Category Archives: Lower Mainland Events

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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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

Nourish Your Inner Brit For The Royal Visit

The Royals Are Coming – Celebrate Regally

Pinkies up people, the time has come for some afternoon tea, perhaps some fish n’ chips or a proper sausage roll, in honour of the royal couple, and their visit to town. Prince William and Kate will be in town on Sunday, September 25, 2016 and we’d love to know where they are staying, and exactly what they are doing, but alas it’s as top secret as 007. There are, however, some British-themed activities you could choose to partake in this weekend to nourish your inner Brit.

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Tea at The Wedgewood

This is a must for anyone who enjoys a good afternoon tea, the sandwiches and service are top notch and the scones have been baked with all the butter in the pantry. Go for the Royal Afternoon Tea and add a Kir Royal. Menu. So good I’m having my birthday here this year.

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The London Hotel

The Loden Hotel is so into the visit that they’ve re-branded themselves as The London Hotel for the duration of the stay.  Out front, a red carpet will welcome hotel guests and for the duration of Will and Kate’s visit, there shall be Elevenses in the lobby. The British flag will be draped from the lobby walls, and guests are invited to pose for a Royal selfie with a life-sized cutout of Will and Kate. I’m getting a sneak peak so will advise shortly.

Each day during the Royal visit, from 11am to 2pm, polite conversation will be made about the weather and pinky fingers will be extended over hot cups of TWG Tea and proper British biscuits. When it comes to bedtime, knackered guests can embrace their inner Brit by requesting a London turndown service, which includes a room with a touch of British décor, a souvenir Brown Betty teapot, British TWG Tea and English sweets.

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Home on The Range Organics

Home to the original homemade Mad Brit Sausages, Home on The Range Organics at 235 East Broadway, just east of Main, is throwing a British Bash with sausage samples, specials on Mad-Brit Sausage Rolls, bone broth samples and many other treats fit for royalty. Owners Allen and Jackie Ingram, native Brits themselves, expect the Royals may stop in at some point if they get a bit of homesickness, and suggest they, and you, bring in the kids. Sport British colours for extra points. Saturday and Sunday.

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The Diner

Nothing fancy to see here, but this diner is more than full of British memorabilia and serves up a proper English Breakfast and some pretty descent Fish n’ Chips, should you be in the market for something reminiscent of small town England. Friendly service, and steak and kidney pie are just some of the reasons the Royal couple and you, should head to Point Grey this weekend or any other time. It’s been here for fifty years! 4556 West 10th.

Find your Dream Boat at the Boat Show at the Creek

The Boat Show at the Creek Brings Previously Owned, New Boats and Floating Homes to Mosquito Creek Marina

Growing up in Kelowna, boating was almost a daily activity in the summer. Vancouver moorage is a bit more pricey, but when it comes to enjoying the outdoors, there is no better way to do so than on the West Coast. Boating has recently made it’s way back into popularity with people of all ages and backgrounds looking for some adventure.

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In it’s 10th year, the Boat Show at Mosquito Creek Marina is Vancouver’s premiere floating boat show. The show is an excellent way for those who are in the market for a new or previously owned boat or yacht to have a look at various models, check out what’s new and get some sound advice from the experts.

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In addition to attracting boaters, curious ‘floaters’ who want to own and sometimes downsize to waterfront living come through: the marina is home to the Spirit Trail Ocean Village, a small community of floating homes. This community will be expanding in the coming years to accommodate a handful of new micro float homes.

With British Columbia offering some of the best cruising in the world, this boutique, end-of-the-season show provides buyers the opportunity to enhance their boating experience up and down the West Coast.

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The show runs this week from September 8th to 11th, rain or shine at Mosquito Creek Marina (415 W Esplanade).

Times: Thursday and Friday: 12pm-6pm, Saturday: 10am-6pm, Sunday: 10am-4pm

Admission: $12, children under 12 are free, you can purchase tickets here: http://boatshowatthecreek.ca/homepage/

Parking: On-site parking and shuttle service to overflow, valet available. Moorage is also available for those coming by boat, $25 per boatload, (reservations required).

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BoatShowAtTheCreek/

*Sponsored by The Boat Show

What’s Good In September – Into the Fall

What’s Good In September? So many delicious events in and around Vancouver!

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Thanks to Fiona Forbes and CKNW for having me on to talk about the fall events. Clip here.

Top Drop Wine Tasting – Sept. 8

Annual grand tasting featuring all international, terroir-focused wineries, craft breweries, cideries, food purveyors and more!

Event proceeds proudly go to the BC Hospitality Foundation. For a full list of participants, click here! Tickets $78

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Feast of Fields 22nd Annual – Sept. 11th

I won’t be missing this one this year, last year I was away and had severe fomo.  From 1-5 pm at Laurica Farm in Aldergrove wander through the farm and chat with farmers, chefs, winemakers and artisans. Live music, lots of BC wine and beer and gourmet creations from BC top chefs.

Feast of Fields is FarmFolk CityFolk’s largest annual fundraiser. Funds raised from these events support FarmFolk CityFolk’s work to cultivate a local, sustainable food system in British Columbia.  Tickets

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Supercar Weekend – September 10/11

Unveiling the Rolls-Royce Black Badge Wraith. A few years back I test drove the Wraith, I wonder if they’ll let me take this one up to Squamish? Black Badge is an intoxicating new incarnation of the Rolls-Royce marque; the most powerful Rolls-Royce, will make its first appearance in Canada at Luxury & Supercar Weekend.  180 innovative automotive designs will be displayed
at the 7th annual Luxury & Supercar Weekend. 11-5 pm at Van Dusen Gardens. At the gardens: Jaguar Land Rover presents “Restaurants in the Round” featuring some of the finest Chefs and gourmet experiences. Tickets

+ Ancora and Executive Chef Richardo Valverde
+ Bamboo Grove Restaurant and Executive Chef Ming Yeung
+ Dynasty Seafood Restaurant and Executive Chef Sam Leung
+ Juniper Kitchen & Bar and Executive Chef Sarah Stewart
+ La Pentola and Excutive Chef Travis McCord
+ Peninsula Seafood Restaurant and Executive Chef Kenji Ikeda
+ The Greek by Anatoli and Executive Chef Chris Krys

Hawksworth in the Garden
David Hawksworth, in association with Luxury & Supercar Weekend, is offering a unique al-fresco culinary experience in the heart of VanDusen Garden. Brunch & Lunch seatings will be taking place on September 10 & 11.  Reservations are now being taken, please contact Hawksworth Group at 604.605.3326 ext.1 or email events@hawksworthrestaurant.com to secure your table.

More Celebrity Chefs in the VIP (Adult 19+) Lounge:

  • Bauhaus Restaurant and Executive Chef Stefan Hartmann in the Dilawri section
  • Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar Lounge and Executive Chef Alex Chen
  • Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver’s Market by Jean Georges and Executive Chef Ken Nakano at McLaren VIP lounge

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Chefs’ Table Society of BC’s Slow Fish Dinner – September 18

The evening starts with PICA culinary student-prepared canapés, and libations including BC wines. Next, attendees move through the school’s eight professional teaching kitchens to meet the visiting chefs, who will each offer a tasting-sized portion of local sustainable seafood delicacies paired with wines from Salmon Safe wineries: Culimina Family Estate Winery, Haywire Winery, Inniskillin, Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate, Kalala Organic Estate Winery, Sage Hills Winery, Seven Stones Winery, Tinhorn Creek Vineyards with more to come! The event will end with gelato from Bella Gelateria.

The event is presented by The Chefs’ Table Society of BC, whose mandate is to support sustainable food production and BC producers. Leading the event is Chefs’ Table Society chef Darren Clay, executive culinary chef instructor at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts. Other participating chefs include:Lisa Ahier, SoBo, Karen Barnaby, Albion Farms and Fisheries, Ned Bell, Oceanwise/The Vancouver Aquarium, Sean Cousins, The Vancouver Club, Meeru Dhalwala, Vij’s/Rangoli, Bruno Feldeisen, Semiahmoo Resort, Roger Ma, Boulevard Kitchen and Oyster Bar, and Thompson Tran, The Wooden Boat.

The intention of the event is to raise awareness for Slow Fish Canada (a Slow Food initiative) and its role in protecting our oceans. The quality and variety of the ocean’s bounty will be in the spotlight at this special dinner.  Tickets.

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Garagiste Wine Tasting including Dames Wine – Sept 18

Canadian Tire Garden Market- PENTICTON
Sunday, September 18, 2016, 2 – 4:30 pm.  An awesome wine tasting experience that includes small bites by Gregor’s Gourmet & live music from Chicken Like BirdsTix available on Eventbrite- click for TICKETS HERE  OR purchase at the Canadian Tire store in Penticton
*TRADE TASTING is from 5 – 6:00 pm. Trade please RSVP to: 
 
winepartycanada@gmail.com
Find more info on the festivals at: garagistenorth.com
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Act Fast to secure your Slow Fish Dinner tickets!
 

Les Dames d’Escoffier honours Lidia Bastianich – September 23

I’m a proud member of the BC Chapter of Les Dames and we are honouring Emmy award winning TV personality, cookbook author and restaurateur, Lidia Bastianich. Renowned as the Nonna of Italian cuisine, Lidia’s four New York acclaimed restaurants, Felidia, Becco, Esca and Del Posto along with Lidia’s Pittsburgh and Lidia’s Kansas City showcase her indisputable roots peppered with family recipes and signature dishes. Sante! Check out the chefs collaborating, stellar menu and tickets here.

Reception Lidia’s Octopus Salad on Potato
Frico, Moscato Poached Pear, Black Pepper Mascarpone
Gnocchi with Rosemary Brined Walnut, Roast Squash and Brown Butter
Margaret Chisholm, Culinary Capers Catering
Taittinger Brut Reserve Champagne

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JC Poirier, Ask for Luigi, Pizzeria Farina and Pourhouse
Tightrope Winery Riesling 2015

Grilled Sea Scallops, Cauliflower Salad and Green Herbs Coulis
Weimar Gomez, YEW seafood + bar, Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver
Duckhorn Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Cannelloni of Chocolate with Duck Confit
Pino Posteraro, Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill & Enoteca
Tenuta Olim Bauda Rocchette Barbera D’Asti 2013

Mixed Mushroom Carnaroli Risotto
with Truffle, Parmesan, Cherry Reduction, Arugula Pesto
Les Dames alumni and Season 2 Chopped Canada champion, Alana Peckham,
Northwest Culinary Academy of Vancouver/Alligga
Marimar Estate Mas Cavalls Pinot Noir 2008

Lo Stock Farms Squab, Painted Mountain Corn Polenta, Lacinto Kale, Anise
Robert Belcham, Campagnolo and Campagnolo Roma
Tommasi Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso 2014

Primo Bistecca Tagliata
Jean-Claude Douguet, Gotham Steakhouse & Bar
Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot 2013

Chocolate Almond Torte, Poached Pears, Pecan Wafers, Blackberry Ice Cream
Rhonda Viani, West
Taylor Fladgate 10 Year Old Tawny Port

After Lounge Artisanal Limoncello Cheesecake Gelato
James Coleridge, Bella Gelateria
Terra Serena Prosecco – D.O.C. Treviso and Gillespie’s Fine Spirits Lemoncello

Each guest receives a signed copy of Lidia’s cookbook, Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine as a memento of the evening. All funds raised benefit the outreach and scholarship programs of the BC Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier, including Project Chef and Growing Chefs. Seating is limited for this one special evening and once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet an iconic personality and fellow New York based Les Dames d’Escoffier member, Lidia Bastianich. Come join us for a delicious evening and a taste of Italy. Seating is limited for this sell-out event so register now.

Les Dames d’Escoffier Gala
September 23, 2016
Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver
791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC  V6C 2V4
Reception: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Dinner: 7:30 pm to 11:00 pm
After Lounge: 11:00 pm onwards

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Chefs’ Table Society Brings Chef Collaboration to Yaletown – September 13

Restaurant and Food Truck Chefs come together
On September 13, the Chefs’ Table Society of BC, in partnership with the Yaletown BIAand the Streetfood Vancouver Society host the inaugural event Chef Meets Truck in Yaletown at the intersection of Hamilton and Nelson. The event will run from 6:30pm-9:30pm and consists of Vancouver restaurant chefs hopping on board local Food Trucks to serve up the foodie event of the season. This collaborative event brings Vancouver’s hottest restaurant and food truck chefs together for the first time ever.
Tickets include food samples from the eight participating food trucks, as well as, wine and beer samples from Nichol Vineyard, Lock and Worth Winery and Brassneck Brewery.
A portion of the ticket sales will be donated to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.
Participating food trucks and chefs include:
Community Pizzeria with guest chef Angus An (Maenam)
Feastro with guest chef Lucais Syme (Cinara)
Fliptop with guest chef Vikram Vij (Vij’s)
Kafka’s Coffee Truck with guest chef Christophe Bonzon (Chez Christophe)
Mom’s Grilled Cheese with guest chef Travis McCord (La Pentola)
Roaming Dragon with guest chef Scott Jaeger (The Peartree)
Le Tigre with guest chef Erik Heck(WildTale)
Via Tevere with guest chef Phil Scarfone (Nightingale)
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New Westminster Feast on the Fraser 10 Days. 10+ Events.  1 Mouth-Watering City – September 23+

Feast on the Fraser is a 10-day culinary experience that pairs food and fun with a signature event each day. New Westminster has emerged as an exciting destination for food, arts, culture, and entertainment within Metro Vancouver. Through the collaboration of local businesses and organizations, Feast on the Fraser is sure to ignite everyone’s palate.

RiverFest September 24 – Fraser River Discovery Centre Free Event

Shucking & the Samson V September 24 – Samson V & Boathouse TBA

12th Street Foodie Tour September 25 – 12th Street Buy Tickets – $45

Beats & Eats September 26 – Hub Restaurant Buy Tickets – $25

Cooking Demo & Dinner with Chef Dante September 27 – Wild Rice Bistro Buy Tickets$65

Paint + Sip Nite September 28 – 100 Braid Street Studios Buy Tickets – $65

Royal City Farmers Market Longtable Dinner September 29 – Tipperary Park Buy Tickets

$45 Pizza & Beer Night September 30 – Boston Pizza & Steel + Oak Buy Tickets – $25

Dinner Cruise October 1 – Paddlewheeler Riverboat Tours Buy Tickets – $65

Rise & Shine October 1 – Good to Go TBA

An Ode to Lulu October 2 – Match Eatery & Public House

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The Shops at Morgan Crossing Presents: Wine Tasting Event – September 12th at My Shanti

The Shops at Morgan Crossing, My Shanti & The Peace Arch
Hospital Foundation Presents- Uncork the Spirit of Giving
Wine Tasting Event. From 6:30 – 9:30pm at
My Shanti. Featuring all local wines and paired with signature appetizers from My Shanti. Ticket cost is $60 per person, $30 from ticket sold will benefit. The Peace Arch Hospital Foundation to fund the Emergency Building. Tickets

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Eat Vancouver – October 4-7 pm

In 2016, EAT! Vancouver will focus all of its events on “premium high-touch consumer experiences”. No trade show just some great dinners and culinary experiences. EAT! Vancouver attracts Canada’s culinary stars, food producers and restaurants, from Vancouver, North America and beyond. Consumers, from across North America, will come to the EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival to participate in Vancouver’s vibrant food culture and experience great food from around the world.

On October 6th (also my birthday!) a unique epicurean feast at the EAT! Harvest event. A spectacular evening of incredible value filled with opportunities to meet Canada’s top chefs and sample their exciting new fall dishes.

The event will be headlined by Food Network host Michael Smith and 17 of Canada’s renowned chefs celebrating Fall flavours accompanied by premium California wines and decadent desserts. Proceeds from this event support the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. Tickets

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Chef Curtis Luk Cooks Up Chinese Feast at Edible Canada.

If you’ve eaten at Fable, Bambudda or Mission (in the running for the top new restaurant in Canada btw), you’ve likely sampled Chef Curtis Luk’s culinary creativity. We love Mission for the drinks and the tasting menus and are lucky to have it in handily in our neighbourhood.  On September 19th you can catch Chef Luk cooking up a Chinese Feast at Edible Canada.

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Chef Luk was Born in Hong Kong and raised in Toronto, and discovered his love for cooking while studying at the University of Waterloo.  After graduating, he decided to make his ambitions a reality and entered head-first into the restaurant industry by washing dishes at some of top restaurants in town.

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Following jobs at acclaimed Canadian restaurants such as George in Toronto and Atelier in Ottawa, Curtis fulfilled a long-time goal and competed on Top Chef Canada, where he met Chef Trevor Bird.  Drawn by the potential of ingredients on the west coast, Curtis helped Trevor open Fable Restaurant in Kitsilano after the show aired.

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After Fable, Curtis went on to head the kitchens of The Parker and Bambudda before realizing his idea of a west coast-focused restaurant that specializes in seasonally changing tasting menus, where he now resides as chef and business partner with sommelier Chase MacLeod. The stunning space at Mission Kits fits in with his vision perfectly!

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Dim Sum Amuse Cantonese prawn dumpling, Glutinous rice dumpling with pork, Yuba and albacore tuna with salted plum

Mapo Tofu  tofu, chilliwack pork, chili, sichuan peppercorn

Steamed BC rockfish dried scallop sauce, soy

Crispy chicken garlic, fermented bean curd

Almond gelee, late summer fruits

Chef Luk is well known for his use of fresh, sustainable ingredients and all seafood used in the menu will be Oceanwise. 

Your ticket includes:
Chinese-inspired welcome cocktail
Hand-selected artisanal gift from the Edible Canada retail store
Wine pairings by Okanagan Crush Pad
A multi-course meal prepared and presented by our featured Chefs

Ticket Price: $110
Time: 6:45pm ’til late
Location: Edible Canada Bistro, Granville Island, BC

This is more than a dinner — it is a celebration of BC’s regional bounty in the hands of many cultures.

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What’s Good This Week in and Around Vancouver

We are well into July, which means into the second half of the year! Time is flying by this summer. Last week’s Deighton Cup was a grand success and this week we are heading to a White Caps Game, Vancouver Theatresports newest show, Firecracker, checking out the newest hot spot in town, Fable on Broadway, and starting a new radio segment on spirits with Joe Leary and TSN1410 with the first recording at Mission with bartender Marc Smolenski. What else is up you ask?

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Firecracker! July 21 and 28

Get ready for some fun folks. First up this week in an improv with Rebecca Bollwitt, Miss604 and then me, Cassandra Anderton on July 28th! YIKES! TICKETS You can also WIN tickets here.

Watch out Vancouver as we light a fuse to Vancouver’s comedy scene – shattering stereotypes and sparking a lot of laughs. Firecracker! features an all-star cast of female improvisers. It’s a different improv experience with an all-female cast, resulting in stories told from a uniquely female perspective. The ensuing comedy is inventive, unpredictable and uproarious.

Through the medium of improv comedy, Firecracker! will explore what it means to be a woman in Vancouver with audience suggestions inspiring the improvisers’ wicked wit. The inaugural shows will honour a special female guest whose stories of their life, work and achievements will inspire the performance. We are delighted to have the following guests join us for these performances.

  • July 21: Rebecca BollwittMiss 604, Blogger/Social Media Maven,
  • July 28: Cassandra AndertonGood Life Vancouver, Wine/Food Writer, Life-style Commentator

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Samsung #galaxylife Installment at Waterfront Centre – July 19/20

Experience the #GALAXYLIFE through an interactive setting.  #GALAXYLIFE, a 60 x 60 installation at Vancouver’s Waterfront Station, brings the latest tech and innovation from Samsung Canada to life in a fully immersive setting that showcases how these products integrate into any lifestyle. Where: Waterfront Station, 601 W Cordova St, Vancouver

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Tasting Plates Fraserhood – July 20

Journey through the Fraserhood neighbourhood sampling Vancouver Foodster’s restaurant picks, tasting and sipping along the way.

Some of the Participating Restaurants:Straight outta Brooklyn, Nammos Estiatorion, Commodity Juicery, CHomp Vegan Eatery, Fairy Cakes, The Main Street Honey Shoppe Tickets $55 per person after July 17, 2016.

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Herbs For Stressful Times – July 19

De-stress naturally a Homestead Junction in East Van! Stress, especially over the long-term, has widespread impacts on the body, mind and spirit. There are many herbs that can help balance the body’s stress response and ease symptoms like tension, insomnia, anxiety and fatigue. From a holistic radical herbalist perspective, this workshop will explore how stress can affect body systems, and how herbs and lifestyle changes can help shift us towards body repair and emotional healing.

Participants will leave with a custom herbal tea they will blend themselves. Tickets 

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Events in and Around Vancouver – What’s Good

Lot’s to do this week including Global Wellness Day, drinking Negronis, eating French Food, celebrating Picasso and heading out to the Arts Club Theatre for Billy Elliott.

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Billy Elliott at They Stanley until July 10, 2016

We saw this extremely fun-filled and well done musical last night and adored it. It’s a must. Based on the acclaimed film, and supported with music by Elton John, Billy Elliot is an inspiring tale of courage, ambition, and overcoming adversity. It’s 1984 and County Durham’s coal miners are set to go on strike when 11-year-old Billy finds his way into Mrs. Wilkinson’s ballet class following his boxing lesson. Enthralled with dance and showing inherent ability, Billy is encouraged to audition for the prestigious Royal Ballet School in London, but he fears the reactions of his father and brother, who are both wrapped up in the escalating strike situation. The astounding winner of 10 Tony Awards, this global musical phenomenon is a theatre experience that will stay with you forever. Tickets.

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Happy Hour Burger and Beer at Homer Street Cafe $12

The burger is an All BC burger, with all ingredients raised or grown in BC: pasture-raised beef, lettuce, a thickly sliced tomato, and melted cheese on a toasted bun. Until the end of July, the full size burger is paired with a Budweiser beer for $12. Happy Hour at Homer St.  happens Monday-Friday, from 2:30pm-5pm.global wellness

 

In honor of Global Wellness Day this Saturday, June 11th, Rosewood Hotel Georgia will be hosting hatha-style yoga session and healthy menus at the newly refreshed Reflections: The Garden Terrace. The programming is part of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts’ brand initiative to promote healthy living and to help guests embark on a healthier lifestyle. More details.

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Market by Jean-Georges 11 June to 29 June | Fernande Olivier | From the Rose Period to Cubism

Vancouver’s arts enthusiasts are in for a treat at the Vancouver Art Gallery, as it introduces Picasso: The Artist and His Muses, from 11 June to 2 October 2016. As the hotel partner for this milestone exhibition, Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver is celebrating Picasso’s bold innovations, and similar to the exhibition, looking beyond the artist to the six women who influenced his life and art. The hotel is presenting a series of inspired dinner tasting menus at Market by Jean-Georges, titled The Muses Dinner.

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Bistro Pastis Normandy Menu Until July 3

Bistro Pastis is touring France with theme menus. Until July 3, the menu includes recipes for some of owner John Blakeley’s mother’s her favourite dishes including crepesand Kig-ha-Farz.  There’s also frog legs, blood sausage, tripes, porc rillettes, and trout in papillote with a camembert sauce to be enjoyed.  Santé!

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Negoni Week – June 6-12, 2016

Negroni Week takes place at various venues across BC and the world from June 6-12, 2016, with a portion of proceeds going to charity. Several restaurants and bars in Vancouver have designated the BC Hospitality Foundation as their charity of choice, including The Cascade RoomCinCin Ristorante + BarDistillery Bar + KitchenNotch8 at Fairmont Hotel VancouverShameful Tiki RoomSienaTimber, and Uva Wine & Cocktail Bar.