Category Archives: Lower Mainland Events

Fifth Annual Five Nations Cup

swwsfithJanuary 14 , 2010
7- 9 pm

Location: Listel Hotel, 1300 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC

Our Speaker: past SWWS Cellarmaster and wine educator

$44 per member/$55 per non-member
(includes wines and appetizers)
Book by January 7 to avoid disappointment.

This is a wonderful Christmas present for family and friends who like wine!

In South America, countries vie for the Copa Sudamericana trophy. With Australian Rules Football you have the Premiership Cup. South Africa participates in the Standard Bank Cup for cricket. New Zealand has the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy for cricket. In keeping with this competitive vein, we will have the South World Wine Society’s Fifth Annual Five Nations Cup.

This will be a blind tasting consisting of a red and a white flight of wine. Each flight will include a one red varietal and one red varietal from each of the 5 southern hemisphere nations. It will be a hotly contested battle with your votes determining the winner. Who will be crowned the next SWWS Champion? There are sure to be some surprises. So come out and kick off 2010 by tasting some great wines from New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Chile and Argentina. In past 5 Nations Cups, Australia and Chile have been winners. Will this be the year for New Zealand, Argentina, or South Africa? Come and find out!

As this is a BLIND wine tasting, the wines will be revealed AFTER we vote for our favourites, so you will not see the wine list in our announcement. As usual, along with these wines we will be providing a great selection of appetizers.

Our speaker is Mr. Paul Watkin, past SWWS cellar master and currently wine educator and wine agent with Seacove Group. Paul is a very knowledgeable speaker about wines, and wine/food pairings. People eagerly wait yearly for this event and to hear Paul. So sign up before it’s too late!

These tickets would make a wonderful Christmas gift to family or friends that enjoy wine.

REMINDER: Your reservation is only confirmed when we receive your cheque in the mail, or credit card payment. No cheque or cash at the door.

To REGISTER via CREDIT CARD click here: “Fifth Annual Five Nations Cup”

Ring in the New Year at Loden Vancouver and Voya Restaurant

lodenVOYAge into 2010

What will your last meal of the 00s be? Cap off the decade in style at Voya Restaurant and Lounge, December 31. Chef Marc-Andre Choquette has created a trio of ‘medal worthy’ menus perfect to celebrate New Year’s on the eve of Vancouver’s biggest year yet!

7 Course Gold Menu – $95
5 Course Silver Menu – $75
3 Course Bronze Menu – $55


Opening Ceremony
Bronze Menu – choose one; Silver and Gold enjoy all three!

Porcini and Foie-Gras Ravioli; wild mushrooms broth, pine nuts
Scallop with Black Truffle; confit fingerling potatoes, celeriac puree, pomegranate sauce
Lobster Bisque; rouille and crouton

Medal Round
Bronze and Silver Menu – choose one; Gold enjoy all three!

Red Wine Poached Sablefish; cinnamon-star anise, braised salsify, sprout leafs and crispy potatoes
Duck Breast and Leg Confit; braised red cabbage, chestnuts, pearl onions
Beef Tenderloin Rossini with Foie and Truffles; spinach, pomme anna

Closing Finale
Everyone takes part with a choice of Dessert or Cheese for all!

Whether you choose three, five, or seven courses — the culinary creations are bound to receive a perfect ten. Après dinner, rock the house with VOYA’s house DJ. Countdown to 2010 in the swankiest room in town!

Call 604 639 VOYA or visit for information and reservations.

New Decade Escapade at Loden Vancouver
Wake up on the right side of the bed (a sumptuous King-sized bed) on January 1, 2010. Loden Vancouver’s ‘New Decade Escapade’ includes one-night in a Signature King Guest Room, party favours for the stroke of midnight (or after) and next-day restorative beverages. Rates for December 31 start from $239.

About Voya
Voya Restaurant and Lounge at Loden Vancouver provides an experience evocative of the word ‘voyage.’ Voya’s philosophy maintains that food can be a trip unto itself – whisking the diner to new domains through brilliant taste, presentation and texture. Voya’s signature dishes include internationally fused selections built around the freshest, British Columbia harvests.

About Loden Vancouver
Loden Vancouver is poised at the edge of Coal Harbour, downtown Vancouver’s premiere neighbourhood. Defined as “modern by nature,” the hotel is inspired by the region’s dynamic mountains and waterways. Loden uniquely captures the surrounding environment and fuses it with modern design and sophisticated service, rendering it the perfect setting for an urban, waterfront retreat. Loden’s 77 guest rooms, centrepiece Voya restaurant and uniquely-appointed holistic wellness amenities have redefined Vancouver’s notion of luxury hospitality. Visit for more information.

People Are Talking…
Travellers can scope out the Loden scene via TripAdvisor® — where Loden is consistently rated one of the top hotels in Vancouver by former guests

Orofino Vineyards at Tapenade Restaurant

Our first Winemaker’s dinner of the New Year!
Guest Hosts Orofino Vineyards’ John and Virginia Weber

January 22, 2010
Reception at 630pm

Give the Gift of a Winemaker’s Dinner for Christmas!

Tapenade Bistro and Orofino Winery invites you to an evening showcasing the cuisine of Chef Alex Tung and the award-winning wines of Orofino. Join us as Alex creates special dishes to pair with both new releases and gold-medal winning library selections chosen by Orofino owners John and Virginia.
We will be pouring 6 wines with 6 courses plus a special bonus wine to be poured at some point in the evening.

85.00 Per person

Tickets available at Tapenade Bistro
3711 Bayview Street, Richmond BC
604 275 5188

For more information on this event please go to or

Vancouver Farmers Holiday Market

HolidaySeasons Greetings!

This is it – the Holiday Market is here this Saturday!  Don’t miss this ONE DAY ONLY much anticipated event!

The Holiday Market is a unique market filled with seasonal edible goodies and treats for celebrating and gift giving alongside beautiful handmade craft and art from talented local artisans.  There is sure to be something for everyone on your gift list!

The market will feature over 90 vendors, artisan demonstrations, live acoustic music and on-site food and beverages.  Visit La Boheme Creperie outside the hall for their tasty sweet & savoury crepe creations and stop by the Market Merchandise table for Market Money, Vancouver Farmers Markets shirts, mugs, aprons and bags along with other goodies for the locavore in your life.  And what’s a Holiday Market without our fabulous raffle – 6 prizes – enter to win one or all of them and tickets are just $1 each or 7 for $5.

For those of you who’ve attended in the past, please note that the market has moved locations and will take place at the Croatian Cultural Centre at 16th & Commercial Drive.  Admission is a $2 minimum donation but if you are a market member, your admission is FREE.  All proceeds from market merchandise, raffle and door admissions support Vancouver Farmers Markets – the organizers of 4 summer markets and the bi-weekly Winter Market in Vancouver.

Check out our interactive market map of the Holiday Market here:

Print out a list of Holiday Market vendors & a schedule of artisan demonstrations

See you at the market!

Vancouver Farmers Markets

Twitter: @vanmarkets

14th Annual Holiday Market, December 12 – Croatian Cultural Centre.  10am – 6pm

Poplar Grove at dB Bistro


DECEMBER 14 – This very special Season Finale Wine Dinner showcases the talents of celebrated Poplar Grove Winemaker Ian Sutherland and our very own Chef de Cuisine Stephane Istel.

Chef Istel’s Four Course Alsatian Menu

  • Alsatian Tarte Flambee Gratinee – Poplar Grove Pinot Gris, 2008
  • Arctic Char ‘Escabeche’, Carrot, Onion, Celery, Arugula,White Balsamic – Poplar Grove Chardonnay, 2008
  • Roast Venison Loin, Pomme Pont-Neuf, Red Cabbage Fondue, Glazed Chestnut, Venison Jus – Poplar Grove Legacy, 2005
  • Lemon TartBlind Tasting from our cellar

See Tasting and Domaine Notes below

Hosted by Sommelier Kevin Van Hullebush with special guest Poplar Grove Winemaker Ian Sutherland

Due to popularity and/or the season, this special event may take place next door at our sister restaurant Lumiere (closed Mondays for private parties) but with no change in price or menu.  Please arrive to db Bistro at 2551 W. Broadway.

Space is limited and dinners sell out quickly, so BOOK NOW, inquire via email or call 604.739.7115

Starts at 7pm sharp $75 plus tax & gratuity

RESERVE A TABLE for the Dec 14 Poplar Grove Wine Dinner Now


Poplar Grove Pinot Gris 2008: Floral and quince on the nose. Honey, apple and lemon pie in the first sip with hints of mineral as it lingers in the mouth. A good crisp finish makes this a foodie wine, ready to take on the creations of the hidden chef in all of us.

Poplar Grove Chardonnay 2008: This classic Chardonnay has aromas of green apples, peaches, & a hint of cashew nuttiness. Nectarine, honey & pear flavours arrive on the palate. Mineral & citrus notes come through on the finish. 20% of the grapes were barrel aged, which adds a hint of toast & caramel while the stainless portion brings on solid fruit & clean acidity.

Poplar Grove Merlot 2008: Cherry & cocoa aromas come through on the nose. Rich, long-lasting tannins overlay full-bodied Italian plum & blackberry flavours. A touch of spice appears on the finish. This Merlot is complex, round & exhibits well-balanced fruit, tannins & acidity. Enjoy now & take note that it will continue to improve with cellar aging. (shown, but not served)

Poplar Grove The Legacy 2005: The strength of this signature blend begins with the elegance of Merlot. The power of Cabernet Franc and the richness of Cabernet Sauvignon bring out a medley of blackberry, plum & spice. Malbec picks up the backbeat in the mid-palate. Ripe tannins build length in the finish. As big and brooding as it is now, it will develop gracefully in the years to come.

RESERVE the Dec 14 Poplar Grove Dinner Now


Poplar Grove Winery is located on the slopes of the Naramata Bench about 10 minutes from downtown Penticton. In 1993, Poplar Grove began as the quintessential garage winery and has recently entered an era of reinvention.

Poplar Grove is planning a new showcase winery on Munson Mountain, situated at the gateway to the Naramata Bench.The new estate will welcome visitors with breathtaking views overlooking Lake Okanagan. Wine lovers will be able to tour the barrel caves, enjoy a picnic on the viewing deck and sample Poplar Grove’s signature wines. As they move into their 16th year, their continuing goal is to produce world-class wines from family-owned estate grown fruit.

RESERVE the Dec 14 Poplar Grove Dinner Now

Terra Madre Day, presented by Slow Food Vancouver and Farm Folk/City Folk

terraEvent: Terra Madre Day, presented by Slow Food Vancouver and Farm Folk/City Folk sponsored with the Italian Cultural Centre and Vancouver community college

Date: December 10th 5:45pm – 9:00+pm

Location: Italian Cultural Centre, 3075 Slocan, Vancouver


Agenda and Participating Farmers at

Raising funds to send local farmers to Terra Madre in October 2010. Slow Food Vancouver’s Adopt-A-Farmer campaign will receive net proceeds from the event. The event is an open house fundraiser. Learn about the slow food campaigns around food security, climate change, raw milk cheese, seeds, and our wild salmon. Buy Red Fife wheat. Hear from groups and academics involved in food security issues providing education, awarenesss and insights. Help support our local farmers in making farming a viable career choice and our continuing education and awareness as we enter 2010 – the International Year of Biodiversity.

House Wine presents eSommelier

housewine2house wine cordially invites you to a presentation of eSommelier. One of the many services we offer our clients is cellar management and we are proud to recommend eSommelier as a fully integrated system. eSommelier consists of a slick dedicated computer consol with colour touch panel, scanner and barcode printer. The system sits in the cellar but the collection is also accessible via the internet. We are excited about the launch of the new system and look forward to sharing it with you. Click here to see more about eSommelier.

Please join us at La Scala’s showroom for this informal presentation. We will be serving delicious cheese and pouring a selection of cellar worthy wines for your tasting pleasure.
Date: Wednesday, December 9th
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Venue: La Scala, 204 West 6th Ave

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to by Tuesday, December 8th.

Bistrot Bistro’s December News

Happy Holidays – The Bistrot Bistro family are eager to help you enjoy the coming weeks with lots of opportunities to enjoy great food and good value, and even help with your holiday shopping…

Karma Tuesday for December and January is The Society for Child and Youth of BC

We are delighted to welcome The SCY of BC is the recipient of the Karma Tuesday
The Society for Children and Youth of B.C. is a unique provincial advocacy organization dedicated to improving the well-being of children and youth.

Christmas shopping!! Two new local cookbooks for sale at Bistrot Bistro:

Vancouver Cooks 2, featuring our Onion Tart and Rabbit recipe – (for $30) regular $40 click here for a preview vancouver cooks 2
And local hit Cook in the Hood (only $12.00) with the secret Chocolate Mousse recipe  click here for a preview

In addition, we have elegant gift certificates you can give to friends, colleagues and family – great “Secret Santa” and stocking gifts.  They are electronic and have no expiration date.  Call, email or ask us in person.  604 732 0004,,

We are full on the 12/12/09 due to a private party. We encourage you to reserve early for dinners during December.

Book now for New Years Eve at Bistrot Bistro

Last New Year’s dinner was such a success that we once again want to offer our customers a night to remember!

Two Seating’s 6pm ($55 per person) and 9pm ($65 per person)
Opentable may show that we are full but we have tables hidden away.

Please Call 604 732 0004 or email (deposit of $25 per person is required at time of booking) .


Dill and Salmon tartare with Cranberry crisp
Perigord mousse & smoked duck breast salad

Filet mignon served with béarnaise sauce
Venison shank with red berry sauce
Pan seared Scallop saffron beurre blanc

Moroccan Braised squash and gratin Dauphinois

Cheese Platter,   Baguette

Decadent sampler of dessert: crème brulèe,  profiterole,  chocolate mousse
And a  Glass of Bubbly to celebrate in style

Cook with DB Bistro’s Stephane Estel

Cooking-Class-Stephane-Main225R043853The dream of every amateur chef and self-proclaimed foodie is to share inspiration and a real restaurant kitchen with a critically-acclaimed chef. On Monday December 7th you can!

Be part of a private cooking lesson for 10, plus dinner with db Bistro Moderne’s Chef de Cuisine Stephane Istel.  Share inspiration and a professional kitchen with a Daniel Boulud trained, world-class chef.

Rendezvous with Stephane in the Lumiere kitchen (next door to db Bistro) at 4:30pm on Monday, December 7th. Lumiere is closed Mondays for private parties, so you and nine others will have the kitchen, and Stephane all to yourselves.

After class, sit down with Stephane to share the evening and the meal you made together.  Sommelier Kevin Van Hullebush arranges gorgeous wines to pair.

Classes are hands-on and participants learn techniques they can master easily and use at home.   For this holiday season class, Stephane plans an entertaining-friendly menu:

Tarte Fine Provencal, Eggplant, Tomato, Smoked Mozzarella, Arugula and Sauce Vierge

Seared Arctic Char, Cauliflower Puree, Romanesco Fleurette, Radish, Sauce Grenobloise, Beurre Rouge

Madeleines, Vanilla Ice Cream and Berries Coulis.

Space is limited to 10 students only so reserve early.  $150 per person incl class, dinner, paired wines, take-home recipes. Tax and gratuity extra.

A companion fare of $85 offered to spouses, friends and family, and includes dinner and paired wines.

Visit our Event page to read head foodie Paul Kamon’s account of his time in the kitchen with Stephane.  RESERVE CLASS NOW

Bonus lesson:  Preparing the perfect chicken stock

Shopping Night at les amis du FROMAGE on Hastings

Cheese3Please be our guest at our upcoming shopping night at les amis du FROMAGE on East Hastings on Tuesday December 8th, 2009 from 6pm to 8pm.  We hope you take advantage of this opportunity to do some early holdiday shopping and stock your cupboards.

  • Receive 10% OFF of allready marked prices in the store
  • Choose from hundreds of cheeses, crackers and gourmet specialties
  • Be sure to stock up on our frozen specialties
  • Raclette machines, fondue pots, cheese knives and boards, and other cheese equipment
  • Gift certificates of $100 or more are also on sale
  • Event tickets and cheese platters not included
  • Free reusable shopping bag on all purchases over $75 (after discount)
  • In store specials
  • In store sampling of new products
  • Plentiful unmetered street parking

Joe Chaput

les amis du FROMAGE

PS: Please note, sale at Hastings location only