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Ring in 2010 at Wild Rice!

This new year’s eve, we are pleased to offer a special menu. to make a reservation, email, call 604.642.2882 or visit

New Year’s Eve Dinner Menu-December 31, 2009

glass of blue mountain sparkling

amuse of queen charlotte salmon tartare

pemberton beef brisket dumplings, cauliflower puree
crab & taro cakes, pickled daikon dressing

pan roasted sablefish, tempura scallops
glazed beans & roasted butternut squash puree
schezuan dusted beef tenderloin, roasted root vegetables
grilled asparagus, mushroom jus

lemon yuzu tart
chocolate and cherry mousse
$50 per guest

Commercial Drive Cures the New Year’s Eve Conundrum

Bring in 2010 with a bang. The Libra Room is booking up with offers of a four-course dinner 5 – 9 pm with champagne and live music for $75 per person OR live music and champagne 9 pm on for just $25 a head. Knowing after-dark doings are best with live tunes, the Libra Room hosts:

Bruno Hubert Trio (6 – 9 pm). A Quebec-born pianist, Bruno is the Libra Room’s artist in-residence. He chooses well-known tunes, but his off-kilter understanding of rhythm, his dogged attack and his sweet singing lines give his work an unkempt originality.

Bella Monde (9 pm – midnight). A new Vancouver-based band, Bella Monde combines elements of dancehall, neo-soul, hip hop and roots reggae, creating a sound that is unique and fresh, yet instantly embraced by all audiences.

“Our concept is simple – good food, great value and memorable times,” says proprietor Rico Bondi. “We’re proud to be the only place in Vancouver that offers two bands and live music seven nights a week. Our aim is for the Libra Room to be an extension of your dining room; your living room; a welcoming neighbourhood joint.”

Libra Room Executive Chef Douglas Rutka’s new dinner menu is sure to lure locavores who like it fresh and natural. Pacific Sablefish, Ricotta Ravioli and Pork Tenderloin are plated alongside tasty sides: purple potatoes, crispy polenta cakes and mushroom ragout. Value drives the menu; most picks are priced under $15. Creative libations complement the fare. Like the restaurant’s namesake, the cocktail program is astrologically-inspired. The full spectrum of zodiac signs is aligned with a specific martini and cocktail featuring premium spirits. Select wines are also available by the glass or bottle. Sure to get your sign rising, high-calibre cuisine mixes with infectious energy and in-the-details service.

Book a spot today.
Tickets for New Year’s Eve festivities available at the Libra Room:

Open from 5 pm daily
1608 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, British Columbia
T 604.255.3787

About the Libra Room
The Libra Room is the only restaurant in Vancouver to catch live music seven nights a week. Now in its eighth year, the Libra Room – located in the heart of Commercial Drive – has carved out a unique niche in the community. Like the neighbourhood it’s situated in, the space is colourfully eclectic. Striking the right balance between lounge and restaurant, gastropub and saloon – the Libra Room is characterized by its friendly service, talented musicians, and delicious cuisine – guaranteeing patrons a memorable experience.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve

Andrey Durbach offering set menus and à la carte options for New Year’s Eve.

On December 31st, L’Altro Buca, Pied-à-Terre and La Buca will be opening their doors for those looking to ring in the New Year with classic comfort food in one of three of Andrey Durbach’s award winning dining rooms.

Durbach has crafted a selection of decadent tasting menus for guests wishing to ring in the New Year at downtown favourite L’Altro Buca. Those looking for an early bite before hitting the town can enjoy four courses for $48.00 beginning at 5:00PM, while guests who plan to celebrate the clock striking midnight in the restaurant can enjoy a six or seven course meal for $78.00 from 8:30PM onwards. On both menus, diners will be tempted with dishes such as seared scallops served with roasted pork belly, raisins, capers, cauliflower, almonds and salsa verde; confit duck leg with Castellucio lentils and cured duck breast finished with a Sicilian orange jus; handmade pappardelle pasta finished with truffle and mushrooms; and classic sweets such as pannacotta, zeppolini and sorbetti. Full menus are available at:

Neighbourhood gems Pied-à-Terre and La Buca will be catering to intimate celebrations for those seeking an evening with good friends, good food, and special wines. Both rooms will be featuring their classics-inspired à la carte menus alongside a few festive additions, and those looking to uncork something exceptional will have a variety rare, boutique bottles to choose from. Full menus are available at: or

Those feeling fully recovered the evening of January 1st will be pleased to know that L’Altro Buca, Pied-à-Terre and La Buca will be open for regular dinner service at 5:00pm.

Guests are encouraged to book their table in advance by phoning the restaurant directly. For reservations at L’Altro Buca please call 604.683.6912. For reservations at Pied-à-Terre please call 604.873.3131. For reservations at La Buca please call 604.730.6988.

Chef Andrey Durbach and business partner Chris Stewart opened their first venue together five years ago. Today, they own and operate three very distinct neighbourhood restaurants in Vancouver: La Buca, Pied-à-Terre and L’Altro Buca. Guided by the belief that every community deserves a perfect little place to dine, their restaurants offer inviting atmospheres paired with quality fresh ingredients and exceptional service.

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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.