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What’s Good This Week February 7

Vancouver Events and Happenings

I’ve been up at Kelowna Gold Medal Plates Culinary Championships this past weekend and was so impressed with the chefs and all their hard work, and have to give a big shout out to all the Okanagan college culinary students and recent grads who assisted them. What an hard working group of talented people! Congrats to Jinhe Lee of Foreign Concept in Calgary on the Gold. I’ll have a post up this week on the full competition.

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While in Kelowna I had some great family and friend visits, got my exercise, but didn’t really get out to check out any new spots in town, but sometimes (gasp) there are more important things in life…..I found my wedding dress here too.

Vancouver International Wine Festival

Coming up – Vancouver International Wine Festival

This is the week before the Vancouver International Wine Festival, so rest up and get your work done so you can explore and enjoy the festival events. Available events include the Thursday and Friday night tastings, and Saturday Day, and just a few more, details here.

Get to know BC Wine at the festival’s BC Wine Pioneers and New Kids, an evolutionary look at the British Columbia wine industry over the past 25 years.  See how industry pioneers and the new kids on the block are putting their stamp on making wine in BC. The tasting will highlight both BC’s core varieties and a selection of lesser-known varietals produced in BC. Friday at 5:15 pm.

edible museum

On February 9th, Vancouverites will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Canada’s epicurean history at a pop-up Edible Museum. 

The Edible Museum of Canadian Food and Wine will feature some of Canada’s most beloved foods and most awarded VQA wineries. Throughout the exhibition guests will have the chance to taste some of Canada’s finest culinary moments while learning interesting nuggets about our vast and diverse wine landscape. https://www.canadianfoodandwinemuseum.ca/

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Vancouver TheatreSports’ Throwdown International TheatreSports Festival (formerly called The Massacre) runs February until Feb 14th

The Improv Centre on Granville Island hosted local VTSL teams and international teams (from as far afield as Oslo, Norway and Mumbai, India) will be on from Feb 9-14. The last evening, February 14, sees the winners of the international competitions play with the local victors from the previous week in a winner-takes-all laugh fest.

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Dine Out Continues At Many Restaurants Around Town

Provence Marinaside –  You can enjoy a beautifully prepared 3-course set menu for just $40 with a superb BC wine pairing for $25 until February 9th. Click for details

Kala Malay Bistro – 3-course flavourful Malaysian-style cuisine for $30

WildTale – 3-course with delicious mains such as Salmon, Beef and Gnocchi for $30

Sequoia Group – Extended $30 Dine Out menu until
February 9th!

Bishops – Eat local and well at this West 4th favourite.


“Ultimate Chocolate Lover’s” at the Uncommon Cafe – Feb 8th

Just enter code “save20” when booking here. In this class, you will learn how to prepare 3 luscious chocolate recipe, just in time for Valentine’s day! You get to eat all (or bring some home), with wine!!! For more info on this class and to book, click here.


An Evening To Benefit The Canadian Red Cross

Take a group of compassionate chefs and talented bartenders, add a splash or two of Canada’s top entertainers and it’s a special evening of fundraising on behalf of those affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan’s northern regions.

Join Tojo-san as he brings together a culinary cast of John Bishop (Bishop’s), Pino Posteraro (Cioppino’s), Thomas Haas (Thomas Haas Chocolates & Patisserie), Quang Dang (Diva at the Met), Wayne Martin (Crave Restaurant), Ned Bell (The Rosewood Hotel Georgia) and Eleanor Chow (Chambar/The Dirty Apron Cooking School) with bartenders, David Wolowydnik (West) and Danielle Tatarin (The Keefer Bar) for an exquisite evening of food and wine topped off with performances by Jann Arden and the Canadian Tenors. Emceed by the affable Vicki Gabereau, the fundraising reception for the Canadian Red Cross on June 12th will feature specialties from each of Vancouver’s leading restaurants, intimate performances by Canadian icons and a silent auction of outstanding culinary experiences.

Tojo and Friends

Sunday, June 12, 2011


1133 West Broadway

6:30 pm to 10:00 pm

“I’m so grateful to everyone for their support and generosity to come together and do our part for the relief efforts in Japan,” says Tojo. “It is an honour to host this fundraising event with these special friends for the people of Japan.”

Tickets are $1000 per person and are available by calling Tojo’s at 778.877.2390 or emailing tojosforjapan@gmail.com. A limited number of advance tickets are available to the Tojo and Friends event (www.tojos.com). A portion of the ticket price will be tax receipted through the Canadian Red Cross. Make this the event to support the Canadian Red Cross in their efforts to assist the Japanese in need.

Fundraising for Growing Chefs


Nowadays one dollar, a Loonie, doesn’t seem to buy much – not even a cup of coffee or a litre of milk. You can’t feed anyone for $1… or can you? You might want to re-think that assumption.

For the entire month of June, several of Metro’s top restaurants will be adding one dollar to the price of a menu item to support Growing Chefs’ Eat.Give.Grow fundraiser. It’s a simple concept for a simple program. Each restaurant will specially mark the item on their menu. If you order it, the restaurant puts a Loonie in the kitty for Growing Chefs. You don’t have to even think about it. Last year those individual Loonies added up to almost $8,000 that went to funding Growing Chefs’ school-based programs throughout Metro.

Founded in 2005 by professional pastry chef Merri Schwartz, Growing Chefs is a registered non-profit organization that is dedicated to teaching kids about growing and preparing their own nutritious food in an urban environment. It connects chefs and growers, along with their valuable knowledge, to children through classroom-based programs that involve the planting of windowsill gardens. These gardens are used to teach the young participants about the food they eat while inspiring them with the idea that they can grow their own food, even in the city. To date more than 1,000 children have benefitted from participation in Growing Chefs. The success of the Vancouver initiative has sprouted satellite programs in locations as far afield as Penticton and London, Ontario.

Look for the specially marked menu items at the following participating restaurants:

Bishop’s, Beyond Restaurant and Lounge, Big Ridge (Surrey), Brewhouse (Whistler), Campagnolo, Chambar, Dockside Restaurant, Flying Beaver (Richmond), La Ghianda, Les Faux Bourgeois, Maenam, Mangia e Bevi, Mis Trucos, Nook, O’Doul’s Restaurant and Bar, Organic Lives, Pied-à-Terre (adding $1 to every bottle of wine), Pourhouse Restaurant, Provence Mediterranean Grill, Provence Marinaside, Re-Up BBQ, Tableau Bar Bistro, Tavola, Taylor’s Crossing, The Dirty Apron, The Helm, Tuscany Restaurant (Bowen Island) and Yaletown Brewing Company.

Updates to the list of participating restaurants will be posted to Growing Chefs’ web site and Facebook page.

What can a Loonie buy? It can buy a packet of bean seeds, a jiffy pot, part of a trowel or a plastic plant tray. It can also buy a child the knowledge and ability to grow his/her own food for the rest of their life … and that’s priceless.


2119 Guelph Street, Vancouver, BC V5T 3N7

778-885-1308 www.growingchefs.ca

Chefs Across the Water at Hastings House – Various Dates

Hastings House Country House Hotel and Dining Room on Salt Spring Island is excited to introduce our new guest chef program—Chefs Across the Water. Designed to build connections among British Columbia’s fine dining establishments and to highlight the incredible bounty of the region’s produce, Chefs Across the Water invites distinguished BC chefs to participate in a series of gastronomic island adventures. Salt Spring Island, the largest of BC’s Gulf Islands is a food-lover’s paradise, with a mild Mediterranean-like climate, and devoted food producers renowned for their organic fruits and vegetables, wines, meats, and cheeses. Fresh caught, wild seafood rounds out nature’s local pantry. Hastings House also has an extensive garden right on its own 22 acres that yields an abundance of herbs and produce.

Hastings House Executive Chef, Marcel Kauer uses this vast array of amazing foods to create his celebrated daily menus. With Chefs Across the Water, we are excited to see how our Guest Chefs put their own personal spin on Salt Spring Island’s flavours. The Chefs Across the Water program will consist of 5 events June through October. Each dinner will feature one Guest Chef (or team of chefs) preparing a 5 course dinner with wine pairing. For more info, visit www.hastingshouse.com.

Chefs Across the Water participants and dates:


June 29th–Pino Posteraro Cioppino’s                                                      

2007 Gold Medal Plates, Best Vancouver Chef 2008, Best Restaurant in Vancouver 200; www.cioppinos.wordpress.com

July 19th–John Bishop from Bishop’s                                                                              

Renowned author of Bishop’s The Cookbook, Deconstructing Supper, Fresh, and Simply Bishop’s. www.bishopsonline.com

 August 9th–Frank Pabst from Blue Water Café                                     

Former positions–Chef de Cuisine Lumiere in Vancouver, Pastis (Best New Restaurant 2000 Vancouver Magazine), Aachen’s Le Becasse, Hotel Negresco in Cannes, Antibes Restaurant de Bacon 

Sept. 13th–Alessandra Quaglia from Provence Mediterranean Grill and Jean-Francis Quaglia Provence from Marina Side


October 4th–Sean Brennan from Brasserie L’Ecole                                          

Gold–EAT magazine reader survey 2009.


October 11–Marcel Kauer from Hastings House

As the finale to the series, Hastings House world renowned Chef will prepare an extra-special menu.

Dinner $100 and wine pairings $50 per person. A portion of the proceeds from each dinner will be donated to Island Natural Growers to benefit the Salt Spring Abbatoir project. Aspects of each event will be documented through photographs and video and posted on the website www.ChefsAcrossTheWater.com .

Vancouver Restaurant Awards 2010

From Van Mag….Our panel of 19 experts judged scores of rooms to determine the best restaurants in and around Vancouver. They recognized both established rooms and upstarts that have made a virtue of the new economy

Our panel of 19 experts judged scores of rooms to determine the best restaurants in and around Vancouver. They recognized both established rooms and upstarts that have made a virtue of the new economy

Click on the categories below to read the judges’ comments and see the winners

2010 Winners

Restaurant of the Year Italian Formal Korean North Shore
New Restaurant Italian Casual Thai Whistler
Regional European (Other) Vietnamese Victoria
Seafood Chinese Formal Asian (Other) Vancouver Island
Small Plates Chinese Casual Indian Okanagan
Bar/Lounge Dim Sum Americas Winery/Vineyard Dining
French Formal Japanese Formal Casual Chain Service
French Casual Japanese Casual Steakhouse/Chops Last Course






Special Awards

Chef of the Year  

Lifetime Achievement 



Bartender of the Year 


Premier Crew  

Green Award 



Producer of the Year 


Ingredient of the Year  

Interior Design 



Worth the Drive 


Resort of the Year  

Meet the Judges 



How We Did It 

Bishops for New Year’s Eve

freshcoverYou dread the obligatory buffet at Aunt Vera’s with its perennially over-cooked roast and boiled-to-death carrots – it’s a family tradition after all and it would hurt her feelings to try to change things. Next is the neighbourhood get-together where Mrs. G. will expect you to eat generous helpings of her ‘famed’ bean dip, Ms. S will be insulted if you don’t take a heaping portion of her inedible cheese ball and Mr. F will ply you with his hangover-inducing home-made wine. Then there are all the little expected things that you’ve been forced to eat every Christmas since you can remember – Grandmother’s prized recipe for mashed Swedes for instance. Can’t take the ‘have to’ any longer? Flee to Bishop’s – a haven of choice and good taste for nearly 25 years.

Set aside the ‘shoulds of the season’ and for one evening, New Year’s Eve, treat yourself to the luxury of choice. Let John Bishop, Chef Andrea Carlson and Maitre d’ Abel Jacinto spoil you with so many choices you’ll feel like a kid in a candy store. Chef Carlson has designed a tour de force menu with which to herald the New Year – three courses and 10 dishes from which to choose. For starters how does one pick between Crab Leg Salad, Berkshire Pork Terrine, Pheasant Orecchiette or Pacific Octopus Terrine? That’s when the bargaining begins: “If you have the pork, I’ll order the Crab and we can share?”

Mains present you with Fraser Canyon Rabbit, Sidney Island Venison Chop, Fraser Valley Duck or Bishop’s signature Qualicum Bay Scallops. The accompaniments don’t make the choosing any easier – for instance the Rabbit comes with shaved black truffle, pomme purée, Savoy cabbage, porcini and rabbit liver profiterole in rabbit jus. The accompaniment is temptation in and of itself! The scallops are equally decadent sharing the plate with pine mushroom and quail confit crepe, sunroot purée, arugula and horseradish butter. Or, what about the red kuri squash tart and quince gelee that sidles up to the duck? You get the idea – wonderful, glorious flavours and fresh, local ingredients that sway you this way and that. Oh my… what to choose? How to choose?

Then comes dessert, by now you are grateful that there are only two. Do you luxuriate with a Maralumi Chocolate Bar with vanilla mousse, sour cherries and champagne sorbet or over-dose on palate refreshing Lemon Trio with lemon meringue cupcake, macaroon and tart with pomegranate seeds? Chocolate or lemon? Lemon or chocolate? Should all your decisions in 2010 be so straightforward.

A glass of champagne is included in the very reasonable price of $120 per person. If one glass of bubbly is not enough, Maitre D’ Abel Jacinto will be happy to recommend a suitable bottle from Bishop’s cellar.

Bishop’s offers four seatings on New Year’s Eve. For people wanting to dine and then head off to a party or event, reservations are available for 6 and 6:30 p.m.. For those wishing to dine late, there are seatings at 9 and 9:30p.m.

No matter what awaits you in 2010, you can rely on proprietor John Bishop, Maitre D’ Abel Jacinto and Executive Chef Andrea Carlson to pamper you with warm service, fine food and spoil you with choice on this, and every, evening.

Reservations are a must and can be made on-line or by calling the restaurant at 604.738.2025.

Bishop’s 2183 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

604.738.2025 www.bishopsonline.com

Bishop’s at Thanksgiving

Bishop’s will be offering a special 3-course Thanksgiving Dinner with all the trimmings for only $55 on Sunday and Monday. Their regular menu will also be available. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made on line at www.bishopsonline.com or by calling 604-738-2025.

Bishop’s Thanksgiving Prix Fixe Menu.

White Chanterelle Mushroom Soup fresh dill seed and buttermilk

Roast Turkey Breast with Confit Leg and Brioche Stuffing  potato and celeriac pave, red kuri squash puree,cranberry compote, rosemary gravy

Pumpkin Pie with brown butter caramel and cinnamon whipped cream


Bishop’s 2183 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

604.738.2025 www.bishopsonline.com

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The Good Life July 29

desert hillsThis week on The Good Life head to Kits to check out happenings at Mon Bella (perfect stop for before or after fireworks), try some Unoaked Chardonnay from Desert Hills and check out events to keep your mind off the heat.


Listen live at 4:15 pm on Wednesdays on the Joe Leary show at Buzz 1410 or listen to the podcast on the link above.

Events worth checking out

Industry News

John Bishop’s Okanagan Wine Tour


(Vancouver, BC) – It’s a proven medical fact that sipping a moderate amount of red wine is good for your heart – it helps to reduce the amount of ‘bad cholesterol.’ The French have known for centuries that red wine is good for you – they aren’t concerned about ‘physical health’ per se, they are talking about being good for you, good for your life. A little wine promotes conviviality amongst friends and strangers, complements the flavours of food, encourages people to really enjoy a meal, causes you relax and has even been known to inspire poetry. Yes, a little wine is good for your ‘heart’ in all the senses of that word.

This September, Vancouver culinary legend, fabulous chef and good-hearted gentleman, John Bishop will lead a tour of the Okanagan Wine Country. For three days, participants will be wined and dined while touring vineyards and engaging in leisurely meals. As part of the tour, participants have a unique opportunity to learn more about wine and winemaking from Chef Bishop’s personal contacts within this fascinating world. Meeting growers, touring vineyards, talking to passionate wine-makers and dining on exquisite regional cuisine is at the heart of this of this ‘tour with heart.’ The best part – you have an idyllic ‘stay-cation’ while helping out the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC &Yukon. That’s right, this tour is a fundraiser. “My tour to India last year was a fundraiser for BC Women’s Hospital. I am hoping that with this tour we’ll be able to donate between $100 to $200 per participant to the Foundation,” comments Mr. Bishop.

The deluxe coach tour departs from Vancouver on September 26 and returns on September 28. Along the way you’ll visit Burrowing Owl Estate Winery, Nk’Mip Cellars, See Ya Later Ranch, Quail’s Gate Estate Winery, Cedar Creek Winery and Mission Hill Family Estate.

The tour price of $1498 pp plus GST (based on double occupancy) includes:

  • all travel to the Okanagan, during the tour and the return trip to Vancouver
  • accommodation at Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort and The Cove Lakeside Resort
  • exclusive wine-tastings and winery tours
  • two lunches ( Burrowing Owl’s The Sonora Room & Old Vines Restaurant, Quail’s Gate Estate Winery)
  • two dinners ( Nk’Mip Cellars & Vineyard Terrace Restaurant, Cedar Creek Winery)
  • two breakfasts

Drinking a little wine is not just good for your heart; it helps other’s heart as well.

For more information:


Bishop’s 2183 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

604.738.2025 www.bishopsonline.com

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Outstanding in the Field at UBC

0719ubcfarmUBC Farm, Vancouver, BC Sunday, July 19th, 2009

  • Host Farmer: Mark Bomford and Amy Frye, UBC Farm
  • Guest Chef: Andrea Carlson, Bishops, Vancouver
  • Price: $200 CAD
  • Time: 4:00 pm

Dinner Description
Our fifth visit, we once again bring the table to beautiful UBC farm in Vancouver, British Columbia. A diverse urban farm surrounded by dense groves of tall firs trees. UBC Farm is close to everything; the farm sees a lot of area visitors. A Saturday farmers market, a CSA, student interns, university research; this beautiful farm is a treasured community resource and a very fascinating farm tour. Mark Bomford and Amy Frye are our seasoned farm tour leaders. Chef Andrea Carlson of Bishop’s returns for a second year. Last year’s delicious dinner was a guest favorite.

Outstanding in the Field events feature a leisurely tour of the hosting farm followed by a five course, farm-style dinner at our long table set in a scenic spot. Dinner is accompanied by a wine paired with each course. Diners are joined at the table by the farmer, food producers, a winemaker and other local artisans associated with the meal.

For general questions about our dinners, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

The following hotels and B&Bs are within reasonable distance of the dinner site. Where noted, there is a special rate for Outstanding in the Field guests, but reservations may need to be made by a certain date.

Hotel Information
Point Grey Guest House
4103 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6R 2H2

A Harbourview Retreat
#4675 – West 4th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6R 1R6

Conferences & Accommodation at UBC‎
5961 Student Union Boulevard
Vancouver, BC V6T 2C9
(604) 822-1060
Hotel and hostel on campus.

*Price includes local sales tax*

*Confirmations and Cancellations
Due to the nature of our events no refunds will be given for cancellations. If you cannot attend the dinner you may sell or give your ticket to another person for the same event. If you transfer your ticket to another person, please contact us with new guest information prior to the event.