Vancouver, BC, October 12, 2018 – The Vancouver Convention Centre is proud to announce the opening of its new café and wine bar, LOT185. Overlooking Jack Poole Plaza with views of Vancouver’s famous Stanley Park and harbour, this new space will embrace the modern aesthetic of the Convention Centre while offering a casual dining experience for event attendees and Vancouverites, as well as a unique space option for meeting planners.

Inspired by the laid-back atmosphere of European cafes, and tapas and wine bars, the menu at LOT185 will focus on sourcing local ingredients while embracing the diverse landscape of British Columbia. An in-house bakery, overseen by Executive Pastry Chef Maurizio Persichino, will provide fresh baked goods, breakfast sandwiches, and other grab and go items during the day. Tapas and Neapolitan–style pizzas will be featured in the afternoon and evenings with a menu crafted by Executive Chef Mark Massicotte that reflects the multicultural flavours that can be found all around Vancouver. A BC forward wine and craft beer list, complemented by a selection of international wines, will be offered alongside a full coffee bar with ethically sourced beans from North Vancouver coffee roasters, Moja Coffee.

“We are thrilled to showcase our five-star Convention Centre scratch kitchen in a new retail environment, reaching more people,” says Craig Lehto, General Manager, Vancouver Convention Centre. “As we see our industry evolve, with clients and attendees wanting more choice in their meeting experience, we have created LOT185 to provide an alternative dining experience to our guests. There is also great opportunity for planners to use this stunning space in imaginative ways to enhance their meetings.”

Extending over two levels, this beautiful space for 80 people was reimagined by the team at HCMA Architecture + Design to reflect the beautiful coastline on which it sits and embrace the natural aesthetic already reflected in the Convention Centre. As the world’s first double LEED Platinum certified Convention Centre, it was important that LOT185 reflects those environmental designs but also provide a welcoming and modern space.

“We recognize that many locals do not have the opportunity for culinary experiences at the Convention Centre unless they attend a meeting or banquet. We are thrilled to open the doors to LOT185 and look forward to sharing the talents of our Chefs and culinary team with attendees and all of Vancouver,” says Andrew Pollard, Regional Vice President, Centerplate – the Convention Centre’s official food and beverage hospitality partner.

“LOT185 Café and Wine Bar will give visitors and locals alike the chance to experience the Vancouver Convention Centre’s world-class food, drink and hospitality,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture. “With the Convention Centre as one of the largest purchasers of B.C. wines in the province, LOT185 further supports our wine industry by featuring VQA wines, along with other B.C. products.”

LOT185 Café + Wine Bar will operate both in tandem and independently from the Convention Centre with its own entrance as well as entry points from inside the facility. The hours of operation will be Monday to Friday from 7:00 am – 9:00 pm, Saturday from 8:00 am – 9:00 pm, closed Sundays.  

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About LOT185 Café + Wine Bar

LOT185 is downtown Vancouver’s newest third-wave coffee bar by day and wine bar by night, featuring locally-roasted coffee, fresh basked pastries made in-house, as well as tapas-style small plates and a BC forward wine and beer list, complemented by a selection of international wines.

About the Vancouver Convention Centre

The Vancouver Convention Centre is the world’s first double LEED Platinum certified convention centre. Located on Vancouver’s downtown waterfront with a dramatic mountain backdrop, the facility offers one of the most beautiful settings in the world. The award-winning Convention Centre features two connected buildings with a combined total of 466,500 ft2 (43,340 m2) of flexible meeting, exhibition, ballroom and plenary space. The facility is committed to environmental sustainability as well as unparalleled service, technology offerings and culinary excellence.

The Vancouver Convention Centre proudly operates a ‘scratch’ kitchen using fresh, local and seasonal ingredients – from freshly caught seafood to produce from nearby farms and pastries baked fresh daily. Operating a 10,000 ft2 main kitchen and a separate 9,000 ft2 pastry kitchen and bakery, a busy day for the team could include producing over 6,000 plated dinners for multiple events and making 10,000 dinner rolls from scratch. The Convention Centre is a certified Ocean Wise facility, committed to sustainable seafood choices.

About Centerplate

Centerplate is a global leader in live event hospitality, "Making It Better To Be There®" for more than 116 million guests each year at more than 300 prominent entertainment, sports and convention venues. Strategically acquired in December 2017 by world leader in Quality of Life services Sodexo, Centerplate has provided event hospitality services to more than 30 official U.S. Presidential Inaugural Balls, 14 Super Bowls and 22 World Series. Visit the company online at Centerplate.com, connect via Twitter @centerplate, Instagram @Centerplate_ or Facebook.com/centerplate.