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Celebrate Spring at the Osoyoos Oyster Festival, April 19-23

We’re Planning Our Annual Trek to Osoyoos For the Osoyoos Oyster Festival

No there are not oysters grown right in Osoyoos, but that didn’t stop the founders of the Osoyoos Oyster Festival, from having a vision to give weary oyster farmers a break from the coast and locals and visiting oyster aficionados something to slurp while waiting for all of the spring wines to be released.

Osoyoos Oyster Festival

It’s in the sixth year now and Michael and I will, once again make the journey to the Okanagan, via Kelowna, where we’ll stop for some last minute wedding prep, then continue down the valley to Osoyoos for a few days to feast on oysters and work on our tans. We wouldn’t miss our annual pilgrimage, it’s now our little family tradition.

Osoyoos Oyster Festival

The Osoyoos Oyster Festival returns to the South Okanagan, April 19-23 and showcases a variety of oysters from across the country. Kelowna’s Codfathers Seafood Market will be on hand, Nova Scotia’s Sober Island Oyster Farm will be shucking up a storm, and they’ll be Effingham Oysters and more. We’ll be there for three days checking out the area and the festival’s events. On the agenda is lunch at Burrowing Owl Winery, a visit to Firehall Brewery and Dublin Gate Distilling and stops at several of the wineries. I have to be careful or I won’t fit into my wedding dress. Oh, did I mention I was getting married? I did a few times? Oops.

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We look forward to seeing Patrick McMurray again, known as “Shucker Paddy”, Patrick is a former World Champion Oyster Shucker and owner of The Ceili Cottage Restaurant in Toronto. He’ll be shucking fresh oysters at events throughout the festival and you’ll be shucking your own oysters in no time with his tips. Trevor and Michelle Munroe from Nova Scotia’s Sober Island Oyster Farm, along with their children, will be shucking east coast oysters at all three signature events, and the Codfathers Family is sure to be on site!Osoyoos Oyster Festival

We’ll be staying at Walnut Beach Resort, as there’s a great heated pool and a licensed beachfront, but many Osoyoos hotels and resorts will be offering special weekend rates for the duration of the festival, as well as “Stay and Savour” packages starting at $569 per couple (includes two nights’ accommodation and tickets to Oyster Festival events). Shuttle service, departing from set Osoyoos-based locations, is available during the following Oyster Festival events: Beach BBQ & Brews, Deep Sea Garden Party and Art of the Pearl Gala.Osoyoos Oyster Festival

For more information about the accommodation packages or the events listed below, please visit: destinationosoyoos.com/osoyoos-oyster-festival.

Beach BBQ & Brews at Watermark Beach Resort, April 21
6:30 pm Tickets: $75
New in 2017 and held on the resort’s stunning beachfront, this lively BBQ-style buffet features seafood and traditional BBQ fare, paired with generous pours of the South Okanagan’s best brews, craft ciders and a signature Canadian Whiskey cocktail. The BBQs will be manned by the following Chefs: Jeff Van Geest of Miradoro; Natasha Schooten from Walnut Beach Resort; Adair Scott from Watermark Beach Resort; and Trevor Munroe of Sober Island Oysters. Tickets available online, here.

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Deep Sea Garden Party at Walnut Beach Resort, April 22
1 pm Tickets: $60
Family pricing – children under 10, admitted free with an adult; kids 11-18, $25
This afternoon event is held outside on the lawn of Walnut Beach Resort. Guests will sample culinary delights from both land and sea, and sip exceptional wine and beer from local wineries and craft breweries. New this year is the introduction of The Garden Market, with local vendors offering samples, as well as products for sale. A kid’s zone will offer activities and educational items to make this event family-friendly. Tickets available online, here.

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Art of the Pearl Gala at Spirit Ridge Resort, April 22
6 pm Tickets: $95
This fun, social, grazing soirée is inspired by the ocean and its bounty. Guests will enjoy incredible oyster creations served up by local chefs, along with freshly shucked oysters, and charcuterie offerings, paired with wine samples from the area’s award-winning wineries. More than 10 Okanagan restaurants are participating in this event, including: Mica Restaurant; Liquidity Bistro; Nk’Mip Cellars; The Paisley Notebook; Bonfire Restaurant; Sonora Room; Greenside Grill; Walnut Beach Resort; and Jojo’s Café. Tickets available online, here.

Partner Events:
Long Table Dinner at Miradoro at Tinhorn Creek Winery, April 19
6:30 pm Tickets: $39
Enjoy a special evening, starting with freshly shucked oysters, followed by a three-course dinner dedicated to the oyster. Call 250.498.3742 for tickets.

Under the Tuscan Sea at Terrafina Restaurant at Hester Creek, April 20
6:30 pm
Tickets: $45
Terrafina at Hester Creek Estate Winery invites guests to sample pizza and oysters paired with spring releases from Hester Creek, along with tastings from the winery’s “bubbly” neighbours. Call 250.498.2229 for tickets.

Osoyoos Oyster Festival

Whiskey & Oysters at Sol in the Holiday Inn, April 21
4 – 6 pm Tickets: $65
A great opportunity to try fresh oysters hand-selected by Codfathers Seafood Market, alongside various whiskeys, all while overlooking Osoyoos Lake in the Sol Grill Room & Lounge. With special guest Patrick McMurray (“Shucker Paddy”) in attendance. Call 250.495.7223 for tickets.

Brunch Buffet at Mica Restaurant at Spirit Ridge Resort, April 23
10 am – 1 pm $30
Wrap up the weekend by enjoying a delicious brunch buffet, while taking in views of Osoyoos Lake and the rolling countryside. Includes a complimentary mimosa or caesar. Call 250.495.8007 for reservations.

About Osoyoos
At the gateway to the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys lies Canada’s only desert, and the lakeside town of Osoyoos. A year-round destination, sunny Osoyoos offers something for everyone, including beaches, swimming, golfing, boating, fishing, wineries, fine dining and more. Visit destinationosoyoos.com.

 

What’s Good March 14 – What to do In Vancouver This Week

Vancouver Events This Week

Hard to believe we are half into March! C’mon cherry blosoms! But I think I boringly say it’s always hard to believe we are at “some particular date”, as time tends to fly by for me every day. I should try a better intro. However, back to the weather, it’s a little warmer out this week, although by the weekend it looks like temperature may cool. At least there’s not constant rain in the city so you can get out for a walk or two.  I’m doing a long run Sunday morning so say a little prayer! Here’s some suggestions to keep you occupied this week while we’re waiting for those blossoms!

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March 18 – Real Talk Summit at the Vancouver Convention Centre

Great speakers include Gary Vaynerchuk, Danielle Laporte, Brian Scudamore, and many more! Real Talk Summit is a full-day conference on entrepreneurship offering real and raw conversations on what it takes to succeed in business, profit with purpose and elevate brands. Real Talk Summit brings together entrepreneurs, leaders and professionals from across North America interested in positively impacting the world through the work that they do. The inaugural conference features a keynote by American entrepreneur, investor and Fortune 40 Under 40 influencer, Gary Vaynerchuk. Known for his direct, tell-it-how-it-is business insights, this is the first time the prolific speaker and internet personality is speaking in Western Canada. realtalksummit.com

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Blue Plate Specials – Lunch at Joe Fortes

Looking for a meal that will fill you up without breaking the bank? Joe Fortes  Blue Plate Bonanza is for you! Usually the Blue Plates are set for each day, but from March 13th to March 24th, you will be able to choose ANY Blue Plate for lunch – at just $9.95 each!  The choices are endless: Seafood Pot Pie, Thai BBQ Chicken, Panko Crusted Haddock, Crispy Fried Chicken and West Coast Fish Cakes. *Monday-Friday lunches only. While quantities last.

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February 18 – Free BC VQA Wine Tasting at

Everything Wine

On Saturday, March 18th, 2017 consumers can celebrate the taste of British Columbia with a FREE tasting of BC VQA wines at all 3 locations of Everything Wine stores in BC.  This is a fantastic chance to discover new favourites among a range of top-quality locally grown wines.

#ExploreBCWine Free Consumer Tastings

Saturday, March 18, 2017

2:00 – 6:00pm

The event will take place at the Everything Wine stores in North Vancouver, Langford, and Surrey.  The wine bar at each location will pour up to 6 BC VQA wines, paired with bites from local purveyors who share a focus on quality:

      • Langford – Little Piggy Catering (plant-forward menus, ethical meats and sustainable seafood)
      • Morgan Crossing, Surrey  – Beast & Brine (locally raised and made meats and cheeses with a nose-to-tail philosophy)
      • North Vancouver – Oyama Sausage Co. (handmade gourmet meats, local cheeses and charcuterie)

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Celebrate the Luck of the Irish on Friday, March 17th St. Patrick’s Day at CRAFT

Grab your crew and be sure to dress in your best green attire for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day!

All Day Features:

  • $4 Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • $6.50 O’Hara’s Irish Stout

Plus $5 Happy Hour features from 3-6pm.

Make sure to ask your server how to win O’Hara’s “Pot of Gold” giveaway! Arrive early to snag a table or reserve contacting craft.

DID YOU KNOW? Over 13 million pints of Guinness will be consumed worldwide on St. Patrick’s Day. We say, cheers to that!

#nofilter 2017

NoFilter Crushes the LOL of TMI

Starting March 2, late Thursday nights at The Improv Centre on Granville Island are going to be ‘so lit.’ #NoFilter, Vancouver TheatreSports’ newest show, uses the spontaneity of improv comedy to delve into our fleeting, over-shared digital world. From Snapchat to Instagram, Weibo to Facebook and everything in between, #NoFilter finds the fun and funny in how much we share about ourselves with nearly total strangers.

This is a very interactive show, where live-stream social media (projected on the theatre’s giant screen) will be used along with audience suggestions (verbal, texted or tweeted) to drive the action.

#NoFilter plays every Thursday evening at 9:15 pm at The Improv Centre, 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island. It replaces OK Tinder which has moved from Thursday nights to the 11:15 pm time slot on Fridays and Saturdays. Show details and tickets vtsl.com.

Vancouver Restaurants Celebrate French Gastronomy

3 Renowned Vancouver Restaurants celebrate French Gastronomy on March 21st

What are you doing next Tuesday night? If you enjoy French Food done well it would be a good time to make a reservation. We’re torn!

For the third consecutive year, over 2000 restaurants in 150 countries will participate in the #GoodFrance event to celebrate French gastronomy. They will prepare a special menu one night only and there’s three in Vancouver participating.

The event is orchestrated by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development and chef Alain Ducasse, and was inspired by Auguste Escoffier, who launched the “Dîners d’Épicure” (Epicurean Dinners) initiative in 1912: the same menu, on the same day, in several world cities, for as many guests as possible.

In Canada, almost 40 restaurants will participate in this international feast and art of eating well on March 21st, 2017, of which 3 are in Vancouver, BC:

  • Le Crocodile“As a French chef, it is an honor to be part of this International event along chefs from around the world and represent French gastronomy under the patronage of many chef’s reference M. Alain Ducasse.” Chef Michel Jacob.
  • Bistro Pastis:“Good France is a wonderful celebration of French gastronomy that Bistro Pastis wants to promote and support. It allows Bistro Pastis to showcase what can be done with great French food, French wine all while permitting stimulating conversation.”; Owner Stephen Langford.
  • Save On Meats diner’s’ Greasy Spoon dinner series with Chef Alison Ramage from Design to Dine:“Through this dining experience with Good France, there is the opportunity to create conversation for a cultural shift towards positive human connection on global level within communities”; Chef Alison Ramage.

Good France, a celebration of what France has best to offer. A one night only dinner à la française

The “gastronomic meal of the French” is now inscribed on UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. With French cuisine, the food is the epicenter but still not without the whole experience. All senses should be looked after – smell, sound, sight and flavour. Participating restaurants have been selected after designing their menu based on the following sequence: aperitif and canapés, starter, main course(s), cheese, dessert(s), French wines and champagnes. Menus will be available on the participating restaurant’s websites as well as on the Consulate’s website. The price is at the restaurant’s discretion and each participant will commit to donating 5% of the proceeds to a local NGO promoting health and the environment.

Menus and reservations

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Le Crocodile

  • Starter: corn cream with coco flakes and diced scallops
  • Fish: French cod filet with its truffles velouté sauce
  • Meat: venison duo and duck strips and its two sauces
  • Cheese: Selection from France
  • Desert: champagne sorbet ice cream and the traditional Paris Brest
  • Price : $115.00 per person + taxes and gratuities
  • Time: 6:30PM, one seating.
  • Reservations

Bistro Pastis

  • Starter: Foie Gras Parfait Profiterole / Duck Salad: house smoked duck breast, pickled strawberries, frieze, toasted brioche
  • Fish: Sole Normande: sole filet, seafood medley, button mushrooms, cream sauce
  • or
  • Meat: Lamb Navarin “Printanier”: braised lamb shoulder, spring vegetables, roasted potatoes, braising jus
  • Cheese: camembert le rustique, le bleu de laqueuille, tome de savoie mulled wine gel, whole grain mustard, crostini
  • Desert: creme caramel: egg custard, caramel sauce, mixed berries, chantilly
  • Price : $69.00 per person + taxes and gratuities
  • Time: reservations between 6:30 and 7:30 with a choice to seat in 15 min intervals. Consul general will open his table to two persons. If you wish to share his table, dinner will be at 6:30PM, please let the restaurant know upon booking.
  • Reservations
  • Bistro Pastis will donate 5 percent of sales to the Potluck Café Societywhich is a registered charity and social enterprise providing food, training, and job opportunities to residents of Vancouver`s Downtown Eastside.

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Save-OnMeats for Greasy Spoon series with guest Chef Alison Ramage

  • Starter: Tart Flambée – caramelized onions, mustard and munster cream + kale & escarole salad + potato crisp
  • Main: Choucroute Garnie – smoked sausage + Reisling fermented cabbage + Spaetzle + brown butter cream
  • Cheese: Elderflower tome pere antoine ice cream
  • Desert: Alsatian Strudel with apples + butter flakey pastry
  • Price : $ 95 per person + taxes and gratuities
  • Time: two seatings, 5:30PM and 8PM.
  • Reservations
  • Funds raised by the Greasy Spoon Diner series support A Better Life Foundation (ABLF), which aims to empower those who are struggling with addictions and mental illness. By providing food security, education and employment training ABLF supports individuals, while strengthening the quality of community life in the Downtown Eastside. A Better Life Foundation also supports the ongoing Being Hungry Sucks campaign.

What’s Good This Week – February 28+

What’s Good In And Around Vancouver

Can’t believe is March already and also that it is snowing in Vancouver at the very same time. Ah well…..we’ll get spring soon enough, right? I’m hopeful! In any case, here’s a few suggestions to brighten up your day and give you something to look forward to.

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Get Your Honey at Beaucoup Bakery

Spring makes an early appearance at Beaucoup Bakery & Café with a new star ingredient, local honey from Hives for Humanity.  The golden nectar plays a sweet role in three seasonal pastries: Honey Banana Double Baked Croissant, Grapefruit Honey Tarragon Cheesecake, and Miso Honey Roasted Eggplant Flatbread and they look delicious!

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The Men In White – Until March 11

A TALE OF LOVE, BROTHERHOOD, AND CRICKET! When Abdul’s cricket team decides to take action to end their losing streak, they talk of recruiting Abdul’s brother, Hasan, who is an expert at the sport. But bringing Hasan from India to Canada will take more than just a plane ticket, and not all members of the team agree with the high cost. Follow this heartfelt story of how home can be found in sport and unite family across nations.  Tickets

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La Table en Provence

From March 1-31, Provence Marinaside will present La Table en Provence, a special menu inspired by Chef Quaglia’s favourite dishes from the cookbook of the same name. Priced at $56 for three courses with an optional wine-pairing for $40, La Table en Provence features traditional Provençal dishes never before served at Provence Marinaside, including Garlic Soup , Frogs Legs, Rabbit Fricassée and Baked Seabream. Dessert is your choice from the regular menu (may we suggest the Tarte au Citron from Chef’s original recipe).

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Grains vs Grapes at Hart House

Whether food goes better with beer or with wine has been a hotly debated topic at many a late-night dinner party.  Now Hart House at Deer Lake is joining the fray with its limited-time Grains vs Grapes menu, which is bound to bring out the passionate wine aficionado and the die-hard beer drinker at any table.  The four-course menu will be available from Friday, February 24 to Sunday, March 26, 2017.

Hart House’s Sommelier, Si Man Lee, loves both beer and wine, and he has chosen a special lineup to pair with the four-course menu.  With each course, guests will be able to choose either a beer crafted by award-winning New Westminster craft brewery Steel & Oak Brewing Co. or a premium wine from Moon Curser Vineyards in Osoyoos.

#nofilter 2017

NoFilter Crushes the LOL of TMI

Starting March 2, late Thursday nights at The Improv Centre on Granville Island are going to be ‘so lit.’ #NoFilter, Vancouver TheatreSports’ newest show, uses the spontaneity of improv comedy to delve into our fleeting, over-shared digital world. From Snapchat to Instagram, Weibo to Facebook and everything in between, #NoFilter finds the fun and funny in how much we share about ourselves with nearly total strangers.

This is a very interactive show, where live-stream social media (projected on the theatre’s giant screen) will be used along with audience suggestions (verbal, texted or tweeted) to drive the action.

#NoFilter plays every Thursday evening at 9:15 pm at The Improv Centre, 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island. It replaces OK Tinder which has moved from Thursday nights to the 11:15 pm time slot on Fridays and Saturdays. Show details and tickets vtsl.com.

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25 Years of the Wellness Show!March 3, 4 and 5, 2017

New Rave Productions is pleased to present The Wellness Show, the West Coast’s largest trade show devoted to helping Lower Mainlanders live a more balanced, holistic and healthy life. This year’s show is a very special one, as it marks the 25th Anniversary of The Wellness Show! Held March 3, 4 and 5, 2017 at the Vancouver Convention Centre, this year’s show celebrates a proud tradition of helping the local population to discover the latest and greatest trends in health and wellness for a quarter century.

The show includes exhibitors, speakers and demonstrations on a diverse range of health and wellness topics, including nutrition, exercise, beauty, healthy aging, alternative and holistic therapies, mental well-being, healthy kids and green living, all under one roof. There are 5 stages featuring Fitness Demonstrations (Firma EnergyWear, Mandala Blooms, and Function Health Club), Women and Wellness Presentations (featuring Lorna Vanderhaeghe, Women’s Health Expert, “5 Simple Steps To Eliminating Cravings, Losing Weight and Feeling Energetic” with Mandy King, Holistic Nutritionist, and “Women and Burnout—a Mind Body Soul Solution” by Dr. Peter Hudoba), Living Well Seminars (Mastering Your Metabolism, Anti-Aging, Alkaline-Acid Balance, Joint Pain, Mineral Balancing, and Herbal Tonic Recipes), and the incredibly popular Celebrity Cooking Stage, (featuring Chef Meeru Dhalwala, Chef/Co-owner, Vij’s Restaurant, Chef James Walt, Executive Chef, Araxi, Deerholme’s Chef Bill Jones, Mission’s Founder and Executive Chef Curtis Luk, Juniper’s Executive Chef Sarah Stewart, and everyone’s favourite; Tojo).

Returning again this year is the Healthy Families Stage, featuring a variety of workshops and hands-on fun for kids, parents, and grandparents. This stage was a big hit at last year’s show, and this year includes demos from the owners of Holy Crap cereal, and workshops like “Simple Anti-Inflammatory Lunchbox Recipes,” “7 Powerful Foods That You Must Have On Your Dining Table,” and “Fit Families- Daily Habits that Will Help You Live Longer (and Happier!)” with Lifestyle Mentor, Dai Manuel.

3 days, 300 exhibitors, 30 thousand attendees- your best life under one roof.

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When: Friday, March 3, and Saturday March 4, 2017

Where: Skwachays Lodge, 31 West Pender Street (just east of Abbott Street), Vancouver, BC

Who: Chef Rich Francis is recognized as Canada’s leading Aboriginal culinary talent. A former Top Chef Canada contestant, Francis is about to launch his restaurant, The Seventh Fire, in Saskatoon. Originally from Six Nations, Ontario, Francis is from the Tetlit Gwich’in & Tuscarora Nations.

What: Chef Rich Francis has designed Cooking for Reconciliation, a candid journey toward Truth and Reconciliation using Indigenous foods to create a better understanding of pre-colonial Indigenous culture and the impact of colonization. Francis aspires to give back to First Nation communities and share his knowledge through Indigenous foods and towards healing, connectedness and reconciliation within one’s self.

Menu: The event’s menu will feature OceanWise-certified seafood cooked in traditional methods, including the use of preserves and Aboriginal medicines.

Quote: “Our traditional foods have the ability to nourish and cultivate awareness and compassion, that is the real heart and soul of Indigeniety.”

Additional Info: Seatings are also available on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and March 5 at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the public are available at Eventbrite.cahttp://bit.ly/SkwachaysTix

Aboriginal BC: Chef Rich Francis recently spent his first visit in British Columbia’s Aboriginal communities filming a series about the spirituality, culture and history of the Yuquot, a coastal area of Nootka Island where the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nation call home. Francis was joined on the filming with actor Duane Howard, a member of the Nuu-chah-nulth and a star of the Academy Award-winning “The Revenant.” The Yuquot Series will be released on YouTube in April 2017.

What’s Good This Week – February 22

What to do in and around Vancouver this week?

It’s been a busy couple weeks. We just got through another year of Vancouver International Wine Festival and were thoroughly impressed with the wines and the people we met behind them! Now we are onto the last week in February and I seriously can’t believe how fast the year is going.

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Best of the City – February 24 7-9 pm

I’ll be here with Les Dames d’Escoffier as we are raffling off a wall of wine! Please buy a ticket or five to support our initiatives if you are there! Vancouver magazine’s Best of the City event (formerly “Big Night”) includes Vancouver’s best chefs—Maenam’s Chef Angus An, CinCin’s Andrew Richardson, Blue Water Cafe’s Frank Pabst and many more! Taste our way through 10 amazing dishes, each paired with an award-winning wine or beer.

Where: Coast Coal Harbour Hotel, 1180 W. Hastings St.
Cost: $125 Tickets: Eventbrite

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BC Home + Garden Show, February 23-26 at BC Place Stadium

With Canada’s favourite home and landscaping specialists including HGTV Canada’s Bryan Baeumler, Carson Arthur, Mike Holmes Jr., and Tiffany Pratt, live cooking demos from Vancouver’s culinary masters, and more than 425 exhibitors and features designed to whip any home and garden into shape, there’s innovation, inspiration and expert advice at every turn. Five days only: February 22-26, 2017 at BC Place Stadium. Buy tickets online courtesy and save $3 at http://www.bchomeandgardenshow.com/

Please refer to the Cooking Stage schedule for a full list of presenters and presentation times.

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Healthy Cooking Classes: Whole, Plant-based, Delicious February 26

This series of classes is a blend of Rooted Nutrition’s Andrea Potter’s most popular nutrition-focused classes from the Eating Clean Series and of Guest Instructor Ellexis Boyle’s cooking classes. Ellexis blends her technique-focused baking classes from previous series into new ‘Plant-Based Baking 1&2’. These newly revised classes get to the heart of ‘how-to’ vegan and healthier baking for the home cook, both beginner and more advanced. Tickets

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Renaissance Vermouth and Tapas with Campagnolo and Odd Society – February 23

Campagnolo, Odd Society Spirits and local drinks expert Shaun Layton to present an evening exploring vermouth and tapas.
Odd Society’s cocktail lounge will pay homage to the delightful tapas bars of Spain with The Renaissance of Vermouth.

Guests will be greeted with a perfectly crafted aperitif cocktail, followed by a flight of vermouth, each one thoughtfully chosen by Shaun Layton. Enjoy vermouths from around the world and a selection of Mediterranean tapas prepared by Chef de Cuisine Jesse McMillan of Campagnolo ROMA. 

7:00pm to 9:00pm.
Tickets are $65 (inclusive of tax and gratuity) and can be purchased by emailing info@oddsocietyspirits.com.

Parksville takes the cork out for its 9th annual Parksville Uncorked Wine & Food Festival, February 23 – 26, 2017

We’ve checked this out a few times and highly recommend! Parksville. Parksville Uncorked Wine & Food Festival showcases BC’s wines, beers and cuisine at The Beach Club Resort and Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort for a decadent weekend. The ninth annual celebration takes place February 23 – 26, 2017.

A Valentine’s Day Menu for the Chocoholic at Rocky Mountain Flatbread

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Suggestion

Rocky Mountain Flatbread and Koko Monk Chocolates are delighted to present our second annual Valentine’s Day Menu for the Chocoholic featuring raw chocolate and Rocky Mountain Flatbread favourites.

Rocky Mountain Flatbread’s Chef Oliver Zulauf has created a delicious three-course menu for Valentine’s Day that offers over 75 pizza and pasta combinations to choose from. Each course is paired with a handmade raw chocolate from Koko Monk Chocolates.

Wake up your palate with La Petite Amour – a lemongrass, lime and sunny mango raw chocolate – paired with your choice of crisp fresh salad (fig & goat cheese, basil & blackberry, or fresh herb salad).

When you add a taste of the Tuscan Blues – a lavender infused raw chocolate – and enjoy a hand crafted Traditional Flatbread pizza or pasta dish – you’ll believe life really is a box of chocolates.

Rekindle that old flame with a Smoking Heart – that is, a double smoked applewood and 12-year-old scotch raw chocolate fusion – along with Rocky Mountain Flatbread’s signature double chocolate brownie with house made vanilla ice cream (or gluten free baked cheese cake with toasted coconut crust).​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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This three-course menu is offered for $30 per person plus tax and gratuity.

Additional specials:

  • Valentine’s Day cocktail:  Fizzio Therapyfor $6.
  • Valentine’s Day Kids Menu: a three-course menu for $12.50 so the whole family can enjoy Valentines Dinner!

Make a reservation for the whole family at Rocky Mountain Flatbread on Valentine’s Day!

To Reserve:

Rocky Mountain Flatbread Main Street: Call 604-566-9779 or email info@rockymountainflatbread.ca.

Rocky Mountain Flatbread Kitsilano: Cal 604-730-0321 or email info@rockymountainflatbread.ca.

Did you know?

Raw chocolate, a superfood made out of unprocessed, unroasted, untreated cacao beans, has a whole lot of health benefits ranging from reducing inflammation in the body, acting as a natural anti-depressant, improving the cardiovascular system, assisting with weight loss, slowing the aging process of cell, improving digestion, assisting with weight loss and many more.

About Rocky Mountain Flatbread
Rocky Mountain Flatbread takes pride in providing sustainably produced, local food that connects the farm, family and community. Visit our two Rocky Mountain Flatbread restaurant locations in Vancouver (Main Street & Kitsilano) or the original restaurant that started it all in Canmore, Alberta. Food court locations include Rocky Mountain Flatbread Express in Banff and Rocky Mountain Flatbread Food Court in West Vancouver. For more information, visit rockymountainflatbread.ca.

About Koko Monk
Koko Monk is known for its one of a kind, complex and sophisticated flavor fusions using raw chocolate. The company uses organic and health based ingredients without damaging and reducing their essence as one of the most important signifiers of their identity. Visit the Vancouver store in Kitsilano. For more information, visit www.kokomonk.com.

What’s Good This Week February 7

Vancouver Events and Happenings

I’ve been up at Kelowna Gold Medal Plates Culinary Championships this past weekend and was so impressed with the chefs and all their hard work, and have to give a big shout out to all the Okanagan college culinary students and recent grads who assisted them. What an hard working group of talented people! Congrats to Jinhe Lee of Foreign Concept in Calgary on the Gold. I’ll have a post up this week on the full competition.

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While in Kelowna I had some great family and friend visits, got my exercise, but didn’t really get out to check out any new spots in town, but sometimes (gasp) there are more important things in life…..I found my wedding dress here too.

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Coming up – Vancouver International Wine Festival

This is the week before the Vancouver International Wine Festival, so rest up and get your work done so you can explore and enjoy the festival events. Available events include the Thursday and Friday night tastings, and Saturday Day, and just a few more, details here.

Get to know BC Wine at the festival’s BC Wine Pioneers and New Kids, an evolutionary look at the British Columbia wine industry over the past 25 years.  See how industry pioneers and the new kids on the block are putting their stamp on making wine in BC. The tasting will highlight both BC’s core varieties and a selection of lesser-known varietals produced in BC. Friday at 5:15 pm.

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On February 9th, Vancouverites will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Canada’s epicurean history at a pop-up Edible Museum. 

The Edible Museum of Canadian Food and Wine will feature some of Canada’s most beloved foods and most awarded VQA wineries. Throughout the exhibition guests will have the chance to taste some of Canada’s finest culinary moments while learning interesting nuggets about our vast and diverse wine landscape. https://www.canadianfoodandwinemuseum.ca/

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Vancouver TheatreSports’ Throwdown International TheatreSports Festival (formerly called The Massacre) runs February until Feb 14th

The Improv Centre on Granville Island hosted local VTSL teams and international teams (from as far afield as Oslo, Norway and Mumbai, India) will be on from Feb 9-14. The last evening, February 14, sees the winners of the international competitions play with the local victors from the previous week in a winner-takes-all laugh fest.

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Dine Out Continues At Many Restaurants Around Town

Provence Marinaside –  You can enjoy a beautifully prepared 3-course set menu for just $40 with a superb BC wine pairing for $25 until February 9th. Click for details

Kala Malay Bistro – 3-course flavourful Malaysian-style cuisine for $30

WildTale – 3-course with delicious mains such as Salmon, Beef and Gnocchi for $30

Sequoia Group – Extended $30 Dine Out menu until
February 9th!

Bishops – Eat local and well at this West 4th favourite.

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“Ultimate Chocolate Lover’s” at the Uncommon Cafe – Feb 8th

Just enter code “save20” when booking here. In this class, you will learn how to prepare 3 luscious chocolate recipe, just in time for Valentine’s day! You get to eat all (or bring some home), with wine!!! For more info on this class and to book, click here.

Canadian Culinary Championships In Kelowna Feb 3-4

Gold Medal Plates Canadian Culinary Championships

The 2017 Canadian Culinary Championships (CCC) will take place this weekend in Kelowna, BC February 3-4, 2017 and I am heading up there on Thursday to cover the competition once again!

Eleven competing chefs will be aiming for gold as they compete in three events over two days testing their skills, creativity and endurance and we’ll have some pre-competition interviews up shortly. Each of the eleven chefs competed in their home city/province at a Gold Medal Plates event in the fall of 2016 and took the top spot in there.Canadian Culinary Championships

On Thursday, chefs will be welcomed at the CCC’s opening reception where they will each receive a bottle of a mystery wine. The next morning they are tasked with the challenge of shopping locally for ingredients and ultimately creating a dish that will complement the mystery wine.  They will have been given only $500 for the ingredients and must create a dish that will impress the national judges and the 400 guests in attendance.  The guests will enjoy the dishes from each of the 11 competing chefs while sipping on the Mystery Wine.  “It is always so amazing to see the variety of tantalizing dishes that have been created, and yet each chef had the same wine to work with,” says David Lawrason, the Gold Medal Plates national wine advisor.  “This is an event not to be missed!”Canadian Culinary Championships

The second competition is the black-box competition where the chefs are secluded into a room until it is their turn to compete. Chefs are called one at a time and are presented with a box of 7 ingredients sourced from across Canada. Each chef has 10 minutes to determine what dish they will create using the 7 ingredients and then he or she has 50 minutes to prepare their dish and present to the judges.Canadian Culinary Championships

The final competition is the Grand Finale where the chefs will create their ultimate dish to wow the judges and the guests paired with a Canadian beverage.  Most of them have shipped the ingredients with them as they traveled across Canada to Kelowna. The finale closes with the announcement of the top three medal winners being called to the podium and the bragging rights for one to be called the Canadian Culinary Champion. The winner will also walk away with a 2 year lease on a 2017 BMW 430i xDrive Gran Coupe!

There are limited tickets available for the Mystery Wine Pairing and can be purchased online at www.goldmedalplates.com or by calling 778-883-3448; the Grand Finale on Saturday is sold out.Canadian Culinary Championships
Last year’s winning chefs. Ottawa’s Marc Lepine took the Gold.

The judging will be led by James Chatto, Gold Medal Plates’ National Culinary Advisor and Head Judge and includes the following participating Gold Medal Chefs:

Chefs Competing at the 2017 Canadian Culinary Championships:

BRITISH COLUMBIA:   Jesse McCleery – Pilgrimme, Galiano Island
EDMONTON:      Eric Hanson – Prairie Noodle Shop
CALGARY:          Jinhee Lee – Foreign Concept
REGINA:             Garrett (Rusty) Thienes – Harvest Eatery and Fresh Market
SASKATOON:    Scott Torgerson – Radisson Hotel Saskatoon & Aroma Resto Bar
WINNIPEG:         Jesse Friesen – Pizzeria Gusto
TORONTO:         Amanda Ray – Canteen Restaurant
OTTAWA:            Joe Thottungal – Coconut Lagoon
MONTREAL:       Sophie Tabet – Chez Sophie
HALIFAX:            Mark Gray – Battery Park Beer Bar & Eatery
ST. JOHN’S:        Ruth Wigman – Oppidan

Event information:
Official Website: www.goldmedalplates.com
Official Twitter and Instagram: @GoldMedalPlates
Official Hashtag: #CCC2017

About The Canadian Culinary Championships
Net proceeds from the Canadian Culinary Championships are provided to the Canadian Olympic Foundation which supports Olympic athletes and high performance programs. Since 2004, Gold Medal Plates has generated over 12 million for Canada’s Olympic athletes.

Gold Medal Plates – Gold Medal Plates is the ultimate celebration of Canadian excellence in food, wine, athletic achievement and entertainment and has raised over 12 million for elite Canadian athletes.  For more information, visit the Gold Medal Plates website www.goldmedalplates.com

Canadian Olympic Foundation –The Beneficiary:  The Canadian Olympic Foundation is a national charitable organization that generates support to meet the technical, scientific, medical and coaching needs of Canada’s athletes across all Olympic sports. Proceeds from Gold Medal Plates are given to the Canadian Olympic Foundation to support high performance programs such as Own the Podium. To learn more about the Foundation and the programs it funds, please visit www.olympicfoundation.ca.

What’s Good This Week – It’s February

What To Do This Week – Just In Case There’s Room in Your Calendar

I can’t believe we’ve gone through a whole month of 2017 already! How’s your year been? I’ve got lots of plans and hopes for the year ahead and I’m finding the biggest issue for me is trying to do too much and then feeling disappointed in myself up for not getting through the 300 things I feel I should do every day. I’m working on some ways to stop this cycle, but the struggle is still VERY REAL! Well then, on that note, we do have some suggestions for this week just in case your calendar isn’t quite full!van wine fest 034 original web

Book Now! – Vancouver International Wine Festival

So many wines, so many events, so much to learn. I’ll be at as many events I can manage as this is the year Canada is showcased at the Festival and it’s a great opportunity to get to know our local wines better, as well . A couple things:

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Lunch at Bauhaus

Head to Gastown for their daily lunch feature for $22, or on a Friday the famous #TGIF Friday special Schnitzel and authentic Früh Kölsch Beer for  $22.

Among the selections for the  lunch menu, handcrafted by chef Stefan Hartmann, are creative takes on German classic dishes, including Meatballs (with rice  / caper sauce / peas / carrots / celery), Wiener Schnitzel (with seared potatoes/cucumber salad), Geschnetzeltes (with veal  / spätzle / mushrooms) and John Dory (with artichoke / spring onions / parmesan / black salsify).

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Explore BC Wine Brunch at Boulevard – Feb. 4

The menu and wines are stellar at this mingler, where you can sample many of BC’s best wines  during the Explore BC Wine Brunch held as part of the 2017 Dine Out Vancouver Festival.
In this stand up grazing event, savour a variety of seafood focused canapés, while sipping wines from seven of the province’s premier wineries. TICKETS

WINERIES

Arrowleaf Cellars
Haywire Winery
Church and State Wines
Howling Bluff Winery
St. Hubertus &  Oak Bay Vineyard & Estate Winery
Tinhorn Creek Vineyards
Tantalus Vineyards

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Unsung Heroes at Blue Water Cafe

Love seafood? Don’t miss the Blue Water Cafe’s Executive Chef Frank Pabst’s menu during the Unsung Heroes Festival. This menu showcases unique and sustainable seafood throughout the month of February.

Stellar dishes such as stir-fried jellyfish, red sea urchin trifle, sturgeon liver pate, and poached periwinkles have graced Chef Frank’s impressive Unsung Heroes menu during the last 12 years. British Columbia’s giant red sea cucumber – which has just been listed as sustainable by the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise conservation program – will take pride of place on Chef Frank’s 2017 menu.  Blue Water Cafe.

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Farmer’s Apprentice’s Fresh Look

Newly renovated Farmer’s Apprentice is open at 5:30 p.m. seven nights a week, offering both ‘Herbivore’ or ‘Omnivore’ menu options, both for $55 per person with optional beverage pairings available for an additional $38. A four-course menu with both herbivore and omnivore options is also available all night long for $40 per person, with optional beverage pairings available for an additional $25.

On weekends from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Farmer’s Apprentice is offering an ever-changing brunch menu where guests can choose from à-la-carte options or a prix-fixe experience, which offers a unique 5-course family-style brunch for $25 per person. Check out South Granville’s favourite neighbourhood spot.

What’s Good This Week January 25+

Good Things to do in Vancouver

It’s been a busy couple days for me as I’ve continued the struggle to get organized for the year, and focus on my goals, goals, goals; it’s exhausting! How is everyone else doing on their New Year’s plans? I have to remind myself that not every day will be 100%, but I think I’m moving in the right direction! Hope y’all are too. If you resolved to have more fun this year, fear not, there’s lots to do! This week there’s Robbie Burns Day celebrations, Dine Out Vancouver continues, lots of Arts events and some great cooking classes.

Timber Hosts Fire Whisky Vancouver World Chef Exchange Dinner – February 1st

Chef Chris Whittaker, Vancouver’s champion of local food, welcomes Chef Ryan McIlwraith – of Bellota in San Francisco – to Timber. Spanish and Canadian flavours meet over wood fired coal in this epic collaboration dinner. AND we have a GIVEAWAY for 2 tickets worth $375- CLICK HERE! 

Fire Whisky Vancouver World Chef Exchange Dinner

This multi-course social dining feast will feel like a homestead gathering. Food served family-style paired with whisky based cocktails. The long-standing friendship between these two culinary masters will translate through to each element of the dinner, and is true to the authenticity of this program. There will be a smoker, open coal grill, and a spit in the Timber courtyard. Meet with these two great Chefs as they cook with fire featuring the best food from local producers. Purchase tickets to this spectacular one night event here. Part of Dine Out Vancouver.

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Robert Burns’ Night at The Cascade Room, January 25

The Cascade Room is celebrating the life and poetry of Scottish poet Robert Burns on Wednesday, January 25, with a delicious Scottish-inspired evening featuring bagpipes, whisky, haggis and other treats (including deep fried Mars bars!).

The celebration will kick off at 6 pm on January 25, with the ‘piping of the haggis,’ which will see local bagpiper Matt Dolan pipe in the haggis, with Dougie Stewart from Colourstrings Conservatory of Music addressing the haggis.

A special three-course dinner menu will be on offer throughout the evening: Starter – Cock-a-Leekie Soup; Main – Traditional Haggis with ‘Neeps an’ Tatties; and for dessert — a Deep Fried Mars Bar. The menu is priced at $30 (a la carte available as well).

The evening will also feature live Celtic music, perfect for raising a glass from the bar. Guests are welcome on a first come, first served basis. For more information, http://www.thecascadecompany.com/robbie-burns-night-at-the-cascade-room/

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Surf & Turf Sundays at WildTale

In case you’ve done enough Dine Outs, or just want something different, the new Surf & Turf Sundays at WildTale is on now! Wildtale offers a delicious roast beef dinner with a classic twist when you add your favourite seafood item to 28-day-aged Alberta “AAA” beef.

WildTale specializes in cozy coastal fare, served up in a cheerful and friendly environment. There’s no need to dress “fancy” for this or any other WildTale dinner — come as you are, with your favourite friends and relations, as you tuck into Slow Roasted Beef au jus, creamy mashed potatoes, puffy golden Yorkshires and perfectly cooked seasonal vegetables.

Complement your beef with one of the seafood dishes WildTale does so well. Choose from Caribbean Lobster Tail, Grilled Jumbo Prawn Skewer, Scallop Skewer a la Plancha, or a Pan-Seared Prawn & Scallop Combo.

Surf & Turf Sunday dinner is $24.95 per person.

Quantities are limited, so please order in advance at the time of your reservation to ensure availability. Call 604.428.9211 or book online at wildtale.ca/reservations

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The Audience at The Arts Club Theatre – January 26 – February 26, 2017 Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage

We’re hoping to get to this one! From Winston Churchill (Joel Wirkkunen) to Margaret Thatcher (Erin Ormond), through Tony Blair and David Cameron (Jay Hindle), the Queen (Anna Galvin) has held a weekly meeting, or “audience,” with each of her twelve prime ministers. Peter Morgan’s imaginary glimpses into these tête-à-têtes provide a droll and fascinating portrayal of a lioness of history—one who, over the span of six decades, transforms from an uncertain young monarch into the revered figurehead of today.

Director Sarah Rodgers says, “The Audience is similar to The Crown in that it reveals the Queen as a real person who is charming, witty, flawed and vulnerable. Peter Morgan’s clever and honest portrayal of her humanity has endeared audiences across the world because he gives us a chance to connect with this intriguing woman.” Tickets

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Plant Based Baking with Rooted Nutrition – January 29

I’m super interested in baking and the science behind it, so I’ve signed up for this one. This series of classes is a blend of Owner Andrea Potter’s most popular nutrition-focused classes from the Eating Clean Series and of Guest Instructor Ellexis Boyle’s cooking classes. Ellexis blends her technique-focused baking classes from previous series into new ‘Plant-Based Baking 1&2’. These newly revised classes get to the heart of ‘how-to’ vegan and healthier baking for the home cook, both beginner and more advanced. See you Sunday? Tickets.