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Brix Yaletown Neighbourhood and FRIENDS Night

*Monday nights at Brix Restaurant and Wine Bar

10 reasons for those who have to work on weekends, and for those who don’t…10 reasons for those who work until 5 pm …and those who work until midnight

1. Vancouver’s only late night fine dining
2. Brix Restaurant and Wine Bar menu from 5pm – 10pm
3. Brix late night menu from 10 pm – 2 am
4. All bottles of wine under $100 are 40% off, Mondays only
5. Stella Artois $4 / Kronenbourg $4, Mondays only
6. Late night menu specials (an after work cheap eat special)
7. Special appearances by house DJ’s, Monday only
8. Courtyard Patio fully heated and open until 2 am, year round
9. Your hosts David Hannay and Patrick Mercer
10. Celebrating 10 years as one of Vancouver’s most popular restaurants

About Brix Restaurant & Wine Bar
Brix Restaurant & Wine Bar, set in a 1912 Yaletown heritage building, is known for its modern Canadian cuisine that uses local ingredients in a comfortable, yet innovative way, a strong commitment to wine and an excellent wine by the glass selection offering over 60 wines by the glass. The room is warm, inviting & artistic; the unique courtyard patio is one of the jewels of the city, heated and open year round.

Open Monday – Saturday at 5 pm – Late night menu available from 10 pm (* Some Mondays may be closed due to holiday weekends)
Dining room seats 80, Courtyard Patio seats 45 and the Wine Bar/Lounge seats 30

1138 Homer Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 2X6


Robert Belcham Named Chef of the Year at the 20th Annual Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards

robert-belcham1Vancouver, BC – Chef Robert Belcham is honoured to be awarded as Chef of the Year at the 20th Annual Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Co-Owner and Executive Chef of Fuel Restaurant and the recently opened Campagnolo, Chef Belcham now joins the prestigious who’ s who of British Columbia’s most well regarded chefs.

Chef of the Year is one of the most high profile categories awarded by Vancouver Magazine in their coveted annual awards. Credited by the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards judges as producing “some of the best food this city has seen”, Chef Belcham wins high praise from both his peers, the industry and his guests.

Chef Belcham honed his skills at leading restaurants including the French Laundry in the Napa Valley and C Restaurant and Nu in Vancouver before opening properties of his own. With his affinity for local ingredients, he sources only the best whole animals available from free-running BC farms. Belcham has mastered the art of butchery and even created his own charcuterie line called “the Cure”. With his self-styled “nose-to-tail” experience Belcham specializes in creating Whole Hog menus, Suckling Pig dinners and exclusive whole roast items.

“Just being nominated is a real privilege,” he states humbly. “To be recognized amongst your peers and the industry is amazing, although somewhat overwhelming. I feel so lucky to have a team of incredibly talented chefs at Fuel and Campagnolo, and I share this award with them.”

Robert Belcham was also awarded Chef of the Year at the 2009 Urban Diner Restaurant Awards held on April 6, 2009, along with a number of accolades for Fuel Restaurant and Campagnolo. Fuel was awarded Gold for Best Restaurant Formal, Best Regional, Best Kitchen Team, and Best Service Team. Campagnolo was awarded Gold for Best New Casual, and Best Casual Restaurant.

Fuel is open for lunch Monday to Friday from 12:00pm – 2:30pm, and dinner seven nights a week from 5:30pm. Fuel Restaurant is located at 1944 West 4th Avenue (@ Cypress), Vancouver BC. For more information please call 604.288.7905, or visit:

Campagnolo is open for lunch seven days a week from 11:30am – 2:30pm, and dinner nightly from 5pm. Seating is available on a first come first serve basis, and reservations are only available for parties of eight or more. Campagnolo is located at 1020 Main Street, Vancouver, BC. For more information please call 604.484.6018 or visit:


Media Contact:
Tiffany Soper

Vancouver Magazine Announces Winners of 20th Annual Restaurant Awards

Vancouver, BC; April 15, 2009 – Stars of the B.C. restaurant industry gathered yesterday at the Sheraton Wall Centre for the 20th Annual Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. The audience of more than 80o included the city’s top chefs, sommeliers and food critics. The event was capped by Cioppino’s/Enoteca winning the event’s top honor, Restaurant of the Year.

“There were some surprises this year,” said Vancouver magazine editor-in-chief Gary Stephen Ross, “which shows that the culinary scene is vital and ever-changing. Even in tough economic times, rooms that get it right quickly become popular with the dining public—and draw the attention of our 19 judges.”

To mark the 20th anniversary of this event, special recognition was given to those who have made a lasting impression on the industry. For his role in making Vancouver a leading culinary destination, the Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Hidekazu Tojo – owner of the legendary Tojo’s. In addition to being given this honour, Tojo’s also won Best Formal Japanese for the 18th consecutive year. Other honourees included Fuel’s Robert Belcham who was awarded Chef of the Year and Robert Clark of C who was given the Green Award.

Other highlights included La Quercia winning Best New Restaurant and Best Casual Italian after its first year in business. Industry legends, Vikram Vij of Vij’s and Michel Jacob of Le Crocodile also won in their respective categories. Vij’s has won Best Indian since the category was created 13 years ago and Le Crocodile has also been a consistent winner having won Best Formal French eight times.

Several categories saw some surprises. For best dining in Whistler, Bearfoot Bistro won the top honour beating nine time winner Araxi. Cru was given the Gold Award in the Best Small Plates category, while five time winner Bin 941/942 took Silver.

About Vancouver:

Since 1967, Vancouver has been informing, guiding, and entertaining people who engage with the city. Mixing quality journalism and service-driven pieces, the magazine chronicles and reflects Vancouver’s emergence as a dynamic, cosmopolitan urban centre. Vancouver is available as a monthly magazine, through a weekly e-newsletter, The Fix and online at


For more information please contact: Elettra Communications
Candice Pedersen

Cabana awarde silver in Best OK at Van Mag Awards

Cabana Bar and Grille was awarded second place in the Best Okanagan Restaurant category in the prestigious Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards yesterday. Just shy of its first year in business, Cabana Grille proves to be a key player in this growing culinary destination.”We are absolutely thrilled!” says co-owner and operating partner Jay Blackford. “Vancouver’s food media and restaurant industry professionals are an important and influential group. Recognition at this level means a lot to Cabana and our staff, customers, suppliers and local producers.”
Cabana Grille opened its doors in June 2008 to a bustling summer crowd – with a full patio, lounge and dining room that together seat 300 guests. With a mandate of “globally-inspired and locally created” Cabana Grille presents both sophisticated flavours and family-friendly fare that are healthy, fresh and focused on the incredible array and quality of local ingredients available nearby.

“We are proud to bring the best of the Okanagan’s fresh ingredients to Kelowna’s locals and visitors,” says Executive Chef and co-owner Ned Bell. “The Okanagan is a vibrant region with many opportunities to support talented and passionate culinary businesses from Osoyoos to Vernon that combine to create unparalleled dining experiences for our customers. From farmers to winemakers to producers of artisanal products there is so much to celebrate and we thank Vancouver Magazine for recognizing our efforts.”

Cabana Grille is gearing up for a busy Okanagan summer and is kicking things off with some exciting events including a Brewmasters’ Gourmet Dinner with Tree Brewing Company on April 29, Terasen Gas’ signature Spring Okanagan Wine Festival Gala – Gourmet and Grapes on May 3 – featuring an Iron Chef style showdown between Ned Bell and celebrity chef David Hawksworth, and the launch of a brand new spring menu on Monday, May 11.

With a premier position on Lakeshore Road just steps from stunning Okanagan Lake, Cabana Grille is a globally inspired, locally created upscale eatery owned and operated by three local restaurateurs, Jay Blackford, Michael Borg and Ned Bell. The restaurant blends a casual, relaxed atmosphere with exceptional food and drink led by Executive Chef Ned Bell who honed his culinary prowess at renowned restaurants across Canada including Lumiere, Accolade, Senses, Murrieta’s, Redwater Grille and Vintage Steakhouse. Bell was a regular on Food Network Canada’s “Cook Like a Chef” and currently films “It’s Just Food” for CTV. Focusing on fresh, local produce cooked in innovative ways for a wide range of tastes and budgets, Cabana Grille is well on its way to becoming a local favourite and buzz-worthy hot spot.

3799 Lakeshore Road
Kelowna, BC V1W 3K5
Tel: 250.763.1955

White Spot partners with award-winning chef Melissa Craig to serve up fresh new flavours for spring

First female celebrity chef to join the White Spot team, Craig brings her signature creativity and innovation to the new Taste of Spring menu

Vancouver – With spring in full bloom, White Spot is celebrating fresh seasonal changes with an exciting new partnership with Melissa Craig – Executive Chef of Whistler’s Bearfoot Bistro, 2008 Canadian Gold Medal Plates champion and one of Canada’s most decorated culinary talents. Craig brings her passionate artistry, first-class training and globally-influenced palate to the White Spot kitchen for the development of the inspired new Taste of Spring menu, available at restaurants beginning today.

Craig is the first woman to join the ranks of some of British Columbia’s most respected chefs – John Bishop of Bishop’s, Umberto Menghi of Il Giardiano and Thai chef Jareuk Sri-Arun – all of whom have partnered with White Spot for the restaurant’s seasonal ‘Taste of’ promotions. A Red Seal Certified Chef with an impressive list of accomplishments under her belt, this young culinary phenomenon has already achieved more in her 29 years than many of her peers twice her age. Showing no signs of slowing down, Craig’s partnership with the White Spot team brings a fresh new energy to the restaurant’s exciting spring menu.

“Partnering with Melissa was a natural fit for White Spot. Working with innovative local chefs on our seasonal promotions brings a bright new perspective to the White Spot kitchen, which transforms into delicious dishes for our guests to enjoy,” said Warren Erhart, president of White Spot. “Our commitment to deliver fresh, flavourful menu items to our guests at every meal is a passion Melissa shares just as deeply. We feel incredibly lucky to have her on board for the exciting new Taste of Spring menu and are thrilled to bring this extraordinary talent to our guests.”

Craig worked closely with White Spot Executive Chef Chuck Currie and White Spot Red Seal Chef Leo Canapi to collaborate on the development of the new spring dishes. Drawing inspiration from Craig’s unique culinary style, each Taste of Spring menu item reflects an aspect of Craig’s personal taste – her love of Greek salad inspired the Santori Salad and Mediterranean Chicken Burger, while her distaste for pizza’s traditional tomato base was the inspiration for the Amorosa Tomato Pizza made with extra virgin olive oil, fresh garlic and chili peppers.

“Being B.C.-born and raised, I grew up enjoying White Spot’s signature tastes. Whether it was the grilled cheese Pirate Pak I loved as a kid or the famous Zoo Sticks I love as an adult, White Spot’s menu offers affordable, family-friendly meals that suit everyone’s tastes,” said Craig. “It was an honour working with such a respected B.C. company and collaborating with its team of talented chefs for Taste of Spring. I’m proud of this new spring menu and know that White Spot guests are going to love it!”

Highlighting the very best of the season, the Taste of Spring menu provides fresh and innovative flavour creations to help White Spot guests celebrate the arrival of spring. The new seasonal dishes include Champagne Prawn Risotto, Prawn and Amorosa Tomato Pizza, Santorini Salad, Santorini Chicken Salad, Mediterranean Chicken Burger and Sukiyaki Beef Rice Bowl.

about White Spot

Headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, White Spot is a B.C. legend. Founded in 1928, when Nat Bailey launched Canada’s first drive-in restaurant at Granville and 67th, the 80-year-old chain now sees more than 17 million guests annually at 113 White Spot and Triple O’s locations throughout B.C. and Alberta. Bailey’s original vision was to build a restaurant that served the highest quality, unique tasting food and White Spot remains committed to continuing this tradition in each and every meal. White Spot was recently honoured with Food Service and Hospitality Magazine’s Pinnacle Award for Company of the Year in the West.

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For further information, or to speak with Melissa or a White Spot team member, please contact:

Lynsey Brothers
Wilcox Group
604-488-1100 ext. 228