Our Year in Review

What a year it has been!

As we enter into the new year, we can’t help but reflect on the past twelve months and everything they brought with them.

We certainly have had some special doin’s at the café, and we are so fortunate to have shared them with you.

In March, our space underwent a small renovation, which saw both changes to the kitchen and front of house. With some serious help from our friends, a bunch of sweat equity, and some imagination, we were able to greatly improve the functioning of the café, setting us up for a productive summer season, and the ability to expand our offerings into supper.

Our first foray into supper service showcased our Head Chef’s passion for Southern Barbecue. Pulled pork, cornbread and shrimp ‘n’ grits were just a few of our tantalizing options, and kept our patrons coming back for more.

One of our favourite events of the year – Enigma – was held in support of Fogo Island Pride, and saw the local artist community band together to raise funds for the newly-established not-for-profit.

In August, we had the great pleasure of hosting Eamon McGrath at the café for a truly exceptional musical performance. If you missed his show, or haven’t yet had a chance to check out his music, we highly recommend heading over to his website immediately.

In fact, many times this year we were graced by the musical offerings of our local talent. Mike and Katie Penton were a crowd favourite, and of course, the band formerly known as ‘The Rubber Boot Band’ got our toes tapping like none other.

We loved having you all in the space for Trivia, and had the best time testing your knowledge and serving up un-ending brain teasers. We equally loved our Movie Matinees, Wing Nights and Take-Home Suppers, and truly felt the magic the night of our Thai Prix Fixe Supper.

Out of everything, we are most proud of our Cheer Drive, an annual initiative to bring holiday cheer to our deserving friends and neighbours.

As with everything we do, we do it for you! You are truly the x-factor that makes Bangbelly what it is, and we couldn’t do it without you.

Thank you to each and every one of you for making this an exceptional year and for your unwavering support and kindness.

Here’s to a happy, productive and eventful New Year!

Perfectly Balanced: Why We Love Cooking Thai

Aside from the undeniable fact that it can be outrageously delicious, Thai cuisine holds a special place in the hearts (and minds) of Bangbelly’s owners Caitlyn + Ian. Whether from fond memories of Caitlyn’s extensive travels through Thailand, or Ian’s learnings from time spent in one of Canada’s best Thai kitchens, it is easy to get the pair talking about their love of Thai food.

With attention to detail, colour, texture, and – of course – taste, Thai cuisine expertly balances robust aromatic elements, with four distinct flavor profiles: Sweet, Spicy, Salty and Sour (the four S’s if you will). In any given dish at least two, if not more, of these flavors will be featured to create a harmonious finish.

Of course, as with any regional cuisine, there are endless dishes and preparations to try, and simply labelling something ‘Thai’ doesn’t properly reflect the vast and varied cooking styles present throughout Thailand. For many, the association between Thai food and the famous noodle dish Pad Thai is inseparable. While unquestionably appealing, Pad Thai is just one in a seemingly unending list of mouthwatering recipes.

A favourite of Ian’s, and one that he perfected during his time cooking in Vancouver at Maenam, is the classic coconut soup, Tom Kha. Often served with chicken, or other protein, the fundamentals of this rich, vivifying soup balance coconut milk, galangal, kaffir lime leaf, lemongrass, chili, coriander, mushroom and lime to strike a perfect balance between The Four S’s .

As the lead-in to Bangbelly’s upcoming Four-Course Prix Fixe, you too can delight in the intricately composed flavours of Ian’s Tom Kha, and seven other thoughtfully presented dishes, by reserving a spot at our Thai Supper at 6:30 PM on November 30, 2019.

To secure your booking for just $35 per person, call or email us at: 709.266.2020, manager@bangbelly.com

We’re also offering special beer and wine pairings for an additional $20 per person to make it a truly special trip across Thailand, so make sure to get in touch today as spaces are limited.

For more information, and to preview our menu, click here.

TRIVIA NIGHT!

Bangbelly Café is preparing for its inaugural Trivia Night, and we couldn’t be more excited!

Our Master of Ceremonies, Devin, has been working hard to create a series of questions that are as entertaining as they are challenging. The game will span a large range of topics, which means the more diverse your team, the better! Players of all ages are encouraged to participate.

To compliment our quiz, we have devised a special menu of pub favourites including: Chips + Queso, Veggie Flatbread, Ribs, Sausages and, of course, our fan-favourite: The Tip of the Iceburger.

Gather your team, or brave our game alone for the glory of both bragging rights and a $50 Bangbelly Gift Card.

Registration begins at 6 PM

Trivia will start at 7 PM

Make sure to come early to find a good seat because we are operating on a first-come-first-registered basis!

When you arrive, please make sure to register your team (of up to 6 people) with Devin and come up with a clever team name for a chance to win a special bonus prize!

Trivia will consist of 10 rounds of questions, with 8 questions per round. Phew! 80 whole questions? Don’t worry, we’ve got plenty of drinks and snacks for that.

And, while it should go without saying, those caught using their phones during the game will be disqualified and their teams will not be eligible to win, so we recommend “Airplane Mode.”

See you tomorrow Trivia Buffs!

Film, Food, Fun

Cinephiles and foodies be advised: Bangbelly has just announced its participation in National Canadian Film Day 2019.

This April 17 the café will be screening not one, not two, but three films in celebration of Canadian cinema.

The very good news? Tickets to the screenings are free, and all are welcome to attend. The even better news? Snacks and concessions will be available to purchase throughout the day, so serious film buffs can stay for the triple feature, and enjoy a selection of treats and light eats.

Each screening has a limited capacity of 40 people, so make sure to reserve in advance by contacting bangbellycafe@gmail.com

Bangbelly’s screening schedule is as follows:

3:00 PM – You are Here: A Come from Away Story

5:00 PM – Maudie

7:00 PM – The Grand Seduction