Meet Vancouver Food Tour’s Guides: Carlos Gomes

Posted by on Jan 8, 2013 in Company News | 0 comments

At Vancouver Food Tour, we take pride in having some of the most passionate industry professionals as our guides. We would like to this opportunity to introduce you to them in our newest Meet Our Guides series. So without further ado…

Meet Carlos Gomes

General Manager and Guide, Vancouver Food Tour

 

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Carlos and his beautiful family!

Below are 5 quick questions that we asked Carlos

 

Outside of being one of our awesome Tour Guides at Vancouver Food Tour, what do you love to do?

Being a Tour Guide with VFT is absolutely awesome, best job in the world! As you can imagine, food is a very important part of my life. I love to cook, everything from slow cooked and comfort food to multi coursed fine dining meals.

I am passionate about wine, and specifically local BC wine from the Okanagan. I even have a wine club, Dobre Vino Wine Club, where our motto is “a meal without wine is called breakfast”. I originally started this club to develop a database of guests to invite to my Gala Launch of Czech wines, which I am still working on, but it has become its own entity. We used to meet on a monthly basis, but as my responsibilities with VFT increased, my duties with the wine club have decreased slightly, so I am only meeting once every 2-3 months.

I try to incorporate local wines into every tasting, even if it is just a door prize or raffle. All tastings have three components: wine, food, and culture. I always bring in a local artist to add another cultural aspect of the evening. Some of the wine tastings I have had: Okanagan Wine Tasting, Ridiculous Reds, Wines Under $15, Spanish Wine Tasting, Shparkling – the difference between sparkling and champagne. The next few tastings will focus on the Okanagan again, Osoyoos and Naramata. There is no charge to join the wine club, a ticket purchase automatically makes you a member.

 

How did you become interested in working for Vancouver Food Tour and what’s your favourite part of the job?

Being a stay at home Dad, I was looking for a rewarding job that fit with my schedule. My favourite part is telling my friends that I go to work and have a beer. No seriously, my favourite part of the job is meeting new people and giving them a great new perspective about Vancouver.

 

What is your beverage of choice? Any recommendations for local watering holes?

My beverage of choice depends greatly on the situation, however, I will never back down from a quality glass of wine. My favourite place to have a glass of wine is…my house :) I know, not the answer you’re looking for. So for your purposes, UVA Wine Bar on Seymour, next to Moda Hotel.

My favourite wine experience was in New York, Jean George, where I was able to buy a glass of amazing Chablis (one of my favourite whites). I really appreciate any place where they can offer an exceptional wine by the glass. My wife was pregnant at the time, so it was only me drinking wine, however, they had a varietal grape juice to offer to non-alcohol drinkers. This is something that Vancouver can learn from, we just don’t have that kind of choice for non-drinkers.

 

If money weren’t an issue, what would be your perfect 24 hours in Vancouver?

My perfect day in Vancouver…hmmm. Golf in the morning. Skiing in the afternoon. Dinner & Theatre in the evening. Of course, if money wasn’t a concern, I would be using a sea plane to get to golf. Helijet from there to ski hill, and helijet back downtown to my Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel room to freshen up before dinner at one of Vancouver’s finest restaurants: C Restaurant, Black & Blue, etc. and then off to the Opera or Theatre. Sounds like fun!

 

What are three adjectives to describe your Vancouver Food Tour guide style?

Fun. Memorable. Cultural.

 

Stay tuned for more Meet Our Guides by following us on Twitter or Facebook.  If you’ve been on one of tours and had an amazing experience, be sure to let us know and email us at info [at] vancouverfoodtour [dot] com!

 

Maren Walker works in Communications and Relations for Vancouver Food Tour. Originally from California, living in Vancouver, BC via Texas. Lover of culinary adventures, food trucks, beer, travel, hiking and design.

Follow her on twitter @marenw

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