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Eat for a cause at Nature’s Path Eat Well Do Good Foodraiser

Pop-up café and market features organic goods by donation to the food bank 

It’s never been easier to eat well and do good. Local organic food company, Nature’s Path Foods Inc., is inviting Vancouverites to eat and shop in support of the hungry at the annual Nature’s Path Eat Well Do Good Foodraiser being hosted on Oct. 8th at Robson Square. Two themes run across the event: everything is by donation to the food bank and everything is organic.

Featuring a pop-up organic café and marketplace, 100% of cash and food raised at the event goes towards the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society and Food Banks BC. The need is great – food banks across British Columbia help feed 97,000 people every month, one third of whom are children.

Kicking off at 6 a.m., early morning commuters can fill up on freshly brewed Fairtrade coffee along with grab-and-go breakfast bags. Following 7 a.m., for a $5 donation guests can enjoy breakfast staples including Nature’s Path warm waffles with maple syrup or a selection of granolas and cereals. From 11:30 a.m. onwards, charitable foodies will rejoice to find a Que Pasa Mexican Foods nacho bar, grilled cheese sandwiches, and savoury soups, all for $10 – less than the average price of downtown lunch fare. Available throughout the day until 7 p.m. will be the Eat Well Do Good marketplace where shoppers can take home a grocery bag full of Nature’s Path products and fresh, organic produce for just a $20 donation.

For Nature’s Path co-CEO and co-Founder, Arran Stephens, feeding the hungry is a cause that’s very close to the heart. Stephens explains, “Nature’s Path and the food bank share a vision of accessible, healthy and sustainable food for all. No one should have to go without quality, nutritious food, regardless of circumstance.”

Stephens, once homeless and penniless himself, began the annual food bank fundraiser in 2009. Over the past six years, Eat Well Do Good has raised over $600,000 in food for Vancouver’s hungry, feeding over 28,000 families to date.

Each donation made will go a long way; for every dollar donated the food bank can purchase $3 worth of food. To further inspire people to give generously, Nature’s Path has pledged to match every donation raised at Eat Well Do Good, up to 40,000 lbs. in food.

“We invite fellow Vancouverites to open their hearts and fill their bellies with delicious organic food, all in support of our community’s hungry,” says Stephens, “With your generousity, we hope to make it the biggest year yet.”

From Farms to Forks 6

A Growing Chefs! Harvest Kitchen Party on Sunday, October 4th at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts@

Don’t miss this opportunity to support Growing Chefs all while enjoying delicious food and drinks at PICA! I love these kitchen parties and wouldn’t miss this! Hope to see you there. Tickets $200
Sunday, October 4, 2015
Pacific Institue of Culinary Arts
1505 West 2nd Ave.
This is a 19+ event.

Farms to Forks

For the sixth year in a row, we’re bringing together some of the city’s most prominent chefs and mixologists and the region’s best growers and producers for a fun night of B.C. wine and beer pairings, cocktails, and tasting stations! This year is especially exciting as we are celebrating our 10th anniversary!

Chef Alvin Pilay


Join us on a culinary adventure as guests can wander from kitchen to kitchen and watch the chefs in action. Each chef will be paired with a local B.C. grower and producer to celebrate the best of the season. Throughout the night you’ll get to try dishes from more than fifteen of the city’s best chefs! Each chef station is also paired with a carefully selected B.C. winery. Wine pairings provided by Constellation Brands.

Here’s a sneak preview of just a few of our participating restaurants!

The Acorn
Burdock & Co
Campagnolo Roma
The Cascade Room
Culinary Capers Catering
East Van Roasters
Homer St. Cafe and Bar
Los Cuervos Taqueria
Miku Restaurant
Pier 73
Tableau Bar Bistro

Sponsorship opportunities available for this unique dining event. Email us for more details.

To avoid the service fee, send us an email or call 778-885-1308 to purchase tickets directly from us.



The American Bar at The Savoy Hotel pops up in Vancouver on Tuesday

The American Bar at The Savoy Hotel in London is one of the most iconic hotel bars in the world. Founded at the turn of the 20th century and named for the “American” drink style, now known as the cocktail, it’s no surprise that The American Bar has been vital part of the development of the art and craft of the cocktail.

For over a century, The American Bar has been known not just for its classic cocktail but for having some of the most finest and most creative bartenders in the history of the profession. Early American Bar icons include Ada Coleman, who took the bar over in 1903 and created the original Hanky Panky cocktail, and Harry Craddock who compiled the legendary Savoy Cocktail Book, still regarded as an essential reference for bartenders.

More recently, the bar has been led by 2010 Diageo World Class winner Erik Lorincz who was also awarded the Best International Bartender at 2011 Tales of The Cocktail, and accepted the World’s Best Hotel Bar for the Savoy Hotel at the same event.

luca the savoy hotel

This Tuesday, September 8th from 7-11PM, The Blackbird Public House is very pleased to host The American Bar’s bartender Luca Corradini for a guest shift at the Scotch Bar. Luca is himself a Diagio World Class England finalist, and he will be featuring cocktails straight from the menu of The American Bar throughout the evening.

The Blackbird Public House will be offering feature drink prices throughout the night for this celebration of cocktail craft, and Luca will be mixing and pouring throughout.

This special event is presented with the support of the Canadian Professional Bartenders Association and Sovereign Spirits. RSVPs are not required, but early arrival is suggested.

Counting Down – BC Shellfish & Seafood Festival June 12 – 21 in the Comox Valley

So much more going on this year at the BC Shellfish and Seafood Festival. Wish we were there for the whole time, but we’ll be heading up from June 18-21 so stay tuned for coverage.

Harbour Air - aerial estuary

Popular Habour Air Glacier Tours Returns for Festival
Experience the majesty of Vancouver Island’s largest glacier at this year’s BC Shellfish & Seafood Festival. Take off from Comox Harbour and enjoy a 40 minute tour of Comox Valley’s greatest landmark aboard Harbour Air Seaplanes, Saturday June 13 and 14, launch special of $125 pp. Festival runs June 12-21; FMI or 1-855-400-2882

Chef Ned Bell Coming to the Comox By the Sea Celebration, June 20
An event that celebrates the bounty of the ocean, the Comox by the Sea Celebration, has announced a big line up of 11+ tasting stations presenting dishes by seafood producers and restaurants, numerous interactive touch tables & fun kids activities, Chef Cooking Demonstrations with host Chef Ned Bell, and several other renowned BC Chefs, competitions and more. Advance admission tickets $15, kids under 10 free. The BC Shellfish and Seafood Festival runs June 12-21; FMI or 1-855-400-2882


Seafood Producer Tours Provide Educational Opportunities during Festival
Sally Kew and Gordy McLellan of Macs Oysters will be presenting unique Beach Tours at Ships Point, June 15-19, for families to learn about growing shellfish. Other producers also opening up their farms and facilities for tours include Fanny Bay Oysters, Manatee Holdings, and BC Salmon Farmers Boat Tours. Additionally a Fisherman’s Wharf Tour will be held along the docks in Comox. The BC Shellfish and Seafood Festival runs June 12-21; FMI or 1-855-400-2882

Speed Rack Canadian Female Bartending Comp #BackTheRack @Speed_Rack

Speed Rack- the Canadian Female Bartending competition with 100% proceeds supporting Breast Cancer is at EAT! Vancouver at BC Place May 2nd in the private banquet ballroom. Entry Gate A at BC Place Stadium. Watch as Canada’s best female bartenders compete for the coveted Speed Rack title and enjoy complimentary cocktails during the event.

value-added-iconSpeed Rack ticket includes:

  • Entry to EAT! Vancouver at BC Place May 2nd from 10am-9pm.
  • Entry to Speed Rack Event from 1pm-4pm in the private banquet ballroom accessible for Speed Rack ticket holders only
  • Complimentary cocktails during the Speed Rack event.

May 2nd, 2015
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Banquet Ballroom- Eat! Vancouver at BC Place
777 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver BC

Speed Rack Canada organized by:


Lynnette Marrero &  Ivy Mix

Founder of Speed Rack,

MC: Gerard “Gez” McAlpine from Vancouver’s The Keefer Bar.

Judges: Dale DeGroff (world-renowned cocktail historian and writer), Jennifer English (James Beard award-winning founder of Food & Wine Radio Network), Wendy McGuinness (Bar Manager, Chambar Restaurant) and David Wolowidnyk (Bar Manager, West Restaurant and Cin-Cin Ristorante).



Samantha Casuga (Anju Restaurant), Rebecca Davis (Bonterra)

British Columbia:

Kylie Bartlett (Blacktail),  Annie Cottrell (The Acorn), Sabrine Dhaliwal (West Restaurant), Natalie Hadley (Cinema Public House) Katie Ingram (UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar), Lauren Maxwell (Chambar Restaurant), Kelsey Ramage (The Oakwood Canadian Bistro) Kaitlyn Stewart (Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar)


Evelyn Chick (The Harbord Room), Marie (Chantelle) Gabino (Parts & Labour Restaurant), Leah Mucciarone (Bar Isabel) Veronica Rachelle Saye (Food & Liquor Restaurant) Juliana Wolkowski (Bar Raval)


Melanie Aumais (Miason Sociale) Val Chagnon (Le Mal Nécessaire)

MARKET Apres Work Xi Shi Lounge

shangrila apres

Après work just got that much easier. Say cheers to the end of a long day with drink specials, and live music offerings, Sunday through Thursday in Xi Shi Lounge.

$5 Highballs from 5-9pm | DJ George spins House music from 5-9pm

$5 Martinis from 5-9pm | Wes Mackey plays the blues from 5-7pm

$5 Glasses of Bubbly from 5-9pm | Jordan Kaminski sings the hits from 5-7pm

$5 Glasses of Wine from 5-9pm | Austin Nash Park plays the hits on his guitar from 5-7pm

$5 Corsa Beer on tap from 5-9pm | ‘Miss DJ’ Chelsea spins for Ladies Night from 5-9pm

Walk-ins welcome, or reserve your table by calling 604 661 3353, or booking online here.

Shucking Competition Fundraiser in support of Bikers For Autism

oyster shuckChewies Oyster Bar (1055 Hastings) will be hosting the 1st Annual Shucking Competition Fundraiser in support of Bikers For Autism on Sunday, May 24th.

Invites will be extended to 16 of the best shuckers in the city to compete for $1,000.00 in cash prizes along with a round-trip flight to anywhere in North America. The overall winner will also be awarded the official “Shuck It Forward” Trophy.

Hosted by Vancouver’s own Prevail, the festivities will include a Red Truck Tap takeover, Southern Style Seafood Broil, Live music by Tim Sars Trio Band & ElDjLoco. Lords Of Gastown custom bike build photo-booth, BFA merchandise booth, Information booths and special guest speakers from Pacific Autism Family Center, Autism Support Network, raffle draw prizes from Community Sponsors Rising Sun Motorcycles, The Shop, Lords Of Gastown and more!

Pre sale tickets are available for $20 online at or at the door day of the event.  Entry fee will include 1 complimentary frosty pint of Red Trucks finest beers.

Bikers For Autism: 

Bikers For Autism is located in Vancouver, BC and was established in 2012. A charitable cause that combines the passion of riding motorcycles with the dedication to raising public awareness and raising funds to support individuals/families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Piper-Heidsieck Named Exclusive Champagne of the Oscars

What will be in your glass this Sunday?  We’ll be sipping bubbles from the French Champagne House PIPER-HEIDSIECK, the exclusive champagne of the Oscars®! This year marks a three-year partnership with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


Founded in 1785, PIPER-HEIDSIECK is one of France’s oldest Champagne houses and has been a long-time supporter of cinema.


From the early 1930s, the house has long supported the grand cinema with boldness and grandeur. In 1964, PIPER-HEIDSIECK created a tailor-made 48-liter bottle to celebrate Rex’s Harrison’s Oscar for his role in MY FAIR LADY. PIPER-HEIDSIECK works with the French Cinémathèque and the American Cinematheque and has also been the official champagne of the International Cannes Film Festival for more than 20 years. 


Created in 1785 by Florens-Louis Heidsieck who aimed to create a wine worthy of a Queen, PIPER-HEIDSIECK is one of France’s oldest Champagne houses. With a grand history, the House has been synonymous with excellence, boldness, and grandeur for 230 years. One of the world’s most awarded Champagnes, PIPER-HEIDSIECK benefits from the expertise of celebrated winemaker, Régis Camus, who has been named “Sparkling Winemaker of the Year” eight times over the past ten years. 


#PiperEmotion #PiperHeidsieck #GrandeSoitLaVie #LetLifeBeGrand

Welcome to the New Site


Hello there you. I’ve just redone the site, so hang in there while I tweek things and get the settings all sorted. It’s just me on the tech side here at Good Life Vancouver so I’m doing this all solo. Will have an official launch soon which will involve many fun things, including a party and giveaways. Thanks for your continued support!


Much Ado About SOMETHING! – Raising awareness about homelessness through community theatre

homelessness weekFor Homelessness Action Week 2014, RainCity Housing has partnered with the City of Vancouver, the Community Arts Council of Vancouver and local artist, actress and director Luisa Jojic on an exciting theatre project to stimulate dialogue and new understandings around issues of homelessness. A diverse group of participants have developed an original script together, using Shakespearean text as a foundation for addressing issues related to home, community, identity and belonging.

Luisa Jojic appears with the permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.