Erling's Variety Hires Zeus as Visiting Veggie Chef!

I love him. There. I finally said it. I just love Zeus. His fur. His fat. His wit. His infinite appetite and power of creativity in the kitchen...I just want to be with him – always,” admitted Liam Vainola, owner of Erling's Variety on Strathcona Avenue.

 

I love him. There. I finally said it. I just love Zeus. His fur. His fat. His wit. His infinite appetite and power of creativity in the kitchen...I just want to be with him – always,” admitted Liam Vainola, owner of Erling's Variety on Strathcona Avenue.

We never thought he would agree to work with us!” gushed Justin Way, Erling's head chef. “It's true he's been eating here for over a year for free, but we never dared approach him. He's a genius with a superior palate. I've incorporated all his suggestions!”

Indeed, in addition to the “small plates” theme, rumour has it that Zeus is in fact the brains behind Way's now-famous lemon-basil buns.

Genius comes with a cost, however. “Yes, Zeus has an outstanding bar bill of over $2,452.19, but who's counting!” laughed Vainola nervously, who constructed an elite workspace for Zeus in his open kitchen. “I was a bit surprised when Zeus billed me for the miniature custom-built red velvet chaise, but it does suit him so very well,” fawned Vainola.

Zeus takes his new position most seriously: “Often I have to eat even when I'm full – but as a professional, I push through those challenges,” explained Zeus, as he tasted that evening's proposed set of garnishes with Vainola.

While Zeus' tasting techniques remain a trade secret, his creations do not. Experts have no doubt the Way-Zeus duo will be Gold Medal Plate contenders for their stunning veggie creations, notably the Brussels sprouts with kale and Tomme du Kamouraska and the tofu plate with ginger chips and coconut cream yams.

I'm so lucky,” sniffed Vainola, tearing up for the second time as he ate a ginger chip.

Zeus admirers are encouraged to provide financial gifts toward his Erling's bar bill.