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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.

What’s Good This Week January 25+

Good Things to do in Vancouver

It’s been a busy couple days for me as I’ve continued the struggle to get organized for the year, and focus on my goals, goals, goals; it’s exhausting! How is everyone else doing on their New Year’s plans? I have to remind myself that not every day will be 100%, but I think I’m moving in the right direction! Hope y’all are too. If you resolved to have more fun this year, fear not, there’s lots to do! This week there’s Robbie Burns Day celebrations, Dine Out Vancouver continues, lots of Arts events and some great cooking classes.

Timber Hosts Fire Whisky Vancouver World Chef Exchange Dinner – February 1st

Chef Chris Whittaker, Vancouver’s champion of local food, welcomes Chef Ryan McIlwraith – of Bellota in San Francisco – to Timber. Spanish and Canadian flavours meet over wood fired coal in this epic collaboration dinner. AND we have a GIVEAWAY for 2 tickets worth $375- CLICK HERE! 

Fire Whisky Vancouver World Chef Exchange Dinner

This multi-course social dining feast will feel like a homestead gathering. Food served family-style paired with whisky based cocktails. The long-standing friendship between these two culinary masters will translate through to each element of the dinner, and is true to the authenticity of this program. There will be a smoker, open coal grill, and a spit in the Timber courtyard. Meet with these two great Chefs as they cook with fire featuring the best food from local producers. Purchase tickets to this spectacular one night event here. Part of Dine Out Vancouver.

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Robert Burns’ Night at The Cascade Room, January 25

The Cascade Room is celebrating the life and poetry of Scottish poet Robert Burns on Wednesday, January 25, with a delicious Scottish-inspired evening featuring bagpipes, whisky, haggis and other treats (including deep fried Mars bars!).

The celebration will kick off at 6 pm on January 25, with the ‘piping of the haggis,’ which will see local bagpiper Matt Dolan pipe in the haggis, with Dougie Stewart from Colourstrings Conservatory of Music addressing the haggis.

A special three-course dinner menu will be on offer throughout the evening: Starter – Cock-a-Leekie Soup; Main – Traditional Haggis with ‘Neeps an’ Tatties; and for dessert — a Deep Fried Mars Bar. The menu is priced at $30 (a la carte available as well).

The evening will also feature live Celtic music, perfect for raising a glass from the bar. Guests are welcome on a first come, first served basis. For more information, http://www.thecascadecompany.com/robbie-burns-night-at-the-cascade-room/

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Surf & Turf Sundays at WildTale

In case you’ve done enough Dine Outs, or just want something different, the new Surf & Turf Sundays at WildTale is on now! Wildtale offers a delicious roast beef dinner with a classic twist when you add your favourite seafood item to 28-day-aged Alberta “AAA” beef.

WildTale specializes in cozy coastal fare, served up in a cheerful and friendly environment. There’s no need to dress “fancy” for this or any other WildTale dinner — come as you are, with your favourite friends and relations, as you tuck into Slow Roasted Beef au jus, creamy mashed potatoes, puffy golden Yorkshires and perfectly cooked seasonal vegetables.

Complement your beef with one of the seafood dishes WildTale does so well. Choose from Caribbean Lobster Tail, Grilled Jumbo Prawn Skewer, Scallop Skewer a la Plancha, or a Pan-Seared Prawn & Scallop Combo.

Surf & Turf Sunday dinner is $24.95 per person.

Quantities are limited, so please order in advance at the time of your reservation to ensure availability. Call 604.428.9211 or book online at wildtale.ca/reservations

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The Audience at The Arts Club Theatre – January 26 – February 26, 2017 Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage

We’re hoping to get to this one! From Winston Churchill (Joel Wirkkunen) to Margaret Thatcher (Erin Ormond), through Tony Blair and David Cameron (Jay Hindle), the Queen (Anna Galvin) has held a weekly meeting, or “audience,” with each of her twelve prime ministers. Peter Morgan’s imaginary glimpses into these tête-à-têtes provide a droll and fascinating portrayal of a lioness of history—one who, over the span of six decades, transforms from an uncertain young monarch into the revered figurehead of today.

Director Sarah Rodgers says, “The Audience is similar to The Crown in that it reveals the Queen as a real person who is charming, witty, flawed and vulnerable. Peter Morgan’s clever and honest portrayal of her humanity has endeared audiences across the world because he gives us a chance to connect with this intriguing woman.” Tickets

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Plant Based Baking with Rooted Nutrition – January 29

I’m super interested in baking and the science behind it, so I’ve signed up for this one. This series of classes is a blend of Owner Andrea Potter’s most popular nutrition-focused classes from the Eating Clean Series and of Guest Instructor Ellexis Boyle’s cooking classes. Ellexis blends her technique-focused baking classes from previous series into new ‘Plant-Based Baking 1&2’. These newly revised classes get to the heart of ‘how-to’ vegan and healthier baking for the home cook, both beginner and more advanced. See you Sunday? Tickets.

What’s Good This Week In Vancouver – Jan 16

Event and Happenings in Vancouver this week

Today is supposedly the most depressing day of the year according to news reports and a survey that landed in my inbox. While this may just be “marketing”, this time of year can be tough, and I am sensing this in myself and those around me as this year is particularly dismal outside. Be aware of any serious mood changes, and deal with those with professionals; I can only recommend a few surface fixes. This week try some different feel-good things, connect with friends, get some exercise, drink or eat some chocolate, and fuel up on good food and perhaps some medicinal cocktails.

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Cineplex Blue Monday Fix – Half the Points for a Show

Movies make you feel better (except the really bad horror ones I’ve been watching late at night on Netflix, but that’s another story), so on January 16th, Cineplex is offering a special redemption offer for SCENE members to help beat Blue Monday.  SCENE members can treat themselves to any movie, at any Cineplex theatre, for any experience by redeeming half the usual SCENE points – 500 points for regular movies, 750 points for enhanced experiences and 1,000 for VIP Cinemas.  More information is available at Cineplex.com/BlueMonday. Stay away from anything somber or horrific.

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Hot Chocolate Festival – January 19 – 27 days

Chocolate makes everything better (well almost everything). When it launched in 2011, The Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival was the first city-wide festival of its kind in the world. Returning for its 7th season, it’s bigger and better than ever, with Vancouver’s best chocolatiers, pastry shops, bakeries, cafes, gelato and ice cream parlours joining forces to make the humble chocolate drink hotter than it’s ever been before.

61 Flavours
29 Chocstars (vendors and suppliers)
29 Locations around Greater Vancouver
27 Days to do it all!

View the website where you can find all the information about the festival at: http://hotchocolatefest.com

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Dine Out Vancouver Starts Friday! 

I’ll have more on this soon, but I have tried dishes from Chicha, Juniper, and Edible Canada and give these three top marks. Plus I’ve marked the February 1 Chef’s Exchange on my calendar and will be doing a giveaway for this soon! FIRE + WHISKY –Chef Chris Whittaker, Vancouver’s champion of local food, welcomes Chef Ryan McIlwraith – of Bellota in San Francisco- to Timber. Spanish and Canadian flavours meet over wood fired coal in this epic collaboration dinner. Dine Out Event and Menus

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Push Festival starts TODAY!

Macbeth opens the 13th edition of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival tonight at the Playhouse Theatre. Tickets are still available to select performances. Don’t miss this epic South African production!

Over the next three weeks of the 2017 PuSh Festival, join 25,000+ of your fellow Vancouverites for groundbreaking live art at 150 events in venues across this beautiful city.

#LIVEPUSH and share it!

What’s Good This Week – The Last One of 2016

 

How’s the season going for you? If you are like us we’ve been pretty darn busy, but now that the family visits are over and we’re settled in doing home things like making soup with our ham bones, we’ll need to get out and try a few more festive things before the year ends. Over at Vancouver Food Tour we recommended a few holiday activities, CLICK HERE FOR THAT, and here’s a few more. What’s Good This Week.

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Roof Garten pop-up restaurant will be permanently closed after their LAST SUPPER on Fri, Dec 30th 2016, starting at 6pm with a featur!ed menu created by Executive Chef  and our buddy Victor Bongo!

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Half-Priced Cocktails at The Emerald, December 27-30

The Emerald Supper Club and Cocktail Lounge is keeping a festive glow on through the holidays with half-priced cocktails offered from Tuesday, December 27 through Friday, December 30 (5 pm to 1 am).  They even make their own Kahlua! All of The Emerald’s delicious cocktails will be 50% off — including its awesome selection of cheers-worthy classic and signature cocktails (such as the Lavender 75 — with lavender-infused gin, fresh lemon juice and champagne).  View the full cocktail menu and check out the food offerings too at emeraldsupperclub.com.

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New Year’s Eve Happenings – Vancouver Restaurants and Bars

Jack Daniel’s New Year’s Eve British Invasion at The Cascade Room Ring in 2017 at The Cascade Room, December 31

In keeping with The Cascade Room’s UK pub vibes, the Main Street restaurant has planned a British-themed New Year’s celebration, kicking off at noon on Saturday, December 31.

Come in and enjoy brunch (from 12 to 3 pm) and take in the World Junior Hockey tournament on the big screens (starting at 12:30 pm). From 3 to 6 pm, guests can rock out to Rockaoke Live (karaoke with a real live band!), featuring an all UK song list. An honourary countdown to mark New Year’s across the pond will take place at 4 pm.

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Cascade Room will keep the party going through the evening, with a rocking UK-focused playlist, food specials (including Happy Hour from 3 to 6 pm), drink specials featuring Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, and of course — a countdown at midnight (complete with party favours). In addition, Cascade Room’s talented bar team will be creating toast-worthy, UK-inspired cocktails.

No reservations and no cover charge required for the celebration. http://www.thecascadecompany.com/

Burdock & Co

On December 31, New Year’s Eve revelers with plans for a midnight meet-up can start on a delicious note with Burdock & Co’s “New Year’s Lite” seating at 6:00pm & 6:30pm, featuring a menu of lighter plates to set the celebratory mood for the rest of the evening. Guests feasting their way into 2017, can opt for the 8:30pm & 9:00pm seating. Chef Andrea and the culinary team have pulled out all the stops to craft an extensive and exciting multi-course tasting menu. Expert pairings of naturalist wine and a full drink menu are available for purchase at an additional charge. Burdock & Co will be open for brunch on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day from 10:30am-2:00pm, and closed for dinner on January 1.  Time: First seating at 6:00pm & 6:30pm, second seating at 8:30pm & 9:00pm.  Ticket pricing: New Years Lite: $69 per person, plus tax and gratuity Main seating: $99 per person, plus tax and gratuity To reserve: Limited tickets for both seatings can be purchased online at Eventbrite or by calling (604) 879-0077.

palm springs UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar

A “Palm Springs New Year’s Fling” will transport guests to sunnier days. At 7:15pm, UVA’s doors will open to a delicious three-course “Clubhouse”-themed menu for $45 per person – and for an additional $20, diners can enhance the experience with expertly paired cocktails created by award-winning Bar Manager Sabrine Dhaliwal. After dinner, the party will begin at 9:30pm, where guests will enjoy pop-up entertainment throughout the night, ranging from live music by the James Danderfer Trio to sabering champagne. For those ringing in the New Year, don’t forget to don your kitschiest poolside ensemble or throw on a tennis tuxedo – anything goes, as long as it captures the spirit of Palm Springs.  Time: Doors open for dinner at 7:15pm; party will begin at 9:30pm.  Tickets: To purchase tickets to UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar’s New Year’s Eve event, visit UVA during regular business hours (11:30am-2am daily) or email Alex@ViaggioHospitality.com. 

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Prohibition

Celebrate the start of 2017 in style at Prohibition, with live entertainment from The Wonders and DJ Myles Bigelow Duo. Start the night with a complimentary coupe of champagne on arrival, and then enjoy our extensive cocktail and drinks menu, including an array of bubbles to toast in the New Year. Time: 8pm-2am Tickets: Tickets are on sale at Eventbrite until 7pm PST on December 31, 2016. For sales after this time, please contact Prohibition directly at (604) 673-7089. 

Cibo Trattoria 

On December 31, Cibo Trattoria will be offering two dinner seatings with multi-course menus inspired by authentic Italia. Guests who join the first seating at 5pm will enjoy a four-course tasting menu for $84 per person, while the 8:30pm seating will feature a six-course tasting menu for $124 per person (suggested wine pairings are available upon request). The menu pays homage to traditional Italian favourites, including savoury raviolo of smoked ricotta, garlic butter and focaccia crumb; and prosciutto-wrapped rabbit loin complemented by carrot purée and roasted sunchoke. Time:  First seating at 5pm, second seating at 8:30pm.  To reserve: To book your spot at Cibo Trattoria this holiday season, call (604) 602-9570 or visit http://www.opentable.com/cibo-trattoria.

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Chef Ricardo Valverde and team will ring in the New Year with a celebratory menu of caviar creations paired with the best Champagnes, alongside an à la carte menu that features delicious plates like rack of lamb and king crab. Diners who join the first seating at 5pm can indulge before hitting the town, while the 7:30pm seating will feature an exciting countdown party with a live jazz band and Champagne sabering for all. There will be a $20 live music cover charge for the later seating, and reservations are strongly encouraged. Time: First seating at 5pm Second seating at 7pm: includes countdown party and live music *please note that this seating has sold out Tickets: Countdown party has a live band $20 cover charge at the door.  To reserve: To make a reservation for New Year’s Eve at Ancora, visit ancoradining.com or call (604) 681-1164.

Weekly Goods – CandyTown, Bocuse D’Or and More

What to do in Vancouver this coming week!

Okay folks is it just me or does it seem like Christmas is coming even faster this year? I’ve already been through Christmas in November, in Jasper, and been out to Potter’s Nursery and will have a summary of that both of those adventures shortly, and now Vancouver’s streets are all full of holiday hurrah! Why fight it? EMBRACE THE SEASON. #therealsanta

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CandyTown – November 26 in Yaletown

Okay is it just me or do those gingerbread men scare the crap out of you too. Almost like clowns, no? In any case the rest of CandyTown promises to be less freaky and my pals at WildTale are bringing in some Effingham Oysters to shuck and there will be festive cocktails around Yaletown, Santa,  and more!

FEATURED ACTIVITIES: 12 PM – 7 PM

  • “All I Want for Christmas” Gift Market
  • Free Horse Carriage Rides (in front of 1200 Pacific Blvd)
  • Visits with Santa and the Ice Queen
  • Ice Carving Demonstration
  • Live music and street performers
  • Candy Making
  • Christmas Tree Lot

Bocuse D’Or Canada Fundraiser

If you haven’t dined on Chef Keith Peters cuisine you are seiously missing out. He and his team are rocking it out in Burnaby. This fundraiser is the foodie event of the season and a chance to mix and mingle with the culinary elite of our Province. Funds go to send our Canadian Chef to the Bocuse d’Or to compete in ultimate culinary challenge! GO CHEF JAMES OLBERG! Buy Tickets

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Delta Hotels Marriott Burnaby, BC

Wednesday, November 30, 2016  at the Delta Hotels Marriott
4331 Dominion St, BurnabyCanape’s & Cocktails 6pm
Dinner 7pm-10pm
DJ & Dancing 10pm-MidnightCome and dine with Vancouver’s top chefs and Bocuse D’Or alumni to support Canada’s competitor James Olberg.  Attendees will enjoy an exquisitely prepared 5 course meal assembled by Delta Hotels Marriott, Executive chef Keith Pears.  Each course will be paired with carefully selected wine to compliment Keith’s unique ability to present flavours and stunning plate presentations.This is your chance to get to know some of Vancouver’s top restaurant talent.  Each table will be hosted by some of the cities hottest chefs including Victor Bongo, John Carlo, Bernard Casavant, Alex Chen, TJ Conwi, Dennis Green, Donald Gyurkovits, Lynda Larouche, Chris Mills, Patrick Quigley, Hamid Salimian, Jack Tsai, Alex Tung, Jeffery Young and Marcus Von Albrecht just to name a few.

The evening will feature an informative presentation on the highly prestigious Bocuse D’Or competition and Canada’s representative, plenty of prizes and raffels.  All proceeds will benefit Canada’s representative.TICKETS*:

Single tickets $208.25 ($199.99 + $9.25 s/c)

Table of 9 $1870($1800 + $70 s/c)

*Admission includes a chef hosted at your table, complimentary martini and 5 course meal paired with wine. Tables are selling quickly, so don’t miss your opportunity to dine with Vancouver’s top chefs.

Christmas at FlyOver Canada

I love this show, especially at Christmas! We went for Halloween and will be back for this for sure! Christmas at FlyOver Canada offers guests the opportunity to experience a magical twist on the ‘Ultimate Flying Ride’. Riders will embark on a mission to help Santa Claus search for his missing elves during the exhilarating flight across Canada, and on to his magical workshop in the North Pole!

website. November 24, 2016 – January 2, 2017 | Daily from 10am – 9pm*

 

Weekly Goods – Umbrella Day, Cornucopia and Christmas

I walked home last night just as the US election results were being finalized, the streets were empty and it began to rain hard, hopefully not a complete foreshadowing of what’s to come in this new era of Trumpism. We can only hope that the ugly thoughts of those who who seem to feel that hatefulness has any place in this world and will serve anyone well in any manner at all, can be peacefully addressed and dissipated, but this is very hopeful thinking. I am sad and shocked that this is where we find the world today and don’t look forward to the empending and shocking reality tv we will now be subjected to, no matter what channel we turn to. Please take a moment to project some good this week (and always), hug your neighbour, smile at that stranger and perhaps just help someone that you have the energy and resources to assist.

Umbrella Day

The one day we should hope for rain Vancouver Firefighters will be selling $15 umbrellas and handing out Clif Bars (by donation) at major intersections in the business district of downtown Vancouver. All proceeds go to the Snacks for Kids program. Each Umbrella sale provides 45 snacks to Vancouver’s vulnerable children!

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Vancouver Firefighter Charities’ volunteers can be found in the following locations on that day:

  • Main Tent: Granville & Georgia Streets (in front of London Drugs)
  • Granville Station (Dunsmuir and Granville)
  • Waterfront Station (W Cordova between Seymour and Granville)
  • Yaletown Roundhouse (Davie and Mainland)

Umbrella Day Gala – The Flying Pig Gastown
November 9, 2016 | 6:00pm – 10:00pm

The team at The Flying Pig in Gastown will host an additional event to support the Umbrella Campaign and Snacks for Kids on the evening of November 9. Guests will enjoy plenty of entertainment, refreshments and the delectable hors d’oeuvres The Flying Pig is famous for. Tickets are $75.

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Corncucopia – until November 20 Whistler

 #Cheersto20Years Cornucopia is the True North of food & drink festivals – a place of culinary reckonings, where the wild meets the refined and the epic and the epicurious come together.

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NOT TO MISS!

Women of Whistler: Wine 101 with Joanne DiGeso 

Joanne DiGeso hosts this fascinating look at the real-life stories of women who have made their mark on the world of wine as winemakers, winery owners, and industry trendsetters. Through the ages, women with a passion for wine have frequently needed to break social and economic barriers, and to defy conventions and expectations, in order to exercise their talents and skills. Seminar guests will enjoy sipping the fruits of their groundbreaking work while they hear behind-the-scenes stories of some of these important women’s lives. This is a great opportunity to discover some off-the-beaten-path wines that will make a splash on any occasion – and you’ll love sharing the stories with your guests while you entertain. Men are welcome to join us at this engaging event. Don’t be shy!

5:30pm – 7:00pm Seminar
7:00pm – 7:30pm Networking Session with Dames Wines, presented by Mireille Sauve

Winery dinners, grand tastings, culinary demonstrations and events, industry gatherings – including the brand new Cornucopia Wine Summit, all running alongside Cornucopia’s wellness microfestival, Nourish and the Cornucopia Kids cooking day, Cornucopia’s rich and wide-ranging 11 day and night program will deliver its fill of new discoveries and deeper connections with locally inspired and globally relevant ingredients, destinations, flavours and makers.

11 day festival of food + drink, Cornucopia brings together the wild and the refined, and puts the art of eating and drinking centre stage.

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Christmas in November – Jasper

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Edmonton Journal, Calgary Herald and BellMedia invite you to experience the magic of Christmas in November, and I’m so excited to be heading up there tomorrow!

This extraordinary Christmas themed event has been a tradition for the past 27 years at Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Enjoy a variety of talented presenters, decadent meals, themed activities and special sessions to attend. Celebrate all the things the holidays should be: great food, wine, entertainment and seasonal inspiration through fun and interactive classes. Cook with celebrity chefs; learn the art of Christmas crafts and holiday decorating with industry experts; take home tips from a mixology class and sample wines from around the world.

3 Nights (Thursday – Sunday) – November 10 – 13, 2016 from $1,110 per person    

Weekly Goods – Sparkle Gala, Duck, Bingo and Pig

 

Welcome to the dreary days of November folks. Sorry to report that there will be rain for a while now. If you are lucky you are booking a sunny escape, or perhaps you’re more of a snow fan and thinking about Christmas in November at the Fairmont in Jasper, where I’ll be next week. In the meantime stay dry and head inside to one of these “you’ve got the blues”-busting events.

November 5 – Sparkle Gala Fundraiser for Starlight Children’s Charity

This year’s event will feature local chefs partnered with local Starlight children and teens to create a culinary spin on their favourite dishes. Guests at Sparkle will be able to taste these one-of-a-kind creations and meet the chefs behind the creation.  Featured Chefs donating their time and talents to Sparkle. Tickets

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This week – Duck into fall at Provence Marinaside

Chef Matt Ward and the Chef’s Top Ten 3-course dinner menu ($45) is Duck Rillette, Wild Mushroom Ravioli and your choice of Dessert. Click for details

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November 6 – JOEY BINGO & BUBBLES SUNDAYS | 3 pm – 6 pm | $10 per ticket 

Post-brunch shenanigans? Look no further.
Head to  hosting a game of bingo every hour starting at 3 pm. There’s prizes, happy hour special and more!

PROVENCE MEDITERRANEAN GRILL MEMORIES MENUS

Sadly Point Grey’s Provence Mediterranean Grill will close its doors on November 27th. To celebrate 19 years a weekly changing ‘Memories Menus’  will run at the dealio of a price of $45 for three courses . This week’s menu until Nov.6
Mamie Suzanne’s Fish Soup  or Grilled Squid with roasted vegetables and pesto
Rack of Lamb or Sautéed Wild Prawns Provençal
Crème Caramel (Jean-Francis’ favourite dessert)

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November 6 – Pig and Pinot Family Dinner at Boulevard

Chef Alex Chen and team will offer guests an all-inclusive, ‘nose-to-tail’ menu served with a variety of sides, accompaniments and dessert. Reception begins at 6:30 p.m., with dinner to follow at 7 p.m.

Local Butternut Squash Bisque
Brown Butter, Spice Crème
Crispy Pork Belly Porchetta
Fennel Seeds, Smoked Paprika, Thyme
Confit and Glazed Pig’s Head
Sherry Gastrique  
Pig’s Tail
Chipotle Spice
Mikey’s Crunchy Pig’s Ear
Heirloom Apples, Onion Salad, Ginger Vinegar Dressing, Fresno Chilies
Sides
Bacon Cheddar Cornbread
Celeriac and Potato Purée
Charred Brussels Sprouts

– Dessert –
Tarte Tatin
Caramelized Apple, Vanilla Ice Cream, Caramel Sauce
Tickets are $52 per person, plus tax and gratuity (or $82 with wine pairings), based on a minimum of 2 guests. Please note, seating is communal.

2016 Umbrella Day Campaign

“We’ve got you covered!”

Umbrella Day – Street Sales
November 9, 2016 | 7:30am – 10:00am

Vancouver Firefighters will be selling $15 umbrellas and handing out Clif Bars (by donation) at major intersections in the business district of downtown Vancouver. All proceeds go to the Snacks for Kids program. Each Umbrella sale provides 45 snacks to Vancouver’s vulnerable children!

Vancouver Firefighter Charities’ volunteers can be found in the following locations on that day:

  • Main Tent: Granville & Georgia Streets (in front of London Drugs)
  • Granville Station (Dunsmuir and Granville)
  • Waterfront Station (W Cordova between Seymour and Granville)
  • Yaletown Roundhouse (Davie and Mainland)

Umbrella Day Gala – The Flying Pig Gastown
November 9, 2016 | 6:00pm – 10:00pm

The team at The Flying Pig in Gastown will host an additional event to support the Umbrella Campaign and Snacks for Kids on the evening of November 9. Guests will enjoy plenty of entertainment, refreshments and the delectable hors d’oeuvres The Flying Pig is famous for.

Weekly Goods – Fish Fights, Fish Sales and More

Events this week and on the Horizon

New(ish) for this week we are switching “What’s Good Week of” (because that title was kind of silly) to “Weekly Goods”. Each week (well most weeks) we will bring you what’s up for the week, a couple good things on the Horizon, and perhaps a few other good things. Does this sound too much like Martha Stewart’s “It’s good thing”?

Tuesday October 25 Chefs FISH FIGHT

Long time friends and Vancouver vetrans, Chef Andrea Carlson and Chef Robert Belcham, team up together to bring you FISH FIGHT! An Ocean-forward, collaborative dinner, focused on the bounty of our beautiful BC waters all with naturalist wine pairings. To avoid Eventbrite fees, please call the restaurant to purchase tickets – 604.879.0077

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Until October 27 Taste of Yaletown

For two weeks in October, Taste of Yaletown brings diners featured menus, special tastings and innovative pairings. You have the opportunity to select special offerings from participating restaurants, each with a special offering at $25, $35, or $45.

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TRY – WILDTALE, PROVENCE MARINASIDE or HAPA IZAKAYA

 

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Sunday October 30 NOURISH – Fish Fundraiser at The Fish Counter

Meet Rick Burns from Pacific Provider for a whole salmon sale at The Fish Counter on Main Street from noon until 5. NextJen Gluten-Free Flours and Grain featured also with partial proceeds to

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The Fish Counter on Main will donate proceeds from the sale of Whole Pink Salmon and $1.00 from fish and chips (regular & with Nextjen Gluten Free flour) to Vancouver Food Networks.

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Until the October 28th – BC’s Parmigiano Reggiano Week Celebrates Italy’s Finest Cheese in Vancouver & Whistler Restaurants 

Consorzio del Formaggio Parmigiano Reggiano (The Consortium of Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese) announced Parmigiano Reggiano Week in British Columbia, taking place at select Vancouver and Whistler restaurants between October 22nd and 28th, 2016.

Sample Parmigiano Reggiano inspired dishes for guests to enjoy at:

Squamish: The Salted Vine Kitchen

Whistler : Araxi

COMING UP

November 3 Vancouver Foodster Food Talks at the Vancouver Aquarium
November 7-13 Christmas in November Fairmont Jasper
November 17 Gold Medal Plates Victoria (BC Championships)
December – Toruq Cirque de Soleil

What’s Good This Week – V. Oct 4 +

Thanksgiving is upon us and there are lots for ways to be thankful, give to others and treat ourselves this week!

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Harvest Haus – Until October 9

Held under the Festzelte at Queen Elizabeth Plaza – Harvest Haus brings folklore from the 1st century to the Great White North. Combining modern fare with authentic European harvest traditions, gather your closest mates for the most gluttonous and gratifying weekends of the year.

The crunch of fresh produce, crackle of the grill, the fizz of the pour, the bite of the chopping block and the clinking of glassware. Applause. Laughter. Conversation. Music. The sounds of autumn! PROST! Located in Downtown Vancouver on the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza, the Harvest Haus Halle seats up to 1,000 revellers. Choose from one of nine sittings, including a very special edition of Duelling Arts, to help celebrate the fruits of the season. Tickets

  • Yummy Foodies
  • Oyama
  • S’wich Cafe
  • German Pizza
  • Artisan Bake Shop
  • I Love Chocolate
  • German Crafts & Foods

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Snacks For Kids Fundraiser – Proceeds from Dinners at all Flying Pigs and WildTale – Oct 5

100 percent of proceeds from dinner food sales at WildTale Restaurant in Yaletown as well as its sister restaurants, the Flying Pig locations, will go toward this important cause Oct 5 dinner. Firefighters themselves will be on hand to greet guests. Vancouver Firefighters Charities provide nutritious snacks to Vancouver kids in need throughout the school year.

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Les Dames d’Escoffier FREE WINE TASTING!

On Friday, October 7 from 5pm-6:30 pm Les Dames d’Escoffier will be pouring our Dames White and Red all paired with cheese and charcuterie at Marquis Wine Cellars on Davie Street. Dame Mireille Sauve will be on hand to discuss the wines AND update us on the new rose she is currently fermenting. DAME Jennifer Schell’s latest cookbook, The Butcher, The Baker, The Wine and Cheese Maker, BY THE SEA , and third cookbook to date, will be available with a generous $10 going to our scholarship funds. AND I’ll be there too.

Eat Vancouver! Food Trends Tasting Class featuring Jackie Ellis, Denise Breyley, Sarah Stewart and Robertson Allen – Oct 5

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Jackie, Denise, Sarah and Robertson will share their top food trends with panel moderator Lindsay William-Ross, answer your questions, and then invite EAT! guests to taste some of their favourite hidden gems found throughout the Pacific Northwest and meet the producers who so passionately make these unique products. Pinnacle Hotel Oct 5 7-9 pm -$35

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12 Kings Pub – CRAFT BEER – October 7

OCTOBER IS CRAFT BEER MONTH and I wish to god I could drink all the beers!

CATEGORY 12 BREWERY TAP TAKEOVER
WHERE: 12 Kings Pub, 395 Kingsway, Vancouver
WHEN: OCT 7 @ 7pm

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Cocktails at Chambar

For well over a decade, Chambar has built its reputation not only as a destination restaurant famous for its Belgian and North African influenced cuisine, but as a cocktail destination that has attracted and nurtured some of the city’s top talent. Step in and try the newest cocktail excellence from Philippe C. Grandbois, the new Creative Director of Mixology.  568 Beatty Street, Crosstown, Vancouver, B.C. www.chambar.com / (604) 879-7119

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Mulan in Vancouver – October 15

Mulan the Musical is coming to Vancouver, with a spectacular live performance at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Saturday, October 15.  Mulan is an exploration of adventure and victory that follows one girl’s determination to save her family. Expressing themes of loyalty and devotion through a captivating combination of dance, martial arts and music, Mulan tells the story of a young girl who takes the place of her ill father to fight in the army but must disguise her identity and serve as a man. Set in a time where a male from every family was conscripted to join the Chinese army, Mulan follows the courageous adventures of the main character as she sets out to prove her allegiance to both her family and China.