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What’s Good This Week in Vancouver – March 29thish +

Events in and Around Vancouver

WHAT? It’s almost April, and this is our Vancouver weather? Well, at least Vancouver is a city that knows how to function in the rain and whether it’s pouring or sunny, we’ve always got a ton to do to distract us. What to do this week? Here’s just a few suggestions.

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March 30 Dining Out For Life

HELP OTHERS ONE SPOONFUL AT A TIME!

On Thursday, March 30, 2017, dine out for breakfast, lunch or dinner at participating restaurants and support people living with HIV/AIDS right here at home.

From Whistler to White Rock and across the Lower Mainland, our fantastic restaurant partners will contribute 25% of their food sales to A Loving Spoonful. All proceeds directly benefit the programs and services they provide free-of-charge, including:

  • An average 100,000 meals per year delivered by volunteers to those affected by HIV/AIDS in Metro Vancouver and surrounding regions
  • Nutritional counselling and meal planning
  • Easter Sundays where chefs donate their time to cook for a group of 50-60 people
  • Family Pantry Program where families receive fruits, vegetables, and other pantry essentials.
  • Snack Packs all clients receive: fresh fruit, yogurt, bread, juice, milk and more.

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Vancouver International Burlesque Festival  March 31 and April 1

The Vancouver International Burlesque Festival  is Canada’s most prestigious and longest running burlesque festival. Showcasing the finest local and international talent since 2006, the VIBF brings global talent and local superstars to downtown Vancouver every spring.

Our City has a rich history of burlesque and cabaret dating back to the Golden Age of Burlesque.  Vancouver has honoured this colourful history by becoming an incubator of cabaret talent and innovation.  The Vancouver International Burlesque Festival was founded in 2006 with an aim to showcase this talent and expose the wonderful people of Vancouver to the intricate art of burlesque. Over the last 10 years this project has grown into a world class cabaret experience. Each year we produce two showcase events highlighting many of the world’s most sought after burlesque performers alongside International Legends from the Golden Age of Burlesque and the best of Vancouver’s Glitteratti. Information.

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Angels of America Until April 23

Hailed as one of the most important works of 20th-century theatre, Angels in America is a timeless tale of companionship and abandonment that takes place when the personal became political. Set in New York City at the height of the Reagan era and the beginning of the AIDS crisis, Tony Kushner’s modern masterpiece contrasts the lives of five individuals struggling with identity issues alongside the crippling effects of stereotypes and an incurable diagnosis. Through spectacular staging, their stories intersect and crescendo in an exhilarating conclusion that will leave you breathless.

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Sakura & Sake Menu

Market by Jean-Georges is celebrating the changing of the seasons with a sakura-inspired tasting menu, available from 1 to 30 April 2017. Created by executive chef Ken Nakano, the Sakura tasting menu pays homage to his Japanese heritage, and is inspired by his mother. Reservations are recommended, and can be made online or by calling 604 695 1115.

Sake-Based Cocktails

As an aperitif to the Sakura menu, guests are encouraged to try the sake-infused cocktails, such as the Sakura Sour made with Junmai Nama Nigori Sake, sakura-infused brandy, lychee, Japanese plum wine, and Strawberry Mah Kwan bitters.  Each cocktail uses award-winning Osake sake from Artisan SakeMaker, handcrafted on Granville Island by sakemaker Masa Shiroki. Osake is Canada’s first locally produced fresh premium

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Burdock & Co’s Harvest lunchtime pop-up Wednesday, March 29 – 31 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Burdock & Co, 2702 Main Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V5T 3E8.  Burdock & Co is bringing the spring harvest to Mount Pleasant. Stop by and grab a bowl of hot ramen, crafted by Chef Gabriella Meyer of Harvest Community Foods using fresh local produce and sustainably sourced meats. Noodle bowls include classic ramen creations and vegetarian options. Menu includes: Burdock & Co’s famous Fried Chicken and Duck Tonkotsu Ramen with Onsen Egg and Bacon Tsukemen with Dipping Noodles and Harvest Pork Ramen with Candied Bacon and a Vegetarian option Seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis

harvest community foods ramen with squash miso broth, diakon, nori and sesame

 

What’s Good In March

A Round Up Of What’s Good In March around Vancouver

VIFF presents Crushed

Her father’s death brings Elliot back to the family home and business, a 100-year-old vineyard on the brink of bankruptcy. Here, she unravels the mystery of his death by facing her own traumatic past. The film explores themes of loss, memory, and renewal, while paralleling the disintegration of a family with the corporate abuse of a landscape. This “environmental thriller” has been enthusiastically received by juries and audiences alike, screening at the Montreal, Napa Valley and Melbourne Underground film festivals.

Friday March 11th at 6:30 PM – Filmmaker in attendance
This film is followed by a ‘Whodunit’ Reception to assist in the investigation of women in genre. Donita Dyer reviews the film on Food and Wine Concierge herePurchase Ticket

Victoria Beer Week March 4-12 Every year we say we are going to get here, but alas! There’s still time for you though. Head over for a series of events highlighting a broad selection of BC craft breweries. The week is grounded in events that pair BC craft beer with local Victoria artisan food vendors, with a clear focus on showcasing quality BC craft beer and educating beer enthusiasts. Smaller tastings, seminars and micro-events happen at various venues throughout the week.

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Salt Spring In The City March 4-6 at Vancouver’s Heritage Hall at 15th & Main. The island’s bohemian lifestyle and fresh finds from from over 30 unique brands. From the modern to the rustic, chic to traditional — there’s something for everyone. Rumour has it there’s cider and wine!

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International Women’s Day at L’Abattoir – Tuesday, March 8 6:00-8:00pm  Meet the female forces shaping Vancouver’s hospitality industry – An empowering panel discussion between some of the leading ladies of Vancouver’s hospitality industry. These high-profile women will discuss the challenges they’ve faced in getting to where they are now, as well as the positive steps they’ve seen taken in our industry.  Doors open 5:30-6:00pm, no latecomers Reception & cash bar 6:00-6:30pm Panel discussion 6:30-8:00pm Where: L’Abattoir Restaurant, private dining room (217 Carrall Street, Vancouver, B.C.) Cost: Entry by cash donation to a local rape crisis and transition centre ($15 minimum). How: To ensure a spot, please RSVP with your name and number of attendees to bronwen@labattoir.ca.

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Dining Out For Life THURSDAY, MARCH 10-  Dine out for breakfast, lunch or dinner at participating restaurants and support people living with HIV/AIDS right here at home.

From Whistler to White Rock and across the Lower Mainland, restaurant partners will contribute 25% of their food sales to registered not-for-profits Friends For Life and A Loving Spoonful.

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Swallow Tail Supper Club – Saturday, March 12th – 6:30pm 5 Course Dungeness Crab Feast by Chef Jacob Deacon-Evans (Wildebeest/West) $69 3 Starters of fresh uni and octopus straight from the sea, followed by whole honey smoked Dungeness crab plus dessert.  It’ll be messy, decadent fun! – BOOK

Bombay Sapphire

DISCOVER BOMBAY SAPPHIRE FRIDAY, MARCH 18
3:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. at BCLDB 39th and Cambie
Discover the complex and refined taste of Bombay Sapphire and Bombay Sapphire East. This carefully crafted gin is perfect for blending in premium cocktails!
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17TH Annual Healthy Chef Competition Wednesday, March 16, 2016 6:30 PM at Hyatt Regency $90 The challengers will create, prep and dish up approximately 70 plates each including an entrée and dessert that includes the prominent use of fresh produce. BCPMA at 604-944-0179 or email info@bcpma.com.  Beach Grove Golf Club; EBO Restaurant and Lounge; The Arts Institute International Culinary Schools; Pretty Estates Resort; Torafuku;  Vancouver Community College; Wild Fig Restaurant (Executive Inn); The Hyatt Regency Vancouver and, new this year, White Spot.

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Swallow Tail Supper Club – Saturday, March 19th – 6:30 pm – TIKI inspired, tropical secret supper. Byo cocktails, they’ll supply the shakers. Escape the rain with Chef Jane Cornborough (L’Abattoir) $49

“poisson cru” marinated fish/scallop in coconut milk 2. lime and grilled cantaloupe, 3.  Lettuce rolls with sirloin and mango, spicy dipping sauce, 4.Tropical chicken roasted to succulent perfection 5. Pineapple upside down rum cake – BOOK

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BC Distilled 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.

 

 

DINING OUT FOR LIFE 2015

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On Thursday, March 26, dine out for breakfast, lunch or dinner at participating restaurants and support people living with HIV/AIDS right here at home.

From Whistler to White Rock and across the Lower Mainland, our fantastic restaurant partners will contribute 25% of their food sales to registered not-for-profits Friends For Life and A Loving Spoonful. All proceeds directly benefit the programs and services they provide free-of-charge, including:

  • Over 110,000 meals per year delivered to those affected by HIV/AIDS in Metro Vancouver and surrounding regions
  • Nutritional counselling and meal planning
  • 60+ support therapies ranging from therapeutic massage to naturopathy, music therapy to yoga
  • End-of-life care to people in their own homes

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HIV/AIDS IN BC: In 2011, the Public Health Agency of Canada estimated 71,300 people living with HIV/AIDS in Canada — with over 25% residing in British Columbia. Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside maintains the highest HIV prevalence in the Western world, reaching as high 27%.
While new infection rates in B.C. have thankfully decreased, advanced therapies mean people with HIV/AIDS are living longer and the number of people who depend on the services of Friends For Life and A Loving Spoonful continues to grow.

Dine out on Thursday, March 26, 2015 and make it a day to remember.

Why not invite your friends to dine out as well?

 

Dining Out For Life

dining out for lifeThe 20th Annual Dining Out For Life will take place on Tuesday, March 25, 2014

On that day, British Columbia’s largest hospitality fundraiser will see participating restaurants from Whistler to White Rock and across the Lower Mainland come together and donate 25% of their food sales in support of local men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS.

All proceeds directly benefit the programs and services provided free-of-charge by registered not-for-profits Friends For Life and A Loving Spoonful, including:

  • Over 110,000 meals per year delivered to those affected by HIV/AIDS in Metro Vancouver and surrounding regions
  • Nutritional counselling and meal planning
  • 60+ support therapies ranging from therapeutic massage to naturopathy, music therapy to yoga
  • A weekly hot lunch program for youth affected by HIV/AIDS
  • End-of-life care to home-bound clients

HIV/AIDS IN THE LOWER MAINLAND: In 2011, the Public Health Agency of Canada estimated 71,300 people living with HIV/AIDS in Canada — with over 25% residing in British Columbia. Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside maintains the highest HIV prevalence in the Western world, reaching as high 27%.
While new infection rates in B.C. have thankfully decreased, advanced therapies mean people with HIV/AIDS are living longer and the number of people who depend on Friends For Life and A Loving Spoonful’s services continues to grow.

On Tuesday, March 25, 2014, fill your plate and help us fill theirs.

DINING OUT FOR LIFE Thursday, March 7, 2013

dining out for lifeMake a difference – dine out and support people living with HIV/AIDS on Thurday March 7, 2013.

Dining Out For Life is BC’s largest restaurant fundraiser, benefiting A Loving Spoonful and Friends For Life.

Thank you to the fantastic restaurants from Whistler to White Rock and across the Fraser Valley who will contribute 25% of their food sales to people living with HIV/AIDS.  Over the last 18 years Dining Out For Life restaurant partners have raised over $3 million for HIV/AIDS support services.

Invite your friends & dine out on March 7.

Visit a Vancity 20% Off Tuesday Savings Card restaurant and SAVE all year on every Tuesday at any of the participating restaurants.

Look for the FREE Enter to Win contest forms at ALL of our Dining Out For Life restaurant partners.  Three chances to win!

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Cactus Club English Bay is taking part this this year’s Dining Out For Life on Thursday, March 29, 2012

Dining Out for Life is BC’s largest restaurant fundraiser benefiting Friends for Life and A Loving Spoonful.  Last year over 240 restaurants came together to raise $200,000 to support people living with HIV/AIDS.

On March 29th, Cactus Club English Bay will be donating 25% of each food bill at lunch and dinner to Dining Out For Life.

It is a great chance to enjoy this remarkable location and support a worthy cause.

You can check out all the information on Dining Out For Life here www.diningoutforlife.com/vancouver

For information on Cactus Club, please feel free to contact us or check out www.cactusclubcafe.com

Memphis Blues Throws Its Weight Behind a Great Cause

Both Vancouver Memphis Blues Barbeque House Locations to Participate in ‘Dining Out For Life’ on Thursday, March 29th

George Siu and Park Heffelfinger, owners of the Memphis Blues Barbeque House group of restaurants, are pleased to announce that both the Broadway (1465 Broadway Avenue, Vancouver) and Commercial (1342 Commercial Drive, Vancouver) restaurants will be participating in this year’s Dining Out For Life on Thursday, March 29th, an annual charity event that raises money for AIDS service organizations.

Over 250 restaurants from Whistler to White Rock and across theFraserValleywill contribute 25% of their sales that day to people living with HIV/AIDS.  Participating restaurants have raised over $3 million for HIV/AIDS support services over 16 years.

Dining Out For Life is BC’s largest restaurant fundraiser, benefiting A Loving Spoonful and Friends For Life.

 

Numerous advances have been made in the field of HIV/AIDS research, helping people live happier and longer.  This progress could not have been possible without the support that comes through individual Canadians, and through organizations like Dining Out For Life.

George says, “I’m fortunate to not have had friends pass on from this terrible disease, however I do have friends that live with HIV every day. This disease has no boundaries, does not discriminate and has taken far too many lives. Whatever we can contribute to help find a cure we are happy to do so.

Park continues, “I have lost some great friends to AIDS in the past and have some who are living with it.  Anything I can do to help Canadians fighting this disease or assisting those that live with it is simply the right thing to do.

Invite your friends to Dine Out this March 29th.  For more information, as well as a c0mplete list of participating restaurants, please visit DiningOutForLife.com/Vancouver.

About Memphis Blues Barbeque House:

Launched by George Siu and Park Heffelfinger in Vancouverin September 2001, Memphis Blues Barbeque House celebrated its 10th anniversary last year, after serving tens of thousands of happy customers from all across the globe, winning dozens of awards, and garnering citywide and national acclaim – all in the name of spreading the juicy gospel of succulent, slow-roasted Southern baah-bee-cue.  Innovators from the start, they were the first casual self-serve restaurant in the city with a sophisticated twist to what is now a celebrated, but reasonably-priced wine list, recognized by Wine Access Magazine as being one of the ’50 Best Wine Restaurants in Canada’ three years in a row.  Memphis Blues also boasts one of the most extensive Bourbon selections in the city!

The boys have also released a best-selling cookbook, Memphis Blues Barbeque House – Bringin’ Southern BBQ Home (Whitecap Books, 2008), and have just released a series of unique Memphis Blues Rubs and Sauces. A sixth store is set to open in downtown Vancouver in May, and further expansion is planned for Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba in the coming months.  Memphis Blues has also extensively grown their catering division, and are a sought-after partner for weddings, corporate events, and more.  Now let’s eat! 

Trafalgars Bistro is a proud supporter of Dining Out for Life 2012

On Thursday, March 29th we will be donating 25% of our daily food revenue to A Loving Spoonful and Friends for Life, two wonderful charities that help those living with HIV & AIDS. Chef Matthew Villamoran will be making mouths water with a special 3 course prix fixe menu for $35 (menu below). All you have to do to help is join us for a night of fantastic food, wine & company!  If you can’t join us for the feature dinner menu, you can always swing by to try our new Spring lunch menu instead.

Our farmer Miles Smart from Cherry Lane Farms in Richmond has reported that the first bursts of green are showing up in his fields so we know spring is arriving! Be sure to visit our website frequently to keep up to speed with our always seasonal, sustainable & local fare

Dining Out for Life Thursday March 29 From 5pm

 Amuse Bouche

 Appetizer choose one

Spring Garlic Soup -garlic chips, chives, garlic oil-

 Local Beet Salad -beets, goat’s cheese, hazelnut mulch-

 BC Sardine -garlic & herb whole sardine, artichoke & fennel salad, eggplant puree-

 Entree choose one

 Pacific Northwest Halibut -israeli couscous, sea asparagus, side stripe prawn, preserved meyer lemon-

 Cucumber Risotto -roasted yellow pepper, jalapeno, cilantro-

 Peace Country Lamb Burger  -red onion jam, aged chedar, arugula, aioli, fries, house made brioche-

Dessert choose one

 triple chocolate mousse

lemon cheese cake

passion fruit flan

$35 per person excluding tax & grat

DINING OUT FOR LIFE

Thursday, March 24, 2011
Exciting info coming soon about Dining Out For Life 2011!

Eat out & support people living with HIV/AIDS

Over 200 restaurants from Whistler to White Rock and across the Fraser Valley will donate 25% of their food revenues that day to A Loving Spoonful and Friends For Life .

Invite your friends & dine at a participating restaurant for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Click here to view Participating Restaurants.

It’s the easiest good deed you’ll do this year!

Our sincere thanks to our sponsors, in particular our presenting sponsor Sumac Ridge Estate Winery.

Sumac Ridge Estate Winery is a Proud Title Sponsor for Dining Out for Life 2010

Winery gives to HIV/AIDS charities for March 25th event

Sumac Ridge Estate Winery is proud to announce their involvement with this year’s annual Dining out for Life on March 25, 2010, benefitting A Loving Spoonful and Friends for Life, two organizations who provide invaluable services to people living with HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses. Held at over 230 restaurants across greater Vancouver, this event is sure to both satisfy the palates of Vancouver’s foodies and the needs of these two amazing charities.

More Information:

Sumac Ridge Estate Winery is proud to announce their continued support for Vancouver’s Dining Out for Life, a one day event on March 25, 2010. In their second year as a title sponsor of the event, Sumac Ridge is pleased to continue their support. 

Sumac Ridge will donate $1 for every bottle of Sumac Ridge wine sold in the month of March to help support people living with HIV/AIDS. Sumac Ridge is also excited to present the Dining Out for Life grand prize, a “Great Estates of the Okanagan Wine Tour” for two. Valued at more than $1000, the prize will include a two-night stay at the Summerland Waterfront Resort, dinner at Sumac Ridge’s acclaimed Cellar Door Bistro, and specialized VIP winery tours at Nk’Mip Cellars, Inniskillin Okanagan Vintners, Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate, See Ya Later Ranch, and of course Sumac Ridge Estate Winery. This exciting prize is available to diners who participate in Dining Out for Life.

Formed in 1991, Dining Out for Life is organized in 55 cities throughout Canada and the United States. Vancouver’s event benefits A Loving Spoonful and Friends for Life, who provide invaluable services to people living with HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses. Last year’s event saw a record number of restaurants from Whistler to White Rock and across the Fraser Valley donating 25% of their sales for the one evening. With over 230 participating restaurants, Friends for Life and A Loving Spoonful received donations totalling over $200,000. Sumac Ridge encourages diners to eat out on March 25 at their favourite participating restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

For more information and a complete list of participating restaurants, please go to http://www.diningoutforlife.com/vancouver.

A Loving Spoonful provides free, nutritious meals to men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS in Greater Vancouver and the surrounding areas. In the last year alone, A Loving Spoonful has provided over 100,000 meals to those who need it most. For more information, please visit www.alovingspoonful.org.

Friends for Life supports people living with life-threatening illnesses such as HIV/AIDS, their families and their caregivers. This leading wellness centre was formed with the belief that no one should face a serious illness alone, and offers a broad range of complementary and integrative therapies aimed at shifting the focus from illness to wellness. For more information, please visit www.friendsforlife.ca.

Founded by Harry McWatters in Summerland, British Columbia in 1979, Sumac Ridge Estate Winery is the oldest operating estate winery in British Columbia. Notable wines crafted by winemaker Mark Wendenburg from Sumac Ridge’s vineyards (including its acclaimed 115 acre Black Sage Vineyard) include Gewürztraminer, Meritage, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, “Methode Classique” sparkling wines, and Icewine. Open year-round, Sumac Ridge Estate Winery offers tours, a retail shop, a wine tasting bar, and a private Founder’s Tasting Room. The winery is also home to the highly praised Cellar Door Bistro which offers exceptional regional cuisine. For more information, please visit www.sumacridge.com.