Spinning Plates

Grace Cheung | April 2012

How is it possible we are already into spring? But here we are—and it’s time to venture out again after a long, cold winter. Get out and try a new restaurant, revisit a tried-and-true, or stay out for a movie night—keep reading to see what we mean.

John Blakely—proprietor of Bistro Pastis—announced that he had purchased Bistro de Paris in February. After closing for several weeks for renovations, they reopened as Le Parisien earlier this month. Heading up the kitchen is Bistro Pastis’ executive chef Tobias Grignon and managing the front of the house is Geraldine Daugy.

On tasty Alberni Street, Desmond Chen of Thai House Restaurant Group celebrated the first year anniversary of Pink Elephant Thai. Soon after their grand opening Pink Elephant Thai launched their very popular $10 lunch sets, featuring two appetizers and a choice of curries, stir fries, fried noodles and rice with vegetarian options available too. And yes, their delicious Pad Thai is available as a lunch special.

Last month the Glowbal Group’s Society Dining Lounge launched its monthly movie night in Yaletown. Chef Alfred Contiga created a perfect snacking menu to accompany the movie, with popcorn shrimp and buffalo chicken wings available for just five bucks. Did someone say popcorn? Yes, that’s available too, and it’s free—if you want to fancy it up with truffle or parmesan toppings, those are available for just a dollar. Movie nights will be held on the first Wednesday of every month.

Also new to Yaletown is Urban Thai’s early delivery on weekends. They’ve always offered free delivery daily after 5 PM, but they are kicking it up a bit on the weekends. Delivery now starts at 3pm on Saturday and Sundays, so whether you are under the weather or just too lazy to head out after one of those nights they’ll take care of you with tasty Thai offerings delivered right to your door.

Want to find a great way to eat well and do good all at the same time this month? Anthony Sedlak and The American Cheesesteak Company have partnered up with the Karma Exchange to support the Savelugu Girls’ Education Project in Northern Ghana—from now until May 31, a donation of one dollar will be made from the sale of each large Cowboy sandwich. This popular sandwich is made with prime rib and a drizzle of bacon mayo, topped with fried onion strings, cheddar and a slightly spicy bbq sauce.

And if you’re looking for a truly indulgent event, be sure to check out California Dreaming, the Arts Club Spring Wine Dinner on April 17, held at West. Featuring six of California’s most noteworthy wineries, this fundraiser dinner showcases a five-course menu from Executive Chef Quang Dang, highlighting local ingredients paired with the best from Blackbird Vineyards, Dry Creek Vineyard, Duckhorn Wine Company, Dutcher Crossing Winery, Heitz Cellars and Silver Oak Cellars.

Spring is in the air…go out and feast!