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Can't-Say-No Lunch Invite, Vancouver

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Hi all,

If you were hosting a luncheon in Vancouver for a group of 15-20 and wanted everyone to say YES and clear their schedule, where would you host? Ideally centrally located, not overly formal and a can't-pass-up spot for in-the-know types. Budget not major concern...business lunch, but no need for formal...

Thanks! Can't wait to hear ideas!

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  1. West appears to be dinner only, what about Hermitage? Other ideas? Thanks in advance!

    1. Il Giardino or a private Luncheon in Cioppinos Private room

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      1. re: bangkok

        Perfect! Any other ideas? Ideally the place would be a local favorite, chef-driven, farm/local produce driven and maybe even (dreaming now?) Spanish or Mediterranean inspired cuisine? Slow Food? Thanks!

        1. re: HomeCookKirsten

          Those are both great recs for a group that size. Cioppino's fills your other aesthetic requirements well.

      2. Cioppino's is no longer open for lunch. How about the new Regional Tasting Room (rtl) in Yaletown? (Spanish, Middle Eastern AND a local BC menu). Of course, the two hottest new can't-pass-up spots for in-the-know types are Market by Jean-Georges at the Shangri-La Hotel and Daniel Boulud's DB Bistro in Kits. Both are definitely open for lunch.

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        1. re: jfharvey

          Fantastic, no hotel restaurants, so does that leave DB? Any local fav's not a chain or celeb chef affiliated?

          RTL could work, right?

          1. re: jfharvey

            I know, I'm very demanding, but am ideally seeking local, independent, hotel-free, celeb-chef-free, chain-free, MUST go to local restaurant. The one where you get an invite and clear your calendar if you can....does this exist?

            If not, what is the next best.?

            Thanks!

          2. It's very hard to find decent restaurants open for lunch... Voya (but that's a hotel too), Italian Kitchen.

            DB has a private room (although oddly enclosed in glass). If you're looking for farm-driven food, I think you might be pleasantly surprised.

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            1. re: jfharvey

              Thanks JFHarvey,

              Would you actually recommend an evening event, or just compromise on location? What is the dining/social scene like for very in-the-know locals? Meaning, do locals (on business) go out for lunch, cocktails, or just reschedule?

              1. re: HomeCookKirsten

                I would move it to the evening when the hot spots are open.

                1. re: HomeCookKirsten

                  A smaller place, even if not normally open at that time, may be willing to do your lunch if you call and arrange the menu and everything ahead of time. Esp. for that many people and the right budget/menu. Never hurts to ask.

                  1. re: HomeCookKirsten

                    Chow Restaurant (which is very good and reasonably priced) is open for lunch.

                2. sorry, rtl is only open for dinner...

                  We are pleased to announce, r.tl is open for dinner from 4pm, 7 days a week.

                  Currently featuring Spanish, Middle Eastern and Coastal British Columbian fare, r.tl brings you dishes and flavours from new regions of the world every quarter.

                  With small sharing plates, r.tl offers versatile tastes and flavours and a unique experience.

                  A solid wine program reflects the regional concept featuring 30 wines by the glass using state of the art automatic wine machines, selected by the house sommelier Alain Canuel.

                  A classic cocktail program features 40+ classics and twists at the bar, served with premium and top-shelf liquors and spirits.

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                  1. re: jfharvey

                    Too bad Cioppino's is off the list....I didn't realize they had stopped lunch service.

                    How about Campagnolo (run by the same guys as Fuel)- it is definitely open for lunch and I do believe they have a private room in the back. The neighbourhood is a bit sketchy.

                  2. Vancouver simply doesn't have enough corporate clientele to support a thriving lunch scene. The busiest lunch spots are hotel restaurants, and there are some very good ones. Take Diva at the Met, for instance. Chef Dino Raenarts is president of the local Chef's Table Society. He's one of the most ardent supporters of small local farms and suppliers around. He recently hired Chef Jeff Van Geest as his chef de cuisine. Chef Van Geest is the former owner of Aurora Bistro, one of the most lauded, regional restaurants in the city (it even had a BC-only wine list). But if you really don't want a hotel restaurant, I'd say change your plans to dinner and go to Bishop's. John Bishop is the granddaddy of the locavore scene (the Alice Waters of Canada). And the restaurant is very highly acclaimed. Or Cioppino's, which is always excellent. Your in-the-know guests will line up to dine at either.

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                    1. re: jfharvey

                      Thank you all! Unfortunately with scheduling, lunch it must be...

                      I have (at present) started to narrow the options to Fuel, Boneta (they do private events for lunch) or DB Bistro. Any thoughts? Advice? Additional recommendations/considerations?

                      1. re: HomeCookKirsten

                        Still considering IlGiardino...and will see if Ciopino will open for a private event for lunch

                    2. - Fuel fits your bill pretty well. Won a bunch of awards, very local, well known chef. I wouldn't pass it up.

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                      1. re: Cancuk

                        Thanks everyone! I ended up going with Il Giardino and was very, very happy with the result.

                        Beautiful space, excellent service and even with a large group (20) the food was fantastic and all serving temperatures/doneness, etc. was lovely.

                        So fantastic!! Thanks everyone for your recommendations!