VANCOUVER WOULD BE COOLER IF #241 | Its Parks Had Concessions Of Consequence

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(via) We’re digging the look and functionality of Liverpool’s outdoor Constellations Bar, which is much more than just a bar. It also sports a food truck, art space, cinema, and community garden. It got us thinking how cool it would be if Vancouver’s residential neighbourhoods each had a get-together hub that operated similarly.

Can you imagine a multi-purpose installation like this on the periphery of Vanier Park, David Lam Park, or Strathcona Park? Wouldn’t it be a thing of civic beauty if the Parks Board took this approach to its concessions and partnered with local craft breweries, farmers markets, community organisations, and food trucks?

On the design, which is remarkable in and of itself…

The structure is supported by a set of ten ‘quadrapods’ – doubled A-Frame supports -made from green oak. These have a duel function, as each one incorporated bench seating or a table. These quadrapods carry the load of the canopy via glue-lam beams, which project form the roof to form a wing-shaped rainspout. The courtyard garden is populated with green oak furniture, conceived as a set of tessellating components, and planted one-tone builders bags. These are easily movable, allowing the space to be reconfigured to accommodate the rolling program of arts events, performance, cinema screenings and a market.

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GOODS | Seasonal ‘La Stagione Di Caccia’ Supper At “La Pentola” On September 28th

September 24, 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 | On the evening of Sunday, September 28th, La Pentola della Quercia will celebrate the beginning of Italian hunting season, or La Stagione di Caccia, with a September Famiglia Supper Series dedicated to foraged mushrooms and fowl. Honour La Stagione di Caccia with a 10+ course meal inspired by the changing season. Chef Lucais Syme invites you to dine family style at communal tables with your friends and neighbors, tasting locally foraged produce and game birds, including quail, duck, partridge and squab, as well as local porcini, chanterelle, and cauliflower mushrooms. Tickets are $55 per person for 10+ courses. We encourage you to reserve early as seating is limited. Call (604) 642-0557 or email info [at] lapentola.ca to reserve. Read more

GOODS | “Minami” To Host Special Sake-Paired Shabu-Shabu Supper On October 15

September 23, 2014 

Minami is located at 1118 Mainland Street in Yaletown | Vancouver BC | 604-685.8080 | www.minamirestaurant.com

Minami is located at 1118 Mainland Street in Yaletown | Vancouver BC | 604-685.8080 | minamirestaurant.com

The GOODS from Minami

Vancouver, BC | Enjoy the warmth of Japanese shabu-shabu on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 6pm as Yaletown’s Minami Restaurant joins forces with Yoshi no Gawa sake brewery to present an evening of provocative tastings. Hosted by Aburi Restaurants Canada’s own Miki Ellis and Yoshi no Gawa’s 19th Kawakami, diners will get a chance to enjoy some rare sakes paired with the fall steamy classic in Minami’s Blue Ocean private dining room.

Shabu-shabu is the Japanese interpretation of fondue or hot pot, and is best enjoyed when shared. Guests cook their ingredients in a small pot of broth, with a variety of seasonings and sauce to flavour. The five “courses” will include vegetables, mushrooms, seafood, beef, and as per Japanese tradition, finish the meal with noodles. The dinner will also include a palate starter and dessert to finish.

“What a better way to welcome fall and stave off the cold than to enjoy a warm and delicious sake paired shabu-shabu dinner at Minami,” says Ellis, Aburi Restaurants Canada’s sake specialist. “It is always such a treat to have Yoshi no Gawa’s president Koji Kawakami visit Vancouver. Not only do they provide us with our exclusive house sake, the Aburi Ginjo, but their sakes are some of the best in the world. We hope to see new and old faces return for our first sake pairing dinner of the season.” Get RSVP and ticket details after the jump… Read more

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | Yaletown’s “La Pentola” On The Lookout For A Pastry Chef

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 | Award-winning La Pentola della Quercia is seeking a qualified pastry chef to take over the bread and pastry program. The candidate must have previous high end pastry experience, and the ability to produce focaccia, ciabatta, macarons, as well as various Northern Italian inspired creations. The successful applicant works well with minimal supervision, and will design and implement a dessert menu which can be carried out by the chefs at night. This is a permanent full time position, with both salary and benefits. Please apply with a resume to chef.travis.mccord [at] gmail.com, or in person between the hours of 2-5. Read more

GOODS | Famiglia Supper At “La Pentola” Set To Celebrate Tomatoes On August 31st

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 | On Sunday, August 31st, join La Pentola della Quercia at 6pm in paying homage to the tomato with the August Famiglia Supper Series, hosted by Chef Lucais Syme. Dine family-style at communal tables with your friends and neighbours as you experience all that the tomato has to offer. The tomato boasts a juicy history in Italy, with over 320 varieties worldwide. From sauces and stews to salads and roasts, what is known as the “Golden Apple” in Italy deserves recognition. La Pentola della Quercia will serve 10+ courses featuring caprese and panzanella salads, pastas with fresh tomato sauce, and free range meats. Tickets are $55 per person. We encourage you to reserve early as seating is limited. Call 604-642-0557 or email info@lapentola.ca to reserve. Learn more about the restaurant after the jump… 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

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | Yaletown’s Italian “Lupo” On Hunt For Prep Cook & First Cook

Lupo Restaurant is located at 869 Hamilton  St. in Vancouver, BC | 604-569-2535 | luporestaurant.ca

Lupo Restaurant is located at 869 Hamilton Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-569-2535 | www.luporestaurant.ca

The GOODS from Lupo Restaurant

Vancouver, BC | Yaletown’s celebrated Lupo eatery is on the lookout for a prep cook and a first cook. The restaurant offers good wages, room for advancement, and benefits to the right candidates who are able to maintain a high standard with minimum supervision. Send resumes in confidence via email to julio [at] luporestaurant.ca. Details after the jump… Read more

GOODS | Music Direction’s July Playlist For Prohibition Brewing Co.’s New Tasting Room

Scout Series ~ Prohibition Brewing ~ from Music Direction on 8tracks Radio.

The GOODS from Music Direction

Vancouver, BC | Music Direction’s playlist for July highlights Kelowna-based Prohibition Brewing Company. The folks from Prohibition recently opened a beautiful Tasting Room on Hamilton Street in Yaletown. Bringing you back to a time when ordering a beer was worth the risk. They commissioned Vancouver artist Rory Doyle to hand-render all their beer labels and logos. Their music program will make you want to get comfy, stay a while and share a beer with the likes of Jack White, Afie Jurvanen and The Rolling Stones. Full tracklist after the jump… Read more

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

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