Category Archives: Weekly Picks

May 6 +

This week on Good Life Vancouver

In the news

  • Stanley Park’s Teahouse Revivial,
  • A California classic Cab Sauv from Geyser Peak
  • Mother’s Day Suggestions

Recently Added Events

  • Epic Sustainable Living Expo
  • Grouse Mountain Wild Vancouver Island
  • Diva at the Met Canning Techniques

April 29 +

This week on The Good Life we sample Tangled Vines 2007 Pinot Blanc, discuss Il Nido’s new spring menu, highlight the new Whole Foods (along with a give away of gourmet groceries) touch on the Okanagan Spring Wine Festival, the Spot Prawn Festival and other delicious events around Vancouver.

Listen on CFUN 1410 am The Buzz Jen and Joe show – Wednesday at 9:15 a.m.

Wine – Tangled Vines 2007 Pinot Blanc

This Okanagan Falls winery produces a Pinot Blanc that has lots of fresh pear and apple aromas. On the palate there is orchard fruit as well as some citrus, honey and herbs. It’s a dry wine with some minerality and a good touch of acidity.

Restaurant – Il Nido

This Italian gem is just off of Robson and Thurlow, quietly tucked away in its own corner of a courtyard. A new spring menu for 2009, prompted me to book a lunch at Il Nido. The carpaccio melts in your mouth. It’s served with red onions and lemon basil vinaigrette draped over greens. Pan fried calamari is a welcome change from the deep fried versions, and the pastas differentiate themselves with ingredients such as fresh lobster in the ravioli and a dash of curry in the chicken tagliatelle.
The pace slows down in the evenings; a perfect spot for an intimate meal or a get together with a few friends. Many of the same appetizers and pastas are available, but mains such as the veal medallions with herb stuffing and marsala thyme reduction or the seasonally fresh halibut, poached in a refreshing lemon piccante sauce.
The prices here are reasonable, the wine list has a descent selection and the service is attentive at this charming Trattoria.

Shop – Whole Foods

From the press release – Whole Foods Market opens new Cambie store

State-of-the art facility boasts expert in-store team, more product selection and improved environmental features

Whole Foods Market is thrilled to announce the opening of its new Cambie store on Wednesday, April 29. As the largest Whole Foods Market location in B.C., Cambie offers the most diverse selection of local natural and organic products to better serve the Metro Vancouver community. With even more local varieties, Private Label 365 Everyday Organic and bulk selections to choose from, the Cambie store makes it easy to shop economically for the unique products customers are looking for.

Located at the corner of Cambie and West 8th Avenue, the 53,000-square-foot store offers skilled in-store specialists in all eight departments – including a certified naturopath, fishmonger and expert team of chefs; new and unique store amenities – including a build-your-own pizza bar and full-service charcuterie; an extended seafood selection – including Whole Opah, Yellow Fin Tuna and Mahi Mahi; and the largest collection of Private Label products in the Pacific Northwest region.

Whole Foods Market will kick off launch-day with a bread-breaking ceremony at 9 a.m. followed by a day-long celebration of food, music and community giving! The event will feature live musical performances by folk artist Haley Bonar and an appearance by famed local culinary queen Lesley Stowe. Whole Foods Market Pacific Northwest Regional President John Cougher and the new Whole Foods Market Cambie store team will be in attendance to present a $5,000 cheque to volunteers from Vancouver charity Growing Chefs – a group that unites chefs, growers, educators and community members in a food sustainability project – in support of their work to further awareness and growth of urban agriculture.

Built with a number of unique environmentally-conscious features, Cambie is the first Canadian Whole Foods Market store with LEED Certification – Leadership in Environmental Energy and Design – a Green Building Rating System that provides a suite of standards for environmentally sustainable construction. The new store also uses energy star-rated equipment, low-emitting paints and coatings and applies construction waste management practices to divert 50 per cent of construction materials from landfills.
Additional highlights at Cambie Whole Foods Market include:
• A Living Wall at the entrance of the store designed to help bring nature back into our urban living environment and make the space healthy and livable
• An extended selection of local products sourced within 100 miles
• An 18-foot wall of bulk selections
• Private Label Whole Catch Seafood – the first Whole Foods Market to carry the line in Canada
• A Private Label wall with more than 350 products – the most complete line of any Whole Foods Market north of California
• A full-service coffee bar featuring Whole Foods Market’s own Whole Trade Guarantee Allegro® coffee


April 30 – May 9 – Okanagan Spring Wine Festival

Spring Epicurean Dinner

Chef Warren Geraghty @ Mission Hill, West Kelowna, BC
Saturday, May 2nd, 6:30 pm
Tickets: $155, including a copy of West: The Cookbook

A highlight of the Spring Okanagan Wine Festival, executive chef Warren Geraghty will join winery chef Michael Allemeier to present a special five-course menu, paired with Mission Hill Family Estate Winery’s internationally-recognized wines. Celebrating the release of West: The Cookbook, a book signing will follow the dinner.

WestJet Wine Tastings & Terasen Gas brings you the Gourmet & Grapes Gala at Cabana Grille

Gary Reynolds, President, Okanagan Wine Festivals Society and Owner, Lake Breeze Vineyards in Naramata commented today “We are very pleased to announce that our landmark two night WestJet Wine Tastings will be hosted at the new Delta Grand Okanagan Resort. This new venue will increase our capacity to offer more wineries as well as more patrons to the event, while maintaining the unique fun evening for which the WestJet Wine Tastings have become renowned. The two night event takes place Friday May 1st and Saturday May 2 from 6:30pm to 9pm with over 35 wineries present. Ticket prices have been fixed in 2009 at $55 in recognition of the great value that these Wine Tastings offer. Patrons not only will sip and savour over 200 wines but they also will be treated to live music, a free wine glass, a wonderful WestJet environment and a free taxi ride to your place of residence.”

Ned Bell, Executive Chef at Cabana Bar & Grille is pleased to raise the bar for culinary and wine excellence in the Okanagan. As one of the team behind the hottest restaurants in the interior of B.C., the partnership of Cabana and the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society promises to create a new event that will capture every wine enthusiast’s attention. Ned states “This event will feature wine and food stations featuring local Chefs using gourmet ingredients.”

Joining Chef Bell this year will be celebrated Vancouver Chef David Hawksworth of the soon to be open “Hawksworth” in the Hotel Georgia in our Iron Chef, Okanagan Throwdown black box challenge. The Gourmet and Grapes Gala will be held Sunday evening May 3 at the Cabana Bar & Grille starting at 6pm. Tickets are $79 and will feature the following culinary talents and wineries: Blasted Church Winery and the Wild Apple Restaurant & Lounge; Laughing Stock Vineyards and Cabana Bar & Grille; Summerhill Sunset Bistro and Summerhill Pyramid Winery; Quails Gate Estate Winery and Quails Gate Old Vines Restaurant; Tantalus Vineyards and the Dairy Farmers of Canada; Ex Nihilo Winery and the Hotel Eldorado Dining Room.

Tickets for both of these events are available through or by calling 250-860-1470

May 3 – La Quercia Restaurant and Tyler Dawson present Italy’s Veneto region

On the heels of Vancouver Magazine’s 20th Annual Restaurant Awards with wins in the Best New Restaurant and Best Casual Italian categories, La Quercia and Liberty Wine Merchant’s Tyler Dawson will host an evening of food and wine featuring flavours paired with wines from the Veneto Region of Italy. With the sea port of Venice as the capital, a 6 course menu of dishes from this vast Italian region will showcase Chef Adam Pegg and Lucais Syme’s talents and will come with educational commentary from Tyler Dawson. Described as the foremost wine producing region in Italy, both in quality and quantity, look out for some rare bottles and tough to find gems. With a bounty of seafood available in this region as well as some interesting seasonal vegetables, a true taste of Veneto will be enjoyed.

“We were honoured to win these two awards and are keen to present an exciting evening on May 3rd to our very supportive friends and supporters,” says Adam Pegg, of La Quercia. “The Veneto region affords plenty of seafood as well as some interesting opportunities for risotto creations. We are excited to start the preparations for the upcoming evening.”

Tyler Dawson (Liberty Wine Merchants) has paired rare bottles exclusively for the evening. With his wealth of information on this region, guests will leave with their palates pleased and their wine education stoked. Tyler will provide his animated commentary on the wine selections and the various courses will be communicated by the chefs.

Reservations are necessary for this event. Please call 604.676.1007 to ensure your space. Or in person at 3689 West 4th Ave. (at Alma).


Salute da cucina
Soar (sole, and squash)
Radicchio risotto
Venison bigoli
Roasted breast and confit leg of goose with poached pear
Tortino di panetone

May 4 – Rose Revival from Liberty Wines at Bridge’s Restaurant

Rosé Wines – Re-think pink! –
7 pm – $24.99/person
Liberty’s Granville Island location and Bridge’s Restaurant are proud to co-host Rosé Revival, a celebration of Rosé wines from around the world. All proceeds to benefit cancer research. Tickets are ON SALE NOW at all Liberty locations.

Various Dates – Arts Club Celebrity Chef Cooking Classes

Participation for these events is extremely limited (classes range in size from 12 to 35). They are are great for individuals, groups of people, and even for corporate team building events.
Back by popular demand are The Celebrity Chef Cooking Classes, a series of evenings featuring hands-on food preparation and cooking instructions led by renowned Vancouver chefs. Each class is paired with wines and held in gorgeous private homes.
Tickets are $125 per person/per class.
Or purchase two classes for only $100 per person/per class (to be used by the same individual).
To book your tickets today call: 604.687.5315 x248 or email

Thursday April 30, Westside – KEI NIREDA, Executive Chef – Miku Restaurant

Kei has flown in straight from Japan. Miku Restaurant, part of the Tora Corporation’s family owned group of international Japanese restaurants has been established since 1955. Having a famed existence in Japan, Miku offers the same superior dining experience and flawless execution of every dish.

Wednesday May 27, Westside – RYAN GAUTHIER, Executive Chef / Partner – Italian Kitchen

Working at Italian Kitchen is a natural fit for Ryan who calls Italian cuisine “true comfort food” and holds fond memories of pasta nights as a child growing up in Vancouver. “Having pasta for family dinners was the most fun meal of the week!” Like so many chefs before him, Ryan has paid his dues and worked his way up the ranks of the cooking chain. Completing the requisite dishwasher and prep Cook stints, he eventually finished the Red Seal Program and after holding Sous Chef title for a number of years, would go on to become the Executive Chef at the Beach House Restaurant. Ryan has had the opportunity to work with such notable chefs as a Robert Byford, Tim Muellbauer, Kathleen O’Connor, and Bryan Fowke, and the training he received from each one has

May 9 – Spot Prawn Festival

Chefs’ Table Society Announces the Third Annual Spot Prawn Festival
The Chefs’ Table Society of BC is pleased to announce the Third Annual Spot Prawn Festival. Lasting for the duration of the season, the six to eight week Spot Prawn Festival will kick off on Saturday May 9th from 12pm – 3pm with a community and family-friendly event at False Creek Fishermen’s Wharf.

This rain or shine launch will feature Vancouver’s top chefs preparing delicious spot prawn dishes, spot prawn specials at the award-winning Go Fish, a gathering of Vancouver’s chef and restaurant community, and the arrival of the season’s first spot prawns as local fishermen return to the wharf with their catch. Food lovers will enjoy incredible spot prawn dishes from: Robert Belcham, Fuel Restaurant; Andrea Carlson, Bishop’s; Quang Dang, C Restaurant, Scott Jeager, The Pear Tree; Don Letendre, Elixir; Tojo Hidekazu, Tojo’s; Frank Pabst, Blue Water; Jeff Van Geest, Diva at the Met, John Geneau, Bin 941; and Clement Chan from Mosaic Bar and Grille.

The Spot Prawn Festival will also feature cooking demonstrations at Granville Island Public Market taking place at 11:00am, 1:00pm, and 3:00pm on Saturday May 9th, Sunday May 10th, and Saturday May 16th. The incredible lineup of chefs preparing Spot Prawn recipes at the market include Warren Geraghty, West; John Bishop, Bishops; Francois Gagnon Cin Cin; Don Dickson, South China Seas; Rob Feenie, Cactus Club; Dino Rinearts, Diva at the Met; Jean-Francis & Alessandra Quaglia, Provence Restaurants; Nico Scheurmans, Chambar; and Alana Peckham from Cru.

Ganton & Larsen Prospect Winery is a tribute to the Okanagan Valley’s rich and colourful history, geography and incredible VQA wines. As the official wine sponsor of the BC Spot Prawn Festival, Prospect Winery will donate 50 cents of each bottle of wine sold at partner restaurants during the Spot Prawn season to support the Chefs’ Table Society and the Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Wise Program.

The annual Spot Prawn Festival will provide another local, fresh, and sustainable ingredient for our restaurant chefs and home cooks to enjoy. Those who take pride in serving the bounty of British Columbia can use this annual six-to-eight week window of opportunity to purchase live, locally sourced and sustainable spot prawns directly from our local fishermen at False Creek Fishermen’s Wharf and at participating restaurants serving local spot prawns. At $12 per pound for the public ($10 for Chefs’ Table members), they are an excellent and affordable alternative to the farmed tiger prawns served in most Vancouver restaurants.
Local. Sustainable. Delicious.

Sponsored by the Pacific Prawn Fishermen’s Association, Ganton & Larsen Prospect Winery, False Creek Harbour Authority, Organic Ocean, Go Fish, Ethical Bean Coffee, Scout Magazine, Books to Cooks, Granville Island, Heather Goldsworthy Photography and the Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Wise Program.

Launch date: Saturday May 9th, 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Duration: The Spot Prawn Festival will run for eight weeks
Buying times: After 1pm daily
Location: False Creek Fishermen’s Wharf
(1505 West 1st Avenue, North-West of Granville Island, between the Burrard Street Bridge and the Granville Street Bridge –

For further event information please visit:

April 22 +

This week on the Good Life we check out Granville Island Brewery’s Brockton IPA, update you on South Granville’s Chow Restaurant’s new menu and cocktail list and check on events, wine dinners and seafood festivals.

Listen on CFUN 1410 am The Buzz Jen and Joe show – Wednesday at 9:15 a.m.

Drink – Granville Island Brockton IPA

Chow Restaurant & Lounge


April 25 – Discover the Wines of Portugal at Marquis

April 26 – Portuguese Wine Luncheon at Senova

April 28 – Merlot Tasting

April 29 – Blue Water Café at Books to Cooks

April 30 – Deuce and Church and State Wine Dinner

April 29 – Burnaby’s Empty Bowls Project Invites You to Nosh for a Cause
Call Shadbolt Centre for the Arts Box Office at 604 205-3000 or

May 1 – 8th Annual Steveston Seafood & Wine Festival
Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site

April 22 – The Good Life

Drink – Granville Island Brockton IPA

Brockton IPA celebrates the brewery’s 25th Anniversary. This Pacific
Northwest India Pale ale is refreshing, fruity with some mild bitterness and
definite hoppiness. Great for sipping poolside. Get it in the mixed 12 pack
and compare to Granville Island’s other bottles and celebrate Stanley

BIO – Vern Lambourne Brewmaster
Granville Island Brewing’s Brewmaster Vern Lambourne has a knack for brewing quality beer with recognizable passion in every batch he brews.

Since joining the Granville Island team in 2001, Vern has staked his claim
with innovations that have added to the already-vast selection of quality products. His flare and energy have been behind some of Granville Island Brewing’s award-winning brews, such as Kitsilano Maple Cream Ale and Robson Street Hefeweizen.

Born in Nanaimo, BC, Vern graduated with a BSc in biochemistry from the University of Victoria. After University, Vern jetted off to merry old England where a pint is the easiest drink to find. His British brewing education crafted a true appreciation for different styles of beer.

After brewing at the Orange Brewery in London, England, Vern moved back to BC to continue his passion working with various brewpubs in Metro Vancouver.
Vern eventually found the gig he was born to do, Brewmaster, of Granville Island

Chow Restaurant and Lounge

Chow has recently switched its menu to become a more casual and affordable
restaurant, and managed to do so without compromising quality. Located on South
Granville, owner and Chef J.C. Poirier sources fresh local ingredients to create
innovative dishes such as albacore tuna tartar, salt cod brandade ravioli, braised
veal cheeks with sauteed spaetzel and pan seared striped bass.

Bar Manager, Lauren Mote recently impressed our group by treating us to cocktail
and wine pairings. With Poirier’s pork dumplings in a miso ginger lime
broth Mote choose the Dark ‘n Stormy (havana blanco rum, cointreau, fresh
lime juice, stewart’s gingerbeer), to accompany the tuna tartar the Mexicana
(el jimador reposado tequila, muddled kumquats, cilantro, fresh lime juice,
simple syrup) and with the house made smoked salmon with onion rings, we enjoyed
the Mint/Cucumber Fauxito (plymouth gin, brizard apple manzanita, elderberry
syrup, mint, cucumber, fresh lime juice, soda). All worked perfectly and where
a welcome change from wine, although Note’s wine knowledge is not lacking

3121 Granville Street (at 15th), Vancouver, BC V6H 3K1
Phone: 604 608 2469


April 25 – Discover the Wines of Portugal at Marquis

Come join us at Marquis Wine Cellars on Saturday, April 25th from 1-4pm as we host our “Discover the Wines of Portugal” tasting. This FREE tasting is hosted Marquis in partnership with two local wine agencies, Free House and Seacove.

This is a rare opportunity to explore and sample a diverse selection of wines from a country who has an extensive winemaking history. We are all familiar with the classic wines of Portugal, namely port and mateus. But who knows what a good Bairrada or Palmela tastes like?

No need to RSVP, just come by anytime between 1-4 pm to taste a selection of incredible wines. Everyone is welcome, so tell your family, friends and co-workers.

Date: Saturday, April 25th, 2009
Time: 1-4 pm
Location: Marquis Wine Cellars, 1034 Davie Street
Cost: FREE

April 26 – Portuguese Wine Luncheon at Senova

For years, Portugal was only known to the world’s wine drinkers for its
great sweet fortified wine, port, and for a few other wines, like Mateus and
Lancers. Portuguese table wines were simple and rustic with such high acidity
that few wine drinkers could find any pleasure in them. Since the early 1990’s,
Portugal’s table wines, particularly its unique reds, have made great
advances in quality with the introduction of many modern winemaking techniques.

With this in mind, Marquis Wine Cellars has partnered with Free House Wine and Spirits, Seacove Premium Wine & Exquisite Spirits, and Senova Restaurant to create a unique wine experience for you, the wine lover’s of Vancouver.

Join us on Sunday, April 26th, 2009 for lunch at Senova Restaurant as a selection of wines from Portugal’s premier wine producing regions is paired with a special three course menu which has been prepared by Senova’s proprietor, Manual Ferriera. As an added bonus, Joao Silvia e Sousa, winemaker at Quinta da Veiga, will be in attendance to talk about the wines and to answer your questions
about Portugal’s diverse wine regions.

Tickets are $60 per person and are available for purchase exclusively through Marquis Wine Cellars.

Date: Sunday, April 26th, 2009
Time: Reception at 11:30am and Lunch from 12-2pm
Location: Senova Restaurant, 1864 W. 57th Ave, Vancouver
Cost: $60 per person (all inclusive)

April 28 – Merlot Tasting

Listel Hotel, 1300 Robson St
Speaker: Sandra Oldfield of Tinhorn Creek Winery

Sandra holds a Masters of Food Science, Enology from the University of California at Davis. Her thesis work was done in conjunction with the Robert Mondavi Winery. She has also worked in Quality Control at Rodney Strong Vineyards and at Piper Sonoma Vineyards in California. She joined Tinhorn Creek Vineyards in 1994 and currently is involved with many organizations including the British Columbia
Wine Institute and the American Society of Enology and Viticulture. Sandra is also a VQA Judge. Merlot is one of the varietals that Sandra has worked with for many years and her Tinhorn Merlots are consistent winners.

There are still seats available for this event. If you wish to attend and have not registered or wish to bring additional guests, please register by mail or on-line at

Featured Merlots

Sterling Vineyards 2004 Napa Valley Merlot
St Francis Winery & Vineyard 2005 Sonoma County Merlot
Rodney Strong Vineyards 2005 Sonoma County Merlot
Capolan Winery 2005 Sonoma County Merlot
Columbia Crest Winery 2005 Washington Grand Estates Merlot
Chateau St Jean 2005 Sonoma County Merlot
Beringer Vineyards 2005 Napa Valley Merlot
Ferrari Carano Mountain Winery 2005 Sonoma County Merlot
Blackstome Winery 2006 Sonoma County Reserve Merlot
Tinhorn Creek Winery 2005 Oldfield’s Merlot

The event notice is posted here:


April 29 – Blue Water Café at Books to Cooks

Congratulations to the Blue Water Cafe, Gold medal winner of the Seafood category and Silver medal winner in the Restaurant of the Year category of the 2009 Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards.

Books to Cooks is pleased to announce that we have copies of the highly anticipated Blue Water Cafe Seafood Cookbook by Frank Pabst. This beautifully photographed book features recipes that make the Blue Water Cafe famous for its innovative seafood.

Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks invites you to an evening of Blue Water Cafe with Frank Pabst, Executive Chef of the Blue Water Cafe. On Wednesday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m. guests will join Frank in a celebration of his new book, The Blue Water Cafe Seafood Cookbook. Frank will demonstrate his unique cooking approach and will feature recipes from this beautifully written and photographed
book. Cost is $125.00.

For more information about this and other events, please visit our website at and call 604-688-6755 to register.

April 30 – Deuce and Church and State Wine Dinner

5 wines and 6 courses of food
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

April 29 – Burnaby’s Empty Bowls Project Invites You to Nosh for a Cause
Call Shadbolt Centre for the Arts Box Office at 604 205-3000 or
Lawrence Ryan @ Stoney Creek Community School at (604) 664-8849

On that evening Burnaby’s Empty Bowls Project will host its fifth Gala
reception, an event that will raise funds to help feed the city’s hungry
while treating guests to cuisine prepared by some of Burnaby’s hottest

The reception-style Gala will be held at Burnaby’s Hilton Vancouver Metrotown
Hotel. Bites for the event will be prepared by celebrated local chefs, and guests
will enjoy live entertainment as well as a silent auction. Each guest will also
take home a beautifully handcrafted ceramic bowl as a memento.

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

Sponsors and Contributors

Scotiabank, Burnaby Now, Chevron, The City of Burnaby, Divyesh and Charu Gadhia,
Hemlock Printers, Boffo Construction, Hart House at Deer Lake, Hilton Vancouver
Metrotown Hotel, Horizons Restaurant, The Pear Tree Restaurant & The Valley

The Crystal Ballroom at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown
6083 McKay Avenue, Burnaby
Wednesday, April 29 2009
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

May 1 – 8th Annual Steveston Seafood & Wine Festival

7:00pm – 9:30pm

Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site
(west end of Moncton Road, Steveston)
12138 – 4th Avenue, Richmond
For additional information: Don Pfeffer 604-274-6764 or, or Bill McNulty 604-277-2176, or Peter Mitchell 604-277-8882.

Tickets $50. Includes complimentary plate and glass.
Silent and live auction

Participating Wineries & Restaurants:

Arrowleaf Cellars, Blackwood Lane, Blossom, Blue Canoe, Burrowing Owl, Cake
Art, Church & State, Cob’s Bread, Damiens Belgian Waffles, Desert
Hills, Diplomat Bakery, Dirty Laundry, Domaine De Chaberton, 8th Generation,
Elephant Island, Forbidden Fruit, Ganton & Larsen, George’s Taverna,
Geringher Bros, Gone Crackers, Hester Creek, Ichiro Japanese Restaurant, Kettle
Valley, Lake Breeze, Little Straw, Morning Bay, Mount Boucherie, Neptune Food
Service, Nichol Vineyards, Pajo’s Fish & Chips, Papi’s Ristorante
Italiano, Peller Estates, Pentage, Pure Water Shoppe, Red Rooster, Road 13,
Robin Ridge, St. Hubertus, Sanduz, Saturna Island, Starbucks Coffee, Starling
Lane, Steveston Seafood House, Summerhill, Tapenade Bistro, The Fort, The Point
Restaurant, Thornhaven, Tinhorn Creek, Westham Island, Wild Goose

Proceeds to Richmond community projects

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.

More at:

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

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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.

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