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May 30 – Jazz in the park

A JAZZ cocktail party like no other!

Don’t miss this year’s biggest line up of “Red Hot Jazz Cats” performing across our indoor and outdoor stages presented by Scotiabank – Saturday night June 7th at the Stanley Park Pavilion. This very cool evening of partying will have you moving on the dance floor at the main bandstand with our classic swing dancers or shopping at our famous auctions in support of adoption. Experience chilling in the Bourbon Street Lounge, getting your future read in Black Magic Avenue or exploring the array of entertainment in the outdoor Garden Boulevard stage under the stars. New this year will be the “Red Hot Martini Lounge” where the unforgettable Delilah’s Restaurant will be serving up martini tastings all night. Back by popular demand is the Vancouver Fire Fighters “Fire in the Kitchen” live auction package exclusive to this event, Air Canada’s Trip for 2 Raffle and many more extraordinary surprises.

Hosted by: Senator Larry Campbell – Global TV’s Catherine Pope – CBC and Vancouver Courier’s Man about Town – Fred Lee

See you at Vancouver’s Hottest Jazz Fundraising Party!

Get your tickets today! Tickets selling fast.
Check out the pictures from last year and video on Facebook.

April 15 +

This week on The Good Life we cover DB Moderne Bistro, talk with DB’s head barkeep, Cameron Bogue and look at all that’s good this week.
Saturday April 18 – Bike the Blossoms
April 13-26 Flavours of Spring at Joe Fortes
Taste of BC menu at Lumiere
April 15th to May 2nd Capones Wine and Jazz Festival


Restaurant Pick – DB Moderne Bistro

Chef Daniel Boulud teamed up with restaurant owners Manjy and David Sidoo to bring the New York DB Moderne Bistro theme to Vancouver. In the location that once housed Feenie’s. Chef Stephane Istel runs the day to day operations in the kitchen, as Chef Boulud overseas his worldwide restaurant empire. The food here French bistro style, with respect to local ingredients. I’ve not been disappointed yet. Highlights include roasted sablefish with a flavourful herb crust, accompanied by a sweet pepper stew, and the Berkshire pork duo of tenderloin and crispy belly served with horseradish coleslaw and bacon jus. They’re also famous for the original DB burger. Boulud’s signature creation is prime sirloin meat, braised short ribs, foie gras and black truffle on a parmesan bun with pomme frites. Service is attentive and don’t miss bar star Cameron Bogue’s signature cocktails.

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Drink of the week from DB’s Head Bartender Cameron Bogue


Saturday April 18 – Bike the Blossoms

The inaugural Bike the Blossoms, held on April 19th, 2008, saw over 1,000 participants in this unique food-focused cycling tour in the heart of Vancouver, where farmers came in from the Metro Vancouver area and the Fraser Valley to showcase their food and artisanal products. Come visit and support farmers who are not normally part of the city’s farmers markets.
This self-guided tour is fun for the whole family! Enjoy a leisurely ride along boulevards of spring cherry blossoms, traveling through a diversity of neighbourhoods from the eastside to the westside, stopping at local community centres to meet local farmers, to sample local foods and refuel at slow food designated eateries, restaurants and cafes along the way.
This year Slow Food Vancouver in partnership with The Commercial Drive Business Society, has created the Slow Taste of the Drive. As part of our aim to increase the food element and the level of engagement between local farmers and city folk, we have invited selected eateries & restaurants on Commercial Drive to offer a Slow Taste. So, after visiting the farmers at Britannia Community Centre, take a stroll along “the Drive”. Find the slow food snail in the windows of participating eateries and enjoy their slow taste creations. Eateries and restaurants will offer one (or more) of their current food items (or create one specific for the event) to be designated a Slow Taste. The intent is that their Slow Taste will embody and represent Slow Food which is good, clean and fair. Slow Tastes will feature ingredients: that are organic, local and fresh; or from our food partner BOSA Fine Foods; or from participating farmers in Bike the Blossoms. Go to featured links for more information!
Date: Saturday, April 18th . . . rain or shine . . . it sprinkled a little snow the night before last year’s event and everyone still had a wonderful time!
Time: 10am – 4pm (arrive and leave when you want)
Place: OFFICIAL START – VanDusen Botanical Gardens (37th Avenue and Oak Street). Additional start locations are: Kitsilano Community Centre
2690 Larch Street (between 10th and 12th Avenue) and Britannia Community Centre 1661 Napier Street (at Commercial Drive).
Cycle Tour Distance: ~ 23 km circular route and fairly easy
Cost: $10.00 per person (children 12 and under are free) Participants are required to register.
A free Bicycle Valet Service will be available at Britannia and Kitsilano Community Centres to allow you to visit with the farmers and to enjoy the Slow Taste of the Drive.

April 13-26 Flavours of Spring at Joe Fortes

While a Vancouver Spring sometimes feels like it begins just after Christmas, for the kitchen, it is only now starting. But like the crocuses, our Flavours of Spring menus vanish as quickly as they arrive.

Table d’hôte menu:
•Salt Spring Island mussels & frites – $13.95
•Marinated local sturgeon – $25.95
•Rhubarb & strawberry pie – $8.

Paired with just the right wine companions. See the full spring menu here.

Taste of BC menu at Lumiere

Chef Dale Mackay is pleased to invite you to sample the Taste of BC menu. Lumière and Mission Hill Wines have collaborated to bring you this exceptional spring offer. Nightly from 5:30pm until 7:00pm this $55 three course dinner focusing on local ingredients cannot be missed!
To make a reservation please call (604) 739 8185

April 15th to May 2nd Capones Wine and Jazz Festival

The 1st Annual Wine & Jazz Festival of Vancouver, showcases food & wines from 5 different regions. We will offer for each region an incredible 4 course dinner menu + a flight of wine. Reservations are recommended and can be made on the Capone’s website.

Thursday April 16 Meet Hennessy’s Cyrill Gautier Auriol at the Cambie BCLDB

Take advantage of this rare and exciting opportunity! Meet Cyrille Gautier Auriol, the global trade representative for the Hennessy house of Cognac, and taste a flight of the ultra-premium spirit as you learn more about this refined brand.

Thursday, April 16th, 7:00 – 8:00 PM
39th & Cambie Signature BC Liquor Store (5555 Cambie Street, Vancouver)
Please RSVP to Roberto Garcia ( by Tuesday, April 14
** Seating is extremely limited **
Tasting will feature Hennessy VS, Hennessy VSOP, Hennessy XO

Mr. Gautier Auriol was born and raised in Cognac, France, and has represented Hennessy for nine years. He has a passion for sharing the history and pleasure of tasting Cognac with people around the world.

April 21 – Naramata Wineries Spring Release

Five wineries have come together this year and brought their top wine components to create what will be an annual event of “tasting and sharing knowledge” to produce an exceptional wine that expresses ‘The Taste of the Terroir of the Naramata Bench.’ This year a Bordeaux blend was produced and is composed of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. The wines are from Hillside Estate Winery, La Frenz Winery, Lake Breeze Vineyards, Laughing Stock Vineyards and Soaring Eagle Winery.
In Vancouver, the restaurants serving food pairings with the spring release wines are Miku, Vij’s, Goldfish, Wild Rice, Pair Bistro, and So.cial at Le Magasin, and from the Bench – the Naramata Heritage Inn and Hillside Winery Barrel Room Bistro. In Victoria, the pairings will be prepared by Chef Brad Horen at the luxurious Inn at Laurel Point. (list of wines for both events attached
The Naramata Bench Spring Release events are more than just tastings. They are your only chance to pick up a 3L magnum of the Naramata Bench Red Blend as well as the only place to get a coveted “Best of the Bench” case of wine. In addition to these exclusives, the Spring Release events boast a plethora of auction items including: stays in Naramata at several winery accommodations, behind the scenes and meet the winemaker opportunities, a cooking class with Vij’s for 10 at Laughing Stock Winery complete with a personalized tour, sailing on Okanagan Lake, Okanagan art (including NBWA’s infamous Spring Release posters) and more.
The Vancouver NBWA Spring Release event will be held at the Roundhouse from 6:30 to 9:00 PM and the Victoria Spring Release event is from 6:00-8:30 PM at the Inn at Laurel Point. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 1-800-663-1900. The Naramata Bench Spring Release Events are sponsored by Kettle Ridge Estates (

May 3 – La Quercia and Tyler Dawson do Veneto

La Quercia Restaurant and Liberty Wine Merchant’s Tyler Dawson will host an evening of food and wine featuring flavours paired with wines from the Veneto Region of Italy. With the sea port of Venice as the capital, a 6 course menu of dishes from this vast Italian region will showcase Chef Adam Pegg and Lucais Syme’s talents and will come with educational commentary from Tyler Dawson. Described as the foremost wine producing region in Italy, both in quality and quantity, look out for some rare bottles and tough to find gems. With a bounty of seafood available in this region as well as some interesting seasonal vegetables, a true taste of Veneto will be enjoyed.
“We truly love the opportunity to bring food and people together for an intimate meal where we can interact with the guests and teach them something about the region,” says Adam Pegg, of La Quercia. “The Veneto region affords plenty of seafood as well as some interesting opportunities for risotto creations. We are excited to start the preparations for the upcoming evening.”
Tyler Dawson (Liberty Wine Merchants) has paired rare bottles exclusively for the evening. With his wealth of information on this region, guests will leave with their palates pleased and their wine education stoked. Tyler will provide his animated commentary on the wine selections and the various courses will be communicated by the chefs.
Reservations are necessary for this event. Please call 604.676.1007 to ensure your space. Or in person at 3689 West 4th Ave. (at Alma). Tickets are $119 per person.

La Quercia opened in mid July, is a Trattoria Style Italian Restaurant led by Adam Pegg and Lucais Syme. With over 20 years of experience between them in both local and international restaurants, their restaurant treats Vancouverites to Italian cuisine they’d be hard pressed to find this side of the Atlantic. With Italian native Karin Lazzaris, front of house, servers are well versed in the subtleties of the ingredients, and the mostly-Italian wine list-created has been created by Tyler Dawson. The menu is a combination of traditional and contemporary food presented in a simple, straightforward manner. An always changing, seasonal menu features a daily fresh sheet to keep guests coming back for more. With a collection of 3 starters, 3 pastas and 3 mains, sharing is encouraged. Pasta is served up family style for 2 or more. In addition, guests can opt for the chef’s menu, or select risotto made-to-order for a minimum of 2 people.

Tyler Dawson, or ‘Ty the Wine Guy’ is well known for his beverage acumen and wine related experience. He boasts twenty-plus years of industry experience, including a few years as Cellarman at Umberto’s Al Porto, and seventeen-plus years in his current role as buyer and manager for fine wine retailer, Liberty Wine Merchants.

Andrea Scott


April 29 – Burnaby’s Empty Bowls Project Invites You to Nosh for a Cause

Burnaby’s Empty Bowls Project is excited to announce the date of our fifth Gala Reception.  On Wednesday, April 29 2009 we will host a fabulous fundraising event that will help feed the hungry in our community while treating guests to tasty bites prepared by some of Burnaby’s hottest chefs.  In 2007 we raised over $23,000 for the Food First Committee, and we hope to equal or surpass that goal this year.


The reception-style Gala will be held in the Crystal Ballroom of Burnaby’s four-diamond Hilton Vancouver Metrotown Hotel.  Bites for the event will be prepared by celebrated local chefs:  Chef John Garrett of Burnaby’s Horizons Restaurant, Chef Scott Jaeger of The Pear Tree Restaurant, Chef Tong Lim of the Hilton, Chef Jack Kuyer of The Valley Bakery, and the Hart House Restaurant are sure to surprise and delight you with their culinary creations.


Some of the dishes featured at the event will include

o       The Pear Tree’s famous Spring Pea Ravioli with Crisp Double Smoked Bacon

o       Hart House’s mouthwatering Herb Goats Cheese Roulade with Beet Coulis

o       Horizons’ crowd-pleasing Cold Smoked Rainbow Trout and Baby Potato Green Bean Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette


Guests will also enjoy entertainment by the “Now’s the Time” Trio and a silent auction.  In addition, each guest at the Gala will also be given a beautifully handcrafted ceramic bowl to take home as a memento.  The Honourary Chair for the evening will be Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan along with celebrity emcee, Dawn Chubai of CityTV. 


Proceeds will go to Burnaby’s Food First Committee, a coalition of community service organizations and volunteers who work to address food security and hunger issues in Burnaby.  We invite you to join us for a fun evening at this worthwhile event!



Sponsors & Contributors

Scotiabank, Burnaby Now, CityTV, Burnaby Board of Trade,

Divyesh and Charu Gadhia, Hemlock Printers, Chevron, Boffo Construction,

The City of Burnaby, Hart House at Deer Lake,

Hilton Vancouver Metrotown Hotel, Horizons Restaurant,

The Pear Tree Restaurant & The Valley Bakery


The Crystal Ballroom at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown

6083 McKay Avenue, Burnaby

Wednesday, April 29 2009 at 5:30 pm – $ 50 inclusive of tax


For tickets:

Call Shadbolt Centre for the Arts Box Office at 604 205-3000 or Lawrence Ryan @ Stoney Creek Community School at (604) 664-8849


Media contact:  Dana Lee Harris                                                                            

Dana Lee Consulting

P- 604-986-3262                                


May 14 – La Terrazza and Duckhorn Vineyards

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

La Terrazza Restaurant in Vancouver Presents Duckhorn Vineyards, Napa and Anderson Valley Current and Library Wines Paired with a Six Course Dinner by Chef Gennaro Iorio

6:30 PM Reception / 7 pm Dinner

Canapés – canapes
Introducing Trump® Super Premium Vodka “Trumptini”

PRIMO – first course
INSALATA CONFIT organic micro greens tossed in champagne vinaigrette with Fraser Valley duck confit, candied walnuts, golden beets, Okanagan goat cheese and grilled red onions
Duckhorn Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc, 2007

SECONDI – second course
MERLUZZO oven baked sable fish encrusted in dried porcini mushrooms in a mushroom fish fumet, paired with a risotto pancake
Goldeneye – Anderson Valley Migration Pinot Noir, 2006

TERZO – third course
RAVIOLI pasta envelopes stuffed with apple wood smoked paprika lamb sirloin, sautéed roasted peppers and braised cabbage on a tomato ragú, topped with poached golden potatoes and oven baked ricotta
Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Merlot, 1997

QUARTO – fourth course
SCALOPPINE seared natural grain fed veal in a red wine, herb emulsion with morel mushrooms. White truffle gnocchi
Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 1996

QUINTO – fifth course
BISTECCA ALLA FIORINTINA – Triple A T-bone steak grilled over apple wood smoked coals with toasted Israeli cous cous
Duckhorn Vineyards – Paraduxx Napa Valley Red, 1998

DOLCE – Dessert
DELIZIA DI FORMAGGIO custard of Toma and Idiazabal cheeses paired with a date, raisin jam and cherry crisps
Recioto Capitel Fontana Tedeschi, 2004

A dessert wine from the Veneto, Italy

$198.88 per person exclusive of taxes and gratuity

La Terrazza Restaurant
1088 Cambie Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 6J5
604-899-4449 or

Complimentary valet parking

About Duckhorn Vineyards
Co-founded by Dan and Margaret Duckhorn in 1976, Duckhorn Vineyards has spent a quarter century establishing itself as one of North America’s premier producers of Bordeaux varietal wines. From its modest inaugural vintage of 800 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon and 800 cases of Merlot in 1978, to its addition of Sauvignon Blanc in 1982, Duckhorn Vineyards has crafted a tradition of quality and excellence that continues today. The Duckhorn Company owns and manages Duckhorn Vineyards, Goldeneye, Decoy and Paraduxx
Introducing Trump® Super Premium Vodka

The Spirits Journal has given this vodka 4 stars and a “Highly recommended” designation. The Wine Enthusiast calls it “Superb and Highly Recommended” with a 90/95. It is quintuple distilled at a Dutch distillery skilled in making vodka since 1631 and crafted under the watchful eye of Jacques de Lat, a third-generation master distiller at the Wanders Distillery in Holland. The award-winning vodka is packaged in an elegant, unique gold bottle, designed by world-renowned designer and architect, Milton Glaser
About La Terrazza
Gennaro Iorio – Executive Chef/ Managing Partner
Giulio Miceli – Sommelier/Managing Partner
Iqbal Grewal – General Manager/Managing Partner

Last years Zagat rated La Terrazza a 22 out of 26 in food, one of the highest ratings in the city and said “This elegant Yaletown has a wonderful ambiance in which to be pampered over fresh interesting Italian dishes paired with wines from the extensive list of over 2000 bottles” The wine list is one of the most award winning in Canada with Wine Spectator Magazine giving it both the “Award of Excellence” and “Best of” “Award of Excellence, an award only a few receive, every year since the restaurant opened. Service is warm, professional and attentive.

Many say La Terrazza is one of the most beautiful restaurants in Vancouver with attention to detail in everyway. There are two elegant private rooms for fifty five and twenty five, a stunning garden surrounded patio and the lounge and bar that seats 40. Two fireplaces, warm, flickering candles and warm light make this 110 seat dining room one of Vancouver’s most romantic places to dine.

La Terrazza‘s cuisine is fresh and local, yet classic in many ways offering the more classic dishes one sometimes crave. But don’t be fooled by classics, spaghetti with meat sauce at a Terrazza means a sauce using sweet Okanagan grown tomatoes, ground prime beef tenderloin and fresh made pasta as Chef Gennaro takes Italian dishes to a whole new level by working with local ingredients; This is Italian food at it’s finest.

La Terrazza is located at Pacific and Cambie in Yaletown, we are in our 10th year as Vancouver’s premier Italian Restaurant.

La Terrazza Restaurant

Celebrating ten years as one of Vancouver’s premier Italian restaurants

1088 Cambie Street, Downtown/Yaletown

Vancouver, BC V6B 6J5

Ph: 604-899-4449 Fax: 604-899-9179

Complimentary Valet Parking


April 21 – From Farm to Table

From Farm to Table: A six-part Food and Culture series on sustainable food systems hosted by Barbara Jo’s Books to Cooks


farmfed, a non-profit organization dedicated to building transparent, sustainable food systems presents a six-part food and culture series entitled Provenance: You are what you eat. The series will be led by Anthony Nicalo, co-founder of FarmFed, and Natalie Jensen, a graduate of the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy. Notable authorities on food and drink will join throughout the series, which culminates in a fundraiser at the UBC Farm on June 6, 2009, with the internationally renowned author of In Defense of Food, Michael Pollan.


Anthony Nicalo and Natalie Jensen of FarmFed, a non-profit organization dedicated to building transparent, sustainable food systems, will launch a six-part food and culture series entitled Provenance: You are what you eat. The first event in the series will be held on Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at Barbara Jo’s Books to Cooks in Vancouver, BC. This will also be the official book launch for the farmfed book provenance: a blueprint for the modern eater. Guests will learn to assess the sources for food they eat and will learn practical tips for buying clean, healthy food.

Barbara-Jo McIntosh notes, “provenance is the origin or source of something, and with food it is vitally important not only to our own health, but the health of the planet.”

The six-part food and culture series will be held during the months of April and May at Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks in Vancouver 1740 West 2nd Avenue Over the course of the series, authorities on food and drink will join host Anthony Nicalo for classes directed at understanding the provenance of meat, seafood, wine, and produce. Net proceeds from the series will benefit programs supporting transparent, sustainable food systems.
For tickets contact Barbara Jo’s Books to Cooks at 604.688.6755.


“To truly understand who we are and what we eat, the path of food needs to be followed all the way to the farm, ocean and field. This culture series is an opportunity to get all of the details in good company with great food and wine”, says Natalie Jensen of Farmfed.
On Monday April 27, guests will include Mike McDermid, Program Manager of Ocean Wise, and Chef Robert Clark of [C] Restaurant discussing the importance of understanding seafood’s impacts on our oceans. Guests will enjoy sustainable seafood hors d’oeuvres prepared by Chef Robert Clark and fish-friendly wines.

On Tuesday May 5, Jason Pleym, founder of Two Rivers Specialty Meats will shed light on what is really going on in grocers and butcher shops, while guests taste naturally raised meats.

Mark Bomford, the Program Coordinator for the Centre of Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm will share tips for buying and growing sustainable produce on Wednesday May 20.

On Tuesday May 26, Farmstead Wines founder Anthony Nicalo lifts the veil on wine marketing and connects guests to authentic wine and artisan farmers.

The series’ final installment is on Saturday June 6 at UBC Farm. This special fundraiser features international food expert and author of In Defense of Food, Michael Pollan. Pollan will share his manifesto for eating: “Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” Guests who participate in the full series will receive a gourmet picnic lunch at UBC Farm.


“Having these experts share their knowledge with us is very empowering”, remarked Anthony Nicalo. “Because the food we eat has clear implications for everything from clean water and climate change to hunger and obesity, the power to change the world is right in front of us, on our plates.”


To share the importance of understanding provenance with those who are unable to join the events in Vancouver, the series will be broadcast live online via Ustream.

Based in Vancouver, BC, Farmstead Wines founder Anthony Nicalo is also the co-founder of FarmFed, a not-for-profit organization changing the way the world thinks about food and farming to build support for transparent, traceable and sustainable food systems. Anthony is an expert on wine growing, wine production, artisan farmers, the Slow Food movement and other such related items. Natalie Jensen, of FarmFed, is a graduate of the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy.
Information about the Provenance Series or the book, provenance: a blueprint for the modern eater can be obtained by contacting Anthony Nicalo of farmfed at 604.671.6912 or at the email : anthony

For information on the series visit:

To order tickets from Barbara Jo’s Books to Cooks, call 604.688.6755.
For media inquiries or speaking requests, contact Anthony Nicalo at 1-877-887-7813.

Anthony Nicalo

Everything you need to know about how food gets from the farm to the table. Get all the details in one place while hanging out with good company and great food and wine.


Tel 1.877.887.7813
Mob 1.604.671.6912
Fax 1.888.359.4493


April 30 – Deuce and Church and State Dinner

Present an evening with the wine maker 5 wines and 6 courses of food

Thursday the 30th of April 2009 6:30pm reception 7pm dinner

Reception : Pinot Gris paired with fresh shucked Fannay Bay Oyster
drizzled with a classic mignonette sauce
First Course: Chardonnay paired with a Giant scallop ,crispy pancetta,
vanilla-mango puree, vegetarian caviar, crispy sage leaf
Second Course: Pinot Noir paired with a Cherrywood Smoked Duck Ravioli with a black current reduction
Third Course: Merlot paired with Braised Beef Short Ribs
au jus, sweet potato mash
Fourth Course: Syrah paired with our Steak Neptune
Marinated beef tenderloin, crab meat, bearnaise sauce, roasted corn on a chive rosti
Fifth Course: “Mini” indulgence, Double Chocolate Cake, dark chocolate ganache, white chocolate drizzle

1617 Lonsdale Ave (across form Extra foods)
Limited seating

$69. Per person plus applicable taxes

Call today to reserve your spot


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