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Provence Does Tomatoes

provence tomatoAll this month Provence Restaurants – Provence Mediterranean Grill (P1) in Point Grey and Provence Marinaside (P2) in Yaletown celebrate all things tomato with its Fifth Annual Tomato Festival– featuring special three-course prix fixe menus. Mediterranean Grill’s offers a prix fixe menu for $45 while over at Marinaside, they are offering a multiple-choice three-course menu for $48 with an optional wine pairing for an additional $20.


Provence Mediterranean Grill’smenu ($45) starts with Tomato Three Ways that includes chilled tomato ‘cappuccino,’ buffalo mozzarella and tomato salad and a Provençal tomato tartlette. Once you’ve polished that off, you must then decide between one of two main courses – how do you choose between Duck Breast Scaloppini or Pan-Seared Mediterranean Sea Bass Filet ? Both come accompanied by smoked tomato and bacon marmalade, fiddleheads and sun-dried tomato gnocchi. For dessert, there is Candied Tomato Panna Cotta served with rhubarb honey and a pistachio tuile.

At Provence Marinaside in Yaletown, the $48 menu offers a multiple choices for each course. Sommelier Rachelle Goudreau has also suggested an optional wine pairing ($20) to enhance your meal. Starters in include three tough choices – Fresh Tomato Tarte, accompanied by black olive tapenade, tomato, garlic chips and puff pastry makes an appearance on the menu as a starter. The suggested wine pairing is Joiefarm 2013 Noble Blend, Naramata, BC. Or, you may choose a Tomato Festival favourite – Chilled Yellow Campari Tomato Soup with tomato and black garlic vinaigrette (Unsworth 2013 Rosé, Cowichan Valley, BC). The third starter choice is a refreshing Tomato and Nectarine Salad with grilled prawns and basil oil (Covert Farms 2013 Amicitia White, Okanagan, BC)
Chef Jean-Francis is also offering three choices of mains:
•    Halibut Puttanesca accompanied by zucchini ribbons, polenta anchovy, black olive, tomato caper sauce (Muga 2013 Rosé, Rioja, Spain)
•    Dungeness Crab and Heirloom Tomato Stew – another perennial Festival favourite chock full of crab, mussels, clams, scallops fennel and roasted tomatoes in a white wine garlic broth (Clos du Soleil 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Similkameen, BC)
•    Seared Sockeye Salmon accompanied by yellow tomato and warm vegetable salad, oven-roasted plum tomato vinaigrette (Covert Farms 2012 Rosé, Okanagan, BC)

To end on a sweet note Marinaside diners choose a dessert from the restaurant’s regular menu. Crème Caramel is a classic choice or you may opt for Provence’s signature Lemon Tarte or their version of a traditional favourite – Berry and White Chocolate Clafoutis to name but three of the many choices available (Unsworth Ovation, Cowichan Valley, BC).

To get you into the ‘Tomato Spirit’ Chefs Jean-Francis and Alessandra enlisted the help of their talented elder son Matisse to make Provence’s Tomato Festival Video.
Provence’s website.

Get Your Prawn On at Provence Marinaside

Cowichan Bay Spot Prawn FestivalWe can’t seem to get enough BC Spot Prawns this year, perhaps because price issues have made them even more precious. However we’d rather eat less than none at all so we are allocating our food dollars accordingly and making room in our schedules for this tasty menu from Provence Marinaside.

Chef’s BC Spot Prawn Menu
Market Price
( Wine Pairing $20 )
Merguez with mixed greens

Bocconcini and Tomato with mixed greens

Yellow Tomato Gazpacho avocado and spot prawn salsa

( Montelvini Prosecco Italy )

BC Spot Prawn Duo
grilled and provençal style tagliatelle and zucchini ribbons tossed in extra virgin olive oil

( Birlocho 2011 Verdejo+Sauvignon Blanc Rueda, Spain )

Lois Lake Steelhead and BC Spot Prawns summer pea risotto, lemon oil and fresh thyme drizzle

( Bartier Bros. 2012 Semillon Okanagan, BC )

Halibut and BC Spot Prawns yellow tomato, purple potato, preserved lemon vinaigrette

( Le Vieux Pin 2012 Rosé Okanagan, BC )

choice from our menu

( Unsworth Ovation Vancouver Island )

Best of BC wines at Provence Marinaside

home-fmaSupport the Arts Club Theatre Company on May 22, 2014 at the BEST OF BC WINEMAKERS DINNER. Taste incredible wines along with excellent local ingredients on this special night at Provence Marinaside.


Best of BC Winemakers Dinner
Thursday, May 22, 6–9 PM
Provence Marinaside 
(1177 Marinaside Crescent, Vancouver)
Tickets: $175 (with a $100 tax receipt)
To purchase: contact specialevents@artsclub.com or call 604.687.5315, ext. 279

Provence Marinaside, a southern French restaurant situated on the Yaletown waterfront, provides an idyllic setting for this exclusive event. The menu, devised by Executive Chef and owner Jean-Francis Quaglia, will feature a sophisticated four-course dinner with an accent on high-end produce from local suppliers, prepared with a distinctively Gallic flair. Savoury courses include mushroom and asparagus salad, local sablefish, and beef tenderloin.

The event is hosted by Rhys Pender, Canada’s youngest Master of Wine, the highest professional rank of international recognition, who will be joined by some of BC’s top wine producers. Guests will have the opportunity to hear firsthand about the winemaking process for each of the wines to be sampled as well as learn about what it takes to make BC’s award-winning wines.

Six wineries will be pouring, as follows:

  • Bella Wines, 2012 Sparkling Gamay Noir (Winemaker/Proprietor Jay Drysdale)
    Based in Naramata, the winery specializes in sparkling wines using Chardonnay and Gamay Noir grapes
  • Clos du Soleil, 2011 Capella (Proprietor Spencer Massie)
    An artisan winery on the Upper Bench in South Similkameen Valley, focused on producing Bordeaux-style wine
  • Quails’ Gate Winery, 2012 Chardonnay (Marketing Manager Rania Peters)
    One of BC’s oldest and most venerated wineries, situated in Westbank above Okanagan Lake
  • Stoneboat Vineyards, 2012 Pinot Gris (Proprietor/Winemaker Tim Martiniuk)
    A family-owned-and-operated winery on the Lower Black Sage Bench in Oliver
  • Laughing Stock Vineyards, 2011 Syrah (Proprietor Cynthia Enns)
    Located on the Naramata Bench, the winery is run by the husband-and-wife team of Cynthia and David Enns
  • Black Sage Vineyard, 2008 Pipe Port (Communications Consultant Kate Colley)
    Situated in Oliver, with a focus on Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot varieties

Proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit the Arts Club’s youth programs, community-engagement activities, and artistic development projects.

The Arts Club Theatre Company, now celebrating its 50th season, is the largest not-for-profit organization of its kind in Western Canada. Led by Artistic Managing Director Bill Millerd and Executive Director Howard R. Jang, it offers professional theatre at three venues—the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, Granville Island Stage, and Revue Stage—as well as on tour throughout the province.

Spot Prawns at Provence

P2 - Spot Prawn with JF (Emrys Horton)And so it begins, the announcements of the Spot Prawn’s arrival in Vancouver! And why the heck do we care so much about these beauties? Along with being tasty, the prawns symbolize British Columbia’s movement (guided by Chef Robert Clark I might add) to keep our local bounty at home. While previously we sent these little crustaceans away, we are now eating our ocean’s local harvest, meaning we are noshing on more sustainable seafood and are bringing in less of those strange prawns grown in unknown conditions far away.

News from our friends at Provence:

Spot Prawn season officially opens this year on Saturday, May 10th. For six weeks, Lower Mainlanders revel in the juicy sweetness of these local ‘gems of the sea.’  Whether you prefer yours steamed or grilled or poached, everyone can agree there is nothing more heavenly than enjoying spot prawns accompanied by a glass of cool, crisp wine.

Spot Prawns are a succulent, sustainable and local product of our oceans. It is a sustainable fishery endorsed by the David Suzuki Foundation and the Ocean Wise Program – but more than being environmentally correct, spot prawns are delicious. “Simply prepared there is nothing sweeter and tastier than a spot prawn,” says Jean-Francis Quaglia, owner and executive chef at Provence Restaurants.

Both Provence locations – Mediterranean Grill (P1) in Point Grey and Marinaside (P2) in Yaletown, will be featuring special three-course Spot Prawn Menus for the duration of the season which usually goes to the end of June. Each restaurant’s menu, while shining the spotlight on the spot prawn, is completely different and priced differently.

Provence Mediterranean Grill’s Menu is priced at $48 and starts with a choice of Steamed Whole BC Spot Prawns or Chilled BC Spot Prawn Salad or Spot Prawn Velouté. For mains there are two choices – Flambéed Spot Prawn Duo (with your choice of halibut or beef tenderloin) or Pearl Couscous Risotto with Spot Prawns and Dungeness Crab. Dessert is a choice from the menu – perhaps a slice of their famed Clafoutis? Full menu details here.

Provence Marinaside’s Menu includes an optional wine pairing selected by sommelier Rachelle Goudreau.  The Menu price is listed as ‘at Market’ which means it should average in the $50 range with the wine pairing available for an additional $20.  At Marinaside diners start with a choice of Merguez Sausage with Mixed Greens or Bocconcini and Tomato with Mixed Greens or Yellow Tomato Gazpacho (wine: Montelvini Prosecco, Italy). For mains, Marinaside offers a choice of Spot Prawn Duo – Grilled and Provençal Style (wine: Birlocho 2011 Verdejo+Sauvignon Blanc  Rueda, Spain) or Lois Lake Steelhead and BC Spot Prawns (wine: Bartier Bros. 2012 Semillon Okanagan, BC) or Halibut and BC Spot Prawns (wine: Le Vieux Pin 2012 Rosé  Okanagan, BC).  Dessert is a choice from the restaurant’s regular menu. Its signature Lemon Tarte would make a lovely finish accompanied by a glass of the suggested wine – Unsworth Ovation Vancouver Island, BC. Full menu details here.

Provence Marinaside
In Yaletown across from the seawall
1177 Marinaside Cres.
Vancouver, BC V6Z 2Y3

Provence Mediterranean Grill
In Point Grey
4473 West 10th Ave.
Vancouver, BC V6R 2H2

Cuba Hits Vancouver

GerardoIf salsa moves you you’ll want to take note that Cuban musician Gerardo Contino along with his troup Los Habaneros are spicing it up in Vancouver on April 3 and 4. Gerardo Contino, nicknamed ‘El Abogado de la Salsa,’ sings ‘timba’ – a style based on Cuban music along with salsa, American funk/R&B, and Afro-Cuban folkloric music.  The sounds are addictive and will be certain to get more than just your feet tapping.

Thursday April 3rd, 2014 Performance Works on Granville Island hosts the group with doors at 8 pm, a complimentary salsa dance lesson at 8:30 p.m and the show 9 p.m. Just $30 at www.gerardoinvancouver.com

Friday, April 4, 2014 you can dine and dance personally with Contino at  Provence Marinaside in Yaletown.  The evening starts at 7 p.m. with a three-course dinner including Small Bites – a selection of appetizers served family-style on platters, a choice of Braised Lamb Shank or Steelhead Trout  and then White Chocolate and Berry Clafoutis for dessert. You’ll want to finish your plate so you’ll have the energy to dance the night away. The dinner and concert combo is $65 are for both nights, there is a package at $90.

Provence Celebrates Tomatoes


Moneymaker, Copia, Red Fig, Black Sea Man, Green Zebra – while they may have odd names there is nothing that beats the rich, sunshine-infused flavour of heirloom tomatoes. Provence Chef/Proprietors Alessandra and Jean-Francis Quaglia are passionate tomato lovers, “Heirlooms have such intense flavour, there isn’t any ingredient that says ‘summer’ more to me than the tomato,” says Provence born and raised Chef Jean-Francis. “With so many heirloom varieties now available, we are like ‘kids in a candy store’ when it comes to creating dishes and designing the menus.” adds Chef Alessandra.

For the entire month of August, Provence Restaurants celebrates all things tomato with its Fourth Annual Tomato Festival featuring special three-course table d’hôte menus that will satisfy even the most addicted tomato-holic. Menus differ slightly at each location (Point Grey’s Mediterranean Grill and Marinaside in Yaletown) but both have the same delicious price – $45. At Marinaside, Sommelier Rachelle Goudreau has also created an optional wine pairing for an additional $20.

Chef Alessandra’s famed Heirloom Tomato Tarte makes an appearance on both menus as a starter as does a refreshing Chilled Tomato Soup. At Mediterranean Grill (P1) it is garnished with goat cheese relish and truffle honey while at Marinaside (P2), the soup features Yellow Campari tomatoes and is garnished with black garlic vinaigrette.

 Other inventive tomato pairings include: Smoked Tomato Glazed Coho Salmon (P1), Tomato and Nectarine Salad (P2), Dungeness Crab and Heirloom Tomato Stew (P2), Strozzapreti and Buffalo Mozzarella in Rich Plum Tomato Sauce (P2) and even a tomato dessert – Rhubarb and Candied Grape Tomato Tarte (P1).

Whether you go balmy for Black Krims, crazy about Cherokee Chocolates or just adore Aunt Ruby’s German Greens, it’ll be easy to yield to temptation at Provence’s Fourth Annual Tomato Festival on now through August 31st at both locations.
Mediterranean Grill Tomato Fest Menu
Marinaside Tomato Fest Menu
Watch the video

Something’s Fishy at Provence

poisson-avril-amourWe’ve all experienced the silly fun that takes place every April 1st – ‘Fool’s Day. However, do you know that the tradition probably started in France where it is called Poisson d’Avril? ‘Poisson d’Avril?’  Doesn’t that translate as ‘April’s fish?’  Like a Dadaist film, Poisson d’Avril doesn’t quite make sense. However it does make for a whale of a good time.

Being French, Provence Restaurants believe that life is to be enjoyed to the full and have transformed a one-day bit of foolery into a month-long celebration of all things ‘fish’ at both of their locations – Marinaside in Yaletown and Mediterranean Grill in Point Grey.  Starting April 1st and through to the end of the month, each restaurant will be featuring a different three-course prix-fixe Poisson d’Avril Menu value priced at $45.

Both of these ‘fish forward’ menus offer a ‘school’ of choices – from trout to tuna, sablefish to sturgeon, shellfish to sea bream and everything imaginable in the bouillabaisse; there is something to please every fish fanatic. Grilled, poached, smoked, ceviche, brandade and in soup are just some of the many ways Provence will prepare the ‘finny fare.’ Not a fish lover? Not to worry – there are plenty of non-fish choices available on the regular menu.

The menu concludes with a choice of something decadent from Provence’s regular selection of hand-crafted desserts. Tarte au Citron anyone?  Provence’s signature Lemon Tarte is considered the perfect end to a fishy feast.

“As an inaugural member of Ocean Wise, we serve only fish that has been harvested in a sustainable and responsible manner. That still gives us plenty of choice,” states Provence’s Executive Chef and Owner, Jean-Francis Quaglia. “Poisson d’Avril is an opportunity to welcome spring with a bit of fun. This is our fifth year doing it and everyone gets in on the fun – including some of the staff and their children who have created the whimsical fish that adorn the restaurant and menus.”

In France, Poisson d’Avril is an ‘excuse’ to play a practical joke or two. People attach fish (usually paper cut-outs) to the back of their friends and family, who, unaware of the addition to their wardrobe, continue about the day with the new accessory until someone shouts ‘Poisson d’Avril!’ and the jinx is up. During April, some lucky Provence patrons will find a paper fish under their plate or taped to their back. These Poissons come with a prize – perhaps a complimentary appetizer, meal discount, gift certificate or a copy of New World Provence by Chefs Jean-Francis and Alessandra Quaglia; are some of the possibilities.

While there is something very fishy happening at Provence Restaurants this April, diners will agree that the Poisson d’Avril menus are no joke!
Poisson d’Avril Menus:
Provence Marinaside
Provence Mediterranean Grill

Provence Marinaside to open Wine Bar


There’s a new ‘baby’ in the Provence Restaurant family. Starting at the end of October, construction begins on a new space at Provence Marinaside – The Wine Bar. A separate casual dining space; The Wine Bar takes over the space that formerly included Marinaside’s entrance foyer, antipasti case and small ‘room with a view.’

Designed by Bella Vivante, the same company that designed the renovation on Provence Mediterranean Grill last year, construction of the new room is expected to take a month with the opening anticipated for early December. “As the construction is confined to an enclosed area, we do not anticipate any inconvenience to our guests” says owner and Executive Chef Jean-Francis Quaglia. “We hope they will be as excited about the new space as we are.”

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

“Provence’s Wine Bar is meant to be very casual and value-priced,” says Chef Quaglia. “We are introducing a wine-friendly Bites Menu created especially for The Wine Bar.”  ‘Bites’ come in two sizes – Small Bites created to accompany a glass of wine, and for more substantial appetites, Big Bites that can be shared.  Wines by the glass will start at $7 with Small Bites coming in at $5 per dish and Big Bites priced at $18.

Sommelier Rachelle Goudreau is also very excited about the installation of a new state-of-the-art wine preservation and dispenser system. “This allows us to open any bottle of wine and sell glasses from it. We are going to be offering some of the premium bottles from Provence’s cellar – it’s a great way to try some pretty amazing wine.”  Montelvini Prosecco will also be available on tap for $6 per glass.

Watch for The Wine Bar to arrive at Provence Marinaside in early December. It’s the perfect place in which to eat, drink, chat and in true French fashion …  what happens next is up to you.

Tasty Tomatoes Take Over Provence

It doesn’t matter whether you call them ‘tomatoes,’ ‘tomahtoes,’ ‘tomates’ or ‘pomodoro’ – everyone agrees that the tomato is the ultimate summer ingredient. Eaten fresh-picked out of hand, chopped into salsas and salads, juiced, roasted or sun-dried – there are almost as many ways to enjoy their flavourful goodness as there are heirloom varieties.

From August 15 through September 15, Provence Restaurants celebrates all things tomato with its Third Annual Tomato Festival – offering special three-course table d’hôte menus that will satisfy even the most addicted tomato-holic. Menus differ at each restaurant location and are also priced differently – $45 at Mediterranean Grill in Point Grey and $48 at Marinaside in Yaletown.

“We are fortunate to have local producers supplying us with amazing heirloom varieties. Even though each variety has a different flavour profile, all are very intense. The heirlooms taste so much better,” says Provence proprietor and Executive Chef Jean-Francis Quaglia.

Provence Mediterranean Grill’s (P1) three- course ($45) offers a choice of two starters – Heirloom Tomato Napoleon (with buffalo mozzarella, prosciutto crisp and fennel relish) or a traditional Provençal Tomato Tartlette. For mains it will be hard to choose between Tomato Tapenade-Crusted Arctic Char (with yellow campari tomato coulis) or Tomato, Honey and Balsamic Glazed Quail (with tomato confit, potato tian and juniper berry jus) or Sun-dried Tomato Gnocchi with Sautéed Lobster Medallions (oyster mushroom, pea shoots, green tomato bisque). As tomatoes are actually a fruit and not a vegetable, turning them into dessert is no challenge for Restaurant Chef Essex Balce. What is a challenge will be choosing whether to end with Wild Lavender Panna Cotta (grape tomato marmalade, toasted almond brittle) or Candied Tomato, Basil and Olive Oil Cake (cherry tomato coulis, lemon crème fraiche).

P1’s general manager and sommelier Josh Carlson has designed an all-French wine pairing to accompany each course: Lucien Albrecht Cremant Brut Rose ($10/gl), Louis Latour Chardonnay ($9/gl) and Louis Latour Pinot Noir ($10/gl) or the full-flight of three for $20.

Over at Provence Marinaside in Yaletown, Chef Jean-Francis’s three-course Tomato Menu ($48) starts with three choices – Chilled Yellow Campari Tomato Soup, Provence’s signature Fresh Tomato Tarte or Heirloom Tomato and Avocado Salad (Pernod prawns, mixed greens, vinaigrette). These set the palate for a trio of tempting Mains – Strozzapreti Arrabiata (bacon, spinach, prawns, roasted roma tomato sauce) or Dungeness Crab and Heirloom Tomato Stew (mussels, clams, scallops, fennel, roasted heirloom tomatoes, white wine and garlic broth) or Seared Halibut (shaved fennel, saffron and pea basmati rice; spice heirloom tomato vinaigrette. P2’s ‘ode to the tomato’ menu concludes with Candied Tomato Chocolate Pot de Crème or a choice off the regular desert menu.

Sommelier Rachelle Goudreau has designed an all-BC boutique wine pairing for each dish – $25 for three courses or a smaller tasting-sized pour for $18.

Whether you are balmy for Black Krims, rave about Red Zebra’s or go crazy for Camparis – you’ll find them all and more on the menu at Provence’s Third Annual Tomato Festival August 15 – September 15, 2012.   We invite you to watch Provence’s Tomato Video

Menu Marinaside: http://www.provencevancouver.com/marinaside/dinner#chefspecial

Menu Mediterranean Grill: http://www.provencevancouver.com/mediterranean/dinner#chefspecial

Provence Mediterranean Grill (Point Grey) 4473 West 10th Ave., 604.222.1980

Provence Marinaside (Yaletown) 1177 Marinaside Crescent at the foot of Davie St., 604.681.4144


Foodie Fridays News 1130

Sep 23 foodie friday – click to listen

In honour of my first harvest of the first 2 tomatoes from my community garden at City Hall Vancouver, I bring you Tomatoes.

Community Gardens

Taste at Fairmont Vancouver Airport Globe – Caprese Salad – Heirloom Tomatoes, Boccocini, Balsamic

Taste at Kits Daily Kitchen – Stony Paradise Heriloom Tomato Salad – White Balsamic Vinegar – Salt Spring Goat Cheese

Provence Marinaside – Tomato Tart – Boullaibasse

Pastis – Tomato and Herb Crusted Ling Cod, Sungold Tomato Risotto, Bacon Froth

Wines of Argentina

On Thursday, September 29 2011, Wines of Argentina will host a tasting to showcase the quality and variety of wines the country produces. Held at Vancouver’s Sutton Place Hotel, the event will feature bottles from over 24 wineries.

The world’s fifth largest wine producer, Argentina has developed a reputation for creating approachable and food-friendly wines.  The evening will be an enjoyable way to learn about what the country offers consumers who are looking for value but don’t want to sacrifice taste.

Wines of Argentina Consumer Tasting for The BC Hospitality Foundation’s Tip Out To Help 

Thursday, September 29 2011

7:00 – 9:30pm

Sutton Place Hotel

845 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Tickets $44 per person available at www.winesofargentina.ca

The event will benefit the BC Hospitality Foundation’s Tip Out To Help campaign

About The BC Hospitality Foundation’s Tip Out To Help Campaign: 

October is Tip Out To Help Month:  B.C. Hospitality Foundation is starting a fundraising program this October.  Called Tip Out To Help, the program encourages members of the hospitality industry to raise funds however they please and donate them to BCHF to help their colleagues in need.  Some examples of easy fundraising ideas are staff donating a toonie per shift, management donating a percentage of sales, and/or team fundraisers.  Every toonie helps. We hope you’ll join the movement and register a team at www.tipouttohelp.com

Participants to date 

Browns Socialhouse

Dana Lee Consulting Ltd.

Geoffrey & Donna Howes

Import Vintners & Spirits Association

Nestle Professional Vitality

Vancouver Hospitality HR Directors Association

Top Table Group

Andrew Pollard

Click Media Works