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What’s Good This Week – February 28+

What’s Good In And Around Vancouver

Can’t believe is March already and also that it is snowing in Vancouver at the very same time. Ah well…..we’ll get spring soon enough, right? I’m hopeful! In any case, here’s a few suggestions to brighten up your day and give you something to look forward to.

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Get Your Honey at Beaucoup Bakery

Spring makes an early appearance at Beaucoup Bakery & Café with a new star ingredient, local honey from Hives for Humanity.  The golden nectar plays a sweet role in three seasonal pastries: Honey Banana Double Baked Croissant, Grapefruit Honey Tarragon Cheesecake, and Miso Honey Roasted Eggplant Flatbread and they look delicious!

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The Men In White – Until March 11

A TALE OF LOVE, BROTHERHOOD, AND CRICKET! When Abdul’s cricket team decides to take action to end their losing streak, they talk of recruiting Abdul’s brother, Hasan, who is an expert at the sport. But bringing Hasan from India to Canada will take more than just a plane ticket, and not all members of the team agree with the high cost. Follow this heartfelt story of how home can be found in sport and unite family across nations.  Tickets


La Table en Provence

From March 1-31, Provence Marinaside will present La Table en Provence, a special menu inspired by Chef Quaglia’s favourite dishes from the cookbook of the same name. Priced at $56 for three courses with an optional wine-pairing for $40, La Table en Provence features traditional Provençal dishes never before served at Provence Marinaside, including Garlic Soup , Frogs Legs, Rabbit Fricassée and Baked Seabream. Dessert is your choice from the regular menu (may we suggest the Tarte au Citron from Chef’s original recipe).

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Grains vs Grapes at Hart House

Whether food goes better with beer or with wine has been a hotly debated topic at many a late-night dinner party.  Now Hart House at Deer Lake is joining the fray with its limited-time Grains vs Grapes menu, which is bound to bring out the passionate wine aficionado and the die-hard beer drinker at any table.  The four-course menu will be available from Friday, February 24 to Sunday, March 26, 2017.

Hart House’s Sommelier, Si Man Lee, loves both beer and wine, and he has chosen a special lineup to pair with the four-course menu.  With each course, guests will be able to choose either a beer crafted by award-winning New Westminster craft brewery Steel & Oak Brewing Co. or a premium wine from Moon Curser Vineyards in Osoyoos.

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NoFilter Crushes the LOL of TMI

Starting March 2, late Thursday nights at The Improv Centre on Granville Island are going to be ‘so lit.’ #NoFilter, Vancouver TheatreSports’ newest show, uses the spontaneity of improv comedy to delve into our fleeting, over-shared digital world. From Snapchat to Instagram, Weibo to Facebook and everything in between, #NoFilter finds the fun and funny in how much we share about ourselves with nearly total strangers.

This is a very interactive show, where live-stream social media (projected on the theatre’s giant screen) will be used along with audience suggestions (verbal, texted or tweeted) to drive the action.

#NoFilter plays every Thursday evening at 9:15 pm at The Improv Centre, 1502 Duranleau Street on Granville Island. It replaces OK Tinder which has moved from Thursday nights to the 11:15 pm time slot on Fridays and Saturdays. Show details and tickets vtsl.com.

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25 Years of the Wellness Show!March 3, 4 and 5, 2017

New Rave Productions is pleased to present The Wellness Show, the West Coast’s largest trade show devoted to helping Lower Mainlanders live a more balanced, holistic and healthy life. This year’s show is a very special one, as it marks the 25th Anniversary of The Wellness Show! Held March 3, 4 and 5, 2017 at the Vancouver Convention Centre, this year’s show celebrates a proud tradition of helping the local population to discover the latest and greatest trends in health and wellness for a quarter century.

The show includes exhibitors, speakers and demonstrations on a diverse range of health and wellness topics, including nutrition, exercise, beauty, healthy aging, alternative and holistic therapies, mental well-being, healthy kids and green living, all under one roof. There are 5 stages featuring Fitness Demonstrations (Firma EnergyWear, Mandala Blooms, and Function Health Club), Women and Wellness Presentations (featuring Lorna Vanderhaeghe, Women’s Health Expert, “5 Simple Steps To Eliminating Cravings, Losing Weight and Feeling Energetic” with Mandy King, Holistic Nutritionist, and “Women and Burnout—a Mind Body Soul Solution” by Dr. Peter Hudoba), Living Well Seminars (Mastering Your Metabolism, Anti-Aging, Alkaline-Acid Balance, Joint Pain, Mineral Balancing, and Herbal Tonic Recipes), and the incredibly popular Celebrity Cooking Stage, (featuring Chef Meeru Dhalwala, Chef/Co-owner, Vij’s Restaurant, Chef James Walt, Executive Chef, Araxi, Deerholme’s Chef Bill Jones, Mission’s Founder and Executive Chef Curtis Luk, Juniper’s Executive Chef Sarah Stewart, and everyone’s favourite; Tojo).

Returning again this year is the Healthy Families Stage, featuring a variety of workshops and hands-on fun for kids, parents, and grandparents. This stage was a big hit at last year’s show, and this year includes demos from the owners of Holy Crap cereal, and workshops like “Simple Anti-Inflammatory Lunchbox Recipes,” “7 Powerful Foods That You Must Have On Your Dining Table,” and “Fit Families- Daily Habits that Will Help You Live Longer (and Happier!)” with Lifestyle Mentor, Dai Manuel.

3 days, 300 exhibitors, 30 thousand attendees- your best life under one roof.

cooking for reconciliation

When: Friday, March 3, and Saturday March 4, 2017

Where: Skwachays Lodge, 31 West Pender Street (just east of Abbott Street), Vancouver, BC

Who: Chef Rich Francis is recognized as Canada’s leading Aboriginal culinary talent. A former Top Chef Canada contestant, Francis is about to launch his restaurant, The Seventh Fire, in Saskatoon. Originally from Six Nations, Ontario, Francis is from the Tetlit Gwich’in & Tuscarora Nations.

What: Chef Rich Francis has designed Cooking for Reconciliation, a candid journey toward Truth and Reconciliation using Indigenous foods to create a better understanding of pre-colonial Indigenous culture and the impact of colonization. Francis aspires to give back to First Nation communities and share his knowledge through Indigenous foods and towards healing, connectedness and reconciliation within one’s self.

Menu: The event’s menu will feature OceanWise-certified seafood cooked in traditional methods, including the use of preserves and Aboriginal medicines.

Quote: “Our traditional foods have the ability to nourish and cultivate awareness and compassion, that is the real heart and soul of Indigeniety.”

Additional Info: Seatings are also available on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and March 5 at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the public are available at Eventbrite.cahttp://bit.ly/SkwachaysTix

Aboriginal BC: Chef Rich Francis recently spent his first visit in British Columbia’s Aboriginal communities filming a series about the spirituality, culture and history of the Yuquot, a coastal area of Nootka Island where the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nation call home. Francis was joined on the filming with actor Duane Howard, a member of the Nuu-chah-nulth and a star of the Academy Award-winning “The Revenant.” The Yuquot Series will be released on YouTube in April 2017.

What’s Good This Week January 25+

Good Things to do in Vancouver

It’s been a busy couple days for me as I’ve continued the struggle to get organized for the year, and focus on my goals, goals, goals; it’s exhausting! How is everyone else doing on their New Year’s plans? I have to remind myself that not every day will be 100%, but I think I’m moving in the right direction! Hope y’all are too. If you resolved to have more fun this year, fear not, there’s lots to do! This week there’s Robbie Burns Day celebrations, Dine Out Vancouver continues, lots of Arts events and some great cooking classes.

Timber Hosts Fire Whisky Vancouver World Chef Exchange Dinner – February 1st

Chef Chris Whittaker, Vancouver’s champion of local food, welcomes Chef Ryan McIlwraith – of Bellota in San Francisco – to Timber. Spanish and Canadian flavours meet over wood fired coal in this epic collaboration dinner. AND we have a GIVEAWAY for 2 tickets worth $375- CLICK HERE! 

Fire Whisky Vancouver World Chef Exchange Dinner

This multi-course social dining feast will feel like a homestead gathering. Food served family-style paired with whisky based cocktails. The long-standing friendship between these two culinary masters will translate through to each element of the dinner, and is true to the authenticity of this program. There will be a smoker, open coal grill, and a spit in the Timber courtyard. Meet with these two great Chefs as they cook with fire featuring the best food from local producers. Purchase tickets to this spectacular one night event here. Part of Dine Out Vancouver.

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Robert Burns’ Night at The Cascade Room, January 25

The Cascade Room is celebrating the life and poetry of Scottish poet Robert Burns on Wednesday, January 25, with a delicious Scottish-inspired evening featuring bagpipes, whisky, haggis and other treats (including deep fried Mars bars!).

The celebration will kick off at 6 pm on January 25, with the ‘piping of the haggis,’ which will see local bagpiper Matt Dolan pipe in the haggis, with Dougie Stewart from Colourstrings Conservatory of Music addressing the haggis.

A special three-course dinner menu will be on offer throughout the evening: Starter – Cock-a-Leekie Soup; Main – Traditional Haggis with ‘Neeps an’ Tatties; and for dessert — a Deep Fried Mars Bar. The menu is priced at $30 (a la carte available as well).

The evening will also feature live Celtic music, perfect for raising a glass from the bar. Guests are welcome on a first come, first served basis. For more information, http://www.thecascadecompany.com/robbie-burns-night-at-the-cascade-room/

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Surf & Turf Sundays at WildTale

In case you’ve done enough Dine Outs, or just want something different, the new Surf & Turf Sundays at WildTale is on now! Wildtale offers a delicious roast beef dinner with a classic twist when you add your favourite seafood item to 28-day-aged Alberta “AAA” beef.

WildTale specializes in cozy coastal fare, served up in a cheerful and friendly environment. There’s no need to dress “fancy” for this or any other WildTale dinner — come as you are, with your favourite friends and relations, as you tuck into Slow Roasted Beef au jus, creamy mashed potatoes, puffy golden Yorkshires and perfectly cooked seasonal vegetables.

Complement your beef with one of the seafood dishes WildTale does so well. Choose from Caribbean Lobster Tail, Grilled Jumbo Prawn Skewer, Scallop Skewer a la Plancha, or a Pan-Seared Prawn & Scallop Combo.

Surf & Turf Sunday dinner is $24.95 per person.

Quantities are limited, so please order in advance at the time of your reservation to ensure availability. Call 604.428.9211 or book online at wildtale.ca/reservations

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The Audience at The Arts Club Theatre – January 26 – February 26, 2017 Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage

We’re hoping to get to this one! From Winston Churchill (Joel Wirkkunen) to Margaret Thatcher (Erin Ormond), through Tony Blair and David Cameron (Jay Hindle), the Queen (Anna Galvin) has held a weekly meeting, or “audience,” with each of her twelve prime ministers. Peter Morgan’s imaginary glimpses into these tête-à-têtes provide a droll and fascinating portrayal of a lioness of history—one who, over the span of six decades, transforms from an uncertain young monarch into the revered figurehead of today.

Director Sarah Rodgers says, “The Audience is similar to The Crown in that it reveals the Queen as a real person who is charming, witty, flawed and vulnerable. Peter Morgan’s clever and honest portrayal of her humanity has endeared audiences across the world because he gives us a chance to connect with this intriguing woman.” Tickets


Plant Based Baking with Rooted Nutrition – January 29

I’m super interested in baking and the science behind it, so I’ve signed up for this one. This series of classes is a blend of Owner Andrea Potter’s most popular nutrition-focused classes from the Eating Clean Series and of Guest Instructor Ellexis Boyle’s cooking classes. Ellexis blends her technique-focused baking classes from previous series into new ‘Plant-Based Baking 1&2’. These newly revised classes get to the heart of ‘how-to’ vegan and healthier baking for the home cook, both beginner and more advanced. See you Sunday? Tickets.

What’s Good This Week May 16 – Vancouver Events

Vancouver Events and Stuff We Think YOU Should Do!

It’s a tasty week once again with lots to eat and drink. Get your theatre fix in two with Bill Elliot and why not try to win yourself some Uprising Beer for a whole year?

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Spot Prawn Boil at Blackbird Public House – May 17 and May 31

Spot Prawn season is here and The Blackbird Public House is getting set for its annual Prawn boil dinner. Inspired by the original Southern-style seafood boils, these dinners will feature perfectly seasoned prawns and vegetables served family style, right from the pot to the newsprint wrapped dinner tables. The meal will be paired with the newest release from Phillips Brewing, a delicious Craft Pilsner. Tuesday, 17 May 2016 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PDT) – Tickets – Add to Calendar

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WIN SOME BREAD for a year with Uprising Bread

2016 is Uprising Breads’ 40th Anniversary. To mark the special occasion, the popular Vancouver bakery is inviting the public to submit their favorite memories and stories about their past experiences there. Share your favorite recollections and you could be the winner of Free Bread for a Year!  Tag @UprisingBreads  using the hashtag #40YearsofFlowerPower, and enter online at http://uprisingbreads.com/40th/


Paella at Boulevard each Sunday through May -May  22, 29

Executive Chef Alex Chen conjures up the rustic flavours of Spain’s national dish with a string of events featuring Paella as the centrepiece.


House Sangria Upon Arrival  Poached White Asparagus Salad
Manchego Cheese, Free Range Egg, Sherry Vinaigrette

Paella Roasted Ling Cod, Local Clams and Mussels, Prawns, Chorizo Soffritto, Saffron and Shellfish Stock Served with a Trio of Accompaniments

Valencia Orange-Infused Chocolate Mousse Olive Oil Ice Cream, Saffron Orange Coulis

$49 per person plus beverages, tax and gratuity (based on a two-guest minimum). Featured Spanish wine selections available. Please note that seating is communal.

Eventbrite - Sunday Paella Series

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Billy Elliott at the Arts Club until July 10

Based on the acclaimed film, and supported with music by Elton John, Billy Elliot is an inspiring tale of courage, ambition, and overcoming adversity. It’s 1984 and County Durham’s coal miners are set to go on strike when 11-year-old Billy finds his way into Mrs. Wilkinson’s ballet class following his boxing lesson. Enthralled with dance and showing inherent ability, Billy is encouraged to audition for the prestigious Royal Ballet School in London, but he fears the reactions of his father and brother, who are both wrapped up in the escalating strike situation. The astounding winner of 10 Tony Awards, this global musical phenomenon is a theatre experience that will stay with you forever. buy tickets


Chicha Peruvian Nikkei Dinner with tequila and mezcal – May 25

Guest Chef Benjamin Akira Berwick and Executive Chicha Restaurant chef Shelome Bouvette will be collaborating on a special Peruvian Nikkei five course tasting menu paired with varieties of tequila and mezcal; this event is part of the Vancouver International Tequila Expo week.

Cocktail and Canape Reception (6.30pm-7.30pm) a welcome mezcal cocktail and canapes

Course 1: Spot Prawn Ceviche (spot prawns, sea asparagus, avocado, dashi, aguile chile)paired with Azunia Platinum Blanco Tequila
Course 2: Snapper Tiradito (snapper, leche de tigre, aji amarillo peruvian chile, cancha corn)paired with Nuestra Soledad Zoquitlam Mezcal
Course 3: Trio of Causa (chilled and whipped potatoes topped with a variety of toppings; vegetable, chicken and dungeness crab) paired with T1 exceptional reposado tequila
Course 4: Lomo saltado (med rare Pemberton Meadows beef, wild onion, sea coriander, fried new potato) paired with Mezcales de Leyenda Oaxaca Tiacuache Mezcal
Dessert: Picarones (sweet potato and pumpkin donuts with local strawberries) paired with Alma de Agave Anejo Tequila

As both chefs have a passion for nature and the westcoast all seafood will be local and sustainable, meats will be locally and ethically raised and hormone and chemical free, and many ingredients will be foraged from our beautiful westcoast environment.

Tickets are $100 and include both the cocktail and canape reception, the five course dinner and the pairings. Tickets!

Arts Club Splash

splashAct your shoe size. Not your age! A Night in Celebration of 35 years of Arts Umbrella!

On Saturday, October 18, 2014 once again, the red carpet rolls out for Vancouver’s glitterati in honour of Splash, Arts Umbrella’s signature fundraising event, and one of the city’s most prestigious and high-profile charity art auctions.

“2014 marks the 32nd anniversary of Splash and the 35th anniversary of Arts Umbrella” notes Lucille Pacey, President and CEO of Arts Umbrella. “It’s a momentous year for us.”

The theme for this year’s highly anticipated event, ‘Act your shoe size. Not your age’ is inspired by the limitless creative potential of our students, and a reminder of the positive impact of Arts Umbrella programing on a child’s life.

Attended by 500 business and community leaders, patrons, collectors, and art enthusiasts, this spectacular art auction and gala is expected to generate more than $400,000 in net proceeds for Arts Umbrella and its students. Since its inception in 1983, Splash is estimated to have raised over four million dollars to support the not-for-profit.
The stunning CBC Vancouver production studios will be transformed once again into a breathtaking art gallery and glamorous gala venue. CBC News personalities Rick Cluff and Johanna Wagstaffe will act as hosts for the evening, introducing such inspirational live performances as the students of the Arts Umbrella Dance Company and Senior Musical Theatre Troupe, as well as musician Dawn Chubai and a special guest entrance to Sambata drummers.

Splash is an opportunity to own some exceptional works by world renowned and local artists, and support our growing community of new artists.
Tickets for Splash are now available online. To purchase your tickets, or for more information on Splash 2014 visit www.splash2014.com

About Arts Umbrella
Arts Umbrella is a not-for-profit arts education center for young people ages 2-19 years, reaching more than 24,000 children and youth annually through tuition-based and free-of-charge outreach programs. For more than 34 years, Arts Umbrella has provided high-quality arts education in dance, theatre, music, and visual and digital arts, catering to children of all artistic interests and skill levels.
Arts Umbrella is dedicated to making arts education available to as many children and youth as possible in Metro Vancouver, regardless of their socio-economic circumstances. More than 14,000 children access programs annually free of charge or at a reduced rate through outreach programs and bursaries.
Arts Umbrella programs make a profound impact on the lives of young people inspiring confidence and self-esteem, and fostering creativity in young people through the power of self-expression.
“Arts Umbrella is almost like a second home to me.  I come down three times a week for theatre and I love every minute of it.  Every week I become, discover and learn.”
Arts Umbrella Theatre Outreach Student

Cooking Classes with the Arts Club Theatre



The Arts Club Theatre Company’s duo of July Celebrity Chef Cooking Classes will showcase sumptuous summer fare and fine B.C. wine. Top chefs from YEW seafood + bar and La Quercia move from the kitchen to the patio to demonstrate how to prepare refined menus with distinct themes. The first evening is dedicated to the art of the barbecue, and the second to delectable Northern Italian cuisine. The popular fundraising classes are held in private luxury homes in Vancouver and West Vancouver.

Sean Murray of YEW seafood + bar takes on grill master duties on Tuesday, July 23, to throw an elegant backyard party, featuring four courses served family style. The class will focus on professional tips and tricks for firing up the barbecue as well as interactive demonstrations on salad and dessert preparations. Murray has spent his career creating high-end dishes with an accent on local seafood.

On Wednesday, July 31, Lucais Syme of La Quercia will create a rustic, regional Italian menu with a contemporary edge. His Kitsilano trattoria has built a reputation for updating traditional dishes and embracing the farm-to-table movement—recent accolades include Best Casual Dining Award from Vancouver Magazine and Best Italian Golden Plate Award from the Georgia Straight. The class will begin with an olive oil tasting by Kelowna-based The Olive Oil Merchant, which specializes in importing superior quality olive oil from artisan producers in Italy.

Wine pairings for each dinner are provided by Mission Hill Family Estate, producing award-winning wines in the heart of British Columbia’s pristine Okanagan Valley, one of the world’s most exciting wine regions.

Both classes start at 6 PM and tickets are $125 each (with $50 tax receipt).

IN BRIEF: The Arts Club Theatre Company hosts summer Celebrity Chef Cooking Classes with Sean Murray of YEW seafood + bar on July 23 and Lucais Syme of La Quercia on July 31. Each evening features an interactive cooking demonstration of summer fare, served with wine pairings and held at private Vancouver area homes. For tickets, call Special Events at 604.687.5315, ext. 248, or visit artsclub.com.

Photos are available at http://www.artsclub.com/photos/celebrity-chef-cooking-classes-summer-2013.htm. The username is journalist and the password is photos4media. Class dates and chefs are subject to change. Due to the fundraising nature of the classes, media comps are not available.

Since graduating from culinary school, Sean Murray has honed his skills in the kitchens of luxury hotels. He trained for five years under Ernst Dorfler at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver. Murray joined the Four Seasons Hotel group in 2002, spending six years in various international hotels and resorts, with his most recent position as executive sous chef at the Four Seasons Costa Rica. Murray returned to Vancouver in 2011 as restaurant chef under Ned Bell at YEW seafood + bar, where he brings his knowledge, skill, and enthusiasm to the restaurant’s modern seafood concept.

Co-owners and co-chefs Lucais Syme and Adam Pegg have created an exceptional brand in Vancouver, starting with their flagship restaurant La Quercia, renowned for its repertoire of simple, deliciously executed Northern Italian dishes. They followed up by opening La Pentola Della Quercia in Yaletown’s OPUS Hotel in 2012 to rave reviews. They also run L’Ufficio wine bar, adjacent to La Quercia.


The Arts Club Theatre Company, now in its 49th season, is the largest not-for-profit organization of its kind in Western Canada. Led by Artistic Managing Director Bill Millerd and Executive Director Howard R. Jang, it offers professional theatre at three venues—the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, Granville Island Stage, and Revue Stage—as well as on tour throughout the province.

Website: artsclub.com

Blog: blog.artsclub.com

Twitter: @theArtsClub

Facebook: facebook.com/ArtsClub

Sponsored by:

Mission Hill Family Estate  |  The Olive Oil Merchant  |  Nespresso  |  A&B Partytime Rentals

Celebrity Chefs Arts Club Winter Cooking Classes

Quang DangI love love love these classes! Here’s Chef Quang Dang a few year’s back at one I did. CJA

Savour the season with the latest offering of Celebrity Chef Cooking Classes from the Arts Club Theatre Company. This popular fundraising series returns with four evenings dedicated to elegant comfort food paired with B.C. wine. Presented in private designer homes throughout Vancouver, the classes run February 26–March 28.

The new winter series offers the opportunity for food and wine connoisseurs to act as sous chefs to some of Vancouver’s most diverse and talented chefs. The classes provide a lively setting for creating four-course menus, learning professional tips and tricks, and preparing the freshest of seasonal produce. Classes are $125 each (with $50 tax receipt).

All classes start at 6 PM. Full schedule of Celebrity Chef Cooking Classes:

Tuesday, February 26           Tim Evans, Siena Restaurant

Sunday, March 3                  Quang Dang, West Restaurant

Monday, March 11                Bruno Feldeisen, YEW restaurant + bar

Thursday, March 28              Craig Dryhurst, YEW restaurant + bar

The cooking classes give a survey of top eateries in Vancouver and the international chefs who oversee innovative and contemporary menus. British chef Tim Evans, who honed his craft at Michelin-starred restaurants in the UK, now brings his expertise to Siena Restaurant, on South Granville. Quang Dang won silver in the Gold Medal Plates culinary competition in 2012, and heads up the kitchen at West Restaurant, renowned for its modern West Coast cuisine. Bruno Feldeisen of YEW restaurant + bar is a pastry arts expert, and he brings a distinct European flair with his French, Italian, and German background. Craig Dryhurst, also of YEW restaurant + bar, is classically trained, with a career built in the kitchens of luxury hotels in England, France, and the US.

The wine pairings for each dinner are provided by Mission Hill Family Estate and Ganton & Larsen Prospect Winery, two of the finest labels from the Okanagan Valley.

IN BRIEF: The Arts Club Theatre Company’s Celebrity Chef Cooking Classes run February 26–March 28 and feature interactive cooking demonstrations. Each evening four-course dinners are created and served with wine pairings, hosted in private Vancouver homes. For tickets and info, call Special Events at 604.687.5315, ext. 248. A full list of chefs and dates is available at artsclub.com.

Photos are available at http://www.artsclub.com/photos/celebrity-chef-cooking-classes-winter-2013.htm. The username is journalist and the password in photos4media. Class dates and chefs are subject to change at late notice. Due to the fundraising nature of the classes, media comps are not available.


The Arts Club Theatre Company, now in its 49th season, is the largest not-for-profit organization of its kind in Western Canada. Led by Artistic Managing Director Bill Millerd and Executive Director Howard R. Jang, it offers professional theatre at three venues—the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, Granville Island Stage, and Revue Stage—as well as on tour throughout the province.

Website: artsclub.com

Blog: blog.artsclub.com

Twitter: @theArtsClub

Facebook: facebook.com/ArtsClub

Sponsored by:

Mission Hill Family Estate  |  Ganton & Larsen Prospect Winery  |  Nespresso  |  A&B Partytime Rentals

Ride the Cyclone

ride the cycloneThe highly entertaining Push International Performing Arts Festival runs from January 15-February 3, 2013 and offers of a plethora of live performing arts around Vancouver.  Playing at the Arts Club’s Granville Island stage until February 16 is Ride the Cyclone, an absolute must see.  The musical begins with the eerie voice of the Amazing Karnack, a mechanized fortune-teller, who announces a group have teens have had their lives cut short in a roller-coaster accident.  Set in Uranium, Saskatchewan the teens were part of the school choir and have a variety of eclectic personalities.   There’s a child of the town’s coffee shop owner, an adopted boy from the Ukraine, and one other is the school’s academic; each with their own unique stories.  Karnack brings the kids back for one last time and promises only one a complete return to life.  They must sing their way to redemption in an incredible series of over the top performances ranging from rap to cabaret.  Their talent is endless and energy infectious as they each take the stage to perform their histories and voice their desires for their future. Don’t miss this laugh-out loud funny comedy that warms the heart and provides a much needed escape from the winter doldrums. I’d see it again in a heartbeat.


She Stoops to Conquer until November 18 at The Stanley Theatre

Another dull and dreary rainy Vancouver day this past weekend provided a perfect opportunity to sit down in the warm and have a good belly laugh.  The outing? She Stoops to Conquer now playing at The Stanley Theatre.

Oliver Goldsmith’s bawdy comedy was first performed in London in 1773 and could  be compared to a modern day sitcom except live at the theatre it’s much more accessible than anything we watch in our living rooms.

The combination of high energy, quick stage changes, amazingly complicated costumes, and some entertaining music tells the tale of the modest Charles Marlow and his travelling companion as they pursue their respective love lives. Charles mistakes his future wife for a barmaid, and her parents as innkeepers, and gets himself tied into a few knots over the whole affair.

Actor Christine Quintana rescued this week’s performance with her last minute stand-in as the lead,  but reading from a script made it hard for her to be spontaneous with those little nuances that make a character thoroughly believable. Still an amazing task to pull off at a moment’s notice.

The play runs until November 18th. Don’t miss it. It’s good to have something to laugh about.

-Suzanne Anderton

Scotch Whisky – Arts Club Dinner with Kale & Nori

The Arts Club Theatre Company, in partnership with Kale & Nori Culinary Arts and Legacy Liquor Store, announces an evening to celebrate the finest in Scotch whisky. Featuring a tasting, a four-course dinner, and cocktail pairings, the intimate event on Thursday, July 12, 2012, at 6 PM, will benefit the not-for-profit theatre company.

Meaning “water of life” in Gaelic, whisky originated in Scotland and it is one of its most famous and popular exports. The dinner is an ideal opportunity to delve into the long history of the revered malt elixir, and to taste cocktails on the cutting-edge of current trends in mixology.

Taking place around the communal harvest table in the Legacy Liquor Store (1633 Manitoba Street, Vancouver), the evening highlights four premium whiskies: Ardbeg (Islay), Auchentoshan (Lowlands), Benromach (Speyside), and Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban (Highlands). The menu is created by highly decorated chef Jonathan Chovancek of Kale & Nori Culinary Arts, a boutique catering outfit specializing in contemporary and innovative cuisine that incorporates healthy, ethical, and seasonal fare. His partner, Lauren Mote, is an award-winning mixologist who utilizes culinary theory to create cocktails that show off the versatility and distinct flavour profile of single malt whiskies. Mote takes pride in using many homemade elements, such as bitters, tinctures and cordials, in her inventive concoctions.

IN BRIEF: The Arts Club Theatre Company’s Whisky Dinner is held on July 12 at Legacy Liquor Store (1633 Manitoba St., Vancouver). Tickets to benefit the Arts Club are $90. For tickets and info, call Special Events at 604.687.5315 x248. More information is available at artsclub.com

Photos are available upon request. Due to the fundraising nature of the dinner, media comps are not available.

The Arts Club Theatre Company, now in its 48th season, is the largest not-for-profit organization of its kind in Western Canada. It offers professional theatre at three venues—the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, Granville Island Stage, and Revue Stage—as well as on tour throughout the province.

Website: artsclub.com

Blog: blog.artsclub.com
Twitter: @theArtsClub
Facebook: facebook.com/ArtsClub

Sponsored by: Legacy Liquor Store  |  Kale & Nori Culinary Arts