Top chefs play kitchen switcheroo with pop-up dinners

Chef Scott Jaeger

Chef Scott Jaeger

B.C.’s top chefs are increasingly invading one another’s kitchens—by invitation, that is.

This month, Vancouver sees a fine-dining chef working in a diner, and a Tofino chef who cooks on the edge of the rainforest standing behind the stove of a swank Gastown restaurant. In the following months, there are more kitchen switcharoos to come.

It’s all in the name of pop-up fun—and charity, as well.

So who’s cooking where?

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Top chefs play kitchen switcheroo with pop-up dinners

Master the Art of Charcuterie in a Historic Vancouver Butcher Shop

photo: eatinginvancouver.ca

photo: eatinginvancouver.ca

Among global foodies, charcuterie is serious business. The age-old process of curing, drying and aging sausages, salamis and pate has experienced an artisan reawakening of late, with new-age gourmands rediscovering the delights of prepared meats and restaurants offering fancy charcuterie plates for discerning diners.

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Master the Art of Charcuterie in a Historic Vancouver Butcher Shop

SAVE ON MEATS’ NEW MEAL TOKEN PROGRAM MAKES IT EASY TO PROVIDE NUTRITIOUS FOOD TO THOSE IN NEED

Meal tokens are the perfect gift giving idea for the holiday season.

Vancouver’s Save on Meats will be launching a new program on Thursday, November 29 that makes it simple and easy to give to those in need. Available for purchase on line and at the store, the $2.25 Save on Meats Meal Tokens can be redeemed for a nutritious hot Breakfast Sandwich at the Sandwich Window. Ideal for holiday gift giving, the Meal Tokens are available now and throughout the year.

The Meal Tokens solve the dilemma that many people find themselves in. The reality is that people are hesitant to give money rather than food to people who they see on the street. With the Meal Tokens, donors can rest assured that what they give will be going towards providing much needed sustenance and at the same time, supporting Save on Meats’ social enterprise. People can choose to distribute them directly, or purchase the tokens and have Save on Meats give them to one of its dozens of community partners to share amongst their organization. The program acts as a bridge between people who want to give and people who need the support.

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SAVE ON MEATS’ NEW MEAL TOKEN PROGRAM MAKES IT EASY TO PROVIDE NUTRITIOUS FOOD TO THOSE IN NEED

Will Save on Meats Make the Cut?

Photo credit: Raul P | Flickr

Chances are you’ve seen the big neon sign of a pig holding up a bag of money on Hastings Street.  Now’s your chance to learn the story behind Save on Meats, an unlikely Vancouver icon that’s been serving up fresh cuts since 1957, and find out if the business will remain afloat.

On Tuesday, Nov. 27,  Save on Meats is appearing on CBC’s The Big Decision, the hit reality show that focuses on Canadian businesses working to survive in a difficult economy.  The show’s investors must decide whether to step in and fund the struggling company or leave it to battle on alone.

Here’s hoping that Save on Meats gets the funding it needs.  The butcher shop has been operating at the same location since 1957, offering discount cuts to hungry Vancouverites and residents of the Downtown Eastside.  In the 1990s, former owner Al DesLauriers began receiving offers for the century-old building from condo developers.  He refused. Continue reading:
Will Save on Meats Make the Cut?

Going Whole Hog: Communal Dining at Save On Meats, Jan 27

The Social Feed | Nelson the Seagull

For the past few years, communal dining has slowly been catching on in Vancouver.  The basic premise, more or less, is that you sit down at a table with a bunch of strangers, share a good meal and maybe make some new friends in the process and make the city a more friendly place.

As far as I can tell, it started with the Irish Heather, which still offers its Long Table Series Sunday-Wednesday at 7 p.m.  But last year, a new dining group took up the reins and added a little twist.

The Social Feed is an independent company that organizes communal meals at a bunch of restaurants around the city.  They’ve hosted events everywhere from Flying Tiger in Kitsilano to Habit on Main Street and Peckinpah in Gastown.  You go to their website, sign up for a meal and pay a single fee (usually around $30), which includes the food, a drink, tax and tip.  Then you show up at the designated restaurant and join a bunch of new friends for dinner.

It’s social, flavourful and flirty (typical age is 22-34, according to their website).  If you’re interested in checking one of these communal meals out, you might consider Social Feed’s upcoming dinner at Save on Meats on Jan. 27 ($48).  Here are the details: Continue reading:
Going Whole Hog: Communal Dining at Save On Meats, Jan 27

Reality show “Gastown Gamble” tells Save on Meats’ story

Restaurateur Mark Brand created quite the buzz this summer when he reopened butcher shop/diner Save on Meats. Tonight the hipster-exec takes it up a notch appearing in the premier of docu-drama Gastown Gamble on OWN Canada at 6:30 PST.

Gastown Gamble tells the tale (sure to become gritty urban lore) of Brand saving Save On Meats—Al DesLauriers’ historic Hastings meat emporium of 50+ years, which was slated to become just another Gastown condo.

In addition to saving the butcher shop/deli, Brand and his gang of family and friends band behind the giant flying pig, striving to revitalize the neighbourhood over the six-episode series. Find out more about the first episode which airs tonight below. Continue reading:
Reality show “Gastown Gamble” tells Save on Meats’ story

5 breakfast and brunch picks for New Year’s Day

Image: Hawksworth Restaurant's full English breakfast

We’ve covered your New Year’s Eve needs, whether you’re party hopping or looking for family fun. But have you given any thought to New Year’s Day January 1?

New Year’s Day falls on a Sunday this year, which is already a prime time for urbanites who brunch. Max out your New Year celebrations with a January 1, toast at one of the brunch/breakfast locations on my list.

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5 breakfast and brunch picks for New Year’s Day