish and meat and we’re introducing citrus elements and fresh herbs to the new dishes. I’m looking forward to working with nettles this Spring – this wild and interesting superfood has a subtle but deep flavour that I think our guests will really enjoy.”

Nettle risotto with parmigiano reggiano will be appearing on the menu, alongside paccheri with octopus in saffron tomato sauce; smoked veal tongue salad with salsa rosa and crouton; and smoked duck breast with sunchokes, Amarena cherries, porcini mushrooms and rapini. Dinner menus are priced at $55 or $75 per person for seven or ten courses, and include antipasti, pastas, main courses and dessert.

Pastry chef Matt Wilson has also given his desserts a springtime makeover and he will be offering fresh takes on favourite flavors such as dark chocolate ganache with blood orange sorbetto; olive oil ganache with poppy seed gelato and Meyer lemon; cheesecake gelato, porcini and pine nut crumble; and Granny Smith apples with honey gelato and black tea soda. Read more

GOODS | Special Nose-To-Tail Heritage Pig Supper At Yaletown’s La Pentola March 30

March 18, 2014 

La Pentola is located in the Opus Hotel at 350 Davie St. in Vancouver, BC | (604) 642-0557 | www.lapentola.ca

La Pentola is located in the Opus Hotel at 350 Davie St. in Vancouver, BC | (604) 642-0557 | www.lapentola.ca

The GOODS from La Pentola

Vancouver, BC | We’re celebrating the 1st Anniversary of our Famiglia Supper Series on the night of March 30th. Chef Lucais is taking us back to the sold-out event that kicked things off one year ago, the nose-to-tail heritage pig dinner. Working with Windsor Meats, we’ll be serving the best in free range, all natural pork featuring Tamworth & Berkshire breed from Thompson Heritage Ranch. Join us at 6pm to dine family style at a communal table with your neighbours and friends. The cost is $55 per person for 10+ courses. We encourage you to reserve as seating is limited. Read more

DINER | Jack Evrensel Sells West, CinCin, Blue Water Cafe, Thierry, Araxi To Aquilinis

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by Andrew Morrison | There have been rumblings about this for several months, but today it’s official. As of this morning, the Aquilini Group is now in full possession of Toptable, the collection of eateries developed over the past 33 years by legendary Vancouver restaurateur Jack Evrensel. The official announcement will be released to the media this afternoon.

Evrensel opened some of the most successful and impactful eateries we’ve ever had. These included them Araxi (Whistler) in 1981, CinCin in 1990, Blue Water Cafe and West in 2000 (two months apart), and Thierry in 2011. Many of Vancouver’s top bartenders, servers, sommeliers, managers, and chefs honed their skills under the Toptable umbrella – so many that they’re hard to count. And the staff they currently have on payroll are some of the best in the business.

“Our team has never been stronger nor this rich in talent,” Evrensel is quoted as saying in the official news release that is coming out this afternoon. He attributes this to the commitment and passion of the company’s “award-winning chefs, renowned restaurant and wine directors, and dedicated employees,” but at least some of the credit needs to be pointed his way. I’ve seen perhaps one of two restaurateurs in my life who are as dedicated to the higher standards of hospitality. What has set Jack apart, however, has been his penchant for managing from the background. There’s never been any personal glory-basking or attention-seeking. In all the years that I’ve been reporting on restaurants, I’ve managed to take his photo just once, at an Araxi long table supper on Pemberton’s North Arm Farm several years ago (see above). I remember him shifting his weight to one leg and tilting his head as if to say, “Aw, c’mon” like a little kid. I trust that he’s doing that right now as he reads this.

Evrensel will stay for the next three months in a consulting role to help manage the transition, and operations will continue as normal. On the phone yesterday, he couldn’t tell me what he was going to do after that. “I really don’t know. I’ve never really had a five year plan. I go with the flow. I’m at peace. I don’t know the future, and that’s the way I like it.”

I don’t expect the Aquilini Group – a real estate, development, renewable energy, sports, and entertainment behemoth - will mess around with a good thing. The managers currently in place at every Toptable property are at the top of their game, so the maintenance of the status quo sounds ideal.

All I know for certain is that Jack deserves a round of applause, not only for a long career of excellence, but also for finding and locking down the one deep-pocketed buyer who could afford to take his considerable life’s work off his hands.

Terms of the deal are not being disclosed.

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