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Jamie Mah is a writer, bartender and sommelier in beautiful Vancouver B.C. With his co- host Mickey Mcleod they take a comprehensive deep dive into everything food and culture in the city and around the globe.
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Now brought to you by Scout Magazine. What luck it is for me today to discuss today's topic with UBC Professor Edward Slingerland. His latest book which came out on June 1st delves into the world of imbibing and how its purveyance within our world and history has helped shape our modern civilization. The book in question is titled, Drunk: How We Sipped, Danced and Stumbled Our Way To Civilization. It's a fantastic read and often hilarious in it's scope as Professor Slingerland examines our tendency to want to get drunk, how this act has enabled us to trust and cooperate and why this engagement with alcohol has fostered human development. Not to ignore some of drinking's pitfalls and how one ought to be cautious with the negative aspects of drinking too much, especially with regards to distillation, Professor Slingerland details a unique perspective of our fondness for altering our mental state. This is a fantastic chat with plenty of insight. I hope you enjoy. Do buy his book. You won't regret it. https://www.edwardslingerland.comEdward Slingerland is Distinguished University Scholar and Professor of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia, where he also holds appointments in the Departments of Psychology and Asian Studies. Educated at Princeton, Stanford and UC Berkeley, he has taught at the University of Colorado, Boulder, the University of Southern California and the University of British Columbia. Dr. Slingerland is an expert on early Chinese thought, comparative religion and cognitive science of religion, big data approaches to cultural analysis, cognitive linguistics, digital humanities and humanities-science integration. He is the author of several academic monographs and edited volumes from Oxford and Cambridge University Press, a major translation of the Analects of Confucius, and approximately fifty book chapters, reviews, and articles in top academic journals in a wide range of fields, from psychology, cognitive science and linguistics to Asian studies, philosophy, religious studies and international relations. He is the recipient of several book, research innovation and teaching awards. Dr. Slingerland’s broad research goals involve exploring the potential of novel digital humanities techniques, introducing more psychological realism and evolutionary perspectives to cultural studies and philosophy, and getting scientists to understand the importance and value of humanistic expertise—especially when it comes to research areas such as literature, ethics or religion. His first trade book, Trying Not to Try: Ancient China, Modern Science and the Power of Spontaneity (Crown 2014), ties together insights from early Chinese thought and modern psychological research. His second, Drunk: How We Sipped, Danced and Stumbled Our Way to Civilization (Little, Brown Spark June 2021), targets the standard scientific view of our taste for intoxicants as an evolutionary accident, arguing instead that alcohol and other drugs have played a crucial role in helping humans to be more creative, trusting and prosocial, thereby easing the transition from small-scale to large-scale societies.  Dr. Slingerland is also Director of the Database of Religious History (DRH), an online, quantitative and qualitative encyclopedia of religious cultural history, based at UBC and  involving a large international network of postdocs, editors and contributors. As primary investigator, he has received over $11 million in grants to support projects exploring the origins of religion and their role in supporting large-scale societies or developing innovative digital humanities techniques and platforms. Dr. Slingerland also teaches two popular MOOCs on the edX platform on “Chinese Thought: Ancient Wisdom Meets Modern Science” and “The Science of Religion.”
Now brought to you by Scout Magazine. It's always wonderful to chat with individuals who are happy and fulfilled. Today's talk with bartender and budding entrepreneur Alex Black of imminent Blnd Tger was no exception. I've known Alex for many years now as a prominent fixture within the Vancouver hospitality industry. He's worked for some exceptional people and businesses. Most notably Wildebeest, Hawksworth and Nightingale just to name a few. We got on the line the other day to discuss his newest venture, a dumpling shop that will be the front of what used to be Mamie Taylor's. I say front because the back part of the space is still under construction for a different concept all together. Hoping to pay homage to the neighbourhood and their fondness for Chinese dumplings, Black and his team are coming this way with a small 7 dumpling menu with a focused, but fun beverage program.  From what I've gathered, they've done the research and are excited to soon showcase what they've come up with. Can't wait. This chat was fun, informative and completely PG, something he and I often lack when speaking. Enjoy! Sadly, no Mickey. School demands his attention. He apologizes. blndtgerdumplings
Now brought to you by Scout Magazine. There are those who talk and those who do. Tristan Jagger is in the latter camp and Vancouver is better for it. Having launched Vancouver Food Runners at the beginning of the pandemic last year, her charity has helped address and bridge the gap of food waste in the community using innovative app technology. With a roster of over 1,200 volunteers, Vancouver Food Runners has rescued over 275,000 pounds of food, which is equivalent to over 229,000 meals. This is an amazing accomplishment and we were thrilled to chat with her on how this idea came to be, how it works and what's it's been like navigating things during the pandemic along with raising four young children. Tristan is great and delivers with plenty of heart and candidness.  We're confident you'll love this one. If you'd like to become a volunteer for Vancouver Food Runners, just download the app and sign up. It's easy and takes only a few minutes. They'll even send you a free t shirt if you do over 20 deliveries. ***Scout is one of Vancouver’s leading food and culture magazines. If you’re wanting to learn more about the city’s food and cultural sphere with regards to community news, new restaurant openings, essential guides to some of the city’s best offerings as well as who’s hiring, Scout is where you should go. They also have a sister website called Islandist. Same type of content only Island driven. That’s Islandist.ca.We’re proud to have Scout as our presenting sponsor as we believe what they “Scout out” is an excellent compliment to what we’re offering here with Track and Food. Do check them out. scoutmagazine.ca
Now brought to you by Scout Magazine. Now here’s a fun one. Two Chef heavyweights talking collaboration, life during the pandemic, staying upbeat, frustrations with third-party delivery apps and why they both love Chef Peter Ho. First, let’s just call it what it is, Chef and entrepreneur Doug Stephen has been killing it these past few years with his Downlow Chicken brand. Don’t believe me? Just drive on up to Commercial Drive at any time of the day and look for the massive crowd waiting outside for their orders. They’re always busy!!!Doug has been doing just so for years now with his love for this city and the food he wants to provide. Downlow Chicken and Downlow Burgers at The American are gems of the highest order. We’re really stoked he jumped on for this episode. He doesn’t disappoint. Then there’s Chef and Culinary Director Phil Scarfone of Osteria Savio Volpe, Pepino’s Spaghetti House and Cafe La Tana. Don’t sleep on this man and his talent. Jamie has tasted his food numerous times in the past, back when he was at Hawksworth and then at Nightingale and lately at his new homes. The man can cook and from what we learned today, he’s a calm leader who wants to do right by his profession and team. You’d be remiss to think he’d have an ego the size of a three Michelin star chef after coming in second in Top Chef Canada a few years back, but as you’ll quickly see during this interview, he’s laidback and chill. Our kind of guy. Plus he’s a big forager. What’s not to like about that?This episode is great and the boys deliver. We hope you enjoy. **Technical note: When the boys jump on, we had a bit of sound difficulty at the beginning, so the conversation jumps about 30 seconds to Doug explaining his basketball shoe collection after having just purchased a home basketball net. We apologize for this. Life via Zoom? Not ideal but it’ll have to do for now. ***Scout is one of Vancouver’s leading food and culture magazines. If you’re wanting to learn more about the city’s food and cultural sphere with regards to community news, new restaurant openings, essential guides to some of the city’s best offerings as well as who’s hiring, Scout is where you should go. They also have a sister website called Islandist. Same type of content only Island driven. That’s Islandist.ca.We’re proud to have Scout as our presenting sponsor as we believe what they “Scout out” is an excellent compliment to what we’re offering here with Track and Food. Do check them out. scoutmagazine.ca
Now brought to you by Scout Magazine.What an excellent chat. For this one we were very thrilled to have on the President and CEO of the BC Restaurants And Food Services Association, Ian Tostenson, to talk about what his group has done to help the restaurant community during the pandemic. As someone who is at the forefront of communication with the government, Tostenson has a unique perspective and influence over small and large issues regarding restaurant policy and aid. We wanted to learn more of how things get done, what his association aims to do moving forward, his own thoughts on the Corduroy saga from a few weeks back and much much more. Mickey is back and it definitely makes for one of our best episodes. We run through plenty, and we're certain you'll enjoy it. https://www.bcrfa.com"The BCRFA is one of the most respected business organizations in the province. We are your voice to the government, your source for real-time information about key issues facing your business and your resource for excellent value and cost savings. By joining the BCRFA you will become part of the province’s leading business organization. Our programs and industry partnerships are designed to create growth and success for operators like you.As restaurant and food services professionals, we know you are constantly searching for ways to build your bottom line. Our team can introduce you to professional advisors, ideas, and products to strengthen your business while suggesting strategies to deal with existing issues."***Scout is one of Vancouver’s leading food and culture magazines. If you’re wanting to learn more about the city’s food and cultural sphere with regards to community news, new restaurant openings, essential guides to some of the city’s best offerings as well as who’s hiring, Scout is where you should go. They also have a sister website called Islandist. Same type of content only Island driven. That’s Islandist.ca.We’re proud to have Scout as our presenting sponsor as we believe what they “Scout out” is an excellent compliment to what we’re offering here with Track and Food. Do check them out. scoutmagazine.ca
Now brought to you by Scout Magazine. It's been just over a year since the pandemic upended everyone's lives. Some more than others, none probably more so than Chef Alex Sandoval of Le Crocodile. Jamie was intrigued to bring her on today so she could tell her story. As someone who was living her best life, cooking under world renowned Chef Ignacio Mattos at eponymous restaurant Estela in New York City, Sandoval looked to have it all. Then March 15th, 2020 hit and everything changed. Two days later she was on a flight back to Vancouver. Just like that, a dream stolen. A life forever altered. As dour as all that sounds, this conversation is fun and lively as Alex recounts her memories of that time with frankness and honesty. An opportunity was lost but time heals all wounds and she's a Chef at heart. You can feel how much she loves her work and that passion is what drives this industry. Much respect. We hope you enjoy this one!Here's the link to the column Jamie reference's about Alex and Estela. From Grubstreet: When the Restaurants Closed, They Cooked for Each OtherChef Ignacio Mattos had just earned a Michelin star. Now he’s struggling to feed his staff.(Sadly, still no Mickey. Le sigh)***Scout is one of Vancouver’s leading food and culture magazines. If you’re wanting to learn more about the city’s food and cultural sphere with regards to community news, new restaurant openings, essential guides to some of the city’s best offerings as well as who’s hiring, Scout is where you should go. They also have a sister website called Islandist. Same type of content only Island driven. That’s Islandist.ca.We’re proud to have Scout as our presenting sponsor as we believe what they “Scout out” is an excellent compliment to what we’re offering here with Track and Food. Do check them out. scoutmagazine.ca
Now brought to you by Scout Magazine. There isn't much to explain here. Indoor dining has been shelved for three weeks. Probably longer. It sucks. This is going to hurt a lot of restaurants. The boys dispel their feelings. Sadly, co-host Mickey McLeod wasn't able to join due to work commitments. His presence was missed in so many ways. But never fear, this chat has a plethora of commentary and even some healthy banter. It's a great listen. Enjoy!***Scout is one of Vancouver’s leading food and culture magazines. If you’re wanting to learn more about the city’s food and cultural sphere with regards to community news, new restaurant openings, essential guides to some of the city’s best offerings as well as who’s hiring, Scout is where you should go. They also have a sister website called Islandist. Same type of content only Island driven. That’s Islandist.ca.We’re proud to have Scout as our presenting sponsor as we believe what they “Scout out” is an excellent compliment to what we’re offering here with Track and Food. Do check them out. scoutmagazine.ca
Now brought to you by Scout Magazine. This episode is also brought to you by Tullamore Dew Irish Whisky. We partnered with them to help bring awareness for their O'Everyone campaign. You can learn more about it here. Tullamore D.E.W. invites you to create your very own personalized O' Lastname T‑Shirt & Bottle label bundle. 100% of proceeds from merchandise sales on this site are donated to the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion. Unlock the power of your O' Lastname below, put your T‑shirt on, apply your bottle label and raise a glass in support of powerful CCDI initiatives across Canada!Money raised for a good cause. Please drink responsibly. In this episode we were thrilled to bring on two good friends in Conner Joseph of The Diamond and Brandon Frederick of 33 Acres Brewing. Their energy together delighted us as they shared candid insights about life as bartender and chef during a pandemic. How they coped early last year when things shut down, to how they've adapted along the way. Both are passionate about their industry and love what they do. Jamie stands by his ascension that Conner is by far the best bartender in Vancouver. The guy is a machine. Do go watch him. This episode is fun, extremely frank and an overall great listen. Enjoy!The Diamond is a cocktail bar in Gastown. It's been around since 2009. The room is killer. Fun. Energetic. Some of the best cocktails around. We recommend trying their Sidecar. 33 Acres is a brewery in Mount Pleasant. It opened in 2013. The room is chic and minimalist. It's extremely busy. All their beers are delicious. They have a fun side patio. Do try their Darkness. It's a dark lager style of beer. Delicious!***Scout is one of Vancouver’s leading food and culture magazines. If you’re wanting to learn more about the city’s food and cultural sphere with regards to community news, new restaurant openings, essential guides to some of the city’s best offerings as well as who’s hiring, Scout is where you should go. They also have a sister website called Islandist. Same type of content only Island driven. That’s Islandist.ca.We’re proud to have Scout as our presenting sponsor as we believe what they “Scout out” is an excellent compliment to what we’re offering here with Track and Food. Do check them out. scoutmagazine.ca
Now brought to you by Scout Magazine. In this episode we were excited to finally record again (Jamie got sick with Covid for 3 weeks - wank!) as well as chat with Grace Kennedy, the owner of Livlite, Vancouver’s newest zero waste grocery delivery company. Having only been around since August of 2020, we were curious to discuss with Grace why she’d open during this period, how she got Livlite off the ground, the logistics of running a zero waste business, dealing with suppliers, ethics of her decision and much much more. This was a really fun chat, Grace was honest, funny and candid. We learned plenty and loved exploring her business concept but also the ethics of our consumer driven choices. If you’re interested in learning more about the vagaries of going zero waste, but more importantly this great new company, do have a listen. We promise you’ll enjoy it. If you're pressed for time or just want to support a really rad local company, start shopping with Livlite. It's an easy process. They have a great selection of products. CSA bags!!You can find them at livlite.co***Scout is one of Vancouver’s leading food and culture magazines. If you’re wanting to learn more about the city’s food and cultural sphere with regards to community news, new restaurant openings, essential guides to some of the city’s best offerings as well as who’s hiring, Scout is where you should go. They also have a sister website called Islandist. Same type of content only Island driven. That’s Islandist.ca.We’re proud to have Scout as our presenting sponsor as we believe what they “Scout out” is an excellent compliment to what we’re offering here with Track and Food. Do check them out. scoutmagazine.ca
Now brought to you by Scout Magazine. In this episode we were thrilled to not only record again but excited to chat with Tacofino's head of Talent and Culture Taylor Chobotiuk about their Shift Change series on diversity in restaurants. Shift Change began back in 2019 as a new thought experiment by the team at Tacofino. "Shift Change aims to encourage dialogue about issues prevalent in the hospitality industry like gender, diversity and inclusion, mental health and substance dependency in an effort to find meaningful and lasting solutions. At its core, Shift Change looks to support positive and sustainable change for our industry by inspiring people to take action."With a new world order altering how we interact, the series shifted this past fall to a four part webinar series. The first two centred on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for Racialized Groups Within the Industry and Queer Competency for the Hospitality Industry. This coming Tuesday, January 12th will be third instalment in the series. The focus this time around will be on Inclusive Hiring for Food and Beverage Workers on the Autism Spectrum.Registration is free. The talk will be from 3:00pm - 4:30pm PST. You can sign up here. This chat was a lot of fun for us. Taylor's candid and endearing. You can tell he cares. We like that. We need more of this in our society. 2020 sucked. Talks such as these are excellent for our community. Hopefully they have more in the pipeline. We urge you to check out next week's episode. Looks to be a good one. As always, we thank you for all the support this past year. We have plenty on the docket for this year, so stay tuned for more. Enjoy the episode. **What can we say about Tacofino. We adore what they do. They have locations all over Vancouver. Do check them out. We recommend the nachos with a side of several margaritas. We also have a soft spot for their original Vancouver location up on Hastings. The light show there is killer. ***Scout is one of Vancouver’s leading food and culture magazines. If you’re wanting to learn more about the city’s food and cultural sphere with regards to community news, new restaurant openings, essential guides to some of the city’s best offerings as well as who’s hiring, Scout is where you should go. They also have a sister website called Islandist. Same type of content only Island driven. That’s Islandist.ca.We’re proud to have Scout as our presenting sponsor as we believe what they “Scout out” is an excellent compliment to what we’re offering here with Track and Food. Do check them out. scoutmagazine.ca
Now brought to by Scout Magazine. In this fun split episode it thrilled us to bring back on two of our most inspiring previous guests in Max Curzon-Price of Botanist and The Diamond and Dallah El Chami of Superbaba and the Vancouver Food and Beverage Community Relief Fund. We were excited to check in on Max’s new cocktail giving back initiative, Pine and Palm, where he’s engaged the local bartending community into making delicious cocktails for a cause. The first event took place a few weeks back at The Diamond, with a dollar from each cocktail sold being donated to the local downtown Eastside women’s shelter. They raised just over $5000 dollars at this single event. Props to Max and all those who helped make this happened. In seeing the results of his labour, we wanted to discuss with Max where the idea came from, how he sees it developing and when can we look forward to the next night. FYI: It’s Monday, November 2nd at The Diamond. Bartenders Carolyn Yu of OldBird and Nicole Cote of Published will be behind the stick for this one. Follow the Pine and Palm Instagram feed for more information on how you can support this noble cause. Make your reservations now. With Dallah El Chami, we were very excited to chat with him on how the Vancouver Food and Beverage Community Relief Fund was going since the last time we spoke. He dished on their plans for the future, how they plan to give away their funds and much much more. As well, with the imminent arrival of Superbaba on Main Street, we wanted to know more of what was in store for his widely popular middle eastern restaurant. With an aim to open for early November, for take away only to start, Dallah shared with us his philosophies on opening a restaurant, the struggles of COVID-19 and his managerial style. If you work in the hospitality industry in BC and need some financial support, do check out the Van FBC Fund as it’s a resource for you. Act now. That money is there for you. https://www.vanfbc.comAlso, keep your eyes peeled for Superbaba on Main Street. We look forward to sampling an array of their offerings. Follow them on Instagram for all the latest details. ***Scout is one of Vancouver’s leading food and culture magazines. If you’re wanting to learn more about the city’s food and cultural sphere with regards to community news, new restaurant openings, essential guides to some of the city’s best offerings as well as who’s hiring, Scout is where you should go. They also have a sister website called Islandist. Same type of content only Island driven. That’s Islandist.ca.We’re proud to have Scout as our presenting sponsor as we believe what they “Scout out” is an excellent compliment to what we’re offering here with Track and Food. Do check them out. scoutmagazine.ca
Now brought to you by Scout Magazine. It’s a dream we have all wanted at some point or another. Whether you work in the restaurant industry currently or have always wanted to. To open your very own, small, independent restaurant, where you’ll get to connect with your community, local farmers and become a hub for your friends and family is something we all covet. For some of us, this concept remains a dream left untouched, only to be reminded that maybe one day we’ll get there. While for others, those brave enough to attempt the task, this dream can become a reality and even more. Regarding our guest today, as co-owner of Dachi with her partner Stephen Whiteside, Miki Ellis has proven that youthful exuberance, a love of excellent hospitality and a passion for building a community is worth the risk of realizing that dream. We were beyond thrilled that she was game to join us on the podcast today to discuss life at Dachi during COVID-19, how she’s fared personally, adapting to patio life, expectations on where they hope to go, her passion for all things sake and much much more. This was a fun chat, serious at some points, so we hope you enjoy and gain some perspective from this excellent restaurateur. We have so much respect for small independents like Dachi. This city needs more of them. **We apologize for the audio on this one. Virtual recording has its drawbacks. We appreciate your patience and understanding. If you’ve never been to Dachi, we highly recommend you do, especially while the patio is still open. The food is delicious and you’ll find one of the best and most eclectic wine and sake lists in the city. Patio is open Friday - Monday from 12pm - 9pm. They also have great take away, bottle shop and grocer programs set up online. You can order anytime and pickup is available Friday - Monday from 11:30am - 6:30pm. Check out their website for more information. https://dachivancouver.com***Scout is one of Vancouver’s leading food and culture magazines. If you’re wanting to learn more about the city’s food and cultural sphere with regards to community news, new restaurant openings, essential guides to some of the city’s best offerings as well as who’s hiring, Scout is where you should go. They also have a sister website called Islandist. Same type of content only Island driven. That’s Islandist.ca.We’re proud to have Scout as our presenting sponsor as we believe what they “Scout out” is an excellent compliment to what we’re offering here with Track and Food. Do check them out.scoutmagazine.ca
Now brought to you by Scout Magazine. There are few people on this planet who understand viruses and pandemics more than Dr. Bonnie Henry. As BC’s top health officer, her years of experience in dealing with past crises such as Ebola in 2001, SARS in 2003 or H1N1 in 2009 gave her the knowledge to help guide us during COVID-19. With a low transmission rate and an even lower death toll, her efforts have been nothing short of remarkable. We say this knowing full well how important it is to have a unified and stable leader during such a time. What we’ve seen down south in the United States is a cautionary tale of what you don’t want. A clear and consistent voice is not only critical to maintaining public confidence and expectations, but vital when dealing with life and death. With that, we were beyond thrilled that she was free to join us on the podcast to discuss how she’s faring personally, how BC has handled the pandemic so far, thoughts on the restaurant community and their response efforts, expectations moving forward and much much more. We were tight on time as she only had thirty minutes for us so we weren’t able to dig as deep as we might have liked with some topics, but nevertheless, there’s some great stuff here. She’s extremely candid and honest. We’re confident you’ll enjoy this conversation. Additionally, she’s written a fun and timely book that we couldn’t recommend more. It’s titled, ‘Soap and Water & Common Sense: The Definitive Guide to Viruses, Bacteria, Parasites, and Disease.’ Do check it out. Stay safe, everyone. Wash your hands and be nice to each other. Enjoy!***Scout is one of Vancouver’s leading food and culture magazines. If you’re wanting to learn more about the city’s food and cultural sphere with regards to community news, new restaurant openings, essential guides to some of the city’s best offerings as well as who’s hiring, Scout is where you should go. They also have a sister website called Islandist. Same type of content only Island driven. That’s Islandist.ca.We’re proud to have Scout as our presenting sponsor as we believe what they “Scout out” is an excellent compliment to what we’re offering here with Track and Food. Do check them out.scoutmagazine.ca
Now brought to you by Scout Magazine. In this episode, our 50th, it thrilled us to bring on one of the most respected and hard working hospitality veterans in Vancouver, General Manager Leticia Castro of The Diamond. We waxed on all things COVID, reopening her bar, how she’s managed these weird times, staff expectations, her managerial philosophy, stories from the past and much much more. We also dived into some politics of the day, the Black Lives Matter movement and treating others with respect. This was by far one of our funnest chats as Leticia brought much candour and honesty to the conversation. We no doubt expect that you’ll love this one. **The Diamond is one of Vancouver's and Canada's best cocktail bars. If you've never been, do check it out. It sits high above Gassy Jack square in the heart of Gastown. The room is beautiful. You'll no doubt see Leticia's smiling face upon arrival. We recommend ordering a Paper Plane. Delicious. ***Scout is one of Vancouver’s leading food and culture magazines. If you’re wanting to learn more about the city’s food and cultural sphere with regards to community news, new restaurant openings, essential guides to some of the city’s best offerings as well as who’s hiring, Scout is where you should go. They also have a sister website called Islandist. Same type of content only Island driven. That’s Islandist.ca.We’re proud to have Scout as our presenting sponsor as we believe what they “Scout out” is an excellent compliment to what we’re offering here with Track and Food. Do check them out.scoutmagazine.ca
Now brought to you by Scout Magazine.Today’s episode is big for us as we were beyond thrilled to have British Columbia’s Attorney General David Eby on the podcast to discuss the new restaurant and bar wholesale pricing parameters his office released last week. This new pricing, with restaurants and bars receiving 20-25% off what they currently pay, is something the industry has been clamouring for a long time now. Eby expounds on what the specifics are, how long they will be implemented, how this process unfolded and much, much more. This is big news for a restaurant community which has had a rough go of things because of COVID - 19. We cannot underscore how massive this is. These new pricing measures should help many establishments moving forward. July 31st will be a monumental day for the industry. Kudos to David and his team for getting this done. We hope you enjoy this one. David is fantastic. Also, we apologize for the kettle hissing with David's audio. The joys of virtual recording are never perfect. Sadly, we weren't able to fix this. ***Just a note. Jamie accidentally says that the Juneteenth march was on the 17th, when it was in fact the 19th. We apologize for this error. **Here's a link to the press release from last week if you'd like to read more on it. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/liquor-wholsesale-bc-covid-19-1.5614708Here's a link to David's office. He mentions at the end that if you have any questions for his office, that he's more than happy to answer them. We love this. https://www.leg.bc.ca/learn-about-us/members/41st-Parliament/Eby-David***Scout is one of Vancouver’s leading food and culture magazines. If you’re wanting to learn more about the city’s food and cultural sphere with regards to community news, new restaurant openings, essential guides to some of the city’s best offerings as well as who’s hiring, Scout is where you should go. They also have a sister website called Islandist. Same type of content only Island driven. That’s Islandist.ca.We’re proud to have Scout as our presenting sponsor as we believe what they “Scout out” is an excellent compliment to what we’re offering here with Track and Food. Do check them out.scoutmagazine.ca
Now brought to you by Scout Magazine. In this emergency episode, we brought on two of the owners of Mount Pleasant’s Como Taperia, Shaun Layton and Frankie Harrington to discuss all the hoopla surrounding their patio expansion. In a desperate Hail Mary attempt to garner some attention to their plight, they wrote a detailed Instagram post of why they had been turned down by the city of Vancouver. Surprisingly for them, this action received an enormous amount of anger and support from their supporters. This reaction eventually got the city’s attention, where a swift meeting was set up to discuss their situation. This whirlwind of events eventually garnered them what they were looking for. A summer patio license is on the way. Yeah!!We hope you enjoy this episode as Shaun and Frankie detail all these events with much candor and honesty. It’s a lesson to never give up. **Como Taperia is a beautiful Spanish Tapas Bar on Main Street. Go for the food but stay for the Sherry and Cocktails. Patio should be up in the coming weeks. https://www.comotaperia.com***Scout is one of Vancouver’s leading food and culture magazines. If you’re wanting to learn more about the city’s food and cultural sphere with regards to community news, new restaurant openings, essential guides to some of the city’s best offerings as well as who’s hiring, Scout is where you should go. They also have a sister website called Islandist. Same type of content only Island driven. That’s Islandist.ca.We’re proud to have Scout as our presenting sponsor as we believe what they “Scout out” is an excellent compliment to what we’re offering here with Track and Food. Do check them out.scoutmagazine.ca
Now brought to you by Scout Magazine. In this episode it thrilled us to bring on the Editor-in-Chief of our presenting sponsor, Andrew Morrison of Scout Magazine. This is Andrew’s second time joining us on the pod and well similar to his first go around, he didn’t disappoint. We waxed on the state of dining here in Vancouver, his thoughts on the how the pandemic has changed the way restaurateurs have been forced to operate, patio expansions, Vancouver city council letting us down once again and much much more. With his wealth of knowledge and intimate understanding of the local restaurant community, Andrew gave us the goods on a host of topics, especially his fondness for old school rap and hip hop, something he and Mickey discussed in detail. We know you’ll enjoy this one as much as we did. ***Scout is one of Vancouver’s leading food and culture magazines. If you’re wanting to learn more about the city’s food and cultural sphere with regards to community news, new restaurant openings, essential guides to some of the city’s best offerings as well as who’s hiring, Scout is where you should go. They also have a sister website called Islandist. Same type of content only Island driven. That’s Islandist.ca.We’re proud to have Scout as our presenting sponsor as we believe what they “Scout out” is an excellent compliment to what we’re offering here with Track and Food. Do check them out.scoutmagazine.ca
Now brought to you by Scout Magazine. In this episode it delighted us to bring on two prominent hospitality veterans in Paul Grunberg and Romano Castillo. You might recognize these two as the former faces of Gastown’s L’Abattoir, where they helped distinguish that restaurant as being one of Vancouver’s best for many years. However, a few years back, Paul and his partners ventured out on their own to open a trio of new restaurants. First up was Osteria Savio Volpe, an upscale Italian joint with one of the most beautiful dining rooms in the city. Next came Pepino’s Spaghetti House and its sister grocery and coffee bar, Caffe La Tana. All three have emerged as classic representations of old school family dining with the added bonus of top-notch hospitality. Assisting to provide this ideal for Paul and his team is his lead man, General Manager, Romano Castillo, who has help shepherd all three establishments. Because of their longstanding working relationship, we wanted to talk to them about how they’ve dealt with the COVID — 19 pandemic, shifting to delivery and takeout and how they plan to reopen their restaurants to the dining public. We also waxed on the state of the restaurant community as a whole, thoughts on what can be improved, wholesale liquor pricing, patio expansions, past experiences and much much more. This was a fun chat as both men highlight that even though times may seem dour for our restaurant community at present, there’s still space for much optimism. It was refreshing to hear their insights and much needed candor. We hope you enjoy this one as much as we did. **Side note: Mickey was having microphone issues on this one, so he’s barely in this episode. We apologize if hearing Mickey’s witty comments is partly why you tuned in. We’ve sourced the problem and it won’t happen again. Osteria Savio Volpe is located just off Fraser Street and Kingsway. It’s fantastic. We highly recommend you check it out. The restaurant opens to the public today, June 1st. They will continue to offer pick up via Tock to go and delivery via DoorDash. Jamie is super stoked about their Cynar spritz to go bottles. http://www.saviovolpe.comPepino’s Spaghetti House is located on Commercial Drive close to Hastings Street. Dine in is still closed for the time being. However, pick up via Tock to go and delivery via DoorDash are available. Get the Pork Chop!https://pepinos.caCaffe La Tana is located just next door to Pepino’s. It is still closed for dine in service. They are offering grocery delivery on their website. We haven’t tried it yet, but the pizza kit looks delicious and fun. https://caffelatana.ca***Scout is one of Vancouver’s leading food and culture magazines. If you’re wanting to learn more about the city’s food and cultural sphere with regards to community news, new restaurant openings, essential guides to some of the city’s best offerings as well as who’s hiring, Scout is where you should go. They also have a sister website called Islandist. Same type of content only Island driven. That’s Islandist.ca.We’re proud to have Scout as our presenting sponsor as we believe what they “Scout out” is an excellent compliment to what we’re offering here with Track and Food. Do check them out.scoutmagazine.ca
Now presented by Scout Magazine. In this special COVID-19 episode it thrilled us to have on Chambar co-owner Karri Green-Schuermans and our old friend James Iranzad of Gooseneck Hospitality. We wanted to hear them speak about what’s happening on the front lines regarding how the British Columbia government is looking to reopen the restaurant community. As the two lone independent restaurateurs from Vancouver on the 60 something panel of restaurateurs tasked at making this happen, their insights were ones we wanted to hear. In addition, we also wanted Karri to discuss the new Food Coalition initiative she recently started. With an aim of “feeding those with the greatest need, using local food, made by local restaurants,” we wanted to learn more of how this first came about, who it’s intended for and how she hopes to keep it growing. James and Karri discuss this in detail as his restaurant Wildebeest has also jumped on board to help. We also wax on rent assistance for restaurants, government action, taking on more responsibility and life at home during this time. If you’re looking for some clarity to where we currently stand during this pandemic, James and Karri provide plenty of answers here. If you’d like to learn more about the Food Coalition or if you have the means to donate, please visit their website. They hope to keep this going long term, so every little bit helps. foodcoalition.caChambar is one of Vancouver’s most established and respected restaurants. Opened in 2004, it has been a staple on Beatty Street ever since. Think Belgian fare and one of the best beer and wine lists in the city. Do check out their website if you’re looking to grab some delicious food today. We highly recommend the Paella. Yum!chambar.comGooseneck Hospitality is one of Vancouver’s most diverse and respected independent restaurant groups. Headed by James and his partner Josh Pape, they have 5 excellent restaurants we love. Think Bufala (Kerrisdale and Edgemont Village), Wildebeest, Lucky Taco and Bells & Whistles. Currently both Bufala’s and Lucky Taco are available for takeout and delivery, with Bells & Whistles joining the fray this coming Friday May 8th. Do check out their website if you’re hungry for some pizza or burritos today. We cannot recommend the Calabria pizza anymore. It’s the best!gooseneck.ca***Scout is one of Vancouver’s leading food and culture magazines. If you’re wanting to learn more about the city’s food and cultural sphere with regards to community news, new restaurant openings, essential guides to some of the city’s best offerings as well as who’s hiring, Scout is where you should go. They also have a sister website called Islandist. Same type of content only Island driven. That’s Islandist.ca.We’re proud to have Scout as our presenting sponsor as we believe what they “Scout out” is an excellent compliment to what we’re offering here with Track and Food. Do check them out.scoutmagazine.ca
Now presented by Scout Magazine. In this weeks episode it thrilled us to bring on highly respected restaurateur Brandon Grossutti. Owner and operator of Gastown staple Pidgin, we were eager to discuss a new venture he’s been developing, a new “at cost” delivery service called FROMTO.  With so many restaurants struggling to keep their heads above water during this trying time, we wanted to learn more about this new app, how he’s been developing it, when is it slated to be released and much much more. We also waxed about his career in hospitality, running Pidgin for the last seven years, his thoughts on the current climate for restaurateurs and life at home with family. In addition, we also discussed the fantastic New York Times Magazine essay by Gabrielle Hamilton, in which she details at length the struggle she’s gone through to keep her restaurant Prune open during this pandemic. It’s an engrossing article, one we couldn’t recommend enough as she illustrates the brevity of her situation in heartbreaking fashion. Her plight is one we are certain restaurateurs all over the globe can relate too and we wanted to hear Brandon’s thoughts on it as we knew he was probably feeling many of the same emotions she was. We hope you enjoy this episode, Brandon is wicked smart and we cannot wait until his new app is available. Do look for it sometime in mid May. Support local restaurants. Support local businesses. If you’ve never been to Pidgin before, we highly recommend you do once this is over. It’s a gem of a place with a wonderful atmosphere. Think Asian/French cuisine with a Pacific Northwest twist. What’s not to love? In the meantime, do check out their takeout menu as they are offering some delicious fare right now. **If you want to learn even more about Brandon, here's a great interview he recently gave to Michelle Sproule of Scout Magazine. ***Scout is one of Vancouver’s leading food and culture magazines. If you’re wanting to learn more about the city’s food and cultural sphere with regards to community news, new restaurant openings, essential guides to some of the city’s best offerings as well as who’s hiring, Scout is where you should go. They also have a sister website called Islandist. Same type of content only Island driven. That’s Islandist.ca.We’re proud to have Scout as our presenting sponsor as we believe what they “Scout out” is an excellent compliment to what we’re offering here with Track and Food. Do check them out.scoutmagazine.ca
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