gluten free expo

The Vancouver Gluten Free Expo is back and bigger than ever. The 2015 expo is being held on January 17 and 18 at Canada Place.

Tickets are available online for $12 until January 16, 2015, and for $15 (cash only) at the door. Children ages 10 or under get in free and must be supervised by an adult.

This year the two-day event includes 120 exhibitors, more than ever before! There will be a brand new Kid’s Fun Zone just for the little ones and, as always, a list of speakers that includes some of the most informed and influential people in the gluten-free community. The Vancouver Gluten Free Expo is the best place to get the most up-to-date information on everything gluten free!

This rise in interest in gluten-free products and events is understandable when you consider the amount of people that are moving to a gluten-free or gluten-reduced lifestyle. The Canadian Digestive Health Foundation estimates that there are over 330,000 Canadians affected by celiac disease with only approximately 110,000 diagnosed. More and more Canadians are looking for the best way to reduce their gluten intake.

As always, the Gluten Free Expo will be accepting donations of gluten-free foods for the food bank. To date, over 10,000 pounds of food and $22,000 in cash donations have gone towards buying gluten-free foods for food banks across Canada.

The Vancouver Gluten Free Expo promises educational and entertaining speakers to provide guests with the most reliable information on gluten-free diets. Nutritional researchers, registered dieticians and media personalities like Patricia Chuey and Desiree Nielsen will be on site giving cooking demonstrations, and offering invaluable advice and tips for living the best gluten-free lifestyle.

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Fantastic Mr. Fox with Chef Brian Skinner

Here ThereHere There presents Sensory Cinema: Fantastic Mr. Fox, a tasty new way of experiencing the movies. Featuring award-winning chef Brian Skinner, best known for his culinary contribution to Vancouver’s vegetarian culinary scene with The Acorn, his recent Winter Supper Club series and collaboration dinner with Yotam Ottolenghi. Chef Skinner will be tailoring food and cocktails that are inspired by special moments in this Wes Anderson classic. With the added dimension of taste, touch and smell, the movie comes alive in an immersive cinematic experience.

Regardless of whether you’ve seen the film once (or five cussin’ times), Sensory Cinema is a playful and new way of experiencing the movies.


Roam – A Dinner Party


Here There is teaming up with Music on Main and the Juice Truck to present the first edition of Roam, a dinner party that pairs 3 live classical performances with a meal by chef Annabelle Choi.

Imagine a musical happening unlike any other, in an unexpected environment and a menu designed for the classical performances carefully curated by Music on Main. Forget the stuffy traditions associated with enjoying classical music, Roam is an evening dedicated to experiencing live classical music in a relaxed, intimate dinner setting with an inspired menu by chef Choi.

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hot chocolate festivalJanuary 17 – February 14, 2015

We love this festival! City Food Magazine knows this city’s best chocolatiers, pastry shops, bakeries, gelato and ice cream shops and they have smartly partnered with them again for their annual Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival.

From the release City Food tells us:


New participants for 2015 include:

49th Parallel Coffee Roasters: This super popular coffee roaster and its affiliate, Lucky’s Doughnuts, are partnering to present three whimsical hot chocolate drinks at both their Main Street and 4th Avenue locations, including the policeman’s favourite – ‘Hot Chocolate and a Doughnut‘!

Butter Baked Goods: You’ve loved their internationally famous marshmallows – now try the marshmallow’s soul mate, delicious hot chocolate. Don’t miss the ‘Oreo Cookie’  inspired version. It’s one of two new drinks designed especially for the Festival at Butter’s MacKenzie Heights neighbourhood cafe.

Diva at the Met: The elegant downtown restaurant takes it’s tea service in a new direction with a choice of two unique hot chocolate ‘teas’. Both will be served all day long in the lounge, along with amazing tea cakes from Diva’s talented in-house pastry team.

And this year, our Burnaby fans will have two neighbourhood venues of their own.  Award-winning chocolatier Christophe Bonzon of Chez Christophe will demonstrate his artistry via two sophisticated, single-chocolate estate, hot chocolate drinks. Meanwhile, nearby on Hastings Street, Glenburn Soda Fountain and Cafe will offer two family-friendly, retro versions of their own hot chocolates – Archie and Veronica style!


With 57 flavours to choose from, it’s going to take all 29 days of the Festival to try them all.  Trend watches won’t be surprised to see salted caramel, Earl Grey tea and coconut as popular flavour choices again this year. But if they’re looking for something a little edgier, they will find plenty to tempt their curiosity.

After all, when was the last time you tried a hot chocolate flavoured with …

BUGS: Calling all adventurers. Mink Chocolates, who had all of Vancouver talking about their ‘Paul Deen” drink last year are going for the buzz again with a drink incorporating crickets. Yes the jumping Jiminy kind!  Can you handle, er swat it?

* PURPLE POTATO: You might think of Thanksgiving, but this hot chocolate is no turkey. Soirette will stuff one of their drinks with hints of potato, sage and cinnamon and then serve it up with a toasted yam marshmallow. Second helpings, please!

BALSAMIC VINEGAR:  If Italians can make Balsamic vinegar work with strawberries, then why not chocolate? Terra Breads turns their ‘Balsamic Desiderio‘ into a Latin’s dream fulfilled. Dig the truffle cookie on the side.

BAY LEAF: The always romantic Paul Dincer, owner of Koko Monk Chocolates, has become our Festival Poet, but when he claims his “Mona Rosa” drink of chocolate, anise and bay leaf will “wrap your lonely dark winter nights like a green lingerie”, we believe him!

* PANDAN LEAF:  Do they drink hot chocolate in Thailand? They will after this. Gem Chocolates’ ‘ Pandan – A – Cocoa‘  with its Thai pandan leaf and coconut will have you ballroom dancing like Yul Brynner.

*WASABI:  Does chocolate make you sleepy? Try the “Was’ Up?” hot chocolate infused with wasabi at Chocolate Arts and that won’t be a problem. Definitely not recommended before bedtime.

*APPLE CIDER + SCOTCH:  Hey, Robbie Burns Day is just around the corner. Lift a wee mug of “Scotchy Scotch Scotch” at Bella Gelateria and drink your hot chocolate till all the seas gang dry.

Terra Breads Chai Hot Chocolate

Find a Flavour:

Vendors that specialize in extremely high quality, single-estate chocolate (such as Bel CafeThierryThomas Haas and Chocolate Arts) won’t let the chocolate purists down.  Also, in response to public demand, other participants such as French Made Baking (“Lord of the Hot Chocolate“, Chocolaterie de la Nouvelle France (Aztec Glace), Bella Gelateria and Schokolade Artisan Chocolate (Jane’s Favourite” peppermint) will bonus their lineups with one or two customer favourites from previous years. For the night owl, bartender extraordinaire Lauren Mote will be shaking up chocolate cocktails incorporating Bittered Sling bitters at Uva Wine & Cocktail Bar.



Social Media Photo Contest:

Regardless of flavour, all drinks are guaranteed to be deliciously photogenic, and in that light, festival goers are invited to enter photos of their drinks to an online contest that could earn the lucky winner a set of gift certificates from all participating vendors. It’s a $500+ value and a great way to extend the Festival. PhotoContest:

Charity Partner:

For the festival-goer’s dollars, all drinks will come with extra goodies that reflect each shop’s culinary specialty. For the second year, profits from Festival sales will be donated to The PHS Community Services program for Downtown Eastside women’s employment and job skills training programs (as run by East Van Roasters.)

2015 Funds Recipient:

Walking Map:

This year we will again be providing a walking map to the neighbourhoods where our vendors are located.  Visit the website for a downloadable PDF, or a list where the large format printed versions may be picked up.  (Available January 17, 2015.)



WEBSITE: All information including quick guides to the drinks by vendor, date, flavour (and soon, maps), can be accessed via:


SOCIAL MEDIA: Festival news and updates will be posted at

Facebook:  and at
Hashtag: #HotChocolateFest

Apple Cider sweetened with Xyla® 

Brrr folks. It is January and it’s not getting any warmer anytime soon. After those days on the mountain, or just around the block, be sure to warm up with this delightful and healthier cider!

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 Xyla®, is a natural sugar alternative made from North American hardwood, that looks and tastes just like sugar, and replaces it 1:1 in any recipe. Xyla® xylitol has a myriad of health benefits including 40% fewer calories and 75% fewer carbs than sugar.  It also promotes good dental health and prevents ear infections in children.

1L apple cider (we recommend Taves Family Farms)
1L cranberry juice
¼ cup Xyla®
2 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp. cloves
1 lemon thinly sliced


Combine all ingredients in a pot, bring to a boil and simmer for 15 mins.  Remove lemon, clove and cinnamon and serve hot in cool mugs. For kids leave out some of the spice.

One Night Only: Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo


There is still time to buy your tickets to Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo! The cross-dressing company apply breathtaking technical prowess to ridiculously re-interpreted ballets favourites, including Swan Lake and Paquita.

Seating is now open in the Dress Circle and Balcony. These are great seats and are sure to sell quickly. Don’t miss Les Trocks‘ first Vancouver performance in 30 years!

When: Saturday, January 24th

Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Tickets from $29 at

More info at

Swallow Tail

Secret Speakeasy Dinner With Swallow Tail Supper Club

Great event that we participated in a few years back. Excellent evening with great company!

The Main Event: Imagine you’re a guest in a 1930’s speakeasy, a funky Chinatown kitchen, or perhaps a secret hide-away in the jungle.

This annual, secret speakeasy dinner will focus on Vancouver’s Chinatown.  Chef Jamie Huynh of Hawksworth/Farmer’s Apprentice and Brooke Lodge (East Van Roasters) have created a fabulous menu with a cutting Oriental edge. A classic 1930’s double decker will pick you up and take you to two unique venues to explore and dine.  This is a fabulous date night, dressing up 1930’s style is encouraged.

Swallow Tail Supper Club

Images courtesy of Ariane Colenbrander


Tickets include greeting cocktail, multi-course dinner, dessert, wine tasting by Moraine Winery + trolley ride + 2 venues.   Tickets are $125 (+ 6.25 GST + 19.69 server gratuity + 13.00 Tickets Tonight service charge)  Menu can be made vegetarian or gluten free, just email to request this option.

Dates January 16, 17, 23, 24, the 31st is Sold Out

Times Fridays – 7 to 10 pm    Saturdays – 6:30 to 9:30 pm

Location Pick-up location is Pacific Central Station – 1150 Station Street

Please be there on time as the double decker bus leaves at the start time promptly.

A vegetarian option is available. Please contact Swallow Tail directly to confirm this option

For info call 778-855-9453  in Vancouver or email

Chef Brian Fowke and his Partners have sold Kitsilano Daily Kitchen

Brian FowkeThe following news release came  from Kitsilano Daily Kitchen Today.

After nearly five years at 1809 West 1st Avenue, Chef Brian Fowke and partners Derek Lew & Mike Edwards are pleased to announce the transition of 1809 West 1st Ave into the hands of a well-established food star in the Vancouver scene. A Top Chef Canada Contender; and one of the most brilliant young cooks to work with Chef Brian Fowke at Joe Fortes Seafood & Chophouse.


Chef Brian Fowke quotes ‘…it is time for me to make a transition that is good for both me and my partnership that will allow 1809 to continue to grow with an injection of a hot, talented young chef. It’s time for me to take the vision of that quirky little restaurant called Daily, opened five years ago with no signage or a menu and grow it into something iconic within the Vancouver restaurant scene at a new location’. Chef Brian Fowke and Partners will keep a small investment in 1809 for one year to help the new Chef/Owner transition.

Kits Daily Kitchen Bone Marrow

Kitsilano Daily Kitchen is a restaurant rated by Mia Stainsby 4/4, top ten on both Yelp and OpenTable for over two years straight running and ranked in the top seven by Zagat.

Chef Brian Fowke and team will continue to run Kitsilano Daily Kitchen until February 1st, 2015 at 1809 West 1st. In that time they will be experimenting with new food ideas and recipes. The Iconic Six Course Culinary Adventure will be offered every night – with the price rolled back to the $65 price of 2010.

Until the end of the month Kitsilano Daily Kitchen will be open from Tuesday – Saturday with a limited seating of 36 covers per night. Chef Brian Fowke will be personally cooking each and every meal, assisted by Chef de Cuisine Joel Chiasson.

Expect to see some of the great alumni front of the house making guest appearances the last few weeks of Kitsilano Daily Kitchen. This is going to be a ton of fun! The future of food and hospitality is exciting in Vancouver.

More information to follow as it becomes available.

We wish them all well and will certainly be in before this closes.

Feast of Fortune 2015 | Support Mount Saint Joseph Hospital

Feast of FortuneSupport the purchase of a new CT scanner for Mount Saint Joseph Hospital at Tapestry Foundation for Health Care‘s 2015 Scotiabank Feast of Fortune gala on Saturday, February 7, 2015. At a special pre-dinner reception, enjoy a sampling of signature dishes from six acclaimed Vancouver chefs, each a winner of the Chinese Restaurant Awards.

Featuring chefs at the Gala Reception :

Executive Chef TONY LUK
The Jade Seafood Restaurant
Chinese Master Chef
Chinese Chef of the Year, Chinese Restaurant Awards 2011
Winner of 5 Critics’ Choice Signature Dish Awards, 2009-2013

Executive Chef MING YEUNG
Bamboo Grove
Chinese Master Chef
Winner of six Critics’ Choice Signature Dish Awards, 2010-2014

Executive Chef SAM LEUNG
Dynasty Seafood Restaurant
Winner of 4 Critics’ Choice Signature Dish Awards, 2011-2012 and 2014

Dim Sum Head Chef GARLEY LEUNG
Dynasty Seafood Restaurant
Winner of Critics’ Choice Signature Dish Award, 2014

Head Chef HENRY WU
Pearl House
Winner of Critics’ Choice Signature Dish Award, 2013

HK B.B.Q. Master
Winner of Critics’ Choice Signature Dish Award, 2011
HK BBQ Master, winner of the Diners’ Choice Awards – Best BBQ Shop, 2009-2013

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Hyatt Regency Vancouver – Regency Ballroom
655 Burrard Street
5:30 pm - Reception, Award Winning Chinese Chefs’ Dish Sampling, and Silent Auction Viewing
7:00 pm - Dinner, Entertainment and Live Auction
Diamond Circle :: $5,000 for a table of 10, with a $3,000 tax receipt.
Silver Circle :: $228 each with a $90 tax receipt, or table of 10 – $2,280 with a $900 tax receipt.

For tickets or reserving tables, please email

Many thanks for the Chinese Restaurant Awards partners for their generous support.

Fable hosts a special dinner with Chef Dale Mackay

Chef Dale Mackay

Well if it isn’t just one of our favourite chefs visiting one of our favourite local restaurants for a collaboration dinner! On Friday January 30th, Chef Dale Mackay will visit Fable Restaurant to create a five-course meal alongside the Fable’s Chef Trevor Bird

Last year former Vancouver dweller Chef Mackay headed back to his hometown of Saskatoon to open Ayden Kitchen.  It was named as a 2014 top 10 new restaurant in enRoute magazine and he has continued to impress restaurant critics and guests with his locally-focused cuisine.

It’s one night only so be sure to book soon. Tickets for this special dining event are $125 including all taxes & gratuities – beverages sold separately.  Seating is from 5:30 to 8:30pm, as per arranged reservation time.  Tickets can be purchased directly from Fable at 604-732-1322 or via email

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