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What’s Good This Week June 20 Edition

What To Do In And Around Vancouver This Week

It’s the first day of summer and I’m feeling rather out of sorts for some reason. It’s actually the kind of weather I like today, so that can’t be it, although I know a lot of my friends would be happier with a little more sunshine. However, I’ll soldier through and maybe I just need a night at home or a hug or something. As for my recommendations, there’s lots this week. I’ll be heading off to Chase to a Bison Ranch and catching up with what’s new in Kamloops this weekend, so stay tuned on social for reports on my journey.

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Art in The Vines June 25

Did you know my talented mother is an artist? She and many others are presenting Art In The Vines on June 25 from 12- 5  at Impressions Art Show on 925 Crawford Rd. at Deb Martin’s Vineyard.  Have a glass of wine and find some amazing original art priced at ‘event’ options.

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Cibo Chianti Dinner – June 21

The famed wines of Tuscany take centre stage on the longest day of the year when General Manager and Wine Director Mark Taylor plays host to a four-course Chianti Dinner at Cibo Trattoria on Wednesday, June 21 at 6:30 p.m.

The event will pair a rustic four-course Italian-inspired feast from Chef de Cuisine, Josh Gonneau, with an array of Chianti and an overview of the region and its wines courtesy of Taylor.

Pesce Marinato e Fagioli Bianchi
cured halibut on cannellini beans with charcuterie stuffed olives, dressed rucola
Le Rote Vernaccia Di San Gimignano 2012
Pappardelle al Ragú di Cinghiale e Funghi
wild boar and mushroom ragu, preserved tomato
Fattoria di Rodáno Chianti Classico ‘Vigna Viacosta’ 2010
Fattoria di Luiano Chianti Classico Riserva 2008
Agnello Due Volte
grilled peace country lamb loin, Tuscan spice braised lamb belly, potato purée, cipollini agro dolce
Rocca delle Macìe ‘Riserva di Fizzano’ Gran Selezione Chianti Classico Riserva 2012
Budino di Panna Biologica
organic crème fraîche panna cotta, fruit preserve, almond biscotti
Vin Santo del Chianti, 2008, Rocca delle Macie

 $89 per person plus taxes and gratuity. Reservations can be made on OpenTable or by calling 604-602-9570.

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Deep South Meets Down Under at Mamie Taylor’s – June 20

Mamie Taylor’s Restaurant is teaming up with Australia’s Alpha Box & Dice winery for a Deep South Meets Down Under Winemakers Dinner on Tuesday, June 20 at 7pm.

The intimate evening will be hosted by the dynamic duo of Dylan and Justin Fairweather, whose laid-back Aussie attitudes and love for the unusual led to the founding of Alpha Box & Dice. The brothers’ winery won internationally acclaim for its “The Alphabet of Wine” — the construction a different wine style to represent each letter of the alphabet. (In case you’re wondering, they’ve just put the finishing touches on number 17.)

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Turtle Valley Bison Ranch Fest – June 24

Here’s where I am headed (sadly solo). Turtle Valley Bison Ranch Fest with Chef Chris Whittaker, Forage Restaurant & Timber Vancouver, and his colleagues Alex Chen of Boulevard, and Robert Belcham of Campagnolo, who will be delivering a bison BBQ experience like no other. Local chef Jared Summers, from Jack Sams, Quaaout Lodge, will also share his creations. Celebrate the best flavours the Shuswap has to offer.

Located in beautiful Turtle Valley, just 6km east of the Trans Canada Highway at Squilax, we are a short 25 minute drive to Salmon Arm, and one hour drive to Kamloops. To learn more visit www.turtlevalleybison.ca, or call  1.780.231.5007 Tickets HERE! 

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Strathcona Street Party June 24 – 11am to 6pm

Strathcona and Vancouver Mural Festival join forces for a vibrant street party to kick-off the summer season. Nine massive murals will come to life on Cordova as you can enjoy local food, the beer garden, live music, family friendly activities, and your favourite Strathcona businesses.

Live Mural Painting & Graffiti Jam
Beer Garden by Vancouver Craft Beer Week
All Ages Hip Hop Jam w/ Ninth Wave Radio
Chapel Sound DJS
A Giant Full-Building Wrap-Around Mural @ CBR
Longboarding Demos & Sprint Bike Challenge
Food Trucks

FREE + All Ages + Good Times More Info

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Joy of Feeding – UBC June 24

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Joy of Feeding: a unique inter-generational, international food festival and fundraiser for the UBC Farm – where we celebrate home-cooked dishes from around the world. Joy of Feeding is a roaming feast where you can sample from 13 cooks from 13 countries in the fields of the UBC Farm. Chefs from Vij’sCacao, the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts and UBC Food Services have brought together home cooks of different cultural backgrounds – from Cameroon to Colombia, Indonesia to Iran and beyond – to offer a taste of their favourite recipes.   What will you do at Joy of Feeding? Roam from cook-to-cook, and back again. Learn about the home cooks’ cultures. Connect with your local, sustainable food community. Kick up your heels to live music. Take a guided tour of the UBC Farm. Buy fresh, organic UBC Farm produce. Enjoy local craft beer and wine, available for purchase (must be 19 or older). Check out interactive booths featuring children’s activities and local culinary culture – kids welcome! All the recipes will be available here on our website, so you can recreate your favourites at home.

Meeru Dhalwala, Vij's Rangoli

What’s Good This Week – June 15 Edition

A Few Events We Recommend In and Around Vancouver – What’s Good

Well it’s been a busy couple months for us and I finally feel I am getting somewhat caught up after the wedding, but then I find a whole lot of other things I want to do! I’ve been trying to stay home more, and get our home together as it’s a bit of a disaster lately. It’s never dirty, but there’s lots of stuff around that I just can’t seem to get rid of. Good news is that there’s a Les Dames d’Escoffier Culinary Garage Sale coming up in September, so that should help me  declutter! In any case, here’s a couple things we recommend in our What’s Good weekly post, a few of which we’ll be at. There will also be another one for Father’s Day suggestions shortly.

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Food, Fun and Your Favourite Cookbook Authors – June 17 12-3 pm

Join Dames Meeru Dhalwala, co-author of Vij’s Indian: Our Stories, Spices and Cherished Recipes, published by Penguin Canada, and Denise Marchessault of British Columbia from Scratch: Recipes for Every Season, published by Whitecap Books who’ll dish on their best culinary tips and treats. Get your cookbook signed, enjoy featured recipes and cooking demonstrations by the authors, plus receive an Inspired to Taste Canada cookbook of choice with a $75 purchase from Hudson’s Bay kitchen and cookware department at the event. Enter into a draw for a $500 Bay gift card AND the event is free! RSVP today Follow along on social media: #HBxTasteCanada

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Cooking Class – A Taste of South India – June 17 3-5:30 pm

Feed Life presents an authentic Taste of South India with a ‘hands-on’ cooking class in which you’ll get you comfortable with spices, curries and some delicious dishes.

  • Discover the power of spices, their health benefits and understand how to use them in your own pantry
  • Learn how to make delicious vegan protein rich dishes that will satisfy even the meat lover in your family
  • Get an overview of foundational knife skills and cooking techniques
  • Leave with a full belly and lunch for the next day

Get $30 off your seat if you use code loveindian at checkout. Register Now

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Bard On The Beach – Much Ado About Nothing June 1 – September 23

We’re off to this tonight for the opening. Will have to dress very warm, so much for our weather! I’m reading ahead and they’ll be no wine for me before this as I always get lost in the plots if I don’t have my wits about me. Always tricky stuff and I’m easily confused! The plot? It’s Italy in 1959, and a group of actors and filmmakers are celebrating the wrap of their latest movie. Movie stars Beatrice and Benedick are drawn to each other but refuse to admit it, and Hero and Claudio’s marriage plans are about to be sabotaged by a journalist’s mean-spirited scheme. Cue the paparazzi, then a faked death, and la dolce vita threatens to become not so sweet; but with a script full of surprises, love can still triumph before the credits roll. Excited to see this one!

project empty bowlProject Empty Bowl Thursday June 15, 2017 at 6:30pm

Since its inception in the early 1990’s Project Empty Bowl has fed thousands of individuals with HIV/AIDS locally and tens of thousands globally. It began when John Harton, a teacher in Bloomfield, MT, asked his high school ceramic students to make enough bowls to give a luncheon for the school staff. For $5 each, the guests received a simple meal of soup and bread, served in one of the handmade bowls. The money raised was donated to the local food bank.  Tickets.

Night at The Aquarium – June 15

This will be one fantastic event. Ticket are $350 and there are a very few left! The festivities begin with the Taittinger Champagne Reception and delectable canapés amidst the stunning backdrop of aquatic creatures followed by a collaborative Ocean Wise four-course dinner prepared by Vancouver’s top chefs, paired with premier wines and spirits.

Once-in-a-lifetime live and silent auctions will inspire you to support ocean conservation efforts while music and entertainment will transport you into the mysterious depths of our aquatic world. Online registration is now closed. Please contact us to inquire about tickets:
604.659.3473 | nightattheaquarium@vanaqua.org

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Chef Chris Whittaker at Edible Canada on June 19

Chef Chris Whittaker of Forage Vancouver will be joining Edible Canada – June 19 in their 2017 Canadian Table Dinner Series. The evening, titled Celebrate: Foraged, will offer up five courses devoted to regional and sustainable foraged ingredients, paired with wines from Mooncurser Vineyards and cocktails from Wayward Distillery. The evening will run from 7 p.m. until late and will be hosted in Edible Canada’s glass enclosed demo kitchen, where guests can interact with the chef first hand.Chef Whittaker has made a name for himself in Vancouver by truly embodying his philosophies on sustainable cuisine. Whittaker’s philosophy is simple: respect our land and water. Use local suppliers: small farms and wild food. With this event, guests are invited to ‘taste the wild’.”Foraging is an important part of Canadian cuisine but many Canadians wouldn’t know where to start” shares Edible Canada President, Eric Pateman. “Our goal with this dinner is to educate our guests about foraging locally while being able to taste and experience the products that result.”

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subject to changed based on availability of foraged products

Duck Egg Weed Tart Alpindon cheese, Saskatoon Berry Dressing
Potato and Sunchoke Wild salmon roe, nettle vinaigrette, sea asparagus, caramelized onion crema
BC Spot Prawn Dandelion ash cavatelli, crispy legs, prawn head hollandaise, crispy shallot
Turtle Valley Bison Butcher Board cat tails, burdock root, morel mushroom soil
Elderflower and Fromage Frais Cheese Puff ice cream, cordial, Whittaker honey compressed strawberries

What’s Good This Week(end) June 2 Edition

What To Do In And Around Vancouver

This week has been a bit crazeballs! I’ve had a ton of client work and then events and more events that I just had to go to. Thankfully the weekend is slowing down, at least for me, but there’s a few things I wouldn’t miss.

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VCBW Beer Festival | Saturday, June 3, 2017 | PNE Fairgrounds

The eighth annual Vancouver Craft Beer Week Festival is back at the historic PNE Fairgrounds on June 3 and 4 from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm, featuring 100 craft breweries and cideries pouring more than 300 beers and ciders. In addition to Canada’s largest selection of craft beer and cider offered in one place, the VCBW Festival features art installations, live music, DJs, food trucks, market stalls, brewing demonstrations, a games area with pinball and foosball, a pop-up barber shop, and more. Named ‘Vancouver’s Best Beer Event’ (Georgia Straight Golden Plates, 2013–2017) and ‘Social Event of the Year’ (2016 Golden Owl Awards). Tickets include two drink tokens (more can be purchased at the festival for $1.50 each) and a 4 oz. souvenir taster mug. Website: vancouvercraftbeerweek.com

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ROSE TASTING JUNE 3

June is Rosé month and Wines of Provence kicks-off this celebration with a free tasting of Provence Rosés at the 39th & Cambie Signature Liquor Store (5555 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC) on Saturday, June 3 from 2-5pm.

This free tasting features Wines of Provence Rosés from appellations including Côtes de Provence, Côteaux Varois en Provence and Côteaux d’Aix-en-Provence. Provence-inspired canapés will be provided by Chef Dino Renaerts of Bon Vivant Catering Group to showcase the art and beauty of Provence.

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Casper Nap Tour

On its second year, the Casper Nap Tour will bring to life a truly Canadian theme in celebration of the country’s 150th Anniversary of the Confederation. From a Muskoka Chair rest area to a Tuck-in shoppe turned pre-nap pit stop, Casper is crafting an inherently Canadiana experience just in time for summer. The Casper Nap Tour will be travelling across the country, setting up roadside in four select cities: Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto. Beginning its journey in Vancouver (June 2-4; 800 Seymour St.) Stop in for a Nap. https://www.caspernaptour.com/

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BC Greenhouse Veggie Days

BC Greenhouse Veggie Days will be held May 26-June 3.  It’s a time to promote buying local and celebrating the fresh, nutritious veggies that can be found in our own backyard.

Head out to a greenhouse farm tour on Saturday, June 3 for a look ‘behind the glass’.  Visit one (or more!) of the following greenhouses between 10-2:

SUNNYSIDE GREENHOUSES  1119 176 St, Surrey (map)
WESTCOAST VEGETABLES 3975 46A St, Delta (map)
TOPGRO GREENHOUSES 1110  264 St, Langley (map)
RANDHAWA FARMS 33677 Hallert Rd, Abbotsford (map)

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#BCGVD2017  #BCGreenhouseVeggieDays

BC Greenhouse Veggie Days celebrates the annual springtime arrival of locally grown greenhouse veggies from BC’s 42 Greenhouse Growers located throughout the Lower Mainland. During the long, dreary winter months our greenhouses are full of activity as new seedlings mature into ripe crops. The fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, lettuce and more are harvested and arrive in stores with the spring.

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Craft Beer Weekend – Thursday, June 1st to Sunday, June 4th

Craft ales, lagers, stouts, and pilsners each impart a unique flavour to sausages.  Oyama celebrates Vancouver’s Craft Beer Week with a variety of handmade beer-infused bratwurst and salami. Granville Island.

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Taste Ocean Wise Seafood at Bauhaus

Every seafood item at Bauhaus, including the Tasting Menu’s local Spot Prawns and Sablefish, is recommended by the Vancouver Aquarium and Ocean Wise as sustainable and ocean-friendly!

What’s Good This Week in Vancouver May 17 Edition

Enjoy Vancouver This Week With These Tasty Events

What’s up for Vancouver this week? We highly recommend Dish n Dazzle, there’s some new rice to be tried and much more!

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Dish ‘n Dazzle May 18

You know by now that the 2017 Dish ‘n Dazzle spectacular is returning to the Convention Centre on Thursday, May 18, 2017, this year featuring Wines of Chile. TICKETS

The 2017 event will feature new premium Chilean wines served alongside plates prepared by Vancouver’s celebrated chefs and restaurants. Infused with live music and a vibrant atmosphere, the signature cocktail competition returns to wow the crowd with Chilean-themed offerings, created just for the evening. Also included is the famous raffle and silent auction featuring one-of-a-kind goods and experiences. The BC Hospitality Foundation looks forward to welcoming you back for a spectacular night of food, wine, cocktails and music, presented by the BCHF and Wines of Chile.

Thursday, May 18, 2017 6:30PM – 9:30PM
PARK VIEW TERRACE
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Thai Riceberry Tasting Week Starts May 15

Thai Riceberry Tasting Week in Vancouver

Thai Riceberry Tasting Week is organized by the Thai Trade Centre in Vancouver.

Why Riceberry is making its mark on the superfood list. Where to enjoy a Free Sample of this delicious nutrient-packed rice?

Boost your health with Thai riceberry at any of nine “Thai Select” restaurants in Greater Vancouver this May 15 – 21.

Nutty in flavour and fragrant, this purple-pigmented rice is packed with antioxidants such as carotenoid, gamma oryzanol and Vitamin E. Its chewy texture is akin to that of brown rice.

The new brown rice variety is a creation of Thailand’s Kasetsart University Rice Science Center.

Riceberry Benefits

  • Rich in Antioxidants and 0mega-3
  • High in Fibre and Bran Oil
  • Help Lower Risk of Diabetes

Enjoy a Free Sample of riceberry starting May 15. Riceberry supplies are limited, so visit the nearest Thai restaurant listed below soon.

VANCOUVER

Sala thai  102-888 Burrard St,
Sawasdee Thai 4250 Main St.
Take Thai Home Restaurant 1736 Commercial Dr.
Thida Thai Restaurant 1193 Davie St.
U & I Thai 3364 Cambie St.
Urban Thai Bistro 1119 Hamilton St,
LANGLEY
Ban Chok Dee Thai Cuisine 20563 Douglas Crescent
NEW WESTMINSTER
Thai Box 2Go 110-418 6th St.
SURREY
Sabai Thai 10391-150th St.

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What’s Good This Week April 26 Edition – Vancouver Events

Vancouver Events We Recommend This Week

Currently nestled in the Naramata Bench, we are enjoying our stay at Quidni Estate Winery and are very reluctant to leave! We’ve had some great food here and tasted some amazing wine and beer, so stay tuned for a Penticton/Naramata travel edition. We’ll be up in Kelowna for the next little while arranging our wedding (3 more sleeps), but if we were in Vancouver, there’d be a few things we’d check out.

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Stuffed Pasta from Scratch with Chef Romy Prasad At Well Seasoned April 29th

If you haven’t been to Well Seasoned in Langley you are seriously missing out. An amazing place to shop for all thing culinary and they’ve got some great classes this spring. Chef Romy Prasad is teaching pasta skills this Saturday!
You will be rolling pasta like a pro after this class! Once you have the basic technique down, you can create your own filling and sauce combinations. Let the FUN begin!• Roasted butternut squash ravioli with sage butter
• Portobello mushroom & spinach tortellini with a red pepper tomato sauce
• Cheese filled tortellini with porcini mushroom and pecorino sauceCall to book now: 604.530-1518 or email askachef@wellseasoned.ca
https://wellseasoned.ca/collections/cooking-class-vouchersabbotsfordMillions of multi-coloured tulips set to amaze at
BLOOM – THE ABBOTSFORD TULIP FESTIVAL
Until – May 7

Tickets available online at abbotsfordtulipfestival.com
Visit website daily for updates on the status of our blooms!

Get ready to tiptoe through millions of tulips and be amazed by all the colour in the country at BLOOM – The Abbotsford Tulip Festival. Located just an hour outside of Vancouver, BLOOM is the ultimate springtime experience offering visitors a chance to marvel at 10 acres of rainbow-coloured fields and enjoy some wholesome springtime fun. The festival is scheduled to run from April 10th to May 7th, daily from 9:00 am to dusk.

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Parallel 49 Brewing Company Hosting Beer Garden & Brewery Tours for East Vancouver’s Hop Circuit Open House, April 30th from 1pm to 5pm

On Sunday, April 30th, Parallel 49 Brewing Company is participating in East Vancouver’s Brewery District Hop Circuit Open House. From 1pm to 5pm, Parallel 49 Brewing Company will be offering self-guided brewery tours and hosting a beer garden behind their brewery (between Triumph St and Pandora St.), with Parallel 49 Brewing Company brews available for purchase. Minors will be allowed in the brewery as part of the self-guided brewery tours.  Parallel 49 Brewing Company’s tasting room is still undergoing renovations and will not be open to the public during Hop Circuit.

This is the second year Parallel 49 Brewing Company has participated in Hop Circuit, an event dedicated to uniting Vancouverites and the “Yeast Van” community. Popular brews like Parallel 49 Brewing Company’s Craft Lager and Bodhisattva Dry Hopped Sour will be on tap.

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Vancouver TheatreSports™ League’s (VTSL) presents Western World

We’ve seen this and it’s absolutely hilarious! Head to the Improv Centre on Granville Island and check out Western World, inspired by the HBO series Westworld.

Each night features a totally new ‘episode’ under the watchful eye and guiding mind of Robert (sometimes Roberta) Ford. Guests begin their Western World adventure with an orientation. “Who are these hosts? Where do they come from? What roles do they play? Where is Western World?” are typical of the many questions that only VTSL’s esteemed Guests can answer. Throughout the first half, Guests help craft the story-line that becomes the basis for the second half of the show. In this artificial world of improvised comedy anything can, and will, happen.

Join VTSL for an evening of ‘laughs without limits’ Thursday through Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm from April 6 through May 13 at VTSL’s home, The Improv Centre on Granville Island. Tickets on sale now.

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Strange Fellows Brewery Dinner with  Tobias Grignon at Chicha – May 3

Super fun chef collaboration and beer pairing with Chicha restaurant, Strange Fellows Brewery and guest chef Tobias Grignon.

Tobias Grignon is currently the executive chef/ owner of Rabbits Foot Supper Club and chef at Edible Canada. He was formerly the opening and executive chef of Mamie Taylor’s and has been on the popular Food Network Chopped Canada.

Chicha Chefs, Shelome Bouvette and Allison Flook will be collaborating with Tobias on a five course menu and each course will be paired with a beer from Strange Fellows Brewery.

Wed, May 3, 2017 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM at Chicha Restaurant
136 East Broadway Vancouver, BC

The Menu

Reception with light snacks starts at 6.30pm
Penelope the Tart passionfruit sour cocktail
Rockfish ceviche- clams, cilantro, sweet potato, aji panca – Strange resemblance wild Saison
Crispy octopus- purple potato, cucumber, mizuna, amaranth, ponzu –
Strange Fellow’s pilsner
Pork belly and yuca, pickled ramps, puffed quinoa, spiced apple –
Guardian white ipa
Roast duck, broken duck leg empanada, rasins, pinenuts, plantain and parsley – Reynard oud bruin
Charred figs and rhubarb, bread and brandy ice cream, puffed cancha – Coup de foudre new world wild ale

Tickets are $76.00 plus taxes and gratuity CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS/

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Sip & Savour at Wine For Waves

Be the first to sip and savour Naramata Bench’s Spring Wine Releases. On April 28, this delicious evening of wining and dining will bring together B.C.’s best wineries and sustainable seafood restaurants. Taste Ocean Wise offerings, meet top B.C. winemakers, and bid on silent auction items including exclusive Naramata wines and wine experience packages.

All proceeds will benefit Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise program.

April 28, 2017 | 7 p.m.

Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver
791 West Georgia St.
Vancouver, B.C.

$110 + GST TICKETS Buy Now

 

What’s Good This Week in Vancouver April 21 Edition

Vancouver Events This Weekend

We’re off on our pre-wedding honeymoon (which totally is a thing by the way) and are currently hanging our hat at Walnut Beach Resort in the very sunny Osoyoos for their Oyster Festival!  While we don’t regret being here AT ALL, there are a couple things we’re sad to miss in Vancouver.

Juno Kim Pop-Up 6-Course Brunch at Field & Social v2.0

Join Juno Kim on Saturday, April 22nd for a special two-seating brunch at Field & Social. Inspired by staff meal and dim-sum style feasts, Chef Juno Kim will be creating a tasty 6-course menu meant to be shared and served as the dishes are ready. His cuisine focuses on using high-quality, ethical ingredients with bold flavours and balance in mind. Doug Stephen of Merchants Workshop will be tending the bar with a limited menu. We have 30 spots per seating; the first seating starts at 11 am, and our second seating starts at 1 pm.

MENU //

crispy cauliflower with whipped yogurt, rhubarb jam, cauliflower + gruyère chips
oyster mushroom risotto with 63° egg, ramp salsa verde, manchego
triple cooked potatoes with duck prosciutto, sauce Mornay, crispy furikake
smoked pork hock with sourdough bread pudding, pear butter, hazelnut, nasturtium
charred cabbage with chicken + prosciutto crumble, egg yolk gel, sake kasu espuma, bittercress
pistachio lemon tart with rhubarb, honey creme fraiche, meringue shards, sheep sorrel

PARTNERS FOR v2.0 //

When They Find Us
Twin Sails Brewing

Merchants Workshop
Nemesis Coffee

LaStella Winery
Save On Meats

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THIS IS NOT A COFFEE BREAK…With Beta5

This month Beta5 explores rituals that are commonly associated with the idea of a coffee break. but remember… this is not a coffee break.  what’s included // two new products – one chocolate and one pastry (estimated combined retail value // $30) Ticket price just $20

Tickets are limited and product must be picked up from the Vancouver store on either Saturday April 22, or Sunday April 23.

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BC Place Stadium Tours

To Apr 25 Tix $20

The BC Sports Hall of Fame is proud to present an All Access Experience providing an enhanced visit to the Hall of Fame including an exclusive behind the scenes tour of BC Place! The All Access Experience hits all the stadium highlights:

– The Media lounge
– The Premium Suite areas
– The team locker rooms (when available) and
– Access onto the field providing visitors with an amazing viewpoint of BC Place (when available)

The All Access Experience begins and finishes at the BC Sports Hall of Fame. Purchasing a All Access Experience tour ticket also allows entry into the BC Sports Hall of Fame for the same day as your tour.

The All Access Experience tours are available to the general public on specific dates and times. There are 20 spots for each tour time slot and the cost is $20 per person (plus tax).

What’s Good This Week – Easter Weekend Special

What To Do in Vancouver for Easter Weekend?

Folks I’ve been so wrapped up in wedding thingies and my big weight loss challenge that I’ve been running around like a chicken with my head chopped off! AND yes, they sadly do that and really, so do I. I don’t even think I told you I won the challenge, but more about that later. However, I can’t let Easter go by without at least a couple suggestions as I believe in fully celebrating each and every holiday. It’s something I got from my mother, who went out of her way to make my sister feel loved and festive during each season. Thanks for all those little (and big) gifts and for instilling that spirit in us!

I’ll be celebrating this weekend again, as for one it’s my bachelorette party (can’t wait) and for two Easter. Since I can’t invite you all to the girls day/night, you’ll have to make do with some Easter events that I can.rocky

Easter Celebrations at Rocky Mountain Flatbread

A little family suggestions this time around at one of the most tasty pizza places in town, Rocky Mountain Flatbread.

Easter Brunch features for Saturday, April 15 & Sunday, April 16:

  •  Three Eggs Scrambled with Local Ham, Crimini Mushrooms & Red Peppers served on Toast with Fresh Avocado.  Heirloom Tomato Salad on the Side. $13
  • Caesars. $5

Easter Holiday Party, Sunday, August 16, 5 – 7 pm

RM is entertaining the kids during dinner while so you enjoy a glass of wine or a craft beer with the pizza or pasta of your choice. The kids will be busy making their own pizzas with fresh, local and organic ingredients and dyeing Easter eggs with natural veggie dyes! I want to be a kid again! The Easter egg activity is complimentary with the purchase of any entree. Pizza making is $7.95 per child and includes their dinner.  To Reserve: Rocky Mountain Flatbread Main Street: Call 604-566-9779 or email info@rockymountainflatbread.ca

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Ancora Easter Brunch

Treat yourself to a decant Easter Brunch featuring Peruvian style paella, Windberry Farm chicken and waffles, dungeness crab benny and duck confit cassoulet.

Executive Chef Ricardo Valverde will be adding special Easter Weekend features to the other menus to celebrate the occasion. In addition, he is extending his popular  Peruvian Tasting Menu priced at $75 per person (not include wine pairings; available at an additional cost) for the month of April. To reserve, please click here or call the restaurant at 604.681.1164

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SWEET POP UP at Les Amis du Fromage! 

The Salty Cookie will be hosting an Easter Weekend Sweet Pop-Up on Saturday April 15 from 11am to 4pm at the East Vancouver les amis du FROMAGE.

The Salty Cookie Company is the dream child of pastry chef Meredith Kaufman. Having been a pastry chef since 1999 and a mom since 2004, cookies have always been a part of her life. What started off as a hobby of dropping off cookies to friends and loved ones, turned into a full time venture. Thus, The Salty Cookie Company was born. Drop by the East Vancouver les amis du FROMAGE between 11am-4pm on April 15 to sample and buy some of her classic cookies,

  • Salty brown sugar
  • Spicy ginger molasses
  • Brown-butter chocolate chip
  • Oatmeal with apricots, candied ginger & white chocolate

Meredith will also be featuring Lemon Hibiscus cookies and a seasonal Whoopie pie.

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WildTale and Flying Pig

Our friends at WildTale have brunch available Friday thru Monday from 11am to 3pm AND their Surf and Turf Sunday will still be available Sunday April 16 as usual, should ham, lamb or turkey not be your thing!

Their sister restaurants, The Flying Pig, in Yaletown, Gastown and Olympic Village celebrate Good Friday with brunch from 11am to 3pm and are open Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 3pm Brunch, and Easter Monday 11am to 3pm. AND for those pork lovers  (ahem), they’ve got Sunday Porchetta Dinner still available on Sunday April 16.

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TEA with TWG

TWG Tea’s gorgeous tea room is serving afternoon tea sets complete with recommended tea pairings this weekend.

The Brunch Tea Set is priced at $52 per set and is available on April 14, 15 and 17 from 10:00am to 11:30am, and with 90-minute seatings from 9:30am to 11:30am on Sunday, April 16.

The Easter Tea Set is priced at $58 per set and is available on Sunday, April 16, with 90-minute seatings at 11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm, and 5:30pm.

Children 12 years old and under can enjoy the Mad Hatter’s Tea Set, priced at $30 per set and available on Sunday, April 16 from 9:30am to 5:30pm.

Reservations: Call 604-692-0071 or make an online reservation through OpenTable

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Easter Dinner at The Cascade Room, April 16

Head to Main Street for a Sunday Roast dinner with a delicious “Easter Feaster” three-course menu, available during three seatings — at 5 pm, 7 pm and 9 pm.

Along with a choice of soup or salad to start, the menu will feature Cascade Room’s popular mustard-crusted roast beef, served with all the trimmings, including green beans, braised kale, carrot puree, roasted potatoes, yorkshire pudding and rosemary gravy. Roasted butternut squash will be available as a vegetarian option. The meal will finish on a sweet note with a double chocolate brownie topped with rum caramel and vanilla ice cream.

The Cascade Room team has also listed thoughtful wine pairings (available by the glass) for each course. The menu is priced at $32 for three courses (also available a la carte) or $56 with wine pairings.

Reservations are encouraged and can be made online at thecascade.ca/ or by calling the restaurant directly at 604.709.8650.

Easter Feaster at The Cascade Room
Sunday, April 16 at 5, 7 and 9 pm

First Course
$10
fire roasted tomato soup
micro basil, crème fraiche, brioche crouton
suggested pairing: hugging tree viognier 5oz.
or
organic mixed greens
goat cheese, almonds, 20 year balsamic
suggested pairing: bartier bros. semillon 5oz.

Second Course
$18
roast beef dinner
mustard crusted roast beef, green beans, braised kale, carrot puree, roasted potatoes, yorkshire pudding, rosemary gravy
suggested pairing: lock & worth merlot 5oz.
or
roasted butternut squash
green beans, braised kale, carrot puree, roasted potatoes, yorkshire pudding, mushroom gravy
suggested pairing: church & state bordeaux blend 5oz.

Third Course
$8
double chocolate brownie
rum caramel, vanilla ice cream
suggested pairing: okanagan crush pad narrative fortified syrah merlot 2oz.

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 7

Vancouver Events and Happenings

I’ve been up at Kelowna Gold Medal Plates Culinary Championships this past weekend and was so impressed with the chefs and all their hard work, and have to give a big shout out to all the Okanagan college culinary students and recent grads who assisted them. What an hard working group of talented people! Congrats to Jinhe Lee of Foreign Concept in Calgary on the Gold. I’ll have a post up this week on the full competition.

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While in Kelowna I had some great family and friend visits, got my exercise, but didn’t really get out to check out any new spots in town, but sometimes (gasp) there are more important things in life…..I found my wedding dress here too.

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Coming up – Vancouver International Wine Festival

This is the week before the Vancouver International Wine Festival, so rest up and get your work done so you can explore and enjoy the festival events. Available events include the Thursday and Friday night tastings, and Saturday Day, and just a few more, details here.

Get to know BC Wine at the festival’s BC Wine Pioneers and New Kids, an evolutionary look at the British Columbia wine industry over the past 25 years.  See how industry pioneers and the new kids on the block are putting their stamp on making wine in BC. The tasting will highlight both BC’s core varieties and a selection of lesser-known varietals produced in BC. Friday at 5:15 pm.

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On February 9th, Vancouverites will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Canada’s epicurean history at a pop-up Edible Museum. 

The Edible Museum of Canadian Food and Wine will feature some of Canada’s most beloved foods and most awarded VQA wineries. Throughout the exhibition guests will have the chance to taste some of Canada’s finest culinary moments while learning interesting nuggets about our vast and diverse wine landscape. https://www.canadianfoodandwinemuseum.ca/

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Vancouver TheatreSports’ Throwdown International TheatreSports Festival (formerly called The Massacre) runs February until Feb 14th

The Improv Centre on Granville Island hosted local VTSL teams and international teams (from as far afield as Oslo, Norway and Mumbai, India) will be on from Feb 9-14. The last evening, February 14, sees the winners of the international competitions play with the local victors from the previous week in a winner-takes-all laugh fest.

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Dine Out Continues At Many Restaurants Around Town

Provence Marinaside –  You can enjoy a beautifully prepared 3-course set menu for just $40 with a superb BC wine pairing for $25 until February 9th. Click for details

Kala Malay Bistro – 3-course flavourful Malaysian-style cuisine for $30

WildTale – 3-course with delicious mains such as Salmon, Beef and Gnocchi for $30

Sequoia Group – Extended $30 Dine Out menu until
February 9th!

Bishops – Eat local and well at this West 4th favourite.

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“Ultimate Chocolate Lover’s” at the Uncommon Cafe – Feb 8th

Just enter code “save20” when booking here. In this class, you will learn how to prepare 3 luscious chocolate recipe, just in time for Valentine’s day! You get to eat all (or bring some home), with wine!!! For more info on this class and to book, click here.

What’s Good This Week – It’s February

What To Do This Week – Just In Case There’s Room in Your Calendar

I can’t believe we’ve gone through a whole month of 2017 already! How’s your year been? I’ve got lots of plans and hopes for the year ahead and I’m finding the biggest issue for me is trying to do too much and then feeling disappointed in myself up for not getting through the 300 things I feel I should do every day. I’m working on some ways to stop this cycle, but the struggle is still VERY REAL! Well then, on that note, we do have some suggestions for this week just in case your calendar isn’t quite full!van wine fest 034 original web

Book Now! – Vancouver International Wine Festival

So many wines, so many events, so much to learn. I’ll be at as many events I can manage as this is the year Canada is showcased at the Festival and it’s a great opportunity to get to know our local wines better, as well . A couple things:

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Lunch at Bauhaus

Head to Gastown for their daily lunch feature for $22, or on a Friday the famous #TGIF Friday special Schnitzel and authentic Früh Kölsch Beer for  $22.

Among the selections for the  lunch menu, handcrafted by chef Stefan Hartmann, are creative takes on German classic dishes, including Meatballs (with rice  / caper sauce / peas / carrots / celery), Wiener Schnitzel (with seared potatoes/cucumber salad), Geschnetzeltes (with veal  / spätzle / mushrooms) and John Dory (with artichoke / spring onions / parmesan / black salsify).

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Explore BC Wine Brunch at Boulevard – Feb. 4

The menu and wines are stellar at this mingler, where you can sample many of BC’s best wines  during the Explore BC Wine Brunch held as part of the 2017 Dine Out Vancouver Festival.
In this stand up grazing event, savour a variety of seafood focused canapés, while sipping wines from seven of the province’s premier wineries. TICKETS

WINERIES

Arrowleaf Cellars
Haywire Winery
Church and State Wines
Howling Bluff Winery
St. Hubertus &  Oak Bay Vineyard & Estate Winery
Tinhorn Creek Vineyards
Tantalus Vineyards

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Unsung Heroes at Blue Water Cafe

Love seafood? Don’t miss the Blue Water Cafe’s Executive Chef Frank Pabst’s menu during the Unsung Heroes Festival. This menu showcases unique and sustainable seafood throughout the month of February.

Stellar dishes such as stir-fried jellyfish, red sea urchin trifle, sturgeon liver pate, and poached periwinkles have graced Chef Frank’s impressive Unsung Heroes menu during the last 12 years. British Columbia’s giant red sea cucumber – which has just been listed as sustainable by the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise conservation program – will take pride of place on Chef Frank’s 2017 menu.  Blue Water Cafe.

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Farmer’s Apprentice’s Fresh Look

Newly renovated Farmer’s Apprentice is open at 5:30 p.m. seven nights a week, offering both ‘Herbivore’ or ‘Omnivore’ menu options, both for $55 per person with optional beverage pairings available for an additional $38. A four-course menu with both herbivore and omnivore options is also available all night long for $40 per person, with optional beverage pairings available for an additional $25.

On weekends from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Farmer’s Apprentice is offering an ever-changing brunch menu where guests can choose from à-la-carte options or a prix-fixe experience, which offers a unique 5-course family-style brunch for $25 per person. Check out South Granville’s favourite neighbourhood spot.