Gastown’s Notturno Set To Celebrate Napa & Sonoma With Special Dinner, May 25


The GOODS from Notturno

Vancouver, BC | Napa vs. Sonoma? We choose both. On May 25, Chef Bill Robitaille and Ben DeChamplain will take you on a culinary journey to where North American wine culture first began with A Night in Napa & Sonoma.

It’s pretty obvious why we’re so excited to profile this region in our Monthly Wine Dinner Series. With a reputation as one of the world’s best viticulture regions, Napa and Sonoma boast over 600 wineries, with agricultural diversity that make the area a top-end culinary destination. Those who’ve had the privilege of dining at The French Laundry will appreciate our tip of the hat to Thomas Keller.

Here’s what you need to know:

A limited number of spots are available, so reserve yours today! Tickets are $150, wine included. Taxes and auto-gratuity extra. To purchase yours, please call 604-720-3145. New guests will receive a “passport” outlining the 11 countries/regions chosen for the series. Returning guests should bring their passports with them. Each dinner you attend gets you a stamp. If you attend five, you’ll receive a Notturno gift card, redeemable during regular business hours. Because “this one goes to 11”, if you attend the first 10, the last one is on us.

Notturno Presents A Night in Napa & Sonoma

Amuse-bouche: Cornet of salmon tartare and sweet red onion crème fraîche

Oysters and Pearls: Local BC oysters, sabayon of pearl tapioca and caviar
Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs, 2010

Salad of haricot verts, tomato tartare and chive oil
The Paring White, 2009

Mac and Cheese: Butter poached lobster with creamy lobster broth and mascarpone enriched orzo
Trefethen Chardonnay, 2012

Lamb chop with cassoulet of summer beans and rosemary
Hendry Cabernet Sauvignon, 2008

Roquefort trifle with French butter pear relish
Vya Sweet Vermouth


Address: 280 Carrall Street
Date: Monday, May 25
Time: 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Price: $150 (includes wine). Taxes and gratuity extra.
Purchase tickets: 604-720-3145 (a deposit will be taken at the time the reservation is made)



280 Carrall Street | Vancouver, BC
Telephone: 604-720-3145 | Email: info
Web: | Twitter: @notturnogastown
Hours: Open Tuesday to Saturday: 6 p.m. to late | No reservations


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The People


Chef/Co-owner – William Robitaille
Bartender – H
Co-owner – Scott McTavish

About Notturno


A Gastown Italian bàcari with an ever-changing selection of cicchetti share plates, craft cocktails, wines by the glass and BC-brewed craft beers, Notturno has something for everyone.

Chef and co-owner William Robitaille has designed Italian-inspired fare with a focus on seasonal, market-fresh products. Industry trained in the West Coast style with Italian and Spanish influences, Robitaille has worked in some of the finest restaurants in Vancouver and Whistler where he developed new and exciting menus. Wine consultant Chris Royal has curated a wine program that expertly complements the food menu.

Known around the world simply as “H”, Notturno’s craft cocktail maker and Vancouver Magazine’s Bartender of the Year for 2013, designed our signature cocktail Gli Felice. This along with H’s five monthly creations is sure to please every taste. Like our menu, our space delivers an eclectic combination of historic and modern.

The new look by Andrea Rodman Interiors is designed to combine the rustic look synonymous with the surrounding Gastown neighbourhood and modern detailing. Master woodworkers Josh Hooge and Steve McFarlane of J&S Reclaimed Wood Custom Furniture have created a new feature wall and bar counter.



Eater Magazine – Vancouver Heat Map | This tiny bar and restaurant tucked away on Carrall has cocktail fans thoroughly over-excited thanks to bartender H’s creative concoctions – impressively, William Robitaille’s Italian tapas even delighted notoriously hard-to-please Globe & Mail critic Alexandra Gill.

Alexandra Gill, Globe and Mail | Notturno’s signature Gli Felice is, as advertised, “a taste of Tuscany in a glass.” I happily say to you that of all the tiny tapas-style wine bars in Gastown, Notturno hits higher than most.

Vancouver Magazine | Don’t miss chef’s succulent Venetian ling cod, which is poached and whipped with olive oil while warm, then served with salty pops of steelhead roe […] “H” (Vancouver magazine’s 2013 Bartender of the Year) mixes exacting craft cocktails with bitter-predominant Italian flair.


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  1. What a fabulous wine and food dinner offered by Notturno. Amuse-bouche, osyters, lamb chop – makes my mouth water just imaging the presentation by Chef Robitaille. I wish my passport was ready to go – I’d fly to Vancover BC tomorrow. When you have the chance to visit, please pay Sonoma Food Tour a visit I would love to take you on a walking food and wine tour around downtown Sonoma. Happy virtual dining in Sonoma and Napa from Gastown. Cheers! Mia, Head Foodie