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What’s Good This Week – The Last One of 2016


How’s the season going for you? If you are like us we’ve been pretty darn busy, but now that the family visits are over and we’re settled in doing home things like making soup with our ham bones, we’ll need to get out and try a few more festive things before the year ends. Over at Vancouver Food Tour we recommended a few holiday activities, CLICK HERE FOR THAT, and here’s a few more. What’s Good This Week.


Roof Garten pop-up restaurant will be permanently closed after their LAST SUPPER on Fri, Dec 30th 2016, starting at 6pm with a featur!ed menu created by Executive Chef  and our buddy Victor Bongo!

emerald cocktails

Half-Priced Cocktails at The Emerald, December 27-30

The Emerald Supper Club and Cocktail Lounge is keeping a festive glow on through the holidays with half-priced cocktails offered from Tuesday, December 27 through Friday, December 30 (5 pm to 1 am).  They even make their own Kahlua! All of The Emerald’s delicious cocktails will be 50% off — including its awesome selection of cheers-worthy classic and signature cocktails (such as the Lavender 75 — with lavender-infused gin, fresh lemon juice and champagne).  View the full cocktail menu and check out the food offerings too at emeraldsupperclub.com.


New Year’s Eve Happenings – Vancouver Restaurants and Bars

Jack Daniel’s New Year’s Eve British Invasion at The Cascade Room Ring in 2017 at The Cascade Room, December 31

In keeping with The Cascade Room’s UK pub vibes, the Main Street restaurant has planned a British-themed New Year’s celebration, kicking off at noon on Saturday, December 31.

Come in and enjoy brunch (from 12 to 3 pm) and take in the World Junior Hockey tournament on the big screens (starting at 12:30 pm). From 3 to 6 pm, guests can rock out to Rockaoke Live (karaoke with a real live band!), featuring an all UK song list. An honourary countdown to mark New Year’s across the pond will take place at 4 pm.

cascaderoom room
Photo Janis Nicolay

Cascade Room will keep the party going through the evening, with a rocking UK-focused playlist, food specials (including Happy Hour from 3 to 6 pm), drink specials featuring Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, and of course — a countdown at midnight (complete with party favours). In addition, Cascade Room’s talented bar team will be creating toast-worthy, UK-inspired cocktails.

No reservations and no cover charge required for the celebration. http://www.thecascadecompany.com/

Burdock & Co

On December 31, New Year’s Eve revelers with plans for a midnight meet-up can start on a delicious note with Burdock & Co’s “New Year’s Lite” seating at 6:00pm & 6:30pm, featuring a menu of lighter plates to set the celebratory mood for the rest of the evening. Guests feasting their way into 2017, can opt for the 8:30pm & 9:00pm seating. Chef Andrea and the culinary team have pulled out all the stops to craft an extensive and exciting multi-course tasting menu. Expert pairings of naturalist wine and a full drink menu are available for purchase at an additional charge. Burdock & Co will be open for brunch on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day from 10:30am-2:00pm, and closed for dinner on January 1.  Time: First seating at 6:00pm & 6:30pm, second seating at 8:30pm & 9:00pm.  Ticket pricing: New Years Lite: $69 per person, plus tax and gratuity Main seating: $99 per person, plus tax and gratuity To reserve: Limited tickets for both seatings can be purchased online at Eventbrite or by calling (604) 879-0077.

palm springs UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar

A “Palm Springs New Year’s Fling” will transport guests to sunnier days. At 7:15pm, UVA’s doors will open to a delicious three-course “Clubhouse”-themed menu for $45 per person – and for an additional $20, diners can enhance the experience with expertly paired cocktails created by award-winning Bar Manager Sabrine Dhaliwal. After dinner, the party will begin at 9:30pm, where guests will enjoy pop-up entertainment throughout the night, ranging from live music by the James Danderfer Trio to sabering champagne. For those ringing in the New Year, don’t forget to don your kitschiest poolside ensemble or throw on a tennis tuxedo – anything goes, as long as it captures the spirit of Palm Springs.  Time: Doors open for dinner at 7:15pm; party will begin at 9:30pm.  Tickets: To purchase tickets to UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar’s New Year’s Eve event, visit UVA during regular business hours (11:30am-2am daily) or email Alex@ViaggioHospitality.com. 



Celebrate the start of 2017 in style at Prohibition, with live entertainment from The Wonders and DJ Myles Bigelow Duo. Start the night with a complimentary coupe of champagne on arrival, and then enjoy our extensive cocktail and drinks menu, including an array of bubbles to toast in the New Year. Time: 8pm-2am Tickets: Tickets are on sale at Eventbrite until 7pm PST on December 31, 2016. For sales after this time, please contact Prohibition directly at (604) 673-7089. 

Cibo Trattoria 

On December 31, Cibo Trattoria will be offering two dinner seatings with multi-course menus inspired by authentic Italia. Guests who join the first seating at 5pm will enjoy a four-course tasting menu for $84 per person, while the 8:30pm seating will feature a six-course tasting menu for $124 per person (suggested wine pairings are available upon request). The menu pays homage to traditional Italian favourites, including savoury raviolo of smoked ricotta, garlic butter and focaccia crumb; and prosciutto-wrapped rabbit loin complemented by carrot purée and roasted sunchoke. Time:  First seating at 5pm, second seating at 8:30pm.  To reserve: To book your spot at Cibo Trattoria this holiday season, call (604) 602-9570 or visit http://www.opentable.com/cibo-trattoria.

caviar Ancora

Chef Ricardo Valverde and team will ring in the New Year with a celebratory menu of caviar creations paired with the best Champagnes, alongside an à la carte menu that features delicious plates like rack of lamb and king crab. Diners who join the first seating at 5pm can indulge before hitting the town, while the 7:30pm seating will feature an exciting countdown party with a live jazz band and Champagne sabering for all. There will be a $20 live music cover charge for the later seating, and reservations are strongly encouraged. Time: First seating at 5pm Second seating at 7pm: includes countdown party and live music *please note that this seating has sold out Tickets: Countdown party has a live band $20 cover charge at the door.  To reserve: To make a reservation for New Year’s Eve at Ancora, visit ancoradining.com or call (604) 681-1164.

Red-Dead Prom Night

Undead-Nightmare-005On Oct 30 Uva Wine & Cocktail Bar will be hosting it’s first ever Red-Dead Prom! Dress in your zombie best and dance the night away while sipping on cocktails so delicious it’s scary.

This event is creepishly sponsored by Bittered Sling Bitters, Skyy Spirits, Campari America, Aperol, Wild Turkey, Sailor Jerry and Disaronno.

Cocktails, canapes and kick ass music by DJ AllGood – kick it Dead Red Prom, 90s style. It’s really the exact prom we always wanted to go to, but seemed a little eccentric for main stream public schools.

We want 90s.
We want booze.
We want your ass.
We want blood.

There will also be prizes for the Red-Dead Prom King and his Queen [best costume]. You can bet your bottom dollar that the UVA team will be themed, and sporting insane costumes, try your best to beat us. We love blood.

Tickets are $30 till October 21 and $40 till October 29th

Happy Hallowe’en everyone!

Your UVA homies.


Uva Celebrates Women’s Day

woman chefsLooks like we’ll be here alongside some amazing woman from the industry! Join us. GLV

“Guts and Glory” gathering brings together women in the hospitality industry

A veritable who’s who of Vancouver’s hospitality scene will gather at UVA Wine Bar on March 8 to mark International Women’s Day at a networking event titled “Guts and Glory: A Celebration of Hospitable Women”.

As women continue to prove themselves a powerful part of the social fabric, a local group of passionate women have developed the “Guts and Glory” gathering as not only a celebration of women in the hospitality industry but the first in a series of networking events specifically intended to motivate and encourage the next generation of women to aspire to even greater heights in the industry.

“We’re not only celebrating International Women’s Day at this event but championing those who inspire us,” says event organizer Lauren Mote, bar manager at UVA Wine Bar. “It’s time to make new friends, reconnect with old ones and be inspired to achieve your own idea of greatness. It dovetails perfectly with the theme of International Women’s Day in 2014, which is ‘Inspiring Change’.”

“Guts and Glory: A Celebration of Hospitable Women” will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at UVA Wine Bar, 900 Seymour St. in Vancouver on March 8, with scheduled speakers and complimentary cocktails, wine, beer and snacks. All women working in the hospitality industry — front-of-house and back-bar staff, business owners and managers, chefs, sommeliers, brewers/distillers, media, publicists and marketers/designers — are welcome to attend. While there is no cost for the event, donations made in any form to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation will be lovingly and graciously accepted.

Sponsors for the networking event include Benton Brothers Fine Cheese, Bittered Sling Extracts, Carole Morton Design, Fentimans Botanically Brewed Beverages, Liberty Distillery, Odd Society Spirits, Oyama Sausage Co., Shelley McArthur Communications, Victoria Spirits and UVA Wine Bar.

The first International Women’s Day was held in 1911. Every year on March 8, thousands of events are held across the globe to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women while also championing advocacy for women’s rights and equality.

Attendance is limited, so please RSVP by signing up on eventbrite for your complimentary ticket.

About UVA Wine Bar:

Located within the Moda Hotel in the heart of downtown Vancouver, UVA Wine Bar is an elegant enclave for wine and spirit connoisseurs seeking a sanctuary that tempts both eye and palate. UVA By Day is an inviting spot to enjoy rich Italian espresso drinks, artisanal sandwiches, brodos and zeppole, while UVA by Night offers enticing cocktails, refined wines and an eclectic menu of import beers all paired with the city’s finest charcuterie and artisanal cheeses. 900 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC | Mon – Sat 8 a.m. to 2 a.m., Sunday 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. | 604.632.9560 | http://uvawinebar.ca

Twitter Intel: @womensday @UvaVancouver @LaurenMote

Calvados Cocktail Competition

calvadosEVENT ALERT This is the place to be tomorrow night (Feb 18).  what a team of talent; an all-star lineup of local bartending talent set for battle! GLV

 When: Tuesday, February 18th, 7–10 p.m.
Where: Uva Wine Bar, 900 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC
Tickets: $30 each, available through Eventbrite

Calling all apple-loving Vancouverites! Please join us for Vancouver’s inaugural Calvados Cocktail Competition.

The most creative competition of the season culminates with six of Vancouver’s elite, behind-the-bar all-stars — Thor Paulson (Wildebeest), William Johnson (L’Abattoir), Julia Diakow (Cuchillo), Martin Correveau (La Pentola), Justin Anello (La Terrazza) and Sean McGuigan (Clough Club) — vying to become the winner of $1,000 cash, a limited bottle of Pere Magloire 20 YO Calvados and of course, coveted bragging rights.

Developed and sponsored by Pere Magloire Fine Calvados and our very own Lauren Mote, each bartender will be tasked to create a unique cocktail inspired by and using the featured spirit, Pere Magloire Fine Calvados. Guests will have the opportunity to sample each competitor’s cocktail and delicious inspired bites from the Uva kitchen.

This competition started on January 15th as an open call to working bartenders to submit a cocktail recipe showcasing one of the world’s most elegant and rare spirits, the apple-based “appellation d’origine contrǒlée” (AOC) regulated brandy from the northern France, “Calvados”. All submitted recipes blind-tasted by Lauren and West Restaurant’s Bar Manager David Wolowidnyk to narrow down the group to the remaining six finalists.

Only a limited number of tickets to the Calvados cocktail competition are available for $30. To purchase tickets via Eventbrite.

Where to Ring in 2014 – Vancouver

lumberjackNow that we’ve almost got Christmas out of the way, it is time to think about New Year’s Eve plans.  While I have spent the last few years at home (don’t worry not ALONE) there’s a few spots that are VERY tempting and I may just hit the town this year (WATCH OUT).  Here’s a few I’d consider and you should too.

Mamie Taylors

The unusual theme of Lumberjack and Ballerina-themed ball at Mamie Taylors is sure to be unusual if nothing else.  Head to Chinatown and enjoy music, dancing, entertainment, hot and cold canapés, and an open bar (yikes)  with select cocktails, wine, ale and spirits.  Night starts and 8:30 pm and tickets are $100 all in. *Fancy lumberjack and ballerina dress encouraged but not required.* Tickets – 604-620-8818, 251 E. Georgia Street,  Vancouver ron@mamietaylors.ca


One of my very favourite Vancouver spots, Fable, is doing what they call an Inspiration Dinner.  A 5 course meal created by Chef Geoff Rogers featuring items that have inspired him throughout his career. Tickets are $125/person for the meal, which includes all tax & gratuities. Beverages extra and there are suggested pairings if you are indecisive. Long tables, 8pm doors, 8:30 dinner commences. Dinner  complete before midnight, stay on and ring in the New Year! Tickets 604-732-1322

A Preview:
Course1: Curry Cauliflower Soup
Course2: Bison Tartar
Course3: Ox-tongue Rueben Salad
Course4: Foie-ffles
Course5: ‘Coffee & Doughnuts’

salmon oystesrShangri-La Hotel – MARKET

New Year’s Eve Dinner – For the early birds, enjoy a three-course festive brunch for $49 per person, or a four-course tasting menu for $88 per person, available from 5pm to 7pm. For those who want to ring in the New Year in style, a six-course tasting menu is$168 per person, including a flute of champagne and party favours. New Year’s celebration seatings available December 31 from 9pm to 10pm.


6 Course Tasting Menu $168 per Person

Comte Cheese Fritters
Salmon and Oyster Tartar
Horseradish and lemon
Sea Bream sashimi on Warm Black Truffle Garlic Toast
Foie Gras Brulee, Kumquat Confiture and Orange Liqueur Gelee
Slowly Cooked Sable Fish, Potato “Noodles” With Crème Fraîche, Vodka and Caviar
Beef Tenderloin, Miso Butter and Roasted Brussel Sprouts
Champagne Truffle Cake with Orange Mirror
Mignardises and Truffles
Coffee or Tea


Executive Chef Wesley Young presents a four-course menu with optional complementary (not to be confused with complimentary) wine pairings. Tickets for this event are $69 each, with curated wine pairings available for an additional $69 – quite a deal for this calibre of food. Call 604-687-6880.


gastbyRosewood Hotel Georgia – The Gatsby New Year’s Eve Lobby Party

If you really want to real party, but stay classy, try a roaring twenties-inspired New Year’s Eve Bash. Entertainment includes The Malcolm Aiken Trio, Pandora & The Locksmiths and Skylab sounds, they’ll be burlesque, cabaret entertainers, a caviar bar, liquid nitrogen oyster station, midnight countdown and more. Doors open at 8:30 pm with tickets priced at $149 per person. Tables are available for an extra $75 per person, and VIP tables for an additional $2,000. www.rosewoodhotelgeorgia.com or 604.673.7031

forage8Listel Hotel and Forage

The Listel Hotel & Forage Restaurant have THE DEAL for you.  Get a $75  credit and enjoy a fabulous food and fizz in Forage when you reserve a deluxe Gallery Floor Room or Artist Series Suite AND

•    A $75 credit towards your room rate;
•    50% off overnight parking ($18 value);
•    Two glasses of BC bubbles at midnight;
•    Reception-style food in Forage from 10pm onwards featuring live, local music;
•    Late check-out @ 1:00 pm.
Additional Nights at $50 per night.
$199 based on single or double occupancy. Taxes and gratuities not included.
604 684.8461, email reservations@thelistelhotel.com, or click here.

2014NYE at CIBO 

Enjoy a 5 course dinner at Cibo Trattoria this New Year’s.


From 5 pm enjoy a limited a la carte and the special NYE menu.
Wine pairings also available.

From 9 pm – Ring in the New Year in Grand Style – Your evening includes:
Our special NYE menu
House made aperitif upon arrival (Barkeep Lauren’s amazing limoncello)
Flute of Champagne at midnight (the real stuff – sabred by Wine Director Steve Edwards)

5 Course Menu

local oyster, ikura caviar, lemon

bruschetta of buffalo mozzarella, prosciutto di san daniele, rapini, parmigianno
beef carpaccio, pickled ramps, horseradish, celery hearts, pecorino brillo

fresh spaghetti in brodo, rock cod, chili, garlic, parsley
risotto of foraged mushrooms, garlic, thyme, butter, parmigianno

pan-seared qualicum bay scallops, slow cooked fennel,
green chili and lemon zest salsa
grilled 45 day aged rib of beef, smashed root vegetables,
horseradish, aged balsamic

vanilla panna cotta, preserved summer plums
flourless chocolate cake, crème fraiche

add black winter truffle $25 /5 grams
add seared foie gras $25 /30 grams


nyeUva Wine Bar 

At Uva Wine Bar, celebrate NYE New Orleans style with  indulgent party favours,the James Danderfer Trio, mardi-gras beads, southern cocktails flowing, and passed midnight treats. $40 tickets

Sponsored by Southern Comfort, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, El Jimador Tequila, Finlandia Vodka and Woodford Reserve Bourbon

Wild Rice

New Year’s Eve Dumpling Platter for Two $40
2 glasses of Backyard Vineyards Brut
Duck Confit Potstickers
Siu Mai
Spring Rolls
Vegetable Potstickers

Seatings –  5 to 10:30 p.m. 604-642-2882

Quang DangWEST Restaurant
Chef Quang Dang prepares for a special five-course tasting menu, with wine pairings available, for what may be the most civilized New Year’s Eve gathering in town.








98 PER PERSON  604 738 8938


Head to Thailand this New Year’s Eve with Maenam’s  four-course dinner. Inspired by the flavours of Southeastern Asia, Chef Angus An’s celebratory menu features a selection of original creations alongside classic Maenam favourites. NYE celebrations may also  include exotic cocktails or wine pairings.

$60 per person. A vegetarian menu is also available. (604) 730-5579.


crab and pomelo betal leaf wrap
miang buo served with ikura, lime dice and ginger
chicken and prawn in golden egg nets

caramelized shredded coconut, kaffir lime leaf, coriander


hot and sour beef soup
dom yum neua
braised shank, Asian celery, fried garlic
hot and sour tamarind soup of grilled salmon
tom gati plah
coconut cream, tamarind and green mango


(for parties of 2 choose 1 salad, 1 stir fry, and 1 curry)

green mango salad with crispy soft shell crab
yum mamuang buo
toasted cashew nuts, sliced green mangos, lime zest
roasted pork salad
yum moo yang
chilli jam, crackling, young lotus

stir-fried lobster with black pepper
pad gung lobster
holy basil, fried half lobster, spicy and aromatic
stir-fried baby back ribs
pad prik king moo
wild ginger, green peppercorn, 3 flavour sauce

red curry of duck leg
geng pbet raised leg, kaffir rich curry, Thai basil
southern style seafood curry
geng gati
kaffir lime zest, young coconut, crab, mussels, lingcod


our version of ice coffee, served with crumble, vanilla milk
and condensed milk ice cream
Thai iced tea pannacotta
cashew praline, kalamansi jelly, orange dice

pentolaLa Pentola della Quercia

NYE menu will feature both family style platters and individual dishes. Highlights include a glass of Moet & Chandon Champagne upon arrival, caviar, vitello tonnato, lobster ravioli, Icelandic heritage breed lamb and celebratory dolci.

$55 per person*
7 course menu
Does not include champagne or caviar.

$90 per person*
10 course menu.

Call (604) 642-0557

For more information please call 604-694-2103 or emailinfo@lapentola.ca.
*tax & gratuity not included

OPUS HOTEL NYE sleep over rates from $289.Reserve Now


Ring in the New Year at Burdock & Co with a bright and bubbly four-course naturalist wine-focused dinner with an organic, locally-sourced menu by chef Andrea Carlson. With two seatings—6PM and 9PM—the dinner highlights a curated selection of unadulterated bubblies. Franck Peillot sparkling, Domaine Rolet Crémant du Jura Rosé, Camillo Donati Lambrusco and Marchesi di Gresy Moscato d’Asti la Serra are among the wines making an appearance at this exclusive celebratory dinner.

The four-course meal is priced at $65 per guest, with naturalist bubbly pairings available for an additional $45.


December 31, 2013
First Seating: 6PM
Second Seating: 9PM
$65 per guest, or add $45 with wine pairings

Franck Peillot Montagnieu Brut
Domaine Rolet Crémant du Jura Rosé
Camillo Donati Lambrusco
Marchesi di Gresy Moscato d’Asti la Serra

True European Café Culture in the Heart of Downtown Vancouver

When picturing some of the most famous European cities in the world – Rome, Paris, Vienna, Prague – an image of crowded pedestrian-filled alley ways or sidewalks with quaint, picturesque street cafes’ often come to mind.  Locals gathered at the bar drinking aromatic espressos or cappuccinos, a few reading the local newspaper at tables, and others just relaxing on the sidewalk patio watching the pedestrian traffic go by. Well, for those missing the European culture or wanting to have a small taste of what European cafes’ are like, there is a wonderful little coffee bar that fits the description right here in our beautiful city.

UVA ESPRESSO BAR – at the corner of Seymour and Smithe Streets – kitty corner to the Orpheum Theatre, one of Vancouver’s top wine bar’s transforms into an authentic espresso bar during the day. At Uva Espresso Bar, locals can expect hearty breakfast offerings, such as the popular authentic Italian frittata, daily baked goods such as the fruit Danish or baked pain au chocolate, freshly squeezed juice and of course, true quality roasted espressos, americanos, latte’s or cappuccinos from Uva’s own house blend produced with the specialty Synesso espresso machine (1 of only 2 in BC).  Uva’s custom espresso blend, which is grown organically on small family owned plantations where farmers receive a fair price for their work, has been roasted to produce a thick golden cream and a distinct European flavor.  And for the patrons that would love to take this custom espresso blend home with them, Uva Espresso Blend is now also available for sale for home use.  Uva Espresso Bar believes in being green and uses environmental packaging for those on the go.

Aside from the menu that draws local Vancouverites to its quaint yet oh-so-convenient location, Uva Espresso Bar is more than just a standard corner coffee house, it is an entire morning getaway. With chic European décor, over-sized opening windows and friendly staff, patrons can relax in an enjoyable and inviting setting whilst observing the vibrant streetscape scene. Complimentary magazines, newspapers (including the Sunday New York Times) and small library of books hand selected by Barbara-Jo McIntosh (from Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks) are available for use to its patrons.  Also, Uva Espresso Bar provides complimentary Wi-fi for those working out of the office or love to ‘check-in’.

But what’s more important than these special amenities and features is that Uva Espresso Bar is a place for neighbours to gather, socialize, relax with friends or in solitude;  a place to always feel welcome.  Whether for breakfast, a coffee interlude, or a delicious lunch, Uva is a welcome respite from a hectic day, and a brief glimpse of European café culture at its best.


“ESPRESSO BAR” by Day;  “WINE BAR” by Night

Uva Espresso Bar – Located at 900 Seymour Street , adjacent to the Moda Hotel Lobby, Uva Espresso Bar is open from 7am – 2pm serving rich, dark espressos, cappuccinos, lattes or mochas made with their own custom organic coffee blend.  For a scrumptious bite in the morning, Uva has a wide assortment of breakfast offerings, including delicious, fresh baked goods for those in a hurry; all made with the finest organic ingredients.  For lunch, Uva serves simple, yet flavorful menus comprised of hearty soups, light salads, and handmade pastas. The menu changes daily to highlight the best local and seasonal ingredients available in the city. For more information please call 604-632-9560 or visit www.uvawinebar.ca.

The Refinery’s Cocktail Kitchen Series welcomes four “bartender finalists” in September, 2011

As the competitors quickly approach the wood for their chance to win the second Cocktail Kitchen Series at The Refinery and a trip to Nicaragua with Flor de Cana Rum, we can’t help but look back at the highlights from the four finalists’ performances over the past 6 months.

During August’s Cointreau VS Morocco competition, Colin MacDougall, the Assistant Bar Manager of Blue Water Cafe in Yaletown, wow-ed guests with his locally inspired cocktail “The Angers Punch”, with BC cherries, blueberries and blackberries all infused with white wine and Cointreau, and Refinery’s Grapefruit Bitters. Colin paired the cocktail with the first course, a sweet, spicy and aromatic “Moroccan Spice Market” chickpea soup. The flavour combinations were as surprising as they were delicious.

July saw Cocktail Kitchen newbie, Shaun Layton of L’Abattoir take on the favourite menu in the series, Buffalo Trace Bourbon VS Campfire Food. Like clockwork, Shaun’s cocktails were all interesting, elegant, and even a little “cowboy” in nature, featuring a spin on a Canadian favourite – the caesar – with homemade clam and tomato nectar. Shaun’s dessert cocktail, a surprise for guests, was a spin on a nostalgic favourite, the Rootbeer Float. Buffalo Trace, Fernet Branca, ice cream and Refinery’s yeast fermented Rootbeer became an instant crowd favourite!

David Bain from Uva returned for Cocktail Kitchen season two, for his round-robin competition in June. Wouldn’t you know it, he’s back in the finals again! During the madness of Stanley Cup finals in Vancouver, David came out with some colourful pairings during the “whimsical English garden party” VS Beefeater 24 Gin. His first course pairing, the rhubarb and black pepper sour, with fresh rhubarb juice was refreshing, and paired perfectly with the crisp cucumber and watermelon gazpacho.

As one of our most interesting performers gets ready to compete in the finals, we find ourselves in awe, as some of Tanya Roussy’s techniques were imaginative and were well-complimented in the Driftwood Brewery VS Thailand competition in May. It helps that Tanya helps execute the complex cocktail list on West 4th’s Maenam restaurant, and her cocktail-construction style is both scientific and esthetic. Well conceived and well executed, with special attention given to authentic Thai ingredients, and working beautifully with the palate-destructive forces of Thai chilies. Tanya’s first course cocktail, paired with “hot and sour” soup with wild mushrooms, engaged guests in a beautiful expression of Driftwood Brewery’s Whitebark wheat beer as a frozen shandy. Rhubarb and cardamom infused aquavit, with lemongrass, white tumeric and young galangal juice, finished with Refinery’s Kaffir Lime & White Tea Bitters.

Now, we’re gearing up for the Cocktail Kitchen season two finals. Here’s the schedule:

Wed September 07 2011 Colin MacDougall, Blue Water Cafe
Wed September 14 2011 Shaun Layton, L’Abattoir
Wed September 21 2011 David Bain, Uva Wine Bar
Wed September 28 2011 Tanya Roussy, Maenam

Guests are the judges. Tickets are available through the Refinery – call or pop in with a valid credit card to purchase on the spot. Tickets are $50 per person, and are also available online through the Refinery’s website here. Each guest will receive a passed “welcome” cocktail-canape pairing by Refinery Bar Manager Graham Racich & Chef Kirk Morrison, plus 3 courses of super fun and tropical Polynesian “Tiki” inspired cuisine, and 3 paired Flor de Cana Rum cocktails by the competing bartender.

Course 1 | Albacore Tuna Poke, served “salad style” with avocado, green onion, tropical fruits, Flor de Cana Rum-soy vinaigrette; served with crispy wonton chips

Course 2 | Sweet & Sour Chicken thighs, with Flor de Cana and pineapple, coconut scented rice; served with Asian coleslaw

Course 3 | “Sticky” slow-braised “Maui” Ribs, with Flor de Cana “Teriyaki” sauce, purple potatoes, served with fresh mango salsa

The Cocktail Kitchen Series “final winner” & guest prizes will be announced at the Flor de Cana Rum finale party at The Refinery on October 11 2011. The winning bartender and recipient of the “guest raffle” will win a trip to Nicaragua to the Flor de Cana Rum distillery in November/December 2011*.

Thank you to our sponsors, The Kirkwood Group and Flor de Cana Rum for sponsoring the Cocktail Kitchen finals, and upcoming finale party.

For more information, please visit the Refinery website at www.therefineryvancouver.com or call 604-687-8001.

*Guests are entered into draw by attending cocktail kitchen as a paying customer, and filling out a ballot. Guests have to be in attendance on October 11 2011 to be eligible to win. This is a trip for (1) guest, as you’ll be accompanying several bartenders and media from around North America.

Cibo Trattoria and Uva Wine Bar Celebrate New Team Appointments

Two talented professionals enhance guest experience at Uva Wine Bar and Cibo Trattoria

Uva Wine Bar and Cibo Trattoria, located in Vancouver’s chic Moda Hotel, are delighted to announce the addition of two talented professionals to their award-winning team. David Fert is the General Manager of Cibo Trattoria and UVA Wine Bar, and David Bain is the Bar Manager at UVA Wine Bar.
Vienna, Austria native David Fert brings a rich background in restaurant management and wine direction to his general manager post at UVA Wine Bar and Cibo Trattoria. But more importantly, he brings a warm smile, and charismatic personality that delighted many a patron during his recent tenure at popular Divino Wine Bar. Prior to his arrival in Vancouver, David presided as Wine Director over Europe’s largest magnum bottle cellar at famed Hospiz Alm resort, an award-winning five star hotel and restaurant in Austria with one of the most sought-after wine collections in Europe. David’s love and enthusiasm for wine and food developed early on in life, and grew exponentially through his years of study in restaurant management – cumulating with the attainment of his Diploma Sommelier. Through hard work and a passion for excellence, David has had the opportunity to work at some of the finest restaurants in Europe such as Guarda Val, Du Théâtre les Vins and Concerto prior to his prestigious appointment at Hospiz Alm. Focused on providing exceptional service and memorable experiences for his guests, David’s aim is to make Cibo and Uva the “go to” place in downtown Vancouver for exceptional food and wine– whatever the occasion.

Another bright star recently added to the award-winning UVA team is well-respected and local Vancouverite David Bain – formerly from acclaimed West Restaurant in Vancouver. David Bain brings energetic passion and exquisite skill behind the bar, resulting in a varied collection of wonderfully concocted ‘craft’ cocktails for UVA patrons to enjoy. His love for the industry was ignited as a teenager, and further developed through years of hard work at many of Vancouver’s top restaurants like Blue Water Café + Raw Bar, Brix, Chow, West and Fiction. David – being an adventurous spirit – seized the opportunity to travel to Australia where he worked at Harvest in Perth and Taxi Dining Room in Melbourne before returning to Vancouver. David, an industry favorite, thrives on drawing on the expertise of his colleagues and, above-all, is dedicated to sharing his positive energy, product knowledge and cutting-edge technique with his guests.

BC’s bounty shines this spring at Cibo Trattoria, with a special spring lamb dinner taking place on April 22nd and 23rd. For $48 per person (add $36 for wine pairings), guests will enjoy a rustic five-course menu crafted by Cibo’s talented Executive Chef Neil Taylor. Dishes include bruschetta of buffalo mozzarella, smashed fresh chickpeas, pecorino and mint; “asparagus milanese” with fried duck egg, chili, parmesan and e.v.o. oil; risotto of stinging nettles with gorgonzola, marjoram, butter and parmesan; spring lamb with vignole of peas, artichokes, prosciutto and mint; and “zuppa inglese”-trifle of rhubarb, vanilla, sponge cake and mascarpone. Seating is limited for this special menu; as such, reservations are recommended by calling David Fert at 604-602-9570.

UVA Wine Bar
Located adjacent to the lobby of the Moda Hotel and steps from the Orpheum Theatre, UVA epitomizes the spirit of its location in Downtown Vancouver’s arts and cultural district. Striking-yet-inviting décor sets a bold statement. The elegant modernism of its interior design combined with the building’s historical elements — such as its delicate 1908 terrazzo floors — creates a vibrant setting. Espresso bar by day, wine bar by night, UVA was named the Gold recipient in the Best Bar/Lounge category at the 2010 Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards.

UVA Wine Bar is located at 900 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC. For more information please call 604.602.9570 or visit www.uvawinebar.ca.

Cibo Trattoria
Cibo Trattoria specializes in authentic Italian cuisine made with same-day fresh and local ingredients. Cibo’s unique list of rustic dishes has been created by celebrated Executive Chef Neil Taylor to provide Vancouverites and visitors to Downtown Vancouver with a truly distinctive yet casual dining experience. With handpicked wine collections of varied and unique vintages, guests are ensured an exquisite wine pairing to complement their sumptuous meal. Cibo was voted best new restaurant in Canada in 2009 by enRoute and Where magazines.

Cibo Trattoria is open for dinner nightly from 5:00 pm Monday to Saturday and is located off the Moda Hotel Vancouver lobby at 900 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC. For more information please call 604-602-9570 or visit www.cibotrattoria.com.

UVA by Day

Chic Wine Bar Now Serves Italian-Inspired Breakfast and Lunch

Award-winning UVA Wine Bar, located in the chic Moda Hotel, is pleased to announce the expansion of its menu with a range of Italian-inspired breakfast and lunch fare. Espresso bar by day, wine bar by night, UVA was named the Gold recipient in the Best Bar/Lounge category at the 2010 Vancouver magazine Restaurant Awards.

Guests are invited to savour seasonal ingredients in Chef Neil Taylor’s daily lunch features (think local fish and fresh pasta), or tuck into a three-course set lunch for $26.00. The à la carte menu showcases dishes such as agnoli stuffed with chicken and smoked pancetta, sage butter and parmesan, roast sockeye salmon, rapini and vin cotto and vanilla pannacotta with blueberries and grappa. As with the dinner menu in Cibo Trattoria, the menu changes daily with Italian inspired dishes made with same-day fresh and local ingredients. Lunch is served Monday through Friday from 11am – 2pm.

Along with its new lunch offerings, UVA has also introduced an Italian breakfast menu available from 7am – 11am Monday through Friday, and on Saturday and Sunday from 7am – 2pm. Dishes such as pannetone french toast with bourbon barrel aged maple syrup and prosciutto di san danielle with bio-dynamic eggs can be savoured. And because no Italian caffè would be complete without espresso, UVA is pleased to serve Caffè Umbria’s Gusto Crema Blend, a classic Italian medium roast.

Located adjacent to the lobby of the Moda Hotel and steps from the Orpheum Theatre, UVA epitomizes the spirit of its location in the heart of downtown Vancouver’s arts and cultural district. Striking-yet-inviting décor sets a bold statement. The elegant modernism of its interior design combined with the building’s historical elements, such as its delicate 1908 terrazzo floors, creates a unique-yet-vibrant setting that must be experienced.

UVA Wine Bar is located at 900 Seymour Street, Vancouver BC / Phone: 604.602.9570 / www.uvawinebar.ca

Vancouver Restaurant Awards 2010

From Van Mag….Our panel of 19 experts judged scores of rooms to determine the best restaurants in and around Vancouver. They recognized both established rooms and upstarts that have made a virtue of the new economy

Our panel of 19 experts judged scores of rooms to determine the best restaurants in and around Vancouver. They recognized both established rooms and upstarts that have made a virtue of the new economy

Click on the categories below to read the judges’ comments and see the winners

2010 Winners

Restaurant of the Year Italian Formal Korean North Shore
New Restaurant Italian Casual Thai Whistler
Regional European (Other) Vietnamese Victoria
Seafood Chinese Formal Asian (Other) Vancouver Island
Small Plates Chinese Casual Indian Okanagan
Bar/Lounge Dim Sum Americas Winery/Vineyard Dining
French Formal Japanese Formal Casual Chain Service
French Casual Japanese Casual Steakhouse/Chops Last Course






Special Awards

Chef of the Year  

Lifetime Achievement 



Bartender of the Year 


Premier Crew  

Green Award 



Producer of the Year 


Ingredient of the Year  

Interior Design 



Worth the Drive 


Resort of the Year  

Meet the Judges 



How We Did It