Posts Tagged ‘lunch’

Pizza Factory

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016

Warm Smiles and Great Tasting Pizza

Pizza_Factory_Richmond_2_Steveston_Palla_MediaIf you haven’t stopped by Pizza Factory recently it may be time to stroll in and meet the new owners who purchased the business three months ago. Kulvir Aujla and her husband Sukhi are quickly earning a reputation not only for their great tasting pizza but also for their warm and friendly service.

The business is truly a family affair. Kulvir is the primary owner and Sukhi assists her in the kitchen along with marketing the business and making deliveries. Their niece Alyssa McGahey is also actively involved on the front end. In addition, Sukhi’s father and the couple’s son and daughter come in to assist and volunteer their time.

Pizza_Factory_Richmond_sukhi_Steveston_Palla_MediaAnother behind the scenes promoter is Sukhi’s mother. Kulvir says, “She is an ambassador and promotes Pizza Factory to seniors. Our kids have also been actively promoting the business to their friends and sports teams.”

Sometimes when an opportunity crosses your path you have to jump at it. Kulvir was working in management at Walmart when she heard through the grapevine that Pizza Factory in Steveston was for sale. With an extensive background in the restaurant industry she felt the time was ripe to make the leap and run her own business.

They gave the restaurant a fresh makeover with olive green paint, new seating, a new countertop and wall signage to showcase the full menu.

A fun new seaside logo features a friendly orca named “Pep” (short for pepperoni). In the future Pep will become a costumed mascot. They are grateful to Yeti Works in Steveston village for designing their fun logo and website. Sukhi and Kulvir point out that they are eager to support local businesses.

What are the couple finding most rewarding in the early days of running the business?

They say working together for the first time is a pleasure. They are also feeling empowered being self-employed which allows them the freedom to make decisions for their business. They thoroughly enjoy getting to know their customers as they drop in and become regulars. Sukhi says, “Our intention is it run it like the TV show Cheers.”

“We’re having a good time. That’s what we want to do.” Sukhi Aujla

Pizza_Factory_Richmond_samosa_Steveston_Palla_MediaThe Aujlas live in Richmond’s Hamilton neighbourhood, but have always had an affinity for Steveston. They believe the two areas share a similar spirit. They are excited to be a part of Steveston’s business community and are demonstrating their philanthropic nature by supporting local events.

Recently they donated 15 pizzas to a group of McMath Secondary School students who participated in Convenant House’s Sleep Out to Support Homeless Youth. Pizza Factory has also become the official pizza supplier for the Islanders 04 softball team. Kulvir says, “We are actively looking to support local sports teams in Richmond.”

Over the Easter weekend Pizza Factory staged a three day customer appreciation blitz. A team of 30 volunteers (aka friends and family) helped to conduct this marketing campaign by wearing matching “Ask me how to get a free slice” t-shirts as they handed out coupons throughout Steveston. People lined up around the block to take advantage of this tempting offer and over the course of three days 1,300 slices were served. In the process they discovered ninety per cent of the people who dropped by the business didn’t know they existed.

To introduce more clients to their business they suggest swinging by on July 1 to see what fun things they will be doing to celebrate Canada Day.

Pizza_Factory_Richmond_1_Steveston_Palla_MediaNew to Pizza Factory are loyalty cards and pizza by the slice. High school students in particular appreciate being able to drop by at lunchtime with the new earlier business hours (open at 11 a.m.). For Kulvir and Sukhi it is all about forging a symbiotic relationship with their customers. Their intention is to always keep the question “what can we do for you?” in the foreground of conducting business. The direct result of a customer’s request, Pizza Factory now offers 15% off take out pizzas.

“Our customers appreciate us as much as we appreciate them.”  Kulvir Aujla

While Pizza Factory is a franchise each location is given freedom to customize their business to best fit the community. They are not restricted to abide by a set menu and can introduce special items such as chicken and veggie samosas, Punjabi-style pizza and butter chicken may soon be introduced. Some of the top sellers include Hawaiian, house special, taco, bacon burger, barbecue chicken, spinach and of course, kid pleasing favourites, cheese and pepperoni pizzas. Gluten-free is available for medium size pizzas and whole-wheat crust is available upon request. All of the dough is made fresh each morning.

“If we’re blessed by the pizza gods we make dough more than once a day.” Sukhi Aujla

Every business has good stories and one unfolded during our interview. A Power Rangers film production member came in with a request for 42 pizzas for the crew, which were needed the following day. He had heard the buzz that Pizza Factory was the place to go for exceptionally friendly service.

It couldn’t happen to nicer people.

Pizza Factory
120-12020 First Avenue
Richmond BC V7E 3L9
Telephone: 604-233-7777
www.pizzafactoryrichmond.ca

Ora Sushi Japanese Grill

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Quality Sushi Made With Love

Ora_Sushi_June2_Steveston_Palla_MediaOra is the Korean word for “come again, or welcome” and it is the perfect name for this new Moncton Street restaurant. Ora Sushi owner June Shim personifies the business name with her welcoming and gracious manner.

After an extensive floor to ceiling renovation Ora Sushi opened in early August and the response has been tremendous.

Shim is no stranger to restaurant ownership. Customers who were familiar with her former business, Kimchi Nara Korean BBQ, are delighted to discover she has embarked on a new venture. She operated Kimchi Nara Korean BBQ in downtown Richmond for 10 years. Subsequently, she worked as a manager of a local sushi restaurant for three years and then decided it was time to return to her favourite place, the kitchen, and run her own business.

Past clients are delighted that she has opened a new restaurant. Ora Sushi has also established a new and enthusiastic clientele who are discovering why her cooking has earned such an excellent reputation.

Her passion for food and her culinary talent stems from having grown up in the food industry. She reveals her mother is also an amazing cook and her parents owned a restaurant in Korea. Shim loves to garden and grows many different kinds of Korean herbs and vegetables in her backyard.

She feels extremely happy when she cooks and derives joy from meeting customers. Regarding owning her business she says, “It is a much more satisfying personal stake.”

Locals and visitors alike are discovering Ora Sushi’s tasty and artfully presented dishes.

This new enterprise is a detour from her former Korean BBQ as sushi takes the spotlight on the menu. All of the sauces are made in house. Quality is of utmost importance to her. She insists on using only wild caught Pacific salmon and red tuna and she begins each day by visiting local vegetable markets to select produce.

Ora_Sushi_Roll1_Steveston_Palla_MediaThe Nori (seaweed) is premium quality without the use of coatings or artificial preservatives. Ora Sushi uses premium Japanese sushi rice, low sodium soya sauce, and natural ginger. Some gluten free dishes are offered. In addition to a focus on health conscious food, Ora Sushi strives to provide a friendly, welcoming, personal dining experience.

She says, “I am always thinking about cooking and the presentation of food.”

Presentation is most certainly a huge part of the Ora Sushi experience. All selections are artfully arranged on Villeroy and Boch German porcelain and on unique Japanese serving plates.

Ora_Sushi_Roll2_Steveston_Palla_MediaFun names for some of the signature special rolls include the Crazy Roll, Mr. Big Roll, Monster Bite and 911. Speaking of the Crazy Roll, it is crazy good. I have not been able to stop thinking about this delicious, crispy, warm signature California roll with its three sauces.

Another highly recommended specialty, the Golden Roll, is cooked in a cast iron pan and is comprised of avocado, cucumber, imitation crab, baked salmon and tobiko with cheese on top.

If you are a sushi novice the Caterpillar Roll as a good place to begin. It contains asparagus, imitation crab, avocado, and cucumber with sliced avocado.
The extensive menu offers a large selection of appetizers such as Chicken Yakatori, Grilled Mussels, “Monkey Brain” (deep fried avocado with crab meat), Oyster Motoyaki (grilled oysters with veggies, mayo and cheese) and Ebi Gyoza.

Ora_Sushi_Roll3_Steveston_Palla_MediaThe menu features a few favourites from her past business such as Bibimbap, Kalbi BBQ beef and Udon. Maki sushi, sashimi, nigiri sushi and noodle dishes round out the extensive menu. Bento boxes and set lunches and dinners are also featured.

Shim and her husband, local RE/MAX realtor Kevin McDowell, met in Korea in 1992 and have lived in Richmond since 1997. They have two grown children, one is finishing high school, and the other is attending university. Both their son and daughter work at the business part-time.

Although fully immersed in her new business she still finds time to be actively involved with the two churches her family attends. The family belongs to the Korean Jireh Presbyterian Church in Vancouver and also Trinity Lutheran Church in Richmond. She regularly donates her time to the Korean fellowship committee that provides hot lunches on a weekly basis. She says, “Food is a part of my life and I like making people happy.”

The response from local merchants has been tremendous; neighbouring business owners regularly pop in to order lunch to go.

Ora_Sushi_street_sign_StevestonThe holiday season will soon be here. If you are entertaining at home consider impressing your guests with an Ora Sushi party tray. Open six days a week for lunch and dinner (consult the website for hours), this Steveston newcomer deserves a big welcome – and an even bigger thank you for choosing the village to set up shop!

Ora Sushi Japanese Grill
120-3651 Moncton St
Richmond BC V7E 3A5
Telephone: 604-284-3880
www.orasushi.com

Steveston Village Vietnamese Restaurant

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

It was a snowy morning and the scent of a delicious smelling simmering stock was wafting from Steveston Village Vietnamese Restaurant’s kitchen. Phung Nguyen was hard at work preparing for the lunch crowd while her son, Justin Nguyen, spoke with me about his family’s successful business. In partnership with his mother, father (Son), and brother (Richard), the family has introduced Steveston to a cuisine that is bursting with flavour and has quickly become one of the village’s most popular dining spots.

Donning his signature bow tie, Justin Nguyen is often the first person you will encounter when you arrive at the restaurant. He is absolutely charming and is bound to greet you with a genuine warm welcome. Why the bow tie? He says he has always admired this fashion and decided to wear them on a regular basis when the business opened. Knowing that this would be an expensive wardrobe accessory, his girlfriend volunteered to make them. To date Justin Nguyen has amassed 80 bow ties. He hopes that over the course of their lives together his collection will expand to one thousand.

Originally from Nha Trang (a coastal city on the south central coast of Vietnam, known for its beautiful beaches and scuba diving), the Nguyen family fled their homeland as boat people in 1985.

Their story could easily be made into a film. Seeking a better life for his wife and their four young children, Son Nguyen managed to find a boat and offered space to as many families as possible to join them when they set out to sea. Without an experienced skipper onboard, Son Nguyen was left with the terrifying task of navigating by the light of a star. After a number of days, good fortune came their way. A passing cargo ship rescued the boat’s occupants from this precarious situation and transported them to the Philippines.

Phung and Son Nguyen eked out a living by opening a small café in the Philippines, and saved money while they sought refugee status in Canada. Upon arriving in Calgary they opened a restaurant and settled into the cold Canadian climate. Eventually they moved to Abbotsford, where Justin Nguyen says they opened one of the city’s first Vietnamese restaurants. Two of his siblings continue to reside in Calgary, his sister (Hong), and his brother (Paul), who operates a food truck and sells Vietnamese submarine sandwiches.

Justin Nguyen brought his parents to Steveston for a visit and they immediately fell in love with the area. They were intending to retire, but could not resist the opportunity to locate a restaurant here. Justin Nguyen gave up his career at UBC to join them as a business partner. Steveston Village Vietnamese Restaurant opened in November 2012. This is the fifth restaurant that the Nguyens have owned and operated.

They are thrilled to be a part of Steveston. Customers and local merchants have made them feel so welcome in the community. His parents were initially attracted to the scenic beauty, and felt very much at home with so many Vietnamese involved in the local fishing industry.

Three clocks are mounted on the restaurant’s south wall, set for three time zones: Nha Trang, Steveston and Paris. Some of their customers question, “Why, Paris?” as they are unaware Vietnam was a former French colony. As a result, there is some French influence in Vietnamese food. Justin Nguyen uses the examples of Vietnamese submarine sandwiches (made with baguette), some of the ingredients found in pho, and the method in which Vietnamese coffee is prepared.

Traditional Vietnamese cooking is known for its fresh ingredients and minimal use of oil. Fresh herbs (such as basil, mint, and coriander) balanced with vegetables, meats, seafood and a selective use of spices make it a very healthy cuisine.

Justin Nguyen says that until the 1990s North Americans were relatively unfamiliar with food from his country, however people have made up for lost time. The establishment has a loyal and diverse customer base. He is particularly excited to see teenagers frequenting the restaurant and appreciates their willingness to sample new tastes.

The menu is filled with temptations. A variety of starters include homemade fried wontons, pork, chicken and vegetable spring rolls and salad rolls. If you are curious to taste an array of starters, the sample platter contains spring rolls, salad rolls, along with BBQ chicken, pork, beef and prawn skewers.

Stevestonites often refer to the restaurant simply as ‘Pho’, and indeed this is one of the restaurant’s specialties. Eight varieties of this popular and delicious noodle soup are featured. Accompanied by a side of bean sprouts and basil leaves, simply add them to your steaming bowl and you are in for a big treat. The chicken noodle pho (made with local free range chicken) is especially satisfying.

Other menu highlights include homemade won ton soup, a number of rice dishes (barbeque lemongrass chicken, sate beef, tamarind prawns), vermicelli noodle bowls (stir fried lemongrass beef or chicken, barbeque pork patties with spring rolls), along with stir fries (seafood, chicken, beef and vegetarian options are all offered), Vietnamese style Pad Thai, and fried rice dishes.

Be sure to save room for dessert. A meal at Steveston Village Vietnamese Restaurant is not complete until you have tasted the toasted coconut cake and tiramisu made daily by Justin Nguyen. As the busy manager and accountant, how he finds time to create these masterpieces is a complete mystery, however they are not to be missed. Justin Nguyen decided that in addition to deep-fried bananas with ice cream (the delectable traditional Vietnamese dessert), that a few more selections would be a nice addition to the menu. He began experimenting with recipes that appealed to him. It turns out they have become extremely popular, and people can’t stop talking about the coconut cake.

Positive word of mouth is vital for any business, and Steveston Village Vietnamese Restaurant excels in this department. With friendly and attentive service and excellent food, Steveston is buzzing about this wonderful addition to our community.

Steveston Village Vietnamese Restaurant
120-12480 No. 1 Rd
Richmond BC V7E 0A2
Telephone 604-370-3709
www.stevestonvietnamese.com

Bean and Beyond Cafe Bistro

Monday, February 17th, 2014

Davood Khatami and I met the morning after a big party hosted at Bean & Beyond Café Bistro. Khatami is in his element when his restaurant is filled with people talking, laughing and socializing.

He refers to the years he spent growing up in Iran, followed by time spent in Europe where coffeehouses serve as social hubs to meet, talk, write or read. When I compared Bean & Beyond to the television show “Cheers” (where everybody knows your name) Davood Khatami appeared flattered, as this is his vision for the intimate café. I pointed to a table by the window where I frequently see the same customers seated, and based on my descriptions he was able to name them all. This is Davood Khatami’s greatest pleasure; he loves getting to know his customers. Bean & Beyond has the feel of a Commercial Drive coffeehouse where socializing and soccer set the tone. He deliberately does not offer Wi-Fi in order to encourage a social environment.

Davood and Eileen Khatami bought the business in April 2008. Eileen Khatami is a Richmond native and convinced her husband to set up shop in Steveston. Over the years they have made changes including a major renovation, expanding the menu and obtaining a liquor license two years ago. They recently added “bistro” to the business name to distinguish it as being more than a coffeehouse.

After leaving war torn Iran in 1984 Davood Khatami spent a number of years in Europe, including time in Germany. In 1991 he came to Canada and established himself. He worked at a number of restaurants including The Boathouse, The Sandbar, White Spot and for a short while he owned a diner on Bridgeport Road in Richmond before purchasing Bean & Beyond.

The couple have four children under the age of 12; therefore Eileen Khatami is busy running their household in addition to doing all of the baking for the restaurant.

The busy little bistro is open daily from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Food is made daily, by hand, using only the freshest ingredients including Richmond’s Rabbit River free range eggs. The brunch menu includes Belgian waffles, breakfast panini, Eggs Benedict, quiche (made daily) and bagel and lox.

The lunch menu features a variety of popular grilled panini sandwiches such as rosemary ham with Emmenthaler cheese and roasted chicken with mango, red onion and tomato. Other offerings include curry chicken wraps with spring greens, chicken cashew spring green salad with tomato bruschetta and grilled focaccia, and a homemade soup of the day. The tempting baked goods include squares, cookies, shortbread, loaves, scones and muffins.

Community spirit is extremely important to Davood Khatami. Bean & Beyond has established a friendly soccer rivalry over the last four years with Steveston Barbers. The barbershop’s owner, Iain MacKelworth, and Davood Khatami had traded playful insults leading up to the England vs. Germany game at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. After England lost, MacKelworth had to don lederhosen and wave a German flag while dancing in the intersection of No. 1 Road and Moncton Street.

Building on this theme, this past spring the two merchants challenged one another’s businesses to an indoor soccer match at Sportstown, which became known as the Beanfica-Barberlona Charity Soccer Match. The teams were comprised of customers and special shirts were made for this fundraising event, with proceeds going to the Richmond Society for Community Living. They plan to make this an annual tournament and the next match takes place in March.

On Canada Day (as part of the Steveston Salmon Festival) Bean & Beyond hosts their biggest event of the year, a barbeque, which requires a work force of ten people. Davood Khatami is extremely enthusiastic about this event and would like to see the village bustling like this more frequently.

The World Cup is always a busy time at the bistro. Televisions are fired up and fans sit around eating, drinking beer and cheering for their favourite teams. October is another favourite month as Oktoberfest is celebrated with gusto. On set nights Bean & Beyond partners with Jens Hertha’s Steveston business, D-Original Sausage Haus, and offers beer, pretzels and bratwurst.

Monthly live music nights are also on the ‘menu.’ Check out the bistro’s Facebook page for regular updates on all scheduled events.

In addition to these special public ticketed dinners, you can book Bean & Beyond for private evening functions. If you are seeking an intimate venue to host a birthday, office party, meeting or private dinner Davood Khatami is at your service and will cater the event.

Tasty food, great coffee, and plenty of atmosphere are all part of the Bean & Beyond experience. Davood Khatami and his staff are guaranteed to welcome you warmly, and they may even recruit you to join the Bean & Beyond Café Bistro soccer team!

Bean and Beyond Cafe Bistro
120-12420 No. 1 Rd
Richmond BC V7E 6N2
Telephone: 604-277-2687
www.beanandbeyond.com

Mother’s Day: Steveston-style

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

Mark your calendar, Sunday May 13th is Mother’s Day. One mother that I know wishes she could wave a magic wand and have the day to herself, while other mums enjoy being treated like a queen on this special day. Since shopping local is always at the top of my list, here are some suggestions of ways to prepare for, and celebrate Mother’s Day, Steveston-style!

Breakfast in bed is always a popular way to start the day, along with a homemade card on the breakfast tray. Consider creating a menu in advance and offer mum several options so she can check off her preferences. Then head off with the kids on a shopping trip to acquire the required groceries. Perhaps a traditional rise and shine bacon and eggs breakfast? Or a vegetarian omelette accompanied by fruit and yogurt or a blueberry smoothie?

Heringers is the place to shop for breakfast fixings including free range eggs, bacon, cheese, bread and preserves (remember that they are closed on Sunday). Fruit and veggies aren’t far away at Veggie King Market.

New to Steveston is D-Original Sausage Haus. For lunch or dinner, they have it all – barbecue bratwurst, fine salamis, prosciutto hams and sandwich meats. All sausages are handcrafted by a fifth generation sausage maker.

Steveston Coffee Company hand roasts organic coffee beans. Consider Nikaido for their most popular teas, Cream Earl Grey or Steveston Blend, and check out their ceramics, including tea pots.

If you don’t feel like cooking breakfast visit Bean and Beyond, the Cannery Café or the Steveston Hotel.

Jewellery is synonymous with Mother’s Day and Pieces offers a great selection of Canadian jewellery including Karen Telio and Sugarlime. A gift certificate to Violet Hill Clothing would make a wonderfully fashionable present. If you are looking for flowers, Prickly Pear Garden Centre creates gorgeous floral arrangements. A gift certificate to Goegan Spa will guarantee “time out” for mum with their many luxurious treatments including massages, pedicures, manicures and facials.

For a hip and adventurous mum, Steveston Tattoo Company can make that tattoo that she has always dreamed of a reality. Or create a lasting memory and book a family portrait with Sandra Steier Photography. Her stunning work is featured regularly in Steveston Insider magazine.

Adorabelle Tea Room recently opened in the Old Courthouse on Third Avenue. Their afternoon tea is by reservation, and capacity is limited, so book ahead for Mother’s Day weekend. Don your casually elegant clothing, get your pinky finger ready, and prepare to sip tea, dine on tea sandwiches, fresh baked scones, and house-made petite sweets.
604-241-1947

Another fun place to hang out is Bell’s Bake Shop with its warm retro feel; you can pull up a chair, order a drink and cupcake, and inhale the cupcakes baking in the kitchen. If your willpower holds out you can take home some of Bell’s special Mother’s Day cupcakes for dessert.

The Sweet Spot offers some of the finest pastries around. Their coconut macaroons always keep customers coming back for more and they often sell out by lunchtime. In addition to house-made sandwiches, and Salt Spring Coffee they sell frozen soups and entrees to take home. Now if only they could bottle and sell the aroma which greets you when you walk in the door…

Sinfully the Best has recently expanded their space, and offers some of the best artisan chocolates that I have ever tasted. Handmade on the premises with quality ingredients, indulging in these chocolates is definitely a sin worth committing.

Lunch or dinner out is a nice way to give mum a break from the kitchen. Whether you choose sushi at Ichiro’s, Malaysian food at Kari House, Paesano’s for an Italian meal, a Mediterranean/West Coast brunch at Tapenade Bistro, or Blue Canoe Waterfront Restaurant’s maritime menu, the meal is sure to be memorable, and tasty.

Searching for a local outing? London Heritage Farm holds their annual Mother’s Day Tea from 12 to 5 p.m. on May 12 & 13. Reservations are recommended. Call
604-271-5220.

Plan a family walk at Garry Point and combine it with a picnic or fish and chips at Pajo’s, or hop on your bikes and cycle along the dyke. The options in Steveston are endless. We are so fortunate to live in this wonderful community.

To all the mums who work so hard year round to nurture your families – Have a very happy Mother’s Day.

by Sarah Gordon

Tapenade Bisto

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Tapenade Bistro celebrated its ninth anniversary in January, a milestone indeed in the ever changing world of restaurants. Tapenade Bistro has achieved what so many restaurants strive to be recognized for; their award-winning food, excellent wines and outstanding service.

In the early days, owner Vince Morlet had a vision that his restaurant would be an urban style bistro. Over time he realized that honouring what they do best is key, to be a neighbourhood bistro in the heart of Steveston village featuring French and Mediterranean inspired West Coast fare.  Their “simple, yet elegant” cuisine showcases the natural beauty of local, sustainable and seasonal ingredients in an appropriate and sumptuous manner. Morlet’s charm and warmth is inextricably linked to the ambience of Tapenade Bistro as he circulates the restaurant floor to welcome his customers.

Morlet was born in Los Angeles. His parents, originally from France, moved their family to Steveston when Morlet was fourteen-years-old.  After graduating from Steveston High, he began his career in the food industry as a waiter in a Richmond restaurant, and subsequently worked his way into hotel and restaurant management in Vancouver, Brazil and France. In that time he also earned a degree in Political Science and a Diploma in Hospitality.  He changed career paths briefly when he went into recruiting and head hunting, but returned in 2002 as a restaurateur and Tapenade Bistro was born.

Morlet’s paternal grandfather ran a café/delicatessen in Paris’s 20th arrondissement. Although Morlet never met his grandfather, he grew up seeing the enchanting black and white photographs of his grandfather’s Parisian establishment.

From day one the following perennial favourites have appeared on Tapenade Bistro’s menu: Bouillabaisse (which is ever evolving, subject to availability of seafood) and Black Olive Tapenade (which is absolutely delicious).  Other popular items which appear year round include Beef Short Rib, Beet Salad and Linguine Boscaiola.  Keeping the menu both seasonal and local is of utmost importance; therefore you will see a large portion of the menu change according to availability.

Recently appointed as Head Chef, Justin Cheung, will introduce his first menu in April.  As part of their commitment to sustainability, Tapenade Bistro supports local suppliers, and local farms including Terra Nova Farm.  They also take part in Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise sustainable seafood program which works directly with restaurants, markets, food services and suppliers to assist them in making ocean-friendly buying decisions.

Each winter Tapenade Bistro partners with local wineries to present their Winemakers Dinner Series. These special evenings pair six wines with six courses, and shine the spotlight on reputed B.C. winemakers who are present to discuss their wines. Next up is Poplar Grove on April 4th and La Frenz on April 25th, both from the Naramata Bench.  These dinners always sell out, so be sure to book quickly.

Tapenade Bistro has many long term staff that Morlet refers to as the “Tapenade family”.   Like so many business owners, Morlet spends many long days behind the scenes as he takes care of administrative work, meeting with vendors, promoting and marketing the restaurant, and he is on the restaurant floor during dining hours.

Morlet and his wife Juliana, who is a business analyst, have two sons, ages two and seven.  On his time off, Morlet enjoys checking out Vancouver’s restaurant scene.  Having spent 27 years of his life in Steveston he feels akin to the fishing village and believes the greatest things about Steveston are its size, the people, and the village’s unique position in the Lower Mainland.

As Vice-President of the Steveston Merchants Association’s Board of Directors, and one of its founding members, he is an active community liaison.  Morlet is also on the Executive Committee of Tourism Richmond’s Board of Directors. Tapenade Bistro is a supporter of YVR’s Golf for Kids annual fundraiser which assists children’s charities including Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.

As snowflakes are gently falling outside my window, I can think of no finer place to be than in a warm Mediterranean environment eating a bowl of Bouillabaisse.   Tapenade Bistro is yet another reason to not have to leave Steveston; it’s all here, well maybe not the Mediterranean heat, quite yet!

www.tapenade.ca

3711 Bayview Street

604-275-5188

written by Sarah Gordon,  photos by Sandra Steier