Medina Down Under: An Australia Day Wine Dinner

We're taking a trip down under by hosting an exclusive Australia Day wine dinner that celebrates select wines that hail from some of Australia’s most famous wine-producing regions on Thursday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m in celebration of Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2017

Here’s an insider’s secret – Australia is in the midst of a ‘wine revolution’ and has earned a dedicated following of wine aficionados thanks to its top-shelf varietals.

Join us as we host a four-course feast that showcases a variety of wines selected by event partner Wines of Australia paired with the café’s signature brand of Mediterranean-inspired cuisine served up in a quaint, bistro-styled restaurant replete with plenty of old-world charm. Guests will share plenty of exhilarating styles loaded with freshness and character, harmonized with an array of dishes from the Medina kitchen.

Tickets for the event, which takes place on Thursday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m., are $79 plus tax, gratuity, and ticketing fees and include beverage pairings.

Café Medina: Front of the Line Movember Fundraiser

While Café Medina normally operates under a no-reservations policy, we’re giving you an opportunity to skip the line and book your table by donation throughout November with 100 per cent of proceeds to benefit the Movember Foundation.

From Nov. 1 to Nov. 30, we’re offering up three peak time slots each day — 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. — to those who pledge a $25 per-table donation to the Movember Foundation, a global charity that raises awareness of men’s health issues with the aim of helping men lead happier, healthier and longer lives. 

To select your time slot and make your donation, please visit Eventbrite

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.