Kits Daily Kitchen Winemaker’s Dinner

Kits Daily Kitchen Bone Marrow

Join Kits Daily Kitchen for one more epic Winemaker’s Dinner before Kits Daily closes after five great years.

January 29, 2015 at 7pm a join Kits Daily for a Six Course Culinary Adventure paired with their Favorite Wines from the past five years. $100 per person. Celebrate the past five years and learn more about Daily 2.0 By reservation only.

Bittered Sling Bistro Pop-Up Dinner

Bittered SlingMexican Hat Dance Presented by The Bittered Sling Bistro

Cibo Trattoria / UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar, 900 Seymour Street

January 29
6:00 pm at Cibo Trattoria
8:00 pm at UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar

6PM Seating: $58*
8PM Seating: $58*

Muy loco! After two years off the grid, Bittered Sling owners, award-winning bartender/sommelier Lauren Mote and celebrated chef Jonathan Chovancek, are bringing back their ever-popular Bittered Sling Bistro for an exclusive, one-night-only, two-seating event profiling agave spirits (sponsored by Herradura and El Jimador Tequilas).

Collaboration is key for this fiesta as Cibo Trattoria and UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar Executive Chef Faizal Kassam welcomes Café Medina Executive Chef Chovancek into the kitchen to prepare a sumptuous three-course dinner that will be paired with unique drinks shaken and stirred by cocktail partners-in-crime and agave enthusiasts Danielle Tatarin of The Keefer Bar and UVA Bar Manager Mote.


Wild Sockeye Salmon Cured with Autumn Bog Cranberry Bitters  
Salad of Roasted & Pickled Winter Vegetables,
Avocado Fondant, Crispy Bits

Pulled Pork Shoulder
Pumpkin Seed Mole, Celeriac & Yams
Chimmichurri, Chicharon

Dark Chocolate & Ruby Beet Cake
Agave, Lime Curd, Moondog Bitters Meringues

Vegetarian options also available

* Tax, gratuities and ticketing fees not included.

‘Brewski’ An Apex Mountain Resort Craft Beer, Cider and Spirits Festival

The Gunbarrel Saloon at Apex Mountain Resort is the venue for the 2nd Annual Apex Brewski event on Feb. 14th. “Brewski, a celebration of craft beer, cider and spirits, is a great fit with the Apex après ski vibe. It is the perfect event for those interested in sampling these flavourful, hand-crafted beverages and visiting the mountains, whether they are here to ski, board, snowshoe, or just breath in the fresh winter air”.


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The event will be held throughout the entire Gunbarrel Saloon & Restaurant and will feature 18 new and returning craft breweries, cideries and distilleries. In perfect combination with these craft beverages, there are delicious appetizers from the Gunbarrel Saloon and live entertainment from Victoria-based Towers and Trees, who rocked the house last year!

The craft beverage providers participating this year are: Bad Tattoo Brewing (Penticton), Barley Mill (Penticton), Cannery Brewing (Penticton), Dubh Glas Distillery (Oliver), Firehall Brewery (Oliver), Legend Distilling (Naramata), Maple Leaf Spirits (Penticton), Mt. Begbie (Revelstoke), Okanagan Spirits (Vernon), Old Order Distilling (Penticton), Parallel 49 Brewing (Vancouver), Phillips Brewing (Victoria), Prohibition Brewing (Kelowna), Rustic Roots Cider (Cawston), Summerland Heritage Cider (Summerland), Tin Whistle Brewing (Penticton), Tree Brewing (Kelowna) and Twisted Hills Cider (Cawston).

The Brewski event runs from 6 – 9pm with a special after party from 9pm – midnight at the Gunbarrel Saloon & Restaurant. Tickets are $35 and available online at Included in the ticket price are 8 beverage tokens, hot and cold appetizers provided by the Gunbarrel, and entry to the after party featuring live entertainment by Towers & Trees.

Shuttle options from Penticton are available. Shuttle seats must be booked in advance via The Coconut Express. For more info, visit

Accommodation specials are available with Apex Mountain Inn and Apex Accommodations. Contact Apex Mountain Inn (1-800-387-2739) or Apex Accommodations (1-866-273-9737), and quote ‘Apex Brewski’ at the time of booking to receive the discount, new bookings only.

As an added bonus, show your Brewski event ticket and receive a 25% discount off an Adult day pass on Feb. 14, 15 or 16th.

There are limited tickets available for this event and it will sell out.  To purchase your Brewski tickets visit For more information, visit or contact Emily at

On February 1, 2015, Odd Society Spirits will release their first-ever Salal Gin

odd society salal ginOnce again, Odd Society Spirits looks to Europe for inspiration in an old but not forgotten recipe to which they have reinvented with ingredients and ideas from the Pacific Northwest. This time, the distillers have experimented with a traditional British liqueur called sloe gin to create a product that is completely unique to the West Coast of British Columbia. On February 1, 2015, Odd Society Spirits will release their first-ever Salal Gin.

With a mandate to source locally grown ingredients, Odd Society Spirits co-owner and distiller Gordon Glanz set out to find a berry that grows in abundance in British Columbia. Instead of utilizing traditional hard-tasting blackthorn berries, Glanz used salal berries harvested on the Sunshine Coast and Cortez Island.

“We tried Sloe Gin, liked it and wanted to make our own,” says Gordon Glanz, Odd Society Spirits founder and distiller. “Sloe berries don’t grow here in B.C. Fortunately, salal berries grow plentifully on the west coast and have the earthy taste we were searching for — like blueberries meet Italian spice.”

Handpicked salal berries were steeped in Odd Society Sprits’ Wallflower Gin for many months to create a brand new liqueur that is complex, sweet, tart and herbaceous, with a natural hint of oregano. It can be enjoyed as an aperitif or digestif on its own, on the rocks or with lemon and club soda to create a ‘Salal’ Gin Fizz.

With only 45 bottles of the inaugural batch available, curious drinkers will have one shot to get their hands on it. The Salal Gin is sold in 375ml bottles for $30 and can be purchased only at the Odd Society Spirits distillery located at 1725 Powell St. on Sunday February 1, 2015 from 1PM – 6PM. With a one bottle per person limit issued on a first-come, first-served basis, fans might want to get there early.

About Odd Society Spirits:

Odd Society Spirits is a small-batch craft-certified distillery located in the heart of East Vancouver. Dedicated to combining old world distilling traditions with new world ingredients and ingenuity, Odd Society Spirits has created a family of spirits that entice and intrigue.  Open Thursday through Sunday, the Odd Society Spirits distillery and cocktail lounge is located at 1725 Powell St .

Movies at MARKET


Chocolat, The Hundred-Foot Journey and Entre les Bras to be screened alongside dinner at MARKET by Jean-Georges 

Movies at MARKET has announced its winter line up of mouth-watering movies to run between February and April 2015. Hosted by Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver in its private Blue Moon Theatre, an exclusive screening of Chocolat, The Hundred-Foot Journey and Entre les Bras will be shown followed by a themed menu created by Chef de Cuisine Montgomery Lau in MARKET by Jean-Georges. Space is limited and the events sell out quickly, so Movies at MARKET fans are urged to book now to avoid disappointment. 


Chocolat, February 13 & 14- A special Valentine’s Day edition of Movies at MARKET will take place on February 13 & 14. The most tempting of all sweets becomes the key weapon in a battle of sensual pleasure versus disciplined self-denial in Chocolat. Set in 1959, a mysterious woman named Vianne moves with her young daughter into a small French village, where much of the community’s activities are dominated by the local Catholic church. After settling into town, Vianne opens up a confectionery shop across the street from the house of worship. While the townspeople are supposed to be abstaining from worldly pleasures, Vianne tempts them with unusual and delicious chocolate creations. Chocolat features a distinguished supporting cast, including Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench, and Johnny Depp. For the Valentine’s Day Movies at MARKET, tickets will be priced at $128 per person and include a glass of champagne, gourmet popcorn, movie and a Chocolat themed five-course dinner.

100 Foot Journey

The Hundred-Foot Journey, March 6 & 7 – Hassan Kadam is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa, settles in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant – the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant; the Maison Mumbai. That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Academy Award-winner Helen Mirren) gets wind of it. Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant a hundred feet from her own, escalate to all out war between the two establishments – until Hassan’s passion for French haute cuisine and for Madame Mallory’s enchanting sous chef, Marguerite, combine with his mysteriously delicious talent to weave magic between their two cultures and imbue Saint-Antonin with the flavors of life that even she cannot ignore.


Entre les Bras, April 3 & 4 - On the French documentary Entre les Bras, the three-Michelin-stars French chef Michel Bras decides to hands his restaurant over to his son Sebastien who has been working with him for 15 years. Entre les Bras follows this gastronomic transition from father to son in the hilly landscape of Aubrac region of France, and provides a window into their family dynamics. Between Jonathan Nossiter’s Mondovino and Raymond Depardon’s La Vie Moderne, this documentary draws a moving and joyful portrait of this outstanding family devoted to the Haute Cuisine for three generations.

Following the movie, guests of the Movies at MARKET are escorted to MARKET by Jean-Georges’ main dining room to enjoy a dinner menu inspired by the film du jour. Movies at MARKET includes a glass of bubbly, gourmet popcorn, film screening, and a private four-course dinner. The doors open at 5:30 pm with a glass of bubbly upon arrival, and the event starts at 6:00 pm with the screening of the movie followed by dinner. Regular tickets (excluding the Valentine’s Day special) for Movies at MARKET are priced at $78 with wine pairings available for an additional $55 or $110. For more information or for reservations, call the restaurant at (604) 695-1115.

MARKET by Jean-Georges is the first restaurant in Canada for the three-star Michelin chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and the signature restaurant of Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver. MARKET, open seven days a week from breakfast through dinner, is located on the hotel’s third floor and accessible through the hotel or directly off Alberni Street.


Fairview Bill Eggert

Bill Eggert is always an interesting winemaker to dine with and here’s your chance at Tapenade Bistro on February 18, 2015.

Fairview Cellars wonderful wines will be expertly paired with the exciting and exceptional food and service fro Vince Morlet and his team. For a special treat, Bill has agreed to pour his unique and outstanding 2008 botrytis affected Late Harvest Riesling and we will also sample Bill’s Pinot Noir.  Sip pre-releases and try a side by side 2006 and a 2012 The Bear’s Meritage.

When:  Wednesday,  February 18, 2015 – 6:30pm Reception  &  7:00pm Dinner
Where:  Tapenade Bistro in Steveston
Who:  Fairview Cellars and Bill Eggert – a winery and winemaker deserving of their “cult” status and following
What Wines:  Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Pinot Noir 2012, Two Hoots 2012,
The Bear’s Meritage 2006 and 2012, Cabernet Franc 2012,
Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

What Food:  Amuse and 5 Courses expertly paired with Fairview Cellars wines
Price:  $125 including all taxes and gratuities
You may make reservations in person at SIP Wines or by calling us at 604-271-9463, with your credit card in hand. Please note space is limited.

Sip – Unit 1030 – 11660 Steveston Hwy
Richmond, BC V7A 1N6 604.271.9463

Kitsilano Brunch Crawl

Last weekend, we did a brunch crawl two days in a row, meaning we had to sample a hell of a lot of food. How do I do it without falling into a food coma? I don’t eat everything on my plate, however tough it is sometimes. This time the brunch it was my own hood, Kitsilano, and we walked the route, sampling bites along the way.

The crawl is part of Dine Out Vancouver‘s and Vancouver Foodster’s collaboration series of which there are still a few more brunches that you can join, this weekend and the following.

Novo Pizzeria

First stop was NOVO PIZZERIA where I did have to eat the entire piece of pizza and will be back to consume more of their thin crust Neapolitan-style pizza . I recently had an amazing pasta sampling here as well; these people are putting out some great food.
Dish included Novo Breakfast pizza – Fontina, fior di latte, Aleppo pepper, red onions, smoked pancetta, sous vide quail egg, Iberian salumi, and chives, or the vegetarian version,  with Fontina, fior di latte, roasted garlic, roasted red peppers, sous vide quail egg, burratta, balsamic reduction, and mint.
Arugula and blood orange salad- frisee, oil cured
olives, candied almonds, parmigiano reggiano,
grapefruit vinaigrette.
Sicilan canoli- bufalo ricotta, orange blossom water,
citrus essence, pistachios.

Momento Coffee

MOMENTO COFFEE served up an oatmeal, chocolate chia pudding, GREAT coffee from Rocanini Roasters and some buttery mini chocolate or plain croissants.


The coffee is super smooth and the couple who own the shop  passionate about their coffee. I’ll certainly return for some java.

Linh Cafe

LINH CAFE is fairly new to Kitsilano and I’ve been meaning to go in. Loved their Spicy Baugette Sticks with liver pate, fried shallots, house made hot Sriracha. The spring rolls were a bit disappointing though, greasy and rather bland. The Peanut Macarons with peanut butter cream, almond, toasted peanut made their way home for a later sweet treat.

Krokodile Pear

KROKODILE PEAR juices are darn tasty. The English Bay with orange, cucumber, grapefruit, lemon, mint was my favourite, although The Rockies with almond, Brazil nuts, raw vanilla, maple
syrup, Himalayan rock salt and chia gel had an interesting texture  that was initially odd, but I got used to it after a few sips.

Darby's Pub

DARBY’S PUBLIC HOUSE served up a Eggs Benny with either dijon IPA ham / sauteed spinach and tomato, with Hangover Hash or (breakfast sausage, bacon, mushroom and onion) or Veggie Hash (mushroom, onion, roasted red pepper, kale, cabbage). Mini Huevos Rancheros – two 4″ corn tortillas filled with cheddar and edam cheeses, beans, corn and tomato with our house made jalapeno ginger sauce, topped with a soft poached chicken egg. The eggs were perfectly poached; the plate a nice selection from their breakfast menu.

Rain or Shine

RAIN OR SHINE ICE CREAM where I choose the London Fog with waffle pieces and I adored it! Perfect amount of bergamont, awesome creamy texture complimented with the crunch of the cone. Blueberry Balsamic with waffle pieces or coconut chocolate chunk with seasonal berry compote were the other choices, but I think I made the right now.

Fun brunch with lots of walking required in between stops and a bit more to burn off that ice cream after!

Gaote Pita, preserved walnut, basil, feta

Flashback to Hamid Salimian’s Persian New Year’s Menu

Now that I’ve got my ticket reserved for an upcoming evening where Chef Salimian will be cooking his fantastic Persian cuisine, I am happy to re-share a meal from the past. I’m selfish you see (mostly only when it comes to divine food) and I just don’t want you to beat me to the reservation. As once you see this meal, you will certainly be eager to book one of the upcoming dinners. Luckily there’s a few to choose from and I’ve smartly already reserved my seat.

The meal below was the actual first of the delightful meals I have gratefully consumed that have emerged from the kitchens led by Chef Hamid Salimian. I am not well versed in Persian food by any means, let alone the deconstructed and molecular gastronomy-influenced version we had that night at the Westin Airport in March of 2011. I was in awe of the whole experience and highly suggest you book your ticket now for Chef Salimian’s collaboration with his friend and fellow culinary superstar, Chef Jefferson Alvarez at Secret Location from March 2-14.

Abedogh kiar Yogurt, cucumber, mint, wild flower

Abedogh kiar Yogurt, cucumber, mint, wild flower

Gaote Pita, preserved walnut, basil, feta

Gaote Pita, preserved walnut, basil, feta

Salad-e Olivieh Poached chicken, fingerling potatoes, green olives

Salad-e Olivieh Poached chicken, fingerling potatoes, green olives

KooKoo Sabzi Salmon, Seville orange, sunchoke feta

KooKoo Sabzi Salmon, Seville orange, sunchoke 

Mirza Ghasemi Sable, octopus, eggplant, tomato

Mirza Ghasemi Sable, octopus, eggplant, tomato

Fesenjan  Slow cooked Duck leg, orange, pomegranate

 Fesenjan Slow cooked Duck leg, orange, pomegranate

Ghormeh Sabzi Lamb, red bean, parsley, stone dry lime, basmati rice

 Ghormeh Sabzi Lamb, red bean, parsley, stone dry lime, basmati rice

Bagh-Lava with Akbar Mashdi Ice cream Almond mousse, chickpea crumble, preserved peaches

Bagh-Lava with Akbar Mashdi Ice cream Almond mousse, chickpea crumble, preserved peaches

Faloodeh Lime, rice noodle, rose water

Faloodeh Lime, rice noodle, rose water Bagh-Lava with Akbar Mashdi Ice cream Almond mousse, chickpea crumble, preserved peaches

Frankie's Italian Kitchen

Frankie’s Italian Kitchen & Bar Dine Out Vancouver

I ate at Frankie’s Italian Kitchen & Bar late last year and have been meaning to go back every since, so the sneak peak for Dine Out Vancouver invite was welcome in my inbox even though I am in cutting back mode this January. And while there certainly are some heavy, creamy, rich items on the menu at this spot, contrary to popular belief, their are many Italian dishes on the lower calorie side of the meter, if you so wish not to over indulge.

Chef Karl Gregg is leading the kitchen at Frankie’s Italian Kitchen & Bar; I’ve been a fan of his cooking for a while now and he’s been responsible for some pretty cool menus around town. The restaurant has becoming a neighbourhood favourite and is frequented by those heading to BC Place Stadium, Rogers Arena, Queen Elizabeth Theatre, the Centre for Performing Arts, and Vancouver Playhouse Theatre. If you need to eat before a show, it is definitely convenient.

There’s house made pastas, salads, healthy soups, and traditional Italian antipasto platters; plates both big and small. Lots to please a wide range of diners.


APPETIZER Arancini sicilian risotto balls with mikuni wild mushrooms, grano padano parmesan and house-made aioli
Tomato Caprese Salad windset farm tomato, bocconcini, balsamic crema and fresh basil
Frankie's Italian Kitchen Veal Ravioli
Plus One of Veal Ravioli housemade ravioli, fresh basil, ricotta, and organic tomato sauce
or Saltspring Mussels italian sausage, concerto tomato, garlic, white wine, basil, and grilled filone
Frankie's Italian Kitchen Dine Out Vancouver Bisteca


Jumbo Shrimp Scampi lemon mascarpone cream, garlic, and shallots


Marsala Chicken rossdown chicken breast, marsala wine, mushroom sauce, with seasonal vegetables and fingerling potato

Signature Tiramisu +$5 Frankie’s house-made version of the classic venetian dessert with mascarpone cheese, espresso dipped lady fingers and heavy cream  
This is a three course savoury menu for $28. Dessert is an additional charge.

Beverages, tax and gratuity are extra.

Open: Monday to Thursday 7am to 11pm, Friday and Saturday 7am to 12am, Sunday 7am to 10pm

765 Beatty Street Vancouver BC V6B 2M4
Phone: 604.688.6368

Pictures courtesy of Cathy Browne



bitter cookbook

Jennifer McLagan will be at Barbara Jo’s Books to Cooks in the shop today. Author of Bones, Fat, Odd Bits, and now Bitter, Jennifer is someone we admire and look forward to welcoming back to the shop each time she comes. We always learn so much.

Before our sold out dinner tonight, Jennifer will host an apero in the shop in the traditional French fashion. One hour before dinner with a chat from Jennifer and a bitter drink to sip – made with her homemade Tonic Water.

Cost: $45, includes a copy of Bitter: A Taste of the World’s Most Dangerous Flavor and a refreshing beverage.

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  • Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks 1740 West 2nd Ave Vancouver, BC

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