New chefs, new cookbooks, a wine tasting and re-openings
Chef Jason Winton (pictured), formerly of Blue Water and Bacchus, has recently taken over the kitchen at Go Fish, serving Go Fish’s legendary fish and chips by day, swinging into the Gord Martin-inspired seafood tapas and dinner entrees by night. Winton recommends the pan-seared halibut on dungeness crab, whipped potatoes, burnt orange chiptole sauce, sesame wok fried bok choy, or the spot prawn risotto, fresh peas and herbs. (1521 W. Broadway)
Cin Cin has a new executive chef. Andrew Richardson “is a phenomenal talent,” says owner Jack Evrensel. The Newcastle, England native began his cooking career as sous chef under the five-year mentorship of Chef Terence Laybourne at the Michelin-starred 21 Queen Street, and later as head chef at sister restaurant Brasserie 21. He moved to Vancouver in 1999 and was actively involved in the opening of Cioppino’s as executive sous chef, and then took on the same role at West. He further honed his skills at Sooke Harbour House and the Carter House Inn in Northern California before accepting the executive chef role at Araxi. He later returned to Newcastle to open Laybourne’s Jesmond Dene House Hotel, performed a five-week extended stage at The French Laundry, and then moved to Calgary to open the top-rated Blink as part owner. (1154 Robson, 604-688-7338, CinCin.net)
Meeru Dhalwala, co-owner of the award-winning Vij’s and Rangoli restaurants, and a member of the BC Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier, is giving a cooking class based on her most recent book Vij’s at Home — Relax Honey. It’s at the Northwest Culinary Academy (2725 Main) on Monday, May 14 from 6:15 to 10 p.m. Spaces are priced at $99 + HST with the full proceeds going towards Les Dames’ Scholarship Fund. Pre-registration is a must at 604-876-7653. Details at NWCAV.com.
Three BC wineries offering three spring releases and paired with three culinary treats — welcome to Wooing with Wine: A Beautiful BC Wine Tasting Soiree. Hosted by writer and broadcaster Gloria Chang, the evening also features musical guests saxophonist Karla Sleighthome and trumpeteer Langston Raymond. Since Chang is also an aspiring sommelier, she’ll also share what she’s learned about each of the wines as well as a few practical tips on smarter wine buying. It’s June 1 at the Creekside Community Centre. Tickets are $49 right now and $55 closer to the event. To order tickets go to CulinaryAdventures.co.
One of Bistrot Bistro’s customers has written The Book of Kale. Sharon Hanna encourages people to grow this exceptionally nutritious vegetable so they can try out her 80 ways to cook it (and, she insists), love it. The book should be available later this month. Her garden program at Queen Alexandra School was a recipient of the restaurant’s Karma Tuesday funding a few years ago. (1961 West 4th, 604-732-0004, BistrotBistro.com)
Two restaurants have reopened: the Pink Pearl Chinese seafood restaurant (1132 E. Hastings near Clarke, PinkPearl.com) and Aki, a casual Japanese restaurant serving robot grill (1368 W. Pender.)