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It’s a Party at Bangbelly Cafe!

With the approach of Winter on the horizon, many of us are beginning to excitedly prepare for the coming holiday season. For countless individuals, the holidays are synonymous with good food and great company; two things upon which we pride ourselves.

Celebrating with your colleagues? Fete-ing your friends? Bangbelly Café is here to help!

Our warm, inviting space is the perfect backdrop to your next event (holidays, or not).

Birthday celebrations, anniversary suppers, secret-society meetings, whatever your reason, Bangbelly will cater to your specific needs and preferences.

Larger groups may take advantage of private ‘buy outs’ that include customizable family-style or buffet-style menus, with plenty of delectable options to choose from. Smaller groups wishing to dine during operating hours may also enjoy curated menus, upon request.

Our goal is to make your party the most appetizing and memorable event of your year. To check availability and get the conversation started, call 709.266.2020 or email us at manager@bangelly.com.

Curious to learn more? Click here for our 2019 rates.


We Think You’re Pretty Special

We happen to think you, our loyal customers, are pretty darn special.

In fact, our appreciation for you is beyond description; however, if we had to put it into words, we’d rather put it into…food! That’s why we’ve begun to celebrate you, our steadfast fans, with a weekly feature item, to spice up your regular routine and your palate.

Just like we do with our carefully crafted menu, we put all of our love and consideration into our weekly offerings, because we truly care for you and your dining experience.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to try our most recent temptations, fear not, because we have a whole host of delectable plans in our future (Hint: Pea soup with ham hock).

Alongside our weekly feature, we are also proud to offer a weekly bread, on sale by the loaf (while quantities last). Heading over to a friend’s place for supper? Hosting family? Why not wow them with a loaf of our artisan bread, made with the best whole-food ingredients.

Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for next week’s reveal, as we will be announcing our specials each Thursday until our winter closure on December 15.

What Would You Like to Drink With That?

A Guide for Drink Pairings with Our Menu

For the indecisive and the food-motivated alike, the age-old question of what to order when dining out can present a real conundrum indeed. Choices abound!

Having overcome the hurdle of what to eat, one is still left with a remnant of the same question: which drink will best compliment my choice?.

While many are well versed in this selection process, some of you (like us) appreciate a little nudge in the right direction. So, we thought we’d reveal some of our favourite beverage pairings to spark your imagination and whet your appetite (nay, thirst!).  

The Egg Sammie

It’s breakfast, or perhaps its 3PM, and what you need right now is the Eggstra Special Sammie. So, what goes best with breakfast? Coffee (duh). Our De Mello ‘Dancing Goats’ coffee is the perfect roast, with notes of vanilla, milk chocolate and dark cherry. This Brazilian brew can be transformed into an array of espresso beverages to compliment your egg in a bun; from the purist’s Americano to the comfort-seeker’s latte . You can also keep it classic by ordering a fresh mug of perfectly brewed Gros Morne coffee, roasted right here in Newfoundland.

Cod au Gratin

The beloved codfish is both flaky and mild and, as far as we are concerned, makes for a delicious addition to any dish. Our cod au gratin, made up of delectable chunks of North Atlantic cod, hearty seasonal vegetables, and topped with melted cheddar cheese, is the stick-to-your-ribs kind of dish that will keep you going all day. For those days when you are able to linger, we recommend pairing your cod with a fresh, rich glass of Long Barn Chardonnay. With balanced aromas of pear, vanilla and toasted oak this Napa Valley wine is perfectly suited to the creamy, mild flavours of our ‘Cod Only Knows.’

Beet Salad

Our house salad, ‘You Make My Heart Skip a Beet’, celebrates the earthy, sweet flavour of the humble beet. Served on a bed of fresh greens, with house-made croutons, pumpkin seeds, and feta this salad is a meal onto itself. To pair, we suggest  you try our Pinot Noir of choice: Mirrasou. This Californian varietal boasts fresh fruit flavors of pomegranate, cherry and currant, making it a delightful compliment to the light, yet robust flavours of our salad.

If you are a beer lover, another uncontestable option is Port Rexton Brewing’s ‘Queer Feeling’, a Kveik Farmhouse Ale. The old yeast strands used in this beer highlight bring about the earthiness of the beer itself, while highlighting and deepening the flavour profile of our satisfying salad.

Chowder

Around these parts, chowder is a true menu staple. Our delicately balanced broth is the velvety base into which we add hearty root vegetables and sumptuous seafood. For the perfect compliment to our ‘Chowdah This World’ you needn’t look further than our select Sauvignon Blanc, Ava Grace. With fresh aromas, balanced acidity and a refined finish, our wine of choice brings complexity to your plate, and your palate. For a perfect beer to couple with your chowder,  we recommend Quidi Vidi’s Iceberg, a classic lager that boasts a crisp, clean finish.

Burger

The pinnacle of our menu, our ‘Tip of the Iceburger’ is one of the dishes for which we are best known.  This towering entree is made with 100% Newfoundland beef, full strips of bacon, classic cheddar cheese, fresh lettuce, caramelized onion, burger sauce, and a sweet grainy mustard, all sandwiched between a house-made bun. Wine enthusiasts will agree that a robust choice, such as our favourite Cabernet Sauvignon, Carnivor, will act as the ideal accoutrement. After all, red meat and red wine just go hand in hand. On the beer side of things, we recommend something with bold flavour and bitterness to stand up to the exuberant flavours of our burger. Both Port Rexton’s Chasing Sun NEIPA and sans alcohol, we suggest trying our house-made Italian sodas, especially our Cola flavour, because who doesn’t like a sweet bubbly beverage with a beefy burger?

Port Rexton Brewing’s Queer Feeling Kveik Farmhouse Ale (Left) and Chasing Sun NEIPA (right)

Interested in some more clever pairings? On November 30, Bangbelly is hosting a very special Thai supper, consisting of a four-course chef’s menu and an optional wine or beer pairing to highlight each course.

Reservations are required for this event, and at just $35 a seating ($55 if you would like to indulge in pairings), this supper is sure to tantalite your taste buds. E-mail manager@bangbelly.com or call us at 266.2020 to inquire about a table.

To view our special Thai menu, head over to the What’s Happening section of our site.

Fall Flavours and Hallowe’en Horrors: October at Bangbelly

Harvest season is upon us, and with it a full crop of fun experiences at Bangbelly.

Alongside our new October hours, we will be hosting a range of delicious, and spooky events sure to please ghouls and goblins of all ages.

On Saturday, October 5, Wing Night returns for one night only between 5:30 and 8:00 PM. As always,  we will be serving up five of our unique wing flavours to tempt your taste buds and please your pockets. For the indecisive and adventurous alike, our 5-Flavour Sample Platter will be available at a special price; and, of course, we will have a delicious veggie option on offer, so herbivores need not miss out on the fun.

Beginning Sunday  October 6 at 4 PM, Bangbelly will be screening the first of four films in our series of ‘Sunday Scaries.’ Our weekly, family-friendly movie screenings are sure to provide you a healthy dose of uncanny entertainment – the perfect compliment to our tasty cinema snacks.

Michael Keaton as Betelgeuse

We’ll be kicking off our ‘Sunday Scaries’ with the 1988 classic Beetlejuice starring Michael Keaton, Geena Davis, Alec Baldwin and Winona Rider (just to name a few). This is Tim Burton at his best, and as far as we’re concerned, a pre-requisite for properly enjoying the Hallowe’en season; so, make sure to wrangle your friends, gather your family and make a beeline for Bangbelly to enjoy this cinematic favourite.

For the adults in the house who wish to be scared silly, Bangbelly will be screening a one-time-only horror flick on Friday, October 25 at 7 PM. Our spooky selection is truly terrifying, and is not suitable for the faint of heart (or those under the age of 17). Our choice for spine-chilling entertainment? The House of the Devil, starring Greta Gerwig, Jocelin Donahue, Tom Noonan, and Mary Woronov. Paying homage to the best of 70’s and 80’s horror films, this pic represents the essence of suspenseful cinema. Be sure to come early to secure your seat, and grab some food while you’re at it, because there may not be enough comfort-carbs to survive this one!

Harvest season would not be complete without Fogo Island’s annual Partridgeberry Festival. This year, Bangbelly is proud to be hosting the annual Fogo Island Partridgeberry Harvest Festival Supper on Friday October 11. With two seating times to choose from, you can join us at 5PM, and make a second lap at 8PM (but we bet you’ll be too full). Supper is $40 per person, or $75 for two and includes a welcome cocktail. For reservations, contact Pauline Brown directly at: prbrown12@live.ca, or 709.266.7840. Check out the Supper Menu here.

Source: CBC News

The most spook-tacular news? We’re bringing back Trivia Night, this time with an important twist: All questions will be Hallowe’en-themed! Join us on Friday October 18 and test your knowledge of horror stories, monsters, fairy tales, and more. Trivia starts at 6:30 PM, and registration opens at 6 PM, so make sure to be punctual, or else our Master of Ceremonies might give you a proper scare. Teams that arrive in costume will be awarded extra points, and the best Hallowe’en-themed team name will also score a bonus.

Our October programming will culminate on Hallowe’en day, when we will be offering up a special pre-Trick-or-Treat meal deal; and judging the best costumes that come through our door. Our first-ever costume contest is open to kids of all ages, and the top three contestants will be revealed across our social media pages and awarded a special Bangbelly prize.

With so many exciting events on the books to get your mouth watering and your blood-pumping, we’ll understand if you decide to ask for your own private parking spot.

Happy Birthday to Us

Co-owners Caitlyn Terry (L) and Ian Sheridan (R)

We did it.

Exactly one year ago today, Bangbelly Café opened its doors for the first time.

Having spent many months preparing, rebuilding our space, training staff, and perfecting the various and sundry details, we were finally ready to pour our first cup of coffee on July 21, 2018.

We began with the idea of a place where community could convene to exchange stories, share ideas, or simply chat about their day, while enjoying the highest quality coffee, pastries and light bites.

From the outset, we wanted to knit ourselves into the fabric of the community by offering up something that we felt the island was yearning for, and by listening closely and adapting to our customers needs.

Our vision for a mom-and-pop coffee shop on Fogo Island, has blossomed into so much more than we could have imagined in just 365 days.

While our fundamental principles haven’t changed, our offerings have since expanded enormously. What started out as a small-scale coffee shop has turned into a booming café, and we believe this growth is a direct reflection of the support and interest of our community..

After the initial rush of our first summer season, we weren’t sure what to expect heading into the fall and winter. Would we see enough business? Would the locals still be interested? Did our novelty wear off, and what if we hadn’t lived up to expectation? Despite our uncertainty, we made the decision to remain open, even after the tourists began to wane.

With this decision, came an opportunity. We understood that the volume of customers would naturally deplete in shoulder season, but this presented us with the chance to offer up a whole host of new events and special offerings. What initially seemed like a challenge became a rewarding adaptation.

From regular Movie Nights to our popular Take-Home Suppers, we began to develop a roster of experiences that kept us engaged and inspired through the long winter months.

Following the new year, we determined that Bangbelly would need to adapt once again. In order to grow our menu, and provide a larger selection of options, we would need to rethink our kitchen altogether. We would also need a more spacious dining room able to seat the increasing number of patrons we were so lucky to welcome.

In March of this year, the café underwent its second set of renovations, and we pivoted once more.

Relaunching on April 17, just in time to host National Canadian Film Day, we saw immediate benefits. The space could not only accommodate more people, but it could also do so with a greater amount of flexibility; and, our kitchen team could really start to get creative!

In the Spring, we continued to develop our calendar of events, introducing both Music Night and Trivia Night, which were both far more popular than we could have guessed.

As we rolled into the summer months, we again wanted to expand and decided that Supper was the next logical step. So, for the month of July we are serving up Southern BBQ-inspired dishes, as well as some delectable appetizers and frozen treats for dessert. And, who knows? Perhaps August will present a new set of opportunities.

We have definitely seen an abundance of change in this past year, which only makes us more excited for Year Two. Where we will be this time next year is anybody’s guess, but what we do know is that we wouldn’t be where we are today without the tremendous amount of support we receive from our friends, family and the community. Our success is truly yours.

And, of course, our unwaveringly patient and talented staff are, in large part, why we consider this first year such a success. They are the true backbone of Bangbelly, and its driving force.

So, join us today, July 21, in celebration of our first birthday, and enjoy some FREE CAKE from 4:00 to 5:30 PM because you deserve it!

Come have a slice, a chat, and maybe even high-five our amazing team as we honour the founding idea behind Bangbelly: fresh food, ethically-sourced coffee, and community.

Queue Up For BBQ!

July is finally here, and with it our brand-new Southern BBQ-inspired Pop Up Suppers.

For the entire month of July (and who knows, maybe even August if you’re good) Bangbelly will be open from 9 AM to 9 PM six days a week (closed Wednesdays).

Beginning at 9 AM, offerings include our best-selling Eggstra Special Sammie and other breakfast classics.

Between 11:30 AM and 4 PM you can sample from our lunch menu, which boasts what some people are describing as “the best burger they have ever eaten.”

Then, at supper time, from 5:30 PM to 9 PM, you can work your way through our tantalizing BBQ menu. Start your supper with an appetizer, and maybe even finish it with a banana split (or split your split if need be).

With a full day of offerings, you can dine with us at your leisure and enjoy a large selection of options sure to satisfy everyone. As always, we have vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free selections; and, a menu just for kids, making dining out with a group that much easier.

And, of course, we’ve got our comprehensive list of coffee and espresso beverages to compliment your meal, or enjoy between meals. So, should you wish to linger all day (and we wouldn’t blame you), you are always welcome!

To whet your appetite, check out our menus here.

Enigma: Mystery Art Show & Auction

Do you like a good mystery? Are you, perchance, an art-lover? Do you like to mingle, and hob-nob, while miniature foods are passed around? Well! Have we got some good news for you!

This Saturday, June 29, Bangbelly will host the first annual “Enigma: Mystery Art Show + Auction” in support of Fogo Island Pride.  

The show, which features artists of all ages and experience, demonstrates the many talents of Fogo Island, Change Islands and beyond. Artists from near and far have contributed a number of original pieces, now on display at the Café.

Interested buyers are invited to preview the works and place early bids leading up to the official auction on Saturday.

All artists will remain anonymous, until 9 PM the evening of the event, and the top bidder for each piece will be the first to reveal the identity of the artist.

All proceeds from Enigma go toward Fogo Island Pride, a newly established organization whose mission is to broaden awareness, and promote the acceptance and understanding of LGBTQ2+ issues in rural Newfoundland and Labrador.

The monies raised will help put into motion future initiatives for the organization, including Fogo Island’s first Pride Week, August 4 – 10, 2019.

Join us for some mystery on June 29, enjoy some light nibbles and libations and help support a great cause.

The Auction will begin at 7PM and run until 9PM, when the bidding will be called to a close.

May the Bidding Gods be with you!

June Events: Flicks, Tunes, Trivia, Fun

Believe it or not, summer will soon be here and, while we are enthusiastically anticipating those warm sunny days, we are eager to start our summer fun a bit early this year.

So, while we patiently wait for summer’s arrival, we have devised another fantastic lineup of events to brighten up the month of June.

On June 5, we screened the iconic comedy To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar, starring Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze, and John Leguizamo.

Snipes, Leguizamo, and Swayze in To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar

Just last night, we welcomed back sibling musicians, Mike and Katie Penton for another evening of heartfelt covers and traditional Newfoundland tunes.

Mike & Katie Penton

And, we can’t forget Dad! While he may say he doesn’t want anything, you can be sure a meal with us will put a smile on your father’s face; especially when he has the chance to win a $25 Bangbelly Gift Card! So, even if it takes some convincing, come on by on June 16 to give your Dad the best breakfast or lunch ever on Father’s Day. We’re open 9 AM to 4 PM, so you can even treat him twice if he is especially deserving.

To cap off the month, we’re hosting our second-ever Trivia Night. Join us Saturday June 25, and test your knowledge with new categories and questions that are sure stump even the most studious trivia buffs. So, gather your team, or come solo, and get ready for some laugh-out-loud fun!

Special menu items will be available for purchase to fuel our brainiest contestants. This time, our winning team will receive a Special Bangbelly Prize Pack!

Doors open at 6 PM for registration. Trivia starts at 7 PM.

We hope to see you all for our June fun-tivities. Stay tuned for more events and happenings by following us on Instagram and Facebook, or by signing up for our blog!

Bangbelly & the Rainbow Flag: Why Pride Is So Important to Us

Here at Bangbelly Café, our mission is to provide a space where everyone feels welcomed and embraced, which is why partnering with Fogo Island Pride is so important to us.

Founded on May 14, 2019, Fogo Island Pride is dedicated to providing support to members of the Queer community and their allies in rural Newfoundland and Labrador.

The new non-profit organization encourages the acceptance of the Queer community and aims to reduce prejudice and discrimination of disenfranchised and/or otherwise marginalized groups.

This summer, Fogo Island Pride will be facilitating a series of events to celebrate LGBTQ2+ Pride, many of which Bangbelly will be helping to host.

Throughout the coming months, Bangbelly will be assisting with fundraising initiatives and showcasing events in support of Fogo Island Pride.

On June 5, we will be screening the classic comedy To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar, starring Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze, and John Leguizamo. The road trip caper marks a milestone in queer representation on screen, and has become a favourite in mainstream media and with drag audiences alike.

The movie is free for all to attend, and we recommend that you do, because this movie is a can’t-miss!

At the end of the month, Bangbelly will be hosting a brand-new event: “Enigma: Mystery Art Show + Auction.”

Throughout the month of June, artists and makers of all kinds are invited to create ‘’mystery” artworks, which will be sold in support of Pride.

Beginning on Thursday June 27, Bangbelly will be pre-showing the artists’ contributions, so you have time to pick out some favourites. Then, on June 29, the anonymous works will available for sale during our silent auction.

Work from many of the island’s most talented artists and makers will be available, but no playing favourites, because you won’t know who made your piece until it has been purchased! 100% of proceeds from the event will go towards Fogo Island Pride and its initiatives.

These are just a few of the ways in which Bangbelly plans to support Fogo Island Pride. We wholeheartedly and enthusiastically support this initiative and encourage you to do the same!

Your contributions will go a long way to realizing the initiatives of Fogo Island Pride and helping to bring about real, positive change (not to mention a few fun events along the way).

After all, a message of acceptance and love is one we should all get behind.

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!