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July 15, 2015
News for July 15, 2015

Be sure to get your licks in. It's National Ice Cream Day!

All entries in the news sections and calendar below have been selected by the Editor and are not paid listings.


It's a debut this week for THE BIRDS AND THE BEETS cafe at 55 Powell Street in Gastown (the former location of Sea Monstr as well as Sharks and Hammer.) Owners  Matthew Senecal-Junkeer and Trevor Pruegger met while they were both in the employ of Matchstick Coffee Roasters in Chinatown and joined forces to create their own premium coffee and counter-service food venture. Check out their Instagram photos here, and Twitter feed here.

Adding to the trend for more casual seafood restaurants in Vancouver (see below) ...  SUPERMARINE, James Iranzad's and Josh Pape's new 35-seat restaurant in the old Abigail's Party spot at 1685 Yew, is now open for business. A third opening for the restaurant duo (Wildebeest, Bufalo), this venture in Kitsilano with its patio and (almost) beachside location will focus on edible sea creatures, crisp Loire wines and cocktails. 

On the last Sunday of every month, WILDTALE COASTAL GRILL will offer a Crab Boil that will have guests strapping on bibs and picking up crackers for a full-on feast of crab, mussels, prawns, clams, sausage, corn and potatoes. “We’ve got the patio set up with a community-style table, so you can come in as a group or connect with other diners,” says co-owner John Crook. “Call it brunch, call it lunch, call it an afternoon fisherman’s feast, we encourage guests to buy tickets in advance to ensure their spot. 1 to 4 p.m. $25 per person. 1079 Mainland Street, Yaletown.

No beans about it .. it's Canadian. Trevor Bird's Fable restaurant in Kitsilano picked up the blue ribbon for its Chorizo & Lentil Ragout. The contest, sponsored by Canadian Lentils, judged recipes submitted by 24 restaurants from across Canada during the FUN  de LENTIL tour in June. Well-known Canadian food advocate, Anita Stewart, was instrumental in bringing the restaurants on board, all of which are Food Day Canada participants committed to using Canadian ingredients.

The Keg Steakhouse + Bar and Live Nation Canada have launched a new program, THE KEG CONCERT SERIES, which includes 10 concerts in four markets – Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary, plus an 'Ultimate Night Out' contest where five music fans and their guests can win one of five VIP packages to a Concert Series show, transportation, plus dinner and drinks at the Keg. Enter online until Sept 21st, at the link above. The Vancouver segments will feature Rush on July 17 at Rogers Arena and AC/DC on Sept 22 at BC Place. 

To help farmers and restaurants connect, the new Vancouver Local Food Hub - operated by FarmFolk CityFolk and Vancouver Farmers Markets - will bring food from BC farms to the doorsteps of local restaurants, caterers and retail outlets twice a week. The pilot program currently includes 6 farm participants and is accepting applications from additional producers. Chefs love the convenience, and for farmers, the ability to set their own prices, protect their brand, tell their story and have someone else handle the logistics is welcome.

The push continues to 'git the grease' out of traditional PNE FOOD, so if you are worried that the health nannies may have nixed your beloved mini donuts or corn dogs there is a place to check up on their status. The PNE's blog is posting the available choices for 2015 and the list includes Jalapeño Poutine Mini Donuts and Slush Screamers, so we think the junkfoodies will be okay. One new sustainability initiative in partnership with Safeway is the 'Chef's Garden' where the exhibition is growing over 500 lbs of food for use by the fair.



On July 1st CEDARCREEK's 2012 Platinum Block 2 Pinot Noir was awarded 'Best Red Wine in Canada' at the Decanter World Wine Awards. That same day, the winery also announced the appointment of accomplished (Nova Scotia-born) winemaker Alexis Moore. After ten years establishing roots in New Zealand, Moore declares her great wine loves to be Pinot Noir and aromatic whites. Says Alexis, "Darryl Brooker's [offer of the] opportunity to build the Okanagan into one of the 5 great Pinot Noir regions in the world was something I couldn't say no to."

Central City Brewers + Distillers have scheduled the public grand opening for their new CENTRAL CITY RED RACERS BREW PUB for Friday, July 24. This 200-seat brew pub (at the former Dix location at 871 Beatty Street, across from BC Place) is Central City's first venture outside of their home base of Surrey and will feature an authentic smoked barbecue inspired menu plus 40 draught taps offering Central City craft beers, Hopping Mad Cider, as well as some of the best beers from other BC craft brewers.


(To see the full calendar click here.)

August 05, 2015
Wine Events - 2nd Annual Bottle Royal at Cibo Trattoria
In this finale to their Italian regional dinner series, Cibo will pit some of B.C.’s best wines against varietals from around the globe.

August 08, 2015
Food Events - Secret Seafood Feast at Swallow Tail
Come to a Swallow Tail members and guests only, summertime seafood party in the garden.

August 25, 2015
Food Events - Diner en Blanc 2015
Where would you find hundreds of white objects on a field of green? A flock of sheep? Close. The Diner en Blanc in Vancouver is baaaack for another year, but you will need to register and pay up by Aug 3.

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