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What’s Good This Week – It’s February

What To Do This Week – Just In Case There’s Room in Your Calendar

I can’t believe we’ve gone through a whole month of 2017 already! How’s your year been? I’ve got lots of plans and hopes for the year ahead and I’m finding the biggest issue for me is trying to do too much and then feeling disappointed in myself up for not getting through the 300 things I feel I should do every day. I’m working on some ways to stop this cycle, but the struggle is still VERY REAL! Well then, on that note, we do have some suggestions for this week just in case your calendar isn’t quite full!van wine fest 034 original web

Book Now! – Vancouver International Wine Festival

So many wines, so many events, so much to learn. I’ll be at as many events I can manage as this is the year Canada is showcased at the Festival and it’s a great opportunity to get to know our local wines better, as well . A couple things:

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Lunch at Bauhaus

Head to Gastown for their daily lunch feature for $22, or on a Friday the famous #TGIF Friday special Schnitzel and authentic Früh Kölsch Beer for  $22.

Among the selections for the  lunch menu, handcrafted by chef Stefan Hartmann, are creative takes on German classic dishes, including Meatballs (with rice  / caper sauce / peas / carrots / celery), Wiener Schnitzel (with seared potatoes/cucumber salad), Geschnetzeltes (with veal  / spätzle / mushrooms) and John Dory (with artichoke / spring onions / parmesan / black salsify).

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Explore BC Wine Brunch at Boulevard – Feb. 4

The menu and wines are stellar at this mingler, where you can sample many of BC’s best wines  during the Explore BC Wine Brunch held as part of the 2017 Dine Out Vancouver Festival.
In this stand up grazing event, savour a variety of seafood focused canapés, while sipping wines from seven of the province’s premier wineries. TICKETS

WINERIES

Arrowleaf Cellars
Haywire Winery
Church and State Wines
Howling Bluff Winery
St. Hubertus &  Oak Bay Vineyard & Estate Winery
Tinhorn Creek Vineyards
Tantalus Vineyards

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Unsung Heroes at Blue Water Cafe

Love seafood? Don’t miss the Blue Water Cafe’s Executive Chef Frank Pabst’s menu during the Unsung Heroes Festival. This menu showcases unique and sustainable seafood throughout the month of February.

Stellar dishes such as stir-fried jellyfish, red sea urchin trifle, sturgeon liver pate, and poached periwinkles have graced Chef Frank’s impressive Unsung Heroes menu during the last 12 years. British Columbia’s giant red sea cucumber – which has just been listed as sustainable by the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise conservation program – will take pride of place on Chef Frank’s 2017 menu.  Blue Water Cafe.

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Farmer’s Apprentice’s Fresh Look

Newly renovated Farmer’s Apprentice is open at 5:30 p.m. seven nights a week, offering both ‘Herbivore’ or ‘Omnivore’ menu options, both for $55 per person with optional beverage pairings available for an additional $38. A four-course menu with both herbivore and omnivore options is also available all night long for $40 per person, with optional beverage pairings available for an additional $25.

On weekends from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Farmer’s Apprentice is offering an ever-changing brunch menu where guests can choose from à-la-carte options or a prix-fixe experience, which offers a unique 5-course family-style brunch for $25 per person. Check out South Granville’s favourite neighbourhood spot.

What’s Good This Week March 21

Vancouver Events March 21-26, 2016

There’s brilliant sunshine blasting in through our windows today in Vancouver and plenty of distractions that could keep us from our many tasks! Here’s what’s Good This Week March 21.

Locals Only Wines, Meads, Spirits and Ciders at Edible Canada

Tuesday March 22 Trade: 12:30 – 2:00 | Public: 2:00 – 4:00 An afternoon exploring the diversity & creativity of our coastal producers. Meet the farmers, fermenters and distillers that define our cool climate coastal appellation. Info

Ugly Duckling Dinner at Royal Dinette

Cast-offs, offcuts and scraps considered the “Ugly Ducklings” of the culinary world get their moment once again on Tuesday, March 22 when Head Chef Jack Chen teams with visiting Galiano Island chefJesse McCleery. Tickets 

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CheckMate Winery at Blue Water Cafe

Wednesday, March 23 – CheckMate Artisanal Winery dinner at Blue Water Cafe. Five remarkable Chardonnays handcrafted by winemaker Philip McGahan with Frank Pabst’s masterfully prepared cuisine 1095 Hamilton Street, Yaletown 6:00 p Tickets $165.00 https://shop.checkmatewinery.com/event-tickets

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Sharpen Your Knives at Uncommon Cafe

Wednesday, March 23rd – Kitchen Skills Series cooking class: “Don’t Fear the Fish”, at the Uncommon Cafe. In this class, you will learn how to cook fish and seafood, and you get to eat all, with wine! To book, click here.

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Chambar to Stay Open 24hrs for #SweetRelief

From 4pm on Saturday, March 26 to 4pm on Sunday March 27, 100% of ALL sales at Chambar will benefit Universal Outreach in support of its Advanced Beekeeper’s Training Program and the Liberia Pure Honey social enterprise in Africa. 100% of ALL sales at Chambar will benefit Universal Outreach’s anti-poverty honey and beekeeping initiatives within Liberia. Interested donors can also pledge their support online at https://chimp.net/campaigns/sweet-relief.*

BC Distilled

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Saturday March 26 – Canada’s premier craft and micro-distillery festival, raises a glass to BC’s burgeoning distillery industry. The third annual festival, happening on will feature 27 BC-based artisan distilleries, offering attendees the opportunity to sample locally-made gin, whisky, liqueurs, vodka and more.

Fraser Valley Food & Gluten-Free Living Show – April 1-3, 2016
Tradex Exhibition Centre, Abbotsford, BC Website

A celebration of the abundace of local foods prduced in the Fraser Valley and beyond – with a focus on hard to find artisan gluten-free products sampled and sold by over 125 merchants in an environment encompassing under one roof celebrity cooking presentations, edible garden demonstrations, artisan outdoor living market, gluten-free cooking presentations, sausage competition, wine. beer, spirits tasting and food pairing seminars, cheese tasting seminars, local restaurant showcase and butcher ing technique demonstrations. Click here for a lists of the vendors.

Featuring on our Celebrity Cooking Stage:
Bob Blumer, Gastronaut, Food Network’s Surreal Gourmet
Hidekazu Tojo, Chef/owner, Tojo’s Japanese Restaurant
and many more chefs, authors, click here for full lineup and schedule

Indian Summer Festival Opening Gala – Culinary Tour With Vikram Vij

Aopening-gala2014-in-post1 CULINARY TOUR OF ASIA CURATED BY VIKRAM VIJ, WITH SPECIAL GUESTS

WHEN: Thursday, July 3 @ 7:30 pm
WHERE: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, 578 Carrall St. Vancouver
TICKETS: $85*

Mingle with special guests, imbibe fine sips and nibbles, and experience Indian Summer magic as you explore one of the city’s most exquisite gardens.

Vancouver’s gastronomic guru Vikram Vij curates a foodie tour of Asia, presenting culinary delights from India to China to Japan, all created by the city’s top restaurants (Blue Water Cafe, Bob Likes Thai Food, Bao Bei, Atithi, Cafe Kathmandu and Vij’s), paired with fine beverages including award-winning wines and signature cocktails.

Emceeing the meteorological phenomenon that is Indian Summer will be CBC News Vancouver meteorologist Johanna Wagstaffe.

Look out for impromptu live performances by a cast of internationally acclaimed writers, poets and musicians, as they give you a taste of what the rest of festival holds. Whether it is the sounds of the Barbat (Persian lute) in the garden’s ‘Colourful and Cloudy Pavilion’ or a recital of Rumi’s poetry in the ‘Scholar’s Courtyard’, or the strains of the sitar in ‘Hall of One Hundred Rivers’, a delight awaits in every corner.

Don’t forget to don your finest east meets west couture. This is an enchanting evening not to be missed!

*ticket includes food and one complimentary beverage

Blue Water Cafe Celebrates 10 Years of “Unsung Heroes”

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This is a not to miss event for seafood lovers.  GLV

Chef Pabst’s ‘Home Grown’ Initiative Draws Crowds 

 This February executive chef Frank Pabst of Vancouver’s Blue Water Cafe will celebrate the tenth anniversary of his sustainable seafood festival. Aptly named “Unsung Heroes”, Pabst initially created the month-long event to bring awareness to local and unique seafoods and to avoid species that are over-fished or harvested in ways that can damage ocean beds.  It is now one of the most-anticipated events on the city’s culinary calendar.

“Our objective was – and is – to utilize lesser-known ingredients while introducing guests to new experiences and flavours,” says chef Pabst.  “The popularity of the event has increased tremendously and these formerly ‘unsung’ species are now heroes in their own right – they have truly entered the ‘mainstream’ of the public’s consciousness.”

Blue Water Cafe restaurant director Stephan Cachard adds, “We have seen the demand for this event grow immensely – as much as 400% over the past decade – with the majority being repeat guests.”

Known for championing British Columbia’s sustainable seafood movement, Blue Water Cafe is a founding member of the Vancouver Aquarium’s ‘Ocean Wise’ conservation program.  The restaurant strives to educate guests on seafood sustainability while providing an exceptional dining experience.  Every year, Blue Water Cafe donates 10% of the proceeds from Unsung Heroes to the Ocean Wise program.

In prior years, the Unsung Heroes menu has consisted of dishes such as red sea urchin trifle, stir-fried jellyfish and poached periwinkles.  Always aggressively raising the bar, chef Pabst promises new flavours in 2014 with previously unavailable ingredients including steamed gooseneck barnacles and sustainably-raised sturgeon liver mousse.  For further information or reservations, please contact Blue Water Cafe by telephone at 604 688 8078 or online at www.bluewatercafe.net.
Blue Water Cafe is Vancouver’s definitive destination for seafood, widely known for its excellence in celebrating the extraordinary flavours of British Columbia, consistently awarded “Best Seafood Restaurant” in Vancouver, and recognized for its unparalleled service.  One of Canada’s leading hospitality groups, Toptable Group has four elegant, yet approachable, restaurants in Vancouver and Whistler: Araxi, CinCin, Blue Water Cafe and West, as well as the chocolaterie, patisserie and cafe, Thierry.  More information can be found online at www.toptable.ca.

Sonoma in Vancouver

 

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EVENT ALERTS! Tuesday, February 4th 2014 Sonoma County Vintners will host two exceptional winemaker dinners in Vancouver.

Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar will feature the wines of Sonoma County’s Siduri Wines and Novy Family Wines, hosted by Siduri Proprietor Adam Lee. Blue Water’s Executive Chef, Frank Pabst, will prepare a special four-course dinner menu to match the wines.

On the same evening, Brix Restaurant & Wine Bar will showcase Rodney Strong Vineyards, Wine Enthusiast’s 2013 American Winery of the Year. The Sonoma County region winery’s top wines will be presented by Winemaker Rick Sayre and paired with an unforgettable four-course dinner plus reception. The main course will feature three of Rodney Strong’s award winning single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons.

Tuesday, February 4 2014

Reception 6:30, Dinner 7:00

Blue Water Café + Raw Bar & Siduri Wines

1095 Hamilton Street, Vancouver

Tickets are $165 including taxes and gratuities: purchase yours by calling 604-688-8078.

Brix Restaurant & Wine Bar & Rodney Strong Vineyards

1138 Homer Street, Vancouver

Tickets are $110 plus taxes and gratuities: purchase yours by calling 604-915-9463.

Join us the following evening, February 5th, when the Sonoma in the City event will give Vancouverites a taste of the region’s quality and diversity, with more than 20 wineries and their principals pouring classic California varietals as well as some pleasant surprises.

Sonoma in the City – Vancouver

Terminal City Club

837 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

 Wednesday, February 5 2014

6:30 -9:00pm 

Tickets are $55 plus service charge; available here 

Net proceeds from the events will be donated to local charity, the British Columbia Hospitality Foundation. The event organizers wish to thank the US Consulate for its support of this event.

Township 7 Winery & Pacific Assistance Dogs Society Launch “Savour & Support” Campaign in BC

Making a pawsitive impact for people with disabilities 

Township 7 Vineyards & Winery is excited to partner with the Pacific Assistance Dogs Society in a fundraising campaign this fall.  The winery is donating .25¢ for every bottle of Township 7 Chardonnay, Merlot or Sauvignon Blanc sold the month of October at BC government wine stores.  In addition, Township 7 has teamed up with Blue Water Café for an inspiring and delectable charity dinner with all profits to PADS. For a quarter of a century, PADS dogs have changed lives. More than beautiful, healthy companions, they are specially trained to aid people. The non-profit Society trains assistance dogs for people with disabilities and supports their client/dog teams for the working life of the PADS’ dog.

Meet the friendly and hardworking dogs with PADS. Join us for a night of outstanding cuisine and wine at Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar paired with Township 7’s small lot, handcrafted wine from the Okanagan’s most spectacular wine region, the Naramata Bench.  Township 7′s proprietors will entertain guests while they indulge in executive chef Frank Pabst’s delicious wine/food pairings in Yaletown’s definitive dining destination.  Hear from PADS on their 25th anniversary on how their adorable service dogs give people with disabilities a new leash on life, while enjoying a taste of uniquely BC wines and extraordinary food.

Wine enthusiasts can enter to win tickets for two at this intimate multi-course experience by emailing info@township7.com from October 1-31, 2012 with “Savour & Support PADS contest” in the title and include their name, address, phone number and email address.  More details are at www.township7.com/PADS.

“We’re very honoured to partner with such a worthy local charity who assists those in need in our community in such a direct and meaningful way,” said Mike Raffan, proprietor Township 7 Winery. “As Retriever owners ourselves, we love the loyalty, intelligence and joy that our dog brings to our lives and understand the life changing value they must bring to their assisted clients.  We’re delighted to work with PADS again in their 25th year and wish them continued success with bringing an improved quality of life to so many in our communities.”

“PADS mission is to breed, raise, train and place assistance dogs for people with disabilities along with providing lifetime support to the working team,” said Laura Watamanuk, PADS Executive Director. “We currently have 77 working teams in the community along with over 40 puppies in training to meet the ever growing list of applicants.  PADS is funded completely by donations so we are very excited and thankful for our partnership with Township 7 Winery.  Their support enables PADS to change lives, one dog at a time.”

CHARITY DINNER – November 4, 2012

Blue Water Café + Raw Bar, 1095 Hamilton St., Vancouver or call 604.688.8078

Four course intimate wine dinner only $105 plus taxes & gratuity

 LDB SIGNATURE STORE TASTINGS

Cambie & 39th Vancouver – October 20 – with PADS team onsite!

Nicola Station, Port Coquitlam & Highgate Villate, Burnaby – October 26, 27

Nordel Crossing, Surrey & Meadowtown, Pitt Meadows – October 19, 20

Alberni & Bute, Vancouver & Fleetwood, Surrey – October 12, 13

Sidney, Vancouver Island – October 5, 6

ABOUT PACIFIC ASSISTANCE DOGS SOCIETY

A non-profit organization, PADS exists to serve the community and foster greater independence and enrichment for its clients. PADS helps those facing a disability by raising, training and placing life changing assistance dogs. PADS supports successfully matched client/dog teams throughout the dogs’ working lives. PADS matches each special dog with a client to create a life-long bond. www.pads.ca

ABOUT TOWNSHIP 7 VINEYARDS & WINERY

Old World inspired. Artisan winemaking. Township 7 has two scenic locations in the Fraser and Okanagan Valleys. Visit our friendly staff at our wineries in south Langley or on the Naramata Bench for a casual, fun atmosphere and enjoy a wine tasting, picnic, or one of our art festivals – theatre, music, charity fundraisers, and more! Taste our small lot wines, handcrafted with a minimalist philosophy from our sustainably managed vineyards.www.township7.com

Blue Water Cafe’s 8th Annual Unsung Heroes Festival

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February 1 – 29, 2012

Executive Chef Frank Pabst’s eighth annual Unsung Heroes Festival takes pride of place at Vancouver’s multiple award-winning Blue Water Cafe throughout the month of February.

Chef Pabst, who has won many culinary distinctions, has long been a champion of the sustainable fisheries movement. He created the Unsung Heroes Festival specifically to draw attention to the diversity of formerly under-utilized species. His concept is simple: Avoid species that are over-fished, or fished in ways that damage ocean beds or cause unnecessary by-catch, by introducing diners to new experiences and flavours using species found in abundance.

Since then, the Festival has become ‘wildly popular’ at Blue Water Cafe, as avid diners seek out new dishes, as well as returning favourites from Unsung Heroes past.

“Eight years ago, this was quite a radical concept,” Pabst says. “But now our guests are well-informed as to just how delicious and nutritional some of these lesser-known seafoods can be. I’m delighted that we’ve been able to introduce them into the mainstream.”

Again this year, 10% of proceeds will be donated to the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise sustainable seafood program, of which Blue Water Cafe is a founding member.

 

Unsung Heroes Menu

recommended as sharing plates for the table


Jellyfish
stir fried with pork jowl, lotus root, chili and green onions
hoisin sauce and pea shoot salad  10.50

Periwinkles
sea snails poached in a kombu seaweed broth
served chilled in their shells, nori shoyu vinaigrette  9.50

Herring
celery salad with preserved watermelon, walnuts, fuji apples, watercress  9.50

Herring Roe
taramasalata with herring roe, grilled flat bread, citrus marinated olives  10.50

Seaweed
kaiso sunomono, mixed seaweed salad with tosa-zu sauce and ginger  7.50

Anchovy
marinated white anchovies, pearl barley, cilantro chimichurri
parmesan, romaine lettuce  9.50

Geoduck
mirugai sashimi with karashi sumiso  15.50

Sea Cucumber
smoked potato and shiitake mushroom chowder
with sautéed sea cucumber and grilled scallions  10.50

Mackerel
broiled with sesame seeds, pickled sunchokes
kabayaki sauce with orange and long pepper  9.50

Octopus
charred octopus, swiss chard, chorizo, white bean purée, romesco sauce  11.50

Sardine
pan fried in a blanket
stuffed with pine nut gremolata, broccolini, harissa sauce  9.50

Red Sea Urchin
red sea urchin trifle, avocado cream, nori seaweed nest, yuzu sake purée
peruvian gooseberries, ponzu jelly  12.50

Foodie Fridays on News 1130 – #OYSTERS!

Foodie Fridays November 18, 2011 –  Click to listen

Listen live on News 1130 AM Friday’s 11:05 am (November 18 – 11:35 am).

Published originally in Daily XY

The Pacific Northwest is renowned for its oysters, but the recipe for a good oyster bar requires much more than just a fresh, meaty, brackish bivalve, and includes atmosphere, attentive service and additional menu items to complete the dining experience. Here are some top Vancouver spots for shucking and sucking.

Rodney’s Oyster House
A casual but corporate Yaletown oyster spot, Rodney’s Oyster House is always abuzz. The servers are mostly male, and prawn-garnished Caesars the drink of choice. Of course, the vast selection of oysters changes daily. Fresh bread fills the gap and is a useful tool to absorb the alcohol you may just feel motivated to consume when this place is inevitably rocking.1228 Hamilton St., 604-609-0080.

The Oyster
This tiny spot, housed in the original Vancouver Stock Exchange Building, is Vancouver’s newest addition to the oyster scene. The Oyster’s “buck a shuck” runs from 3 – 7 p.m. each day, but one must arrive early to have any chance of getting a seat. There’s a menu well-beyond the raw scallops and oysters stacked behind the bar, including steamer bowls, lobster rolls and squid po’ boys (perfect for a quick lunch). Completing the experience is the almost impeccable wine selection, as well as pre-made cocktails crafted by Brad Stanton, one of Vancouver’s top bartenders. 475 Howe St., 6048990323.

La Brasserie
A cozy Franco-German gem run by two brothers, La Brasserie has more going for it than just its leather banquettes and its signature dish, the Suckling Pig. They’ve got ocean-fresh buck-a-shuck oysters nightly from 9 – 12 p.m., for those who enjoy late-night dining. Diners can choose from over 30 craft European beers, and a strong selection of oyster-friendly wines.1091 Davie St., 604-568-6499.

Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House
This downtown icon has been shucking for over 25 years; imagine the accumulated shells. Sit at Joe Fortes’ oyster bar and watch champion speed-shucker “Oyster Bob” Skinner work his magic and turn out more molluscks in one night than you’ll shuck in a lifetime. Frequently cited Vancouver’s Best Oyster Bar, this is definitely the place to go if you want to people-watch. In the summer, hit the patio on Friday for the after work crowd. 777 Thurlow St., 604-669-1940.

Blue Water
While Vancouver is thick with stellar restaurants, Blue Water always comes up in any worthy food writer’s top-five list, regardless of whether oysters are a criterion. Here, Chef Frank Pabst focuses on sustainable seafood — which, of course includes oysters. Sit at the Raw Bar and watch the knives fly as the sushi chefs whip up sashimi. There’s always a terrific selection of oysters, along with various tasty dipping sauces, as well as impressive wine and cocktail menus. 1095 Hamilton St., 604-688-8078.

Top Toques: Mission Hill Family Estate Welcomes Blue Water Cafe and CinCin Ristorante

Join Mission Hill Family Estate Winery Chef Matthew Batey, and guest Chefs Frank Pabst and Todd Howard from acclaimed Vancouver restaurants — Blue Water Cafe and CinCin Ristorante — for the epicurean highlight of the Okanagan Spring Wine Festival.

Set in the elegant Chagall Room at Mission Hill, the Chefs will present an exclusive multi-course menu expertly paired with a compelling selection of wines drawn from the award winning Mission Hill Family Estate portfolio.

Friday, May 6
6:30 pm
$165.00 plus taxes

A one-hour wine and hors d’oeuvres reception will be followed by a six-course wine and food pairing dinner in the Chagall Room.
To reserve space book online or call 250.768.6483.

About Mission Hill Family Estate
Mission Hill Family Estate is world renowned for its award-winning wines, stunning setting, architecture, and Cuisine du Terroir-influenced Terrace Restaurant. The winery’s vineyards are located in five distinct growing regions of British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley. Reflective of the origin and unique character of the Valley and meticulous ‘Vine to Bottle’ program, Oculus, its signature Bordeaux-inspired wine, represents the pinnacle in premium winemaking. Proprietor Anthony von Mandl and winemaker John Simes produce elegant internationally acclaimed wines with New World flavours and Old World refinement from this incomparable wine valley. Visit missionhillwinery.com for more information and follow Mission Hill Family Estate on Twitter @missionhillwine.

Araxi, Blue Water Cafe, CinCin and West honoured at Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards

In British Columbia’s culinary industry, nothing salutes the advent of spring quite like the annual Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Unique in Canada, and now in its 22nd year, the awards were convened on Tuesday, April 12th at the Sheraton Wall Centre. A panel of 19 judges acknowledged industry excellence as Araxi, Blue Water Cafe, CinCin and West were honoured before a standing-room-only audience of leading restaurateurs, chefs and service professionals.

Lifetime Achievement Award, Jack Evrensel

A great honour for the entire Top Table Group saw our proprietor Jack Evrensel acknowledged for his leadership and excellence in the culinary arts during his lengthy career with the Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to just one British Columbian each year.

In his acceptance speech, Jack simply stated, “I would like to thank all the judges and Vancouver magazine. I would also like to thank everyone at Top Table—this is truly your recognition. It is my privilege and pleasure to work in an industry where people care for others and give of themselves.”

Araxi Restaurant + Bar

•    Best Whistler, Gold
•    Silver Wine List Award, Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival

For an unprecedented 11th year, Araxi was recognized once again with the Gold Award for Best Whistler restaurant, a testament to the hospitality of executive chef James Walt and restaurant director Neil Henderson.

“This splendid restaurant is one of the best things about Whistler,” one judge said of Araxi. “The commitment to local products and suppliers shines through the inventive dishes from chef James Walt’s kitchen.”

Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar

•    Best Formal Restaurant, Gold
•    Best Seafood, Gold
•    Best Formal Japanese, Honourable Mention
•    Platinum Wine List Award, Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival

Chef Frank Pabst, the 2010 Chef of the Year, together with restaurant director Stephan Cachard, led Blue Water Cafe to win both the inaugural Best Formal award and its fourth annual award for Best Seafood, as well as an Honourable Mention for Best Formal Japanese for its Raw Bar.

According to Vancouver magazine: “Blue Water Cafe scored highest with its ‘commitment to every aspect of the dining experience, starting with a chef, Frank Pabst, at the top of his game.’ ‘Always busy without feeling crowded, and expertly run,’ offered another judge, ‘Blue Water Cafe is the room you’d take an out-of-town visitor who wanted to experience the embodiment of Vancouver’s culinary sensibility.'”

CinCin Ristorante + Bar

•    Best Formal Italian, Silver
•    Gold Wine List Award, Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival

Executive chef Todd Howard has recaptured the legacy of CinCin’s storied forno and its welcoming rooms with classically inspired dishes heightened with modern nuances.

Moving CinCin smartly to the forefront of contemporary Italian cooking, Chef Howard and restaurant director Ricardo Ferreira, along with their colleagues, certainly captured the attention of the restaurant awards jury, who said that, “CinCin offers ‘quality dishes (and especially unforgettable desserts) in a vivid, buzzy room that appeals to visitors and locals alike.'”

West Restaurant + Bar

•    Best Formal Restaurant, Silver
•    Sommelier of the Year, Owen Knowlton
•    Platinum Wine List Award, Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival

Chef David Gunawan and restaurant director Brian Hopkins placed West just behind sister restaurant Blue Water Cafe in this hotly contested category that signals the very best in British Columbia dining. According to the Vancouver magazine judges, “David Gunawan brings regional expressions of the season to the plate with imagination and flawless technique.”

West’s wine program was also recognized, capturing not only Sommelier of the Year in the form of the ever-articulate Owen Knowlton, but also the Platinum Wine List Award, again with sister restaurant Blue Water Cafe, the only two recipients of this highest award.

Top Table is one of the most highly respected hospitality groups in Canada, encompassing four leading restaurants in Vancouver and Whistler: Araxi, CinCin, Blue Water Cafe and West, as well as the highly anticipated atelier, ‘thierry’ (Spring 2011). Continuing to evolve in the pursuit of excellence, each venue has received significant critical acclaim, both locally and internationally. For more information, visit www.toptable.ca.