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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 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
Now brought to you by Scout Magazine. In this special Covid-19 episode we brought on Abdallah (Dallah) El Chami of Victoria's Superbaba to discuss the Vancouver Food and Beverage Relief Fund he and couple of his friends recently started. With so many of us in the industry struggling with this current way of life, we were eager to hear Dallah's thoughts on how he and his fellow local restaurateurs were and are handling this pandemic. We waxed on the stresses of paying rent, keeping and maintaining staff, what their relief fund has set out to achieve, insights into those who've been affected and much much more. Whether you're a restaurant owner or employed in this industry, we urge you to listen if you're searching for answers, as we touch on a broad spectrum of topics relating to this pandemic. Dallah was very candid and open about the struggles restaurants are now facing. If you are in need of assistance, applications for the Vancouver Food and Beverage Relief Fund are now open. Please do apply. https://www.vanfbc.comThere's also a Slack thread you can join as well if you'd like to stay up to date and connected with other restaurateurs in the community. The link is on the website. Superbaba is an excellent Mediterranean restaurant in Victoria. Do look to support them once they re-open. https://eatsuperbaba.com/restaurant-menu***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 they just launched this past year 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
Hello fellow isolators and welcome to the Midrange Group Chat. Today, some of the members of the Midrange team got together remotely to talk about pretty much whatever came to mind. This round we are joined by Mickey, Jamie, Dan, and Tristan. While there is some unavoidable speculation regarding what will come from this new way of life, the team tries to focus on some potential silver linings of what the world will look like on the end of the quarantine. How will we behave around each other, what standards will we hold our leaders to, how will we view the role and context of the economy? Elsewhere the team discusses the joys of making mixtapes, our ideal dream team of fellow quarantine buddies, and Dan's plants. They are great. find the episode on the Apple Music and Spotify pages for both Beats on Repeat and Track and Food, as well as on Midrange. Thanks friends!
Brought to you by Scout Magazine. In light of our current social and economic circumstances due to the Covid-19 virus, we wanted to reach out to our close friends in the community and chat with them on how they are dealing with this pandemic. First up today is our loyal friend James Iranzad of Gooseneck Hospitality. If you don't know James, you probably know of his restaurants. Think Wildebeest, Bufala (Kerrisdale and Edgemont), Lucky Taco and Bells & Whistles. With his knowledge and intimate proximity to the restaurant industry as a restaurateur, his insights were ones we wanted to hear from. We waxed on our own personal experiences so far, government response, community engagement, what we should do next and much much more. Have a listen as we hope, if anything, this episode may give you some answers, a reprieve from any anxiety you may be feeling or just something to listen to.  Below are some links to a few of the things/topics we discuss. Stay healthy everyone. We'll be back with more soon. The New York Times article Jamie brings up. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/20/opinion/coronavirus-pandemic-social-distancing.htmlThe F&B Community Relief Fund James brings up. https://www.vanfbc.com/?fbclid=IwAR1oFHbOg6ZBuJbPerPeKrR16tOfW4Gp9TSE5fSHjosCko7S4dJrw7M6r18https://breakingbreadnow.comhttp://mindthebar.com**http://www.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 they just launched this past year 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. We were originally going to push this episode due to the current global pandemic of Covid-19. We thought it seemed trivial to release this now, with so many of us facing personal and economic uncertainties. However, we've had a few of you (thanks for your support) inquire if we had an episode coming soon. This has led us to believe that you're either bored and in need of something to listen to or that you really enjoy our show. We're going to go ahead and assume it's the latter. Therefore, with that in mind, we've decided to release this episode. It's a beautiful day and well you might just need something to keep you occupied as you clean your house for the 10th time in the past two days and luckily for you, this is a fantastic episode. We recorded it a few weeks back. Chef Angus An is someone we've wanted on for sometime now. He has a new cookbook coming out soon, 'Maenam, A Fresh Approach To Thai Cooking', out on May 5th to be exact, and we wanted to talk about it, how it came about and why you should look to purchase it. We also waxed on his career as a chef, from his days in Europe and Montreal to opening Gastropod back in 2006. Angus was very open about that experience and how it led to the opening of Maenam and his subsequent restaurants afterwards, with Fat Mao being one of our favourites. If you love food, hospitality and want to learn more about owning and running a restaurant, this episode is for you as Chef Angus distills plenty of insight. We hope you enjoy it. We'll be back with more content over the coming days as we look to begin recording remotely via phone. We have some excellent guests lined up who are itching to discuss this global pandemic and what it means for us as a society and our restaurant industry as a whole. Do keep an eye out. **The link below will give you all the details on Angus' new cookbook, 'Maenam, A Fresh Approach To Thai Cooking.' http://chefangusan.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 they just launched this past year 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 winemaker Tyler Harlton of Summerland’s TH Wines and GM James Langford-Smith of Chinatown staples Bao Bei and Kissa Tanto. We waxed on all things hospitality, running small businesses, natural wine and its ethos and much much more. Jamie was excited to delve deep into Tyler’s wine style as he quickly realized that his inspiration as a winemaker was rooted from a deep appreciation for all things Loire, which happens to be Jamie’s favourite wine region. Think delicious Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, and Rose. James brought a unique perspective we were game to explore as we wondered how he balanced the dual role of running two of Vancouver’s best restaurants. His passion for hospitality really shone through as he maintained steadfast that his approach was built upon those of whom he employs as they are the foundation for everything they’ve been able to build and succeed with. This was a fun episode with many laughs. James and Tyler were great. We hope you enjoy it. **TH Wines can be found at Kissa Tanto, Bao Bei, Wildebeest, Kits Wine Cellar and a few other spots around Vancouver. Check their website for more info. thwines.comTyler is from Saskatchewan. People from Saskatchewan are rad. **Bao Bei just celebrated their 10-year anniversary. It’s one of Vancouver’s best restaurants. Think beautiful cocktails and delicious Chinese fare. We highly recommend it. Plus you can get a Pina Colada there all year round. Win Win!bao-bei.ca**Kissa Tanto is just around the corner from Bao Bei. It’s one of the most beautiful rooms in Vancouver. Their theme is 60s Tokyo bar with a Japanese/Italian menu. The food is unreal. Jamie especially loves their Organic Half Chicken. Again, we highly recommend it. kissatanto.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 they just launched this past year 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
In this episode, Jamie and Mickey chat with Peter Van de Reep of Campagnolo Upstairs. Recently crowned BC's Best Sommelier, they were excited to discuss his win, how it unfolded and what his thoughts are about competing at Nationals next fall. Peter also dishes on his start in the industry, his love for hospitality and much much more. Gracious, with a calm demeanour, it was fun having Peter on as he’s definitely become a large fixture within Vancouver’s hospitality industry. If you love wine, this is the episode for you. Do enjoy! **Campagnolo Upstairs is located just outside Chinatown, on Main Street. Definitely check it out. They’re currently shortlisted as a finalist for Vancouver Magazines Best Bar of the year.https://www.campagnolorestaurant.ca/upstairs-campagnolo/
In our final episode of 2019 we were thrilled to bring on current Mackenzie Room Wine Director and soon to be General Manager of the Mackenzie group’s second restaurant, Say Mercy, one Mr. Cody Dodds. A good friend of Jamie’s, Cody gave us the goods on what diners should expect from Say Mercy as we cover the restaurant’s philosophy, style and what they aim to produce. Trust us, it looks to be fantastic. From there, we were excited to pick his brain on his love of wine, restaurant reservations ideas and much much more. This was by far one of our best chats this year and a great one to end the year and decade on. We hope you enjoy it. Say Mercy will be located up on Fraser Street. They aim to open by mid to late January. Scout Magazine did a feature on them. Have a read to learn more. https://scoutmagazine.ca/2019/12/09/say-mercy-opening-soon-on-fraser-street/Cody also did a wine feature for Jamie on Scout as well. Do check it if you’re looking for delicious BC wines to try. https://scoutmagazine.ca/2019/10/02/picking-grapes-with-cody-dodds-of-powell-streets-mackenzie-room/Also, if you’ve never been to The Mackenzie Room, do go! It’s the best. Make sure you try The Chicken of the Sea. Delicious! http://www.themackenzieroom.comhttps://instagram.com/saymercyyvr?igshid=18wgsg7afjcpvhttps://instagram.com/themackenzieroom?igshid=1uxv7fk5ryqqx
In this episode, we brought on our good friend and bartender extraordinaire, Max Curzon-Price of Botanist in the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel. We were excited to chat with him about his latest project, Hive of Apiarists, which he’s launched in conjunction with his award-winning cocktail, Plight of the Bumblebee. This project started after Max recently won the Bacardi Legacy Canadian title this past fall and as such he will be competing in the global finals in Puerto Rico in January. With an emphasis on sustainability as well as a desire to give back, Hive of Apiarists is an initiative of which we are firmly behind as Max wants to raise awareness for our troubled bee stocks. We let him wax on about this as there was plenty we did not know. From there we chatted plenty about the Vancouver community, a bit of current events, and then we hit Max with a few speed round questions. This was a fun one as Max has himself a fantastic sense of humour, something Mickey immediately took to. Some locker room talk definitely took place. We hope you enjoy this one as much as we did. Max is also the last of the triumvirate to come on the pod from the award-winning team behind the Bols Around the World Global title, as we’ve already had on Grant Sceney and Jeff Savage. Have a listen to their episodes if you haven't already. If you want to find and try his cocktail, Plight of the Bumblebee is now being served at various cocktail bars around Vancouver and around the world. Do check out their website to find out more. You can find Max most nights behind the bar at Botanist. Go visit him. It's fantastic. botanistrestaurant.com
In this episode, we couldn’t help but bring on for a second time our good friend Shaun Layton. Shaun sat with us a little over a year ago to discuss the imminent launch of his new restaurant, Como Taperia. It thrilled us back then that he wanted to chat and talk about what he had in store for us as a city as we no doubt knew his venture would be fantastic. Well one year in, we can confidently say that we were not wrong in our initial assessment. Como came out with a bang and we love it. Beautiful room. Delicious food. Excellent atmosphere. They’ve hooked us since day one. Also, let’s just say we haven’t been the only ones to feel this sentiment as Como was recently awarded runner up status on EnRoute’s coveted Best New Restaurant list. Amazing stuff! For this one we wax on what a year it’s been for Shaun and his team, the experience of EnRoute, goals for the coming year, restaurant philosophies and a bit of Vancouver dining culture. This was a fun time. Shaun is endearing and very candid. We hope you enjoy it. ** If you’ve never heard of Shaun, you might have seen him in the past behind the bar at either Juniper or L’Abattoir. He’s a past recipient of Vancouver Magazine’s Bartender of the Year Award. Como Taperia is located in Mount Pleasant. They’re open nightly seven days a week. They have an excellent happy hour. We recommend that you try the Bamboo Martini. www.comotaperia.com
In this episode, we brought on our good friend and overall great guy, Bar Manager Jeff Savage of Botanist. We’d like to say that Jeff’s definitely had himself a year as he was not only part of the winning team that took home the Bols Around the World Global Title but that he was also crowned the Diageo World Class Canadian Champion. To top both of these achievements, Jeff just arrived back from Glasgow where he was runner up in the Diageo World Class Global Final. We repeat, he came 2nd in the world!! What an accomplishment for himself, Team Canada, Vancouver and his Botanist team. With that, we were thrilled that he accepted our invitation to come on the pod and discuss his achievements, his process and much much more. If you enjoy cocktail culture, this is the episode for you. We also wax on the Vancouver restaurant scene and bit of current events. We hope you enjoy this one as much as we enjoyed recording it. FYI: You can find Jeff most days manning the bar of Botanist in The Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel. If you’ve never been, go say hello. It’s fantastic. botanistrestaurant.com
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