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Hand Crafted Spirits on TSN1410 – Cafe Medina and The Fez

Marc Slingsby-Jones Mixes Up The ‘Fez’ Cocktail at Cafe Medina

Joe Leary and I have been testing out those cocktails again and stumbled upon a rather tasty one (pardon the overused pun) at Cafe Medina for the latest Hand Crafted Spirits Show on TSN1410. Known for their brunch, Cafe Medina serves up a lot more than your regular eggs benny, and drinks are equally complex.  I’m thinking this one would go very well with their Salmon Fume, a Fried Egg, Smoked Wild Salmon Cream Cheese, Avocado, Organic Greens, and pepper and artichoke salad on Grilled Ciabatta. Thanks to bar manager Marc Slingsy-Jones for teaching us just how well Kombucha and gin pair!

Listen in for the audio and recipe below.


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The Fez


1 ½  oz Long Table Cucumber Gin
¾ oz Salted ginger syrup
½ oz Fresh lemon juice
Beet + Orange Kombucha (Marc uses Culture Craft Kombucha)
Rosemary and Orange Wedge (for garnishing)


  1. In a tall glass, add gin, syrup and lemon juice and stir the mixture with a cocktail spoon.
  2. Fill the glass with ice, then top with kombucha.
  3. Before serving, rub the rim of the glass with rosemary and garnish with an orange wedge.Marc Slingsby-Jones

While he was born and raised in New Zealand, this transplanted Kiwi has found a new home in Vancouver, where he has taken up residency behind the pine as Café Medina’s Bar Manager to curate the restaurant’s eclectic drink menu.

While pursuing his university degree, Marc first began plying his trade as a bartender in the rural outback of Australia and quickly embraced the role. He moved on to tend the bar at various cafes and restaurants in his native Auckland before heading to the West Coast in 2013, where he worked as a bartender in Kitsilano before joining the Café Medina family in 2014.

An avid traveller, foodie and host, Marc relishes rubbing elbows and trading stories with Café Medina’s regulars and visitors alike, while bringing a decidedly local-forward direction to the bar by spotlighting an array of local craft breweries, distilleries and wineries and incorporating fresh, seasonal ingredients that reflect the restaurant’s signature brand of rustic comfort cuisine.

Golden Dumpling Cook Off and Derby August 12!

Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie and Here There present Vancouver’s Golden Dumpling Cook Off!

The Cookoff returns August 9th! Refreshments are by Red Truck Brewery, restaurants will plate fresh takes on the filling-and-wrapper format. An expert panel of judges will taste their way through entries from 17 restaurants battling to fill, wrap, steam and fry their way to the top. The victorious challenger wins full bragging rights and claims the legendary Golden Dumpling trophy.


Festival-goers won’t want to miss the Dumpling Derby, when prizes are awarded to hungry competitors in a vicious eating contest. During separate men’s and women’s heats of two suspenseful minutes each, eight men and eight women gulp down dozens of dumplings. The winner of each category is declared the Golden Dumpling Eating Champion, and both take home a coveted prize.

Competitors include Cinara, Pidgin, Sai Woo, Tableau, Cibo Trattoria, Wildebeest, La Mezcaleria, Gyoza Bar, Bestie, Au Comptoir, Maenam, The Union, Annalena, Chicha, Harvest, The Acorn, Fable Kitchen and Cafe Medina.

Golden Dumpling

It’s all going down August 9th at the Food Truck Festival grounds!
*This event is rain or shine, no refunds shall be issued on tickets purchased 

Les Dames d’Escoffier Induction 2015

I am honoured to announce that our Les Dames d’Escoffier BC Chapter welcomed ten new members from across the province! I am a member and on the board and am super proud of this group and all we do!  Also note we’ve got Summerdine coming up August 12, 2015. More here.

The ceremony took place mid-dinner at Café Medina, where Bartender of the Year Lauren Mote shook up a watermelon-gin cocktail made with Unruly Gin, and Chef Jonathan Chovancek created a special three course menu for fifty attending Dames. President Dame Becky Turner Paris welcomed the ladies and Dame Caren McSherry emceed the proceedings. Generous local wine donations were paired perfectly with dinner from Okanagan Crush Pad, Mission Hill Family Estates, Moraine Estate, and Tinhorn Creek Winery. Each guest was also provided a bottle of flaxseed oil from Dame Alana Peckham.

Les Dames members from all over British Columbia gathered to welcome:

Ali Ryan – Spinnaker’s Gastro Brewpub, Executive Chef, Victoria

Allison Markin – All She Wrote, Founder & Owner, Penticton

Dana Hauser – Fairmont Waterfront Centre Hotel, Executive Chef, Vancouver

Elizabeth Manville – Cactus Club Café, Product Development Chef, Purchasing + QA, Vancouver

Jackie Kai Ellis – Beaucoup Bakery & The Paris Tours, Founder & Owner, Vancouver

Lana Popham – MLA for Saanich South & Opposition Spokesperson for Agriculture &  Food, Owner of Barking Dog Vineyard and Farm, Victoria

Lise Magee – The Listel Hotel & Forage, Director of Marketing & Communications, Vancouver

Mandy Hamilton – Culinary Capers Catering & Special Events, Event Planner, Vancouver

Monika Walker – Okanagan Grocery- Artisan Breads, Owner/Head Baker, Kelowna

Susan Mendelson – The Lazy Gourmet, Cookbook author & caterer, Vancouver

In addition, Dames were recognized for twenty, ten and five year membership milestones.

About Les Dames d’Escoffier:

Les Dames d’Escoffier is a leadership culinary and hospitality organization composed of women who have not only achieved success in their professions, but who contribute significantly to their communities.  The BC Chapter now has sixty-one energetic and influential members to further our volunteer work across the province.

Scholarship Fundraising: Les Dames d’Escoffier’s purpose is to promote the understanding, appreciation, improvement in supply, education and advancement of food, wine, hospitality, nutrition, food technology and the arts of the table.  We have raised over $100,000 over the years and, this year, awarded a record $21,000 in scholarships to twenty-two deserving women.




FunDeLentil Tour

For the month of June, 24 Food Day Canada restaurants in 7 cities across the nation are challenging one another in The FunDeLentil Tour. From Vancouver to Halifax they are serving signature dishes using the world’s best lentils on their menus.

Canadians are encouraged to dine then vote online at fundelentil.ca for their favourite lentil dish/chef for a chance to win a trip for two to one of seven Canadian cities with gift cards to dine at all of the participating restaurants in the city of choice.

Cafe Medina Chef and Me

Food Day Canada’s Anita Stewart and Cafe Medina Chef Jonathan Chovancek

In Vancouver we toured Fable, Cafe Medina, Campagnolo, and Forage with Food Day Canada founder and Canadian Lentils campaign ambassador, Anita Stewart. It was a super fun and super delicious luncheon, with each chef creating a widely different, and ever so delicious dish with the mighty Canadian Lentil.


Incredibly satisfying Chorizo and Lentil Ragout by Chef Trevor Bird of fablekitchen.ca

1944 W 4th Avenue, Vancouver BC, V6J 1M5
Tel: (604) 732-1322    @fablekitchen

FundeLentil Forage

Veggie packed Lentil and Spring Vegetable “Biryana,” Sprouted Lentils, Wild Greens, Raitha and Pickled Mustard Seed by Chef Christ Whittaker www.foragevancouver.com
1300 Robson Street, Vancouver BC, V6E 1C5
Tel: (604) 661-1400    @foragevancouver

FundeLentil Campagnolo

Decandent Lentil and Foie Gras Croquette by Chef Nathan Lowey www.campagnolorestaurant.ca
1020 Main Street, Vancouver BC, V6A 2W1
Tel: (604) 484-6018    @campagnoloMain

Cafe Medina Dish

“Mercimekli” – Turkish Lentil Cassoulet with Roasted Free-range Chicken Thigh and Soft Poached Egg by Chef Jonathan Chovancek www.medinacafe.com
780 Richards Street, Vancouver BC, V6B 3A4
Tel: (604) 879-3114    @CafeMedina

Sadly I did not get to try the Cafe Medina dish as I had to leave the tour early, but I’ll be heading soon to Medina to get it a whirl. The competition is tough with each Chef bringing an entirely different take on the lentil to the table. You’ll have to decide for yourself. As for me? I think I better try them all at least one more time.

Get out and taste and vote, vote, vote!

The FunDeLentil Tour Contest Details

During the month of June, visit participating restaurants to taste their signature lentil dish. Visit fundelentil.ca to view short videos about each restaurant and to vote for your favourite for a chance to win airfare for two and three nights accommodations in the choice of city (from cities with participating restaurants) with gift cards to each of the participating restaurants in that city.

About Canadian Lentils

Canadian Lentils is an Official Mark of Saskatchewan Pulse Growers, a farmer funded organization that works to advance the pulse industry in Saskatchewan, the heart of the lentil-growing region in Canada. For more information about Canadian Lentils and to see more great ways to cook with lentils, visit www.lentils.ca.

Robbie Burns Whisky Supper

Cafe Medina Robbie Burns

Presented by Café Medina
780 Richards
January 25
6:00 PM

General Admission: $78*

Celebrate the birth of Scotland’s favourite son and address the haggis for auld lang syne as Café Medina owner Robbie Kane and Executive Chef Jonathan Chovancek mark Robbie Burns Night with a welcome reception and three-course, family-style dinner paired with cocktails prepared by “bonnie lass” and award-winning bartender Lauren Mote.

Chovancek’s canapés and West Coast-by-way-of-Scotland courses will be paired with inspired Scottish whisky cocktails highlighting sponsors Bittered Sling Extracts, Highland Park, Macallan, Famous Grouse and Laphroaig.

* Tax, gratuities and ticketing fees not included

Cafe Medina

Cafe Medina first opened in 2008 on Beatty Street and was soon the it place for brunch, often, and deservedly so, called the best in the city. Now it’s nestled into the L’Hermitage Hotel on Richard’s Street in the Library District and fortunately offers much more seating, although line ups are still seen, even on week days.cafe medinaThe original location was co-owned by Chambar’s Nico and Karri Shuerman along with Robbie Kane, but before moving Kane bought out his partners and chose to relocate and expand on the initial concept. The new spot has a cocktail bar complete with house made tonics and fresh pressed juices, a waffle bar and an open kitchen with a proper forno oven left over from the days when Quattro occupied the space. The room is comfortable open with lots of light shining in from the large windows, friendly positioned tables throughout the room, some bar seating and banquettes against the front wall.CafeMedina_ExecChefJonathanChovancek_PhotoIsshaMarieChef Jonathan Chovancek is now in charge of the kitchen and he’s amped up the menu serving items such as the Harissa Pain Plat, a dish consisting of a fried egg, beef ‘burger’, grilled pita, Manchego, tomato salsa, spiced hummus & summer greens and Paella with a poached egg, orzo, chorizo, summer vegetables, Grana Padano, avocado & tomato salad.IMG_6427

IMG_6425 We stopped in for a leisurely lunch and ordered fresh juices the above mentioned Harissa Pain Plat, along with a Mushroom Fricasse with fried eggs, sherry roasted mushrooms, roasted potatoes, caramelized onions, summer greens, applewood smoked cheddar served with grilled focaccia and a salmon tangine special.IMG_6426The eggs were all perfectly cooked and the each dish was full of rich, flavours and accented with super fresh spices.

Originally open just for breakfast and lunch, Cafe Medina recently announced it will be be now offering itself up for celebrations, parties and gatherings for up to 60 guests seated or 100 guests reception-style in the evenings. They can circulate canapés and appetizer platters, or dish up a dinner buffet or a plated dinner, all along with drink pairings.

Cafe Medina
780 Richards St. (between Robson & Georgia) Vancouver BC


Roast of the day, take home meals, gourmet sandwiches, deli meats and cheeses, produce, groceries and more

The Dirty Apron Delicatessen, now open at 540 Beatty Street, will offer downtown-dwellers hot lunches, gourmet sandwiches, take-home carvery meals, deli meats and cheeses, produce, groceries and fresh flowers. Reminiscent of the general stores of old, the Delicatessen is housed in a historic brick and beam building in Vancouver’s Crosstown neighbourhood within the wildly popular Dirty Apron Cooking School.

Sandwich lovers will rejoice in the creations of Chef Nico Schuermans, whose pulled pork with Japanese mayo, pickled carrots, bean sprouts and cilantro on French baguette is a fresh take on a Vietnamese sub. Other sandwiches like chicken with chipotle mayo and roast tomatoes, prosciutto with fig and Cambozola cheese, hummus with avocado, mint carrot and pomegranate molasses, or the roast beef with chorizo, chimichurri, and charred tomato salsa are also sure to satisfy. Nico will also be offering a Roast of the Day and gourmet sides for healthy take-out family meals, the a perfect weeknight answer to that “what’s for dinner?” question.  

In the grocery aisle, don’t miss Chambar Pastry Chef Eleanor Chow’s incredible toppings, previously only available as a delectable waffle side at Café Medina up the street. These indulgent sauces include flavours like white chocolate pistachio rosewater, raspberry caramel, milk chocolate lavender, dark chocolate and fig orange marmalade. If sweets are your thing continue to the freezer section for Eleanor’s homemade ice creams of vanilla bourbon, milk chocolate, and lemon buttermilk sorbet.  

Far from your average deli, the Dirty Apron also offers organic fruits and vegetables, artisan cheeses, milk, yogurts, handcrafted dressings, pre-packed marinated meats, and anything else your epicurious heart desires.

The Dirty Apron Delicatessen is open from 10AM to 8PM, seven days a week. For more information please visit www.dirtyapron.com/deli.


The people have spoken. For the 15th Annual Best of Vancouver issue, Georgia Straight readers have voted Beatty Street’s culinary row as their favourite stop, day and night, for all things food and drink. 

Evening hotspot Chambar Restaurant took first place as the city’s Best Independent Restaurant, with daytime counterpart Café Medina awarded as the definitive destination for Best Brunch, and neighbouring culinary playground, The Dirty Apron lauded as Vancouver’s Best Cooking School.

Karri and Nico Schuermans have been entertaining a packed house since opening the doors to Chambar back in 2004. Three years later, their casual approach to offering the finer points of food, wine and service translated into Chambar’s daytime counterpart, Café Medina. Partnering with long time employee, Robbie Kane, the stylish cafe became renowned citywide for its eclectic menus, incredible coffee and tempting Belgian waffles. Never content to rest on their laurels, the Schuermans opened The Dirty Apron Cooking School in 2009 with Chambar’s then sous chef, David Robertson. An instant hit, the culinary playground continues to teach gourmets and toast burners alike the tricks of the trade. And set to open in October, The Dirty Apron Delicatessen will cater to those wishing to align convenience with at-home gourmet.

Chambar serves a unique Belgian and North African influenced menu alongside award winning cocktail, beer and wine programs. Located at 562 Beatty Street, Chambar serves dinner nightly from 5:30pm – midnight. For more information: www.chambar.com

Nestled at 556 Beatty Street, Medina is a quaint café serving connoisseur-savvy coffee, Belgian waffles for sweet sustenance and an eclectic alternative for breakfast, lunch, and brunch. For more information: www.medinacafe.com

The Dirty Apron Cooking School offers a selection of hands-on classes that vary from creating regional classics to understanding ingredient-driven basics and executing essential knife skills. The School and adjacent Delicatessen are located at 540 Beatty Street. For more information: www.dirtyapron.com

Cafe Medina Opens Take-Out Window!


Olympic game goers and Vancouverites alike will be pleased to know that Café Medina’s mouth-watering waffles and connoisseur-savvy coffees will be available at the café’s new take-out window.

Located at the entrance of the café, the take-out window has been implemented in response to the influx of people that will be using Beatty Street as a thoroughfare during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Sure to be a welcome addition to a neighbourhood that will soon be bustling with foot traffic, the new take-out window will cater to passersby looking to lounge in between destinations or those hoping to grab a little sweet sustenance while on the move. 

Sister to neighbouring night time hot spot Chambar, Café Medina is a quaint café serving espresso-based drinks, Belgian waffles and a full breakfast, brunch, and lunch menu comprised of eclectic dishes created by owner and chef, Nico Schuermans. Café Medina is located at 556 Beatty Street. The café will maintain its regular hours during the Olympics, opening Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm with breakfast service from 9am to noon. Weekday lunch service is from noon until 3pm. Café Medina is open Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm with brunch service from 9am to 3:00 pm. For more information please visit: www.medinacafe.com.