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  1. Meet The Brewmaster Volume III Volume 3 - January 23, 2010 Brewmaster: Tim Brown Brewery: Mission Springs Featured Beers: Big Chief Cream Ale Olde Sailor's IPA Bombshell Blonde Ale Fat Guy Oatmeal Stout Host: Brendan Bonfield Location:Darby's Neighbourhood Pub & Liquor Store Price: $25 ($20 for CAMRA Members) Doors Open at 3:00pm Event Start Time 3:30pm What's included: Appetizers prepared by Chef Alex Rotherham and tastings of each of the Mission Springs creations. Food Tasting Menu Buckeye Pork Steak Bites flash fried & tossed in cracked black pepper & sea salt Chicken Tenders lightly breaded & flash fried Butternut Squash Fondue rich & creamy butternut squash dip with arugula, edam, 5 year old white cheddar, with garlic butter Chicken Wings flash fried and tossed in Jasmine Ginger glaze Stilton Burger fresh herb mayo, apple, red onion, arugula & stilton blue cheese fondant Cuban Burger guacamole, red peppers, bacon, edam & mayo Chutney Burger ginger onion chutney, iceberg, tomato, red onion & Dijon remoulade Assorted Cheeses 5 year old white cheddar, Stilton blue cheese & edam THIS EVENT HAS BEEN ORGANIZED THROUGH EG FORUMS BY MEMBERS BUT IS NOT SPONSORED BY THE EGULLET SOCIETY FOR CULINARY ARTS AND LETTERS OR EG FORUMS. YOUR PARTICIPATION IN ANY EVENT OR ACTIVITY ARRANGED ON OR DISCUSSED IN EG FORUMS IS AT YOUR SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE RISK. BY USING AND PARTICIPATING IN THE FORUMS YOU AGREE AND UNDERSTAND (1) THAT IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR PARTICIPATION IN ANY EVENT OR ACTIVITY, YOU MAY BE EXPOSED TO A VARIETY OF HAZARDS AND RISKS ARISING FROM THOSE ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS; (2) TO THE FULLEST EXTENT ALLOWED BY LAW, YOU AGREE TO WAIVE, DISCHARGE CLAIMS, RELEASE, INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS THE SOCIETY, ITS AFFILIATES, OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, AGENTS, AND OTHER PARTNERS AND EMPLOYEES, FROM ANY AND ALL LIABILITY ON ACCOUNT OF, OR IN ANY WAY RESULTING FROM INJURIES AND DAMAGES IN ANY WAY CONNECTED WITH ANY SUCH EVENTS OR ACTIVITIES. YOU AGREE AND UNDERSTAND THAT THESE TERMS WILL BE BINDING UPON YOU AND YOUR HEIRS, EXECUTORS, AGENTS, ADMINISTRATORS AND ASSIGNS, AS WELL AS ANY GUESTS AND MINORS ACCOMPANYING YOU AT THE EVENTS.
  2. Volume 2 - Monday November 23rd @ 7:00pm Host: Darby's Pub Brewery: Tree Brewing Featured Beers: Launch of Black Tree Dark Ale (Pale Ale and Porter mix) Hop Head Red Ale Hop Head IPA Cut Throat Pale Ale Thirsty Beaver Amber Ale Kelowna Pilsner Brewmaster: Stefan Buhl What you get with the ticket: Appetizers prepared by Chef Alex Rotherham and a sample of each of the Tree's Craft Creations including Tree's New Black Tree Dark Ale which will be on tap. Darby's will be the only pub in Vancouver with Black Tree on Tap!!!! Tickets will be avaliable at Darby's Pub and Liquor Store Proceds from all tickets sold will be donated to the B.C. Fire ReLeaf, a program of the non-profit group Tree Canada. This program is designed to help replace forests throughout British Columbia that were destroyed during the wildfires over the summer.
  3. Meet The Brewmaster Darby's Pub is hosting the Meet The BrewMaster Tasting Series which will feature local craft breweries from around British Columbia. Each event will be hosted by the brewmasters who will discuss and taste their craft creations while you indulge in classic gastropub fair. Come join us for good food, great local beer and a fun afternoon November 6th, 2009 starting at 3:00pm, Darby's Pub and Liquor Store Present: Central City Brewing and Brewmaster Gary Lohin. Breweries and Dates Featured Beers: ·Red Racer Pale Ale ·Red Racer IPA ·Red Racer Lager ·Red Racer Winter Ale ·Red Racer Extra Special Bitter Tickets are available at Darby's Pub, Darby's Liquor Store & Firefly Wine & Ales $20 in advance, $25 at the door.Central City Brewing HOST'S NOTE: This is an member-organized event, not an official eGullet Society event. Please see here for the terms under which this event is listed in eG Forums.
  4. Actually, excepting the 2 years it was closed due to fire, Macaroni Grill was amazingly successful while I was there(1994-2002), annual revenue ran between $4.5-$5 million. And the rent was ridiculously cheap. The NET profit ran between 15%-17%. Sounds pretty successful to me. I think the closure is more a part of the crumbling parent company, The Spectra Group, who once owned Boathouse, Milestones, Bread Garden, Macaroni Grill, Yankee Diner, PJs All Star Cafe. At their peak, they had over 100 restaurants, they now have 4.
  5. We have decided to offer our Dine Out menu for the entire month of February, including Valentines Day. We may not exactly be the most romantic setting, but the food's great( I'm obviously very unbiased on that appraisal), and the $18 price point for a 3 course dinner on Valentines Day is pretty hard to find.
  6. I know they were discussing this last year, as during Dine Out Vancouver, the no show rate is ridiculous. It was suggest as a way to prevent people from booking multiple restaurants at the same time, which for some reason many people do.
  7. Infinity Ends on August 20, 2007 Owners Alex and Lisa Rotherham first opened the doors to their restaurant on June 19, 2006. Their dream was to create a neighbourhood bistro that focused on the experience, and friendships, they wanted their restaurant to be more personal. Over the course of the last 14 months they had successfully achieved that goal, and created a great clientele base and many friends at the same time. While they achieved the social goals of their restaurant, regrettably the financial goals of the business were not met. Their biggest mistake, which many new restaurateurs make, was taking on a much larger construction expense than they possibly could afford. They spent over 1 ½ years and a lot more money than planned building their dream. “Ironically,” says Alex Rotherham, “we failed due to being undercapitalized, which in my own business plan I had pointed out would be our biggest risk to failure. I just didn’t realise how much capital we would really need.” While location was definitely a challenge, over the course of its existence, Infinity had built a very strong clientele base of locals. Amongst its clientele, Infinity was favoured for some of its signature dishes such as their: • Roasted Butternut Squash Fondue • Warm Spinach Salad with Sherry Vinegar Reduction, Caramelized Pecans, Roasted Crimini Mushrooms & Maplewood Smoked Bacon • Sweet Corn Cake with Vanilla Mascarpone & Coffee Caramel • Chocolate Ganache with Jagermeister Gelato They also developed a reputation for amazing steaks; some went so far to say the best in Vancouver. With a great focus on only the best cuts, using Canada AAA 28 day aged beef, marinating properly & seasoning well. “To all our friends & supporters, I thank you, and I am sorry. In many ways the last 2 years of my life have been both the best and the worst. I have experienced more and learned more in this time than the rest of my life combined. I have made so many great new friends-and yes, I would definitely do it all over again. “My biggest regret is that I will no longer be able to serve my regular clientele. I will be sure to let people know where I end up, but for now I plan to take a brief break to refocus and spend some time with family. “Again, thank you to all our supporters; it’s been a great ride.” -Alex Rotherham Any inquiries can be addressed to: info@infinitydining.ca or arotherham@infinitydining.ca or Alex Rotherham Cell 604 788 0103
  8. Yes it's GoWaiters. Their phone is 604 438 4000. Also on the web at gowaiters.com
  9. I have had a number of requests from people wanting to bring their own wine, and prepared to pay a corkage fee, and some get quite upset when I try to explain that it is illegal to do it that way. And sometimes they name restaurants that they've been to that have provided this service for them. All I do is apologize that I cannot risk losing my liquor license, and that it is fortunate that they have found a restaurant that would do that for them, but they should not go around telling people, as they could get the restaurant effectively shut down-(no the liquor board won't shut them down, but without a liquor license there are a lot of restaurants that might as well shut down) The only way a restaurant can legal host an event like you speak of is to get a special events permit from the LDB, which requires time, energy and money. A lot more than the $150 you're looking to spend on food. For this model, any restaurant wanting to host your event legally, would lose a lot of money.
  10. Thanks to everyone that has come and supported us so far. Yes, it's been a tough location as several people have pointed out on here. But inspite of that, we have made it past our first year, and business is still building. We've now started to do monthly promotions to help bring in the first timers, which is working very well. Last month's promotion brought in over 1200 first timers. This month's promotion is a 2 Course 8oz NY Steak dinner for just 19.99. Hope some more can come try out my steaks, and let me know what you think. Thanks again for all the support.
  11. I was quite happy when the Bennoits opened their new restaurant. It's a wonderful casual dining french restaurant. Though I have to admit, I prefered their previous restaurant, L'emotion. It was more fine dining, and I felt was possibly the best fine dining in greater Van. I'm sure their reason for doing more casual falls into the fickleness of the Vancouver market, and it seems easier to make a success of casual over fine dining. Hopefully now that Mistral is doing so well, they can copy their neighbor feenie, but go the opposite direction and open a fine dining restaurant to complement their more casual one.
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