Chef Jefferson Alvarez is no stranger to pop-up collaborative food events. Indeed, the Venezuelan-born chef (who most recently held a consultant chef position at Mosquito) has hosted a number of gatherings in the city over the past year.
Banding together with a variety of food-focused partners, like Revolver, O5 Tea, and When They Find Us, Alvarez continues to present one-of-a-kind evenings where the focus is on stimulating the senses.
Now, with his consulting job at Mosquito over, Alvarez is ready to move onto his next project. Recognized for his unique and playful cooking style, Alvarez is teaming up with TXOTX Basque Imports to transform Gastown’s The Birds & The Beets cafe into Orchard & the Sea; BC’s first and only craft cider bar and restaurant.
Launching July 14, Orchard & the Sea, which is committed to serving the best ciders from local and international producers, paired with expertly hand-crafted small plates, will operate on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, from 6 to 11 pm.
Inspired by pintxos bars found in the Basque country, Alvarez tells Daily Hive that the menu will feature appetizing bites like Txuleton steak, croquettes de jamon (ham croquettes), and bacalao and piquillo (cod stuffed piquillo peppers).
In regards to the ciders on offer, some will be locally sourced (Sunday Cider, Left Field, Scenic Road, Nomad, Fraser Valley Cider, and The BX Press Cidery & Orchard), while others will be imported. Guests can expect to find numerous imports from Spain, France, and several top ciders from the US not previously seen in Canada.
Orchard & the Sea will operate on a first come first serve basis, which means that guests can drop by and enjoy a couple of pintxos and cider and go on with their night or stay for more.
Address: 55 Powell Street, Vancouver