Chef Andrew George prepares delicious plates with an aboriginal theme
After getting on day alone last weekend over 14,000 visitors through the Four Host First Nations pavilion, you think they might kick back and celebrate their success. Many have raved about the dome screen multimedia presentation, and live music performances featuring aboriginal artists staged at the pavilion. What many may have missed, however, is the fantastic eatery beside the pavilion, known as the Jack Poole Hall. Jack was one of the leaders who brought the Games to Vancouver, and died just as the torch was about to arrive in Canada. His Metis heritage is celebrated in a small restaurant that serves Molson beer and Nk'Mip fine wines. The menu, however, is the best thing about this destination.
Chef Andrew George and his team prepare beautiful plates with an aboriginal theme. This includes bannock chips with "three sister salsa". Brushetta & melted brie, as well as bison burgers, an original pizza recipe with BC forest mushrooms, and even Saltspring Island goat cheese is served when the Jack Poole Hall (located on the Queen Elizabeth Theatre plaza, just behind the pavilion on West Georgia) opens at 8pm.
Another place to visit that is one block away, but connected to the Four Host First Nations house, is an expo of aboriginal businesses and artists located downstairs at Vancouver Community College (Dunsmuir & Hamilton, right across from BC Hydro Power Smart Village). There you can meet the artist who created the designs etched on the beautiful 2010 Olympic medals.
You can also check out the shop set up at the Four Host First Nations pavilion, which sells some great 2010 swag, with designs that you can only find at this store.