Anh and Chi’s Unforgettable 2023 Journey
As we experience our first few weeks of the new year, it's only fitting to reflect and give thanks to the incredible tapestry of moments that made 2023 a truly exceptional chapter in the Anh and Chi story...
A Culinary Sojourn Across the City
In the spirit of 2023 - The Year of the Rabbit, Anh and Chi embarked on a culinary sojourn, hopping all over the city and leaving our mark at various local events and pop-ups. Collaborating with Fairmont Pacific Rim allowed us to showcase our Signature Vermicelli bowls, a true testament to our commitment to crafting exceptional Vietnamese cuisine. From the lively streets of Car Free Day, where we had the pleasure of serving thousands, to the carnivorous adventure at Brewery and the Beast where a whole hog was fire-roasted with Rebel Rebel Barbeque, each experience was a unique flavour journey.
Vibrant Pop-Ups and Community Connections
The vibrancy of our pop-up experiences with Athiana Acres and Little Mountain Shop added an extra layer of excitement to our journey. These collaborations were more than just culinary events; they were opportunities to connect with the community, share our passion for food, and create lasting memories. Supporting Passions and its record-breaking $250K fundraising on behalf of the Dr. Peter Centre was a privilege, with our co-founder Amelie serving as Co-Chair, further solidifying our commitment to making a positive impact beyond the kitchen. Beyond raising $138,910.00 in 2023 with our Reservation By Donation Program, we wrapped up last year with a truly meaningful evening with staff and members of the Yukon Shelter and Centre, serving up a warm and nutritious Vietnamese meal as a message of care and love.
Welcoming New Faces and Expanding Horizons
As we reflect on last year, it's not just about events but also the growth and evolution of Anh and Chi. We officially launched Mẹ’s Marketplace, a hub for culinary dreams to flourish. Additionally, we proudly welcomed Chelsea McNabb as our new bar manager, bringing fresh perspectives and expertise to elevate your dining experience. These additions signify not just growth but a commitment to enhancing the Anh and Chi experience for our cherished patrons.
Media Moments and Shining Reviews
In 2023, Anh and Chi garnered recognition and praise from various media outlets, solidifying our presence in the culinary scene. We are delighted to share some of these noteworthy shoutouts:
- Eater Magazine, "38 Essential Vancouver Restaurants"
- Elle Canada, "11 Easy Going Places To Go Eat in Vancouver"
- Holt Renfrew, "Gather Together"
- The Food Network Canada, "A Love Letter to Vietnamese Cooking"
- The Georgia Straight, Golden Plates, “Anh and Chi Embraces its Culinary Roots”
- Global News, "Taste of the Neighbourhood: The Family Story Behind Anh and Ch”
- CBC, Early Edition with Stephen Quinn, “Everything, Everywhere, All At Once and the influence of Immigrant Parents”
- CBC Today with Michelle Eliot, “Restaurants are struggling; and it's the time of year for your favourite horror movies”
- Munchies to Michelin Documentary Series “Episode 9: Anh and Chi”
- Scout Magazine, "Eleven Restaurant Industry Folk Describe Their Ideas of 'Good Service'"
- Western Grocer Magazine, “Vancouver’s beloved Vietnamese restaurant – Anh and Chi – earns a Michelin Bib Gourmand designation for a second year in a row, and now their artisanal sauces are available at select groceries across Canada.”
- Vancouver Magazine Editors’ Picks, "The Best Things We Ate in 2023"
In short, 2023 has been a year of culinary brilliance, community connections, and significant milestones for Anh and Chi. Our journey wouldn't have been possible without the unwavering support of our incredible community and the hard work of our dedicated Anh and Chi family of staff and patrons. As we step into the future, we carry the memories of 2023 with us, eager to create more culinary adventures and shared moments with you, our valued guests.
Stay tuned for more exciting developments in 2024, and thank you for being an integral part of our story.