Category: Openings

Opening parties at bars, cafes, cook stores, markets and restaurants around the city.

Opening The Portside Pub

Last night I attended the opening party of The Portside Pub in Gastown.  This is Gastown’s newest pub and music venue, a historic, three-level, Portside Pub located at 7 Alexander Street has been built with the traditional east coast pub…

The Wine Bar Opening

Last night I attended the opening party of The Wine Bar which is adjacent to Provence Marinaside in Yaletown. The Wine Bar at Provence is a place where you can drop by for a glass of wine, have a light…

Forage Opening

Last night December 3rd, I attended the opening party of Forage the new restaurant in the Listel Hotel on Robson. Chef Chris Whittaker talked paying homage to past tradition, finding exceptional local fare through farmer and fisher folk, preserving seasonal…

East of Main Cafe Opening

Last night November 19, I attended the opening party of East of Main Café in Chinatown. Owned by sister Maureen Webb and Donalda Weaver, they were both on hand to greet the guests. Guests were treated to selection of 5…

The Fish Shack Opening

On October 24th, I attended the opening party of The Fish Shack, the newest restaurant from the Glowbal Group. Housed in the former Sanafir location, the soaring 100-seat space has been completely transformed to reflect the casual new offer. BOX…

Tap & Barrel Opening

On October 9th, I attended the opening party celebration In The Village on False Creek. The location has one of the best views of the city along with two large outdoor patios, one on the main floor and the other…

CocoaNymph Opening Party

CocoaNymph held an all-day opening party yesterday to launch their 2nd location on the East side, for Chocolate lovers to unite. I visited and toured the café and the new space, musicians were entertaining guests in the café, while people…

Killjoy Cocktail Tavern Opening

On June 28, Killjoy Bar in Yaletown hosted a VIP reception to celebrate its grand opening. I was pleased to attend, as it was a great opportunity to find and try highlights of the culinary options featuring high end meats…

Minami Restaurant Opening

Last night June 21st, I attended the opening party of Minami Restaurant in Yaletown. Seigo Nakamura was on hand to greet guests and speak as he welcomed guests to his 2nd restaurant in Vancouver, his company also owns 8 restaurants…

Fable Kitchen Opening

Last night, May 31st, I attended the opening party of Fable Kitchen located on 4th Avenue in Kitsilano. Chef Trevor Bird, appearing on this second season of the popular reality series Top Chef Canada, with front of house partners Ron…

Le Parisien Opening

Last night, April 5th, I attended the opening party of Le Parisien, located on Denman in the heart of the West End. Le Parisien is owned by John Blakeley, who also owns Kitsilano’s Bistro Pastis. Guests were treated to red…

French Made Baking Opening

Last night, March 26th, I attended the media opening party of French Made Baking, located just North of Broadway on Kingsway in EastVan. French Made Baking is owned  by husband and wife team David and Catherine, who started off doing…

Max’s Burgers Opening

Last night, January 17th, I attended the media opening party of Max’s Burgers, located across the street from Whole Foods on Cambie and 8th Avenue. Max’s Burgers is the brainchild of Chef Connor Butler (Connor Butler Restaurant, C, Pearl on…

Chewie’s Opening

Last night, December 14th I attended the opening party of Chewie’s Steam and Oyster Bar in Kitsilano. Media guests were treated to a sit down dinner party where we could order anything we wanted off the menu and try as…

Founders Lounge Opening

Last night November 28th I attended the opening party for the Founders Lounge at The Cultch. Guests were treated to small plates and wine selections, a taste of the menu offerings. East Vancouver’s highly respected Two Chefs and a Table…

Dunn’s Famous Opening

On Tuesday November 15th,  I attended the opening party of Dunn’s Famous Restaurant in Vancouver. This Montreal based deli was founded in 1927 and there Vancouver restaurant is the first to open in Western Canada. Guests were treated to Montreal…

Chinois Restaurant Opening

On Wednesday, November 9th I attended the opening party of Chinois Restaurant in Yaletown.  Proprietor Peter Girges of Rocksglass Concepts was on hand to greet media and other invited guests as they opened Yaletown’s only Chinese restaurant. The menu is…

Black+Blue Opening

On Friday, October 28th I attended the opening party of Black+Blue on Alberni Street in downtown Vancouver.  Proprietors Emad Yacoub and Shannon Bosa Yacoub share a passion for classic-style dining with their Black+Blue, a new steak-centric restaurant. From juicy steaks…

Xi Shi Lounge at Shangri-La Opening

Last night, I attended the opening party of the new lobby lounge located inside the Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver. Xi Shi Lounge is a tribute to the ancient Chinese goddess of the Lotus Blossom, Xi Shi, and their own Shangri-La heritage,…

Thierry Opening

On Tuesday, September 27th I attended the opening party for Thierry on Alberni Street in downtown Vancouver. It’s owned by Thierry Busset and Jack Evrensel who are partners in the tasty project. Jack is also the President of Top Table Group….

Revolver Coffee Opening

On Wednesday, August 31st I attended the opening party for Revolver Coffee on Cambie Street downtown Vancouver. It’s operated by brothers John, Matti, Chris, and George Gianniakos who are 4 passionate brothers who share a true love for the bean;…

Frankie’s Italian Kitchen Opening

Last night I attended the opening party for Frankie’s Italian Kitchen on Beatty Street downtown Vancouver. As Guests arrived they were served a glass of Prosecco and served canapés of salmon tartare, ahi tuna puffs and more. A pasta station…

Bistro 101 Opening

On Tuesday I attended the re-opening of Bistro 101 at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts that has reopened after a complete renovation of the space at Granville Island. The room is now elegant, with comfy bar stools and seating throughout,…

Tableau Bar Bistro Opening

Last night I attended the opening party for Tableau Bar Bistro, that opens today connected to the Loden Hotel on Melville in downtown Vancouver. The beautiful room by local interior designer Franco Avignoni is going to become a people watchers…

The Bibo Italian Restaurant Opening

On Tuesday night March 15th, I attended the opening party for The Bibo Italian Restaurant in Kitsilano. Once inside a wide selection of Antipasti was being served to the invited guests and media, red and white Italian wines poured Montepulciano…

Rouge Opening

On January 27th, I attended the opening party of Rouge that saw a few hundred people mingle over cocktails, shots, wine and passed around bites. Rouge Event Lounge is located at 1240 Richard St. Vancouver, BC and online at www.rougeeventlounge.com…

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