Relais & Chateau is a brand established in France nearly 70 years ago with a mission statement “to spread its unique art de vivre across the globe by selecting outstanding properties with a truly unique character.” Their motto has been the important five C’s of Calm, Character, Charm, Courtesy, and Cuisine. It has been a most successful idea based on high quality core values recognizing so many top establishments around the world. In these changing times Wedgewood Hotel & Spa (a Relais & Chateau member) in Vancouver has provided a beacon of genuine warmth in their hospitality, service and value. An important contribution has been the hands-on family-run passionate dedication of co-owner & managing director Elpie Marinakis, Hotel Manager Jean-Michel Tanguy, and the entire talented service team in making sure the five C’s are constantly met. Another key factor at the moment is the under-rated outstanding quality of the food under the guidance of Chef-in-Residence, the brilliant Rob Feenie, Chef de Cuisine Jason Baker and their skilled brigade. Rob Feenie is preparing now for his culinary evolution from his successful Cactus Club innovations into later this year some new Feenie’s 2.0 locations and another flagship-like Lumiere. Presently at Bacchus in the Wedgewood it is a return to Relais & Chateau for Rob (a recognition he held with Lumiere in its glory years) inspiring and raising the always high quality of the cuisine to even higher levels.
Your scribe attended dinner on February 8 and was impressed indeed by the food, wine-matching ideas, and attentive insightful service. So many tasty courses presented – some were Rob Feenie nostalgic classics tweaked to a more refined style – such as the ravioli, the Lois Lake Steelhead, and the remarkable short rib. Is Bacchus ever on an exciting cuisine evolution! Congrats to Elpie and everyone on the Wedgewood Hotel & Spa team – a precious jewel of excellence in Vancouver for the prestigious Relais & Chateaux brand.
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