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  • Jun19

    Urban Winery's Steve Thorp and Mike Macquisten
    [Urban Winery's Steve Thorp and Mike Macquisten]

    You’re invited to join the inaugural Wines of British Columbia Perfect Pairings Dinner at Vancouver Urban Winery on Friday, June 28. The first of four dinners to match the seasons and the bounty each provides, these events will offer a unique perspective as guest chefs prepare stunning feasts inspired by locally grown food and wine.
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  • Jun12

    Top Chef Canada Season Finale Party-2

    By now, this article won’t have to carry any spoiler alerts, since the outcome of Top Chef Canada Season 3 was announced on Monday, June 10.
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  • Dec29

    Fable Kitchen Brunch menu

    I confess that it’s been quite some time since my last dinner at Fable Kitchen, so my husband and me decided brunch at Fable was in order, especially given the fact that the Kitsilano restaurant would be closing its doors for the holiday week.

    Fable Kitchen opening-1

    Since their opening last May, Fable has been a pretty busy little restaurant. Chef Trevor Bird has a reason to smile, as he’s likely one of the most talked about and busiest chefs in Vancouver this year. The Montreal native ended Season Two’s Top Chef Canada with runner-up honours.

    On a busy weekend leading to Christmas, we headed over just past the restaurant’s 10:30 am opening. Several tables were already occupied, but we were luckily seated right away at a table within close proximity to Chef Trevor and his team.

    Fable Menu

    The coffees are rich and full of flavour (we ordered Americanos). While my husband decided on the Fable Eggs with rustic bread, lardons, mushrooms, potatoes, kale and tomato jam ($12), I tried the scrambled eggs with Curtis Luk’s brioche, served with sautéed spinach, bacon, and parmesan ($12). Chef Curtis was a fellow Top Chef Canada contestant who’s made his way to Vancouver to join Fable’s culinary team.

    Fable Kitchen/Scrambled eggs, Curtis' brioche, rosti, spinach/bacon, parmesan foam

    This wonderful dish is my primary reason for writing this post and has become hands-down my favourite brunch dish in the city. That foamy parmesan top keeps a cool head above warm scrambled eggs and the rest in the little jar that it’s served in.

    Fable Kitchen/Scrambled eggs, Curtis' brioche, rosti, spinach/bacon, parmesan foam

    From the slightly crunchy, mildly sweet homemade brioche to the fluffy eggs, delightfully herbed rosti with chive butter, and spinach and bacon gracing the eggs, I was in heaven. The layering keeps the eggs at a good temperature while the soft parmesan can top the bread or be eaten with the eggs. Either way, the combination of flavours and textures made this brunch into an experience that I aim to dig into many more times.

    By the way, we were able to purchase a jar of Fable’s slightly sweet, rich tomato jam to take home. We’ve been enjoying it with toast and eggs over the past week. Jars of fruit preserves are also available in a variety of sizes.

    As we headed out, I asked chef Trevor if he has plans to travel back east during Fable’s week off. None whatsoever was his reply, happy to stay close to home and take some much-needed downtime. And then he returned to his mixing bowl, preparing for the morning’s next order.

    Fable Kitchen is located at 1944 West 4th Avenue and will resume regular hours on January 3, serving up dinner from 5:30 pm and weekend brunch from 10:30 am to 2 pm.

  • May17

    Food Talks logo

    Richard Wolak, food writer and founder of both Vancouver Foodster and Taste and Sip Magazine has just launched his latest project: Food Talks. This new series of monthly (for now) social gatherings brings together five speakers of different backgrounds and roles from within the food community in and around Vancouver.

    Gravalax with alfalfa sprouts and wasabi mayo
     
    Richard’s new social gathering is more than hearing great people talk about their passion. It’s also a chance for the community to meet and mingle over delicious appetizers presented by the hosting restaurant/event space while sipping on wine poured by a different featured winery at each event.

    A Q&A will follow each of the talks, allowing participants to benefit from a leading panel of experts. The evening will end with everyone taking home a sweet treat from one of Vancouver’s local bakeries.
     
    The Food Talks series kicks off on June 5 with these five well-known food experts:
    Chef Trevor Bird – Top Chef Canada Competitor and Chef/Owner Fable Kitchen
    Stephanie Yuen – Food Writer and “East Meets West” Author
    Mike McDermid – Ocean Wise Manager at the Vancouver Aquarium
    Roberta LaQuaglia – Operations Manager, Vancouver Farmers Markets
    Hunter J. Moyes – Chef at the Waldorf Hotel, Founder of The Tiffin Project
     
    Appetizers will be prepared by W2 Media Café’s Chef Karen McAthy, while this month’s wine will be provided by Misconduct Wine Co.

    Food Talks
    Date: June 5, 7 pm
    Venue: W2 Media Café and Community Media Arts Centre, 111 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
    Tickets: $30 early bird tickets (until June 1; $40 after June 1) available online
     
    For more details, visit the Food Talks website. The series continues on Tuesday, July 10 at EBO Restaurant (Burnaby), and on Tuesday, August 14 (location to be determined).