Returning to the Scene
When we were looking for a venue for our wedding reception, we stumbled on Monk McQueen’s by pure luck. It wasn’t on my list of places to see because I thought we couldn’t afford it. On a whim, my dad and I decided to have lunch there one day and spoke to Robin - the event’s coordinator. He showed us the upstairs venue and it was breathtaking. Perfectly Vancouver. I was sad to walk away due to our budget, but Robin was amazing and accommodated our request. The reception was beautiful, the food and service was unbelievable, but there was one thing that didn’t go my way.
Robin worked with us to create a custom wedding menu, and we chose amazing appetizers to be circulated amongst our guests: Seared Ahi Tuna with Black Bean Lime Aoli and Smoke Salmon Crisps with Goat cheese and Dill. But, on the day of the reception, I was so incredibly nervous about the dinner going smoothly, I couldn’t keep anything down. So I didn’t get to have -any- of the appetizers (tragedy, I know). Every time I spoke to one of our wedding guests, they said “Those appetizers were the best! I had 5 or 6 of them!”, “Oh my goodness, you didn’t have ANY?! They were the best part!”. Every. Single. Person. A week or two later, Asif and I looked at the Monk’s menu online but saw that those appetizers were only available on the catering menu. Well, that was that. I forgot about the matter. But Asif didn’t.
So on Friday night, during what I thought was going to be a regular “date night” dinner, I hear Asif say to the waiter, “Is everything ready?”. “Yup, it’s all good”. Two minutes later, the exact same appetizers from our wedding show up at the table! As it turns out, Asif had called a few days earlier and put in this request. Not only did Monk’s make a special arrangement to get all of the ingredients, they were on the house! - something Asif wasn’t expecting either. The rest of the food was spectacular as usual. As we ate our dinner and watched the downtown skyline turn from dusk to dark, I knew we chose the perfect place for our reception. Thanks Monk McQueen’s, we’ll be back soon!