The Helm – Grand Opening with Food Network’s David Adjey from The Opener
I was invited to the grand opening of The Helm in downtown Vancouver on Friday night for the filming of The Food Network’s The Opener with host David Adjey. Of course Chef Adjey was in the house as well as Executive Chef Toby Nemeth and her equally important cocktails and canapés.
I decided to take a break from my gorgeous wine (Joie Noble Blend 2009, Naramata BC) and pose for a picture with Mr. Adjey, I’d like to think this was the day he met me (totally kidding). After fighting over who got to stand on the right (the star of the show), I decided to give him the spot since he was paying for my food and drinks for the evening ;). He suggested either the Sister Sister pose… or I mean the ‘original’ Iron Chef pose, or the never been done before Iron Chef pose, so I just went with whatever he felt most comfortable with since I happened to be out of ideas.
Anyways, back to The Helm. The menu consists of small and big plates and there’s an emphasis on 100% natural, local and sustainable sources for ingredients and Ocean Wise seafood. It’s mainly Pacific Northwest tapas and West Coast cuisine, which we Vancouverites are now very familiar with. The menu is seasonal and it does change very frequently, and I should add that all staff are ages 26 and under. The Helm is being marketed as the “newest social dining lounge” and I’m curious to see where the hel-m it goes.
I very rarely post on restaurant grand openings because I don’t find them a proper representation of how the food is on a regular night. I had requests for photos of what went down so I’m just showing my photos without my usual detailed comments (it’s seriously really hard for me to refrain from commenting though). I will however ** ones that did stand out above others. And yes, if you read my tweet, I did try all 26 items available, and here they are. Go big, or go home right?
On the table:
I missed the photos of the Turkey Confit Gravy with Huckleberries and Savoury Bread Pudding ($12) and The Salty and Sweet Popcorn ($3), but I DID try them!
The Urbanspoon main page says 66% though? See here.