Deaf-Dining Comes to Vancouver: New Concept Restaurant Uses Sign Language and Deaf Servers

Photo sourced from Deafined.ca

Photo sourced from Deafined.ca

Vancouver has lots of Mediterranean restaurants. But only one allows you to order your hummus, baba ghanoush and tabbouleh in sign language.

A new concept restaurant in Kitsilano is staffed entirely by deaf servers and encourages guests to communicate in a combination of American Sign Language and written notes. Called Deafined, the restaurant on West 4th Avenue is only the third in North America to focus on hiring deaf or hard-of-hearing staff.

Deafined is the creation of local restaurateur Moe Alameddine, already known for his unique blind-dining eatery Dark Table. Opened in 2012, Dark Table employs blind or visually impaired staff, and patrons eat their meals in complete darkness. With Deafined, he’s set his sights on “promoting American Sign Language and offering employment opportunities fore the deaf and hard of hearing,” while also serving up “exquisite fusion fare in a warm, welcoming environment.”

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Deaf-Dining Comes to Vancouver: New Concept Restaurant Uses Sign Language and Deaf Servers

Calling all Carnivores: Brewery and The Beast 2015 Festival Tickets on Sale Now!

brewery and the beast vancouver 2015

Image sourced from Brewery & The Beast

If the thought of spending an afternoon in the sun eating freshly cooked meat and drinking freshly brewed local beer makes you simultaneously drool and grin, we’ve got great news for you. The incredibly popular Brewery & the Beast Festival will be coming back to Vancouver on Sunday, July 26, 2015.

You can expect an afternoon of sun (hopefully!), delicious meat samples, and refreshing local beer to wash it all down. Tickets for the 3rd annual festival of meat & beer went on sale yesterday, and if you’re hoping to check out the one-of-a-kind culinary experience, it’s probably a good idea to purchase a ticket soon – this event is known to sell out fast!

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Calling all Carnivores: Brewery and The Beast 2015 Festival Tickets on Sale Now!

5 can’t-miss events at Vancouver Craft Beer Week 2015

Photo credit: Two Peas Photography | Vancouver Craft Beer Week on Facebook

Photo credit: Two Peas Photography | Vancouver Craft Beer Week on Facebook

The countdown is on to Vancouver Craft Beer Week, and there’s still time to get your ducks—er, bottle caps–in a row.

The biggest craft-beer festival in Canada starts at the end of this month and runs from May 29 to June 7 with beer-pairing dinners, festival tastings, and party upon party.

Tickets to some of the signature events (such as the Rare Brews & BBQ) have already sold out but, but there are plenty of others to choose from.

Here are five to whet your whistle.

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5 can’t-miss events at Vancouver Craft Beer Week 2015

Reflections at Vancouver’s Rosewood Hotel Georgia Re-Opens for the Much-Anticipated Patio Season

Reflections at Vancouver's Rosewood Hotel Georgia

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May is just around the corner, and you know what that means? Patio season, people!

One luxurious spot that has been drawing a healthy amount of cocktail connoisseurs since opening in 2011, is Vancouver’s al fresco rooftop bar and lounge, Reflections. Continue reading:
Reflections at Vancouver’s Rosewood Hotel Georgia Re-Opens for the Much-Anticipated Patio Season

2015 Vancouver Magazine Awards: City Celebrates its Culinary Scene

Team from Ask for Luigi with John Burns (centre), Editor and Chief, Vancouver Magazine.

Team from Ask for Luigi with John Burns (centre), Editor and Chief, Vancouver Magazine.

Once a year Vancouver’s restaurant industry comes together to celebrate the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, the Oscars of the city’s hospitality industry. This year’s awards had plenty to keep foodies in the city gossiping for months to come –despite big hitters like Hawksworth, Cioppino’s, Maenam and Thomas Haas all (unsurprisingly) holding on to their laurels. The major surprise of the day was the tiny 32 seat Railtown Italian restaurant Ask For Luigi stealing the show by bagging a brace of awards: Best Casual, Best Italian Casual, Best New Restaurant and the much-coveted Best Restaurant of the Year.

Reeling from their huge win, Ask For Luigi’s team said, “We were surprised, elated and extremely humbled by the recognition we received.  You’ll have to ask us again in a few weeks how we feel – it’s difficult to properly express ourselves in our current state of disbelief!  :)  The one thing we can express with conviction is that we are truly grateful.  Thank you!”
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2015 Vancouver Magazine Awards: City Celebrates its Culinary Scene