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.
 
 

Provence Family Favourite Tomato Tarte is the this week’s French Food Made Easy Kit

Every year I look forward to growing tomatoes in my garden and then making a tomato tarte and enjoying it with a salad and a nice glass of white BC wine (or a rose as described below).  You don’t have to wait for the tomatoes to ripen in your garden to enjoy this dish.  Provence Marinaside has assembled the ingredients and instructions on how to make this dish.  Below is the information from Provence Marinaside.  Enjoy.

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(Vancouver, BC) – This week Provence Marinaside is pleased to present a Quaglia family favourite for the seventh French Food Made Easy Kit  – classic Fresh Tomato Tarte with mixed green salad dressed with Dijon balsamic vinaigrette
Tomato Tarte (photo by Hamid Attie)

Tomato Tarte (photo by Hamid Attie)


The kit is available for $40 and comes complete with everything you need to make this dish at home plus a half baguette:
  • Pastry dough
  • Flour
  • Fresh tomatoes
  • Red Onion
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Gruyere Cheese
  • Olives Olive Oil
  • Basil
  • Salad Greens
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette
Chef Alessandra Quaglia demonstrates how easy it is to reproduce this dish at home in your own kitchen in this short instructional video.
 
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. This week’s wine pairing is Sea Star Vineyards Blanc de Noir Rosé. This wine is available for an additional $30.
 
There are now a total of seven French Food Made Easy kits (Prawns Provençal, Fennel-Crusted Lois Lake Steelhead, Oven-Roasted Half Chicken Provençal, Duck Confit, Albacore Tuna, Lamb Sirloin and Tomato Tarte) and two Cocktail Kits (Moscow Mule and Caesar). All are available through Provence Marinaside’s website along with Provence’s Takeout Menu of prepared dishes and Chef Sheldon’s Online Grocery Store for individual ingredient items such as meats, dairy, baking supplies and other miscellaneous items.
 
Provence also offers delivery service for those living in the downtown area (postal codes V6G, V6C, V6E, V6Z, V7Y, V7X, or V6B). The delivery service is available for an additional $10 charge with a minimum $50 order. Kit orders must be placed at least two hours prior to pick up or delivery by calling the restaurant at 604-681-4144 or ordering online. As with Takeout Menu items; French Cooking Made Easy Kits are available between 11:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. 
Bon Appetit!
 

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!


Provence’s Second French Cooking Made Easy Kit Features Lois Lake Steelhead

Do you crave going to Provence Marinaside in Yaletown but are self-isolating.  How about trying Provence’s latest French Cooking Made Easy Kit?  The press release is below.  Bon appetit.

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(Vancouver, BC) – The public have spoken. In a social media poll conducted this past week, the public voted 65 percent that Provence Marinaside’s next French Cooking Made Easy Kit should feature Lois Lake Steelhead. Runner up was Provençal Roasted Half Chicken. Both are signature dishes of the restaurant.
 
Priced at $40, Provence’s French Cooking Made Easy Kits consist of the recipe for the selected dish plus enough ingredients to make two servings.  The Fennel-crusted Lois Lake Steelhead kit will be available for take-out from the restaurant starting Monday, April 6. This kit includes:
  • 2 filets Lois Lake Steelhead
  • Fennel seeds
  • Oil for cooking
  • Virgin sauce ingredients (tomatoes, garlic, lemon, basil, olive oil)
  • Saffron potatoes
  • Snap peas

demo video featuring Chef Alessandra Quaglia in her Vancouver home kitchen shows you how easy it is to make this dish using the kit.
 
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 Laughing Stock Pinot Gris for an additional $25.
 
French Cooking Made Easy Kits were first introduced by Provence on March 26 as a way of helping people cook at home during social isolation. The first kit, Prawns Provençal, has proved so popular that it will remain available on an ongoing basis.
 
These kits are being offered in addition to Provence’s special Take-out 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 Take-out Menu items; French Cooking Made Easy Kits will be available for takeout only between 11:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. 
 
 Bon Appetit!
 

Provence Marinaside Introduces French Cooking Made Easy Kit

If you have ever eaten at Provence Marinaside in Yaletown and crave to enjoy their food again during the COVID-19 crisis, why not let them help you cook their dishes?  Here is their latest announcement. Bon Appetit!

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Provence Introduces French Cooking Made Easy Kit
 
(Vancouver, BC) – Since we are all at home self-isolating, why not take the time to hone your cooking skills? Starting this Thursday (March 26), you can cook some of Provence Marinaside’s iconic Provençal dishes from the comfort of your own kitchen.
 
Priced at $40, Provence’s French Cooking Made Easy Kit consists of the recipe for the selected dish of the week plus enough ingredients to make two servings. The kit also includes half a French baguette.  Each week Chef/Owner Jean-Francis Quaglia will post a demo video to Provence’s website of the selected dish and Wine Director Joshua Carlson will suggest a wine pairing to complement the dish which can be ordered to accompany the kit for an additional fee. Provence’s French Cooking Made Easy 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.
 
This week’s dish is Prawns Provençal.  For an additional $35, you may wish to add a bottle of Upper Bench Chardonnay 2018 The Prawns Provençal kit will be available this Thursday through Sunday, March 29 with a new kit available on Monday, March 30. 
Bon Appetit!

TWB Bursting with Bubbles for Champagne Day

If you enjoy Champagne, you may want to know that October 19 is Global Champagne Day.  TWB at Provence Marinaside is celebrating with Champagne of course.  Here are the details.

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(Vancouver, BC) – As novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald once said “too much of anything is bad, but too much champagne is just right.” How lucky for us that October 19 is Global Champagne Day  – a day to raise a glass of the quintessential wine of celebration.  According to TWB-The Wine Bar’s Wine Director Joshua Carlson, “Bubbles turn any occasion, whether meeting friends after work or dropping by after the game, into a mini-celebration. They’re also very food friendly and go with everything from brunch to oysters to popcorn.”
Where better to celebrate Global Champagne Day than at TWB –The Wine Bar  and Provence Marinaside where they have 35 different bubbles on their wine list including 17 French champagnes. Prices for bottles range from $45 – $1,750.  If a bottle seems like too much of a good thing, you can always indulge your champagne passion with a glass or two. TWB has the largest selection of bubbles by the glass (35) including 17 French champagnes ranging from $28 for glass of Marie Demets Tradition Brut to $110 for the Louis Roederer Cristal if you are feeling very extravagant. Of course there are always non-champagne bubble options starting from $8 a glass./$45 bottle.
 In honour of Global Champagne Day, TWB and Provence Marinaside will be offering 25 percent off all bubbles (both glasses and bottles) on Friday, October 19. If you can’t make it in, they’ll be offering the same discount for their regular Sparkling Saturday the following day.

“Everything is better with bubbles… life itself feels a little brighter when you’re sipping something sparkling. It’s going to be a lot of fun offering so many selections to our guests. Our wonderful patio, the view over-looking the Marina, and a glass of bubbles, is just about perfect when it comes to making your day exceptional,” concludes Carlson.

And don’t forget, Provence’s special three-course Taste of Yaletown menu starts this Thursday, giving you another tasty reason to drop by.

Whether you are in a celebratory mood, need a pick-me-up, or looking to unwind after work, TWB-The Wine Bar and next door Provence Marinaside have you covered this coming weekend.

All photos by Emrys Horton

The Wine Bar at Provence Marinaside Now Open

The Wine Bar logoI was told about Provence Marinaside’s wine bar being built in the fall last year, and it is now here for the new year.  I am excited to read the wide selection of wines by the glass available.  That is great because: 1) you may want to try a particular wine before committing to a whole bottle, 2) you may be by yourself and you cannot drink a whole bottle, then drive home.  I will be heading over to The Wine Bar quite soon and will send out my review, but in the meantime, please feel free to go and comment on my blog about your experience.  Here is their press release.  Enjoy!

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(Vancouver, BC) – Provence Restaurants is pleased to announce that its newest venture, TWB – The Wine Bar, is now fully open. “We completed construction in mid-December and operated ‘under the radar’ for the rest of the month. Now all the kinks have been ironed out and The Wine Bar is ready to welcome guests,” says proprietor and Executive Chef Jean-Francis Quaglia.

“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), casual seating for 30 plus its own separate menu.  It is open from 3 p.m. to late every day.

“The wine program is meant to be approachable while offering guests a range of products and prices to suit every taste and budget. By-the-glass offerings start at $7 and bottles start at $30. To accommodate guests looking for something special and to utilize current inventory, a reserve list is available featuring a selection of wines, many of which are hard to find labels and rare vintages,” adds Sommelier Rachelle Goudreau

In addition to the wine taps for The Wine Bar, Provence has invested in a 12-slot by-the-glass wine preservation system. A couple of slots in this system are kept open so that guests have the option of being able to choose anything off the reserve list and order it by the glass at one fifth (20 percent) of the bottle price. Once the bottle is open, the selection will be available for everyone in quantities as small as an ounce taster and listed on the daily features menu. This allows wine-loving guests to try some of the best wines in the world without having to invest in a pricey bottle.

Ms. Goudreau worked with Chef Quaglia to choose wines that best complemented Provence’s and The Wine Bar’s West Coast- influenced Mediterranean/French dishes. The primary focus of the wine list is French, with a selection of other Mediterranean countries and an array of prominent styles from around the world – particularly those inspired by the French classics. Also, drawing from the classic French bistro concept of using what is locally produced, the list features a broad selection of wines from British Columbia along with a wide range of sparkling wines. “I am very excited to offer Montelvini Prosecco on tap,” says Ms. Goudreau. “Two of my local favourites, also on tap, are Joie’s Noble Blend and Road 13’s Honest John Red. For French there’s Louis Latour Chardonnay (Coteaux de lÀrdeche) and Les Brottiers Cotes du Rhone Rouge.”

Wine is meant to be enjoyed with food and at The Wine Bar guests will find a wide-selection of tempting dishes – from tasty morsels to full meals. “The Wine Bar is meant to be very casual,” says Chef Quaglia. “I have created a wine-friendlyBites Menu especially for The Wine Bar.”  Bites come in two sizes – Small Bites created to accompany a glass of wine value-priced at $5, and for more substantial appetites, Big Bites that can be shared for $18.

Look for specials such as Monday Bites (three Bite plates for $10), Tap Tuesdays (all ‘on tap’ wine $8/glass) and Wine Wednesdays (25% off any bottle on the list). A la Minute daily specials and features will be posted on Facebook and Tweeted. There are plans to start a wine club along with hosting special tasting events. Check out the web site or the Facebook page to sign up for the monthly newsletter, get in-the-know for A la Minute specials and hear about other special events and programs.

At TWB-The Wine Bar, it looks like a vintage year coming up.