DOXA: Taste the Film

Well this sounds tasty! In partnership with Truffles Fine Foods Catering, DOXA Documentary Film Festival proudly presents an exclusive food and film experience. Inspired by DOXA’s presentation of Le Nez (The Empire of Scents), Truffles’ Executive Chef, George Moutsos introduces our guests to a delicious three-course dinner followed by a screening of Le Nez at Vancity Theatre.


TUESDAY, MAY 5, 2015

Truffles Fine Foods Catering (785 Davie Street)

Three course dinner
* 1st Course – Spring Salad: hand picked tender leaves, root vegetable, sweet tarragon dressing
* 2nd Course – Peppercorn Crusted Beef Tenderloin: field mushroom risotto, roasted baby carrot, garnished with truffle oil
* 3rd Course – Lemon Thyme Meringues: served with seasonal berries and creme fraiche
* Served with ROAD 13 wine

Executive Chef, George Moutsos, brings world experience, and cooking passion to Truffles Fine Foods. After completing his Chef’s training, he went on to chef in such locations as the Fairmont Mayakoba, the Fairmont Chateau Whistler and the Tobiano Golf Course in Kamloops, to name but a few. He gained valuable cultural exposure to food and spice variety before moving to Vancouver. Having been raised in a restaurateur family, he started working with his father in the family kitchen at a very young age.

Chef George says that cooking is in his genes. With a flair for custom designing every menu and a dedication to client needs, he creates delectables from around the world, or closer to home.

Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour Street)

One ticket (and DOXA membership) to the screening of Le Nez (The Empire of Scents)

We experience a huge majority of life through our noses. Intricately tied to emotion and memory, smell is fundamental to determining who we fall in love with, what we remember about our childhood, and how we feel about the world. Kim Nguyen’s extraordinary film Le Nez captures this most intimate of senses through the individual stories of an Italian truffle hunter, a French perfumer, and a Chinese tea expert. Even Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield pops in to talk about what outer space smells like.


Please note that we will accommodate most dietary restrictions or allergies, if requested in advance. However we will not be able to confirm the exact replacement in advance.


Only TEN (10) tickets are available for this event and are on a scale from $100 to $175 depending on the level of donation (and tax receipt) you would like to contribute to DOXA.



Got Craft? May 2-3

got craft

Got Craft? is Vancouver’s largest indie craft fair celebrating their 17th show at the Maritime Labour Centre from May 2-3, 2015. “We’re super excited to be returning to the East Village, one of our favourite Vancouver neighbourhoods this May to celebrate our Spring show,” says Andrea Tong-Tucker, one half of the husband-wife production team. “We’ll be bringing back some of our most popular workshops to the upcoming event such as hand lettering with legendary sign painter, John Lennig of Big Top Sign Arts.

The first 50 people through the door each day will receive a swag bag full of goods from vendors and sponsors. Also, D.I.Y. lovers will have a great time making their own craft projects at the workshops on site. For more information visit

Event details:

Dates: Saturday and Sunday, May 2-3, 2015 from 10am to 5pm
Venue: Maritime Labour Centre at 1880 Triumph Street, Vancouver, BC V5L 4C3
Tickets are $3 at the door and free for children 10 & under.

Twitter: @LFieldsShoppe

BC Distilled

BC Distilled 2015 – April 18, 2015

BC Distilled is bigger and better than ever. There are two tasting times available: from 4-6 and 7-9:30 with 23 distilleries pouring this year (including 10 new from last year).  Early bird pricing goes until March 12 so get your tickets soon! Last year this sold out!


CBC Vancouver
700 Hamilton Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 2R5

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#Giveaway $50 GC Brentwood Feel Good Fridays

Guests enjoy entertainment, pampering and freebies
every Friday from 12-noon to 2PM

Everybody’s working for the weekend! Start the fun a day early with Feel Good Fridays at Brentwood, featuring a program of big-hearted bonuses guaranteed to put guests in good spirits, every Friday from 12-noon to 2PM. Brentwood is offering a first class guest services experience, including complimentary blow-outs from Regis Salon, express manicures from Brava Salon & Spa and relaxing massages by Life Enhancements, plus a full roster of fun for the whole family.

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The expanded offering will also feature Brentwood’s popular “It’s On Us” campaign, through which 10 lucky guests will be surprised with a free lunch every Friday, along with fresh baked cookies and themed giveaways from the Brentwood Treat Cart. Additional can’t-miss Feel Good Friday entertainment and services include:
  • Flash Friday Giveaways
  • DJ Juice spinning Top 40 and old school hits at centre court twice a month
  • Live musical entertainment twice a month starting Friday, March 27
  • Complimentary caricature drawings
  • Warm towel service at the food court

Visit Brentwood’s online events calendar or call Guest Services at 604-298-7314 for more details.


About Brentwood: Brentwood is home to over 80 shops and services including Sears and London Drugs. Located at the transit-friendly intersection of Lougheed and Willingdon, Brentwood is currently undergoing a major transformation with an amazing master plan: 28 acres and over 1 million sq. ft. of new shops, services and restaurants. Stay up to date on news and event promotions at

Chefs’ Table Society – Spot Prawn Festival – May 17


The Chefs’ Table Society of BC, in partnership with the Pacific Prawn Fishermen’s Association, and Fisherman’s Wharf, present the 9th annual Spot Prawn Festival May 17. The FREE celebration includes live entertainment, fun activities for children, and free cooking demos by top local chefs.

When the boats come in, live, local prawns are for sale at the dock, or buy tickets to the Prawn Boil or for local beer and wine, all while enjoying the dockside atmosphere and live entertainment.


Wine In The Garden – Bottleneck Drive At VanDusen Garden

wine garden

VanDusen Botanical Garden will welcome Summerland’s Bottleneck Drive wineries with more than 75 wines to taste, alongside food pairings from Truffles Fine Foods in the BMO Great Hall surrounded by the calm, green, and floral beauty of the garden. Guests will enjoy live music with the Okanagan’s Ari Neufeld while bidding on delicious silent auction items, “all things Summerland”. Proceeds to VanDusen Botanical Garden’s Education Program. Must be 19+ to attend.

Thursday, May 28, 2015 (6:00pm – 8:30pm)
BMO Great Hall at VanDusen Botanical Garden
5251 Oak St, Vancouver, BC V6M 4H1
(604) 257-8463

Tickets $46



Grocery & Specialty Food West Crowns the Top 10 Most Innovative Products

We helped judge this competition and while our choices were far different, we still tip our hats to all the winners! We did put a vote in for the perogies though!

Showcase shines a spotlight on the best products, food and trends coming to a store near you! 

The Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers announced their Top 10 Most Innovative products from the annual Grocery & Specialty Food West show. Western Canada’s annual tradeshow for independent grocers celebrates specialty, artisanal, global and gourmet, a gastronomical affair for food retailers and manufacturers ready to do business.

The show takes place from April 13-14, 2015 at the Vancouver Convention Centre East, and brings together more than 300 booths, and over 160 exhibitors, on the 65,000-sq.-ft. trade floor. Expert judges in food and media handpicked 10 products from the New Product showcase based on uniqueness, buzz and innovation.

Top 10 Most Innovative Products (no particular order):

The Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers (CFIG) is a non-profit trade association founded in 1962, which continues to be a collaborative community, equipping and enabling independent, franchised and specialty grocers for sustainable success. Representing over 4,000 grocery retailers, independents account for more than $13 billion of the grocery market share in Canada. CFIG provides numerous programs for operational excellence and fosters solid relationships among retailers and suppliers.

Shucking Competition Fundraiser in support of Bikers For Autism

oyster shuckChewies Oyster Bar (1055 Hastings) will be hosting the 1st Annual Shucking Competition Fundraiser in support of Bikers For Autism on Sunday, May 24th.

Invites will be extended to 16 of the best shuckers in the city to compete for $1,000.00 in cash prizes along with a round-trip flight to anywhere in North America. The overall winner will also be awarded the official “Shuck It Forward” Trophy.

Hosted by Vancouver’s own Prevail, the festivities will include a Red Truck Tap takeover, Southern Style Seafood Broil, Live music by Tim Sars Trio Band & ElDjLoco. Lords Of Gastown custom bike build photo-booth, BFA merchandise booth, Information booths and special guest speakers from Pacific Autism Family Center, Autism Support Network, raffle draw prizes from Community Sponsors Rising Sun Motorcycles, The Shop, Lords Of Gastown and more!

Pre sale tickets are available for $20 online at or at the door day of the event.  Entry fee will include 1 complimentary frosty pint of Red Trucks finest beers.

Bikers For Autism: 

Bikers For Autism is located in Vancouver, BC and was established in 2012. A charitable cause that combines the passion of riding motorcycles with the dedication to raising public awareness and raising funds to support individuals/families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder.




Vancouver is playing host to a hotbed of food innovations, trends, and marketing masterminds in the grocery space, sure to delight the many foodies in Vancouver. On April 13-14 at the Vancouver Convention Centre-East, media are invited to witness firsthand the trends, delicacies and soon-to-be household super foods at Western Canada’s only annual grocery conference. Trend hint: Vancouverites living in micro-condos with macro-palates will soon have reason to celebrate.

The highlight of the event has to be the New Products Showcase where entrepreneurial, pioneering gastro-hopefuls show off their inventions in food, hoping to be the next coconut water or almond butter. It’s from this showcase where the Top 10 Most Innovative Foods for 2015 are selected by a panel of expert judges, live on the show floor.

WHAT:     Grocery & Specialty Food West

WHEN:      Monday, April 13 – Tuesday, April 14

WHERE:    Vancouver Convention Centre-East, 1055 Canada Place

WHO:       200+ retailers, marketers, innovators, nutrition champions and industry experts, from juggernauts like McCain, Nestlé, Acosta, Dairy Famers of Canada and Coca-Cola to local, upstart health innovators shaking up the grocery aisles.

WHY:        Learn the latest trends and innovations in food, soon to delight Canadian consumers and spark the next kale wave in the kitchen. See how businesses can benefit from shifting consumer attitudes and appetites from experts in marketing, business and health and wellness. Network for two full days in a barrier-free open playing field. 

2015 Panels and Speakers include:

  • “The move in the marketplace from mass to my”, Tony Chapman
  • “Trends with benefits”, Max Valiquette
  • Retail Panel with leaders in health and wellness, Pete Luckett Pete’s, Craig Hermanson Pomme Natural Market, Joe Longo, Longo’s
  • Home Meal Replacement (HMR)best practices/trends with Maple Leaf Foods’ Nola Martin
  • Health & Wellness and how to drive sales in your store with Choices Markets’ nutrition operations manager and registered dietitian, Nicole Fetterly 

For more information on Grocery & Specialty Food West, please visit the website.

Sipping Wine and Crunching Crisps

Wine-and-Chip-PairingsFor the month of April BC Liquor Stores and select BC independent wine shops are providing a free bag of Miss Vickie’s potato chips with a Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Wines purchase, along with a $2 off coupon neck tag.

What’s the deal here? Well grab a bag of chips, a couple glasses, fill with vino and plop yourself down in front of the TV and have a bit of a nibble and you’ll see the pairing works. The Merlot brings out the sweetness in the Balsamic Vinegar chips, and the Sea Salt brings out a bit of acidity in Pinot Grigio. The other chips were gone before I could test out the pairing, they are that good. So why not get thee to a liquor store and stock up for the weekend and #UnwindTogether with a loved one or friend by pairing the two together one of your own favourite TV series.

Play along on social media for extra fun:

#unwindtogether  @Woodbridge_Wine @RealMissVickie

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