Every year Vancouver’s restaurateurs gather for an afternoon of celebrating the best in the industry at the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. We took the opportunity to chat with owners and chefs to find out who’s hosting weddings. Turns out, everyone. Sometimes it’s just a case of asking the question. Here’s five restaurants who’d love to help you celebrate your big day.
Seeking a plant-based wedding menu? With creative menus using locally-sourced ingredients, The Acorn will ensure your guests—even the meat eaters—leave satisfied. The space may seem small, but “we can host about 50 people,” says owner Shira Blustein. And with lush greenery already sprinkled throughout the restaurant, you won’t have to bring in much in the floral department.
Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie
You can expect an intimate family-style meal if you choose Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie for your wedding. With an inspired and curated menu, influenced by Taiwan, Shanghai and Sichuan, guests will get the best of Chinese cuisine. The industrial-style décor is the ideal blank canvas that stands on its own or could be dressed up for a more personalized wedding.
Though regularly only open for breakfast, lunch and weekend-brunch, the unassuming Medina Café can be booked for private evening functions. The high ceilings, deco mouldings and up-cycled lighting fixtures are the perfect fit for a romantic Parisian wedding theme. Chef Deniz Tarakcioglu will wow your guests with a Mediterranean-inspired menu created just for you. And they could do a pretty killer waffle bar too.
For a cozier, more rustic wedding, Campagnolo (or Campagnolo Upstairs) can host large groups. With a few well-placed olive branches and a Venetian violinist you could really transform the space into a Little Tuscany. And who doesn’t love Italian food? Antipasti, pasta, pizza, wine. Guests will leave full, content and maybe a bit sleepy.
Dreaming of a Parisian wedding? Au Comptoir can help make that a dream-come-true. Don a lacy French wedding gown and put some flowers in your hair. You’ll look perfectly in place among the rustic and decadent décor. With a menu ranging from the light and fresh to rich and creamy, guests will get a vacation for their stomachs.