YEW seafood + bar collaborates with Lauren Mote
The Sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever. – Jacques Cousteau
Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver and YEW seafood + bar are thrilled to launch the Oceans Program, a global approach to cocktails that honours the world’s five unique oceans and the earth’s many waterways. The new program, which dovetails seamlessly with YEW’s highly successful sustainable seafood focus, is the result of an exciting collaboration with internationally-acclaimed cocktail innovator, Lauren Mote.
Drawing inspiration from the Atlantic, Indian, Pacific, Arctic and Southern oceans, the one-of-a-kind Oceans Program divides 16 original cocktails into four categories designed to complement YEW’s bar, lunch and dinner menus: bright aperitifs for lighter seafood, full-bodied seafood, digestives for heavier protein and regional expression.
“My focus was to create a custom cocktail program that pays tribute to Chef Ned’s determined approach to seafood, while also offering guests a unique and educational way to pair cocktails with food,” said Mote. “Now there’s a drink for every menu, meal, conversation and celebration.”
From historical context to flavour composition, the cocktails are intellectual, complex and engaging. Some early favourites include: the Atlantic Ocean’s
Glacial Snout, celebrating herbaceous moss and smoky peat fires; the Pacific Ocean’s Skookum-Chuk, guiding guests into waters and cultural influences close to Vancouver; the Indian Ocean’s Dhou’s Route, decadently showcasing the historic global spice routes and island influences; and the Arctic and Southern Oceans’ exotic 12 Apostles, delivering a silky palate and burst of flavour.
A highly-respected educator and bartender, Mote has shaped the way Vancouver views and consumes cocktails through her innovative training and consulting programs. As part of the collaboration, Mote also worked with the YEW bar team to introduce new skills, broaden understanding and fuel their passion for beautifully crafted cocktails.
The new Oceans Program cocktails are now available at YEW seafood + bar and will be crafted by YEW’s passionate team of bartenders.