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Wines of Chile Dish and Dazzle

June 17 at the Fairmont Pacific Rim.  Benefiting the BC Hospitality Foundation and hospitality professionals, this exciting joint fundraiser will feature more than 25 wineries from across Chile’s diverse wine regions, food from 12 of Vancouver’s best restaurants, and a high-stakes pisco-sour-themed cocktail competition. This dazzling night is sure to delight and entertain (tickets, $99 via the BC Hospitality Foundation).

Wines of Chile is the THEME REGION for the Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival in 2012! Ready to expand upon the innovative initiatives of the festival, we hope to make 2012 a year to remember. Wines of Chile is ready to present their best to the wine world at the Festival, which sees more than 1500 wines, 60 events, and 25,000 people who visit every year!

On the final day of tasting at the 2011 Playhouse Wine Festival, Chile kicked off the next year of planning with a surprise for those waiting in line:

We hope you will pass this along to your friends and colleagues, to share this video widely and help us spread the word. We want next year to be the best festival ever!

About Chile:

The Chilean wine industry has undergone numerous and profound transformations over the past 30 years. These transformations have allowed a new generation of talented viticulturists and winemakers to capitalize on Chile’s viticultural paradise and to produce World Class Wines of unique character and personality. Chile is the world’s seventh largest wine producer and the fifth largest exporter, with 150 destination countries and 1.5 billion consumers per year, Chilean wines are positioned as the country’s most emblematic and best known world ambassador.

The vision of the Chilean wine industry is to become the number one producer of sustainable and diverse premium wines by 2020. Wines of Chile offer unique sustainable premium quality and diversity, ranging from cool climate to full-bodied fruity wines, with consistent high quality and value.

Fairmont Pacific Rim’s Earth Hour

The Fairmont Pacific Rim has stocked up on candles, lined up “unplugged” musicians, and is ready to pour a “green” drink in honour of Earth Hour – Saturday, March 26th from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

As homage to Earth Hour, the night will include a candlelight dinner in the pan-Asian bistro, ORU and acoustic entertainment in the Lobby Lounge. For purists, diners can select from the raw menu that is featured as part of the Lifestyles Cuisine Plus program.  

Although Kermit said, “it’s not easy being green”, he will be honoured with an eco-cocktail called Kermit’s Katana that features local artisanal sake from Granville Island, cucumber slices, fresh lime juice and vodka and two for one prices during Earth Hour.  Guests will be checked in by candlelight and can participate by turning off their lights and power in their guestroom.  

To continue their active support of a sustainable future and to promote environmental responsibility within the company, the hotel’s environmental committee has issued a challenge to staff who will be off-site during the event to sign a voluntary pledge to take part in Earth Hour.

Fairmont Hotels – Rate for BC Residents

Vancouver bound from now to the New Year? Call Vancouver home from the center of the city and take advantage of all the shopping, dining and nightlife outside your very front door. BC residents will want to jump on this special Fairmont Hotels & Resorts offer that features a unique way to stay and savour the flavours of three landmark downtown hotels: The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, The Fairmont Waterfront and Fairmont Pacific Rim.

Rates for the “My city. My places.” range from just $129 nightly at The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver and The Fairmont Waterfront and $159 at the Fairmont Pacific Rim. Only eligible to BC residents from now until January 9, 2011, full details can be found at www.fairmont.com/promotions/mycity.

Things get even better for guests with the ability to stay and savour the renowned dining outlets that include: Griffins Restaurant, 900 West Lounge, Herons Restaurant and Lounge, Oru and the Lobby Lounge. Visit any restaurant or lounge to experience locally authentic flavours and simply sign the tab to your hotel. There are six restaurant options within the Fairmont family that are yours to nibble and nosh away. Experience Fairmont your way and graze from drinks to dinner to dessert or mix it up and choose a different table for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

For reservations or more information, please call 1-888-355-5499, contact your travel professional or visit www.fairmont.com. Offer is subject to availability and is based upon single or double occupancy, taxes extra. Valid for stays on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with the exception of December 31st. BC Provincial ID is required at time of check-in.

ABOUT FAIRMONT HOTELS & RESORTSWith over 60 distinctive hotels, including the iconic Fairmont San Francisco and Fairmont Peace Hotel, Shanghai, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is an unrivalled collection of properties located in some of the world’s most coveted destinations. Known for its warm, engaging service and culturally rich experiences, this global hospitality brand features classic hotels that imbue a sense of heritage, sophistication and social importance and are often considered destinations in their own right. Fairmont is also committed to responsible tourism and is an industry leader in sustainable hotel management with its award-winning Green Partnership program. Fairmont is owned by FRHI Holdings Limited, a leading global hotel company with over 95 hotels under the Fairmont, Raffles, and Swissôtel brands. The company also manages Fairmont and Raffles branded residences, estates and luxury private residence club properties. For more information or reservations, please call 1-800-441-1414 or visit www.fairmont.com.


Jonathan Boerboom, a second cook at Fairmont Pacific Rim, competed against provincial representatives from across the country to win the Chaine des Rotisseurs’ Black Box competition held in Vancouver on October 23, 2010 and with it, the title of Jeune Commis of Canada. As top toque, he will travel to Istanbul, Turkey in September 2011 to represent Canada in the International Chaine des Rotisseurs Culinary Competition.

“This is a proud moment for Jonathan and our hotel,” said Randy Zupanski, general manager of the Fairmont Pacific Rim. “We are thrilled to have him as one of our shining stars in our kitchen.”

The infamous “black box” competition, a pressure cooker of an event in the culinary arena, was the format for the event. Competitors received a box with a variety of items that was used to create an appetizer, entrée and a dessert. In addition to three kitchen judges who oversaw the proceedings and ensured everything was used, there was a separate jury of 12 who adjudicated the taste and presentation of the final product.

Each contestant was provided with Dungeness crab, Qualicum Bay scallops, lamb loin, lamb shank, chanterelle mushrooms and milk chocolate, and had access to a common table of ingredients. Boerboom’s winning menu consisted of: a starter of steamed scallops with a Dungeness crab mousse and Parisienne gnocchi; an entrée of

Roasted lamb loin with mushroom and braised lamb shank cannelloni; and for dessert, a lemon basil panna cotta with milk chocolate macaroons.

Boerboom is a graduate of the International Culinary School at the Arts Institute of Vancouver and was hired by Executive Chef David Wong as part of the opening team at Fairmont Pacific Rim. He nearly ended up behind the lens of a camera rather than behind a commercial stove. Originally enrolled in pharmacy, he decided to pursue his love of film, however when a savvy career counselor inquired about hobbies, it was clear that a career in the culinary field was a recipe for success.

The Chaine is a not-for-profit association that is represented in 70 countries and has over 25,000 members. The group unites professional and amateur gastronomes who appreciate and share an interest in cuisine, wine and fine dining, and is dedicated to the training of future chefs. Each year, a Commis Rotisseurs competition is held to select a winner to represent them at the international final held in one of the member countries.

Rockin’ Ronnie Shewchuk at the Fairmont Pacific Rim on Sundays

Summer heats up on Sunday with a jazzy barbeque featuring international grilling champ and author of BBQ Secrets Deluxe, Rockin’ Ronnie Shewchuk.  The grill is fired up from 11:00 a.m. through 4:00 pm, with live blues and jazz music starting at 1:00 p.m.    The $24 buffet includes pulled pork, home baked bread, baked beans, greens, coleslaw, potato salad, and grilled pineapple with caramel

New Fairmont Pacific Rim Readies To Open in Vancouver

Luxe hotel offers quintessential west coast experience 

The Fairmont Pacific Rim, fronting one of Vancouver’s best addresses, is a newcomer to an area rich in history and intrigue.  With unobstructed views of the north Shore Mountains, Stanley Park and Coal Harbour, guests are treated to the vistas that have transfixed travelers since Captain Vancouver arrived in 1792.  Sophisticated and cosmopolitan, but casual and contemporary, the hotel combines the best of Asia and the west coast, in its plan, décor, and culinary offerings.  A downtown oasis, it was designed to five star standards with resort features such as a rooftop swimming pool, meditation pods, outdoor fireplaces, and spa.

The 377-room Fairmont Pacific Rim, full for the 2010 Olympic Games, debuts in March with rates starting from $229 for a guestroom, $249 for Bed & Breakfast, and $299 for Fairmont Gold, which includes butler services.  Prices (CDN) are valid through June 30, 2010, exclude taxes and are based on double occupancy. Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-441-1414 or through www.fairmont.com/pacificrim.

Guests enter the marble-clad lobby, via a bridge flanked by waterfalls, where a one-of-a-kind $225,000 Fazioli piano takes centre stage.   Soaring across the ceiling is a 180-foot long sculpture handcrafted by master origami artist Joseph Wu, while floor-to- ceiling windows allow light and views to enter and a sleek fireplace warms the room.  The Lobby Lounge serves afternoon artisan teas and tableside cocktails via an Art Deco trolley and has a raw bar that features seasonal seafood, sushi and comfort foods with a twist.  Live entertainment is played throughout the week and on Sunday afternoons.

The Pan-Asian bistro, ORU – a derivation of the Japanese word that means “to unfold” – serves authentic dishes from the scratch kitchen.  A tandoori oven bakes naan, bannock and lavish and is accompanied by house-made sambal.  Homemade noodles, Ocean-Wise seafood, locally sourced and organic ingredients are presented in a menu that represents the diversity of the Pacific Rim and the culinary skills of executive chef David Wong. ORU boasts the largest in the city, a wine list that emphasizes Pacific Northwest labels, a private dining room, communal table and front-row chef’s table. 

Giovane is an Italian-inspired café with deli, charcuterie, ooh-la-la specialty cakes and house-roasted ethical coffee.  A 50-foot long emporium wall features an eclectic assortment of local crafts and culinary items, including fresh breads made in the pastry shop, to purchase.   

State-of-the-art guestrooms include surround sound, media connectivity, bedside controls and “tv mirrors”.  Mascioni linens, Stearns & Foster beds, Nespresso coffee makers, and spa-like bathrooms with “mirror televisions” are a standard. 

The “Bucket List” Chairman’s Suite, nicknamed the Rock Star suite for its private elevator and elegant entertaining options, and was inspired by a Balinese villa.  At 2,250 square feet, it includes a custom eight-foot long crystal chandelier that cascades over a two-storey salon, master bedroom with fireplace, 500 square foot ensuite marble bathroom with hand-carved soaker tub, two living rooms, butler’s pantry, private exercise area and outdoor landscaped terrace with cabana, meditation pond and fire pit.  A “rich and famous” suite, it is also ideal for a private party or wedding with a capacity of up to 60 people. 

Willow Stream Spa has nine treatment areas, a lounge for couples, men, and women, a mani-pedi room, full fitness centre and yoga studio.  Treatments include access to a private 2,500 square foot outdoor deck with meditation pods, cabanas, and Jacuzzis. 

The hotel’s 15,000 square feet of meeting and function space consists of eight meeting rooms with pre-function space and two ballrooms capable of holding 400 guests.  Synchronized service is the norm, and selections range from traditional Indian wedding menus to bento boxes for groups. 

Art plays a leading role in the hotel, beginning with the building’s exterior.  A million dollar artwork, created by UK artist Liam Gillick, wraps around the corner and up floors five through 22, providing a demarcation of the hotel and luxury residences above.  The artwork consists of 2’ high stainless steel letters in Helvetica bold font and is a running line of repeated text: lyingontopofabuildingthecloudslookednonearerthanwhenIwaslyingonthestreet ((Lying on top of a building the clouds looked no nearer than when I was lying on the street…).

Also outside, is a “rice wall” with an abstract forest scene viewed through a series of perforated stainless steel screens. At close range appears to be a textural wall finish and it’s only from a distance that the impression can be seen, proving the maxim, “you can’t see the forest for the trees”. 

BC images are exhibited throughout the hotel with landscapes and stunning vintage wildflower photographs in the public spaces.  Scenes of water, forest or skies are displayed in guestrooms.    

Fairmont Pacific Rim has been developed through the partnership of Westbank and Peterson Group, two established real estate companies based in Vancouver, British Columbia.  Westbank and Peterson Group are innovators both well known for building luxury residential buildings.

ABOUT FAIRMONT HOTELS & RESORTS:  A leader in the global hospitality industry, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is a celebrated collection of 60 distinctive hotels, which includes iconic landmarks like The Fairmont San Francisco, Fairmont The Norfolk, Nairobi and Canada’s Fairmont Banff Springs and more than 20 new properties in development, including London’s The Savoy and the Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai re-opening next year following extensive restoration programs.  Fairmont hotels are one-of-a-kind properties where sophisticated travelers can discover culturally rich experiences that are authentic to the destination. Situated in some of the most exclusive and pristine areas in the world, Fairmont is committed to responsible tourism and is an industry leader in sustainable hotel management with its award-winning Green Partnership program.

Fairmont is owned by Fairmont Raffles Hotels International, a leading global hotel company with 95 hotels worldwide under the Raffles, Fairmont and Swissôtel brands. The company also manages Fairmont and Raffles branded Residences, Estates and luxury private residence club properties. For more information or reservations, please call 1-800-441-1414 or visit www.fairmont.com.

Fairmont Pacific Rim and Coast Coal Harbour Hotels to Open

From Tourism Vancouver…

Over the past couple of years, Vancouver has seen a number of new hotels pop up around the city, and even more properties that have undergone extensive renovations and upgrades. And there’s still more to come! In the 100 days before the start of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, the city will see two new hotels open in the heart of downtown.

• The Fairmont Pacific Rim, located opposite the new West Building of the Vancouver Convention Centre, will officially open in January 2010, with 400 guestrooms. The rooftop swimming pool has a private outdoor terrace with meditation pods, hot tubs, fire pits and cabanas. The “Bucket List” Chairman’s Suite, nicknamed the Rock Star suite for its private elevator and elegant entertaining options includes a custom 8′-long Swarovski crystal chandelier that cascades over the two-storey salon, with a private exercise area and outdoor patio with space for 60 people.

• The Coast Coal Harbour Hotel, located just blocks from the waterfront between the Vancouver Convention Centre and Stanley Park, is slated to open in winter 2010, prior to the 2010 Winter Games, with 220 rooms. The hotel will feature a landscaped roof deck with an outdoor lap pool and hot tub.