October 17th, 2015 – Four Seasons Hotel, Vancouver
It’s one of the most coveted culinary seats at a table in the city, a stunning long table for 100 guests (the city’s longest single table) and one of the most uniquely elegant dining experiences of the year. An annual event hosted by Les Dames d’Escoffier, BC Chapter that honours a single great international chef, with the city’s top chefs preparing the multi course meal.
The guest of honour this year, Chef Lynn Crawford, former Executive Chef Four Seasons Hotel Toronto and New York, Chef-Owner of Toronto’s Ruby Watchco, Star of Pitchin’ In and Chopped Canada on Food Network Canada & The Cooking Channel.
The Chefs, an all-star collaboration never before seen together in Vancouver all under the leadership of Les Dames d’Escoffier member and Culinary Capers Catering award-winning Executive Chef Margaret Chisholm. Executive Chefs include Lisa Ahier of Sobo, Tofino, BC; Connie DeSousa of Char|cut Roast House, Calgary; Jackie Ellis of Beaucoup Bakery, Vancouver; Bruno Feldeisen, the Four Seasons Hotel, Vancouver; Dana Hauser, the Fairmont Waterfront, Vancouver; Wayne Martin, former Executive Chef, Four Seasons and Crave on Main, of Capital Grill & Bar, Winnipeg; Earls Chef Collective*, David Wong, Hamid Salimian, Ryan Stone, Brian Skinner, Dawn Doucette, and host chef, Ned Bell, Executive Chef Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver and YEW Restaurant & Wine Bar all preparing a different course to honour Chef Lynne Crawford. And as usual, the rest of the city’s top chefs drop by later in the evening to mingle with the guests of honour. The theme this year, Chef Crawford’s love of farmers, hearty flavours, local and seasonal ingredients.
The evening starts with an elegant off lobby reception mingling with Lynn and the chefs, other industry luminaries and the evening’s host, Fanny Kiefer, where Vintage Corks wine agency has arranged for the guests to be first in the world to try the inaugural release of Goldeneye Brut Rosé by Duckhorn Wine Co.
Other wines and spirits, all Chef Crawford favourites, paired with the multi course meal include Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc, Joie Rose, Culmina Family Estate Winery Decora Riesling, Maison Louis Jadot Bourgogne Pinot Noir, Painted Rock Syrah, Mission Hill Family Estate Terroir Merlot, Fonseca 10 Year Old Tawny and Kir Royals.
Guest ticket price $325 inclusive per person, tickets are limited. All funds raised goes to support the outreach and scholarship programs of the BC Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier, including Project Chef and Growing Chefs. Tickets
Les Dames would like to thank our generous event sponsors including: including: Nicolas Sabanis of Vintage Corks, Robert McCullough of Penguin Random House of Canada, Linda Seiffert of Snowcap, Rhonda Pederson of Pederson’s Rental & Events, Evan Orion of Flowerz, Hassan Aghamohseni of Tala Florists, Theressa Logan of Northern Divine Caviar, Gary Meister of Vancouver Wedding Shows, Caren McSherry of The Gourmet Warehouse, Four Seasons Hotel, Bernardin, Dave and Mary Ann Horton – Harley Davidson.
More about Chef Lynn Crawford
Lynn Crawford was trained at George Brown College in Toronto. She was formerly the executive chef at the Four Seasons in Toronto and the former executive chef of the Four Seasons in New York. She is known for her appearances on the hit Food Network show Restaurant Makeover, which is seen in over 16 countries worldwide and appeared on the Food Network’s Iron Chef America (the first Canadian woman to compete). She lost the battle to Chef Flay with peanuts as the secret ingredient.
In 2010, Chef Crawford launched Ruby Watchco, a table d’hôte restaurant, in Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood. Starting that same year, she stars in the Food Network Canada series entitled Pitchin’ In, in which she goes out to take on the challenge of getting the freshest and best ingredients. She was also nominated for a Gemini Award in the Best Host in a Lifestyle/Practical Information, or Performing Arts Program or Series category for the Pitchin’ In shrimp episode.
About Les Dames d’Escoffier
Les Dames d’Escoffier is an international association of professional women dedicated to supporting the advancement of people in the hospitality and culinary domains as well as fostering industry excellence through educational and charitable activities. Each year the BC Chapter holds special events to raise funds in support of its local endeavors. For more information on the BC Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier, visit www.lesdames.ca
*Earls Chef Collective is a group of top chefs working together bringing new inspiration into Earls kitchens. They collaborate on new dishes and recipes in the Vancouver test kitchen. The “Collective” includes Chefs: Dawn Doucette (Top Chef Canada, Zuni café), Hamid Salimian (formerly Diva at the Met, Culinary Team Canada), Jeff McInnis (Top Chef, Root & Bone, New York); Colin Bedford, South Carolina; David Wong (formerly ORU and Fairmont Pacific Rim, Bocuse d’Or); Ryan Stone (formerly The Pear Tree, Alain Ducasse, L ‘Atelier by Joël Robuchon, Culinary Olympics, Bocuse D’or), Tina Fineza (Roaming Dragon, Terra Breads, La Taqueria, Les Faux Bourgeois, King Pacific Lodge) and Chef Brian Skinner (Acorn, Otarian, Noma, Gold Medal Plates).