Posh movie night returns to Market by Jean-Georges

The elegant dining room at MARKET by Jean-Georges Vancouver.

The elegant dining room at MARKET by Jean-Georges Vancouver.

Should George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin ever find themselves in Vancouver with an urge to go see a movie, here’s an option fit for Hollywood royalty. Movies at MARKET by Jean-Georges is back, and it’s no ordinary trip to the multiplex.

The event series, which premiered as Film FEAST during last winter’s Dine OutTM Vancouver Festival, combines a screening in the plush private theatre of the Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver with an elegant meal at MARKET by Jean-Georges restaurant–the first restaurant in Canada for the three-star Michelin chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

After a hiatus for the glorious summer, the series resumes twice monthly through December starting this Friday and Saturday (October 2 and 3). The evening involves plush leather seats, sparkling wine, gourmet popcorn, and four courses prepared by a top Vancouver chef …oh, and a motion picture, of course.

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Posh movie night returns to Market by Jean-Georges

Seeing Michelin Stars in Vancouver: Dinner at Market

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They’re not all like Gordon Ramsay.  Celebrity chefs, partly due to the success of Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen, have earned a reputation as incendiary, dictatorial and ego-crazed.  Jean-Georges Vongerichten, who runs the three-Michelin-starred Jean Georges in Manhattan, the Vong franchise and a host of other acclaimed restaurants, is none of those things.  He is demure, self-effacing and polite almost to a fault.  He also happens to be among the planet’s preeminent living chefs, less pop-culture icon – all bark and no bite – than true culinary powerhouse.

I had a chance to eat recently at Market, one of Jean-Georges’ newest ventures.  Located on the second floor of Vancouver’s year-old Shangri-La hotel, Market straddles a difficult line between minimalist chic and traditional elegance.  The gracious service, the crisp white tablecloths and the sumptuous chairs all reflect an Old World charm.  But mix in the chill music playing ever so softly in the background and the gentle cosmopolitan hum of Vancouver banter – an exotic mélange of Chinese, Farsi, English, etc – and you get something decidedly more contemporary and original.

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