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What’s Good This Week – V. Oct 4 +

Thanksgiving is upon us and there are lots for ways to be thankful, give to others and treat ourselves this week!

Harvest Haus

Harvest Haus – Until October 9

Held under the Festzelte at Queen Elizabeth Plaza – Harvest Haus brings folklore from the 1st century to the Great White North. Combining modern fare with authentic European harvest traditions, gather your closest mates for the most gluttonous and gratifying weekends of the year.

The crunch of fresh produce, crackle of the grill, the fizz of the pour, the bite of the chopping block and the clinking of glassware. Applause. Laughter. Conversation. Music. The sounds of autumn! PROST! Located in Downtown Vancouver on the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza, the Harvest Haus Halle seats up to 1,000 revellers. Choose from one of nine sittings, including a very special edition of Duelling Arts, to help celebrate the fruits of the season. Tickets

  • Yummy Foodies
  • Oyama
  • S’wich Cafe
  • German Pizza
  • Artisan Bake Shop
  • I Love Chocolate
  • German Crafts & Foods


Snacks For Kids Fundraiser – Proceeds from Dinners at all Flying Pigs and WildTale – Oct 5

100 percent of proceeds from dinner food sales at WildTale Restaurant in Yaletown as well as its sister restaurants, the Flying Pig locations, will go toward this important cause Oct 5 dinner. Firefighters themselves will be on hand to greet guests. Vancouver Firefighters Charities provide nutritious snacks to Vancouver kids in need throughout the school year.


Les Dames d’Escoffier FREE WINE TASTING!

On Friday, October 7 from 5pm-6:30 pm Les Dames d’Escoffier will be pouring our Dames White and Red all paired with cheese and charcuterie at Marquis Wine Cellars on Davie Street. Dame Mireille Sauve will be on hand to discuss the wines AND update us on the new rose she is currently fermenting. DAME Jennifer Schell’s latest cookbook, The Butcher, The Baker, The Wine and Cheese Maker, BY THE SEA , and third cookbook to date, will be available with a generous $10 going to our scholarship funds. AND I’ll be there too.

Eat Vancouver! Food Trends Tasting Class featuring Jackie Ellis, Denise Breyley, Sarah Stewart and Robertson Allen – Oct 5


Jackie, Denise, Sarah and Robertson will share their top food trends with panel moderator Lindsay William-Ross, answer your questions, and then invite EAT! guests to taste some of their favourite hidden gems found throughout the Pacific Northwest and meet the producers who so passionately make these unique products. Pinnacle Hotel Oct 5 7-9 pm -$35

12 kings

12 Kings Pub – CRAFT BEER – October 7

OCTOBER IS CRAFT BEER MONTH and I wish to god I could drink all the beers!

WHERE: 12 Kings Pub, 395 Kingsway, Vancouver
WHEN: OCT 7 @ 7pm


Cocktails at Chambar

For well over a decade, Chambar has built its reputation not only as a destination restaurant famous for its Belgian and North African influenced cuisine, but as a cocktail destination that has attracted and nurtured some of the city’s top talent. Step in and try the newest cocktail excellence from Philippe C. Grandbois, the new Creative Director of Mixology.  568 Beatty Street, Crosstown, Vancouver, B.C. www.chambar.com / (604) 879-7119

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Mulan in Vancouver – October 15

Mulan the Musical is coming to Vancouver, with a spectacular live performance at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Saturday, October 15.  Mulan is an exploration of adventure and victory that follows one girl’s determination to save her family. Expressing themes of loyalty and devotion through a captivating combination of dance, martial arts and music, Mulan tells the story of a young girl who takes the place of her ill father to fight in the army but must disguise her identity and serve as a man. Set in a time where a male from every family was conscripted to join the Chinese army, Mulan follows the courageous adventures of the main character as she sets out to prove her allegiance to both her family and China.

What’s Good This Week July 27

What’s Good This Week in and around Vancouver

It’s a little too hot for me these days in Vancouver and I’ve got the fan blasting in my ear in an attempt to remain coolish. This week you might be catching the fireworks, watching some Improv (I’m actually on stage – yikes), eating some Canadian Food or catching up with BC’s beer scene. Don’t forget to celebrate PRIDE and sample some tasty pride-themed treats!

Food Day Canada


Food Day Canada

What are you doing on July 30, 2016? We know you always choose a ton of Canadian food products when shopping and dining out, but on this day it’s a must as it’s the official Food Day Canada. This special day is a chance for Canadians from coast to coast to celebrate our farmers, fishers, chefs, researchers and home cooks, and for us that means local pork will be on the menu.

On West Coast there are many restaurants that you can head to for a special Food Day Canada Menu. Restaurants in Vancouver include Burdock, Campagnolo, Bishops, The Fish Counter, West, L’Abattoir, Forage, Royal Dinette, Timber, Cafe Medina, Juniper, Boulevard and more.

Since I’m the BC and Alberta Pork Ambassador, I’ve sussed out some of the menus where you can sample local pork.

Fable Kitchen – Pork and Scallop – Seared corn chowder, clams and truffle oil

West – Duo of Fraser Valley Porkbraised pork cheek, crispy pork belly, Swiss chard, bone broth

Araxi BC Surf and Turf – Fraser Valley Pork Belly with Island octopus, heirloom tomatoes and basil pistou

Cafe Medina – Food Day Canada Frittata – Skillet frittata of spicy smoked pork sausage with locally-grown leeks, potatoes, red spring onions, sweet corn and brie cheese.

Boulevard – Smoked Paradise Valley Pork Shoulder, Creamy Polenta, Zuchini, Pea Tip Salad, Chicharrones


Firecracker July 28

On July 28 I am the guest! Yikes! Come see me make a fool of myself (as usual). Special Guest Cassandra Anderton – Good Life Vancouver, Wine/Food Writer, Life-style Commentator
Firecracker! Dynamite ladies. Explosive comedy. Our all-female show featuring some of the best improvisers in Canada. The resulting comedy is inventive, unpredictable, uproarious and sure to spark your funny bone.

Watch out Vancouver as we light a fuse to Vancouver’s comedy scene – shattering stereotypes and sparking a lot of laughs. Firecracker! features an all-star cast of female improvisers. It’s a different improv experience from mixed-gender casts – women take more risks and play on the edge more when they play with only other women. The resulting comedy is inventive, unpredictable and uproarious. As in all VTSL productions, audience suggestions play a huge role in determining and driving the improvised action.


Coquitlam Kinsmen Craft Beer Festival July 30/31

July 30th, 2016 Town Centre Park, South Field, Coquitlam

Welcome to the 1st. Annual Coquitlam Kinsmen International Craft Beer Festival 2 Days – July 30th & 31st, 2016 (BC Day Long Weekend) at the Coquitlam Town Centre Park – South Field This festival is brought to you by the Kinsmen Club of Coquitlam as part of the official Coquitlam 125th Anniversary Celebrations, and looks to become one of the West Coasts must see yearly events on the ever growing craft beer circuit. Tickets

Pride Weekend Treats – Get Out and Sample Some! lucky's layers of pride doughnut 2 (photo credit lucky's doughnuts)

Lucky’s Doughnuts ‘Layers of Pride’ doughnut

Lucky’s Doughnuts has partnered with local charity A Loving Spoonful for their second-annual pride-inspired doughnut. All proceeds from the sale of these beautifully crafted, vanilla bean-glazed rainbow treats will help ALS offer healthy meal programs to men women and children living with HIV/AIDS in the Lower mainland. You can get your hands on one (or two, or three!) of these between 11am and 2pm at the BMO on Denman Street on Pride Day (July 31) while supplies last.

            What: Lucky’s Doughnuts ‘Layers of Pride doughnut
            When: Sunday, July 31 from 11am-2pm (while supplies last)
            Where: BMO Denman St. branch (958 Denman St.)
            Cost: minimum $5 donation

chambar la diversité pride cocktail (photo credit chambar)

Chambar’s “La Diversité”

Vancouver’s favourite Crosstown haunt has specially crafted a refreshingly bubbly cocktail to accompany the numerous Pride celebrations on July 31. An effervescent blend of gin, Fernet Branca and house-made herbal rhubarb grapefruit soda, La Diversité is a little sweet, a little bitter and a whole lot of fun.

            What: Chambar’s “La Diversité” Pride-themed cocktail
            When: Available during Pride weekend (July 30 – August 1)
            Where: Chambar Restaurant (568 Beatty St.) Cost: $14

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Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar’s Pride Week Rainbow Cocktails

Boulevard’s Beverage Director J.S. Dupuis will be featuring a festive  “rainbow of cocktails” for Pride Week. Their pride cocktail menu has a drink in every colour:

  • Cosmopolitan (red) – Absolut Citron, Cointreau, cranberry juice, lime. $12.
  • The Seeker (orange) – Lemon Hart Blackpool Navy Spiced, pineapple juice, cinnamon syrup, lime, Angostura bitters. $12
  • Sidecar (yellow) – Hennessy VS, Cointreau, lemon juice. $14
  • Last Word (green) – Gin, Chartreuse, Maraschino, lime. $14
  • Blue Hawaiian (blue) – Vodka, Blue Curaçao, pineapple. $12
  • Aviation (purple) – Gin, Maraschino, Violette liqueur, lemon juice. $14

            What: Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar’s rainbow cocktails
            When: Available during Pride Week
            Where: Boulevard Kitchen and Oyster Bar (845 Burrard St.)
            Cost: $12-$14

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Basil Pasta Bar’s “Naughty Penne”

All Pride Week, Basil Pasta Bar’s Davie Street location will be serving up – wait for it – phallic-shaped pasta. The penne dish is made with Alfredo sauce, veggies and your choice of protein. As for the garnish? Pieces of penis-shaped pasta. $1 from each “Naughty Penne” dish will go to Vancouver Pride Society.

What: Basil Pasta Bar’s “Naughty Penne” Pride pasta
When: July 24 – 31
Where: Basil Pasta Bar (636 Davie St.)
Cost: $9.69

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Beach Bay Café ‘Pride Collins’ Cocktail

Beach Bay Cafe & Patio’s award-winning Bar Manager Adrian Lindner is introducing a new Pride-themed cocktail that they’ll be mixing up during the festivities on July 31. The aptly named Pride Collins is a summer-forward sipper made with rhubarb, lemon shrub, gin and soda – best enjoyed al fresco overlooking the water on Beach Bay’s bustling patio.

            What: Beach Bay Café’s “Pride Collins” cocktail
            When: Sunday, July 31
            Where: Beach Bay Café (1193 Denman St.)

Best in BC Sommelier Award

Chambar Restaurant’s Jason Yamasaki Awarded “Best Sommelier in BC” Distinction
First Annual CAPS Competition to Send One Canadian to Compete for “Best Sommelier in the World” in 2015

The Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers (CAPS) in partnership with Association de la Sommellerie Internationale (ASI) has named Chambar Restaurant Sommelier, Jason Yamasaki, “Best Sommelier in BC”.

On November 3, 2014, 14 of the province’s top sommeliers gathered on Vancouver’s Granville Island for a morning of written theory and blind tasting exams. After compiling scores, the group was narrowed down to three candidates: Chambar’s Jason Yamasaki, Unsworth Vineyard’s Chris Turyk, and CinCin’s Shane Taylor. The competition then moved into a tense afternoon of Sommelierie testing including: sparkling and decantation service, food and wine pairing, wine list correction, and verbal blind tasting of 5 beverages. Principal judges, Ontario’s Bruce Wallner MS, Barbara Philip MW, and CAPS BC President, Michelle Bouffard, tabulated the final scores and declared Yamasaki the provincial winner.

In addition to being honored at the 2015 Vancouver International Wine Festival as “Best Sommelier in BC”, Yamasaki will also represent British Columbia in the “Best Sommelier in Canada” competition in Ontario in the spring of 2015, and could potentially represent Canada at the world competition.  

Chambar Goes Medieval

Chambar Celebrates Belgian National Day With Civilized Debauchery

On Sunday, July 22nd Chambar restaurant will host its annual medieval feast to celebrate Belgian National Day. In honour of his heritage, and Chambar’s vibrant cultural roots, Chef/Owner Nico Schuermans is set to cook up a feast for the ages that will include a spit roast pig cooked just outside Chambar’s doors on Beatty Street, and 17 courses served family style. This debaucherous dining experience will be rounded out with communal tables loaded with platters of meat and meters of Chambar Ale.

History buffs will recognize Belgium’s national holiday as the day that Leopold the 1st took the constitutional oath as the first King of Belgium on July 21st, 1831. For one night only, indulge with Chambar to honour this momentous occasion in Belgian history.

Medieval style costumes and furs are deemed festive, but not essential. Please note that due to the traditional nature of this celebration, vegetarian options and cutlery will not be available (neither were orthodox in 1831).

Guests are encouraged to reserve their seat early for what promises to be no-fuss, hands-on dining at its finest. The festivities kick-off at 6:00pm with seats priced at $70 per person, plus tax and gratuity. For reservations, phone 604-879-7119 or purchase tickets online at:  www.chambar.com/tickets

Chambar invites you to leave your day at the door for an unpretentious fling with fine dining. Housed in a refurbished brick and beam heritage building, the restaurant’s cuisine is a unique blend of Belgian and North African influences with a commitment to seasonal, organic and local ingredients. Chambar is located at 562 Beatty Street in the Crosstown District. Dinner is served nightly from 5:00pm – midnight. For reservations phone 604-879-7119 or visit: www.chambar.com.

Cooking For A Cause – Chef’s Celebrate the Great Bear Rainforest

The Gitga’at First Nation and King Pacific Lodge  have partnered to form Guarding the Gifts charitable organization in order to protect Great Bear Rainforest on BC’s northern coast which is in jeopardy as  projects such as the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline Project threaten to destroy this pristine country.

On May 11 Cooking for A Cause at the Georgia Cannery in Steveston, they marked this launch with a evening of entertainment, including performances by Mathew Good and the First Nations and singer Ta’Kaiya Blaney.  David Suzuki was on hand to deliver a keynote address and further inspired attendees to give generously to this cause.

On the culinary front, ingredients were sourced from the Great Bear Rainforest and chefs came together to present a variety of dishes showcasing these products.   Michael Stadtlander flew in from his farm in Ontario (Eigensinn Farm), King Pacific’s own Executive Chef Jesse McLeery and Pastry Chef Merri Schwartz were on hand in their chef’s whites, and local chefs included Robert Clark of C Restaurant, Nico Schuermans of Chambar, Andrea Carlson of Burdock & Co., Angus An of Maenam, Wendy Boys of Cocolico, Quang Dang of West Restaurant & Bar, Jonathan Chovancek of Kale & Nori Culinary Arts.

Using items such as sablefish, sardines, seaweed, mussels and octopus, the evening was especially geared towards seafood lovers.  Each dish was a tribute to the Rainforest and the ocean that surrounds it; the chefs captured nature on a plate.

Michael Stadtlander

Michael Stadtlander – One of the father’s of the recently trending farm to table cooking

Michael Stadtlander - Eigensinn Farm Terine salmon scallop sablefish squid

Eigensinn Farm’s salmon, scallop, octopus and sablefish terrine

Michael Stadtlander

Michael Stadtlander

Brent Petkau - The Oysterman

Brent Petkau – The Oysterman – Produces Courtesans on Cortes Island

Quang Dang of West


Quang's steamed sablefish mushroom couscous grand fir emulsion

West Restaurant’s Chef Quang Dang served steamed sablefish with blackened mushroom couscous grand fir emulsion


Andrea Carlson #cookingforacause dung crab creme fraich custard elderflower ice

Andrea Carlson put out Dungeness crab wrapped in leak with creme fraich custard and elderflower ice

Halibut from @KaleNori #cookingforacause stinging nettle pesto and rhubarb gastric

Halibut from Kale and Nori stinging nettle pesto and rhubarb gastric


Kale and Nori’s Jonathan Cho and Lauren Mote


C Restaurant - honey lemon glazed octopus cuke salad and oregano cracker

C Restaurant – Robert Clark and Lee Humphries – honey lemon glazed octopus with a cuke salad, tzatziki and an oregano cracker

Halibut from @KaleNori #cookingforacause stinging nettle pesto and rhubarb gastric

A closer look at the Halibut with the tinging nettle pesto and rhubarb gastric from Kale and Nori

#cookingforacause @KingPacific sardines consomme of cucumber

King Pacific sardines atop a cracker with a consomme of cucumber

Quang's steamed sablefish mushroom couscous grand fir emulsion

More of Quang’s steamed sablefish mushroom couscous grand fir emulsion


Maenam's Hot and Sour Soup

Maenam’s Hot and Sour Soup with Clams

Chambar at Cooking For a Cause

Chambar’s Mussels at Cooking for a Cause

Wendy Boys - Cocolicio Strawberry rhubarb shortcake

Wendy Boys – Cocolicio Strawberry rhubarb shortcake

Merri Schwartz - chocolate cremeux cherry seaweed cocoa nibs

Merri Schwartz – chocolate cremeux cherry seaweed cocoa nibs

Mathew Good

Matthew Good

David Suzuki Cooking for a Cause

David Suzuki

Napa Valley Vinters Wine Dinner at Chambar

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

A Fantastic evening with wines from Cain Vineyard & Winery and Grgich Hills Estate.

Wines will be paired with a five course dinner created by Chef Nico Schuermans.

Tickets are limited.

$115 plus HST (include 18% gratuity)

Special thanks for the gracious support of the United States Consulate General.



Chambar is thrilled to announce the addition of Jacob Sweetapple to the front of house team. Jacob officially takes the reigns of the bar program on November 4th following the departure of long-time bar lead Wendy McGuinness who is embarking on a year of international travel.

Sweetapple joins Chambar with a resume boasting experience behind the wood of some the world’s most reputable bars. Jacob graduated from the internationally recognized cocktail school Alex Beaumont in Sydney, Australia, before directing his efforts toward consultancy projects, bar management, brand ambassadorships, and international cocktail competitions.

At Chambar, Sweetapple will be leading the direction of the Belgian hotspot’s extensive bar program and guiding guests nightly through selections from the carefully curated cocktail, beer and wine cards.

Chambar invites you to leave your day at the door for an unpretentious fling with fine dining. Housed in a refurbished brick and beam heritage building, the restaurant’s cuisine is a unique blend of Belgian and North African influences with a commitment to seasonal, organic and local ingredients. Chambar is located at 562 Beatty Street in the Crosstown District. Dinner is served nightly from 5:30pm – midnight. For reservations phone 604-879-7119 or visit: www.chambar.com.

Chambar Champagne Dinners

On a more bubbly note…

With the holiday season fast approaching, Marquis Wine Cellars is teaming up with Chambar (www.chambar.com) to bring you two unique Champagne dinners. Guests will enjoy a selection of eight different Champagnes (Rosé, Non-Vintage Brut, Blanc de Blancs, Blanc de Noirs and Vintage) that have been paired with a specially crafted menu from Chef, Nico Schuermans.

Our guests of honour will be Françoise and Paul Couvreur who run the export company, Champagne et Villages, which represents many of the small grower Champagnes in the Marquis portfolio, such as José Dhondt and Bruno Gobillard. Paul is a 5th generation Champenois with extensive experience and knowledge of the Champagne region, having worked for 23 years for two of the major Champagne Houses. He will be on hand to talk about each producer and their Champagnes.

Tickets for these events are $150.00 (all inclusive) and are available exclusively through Marquis Wine Cellars. They can be purchased by calling 604-684-0445. Please specify which night you would like to attend when booking your tickets as a separate ticket is required for each event.

Date: Tuesday, October 25th, 2011 and Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Time: 7:00-10pm

Location: Chambar Restaurant, 562 Beatty Street

Cost: $150.00 (all inclusive)


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