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April 15, 2015
News for April 15, 2015


All entries in the news sections and calendar below have been selected by the Editor and are not paid listings
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RESTAURANT/HOTEL/FOOD NEWS



Put your sassy pants on. The countdown clock says we are a mere two weeks away from the opening of LIPS RESTO + LOUNGE, a new eatery at 1143 Davie St. Something tells us this neighbourhood cafe serving soups and salads for lunch and shared plates for dinner won't be the usual stuff.






Polish your chopsticks...The VANCOUVER CHINESE RESTAURANT AWARDS have posted their 'Critics' Choice' winners online. The awards were determined by a panel of four local mavens of Chinese cuisine: Stephen Wong, Lee Man, Brendon Mathews and blogger Foodie Yau. Photos of the gold medal dishes, such as Pork Lung with Almond Soup and Spicy Typhoon Shelter Sticky Rice, are also available for viewing on the website. 



Popping up like restaurants after a spring rain. It's incredible how many new neighbourhood restaurants we are seeing this season, and half of them seem to be in Mount Pleasant. Coming up next is COLONY BAR MAIN which will be opening in the old Mr Brownstone gastropub space at 2904 Main Street (next door to 49th Parallel Roasters). A spin off from the 2-year-old enterprise in Kitsilano, expect a similar focus on casual food, fun times and good beer.





PEOPLE



We bid a sad goodbye to JURGEN GOTHE. The longtime broadcaster, music lover and wine writer passed away April 9th after a long battle with cancer. Jurgen was a familiar companion to many commuters via his late afternoon 'Disc Drive' show for CBC Radio, and to the wine lovers who relied on his guidance in the column he penned weekly for the Georgia Straight. He was also an early contributor to CityFood. We'll miss his no-nonsence philosophy, his Hawaiian shirts and the 'letters to the editor' we'd sometimes receive from his cat, Quincy.



ART CULINAIRE has been producing a seasonal hard cover magazine for the past 28 years.  The stylish periodical with its international scope is a particular favourite with chefs and restaurant professionals, but also with culinary travelers. That's why it is exciting that the recently released issue No. 114 features Vancouver's own Chef DAVID HAWKSWORTH. The best opportunity to grab a copy will be on May 20th, when Barbara Jo's Books to Cooks welcomes the first issues and Chef Hawksworth himself.



DRINK NEWS




Sports fans and patrons of the old Dix BBQ & Brewery will rejoice to hear that CENTRAL CITY BREWERS + DISTILLERS will open a brewpub in Dix's long vacant address at 871 Beatty St. Construction workers have been working all week tearing down walls to fit in a large foudre where sour beers can be fermented in-house. Look for 40 draft taps at the bar pouring 20 varieties of the company's own ales plus the brew of 20 other local craft breweries. Also of note will be a cocktail menu featuring Central City's Seraph line of spirits.



SONS OF VANCOUVER is a small batch distillery that recently opened on Vancouver's North Shore. Owned by two young guys eager to join the city's growing community of independent distillers, James Lester and Richard Klaus have started out with a selection of three spirits: an Amaretto, a Vodka and a Chili Vodka - each distilled exclusively from local grains. Located at 1431 Crown Street, their concrete bar will be open for tastings on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 7 p.m.





More than 1,500 spirits were judged this year at the 2015 San Francisco Spirits Competition so the folks at Vancouver's LONG TABLE DISTILLERY were understandably stoked to learn that they had placed high in four categories. The Yaletown micro-distillery earned a Gold Medal for their Cucumber Gin, and Silver Medals for their London Dry Gin, Texada Vodka and Långbord Akvavit. Not bad for a company that at only two years of age, is still just a toddler.




RED TRUCK BEER is getting ready to open its new facility at 295 East 1st in Vancouver and part of the package will be a 100-seat "Truck Stop" diner. Sounds like it could be a full day of entertainment - eat, drink and take a tour, but not necessarily in that order.  An illustration of how everything will look is posted on the website.
     



SHOP



Coming of age ... For 25 years VENTURI-SCHULZE has produced Balsamic Vinegar to rival the artisan "vinegarians" of Italy. That in itself is an achivement, but as decreed by the Modena Balsamic Vinegar Society, 25 years of continuous and exceptional presentation is what it takes for an outlier producer to receive official recognition. Your best bet to obtain a bottle now happens Sunday, April 26, when Barbara-Jo's Books to Cooks presents a vinegar tasting and bottle sale with food samples by Chef Max Straczek of Fable Restaurant. Call ahead.



While strolling down Commerical, check the side streets. PRAIRIE COTTAGE PEROGIES has opened a retail-only outpost just off the Drive at 1704 Charles Street. The Langley-based company is known for homemade style Ukrainian food products such as cabbage rolls, cottage cheese crepes, borscht, and of course, perogies in a variety of fillings that would make any Baba proud. As my own Baba would say (and only she ever did), "Eat more perogies, you're too skeeeny". 




OTHER NEWS

FINANCIAL POST: The federal government is privatizing the Canadian Wheat Board with a sale to a Saudi-owned company.

MODERN FARMER: Baseball stadium to become largest organic rooftop garden in the majors.








NEW IN THE CULINARY CALENDAR

(To see the full calendar click here.)


April 25, 2015
Food Events - A Fermentation Feast at Swallowtail Secret Supper Club
Chef Todd Graham will be fermenting all kinds of foods for this one time only, multi-course feast.




April 25, 2015
Food Events - Rare Finds - A Feast for the Senses
Join Vancouver chefs and mixologists at this fundraiser for the Rare Diseases Foundation - an intimate evening of food, friends, plus an auction.



May 02, 2015
Cocktail Events - Speed Rack Canada
A whole lotta stirring and shaking will be going on, thanks to the Canada launch of Speed Rack, the all-female, international speed-bartending competition that raises money for breast cancer.




May 06, 2015
Wine Events - Chianti Classico Tour in Vancouver
Trade Only. The Chianti Classico Producers welcome you to a tasting of the Gran Selezione, the new top tier typology of the Black Rooster.




May 07, 2015
Food Events - Yaletown Farmers Market Opens Today
Summer officially begins in Vancouver when the opening bell rings at the first Farmers Market of the season. This one will have the last closing date as well.




May 07, 2015
Beer Events - Great Okanagan Beer Festival
May 7-9. A three day festival, offering a mix of exclusive cask events, beer and brewing seminars, and a beer sampling main event pouring for an estimated 2,500 beer drinkers.



May 09, 2015
Food Events - Trout Lake Farmers Market Opens Today
One of the largest of the markets, Trout Lake is the first weekend market to open in 2015.





May 10, 2015
Food Events - Kitsilano Farmers Market Opens Today
Each week the parking lot of Kits Community Centre fills with organic and conventional product, meat, cheese, seafood and plants, as well as tasty baked goods and beautiful crafts.



May 17, 2015
Food Events - Spot Prawn Festival
They're back! The 9th Annual Spot Prawn Festival launches at Fisherman's Wharf on May 17th.




May 24, 2015
Food Events - Shuck it Forward
Chewies Oyster Bar will host the 1st Annual Shucking Competition Fundraiser in support of Bikers For Autism.





August 01, 2015
Festivals & Galas - Food Day Canada
Several local restaurants will participate with special menus on this day dedicated to the edible bounty of Canada.















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