Coquille Fine Seafood to Launch Seafood Sessions on April 25th

If you like seafood, you should not miss this at Coquille Fine Seafood.  Pair it with Champagne or other sparkling wine.  Check out Coquille’s press release.


April 23, 2019 (Vancouver, BC) – It’s been just over a year since Coquille opened their doors in Gastown and the team have had an incredible year of developing new and existing relationships with shellfish farmers, fishermen and women along with seafood purveyors from near and far.  Seafood Sessions, which will take place every Thursday during happy hour starting on April 25th, is aimed at showcasing the incredible Ocean Wise bounty that Coquille receives on a daily basis.

General Manager, Liam Todd who helped conceptualize the program, says “It’s our way of bringing together and engaging all of our stakeholders; from our restaurant guests, to our kitchen and service teams to our invaluable local suppliers.  It gives us the chance to share the stories behind what’s on our menu.”

Every Thursday will have a different focus and flavour based on the product and the personality of the invited guest or the product being featured with the aim of providing a fun and informal experience to unwind after work or before dinner.

Seafood Sessions will kick off with Malindi Taylor, from Fanny Bay Oysters dropping by the restaurant from 5pm-6pm on April 25th to share some stories about her family’s long history of oyster farming in Puget Sound and share some table-side oyster shucking tips and tricks.  “I’m excited to share some of the Pacific Northwest’s history of shellfish farming directly on your plate.” says Taylor of the weekly program.

The Seafood Sessions calendar will continually be updated on the events page of the Coquille website. The starting line-up is as follows:

April 25th 5-6PM: Featuring Malindi Taylor of Taylor Shellfish Farms and Fanny Bay Oysters

Malindi is a 5th generation oyster farmer with her family’s history in the shellfish industry dating back to 1890 in Puget Sound. She’ll be sharing some tasty oysters, shucking lessons, and her stories from tide to table.

May 2nd 4-6PM: Featuring Dungeness Crab with Coquille Sous Chef Matt Marshall and Matt Sherlock, Winemaker at Lock & Worth Winery

Sous Chef Matt Marshall has been crabbing at his family’s cabin on Gambier Island for many a summer and will be sharing the some table-side stories while Matt Sherlock of Lock & Worth Winery located on the Naramata Bench in the Okanagan Valley will bring his wines and his favourite seafood wine pairing tips.

May 9th 4-6PM: Featuring  Qualicum Scollops with Chef de Cuisine, Chris Jankowski and Jay Drysdale Winemaker at Bella Wines.

Chef Chris will be preparing Qualicum Scallops and telling the comeback tale of this local shellfish that was nearly wiped out in 2013.  Jay Drysdale, an icon in the BC wine industry, will make the trip from his winery in Naramata to share his passion for BC bubbles and make some recommendations for seafood pairings.

ABOUT COQUILLE FINE SEAFOOD | Opened in 2018 in the heart of Vancouver’s historic Gastown District, Coquille Fine Seafood is the latest project from the team that brought you L’Abattoir. A modern spin on a classic fish house concept, the beautifully appointed restaurant offers a creative Ocean Wise recommended menu of quintessential seafood dishes accompanied by a wide-ranging drink menu featuring craft beer, handmade cocktails, notable BC and international wines. With seating for over 100 between the dining room, lounge and patio, Coquille strives to offer the city’s best seafood, allowing locals and visitors alike to enjoy a relaxed-yet-elegant dining experience for lunch, dinner and happy hour.  Open from 11:30am to late, seven days a week.

181 Carrall Street, Vancouver, BC  V6B 0R5 | 604.559.6009 | 

Enjoy Drinks and Tasty Dishes at Joe Fortes Rooftop Patio

Patio season is well underway in Vancouver. But have you ever considered enjoying the city view from a rooftop patio in downtown Vancouver? If not, give Joe Fortes on Thurlow, just off of Robson, a chance. I attended their patio kickoff recently, and they had great food from seafood and chicken tacos, oysters on the half shell, and other varieties of seafood. In addition they have a bar on the rooftop patio, so enjoy a glass of wine, or a glass of sparkling wine, beer, or other drink along with the great food. Below are a few pictures of the event to entice you.  I was sipping Segura Viduas Reserva Cava, Spanish sparkling.  It goes very well with seafood.   Enjoy the summer!

Joe Fortes: Crab legs prawns mussels oysters lobster and tuna for the taking

Joe Fortes: Crab legs prawns mussels oysters lobster and tuna for the taking

Joes Gold special oysters

Joes Gold special oysters

Two tacos from Joe Fortes rooftop patio

Two tacos from Joe Fortes rooftop patio


Celebrate Seafood at Hart House Restaurant in Burnaby

If you are a Burnaby resident you should come and visit the Hart House and their beautiful grounds at Deer Lake.  If you are in Vancouver, come and experience this gem.   Burnaby Village Museum is next door and they have a real old-time carousel.  Visit the Museum then enjoy dinner at Hart House.  They are currently offering a seafood promotion.  Here is the info.  Enjoy.

Google Map of Hart House and Burnaby Village Museum.


Hart House Seafood Celebration

October 28 – November 16, 2014

$38 per person, exclusive of taxes and gratuity

Hart House - Butter Poached Prawns

Hart House – Butter Poached Prawns

From now until November 16th, Burnaby’s Hart House at Deer Lake is showcasing the amazing abundance of seafood with which BC is blessed. The three-course Seafood Celebration menu gives guests a choice of appetizer, main, and dessert at $38 per guest.Born and raised here in BC, Chef Michael Genest has designed a menu that rejoices in local flavours:



Sockeye Salmon Chowder (a la carte 10)

Fried Leeks, Corn, Lobster Oil


Smoked Fish Croquettes (a la carte 16)

Pickled Fennel, Micro Greens, Charmoula Aioli

Main Course

Butter Poached Prawns  (a la carte 28)

Squid Ink Risotto, Chorizo, Peas, Bottarga


Pan-Seared Red Snapper (a la carte 28)

Fregola Pasta, Tomato, Mussels, Clams, Saffron


Apple & Fig Bread pudding (a la carte 10)

Salted Caramel and Walnut Sauce,

Vanilla Chantilly Cream


Caramel Mocha Crème Brulee

Orange Nut Biscotti

 If they choose, guests may choose to extend their experience to four courses by ordering both appetizers for an additional $8.


Are available by phone only, at 604-298-4278.

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!
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

Fish Tales and Pike Ales Educational Dinner in Seattle

Les Dames d’Escoffier

This announcement came through my email a few days ago.  If you would like to learn about the virtues of wild seafood, and enjoy some delicious seafood dishes, paired with Pike Brewing Company microbrewery beer, then you should attend this educational dinner, presented by the Les Dames d’Escoffier in Seattle.  Here is their announcement.  If you are in Vancouver, BC, it is an easy 2.5 hr drive to Seattle. Enjoy!


Save the date for Fish Tales & Pike Ales, a progressive educational dinner presented by Les Dames d’Escoffier, Seattle Chapter (LDES) on Thursday, September 27, 2012, from 5:30 to 8:30 at the Pike Pub, 1415 First Avenue, in downtown Seattle.

Fish Tales & Pike Ales is designed to “school” both food-professional and consumer “a-fish-ionados” on the virtues of wild seafood, with an emphasis on the attributes and advantages of using frozen products. The event’s major donor, the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI), will supply a majority of the evening’s seafood including Alaskan-caught sockeye salmon, Pacific cod, and crab. 

Dishes prepared by LDES members—seafood chowder, seafood-salad wraps, and the Pub’s signature Spicy Wild Salmon (salmon stuffed with a Dungeness crab cake)—will be paired with appropriate Pike Brewing Company microbrews and wines from Washington State. Event attendees will be divided into three groups “schooled” by professional fishers, cookbook authors, and other seafood-savvy experts.

Where to Buy Tickets

Tickets cost $75 per person and will be available through PayPal on the LDES website. A $500 raffle basket containing a Kindle Fire, a gift card for e-books, and other Dames-donated items will be another exciting part of Fish Tales & Pike Ales fundraiser.

About Les Dames d’Escoffier, Seattle Chapter: Les Dames d’Escoffier, Seattle Chapter, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization, is an invitational society of professional women of high achievement in the fields of food, beverage, and hospitality. Its mission is education, advocacy, and philanthropy, and it provides and supports opportunities in these areas.

During its 23-year history, the organization has disbursed in excess of $475,000 for scholarships and grants. The chapter’s 67 members include such food- and wine-industry trailblazers as Kathy Casey (Kathy Casey Food Studios—Liquid Kitchen), Holly Smith (Cafe Juanita), Fran Bigelow (Fran’s Chocolates), Kay Simon (Chinook Wines), and Rose Ann Finkel (Pike Brewing Company).

About ASMI: ASMI is a partnership of the State of Alaska and the Alaska seafood industry that promotes the 
benefits of wild and sustainable Alaska seafood. For more than 50 years, Alaska has been dedicated to sustainable seafood. As a result, Alaskans understand the need to protect the fisheries and surrounding habitats for future generations.

About Pike Brewing Company: Pike Brewing Company was founded in 1989 by Charles and Rose Ann Finkel. Located in downtown Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market, Pike Brewing Company crafts 14 world-class beers; serves local, sustainable food; and is family and environmentally friendly. The Museum Room is dedicated to the history of beer from its earliest beginnings in Egypt to current day, and functions as an event venue for private parties and gatherings.