Tonight marks one of the more exceptional dinner experiences in Vancouver, and that holds some weight because there is great food and many fine meals shared here. The Acorn has been a place on my list since before moving here months ago, their Instagram plates had already captivated me. Beyond that, when I heard that they cook tasty food that happens to be vegetarian I convinced I had to try it.
The dining experience is more than just a hokey description of abstract elements that surround your perception of taste. It begins with a story, which transcends the service experience, as well as the conversation and company - that carry you through the meal. A carefully curated dish considers the flavours, aromas, and textures, but if we don’t have a greater story, it is just a well-made dish. Remember your most memorable meal? yes, it was one that illicit emotion and connection with a story.
Shira, told us a story about how the whole collaboration started with a comment on their instagram feed. Instagram is the beginning of all things, clearly. A couple months later, they are boarding a flight; bags full of dehydrated carrot crumb and sea kelp to meet their shipment of curated BC wine on the other side (suffice to say only 2 boxes got delayed, success). Not only was it a great opportunity to skill share and be in a new city, but also be featured as a pop-up in the biggest food city with other like-minded veggie chefs and the who’s who of food and wine writers. Best, day, ever.
just one thing.
One thing they don’t tell you when doing pop-ups is the extent of the element of 'surprise'. The thing that stood between 'Acorn + Exhibit C collaboration' and execution was a.) a functional stove and b.) a kitchen with hot water. Never taking these things we take for granted again, the 2-days of prep time turned to just 6 hours. A few f-bombs and lots of sweating later they did it and without any negative tweets or social media (we all know how critical we can be on the other side).
I bought into their story now, but then they lead diners through a VEGAN tasting menu, sans dairy and egg! They paired it with BC wines to showcase the industry we have in BC to show the New Yorkers how we bring our A-game (in groves of Okanagan desserts and interesting minerality). Great story, great company and great conversation. I had it all.
2012 Tantalus Riesling
2012 Mission Hill Reserve Chardonnay
2013 Meyer Family Pinot Noir
2011 Laughing Stock Blind trust Red
2012 Martin's Lane Riesling