Category Archives: Lower Mainland Events

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.

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What to do in Vancouver this week of January 2017

Is it just me or does it seem like the new year really starts in the second week of January? Last week wasn’t bad, it’s not like I ate a dozen donuts in one seating, I actually had some great gal pal time  and even planned my pre-wedding week away. I did try a new restaurant, and explored new cocktails and food, and even went for a couple runs. I just don’t feel I buckled down like I need to for 2017 business-wise I suppose. So, since my business is telling you what to do (or something like that), let’s get this week going with a few great events I’m giving the thumbs up to in and around Vancouver. Wishing you motivation and success this week! Please do the same for me?wine tasting

Best Sommelier of BC Competition

Monday January 9 at Rogers Arena (200 Level, Captain’s Lounge, enter via Gate 10, 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver),  at 1:00 pm you can catch the top three finalist competing in the practical exam that will determine the Best Sommelier of BC. There will be test on Sparkling wine service, Red wine decanting, Food and wine pairing, Menu correction and a Blind tasting of cocktails, red and white wines. It’s open to the public by donation. Later that night, the Winning announcement for BC’s Best Sommelier in 2017 will be announced at a sold out event at CIBO. I’m heading down to catch some of the action.

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Theater of Life at Vancity Theatre

MON JAN 9 – 7:00PM (Gala Launch part of Vancouver Italian Film Festival)
FRI JAN 13 – 6:30PM • SAT JAN 14 – 3:45PM
SUN JAN 15 – 5:45PM • MON JAN 16 – 6:45PM • THU JAN 19 – 6:15PM 
INFO + TICKETS | Website & Trailer

In an extraordinary soup kitchen in Milan, two vastly different worlds come together in a unique social experiment. Theater of Life captures the remarkable relationship forged between the finest haute cuisine chefs in the world, led by chief instigator Massimo Bottura, and the city’s most disadvantaged groups: refugees, recovering drug addicts, former sex workers, and a host of others with no place else to go. Monday Jan 9th Gala Launch Event: Doors from 6:30 pm. Reception – 6:45-7:45 featuring dishes prepared by chefs David Gunawan (Royal Dinette); Brian Luptak (The Acorn) and Robert Clarke (The Arbour). (Pay bar) 7:50pm Screening followed by Skype Q&A with Filmmaker Peter Svatek.

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Psychonaut World Premier

January 10th, 2017 at the Cinematheque Theatre in Vancouver, BC you can catch Psychonaut, a sci-fi indie feature shot exclusively in the Vancouver area. Psychonaut is a psychedelic sci-fi indie feature about mind travel. It follows one man’s journey on a path of spiritual awakening through science and technology. Scientists who have been pushed into underground research facilities following government intervention, continue to work on discovering the inner workings of the human mind. But when a secret disc containing sensitive research is stolen, it’s a race against time to recover the disc before worlds collide, causing catastrophic consequences.

The soundtrack is provided exclusively by psychedelic band DRUGZNDREAMZ Watch the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/176829943 To purchase tickets to the exclusive world premiere of Psychonaut, click here

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Wild Rice DINE IN JAN 3 – FEB 12

Dine out Vancouver starts Jan 20 (book here quickly!), but you can already get some deals around town. Take a ride out to New West for a change and try the two course meal for $25, or for an additional $5, you can choose the dessert of your choice.

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BOOK FOR Dine Out Vancouver

The good seats go fast so get booking for Dine Out Vancouver, Canada’s largest annual celebration of food and drink. This year there is 17 days of culinary events, prix fixe menus at 270-plus restaurants (at $20, $30 or $40 price points), as well as “Dine and Stay” packages and special hotel rates  January 20 to February 5. dineoutvancouver.com @DineOutVanFest #dovf

In addition to prix fixe dinners at more than 270 restaurants in and around Vancouver (many with suggested BC VQA wine pairings), food lovers can select from a roster of more than 40 events that include an Oceanwise Pop-up at the Vancouver Aquarium (sustainable, locally sourced menu paired with an interactive under-the-sea experience); a Robbie Burns Celebration (Scottish-themed feast at YEW Seafood + Bar along with a whisky masterclass led by award-winning bartender Lauren Mote and a special visiting guest who’s making waves in the spirits world); an Asian-inspired Lunar New Year feast at Heritage Asian Eatery (10-course, family style meal celebrating the Year of the Rooster); and more. Returning favourites include the Vancouver World Chef Exchange (welcoming star chefs from London, New York, San Francisco, Mexico City and Galway); a series of brunch crawls showcasing the most palate-pleasing haunts in Vancouver’s distinctive neighbourhoods; and others. And you won’t want to miss made-for-a-crowd experiences like the music-packed Tasters Tapas & Talent; a cozy Winter Beer Hall; Craft Beer & Tacos (a fan favourite pairing!) and more.

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Campagnolo ROMA  will be pairing up with Odd Society

Delicious food and cocktails? YUM! Wednesday, January 11 Chef Jesse McMillan will be serving up six courses based on the hearty, rustic winter cuisine of Rome while cocktail pairings
will be designed using spirits from Odd Society.

Oyster – oaked mignionette

Winter Squash Salad – pumpkin seed vinaigrette, scamorza

Charred Cabbage – bollito misto, brassica brodo, sourdough bread

Squab – grilled radicchio, anchovy, squab jus

Goat’s Milk Custard – brown butter, peach, lovage

Baked Apple – pie crust, smoked anglaise

Tickets are $90 inclusive of food, beverage, and service and can be purchased by visiting http://romacollab.eventbrite.ca or by phoning the restaurant at 604.569.0456campagnolo
 

Weekly Goods – Mexico Visits Vancouver, Cookie Classes and Christmas Wishes

Are you feeling as busy as we are? We haven’t even got our tree up yet, but we’re in full holiday mode. We’ll be heading to the Pan Pacific for the Christmas Wish Breakfast, taking some cookie classes and going out to get that tree this week, well, perhaps after the snow. What do this week!

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Les Amis du Fromage Pop Up – Dec 10/11

Les amis du FROMAGE will be hosting a pop-up shop in December. Local culinary legends Artisan Edibles and Chef Ann Kirseböm will be selling a full range of gourmet jellies, chocolates, chutneys, antipasti, and sauces. This unique holiday experience will prove a delicious destination for all your festive shopping needs.

EAST VAN | 604-253-4218 | 843 East Hastings Street

www.buycheese.com  10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

3 Days, 3 Host Restaurants, 3 Top Mexican Chefs

From December 8th through 10th, Sabores CDMX events (Flavours of Mexico City) will see three of Mexico City’s top chefs take over the kitchens of Vancouver restaurants to share culinary highlights from their home region. Chef Andrea Carlson’s Burdock & Co. will host Chef Mario Espinosa; Cacao’s Chef Jefferson Alvarez will cook with Chef Gerardo Vázquez Lugo; and Chef Tret Jordan will share the kitchen at Homer Street Cafe and Bar with Chef José Manuel Baños. Set menu prices will vary. For additional details visit www.saborescdmx.com, and to make reservations please call the host restaurants.

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Shiny, Fuzzy, Muddy December 10/11 at The Heritage Hall

The SHINYFUZZYMUDDY seeks out new artists each year, up to thirty guests are invited to exhibit and sell their work at this historic Main St. location. The common thread that ties the work together is the high quality of design, craftsmanship and material sensibility. Holiday shopping….check!

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The Uncommon Cafe Cookie Classes – Dec 14

Wednesday Dec. 14, 6pm – 8:30pm – Tickets

Don’t have time to bake this year? Or want to check out some different new cookie flavours or decorating tricks? Grab some friends, family or come on your own to get your holiday baking done all in one go! Don’t forget your Tupperware! Everything you make you take. Great for beginners – any levels welcome! $40 per person, $5 per child (max 2 per adult) The Uncommon Café, 477 Powell Street, Vancouver. Tickets.

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Pan Pacific Christmas Wish Breakfast – December 13

We’re so excited about this one that we’re staying the night at the hotel so we don’t miss it! Vancouverites flock to the Pan Pacific Hotel the annual Christmas Wish Breakfast, donating new, unwrapped toys to the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau, in order to make Christmas special for families in needs. Teenagers are in the most need of toys during the holiday season.

Come on down Tuesday, December 13, between 6am-9am, and contribute to our massive toy pile! For more details leading up to the event, be sure to follow along on Facebook , Twitter and Instagram. #PanXmasWish

BC Chefs Association Honour International Chefs Day by Providing Lunch on the Downtown East Side

Lunch served at Oppenheimer Park

On Thursday, October 20, 2016 dozens of British Columbia’s chefs will celebrate International Chefs Day by serving lunch to the homeless and hungry in Oppenheimer Park from 11:30am to 1:30pm. Chef’s associations all around the world and across Canada celebrate their craft on this designated day by giving back to their communities, and coming out of their kitchens to donate their time.

The British Columbia Chefs Association encourage the public to come and join both junior and professional chefs preparing food for the less fortunate, and anyone who wishes to share a specially prepared meal to join their luncheon. Oppenheimer Park is located at 400 Powell Street in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver.

Chef Jeffery Young, President of the British Chefs Association, thanks the generous donations from Vancouver Community College students and faculty, the B.C. Produce Marketing Association, Sysco Vancouver, Cheemo Foods and all the other generous local suppliers who donated food and products to make this event a great success.

About The British Columbia Chefs’ Association

The British Columbia Chef’s Association was founded by a small group of dedicated chefs in July, 1958.  The organization is dedicated to educating junior members and upgrading skills of regular members. Annual scholarships are also awarded to deserving students who distinguish themselves in the culinary field in institutions throughout the Lower Mainland.

For more information about the BCCA or for joining, please email info@bcchefs.com

Press Enquiries Jeffrey Young regarding International Chefs Day 604-655-1122

jeffery@youngculinaryconcepts.com

 

Thanksgiving Dinner Without The Fuss

Thanksgiving Dinner Reservations Still Open

What are you doing for this Thanksgiving? We’ve ordered our turkey and I hear it’s being brined and stuffed this year, thanks to Michael. I’ll make a pumpkin pecan pie and head to the Vancouver Farmers Market to sort out some fresh veggies to round out the meal. If you are cooking at home, be sure you’ve got a fresh one and you can order to pick up at 235 East Broadway from my client Home on The Range Organics, knowing it’s free range, medication free and delicious. Ask Chef Allen for some tips and don’t forget the bone broth for the gravy!

AND….If you don’t want to cook, there’s still some spots around town that have a seat or two available.

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Bistro Pastis – Friday to Sunday

This spot is super romantic and cosy and French food never EVER goes out out of style. Might have to stop in if just for the dessert alone! West 4th near Arbutus.

Maple roasted butternut squash soup creme fraiche, cinnamon  11 OR  Casserole de fruit de mer “Helene” Scallop, cod, mussels, prawn, lemon and white wine cream sauce 18

THEN Duo of Turkey Turkey roulade and breast, pomme puree, Brussels sprout, cranberry compote 32 OR Roasted sable fish Crushed yam and new potato sautéed, bacon, seasonal vegetable, chive beurre blanc 36

THEN Classic spiced pumpkin pie cheese cake “New York style” crème Chantilly 11 OR Bourbon bread pudding caramel sauce, vanilla ice cream 11

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Flying Pig

Thanksgiving – Sunday October 9 and Monday October 10. All 3 locations of The Flying Pig will be offering a special chalkboard feature in honour of Thanksgiving. On the menu is Chef Erik’s Pumpkin Pie – you’ll never forgive yourself if you don’t try it. Details.

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Irish Heather

Thanksgiving Long Table Series Sunday 9th Oct 7pm and
Monday 10th Oct 7pm In the Irish Heather on our fabled 40ft communal table. Last year, between the two nights we served over 200 guests and why not? $18 for an excellent turkey dinner with a tasty beer, in a unique setting…Bring the kids.
Don’t eat turkey? We’ll have vegan, vegetarian, gluten free options available …just let us know in advance. RESERVE NOW

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Celebrate Thanksgiving with your loved ones at the Mosaic Bar & Grille

Thanksgiving touchstones are re-envisioned with locally sourced ingredients like the Roasted Butternut Squash Bisque with Caramelized Kuri Squash and Bourbon Cream or the BC Salmon served with Kale, Chickpea Guanciale & White Bean Puree.
The star dish of the night will be presented with traditional trimmings—white and dark meat Roasted Turkey sits beside Apple Braised Red Cabbage and a hearty Bread Dumpling served with Cranberry Relish and Gravy.

Three course menu also features in-season Pumpkin Creme Brulée and our Signature Triple Layer Chocolate Cake.

$38 adults, child $18 plus applicable taxes and gratuities
Monday 10th of October from 5.30 PM – 10:00 PM

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Thanksiving Dockside

Along with a traditional turkey dinner with all the fixings, we’ll be serving up a turkey lunch feature in case a family lunch is the plan. Either way, it’s a great way to enjoy a holiday tradition with none of the preparation, cooking, or cleaning. To reserve your table, call 604-685-7070 or click HERE.

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Green kale salad, roasted gem tomatoes, lemon caper dressing, shaved manchego cheese, focaccia croutons —$12

Dockside Turkey Dinner
Maple brined turkey, rolled leg, chili scented Brussels sprouts, house made bacon lardons, whipped potatoes, cranberry stuffing,  pan gravy, cranberry orange chutney —$30

Dessert
Pumpkin mousse, candied pecans, dried cranberries, pumpkin spiced tuile —$12

Dockside Thanksgiving Lunch Feature
Turkey, Cranberry and Brie Panini: roasted Turkey, melted Brie, Cranberry, fresh Arugula, toasted Ciabatta w/Choice of side —$16

What’s Good This Week – V. Oct 4 +

Thanksgiving is upon us and there are lots for ways to be thankful, give to others and treat ourselves this week!

Harvest Haus

Harvest Haus – Until October 9

Held under the Festzelte at Queen Elizabeth Plaza – Harvest Haus brings folklore from the 1st century to the Great White North. Combining modern fare with authentic European harvest traditions, gather your closest mates for the most gluttonous and gratifying weekends of the year.

The crunch of fresh produce, crackle of the grill, the fizz of the pour, the bite of the chopping block and the clinking of glassware. Applause. Laughter. Conversation. Music. The sounds of autumn! PROST! Located in Downtown Vancouver on the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza, the Harvest Haus Halle seats up to 1,000 revellers. Choose from one of nine sittings, including a very special edition of Duelling Arts, to help celebrate the fruits of the season. Tickets

  • Yummy Foodies
  • Oyama
  • S’wich Cafe
  • German Pizza
  • Artisan Bake Shop
  • I Love Chocolate
  • German Crafts & Foods

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Snacks For Kids Fundraiser – Proceeds from Dinners at all Flying Pigs and WildTale – Oct 5

100 percent of proceeds from dinner food sales at WildTale Restaurant in Yaletown as well as its sister restaurants, the Flying Pig locations, will go toward this important cause Oct 5 dinner. Firefighters themselves will be on hand to greet guests. Vancouver Firefighters Charities provide nutritious snacks to Vancouver kids in need throughout the school year.

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Les Dames d’Escoffier FREE WINE TASTING!

On Friday, October 7 from 5pm-6:30 pm Les Dames d’Escoffier will be pouring our Dames White and Red all paired with cheese and charcuterie at Marquis Wine Cellars on Davie Street. Dame Mireille Sauve will be on hand to discuss the wines AND update us on the new rose she is currently fermenting. DAME Jennifer Schell’s latest cookbook, The Butcher, The Baker, The Wine and Cheese Maker, BY THE SEA , and third cookbook to date, will be available with a generous $10 going to our scholarship funds. AND I’ll be there too.

Eat Vancouver! Food Trends Tasting Class featuring Jackie Ellis, Denise Breyley, Sarah Stewart and Robertson Allen – Oct 5

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Jackie, Denise, Sarah and Robertson will share their top food trends with panel moderator Lindsay William-Ross, answer your questions, and then invite EAT! guests to taste some of their favourite hidden gems found throughout the Pacific Northwest and meet the producers who so passionately make these unique products. Pinnacle Hotel Oct 5 7-9 pm -$35

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12 Kings Pub – CRAFT BEER – October 7

OCTOBER IS CRAFT BEER MONTH and I wish to god I could drink all the beers!

CATEGORY 12 BREWERY TAP TAKEOVER
WHERE: 12 Kings Pub, 395 Kingsway, Vancouver
WHEN: OCT 7 @ 7pm

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Cocktails at Chambar

For well over a decade, Chambar has built its reputation not only as a destination restaurant famous for its Belgian and North African influenced cuisine, but as a cocktail destination that has attracted and nurtured some of the city’s top talent. Step in and try the newest cocktail excellence from Philippe C. Grandbois, the new Creative Director of Mixology.  568 Beatty Street, Crosstown, Vancouver, B.C. www.chambar.com / (604) 879-7119

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Mulan in Vancouver – October 15

Mulan the Musical is coming to Vancouver, with a spectacular live performance at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Saturday, October 15.  Mulan is an exploration of adventure and victory that follows one girl’s determination to save her family. Expressing themes of loyalty and devotion through a captivating combination of dance, martial arts and music, Mulan tells the story of a young girl who takes the place of her ill father to fight in the army but must disguise her identity and serve as a man. Set in a time where a male from every family was conscripted to join the Chinese army, Mulan follows the courageous adventures of the main character as she sets out to prove her allegiance to both her family and China.

Complimentary Wine Tasting with Les Dames d’Escoffier at Marquis Friday October 7 5-6:30 pm

Learn More About Les Dames d’Escoffier and their newest fundraiser, #Dameswine this Friday

On Friday, October 7 from 5pm-6:30 pm at Marquis Wine Cellar, several members of Les Dames d’Escoffier will be pouring free samples of Dames White and Red all paired with cheese and charcuterie. Dame Mireille Sauve will be on hand to discuss the wines AND update us on the new rose she is currently fermenting AND Dame Jennifer Schell’s latest cookbook, The Butcher, The Baker, The Wine and Cheese Maker, By The Sea, will be available with a generous $10 going to women’s scholarship funds. It’s not too early to start your Christmas/Holiday shopping!

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Marquis Wine Cellar’s John Clerides interviews Winemaker Mireille Sauve about Dames Wine

About Dame Wines

Sommelier Mireille Sauvé capitalized on a local abundance of female talent and, leading a group of BC’s most wine-savvy women, recently launched the province’s newest wines; Dames White 2015 and Dames Red 2013, with 100% of the profit going to fund women’s education in the fields of food and drink. The wines have now hit the shelves in BC’s top private liquor stores and are featured on restaurant lists throughout the province so that consumers province-wide can #drinkforacause!

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Sauvé reached out to established women within the industry to source the grapes for the Dames Wine and is using #girlpower right through to the sales channels. Industry pioneer Anne Sperling of Sperling Vineyards runs the vineyard where many of the grapes were sourced, Katie Holmes of Summerhill Winery and Janice Meyer Stevens from Meyer Family Vineyards and tolled alongside Sauvé from the cellar to the bottling line and Kirsten Munro heads up sales in the Okanagan, and these are just a few of the fine women involved in the project.

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The 2015 Dames White is a dry, aromatic blend of 80% Pinot Blanc, 10% Riesling and 10% Gewurztraminer. Light-bodied with a lively acidity, it pairs best with shellfish and seafood, especially California Rolls. The 2013 Dames Red is an organic blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Syrah and is a luscious, fruit-forward wine, with flavours of plum and toasty vanilla that complement good cheeses and meats. Both wines are made exclusively from Okanagan Valley fruit and were produced at Meyer Family Vineyards as a custom crush, with Mireille Sauvé as Winemaker.

These wines celebrate the work that women are doing in the province’s wine industry, while providing funds for education for those rising up in the ranks. Sauvé herself was a scholarship recipient through the Les Dames d’Escoffier program where the funds will be channelled, and credits the contribution for allowing her to complete her dream of becoming a Sommelier – in fact Canada’s youngest female Sommelier – graduating from George Brown College in 1997.

520 cases of wine (6,240 bottles) were produced and are selling fast; the wines retail for $25 per bottle, exclusive of taxes, on www.dameswine.com and in private liquor stores and restaurants across BC (prices vary – click here for current list).

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About Les Dames d’Escoffier BC Chapter
Les Dames d’Escoffier is the only organization of its kind: a world-wide philanthropic society of professional women leaders in the fields of food, fine beverage and hospitality. The invitation-only membership, composed of 36 individual chapters across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Mexico, is highly diversified and reflects the multifaceted fields of contemporary gastronomy and hospitality. The mandate of the BC Chapter is to support the advancement of women in the hospitality and culinary domains as well as fostering industry excellence through educational and charitable activities.

For information on Les Dames d’Escoffier BC Chapter and updates on its various events and programs please visit: http://www.lesdames.ca   Facebook  Twitter @LesDamesBC . Support Dames Wine with the hashtag #DamesWine.

 

WHEN October 07, 2016 at 5pm – 6:30pm

WHERE Marquis Wine Cellars 1034 Davie
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CONTACT Danielle · Events@marquis-wines.com · 604 684 0445