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Dinner with Domenica Fiore…

For those who aren't already familiar with it, Domenica Fiore Extra Virgin Olive oil is a phenomenal oil produced in Orvieto, Italy. Here's a brief intro from Cesare Bianchini, the producer, and Frank Guistra, the owner ... My relationship with Domenica Fiore has...

Chefdbrown & Crystal Cruises Mediterranean tour

I've got a great trip in the works for this fall for anyone who likes the idea of eating and drinking their way across the Mediterranean on the world's best Luxury Cruise liner-  I've been asked to host a Crystal Cruises tour in the Mediterranean this coming...

Sneak peek at the new offerings…

Next new thing on the agenda - we're adding a ceviche & raw bar... we're moving away from our traditional chilled seafood tower and going with a compilation of ceviches, escabeche, lomi lomi and poisson cru-   basically various styles of ceviche or curing from all...

Visiting Cesare Bianchini at Domenica Fiore

I had the great fortune this season to go and spend some time with Cesare Bianchini in Orvieto, where he spends his time nurturing the infamous Domenica Fiore olive groves, (owned, incidentally, by Vancouver's own entrepreneurial mogul Frank Giustra), and keeping an...

Back to the Village Farms greenhouse…

Just went back for another trip to the completely awesome tomato heaven, otherwise known as the Village Farms greenhouse, to see Dirk and  the crew, this time with all of our fellow Fairmont Chefs... https://vimeo.com/65883134 check it out we've got some cool things...

Visions of the new Sushi Bar with Taka and Will

Little Teaser about what's coming up at the raw Bar in the Lobby Lounge- new sushi bar, seats on the counter, omakase... here's a little preview https://vimeo.com/67854127 click here for full HD version of the video huge thanks to Brian Ceci, our...

A mission to find olive oil – SIAFTA IV in Campobasso

So I found myself in a bit of a unique situation last month. I'd been talking to the folks at the Italian Chamber of Commerce quite a bit about our plans to import the best olive oils and pastas we can find in anticipation of opening our new market in Giovane- a food...

Spot Prawns, orucuisine, and Organic Ocean

Now's the time of year that everyone's talking about Spot Prawns, and i guess we're no different 😉  we're lucky to have a great relationship with Steve Johansen at Organic Ocean, so we're right on top of the freshest Spot Prawns in the city (because he's got the...

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