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What’s Good This Week April 26

Events in Vancouver

We’re back from our Okanagan getaway and seem to have brought the sun back with us! Perfect weather to check out indoor and outdoor events in Vancouver!
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The Greasy Spoon Vol 14. Featuring Trevor Bird from Fable Kitchen – April 26

An evening affair that will defy your preconceptions of diner food!The Greasy Spoon Diner was conceived by a group of passionate Vancouverites led by Mark Brand who hosts it monthly at his Save On Meats diner. It pairs a chef and his chosen team, often from many other kitchens, alongside a front of house team comprised of people from all sectors in our city. A new menu is created each month which fuses together fine dining and diner food to deliver a four course meal to remember. Proceeds from this edition will be going towards a great cause which focuses on hunger solutions: A Better Life Foundation.

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To Spotlight Food-Waste Awareness, Sustainability Issues Through Multi-Course Dinner – Fundraiser for Les Dames d’Escoffier and Two Rivers Meat scholarship for Tina Fineza

Royal Dinette adds another entry to its popular series of Ugly Duckling Dinners on Tuesday, April 26 when Head Chef Jack Chen welcomes guest chef Andrea Carlson of Burdock & Co. and Harvest Community Foods into the kitchen to prepare a collaborative sustainably-focused feast.

Royal Dinette’s fifth Ugly Duckling Dinner takes place on Tuesday, April 26 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available via Eventbrite and include a multi-course menu with beverage pairings for $79 per person plus tax and gratuity. Five percent of sales will be donated to Les Dames d’Escoffier BC Chapter for their Service Excellence Scholarship Fund in honour of Tina Fineza.

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Siena – The Balls to battle Cancer – until May 12th 

Even the strongest man is sensitive and vulnerable in some parts. Balls-themed menu as a Men’s Cancer Fundraiser, featuring mouthwatering versions of Siena’s Arancini, Meatballs, Bocconcini, Burrata, Croquettes, Profiteroles and more!

$7.00 from the sale from each prix-fixe “Balls” menu goes to the Canadian Cancer Society, BC and Yukon Division, directed towards research and prevention of male cancers. The “Balls Menu” is offered in addition to the regular menu.


Provence Poisson d’Avril until April 30

Enjoy Provence’s Poisson d’Avril menu and fish from their fishbowl to win great prizes and fun pranks.  Poisson d’Avril dinner menu ($56) with optional wine-pairing ($24). Every card contains a unique prize, so get ready to enjoy a great Ocean Wise meal and Go-Fish. Click for details


Farmacie Dinner – April 28

The Pipe Shop on the North Shore hosts a plant-based FARMACIE long table dinner in partnership with Saje Wellness!

100% of proceeds will go directly to support Girlvana! Girlvana’s goal is simple; to teach teen girls the tools of yoga and meditation while providing strong mentorship with a raw and heartfelt approach.

The menu is curated by To Die For’s Erin Ireland featuring: Chef Karen McAthy of Blue Heron Cheese, Chef Marika Richoz, The Juice Truck Chefs Scotia Corinne & Alina Bobyleva and Kitskitchen. Alison Ramage of Design to Dine will be hosting a multi-sensory cocktail garden using goods from Rise Kombucha, Deep Cove Brewers, The Juicery Co., & Odd Society Spirits to name a few!

The place decked to the nines with help from MAIWA and Room 6, so arrive farm chic and expect to be wowed. Grab your tickets at FARMACIE.CA

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The Naramata Bench Wineries announces their annual and much anticipated Spring Wine Release Event, WINE FOR WAVES, in partnership with the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise program. The event will take place on Thursday, April 28, at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver at 7 PM.

Enjoy the best  and newest wine releases from 26 Naramata Bench wineries while sampling culinary offerings from  YEW seafood + bar; Mosquito, Fanny Bay Oyster Bar, Vancouver Fish Company, Vancouver Aquarium; and the Naramata Bench’s own Hillside Winery Bistro,  Red Rooster’s Pecking Room Grill, and Upper Bench Winery and Creamery. Info and Tickets go to vanaqua.org/wineforwaves Time: 7:00 – 9:30 PM.  Tickets: $110.

All proceeds to benefit Ocean Wise.


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A Growing Chefs! Harvest Kitchen Party on Sunday, October 4th at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts@

Don’t miss this opportunity to support Growing Chefs all while enjoying delicious food and drinks at PICA! I love these kitchen parties and wouldn’t miss this! Hope to see you there. Tickets $200
Sunday, October 4, 2015
Pacific Institue of Culinary Arts
1505 West 2nd Ave.
This is a 19+ event.

Farms to Forks

For the sixth year in a row, we’re bringing together some of the city’s most prominent chefs and mixologists and the region’s best growers and producers for a fun night of B.C. wine and beer pairings, cocktails, and tasting stations! This year is especially exciting as we are celebrating our 10th anniversary!

Chef Alvin Pilay


Join us on a culinary adventure as guests can wander from kitchen to kitchen and watch the chefs in action. Each chef will be paired with a local B.C. grower and producer to celebrate the best of the season. Throughout the night you’ll get to try dishes from more than fifteen of the city’s best chefs! Each chef station is also paired with a carefully selected B.C. winery. Wine pairings provided by Constellation Brands.

Here’s a sneak preview of just a few of our participating restaurants!

The Acorn
Burdock & Co
Campagnolo Roma
The Cascade Room
Culinary Capers Catering
East Van Roasters
Homer St. Cafe and Bar
Los Cuervos Taqueria
Miku Restaurant
Pier 73
Tableau Bar Bistro

Sponsorship opportunities available for this unique dining event. Email us for more details.

To avoid the service fee, send us an email or call 778-885-1308 to purchase tickets directly from us.



Provence Marinaside Top Ten Series

provence 10CHEF TOP TEN STARTS SEP 22 10 weeks of our guests’ favourite dishes paired with a glass of wine for only $35

This offer is exclusively for our social media friends (that means you if you are reading this!). When you arrive at the restaurant let your server know that you are interested in the Chef’s Top Ten and they’ll be happy give you all the details about the featured entrée for the week and a glass of wine for $35.


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.

Wines Of Languedoc at Vancouver Wine Bars

IMG_9532From now until November 14th, four of Vancouver’s best wine bars will feature a wide assortment of Languedoc wines by-the-glass: BrixSienaThe Wine Bar, and Seasons In The Park. While the well-known regions of Bordeaux and Burgundy produce some stellar wines, the value in France is to be found in regions that aren’t necessarily on the radar of all wine lovers.  Languedoc vineyards produce a wide variety of top quality wines, and they reach our market at prices far below these other regions meaning consumers can sip without empty their bank accounts.

In Languedoc wines are most always blends made from a number of grape varieties.  The reds are full body with components such as Syrah, Grenahce, Carignan and Mouvedre; whites are made wit Picpoul and Grenache Blanc, roses are also made from the above listed varieties and you can find sparkling Cremant de Limoux and some sweet wines in Muscat and Maury that are made of Grenache and fortified.

As a bonus if you visit any one of the 4 wine bars during the promo and you’ll find a ballot to win your own wine bar crawl for two. Or Tweet @LanguedocWines or Facebook  #LanguedocVan for other ways to win gift certificates & more.

We headed out to check out the wine bars during a Languedoc Bar Crawl.  We were luckily driven to all four locations meaning we could imbibe along the way.


First stop – TWB The Wine Bar at Provence Marinaside – 1177 Marinaside Crescent

The recently opened wine bar provides diners and sippers with the opportunity to sample many wines by the glass.  For the Languedoc showcase they are pouring the bubble mentioned above, a wine that was actually France’s first sparkling wine (take that Champagne).  The wine, Sieur d’Arques Première Bulle from Limoux, is the perfect companion to freshly shucked oysters.


Another Languedoc beauty is the Chateau Peche-Celeyran La Clape 2011 which we paired with a dish of fresh mussels.



Second stop – Brix Restaurant/Wine Bar 1138 Homer Street

Brix is one of those spots that seems to have been open forever and is often overlooked.  I’ve had some seriously great wine dinners here and it is more than worth putting back on your radar if it did indeed slip off.  Here the Domaine Delsol Picpoul de Pinet 2010 can be enjoyed; it is a minerally wine with grapefruit and citrus nots and a crisp finish.  Red fans can sample the highly sought after Gerard Bertrand Terroir Minervois AOC 2010.



Third stop – Seasons in the Park – Queen Elizabeth Park Cambie and 33rd Street

Perched atop the hillside overlooking the city this spot is serving the  Saint Saturnin Le Clocher AOC Languedoc Red 2010 and Paul Mas GSM Coteaux de Languedoc AOC 2011, either whichwould work well with the Tuscan Flatbread  or Pizza Margherita for an after work bite.  They were great companions to my ribs and others tried a tuna salad.


Fourth stop – Siena – 1485 West 12th (at Granville)

This little gem is the perfect spot for a pre-theatre nosh or after the show for something decadent such as the hazelnut chocolate torte which conveniently pairs excellently with the Domaine de Babio Minervois AOC Red 2009.   You could also go for a bit of bubble with the Antech Cuvée Expression Crémant de Limoux AOC.

The Languedoc promotion is the perfect excuse to get out and try some well-priced beauties until November 14, 2013 and the next time you are invited to a party you can show up with a bottle of French wine and no one has to know you didn’t spend the paycheck.

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

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


Clos du Soleil Wine-maker’s Dinner at Provence

Wednesday, March, 23rd 2011 at 6pm

Spencer Massie co-owner of Clos du Soleil Winery will be hosting this evening with rare vintages, new releases, as well as a dessert pairing from Sperling Vineyards.

 Please book early to avoid disappointment as there is a limited seating for this event.

Rod Morrison – Sommelier

 (Clos du Soleil 2010 Pinot Blanc Grower’s Series Baessler)

Release date if March 21st, be one of the first and few to try this great wine, only 200 cases made.

 (Clos du Soleil 2008 Capella)

A great blend 95% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% Semillon with aromas of honeycomb and figs. It has a nice roundness to the texture with impressive concentration and complexity.

(Clos du Soleil 2007 White)

Aromas of lemon, caramel and marzipan. Elegant and fresh on the palate

(Clos du Soleil 2008 Signature Red)

Deeply coloured, this award winning wine has a rich, intense nose with dark plum and cocoa nuances. The finish is long with soft tanins and balancing acidity.

(Clos du Soleil 2007 Red)

Bright red fruit and leather, with cedar box notes. Medium to full-bodied with a fine grained texture and plenty of juicy fruit. 

(Sperling Vineyards 2009 Sper…tz)

Fresh, crisp aromatic and the light spritz adds to the wine’s delicacy on the palate.

 *Tickets are $100 not including tax or gratuity*

*Reservations are available at Provence Marinaside, no online reservations*

Meet and Greet


Read Island gems with shaved horseradish


Scallop ceviche

(Clos du Soleil 2010 Pinot Blanc Grower’s Series Baessler)


1st course


Loup de Mer fillet

piperade and licorice root hollandaise

(Clos du Soleil  2008 Capella)


2nd course


Halibut fillet

 wild mushrooms and celeriac cream

(Clos du Soleil 2007 White)


3rd course


Braised pork belly

soft polenta and sage jus

(Clos du Soleil 2008 Signature Red)


4th course

Roasted lamb loin


 (Clos du Soleil 2007 Red)


5th course

Trio of petit pots de creme

(Sperling Vineyards 2009 Sper…tz)




 *Tickets are $100 not including tax or gratuity*

*Reservations are available at Provence Marinaside, no online reservations*



Over the summer, Provence Restaurants have been partnering with Mission Hill Winery to raise money for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. For each bottle of Mission Hill Wine sold at both Provence locations, Mission Hill donates $1 to the Food Bank. To date more than $1,000 has been raised.

Now Mission Hill and Provence Marinaside are upping the ante by hosting a sumptuous wine-maker dinner on November 10th with Ingo Grady, Director of Education for Mission Hill Family Estate Winery. In addition to a five-course dinner (especially created by Executive Chef/Proprietor Jean-Francis Quaglia) with pairing of some select Mission Hill wines; the evening also includes a silent auction including works by local artists (Travis Watters, Zoe Hodgson, John M. Parlett, Emrys Horton and Catherine Adamson) along with tempting gift baskets and other selected goodies.

To accompany Chef Jean-Francis Quaglia’s menu, the following wines will be poured:

  • Mission Hill Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2009
  • Mission Hill Perpetua 2008
  • Mission Hill Quatrain 2007
  • Mission Hill Oculus 2006
  • Mission Hill ‘SLC’ Riesling Ice Wine

Click here to view the full menu:


Tickets are priced at $150 including tax and gratuity and are available by calling Provence Marinaside at 604-681-4144. We regret that on-line reservations cannot be accepted for this event.

Please join us on November 10th to taste some good wine, enjoy an excellent meal, engage in lively conversation and feed the Food Bank.

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


News from Provence

Sitting on our seaside patio eyes toward the low-slung harvest sun, we raise our glasses in salute to our family, our friends and our city. The flash of a sun-kissed shoulder shrugged in resignation of the longer shadowed nights makes us laugh and pour more wine. We talk of sunflowers heavy with seed and the sweet smell of echinacea, purple petals drooping toward the earth. We turn our thoughts to the glorious rooty textures and sweet earthy scents of harvest time.

This month’s Chef’s menu holds true to the season inspired by curling vines, smoky flavors, secret mushroom groves… colors in golds, greens & reds…

In the spirit of giving we are continuing our partnership with our friends at Mission Hill Winery; with every bottle of Mission Hill wine sold we will donate $1.00 to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. Let us extend our hands in response to those in need, let us help with open hearts, gentle thoughts and generosity…

Join us during this month of thankfulness and enjoy all of your traditional favorites, explore the Chef’s new creations or indulge in the Taste of Yaletown running from October 13th through to October 31st; and during each visit raise a glass to all of your blessings.

As we clink our glasses and watch the last deep golden rays slip beyond the horizon we ease our chairs back for one more deep breath, one more laugh, one more tall tale. These are the moments that make everything else worthwhile… these are the moments we wish for our children… these are the moments we spend with you.

Á la votre…

Jean-Francis & Alessandra Quaglia
Chefs / Proprietors

Provence Marinaside

1177 Marinaside Crescent Vancouver, BC V6Z 2Y3 Phone: 604.681.4144