Pride Cocktail Crawl Fundraiser

Café Medina is proud to pledge our support to the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation this July and August by taking part in the inaugural Pride Crawl Fundraiser to generate financial support for the Dr. Peter Centre in the city’s West End.

From July 14 through August 6, a number of Vancouver establishments, including Café Medina, will offer signature Pride-themed cocktails with partial proceeds to directly benefit the Dr. Peter Centre, which provides compassionate HIV care for British Columbians who face poverty, homelessness, mental illness, addictions and social isolation in addition to HIV.

Our Pride Crawl Cocktail is the ‘Ipanema,’ created by bartender Thiago Alves. This fresh and floral drink is made with cachaca, cointreau, lime, egg white, mint, rosewater and chili. $4 from every Ipanema cocktail sold during the fundraiser will be donated to the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation. 

Beyond raising funds for the Dr. Peter Centre, the Pride Crawl Fundraiser also aims to raise awareness of HIV and show support for the LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Queer, Two-Spirited) community, which comprises the majority of persons who receive care at the Dr. Peter Centre.

For more information about the Pride Crawl Fundraiser, visit

Update: Punches n' Brunches Fundraiser A Success!

Medina's Timothy Tejuco and Thiago Alves send a big thanks to those who attended the Punches n' Brunches Fundraiser on Monday, June 26, in support of the 6th annual Restaurant Rumble hosted by Aprons for Glovesa non-profit organization providing free after-school boxing programs to the youth and young adults of the Downtown Eastside.

With your support, Timothy and Tejuco were able to raise over $2000 for Aprons for Gloves! Without the help of the following event sponsors, this fundraising event would not have been possible: 

AmoVino Distributors
Bosa Foods
Four Winds Brewing
Postmark Brewing
Railtown Cafe/Catering
Strangefellows Brewing
The Vancouver Club
Two Rivers Specialty Meats


We're pairing up with Mealshare for International Waffle Day.

Cafe Medina is inviting our fans, friends and family to come together and support the local community and a worthy cause in Mealshare while celebrating International Waffle Day on Saturday, March 25. 
For one day only, we will offer our signature Liège waffles as a Mealshare-branded menu item, meaning that for each waffle sold, we will donate the funds to provide a complementary meal to local youth in need at no extra cost to you. This initiative is in addition to the more than 10,175 meals and counting that the daytime hotspot has already donated through the Canadian charity since 2014.  

Medina & Mealshare

We are very proud to be partnered with Mealshare, a non-profit dedicated to fighting hunger in Canada and around the world. For every Mealshare-branded menu item purchased at our restaurant, we will provide one meal to a youth in need, through Mealshare. Most of the financial support stays here in our local community to provide meals at KidSafe and Breakfast Club of Canada. KidSafe helps make school break a time of health and happiness for vulnerable Vancouver children. Breakfast Club of Canada provides access to a healthy morning meal before school in an environment that allows children’s self- esteem to grow and flourish. Both these amazing organizations use food as the catalyst for change, by offering meals in order to create better experiences around education. The remaining support we provide to Mealshare goes to provide meals to children in developing countries through Save the Children. 

There is no extra fee or action required to participate in Mealshare. So, next time you stop by, look for the Mealshare logo. It’s a small act that makes a big difference. Check out to learn more.

Medina Down Under: An Australia Day Wine Dinner

Café Medina invites you to take a trip down under by hosting an exclusive Australia Day Wine Dinner on Thursday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. as part of the 2017 Dine Out Vancouver Festival.

The dinner, featuring five inspired courses by Chef Adam Perrier, will be paired with an array of wines hailing from celebrated wine-producing regions of Australia. 

Wine pairings for the evening will be hand selected by Manager and Sommelier Jenna Briscoe along with well-known Vancouver wine personality Jason Yamasaki, sommelier for Joey Restaurants’ Group and 2015 Vancouver International Wine Festival Sommelier of the Year.


Turkish-style Lentil Falafel
Grilled Halloumi Cheese, Endive
Jansz Sparkling NV, Pipers River, Tasmania

Ras el Hanout Spiced Scallop
Citrus Mint Compressed Cucumbers, Baby Herb Salad,
Orange Blossom Drizzle
Mount Pleasant Elizabeth Hunter Valley Semillon 2007, Hunter Valley
Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling 2015, Eden Valley

Fenugreek Harissa Rack of Lamb
Israeli Couscous and Kabocha Squash Curry, Charred Eggplant
Yalumba Old Bush Vine Grenache 2014, Barossa
Yangarra Estate McLaren Vale Grenache 2014, McLaren Vale

Grilled Hanger Steak
Chimichurri, Roasted King Oyster Mushroom, Spiced Kale Chips, Pomegranate Jus
Torbreck 2013 Woodcutters Shiraz 2013, Barossa Valley
Wynns Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Coonawarra

Belgian Liege Waffle
Rosemary Caramelized Pears, Crème Glacée
Innocent Bystander Moscato 2015, Yarra Valley

Tickets are $106.88 per person inclusive of tax, gratuity and ticketing fees, and may be purchased  online. Select the link below to see the ticketing page. 

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.

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

This event is now sold out!

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.