Tasting Plates Vancouver Stadium District: Get Your Tickets

Here is the lastest Tasting Plates for the summer from Vancouver Foodster.  I haven’t been to them before so am looking forward to trying these new places. Enjoy!

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Join us and explore the Stadium District area (centered around Robson/Cambie to Expo Boulevard to Abbott Street) and tantalize your taste buds at several restaurants and cafes. This evening tasting extravaganza is on Wednesday, July 12 from 6pm until 10pm and is presented by Vancouver Foodster.

Each restaurant will be serving up Tasting Plates and Tasting Cups for guests to enjoy and you will have a chance to visit many different types of restaurants throughout the event, meet some new food loving friends, meet the chefs, and learn about each of the participating restaurants.

If you haven’t been to our previous Tasting Plates events, Novus TV featured one of our previous events on City Lights (view here).

Visit our Tasting Plates site and view our past events, photos and more!

Registration: Papparoti- this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Tasting Plates Passports and menus.

Some of the Participating Restaurants/Establishments

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Papparoti

193 Keefer Place

Web: www.papparoti.ca

Twitter: @PappaRotiCanada

Cuisine: Café

PappaRoti – the buttery, coffee-caramel coated “father of all buns” that first took Malaysia by storm in 2003 and has since opened over 400 café locations worldwide – and is now developing throughout Canada.

Our coffee buns are freshly baked every 20 minutes in our stores, which attract people of all nationalities and age groups. Light enough to pass off as a snack rather than a meal, these delicious coffee-caramel buns are soft and fluffy, with a crispy top layering of coffee caramel, served alone or in combination with our various signature hot and cold beverages.

In addition to the coffee buns Papparoti is also proud to pronounce its new product offering the Pappa Rollie a soft and flaky croissant-like texture pastry with Kaya (young coconut filling jam) inside – this item is a sure win amongst all our customers!

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Hendricks Resto-Lounge

433 Robson Street in The Westin Grand

Tel: 604-647-2521

Web: http://hendricksrestaurant.com/

Twitter: @hendricksyvr

Instagram: @hendricksyvr

Inside the Westin Grand, Vancouver, overlooking the city’s vibrant Library Square Hendricks Resto-Lounge offers a contemporary twist on the classics. With a subtle nod to West Coast lounge culture, Hendricks is both a full-service restaurant showcasing clean, modern cuisine as well as an old-school cocktail bar stirring up decadently crafted cocktails. Hendricks features a rotating roster of live musical performances and DJ sets on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

 

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Stretch Roman Pizza Co.

415 Abbott Street, Vancouver

Web: http://stretchpizza.com/

Twitter @stretchpizza

Cuisine: Italian pizzeria

Meet the Roman pizza, inspired by the popular gourmet street food of Rome.

The Italians call it “pizza al taglio”, we call it a perfect slice of pizza!

Starting with the use of high quality, authentic Italian flour and a lengthy 48-hour dough making process, we produce a product that is light and airy with a slight crispiness to the crust.

 

Watch for more restaurants and establishments soon

Tickets:

Early-Bird Tickets: $35 per person before June 30, 2017

Advance Tickets $45 per person after June 30, 2017

Regular $60 per person after July 9, 2017

Note: Eventbrite fee and GST is extra on all tickets purchased online.

Ticket price includes tasting plates at each of the participating restaurants throughout the evening. (Beverages are included at some restaurants which will be noted, you are welcome to purchase wine, beer, cocktails or mocktails at each of the participating restaurants).

Note: ALL Tickets must be purchased in advance online. All ticket sales are final. No exchanges or refunds; however you are welcome to transfer the ticket to another person for the same event if you notify us at least 48 hours in advance with name (s) of who will be attending in your place. Participating restaurants subject to change. Event produced by CMI Chat Media Inc. This is an all ages event.

Small Plates on the Lake at Shadbolt Centre for Arts – Contest and Tickets

The Shadbolt Centre for Arts is a jewel in Burnaby.  Tourism Burnaby is hosting this event, and it will be featuring Burnaby restaurants, as well as the beauty of Deer Lake Park and the Shadbolt Centre.  Hart House Restaurant is one of my favourite restaurants in all of Vancouver.  You can read my review of Hart House Restaurant here.  Burnaby is a beautiful place, it’s where I live, and I want you to experience it as well.  Event info, tickets, and a contest to win tickets are all below.  Enjoy!

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Small Plates on the Lake is Burnaby’s newest signature dining event.

Small Plates at Shadbolt Centre for Arts

Small Plates at Shadbolt Centre for Arts

Hosted at Deer Lake Park, in its inaugural year, guests should prepare to be dazzled by the intricate lighting and décor that will transform the South Plaza of the Shadbolt Centre for Arts to a majestic outdoor dining room.

Guests will experience an array of small plates created by the chefs of top restaurants in Burnaby, including Hart House Restaurant, Reflect Social Dining + Lounge and ebo Restaurant, all while dining on the plaza overlooking beautiful Deer Lake at twilight with a live jazz band playing in the background.

Where, When and How Much?

This ticketed event will take place on Thursday, August 27th, 2015.

Tickets are $55 each and are available for purchase through Eventbrite.

Discover the delectable menu items you’ll be able to taste at the event.

DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS MUST-ATTEND EVENT – BUY YOUR TICKETS TODAY!

 

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.

The Winners of the 25th Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards!

Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards Dishes Sampled

Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards Dishes Sampled

Running a restaurant is a hard business.  Year after year we have new restaurants popping up in Vancouver.  Vancouver foodies like to find these new gems, as well as visit their established diamonds.  This week was the 25th Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, to let us all know about these fantastic restaurants.  Below are the results.  Make reservations fast because there may be lineups to try many of these restaurants.  Enjoy my food pictures as well that I took during the event.

Best New Restaurant of the Year: The Farmer’s Apprentice

Best Gastown & Chinatown: Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie

Best West End: Nook

Best Yaletown: Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar

Best East Side: Via Tevere

Best Dim Sum: Dynasty Seafood

Best Casual Chain: Cactus Club Cafe

Best Upscale French: Le Crocodile

Best Vietnamese: Phnom Penh

Best Casual Japanese: Kingyo

Best Pizzeria: Via Tevere (that’s 2 awards!)

Best Thai: Maenam

Best Upscale Japanese: Zest

Best of the Americas: La Taqueria

Best Upscale Italian: Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill & Enoteca

Best Other Vancouver Island: Hudson’s on First

Best Winery/Vineyard Dining:  Miradoro at Tinhorn Creek (Congratulations Sandra Oldfield!)

Best Whistler: Araxi

Best Casual French: Tableau Bar Bistro

Best Korean: Hanwoori

Best Seafood: Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar (2 awards!)

Best Indian: Vij’s (always the winner!)

Best Coffeehouse: 49th Parallel

Pastry Chef of the Year: Thomas Haas

Lifetime Achievement Award: Richard Jaffray (Cactus Club owner)

Bartender of the Year: Jay Jones

Sommelier of the Year: Mike Bernardo

Premier Crew: François Rameau, Matthew Morgenstern, Denisa Johnova, Brian Hopkins

Best Casual Italian: Campagnolo Roma

Best Upscale Chinese: Dynasty Seafood

Best West Side: La Quercia

Best North Shore: La Régalade

Best Richmond: Top Shanghai Cuisine

Best Downtown: Cactus Club Coal Harbour

Best Victoria: Camille’s

Best Okanagan: Waterfront Wines

Best Noodle House: Hokkaido Ramen Santouka

Best Steakhouse: Hy’s Encore

Best Other Asian: Penang Delight

Best Casual Chinese: Top Shanghai

Best New Design: Homer St. Café & Bar

Best Food Cart: Vij’s Railway Express

Green Award: The Parker

Producer/Supplier of the Year: Sole Food

Mentorship Award: Scott Haeger

Chef of the Year: Pino Posteraro

Best Casual: The Farmer’s Apprentice

Best Upscale: Hawksworth

Restaurant of the Year: The Farmer’s Apprentice (Wonderful. So many accolades.)

Vancouver Foodster launches the 1st Culinary Scavenger Hunt

culinary scavenger huntA new twist to the Tasting Plates, Vancouver Foodster has combined tasting with solving puzzles.  Sign up and try this inaugural event by Vancouver Foodster.  The details are below.

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Vancouver, BC – Your scavenger hunt is a multi-faceted “tasting experience” through downtown Vancouver with clues, challenges, prizes and more. Following your “map and clues card” as your guide, you will enjoy dishes, bites and treats as well as have a chance to meet the chefs and other notable personalities. This afternoon tasting experience goes from 2pm until 6pm and is presented by Vancouver Foodster.

Bring your friends, your significant other, your family or come solo.

Visit each of the participating restaurants, cafes, establishments at your leisure by bike, moped, transit, car, walking, roller skates, skateboarding or carpooling.

Registration: Xoxolat -this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Map Clue Tasting Cards.

Participating restaurants, cafes and establishments:

XOXOLAT
1271 Homer St, Vancouver
Twitter: @Xoxolat
Web:http://www.xoxolat.com/
Cuisine: Chocolatier

BELLA GELATERIA
1001 West Cordova, Vancouver
Twitter:@bellagelateria
Web:http://www.bellagelateria.com
Feature: Gelato

Seventeen89 Restaurant
1789 Comox Street, Vancouver
Web: http://www.1789.ca/
Twitter: @1789Restaurant
Cuisine: Steak Seafood

Soirette Macarons & Tea
1433 W Pender Street, Vancouver
Twitter: @SoiretteMacaron
Web: http://soirette.com/
Cuisine: Tea & dessert

Milestones Yaletown
1109 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Web: http://www.milestonesrestaurants.com/
Twitter:
Cuisine: Westcoast

De Dutch Pannekoek House
60-1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
Web: http://www.dedutch.com/
Twitter: @dedutch
Cuisine: Dutch

Chasers Fresh Juice
1026 Mainland, Vancouver
Web: http://www.chasersjuice.com/
Twitter: @FreshJill
Cuisine: Juice

The Parlour Restaurant
1011 Hamilton St, Vancouver
Web: www.theparlourrestaurants.com
Twitter: @ParlourYaletown
Cuisine: Pizza

More restaurants, cafes, chefs and establishments to be announced soon.

Details here:
http://vancouverfoodster.com/2014/03/14/vancouver-foodster-culinary-scavenger-hunt-on-april-6/

Purchase tickets via Eventbrite:

http://vancouverculinaryscavengerhunt.eventbrite.ca

Advance Tickets: $40 per person. $120 for a 4 pack of tickets or $162 for a 6 pack of tickets (get a group of your friends/family together and save by purchasing a 4 pack or a 6 pack). Regular Tickets $50 per person after April 4.

Note: Eventbrite fee and GST is extra on all tickets purchased online.

Ticket price includes dishes, bites and treats at each of the participating restaurants/establishments throughout the afternoon. (Beverages are included at some establishments which will be noted, you are welcome to purchase other drinks at each of the participating restaurants).

Note: ALL Tickets must be purchased in advance online. All ticket sales are final. No exchanges or refunds; however you are welcome to transfer the ticket to another person for the same event if you notify us in advance with name (s) of who will be attending in your place. Event produced by CMI Chat Media Inc. This is an all ages event.

The Entertainment Book – Vancouver Edition

Entertainment book

Entertainment book

With all the Groupon style websites online offering deals on dining I was wondering if the Entertainment Book would survive. It has been around for as long as I can remember. It has history. With these new websites, I think that people may get tired of constantly getting email each day about all the new offers available to them. I know that happened to me. And how many of those deal websites are still viable? I do not know.

There is something comforting about having an Entertainment Book. Keep it with you in your car, and when the moment grabs you, you can check out restaurants in your area and go for dinner at a discount. With the online websites, you are at the mercy of which restaurants are offering a deal, and when enough people have purchased to make the deal go through. Not something you can do at the spur of the moment like when you have your trusty Entertainment Book.

I received two books recently, courtesy of entertainment.com; one for Vancouver, BC and one for Seattle, Washington. I’ve begun to sift through the Vancouver pages and noticed that the restaurants are much more distributed across the lower mainland, which makes it easier for people that do not live near the downtown or Kitsilano areas to go to many more restaurants in their area. Over the year I will post articles about my restaurant experiences using the Entertainment book.  Stay tuned.

Garden Parties at Hart House Restaurant this Summer 2013

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hart house restaurant

There’s no better way to spend a summer evening than enjoying fine food and wine in the open air.  Hart House’s annual garden parties are the perfect fusion of regional cuisine, enchanting wines, and beautiful natural surroundings.  Each evening starts with a tasting of wines from the featured region; guests may purchase a bottle or two from the special selection to pair with dinner.  The al fresco dinner is served on the estate lawn overlooking Deer Lake, and is accompanied by live music, making the evening a true feast for the senses.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 – Lobster Fest

Our Lobster Fest features fresh Nova Scotia lobster paired with spirited maritime music.  Celebrate the start of summer with us. $62 per person, plus taxes and gratuity

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 – Italy al Fresco

Italy’s passion for food and wine is legendary.  Guests will enjoy savoury Mediterranean cuisine paired with top-quality wines from Italy.  Traditional Italian music will set the mood. $56 per person, plus taxes and gratuity

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 – Evening in Provence

Celebrate France’s contributions to world cuisine at this evening featuring the coastal Provence region. Romantic French ballads will provide a tuneful counterpoint. $56 per person, plus taxes and gratuity

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 – Spanish Fiesta

Modern Spanish cuisine is a fusion of Old and New world influences.  The menu for our Spanish Fiesta will feature seafood and Spanish-inspired dishes paired with excellent wines and flamenco music. $56 per person, plus taxes and gratuity

Reservations are available by phone only at 604-298-4278.
Hart House at Deer Lake
6664 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby

About Hart House Restaurant:  

Open since 1988, Hart House at Deer Lake makes an unforgettable impression on guests with its elegant heritage house setting and outstanding Pacific Northwest cuisine.  The 13-acre estate includes a mock-Tudor mansion with tastefully appointed dining room, private function rooms, and heated patio; immaculate lawns and gardens; and a Lakeside Cottage.  Always a favourite for outdoor weddings, Hart House also hosts business lunches and conferences of all sizes, as well as intimate dinners and celebrations.  Our menu changes with the seasons to take advantage of the freshest local ingredients, including herbs from our own on-site herb garden.  Whatever your menu selection, our attentive staff are always happy to recommend wine pairings from our award-winning cellar.

Filipino Favourite Foods at Kulinarya

Kulinarya

Kulinarya

I first heard about Kulinarya during the Vancouver Magazine 24th Annual Restaurant Awards earlier in May. A Coquitlam-based restaurant, plus Filipino food, being highlighted for their culinary skills, at these awards, was a shock to me. I love Filipino food, but many of the Filipino restaurants are more casual, called “turo turo” where you line up and point to the dishes you would like. There are some sit-down Filipino restaurants, like Kumare in Richmond, and Pin Pin in Vancouver, and now to my delight, Kulinarya in Coquitlam.

Today I tried 3 dishes:

  • MANOK SA GATA – Chicken with vegetables simmered in coconut milk
  • INIHAW NA PUSIT – Grilled Squid
  • PANCIT MALABON – Thick rice noodles with pork, vegetables and shrimp

I found out that the menu shows many local Manila area dishes, such as the Manok sa Gata, which I am told is a favourite of many people visiting the restaurant.  The Manok (chicken) sa Gata (milk) is very similar to a Thai yellow curry made with chicken.  This one also had pineapple chunks in it, which I am told is authentic for this dish.  I enjoyed this dish, not spicy, but lots of flavour, with that sweet component from the pineapple.

Manok sa gata (Chicken in milk)

Manok sa gata (Chicken in milk)

My favourite dish was the Inihaw (grilled) na Pusit (squid).  A large squid, stuffed with chopped tomatoes and onions, grilled, and served on a hot plate.  It is accompanied with a sweet and sour vinegar sauce on the side.  The pusit was not overly grilled leaving it still tender.  I enjoy the sourness of the vinegar with the grilled onions and tomato flavour.  Squid provides the texture.

Inihaw na pusit (Grilled squid)

Inihaw na pusit (Grilled squid)

The last dish, Pancit (noodles) Malabon, is a noodle dish from a city called Malabon, which is part of Metro Manila. Pancit Malabon is made with a larger, translucent rice noodle, which has pork, vegetables, and shrimps added. It is topped with sliced hard boiled eggs, crushed pork rinds, and a wedge of lemon to squeeze over the dish.  This dish was more noodles and could have had a bit more vegetable and pork in my opinion.  It was ok but could be better.

Pancit Malabon (Malabon noodles)

Pancit Malabon (Malabon noodles)

In future visits to Kulinarya, there are many dishes that I want to try like:

  • CRISPY BINAGOONGAN – Crispy pork in shrimp paste and coconut milk
  • PAKSIW NA PATA – Pork hock simmered in vinegar-soy suace topped with banana flowers
  • PINAPUTOK NA ISDA – Grilled tilapia fish in tomatoes, onions and tamarind sauce wrapped in banana leaf

If you are in Coquitlam, and it is near lunch or dinner, give Kulinarya a try( 114 -2922 Glen Drive, Coquitlam, BC V3B 2P5).  It is a small restaurant with 6 tables only.  They do not offer wine or beer, so enjoy these dishes with a juice or soda.

My New Year’s Resolution for 2013 – C’est le français

Moules au camembert

Moules au camembert

I’m pretty good at keeping New Year’s resolutions.  Some that I have made that I’ve kept have been to exercise regularly, and to have a glass of wine a day if possible.  Both are good for your health.

For 2013, my resolution, or maybe better described as a “goal” is to visit monthly at least 1 French restaurant  located here in the Vancouver lower mainland that I can in 2013, and to blog about it.

Why French Restaurants?

I’ve travelled twice to France and have fallen in love with their food.  Probably the best meal in my life was in a small restaurant in Chenonceau located in the Loire Valley. In addition, I have been a lover of French wine, in particular Burgundy and Loire wines.  So visiting French restaurants and enjoying my meal with French wine, seems like a perfect pairing to me! How does that sound to you?

 

Coq au vin served with a glass of Bordeaux wine

Coq au vin served with a glass of Bordeaux wine

The restaurants that are currently on my to visit list are:

  • Le Gavroche
  • Le Bistro Chez Michel
  • The French Table
  • Les Faux Bourgeois
  • Jules Bistro
  • Bistro Pastis
  • Le Crocodile
  • Le Parisien

As you can see I have 8 listed.  That leaves room for 4 restaurants which you can suggest for me to visit.  Please post your comment as to which additional French restuarant I should visit and what is your favourite dish from that restaurant.  Merci Beaucoup and Bonne Année et Bonne Santé!

Provence Marinaside to Open The Wine Bar

Have you been to Provence Marinaside in Yaletown? It is located where Davie Street meets False Creek so you great a great view of our inner harbour. In the summer you can watch the action in the marina or on the seawall. Enjoy fresh local seafood, their raw oyster bar, and taste from their extensive wine list. They have been awarded Opentable’s Diners’ Choice Winner of 2011.  And now they will be opening a Wine Bar.  Their announcement is below.  Enjoy!
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Provence Marinaside(Vancouver, BC) – There’s a new ‘baby’ in the Provence Restaurant family. Starting at the end of October, construction begins on a new space at Provence Marinaside – The Wine Bar.  A separate casual dining space; The Wine Bar takes over the space that formerly included Marinaside’s entrance foyer, antipasti case and small ‘room with a view.’
Designed by Bella Vivante, the same company that designed the renovation on Provence Mediterranean Grill last year, construction of the new room is expected to take a month with the opening anticipated for early December. “As the construction is confined to an enclosed area, we do not anticipate any inconvenience to our guests” says owner and Executive Chef Jean-Francis Quaglia. “We hope they will be as excited about the new space as we are.”
“The Wine Bar at Provence is a place where you can drop by for a glass of wine, have a light snack and meet up with friends.” The self-contained separate facility features the wine bar (serving 50 wines by the glass on tap), casual seating for 30 plus its own separate menu.  It will be open from 3 p.m. to late every day.
“Provence’s Wine Bar is meant to be very casual and value-priced,” says Chef Quaglia. “We are introducing a wine-friendly Bites Menu created especially for The Wine Bar.”  ‘Bites’ come in two sizes – Small Bites created to accompany a glass of wine, and for more substantial appetites, Big Bites that can be shared.  Wines by the glass will start at $7 with Small Bites coming in at $5 per dish and Big Bites priced at $18.
Sommelier Rachelle Goudreau is also very excited about the installation of a new state-of-the-art wine preservation and dispenser system. “This allows us to open any bottle of wine and sell glasses from it. We are going to be offering some of the premium bottles from Provence’s cellar – it’s a great way to try some pretty amazing wine.”  Montelvini Prosecco will also be available on tap for $6 per glass.
Watch for The Wine Bar to arrive at Provence Marinaside in early December. It’s the perfect place in which to eat, drink, chat and in true French fashion …  what happens next is up to you.
Provence Marinaside (Yaletown) 1177 Marinaside Crescent at the foot of Davie St., 604.681.4144     www.provencevancouver.com