Join Bistro Pastis with their Alsatian Menu in June

Colmar in Alsace (Image courtesy Wikicommons Tizianok)

Colmar in Alsace (Image courtesy Wikicommons Tizianok)

Alsace is a wonderful region in northeastern France.  The confluence of German and French wine and cuisine.  Beautiful gingerbread-style houses.  I’ve been there once and would love to go again.  But in case you are like me, longing to visit, or have yet to visit, you can experience the cuisine of Alsace at Bistro Pastis till the end of June.  Here is their special menu for me and you.

Alsace Feature Menu

June 8th to 30th, 2017

Appetizers:

alsatian onion tarte
shaved spring vegetables, crème fraiche
$16

beef consommé
alsatian dumplings, brunoise mire poix
$12

smoked sturgeon carpaccio
fingerling potato salad, remoulade
$16

Mains

perch a la sauvigny
pan seared perch in cream sauce, buttered egg noodles, glazed asparagus
$30

choucroute garni
braised pork belly, house made sausage,
sauerkraut, potatoes

$29

beer braised duck leg
Roasted apples, pomme sardelaise, green beans
$29

Desserts

rhum baba
caramel sauce, “the kraken” rum raisin ice cream
$10

citrus madeleine
candied citrus zest
$9.50

 

Although there are no wine pairings shown, classic Alsatian wines are made from Pinot Noir, Sylvaner, Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Muscat d’Alsace, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer.

You can make a reservation to Bistro Pastis on OpenTable at this link.

Arts Club Theatre Company presents CHEFMEETSBCGRAPE!

ChefmeetsBCGrape

ChefmeetsBCGrape

If you have never attended the ChefmeetsBCGrape, now is your time to attend, to taste BC wine, taste fantastic food by our chefs, and help the Art’s Club Theatre Company!  Check out the announcement below. And buy your tickets!  There are multiple events.

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Vancouver, BC—The Arts Club’s ChefmeetsBCGrape fundraising series returns this September with three entertaining evenings that will feature fine BC wines and delectable cuisine pairings as well as incredible access to world-class winemakers and highly-trained chefs.

These events will be social, lively, and informative, and offer the perfect opportunity to showcase both the flourishing wine industry and innovative fine dining establishments in the province. All proceeds will benefit the Arts Club’s community engagement initiatives and youth-focused education programs.

The series opens with the ChefmeetsBCGrape Signature Tasting, which will feature an extensive selection of BC’s award-winning wines perfectly paired with dishes created by top BC chefs. The events continue with two more intimate evenings: the Uncorked Kitchen Party, a new event dedicated to the prolific Oliver and Osoyoos wine region followed by the decadent Mission Hill Family Estate Dinner. This final event will showcase reserve labels from the flagship Okanagan winery, accompanied by a menu of classic French-inspired cuisine.

DETAILED EVENT + TICKETING INFORMATION:

  • Presented in association with the Wines of British Columbia
    Wednesday, September 17, 7–9:30 PM
    : Chefmeets
    BCGrape Signature Tasting
    Vancouver Convention Centre East, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
    Tickets: $85 (Groups of 8 or more: $80 per ticket)
    To purchase, visit artsclub.com/events/chefmeetsbcgrape or call the Box Office at 604.687.1644Guests will have the chance to discover lesser known BC VQA wines, taste old favourites, and talk one-on-one with skilled winemakers. More than 90 BC wineries will be pouring in excess of 350 wines. In addition, chefs from 15 restaurants will put out their finest culinary creations in the hopes of winning the Best Plate Pairing and Best Overall Dish awards. A silent auction will offer travel and entertainment packages as well as wine lots.
  • Presented in association with Oliver Osoyoos Winery Country
    Thursday, September 18, 7–10PM
    : Uncorked Kitchen Party
    Westside Grand, 1928 West Broadway, Vancouver
    Tickets: $95
    To purchase, visit artsclub.com/events/chefmeetsbcgrape or call the Box Office at 604.687.1644Part-tasting, part-interactive cooking demonstration, this evening will centre around three top chefs, all based in the South Okanagan, preparing elegant tasting plates. Each dish will be expertly paired with exclusive wines, and 10 proprietors will be on-hand to explain more about the winemaking process. A pop-up tasting room will be stocked with labels from over 30 wineries.
  • Tuesday, September 23, 6–9 PM: Mission Hill Family Estate Dinner
    Bistro Pastis, 2153 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
    Tickets: $160 (with partial tax receipt)
    To purchase, contact specialevents@artsclub.com or call 604.687.5315, ext. 248The Mission Hill Family Estate is famed for producing award-winning wines in the heart of British Columbia’s pristine Okanagan Valley, one of the world’s most exciting wine regions. Featuring a four-course menu with wine pairings, the evening will be hosted by Steven Lane, Fine Wine Consultant for the winery, and include a chef’s demonstration by Bistro Pastis’ proprietor John Blakeley.

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

Spoil Your Valentine at Bistro Pastis

Valentines and wine

Valentines and wine

Is your spouse or significant other tired of the same old Valentine’s day card or chocolates?  Why not spoil him/her with sensual French cuisine?  Bistro Pastis in Kitsilano has this wonderful menu.  Check it out!

Valentine’s Day 2014 Menu

Salmon Tartare
Horseradish, Buckwheat Blinis
Butternut Squash Ravioli
Truffle Butter Sauce, Sage Leaves
Vouvray, Chenin Blanc, Chateau Gaudrelle
Lobster Napoleon
Potato and Herb Tuile, Saffron and Corn Purée, Julienne of Vegetables, Tarragon Emulsion
Chardonnay Mȃcon Solutré-Pouilly Joseph Burrier
Roquefort Crusted Beef Tenderloin
Thyme and Bacon Potato Gratin, Root Vegetable Mousseline, Red Wine Jus
Château les Paruades 2009
Chocolate Timabale, Dark Chocolate Mousse, Pineapple Flambée
Pistachio Ice Cream, Caramel Sauce
Crémant de Bourgogne Bailly Lapierre Réserve
$85.00

$42 Wine Pairing Optional

Bistro Pastis
2153 W 4th Ave. Vancouver, BC V6K 1N7 | Tel: (604) 731.5020 | Fax: (604) 731.5039
www.bistropastis.com

Enjoy Turkey Dinner at Bistro Pastis for Thanksgiving

Unless you have a big family, cooking a whole turkey dinner will mean endless days of turkey sandwiches for work.  Why not go out for Thanksgiving dinner?  I’ve been doing it and enjoy being able to relax.  Here is the Thanksgiving meal by Bistro Pastis in Kitsilano.  I’m not sure if they have a Gamay for you to try with this meal, but I think it would be very nice.  Happy Thanksgiving.

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Bistro Pastis has prepared an incredible Thanksgiving menu to be served on Sunday, October 13. Guests can give thanks over a three-course menu celebrating Fall bounty for $45.

Regular menu also available.

Reservations essential: 604-731-5020 / http://www.bistropastis.com/reservations/

Bistro Pastis Thanksgiving Menu

Spiced Butternut Squash Soup
Citrus Crème Fraîche

– or –

Crispy Duck Confit Salad
Golden Beets, Candied Walnuts Sherry Vinaigrette

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Slow Roasted Turkey Breast, Pear and Onions Stuffed Leg
Potato Roesti, Brussels Sprout, Cranberry Sauce

– or –

Salmon Wellington
Mushroom Duxelles, Celeriac Purée, Béarnaise Sauce

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Classic Pumpkin Pie
Maple Ice Cream

– or –

Vanilla and Raspberry Baked Alaska

$45.00

Bistro Pastis
2153 W 4th Ave. Vancouver, BC V6K 1N7 | Tel: (604) 731.5020 | Fax: (604) 731.5039
www.bistropastis.com

Barbecue at Bistro Pastis Mais Oui!

Summer wouldn’t be complete without grilling on the BBQ. Whether you love the smell of the charcoal, the sizzle of the grill, or the smell of the food, Chef Will Beere knows what it takes to tantalize your senses during the dog days of summer. So much so that he has created a special three-course prix fixe menu that celebrates the great summer pastime.

Three course Barbecue Prix Fix menu for $48 is only available from August 21th to September 8th.

Reservations essential: 604-731-5020 / http://www.bistropastis.com/reservations/

Barbecue Menu

August 21th – September 8th

Barbecue Duck Confit Croquette
Mozzarella, Smoked Onion Coulis

– or –

Beer Braised Pork Belly
Peach and Onion Salsa, Arugula Salad, Apple Gastrique

– or –

Grilled Prawns
Pickled Watermelon, Feta Cheese, Preserved Lemon Aïoli

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Smoked Pork Ribs
Grilled Jalapeño Corn Bread, Coleslaw, House made Barbecue Sauce

– or –

Braised Beef Brisket
Black Bean Purée, Grilled Corn, Asparagus, Fire Roasted Tomato Sauce

– or –

Cedar Smoked Sockeye Salmon
Grilled Vegetables and Quinoa Salad, Citrus Sauce

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Smores
Toasted Marshmallow, Dark Chocolate, Graham Cracker Crumb

– or –

Grilled Okanagan Peach Melba
Roasted Almonds, Raspberry Coulis, Vanilla Ice Cream

$48.00

2153 W 4th Ave. Vancouver, BC V6K 1N7 | Tel: (604) 731.5020 | Fax: (604) 731.5039

www.bistropastis.com

Have a Happy Bastille Day at Bistro Pastis

The Champs-Élysées decorated with flags for Bastille Day

The Champs-Élysées decorated with flags for Bastille Day (courtesy Rama, http://commons.wikimedia.org)

For more than 200 years the French have been celebrating the storming of the Bastille as a national holiday – a time of sharing good food and wine with friends and neighbours. Vancouver’s very own corner of France, Bistro Pastis in Kitsilano, is celebration central with its annual Fête de la Bastille on July 14th.

Chansonnier Josh Minsky will be there to entertain and you may find yourself singing a rousing rendition of La Marseillaise.

One night only, Sunday July 14, 2011. Three-course dinner $48, optional wine-pairing $29.

Auguste Escoffier would be very pleased… and so will you!

Reservations essential: 604-731-5020 / http://www.bistropastis.com/reservations/

Bastille Day 2013 Menu

($48.00 per person)

Asperges Verte, Sauce Hollandaise
Bacon Wrapped Green Asparagus, Hollandaise Sauce
Saint Martin de la Guarrigue Languedoc

– or –

Tarte au Poireaux et Roquefort
Leek and Roquefort Tart, Frisée Salad
Domaine de Grachies Côtes de Gascogne

– or –

Vichyssoise aux Petit Pois
Cold Green Pea Vichyssoise
Vouvray Gaudrelle, Loire Valley

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Confit de Canard aux Pruneaux
Braised Duck Confit, Pomme Sarladaise, Haricot Vert, Prune Sauce
Pinot Noir Latour

– or –

Steak Sauce Diable, Gratin Dauphinois
Grilled New York Steak, Potato Gratin, Tian of Vegetable Provençale, Sauce Diable
Syrah, Grenache Bila-Haut, Chapoutier Côtes du Roussillon

– or –

Thon à la Provençale
Albacore Tuna, Fingerling Potatoes, Tomato, Red Pepper, and Garlic Râgout
Rosé de Provence

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Tarte Tatin, Glace au Caramel
Tart Tatin, Caramel Ice Cream

– or –

Poire Belle Hélène
Poached Pear, Vanilla Ice Cream, Chocolate Sauce

– or –

Baba Au Rhum
Rhum Baba, Fresh Berries, Whipped Cream

Bistro Pastis
2153 W 4th Ave. Vancouver, BC V6K 1N7 | Tel: (604) 731.5020 | Fax: (604) 731.5039
www.bistropastis.com

Bistro Pastis Presents Menus Featuring Cuisine of French Influence

Lemongrass (photo Wikipedia Commons courtesy Hakcipta Mohamed Yosri)

Lemongrass (photo Wikipedia Commons courtesy Hakcipta Mohamed Yosri)

For centuries, France has had a notable impact on global culinary culture. Bistro Pastis presents a series of tasting menus that take guests around the world in order to experience a variety of cuisines influenced by French cooking. Every two weeks, a 3-course menu featuring a different destination will be available for $49.

First stop: Vietnam. French food began to permeate Vietnamese lifestyle after the French established a colony in Vietnam in the 1800’s. Many ingredients are now so ingrained in society, they are considered part of their culture. April 23 through May 5, guests can experience the vibrant flavours of Vietnam married to French technique and ingredients.

Second Stop: Morocco. Starting May 7, Bistro Pastis will showcase the incredible diversity of Moroccan cuisine. Morocco has been heavily affected by imperialism and trade; this long history is reflected in its food. Cafes, pastries and wine are the hallmark of the French colonization, heavily influencing the culinary culture of Morocco.

Reservations essential: 604-731-5020 / http://www.bistropastis.com/reservations/

Vietnamese Menu (April 23 – May 5)

Cured Salmon Salad Roll
Dungeness Crab, Jicama, Mint & Peanut Kafir, Lime Mayonnaise

– or –

Escargot Braised in Coconut Milk
Tamarind Oyster Mushroom & Tomato

– or –

Beef Carpaccio
Lime, Cilantro & Chili, Crispy Shallots, Fish Sauce

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Pan Roasted Rockfish
Clams, Potatoes, Vermicelli Star Anise Lobster Broth

– or –

Lemon Grass Braised Beef Short Rib
Crispy Rice, Carrot & Radish Slaw

– or –

Prawn Stuffed Chicken Breast
Warm Brussels Sprout & Herb Salad, Creamy Peanut Sauce

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Forbidden Black Rice Pudding
Fresh Mango Sabayon

– or –

Coconut Crusted Banana
Dark Chocolate, Condensed Milk & Coffee Ice Cream

$49 / Person

Moroccan Menu (May 7 – 19)

Roasted Tomato Salad
Eggplant, Mint and Feta Cheese

– or –

Creamy Mussel Soup
Saffron, Pumpkin & Coriander

– or –

Roasted Duck Kefta
Apricot, Pistachio, Pressed Yogurt

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Le Couscous Royal
Grilled Lamb, Chicken, Merguez & Vegetables, Couscous & Harissa

– or –

Ras el Hanout Roasted Half Chicken
Sweet Potato Mash, Green Olive & Caramelized Onion Rȃgout, Preserved Lemon

– or –

Chermoula Mahi Mahi
Spiced Yellow Lentils Slow Braised Campari Tomatoes

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Roasted Fresh Figues
Honeyed Pear, Fromage Frais

– or –

Orange Blossom Yogurt Mousse
Pistachio Shortbread

$49 / Person

Mission Hill Winemaker’s Dinner at Bistro Pastis

Bistro Pastis

Bistro Pastis

Oculus, Quatrain, Perpetua; all top quality wines from Mission Hill winery in the Okanagan, and all being poured and paired with fantastic French cuisine at Bistro Pastis.   Read the note below by Bistro Pastis about the dinner, then phone before it sells out.  It should be a fantastic dinner. I think the bottles themselves if you were to buy them would be at least $250.  So a very good deal.

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Mission Hill Oculus

Mission Hill Oculus

The Okanagan Valley has gained an international reputation for the quality of its wines. Join us on Thursday March 28th for a very special dinner with Ingo Grady, Director of Wine Education for Mission Hill Winery, one of the region’s premier wineries. Executive Chef Tobias Grignon has designed an elegant menu to showcase these exceptional wines and will be demonstrating some of his techniques in making the dishes. Price for the evening is only $110 per person and includes: cocktail, five-course dinner, full wine pairing, taxes, gratuities along with presentations by Chef Tobias and Mr. Grady.

Book quickly at this event is sure to sell out, 604-731-5020.

Food and Wine Paired Menu

Cocktail: Sparkling Wine and Ice Wine

***** 1st Course *****

Salmon and Scallop Crudo
Apple, Chili, Thai Basil
Riesling Reserve Martins Lane 2011

***** 2nd Course *****

Prosciutto Wrapped Monkfish
Creamed Cabbage Grapefruit and Pistachio
Perpetua Chardonnay 2010

***** 3rd Course *****

Smoked Duck Breast, Crispy Duck Terrine
Red Beets, Sunchoke, Wild Mushrooms
Pinot Noir Reserve Martins Lane 2011

***** 4th Course *****

Slow Roasted Venison
Butternut Squash, Brussels Sprouts Smoked Barley Risotto, Mole Sauce
Quatrain 2009

***** Cheese Course *****

Idiazabal, Unpasteurized Sheep’s Milk Cheese, Two ways Custard and
Regular, Poached Dates, Brioche Tuile
Oculus 2009

$110.00, Cocktail, Food, Wine, Taxes and Service Included

Food Demonstration by Chef Tobias Grignon
Wine Presentation by the famous Ingo Grady Director of Wine Education

Score Big Amour Points – Dine Out At Bistro Pastis

Valentines and wine

Valentines and wine

French cuisine and wine brings out the romantic in all of us.  With Valentine’s Day this week, Bistro Pastis has a special menu for you and your spouse or significant other.  Check out the details.  The rack of lamb looks really good.  So does the raspberry dark chocolate tart.  Don’t forget to have a bottle of bubble too. Enjoy!

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In France, ‘love’ is an art celebrated every day. Practice really does make perfect and there is no one better at it than the French. However, even if you’re not French, you can pretend you are on St. Valentine’s Day.

Whisking the ‘love of your life’ off to Paris for dinner, while bound to win you brownie points, will definitely empty out your wallet. An equally romantic and more cost effective solution is bring them to Bistro Pastis for a flirtatious ‘diner pour deux.’

Our special Valentine’s table d’hote will transport you to France in the bat of an eyelash – five courses for only $75 with an optional wine pairing for $45 available only on Thursday, February 14th – St. Valentine’s Day.

Reservations: 604-731-5020 / http://www.bistropastis.com/reservations/

Joyeux Saint Valentin

Amuse Bouche
Smoked Salmon Pavé, Herbed Goat Cheese

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Chicken Liver and Foie Gras Terrine
Toasted Brioche, Mȃche Salad, Pomegranate
Chateau Saint Martin de la Garrigue

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Lobster Tortellini
Tomato and Mint, Corn Nage
Chardonnay Mȃcon Solutré-Pouilly Joseph Burrier

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Roasted Rack of Lamb, Braised Lamb Shoulder
Peas, Ricotta Gnocchi, Preserved Lemon
Domaine de Nizas Languedoc

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Raspberry Dark Chocolate Tart
Whipped Mascarpone, Spiced Honeycomb
Sparkling Crémant de Limoux, Languedoc

$75.00 / Person
Wine Pairing 45.00

Bistro Pastis
2153 W 4th Ave. Vancouver, BC V6K 1N7 | Tel: (604) 731.5020 | Fax: (604) 731.5039
www.bistropastis.com