Food Notes

Moon Festival Celebrations at the Pan Pacific Vancouver

Moon Cakes are traditionally given to friends and family members as a token of friendship, longevity and good luck. The Pan Pacific Vancouver will present their unique Ice Wine Moon Cake to each guest at the Moon Festival Sunday Brunch, September 19.  The lavish buffet will feature the luxury hotel's most popular items including fresh seafood, carved Alberta beef, omelets made to order as well as specialties from China, Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia and Korea.

Sunday Brunch, September 19 at 11:30am – 2:30pm

Entertainment: The Golden Pearl Trio

Brunch: $49 per person, taxes additional

For reservations and information please call 604-895-2480.

Le Gavroche is celebrating with a special Wild Mushroom menu

What: The three-course menu is available for $35, with wine pairings available           for an additional $25.00 .

When: Now till September 19.

Reservations can be made on OpenTable, or by calling the restaurant at

604.685.3924.  www.legavroche.ca

About Le Gavroche

Opened in 1978, Le Gavroche is one of Vancouver’s longest-standing fine-dining establishments, offering award-winning French cuisine in a relaxed, intimate atmosphere. For decades, the setting of Le Gavroche has charmed Vancouverites and travellers alike and has garnered international attention as one of Vancouver’s most romantic dinner settings. The gently refurbished Victorian house (circa 1910’s) features views of the Coastal Mountains and Coal Harbour from the upstairs terrace and a cozy fireplace for those cold winter evenings.

Fall Line up of renowned chefs at Barbara Jo’s

Autumn is just around the corner and this season Barbara-Jo's Books to Cooks has a fantastic line up fascinating and delicious events where they celebrate authors and their new books. They are pleased to have renowned culinary celebrities such as Madhur Jaffrey and Bob Blumer visit. As part of their autumn schedule, local chefs such as Robert Belcham, Don Letendre and Quang Dang will cook from amazing and beautiful published works. Their schedule will also take them to the far corners of the world including Italy and Vietnam. Their popular Saturday Baking Series returns with all new books and baking topics and techniques.

Barbara Jo'll be adding new and exciting events to our Autumn Schedule every week including a few interesting surprises so be sure to visit www.bookstocooks.com often. Register by calling 604-688-6755. 1740 W.2nd Ave. Vancouver.

News from SWEENEY’S of Yaletown

Executive Chef Glenn Saunders and his team are making even more magic with their convection oven. From 5pm nightly, Sweeney's offers a new dinner menu – with table service - rewarding the adventurous who fearlessly tread the mean streets of NOHE with a surprising range of items. Using local ingredients wherever possible, often organic or natural, starters include a refreshing yellow tomato gazpacho and a salad composed of spot prawns, cherry tomatoes, black olives and barrel feta with a yuzu lime dressing.  Mains include the now famous lunchtime staple, meatloaf sandwich (strong enough for a man but made for a women), as well as Peace Valley lamb sirloin and a tostada made with Fraser Valley pork tenderloin.  Guests can cap off dinner on our micro patio with cappuccino mousse topped with Guinness foam.  

They could talk about their, always double shot, Salt Spring coffee but instead they’d talk about what they want you to drink with your meal – Choose a beer from a unique list put together by Barry Benson, the 'B', in R&B Brewing, or some wine from Sweeney’s brief and concise wine list. With an emphasis on quality and value, bottles top out at $30 and all our wines are available in 100 ml (perfect for lunch time or that “just another half a glass would be perfect”) and 200 ml servings as well.

Sweeney’s, a scrappy independent restaurant in Yaletown. Don’t blink or you'll miss it.  1091 Hamilton Street, Vancouver. 604-689-4505 www.sweeneysyaletown.ca  

Commune Café opens for business

COMMUNE CAFE, providing Vancouverites with a unique experience in quality casual dining is now opened at 1002 Seymour St. in downtown Vancouver. 

Chef Tina Fineza (Flying Tiger, Les Faux Bourgeois, La Taqueria) has developed an all day menu for COMMUNE CAFE showcasing local, seasonal and fresh items sourced from Vancouver’s abundant small producers, farmers, butchers & bakers. Look for standouts such as house made Porchetta panini with mozzarella, smoked paprika aioli and roasted peppers; Sangak Iranian Flatbread Pizza with caramelized onion, crème fraiche, bacon; Wild Oregon Pink Shrimp with tarragon mayonnaise on Goldilocks brioche hoagie; and Lemon Roasted Fraser Valley Chicken, kalamata & green olives, tomato, feta & orzo.

Rawlinson (C, Au Petit Chavignol) has put together a team of counter service staff to showcase an A- list of wines from smaller British Columbia wineries, top Canadian Craft beers and a neat package of Coffees from 49th Parallel and Premium Loose Leaf Teas from Shaktea will round out the beverage program.

The Award-Winning Designer, Evoke International, has created a contemporary space to include 26 seats inside (including a large communal table) and another 24 on a beautiful street side patio. The design of Commune Cafe utilizes light woods, recycled felt upholstery, cork pendants, custom wood tables and bright red chairs to create a contemporary and inclusive room. The space is organized around the service counter, with large food display units and menu boards viewable from any location. A large scale, vibrant Miro-inspired mural depicts a time when the cafe was the hub of social life and the inspiration for the exchange of ideas and creativity.

COMMUNE CAFE is committed to using sustainable Producers; being 100% Oceanwise and a member of Green Table Society.

COMMUNE CAFE as a counter service Cafe will be serving the Vancouver Community, 7 days per week for breakfast, lunch and late night dinners.

T. 604.681-2551 F.604-681.2552   www.communecafe.ca   info@communecafe.ca

An Evening with the Duke of Wellington

Save the date for an evening of pithy cheers, silly hats and Beef Wellington in honour of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (November 14th, 1769 to September 14th, 1852). Arthur Wellesley was a soldier, a statesman and a leading military and political figure of the nineteenth century. Although there has been many  Dukes of Wellington since, only he is referred to as “The Duke of Wellington” – He is credited with inventing the rather decadent Beef Wellington and this night, Hamilton Street Grill will both celebrate and serve that decadent dish in a special dinner. 604-331-1511 www.hamiltonstreetgrill@telus.net

When: Tuesday, September 14th

Where: 1009 Hamilton Street, Yaletown.

Cuisine d'Été at Bistro Pastis closes with end-of-summer flavours from Auvergne and Gascony

What: Bistro Pastis concludes its culinary ramble through France in the Auvergne and Gascony. The Massif Central, the rugged terrain of central France, informs the flavours of this region. Here are fast flowing streams fed by the Alps and sparse hills where sheep graze. Flavours here are big, bold and rustic. Look for Trout, succulent Lamb and Duck Confit. The dinner, like the season, ends with a touch of sweetness as you linger over a final digestif and relish the last of the red wine-marinated strawberries. As our summer draws to a close, you’ll be left with many happy memories of your virtual culinary tour through France and its Cuisine d’ Été.

When: From now through September 22

Reservations are always a good idea and can be made by calling:

604-731- 5020 or online at www.bistropastis.com

Sunday night family-style dinners at Fraiche

If you love gathering your brood together for a family feast but are less enthusiastic about the preparation and heaps of dishes,  check out Fraiche Restaurant, renowned as one of West Vancouver's most celebrated dining experiences. Fraîche  offers food that celebrates the best of the west coast, steadfast service and inspiring panoramic views. The menu reflects Chef Dino Renaerts' varied experience as one of Vancouver's top chefs, while his sommelier training lends to an evolving wine selection paired to the menu and to great "by the glass" choices.  Fraîche recently received Gold for Best North Shore dining in the 20th Annual Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards and was named one of Canada's Top Ten Best New Restaurants of 2008 by enRoute magazine.  

Sunday Night Dinners at Fraîche are an opportunity for family and friends to sit down, relax and enjoy a hearty, healthy meal together. Skip the shopping, cooking and cleaning and get right to the good stuff - a delicious dinner and quality time with the family. The family-style dinner features three courses with a traditional entrée such as roast beef and a dessert creation made with your family in mind. The menu alternates to feature a variety of family favourites throughout the month.

Every other weekend:  Traditional roast beef with Yorkshire pudding, red wine jus, and house-made horseradish cream.

Alternating weekends:  Chef de Cuisine Carl Wilks selects the best from the butcher. The 3 course family style menu varies to include organic roasted chicken, leg of lamb or pork with crackling. 


$40 per person for adults.

$20 for kids 12 and under, who also get an entertaining goodie bag to help make dinner fun and relaxing for everyone.

Call 604.925.7595 to make reservations or visit www.fraicherestaurant.ca

Location: 2240 Chippendale Road, West Vancouver.