Category Archives: Weekly Picks

May 27 – The Good Life on the Jenn and Joe show

This week on The Good Life we have Tara Thom from Vancouver’s newest hot Thai spot – Maenam, sip some ?, and check out the what’s to do this week in food and wine.

Listen live on The Buzz 1410 AM – or check on the Weekly Podcast

Maenam – Now open on West Fourth in Kitsilano

Wine Pick – tbd

Events worth checking out

May 28 – New Zealand Winefair

May 28 – Fruili and Celebrity Chef Lidia Bastianich at 39th and Cambie Liquor Store

May 29 – Barbara Jo’s Books to Cooks presents author Jane Ganahl and Single Women of a Certain Age

June – Four Seasons’ YEW travels to the UK for the 3 course $35 menu

June 1 – DB Wine Dinner with Barbara Mills of That’s Life Gourmet and Chef Stephan Istel – Wines of Jura

June 5 – Cookshop in City Square hosts Anthony Sedlak from the Main

June – Four Seasons’ YEW travels to the UK for the 3 course $35 menu

yewNo Passport Required at YEW restaurant + bar, 7 days a week from 5-10pm.
Travel the world to Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts with
3 course monthly inspirations for only $35.

Six Months at a glance

April – Japan
May – Mexico
June – United Kingdom
July – France
August – Beautiful British Columbia
September – Italy

YEW restaurant + bar at Four Seasons is located at:

791 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 2T4
Phone: 604.692.4939
Fax: 604.684.4555

For more information (dress code, parking, map, etc.) or to make reservations at
YEW restaurant + bar at Four Seasons:
Reserve at Open Table

Fruili and Celebrity Chef Lidia Bastianich at 39th and Cambie Liquor Store

A Taste of Friuli Venezia Giulia
lidia1Thursday, May 28 – 5:00 – 7:00 PM
39th & Cambie Signature BC Liquor Store (5555 Cambie St., Vancouver)

With millions of viewers tuning in religiously, Lidia Bastianich has become one of America’s most beloved television chefs through her TV series, Lidia’s Italian Table, Lidia’s Italian-American Kitchen and Lidia’s Family Table. Come and experience a taste of Friuli with Lidia and enjoy as the Italian food magnate pairs the best food and wine from her very own homeland – the region of Friuli Venezia Giulia. Food provided by Chef Ken Iaci of Papi’s Ristorante in Richmond.

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6 o’clock Salon with author Jane Ganahl – Single Woman of a Certain Age

Start your weekend with a Friday evening Six O’Clock Salon with author Jane Ganahl, editor of Sibooks-to-cooks1ngle Women of a Certain Age. This is Jane’s second visit to Books to Cooks from San Francisco. Her past book reading was such a hit that we look forward to this Six O’Clock Salon’s entertaining collection of stories and memoirs of single midlife women. The evening includes refreshments and a copy of Single Women of a Certain Age. Cost is $35.00.

Books to Cooks
Call – 604 688 6755
1740 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver, BC


DB Wine dinner with Wines of Jura

STEPHANE TISSOT WINES OF JURA – FRANCE’S SMALLEST WINE APPELATION

db WELCOMES SPECIAL GUEST PRESENTER BARBARA MILLS OF THAT’S LIFE GOURMET

Inspired dishes prepared by Chefs Stephane Istel and Bruno Feldeisen – five courses, including:

• Reception: Chef Istel’s Alsatian Tarte Flambe, Marc Kreydenweiss Riesling 2004

• Tartare of Smoked Sablefish served with Celery Remoulade and Potato Latkes, Stephane Tissot Cremant du Jura NV

• Poached Poularde served with Morels and Yellow Vines, and fragrant Basmati Rice, Stephane Tissot 2005 les Graviers Arbois Chardonnay

• Selection of beautiful cheeses of the Jura, Mont d’Or, Comte and Morbier regions, Stephane Tissot 2005 Arbois Poulsard

• Chocolate Clafoutis, Blind tasting

Hosted by Sommelier Kevin Van Hullebush, and served in the Private Dining Room. The May 4th dinner sold out quickly and space is limited.

BOOK NOW or email.

Starts at 7pm sharp

$65 plus tax & gratuity

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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. http://www.talk1410.com/shows.php?p=1000397758.htm

Wine – Tangled Vines 2007 Pinot Blanc
www.tangledvineswinery.com/wp

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
www.cafeilnido.net

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
http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/cambie

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

Events

April 30 – May 9 – Okanagan Spring Wine Festival
www.owfs.com

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 www.ticketmaster.ca 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).

Menu

Salute da cucina
Soar (sole, and squash)
Bacala
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
http://www.libertywinemerchants.com

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
http://www.artsclub.com/events/cooking-classes/index.htm

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 saswan@artsclub.com

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
www.chefstablesociety.ca

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 – http://www.falsecreek.com/p_map.htm)

For further event information please visit:
www.chefstablesociety.ca

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. http://www.talk1410.com/shows.php?p=1000397758.htm

Drink – Granville Island Brockton IPA

www.gib.ca

Chow Restaurant & Lounge
http://chow-restaurant.com

events

April 25 – Discover the Wines of Portugal at Marquis
www.marquis-wines.com

April 26 – Portuguese Wine Luncheon at Senova
www.marquis-wines.com

April 28 – Merlot Tasting
www.vaws.org

April 29 – Blue Water Café at Books to Cooks
www.bookstocooks.com

April 30 – Deuce and Church and State Wine Dinner
www.deucerestaurant.ca

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
www.gib.ca

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
Park.

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
Brewing.

Chow Restaurant and Lounge
http://chow-restaurant.com

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
either.

3121 Granville Street (at 15th), Vancouver, BC V6H 3K1
Phone: 604 608 2469
http://chow-restaurant.com

Events

April 25 – Discover the Wines of Portugal at Marquis
www.marquis-wines.com

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
www.marquis-wines.com

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
www.vaws.org

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 http://www.karelo.com/enter_res.php?&BID=135

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: http://www.vaws.org/events/ev09_merlot.html

http://www.vaws.org

 

April 29 – Blue Water Café at Books to Cooks
www.bookstocooks.com

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 www.bookstocooks.com and call 604-688-6755 to register.

April 30 – Deuce and Church and State Wine Dinner
www.deucerestaurant.ca

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
604-988-8180

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
chefs.

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
Bakery

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 FarmGate@telus.net, 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