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.
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.