Monday, March 23, 2009

Stanley Park Teahouse gets its original name back, farewell Sequoia Grill

Stanley Park's Seawall. Photo by Sue Frause.
The Teahouse at Stanley Park is getting its name (and hopefully its game!) back. The legendary restaurant, located at Stanley Park's Ferguson Point since 1979, is dropping Sequoia Grill from its title and reverting back to its original name: Teahouse.

To celebrate its rebirth and new/old name, a gala event will be held May 14 in the park to celebrate the Teahouse's 30th anniversary. To do it up right, the resto is looking for memories. Janet McGuire, new Teahouse manager and former owner of the Beach Side Café says, “We’re going back to the tradition that set the Teahouse apart from the rest. The Teahouse has become such a landmark in this city because of the people who have experienced so many wonderful occasions here," she said.

Beginning today, diners can enter the Tales of the Teahouse Contest and share their favorite memories of the restaurant. On May 14, 2009, three lucky patrons will win three Canadian getaways: Montreal, Victoria via Harbour Air, or a trip to the Okanagan and the Mission Hill Winery.

Executive chef at the Teahouse is Carol Chow, who started her career with mentor John Bishop at Bishop's. From there she went on to a ten-year stint with Janet McGuire at the Beach Side Café in West Vancouver before serving six years as executive chef of the Hart House Restaurant in Burnaby. The Teahouse will continue to feature local ingredients and cross-cultural cuisine ... along with some of the best sunsets in the city.