This week on The Good Life we sample Tangled Vines 2007 Pinot Blanc, discuss Il Nido’s new spring menu, highlight the new Whole Foods (along with a give away of gourmet groceries) touch on the Okanagan Spring Wine Festival, the Spot Prawn Festival and other delicious events around Vancouver.
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Wine – Tangled Vines 2007 Pinot Blanc
This Okanagan Falls winery produces a Pinot Blanc that has lots of fresh pear and apple aromas. On the palate there is orchard fruit as well as some citrus, honey and herbs. It’s a dry wine with some minerality and a good touch of acidity.
Restaurant – Il Nido
This Italian gem is just off of Robson and Thurlow, quietly tucked away in its own corner of a courtyard. A new spring menu for 2009, prompted me to book a lunch at Il Nido. The carpaccio melts in your mouth. It’s served with red onions and lemon basil vinaigrette draped over greens. Pan fried calamari is a welcome change from the deep fried versions, and the pastas differentiate themselves with ingredients such as fresh lobster in the ravioli and a dash of curry in the chicken tagliatelle.
The pace slows down in the evenings; a perfect spot for an intimate meal or a get together with a few friends. Many of the same appetizers and pastas are available, but mains such as the veal medallions with herb stuffing and marsala thyme reduction or the seasonally fresh halibut, poached in a refreshing lemon piccante sauce.
The prices here are reasonable, the wine list has a descent selection and the service is attentive at this charming Trattoria.
Shop – Whole Foods
From the press release – Whole Foods Market opens new Cambie store
State-of-the art facility boasts expert in-store team, more product selection and improved environmental features
Whole Foods Market is thrilled to announce the opening of its new Cambie store on Wednesday, April 29. As the largest Whole Foods Market location in B.C., Cambie offers the most diverse selection of local natural and organic products to better serve the Metro Vancouver community. With even more local varieties, Private Label 365 Everyday Organic and bulk selections to choose from, the Cambie store makes it easy to shop economically for the unique products customers are looking for.
Located at the corner of Cambie and West 8th Avenue, the 53,000-square-foot store offers skilled in-store specialists in all eight departments – including a certified naturopath, fishmonger and expert team of chefs; new and unique store amenities – including a build-your-own pizza bar and full-service charcuterie; an extended seafood selection – including Whole Opah, Yellow Fin Tuna and Mahi Mahi; and the largest collection of Private Label products in the Pacific Northwest region.
Whole Foods Market will kick off launch-day with a bread-breaking ceremony at 9 a.m. followed by a day-long celebration of food, music and community giving! The event will feature live musical performances by folk artist Haley Bonar and an appearance by famed local culinary queen Lesley Stowe. Whole Foods Market Pacific Northwest Regional President John Cougher and the new Whole Foods Market Cambie store team will be in attendance to present a $5,000 cheque to volunteers from Vancouver charity Growing Chefs – a group that unites chefs, growers, educators and community members in a food sustainability project – in support of their work to further awareness and growth of urban agriculture.
Built with a number of unique environmentally-conscious features, Cambie is the first Canadian Whole Foods Market store with LEED Certification – Leadership in Environmental Energy and Design – a Green Building Rating System that provides a suite of standards for environmentally sustainable construction. The new store also uses energy star-rated equipment, low-emitting paints and coatings and applies construction waste management practices to divert 50 per cent of construction materials from landfills.
Additional highlights at Cambie Whole Foods Market include:
• A Living Wall at the entrance of the store designed to help bring nature back into our urban living environment and make the space healthy and livable
• An extended selection of local products sourced within 100 miles
• An 18-foot wall of bulk selections
• Private Label Whole Catch Seafood – the first Whole Foods Market to carry the line in Canada
• A Private Label wall with more than 350 products – the most complete line of any Whole Foods Market north of California
• A full-service coffee bar featuring Whole Foods Market’s own Whole Trade Guarantee Allegro® coffee
April 30 – May 9 – Okanagan Spring Wine Festival
Spring Epicurean Dinner
Chef Warren Geraghty @ Mission Hill, West Kelowna, BC
Saturday, May 2nd, 6:30 pm
Tickets: $155, including a copy of West: The Cookbook
A highlight of the Spring Okanagan Wine Festival, executive chef Warren Geraghty will join winery chef Michael Allemeier to present a special five-course menu, paired with Mission Hill Family Estate Winery’s internationally-recognized wines. Celebrating the release of West: The Cookbook, a book signing will follow the dinner.
WestJet Wine Tastings & Terasen Gas brings you the Gourmet & Grapes Gala at Cabana Grille
Gary Reynolds, President, Okanagan Wine Festivals Society and Owner, Lake Breeze Vineyards in Naramata commented today “We are very pleased to announce that our landmark two night WestJet Wine Tastings will be hosted at the new Delta Grand Okanagan Resort. This new venue will increase our capacity to offer more wineries as well as more patrons to the event, while maintaining the unique fun evening for which the WestJet Wine Tastings have become renowned. The two night event takes place Friday May 1st and Saturday May 2 from 6:30pm to 9pm with over 35 wineries present. Ticket prices have been fixed in 2009 at $55 in recognition of the great value that these Wine Tastings offer. Patrons not only will sip and savour over 200 wines but they also will be treated to live music, a free wine glass, a wonderful WestJet environment and a free taxi ride to your place of residence.”
Ned Bell, Executive Chef at Cabana Bar & Grille is pleased to raise the bar for culinary and wine excellence in the Okanagan. As one of the team behind the hottest restaurants in the interior of B.C., the partnership of Cabana and the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society promises to create a new event that will capture every wine enthusiast’s attention. Ned states “This event will feature wine and food stations featuring local Chefs using gourmet ingredients.”
Joining Chef Bell this year will be celebrated Vancouver Chef David Hawksworth of the soon to be open “Hawksworth” in the Hotel Georgia in our Iron Chef, Okanagan Throwdown black box challenge. The Gourmet and Grapes Gala will be held Sunday evening May 3 at the Cabana Bar & Grille starting at 6pm. Tickets are $79 and will feature the following culinary talents and wineries: Blasted Church Winery and the Wild Apple Restaurant & Lounge; Laughing Stock Vineyards and Cabana Bar & Grille; Summerhill Sunset Bistro and Summerhill Pyramid Winery; Quails Gate Estate Winery and Quails Gate Old Vines Restaurant; Tantalus Vineyards and the Dairy Farmers of Canada; Ex Nihilo Winery and the Hotel Eldorado Dining Room.
Tickets for both of these events are available through www.ticketmaster.ca or by calling 250-860-1470
May 3 – La Quercia Restaurant and Tyler Dawson present Italy’s Veneto region
On the heels of Vancouver Magazine’s 20th Annual Restaurant Awards with wins in the Best New Restaurant and Best Casual Italian categories, La Quercia and Liberty Wine Merchant’s Tyler Dawson will host an evening of food and wine featuring flavours paired with wines from the Veneto Region of Italy. With the sea port of Venice as the capital, a 6 course menu of dishes from this vast Italian region will showcase Chef Adam Pegg and Lucais Syme’s talents and will come with educational commentary from Tyler Dawson. Described as the foremost wine producing region in Italy, both in quality and quantity, look out for some rare bottles and tough to find gems. With a bounty of seafood available in this region as well as some interesting seasonal vegetables, a true taste of Veneto will be enjoyed.
“We were honoured to win these two awards and are keen to present an exciting evening on May 3rd to our very supportive friends and supporters,” says Adam Pegg, of La Quercia. “The Veneto region affords plenty of seafood as well as some interesting opportunities for risotto creations. We are excited to start the preparations for the upcoming evening.”
Tyler Dawson (Liberty Wine Merchants) has paired rare bottles exclusively for the evening. With his wealth of information on this region, guests will leave with their palates pleased and their wine education stoked. Tyler will provide his animated commentary on the wine selections and the various courses will be communicated by the chefs.
Reservations are necessary for this event. Please call 604.676.1007 to ensure your space. Or in person at 3689 West 4th Ave. (at Alma).
Salute da cucina
Soar (sole, and squash)
Roasted breast and confit leg of goose with poached pear
Tortino di panetone
May 4 – Rose Revival from Liberty Wines at Bridge’s Restaurant
Rosé Wines – Re-think pink! –
7 pm – $24.99/person
Liberty’s Granville Island location and Bridge’s Restaurant are proud to co-host Rosé Revival, a celebration of Rosé wines from around the world. All proceeds to benefit cancer research. Tickets are ON SALE NOW at all Liberty locations.
Various Dates – Arts Club Celebrity Chef Cooking Classes
Participation for these events is extremely limited (classes range in size from 12 to 35). They are are great for individuals, groups of people, and even for corporate team building events.
Back by popular demand are The Celebrity Chef Cooking Classes, a series of evenings featuring hands-on food preparation and cooking instructions led by renowned Vancouver chefs. Each class is paired with wines and held in gorgeous private homes.
Tickets are $125 per person/per class.
Or purchase two classes for only $100 per person/per class (to be used by the same individual).
To book your tickets today call: 604.687.5315 x248 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday April 30, Westside – KEI NIREDA, Executive Chef – Miku Restaurant
Kei has flown in straight from Japan. Miku Restaurant, part of the Tora Corporation’s family owned group of international Japanese restaurants has been established since 1955. Having a famed existence in Japan, Miku offers the same superior dining experience and flawless execution of every dish.
Wednesday May 27, Westside – RYAN GAUTHIER, Executive Chef / Partner – Italian Kitchen
Working at Italian Kitchen is a natural fit for Ryan who calls Italian cuisine “true comfort food” and holds fond memories of pasta nights as a child growing up in Vancouver. “Having pasta for family dinners was the most fun meal of the week!” Like so many chefs before him, Ryan has paid his dues and worked his way up the ranks of the cooking chain. Completing the requisite dishwasher and prep Cook stints, he eventually finished the Red Seal Program and after holding Sous Chef title for a number of years, would go on to become the Executive Chef at the Beach House Restaurant. Ryan has had the opportunity to work with such notable chefs as a Robert Byford, Tim Muellbauer, Kathleen O’Connor, and Bryan Fowke, and the training he received from each one has
May 9 – Spot Prawn Festival
Chefs’ Table Society Announces the Third Annual Spot Prawn Festival
The Chefs’ Table Society of BC is pleased to announce the Third Annual Spot Prawn Festival. Lasting for the duration of the season, the six to eight week Spot Prawn Festival will kick off on Saturday May 9th from 12pm – 3pm with a community and family-friendly event at False Creek Fishermen’s Wharf.
This rain or shine launch will feature Vancouver’s top chefs preparing delicious spot prawn dishes, spot prawn specials at the award-winning Go Fish, a gathering of Vancouver’s chef and restaurant community, and the arrival of the season’s first spot prawns as local fishermen return to the wharf with their catch. Food lovers will enjoy incredible spot prawn dishes from: Robert Belcham, Fuel Restaurant; Andrea Carlson, Bishop’s; Quang Dang, C Restaurant, Scott Jeager, The Pear Tree; Don Letendre, Elixir; Tojo Hidekazu, Tojo’s; Frank Pabst, Blue Water; Jeff Van Geest, Diva at the Met, John Geneau, Bin 941; and Clement Chan from Mosaic Bar and Grille.
The Spot Prawn Festival will also feature cooking demonstrations at Granville Island Public Market taking place at 11:00am, 1:00pm, and 3:00pm on Saturday May 9th, Sunday May 10th, and Saturday May 16th. The incredible lineup of chefs preparing Spot Prawn recipes at the market include Warren Geraghty, West; John Bishop, Bishops; Francois Gagnon Cin Cin; Don Dickson, South China Seas; Rob Feenie, Cactus Club; Dino Rinearts, Diva at the Met; Jean-Francis & Alessandra Quaglia, Provence Restaurants; Nico Scheurmans, Chambar; and Alana Peckham from Cru.
Ganton & Larsen Prospect Winery is a tribute to the Okanagan Valley’s rich and colourful history, geography and incredible VQA wines. As the official wine sponsor of the BC Spot Prawn Festival, Prospect Winery will donate 50 cents of each bottle of wine sold at partner restaurants during the Spot Prawn season to support the Chefs’ Table Society and the Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Wise Program.
The annual Spot Prawn Festival will provide another local, fresh, and sustainable ingredient for our restaurant chefs and home cooks to enjoy. Those who take pride in serving the bounty of British Columbia can use this annual six-to-eight week window of opportunity to purchase live, locally sourced and sustainable spot prawns directly from our local fishermen at False Creek Fishermen’s Wharf and at participating restaurants serving local spot prawns. At $12 per pound for the public ($10 for Chefs’ Table members), they are an excellent and affordable alternative to the farmed tiger prawns served in most Vancouver restaurants.
Local. Sustainable. Delicious.
Sponsored by the Pacific Prawn Fishermen’s Association, Ganton & Larsen Prospect Winery, False Creek Harbour Authority, Organic Ocean, Go Fish, Ethical Bean Coffee, Scout Magazine, Books to Cooks, Granville Island, Heather Goldsworthy Photography and the Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Wise Program.
Launch date: Saturday May 9th, 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Duration: The Spot Prawn Festival will run for eight weeks
Buying times: After 1pm daily
Location: False Creek Fishermen’s Wharf
(1505 West 1st Avenue, North-West of Granville Island, between the Burrard Street Bridge and the Granville Street Bridge – http://www.falsecreek.com/p_map.htm)
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