Provence Marinaside Hits the Spot with BC Spot Prawn Features

Spot prawns are here in BC for a short time.  They are here now, so go out and get some to eat.  If you would like them cooked professionally for you, why not go to Provence Marinaside  in Yaletown?  Here is their announcement of what you can expect. Cheers.

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BC Spot Prawn Duo. Photo by Emrys Horton, EPH Photography

BC Spot Prawn Duo. Photo by Emrys Horton, EPH Photography

(Vancouver, BC) – Every year we eagerly await the coming of Spot Prawn Season – that short window starting in early June when these succulent and flavourful crustaceans make their way off fishing boats and onto the plates of enthusiastic diners. With a culinary ethos honed in Marseille and on the Côte d’Azur, Provence Marinaside’s Owner/Executive Chef Jean Francis Quaglia treats BC Spot Prawns with a gentle hand to bring out all their delicate flavour.
 
Starting today Provence guests can indulge their passion for prawns with a special BC Spot Prawn Menu featuring Gazpacho with Poached BC Spot Prawns served with a cucumber and lime relish, One Pound of BC Spot Prawns served either grilled or steamed and Provence patron favourite – BC Spot Prawn Duo (grilled and Provençal style) on tagliatelle and zucchini ribbons.
 
As Provence is known for its extensive wine list, Wine Director Joshua Carlson could choose to pair these dishes with any wine from around the world. However, keeping with the philosophy that local terroir complements local ingredients best, he has selected an optional wine pairing of exclusively BC-produced wines which will be available by either the glass or the bottle –Terravista Vineyards Albariño 2019 (Naramata Bench) to accompany the Gazpacho, Sea Star Vineyards Blanc de Noir Rosé,2019 (Pender Island) to complement the steamed or grilled One Pound of BC Spot Prawns and Quails’ Gate Estate Winery ‘Lucy’s Block’ Rosé 2019 (Kelowna) is paired with the BC Spot Prawn Duo.
 
This really is a case of limited-time offer as the season for BC Spot Prawns is short. Imagine yourself on the Promenade de la Croisette as you dine on delicious BC Spot Prawns, sip your wine and watch the world go by from Provence’s vantage point overlooking the False Creek Seawall and Quayside Marina. It’s a perfect way to start the summer.
 
Please note:
Provence Marinaside is committed to the health and safety of its guests and staff in keeping with the protocols set by the BC Ministry of Health. You can find the details of Provence’s standards here.
 
In addition to Dine-In service, Provence Marinaside continues to offer its Takeout Menu for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner daily.  If you prefer to cook Provence’s food in the comfort of your own kitchen, they also offer six French Food Made Easy kits and two Cocktail Kits (Moscow Mule and Caesar). All are available through Provence Marinaside’s website along with Chef Sheldon’s Online Grocery Store for individual ingredient items such as meats, dairy, baking supplies and other miscellaneous items.
 
Provence Marinaside is also supporting The Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre with the donation of meals and funds along with a donation option on their website should the public also wish to support the organization.
 
 

Provençal Roast Chicken Kit in time for Easter and Passover

Here is another option for you to help with your holiday meal from Provence Marinaside!

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(Vancouver, BC) – Provence Marinaside has added kit numero trois to its popular French Cooking Made Easy Kits. Each kit provides enough ingredients to make two portions. Just in time for Easter and Passover dinners, this third kit features Oven-Roasted Half Chicken Provençal with sautéed vegetables and smoked potato mash. Provence’s Roasted Half Chicken, one of the restaurant’s signature dishes, has been one of its most popular since the restaurant opened their first location in 1997. The kit will be available for $40 starting today, Friday, April 10.
 
“Roast chicken is comfort food in our household, and I believe it is the same in many homes,” says Chef Jean Francis Quaglia. “We all need a little comfort food right now.”
 
In a short video, Chef Alessandra Quaglia demonstrates how easy it is to reproduce this dish at home in your own kitchen.
The Kit includes:

  • Whole Chicken (cut in two)
  • Herbs de Provence
  • Pre-blanched mixed vegetables
  • Smoked mashed potatoes
  • White wine
  • Demi-glace 
  • Olive Oil, Lemon & Seasonings
Photos by Emrys Horton, EPH Photography

Photo by Emrys Horton, EPH Photography

With each new kit, Wine Director Joshua Carlson suggests a featured BC wine pairing to complement the dish and this can also be ordered for an additional fee. “We believe in supporting our local wine producers to help them and help the BC economy,” says Carlson.  This week’s wine pairing is Meyer Family Vineyards  Tribute Series Joanie Rochette Old Main Road Vineyard Chardonnay 2017 which won Platinum in the 2019 Wine Align Canadian Wine Awards. It is priced at $35.
 
French Cooking Made Easy Kits were first introduced by Provence as a way of helping people cook at home during social isolation. The first two kits, Prawns Provençal and Lois Lake Steelhead have proved so popular that they will remain available on an ongoing basis.
 
These kits are being offered in addition to Provence’s special Takeout Menu of prepared dishes.
 
Kit orders must be placed at least two hours prior to pick up by calling the restaurant at 604-681-4144. As with Takeout Menu items; French Cooking Made Easy Kits will be available for takeout only between 11:30 a.m. and 8 p.m.  Provence Marinaside will be open Good Friday through Easter Monday for takeout orders.

 Bon Appetit!


A Gastronomical Journey Through the “Garden of France” with Insight Vacations

Do you love French food and have time to go on a foodie journey in the Loire Valley this fall?  If so, you may want to consider signing up for this guided trip.  I came across it and it looks fabulous.  I’ve toured the Loire Valley on my own before, and loved the food and wine.  I’d love to take this trip myself.

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TORONTO – May 28, 2015 – Insight Vacations (www.insightvacations.com), the leader in premium and luxury escorted journeys, has introduced The Loire Valley (www.insightvacations.com/ca/special-offers/expert-hosted-collection/the-loire-valley) – a limited one-time departure that leads guests on a 13-day magical journey of food, wine and history through the villages and vineyards of the famed region. Designed to satisfy even the most discerning of food connoisseurs, The Loire Valley has been curated by Barbara Barde, an Insight Vacations Tour Director, and private certified sommelier Tom LeRoy.

Loire Valley tour

Loire Valley tour

“We are excited to launch our newest special interest trip in our Expert Hosted Collection, catered specifically to foodies and wine aficionados,” said Cris David, president, Insight Vacations Canada. “Insight Vacations is renowned for creating lasting experiences and memories with our guests, and with the help of Barbara Barde and Tom LeRoy, The Loire Valley culinary odyssey will offer our travellers an experience their palates will not soon forget.”

Departing September 26, 2015, this exclusive gastronomical adventure begins in Paris, one of the great culinary capitals of the world. Synonymous with wine production dating back to the 1st century, the region offers guests an incomparable cultural landscape of great beauty comprised of ancient towns and family owned vineyards. Guests will eat and drink their way through the “Garden of France”, all the while experiencing the Loire Valley through the eyes of a true gastronome with the help of local experts.

Each Insight Vacations escorted journey offers unique Signature Experiences where guests discover more than just the highlights other travel experiences provide. Travellers are introduced to local guides who immerse them in regional culture and unlock doors for them they simply cannot arrange on their own. Signature Experiences found on The Loire Valley include the following:

– Visit to the Maison Louis de Grenelle, the last remaining family-owned property of the major Saumur sparkling producers, where guests will learn the art of sustainable viticulture while 12 metres beneath the cobblestone streets of this historic town.

– Discover the fascinating secret world of mushrooms at the Musée du Champignon in the village of St. Hilaure, touring the underground cave exhibiting the many cultivation methods of the species indigenous to the region.

– Dine at the Cathédrales de la Saulaie, a 19th century subterranean restaurant located in a cathedral-sized Troglodyte cave specializing in local Pays de la Loire dishes.way to Chinon, learn the art of perfecting the balance of tradition and modernity in wine-making at the family-owned Frederic Mobileau Vigneron winery, known for offering multi-faceted wines from the Saint Nicolas de Bourgueil, Bourgueil, Saumur and Anjou appellations, whilst visiting the 2,000 hectares of the Couly-Duthier winery.

– At Sancerre, guests will sample the stunning varietals of this region long revered for specializing in 100 per cent Sauvignon Blanc wines while sampling sumptuous goat cheese at Chèveries de Chamons.

“Food and wine have long been passions of mine and I am proud to be personally hosting The Loire Valley. I have handpicked each experience to reflect my love of French gastronomy and look forward to welcoming guests to the ‘Garden of France’,” says Barbara Barde, Insight Vacations Tour Director.

Click on the following link to watch Barbara Barde explaining the Loire Valley itinerary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0O2E54xk0g

“It is an honour to be hosting with Barbara on this trip,” adds Tom LeRoy, wine sommelier. “I can think of no better way to share my passion for wine than to be the personal sommelier to guests on this special curated experience.”

To book this escorted journey or for more information, please visit www.insightvacations.com, contact Insight’s Sale Centre at 1-800-387-8490 or speak with your local travel agent.

About Barbara Barde

Barbara is an award winning television producer, with over 600 titles to her credit. She began appreciating and collecting wine almost 20 years ago and is known for her impressive cellar. She is also a “foodie”, always on the lookout for an amazing recipe, new ingredients, or a restaurant that no one has heard of. Barbara is also a passionate traveler and has spent the last several summers leading tours with Insight Vacations and other companies. She will be the Tour Director.

About Tom LeRoy

Wine Sommelier Tom LeRoy is a criminal lawyer in Toronto who began collecting and appreciating wine fifteen years ago. A true aficionado of wine, he has recently obtained a wine specialist certificate from George Brown College and was also certified as a Wine Sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers. Tom is also a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers.

About Insight Vacations

For more than 35 years, Insight Vacations (www.insightvacations.com) has been designing the world’s finest escorted travel itineraries. Insight offers 113 journeys to more countries across Europe than any other operator and provides the same legendary service across North America, India, Bhutan, Nepal, Morocco, Egypt and Israel.

Insight guests enjoy The Art of Touring in Style with business-class legroom aboard customized luxury coaches, intimate groups of just 40 travellers and the services of an experienced Tour Director who acts as ‘travelling concierge.’ Each expertly planned itinerary includes a range of Signature Events for a unique and authentic look into the history and culture of each destination. Throughout their trip, guests will stay in handpicked hotels that are centrally or scenically located and have the perfect balance of guided and independent exploration.

For more information, visit us at http://www.insightvacations.com, on social media at http://www.facebook.com/InsightVacations, http://twitter.com/InsightVacation, and join the conversation using the hashtag #InsightMoments.

About TreadRight

Created as a joint initiative between The Travel Corporation’s family of brands, the TreadRight Foundation is a not-for-profit working to ensure the environment and communities we visit remain vibrant for generations to come. To date, TreadRight has supported more than 35 sustainable tourism projects worldwide. The Foundation’s guiding principle is to encourage sustainable tourism development through conservation, leadership and support for communities. Foundation priorities are set by the Steering Committee, which includes sustainability leaders like Céline Cousteau and Costas Christ.

TreadRight’s past project partners include WWF, Conservation International and The National Trust in the UK. Current initiatives include sponsoring the National Geographic Society’s inaugural “World Legacy Awards,” and inspiring wildlife advocates like Terri Irwin.

To learn more about our past and current work at TreadRight, please visit us at treadright.org.

 

Beaujolais Nouveau Dinner at Left Bank Restaurant!

Joseph DrouhinHave you heard of Beaujolais Nouveau? It is the young, fermented Gamay Noir grape from the Beaujolais region of France.  The French use a method called “Carbonic Maceration“, or whole grape fermentation, in a carbon dioxide rich environment, that causes the wine to be very fruity and low in tannins.  The wine is ready to drink young, and not meant to be kept in the cellar for long-term aging.  Left Bank Restaurant in the West End downtown is celebrating Beaujolais Nouveau with a special dinner, serving Maison Joseph Drouhin Beaujolais Nouveau.  Details below.

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Left Bank RestaurantLeft Bank Restaurant invites you to their annual Beaujolais Nouveau event on Thursday, November 20.  Expect a deliciously paired three-course menu for only $65 per person including the Beaujolais. Make reservations today as this event will sell out 604-687-1418.

Appetizers

Chicken liver and foie gras parfait

Petit greens, roasted chipolini onions, caramelized strawberries, brioche

Mains

Free range chicken duo

Braised coq au vin

Stuffed chicken breast, potato confit, mushrooms duxelle, red wine jus

Desserts

Beaujolais poached pear

Espresso ice cream

Beaujolais Served

Maison Joseph Drouhin Beaujolais Nouveau

l’Epicerie Gourmande Brings French Flair To Thanksgiving-To-Go

l'epicure Gourmande

l’epicerie Gourmande

Epicerie

Thanksgiving is coming up soon for us Canadians, and that means (or can mean) cooking up a large turkey.  Perhaps you would like someone else to take on the cooking for you this year?  If so, you may want to try l’Epicerie Gourmande.  Read their announcement below.

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(Vancouver, BC)  – To paraphrase Shakespeare – ‘would a roast turkey by any other name taste so good?’ It does when it’s called ‘le dindon’ – the French name for our iconic celebratory bird.  With the Thanksgiving holiday just around the corner, people are starting to think about the annual groaning board of turkey with all the fixin’s.

Not everyone has the time, or the kitchen space, to prepare the full traditional feast. That’s where L’Epicerie Gourmande comes to the rescue. Located in the Granville Island Market, L’Epicerie is an authentic French rotisseur and gourmet shop – just like the ones along the Rue de Rivoli in Paris. Under the ownership of Chef David Izquierdo, a native of Marseilles and alumni of the kitchens at Provence Restaurants and Salade des Fruits, L’Epicerie specializes in succulent meats cooked on a Doregrill Neoflame Rotisserie imported from France.  The shop also features many other prepared-foods-to-go along with premium EVOO, balsamic vinegars and gourmet condiments.

L’Epicerie is offering a very special three-course prix fixe Thanksgiving Dinner-To-Go value-priced at $24.99 per person. If you want only the turkey main course, that is available for $14.99.

Roast turkeys

Roast turkeys

Thanksgiving Prix-Fixe Menu

 

Appetizer
Duck Confit Tartlet
Porcini Mushroom Custard,
Organic Mixed Greens with Raspberry Vinaigrette

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Main Course
Rotisserie-Roasted Boneless Turkey Leg
Thyme Demi-Glace, Citrus Cranberry Sauce,
Truffled Mashed Potatoes,
Maple Butter Roasted Squash,
Autumn Vegetables

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Dessert
choose one
Mixed Berry Charlotte
or
White Chocolate Mango Mousse

L’Epicerie also is offering other seasonal entrees, side dishes, condiments and desserts – enough to satisfy the individual preferences of everyone around your dinner table. It will be posted in the next day or so to their Facebook page.

The prix-fixe Thanksgiving Menu and seasonal features are available from October 10th through 13th. It’s easy to order Thanksgiving-To-Go by calling 604-653-7317. 24 hours minimum advance notice is required.

When placing your order, state the day and time you wish to pick up your dinner. You’ll also be asked for a deposit – L’Epicerie Gourmande accepts Visa, Mastercard and debit cards. Then, on the appointed day and time, pop into L’Epicerie and take Thanksgiving home with you. The shop is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Très simple, n’est-ce pas?

Contact Details

L’Epicerie Gourmande

Granville Island Public Market,
NE Corner

1689 Johnston Street
Vancouver, BC  Canada

Hours
Open 7 days a week:
9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Contact
Phone: 604-653-7317
T: @LepicerieGourm 

Veuve Clicquot Launches “Yelloweek” In Vancouver

Are you a lover of French Champagne and of the arts?  If so, one of these Veuve Clicquot events may be of interest to you.  Read and enjoy!

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Veuve Clicquot Celebrates Yelloweek

Veuve Clicquot Celebrates Yelloweek

Vancouver, May 21, 2014 — Veuve Clicquot is proud to announce the Vancouver launch of Yelloweek, a festival-style ‘tribute to creativity’ showcasing gastronomy, arts, fashion and lifestyle.

Taking place from May 22-24 inclusive, Vancouverites are invited to explore and enjoy a series of creatively-inspired events spanning several categories, including: Yellow TABLE, Yellow BY THE GLASS, Yellow NIGHT and Yellow CONTEST.

Veuve Clicquot’s Yelloweek was created as a tribute to artists and artisans who push the boundaries of their respective creative fields every day much like Madame Clicquot did in her time. Overcoming countless obsta- cles, la veuve (the widow) Clicquot became one of the most successful women entrepreneurs of the 19th century and built a worldwide luxury brand, founded on artisan practices and uncompromising quality.

“Yelloweek reflects the legendary qualities of the Maison and the ‘joie de vivre’ the brand is known for around the world,” said Stephane de Meurville, general manager of Moët Hennessy Canada. “Festival-goers will experience the true essence of the Veuve Clicquot world – taste, innovation, glamour, refinement, celebration, heritage and zeste de folie.”

Events taking place throughout Vancouver include:

Yellow TABLE: an exquisite series of Champagne pairing dinners at some of Vancouver’s most iconic and innovative restaurants, including: Brix, Reflections and Oru

Yellow BY THE GLASS:Special Veuve Clicquot pricing will be offered at various restaurants, including: Reflections and Pacific Rim

Yellow NIGHT: an unforgettable late-night party at Cabana featuring DJ Marco Petralia will embody the zeste de folie spirit of Veuve Clicquot

Yellow CONTEST: an opportunity to take home a little piece of sunshine. Coal Harbour Liquor Store and Legacy Liquor Store will be offering a chance to win a beautiful Veuve Clicquot bicycle

For more information and a complete listing of Yelloweek events, please visit yelloweek.com. Facebook: Veuve Clicquot semaine Yelloweek / Twitter: @Yelloweekcanada #Yelloweek

ABOUT VEUVE CLICQUOT

Since its creation in 1772, Veuve Clicquot played an instrumental role in establishing and evolving the Champagne industry, as we know it today. Located in Reims, France, Veuve Clicquot prides itself on using only the most distinct grapes reflecting Madame Clicquot’s motto “only one quality, the finest.” Now, more than 200 years later, Veuve Clicquot Champagne inspires the world to “Be Clicquot”: modern, audacious and of premium quality. These values, set forth by the extraordinary Madame Clicquot, promise a remarkable experience with each sip of Veuve Clicquot Champagne.

Happy Hour and Two Year Anniversary Specials at Le Parisien

Le Parisien LogoQuality French food from Le Parisien in downtown Vancouver’s West End.  Their latest 2nd Anniversary menu and specials.  Enjoy!

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Le Parisien’s 2nd Anniversary celebration continues with $20-or-less dinner entrees and our ongoing Live Music Thursdays. We’ve also introduced Happy Hour. Between 5PM and 7PM, beer, high balls and appies are 50% off; glasses of house wine only $4. There’s no better way to end the workday or start the evening.

Fresh local ingredients, the sounds of French and gypsy-folk music, the aromas of classic French cuisine; it’ll be easy to imagine that you’re on the Left Bank of Paris.

Reservations recommended: 604-687-1418 / www.opentable.com/le-parisien-vancouver

Regular menu mains are $20 or less
Live music Thursdays at 6:30PM and 8:30PM
30% off our wine list on Sundays and Mondays

Regular Menu Mains

HOUSE MADE GNOCCHI $15
Arugula, Parmesan, Hazelnuts Brown Butter Sauce

BOUILLABAISSE $19
Mussels, Manila Clams, Prawns, Pacific Cod, Braised Fennel, Saffron Tomato Broth

CATCH OF THE DAY $19 (try with a rose wine)
Ratatouille, Fingerling Potato, Arugula, Olive Niçoise

ROASTED PORK TENDERLOIN $18 (rose works here too)
House made Spaetzle, Dates, Mint and Orange Jus

BEEF BOURGUIGNON $18 (try with a Pinot noir)
Red Wine Braised Beef, Bacon, Mushrooms, Pearl Onions, Cavatappi Pasta

DUCK CONFIT CASSOULET $19   (I love cassoulet!)
Duck Confit, Smoked Bacon, Toulouse Sausage, Braised Cannellini Beans

GRILLED HANGER STEAK $20
Pomme Frites, Peppercorn and Cognac Sauce

Le Parisien
751 Denman St. Vancouver, BC V6G 2L6 | Tel: (604) 687.1418
www.leparisien.ca

Spot Prawns are spot on at Provence

Spot Prawn Season is on.  Need I say more?  Check out this menu from Provence Marinaside and Provence Mediterranean Grill in Vancouver.

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Spot prawn

Spot prawn

(Vancouver, BC) – May is a favourite month with Vancouverites – not just because it has finally stopped raining and the city is awash in spring blossoms – no, it’s because May marks the beginning of Spot Prawn Season. Spot Prawn season officially opens this year on Saturday, May 10th. For six weeks, Lower Mainlanders revel in the juicy sweetness of these local ‘gems of the sea.’  Whether you prefer yours steamed or grilled or poached, everyone can agree there is nothing more heavenly than enjoying spot prawns accompanied by a glass of cool, crisp wine.

Spot Prawns are a succulent, sustainable and local product of our oceans. It is a sustainable fishery endorsed by the David Suzuki Foundation and the Ocean Wise Program – but more than being environmentally correct, spot prawns are delicious. “Simply prepared there is nothing sweeter and tastier than a spot prawn,” says Jean-Francis Quaglia, owner and executive chef at Provence Restaurants.

Both Provence locations – Mediterranean Grill (P1) in Point Grey and Marinaside (P2) in Yaletown, will be featuring special three-course Spot Prawn Menus for the duration of the season which usually goes to the end of June. Each restaurant’s menu, while shining the spotlight on the spot prawn, is completely different and priced differently.

Provence Mediterranean Grill’s Menu is priced at $48 and starts with a choice of Steamed Whole BC Spot Prawns or Chilled BC Spot Prawn Salad or Spot Prawn Velouté. For mains there are two choices – Flambéed Spot Prawn Duo (with your choice of halibut or beef tenderloin) or Pearl Couscous Risotto with Spot Prawns and Dungeness Crab. Dessert is a choice from the menu – perhaps a slice of their famed Clafoutis? Full menu details here.

Provence Marinaside’s Menu includes an optional wine pairing selected by sommelier Rachelle Goudreau.  The Menu price is listed as ‘at Market’ which means it should average in the $50 range with the wine pairing available for an additional $20.  At Marinaside diners start with a choice of Merguez Sausage with Mixed Greens or Bocconcini and Tomato with Mixed Greens or Yellow Tomato Gazpacho (wine: Montelvini Prosecco, Italy). For mains, Marinaside offers a choice of Spot Prawn Duo – Grilled and Provençal Style (wine: Birlocho 2011 Verdejo+Sauvignon Blanc  Rueda, Spain) or Lois Lake Steelhead and BC Spot Prawns (wine: Bartier Bros. 2012 Semillon Okanagan, BC) or Halibut and BC Spot Prawns (wine: Le Vieux Pin 2012 Rosé  Okanagan, BC).  Dessert is a choice from the restaurant’s regular menu. Its signature Lemon Tarte would make a lovely finish accompanied by a glass of the suggested wine – Unsworth Ovation Vancouver Island, BC. Full menu details here.

With special menus, such as Spot Prawn Season, or the Tomato Festival later in the summer, the two locations engage in a little friendly rivalry over who creates the best menu. Check out Provence’s Spot Prawn Video from 2012, try both menus and “you be the judge.” After all, with such a short season, you can never have too many spot prawns.

Bistro Pastis Celebrates 15 Years of French Fare With French Flare

In case you are up for some French food and support a great cause, why not try Bistro Pastis‘ 15th Anniversary Dinner menu?  Press Release below.

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Bistro Pastis

Bistro Pastis

(Vancouver, BC) – Fifteen years goes by in the blink of an eye, yet it is a long time in the restaurant world.  On May 7, 1999 John Blakeley opened Pastis on a quiet strip of West 4th in Kitsilano. The only other restaurant in the area was the iconic Bishop’s.  During the intervening years, Bistro Pastis has seen a lot of change – both within the restaurant itself and in the neighbourhood.  Pastis morphed from fine-dining to Bistro Pastis – a cosy and casual neighbourhood bistro, John Blakeley was knighted by the government of France and is now a Chevalier, and a vibrant restaurant scene sprung up along W.4th Avenue – attracting diners from across the city. During the 15 years, some of Vancouver’s finest chefs have headed the kitchens at Bistro Pastis – Dino Renaerts, Brad Miller and Tobias Grignon are all Pastis alumni.

To celebrate, John Blakeley has invited the aforementioned chefs along with current Executive Chef  Spencer Watts and Pastry Chef Heather Rumsby to join him in creating a very special anniversary dinner on May 7th.  Starting with Cocktails and Canapes at 5:30 p.m., guests will then sit down to a six-course dinner complete with wine pairings – each course designed by one of the five Bistro Pastis chefs plus a course designed by Mr. Blakeley. Mr. Blakeley also created the wine pairings to complement each course. Bistro Pastis wishes to thank the following wine agents, food distributors and suppliers for their generous support of this event: A & B Rentals, Charton Hobbs, Continental Importers, Fresh Point, Grady Wines, Liberty Wines, Mark Anthony Wines, Ponderosa Mushrooms, Select Wines, Seven Seas, and Trimpac.

This very special dinner is priced at $160 pp including wine pairing, taxes and gratuity with proceeds going to benefit the BC Hospitality Foundation. Tickets are essential and can be made by calling the restaurant at 604-731-5020.

For those of you who cannot join the restaurant on May 7th for its birthday dinner, Bistro Pastis is offering diners a special gift. From May 8th through June 8th, Bistro Pastis is giving a 25 per cent discount off the price of dinner (food and wine). “It’s my way of thanking our guests for their patronage over the years. Bistro Pastis really has become a family where staff and customers have come to know one another. To have thrived 15 years in Vancouver’s restaurant scene is a testament to the loyalty of our guests. It is a privilege to be able to thank them,” says John Blakeley.

15th ANNIVERSARY DINNER MENU – May 7, 2014

Cocktail and Canapes
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Brad Miller, 2002 – 2008
Terrine de Campagne Wagon Rouge,
Pickled Vegetables, Celeri Remoulade
Rosé Domaine l’Orangeraie Pays d’Oc
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John Blakeley, May 7th 1999 – present
Ma Surprise
Côtes du Rhône White Ogier
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Tobias Grignon 2011 – 2013
Seared Scallops, Boudin Noir, Cabbage Roll,
Apple Chutney, Pickled Fennel
Petit Chablis ‘Champs Royaux’  William Fevre
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Dino Renaerts 2001
Pan Roasted Haida Gwaii Halibut, Spring Pea Risotto,
Morel Mushrooms, Bacon Crisp, Lemon Beurre Blanc
Pinot Noir Valmoissine Louis Latour
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Spencer Watts 2014
Butter Poached Suckling Pig Rack,
Black Truffle Potato Cake, Cherry Brown Butter
Vacqueyras Domaine Perrin  
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Heather  Rumsby 2011 – 2014
Chocolate Soufflé, Tangerine Crème Anglaise
Pineau des Charentes

My Favourite Wine Writing Words

Do you ever wonder what words you like to use the most when you are talking about wine, or some other topic that is important to you? I do. So I decided to try 3 different “Word Cloud Generator” tools on the web to scour through my mywinepal.com website blog entries and find out which words are my most popular. I decided to try more than one tool to see if the tools come up with the same words or are completely different.

The results of the 3 Word Cloud Generators and their graphics are below.  I left the word clouds in the format produced by the tools rather than try to make the clouds all look the same in shape and text orientation so that you get a better idea of what is produced.  Just in case you have never seen a word cloud before, the more frequently a word is used in a blog, document, etc, the larger it appears in the word cloud.

My Word Clouds

Wordle was the first tool that I ever heard about for creating word clouds.  From my experience, I think it does a very good job of finding favourite words.

MyWinePal Wordle

MyWinePal – Wordle

Tagxedo also seems to do a good job.  Do you notice any similar words to my Wordle word cloud?  One thing I notice showing up is Pinterest and Facebook, which are “Like” buttons on my blog, so maybe this algorithm is reading more than just the blog articles.

MyWinePal Tagxedo

MyWinePal – Tagxedo

Word it Out was the last of the three tools.  I think this word cloud is much more similar to Wordle, but the presentation, as-is, is not too stunning.

MyWinePal Word it Out

MyWinePal – Word it Out

Between the 3 word clouds, I think my favourite words are:

  • wine
  • Vancouver
  • Pinot
  • fruit
  • Syrah
  • Chardonnay
  • France

An interesting experiment that may also give you some insight into what I like to talk about, or wines that I enjoy.  You may want to try this with other blogs, or with MyWinePal.com in the future, as theoretically each new article I post can potentially change the word cloud!