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Vancouver Restaurants Celebrate French Gastronomy

3 Renowned Vancouver Restaurants celebrate French Gastronomy on March 21st

What are you doing next Tuesday night? If you enjoy French Food done well it would be a good time to make a reservation. We’re torn!

For the third consecutive year, over 2000 restaurants in 150 countries will participate in the #GoodFrance event to celebrate French gastronomy. They will prepare a special menu one night only and there’s three in Vancouver participating.

The event is orchestrated by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development and chef Alain Ducasse, and was inspired by Auguste Escoffier, who launched the “Dîners d’Épicure” (Epicurean Dinners) initiative in 1912: the same menu, on the same day, in several world cities, for as many guests as possible.

In Canada, almost 40 restaurants will participate in this international feast and art of eating well on March 21st, 2017, of which 3 are in Vancouver, BC:

  • Le Crocodile“As a French chef, it is an honor to be part of this International event along chefs from around the world and represent French gastronomy under the patronage of many chef’s reference M. Alain Ducasse.” Chef Michel Jacob.
  • Bistro Pastis:“Good France is a wonderful celebration of French gastronomy that Bistro Pastis wants to promote and support. It allows Bistro Pastis to showcase what can be done with great French food, French wine all while permitting stimulating conversation.”; Owner Stephen Langford.
  • Save On Meats diner’s’ Greasy Spoon dinner series with Chef Alison Ramage from Design to Dine:“Through this dining experience with Good France, there is the opportunity to create conversation for a cultural shift towards positive human connection on global level within communities”; Chef Alison Ramage.

Good France, a celebration of what France has best to offer. A one night only dinner à la française

The “gastronomic meal of the French” is now inscribed on UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. With French cuisine, the food is the epicenter but still not without the whole experience. All senses should be looked after – smell, sound, sight and flavour. Participating restaurants have been selected after designing their menu based on the following sequence: aperitif and canapés, starter, main course(s), cheese, dessert(s), French wines and champagnes. Menus will be available on the participating restaurant’s websites as well as on the Consulate’s website. The price is at the restaurant’s discretion and each participant will commit to donating 5% of the proceeds to a local NGO promoting health and the environment.

Menus and reservations

le crocodile

Le Crocodile

  • Starter: corn cream with coco flakes and diced scallops
  • Fish: French cod filet with its truffles velouté sauce
  • Meat: venison duo and duck strips and its two sauces
  • Cheese: Selection from France
  • Desert: champagne sorbet ice cream and the traditional Paris Brest
  • Price : $115.00 per person + taxes and gratuities
  • Time: 6:30PM, one seating.
  • Reservations

Bistro Pastis

  • Starter: Foie Gras Parfait Profiterole / Duck Salad: house smoked duck breast, pickled strawberries, frieze, toasted brioche
  • Fish: Sole Normande: sole filet, seafood medley, button mushrooms, cream sauce
  • or
  • Meat: Lamb Navarin “Printanier”: braised lamb shoulder, spring vegetables, roasted potatoes, braising jus
  • Cheese: camembert le rustique, le bleu de laqueuille, tome de savoie mulled wine gel, whole grain mustard, crostini
  • Desert: creme caramel: egg custard, caramel sauce, mixed berries, chantilly
  • Price : $69.00 per person + taxes and gratuities
  • Time: reservations between 6:30 and 7:30 with a choice to seat in 15 min intervals. Consul general will open his table to two persons. If you wish to share his table, dinner will be at 6:30PM, please let the restaurant know upon booking.
  • Reservations
  • Bistro Pastis will donate 5 percent of sales to the Potluck Café Societywhich is a registered charity and social enterprise providing food, training, and job opportunities to residents of Vancouver`s Downtown Eastside.

greasy spoon

Save-OnMeats for Greasy Spoon series with guest Chef Alison Ramage

  • Starter: Tart Flambée – caramelized onions, mustard and munster cream + kale & escarole salad + potato crisp
  • Main: Choucroute Garnie – smoked sausage + Reisling fermented cabbage + Spaetzle + brown butter cream
  • Cheese: Elderflower tome pere antoine ice cream
  • Desert: Alsatian Strudel with apples + butter flakey pastry
  • Price : $ 95 per person + taxes and gratuities
  • Time: two seatings, 5:30PM and 8PM.
  • Reservations
  • Funds raised by the Greasy Spoon Diner series support A Better Life Foundation (ABLF), which aims to empower those who are struggling with addictions and mental illness. By providing food security, education and employment training ABLF supports individuals, while strengthening the quality of community life in the Downtown Eastside. A Better Life Foundation also supports the ongoing Being Hungry Sucks campaign.

All I Want For Christmas With Van Doren Chan

van doren chan

We are checking in with some of our favourite local personalities as to how they celebrate the holidays and what they wish for under the Christmas tree. The talented Van Doren Chan is the Sommelier at Vancouver’s top French Restaurant, Le Crocodile, and the owner of C’est la V production, an event planning and hospitality training company that  specializes in enhancing relationships between restaurateurs, producers, wineries and farmers.

lucky peach

1)    What is on your wish list for the holidays in terms of wine or wine related paraphernalia  (your area of expertise)? VDC – A life time subscription to Lucky Peach Magazine

2)   What about something not even related to that area that you are might want? VDC The giant 4.5 kg Tobelerone


3)  What is the best gift you EVER got? VDC Aromaster Master Wine sensory kit

4)  What is the best gift you EVER gave?  VDC One thousand mini paper cranes I folded. It is a Japanese legend, so I gave my one wish that will come true to that special person.

bella winery

5) What are three wines to give this year?

VDC  Bella Sparkling Wine House – They source from 5 different regions in BC and showcase the true expression of each vineyard. Perfect wine to start the Christmas celebration.

Gorman Winery The Pixie 2011 Syrah – Screaming Red Mountain fruits source from Ciel de Cheval and Kiona vineyard. Great wine to enjoy with a dish or on it’s own.

Gunderloch Weingut Nackenheim Rothenberg 2013 Riesling Auslese – A delicious late harvest Riesling with aroma of white lily flowers and honey suckle, great pairing with a cheese plate or enjoy it with your Christmas cookies.

5)  What do you bring to a holiday party? VDC – Homemade Eggnog

6)   What charity do you wish for more funding for in 2015? VDC – S.U.C.C.E.S.S Senior Care

lego space station

7)  Best gift as a kid? VDC – Lego – Space Station (base board) my mom took me Christmas shopping and I get to choose my own gift. I saw the Lego space station and super excited and I grab it. Open it on Christmas Day, it only contain the base board and nothing else. Space station never got complete.

8) How will you celebrate the holidays this year?

Working Christmas Eve, it is a long tradition for many family to celebrate Christmas Eve lunch at Le Crocodile, amazing Alsatian food and sing along Christmas carols. Christmas Day will be a long day of eating and drinking with family. Usually starts early in the morning when my brother and I saber a bottle of bubbly then the Charcuterie and cheese platter to follow and Chinese dumplings made by mom for lunch then a big multi-course dinner at night with ice cream cake to finish the evening.


Legendary French Restaurant Le Crocodile Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Guest Chef Dining Series

Wine Dinner PairingChef Michel Jacob Teams up with Chefs David Hawksworth, Ned Bell and Rob Feenie for Three Exciting Dinners on November 4, 5 and 6

Le Crocodile, Vancouver’s most cherished French restaurant, will mark its 30th anniversary this fall. To celebrate, it welcomes back three of its star alumni for a series of spectacular dinners.

As well as ranking among Canada’s top chefs, David Hawksworth, Rob Feenie and Ned Bell have something else in common: each walked in to Le Crocodile restaurant as a hopeful young cook, yet to make their mark. Decades later, each have developed his craft, gained critical and popular acclaim, and influenced culinary communities across the nation. Michel Jacob, Le Crocodile owner and chef, saw something in each of them. To have shaped the early years of three of Vancouver’s superstar chefs speaks to his ability to identify, inspire and foster talent and passion.

“It’s meaningful to have played a role as mentor to chefs who have gone on to mentor others,” said Jacob. “I’m honoured that each of them will return to my kitchen for this celebration.”

It’s a fitting homecoming. Jacob celebrated two previous milestone anniversaries with dinners featuring his own mentor, Emile Jung from Au Crocodile in Strasbourg. He approached this milestone with a sense of reflection on what his three decades in Vancouver have contributed to the culinary community.

“I have watched this city’s restaurant industry grow up and I’ve been happy to be part of it. These dinners are a way of celebrating both the past and the future.”

This five-course tasting menu is priced at $130 per person* and the dinners are sure to sell out quickly. Chef David Hawksworth of Hawksworth Restaurant begins the series on Tuesday, Nov. 4, followed by Chef Ned Bell of Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver and YEW seafood on Wednesday, Nov. 5.  Chef Rob Feenie of Cactus Club Cafe plays the final role of guest chef on Thursday, Nov. 6.  To reserve tickets, please call the restaurant at 604.669.4298. *Tax and gratuity not included.

About Le Crocodile:

Impeccable service with flair, never pretense or fanfare. Le Crocodile blends traditional French cooking with innovative West coast style. Michel has cooked for and seen generation after generation of families pass through the doors of Le Crocodile. Thirty years later, with some of the original staff still here, Le Crocodile still remains in Vancouver as one of the city’s most acclaimed and visited restaurants.

Vancouver Restaurant Awards 2010

From Van Mag….Our panel of 19 experts judged scores of rooms to determine the best restaurants in and around Vancouver. They recognized both established rooms and upstarts that have made a virtue of the new economy

Our panel of 19 experts judged scores of rooms to determine the best restaurants in and around Vancouver. They recognized both established rooms and upstarts that have made a virtue of the new economy

Click on the categories below to read the judges’ comments and see the winners

2010 Winners

Restaurant of the Year Italian Formal Korean North Shore
New Restaurant Italian Casual Thai Whistler
Regional European (Other) Vietnamese Victoria
Seafood Chinese Formal Asian (Other) Vancouver Island
Small Plates Chinese Casual Indian Okanagan
Bar/Lounge Dim Sum Americas Winery/Vineyard Dining
French Formal Japanese Formal Casual Chain Service
French Casual Japanese Casual Steakhouse/Chops Last Course






Special Awards

Chef of the Year  

Lifetime Achievement 



Bartender of the Year 


Premier Crew  

Green Award 



Producer of the Year 


Ingredient of the Year  

Interior Design 



Worth the Drive 


Resort of the Year  

Meet the Judges 



How We Did It 

Vancouver Magazine Announces Winners of 20th Annual Restaurant Awards

Vancouver, BC; April 15, 2009 – Stars of the B.C. restaurant industry gathered yesterday at the Sheraton Wall Centre for the 20th Annual Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. The audience of more than 80o included the city’s top chefs, sommeliers and food critics. The event was capped by Cioppino’s/Enoteca winning the event’s top honor, Restaurant of the Year.

“There were some surprises this year,” said Vancouver magazine editor-in-chief Gary Stephen Ross, “which shows that the culinary scene is vital and ever-changing. Even in tough economic times, rooms that get it right quickly become popular with the dining public—and draw the attention of our 19 judges.”

To mark the 20th anniversary of this event, special recognition was given to those who have made a lasting impression on the industry. For his role in making Vancouver a leading culinary destination, the Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Hidekazu Tojo – owner of the legendary Tojo’s. In addition to being given this honour, Tojo’s also won Best Formal Japanese for the 18th consecutive year. Other honourees included Fuel’s Robert Belcham who was awarded Chef of the Year and Robert Clark of C who was given the Green Award.

Other highlights included La Quercia winning Best New Restaurant and Best Casual Italian after its first year in business. Industry legends, Vikram Vij of Vij’s and Michel Jacob of Le Crocodile also won in their respective categories. Vij’s has won Best Indian since the category was created 13 years ago and Le Crocodile has also been a consistent winner having won Best Formal French eight times.

Several categories saw some surprises. For best dining in Whistler, Bearfoot Bistro won the top honour beating nine time winner Araxi. Cru was given the Gold Award in the Best Small Plates category, while five time winner Bin 941/942 took Silver.

About Vancouver:

Since 1967, Vancouver has been informing, guiding, and entertaining people who engage with the city. Mixing quality journalism and service-driven pieces, the magazine chronicles and reflects Vancouver’s emergence as a dynamic, cosmopolitan urban centre. Vancouver is available as a monthly magazine, through a weekly e-newsletter, The Fix and online at Vanmag.com.


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Candice Pedersen