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July 22, 2015
News for July 22, 2015

Keep your cool. Temperatures may be dropping but the new restaurant scene is still sizzling.
All entries in the news sections and calendar below have been selected by the Editor and are not paid listings


SECRET LOCATION has released a new menu by Executive Chef Montgomery Lau (Canada Chef of the Year) at the Tasting Room. The Gastown boutique shop/restaurant has a reputation for creative, stylish presentation and Lau continues that emphasis with his own concepts via plates with artistic themes or whimsical ones (a Black Forest Cake dessert sculpted with miniature chocolate trees).“We focus on the details, [the] many small details that build the difference between ordinary and extraordinary,” says Chef Lau.

Le Tigre food truck owners Clement Chan and Steve Kuan officially open their new TORAFUKU (Japanese for lucky tiger) at 958 Main Street this Friday, July 24th. The 2,200 square feet, 48-seat, modern-Asian restaurant aim to deliver bold interpretations on flavours traditionally found in Japanese, Taiwanese, Korean, and Vietnamese cuisine. Each plate features seasonal ingredients sourced from local farms and are designed for sharing.

Appropriately located right next to the Yaletown Farmer's Market, ZEND BOTANICAL BAR (still in soft opening phase this week) is serving lunch, dinner and everything in between. Vegans and the health minders are their target market, with all dishes made with 100 % plant-based and organic ingredients. Cocktails are a big part of the mix as well, and considering that their sub tagline is "conscious lounge" they must be both enlightening and low in alcohol. Find them at 1130 Mainland St.

BOULEVARD KITCHEN & OYSTER BAR will celebrate its 1st anniversary by hosting a Sunday Seafood Boil Series on its outdoor patio overlooking Burrard Street every Sunday at 6 p.m., from July 19 to August 30. Limited to just 24 seats per event, the menu will feature fresh-caught selections of crawfish, jumbo prawns, clams, mussels and Dungeness crab, served in a traditional East Coast-style seafood boil piled high on butcher’s paper. Cost: $49 per person, 2-guest minimum. Beverages, tax and gratuity additional.



In our minds, the perfect emblem of summer is half a watermelon and a spoon. CHEF POON takes things a little further. Courtesy of the National Watermelon Promotion Board, the master fruit carver will be in Vancouver and Surrey on August 1 and 2 to demonstrate his skills at Fresh Street Market stores. Why those dates? Environment Canada predicts they will be the most scorching days of Summer 2015 - when we will need all the refreshment and coolest distraction we can get.
Exact times at each store TBC.


VANCOUVER URBAN WINERY (55 Dunlevy Ave) has announced the release of a small lot 2012 Pinot Noir, in partnership with Naramata's Serendipity Winery, as part of its 'Colab Series'. The project series allows Vancouver Urban Winery to work with their favourite BC wine producers to present unique, limited-release wines that are not available anywhere else. While it lasts, this Pinot Noir is available exclusively on-tap at Belgard Kitchen or in bottle from VUW's retail shop ($19.00/btl), both located in The Settlement Building.

THE DISTILLERY SCHOOL, an intensive, 5-day, hands-on program for those looking to start their own distillery will open Sept 14-18 at North Vancouver’s Sons of Vancouver Distillery (1431 Crown St.) The principals are Alex Hamer, founder of the BC Distilled festival, and James Lester, Sons of Vancouver co-founder. Their plan is to create an environment where a future distiller can learn everything he or she needs to know to open and operate a distillery before they make the financial commitment. Early bird pricing ($2,999) until July 31, afterwards, $3,499.

Central City Brewing, best known for their “Red Racer” beers, is the latest brewery to take over brewing the historic “Rhino” house beer in all EARLS KITCHEN + BAR restaurants in BC, Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. (Muskoka Brewery continues to brew the Rhino beers for the national restaurant chain in Ontario.) The association continues Earls' 30-year history of support for small craft brewers in western Canada.  Read more here.

"Beer, it's the new yoga pant", tweets @lululemonmen. Lululemon, should hope so. The Vancouver-based fitness wear company has released their own signature beer - CURIOSITY LAGER, via Stanley Park Brewery, and its already the official beer of the SeaWheeze marathon. Designed for the needs of hot and sweaty drinkers who don't worry how much they stretch their Spandex, the drink features bold yet refreshing flavours made from Chinook and Lemon Drop hops. Available at your local liquor store from now till the Fall.


(To see the full calendar click here.)

July 31 - August 2, 2015
Food Events - Canadian National BBQ Championships at Whistler
Don't miss this highlight of the Pacific Northwest's competitive BBQ circuit.


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