Anyone who has followed the movements of Chef Jefferson Alvarez over the past year knows how incredibly busy he has been, jumping from one venue to another, whilst hosting a number of food-focused pop-ups and gatherings in the city. Now the Venezuelan-born chef has finally found a permanent home in Kitsilano.
Partnering up with the new owners, mother and daughter duo Marcela Ramirez and Andrea Ramirez, of Epicurean Caffe (located at 1898 West 1st Avenue), Alvarez will helm the kitchen and take the restaurant in a totally new direction.
Although Epicurean Caffe is still operating as is (with daily brunch by Alvarez), the restaurant will eventually boast a new name and a new menu.
“One of my passions has always been Latin food,” remarks Alvarez.
Eager to cook flavourful, inspiring Latin American food Alvarez, along with Marcela and Andrea who hail from Mexico, decided to call the restaurant CACAO Progressive Latin.
According to CACAO’s website the menu will be “wild, seasonal, [and] local with a Latin twist.”
Taking its name from the native fruit that surrounds both Central and South America, CACAO will be open seven days a week offering a brunch menu from 9 am to 5 pm, while serving freshly baked goods and coffee from 7 to 9 am.
“Once I train and prepare the right team, we will be open for dinner three to four nights per week,” says Alvarez.
Alvarez will still be a major part of Orchard and the Sea at The Birds and The Beets: BC’s first and only craft cider bar and restaurant.
Address: 1898 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver