Mexican Culinary Talents Jair Tellez & Hugo Duran Pair Up for Special Dinner at Fayuca

The GOODS from Fayuca

Vancouver, BC | You’re invited to experience a special five-course meal created by some of Mexico’s most exciting culinary talent on Tuesday, November 21. The friendship between Canadians and Mexicans is a special one, and nowhere is it more unique than on the plate! To celebrate this relationship, YVR Food Fest and Mexico Tourism Board of Canada invite you to enjoy an unforgettable event with tasty food and exceptional wine pairings. Don’t miss it!

About the Dinner | Famed Mexican chefs Jair Tellez and Hugo Duran will collaborate with their Canadian counterparts, Ernesto Gomez and Martin Vargas at Fayuca, to create a five-course dinner that brings together the flavours, indigenous ingredients, local produce and techniques of the two countries. As part of the cultural exchange experience, the Mexican chefs will get to visit markets, go foraging and meet local producers with their hosts to source the ingredients for the dinner. Also making the trip north will be Noel Tellez and Alonso Maldonado from Bichi, a Baja California winery producing natural wines using minimal intervention and traditional methods. A selection of the wines will be available as pairings at the dinners.

About The Chefs | Chef Jair Tellez is one of Mexico’s best known chefs, with his first restaurant, Laja in Baja California, recently named to San Pellegrino’s Top 50 Latin American Restaurants list. He also has two restaurants in Mexico City, MeroToro and Amaya, and is a partner at Vancouver’s Fayuca. Chef Hugo Duran’s culinary work is based on the development of his personal culinary language, inspired by his travels, field research and study of bio-cultural diversity of Mexico’s central region. He is what some would consider a nomadic chef.

What: Gather with Jair Tellez and Hugo Duran
When: Tuesday, November 21
Where: Fayuca (1009 Hamilton Street)
How much: $76 (includes taxes and gratuity). Wine pairings available.



1009 Hamilton Street | Vancouver, BC
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Hours: 4pm-late every day


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Partner/Owner – Ernesto Gomez
Partner/Owner – Jair Tellez
Partner/Owner – Darragh McFeely
Managers – Chris Hesje, Francisco Lopez



Fayuca is a term used in Northern Mexico to describe petty contraband goods smuggled over the border like clothes, liquor, and food. In the context of Yaletown’s newest restaurant, Fayuca is inspired by the free flow of flavours and ideas across borders, up and down the Pacific Coastline. Located in the former Hamilton Street Grill (1009 Hamilton, at Nelson), this beautifully designed restaurant seats 100+, including patio.

Fayuca only sources products from the best farms, fisheries, and suppliers. Farmed products are organic or chemical free, whenever possible. Seafood products are sustainable and wild caught. The menu has something for everyone as there are numerous vegan options.

“Fayuca’s food is inspired by flavours and memories of the Pacific Northwest region of Mexico, but expressed with ingredients found in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Our menu is quality and sustainability focused. They’re always be new additions to the menu not only seasonally, but every time you visit,”.


Possibly the most interesting restaurant to land in Yaletown in the last decade.” – Andrew Morrison, Scout Magazine

“It’s not Mexican food. But I felt it was Mexican enough to tweet out, ‘Best Mexican food in town.’” – Mia Stainsby, Vancouver Sun

“With it’s focus on Mexican flavours and the Northern Pacific, Co-owners Chef Ernesto Gomez and Mexican-based chef Jair Tellez have a created a wonderous eatery that celebrates life and deliciousness. From the ambience of the tiki décor to the vibe and synergy of the staff to the food and drinks it all works in rhythm.” Richard Wolak, Vancouver Foodster

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