The GOODS from Cafe Medina
Vancouver BC | In the spirit of wine fest and the most romantic month of the year, Café Medina presents two delightfully wine-soaked affairs this February: a new wine pop-up — the latest edition of the ‘Medina After Dark’ series — hosted by Medina GM, sommelier and passionate Vancouver wine personality Jenna Briscoe; and the launch of an ongoing ‘Wine Wednesday’ midday wine appreciation celebration!
“I envision ‘Medina After Dark’ not only as an amazing platform to be able to inspire and educate guests and self-proclaimed wine enthusiasts but also a rare and special opportunity to experience Medina at night,” says Jenna.
For four nights only (February 26-29, 2020), during the 2020 Vancouver International Wine Festival (VIWF), Medina will transform from destination brunch spot into an inviting wine bar, open to one and all from 5 PM to midnight, where guests can enjoy a splash from Jenna’s specially designed wine list with by the glass and bottle offerings; and a selection of perfectly paired small plates, created by executive chef Christ West and long time Medina collaborator Dan Larsen, as an extension of Medina’s beloved Mediterranean-inspired menu, with\ savoury bites like Lamb Sirloin Kebab with Mint Yoghurt and Smoked Tuna Brandade, as well as the cult favourite, Woodstone Fired Flatbread with Mascarpone, Black Pepper and Honey.
As a nod to the VIWF French theme, each evening will feature some of the city’s best sommeliers offering unique perspectives with French selections; guest somms include local wine personality Kurtis Kolt and past VIWF Sommelier of the Year and group sommelier for Joey Restaurants, Jason Yamasaki. To conclude the four day wine whirlwind, Medina After Dark will partner with the popular Apéro series. In the French tradition, Apéro is “a way to gather friends and colleagues to enjoy a small selection of by-the-glass wines curated by local sommelier Maude Renaud-Brisson in a relaxed social setting”; during this small social hour, guests are welcome to bring a bottle of wine for a corkage fee of $10, which is donated directly to the BC Hospitality Foundation (BCHF).
In addition to the Apéro partnership, Medina After Dark will be raising funds for the BCHF, a local non-profit charity that provides support for individuals within the hospitality community who are coping with a financial crisis arising from a health or medical condition.
“We are firm believers in showing gratitude,” says Café Medina Owner Robbie Kane. “We try to give back whenever possible and the BCHF is the natural choice for this occasion.”
In addition to her duties as host of Medina After Dark, Café Medina sommelier and longtime GM, Jenna is a WSET educator at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, and has worked with wine teams at some of Vancouver’s best wine destinations as well as abroad at institutions such as Medlar Restaurant and Lorne in London. She is a VinItaly International Italian Wine Ambassador and international wine judge for competitions, most recently at renowned 5 Star Wines and the Judgment of BC, also lending her expertise to projects such as Top Drop Canada, a terroir focused wine festival. Jenna brings this knowledge and enthusiasm to the Medina After Dark series: “Medina is my heart and it is such a great opportunity to be able to combine these two passions of mine,” says Jenna For die hard daytime guests wanting to get better acquainted with Jenna’s Medina wine program, Wine Wednesday is the perfect opportunity: with 30% off bottles, guests can enjoy a mid-week extended daytime happy hour from 10am-2pm; launching during brunch service Wednesday, February 5th at Café Medina. Cheers!
ABOUT CAFÉ MEDINA | Since opening in 2008, Café Medina has been serving up its signature brand of Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, connoisseur-savvy coffee and sweet sustenance via the city’s best Belgian waffles. A quaint, bistro-styled restaurant replete with old-world charm and proprietor Robbie Kane’s determined philosophy of enlightened hospitality, Café Medina provides a full complement of fresh and eclectic breakfast, lunch and daily brunch alternatives and a pioneering attitude towards café culture. Since moving to its new location in Vancouver’s Library District at 780 Richards Street in 2014, the new Café Medina has continued to garner numerous rave reviews, cementing its longstanding reputation as the city’s leading brunch destination.