Candles & Cocktails A Feast for the Senses

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Wednesday, April 22nd, The Social Concierge and ABSOLUT Elyx invite you to the reverie as 1222 Hamilton opens its doors for one night only, lit by hundreds of candles.

Celebrate Earth Day with a sophisticated twist.

The third annual Candlelight Club soirée features exclusively live acoustic music accompanied by contemporary dancers. Enjoy craft cocktails using garden fresh herbs crafted by the finest mixologists in the city. And of course, the evening’s libations will be complimented with custom, local raw bites.

Candles are lit at 8PM and stay illuminated until late.

Tickets are $25 and include a complimentary welcome craft cocktail. Click here to get your tickets for this experience. Or choose to attend the event as a member of Le Passport, providing VIP upgrades to any and all ticketed events by The Social Concierge. Only four weeks remain to subscribe to Le Passport. Get yours!

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King’s Day in North Vancouver April 27

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Long live the King! On Monday, April 27, 2015, The District Brasserie, the local foodie hotspot specializing in traditional Dutch fare with West Coast flair, is bringing a taste of King’s Day to North Vancouver. One of Holland’s biggest national celebrations, King’s Day holds special resonance for The District’s Dutch-born owner and head chef, Paul Mon-Kau. Looking to knock back a cold one in the name of the Netherlands? Stop by with a group of good people and dine like the Dutch with 20% off hand-picked traditional dishes and $2 off select drinks.

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The District’s famous Patat Friet

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The Dutch specialty, Gehaktballen

Since 1885, the anniversary of the current ruler’s inauguration date marks the day when locals and visitors alike turn out in droves to celebrate the monarch with citywide street sales, sporting events, boating on the canals and all-night parties. April 27th’s festivities honour King Willem-Alexander’s crowning in 2013, making it the party of the year in Amsterdam and beyond.

This year, The District Brasserie is bringing the party to the Lower Mainland with a night of traditional food and drink specials. These include:

Drinks – $2 off (discount reflected in listed price)
Heineken:                    $4
Boomsma:                   $5                    Martini: $8
Ketel One:                   $5                    Martini: $8
Van Gogh Espresso:   $7                    Martini: $9

Food – 20% off (discount reflected in price)
Patat Friet: $5.60     
One pound of house cut Kennebec potatoes, prepared in traditional double fried style.

Patat Oorlog War: $7.20     
Friets served with Javanese peanut sauce, mayo and chopped onion.

Kroket: $6.40           
Stewed beef, breaded and friend to order and served with patat friet.           

Tosti: $8.80
A traditional Dutch ham and cheese sandwich, perfect for lunch. (Recipe available upon request.) 

Pea Soup: $5.60
Slow cooked old-fashioned pea soup finished with a pea pesto. (Recipe available upon request.)    

Gehaktballen: $7.20
Beef and pork meatballs made with fresh herbs, caramelized onion and a rich sauce.        

 

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TOMS Bag Collection Launches In Vancouver

TOMS bag collection launch events in Vancouver.

Friday, April 24 from 7 pm to 9 pm at Hangers Jeans, located at Park Royal South (upstairs) or

Saturday, April 25 from 6 pm to 8 pm at Twigg & Hottie, located at 3671 Main Street 

TOMS new bag collection is the fourth One for One giving initiative from the TOMS family of products.

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For every bag purchased, TOMS will help provide a safe birth for a mother and baby in need.

Dr. Shira Shafir (Director of Social Innovation and Impact at TOMS) will be at the event to discuss Maternal Health around the world, and the need for providing safe births in developing countries. She will also be available for interviews and questions throughout the evening, if interested?

The event will also feature a short educational presentation on Maternal Health, and showcase a range of TOMS new bag styles.

 

Vancouver TheatreSports™ League Presents Throne and Games

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Loved this show! I don’t follow Games of Thrones and still could not stop laughing. DO IT!

Info: Vancouver TheatreSports™ League (VTSL) presents Throne and Games, until May 30. An elimination comedic improv format created by VTSL veteran performer, Graeme Duffy, Throne and Games is inspired by HBO’s wildly successful Game of Thrones and the book series it is based on, George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire.

An improvised parody, Throne and Games is filled with betrayal, death, eliminations, unlikely alliances, and above all, humour. During each show, three improv “families” (teams of VTSL performers putting their spin on Game of Thrones characters) will descend on the Iron Throne of Games and try to claim it for their own. Each team will do their best to oust their competitors in a series of classic improv games, customized to each family. At the end of the show, only one character will remain to rule the kingdom.

Each night, the audience will play a supporting role by providing suggestions to advance the onstage action. For Throne and Games, the audience will be referred to as “The Old Gods and The New,” and will also decide which characters are eliminated.

Michael got to sit upon the throne and the stage!

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The Improv Centre on Granville Island
1502 Duranleau Street

Tickets: Online at vtsl.com

About Vancouver TheatreSports™ League
Vancouver TheatreSports™ League is located on Granville Island, Vancouver’s arts and culture capital. Circa 1980, Vancouver TheatreSports™ League is now a local institution and a worldwide phenomenon, producing and staging some of the most daring and innovative improv in the world. Boasting six International Improv Comedy Awards and having starred in several television specials, Vancouver TheatreSports™ League performs to more than 60,000 enthusiasts yearly, five nights a week, 52 weeks a year.

MARKET by Jean-George Rooted in Nature Tasting Menu

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While April 22 is Earth Day in the calendar, every day is Earth Day in the MARKET by Jean-Georges kitchen.

The Rooted in Nature tasting menu celebrates and recognizes the farmers, fisherman, ranchers and purveyors that make dining at MARKET by not only delicious but also sustainable.

View the Rooted in Nature dinner menu here.
Reserve your table by calling 604 695 5115, or online here.

Rooted in Nature
Six-course tasting menu
“Our produce and cuisine is Rooted in Nature, featuring the finest locally and ethically-sourced ingredients.”
Citrus Cured Salmon Fennel, Dill, Mint OceanWise and Locally Sourced Line-Caught Salmon

BC Dungeness Crab – Asparagus Salad Tarragon Vinaigrette Pacific North-West Dungeness Crab
Blue Mountain Brut, Okanagan, BC NV

Emulsified Duck Soup Herb Dumplings, Enoki Mushroom Yarrow Meadows Organic Duck
Meyer ‘McLean Creek’, Chardonnay, Okanagan, BC

Confit Smoked White Sturgeon Toasted Wheat Berry Risotto Salmon Caviar, Mint, Yogurt Sustainably Farmed Fraser River White Sturgeon
Le Vieux Pin, Sauvignon Blanc, Okanagan, BC

Butter Poached Beef Strip Loin Braised Romaine, Red Wine Reduction Blue Goose Organic Farm B.C.
Painted Rock, Cabernet Sauvignon, Okanagan, BC

Rhubarb Cherry Blossom Trifle Rose Meringue
Quails Gate ‘Port Style’ Foch, Okanagan, BC

MARKET Apres Work Xi Shi Lounge

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Après work just got that much easier. Say cheers to the end of a long day with drink specials, and live music offerings, Sunday through Thursday in Xi Shi Lounge.

Sundays 
$5 Highballs from 5-9pm | DJ George spins House music from 5-9pm

Mondays
$5 Martinis from 5-9pm | Wes Mackey plays the blues from 5-7pm

Tuesdays
$5 Glasses of Bubbly from 5-9pm | Jordan Kaminski sings the hits from 5-7pm

Wednesdays
$5 Glasses of Wine from 5-9pm | Austin Nash Park plays the hits on his guitar from 5-7pm

Thursdays
$5 Corsa Beer on tap from 5-9pm | ‘Miss DJ’ Chelsea spins for Ladies Night from 5-9pm

Walk-ins welcome, or reserve your table by calling 604 661 3353, or booking online here.

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.

EACH TICKET WILL INCLUDE:

TUESDAY, MAY 5, 2015
6:30PM-8:00PM

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.

8:30PM-10:00PM
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.

MEAL ALTERNATIVES

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.

LIMITED TICKETS

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.

BUY TICKETS

SORRY, NO REFUNDS

WIN TICKETS

#Giveaway 2 Tickets = $250+ #CanadianFlavours Gala EAT Vancouver

AWESOME GIVEAWAY ALERT! We’ll be there, will you? 

Make space in your schedule for the Canadian Flavours Gala at Terminal City Club on Thursday, April 30 2015.

Guests will enjoy an evening with 15 INCREDIBLE chefs from some of Canada’s best-known restaurants, sampling delicious Canadian cuisine paired with spring releases from the Naramata Bench Wineries Association.

Thursday April 30th 2015
7:00 – 9:30 PM
Tickets: $125 available at http://eat-vancouver.com/canadian-flavours-gala/ 
Terminal City Club 837 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

Win 2 TICKETS – 3 ways

  • Leave a comment naming one of the Chefs participating in EAT Vancouver
  • Share/comment on/or like this post on Facebook (1 entry) (must also like Good Life Vancouver’s page)
  • Follow @GoodLifeVan on twitter and post the tweet below (1 entry)

“RT to #win 2 tickets to #CanadianFlavours GALA = $250+ @eat_vancouver @GoodLifeVan”

Winner announced April 25, 2015

Participating Restaurants:

Charcut Roast House and  River Cafe (Calgary); The Westin Edmonton (Edmonton); Lemeac (Montreal); Hillside Winery Bistro, The Vanilla Pod and The Kitchen (Naramata); Wolf in the Fog (Tofino); The Black Hoof, DaiLo and Richmond Station (Toronto); Edible Canada, Vancouver Aquarium. YEW seafood + bar and Bella Gelateria (Vancouver); TIA Yukon (Whitehorse)

Participating Wineries:

Bench 1775 Winery, Black Widow Winery, D’Angelo Estate Winery, Deep Roots Winery, Elephant Island Wines, Hillside Winery, Howling Bluff Winery, Kettle Valley Winery, La Frenz Winery, Lake Breeze Vineyards, Lang Vineyards, Misconduct Wine Co., Monster Vineyards, Moraine Estate Winery, Perseus Winery, Poplar Grove Winery, Quidni Estate Winery, Red Rooster Winery, Serendipity Winery, Terravista Vineyards, Therapy Vineyards, Tightrope Winery, Upper Bench Winery, Van Westen Vineyards

There is an impressive roster of critically acclaimed chefs and their restaurants participating at the event.  It includes Andrew Winfield of Calgary’s , Nicholas Nutting of Tofino’s  (chosen by  as Canada’s number one restaurant), and Jeremie Bastien of Montreal’s .  From Toronto, both Chef Jesse Grasso of – known for attracting movie starts to its nightly lineup – and Nick Liu of newly opened will participate.  Two alumni from  Carl Heinrich (Toronto’s ) and Connie DeSousa (Calgary’s ), will also attend.  Executive Chef Ryan O’Flynn from the  will recreate his winning dish from the 2015 Canadian Gold Medal Plates chef competition.Win 2 TICKETS – 3 ways

Local participants include Executive Chef Ned Bell from The Four Seasons’ YEW seafood + bar, Eric Pateman of Edible Canada and Bella Gelateria’s hand-made gelato, named the best in the world at the international gelato competition held in Florence, Italy.

The evening will include an exclusive Silent Wine Auction benefitting Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise™ sustainable seafood program, which will also receive partial proceeds from the evening.

Got Craft? May 2-3

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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 www.gotcraft.com.

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.

Facebook: Facebook.com/GotCraft
Twitter: @LFieldsShoppe
Instagram: Instagram.com/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!

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CBC Vancouver
700 Hamilton Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 2R5
Canada

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