Vancouver, B.C. (April 13, 2014) – Michael Doyle has been appointed President of Toptable Group, announced Francesco Aquilini, Managing Partner, Aquilini Group (AG). In his new role, Mr. Doyle will be responsible for the overall operation and performance of the award-winning group comprising of four renowned restaurants – Araxi, CinCin, Blue Water Cafe, and West – as well as celebrated chocolaterie, patisserie, and cafe, Thierry.
“I am thrilled to have Michael leading the Toptable Group team,” stated Aquilini. “With over two decades of food and beverage management and operations experience, Michael will continue the legacy for which these extraordinary restaurants are known.”Mr. Doyle commenced his capacity as President of Toptable Group on March 18, 2014 and will work closely with Toptable Group founder Jack Evrensel – now engaged in a consulting capacity – for a seamless transition and continuity of the high-level experience guests have come to expect.
Previously, Mr. Doyle served as Vice President, Food & Beverage as part of a ten-year career with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. In Toronto, he oversaw the food and beverage operations at the Air Canada Centre, BMO Field, and Ricoh Coliseum. He designed and built E11even and Real Sports Bar & Grill, which was voted North America sports bar of the year in 2010, both located in Maple Leaf Square. Mr. Doyle spent ten years in senior management positions with The Club House Restaurant in California and The Walt Disney Company, and is currently part of the executive team at Aquilini Group.
Mr. Doyle’s success in the industry can be attributed to his ongoing pursuit of excellence, unwavering passion and commitment to provide first-class food and premium hospitality experiences.
One of Canada’s leading hospitality groups, Toptable Group has four elegant, yet approachable, restaurants in Vancouver and Whistler: Araxi, CinCin, Blue Water Cafe and West, as well as the chocolaterie, patisserie and café, Thierry. More information can be found online atwww.toptable.ca.MEDIA CONTACTS
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TED opens in Vancouver on Monday, March 17 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
The conference will for the first time provide free live stream access to accredited secondary school, university, library, community centre and NGO in the following communities: Burnaby, Coquitlam, Delta, Langley, New Westminster, North Vancouver, Richmond, Squamish, Surrey, Vancouver, Victoria, West Vancouver and Whistler.
If you live or work in Yaletown there will be two accessible venues to watch TED live:
- BC Place Stadium, Terry Fox Plaza, Jumbotron (outdoors)
- Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
The talks will stream live from 10:30 AM to 7:45 PM until March 21.
TED Vancouver will be held March 17 – 21 at the Vancouver Convention Centre and a satellite event, TEDactive, will be located in Whistler.
As thousands of athletes get ready for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, halfpipe snowboarder Crispin Lipscomb was scrambling to raise funds for his Olympic dream two weeks before the event.
The 34-year-old was an Olympian in 2006 at the Games in Torino, the only Canadian halfpipe competitor to advance to a final. He didn’t qualify for Vancouver’s 2010 Olympics, and so decided to retire from competition and take up the equally challenging job of coaching: an experience full of adventure, to say the least.
Crispin coached fellow snowboarder Katie Tsuyuki and was ecstatic when she qualified for the 2014 Games. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to travel to Sochi as a coach — so what did he do? He entered himself, of course. Crispin qualified to attend the Games on January 21, 2014, a mere week before training in Switzerland started. This meant he needed to fundraise — fast! Crispin was introduced to 6S Marketing through a mutual business connection, and a partnership was quickly formed. Crispin was not a shoe-in for the Olympics and did not have big corporate sponsors in place, so 6S Marketing was able to provide sponsorship funds to help with much-needed travel and equipment expenses.
The Yaletown community is thrilled that 6S Marketing has generously chosen to support Crispin Lipscomb. That spirit is very much in keeping with the Olympic games and we hope it will inspire others to do something special for our Canadian athletes.
We’re all eagerly awaiting Crispin’s debut on February 11th at 2 PM Sochi time.
Source: 6S Marketing
JAN 17 – FEB 2, 2014
Dine Out Vancouver returns this year from January 17th until February 2nd! This annual event invites you to try new restaurants and new menu items throughout the city by offering set menus at fixed prices of $18, $28 and $38.
The list of participating restaurants and menus have been revealed, and this year’s Dine Out Vancouver Festival brings a record-setting 263 restaurants to the table. Go to dineoutvancouver.com and make your reservations today.
Want to dine out for a year? Bring your smartphone with you to dinner and enter the Dine Out For a Year contest. Submit pictures and videos of your Dine Out experiences with Instagram, Twitter or Facebook and every day of the festival, one entrant chosen by a panel of judges will win a gift certificate to a participating restaurant. At the end of the Dine Out Vancouver Festival, a Grand Prize winner will be selected among all submitted entries to take home 52 gift certificates to some of the city’s top restaurants.
Participating restaurants and menus are now online at www.dineoutvancouver.com
Find your dining experience in Yaletown at one of these participating restaurants:
- Bistro Sakana | (604) 633-1280
- Brix Restaurant and Wine Bar | (604) 915-9463
- Caché Bistro and Lounge | (604) 558-1269
- Cactus Club Cafe Yaletown | (604) 685-8070
- George Lounge | (604) 628-5555
- Glowbal Grill Steaks and Satay | (604) 602-0835
- Hamilton Street Grill | (604) 331-1511
- Hapa Izakaya Yaletown | (604) 681-4272
- Hub Restaurant Yaletown | (604) 696-0400
- Hurricane Grill Yaletown | (604) 488-0555
- The Keg Steakhouse and Bar Yaletown | (604) 633-2534
- La Pentola della Quercia | (604) 642-0557
- La Terrazza | (604) 899-4449
- Minami Restaurant | (604) 685-8080
- The New Oxford | (604) 609-0901
- Paulies Kitchen and Distillery Bar | (604) 669-2255
- Provence Marinaside | (604) 681-4144
- Raw Canvas | (604) 687-1729
- Romer’s Burger Bar Yaletown | (604) 559-7210
- Society Dining Lounge | (604) 629-8800
- Urban Thai Bistro | (604) 408-7788
- Yaletown Brewing Company | (604) 681-2739
- Yaletown L’Antipasto | (604) 558-1174
About Dine Out Vancouver Festival:
Produced by Tourism Vancouver and presented by American Express, Dine Out Vancouver Festival is a city-wide celebration of eating out, attracting tens of thousands of local and visiting foodies to Vancouver’s exceptionally diverse collection of restaurants for 17 days. Now in its 12th year, Canada’s largest restaurant festival allows diners to sample menus from hundreds of restaurants around the city, all for a prix fixe cost (price points are $18, $28 and $38 per person) and many with suggested BC VQA pairings (available at an additional cost). Dine Out also features special hotel room rates and packages, plus a full menu of unique food-themed events, seminars and activities. Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2014 runs from January 17 to February 2. Wines of British Columbia is a festival partner, and supplier partners include All You Need is Cheese and OneCoffee. dineoutvancouver.com
Tourism Vancouver’s focus is on building exceptional customer relationships with meeting planners, travel influencers, travel media and independent tourists. The organization’s brand essence is about “exceeding expectations”.
Photo Credit: Gabriel Pollard
From upbeat dancing to laid back relaxing, Yaletown has your New Year’s Eve party. We’re constantly adding more parties to this list as they’re announced.
Here’s our latest list of Yaletown venues where you can ring in the new year on Dec 31, 2013.
(Prices are subject to change)
Bar None (1222 Hamilton St): New York, New York NYE 2014
The city that never sleeps will be transported to Yaletown this New Year’s Eve as Bar None brings you right into the heart of Time Square, New York, New York! And it doesn’t stop there, we will be giving away a 3 night, VIP trip for two to NYC to see one of the world’s top DJs at a premiere New York nightclub. Then usher in the New Year with complimentary champagne at the stroke of midnight while DJ’s Downlowe & Relik keep the dance floor pumpin’ with open format hits til 4am.
10pm – 4am | $25 Early Bird | Tickets available from Clubzone click here
Glowbal Grill (1079 Mainland St): Celebrate the Yaletown way!
Join us for a pre-celebration dinner from 4:30pm where guests can enjoy all of their glowbal grill favorites, along with a feature Gala Platter Menu! Come in to AFTERglow for your New Year’s countdown and celebrate over cocktails!
4:30pm till late | $48 NYE Platter | Reservations contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (604) 602-0835
Hamilton Street Grill (1009 Hamilton St): NYE
Join us to ring in the New Year with our wine and food pairing event. Enjoy a multi course meal paired with selected wines in an intimate setting.
Canapes at 8:30, dinner seating shortly after.
8:30pm till late | $85 | (604) 331-1511 for reservations
Killjoy (1120 Hamilton St): Midnight in Paris
Bonsoir! Celebrate this New Year’s Eve in the city of light as Yaletown’s only basement nightclub takes you to Midnight in Paris! Experience the thrill of Paris while dancing the night away with Parisian inspired decor, french maids and sexy mimes as we ring in the New Year with great party favours and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight with special guest DJ ZAK SANTIAGO rockin’ the dance floor til 4am with open format hits.
9pm – 4am | $25 Early Bird | Tickets available from Clubzone click here
Dinner and dancing
8pm – late | $35 Early Bird | Tickets available from Clubzone, click here
Society (1257 Hamilton St): NYE at SOCIETY Yaletown
Yaletown’s biggest and best New Year’s celebration! The party commences at 9:00pm – tickets are $100.00 and include a limited open bar, canapés, midnight countdown and balloon drop!
Heading elsewhere for midnight? Join us for an early dinner from 4:30-7:00pm.
9pm – late | $100 | Reservations contact email@example.com or (604) 629-8800
V Lounge (1095 Mainland St. above Earl’s Yaletown): Party for a Cure
Escape from the typical New Year’s Eve event this year and join us for something different. You will be treated to an intimate party with amazing hors d’oeuvres, fun casino games, a champagne toast, and your favourite music all night long.
All in support of the BC Cancer Foundation!
8pm – 2am | $50 | Tickets available from Clubzone, click here
Hosting a New Year’s Eve party and don’t see it listed here? Email Bert with your party details
For the first time ever, twelve Vancouver area business improvement associations have united to kick off a city-wide initiative called Black Friday Vancouver. From November 29th to December 1st, Vancouver retailers, spas and restaurants will be offering amazing deals and activities to drive holiday sales and keep locals shopping at home.
The Yaletown Business Improvement Association is delighted to announce the second annual CandyTown, downtown Vancouver’s only free outdoor Christmas festival. The festival is being hosted and produced by the merchants of Yaletown through the Yaletown Business Improvement Association, which sees Vancouver’s heritage district transformed into a winter wonderland.
On November 23, 2013 from 12 pm to 9 pm, CandyTown will draw on the seasonal theme of candy to deliver a fun, memorable day for kids of all ages—from families with young children to groups of adults who want to get in on the holiday spirit.
Little ones will delight in visiting Santa at the North Pole (from 1 pm to 6 pm), taking a horse-drawn carriage ride from the Yaletown Brewing Company station (the 15-minute ride circulates Mainland and Hamilton streets) and participating in crafts, face painting and balloon twisting at the Starlight Children’s Foundation tent. Watch ice sculpture in the making at Bill Curtis Square (from 2 pm to 7 pm), pose for a photo op with Santa and any of the roaming street characters, and enjoy holiday music courtesy of roaming musicians, street buskers and music tents. And because it just wouldn’t be a Christmas celebration without festive trees, guests may view decorated Christmas trees in Bill Curtis Square and pick out a tree to take home from the Yaletown Rotary Club lot.
A popular attraction last year, the All I Want for Christmas Gift Market will brim with tempting treats and gorgeous gifts. Food vendors will include Big Red’s Poutine, Coquettish Cupcakes, Maple Sugar Shack, The Pie Hole, BeaverTails Pastry and many more. The market is the perfect place to get a head start on holiday shopping, thanks to Discolemonade Designs, Fine Finds, Missy May Bags, Ildiko Jewellery and 3H Craftworks. Candy Hut will be selling beautifully decorated gingerbread houses, and the Yaletown BIA will be distributing free shopping bags filled with deals and steals.
“As downtown’s only free winter festival, CandyTown is for anyone with a sweet tooth, a hankering for shopping or someone who just wants to come and play outside,” says Annette O’Shea, Executive Director of the Yaletown BIA. “It’s a great place to have some fun, and support the many charities that need help at Christmas. Where else can you enjoy a CandyTown cocktail and a free horse drawn carriage ride?”
CandyTown attendees are invited to donate to the BC Children’s Hospital, Vancouver Food Bank and Starlight Children’s Foundation. The Donnelly Group returns with their charity toy drive tent and will make a donation on behalf of The Donnelly Foundation. 3H Craftworks joins in on the spirit of giving by offering a by-donation gift wrapping station and holiday gift bags available for purchase.
CandyTown will take place on Saturday, November 23 from 12 pm to 9 pm on Mainland Street in Yaletown. This outdoor Christmas festival is free, open to the public and promises to ignite the festive spirit in all guests.
The American Crew Competition is about innovation, style and some of the most talented hair stylists in the world.
As a Country winner – Finalists will receive national press coverage, recognition as the top stylists from their country, and a chance to be selected as one of the 15 finalists to represent their country at the Global competition.
Moods Hair Salon
1070 Mainland St,
Vancouver, BC V6B 2T4
Getting us ready for Halloween, The Roundhouse Community Centre helped kick off the spooky season with Thrill the World Vancouver!
As part of an annual event international event, Thrill the World brings together like-minded zombies to dance to Michael Jackson’s classic “Thriller”. This year, Thrill the World happened at the Roundhouse Turntable on Saturday October 26.
Taste of Yaletown will be hosting its 9th anniversary in 2013. Bringing together the talents of chefs with culinary treasures in the best dining district in Vancouver, Taste of Yaletown is a showcase of tastes, treats, sips and sights.
From October 16th-27th, Yaletown kitchens will offer featured menus, special tastings and innovative pairings to tempt the most adventurous foodie. With a fresh approach to fixed price menus of $25, $35 and $45 restaurants will offer any combination of food and drink or even special in-house events.
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