Recipe | Chef Deniz Tarakçıoğlu · Curator | Hakan Burcuoğlu · Venue | The Dirty Apron · Gear | Leica
Typecast as a vehemently boring, guilt-free snack for pitiful public gatherings, mercimek köftesi [atrociously translated into the English language as lentil balls] is Turkey’s quintessential, vegetarian crowd-pleaser. Unfortunately, just like its translation, its myriad of renditions across Asia Minor have also lacked imagination [as well as moisture content]. In an audacious attempt defying legume zeitgeist, Chef Deniz tips the scales by elevating the classic—a rich, spicy and velvety concoction that’s sure to garner an even larger following than its predecessor. Cue the spreadable splendour [and the instant indignation].
Channeling the esoteric bounties of quintessential Mediterranean port cities—from Valencia to Istanbul, to Tangier—SoulKitchen! is a one-night pop-up food phenomenon that aims to manifest the joyful spirit of the Mediterranean in all things food. Drawing inspiration from the gastronomical interplay between select regions in the Mediterranean, SoulKitchen! features a tantalizing menu focused on seasonality and the sourcing of local, premium-grade produce designed to appease pescatarians and plant aficionados alike.
Brought to you by the Curatorialist. andhelmed by Chef Deniz Tarakcioglu [Café Medina] alongside the very professionals running Vancouver’s top kitchens and bars, [Chambar, The Dirty Apron, Bao Bei] this intimate evening promises to constitute an ode to the spirit of the Mediterranean. So come inquisitive, and come hungry.
Our inaugural pop-up food phenomenon—ContraKitchen!—took place on Monday, August 28th at Vancouver’s Pacific Restaurant Supply. We fed hungry stomachs—and minds—with an esoteric menu inspired by the bounties of Asia Minor [Turkey]. Organized by the very professionals running Vancouver’s top kitchens and bars, [Café Medina, Chambar, The Dirty Apron, Bao Bei] the special evening delivered an atmosphere of a boisterous [yet infamous] kitchen staff party in a playful setting.
At theCuratorialist., we cultivate memorable experiences aimed at galvanizing artistic communities and foodies alike. For more pictures from ContraKitchen!, you may visit our Facebook page. And for an enticing review of our inaugural pop-up dinner, click here.