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Les Dames D’Escoffier – Holiday Suggestions Part Three

Les Dames d’Escoffier Dish on Holiday Gifts

Les Dames d’Escoffier‘s BC chapter members have many holiday suggestions for both consuming and giving. Click here for part one, here for part two and continue reading for part three!

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Dame Mary Mackay – Terra Breads

Dame Mackay owns Terra Breads and we always stop in for the Pannetone, cookies and some gingerbread men at this time of year. Don’t forget to stock up on bread for stuffing, some crackers for the cheese plate and their lovely jams and sauces also make great stocking stuffers.

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Dame Cate Simpson – Earls Cookbook

If you’ve dined at Earls over the years, which so very many have, this cookbook is a walk down memory lane.  The cookbook is $35 (with all profits to charity) and there’s a cookbook bundle with a $50 gift card for Earls and the cookbook for $75.  At Earls!

Dame Ann Kirsebom

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Cranberry & Onion Confit with Grand Marnier 

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Paris In A Chocolate  Luxury Gift Boxes – the perfect give for the person who has everything! Bespoke Grand Marnier® Ganache filled historic cachets. Both the conift and chocolate are availalbe at Gourmet Warehouse.

Dame Cassandra Anderton (me!) – some suggestions from my clients
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Home on the Range Organics – 235 East Broadway

Duck Pate, Artisan Marmalade, Maple Syrup, Gift Boxes full of all natural beauty products or culinary goodies are just some of the delicious things you’ll find here in Mount Pleasant. You can also pick up Hills Foods Meats here (Dame Tina Hills commpany), try some Kangaraoo sliders for New Year’s Eve!

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XFour Vodka three pack – Legacy Liquor 

Chocolate, lemon and blueberry for your holiday cocktaila, hostess gift or underneath that tree.

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Brockmann’s Crunchetti – Great stocking stuffers or additions to gift bags. Choices, Save On Foods, Urban Fare and more.

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Vancouver Food Tour Gift Certs – Still stuck for gifts for those who have everything? Give the gift of a night on the town with us! Availalbe in all sorts of denominations! http://www.vancouverfoodtour.com/gift/

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Wine from Encore Vineyards – Evolve, Time Cellars and the McWatters Collection!

McWatters Collection

The McWatters Collection was launched in 2011 with a Meritage and Chardonnay, crafted from grapes grown in the south Okanagan Valley. These two flagship wines represent the entirety of the portfolio, and are a legacy to the McWatters name. Low production of these premium wines is determined by the yields in the vineyard.

TIME Winery

TIME Estate Winery launched in June 2013 with a small line of wines crafted by the vinifera grown in the south Okanagan Valley. The TIME portfolio includes both a red and a white Meritage blend, plus a few distinct single variety wines as our vineyard’s intentional moderate yields permit.

Evolve Cellars

Evolve Cellars celebrates the evolution of our British Columbia wine industry with a series of fresh, approachable wines. Bright and fruit forward, these wines are crafted from grapes grown on our estate vineyard and in collaboration with grower partners in the South Okanagan. Through Evolve we raise a glass to our continued journey, and what the next step may bring.

What’s Good In April

What to do in April in and around Vancouver

We’ve been busy focusing on the positive in Vancouver with the #VancouverIstay project (you’ve checked it out right?) and looking ahead to April there’s even more reason to love what Vancouver has to offer.

Garagiste North – April 17, 2016

First and foremost, wine lovers need to set this Sunday aside, well at least a few hours of it, to explore the smaller producers of our province. Held at the Wise Hall in East Vancouver, this once a year experience will walk you through the up and comers, and those who just don’t want to go big. Chat with the winemakers and owners and sample some bites for Chicha Vancouver, a wonderful Peruvian spot! TICKETS!

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World Malbec Day Tastings April 16, 2016

This year’s Malbec Word Day falls on Sunday, April 17th, but British Columbia will get a jump on the celebrations with free Argentinean wine tastings at 5 private stores on Saturday, April 16 2016.  In addition, select BCLDB stores throughout the province will offer free tastings of Argentinean wines in April.

In BC, the following private stores will host complimentary consumer tastings on Saturday, April 16.  Each store will pour at least 3 different wines, including Malbecs and Malbec blends, paired with samples of authentic Argentinean cuisine.

Everything Wine – North Vancouver, South Surrey & Langford locations – 2:00 to 6:00pm
Legacy Liquor Store – 1633 Manitoba Street, Vancouver – 2:00 to 6:00pm
Marquis Wine Cellars – 1034 Davie Street, Vancouver – PLUS a DJ will provide music at this lively event – 2:00 to 5:00pm
BC Liquor Stores across the province will host over 50 Malbec World Day tastings.

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Osoyoos Oyster Festival – April 20-24

For the fifth year in a row I am heading up to Osoyoos for their annual oyster festival and it’s Michael’s third year! We’re huge fans of bivalves and when they are paired with oyster friendly wines, beers and libations, we love them even more. The oyster festival was created to give oyster farmers a bit of a break, while entertaining locals and visitors in the shoulder season. The weather is always sunny, and just a little bit crisp, and the room rates are reasonable. More info

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BIRDS OF A FEATHER: ROYAL DINETTE’S JACK CHEN AND BURDOCK & CO.’S ANDREA CARLSON TAKE FLIGHT FOR FIFTH “UGLY DUCKLING” DINNER, APRIL 26 
Latest Edition of Ongoing Dinner Series Unites Like-minded Chefs To Spotlight Food-Waste Awareness, Sustainability Issues Through Multi-Course Dinner – Fundraiser for Les Dames d’Escoffier and Two Rivers Meat scholarship for Tina Fineza

Royal Dinette adds another entry to its popular series of Ugly Duckling Dinners on Tuesday, April 26 when Head Chef Jack Chen welcomes guest chef Andrea Carlson of Burdock & Co. and Harvest Community Foods into the kitchen to prepare a collaborative sustainably-focused feast.

The fifth in an ongoing series that transforms the “ugly ducklings” of the kitchen — also known as commonly discarded scraps, off-cuts, stems and stalks — into gourmet menus with an ecological message, the latest Ugly Duckling Dinner unites a pair of like-minded chefs who share the same culinary principles of featuring fresh-daily ingredients sourced from local farms, pastures and seas.

TICKETS
Royal Dinette’s fifth Ugly Duckling Dinner takes place on Tuesday, April 26 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available via Eventbrite and include a multi-course menu with beverage pairings for $79 per person plus tax and gratuity. Five percent of sales will be donated to Les Dames d’Escoffier BC Chapter for their Service Excellence Scholarship Fund in honour of Tina Fineza.

As Royal Dinette prides itself on placing a premium on the availability and seasonality of all ingredients, the Ugly Duckling Dinner menu is subject to slight changes. Substitutions are politely declined.

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Vancouver Foodster Meatball Challenge Until April 30

Restaurants from all over the city entered ball dishes into this challenge. Each restaurant will be featuring their meatball creation on their menu from April 6-30, 2016. More info.

In this meatball challenge the meatballs cover various cuisines including Spanish, Italian, Vietnamese, and Indian.

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Chicha Launches New Cocktail Menu – April 14, 2016

Dale Styner of MoneyChalks has not only chalked Chicha’s entire wall with his art; Peruvian Nazca line themed, but also created their new cocktail list.
Party starts at 8.30pm

All Dale’s new cocktails will be $6 (2oz)
All pints on tap will be $5
Tightrope Dry Reisling $6
Anteres Carmenere $6
…and of course Jameson shots for $3

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Abbotsford Tulip Festival…Until May 1, 2016

This spring marks the first year of the Abbotsford Tulip Festival–the only tulip festival in BC and tulip celebration in Canada located on a farm. Guests will experience 10 acres of beautiful, vibrant colour, featuring over 50 varieties and 2.5 million bulbs, and ample parking for over 1000 vehicles.

The festival offers a covered picnic area, children’s play area, photo cut-out boards, fun food trucks (on weekends) and sections for friends and family to wander through the fields. Guests can pick their own flowers in the U- Pick field, purchase fresh cut tulips and order bulbs for planting in the fall.

Dates:               March 25 – May 1, 2016 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, seven days a week
Location:          36737 North Parallel Road, Abbotsford, BC
Admission:      Only $5.00 per person and complimentary parking

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Gourmet Warehouse Chocolate Challenge – April 7, 2016

$ 75.00

At 6:30pm – an evening of food, wine, and chocolate, to help us feed the children. The Chocolate Challenge pits 8 of Vancouver’s best chocolatiers against each other in a competition to create the best original chocolate. As our guest, you will sample and vote on your favourite creation.

In addition to chocolate, your ticket includes tastings from Tartine Tarts, Tacomio, Sebastian & Co, Terra Breads, Sundance Seafood, Earnest Ice Cream, Dry Soda and Stumptown Coffee.

100% of ticket sales, silent and live auction proceeds will be to the Strathcona Backpack Program and Project Chef.

Taste and vote on your favourite creations by:

Bearfoot Bistro, Chez Christophe, Chocolate Arts,  French Made Baking,  Gem Chocolates, Purdy’s Chocolates, Temper Chocolate & Pastry, and Thomas Haas. Tickets

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The Hatch Wines at Chewies – April 13, 2016

5 Courses – 5 Wines $68 Per Person  – A fun, unpretentious wine event hosted by Jesse Harnden of The Hatch, one of BC’s best new wineries & Chewie’s Exectutive Chef, Michael Knowlson. If you haven’t tried these wines then you absolutely have to, and if you haven’t heard Jesse talk about what he loves, then you are missing out! andrew@chewies.ca (604) 620-7634 More info

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Grape Juice for Big Sisters – April 21, 2016

Aston Martin Vancouver & Bentley Vancouver
1770 Burrard Street 5:30 – 8:30 PM TICKETS
$100 Featuring canapés by Chill Winston
with wine tastings CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS

a tax receipt will be issued for a portion of the ticket

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BjornBar Bakery Opening – April 7, 2016

Pastry Chef Tamera Clark has returned to North Vancouver from Montreal to open the BjornBar Bakery located in the Edgemont Village. BjornBar opens this Thursday, April 7th at 3053 Edgemont Boulevard. Details

CONTEST CLOSED #GIVEAWAY $150+ Soup Sisters & Broth Brothers Cookbook and Launch Tickets

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CONTEST CLOSED In honour of this awesome cookbook we are doing a giveaway for 2 Tickets for the event and a copy of the Soup Sisters and Broth Brothers Cookbook as well as the original Soup Sisters Cookbook! Worth over $150!

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Enjoy fantastic soups prepared by celebrity chefs and pick up your copy of the new Soup Sisters & Broth Brothers Cookbook. Tickets are $50 each and include a copy of the book, 6 soup tastings, refreshments, and 10% off all in store purchases the night of at Gourmet Warehouse October 8 from 6-8 pm.

Proceeds from the silent auction and part of the ticket price go towards Soup Sisters.

ABOUT Soup Sisters and Broth Brothers – Warming hearts… one bowl at a time

Soup Sisters and Broth Brothers is a non-profit charitable social enterprise dedicated to providing comfort to women, children and youth through the making, sharing and donating of soup.

Anyone can be a Soup Sister and a Broth Brother . Simply join us in one of our soup-making sessions that will provide hundreds of litres of soup to women shelters and programs for youth in crisis right across the country!

The concept is simple. Soup Sisters and Broth Brothers are year-round programs where participants pay a $55 registration fee to participate in a soup-making event at a local professional kitchen under the guidance of a chef facilitator. Each event produces approximately 150-200 servings of nourishing soup that are delivered fresh to a local shelter. Events are social evenings with lively conversation, chopping, laughter and warm kitchen camaraderie that culminate in a simple, sit-down supper of soup, salad, bread and wine for all participants.

The Soup Sisters organization does not profit from the $55 participation fee as ninety-five percent of the $55 participation fee goes to the culinary partner. Soup Sisters is actually a customer of the Culinary Partner and afforded all the benefits of good service, fresh ingredients and operational excellence as any customer would receive. This ensures that the finest ingredients possible are used every time for the soups we provide to women, children and youth.

Soup Sisters and Broth Brothers was founded in 2009 by Calgarian Sharon Hapton who had a very simple belief in the power of soup as a nurturing and nourishing gesture that could make a tangible difference. Hapton believed that two of societies most prevalent issues, domestic abuse and youth homelessness would benefit from the care and warmth that comes in a bowl of soup. A powerful message that says ‘we care’ is now being delivered to over 25 residential shelters across the country through home-made delicious soup made with the finest ingredients.

Hundreds of community people are coming together across the country to produce over 8000 servings of fresh and delicious soups for women, children and youth each month. Since March of 2009, over 250,000 containers of soup have been delivered to shelters from East to West, and there is a growing network of over 12,000 Soup Sisters and Broth Brothers participants across the country.

Our monthly events operate at a break even in order to remain accessible to everyone. As we meet the demands to provide home made soup across the country our rapid growth requires donations. Your contribution is a valuable investment in our communities that generates tangible action through real results. Please go to our Soup Support page to find out all of the simple ways in which you can donate. Soup Sisters is a registered not-for-profit organization and donations over $25 are eligible for a tax-deductible receipt.

Inquiries for launching Soup Sisters and Broth Brothers in other cities to info@soupsisters.org.

Soup Sisters & Broth Brothers Cookbook Launch at Gourmet Warehouse

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Enjoy fantastic soups prepared by celebrity chefs and pick up your copy of the new Soup Sisters & Broth Brothers Cookbook. Tickets are $50 each and include a copy of the book, 6 soup tastings, refreshments, and 10% off all in store purchases the night of at Gourmet Warehouse October 8 from 6-8 pm.

Proceeds from the silent auction and part of the ticket price go towards Soup Sisters.

ABOUT Soup Sisters and Broth Brothers – Warming hearts… one bowl at a time

Soup Sisters and Broth Brothers is a non-profit charitable social enterprise dedicated to providing comfort to women, children and youth through the making, sharing and donating of soup.

Anyone can be a Soup Sister and a Broth Brother . Simply join us in one of our soup-making sessions that will provide hundreds of litres of soup to women shelters and programs for youth in crisis right across the country!

The concept is simple. Soup Sisters and Broth Brothers are year-round programs where participants pay a $55 registration fee to participate in a soup-making event at a local professional kitchen under the guidance of a chef facilitator. Each event produces approximately 150-200 servings of nourishing soup that are delivered fresh to a local shelter. Events are social evenings with lively conversation, chopping, laughter and warm kitchen camaraderie that culminate in a simple, sit-down supper of soup, salad, bread and wine for all participants.

The Soup Sisters organization does not profit from the $55 participation fee as ninety-five percent of the $55 participation fee goes to the culinary partner. Soup Sisters is actually a customer of the Culinary Partner and afforded all the benefits of good service, fresh ingredients and operational excellence as any customer would receive. This ensures that the finest ingredients possible are used every time for the soups we provide to women, children and youth.

Soup Sisters and Broth Brothers was founded in 2009 by Calgarian Sharon Hapton who had a very simple belief in the power of soup as a nurturing and nourishing gesture that could make a tangible difference. Hapton believed that two of societies most prevalent issues, domestic abuse and youth homelessness would benefit from the care and warmth that comes in a bowl of soup. A powerful message that says ‘we care’ is now being delivered to over 25 residential shelters across the country through home-made delicious soup made with the finest ingredients.

Hundreds of community people are coming together across the country to produce over 8000 servings of fresh and delicious soups for women, children and youth each month. Since March of 2009, over 250,000 containers of soup have been delivered to shelters from East to West, and there is a growing network of over 12,000 Soup Sisters and Broth Brothers participants across the country.

Our monthly events operate at a break even in order to remain accessible to everyone. As we meet the demands to provide home made soup across the country our rapid growth requires donations. Your contribution is a valuable investment in our communities that generates tangible action through real results. Please go to our Soup Support page to find out all of the simple ways in which you can donate. Soup Sisters is a registered not-for-profit organization and donations over $25 are eligible for a tax-deductible receipt.

Inquiries for launching Soup Sisters and Broth Brothers in other cities to info@soupsisters.org.

Chocolate Challenge

chocolateThe Gourmet Warehouse is delighted to announce the second annual Chocolate Challenge in association with world-class chocolatiers Cacao Barry and Callebaut. The mouth-watering competition will be helping to sweeten up the lives of local children in the Downtown Eastside by raising funds for the Strathcona Community Centre Backpack Program, which delivers backpacks of food to deserving children on weekends.

The Chocolate Challenge has been set and the search is on for the culinary stars of tomorrow to create a winning delectable chocolate dessert that will be worthy of a grand product prize of $1000, a second product prize worth $750 and a third prize of $500 all in products from the Gourmet Warehouse.

Entries for the Home Cook and Culinary Student categories must be received by September 19th, 2013 and recipes will be judged by Cactus Club’s food visionary Chef Rob Feenie, renowned pastry chef Thomas Haas and chocolatier and Cocoa Barry Brand Ambassador Greg Hook.

The deadline for entries is September 19th, 2013 and winners of the Chocolate Challenge will be announced at the Grand Finale event on October 10th, 2013. Global TV News anchor Jill Krop will MC the foodie event and there will be plenty of chocolate indulgence throughout the evening, as well as a wine bar and tasting stations featuring fine foods such as New York’s Rao’s specialty sauces, Sable & Rosenfeld’s gourmet foods and pulled pork from Albertan barbecue master ‘Rockin’ Ronnie Shewchuk.

The Grand Finale takes place at The Gourmet Warehouse from 6.30pm-9.30pm on October 10th, 2013, tickets cost $50 and are available by calling The Gourmet Warehouse on 604 253 3022.

The Gourmet Warehouse

Caren McSherry founded the Gourmet Warehouse in 1998 to serve the growing market for high quality gourmet foods and supplies in Vancouver – the selection of quality gourmet food and equipment exceeds 22,000 choices. Caren McSherry is available for interviews and sponsorship opportunities, please call her on 604 253 3022.

Chocolate Challenge 2012 Grand Finale

Gourmet Warehouse – March, 29th 7 – 9pm

Taste the Chocolate Challenge 2012’s Top 6 entries–lovingly prepared for us by Peter Fong and his team at Ganache Patisserie–and cast your vote as Rob Feenie, Thomas Haas and Greg Hook declare the Grand Prize Winner of the best chocolate recipe of 2012.

The Grand Finale charity event will be a gastronomic evening filled with food, wine and the world’s most gorgeous chocolate. Hosted by Jill Krop of Global TV and our panel of celebrity judges, come and indulge yourself with wine and chocolate pairings, and meet some of the city’s top chefs and gourmet food and wine specialists. Join in our silent charity auction, with a host of prizes to win-from world class culinary equipment to a priceless private tasting of Cactus Club’s unreleased menu.

  • Tickets are priced $50.00 and can be purchased by calling the Gourmet Warehouse at 604-253-3022

All profits from the Chocolate Challenge 2012 will be donated to the Strathcona Back-Pack Program committed to providing nutritious snacks and meals for children in need in the Strathcona neighborhood.

In a Pinch

Effortless Cooking for Today’s Gourmet
By Caren McSherry

Having friends over for dinner doesn’t have to be a big production. With In a Pinch, Caren McSherry will show you how to make a 5-star meal in nothing flat.

Gone are the days of 3-day preparations, obscure cooking utensils, and clean-ups that last longer than the meal. With In a Pinch, you’ll impress your friends with restaurant style dishes without even breaking a sweat. This is the new era of cooking! Now you can use high quality ingredients from specialty grocery stores to make quick and easy meals that make you look like a star!

Impress your friends with:

  • Fresh Fig and Prosciutto Rolls
  • Duck Taco Bites
  • Grilled Chili Lime Pork Tenderloin
  • Mini Almond Ice Cream Tartuffi