Category Archives: Weekly Picks

Weekly Goods – CandyTown, Bocuse D’Or and More

What to do in Vancouver this coming week!

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

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CandyTown – November 26 in Yaletown

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

FEATURED ACTIVITIES: 12 PM – 7 PM

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

Bocuse D’Or Canada Fundraiser

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

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Delta Hotels Marriott Burnaby, BC

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

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

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

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

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

Christmas at FlyOver Canada

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

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

 

Weekly Goods – Umbrella Day, Cornucopia and Christmas

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

Umbrella Day

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

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

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

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

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

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Corncucopia – until November 20 Whistler

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

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NOT TO MISS!

Women of Whistler: Wine 101 with Joanne DiGeso 

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

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

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

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

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Christmas in November – Jasper

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

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

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

Weekly Goods – Sparkle Gala, Duck, Bingo and Pig

 

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

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

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

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This week – Duck into fall at Provence Marinaside

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

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

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

PROVENCE MEDITERRANEAN GRILL MEMORIES MENUS

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

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November 6 – Pig and Pinot Family Dinner at Boulevard

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

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

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

2016 Umbrella Day Campaign

“We’ve got you covered!”

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

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

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

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

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

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

Weekly Goods – Fish Fights, Fish Sales and More

Events this week and on the Horizon

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

Tuesday October 25 Chefs FISH FIGHT

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

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Until October 27 Taste of Yaletown

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

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TRY – WILDTALE, PROVENCE MARINASIDE or HAPA IZAKAYA

 

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Sunday October 30 NOURISH – Fish Fundraiser at The Fish Counter

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

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

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

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

Sample Parmigiano Reggiano inspired dishes for guests to enjoy at:

Squamish: The Salted Vine Kitchen

Whistler : Araxi

COMING UP

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

What’s Good This Week – V. Oct 4 +

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

Harvest Haus

Harvest Haus – Until October 9

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

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

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

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

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

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Les Dames d’Escoffier FREE WINE TASTING!

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

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

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

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12 Kings Pub – CRAFT BEER – October 7

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

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

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Cocktails at Chambar

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

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Mulan in Vancouver – October 15

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

What’s Good This Week? – Sept 21

Events in and Around Vancouver

Fall is coming fast here in Vancouver, and there’s no shortage of ways to celebrate the harvest!

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Old Fashioned Wednesday at Prohibition

Cozy up at Prohibition to celebrate one of the world’s most famous whiskey cocktails, the Old Fashioned, every Wednesday between now and November 23. Each week, both traditional and creative interpretations of the classic cocktail will be on special for $10 CDN, alongside live bluegrass music and all-American food features such as wings and truffle fries.

Two feature Old Fashioned cocktails will be on special every week, showcasing bourbons from Collingwood, Woodford, Jack Daniels, Gentleman Jack and Jack Daniels 150th anniversary edition. Special cocktails include the World’s Best Bourbon Old Fashioned with Woodford Bourbon, gomme, Angostura Bitters, lemon and orange swath and Hoshizake ice cubes; and the Inception Old Fashioned, inspired by Prohibition’s signature Inception Negroni. Wednesday (8:30pm until 12:30am) 604.673.7088 or visit prohibitionrhg.com

Sour Days of Summer arrive at The Blackbird on September 22nd

For craft beer fans, sour beers will remembered as the taste of summer 2016.  Whether the sours were lambics, goses, wild yeast-fermented ales, or sour fruit beers, these tart brews were the must-drink beers of the year.

The Blackbird Public House will bring this delicious summer to a close with “Sour Days of Summer”, a celebration of sour beers, on September 22nd.  Breweries like Parallel 49, Phillips, Driftwood, Fuggles & Warlock, and Moody Ales will be on hand pouring their signature sour beers this one night only event. Each $30 ticket includes  a 4oz sample of each sour beer being poured. Full pints will also be available for purchase while quantities last.

The sour beers start pouring at 6:00PM and the event runs until 9:00PM when the last sour days of summer come to an end. Tickets for this event are available at www.eventbrite.com www.donnellygroup.com

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Sunday Supper Series at La Pentola – September 25

Forest floors are sprouting beautiful mushrooms and we can’t get enough of them. Join La Pentola for their supper series featuring a multitude of locally foraged fungi and a local Venison. Chef Travis McCord and his team will feature a BC raised deer and some super interesting creations using giant puff ball mushroom, colorful lobster mushroom and the delicate cauliflower mushroom. Imagine the richness of a sausage stuffed Quail, a mouth watering agnolotti with cacao and marsala butter, braised wild boar belly, a gargonelli with rabbit and pancetta ragu and venison neck agnolotti. The feast is paired with medium to hearty wines from Spain, Portugal and Northern Italy. $65 per person. $45 for wine pairing Call 604.642.0557   

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High Tea On The High Seas With Pacific Yacht Charters – Sunday, September 25, 2016    12:30pm and 4:00pm seatings

Join Pacific Yacht Charters for an elegant afternoon aboard the Pacific Yacht to celebrate the Vancouver visit of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Sip Prosecco, or the Queen’s favourite – Gin on the Rocks – and enjoy traditional Dockside High Tea fare prepared by Pacific Yacht Charters Executive Chef Mardy Ra and team.  Savoury and sweet delights await including tea sandwiches, devilled eggs, roast mushroom pastries and a selection of dainty freshly baked pastries. It’s a chance to bring out your fancy hats, fascinators, Morning coat  or even your kilt and sporran. $75.00 per person – Seatings available at 12:30pm or 4:00pm

Includes: High Tea delights, one glass of Prosecco or sherry, live streaming video of the Royal Visit events in Vancouver, entertainment, and more celebrations!

Reservations required. Please call Carisa, Pacific Yacht Charters, at 604-689-1227 or email info@pacficyachtcharters.com

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Fancy a Cuppa? Elevenses served in Loden lobby September 24 to October 1

The Loden Hotel will raise a teacup and adopt the oh-so-British tradition of Elevenses in the lobby from Sept. 14-Oct. 1. Bunting sporting the British flag will be draped from the lobby walls, and guests are invited to pose for a Royal selfie with a life-sized cutout of Will and Kate.

Each day during the Royal visit, from 11am to 2pm, polite conversation will be made about the weather and pinky fingers will be extended over hot cups of TWG Tea and proper British biscuits. When it comes to bedtime, knackered guests can embrace their inner Brit by requesting a London turndown service, which includes a room with a touch of British décor, a souvenir Brown Betty teapot, British TWG Tea and English sweets.

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Feast on the Fraser Sept 23 Opening Night

Feast on the Fraser is kicking off on September 23rd, 2016 in the River Market! For only $45 you can get a taste of the next 9 days to come – including food from Wild Rice Bistro, El Santo, Longtail Kitchen, MATCH Eatery, Tre Galli, and your choice of a drink from Steel & Oak or Pacific Breeze Winery. With delicious food, drinks, and live entertainment, this night is a mini Feast on the Fraser under one roof!

Feast on the Fraser is a 10 day culinary experience showcasing the Best in New Westminster’s food, culture, arts, and entertainment. For more information visit www.feastonthefraser.com. This event is brought to you by Tourism New Westminster and flavoured by the Fraser Valley.

What’s Good This Week August 16 +

What’s Good This Week in and around Vancouver

So strange to believe we are half way through August and most of the way through summer! What’s up this week? There’s rum, garlic, cheese rolling and more. AND Will we see you at Diner En Blanc?

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The Cascade Room Presents the Main Street Cup, August 16

The Cascade Room and Mount Gay Rum present the inaugural Main Street Cup Cocktail Challenge on Tuesday, August 16th. Taking place at The Cascade Room, the concept is simple: bartenders from various Main Street-based bars and restaurants will create an innovative cocktail using Mount Gay Eclipse Rum and vie for a pair of coveted “Mount Gay Red Jackets.”

In addition to The Cascade Room, the following Main Street-based bars and restaurants will compete in the challenge: Caffé Barney; El Camino’s; The Five Point; The Nomad; The Reef, and possibly more.

Main Street Cup, Tuesday, August 16, 6 pm
The Cascade Room 2616 Main Street thecascade.ca

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Value Village – I Give a Sh!rt Event August 17, 2016

On Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. at the  Vancouver Aquarium Rethink Clothing Exhibit. See the Rethink Reuse Website for interesting stats/trends on the impact of clothing on the environment.Diner En Blanc

 

Diner En Blanc

Dying to know where this will be!!!! At the last minute, the secret location is revealed to thousands of friends who have all been patiently waiting to learn where “Dîner en Blanc” will take place. Thousands of people, dressed all in white, and conducting themselves with the greatest decorum, elegance, and etiquette, all meet for a mass “chic picnic” in a public space. Sold out.garlic

Metro Vancouver Garlic Festival August 21

Culinary Fare. Fresh Local Garlic. Farmers Market. Family Fun.

Highlights for festival goers include:

  • Family friendly fare from 12 local restaurants
  • An expanded farmers & garlic market
  • Live music
  • Cooking demonstrations for the whole family
  • A “kid’s zone” with tons of fun food and farm-themed activities

August 21rd 10am – 3pm Terra Nova Rural Park Rain or Shine

All proceeds from the festival go to supporting The Sharing Farm in our mission to grow fresh healthy produce for families in need. More information. 

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Great Canadian Cheese Festival August 20

Wheeling back in to Whistler on August 20th, the Great Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival is set to celebrate the ninth installment of this fun-hearted, cheese-chasing extravaganza.

Dairy Farmers of Canada with B.C. local and Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise Executive Chef Ned Bell to cultivate and share recipes showcasing Canadian cheeses, inspired by the Festival.

Now in its ninth year, the Festival will see costume-clad, cheese-loving Canadians chasing an 11-pound wheel of British Columbia-produced Aged Farmhouse Cheddar cheese down the slopes of Blackcomb Mountain. The first male and female contestant to cross the finish line will be rewarded with one of the coveted wheels of Canadian cheese and two Whistler Blackcomb season ski passes.

Lentil Zucchini Risotto

Zucchini Pesto:

2 cups (500 mL) green zucchini, grated and seeded
1/2 cup (125 mL) Natural Pastures’ Aged Farmhouse or Canadian Aged Cheddar, shredded
1 tbsp (15 mL) toasted pine nuts or walnuts, optional
1 tsp (5 mL) lemon zest, grated
1 1/2 tbsp (22 mL) fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp (2 mL) sea salt
1/4 tsp (1 mL) cracked black pepper

 

Risotto:

4 cups (1 L) vegetable broth
2 tbsp (30 mL) butter, divided
1 shallot, diced
1 cup (250 mL) Arborio rice
Sea Salt, to taste
1/3 cup (80 mL) white wine
1 can (540 mL) canned lentils, drained and rinsed
1 cup (250 mL) small yellow zucchini, diced and seeded
3/4 cup (180 mL) Natural Pastures’ Aged Farmhouse or Canadian Cheddar, divided
3 tbsp (45 mL) chives, chopped and divided

 

Zucchini Pesto:

In a food processor, combine zucchini, cheese, nuts, lemon zest and juice, salt and pepper; process until smooth but not a complete puree for texture.

Risotto:

In a medium saucepan, bring broth to a simmer; keep warm.

In a large shallow pot or deep skillet, melt 1 tbsp (15 mL) of the butter over medium heat; sauté shallot for 1 minute. Stir in rice and salt; sauté for 1 minute. Add wine and cook until absorbed.

Add ½ cup (125 mL) of the broth, stirring until most is absorbed. Add more broth, ½ cup (125 mL) at a time, stirring until broth is absorbed before making the next addition, until you have added a total of 3 cups (750 mL) of broth.

Stir in lentils and continue to add remaining broth, ½ cup (125 mL) at a time. Simmer, stirring until rice is tender and creamy and slightly firm to the bite, adding additional broth or water if necessary. Season to taste with salt.

Stir in yellow zucchini and cook stirring until heated through, about 1 minute. Remove from heat, stir in half ½ cup (125 mL) of the cheese, half of the chives and remaining butter. Serve with Zucchini Pesto and sprinkled with remaining cheese and chives.

What’s Good This Week August 11

What’s good this week in and around Vancouver

Tonight’ (August 10th) the night for our Les Dames d’Escoffier Summerdine dinner, which we’ve been going wild about so I am sure you all already know. Our group raises funds for women’s education as well as Project Chef and Growing Chef, two amazing programs that teach children about food in their classrooms. I’ll be live tonight from Pacific Yacht Charters so stay tuned for some magical food pics and insights (well at least attempts at the pics, but the food will be magical).

What else are we recommending this week? Well Champagne for one.

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Ancora Waterfront Dining and Patio Champagne Menu til Sept. 21

In celebration of its one-year anniversary Ancora has created a menu curated by the restaurant’s acclaimed sommelier team all based around Champagne.  The exclusive menu highlights five distinct styles of Champagnes available by-the-glass or bottle, and showcases France’s finest sparkling wines produced by top family growers and prestigious estates. Selected to cover a range of styles from leaner to fuller, guests can also try a flight of three, 3-ounce glasses from the Champagne houses of Thiénot, Moutard and Mandois ($43).

To complement the Champagne celebrations, Executive Chef Ricardo Valverde has added a new selection of dishes to the menu to reflect the summer season.

To try the exciting new dishes or enjoy the feature summer Champagne menu (served now until September 21), visit ancoradining.com or call 604.681.1164 to book now.  Ancora is also up for Enroute best new restaurant of the year.  http://eatandvote.com/en/

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Lululemon Seawheeze Sunset Festival – August 13

Guess who’s doing the Seawheeze again this year? Slowly, but surely I shall get this done! Although the half marathon may be sold out, this year’s Sunset Festival still has tickets! Get ready for an evening of outdoor yoga, music, tasty food and a brew (or two).
What’s happening at the Sunset Festival?
– you and your buddies dancing the night away to live performances by Chromeo, Dear Rouge and YoungBlood
– a sunset yoga practice led by Global Yoga Ambassador, Stephanie Snyder with thousands of your new friends
– a licensed venue and gourmet grab-and-go food for purchase
– stellar sunset views overlooking the Pacific Ocean from Vancouver’s iconic Stanley Park
For more details please see SeaWheeze.com

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Bard on the Beach Merry Wives of Windsor – til Sept. 24

I just sent my parents to this and they were blown away with the humour and talent in this show.  Set in 1968 in Windsor, Ontario where English ex-pat Sir John Falstaff is hunting for a solution to his money troubles. He sends an identical love letter to two wealthy housewives, hoping to seduce them – and enjoy their fortunes – with no clue that they are best friends! When they discover his scheme, these merry wives set Falstaff up for some hilariously sweet revenge. Don’t miss this one! Tickets

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Berries at Joe Fortes

Get your fill of BC Berries at Joe Fortes with their famous Pavlova topped with beautiful local blueberries, strawberries & raspberries. Or try othe August feature, a Blueberry Frangipane prepared by the pastry team available until  August 22nd.

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Tacos at Tacofino in Yaletown

Tacofino brings its celebrated brand of California-inspired cuisine with a new counter-service restaurant, bar and patio in the heart of the Yaletown district at 1025 Mainland Street.

Tacofino in Yaletown serves up its trademark lineup of fresh, eclectic tacos and burritos and an array of housemade cocktails and local craft and import beer selections in a refurbished space that features Eighties-inspired, SoCal surf-punk décor. Get your taco on.

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Fried Chicken at Juke

Fried Chicken, Chicken Strips, Pork Ribs, plenty of sides and more at 182 Keefer Street at the newly opened Juke Restaurant Bar and take out spot. The dishes look amazing and I’ll be there asap!

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Lobster at The Keg

Go old-school and hit the patio at the Keg on Alberni and you won’t regret it. LOBSTER GRATINÉE with Oven-baked lobster with garlic, herbs and melted Monterey Jack and Cheddar cheeses or BACON WRAPPED LOBSTER – Succulent Atlantic lobster wrapped in Applewood smoked bacon served with a zesty martini cocktail sauce. Don’t miss CRISPY LOBSTER TACOS Tossed in crispy rice, golden fried lobster on warm tortillas with cabbage slaw and cilantro.

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Vancouver Events

Well I’m a little behind this week as a stupid summer cold has slowed me down, but I’m hoping the worst is over as there’s no time to be sick! This week we are prepping for Les Dames Summerdine happening next Wednesday, Meet the Rancher at Hopcott in Pitt Meadows, which makes a nice little drive, there’s cider to be had at Orchard and the Sea and far more!

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Orchard & the Sea – August 5, 6, 7

Head to Gastown for artisan cider and hand-crafted small bites from Chef Jefferson Alvarez at 55 Powell Street 6-11 pm this weekend As I did my food tours the past few weeks I wish I’d had time to stop into Birds and The Beets for this pop up! Perhaps this weekend! Orchard and the Sea

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Hopcott Farms Meet the Rancher – August 6

Hopcott Farms is celebrating 10 years this August at Hopcott Meats and has two months of fun-filled events to share. This weekend Meet the Rancher includes a charity BBQ for Alisa’s Wish, live music, free coffee and product samples, and activities for all ages. With an ever-growing number of people concerned about where their foods come from, Hopcott Meats has responded with an opportunity to ‘Meet your Rancher’ where the public is invited to stop by and learn from the ranchers who raise their meat.

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Come Forage with Chef Chris Whittaker August 7

On August 7th Come Forage with Chef Chris Whittaker on beautiful Fraser Common Farm, and Laurica Farm. Tour the two farms, all the while learning more about them, and foraging. Then enjoy dinner you helped to forage ingredients for. This event is an annual fundraiser for the ongoing educational programs of Fraser Common Farm. Get tickets here!

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Experience Delta Farm And Culinary Tour August y

Join us on Sunday, August 7th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. when a select number of Delta farms, gardens, orchards and vineyards swing open their gates to welcome the public in for a peek and a taste of what life is like on the farm in one of the most significant agricultural communities in all of B.C.  Details

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Les Dames Summerdine – August 11

Dine for a cause this coming Wednesday. $79 gets you an amazing dinner and wine pairing. Ticket available at Notch 8 at Hotel Vancouver, Chicha Peruvian on East Broadway, Arc at the Fairmont Waterfront, Nicli in Gastown, Kaya Malaysian (8 dishes) and Boulevard at The Sutton Place Hotel. TICKETS  Funds go to scholarships to women in wine and food and children’s school programs.

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Tomato Fest at Provence August 2-31

It’s the 7th Annual Tomato Fest. Take advantage of our exclusive 3-course menu ($55) and optional wine-pairings ($22) that highlight fresh, in-season and locally-grown heirloom tomatoes. Click for details

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Lobster at the Keg – Until August 28

Sample steak and lobster, whole lobster, lobster tails, lobster tacos and more at the Keg until August 28th. Details

 

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What’s Good This Week in and around Vancouver

It’s a little too hot for me these days in Vancouver and I’ve got the fan blasting in my ear in an attempt to remain coolish. This week you might be catching the fireworks, watching some Improv (I’m actually on stage – yikes), eating some Canadian Food or catching up with BC’s beer scene. Don’t forget to celebrate PRIDE and sample some tasty pride-themed treats!

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Food Day Canada

What are you doing on July 30, 2016? We know you always choose a ton of Canadian food products when shopping and dining out, but on this day it’s a must as it’s the official Food Day Canada. This special day is a chance for Canadians from coast to coast to celebrate our farmers, fishers, chefs, researchers and home cooks, and for us that means local pork will be on the menu.

On West Coast there are many restaurants that you can head to for a special Food Day Canada Menu. Restaurants in Vancouver include Burdock, Campagnolo, Bishops, The Fish Counter, West, L’Abattoir, Forage, Royal Dinette, Timber, Cafe Medina, Juniper, Boulevard and more.

Since I’m the BC and Alberta Pork Ambassador, I’ve sussed out some of the menus where you can sample local pork.

Fable Kitchen – Pork and Scallop – Seared corn chowder, clams and truffle oil

West – Duo of Fraser Valley Porkbraised pork cheek, crispy pork belly, Swiss chard, bone broth

Araxi BC Surf and Turf – Fraser Valley Pork Belly with Island octopus, heirloom tomatoes and basil pistou

Cafe Medina – Food Day Canada Frittata – Skillet frittata of spicy smoked pork sausage with locally-grown leeks, potatoes, red spring onions, sweet corn and brie cheese.

Boulevard – Smoked Paradise Valley Pork Shoulder, Creamy Polenta, Zuchini, Pea Tip Salad, Chicharrones

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Firecracker July 28

On July 28 I am the guest! Yikes! Come see me make a fool of myself (as usual). Special Guest Cassandra Anderton – Good Life Vancouver, Wine/Food Writer, Life-style Commentator
Firecracker! Dynamite ladies. Explosive comedy. Our all-female show featuring some of the best improvisers in Canada. The resulting comedy is inventive, unpredictable, uproarious and sure to spark your funny bone.

Watch out Vancouver as we light a fuse to Vancouver’s comedy scene – shattering stereotypes and sparking a lot of laughs. Firecracker! features an all-star cast of female improvisers. It’s a different improv experience from mixed-gender casts – women take more risks and play on the edge more when they play with only other women. The resulting comedy is inventive, unpredictable and uproarious. As in all VTSL productions, audience suggestions play a huge role in determining and driving the improvised action.

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Coquitlam Kinsmen Craft Beer Festival July 30/31

July 30th, 2016 Town Centre Park, South Field, Coquitlam

Welcome to the 1st. Annual Coquitlam Kinsmen International Craft Beer Festival 2 Days – July 30th & 31st, 2016 (BC Day Long Weekend) at the Coquitlam Town Centre Park – South Field This festival is brought to you by the Kinsmen Club of Coquitlam as part of the official Coquitlam 125th Anniversary Celebrations, and looks to become one of the West Coasts must see yearly events on the ever growing craft beer circuit. Tickets

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Lucky’s Doughnuts ‘Layers of Pride’ doughnut

Lucky’s Doughnuts has partnered with local charity A Loving Spoonful for their second-annual pride-inspired doughnut. All proceeds from the sale of these beautifully crafted, vanilla bean-glazed rainbow treats will help ALS offer healthy meal programs to men women and children living with HIV/AIDS in the Lower mainland. You can get your hands on one (or two, or three!) of these between 11am and 2pm at the BMO on Denman Street on Pride Day (July 31) while supplies last.

            What: Lucky’s Doughnuts ‘Layers of Pride doughnut
            When: Sunday, July 31 from 11am-2pm (while supplies last)
            Where: BMO Denman St. branch (958 Denman St.)
            Cost: minimum $5 donation

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Chambar’s “La Diversité”

Vancouver’s favourite Crosstown haunt has specially crafted a refreshingly bubbly cocktail to accompany the numerous Pride celebrations on July 31. An effervescent blend of gin, Fernet Branca and house-made herbal rhubarb grapefruit soda, La Diversité is a little sweet, a little bitter and a whole lot of fun.

            What: Chambar’s “La Diversité” Pride-themed cocktail
            When: Available during Pride weekend (July 30 – August 1)
            Where: Chambar Restaurant (568 Beatty St.) Cost: $14

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Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar’s Pride Week Rainbow Cocktails

Boulevard’s Beverage Director J.S. Dupuis will be featuring a festive  “rainbow of cocktails” for Pride Week. Their pride cocktail menu has a drink in every colour:

  • Cosmopolitan (red) – Absolut Citron, Cointreau, cranberry juice, lime. $12.
  • The Seeker (orange) – Lemon Hart Blackpool Navy Spiced, pineapple juice, cinnamon syrup, lime, Angostura bitters. $12
  • Sidecar (yellow) – Hennessy VS, Cointreau, lemon juice. $14
  • Last Word (green) – Gin, Chartreuse, Maraschino, lime. $14
  • Blue Hawaiian (blue) – Vodka, Blue Curaçao, pineapple. $12
  • Aviation (purple) – Gin, Maraschino, Violette liqueur, lemon juice. $14

            What: Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar’s rainbow cocktails
            When: Available during Pride Week
            Where: Boulevard Kitchen and Oyster Bar (845 Burrard St.)
            Cost: $12-$14

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Basil Pasta Bar’s “Naughty Penne”

All Pride Week, Basil Pasta Bar’s Davie Street location will be serving up – wait for it – phallic-shaped pasta. The penne dish is made with Alfredo sauce, veggies and your choice of protein. As for the garnish? Pieces of penis-shaped pasta. $1 from each “Naughty Penne” dish will go to Vancouver Pride Society.

What: Basil Pasta Bar’s “Naughty Penne” Pride pasta
When: July 24 – 31
Where: Basil Pasta Bar (636 Davie St.)
Cost: $9.69

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Beach Bay Café ‘Pride Collins’ Cocktail

Beach Bay Cafe & Patio’s award-winning Bar Manager Adrian Lindner is introducing a new Pride-themed cocktail that they’ll be mixing up during the festivities on July 31. The aptly named Pride Collins is a summer-forward sipper made with rhubarb, lemon shrub, gin and soda – best enjoyed al fresco overlooking the water on Beach Bay’s bustling patio.

            What: Beach Bay Café’s “Pride Collins” cocktail
            When: Sunday, July 31
            Where: Beach Bay Café (1193 Denman St.)