Escape to Whistler this May Long Weekend – With Adara Hotel

Introducing the Adara “Maycation” Package
Costly summer vacations are so pre-recession. Make a spring escape to Adara this May long weekend and enjoy all the perks of an expensive resort vacation, but for a fraction of the cost.

Your package includes:

– A spacious Superior Room in Whistler’s most stylish and contemporary hotel
– Your choice of either 1 round of golf per person (including cart rental!) or
– An $80 spa credit per person
– Complimentary valet parking, Internet, and local calls
– Late checkout of 12pm

Rates start from just $129* CAD per night, per person!
Dates available: May 15 – 18, 2009

Contact Adara Reservations directly to book this exclusive package
Email: reservations@adarahotel.com
Phone: 1.604.905.4009 or 1.866.502.3272

Dine In Whistler – April 27 – June 25, 2009

Whistler’s highly successful dining programs return this spring under the new name “Dine In Whistler” offering delicious deals at a wide range of restaurants. For a limited time, visitors can indulge in a variety of tasty treats with multi-course menus starting at just $19 CDN per person. From Pacific Northwest to French, Mediterranean, Italian, German, Indian and Japanese to local pub or steakhouse fare, it’s a great time to eat your way through Whistler’s diverse range of regional and international cuisines. These fantastic dinner deals are matched by amazing accommodation packages. For more information: www.whistler.com/dine

Vancouver resident promotes Culinary Tourism in Turkey

Vancouver resident Brenda Farrell is passionate about food, travel and Turkey, the country. A retired qualitative researcher, and Convivium Leader of Slow Food Lions Gate (www.slowfoodlionsgate.ca) she took her first trip to Turkey in 2005 to help a friend decorate her new condominium. On her return, mesmerized by the food and the warmth and friendliness of the Turkish people, she decided that she had to learn more about the connection between the culture and food of Turkey – this time for herself and not on behalf of a client. “After all, cuisine is an expression of culture” says Farrell.

Today, after collecting Turkish cookbooks, hosting Turkish food evenings at her home, reading many books about Islamic culture and, of course, several more visits to Turkey, Farrell has crafted an itinerary for a very unique tour of Turkey which she will host with Renshaw Travel in September 2009.

Designed to coincide with the Turkish harvest and to ‘connect the dots’ between the history, culture and food of Turkey, the tour will be led by an English-speaking Turkish food expert. Brenda says “While preparing this truly unique itinerary, we talked to food experts across Turkey and it became clear that if we were to truly understand the influence of history and culture on Turkish food, we would need to have a regional culinary expert with us throughout the tour.

Farrell, passionate about sharing Turkey with fellow culinary adventurers sums up the tour : “Starting and ending our journey in Istanbul, we will visit those must-see world-famous historic sites and monuments in Istanbul and also those in Troy, Ephesus, Pergamum, and Harran. In addition, and this is where the uniqueness of this itinerary kicks in, we will visit farmers’ markets, participate in cooking classes, sample local foods, including cheeses and olive oils, visit vineyards and taste wines, explore picturesque villages unchanged by time, enjoy lunch with villagers, observe the positive effects of a GAP sustainable development project in a once-barren area, to name a few activities. Of course, there will also be free time to relax or explore alone.” For those wishing to explore other areas of Turkey, Brenda is keen to put her knowledge to work in designing add-on itineraries.

Culinary tourism has always been of interest to chefs and other professionals who travel to learn. Now it is becoming a passion for foodies the world over. And it’s not just about eating. Since the root of culinary tourism is in agriculture, people today want to know more about their food such as, where and how it is grown, and by whom. This is becoming just as important as how it is prepared. Unlike North Americans, who are only just starting to understand the value of eating locally produced foods, Turkish people have always eaten local foods, in season.“

For a complete copy of this or other unique Explore Turkey Tours itineraries, please email brenda@renshawtravel.com or call Brenda at Renshaw Travel at 604.733.1010.

Renshaw Travel is a licensed travel agency registered in the Province of British Columbia. More information about Explore Turkey Tours may be found at www.renshawtravel.com.

April 29 +

This week on The Good Life we sample Tangled Vines 2007 Pinot Blanc, discuss Il Nido’s new spring menu, highlight the new Whole Foods (along with a give away of gourmet groceries) touch on the Okanagan Spring Wine Festival, the Spot Prawn Festival and other delicious events around Vancouver.

Listen on CFUN 1410 am The Buzz Jen and Joe show – Wednesday at 9:15 a.m. http://www.talk1410.com/shows.php?p=1000397758.htm

Wine – Tangled Vines 2007 Pinot Blanc
www.tangledvineswinery.com/wp

This Okanagan Falls winery produces a Pinot Blanc that has lots of fresh pear and apple aromas. On the palate there is orchard fruit as well as some citrus, honey and herbs. It’s a dry wine with some minerality and a good touch of acidity.

Restaurant – Il Nido
www.cafeilnido.net

This Italian gem is just off of Robson and Thurlow, quietly tucked away in its own corner of a courtyard. A new spring menu for 2009, prompted me to book a lunch at Il Nido. The carpaccio melts in your mouth. It’s served with red onions and lemon basil vinaigrette draped over greens. Pan fried calamari is a welcome change from the deep fried versions, and the pastas differentiate themselves with ingredients such as fresh lobster in the ravioli and a dash of curry in the chicken tagliatelle.
The pace slows down in the evenings; a perfect spot for an intimate meal or a get together with a few friends. Many of the same appetizers and pastas are available, but mains such as the veal medallions with herb stuffing and marsala thyme reduction or the seasonally fresh halibut, poached in a refreshing lemon piccante sauce.
The prices here are reasonable, the wine list has a descent selection and the service is attentive at this charming Trattoria.

Shop – Whole Foods
http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/cambie

From the press release – Whole Foods Market opens new Cambie store

State-of-the art facility boasts expert in-store team, more product selection and improved environmental features

Whole Foods Market is thrilled to announce the opening of its new Cambie store on Wednesday, April 29. As the largest Whole Foods Market location in B.C., Cambie offers the most diverse selection of local natural and organic products to better serve the Metro Vancouver community. With even more local varieties, Private Label 365 Everyday Organic and bulk selections to choose from, the Cambie store makes it easy to shop economically for the unique products customers are looking for.

Located at the corner of Cambie and West 8th Avenue, the 53,000-square-foot store offers skilled in-store specialists in all eight departments – including a certified naturopath, fishmonger and expert team of chefs; new and unique store amenities – including a build-your-own pizza bar and full-service charcuterie; an extended seafood selection – including Whole Opah, Yellow Fin Tuna and Mahi Mahi; and the largest collection of Private Label products in the Pacific Northwest region.

Whole Foods Market will kick off launch-day with a bread-breaking ceremony at 9 a.m. followed by a day-long celebration of food, music and community giving! The event will feature live musical performances by folk artist Haley Bonar and an appearance by famed local culinary queen Lesley Stowe. Whole Foods Market Pacific Northwest Regional President John Cougher and the new Whole Foods Market Cambie store team will be in attendance to present a $5,000 cheque to volunteers from Vancouver charity Growing Chefs – a group that unites chefs, growers, educators and community members in a food sustainability project – in support of their work to further awareness and growth of urban agriculture.

Built with a number of unique environmentally-conscious features, Cambie is the first Canadian Whole Foods Market store with LEED Certification – Leadership in Environmental Energy and Design – a Green Building Rating System that provides a suite of standards for environmentally sustainable construction. The new store also uses energy star-rated equipment, low-emitting paints and coatings and applies construction waste management practices to divert 50 per cent of construction materials from landfills.
Additional highlights at Cambie Whole Foods Market include:
• A Living Wall at the entrance of the store designed to help bring nature back into our urban living environment and make the space healthy and livable
• An extended selection of local products sourced within 100 miles
• An 18-foot wall of bulk selections
• Private Label Whole Catch Seafood – the first Whole Foods Market to carry the line in Canada
• A Private Label wall with more than 350 products – the most complete line of any Whole Foods Market north of California
• A full-service coffee bar featuring Whole Foods Market’s own Whole Trade Guarantee Allegro® coffee

Events

April 30 – May 9 – Okanagan Spring Wine Festival
www.owfs.com

Spring Epicurean Dinner

Chef Warren Geraghty @ Mission Hill, West Kelowna, BC
Saturday, May 2nd, 6:30 pm
Tickets: $155, including a copy of West: The Cookbook

A highlight of the Spring Okanagan Wine Festival, executive chef Warren Geraghty will join winery chef Michael Allemeier to present a special five-course menu, paired with Mission Hill Family Estate Winery’s internationally-recognized wines. Celebrating the release of West: The Cookbook, a book signing will follow the dinner.

WestJet Wine Tastings & Terasen Gas brings you the Gourmet & Grapes Gala at Cabana Grille

Gary Reynolds, President, Okanagan Wine Festivals Society and Owner, Lake Breeze Vineyards in Naramata commented today “We are very pleased to announce that our landmark two night WestJet Wine Tastings will be hosted at the new Delta Grand Okanagan Resort. This new venue will increase our capacity to offer more wineries as well as more patrons to the event, while maintaining the unique fun evening for which the WestJet Wine Tastings have become renowned. The two night event takes place Friday May 1st and Saturday May 2 from 6:30pm to 9pm with over 35 wineries present. Ticket prices have been fixed in 2009 at $55 in recognition of the great value that these Wine Tastings offer. Patrons not only will sip and savour over 200 wines but they also will be treated to live music, a free wine glass, a wonderful WestJet environment and a free taxi ride to your place of residence.”

Ned Bell, Executive Chef at Cabana Bar & Grille is pleased to raise the bar for culinary and wine excellence in the Okanagan. As one of the team behind the hottest restaurants in the interior of B.C., the partnership of Cabana and the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society promises to create a new event that will capture every wine enthusiast’s attention. Ned states “This event will feature wine and food stations featuring local Chefs using gourmet ingredients.”

Joining Chef Bell this year will be celebrated Vancouver Chef David Hawksworth of the soon to be open “Hawksworth” in the Hotel Georgia in our Iron Chef, Okanagan Throwdown black box challenge. The Gourmet and Grapes Gala will be held Sunday evening May 3 at the Cabana Bar & Grille starting at 6pm. Tickets are $79 and will feature the following culinary talents and wineries: Blasted Church Winery and the Wild Apple Restaurant & Lounge; Laughing Stock Vineyards and Cabana Bar & Grille; Summerhill Sunset Bistro and Summerhill Pyramid Winery; Quails Gate Estate Winery and Quails Gate Old Vines Restaurant; Tantalus Vineyards and the Dairy Farmers of Canada; Ex Nihilo Winery and the Hotel Eldorado Dining Room.

Tickets for both of these events are available through www.ticketmaster.ca or by calling 250-860-1470

May 3 – La Quercia Restaurant and Tyler Dawson present Italy’s Veneto region

On the heels of Vancouver Magazine’s 20th Annual Restaurant Awards with wins in the Best New Restaurant and Best Casual Italian categories, La Quercia and Liberty Wine Merchant’s Tyler Dawson will host an evening of food and wine featuring flavours paired with wines from the Veneto Region of Italy. With the sea port of Venice as the capital, a 6 course menu of dishes from this vast Italian region will showcase Chef Adam Pegg and Lucais Syme’s talents and will come with educational commentary from Tyler Dawson. Described as the foremost wine producing region in Italy, both in quality and quantity, look out for some rare bottles and tough to find gems. With a bounty of seafood available in this region as well as some interesting seasonal vegetables, a true taste of Veneto will be enjoyed.

“We were honoured to win these two awards and are keen to present an exciting evening on May 3rd to our very supportive friends and supporters,” says Adam Pegg, of La Quercia. “The Veneto region affords plenty of seafood as well as some interesting opportunities for risotto creations. We are excited to start the preparations for the upcoming evening.”

Tyler Dawson (Liberty Wine Merchants) has paired rare bottles exclusively for the evening. With his wealth of information on this region, guests will leave with their palates pleased and their wine education stoked. Tyler will provide his animated commentary on the wine selections and the various courses will be communicated by the chefs.

Reservations are necessary for this event. Please call 604.676.1007 to ensure your space. Or in person at 3689 West 4th Ave. (at Alma).

Menu

Salute da cucina
Soar (sole, and squash)
Bacala
Radicchio risotto
Venison bigoli
Roasted breast and confit leg of goose with poached pear
Tortino di panetone

May 4 – Rose Revival from Liberty Wines at Bridge’s Restaurant
http://www.libertywinemerchants.com

Rosé Wines – Re-think pink! –
7 pm – $24.99/person
Liberty’s Granville Island location and Bridge’s Restaurant are proud to co-host Rosé Revival, a celebration of Rosé wines from around the world. All proceeds to benefit cancer research. Tickets are ON SALE NOW at all Liberty locations.

Various Dates – Arts Club Celebrity Chef Cooking Classes
http://www.artsclub.com/events/cooking-classes/index.htm

Participation for these events is extremely limited (classes range in size from 12 to 35). They are are great for individuals, groups of people, and even for corporate team building events.
Back by popular demand are The Celebrity Chef Cooking Classes, a series of evenings featuring hands-on food preparation and cooking instructions led by renowned Vancouver chefs. Each class is paired with wines and held in gorgeous private homes.
Tickets are $125 per person/per class.
Or purchase two classes for only $100 per person/per class (to be used by the same individual).
To book your tickets today call: 604.687.5315 x248 or email saswan@artsclub.com

Thursday April 30, Westside – KEI NIREDA, Executive Chef – Miku Restaurant

Kei has flown in straight from Japan. Miku Restaurant, part of the Tora Corporation’s family owned group of international Japanese restaurants has been established since 1955. Having a famed existence in Japan, Miku offers the same superior dining experience and flawless execution of every dish.

Wednesday May 27, Westside – RYAN GAUTHIER, Executive Chef / Partner – Italian Kitchen

Working at Italian Kitchen is a natural fit for Ryan who calls Italian cuisine “true comfort food” and holds fond memories of pasta nights as a child growing up in Vancouver. “Having pasta for family dinners was the most fun meal of the week!” Like so many chefs before him, Ryan has paid his dues and worked his way up the ranks of the cooking chain. Completing the requisite dishwasher and prep Cook stints, he eventually finished the Red Seal Program and after holding Sous Chef title for a number of years, would go on to become the Executive Chef at the Beach House Restaurant. Ryan has had the opportunity to work with such notable chefs as a Robert Byford, Tim Muellbauer, Kathleen O’Connor, and Bryan Fowke, and the training he received from each one has

May 9 – Spot Prawn Festival
www.chefstablesociety.ca

Chefs’ Table Society Announces the Third Annual Spot Prawn Festival
The Chefs’ Table Society of BC is pleased to announce the Third Annual Spot Prawn Festival. Lasting for the duration of the season, the six to eight week Spot Prawn Festival will kick off on Saturday May 9th from 12pm – 3pm with a community and family-friendly event at False Creek Fishermen’s Wharf.

This rain or shine launch will feature Vancouver’s top chefs preparing delicious spot prawn dishes, spot prawn specials at the award-winning Go Fish, a gathering of Vancouver’s chef and restaurant community, and the arrival of the season’s first spot prawns as local fishermen return to the wharf with their catch. Food lovers will enjoy incredible spot prawn dishes from: Robert Belcham, Fuel Restaurant; Andrea Carlson, Bishop’s; Quang Dang, C Restaurant, Scott Jeager, The Pear Tree; Don Letendre, Elixir; Tojo Hidekazu, Tojo’s; Frank Pabst, Blue Water; Jeff Van Geest, Diva at the Met, John Geneau, Bin 941; and Clement Chan from Mosaic Bar and Grille.

The Spot Prawn Festival will also feature cooking demonstrations at Granville Island Public Market taking place at 11:00am, 1:00pm, and 3:00pm on Saturday May 9th, Sunday May 10th, and Saturday May 16th. The incredible lineup of chefs preparing Spot Prawn recipes at the market include Warren Geraghty, West; John Bishop, Bishops; Francois Gagnon Cin Cin; Don Dickson, South China Seas; Rob Feenie, Cactus Club; Dino Rinearts, Diva at the Met; Jean-Francis & Alessandra Quaglia, Provence Restaurants; Nico Scheurmans, Chambar; and Alana Peckham from Cru.

Ganton & Larsen Prospect Winery is a tribute to the Okanagan Valley’s rich and colourful history, geography and incredible VQA wines. As the official wine sponsor of the BC Spot Prawn Festival, Prospect Winery will donate 50 cents of each bottle of wine sold at partner restaurants during the Spot Prawn season to support the Chefs’ Table Society and the Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Wise Program.

The annual Spot Prawn Festival will provide another local, fresh, and sustainable ingredient for our restaurant chefs and home cooks to enjoy. Those who take pride in serving the bounty of British Columbia can use this annual six-to-eight week window of opportunity to purchase live, locally sourced and sustainable spot prawns directly from our local fishermen at False Creek Fishermen’s Wharf and at participating restaurants serving local spot prawns. At $12 per pound for the public ($10 for Chefs’ Table members), they are an excellent and affordable alternative to the farmed tiger prawns served in most Vancouver restaurants.
Local. Sustainable. Delicious.

Sponsored by the Pacific Prawn Fishermen’s Association, Ganton & Larsen Prospect Winery, False Creek Harbour Authority, Organic Ocean, Go Fish, Ethical Bean Coffee, Scout Magazine, Books to Cooks, Granville Island, Heather Goldsworthy Photography and the Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Wise Program.

Launch date: Saturday May 9th, 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Duration: The Spot Prawn Festival will run for eight weeks
Buying times: After 1pm daily
Location: False Creek Fishermen’s Wharf
(1505 West 1st Avenue, North-West of Granville Island, between the Burrard Street Bridge and the Granville Street Bridge – http://www.falsecreek.com/p_map.htm)

For further event information please visit:
www.chefstablesociety.ca

Whole Foods Market opens new Cambie store

State-of-the art facility boasts expert in-store team, more product selection and improved environmental features

Whole Foods Market is thrilled to announce the opening of its new Cambie store on Wednesday, April 29. As the largest Whole Foods Market location in B.C., Cambie offers the most diverse selection of local natural and organic products to better serve the Metro Vancouver community. With even more local varieties, Private Label 365 Everyday Organic and bulk selections to choose from, the Cambie store makes it easy to shop economically for the unique products customers are looking for.

Located at the corner of Cambie and West 8th Avenue, the 53,000-square-foot store offers skilled in-store specialists in all eight departments – including a certified naturopath, fishmonger and expert team of chefs; new and unique store amenities – including a build-your-own pizza bar and full-service charcuterie; an extended seafood selection – including Whole Opah, Yellow Fin Tuna and Mahi Mahi; and the largest collection of Private Label products in the Pacific Northwest region.

“We are really excited to finally open the doors to the newest Whole Foods Market store in B.C. to bring an even fuller selection of the freshest, highest quality products to our Metro Vancouver customers,” said Vicki Foley, PR Specialist for Whole Foods Market. “From the more than 600 new lines of grocery products to the impressive prepared foods and Whole Body departments, the new Cambie store will provide a best-in-class and budget-friendly shopping experience for customers on every visit.”

Whole Foods Market will kick off launch-day with a bread-breaking ceremony at 9 a.m. followed by a day-long celebration of food, music and community giving! The event will feature live musical performances by folk artist Haley Bonar and an appearance by famed local culinary queen Lesley Stowe. Whole Foods Market Pacific Northwest Regional President John Cougher and the new Whole Foods Market Cambie store team will be in attendance to present a $5,000 cheque to volunteers from Vancouver charity Growing Chefs – a group that unites chefs, growers, educators and community members in a food sustainability project – in support of their work to further awareness and growth of urban agriculture.

Built with a number of unique environmentally-conscious features, Cambie is the first Canadian Whole Foods Market store with LEED Certification – Leadership in Environmental Energy and Design – a Green Building Rating System that provides a suite of standards for environmentally sustainable construction. The new store also uses energy star-rated equipment, low-emitting paints and coatings and applies construction waste management practices to divert 50 per cent of construction materials from landfills.

Additional highlights at Cambie Whole Foods Market include:

A Living Wall at the entrance of the store designed to help bring nature back into our urban living environment and make the space healthy and livable
An extended selection of local products sourced within 100 miles
An 18-foot wall of bulk selections
Private Label Whole Catch Seafood – the first Whole Foods Market to carry the line in Canada
A Private Label wall with more than 350 products – the most complete line of any Whole Foods Market north of California
A full-service coffee bar featuring Whole Foods Market’s own Whole Trade Guarantee Allegro® coffee

Introducing Hamilton Street Grill’s $12 Brunch

Now Available 10am -3pm Saturday and Sunday’s

OUR Benny Family: 2 poached farm fresh free range eggs on a toasted English muffin with house made hollandaise sauce and “astonishing hash browns”
Eggs Blackstone with house cured smoked organic Berkshire pork bacon
Eggs Primavera with baby spinach and leeks
Eggs Pacific with smoked BC Halibut

More Eggs
Hash and Eggs -two eggs poached on house cured chorizo hash
French Toast – with brioche baked in-house, maple syrup and organic maple sage sausages
Omelette of the day with astonishing hash browns

Hamilton Street Omelette
House cured smoked organic Berkshire pork bacon,aged cheddar, mushrooms and astonishing hash browns

Not Eggs
The Hamilton Street Burger – Half a pound of hand ground Certified Angus beef on a seeded brioche bun with lettuce, roma tomatoes, shaved red onions, chipotle mayonnaise and kennebec fresh cut fries
Add aged cheddar or house cured smoked organic Berkshire pork bacon $2

Sides, drinks and libations
No brunch is complete without those little extras
that you work so hard for
Pink Mimosa, freshly squeezed grapefruit juice and bubbles $6
Sunday Caesar with mixologist Ryan Cheverie’s special spice mix $6
Fresh squeezed lemonade $3(add vodka $4)
Extra basket of freshly baked goods $3
House made organic maple sage sausages $3
House cured smoked organic Berkshire pork bacon $3
Side of “astonishing hash browns”, sautéed breakfast potatoes $3

“At the Hamilton Street Grill, we believe we have created an excellent weekend breakfast experience. We are using free range eggs, organic house cured meats, fresh baked breads and pastries, fresh made fruit preserves and fresh squeezed juices.” All main courses are $12 each.

Please enjoy, Neil and Joan

Hamilton Street Grill
1009 Hamilton Street
Vancouver, BC 604-331-1511

www.hamiltonstreetgrill.com

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Michi Sushi at Whole Foods Market

From Facebook – Yes, Michi Sushi will be available at the Cambie and Broadway location of Whole Foods Market beginning Wednesday April 29th. It’ll be the grand opening so it’ll be crazy, but I’ll be there in person so please come by and give me a hug -Whole Foods didn’t give me very much time to prepare and I really need one right now.
If you don’t feel like embracing the crowds or hugging my skinny frame, you can come visit the retail location at Broadway and Granville – Now open 7 days a week.
And if you’re really feeling lazy, don’t forget that we cater. Make an order of at least 20 rolls(feeds 6-7) and we’ll deliver it to your workplace.
I haven’t completed my first year in business yet and it’s been a wild ride. Thank you everyone for your wonderful support.
Love,
(This isn’t a press release, it’s facebook)
Kenny… or Kenneth… or special K… or whatever else you know me as.

Mother’s Day Brunch at CRU

Vancouver’s CRU Restaurant is pleased to announce that, for the first time ever, we will be open for Mother’s Day brunch. On Sunday, May 10 2009 we’ll offer a special Mother’s Day menu at the irresistible price of $25 per person. With a special price and selection for kids that is sure to please.

Start your brunch with items from a Fresh-Baked Goodies Basket. Then select one of our irresistible entrées:
o Brioche French Toast with warm apple compote & candied pears
o Spinach and Feta Quiche with roasted fingerlings & baby greens
o Cavatelli Bolognese pasta with rich red wine meat sauce, parmesan & herbs
o Aged Cheddar and Chorizo Frittata with roasted potatoes & baby greens
o Duck Confit with grainy dijon spaetzle, savoy cabbage, goat cheese & bacon vinaigrette
o BC Albacore Tuna Nicoise Salad with baby greens, haricot vert, fingerling potatoes, hard-boiled egg & kalamata olive dressing

Dessert options include
o Earl Grey Crème Brulee with chocolate meringue cookie
o Valrhona Chocolate Torte with sour cherries a Chantilly cream
o Caramel Ice Cream Sundae

You’ll be sorry that Mother’s Day comes only once a year!

Mother’s Day Brunch at CRU
Sunday, May 10 2009
11:00am to 2:30pm

CRU Restaurant
1459 West Broadway, Vancouver
$25 per person and Kids Menu for Children under Ten $12.50

Make your reservation by phone at 604-677-4111 or online at www.cru.ca

CRU Restaurant is Vancouver Magazine’s Gold Medal winner in the category of Best Small Plates for 2009.

The Social Pages – News from So.Cial at Le Magasin

So.Cial (so shall…)

A series of eateries in the beautiful and historicLe Magasin Building on Water Street in Gastown

An award winning Dining Room
At the Stoves, an acclaimed chef
A terrific Butcher Shop & Deli
A street level Oyster and Seafood Bar

Special Occasions

MOTHER’S DAY Sunday, May 10th
Mother’s Day Brunch 10 am – 4 pm – Brunch special offerings: Eggs Benedict $8.99, Mimosas $5
Sunday evening make sure Mum isn’t in her own kitchen and bring the entire family to So.Cial for a Prime Rib dinner, just $11.99. Add prawns for $1 prawn and a glass of house wine for $5

Dining Room:
Designed in a casually elegant Parisian bistro style look
Lunch, brunch and dinner 7 days a week features chef Romy Prasad’s robustly elegant regionally influenced food

New! Weekly wine tasting – A complimentary sampling of some of BC’s finest wines from 6pm to 7pm every Thursday
Monthly global features – April features the food and wines of Spain with Tapas items priced at $3 to $6 each or 5 for $25. May features Alsace.
Live Jazz in the lounge Thursday through Saturday from 7pm
And $11.99 Sunday night prime rib

Butcher Shop and Deli:
New! Serving breakfast daily from 7:30 am – 11 am (Cordova Street entrance) Bacon and Eggs for $4.95 or scrambled eggs and pulled pork sandwich $5.95 and all egg dishes come with toast and house potatoes
World famous deli sandwiches & the only fresh meat butcher in the neighbourhood (bags of homemade potato chips!)
New! Featuring Granville Island’s Oyama Sausage and Charcuterie in addition to our dry aged rib eye steaks

Oyster Bar:
A large variety of freshly shucked oysters offered at $1.25 a piece
during cocktail hour: 4–8 pm daily. Premium oysters available at $2.25
A great room for a private event!
Excellent wine by the glass selection

So.cial at Le Magasin is located at:
The Le Magasin Building
332 Water Street, Gastown
Vancouver, BC V6B 1B6
604-669-4488

Spring Hours:

Dining room: Lunch Monday to Friday 11am-3pm
Brunch Saturday and Sunday 11am–3 pm
Dinner from 5pm 7 nights a week
Butcher Shop and Deli: Breakfast 7:30 am – 11 am Monday – Friday
Lunch 11 am 6pm Monday – Wednesday, 7 pm Thursday and Friday
Late night – 6 pm – 2 am Friday and Saturday
Oyster Bar: 7 Days a week from 4 pm
Summer Hours
Street Front Patio: May – September, weather permitting
Deli will open until 8 pm in summer months

For further information including directions, parking and on-line reservations go to www.socialatlemagasin.com

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