October 13, 2017

In the News

By Claudia Kwan

HGTV on the hunt for Vancouver fixer uppers
If you’re living in a fixer upper—or considering buying one—the HGTV series Worst to First wants to follow along as you turn it into your dream home.
The show is looking for locations as far north as Squamish and as far east as Chilliwack where homeowners would be willing to let cameras document the trials and tribulations of the renovation process. In exchange, they get access to professional contractors Sebastian Sevallo and Mickey Fabbiano, and their contacts. It’s a bit of a family affair on the show—in addition to being best friends, the hosts are also brothers-in-law. hgtv.ca/on-tv/casting/

High steaks: Two Rivers Meats opens to public
It’s a name you’ve likely seen on high-end restaurant menus around Vancouver: Two Rivers. Now the specialty meat supplier has opened up a combination shop and restaurant in North Vancouver, where they will sell local beef, lamb, pork, duck and bison directly to consumers.
Company president Jason Pleym says Two Rivers has always emphasized transparency about the meat supply process; they applied that as a literal concept in the design of the location, including a floor-to-ceiling glass wall for the sizeable dry-aging room.
“All of the beef is on display, almost like a mural or wallpaper,” Pleym says. “We want to be real about what we’re doing and why. As meat darkens, it’s actually beautiful, and it develops different flavour profiles. We understand that not everyone will have seen this before, and our team will have to communicate about what’s happening—there may be an educational gap (for the consumer) that needs to be closed.”
The cutting and butchering process is also fully on display behind glass, and the kitchen grill and line are open for all to see. Consumers can talk to the butchers about the best options for what they’re buying, buy food ready to eat from the deli and takeaway counter, or sit down to dine in the licensed 32-seat restaurant.
The space was designed for flexibility and some of the cutting room equipment can be moved into a central area for future classes or demonstrations. Pleym says educational or school tours are also a possibility. tworiversmeats.ca

SFU Vancouver talk asks: Does history matter?
To the developers, it probably seemed like a simple proposal: To move ahead with their latest London project, they would move the Southbank Undercroft skateboard park 120 metres away to a purpose-built facility. However, the idea sparked massive outcry among the people who had been using the location for decades, and continues to reverberate.
It also forms the centrepiece of University of Glasgow lecturer Dr. Rebecca Madgin’s Oct. 25 talk at SFU Vancouver, “Why Does the Past Matter? Emotional Attachments to the Historic Urban Environment.” The push-pull of emotional attachments to landmarks, financial considerations and functionality of a location is a common one, and highly relevant as debates continue about whether Vancouver’s history is vanishing under the pressure of re-development.
The event is free, but does require pre-registration; those unable to attend in person can follow along on a webcast. sfu.ca/urban/events/eventitems/madgin-why-does-past-matter.html

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