Medina After Dark: Chefs' Kitchen Party

The culinary stars align at Café Medina as we opens our doors for an exclusive Medina After Dark event that will see six top local chefs join forces with Medina’s Deniz Tarakcioglu and Adam Perrier to host a Chefs’ Kitchen Party on Monday, June 6. 

We're pleased to welcome Chefs Dan Larsen (La Quercia), Alex Ploughman (Consulting Chef), Joël Watanabe (Bao Bei, Kissa Tanto), Nico Schuermans (Chambar), David Robertson (The Dirty Apron) and Eleanor Chow (Cadeaux Bakery) for this reception-style communal feast.


MEDINA AFTER DARK: CHEFS' KITCHEN PARTY MENU
 
Crispy Pork Belly, Soft Quail’s Egg, Spicy Tomato Vinaigrette
Moroccan Spiced Albacore, Chermoula, Pickled Shallots
Fried Sweet Baby Peppers stuffed with Roasted Garlic Capriny
- Chef Adam Perrier, Café Medina
 
Octopus, Peppers and Bagna Càuda
Salad of Beets, Burrata and Pistachio
- Chef Dan Larsen, La Quercia
 
Spot Prawn Ceviche, Black Garlic, Fennel, Brioche
Spring Pea Falafel, Baby Lettuce, Radish, Tahini Labna, Pickled Strawberries
- Chef Alex Ploughman, Consulting Chef

Karadeniz-style Flatbread, Spicy Lamb, Preserved Lemons, Chilies, Garlic, Tomatoes, Herbs
Salad of Romaine Hearts, Garlicky Anchovy Yoghurt, Grated Sour Cucumbers, Mint
- Chef Deniz Tarakcioglu, Café Medina
 
Veal-stuffed Calamari
Bisque of Spot Prawns
- Chef Nico Schuermans, Chambar
 
Southern Indian Lamb Curry, Basmasti with Saffron
Currants and Pistachio, Coconut Chutney
Cilantro and Mint Yogurt
- Chef Joel Watanabe, Bao Bei/Kissa Tanto
 
Sherry and Maple Roasted Rack of Pork, Calvados-braised Onions, Bitters
Crispy Thai Basil and Kale Salad, Spicy Honey Lime Vinaigrette
- Chef David Robertson, The Dirty Apron
 
Cheesecake Parfait, Honeydew Ribbons, Berry Compote and Caramelized Honey
Decadent Chocolate Cake
- Chef Eleanor Chow, Cadeaux Bakery

Beer, Wine, Cocktails


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Writer, Blocked: A Benefit for Michael White

Luminaries from the hospitality and media industries are banding together to support one of their own at Café Medina on Wednesday, Mar. 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. as they host Writer, Blocked: A Benefit for Michael White. 

This past August, White — a former senior editor overseeing food and drink coverage at Vancouver Magazine and award-winning author of music biography Popkiss: The Life and Afterlife of Sarah Records — was days away from departing from the magazine to embark on a series of special projects when he began suffering painful and constant spasms in his neck muscles that caused his head to pull backward and convulse involuntarily. He was soon diagnosed with a form of cervical dystonia, or spasmodic torticollis, a rare and debilitating chronic neurological movement disorder. 

With no medical coverage and faced with the sudden loss of his livelihood and independence, a number of supporters — including the BC Hospitality Foundation — stepped forward and donated much-needed funds for White to travel to clinics in both Toronto and New Mexico, where he sought specialized treatments for the incurable condition.  

In keeping with that spirit, friends, associates and former colleagues are continuing the goodwill groundswell for White by organizing Writer, Blocked: A Benefit for Michael White, a reception-style fundraising event featuring canapés provided by Café Medina, cheese and charcuterie by La Grotta Del Formaggio and dessert by Bella Gelateria.

Guests will sip on wine donated from See Ya Later Ranch and cocktails mixed by Lauren Mote (2015 ‘Bartender of the Year’ by both the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards and Diageo World Class Canada) and bid on silent auction items from a number of supporters, including: Café Medina, ARC Restaurant, Bel Café, Bittered Sling Bitters, Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar, Chloë Angus Designs, Fairmont Empress, Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Fairmont Pacific Rim, Fairmont Vancouver Airport, Helijet, Frilly Lilly, Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House, L’Abattoir, Le Creuset, Long Table Distillery, Minami, Odd Society Spirits, Pidgin Resturant, Railtown Cafe, Royal Dinette, Sai Woo, Tacofino, The Westin Bayshore, Thomas Haas Chocolates & Pâtisserie, Tinhorn Creek Vineyards, Vancouver Brewery Tours, Vancouver TheatreSports League and many more.

Tickets to Writer, Blocked: A Benefit for Michael White cost $49 per person plus tax, and may be purchased via Eventbrite. Cash donations via Eventbrite are also appreciated. All proceeds from ticket sales and silent auction items will be donated to White as he continues to seek specialized treatment, and to supplement living costs while he is unable to generate income through employment. 

Anti-Valentine’s Day at Café Medina

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This year, flip the script on all the hearts, flowers and unmet expectations and join Café Medina to celebrate “Anti-Valentine’s Day” with a communal, all-inclusive feast for singles, couples, friends, family and groups alike.

Beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 14, the eponymous daytime restaurant will mark the occasion with a special evening service that includes a five-course gourmet menu, glass of sparkling wine upon arrival and live music.

- ANTI-VALENTINE’S DINNER MENU - 

Sparkling Wine Upon Arrival

Freshly Shucked Oysters
Smoked Salmon Roe, Champagne Mignonette

Torchon of Foie Gras
Poached figs, flatbread

Marinated Beets and Baby Carrots
Granny Smith Apple Crisps, Pomegranate Chèvre, Toasted Marcona Almonds, Sherry Vinaigrette

Spiced Duck Breast
Crispy Shallots, Pomme Fondant, Watercress, Currant Jus
- or - 
Ras el Hanout Black Cod
Burnt Orange Caramel, Israeli Couscous, Roasted Eggplant, Cured Tomato

Vanilla Cardamom Gâteau
Pistachio Rosewater Ice Cream, Sponge Toffee

A limited number of seats for Café Medina’s Anti-Valentine’s Dinner are available for $69 per person plus tax and gratuity. Beverages over and above the reception sparkling wine are additional. Ticket available via Eventbrite.

 

Make Mine Mediterranean: Café Medina on the Culinary Stage at Whistler's Cornucopia

On Sunday, November 8 from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m., catch owner Robbie Kane and Chef Deniz Tarakcioglu on the Culinary Stage at Whistler's Cornucopia as they give guests a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the makings of Café Medina's signature Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. 

For more information and tickets, please visit www.whistlercornucopia.com.

Share your #MedinaMemory...and win!

We're celebrating our first anniversary at our new home at 780 Richards Street, and we want to hear from the people who have made our success possible — YOU!  

HOW TO ENTER:

Until August 31, SHARE your favourite #MedinaMemory on the notepads provided in our café. It could be anything from a favourite meal or design detail, to a first date or secret crush. SNAP a photo and share it on Instagram with the hashtag #MedinaMemory for an extra entry!  

A randomly selected participant will WIN a one-night stay at the L'Hermitage Hotel, as well as brunch for two at Café Medina — and a chance to create all new memories with us. We'll also be giving away two additional prizes of brunch for two!

To kick off our #MedinaMemory contest, we're sharing the serendipitous story of how owner Robbie Kane met his wife, Medina. Read it here!

Café Medina and Mealshare host Waffle Breakfast with Mission Possible

On this year's International Waffle Day on March 25, Café Medina was honoured to partner with local charity Mission Possible through the Mealshare program. For every one of our signature Belgian Liège waffles ordered that day, we pledged to feed one person in need in our community. 

On June 16, Café Medina and Mealshare organized a special waffle breakfast at the Mission Possible headquarters in the Downtown Eastside, sharing hundreds of our Liége waffles with those less fortunate.

NovusTV host Alyssa Dawson was on location at Mission Possible to capture all of the action from this unforgettable and inspiring morning. Watch the full video here.

Café Medina is a year-round supporter of the Mealshare program. With the order of each “Le Peameal” bacon and egg sandwich served every day at the restaurant, we donate a meal back to those in need.  

#MedinaMemory: How owner Robbie Kane met his wife, Medina

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Every great romance has an auspicious beginning. A chance meeting. A sideways glance. A certain spark that lights the flame. In the case of Café Medina owner Robbie Kane, it was equal parts fate, serendipity and pure kismet that led him to find the love of his life in the most likely of places — his own restaurant.  

It was back in 2008, shortly after Robbie opened the doors of Café Medina in its original Crosstown location that his great romance began.  

After being called into work on a rainy Saturday morning that what was supposed to be his first day off since opening in January, his attention was captured by a woman who was sitting alone at a table for two. She voluntarily offered to Robbie to give up her seat for another party that had arrived, and instead sit at the bar. Her name? None other than Medina.  

Originally from Edmonton, Medina, an actress and writer, had recently landed back in Vancouver after being on tour when she spotted the eponymous café and wandered in for the first time, just two weeks after it had opened. Two months later she returned, and began a conversation with Robbie that soon blossomed into a romance.  

It was just three years after that initial encounter that Robbie and Medina were married, and one year later they welcomed their son, Jude.  

Had Robbie opted to name the café “Gypsy” — his original intention — Medina might never have graced the restaurant with her presence. However, fate played its hand and lit a fuse that still burns brightly today.

DO YOU HAVE YOUR OWN #MEDINAMEMORY TO SHARE WITH US?

Until August 31, SHARE your favourite #MedinaMemory on the notepads provided in our café. It could be anything from a favourite meal or design detail, to a first date or secret crush. SNAP a photo and share it on Instagram with the hashtag #MedinaMemory for an extra entry!  

A randomly selected participant will WIN a one-night stay at the L'Hermitage Hotel, as well as brunch for two at Café Medina — and a chance to create all new memories with us. We'll also be giving away two additional prizes of brunch for two!

Shake Things Up With New Signature Cocktails from Café Medina

We’re giving guests a whole new reason to visit with the launch of our new lineup of signature cocktails by Bar Manager Trixie Blümel, as well as weekday "Golden Hour" happy hour features.

With handcrafted syrups and infusions, distinctive garnishes and fresh-squeezed juices, our cocktails are every bit as true to the Mediterranean flavours that have defined our trademark eclectic cuisine since 2008.

During Golden Hour from 2 – 3 p.m. Monday to Friday, guests can enjoy all of our enlightened libations for $7, along with local draught beer for $5.

 - COCKTAIL MENU -  

Majorelle
Lemon Myrtle-infused Gin, Lemongrass, Fresh Lemon Juice, 
Mint, Egg White, Marrakech Aromatic
$11

Al Maghrib
Driftwood IPA, Fresh Grapefruit Juice, Green Tea, Tequila, 
Orange & Juniper Bitters, Grapefruit Peel
$10

Mimouna No. 1
Sparkling Wine, Fresh Orange Juice, House-Spiced Honey, 
Amaro Montenegro, Pink Peppercorn Shell
$10

Moroccan Mary
Vodka, Gin or Tequila, Fresh Tomato Juice, Celery Bitters, Fresh Lime Juice, 
House Spice Mix, Pickles, Cilantro, Smoked Salt, Paprika and Sumac Rim
$9/$11

Scarlet’s Apéritif
Lillet, Yuzu Citrus Juice, Crabapple Bitters, Fentiman’s Tonic, Fresh Cucumber
$10

Fez Hat
Smoky Mezcal, Green Chartreuse, Fresh Green Apple, Riesling, 
Fresh Lime Juice, Peaty Scotch-Soaked Green Apple
$12