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Two Chefs

 The Vancouver dining experience has changed incredibly over the last 25 years or so, and while most city dwellers know and experience a wide variety of international cuisines on a daily basis, this wasn’t always the case.

For Karl Gregg of Two Chefs and a Table, growing up on the Sunshine Coast in the 70s and 80s meant that trips to the big city were visits to a very different world. The highlight of each visit was the visit to Chinatown where his parents would visit the specialty shops to restock on things they couldn’t find at home then take all the family to eat one of the classic Chinatown restaurants like the legendary Green Door Restaurant, the Ho Inn or Mings.

Everything was fascinating to young eyes—the volume, the hustle and bustle, and the different flavours like black bean sauces, chili pastes, thick egg drop soups, won ton soups and even fried rices. Those restaurants are long gone, and with them have disappeared the flavours remembered fondly by so many who grew up in Vancouver.

Two Chefs and a Table is going to honour the Chinatown food of their youth with a new menu of classic dishes recreated as they were originally made: with fresh ingredients, sauces made from scratch and full of the intense original flavours.

The dishes on the menu will include classics like Smoked Beef Tongue, Sticky Ribs, housemade BBQ Pork, Szechuan Beans, Sui Gow, Jellied Hocks and Ginger Garlic Short Rib, alongside other favourites.

“Asian food is one of my passions and it’s all rooted in the Chinatown flavours of my youth,” said Karl Gregg. “I was a part of the team which developed the menu and opened the Red Door Asian Grill and I always promised myself that I’d do a retro Chinese menu to bring back some of the dishes that I grew up on.”

The Two Chefs Chinese menu will be served family style for groups of 2, 4 or 6 and each dinner will include cocktails or beer. A special Suckling Pig dinner for up to 8 people will be available with a 48-hour pre-order for $500. This dinner will be served on the Chef’s Grand Table and served with all accompaniments.

The menu will be served nightly from Wednesday to Saturday starting May 29th and ending June 15th. Two Chefs and a Table is located at 305 Alexander St. and reservations may be made by calling 778-233-1303. 

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gatsbyWe’re offering another great way to join the Roaring Twenties Great Gatsby party this Saturday!

If live Jazz and drinks is more your speed than a sit-down dinner, just drop in after 8pm to catch Juno-nominated Cory Weeds and his combo play some classics from the Gatsby era, and enjoy tasting Roaring Twenties wines and a selection of delicious wines-on-tap. If you’re hungry, you can order from an a-la-carte menu of our Gatsby-inspired dishes.

Gatsby Platter $22

A mix of

Devilled Eggs: free range eggs, crispy chicken skin, smoked paprika
Gougeres: with bacon, goat’s and blue cheeses
Salmon rilettes: house smoked salmon, thyme butter, toast points

Pate $12
Housemade pickles, hot mustard and crostini, toast points

Butcher block $19
Housemade and local meats, pickled veg and mustards

Cheese board $19
Local and imported cheeses, pinot grape puree, apples, crisps

Classic Shrimp Cocktail $12
Seared shrimp, chili aioli and spicy horseradish aioli

For more information, email info@twochefsandatable.com or call (604) 566-9463.

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gatsby party rev_may1Get into the Gatsby mood with Two Chefs and a Roaring Twenties Wines

Two Chefs and a Table and Vancouver Urban Winery are pleased to announce a celebratory Roaring Twenties Gatsby Dinner at Vancouver Urban Winery on Saturday, May 11th. These Railtown neighbours are teaming up for a special night that features prohibition-era dishes from the Two Chefs “Gatsby” menu along with and Roaring Twenties Wines and live jazz from Vancouver legend Cory Weeds.

The party will close out the very successful Gatsby pop-up restaurant with a flourish and get attendees in true twenties spirit with dancing, drinks and great food. Vancouver Urban Winery’s renovated 1920s building will be decorated in period style with candlelight as guests enjoy a three-course meal from the Two Chefs team, paired with Roaring Twenties wines.

Jazz impresario Cory Weeds is not only the proprietor of the Jazz Cellar, ranked as one of the top 100 Jazz Clubs in the World by Downbeat Magazine, he’s a heck of a player too. Cory will be on hand with his combo to play classics from the big band and swing eras.

“We really wanted to end The Gatsby” pop-up with a party and Vancouver Urban Winery was the perfect partner for this event” said Chef Karl Gregg. “Their space, their brand and their vision bring so much to help us celebrate the Roaring Twenties in style.”

On May 11th, the doors will open for mingling and appetizers at 6pm, dinner will be served at 8pm and the lounge will open from 9pm-late for drinks and live music. Tickets for this party are just $75 including a three-course dinner with paired drinks. may be purchased through Eventbrite.com or at the winery.

For more information on Vancouver Urban Winery visit: vancouverurbanwinery.com

For more information on Two Chefs and a Table visit twochefsandatable.com

For more information on Cory Weeds and the Cellar Jazz Club: cellarjazz.com

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