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

The Grand Opening at Tap & Barrel

Tap and Barrel main floor

Tap and Barrel main floor

This past week was the grand opening of Tap & Barrel in the Athletes Village area in Vancouver (that is just west and south of the Main Street Skytrain station).  The event was hosted by City TV’s Dawn Chubai with guest speaker and ribbon cutter Vancouver City Councillor Raymond Louie.

The venue has two levels and is waterfront situated, with a superb view of downtown and BC Place Stadium.  The Tap & Barrel has a patio on the main level and a balcony overlooking the downtown on the upper level. The main level is maybe more high energy with many large screen TVs showing sporting events, 23 beers on tap, and more by the bottle. If you prefer a bit more quiet time, go to the 2nd floor and enjoy the Barrel level, which has 6 white wines and 7 red wines on tap.  I did sample from both the beer and the wine levels.  On the beer side, I tried the Whiskey Jack Ale and for wine, the Blasted Church Hatfield’s Fuse (Chardonnay, Viognier blend).  While beer by the glass is common, having more than 1 house red and white wine is usually not available.  I like having the choice of wines to sip by the glass. Tap & Barrel also provides you with the option of 6oz or 9oz pours, or a full bottle (750ml). The wines are quality BC wines. Besides Blasted Church, you can also sample:

  • Le Vieux Pin,
  • Laughing Stock,
  • Nichol Vineyards,
  • Summerhill,
  • Okanagan Crush Pad (Haywire), and more.

On the beer side, all are BC brewed, and include 5 Lagers, 5 Ales, 4 Pale Ales, 3 Bitters, 4 Wheat Ales, and 2 Stouts/Porters on tap.  Besides all the tipple, there is also a selection of food items for you.  We had nibbles of their fish & chips (the tartar sauce is really good. It has a fair amount of horseradish in it), pretzels, burgers and pizzas. Things you would expect from a pub.

I think it would be a fun place to get together with friends after work, or when we have some nice sunny days (I know that might not be for a while now with our rainy season).  Probably fun too for upcoming Christmas parties!  Enjoy the pictures from the event.

Tap and Barrel upper floor balcony view

Tap and Barrel upper floor balcony view

Whiskey Jack Ale

Whiskey Jack Ale

Fish and chips

Fish and chips

Barrels of wine

Barrels of wine

2 kinds of pretzels with moustard

2 kinds of pretzels with mustard

Vancouver Foodster presents “Food Talks Vol. 2 ” – EBO Restaurant, Burnaby

Vancouver Foodster’s Food Talks Vol. 2

I attended Food Talks Vol. 1 just a few weeks ago, and learned a lot about our local food scene, including restaurant initiatives and farmer’s markets.  Food Talks Vol. 2 is coming on July 10th.  It will be at EBO Restaurant at the Delta Burnaby Hotel (Willingdon and Canada Way is the closest intersection).  Here is the latest press release about this event.  Come out for a night of foodie (and wine) information.  Enjoy!

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Vancouver, BC – The 2nd Food Talk in this summer series which features 5 Speakers who are all movers and shakers from the food community will take place on Tuesday, July 10th from 7pm-9pm at the Delta Burnaby Hotel.

Richard says “I created the Food Talks to educate people in our community about the food that they consume, it is about awareness as much as it is about lifestyle”; Richard also said “ the Food Talk is also a social gathering which is more than hearing great people talk about their passion, it is also a chance for the community to meet and mingle over delicious appetizers, sip on wine and ask questions from our leading panel of experts”.

Come join us to meet and mingle with other foodies, and to hear some enlightening speakers from the food community.

5 Speakers:

  • Wendy Boys – Pastry Chef & owner of Cocolico
  •   John Skinner – Proprietor, Painted Rock Estate Winery Ltd.
  •   Adam Chandler – Pastry Chef & owner of Beta5
  •   Debra Amrein-Boyes –Founder – Farm House Natural Cheeses
  •   Jason Pleym, President & Co-Founder, Two Rivers Meats

Appetizers will be featured by Chef Dan Craig & EBO Restaurant.

The event will be held in one of the ballrooms in the Delta Burnaby Hotel.

Tickets are available at http://foodtalksvolume2.eventbrite.com/

Full details of the event including the Speakers bio’s is here
http://foodtalks.ca/food-talks-volume-2-july-10/

The next date in the series for upcoming Food Talks August 14th at the Westin Grand Hotel.

Did You Get Your Tickets for Tasting Plates Vancouver Yet?

Tasting Plates Vancouver

Tantalize your taste buds at over a dozen fabulous downtown Vancouver restaurants at Tasting Plates Vancouver! This evening tasting extravaganza goes from 6pm until 9pm on Feb. 15, and is presented by Vancouver Foodster & Taste and Sip Magazine.

Participating restaurants will offer tasting plates of their food to the guests, showcasing their restaurant, their food and of course their skilled chefs.

If you are a vegetarian, don’t worry.  Most restaurants will have a dish suitable for you.

The participating restaurants this evening include:

The event is a roving tour that will start off at the W2 Media Café at 111 West Hastings, from there you can visit any or all of the participating restaurants that are located all over downtown including Gastown, Yaletown and the West End by driving, transit or walking.  Here is a link to a Google Map showing the locations of these restaurants.

Advance Tickets are available for purchase online only at http://tastingplatesvancouver.eventbrite.ca
Also, that night after the Tasting Plates Event, there will be a book launch party which takes place starting at 9pm at the W2 Media Cafe Centre. Richard Wolak aka Vanfoodster will be launching his new book “Vancouver Foodster’s guide to dining and drinking in Vancouver “ (publishing February 2012).
There will be draws for great prizes held at the book launch after party too.  Enjoy!

Lolo Restaurant

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I had a chance to speak with the General Manager, Michael Moller. He has a lengthy professional background, and has worked at the Beachhouse at Dundarave, Hart House at Deer Lake, proprietor of Gambrinus Restaurant, Northlands, the Observatory at Grouse Mountain, and many more! He has been a national finalist in the Sopexa Foods and Wines of France sommelier competition 3 times in the 80’s and 90’s. Michael is an easy to speak to person, with lots enthusiasm for this restaurant.

So if you are in North Vancouver, drop by 100 East 2nd Ave. Enjoy!