Roasted Grape Cafe & Tasting Bar – Pulse Spotlight – 09.20.11

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

If you’re like us, you’re constantly looking for fun new places to check out, and if those fun places serve wine, even better! Roasted Grape Café is a brand new café and tasting bar that opened in Abbotsford on September 1, 2011. Already, it has locals abuzz thanks to its blending of a casual atmosphere with refined sensibilities. In addition to a fantastic wine list, they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and a variety of coffees and teas.

Roasted Grape is owned by Karie and Matt Karpes. Karie has a background in the hospitality industry and Matt formerly worked in the printing industry. Karie says that life experiences—including a period living on Vancouver Island working at a resort—inspired her to open Roasted Grape. One day, while driving past the old Bank of Montreal building in downtown Abbotsford, Karie noticed it was available and after some checking around, learned the building owner wanted a café to occupy the space. After three months of renovations—most of the work was done by Matt and Karie—Roasted Grape opened.

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Roasted Grape is designed to be a casual place, where people can find affordable wines. Karies says it’s not meant to be a special occasion destination, rather a place anyone can come to at any time. And even though they put a lot of thought into the wines, that doesn’t mean the food takes a back seat.

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Chef Sarah Kruk makes everything from scratch and the focus is on local foods. This includes meats provided by Gelderman Farms and duck raised in the Fraser Valley. Some cheeses are imported, but much of the food preparation—including the pear poaching—is done in-house. And the menu sounds delicious. From all day breakfast, which includes Ham N’ Egg Panini and Roasted Grape Parfait, to salad platters, to sandwiches such as the Thai Wrapsody, there’s plenty to choose from. Or, if you’re so inclined you can test their prosciutto flatbread, smoky chipotle hummus or Okanagan baked Brie.

You can also build your own tasting platter, using food combinations listed on their wall, including a variety of meats, cheeses and condiments.

And don’t worry if wine isn’t your cup of tea. They also have coffee roasted by Caffe Umbria and a tea bar, allowing them to serve tea and tea-infused cocktails. Even their iced tea is brewed in-house. Of course, they have plenty of wine, too. Karie says they focus on good-value wines and change their list every few weeks.

For women looking for a bit of sanity, Roasted Grape offers W.I.N.O.S. (Women In Need Of Sanity) Wednesdays, where glasses of wine are four dollars.

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“The thing about wine is, the fancy talk doesn’t really matter,” Karie says. “If you like something, you like it. If you don’t, you don’t. When you come here, we ask what you like to drink at home and find you something similar. It’s a casual, come-as-you-are, part-café, part-bistro. We’re for the everyday hockey mom.”

We are excited to send one of our lucky readers to Roasted Grape to test it out! Please leave a note below to be entered to win a $40 gift certificate. A winner will be chosen at random on October 3, 2011.

For an extra chance to win, please post the following on Twitter: “I entered to win a $40 GC to @RoastedGrape via @FVPulse. You should enter, too! http://ow.ly/6ykS9

Update: Congratulations to our winner, John. Enjoy! This contest is now closed.

Roasted Grape Café & Tasting Bar 
www.roastedgrapecafe.com 
33757 South Fraser Way (Former Bank of Montreal building)
Ring: 604-746-1555



Contributor: Heidi Turner

Heidi Turner is a freelance writer who lives in Abbotsford with her cats and a bearded dragon. She is a senior legal correspondent for Lawyers and Settlements and writes for Cloverleaf Country Magazine and Special Families Magazine. She also writes a blog about freelance writing called TheHappyFreelancer.com. Heidi enjoys sports, the arts and travel. She is thinking of getting a dog to keep her cats in line, because they are starting to show a little too much attitude. @heidi_turner



58 Responses to “Roasted Grape Cafe & Tasting Bar – Pulse Spotlight – 09.20.11”

  1. Yvette S says:

    I definitely plan on checking this place out! All the things I love…

  2. Marj Beach says:

    Can hardly wait to try your wines

  3. Leanne says:

    Looking forward to going to the Roasted Grape. Love the W.I.N.O.S. (Women In Need Of Sanity), very cool! (grin)

  4. Cathy Clattenburg says:

    looking forward to visiting

  5. Ellen Miller says:

    Looking forward to checking out the Roasted Grape in Abbotsford.

  6. Christine says:

    I’ve eaten and had a glass of wine or 2 at the Roasted Grape many times, never been disappointed. Great selection of wines, not the same old same old. Love the vibe and smooth jazz music.

  7. Jen says:

    Looks like a great place to check out :)

  8. Ann says:

    these people are frauds. they sold gift certifcates just days before they closed the cafe for good. avoid any future enterprise by mrs. karie karpes :(

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