Dinner on The Pier

Dinner on The Pier for Growing Chefs

Next Thursday August 20th will host the North Shore’s first ever Dinner on the Pier raising funds for Growing Chefs!

Starting at the beautiful Pipe Shop Building in Lower Lonsdale, there will be a cocktail hour with yummy cocktails and of course plenty of beer and wine! Enjoy live music, Nautical photobooth and raffle prizes before heading to the Lonsdale Pier to partake in a long table dinner right by the ocean.  A flying drone will be shooting the event from above and the setting will take your breath away. Proceeds from the event will go to a charity close to our hearts, Growing Chefs.

growing chefs dinner

Of course, it doesn’t end there, the Pipe Shop Building will transform into the Summer Nights Party with award winning DJ Physik on the turntables to create the ultimate dance party.

Tickets include the following:


Cheese Rolling

Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival

Canada’s most unique festival rolls back into town. It’s time for Cheese Rolling!

The Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival, one of Canada’s most exciting and fun-hearted events, is back again. Hosted by Dairy Farmers of Canada, the event will feature activities the whole family can enjoy including cheese rolling races, costume contest, recipe demos and tastings, and cheese seminars. 

Cheese rolling races will see cheese aficionados racing after an 11-pound wheel of Boerenkaas cheese, produced by British Columbia cheese maker Naturel Pastures, down the slopes of Blackcomb Mountain until a female and male champion is declared. 

 Crazy costume contest will see that attendees and cheese rolling competitors are encouraged to dress in costume to the event. Winners will receive a gift card to Marketplace IGA.                       

Recipe demos and tastings with YUCA restaurant’s Ned Bell, who will be creating a Canadian Cheese Rolling Festival-inspired recipe, featuring Canadian cheese made from 100% Canadian cow’s milk.

Cheese seminars will feature cheese expert David Beaudoin from Dairy Farmers of Canada who will be sharing his knowledge of the wide variety of cheeses made from 100% Canadian milk.

When: Saturday, August 15, 2015, noon to 4:00 p.m. 

WHERE:           Blackcomb Mountain, Base 2, 4545 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4




Polo Day at the Pacific Polo Club

Vancouver – Witness the Sport of Kings; Power and pure Polo passion featuring two matches!

Sunday, August 16th, 2015 – 11:30AM to 5PM



The Vancouver Polo Club is located in the Southlands and is a purveyor of the fine sport of polo.

The Vancouver Polo Club opened in May 2014. Since then, the club has been offering polo clinics and lessons for beginners and novices. It also hosts an annual polo tournament with the Southlands Riding Club in mid-August. This event is both an opportunity to dress up, socialize with friends and watch the exciting sport of polo.



3rd Say Hi to a Stranger Weekend Brightens Vancouver August 21-23, 2015

Get friendly with the 3rd edition of the Say Hi to a Stranger Weekend from August 21-23, 2015. Vancouver businesses, artists, and volunteer street teams will create socially interactive environments to encourage residents to say hello to one another and use the hashtag #sayhitoastranger on social media. This movement was borne out of the reputation of our city being a difficult place to make friends.

say hi3

Participating businesses will provide free food, drinks, gifts, or other promotions to people who engage with street teams and receive a button, or who use the code phrase “say hi to a stranger” in person. This edition will introduce a new element of artists and street performers to the weekend. Confirmed Community Partners include Urban Digs Farm, 4 Angels Beauty Care, Home on the Range Organics, Magpie Vancouver, and Second Nature Home Boutique.

Frances Chen, Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia, says, “There’s so much that can be gained from striking up a conversation with a stranger – new connections and a deeper sense of belonging in our community, greater understanding of people from different backgrounds and walks of life, and even health benefits.” She continues: “The Say Hi to a Stranger campaign has the potential to inspire people to go beyond simply co-existing with other residents and instead build a sense of community with them.

dates: Friday to Sunday, August 21, 22, 23, 2015

Visit www.sayhitoastranger.com for a schedule of street team locations and list of Community Partners.

Crowdfunding campaign link: www.dana.io/sayhitoastranger 

Sponsoring business include Conscious Public Relations Inc., Daoutova Creative Group, and Storybubble Media.

Made With Love

Shake It Up At Made With Love

MadeWithLove™, the largest mixology competition in Canada, is coming back to town!

After Winnipeg and Calgary, continues its 2015 western tour in the great city of Vancouver. The finals will be held on August 31st at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, located at 900 West Georgia Street from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Tickets are available at the presale price of $55 until August 17th (regular price $65) at www.enjoyMadeWithLove.com or at participating locations.

14 bartenders from across the city will compete during the finals to impress over 500 cocktail enthusiasts with exclusive and innovative creations. Each cocktail will be judged based on its originality, creativity and taste.

Made With Love

Come and enjoy the cocktails created by the finalists who qualified in June:

Alana Bertrand, Notch8
Dales Styner, The Cascade Room
Graeme MacLeod, Calabash Bistro
Graham Masters, Independent
James White, Independent
Jason Laidlaw, Blacktail Restaurant
Kylie Barlett, Blacktail Restaurant
Philipp Karatsyupa, Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar
Rob Scope, The Cascade Room
Samir Sharma, The Keefer Bar
Stephen Tufts, Dickies Ginger Beer
Wesley Hardy, Calabash Bistro
Felix Vallières, Independent
Frank Palter, Fairmont Waterfront

The People’s Choice and Judge’s Choice winners will represent the city at the National Finale which is slated to be held in Vancouver in May 2016.

Visit www.enjoymadewithlove.com to purchase your tickets at the presale price before August 17th. Your ticket will give to access to taste the 14 cocktails and afford you the right to vote for the People’s Choice. 

About MadeWithLove™ – www.enjoymadewithlove.com
Founded in 2009, MadeWithLove™ has a mission to demystify the cocktail culture and to offer an experience where creativity and diversity come together in a casual environment. Since its inception, MadeWithLove™ has hosted more than 50 competitions across Canada and Mexico.
Thanks to our precious partners :
Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum / Campari / Disaronno / Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey / Hendrick’s Gin / 1800 Tequila /Skyy Vodka / Wild Turkey

Botany of Beer

The Botany of Beer

Beer in the garden with Bomber Brewing? Yes please!

This 2-part class explores the plants essential to beer through an interactive talk, a local microbrewery tour, and plenty of tasting. The Botany of Beer is presented in partnership with Bomber Brewing, this will be a focused look at the ingredients in beer, and why and how they have been used through a global, historical perspective. Learn why women were once the only people allowed to brew beer, see hops with a closer lens to find the oils and resins on the female flowers, taste malted (germinated) barley, and understand the plant-based language of beer flavour profiling. The first evening will be an interactive talk at VanDusen, including sampling beer brewed specifically by Bomber Brewing with ingredients harvested from the Garden. The second evening will be a tour and tasting at Bomber Brewing among the tanks of fermenting ales. Price includes talk, brewery tour, and beer tasting at both locations. Ages 19+ only.


Location: August 12: VanDusen Guides Classroom (inside Visitor Centre) turn left down the hall after the Gift Shop. Classroom is second-last door on your right. August 20: Bomber Brewing, 1488 Adanac Street, Vancouver


What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
VanDusen: There is free parking off W 37th Avenue. Bomber Brewery:

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
Yes, please let us know as soon as possible at 604-718-5898 if you would like to transfer your registration to another person. VanDusen Member tickets are only transferrable to other VanDusen Members. Proof of membership is required, please bring your membership card.

The name on the registration/ticket doesn’t match the attendee. Is that okay?
Yes, however VanDusen Member tickets can only be used by other VanDusen Members. Proof of membership is required, please bring your membership card.

Edible Canada

Edible Canada Hosts Top Chefs


Guest chefs from BC are en route to Edible Canada for gourmet, seasonal feasts in the private room at the Market.

2015 Guest Chef Market Dinner series will welcome new chefs and old favourites into the custom demo kitchen in the heart of Granville Island.

Edible Canada

For these one-of-a-kind evenings, guests enjoy an exclusive, multi-course seasonal dinner prepared right in front of you, all paired with rare Canadian wine, beer and spirits.

Each Market Dinner is limited to only 26 guests. 

Edible Canada

Sep 10, 2015 Top Drop Vancouver Dinner Series
Oct 6, 2015 An Indian Feast with Chef Vikram Vij
Oct 14, 2015 October Whisky Dinner with Andrew Starritt 
Nov 23, 2015 November Whisky Dinner with Andrew Starritt 

Avocado Showdown

Avocado Showdown With Avocados From Mexico

Hobby Chefs Dish Up Avocado Recipes In A Tough Culinary Competition – The Avocado Showdown!

It’s been a rough life being an Avocados from Mexico in the past few months. I’ve been creating delicious avocado-based dishes, interviewing sports royalty and celebrity chefs, giving myself avocado facials, and the worst yet, having to sample through tasty avocado dishes to judge the Avocado Showdown at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (PICA)! There were nineteen dishes in all and we had to sample them all, at least once!

Avocado Showdown

My awesome co-judges were Angie Quaale, from Well Seasoned Gourmet Food StoreCrystal Allen, blogger from Hello Creative FamilyDennis Pang, new father extraordinaire and Pangcouver blogger and Lisa Bolton, from Food Bloggers of Canada and Food Well Said.

There was everything from drinks to desserts and of course some guacamole!  Kitchen Uncorked produced a Mediterranean Avocado Dip, Live Well, Live Green  rolled up a Vegan Black Bean Burrito Roll topped with with guac, and More Than Your Average Mom dished up a Shrimp & Avocado Salad with Zesty Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing; and that was just the start.

It truly was a tough competition as we judged based on appearance, creativity and taste. Avocado can be a tough one as it browns and softens quickly, and, since dishes had to be prepared in advance, it’s tricky to present them looking fresh.

There were a few dishes that really shone and one thing I must mention to anyone cooking is don’t be afraid to season. Salt and acid are your friends when used correctly and a little can go a long way in elevating a dish. Sprinkle, splash and spritz away!

Avocado Showdown

Recipes were submitted blindly, so there was no way of knowing who made what, but a couple of my pals ended up grabbing the first and second place. Emily Caulfield, blogger of The Fat Pigs and front of house manager at The Portly Chef, won the ultimate avocado championship with a Sweet & Spicy Mole, Jalapeño Biscuit and Avocado Ice Cream dish.

Avocado Showdown

Runner-up winner was Alyssa Dawson, avid foodie and host at Novus TV, who created a Tropical No-Bake Cheesecake.

Avocado Showdown

Vicki Siu and Teresa To, local food enthusiasts, took home third-place with a Chipotle Chicado Soup that had a great spicy kick to it!

Emily Caulfield was on Global TV as well, showcasing her award-winning recipe.

The winners and their prizes – Pro shots from Sean Neild!

Justin Darnes of Drinks Undressed created an avocado drink called the Alligator Fizz; creative and refreshing.

spring roll

PICA served up a plethora of appies and while we judged chef Darren Clay cooked up Avocado & Side Stripe Shrimp Spring Roll with Lemongrass Dipping Sauce and then each attendee made their own roll.

For event photos and recipes, please visit Avocados from Mexico Facebook page.

If you missed the event, watch the video from Novus TV to join in on the fiesta!

For more recipe ideas, nutritional information and tips, visit MY avocado section at GOOD LIFE VANCOUVER or www.avocadosfrommexico.ca
Connect with Avocados From Mexico on Facebook or Twitter and Good Life Vancouver at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

#LoveAnAvocadoToday or #AlwaysInSeason.


Les Dames Summerdine Nicli

Les Dames Summerdine – A Few Seats Left + Online Auction

On Wednesday, August 12th join Canada’s largest concurrent dinner party as Les Dames d’Escoffier BC Chapter presents Les Dames Summerdine . This fundraiser takes place at thirty different restaurants, wineries, cooking schools and culinary venues across the province.


While most venues are sold out, seats in Vancouver can still be bought at Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks, where Chef Jennifer Peters of Nextjen Gluten Free will create a gluten free dinner.

Gluten-free pate choux filled with chicken liver parfait and glazed with a beautiful Moroccan spiced sour cherry jam from Dame Lee Murphy at Vista  D’oro 
Smoked Salmon Pate on Molasses Bread
Tomato Buratta Salad with Crispy Herb Pita
Dungeness Crab and Crepe millfuille
Organic Beef Flank, Wild mushrooms, Cavaletti Pasta
Pistachio Jelly Roll, Cherries and Pistachio sorbet

Wild Rice

Nearby in New Westminster at Wild Rice. It’s a quick sky train ride away too, don’t you know?

Amuse BLT, house smoked bacon chip, slow roasted cherry tomato, lettuce
Kale Caesar Tofu cashew dressing, fried chickpeas, house brined olives and red onion
Poached Egg 6 minute organic egg, taro nest, baby lettuces, beet foam
Free Range Pork F.V. tenderloin, leek ash, apple ginger jus sphere, arugula emulsion, pickled carrot
Crème Brulee Strawberry rooibos infused crème, basil cookies


Siena Restaurant on South Granville 

Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho parmesan crisp, pickled cucumber, saffron oil
Burrata Salad fresh figs, prosciutto, candied walnuts, UBC greens, masi balsamico
Grappa-marinated Sable Fish cauliflower puree, wilted UBC kale, potato and chive croquette
Honey Vanilla Panna Cotta fresh raspberries, almond cantuccini


Edible Canada – NOW SOLD OUT

Gazpacho – sumac, cold pressed canola, Vancouver island salt
Spot prawn – summer succotash, wild boar nage, sorrel
Agnolotti dal Plin – goat butter, borage, truffle
Heritage cap of beef – mustard green salsa verde, new crop potato, collards
East van roasters chocolate delice – stone fruits, crispy crunch, caramel ~
Two Rivers Meat co.
Organic Ocean Seafood
Hazelmere organic farm
Hannah Brook farm
Inner City urban farm
East Van Roasters

left bank

Left Bank

tuna tartar, avocado, sesame, rice  crackers
scallops and prawns, farro risotto, beurre blanc, herb salad
braised short ribs, pomme puree, honey yams, natural jus
fresh fruit parfait, raspberry sorbet, fresh fruit, GF shortbread


Nicli in Gastown

Oyama Sausage Co salumi and The Farm House cheeses
with flatbread and BC cherry tomato jam
Chilliwack corn, Jolly Meats bresaola,
Hannah Brook Farm frilly endive,
The Farm House country blue
Pizza”Bianca di Prosciutto e Rucola”:
Fresh garlic, basil, Natural Pastures mozzarella di bufala,
The Farm House fermiere, Oyama Sausage Co Prosciutto,
Barnston Island Herbs arugula
Pizza “100-mile Marg”:
Roasted local tomato sauce, The Farm House fermiere,
Natural Pastures mozzarella di bufala, basil
Dolci “Peaches and Cream”:
Local honey panna cotta
with fresh Okanagan peaches and sage shortbread

Nicli Next Door

Nicli Next Door

Bread Sourdough and house-made butter
Antipasti: Antipasto board of salumi, cheeses, pickled vegetables
Primi: House-made tagliatelle with a primavera of summer vegetables
Secondi: Braised rabbit over creamy polenta with grilled asparagus
Insalata:Local greens, fennel, radish, elderflower vinaigrette, grana padano
Dolci: Cannoli, whipped ricotta, local fruit

summerdine local

In the Okanagan you can dine lakeside at Local Lounge and Grill, or…


among the vineyards at Hester Creeks Terrafina Restaurant. (menus pending).



Victoria’s Spinnakers is doing CRAFT BEER AND WINE PAIRINGS!!!

Chermoula marinated burnt eggplant Tree Island yogurt labneh pearls. pairings:  Stoneboat Piano Brut / Cascadia Dark Ale

Gulf Island shellfish a la basquaise The Whole Beast’s chorizo sausage, Dragonfly farm’s slow roasted tomatoes, Westwind farm’s grilled peppers
pairing:  Da Vin Foch Rose Sangria / Original Pale Ale

Aloo palak gone West Coast Wilbury farm’s hazelnut masala, roasted Haliburton farm’s new warba potatoes,  Eaglepaw Organic’s kale, fried house made paneer pairing:  Church & State Viognier / India Pale Ale

Yarrow Lake Duck Confit Moonstruck’s Blossom’s blue cheese croquettes, Saanich Organic’s pea emulsion, smoked Salt Spring Island shiitakes pairing:  Rocky Creek Pinot Noir / Bing Bang Theory

Choux dumplings, Saanich Organic’s blueberry & earl grey ice cream, lavender caramel sauce pairing: Sea Cider Black Applejack / Dunkleweizen

Hotel Grand Pacific Summerdine

and…The Mark at the Grand Pacific Hotel….NOW SOLD OUT!

Amuse Bouche
Milk Curd, Peas, Mint & Bean Salad, Guanciale, Pea Soup
First Course
Cold Smoked Salmon Ikura, Cucumber, Pickled Mustard Seeds,
Dill Yogurt Dressing
Main Course
Souse Vide Pork Loin Pork Cheek Tortellini, Corn Purée, Zucchini, Battered Apple Ring, Apple Cider Butter Sauce, Buttermilk Foam
Almond Brown Butter Cake Lavender Infused Cream, Fresh Berries,
Honey Tuille
Selection of Macarons, Truffles and Gelées

Multi-course dinners are  just $79 per person for dinner, including BC VQA wine pairings! www.lesdames.ca for purchase.

Les Dames Summerdine Auction

Les Dames are also hosting an on-line auction, now open and closing on the evening of Summerdine (August 12th) at 11:59 p.m. The auction prize is an Okanagan Weekend Get-Away for Two including:  two-nights at The Cove Lakeside Resort with a bottle of Bella Rosé Sparkling Wine in your room, dinner at Salted Brick, followed by cocktails at 27. Approximate retail value is $800. Auction link here. 

Les Dames Summerdine is a fundraiser to benefit the scholarship and community outreach programs of Les Dames D’Escoffier BC Chapter.  “This year we awarded more than $21,000 in scholarships to women of all ages and backgrounds so they could begin or further their education in the fields of culinary, beverage or hospitality.

Les Dames D’Escoffier is an international association dedicated to supporting the advancement of women in the hospitality and culinary domains as well as fostering industry excellence through educational and charitable activities.  Each year the BC Chapter produces events to raise funds in support of these endeavours.

For information on Les Dames D’Escoffier BC Chapter and updates on Les Dames Summerdine: www.lesdames.ca  and Facebook or follow us on Twitter @LesDamesBC / event hashtag #LDSummerdine

For information on Les Dames d’Escoffier International: www.idei.org

Bombay Sapphire

BOMBAY SAPPHIRE EAST and Cocktails with David Wolowidnyk

Top Five Reasons Why Bombay Sapphire Gin is the Spirit of Summer

Yesterday I wrote about how my new Escents Outdoor Survival Kit helped keep the mosquitoes away (although I neglected to use the spray the the day before….and one bit me on the neck….right in my apartment while sleeping…so very rude!) and today I bring you GIN as a remedy! Apparently I’d only had wine that night.

Gin has always been the classic cocktail spirit that was meant to be mixed. As a key ingredient to many of the season’s most refreshing cocktails, it balances botanicals with light and fresh seasonal flavours like citrus and fruits.

Bombay Saphire

“From a subtle hint of citrus, to its complex, yet balanced flavour, gin features the ultimate crisp and refreshing qualities that make it the perfect summer drink,” says David Wolowidnyk, Vancouver Brand Ambassador, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE. “BOMBAY SAPPHIRE’S unique vapour infusion process and exotic handpicked botanicals make it exceptionally well balanced and extraordinarily mixable, making it the perfect choice for your favourite gin cocktail.”

If you haven’t cocktailed at CinCin lately you must. It’s where the talented Wolowidnyk mans the bar and an excellent place for dinner as well. We asked Wolowidnyk for some recipes for the best summer gin drinks and here’s his top two.


Loosen the Knot

  • 1 oz Bombay Sapphire EAST Gin
  • .5 oz Lemon Juice
  • .5 oz Simple Syrup (2:1)
  • 2 oz Prosecco
  • 1 scoop Lemon/Ginger Sorbet

Method: Stir/Build/Neat

Glass: Flute

Preparation: Add the gin, simple syrup and lemon juice to a mixing glass with ice and stir to chill. Strain into a flute. Add Prosecco and top with a scopp of sorbet.

Garnish: 1 scoop of lemon/ginger sorbet

To compliment the Thai Lemon Grass and Vietnamese Black Peppercorn of the Bombay Sapphire EAST, the refreshing acidity of the lemon and the spice of the ginger help to relax and rejuvenate.

Bombay Sapphire

Eastern Crush

  • 1.5 oz Bombay Sapphire EAST Gin
  • .75 oz Lime Juice
  • .5 oz Simple Syrup (2:1)
  • 3 pieces of Watermelon (2″ cubes)
  • 3 sprigs Cilantro
  • 1 pinch Black Pepper (fresh ground)

Method: Shake/On the Rocks

Glass: Old Fashioned Glass

Preparation: In a shaker, muddle watermelon, cilantro and freshly ground pepper. Add Bombay Sapphire EAST, lime juice and simple syrup. Shake with ice until cole and fine strain through a tea strainer to remove solids. Add new ice to the glass and garnish.

Garnish: 1 sprig of cilantro

BOMBAY SAPPHIRE EAST’s Top 5 Reasons why Gin is the Spirit of Summer

  1. Tonic originated in India as the quinine in tonic was a remedy to combat mosquito-borne malaria. Adding ice, citrus and gin made the tonic more refreshing and palatable and the citrus also helped prevent scurvy. While malaria and scurvy aren’t concerns here in Canada, mosquitoes definitely are…so go ahead and enjoy a Gin and Tonic, just to be safe!
  2. Since the 1800s, gin has been the go-to spirit for bartenders, as its botanical flavours add complexity to any cocktail, while balancing perfectly with light summer ingredients.
  3. Many experts would agree that gin is vodka’s worldlier, more interesting older brother. Replacing vodka with BOMBAY SAPPHIRE in summer cocktail favourites such as a Caesar will add a new layer of complexity to your drink.
  4. Gin is globally renowned for being refreshing on a hot day and consumption rates are highest in warm climates like Spain, the world’s number one gin market.
  5. Gin is an aperitif, preparing the palate and stimulating the appetite, and thus every great summer BBQ or dining experience should start with a gin cocktail, like a Negroni.

Mosquitoes aside, it’s no surprise that the classic Gin and Tonic is the number #1 reason on BOMBAY SAPPHIRE EAST’s list, with 65% of the world’s gin enjoyed in a Gin and Tonic*.

*Almost forgot disclaimer. I drank some gin.