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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.

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.

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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