BOULEVARD KITCHEN’S ALEX CHEN CLAIMS VICTORY OVER
HUGH ACHESON ON IRON CHEF CANADA
November 8, 2018
Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar Chef Alex Chen became the first challenger to claim victory on the inaugural season of Iron Chef Canada after defeating Iron Chef Hugh Acheson on the fourth episode of the Food Network Canada TV show, which aired yesterday evening.
Chen had one hour to prepare five dishes comprising a showcase ingredient of tomatoes and earned a final score of 71 to Acheson’s 66 from the panel of three celebrity judges. The panel ascribed points to each chef based on first dish, taste, plating, originality and the incorporation of a surprise ‘culinary curveball’ of Berbere spice that was announced at the midway point of the show.
Chen’s battle against Hugh Acheson can be viewed in its entirety online.
BELLS AND WHISTLES ANNOUNCES NEW HAPPY HOURS, WEEKEND DRINK SPECIALS
November 6, 2018
Fraserhood hotspot Bells and Whistles is giving guests a new reason to get happy this fall by adding two rounds of Happy Hour offerings to the menu and serving up all-day drink specials on weekends.
Available from 3 to 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. until close Sunday to Thursday, Bells and Whistles’ new Happy Hour lineup features food items such as classic hot dogs for $5 and chili cheese and Chicago dogs for $7 and special pricing on sides such as onion rings, garlic fries, disco fries, chili fries, and salads as well as $7 negronis and $5.50 for all beer and cider on the printed menu.
On Fridays and Saturdays, Bells and Whistles will usher in the weekend by offering double highballs and Parallel 49 Craft Lager with a pickleback shot (Jameson and pickle juice) for $8 as all-day drink specials in addition to their lineup of local and import beers, craft ciders, cocktails and wine.
TUC CRAFT KITCHEN HOSTS CELEBRATION OF BC WINE AT ‘TASTE OF BC TERROIR’ DINNER
November 1, 2018
Tuc Craft Kitchen will continue celebrating its fifth anniversary by spotlighting some of the best small-batch, boutique wineries from BC’s Okanagan Valley when it hosts a special Taste of BC Terroir Dinner at the Gastown restaurant at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, November 20.
The one-night-only affair will feature executive chef Roy Flemming’s signature brand of rustic comfort food paired with two unique Okanagan-grown wines during each course. The five-course menu includes dishes such as coconut chili bisque paired with Riesling from Ex Nihilo Vineyards and Daydreamer Wines, braised BC pork cheeks with carrot top chimichurri complemented by Meritage from Fairview Cellars and Covert Farms Family Estate, and chocolate ginger budino & salted caramel paired with Syrah blends from Da Silva Vineyards and Moon Curser Vineyards.
A limited number of tickets to Tuc’s Taste of BC Terroir Dinner are available for $95 per person inclusive of taxes and gratuity and may be purchased via Eventbrite.
BOULEVARD KITCHEN’S ALEX CHEN TO COMPETE ON THE FOOD NETWORK CANADA’S IRON CHEF CANADA
November 1, 2018
Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar Chef Alex Chen will test his culinary mettle against Canadian Iron Chef Hugh Acheson when he steps into Kitchen Stadium on the latest episode of The Food Network Canada’s inaugural season of Iron Chef Canada next Wednesday, November 7 at 7 p.m. PST.
Chen will have one hour to prepare five dishes comprising a showcase ingredient that is announced at the start of the show. Both competing chefs will then present their dishes to a panel of three celebrity judges that will ascribe points to each chef based on first dish, taste, plating, originality and a surprise ‘culinary curveball’ ingredient.
WILDEBEEST UNVEILS FALL GAME and MUSHROOM MENU
October 23, 2018
This fall, Wildebeest will underscore its philosophy of working closely with local farms, foragers and providers by offering a seasonal Game and Mushroom Menu available November 1 to 15.
The à-la-carte feature menu will incorporate game meat such as elk, boar and goat from Two Rivers Specialty Meats — a local vendor that works with small farms throughout BC and Alberta to supply restaurants with the highest quality ethically and sustainably raised products — and an array of mushrooms supplied by foragers from the BC interior and Vancouver Island.
As Wildebeest’s Fall Game and Mushroom Menu features are available in limited quantities and served on a first-come, first-served basis, reservations are strongly recommended and can be made via Open Table or by calling the restaurant at 604-687-6880.
ANCORA WATERFRONT SHOWCASES WORLD-CLASS CAVIAR DURING FOURTH ANNUAL CAVIAR FESTIVAL
October 18, 2018
Ancora Waterfront Dining and Patio will spotlight top-shelf caviar from around the globe when the fourth-annual Caviar Festival takes centre stage at the False Creek restaurant from November 6 to 27.
During the three-week event, Executive Chef Ricardo Valverde will add six indulgent-yet-approachable à-la-carte items to the dinner menu and give guests an opportunity to sample an array of exotic caviar-driven dishes that also showcase his signature Peruvian-meets-Japanese ‘Nikkei’ cuisine. All six feature Caviar Festival Menu dishes can also be enjoyed with optional BC wine pairings.
Reservations are strongly recommended for Ancora’s Caviar Festival Menu and can be made online or by calling the restaurant at 604-681-1164.
CAFÉ MEDINA MARKS NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH DOMAINE CHANDON AT EXCLUSIVE DINNER
October 18, 2018
Café Medina will help winemaker Domaine Chandon celebrate its 45th anniversary by breaking out the bubbles as the downtown brunch destination welcomes the Napa Valley vintner for an exclusive ‘Sparkling Supper’ dinner on Monday, November 5.
The event, which marks Medina’s new exclusive partnership with the Golden State winery, begins with a stand-up reception at 6:30 p.m. showcasing Medina Bar Manager Marc Slingsby-Jones’ original Last Flight cocktail featuring gin, green Chartreuse, lavender syrup and Chandon California Brut. Guests will then enjoy a three-course seated meal prepared by Executive Chef Chris West and paired with a variety of Chandon’s sparkling wines.
Tickets to the Café Medina Sparkling Supper on Monday, November 5 are available for $75 per person plus tax and gratuity and can be purchased online.
NEW TACOFINO OCHO LOCATION OPENS IN MOUNT PLEASANT
October 17, 2018
The newest member of Tacofino’s growing family of restaurants, Ocho, officially opens its doors in Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant neighbourhood tonight at 5 p.m. at 8 East 5th Avenue.
The sixth brick-and-mortar location for Tacofino, Ocho occupies 2,800 square feet of space in a refurbished art-deco heritage building and offers a 100-seat dining room and expansive horseshoe-shaped bar for dine-in guests with a take-out counter soon to open for those looking for quick-service, grab-and-go options.
Reinforcing Tacofino’s long-standing tradition of offering menus unique to each location, Ocho features a lineup of fire-grilled, char-roasted meat and vegetable dishes developed by Sussman and Tacofino’s Michelin-starred Chef Stefan Hartmann. Beyond an assortment of tacos such as grilled skirt steak, crispy cod, rapini, squid and sweet potato and leek varieties, Ocho also offers new share-plate options such as whole grilled rockfish, half chicken, grilled pork belly and top sirloin as well as starters like grilled romaine salad, queso fundido, empanadas and pozole.
BOULEVARD KITCHEN’S DANIEL KIM WINS 2018 HAWKSWORTH YOUNG CHEF SCHOLARSHIP NATIONAL FINALS
October 15, 2018
For the second year in a row, a key member of the Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar back-of-house team won the Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship finals in Toronto as Junior Sous Chef Daniel Kim reigned supreme at the annual culinary competition this past weekend.
The national competition involved a black-box challenge during which the eight finalists had three hours to incorporate such mystery ingredients as Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry duck, guanciale sorrentino, butternut squash, local honey, Canadian eggs and Cacao Barry Origin Saint-Domingue 70% Dark Chocolate into a main dish and dessert course. An all-star culinary panel of 13 top chefs and critics including David Hawksworth, Norman Laprise, Lee Cooper, Jacob Richler and Lian Yeung judged the final dishes.
YUWA MARKS FIRST ANNIVERSARY WITH CELEBRATORY KAISEKI-STYLE DINNER
October 3, 2018
Yuwa Japanese Cuisine will celebrate its first year in fine style by hosting an exclusive one-night-only Anniversary Dinner on Tuesday, October 23.
The event begins with a sparkling wine reception at 6 p.m. before Yuwa Executive Chef and Co-Owner Masahiro Omori demonstrates his signature take on the regional cuisines of his home country of Japan with an eight-course dinner that will be paired with rare sake and wine selected by Yuwa Co-Owner and Sake Sommelier Iori Kataoka.
Highlights of the menu include a selection of canapés, ringo-gama (roasted duck, eggplant, white mushroom with spicy miso in BC Fuji apple), madai uroko age (fried tilefish and maitake tempura with Niigata Mojio seaweed salt) and braised Wagyu on renkon manju (thinly sliced Wagyu rib eye on lotus root cake, carrot, fried lotus root, wasabi, kinoko an-kake).
A limited number of tickets are available for $99 per person plus taxes and gratuity. Tickets may be purchased by calling the restaurant at 604-731-9378 or online.
Women in Business: Social works
September 27, 2018
Shelley McArthur, founder and principal of SMC Communications, is another successful businesswoman who uses social media to her advantage. The professional marketing communications strategist for hospitality, lifestyle and consumer brands increases brand awareness and creates social media opportunities to expand her Vancouver-based public relations consultancy business and, more importantly, her clients’ businesses.
McArthur says the key to a successful social media strategy is to understand your audience and choose the platform that suits them best. Read more.
TUC MARKS FIFTH ANNIVERSARY WITH NEW MENU THAT INCLUDES ‘GREATEST-HITS’ DISHES FROM YEARS PAST
September 25, 2018
Tuc Craft Kitchen will dig deep into its culinary catalogue and bring back a number of past comfort-food favourites to celebrate its fifth anniversary when Executive Chef Roy Flemming debuts a new fall menu on Thursday, October 4.
The lineup of rustic fare on offer at the Gastown destination includes such newly introduced dishes as: acorn & pomegranate salad (acorn squash, pear, cucumber, roquette, ginger & pomegranate dressing); beer & cheddar soup (IPA, gala apple, cheddar, apple cider, oat crumble); beluga lentil falafel (cauliflower purée, pickled beets) and fish stew (Lois Lake steelhead trout, ahi tuna, white wine, chorizo, corn, mint).
While a number of Tuc’s most popular menu items will remain, Flemming is also reviving several ‘greatest-hits’ dishes from years past.
RAILTOWN CATERING MAKES ENTERTAINING EASY WITH RETURN OF GOURMET THANKSGIVING TO-GO
September 13, 2018
Railtown Catering is helping to remove the hassle from the holiday season once again this year with their signature ready-made turkey dinners with all the trimmings. Back by popular demand for the fourth year in a row, gourmet Thanksgiving To-Go packages from the award-winning Vancouver catering company will be available for pickup or delivery throughout the Thanksgiving weekend from October 6 to 8.
Railtown’s ‘Heat-and-Serve’ Thanksgiving To-Go packages feature a 16-lb. sage-roasted turkey accompanied by all the traditional festive fixings – including maple-glazed sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts with toasted almonds, and dried apricot chestnut stuffing – plus scratch-made pumpkin pie with Chantilly cream for dessert. Available for $319 plus tax, Thanksgiving dinners are designed for eight to 10 guests and additional sides can be ordered on an à-la-carte basis for larger crowds.
Orders for Thanksgiving To-Go must be received by October 3 at Noon and may be placed online or by calling 604-568-8811.
BOULEVARD Kitchen ANNOUNCES EXCLUSIVE AUTUMN DINNER EVENTS and THANKSGIVING SERVICE
September 12, 2018
Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar will usher in autumn by hosting exclusive Sake and The Macallan Whisky dinners on Sunday, September 30 and Wednesday, October 10, respectively, as well as a gourmet Thanksgiving service on Sunday, October 7 and Monday, October 8.
A limited number of tickets to Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar’s Sake dinner on Sunday, September 30 and The Macallan whisky dinner on Wednesday, October 10 are available for $139 and $149 per person plus tax and gratuity, respectively, by calling the restaurant at 604-642-2900.
As seating is limited for Boulevard’s Thanksgiving Weekend Dinner services on Sunday, October 7 and Monday, October 8, reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling the restaurant at 604-642-2900 or online. Read more.
CAFÉ MEDINA HOSTS 'AFTER DARK' FUNDRAISING DINNER FOR VANCOUVER CRISIS CENTRE
September 11, 2018
As part of its ongoing commitment to support local causes, Café Medina will host an after-hours culinary fundraiser for The Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of BC (Crisis Centre) during the latest edition of its ‘Medina After Dark’ dining series on Thursday, October 4 at 7 p.m.
Two members of Café Medina’s kitchen team have collaborated to prepare a six-course ‘elements’-themed menu pairing three savoury and three sweet dishes, with 100 per cent of the proceeds being donated directly to the Vancouver-based Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of BC, which provides emotional and mental health support and 24/7 regional crisis phone lines for youth, adults and seniors in distress across the province.
Tickets may be purchased online via medinacafe.com/events/.
BELLS AND WHISTLES KICKS OFF 'OKTOBEERFEST' CELEBRATIONS BEGINNING FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
September 7, 2018
When the clock strikes midnight in Munich on Friday, September 21 at 3 p.m., the Fraserhood hotspot Bells and Whistles will usher in 17 days of celebrations and transform into a Bavarian-inspired beer hall to host ‘Wünderbar: An Oktobeerfest Pop-Up’ until Sunday, October 7.
Gooseneck Hospitality partners James Iranzad, Josh Pape and Nick Miller and the Bells and Whistles team will mark the restaurant’s first anniversary by inviting guests to hoist a stein and mark the annual beer-centric celebration with Oktoberfest-themed attire, décor and food and drink specials. Read more.
ORIGO CLUB FURTHER EXPANDS ITS REPERTOIRE WITH EXCLUSIVE SERIES OF WINE, CHAMPAGNE DINNERS THIS FALL
September 5, 2018
Origo Club will take guests on a guided tour of some of France’s most celebrated vineyards when the Richmond restaurant, café and art gallery concept hosts a trio of exclusive wine dinners throughout September and October.
Showcasing fine wines from the portfolios of Château de Meursault, Château Fuissé and Champagne Barons de Rothschild, each dinner will be led by Origo Club Managing Partner and wine connoisseur Woody Wu, along with the managing directors of each Château, and paired with a custom multi-course menu from Head Chef David Pan.
Tickets to each of Origo’s wine dinners range from $185 to $285 per person including taxes and gratuity, and may be purchased online at origoclub.ca.
ANCORA WATERFRONT DINING AND PATIO TO OPEN SECOND
LOCATION IN WEST VANCOUVER’S AMBLESIDE THIS FALL
September 5, 2018
Ancora Waterfront Dining and Patio will bring its signature brand of Peruvian-meets-Japanese ‘Nikkei’ cuisine to Vancouver’s North Shore later this fall when the award-winning restaurant opens a second location at 1351 Bellevue Avenue in West Vancouver’s Ambleside.
Overlooking the waterfront in the high-profile Grosvenor Ambleside development with panoramic views of notable Vancouver landmarks like the Lions Gate Bridge, Stanley Park and Vancouver’s West Side, Ancora’s new location will feature seating for 104 in its expansive dining room and bar and 38 on its patio.
RICHMOND’S ORIGO CLUB ADDS AFTERNOON TEA
SERVICE TO ITS MENU STARTING AUGUST 31
August 28, 2018
After its successful launch this June, Richmond restaurant, café and art gallery concept Origo Club will expand its offerings by adding Afternoon Tea service beginning Friday, August 31.
Available Fridays and Saturdays from 1:30 to 4 p.m., the small bites, sandwiches and pastries will be served in Origo’s relaxed-yet-refined dining room and paired with a choice of tea or coffee for $45 per guest. The service can also be supplemented with a glass of Barons de Rothschild Champagne for an additional $35 per person.
Reservations are highly recommended and may be made by calling the restaurant at 604-285-8889 or booking online via OpenTable.
JUKE FRIED CHICKEN’S NEW OUTPOST, ‘LITTLE JUKE’, OPENS IN ThE WEST END
August 27, 2018
Juke Fried Chicken will rule the roost in a new neighbourhood when the popular fried-chicken-and-rib joint officially opens its second location — a.k.a. ‘Little Juke’ — in the heart of Vancouver’s West End neighbourhood at 1074 Davie Street on August 29.
Serving up Juke’s trademark gluten-free, non-GMO-grain-fed and free-range regular and spicy fried chicken available in various drums-and-thighs sizes, Little Juke will also offer new menu items including quarter, half or whole rotisserie chickens, Vietnamese-inspired nuoc cham ribs, 'Big Boy' fried chicken sandwiches, and sides like mac & cheese poppers and roast potatoes, as well as weekend brunch options on Saturday and Sunday.
RAILTOWN REVIVES POPULAR SATURDAY ‘TAILGATE’
BARBECUE EVENTS THIS AUGUST
July 25, 2018
After a two-year hiatus, Railtown Cafe’s perennially sold-out Saturday al-fresco-style Tailgate Barbecues are back for two exclusive events at their original location in the heart of Vancouver’s historic Railtown District on August 18 and 25 from 4 to 9 p.m.
Railtown Chefs and Co-Owners Dan Olson and Tyler Day will fire up their custom-built, 12-foot smoker/barbecue barrel to heap plates high with mouthwatering, slow-smoked brisket and pork shoulder and beer-brined chicken and brats, as well as a choice of made-from-scratch sides.
Tickets for the Railtown Tailgate Barbecue events on August 18 and August 25 are available for $29 per person ($19 vegetarian) plus tax, both online at railtowncafe.ca/events and onsite. All tickets purchased online in advance include a complimentary drink voucher (up to $6 value).
TACOFINO TO OPEN NEWEST LOCATION IN VANCOUVER'S MOUNT PLEASANT THIS FALL
July 11, 2018
Tacofino will introduce its iconic brand of surf-centric cuisine to a new neighbourhood when it opens its latest location on the corner of Ontario Street and East 5th Avenue in Mount Pleasant early this fall.
Occupying 2,800 square feet of space in the re-imagined Lightworks Building — a refurbished art-deco heritage property originally built in 1942 — Tacofino’s new Mount Pleasant location is the latest addition to a growing family of restaurants that was first launched in Tofino, BC by co-founders Jason Sussman and Kaeli Robinsong in 2009.
The new restaurant will offer dine-in guests a 100-seat dining room, expansive horseshoe-shaped bar and a new menu of fire-grilled meat and vegetable dishes developed by Sussman and Tacofino’s Michelin-starred Regional Executive Chef Stefan Hartmann. Following the lead of the brand’s Taco and Burrito Bar location in Gastown, the new outpost will also feature a take-out counter for those looking for quick-service, grab-and-go options.
Juke Fried Chicken to Open Second Vancouver Location this Summer
July 5, 2018
This summer, the chicken doesn’t just cross the road — it heads across the city when Chinatown’s wildly popular Juke Fried Chicken takes its trademark fried-chicken-and-rib-joint concept to a second location at 1074 Davie Street in Vancouver’s vibrant West End.
Set to open later this summer, Juke’s new location will offer its signature southern-inspired menu as well as a few fun surprises in a fully licensed, counter-service spot that will be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week as well as weekend brunch options.
To celebrate the news of the latest addition to the Juke family and the second anniversary of its launch, Juke is featuring a Fried Chicken Sandwich special at its original location at 182 Keefer Street on National Fried Chicken Day this Friday, July 6. Starting at 11 a.m., fried chicken fans can pick up Juke’s signature chicken sandwiches — made with gluten-free, free-range chicken marinated for 24 hours in buttermilk marinade and garnished with house-made barbecue sauce and slaw — in both regular and spicy varieties for just $3 each (normally $6.50) for dine-in and take-out service.
EXCLUSIVE NEW RESTAURANT, CAFÉ AND ART GALLERY CONCEPT ‘ORIGO CLUB’ OPENS ITS DOORS IN RICHMOND
June 27, 2018
The team at Origo Club is pleased to announce that its highly anticipated new restaurant, café and art gallery concept will officially open in Richmond’s Oval Village this Thursday, June 28.
During the day, Origo Club invites fans of the laidback café and bistro lifestyle to sample a menu of fresh-baked viennoiseries and lighter fare. Pour-over specialty coffees and espresso-based beverages courtesy of one of only four state-of-the-art Modbar brewing systems currently in use in BC are also a highlight, as well as aromatic black, green, herbal or pu-erh teas.
When night falls, Origo Club’s classically trained chefs will tempt eye and palate with a menu of French-inspired fare served in the comfort and luxury of its main dining space and two private rooms. Behind the bar, a handpicked list of French wine and exclusive selection of Barons de Rothschild Champagne beckons, as well as an array of classic and house cocktails, imported saké and whiskies from around the world.
Culmina Winery Toasts 5th Anniversary With Weekend of Festivities
June 26, 2018
A pioneering family that helped blaze the trail for BC’s flourishing wine industry will raise a glass to five fruitful years for Culmina Family Estate Winery when Don, Elaine and Sara Triggs host a Fifth Anniversary Weekend Celebration at their Golden Mile Bench estate September 14, 15 and 16.
Throughout the weekend, guests can take part in an exclusive series of events including a Collaborative Chefs’ Dinner prepared by Vancouver Magazine 2018 Chef of the Year Alex Chen of Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar and Executive Chef Mark Filatow of Kelowna’s Waterfront Wines Restaurant, recently named ‘Best Okanagan’ by Vancouver Magazine for the ninth-straight year. The event will also showcase an Anniversary Rosé created exclusively for the dinner, showcasing the talents of a world-renowned BC-artist.
To purchase tickets, visit https://store.culmina.ca/product/5-Year-Anniversary-Celebration.
WILDEBEEST TEAMS UP WITH QUEBEC’S BRASSERIE DUNHAM FOR
‘BRASSERIE & THE BEEST'
JUNE 20, 2018
Craft beer connoisseurs can get an exclusive taste of an award-winning Quebec brewery when Wildebeest welcomes Brasserie Dunham for ‘Brasserie & The Beest’ on Wednesday, July 4 at 6:30 p.m.
Taking place in the restaurant’s ‘Underbelly’ private room, the standup-style mixer will pair bites of signature Wildebeest fare – such as oysters, charcuterie, fried chicken, heirloom tomatoes & burrata, and boar belly – with five kegged and bottle-conditioned Brasserie Dunham beers, including Saison du Pinacle, Oro Zuur Wild Ale, Assemblage Nos. 3 and 9, and ‘Jane Doe’: Assemblage Hors-Série No. 8 sour.
Guests will also have the opportunity to meet-and-greet with Brasserie Dunham brewmaster Eloi Deit, while he guides them through an exclusive selection of unique beers that are unavailable in BC outside of this event.
Tickets to Wildebeest’s one-night-only ‘Brasserie & The Beest’ event are available for $39 per person plus tax and gratuity and may be purchased online at https://wildebeest.ca/events.
NEW RESTAURANT, CAFÉ AND ART GALLERY CONCEPT ‘ORIGO CLUB’ TO OPEN IN RICHMOND’S OVAL VILLAGE THIS SUMMER
JUNE 11, 2018
Culinary and cultural aficionados alike can sample a unique experience for the senses when Origo Club opens the doors on a brand-new 5,200-sq.-ft. multifaceted concept that will encompass a restaurant, café and art gallery in Richmond’s Oval Village later this summer.
At the crossroads of cuisine and design, Origo Club is the first North American offshoot of a high-profile private club that debuted in Beijing in 2014. The club’s name derives from the Latin term ‘Origo’, meaning ‘origin’, which both underscores a single-source philosophy regarding its selection of food and wine, coffee and tea, and art exhibits and speaks to the brand making its first indelible footprint on the local hospitality scene.
BOULEVARD KITCHEN & OYSTER BAR CONTINUES POPULAR OUTDOOR SUNDAY SEAFOOD BOIL SERIES FOR THE SUMMER
MAY 28, 2018
Summer in the city means more than just sunshine and lazy days at the beach — it also heralds the return of the Sunday Seafood Boil Series on the patio at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar, which kicks off a fourth year of the perennially sold-out seasonal tradition starting Father’s Day, June 17.
Beginning at 6 p.m. each Sunday from June 17 until August 26, Boulevard will host up to 24 guests for a true seafood feast for the senses when Executive Chef Roger Ma and team haul in a net of fresh-caught crawfish, jumbo prawns, clams, mussels and Dungeness crab to serve up with all the fixings piled high on butcher’s paper.
TACOFINO TAPS A NEW PAIR OF BC CRAFT BREWERIES TO JOIN ITS ONGOING SERIES OF MONTHLY BEER DINNERS
MAY 24, 2018
Tacofino is extending its popular Beer Dinner Series by adding Victoria’s Phillips Brewing & Malting Co. and East Vancouver’s Strathcona Beer Company to the calendar on July 26 and August 30, respectively, hosted at its Hastings location (2327 E. Hastings St.).
Pairing a variety of beers from some of BC’s best craft breweries with a custom, five-course menu designed by Tacofino Regional Executive Chef Stefan Hartmann, the series launched in January with a string of sold-out monthly engagements.
HERITAGE ASIAN EATERY TO OPEN SECOND LOCATION
AT 382 WEST BROADWAY THIS FALL
MAY 24, 2018
Heritage Asian Eatery Chef and Co-owner Felix Zhou and partners Natasha Romero and Paul Zhang will bring their modern spin on Far East-inspired fare to a new neighbourhood this fall when they open the doors to a second location of the popular downtown restaurant at 382 West Broadway.
Located in the burgeoning Mount Pleasant district, the new addition to the Heritage family will occupy a 2,300-sq.-ft. licensed space with seating for 40 guests. The second counter-service outpost will offer the same casual, communal atmosphere for sit-down and take-out lunch and dinner that has made the original location at 1108 West Pender St. a must-try dining destination since it opened in 2016.
BOULEVARD KITCHEN & OYSTER BAR CO-HOSTS ‘GENERATIONS WINE DINNER’ WITH SOUTH OKANAGAN’S BLUE MOUNTAIN VINEYARD AND CELLARS, JUNE 8
MAY 17, 2018
Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar Wine Director JP Potters will welcome a flagship family winery from the South Okanagan region when the restaurant co-hosts a ‘Generations Wine Dinner’ with Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars on Friday, June 8 at 6:30 p.m.
The one-night-only event — which is limited to 30 guests — will feature a reception and a four-course menu of Boulevard’s signature, West Coast-inspired fare prepared by Executive Chef Roger Ma paired with the unique insights and expertise of Blue Mountain father-daughter ownership duo Ian and Christie Mavety. During each course, Ian will present and provide tasting notes for a rare library wine from the Blue Mountain cellars, while Christie will detail a corresponding current vintage.
BELLS AND WHISTLES SPRINGS INTO PATIO SEASON WITH
NEW FOOD AND DRINK SELECTIONS, ‘DIP INTO SUMMER’ PARTY
MAY 1, 2018
Here comes the sun — and with it, a new lineup of classic, Americana-roadside-inspired fare and signature drinks at Bells and Whistles, as well as a ‘Dip Into Summer’ Party over the Victoria Day long weekend to christen the new heated and licensed wrap-around patio.
On Sunday, May 20 from 2 to 7 p.m., the Bells and Whistles team invites friends, neighbours and beer lovers alike to join them in kicking off their first official summer season. The Fraserhood hotspot will be serving up drink features such as large-format ‘fishbowls’ of Pink Sangria (rosé, brandy, fresh citrus and berries) while special guest DJs The Super Amigos provide live entertainment.
THOMAS HAAS SWEETENS MOTHER’S DAY CELEBRATIONS WITH NEW COLLECTION OF HANDSPUN CREATIONS
APRIL 26, 2018
This Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10, acclaimed chocolatier Thomas Haas will help shower moms with a selection of decadent creations available exclusively at his two Thomas Haas Chocolates & Pâtisserie locations in North Vancouver and Kitsilano.
The Thomas Haas team is pleased to offer an assortment of handspun confections as part of their 2018 signature Mother’s Day collection, including: Heart-shaped Strawberry Shortcake, Heart-shaped Chocolate Cake, High Heels, Ladybug, Spring Flower Pots, and Signature Gift Boxes.
BOULEVARD KITCHEN SERVES UP MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH, DINNER BUFFETS
APRIL 25, 2018
Executive Chef Roger Ma and the Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar will host brunch and dinner buffet services in honour of Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 13, in addition to their regular à-la-carte menus.
From 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Boulevard’s brunch buffet will offer house-baked pastries, artisanal charcuterie and cheeses, and classic dishes like Eggs Benedict as well as Smoked Steelhead Trout, Albacore Tuna Tataki and Pacific White Shrimp. Boulevard will also roll out its Mimosa Trolley, offering a selection of sparkling wines, fresh juice and fruit served tableside.
From 4:30 to 9:00 p.m., the dinner buffet will feature local fare including carving stations featuring Prime Striploin, Roasted Leg of Lamb and BLVD Porchetta, Pan-Crisped Steelhead Trout, West Coast Paella, Smoked Sablefish, and Clam Chowder.
JUKE FRIED CHICKEN MARKS MOTHER’S DAY WEEKEND WITH RESERVATIONS AND A BRUNCH SPECIAL
APRIL 25, 2018
Juke Fried Chicken is helping make a special occasion even more so this year by welcoming friends and families for a Mother’s Day brunch on Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13. To help families plan for the occasion, they will offer limited reservations that weekend only with seating times between 10 and 10:45 a.m.
On both days, Juke will offer a Mother’s Day feature that includes an orange or grapefruit Juke mimosa, two waffles, two pieces of Juke’s signature crispy, southern-style fried chicken and a gift-wrapped package of housemade Juke hot sauce for $27 per person. Juke’s regular brunch menu will also be offered and includes such dishes as: Juke breakfast sandwich, biscuits & gravy with honey-glazed ham, and chicken hash with soft-boiled egg.
ONE-NIGHT-ONLY TEQUILA DINNER AT ITS YALETOWN OUTPOST
APRIL 24, 2018
Following a string of sold-out beer dinners, Tacofino will host a one-night-only Tequila Dinner at its Yaletown ‘Burrito Bar’ at 1025 Mainland Street on Thursday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m.
With a menu by Tacofino Regional Executive Chef Stefan Hartmann, the evening will feature Tacofino’s Baja-by-way-of-West-Coast cuisine accompanied by an array of expertly crafted spirits from internationally renowned distillers el Jimador and Casa Herradura.
Hartmann, will co-host the event with Certified Specialist of Spirits and Brown-Forman Canada brand ambassador Ryan Cheverie, who will provide tasting notes for a unique lineup of tequilas including Herradura’s 49-month-aged Seleccion Suprema and the limited-edition, small-batch Coleccion de la Casa, Reserva 2015 Directo de Alambique.
CIBO TRATTORIA PAYS HOMAGE TO MOMS BY HOSTING
CELEBRATORY BRUNCH, DINNER SERVICES ON SUNDAY, MAY 13
APRIL 19, 2018
Chef Josh Gonneau and the staff at Cibo Trattoria will mark Mother's Day in authentic Italian style by offering special Brunch and Dinner menus at the downtown destination on Sunday, May 13.
Open for Brunch from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Cibo will offer a pair of Mother’s Day menu features – Ricotta Gnocchetti, Prosciutto and Mascarpone Ravioli, and Seared Albacore Tuna – in addition to its delicious daily selection of rustic, sweet and savoury dishes.
From 5 p.m. onwards, guests are invited to enjoy a four-course set menu of regionally inspired Italian cuisine for $65 per person, plus tax and gratuity, in addition to the restaurant’s regular a-la-carte menu offerings.
BOULEVARD KITCHEN & OYSTER BAR NETS THREE MAJOR WINS AT 2018 VANCOUVER MAGAZINE RESTAURANT AWARDS
APRIL 17, 2018
It was a banner night for both Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar and Chef Alex Chen yesterday when the downtown destination captured big wins in the Best Seafood and Best Upscale categories, while Chen was appointed Chef of the Year at the 2018 Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards.
Chen, who now adds Vancouver magazine’s ‘Chef of the Year’ title to his list of impressive accolades, led Team Canada to a top-10 finish at the 2013 edition of the prestigious Bocuse d’Or in Lyon, France, and won the 2015 and ’17 editions of the Gold Medal Plates BC regional culinary competitions as well as the 2018 Canadian Culinary Championships.
AU COMPTOIR TEAMS UP WITH lOCAL chefs FOR GUEST CHEFS' DINNER
APRIL 18, 2018
Au Comptoir Executive Chef Daniel McGee will welcome two dynamic culinary minds to the line at the Parisian-inspired bistro when he hosts Chambar's Nico Schuermans and The Mackenzie Room's Sean Reeve for a four-course Guest Chefs' Dinner on Tuesday, May 1 at 7 p.m.
The event will see the chefs trade courses throughout a service that will also feature a dessert course courtesy of the restaurant’s new pastry chef Julien Salomoni.
CHOCOLATIER THOMAS HAAS KEEPS WINNING STREAK ALIVE AT ANNUAL VANCOUVER MAGAZINE RESTAURANT AWARDS
APRIL 17, 2018
The fourth-generation talent behind the internationally renowned Thomas Haas Chocolates & Pâtisserie was singled out for the newly christened ‘Best Patisserie’ title yesterday at the 29th annual Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards.
This year marks the 15th time in the last 17 years in which Haas has been honoured for an accolade at the ceremony. After winning eight straight titles for Best Last Course beginning in 2001, Haas went on to score four consecutive Pastry Chef of the Year awards and five since the category was launched in 2011, in addition to Best Bakery at last year’s edition of the awards.
BOULEVARD KITCHEN & OYSTER BAR CHEFS ALEX CHEN, ROGER MA PROMOTED TO NEW ROLES
APRIL 4, 2018
Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar chefs Alex Chen and Roger Ma — who have anchored the back-of-house team at Boulevard since its inception in 2014 — have been promoted to new roles within the restaurant and beyond.
Chen will now take on the role of Executive Chef – Signature Restaurants for Sutton's luxury brand, where he will also drive menu and restaurant development, while continuing to be based at Boulevard to maintain a mentorship role and oversee private and custom menu creation. Ma will now step into the role of Executive Chef.
Café Medina TEAMS UP WITH Renouned chocolatier for international waffle day
MARCH 13, 2018
Café Medina and Thomas Haas team up for a week from Monday, March 19-Sunday, March 25, to deliver the ultimate treat to celebrate International Waffle day. Café Medina will offer the local chocolatier's signature "Haaselnut" spread as a limited topping to their trademark waffles.
Sunday, March 25 marks International Waffle Day and for that day only $1 from every waffle sold will be donated to Mealshare - a notable national charity that has provided over 1.8 million meals to youth in need since 2013. Read more.
COQUILLE FINE SEAFOOD ADDS LINEUP
OF LUNCH, HAPPY HOUR SPECIALS TO THE DAILY MENU
MARCH 8, 2018
Following a successful launch in Vancouver’s historic Gastown district, Coquille Fine Seafood is now serving up Lunch and Happy Hour specials seven days a week.
From 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, the restaurant will showcase lunch fare such as Hearty Fisherman’s soup, Chirashi Bowl, a Cheeseburger or Fish Sandwich, and a Crab & Shrimp Roll. The menu also features hot and cold small plates, crudos and salads.
Coquille will also offer Happy Hour service from 3 p.m.to 6 p.m. In addition to drink specials, food features include Octopus Toast, Fritto Misto, Cod Croquette, Crab & Shrimp Roll, an array of freshly shucked oysters, as well as daily rotating features. Read more.
THOMAS HAAS EMBRACES EASTER WITH LATEST COLLECTION OF HANDCRAFTED CONFECTIONS
MARCH 8, 2018
Legendary chocolatier has unveiled his latest lineup of decadent seasonal confections available exclusively at his two Thomas Haas Chocolates & Pâtisserie locations.
Fresh from the patisserie, Easter also sees the return of Haas’ signature Easter Stollen, a seasonal delicacy fashioned from almonds, Sicilian pistachios and kirsch-soaked organic cherries with a pistachio-almond marzipan centre. Is your mouth watering yet? Read more.
RAILTOWN CATERING ANNOUNCES RETURN OF POPULAR EASTER TO-GO PACKAGES
MARCH 7, 2018
The classically trained chefs at Railtown Catering are once again providing hosts with a ready-made festive feast courtesy of the company’s popular Easter To-Go packages, available for pickup or delivery on Sunday, April 1 and Monday, April 2.
Options for entrées include the choice of Honey-Glazed Bone-in Ham or Lemon-and-Rosemary-Crusted Leg of Lamb plus a wide array of homespun seasonal side dishes, salads, rolls and desserts. To-Go packages are fully-cooked and ready to heat and serve.
An added bonus is that a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each Easter To-Go package will be donated directly to Mission Possible- an agency dedicated to fighting poverty, homelessness, and addiction. All orders must be placed by 3pm on Wednesday, March 28. Read more.
Boulevard Kitchen hosts festive Easter brunch and dinner service
MARCH 7, 2018
On Sunday, April 1, Boulevard Kitchen is inviting friends and families to come share a brunch feast from 10:30 AM to 3 pm. Charcuterie, fresh pastries, salads, and classics such as Eggs Benedict and Nutella French Toast will all be on the menu. A carving station and fresh seafood including West Coast Paella and Clam Chowder is also an added plus to get your taste buds going.
Boulevard Kitchen will also be offering a three-course prix-fixe Easter dinner from 5pm-10pm. The exquisite meal includes an appetizer of Spring Garlic Velouté, a main dish of Roasted Leg of Lamb, and will finish off with a dessert course of Passionfruit Mousse. All of this in addition to its daily à-la-carte dinner menu.
Seating is limited, so make sure to make a reservation to secure a spot. Read more.
Lucky you.. here are some fun PaDDy's day options for Next weekend
MARCH 7, 2018
Railtown Cafe will be throwing a St Paddy's day party all day until 7pm at their original Railway St location. They will also be treating any guests with a valid Irish passport to a perfectly poured pint of Guinness and a shot of Jameson. Read more for all of their menu items.
Wildebeest will be adding some Irish-themed dishes and drink specials to its regular brunch lineup — making it a great spot to visit for some hearty fare before continuing the St. Paddy’s festivities.
COQUILLE FINE SEAFOOD NOW OPEN IN THE HEART
FEBRUARY 13, 2018
Open for lunch, dinner, and late-night drinks seven days a week, Coquille (French for 'shell') serves up a bounty of fresh-caught seafood and shellfish dishes, a selection of hot and cold small plates, salads, sandwiches and crudos, seafood platters, and mains featuring the best of local land and sea.
The beverage program, features an array of local craft beer, house-made cocktails, and a notable list of BC and international wines. Check out their website. Read more.
JUKE FRIED CHICKEN ADDS WEEKEND BRUNCH SERVICE TO THE MENU
FEBRUARY 17, 2018
Juke Fried Chicken will be treating brunch lovers to a selection of new daytime menu items available every weekend from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. beginning this Saturday, February 17.
The menu includes Chicken and Waffles, the signature Juke Breakfast Sandwich (pork sausage, egg, cheese, hashbrown on a biscuit), Biscuits & Sausage Gravy with Honey-Glazed Ham, Chicken Hash, with Soft-Boiled Egg, and more. Snacks inlcude add-on's like Buttermilk Biscuits, Hangover Fries, and Corn Chicken Fritters.
Juke offers a special brunch drink menu as well, including Juke's Spicy Caesar and "the Breakfast Club" made with Bourbon, rum, cereal milk, and spice. Read more.
Love is in the air with these dreamy Valentine's day spEcials
JANUARY 25, 2018
This Valentine’s day join Au Comptoir for a Paris-by-way-of-West-Coast menu of quintessential French favorites, Boulevard Kitchen for a decadent five course meal prepared by Executive Chef Alex Chen and team, or a heart-shaped ravioli pasta course paired with a deliciously dreamy pink cocktail at Cibo Trattoria.
For the bitter lovers out there, L'Abattoir has a Valentine’s Day cocktail created just for you. For couples wanting to fill their hearts and bellies with love, a four-course feast is available at The Salted Vine prepared by Chef Jeff Park, or head to to Wildebeest for locally sourced fare such as Duck Carpaccio, Seared Lingcod, and a dessert course of Earl Grey Panna Cotta for two.
THOMAS HAAS UNVEILS NEW HANDSPUN treats
FOR Valentines Day, hot chocolate festival, and chinese new year
JANUARY 18, 2018
Thomas Haas will take part in the eighth annual Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival this year. For 26 days, hot chocolate aficionados can indulge their sweet tooth by sampling one of two new custom creations,
Mr. Haas will set hearts afire with new creations this Valentines day including Signature Gift Boxes, Truffle Hearts, Cupid Hearts, and more.
Lastly, Chinese New Years is around the corner and this year marks the year of the dog, new creations such as "The Lucky Dog", and a "Good Fortune Mandarin Orange" will be available and more. Read more.
TACOFINO HASTINGS TEAMS UP WITH VANCOUVER CRAFT BREWERIES
TO HOST SERIES OF BEER DINNERS
JANUARY 10, 2018
Tacofino will partner with a six-pack of local breweries at its Hastings location to host a monthly series of five-course Beer Dinners beginning January 25 and continuing throughout the spring and summer.
The list of participating brewers includes Red Truck, Tofino, Steel & Oak, Strange Fellows, Four Winds and Port Moody Brewers Row.
Pairing Tacofino’s eclectic, Baja-by-way-of-West Coast cuisine with a variety of beers from each participating brewery, Executive Chef Stefan Hartmann and Head Chef James You create a custom, five-course menu in collaboration with each brewery. Read more.