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#1 appreciator

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Posted 13 February 2005 - 11:30 PM

I'm sure we can all think of a few "famous" or perhaps "infamous" chefs, bakers, restaurateurs, food business owners etc. who made a mark on the BC food scene over the past 10 years or so that we never hear about any more.

What I'm wondering is.... who are these people who stick in our minds - where are they now and what are they doing these days?

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Posted 14 February 2005 - 12:03 AM

To be perfectly egalitarian, I don't think management, waiters, and sous chefs should be excluded from this great idea of a thread.

Yet if I know my brethren at all, some might not want to be found... :biggrin:

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I'll start with Josiane. Anyone know where this excellent bartender who opened and managed Chambar before Andre from Lumiere stepped in ended up?

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Posted 14 February 2005 - 12:17 AM

To be perfectly egalitarian, I don't think management, waiters, and sous chefs should be excluded from this great idea of a thread.

Yet if I know my brethren at all, some might not want to be found... :biggrin:

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I'll start with Josiane. Anyone know where this excellent bartender who opened and managed Chambar before Andre from Lumiere stepped in ended up?

(extra points for run-on sentence)

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I agree 100%.... any industry professional who has left their imprint on the local food scene and seems to have now gone off the radar.... what's up... what's going on..... whataretheydoin now?

P.S. Andrew... there are no extra points.... quit brown-nosing again :biggrin:
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Posted 14 February 2005 - 12:49 AM

I'm sure we can all think of a few "famous" or perhaps "infamous" chefs, bakers, restaurateurs, food business owners etc. who made a mark on the BC food scene over the past 10 years or so that we never hear about any more.

What I'm wondering is.... who are these people who stick in our minds - where are they now and what are they doing these days?

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Excellent thread!

I wonder what happened to Gianni Picchi nowadays? We really miss his rich creamy heavy pappardella first at Gianni's then briefly at Beachside Cafe!

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Posted 14 February 2005 - 01:03 AM

Gianni was a talent at the Beach Side (formerly at Il Giardino tutoring a younger Hawksworth and his own Gianni's).

The position is now filled by the competent Ray Fung (formerly of Allegro Cafe & The Crime Lab). I've got no idea where Mr. Picchi is heading.

I also don't know if the Beach Side is sticking to Gianni's Italianised menus, but I'll swing by soon and check unless someone else knows the score. :wink:

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Posted 14 February 2005 - 07:56 AM

What ever happened to chef Mark Potovsky?

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Posted 14 February 2005 - 08:04 AM

Anyone know what happened to Les and Ruby, the couple that ran Hombres?

Hombres was Vancouver's best Mexican restaurant, originally in Gastown opposite the back of Army and Navy, and later on Hastings in Burnaby. I still miss it...
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Posted 14 February 2005 - 11:44 AM

What ever happened to chef Mark Potovsky?

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Yeah?! - I've had some stupendous meals from Mark. Particularly when Yaletown was first opening up there was an italian place that he was cooking at and it was spectacular. It is is terrible - I cannot remember the name of the place but it was them and Villa Del Lupo that first started opening up the area - this is about 15 years ago.

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Posted 14 February 2005 - 11:55 AM

Mark Potovsky was last seen as the exec in Oregon's Trianon.
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Posted 14 February 2005 - 12:08 PM

Kris Barnholden, Fiction and Lucy Mae Brown alum. Where is he? In New York?
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Posted 14 February 2005 - 12:08 PM

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Yeah?! - I've had some stupendous meals from Mark. Particularly when Yaletown was first opening up there was an italian place that he was cooking at and it was spectacular. It is is terrible - I cannot remember the name of the place but it was them and Villa Del Lupo that first started opening up the area - this is about 15 years ago.

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I think that was Alabaster. Then it run by Adam Busby, who moved on to Cascabel ( Smoking Dog site ) , then to Dubrule Culinary school .

I heard Mark was the Chef of G.M. Place, but that was some time ago.

So many people, so hard to keep track of.

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Posted 14 February 2005 - 12:21 PM

Glad to hear Mark Potovsky is still working in the industry.
I remember when he opened Angelica on 4th Avenue. This was the late 1980's. He was doing amazing food back then. I believe the restaurant was short-lived but very talented people passed through that kitchen with Potovsky.
I had my first salmon tartare there. Purple potato pancakes on the brunch menu. Amazing breads and desserts made daily. Ahh, so few places do their own breads anymore - in Victoria anyway.
I heard from a chef that worked under him at GM Place, that he would travel around on a golf cart -or maybe it was a electric wheel chair - with a bull horn, directing his staff. I find that image very hilarious.

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Posted 14 February 2005 - 12:50 PM

How about Bruno Born? I had great lunches at Le Coq d'Or back in the early 90's. Fond memories of the Beaulieu's Georges de Latour Reserve that matched so well with his bold flavoured cuisine. I wonder where he's gone off to?

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Posted 14 February 2005 - 01:07 PM

How about Bruno Born? I had great lunches at Le Coq d'Or back in the early 90's.  Fond memories of the Beaulieu's Georges de Latour Reserve that matched so well with his bold flavoured cuisine. I wonder where he's gone off to?

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I think he owns Sausi's on Broadway, near MacDonald. It maight have changed names a few years ago, I have not paid attention, but I think he owns it either way.
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Posted 14 February 2005 - 01:09 PM

Kris Barnholden, Fiction and Lucy Mae Brown alum. Where is he? In New York?

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I understand Kris went to the Big Apple to try his luck. I am not sure but I think he might be a pastry chef somewhere. Sean Sherwodd could better answer that, speaking of which, where is he lately ? No time for egullet ? Or perhaps afraid people will get you mixed up with that other " Sean " :biggrin:
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Posted 14 February 2005 - 01:23 PM

How about Bruno Born? I had great lunches at Le Coq d'Or back in the early 90's.  Fond memories of the Beaulieu's Georges de Latour Reserve that matched so well with his bold flavoured cuisine. I wonder where he's gone off to?

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Hey, I've been wondering that too. My wife and I had our wedding reception at Zeppo's on Broadway.

If I recall his progession went something like Zeppo's, Coq D'Or, Indigo at the Wall Centre, the a place at 41st & Granville, then into thin air. The order maybe wrong. Someone turn on the Maw-light (see, you didn't know what the Heineken logo you periodically saw lighting the night sky represented, now you know.) His elephantine memory has not let us down yet.

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Posted 14 February 2005 - 01:28 PM

Where is Scott Kidd??
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Posted 14 February 2005 - 01:29 PM

Where is Scott Kidd??
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Cafe D' Paris I think.
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Posted 14 February 2005 - 02:00 PM

Bruno Born does, indeed, still own Sausi on Broadway - nice to hear a "Zeppo's" reference.

Scott Kidd is at Cafe de Paris.

Potovsky was indeed a brilliant chef - does anyone else remember "Cherrystone Cove" in Gastown- and I wish him well (heck of a baseball player too).

Anyone know the whereabouts of Sonny Mendoza, last I heard he was chefing on the Cruise ships.

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Posted 14 February 2005 - 02:09 PM

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Yeah?! - I've had some stupendous meals from Mark. Particularly when Yaletown was first opening up there was an italian place that he was cooking at and it was spectacular.

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I think that was Alabaster. Then it run by Adam Busby, who moved on to Cascabel ( Smoking Dog site ) , then to Dubrule Culinary school .

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Posted 14 February 2005 - 03:06 PM

Kris Barnholden, Fiction and Lucy Mae Brown alum. Where is he? In New York?

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DJ Chef Kris and a few of my friends used to run the Sunday night in the downstairs LMB lounge. If you were ever there., you'd recognize me as the one who was alwasy knocking back bowlfuls of red wine and teetering on the edge of my bartsool whilst issuing proclamations about the quality of records being played. He always wanted to go the big apple, and I haven't seen him out at the local bars or clubs lately so I imagine he got his wish. He was a good party buddy.

Is Darrell the bartender (LMB and then Fiction) still at Fiction, or did he depart too? He's a sweetheart.

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Posted 14 February 2005 - 07:51 PM

DJ Kris, or Barney, as those who love him know him, met someone in the big apple and they travelled together to Montreal, where he's currently perfecting his already stunning grasp of the craft. Will he return? I'm sure he's not done with this city. He has many ideas and an entrepreneurial bent. Keep an eye on the horizon. . . I know I am.

Darrell. Can't say enough. As an actor in the hospitality business (surprised?) he had a full plate keeping up with auditions and numerous writing oportunities he was chasing in Montreal and LA. Everybody misses his pole-dances, his 'baby steps' program and his disturbing level of energy. You might have seen him in such made for tv movies as 'Lockerroom Towel Fight, the blinding of Larry Ziniskie'. I know he was working with Ajatan studios in N. Van doing project development recently.

I thought Sonny had been running catering in the upstairs of the old Brickhouse? That place just off Robson he had for a bit, the old goodfellas, that qualifies as one of those tragic locations, no?

As for me, thanks Neil, nice being missed. Me and city hall have been playing redtape bondage games with our new brewpub project. That and some serious lurking. I really enjoyed the dine out posts!

Happy valentines, rooms filling, panic starting. . . Looking forward to midnight and a bottle of islay .. . .
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Posted 14 February 2005 - 08:03 PM

As for me, thanks Neil, nice being missed. Me and city hall have been playing redtape bondage games with our new brewpub project. That and some serious lurking. I really enjoyed the dine out posts!



Ahhhhhh....... The City Hall Shuffle - A dance step I know well. Good luck with that.
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Posted 14 February 2005 - 09:06 PM

Keith Talent 
If I recall his progession went something like Zeppo's, Coq D'Or, Indigo at the Wall Centre, the a place at 41st & Granville, then into thin air. The order maybe wrong. Someone turn on the Maw-light (see, you didn't know what the Heineken logo you periodically saw lighting the night sky represented, now you know.) His elephantine memory has not let us down yet.


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Bruno Born does indeed run Sausi, a neighbourhood stalwart on West Broadway. He began it with his delightful wife Sally Angus and I understand that both can be sampled nightly. I believe that the addition of The Chef and The Carpenter (in both locations) would round out your list of Born again properties.

What ever happened to chef Mark Potovsky?

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Yeah?! - I've had some stupendous meals from Mark. Particularly when Yaletown was first opening up there was an italian place that he was cooking at and it was spectacular. It is is terrible - I cannot remember the name of the place but it was them and Villa Del Lupo that first started opening up the area - this is about 15 years ago.

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I believe that you are referring to Il Barino, owned by the Markin family, where Mark cooked for a while after Angelica’s went dark. It was sold to Umberto Menghi; his brother-in-law Ken Bogas ran it as Mangiamo after the untimely demise of Saltimbucco. Menghi tried to sell Mangiamo and thought that he had accomplished exactly that. But at the eleventh hour, with pen poised over the contract in his lawyer’s office, he thought he smelt something distinctly like fermenting fish.

Turns out that the intendent purchaser, who had made his offer through a numbered company, was (allegedly) former Menghi consigliere Pino Posteraro. Thus started the infamous Yaletown shoot-out, aka Spaghetti Western.

Posteraro and his wealthy partner Ken Vidalin built Cioppino’s instead. Menghi, instead of selling, and not to be outdone, expanded, completely renovated and rebranded Mangiamo into what is now Circolo. Posteraro countered with the addition of Enoteca and three private dining rooms.

You will recall that it was the ancestors of these chaps who invented the word vendetta.

Posteraro won the contest with superior food, driven attention to detail and a host of awards. Mangiamo/Circolo has set only one record: for the restaurant most continuously for sale.

Whoops—must go. The Red Star Noctocular just flashed! Emergency call and I am donning the green cape as I speak. It's a 911-Valentine's Day crisis at a nearby bistro--somebody (no doubt Italian) just punched out a busboy for aggressive spousal leering, although according to the proprietor the wife in question was quite enjoying all the attention. Could be a busy night. Tonight my capable new assistant has bounced the Red Star off Giada De Laurentiis’s expansive brow, unquestionably the finest forehead in show business! Tomorrow she promises Nigella's not inconsiderable--and not disappointing--decolletage.

Ever vigilant, etc.,

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Posted 14 February 2005 - 09:24 PM

I believe that you are referring to Il Barino, owned by the Markin family, where Mark cooked for a while after Angelica’s went dark.


Jamie , did Paul Devlin have something to do with Il Barino? Something in the back of my head says he was married to the Owner.

I just like to keep all of the players straight.

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Posted 14 February 2005 - 09:35 PM

I believe that you are referring to Il Barino, owned by the Markin family, where Mark cooked for a while after Angelica’s went dark.


Jamie , did Paul Devlin have something to do with Il Barino? Something in the back of my head says he was married to the Owner.

I just like to keep all of the players straight.

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Dr. Devlin was married (briefly) to Sylvia Markin, the daughter of the owner. Sylvia worked the room, so to speak.

I'm posting this from the nearby bistro where I went to resolve the emergency and drive the busboy to the hospital, marital mishaps and misunderstandings being so common on Valentine's Day. There was another flareup at a corner deuce. Turns out the husband had offered the wrong response to that age-old chestnut, "Do you think the (spectacularly plunging) neckline of this dress makes my breasts look too big?" I managed to throw some oil (actually, a rather tasty extra virgin, delightful in its fruity, youthful intensity) on the troubled waters. In the future, I counselled the husband, always reply, "Well Edwina, you're a man's woman, now aren't you. Has anyone ever told you that you look a lot like Nigella Lawson?" This seemed to placate the situation, although she offered to help me drive the busboy to VGH.

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Posted 14 February 2005 - 09:46 PM

Speaking of industry veterans, does anyone know where F. Morris Chatters is hanging his tweed fedora these days?

As I understand it, until Saturday he was Director of Hunan Resources at Kung Pow Phat Soy. But apparently Chef Sven Chen Lenson caught Chatters redhanded--trying to sabotage the signature Chicken Kung Pow sauce by adding Mrs. H.S. Ball's Chilli Chutney (Rissie Blatjang) "for extra oomph" as Chatters said at the time. He was reportedly replaced by Ed Jovanovski.

Chatters of course ran his own show for many years until eGullet Richmond Forum Host Keith Talent wrote the infamously derisive review that darkened the restaurant. Chatters was then briefly involved in security/PR at The Capilano Suspension Bridge, (he suffered a mild attack of Salmonella while on the job although he was unsure where he caught it), then ran the VIP room briefly at Skybar before linking up with Lenson.

When I called his home earlier, all I could get out of his kids was that "He's taken Mom to a nearby bistro for Valentine's Day. Just look for the woman in the specatacularly plunging dress."

Any tips to his whereabouts?

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Posted 15 February 2005 - 02:59 AM

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Yeah?! - I've had some stupendous meals from Mark. Particularly when Yaletown was first opening up there was an italian place that he was cooking at and it was spectacular.

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I think that was Alabaster. Then it run by Adam Busby, who moved on to Cascabel ( Smoking Dog site ) , then to Dubrule Culinary school .

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Gotta put in my two cents for Alabaster. Brilliant food in a warm, inviting room. One of my long-gone faves.

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Yes, surely miss the panacotta from Mark in the Alabaster days. And Il Barino, such fond memories. A decade has slipped by!

So who makes the best panacotta these days?

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Posted 15 February 2005 - 09:13 AM

What ever happened to chef Mark Potovsky?

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Yeah?! - I've had some stupendous meals from Mark. Particularly when Yaletown was first opening up there was an italian place that he was cooking at and it was spectacular.

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I think that was Alabaster. Then it run by Adam Busby, who moved on to Cascabel ( Smoking Dog site ) , then to Dubrule Culinary school .

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Gotta put in my two cents for Alabaster. Brilliant food in a warm, inviting room. One of my long-gone faves.

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Yes, surely miss the panacotta from Mark in the Alabaster days. And Il Barino, such fond memories. A decade has slipped by!

So who makes the best panacotta these days?

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Markus Weiland of Alabaster and Mark Potovsky of Il Barino were two of the most skilled chefs to alight here. Markus came from a place of strong discipline in his cooking (lengthy apprenticeships and postings in Switzerland and in Konstanz, Germany), Mark from a more freestyle approach. And both restaurants suffered from a lack of neighbourhood footfall traffic when Yaletown was still being renovated and the towers planned--busy with destination diners on Thursday through Saturday, but a little sad at the beginning of the week.

Alabaster may have been a touch too formal as well--the white linen, alabaster statue, excellent service china, and sparkling glassware and flatware spelt a style of dining that didn't always fit with local diners at the time. But the northern Italian food certainly sparkled too: linguine with tomatoes, eggplant and olives ($10!) and leek and potato coup loaded with blackened scallops ($6!). He cooked very clean and the restaurant was a pleasure--it's just that neighbours didn't flood the place. Markus was also one of the early progenitors of the tasting menu, local ingredients purchased daily, and more recently, Slow Food.

Il Barino, on the other hand, became very popular quickly, especially with the cashmered Italian set. It wasn't unusual to see hefty German and sleeker Italian cars piled three deep on a Thursday night. But here it was more the stress of managing a revolving door of chefs (what Mark Potovsky could do with fish was incandescent), and staff (and their substances)--the aristocratic Mrs. Markin grew tired of the circus after a time. She was famously to be seen meeting and greeting, with her lengthy cigarette smoldering, always the consummate schmoozer, and for a while at least, gave the city its first serious alternative to Umberto Menghi for styled Italian dining. That she would eventually sell the premises to him was poached in not a little irony.

Markus Weiland now cooks in Sooke, at the decidely more casual Markus' Wharfside; Mark Potovsky seems to have wound up in Oregon.

Edited by jamiemaw, 15 February 2005 - 01:36 PM.

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Posted 15 February 2005 - 10:45 AM

Thanks Jamie - the name that I was looking for was Il Barino. I went there for lunch (skipping out of work for a couple of hours) and it was a revelation for young (at that time) taste buds. And Mark was so generous - he sent out little things that he was trying out for us to taste. It set me on the road to really appreciating food and seeing the chef's "voice" in his/her food.

It was one of those first meals that really registered for me.