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Scout Magazine – launched in late 2008 by local writers/photographers Andrew Morrison and Michelle Sproule – is Vancouver’s leading food and culture website. Its main objective has been the same from the start: to ‘scout out’ and promote the things that make Vancouver such a sweet place to be. It does this with an emphasis on the city’s independent spirit to foster a sense of connectedness within and between our communities, and to introduce our readers to the people who grow and cook our food, play the raddest tunes in our better venues, create our most interesting art, and design everything from what we wear to the spaces we inhabit.
Advertising, partnerships, and membership in the Scout Community is strictly curated. We do our best to promote only small, independent businesses, first timers just starting out, and like-minded companies that exemplify the best of British Columbia. If your company would like to learn more about the benefits of working with Scout, please contact Michelle Sproule (see below).
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF | PUBLISHER
Vancouver-born Andrew was a 20 year veteran of the food and restaurant trade before he became an award-winning food writer and restaurant critic. In 2008 he and Michelle Sproule launched Scout Magazine, which has since become the city’s leading food and culture resource. He is a graduate of South Africa’s University of Cape Town (Modern History, Classics); the editor of the Vancouver Cooks cookbook (2010); the co-author and editor of the Sobo Cookbook (Taste Canada winner, 2015); the co-author of the Araxi cookbook (2016); the Senior Judge at the Vancouver Gold Medal Plates cooking competition; the National Referee and Co-Senior BC Judge at the Canadian Culinary Championships; an advisor to both the Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants guide and enRoute Magazine’s annual Best New Restaurants In Canada issue; and the proud father of two boys with exemplary table manners.
MANAGING EDITOR | COLUMNIST, THE SCOUT LIST
Michelle Sproule grew up in Kitsilano and studied in Australia and at the University of Victoria before receiving her graduate degree in Library Sciences from the University of Toronto. She lives in beautiful Strathcona and enjoys wandering aimlessly through the city’s streets and alleyways with her two very best friends, a beat up camera and a 50mm lens. Her weekly Scout List – a curated compendium of Vancouver’s most interesting happenings published every Wednesday.
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Nico’s a born and bred Vancouverite who cares deeply about what’s for lunch and knows a thing or two about restaurant life. Wandering around with her son, Oscar Foxtrot, and the marvellous entrepreneurs who make this city such a excellent place to call home are two of her favourite things.
Treve Ring covers the world of wine for Scout. An in-demand wine journalist, judge, speaker and certified sommelier, she has an alphabet of wine diplomas and a laser focus on Champagne. She has lengthy and diverse list of international writing credits, across both print and digital publications. In addition to her role at Scout, she is national managing editor of WineAlign, executive editor at Gismondi On Wine, BC editor for SIP Northwest Magazine, Canadian contributor for Meininger’s Wine Business International, and a regular contributor to Quench Magazine, The Vancouver Sun, Wine Enthusiast and The Alchemist, amongst other publications. Treve is an established wine judge in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. When not tasting at the Trevehouse, she is found on a plane or in a vineyard.
COLUMNIST | Beer
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Carlos is Scout’s beer writer. He’s a beer industry lawyer and a beer blogger with a particular interest in the intersection of craft beer, community and place. Since discovering the wider world of beer, Carlos has spent much of his free time visiting breweries across North America and beyond to enjoy the numerous stylistic variations and sheer deliciousness of his favourite beverage. In the intervening years between trying his first industrial lagers and spending his evenings sipping spontaneously fermented ales, Carlos played in a few bands, received a Master’s degree in European Cultural History, and generally tried to live out of his rucksack whenever he could. These days, when he’s not busy advising clients in BC’s craft beer industry or writing about beer for Scout, Carlos can often be found at one of his local ‘yeast van’ breweries, sharing a flight or two with friends, or some pretzels and pepperoni sticks with his two young kids.
COLUMNIST | Staff Meals, Never Heard Of It
Ken Tsui is a filmmaker and edible pop-up event producer who was raised in a Chinese-Canadian restaurant. Whether he’s writing food stories, making a documentary on a model plane fanatic, directing a music video for Defektors, setting up a Twin Peaks pop-up coffee and pie shop, serving folks at Eat Together suppers, transforming neighbourhood coffee shops into temporary street food stalls, or helping to re-invigorate the Chinatown Night Market, he’s always doing it full-on with a smile. He currently spends his spare time cracking jokes on a podcast called “On Second Thought” and has developed a reputation for being a surprisingly competent dance machine.
COLUMNIST | Intelligence Briefs
Born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, Talia Kleinplatz fell in love with food at the apron strings of her mother and grandmother whose kitchens wafted the intoxicating aromas of fresh dill, homemade pies and painstakingly slow-cooked brisket. She completed her degrees at Concordia and McGill, graduating with a Master’s in Social Work in 2009. Her six years in Montreal taught her to eat well but it was her move to Vancouver in 2011 that taught her to drink well. In 2013 she launched her award-winning cocktail blog, Two For The Bar. She lives in South Granville with her husband and her three-legged, curmudgeonly cat.
COLUMNIST | TEA & TWO SLICES
Sean Orr started writing letters to the editor right around when he dropped out of Geography at UBC, although the two are unrelated. Shortly after that, this thing called blogging was invented and he started writing for Toronto (boo) based Beyond Robson. Sean held that ship afloat with his Morning Brew column until Andrew Morrison came to him with Scout. It was clearly the better choice. Other than being really good at stirring things up, Sean is a photographer, frontman in the hardcore-punk band Needs, laptop producer with his project Tassels, dishwasher at L’Abattoir, and proud DTES (Gastown) resident.
COLUMNIST | DRINKER
Shaun Layton is Scout’s new spirits writer. Born and raised in Vancouver, Layton has helped to maintain a top notch bar scene in Vancouver over the last decade. He also runs his own bar consulting company, designing programs and training staff for small and big restaurants in Vancouver and as far away at St.John’s, Newfoundland. Layton has competed and travelled throughout the USA and Europe, touring distilleries, breweries and bars. He was recognized in 2010 as the Bartender of The Year by Vancouver Magazine.
COLUMNIST | NEVER HEARD OF IT
Fernando Medrano is a tech entrepreneur with an avocational interest in the intersections between food, culture, urbanism, and technology. In his spare time, you will likely find him exploring the city in search of curiosities, adding to his global collection of condiments, and eating at little known holes-in-the-wall. He is too modest to admit that he may have elevated “chopstick close-up” photography into an artform. You can find him on Twitter @wisemonkeysblog where he tweets about politics, urbanism, and affordable housing; and @fmedeats where he tweets about food and culture. Follow and say hi.
COLUMNIST | YOU SHOULD KNOW
Christine Hagemoen is a 3rd generation Vancouverite who’s been working in the culture and heritage sector for over 15 years. An avid photographer, historical researcher and self-identified flâneur, Christine is constantly looking around her city and discovering things she wants to know more about. Christine loves delving into Vancouver’s history and reflecting on how it informs our present and future.
Thalia moved from Winnipeg to Vancouver as a vegan, wannabe Emily Carr student and beer naif. Over a decade later, she is now a meat-eating, craft-brew-swilling shopgirl at the independent shoe boutique, Umeboshi. Thalia’s background includes dance and classical piano training, life drawing and photography; but her most enduring creative pursuit is writing. A lifelong diarist turned prolific live music reviewer and contributor to Snipe News and BeatRoute, her love of the written word is closest matched by her avid beer-drinking. You will often find her indulging in both – probably during Happy Hour – pen or book in one hand and a pint in the other.
Born and raised in Saskatoon, Jamie Mah currently works as a bartender at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel. He’s an NBA junkie, lover of a good cookie, and the fellow behind the food and culture blog, Track and Food. He’s uncomfortable with long silences and he tends to ask too many questions. A big fan of Danny Meyer who is currently finishing up his WSET Diploma, he loves all things hospitality. You can usually find him shooting hoops up at Strathcona Park.