A weekly show about the people, places and issues behind what we eat and drink. Hosted by Anya Levykh.
The Critics’ Choice winners of the Chinese Restaurant Awards are announced, Yuwa Japanese talks patios and summer features, Modern Meat’s plant-based products offer local meat alternatives, and Chambar goes “into the wild.”
DineOut Vancouver is months away, but restaurants need a boost now, and Tourism Vancouver is launching Dine Outside to help restaurants beat the summertime lack of tourism heat. A new nose-to-tail restaurant has opened its doors, chef Justin Cheung celebrates his Malaysian roots with Potluck, and we chat with Fairmont Chateau Whistler about what’s good to eat in the mountains.
After 23 years of award-winning fine-dining service in Burnaby, The Pear Tree is closing its doors—not due to the pandemic, but what is becoming a common refrain…an unmanageable lease increase. In the West End, legendary gay nightclub Numbers has been given a new lease—and patio—thanks to next-door neighbour Marquis Wine Cellars. And Fresh Roots Urban Farms is supporting food security through a unique, virtual farm-to-table dinner.
Gin-based cocktails are the speakeasy drink of summer. We chat with Charles Tremewen of Long Table Distillery about essential cocktails, as well as a new Mexican-Japanese pop-up from Aburi Restaurants and a new sandwich company that’s turning heads.
Miki Ellis of Dachi is a talented sake sommelier and all-around smart lady who appreciates a good gin-based cocktail almost as much as me. This was recorded a ~while ago, but it’s the long weekend and is perfect for summer. Here, she teaches me how to make an elderflower Collins while we sound off about London Dry gins like Hendricks and Long Table, and other flavourful topics. Basically just two goofballs having fun in our respective kitchens.
Summer is officially here, despite the occasional Wet Coast weather, and the heat calls for summer wines and patio sippers, not to mention sweet and savoury recipes for al fresco dining.
Opening a restaurant can be a daunting and harrowing experience at the best of times. Opening one around a global pandemic that has the economy partially shut down can be an act of revolution. A few local restaurants have taken on the challenge and opened, or are set to open, against the odds.
The province has opened up travel to BC residents and lakefront cottages and ferries are filling up quickly. Even the tiny town of Tofino is back open for business, as well as surrounding Indigenous destinations. Find out where you can visit, how to be responsible traveller, which places to check out and which places you should avoid.
As the province gradually reopens, the ongoing demand for all things local and artisanal is ramping up, and local restaurants, co-operatives and other small businesses are answering the call. Those products, and the businesses behind them, are winning awards, receiving support from celebrities and locals, and looking to change the way we shop and eat for the better.