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What’s Good This Week – June 15 Edition

A Few Events We Recommend In and Around Vancouver – What’s Good

Well it’s been a busy couple months for us and I finally feel I am getting somewhat caught up after the wedding, but then I find a whole lot of other things I want to do! I’ve been trying to stay home more, and get our home together as it’s a bit of a disaster lately. It’s never dirty, but there’s lots of stuff around that I just can’t seem to get rid of. Good news is that there’s a Les Dames d’Escoffier Culinary Garage Sale coming up in September, so that should help me  declutter! In any case, here’s a couple things we recommend in our What’s Good weekly post, a few of which we’ll be at. There will also be another one for Father’s Day suggestions shortly.

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Food, Fun and Your Favourite Cookbook Authors – June 17 12-3 pm

Join Dames Meeru Dhalwala, co-author of Vij’s Indian: Our Stories, Spices and Cherished Recipes, published by Penguin Canada, and Denise Marchessault of British Columbia from Scratch: Recipes for Every Season, published by Whitecap Books who’ll dish on their best culinary tips and treats. Get your cookbook signed, enjoy featured recipes and cooking demonstrations by the authors, plus receive an Inspired to Taste Canada cookbook of choice with a $75 purchase from Hudson’s Bay kitchen and cookware department at the event. Enter into a draw for a $500 Bay gift card AND the event is free! RSVP today Follow along on social media: #HBxTasteCanada


Cooking Class – A Taste of South India – June 17 3-5:30 pm

Feed Life presents an authentic Taste of South India with a ‘hands-on’ cooking class in which you’ll get you comfortable with spices, curries and some delicious dishes.

  • Discover the power of spices, their health benefits and understand how to use them in your own pantry
  • Learn how to make delicious vegan protein rich dishes that will satisfy even the meat lover in your family
  • Get an overview of foundational knife skills and cooking techniques
  • Leave with a full belly and lunch for the next day

Get $30 off your seat if you use code loveindian at checkout. Register Now


Bard On The Beach – Much Ado About Nothing June 1 – September 23

We’re off to this tonight for the opening. Will have to dress very warm, so much for our weather! I’m reading ahead and they’ll be no wine for me before this as I always get lost in the plots if I don’t have my wits about me. Always tricky stuff and I’m easily confused! The plot? It’s Italy in 1959, and a group of actors and filmmakers are celebrating the wrap of their latest movie. Movie stars Beatrice and Benedick are drawn to each other but refuse to admit it, and Hero and Claudio’s marriage plans are about to be sabotaged by a journalist’s mean-spirited scheme. Cue the paparazzi, then a faked death, and la dolce vita threatens to become not so sweet; but with a script full of surprises, love can still triumph before the credits roll. Excited to see this one!

project empty bowlProject Empty Bowl Thursday June 15, 2017 at 6:30pm

Since its inception in the early 1990’s Project Empty Bowl has fed thousands of individuals with HIV/AIDS locally and tens of thousands globally. It began when John Harton, a teacher in Bloomfield, MT, asked his high school ceramic students to make enough bowls to give a luncheon for the school staff. For $5 each, the guests received a simple meal of soup and bread, served in one of the handmade bowls. The money raised was donated to the local food bank.  Tickets.

Night at The Aquarium – June 15

This will be one fantastic event. Ticket are $350 and there are a very few left! The festivities begin with the Taittinger Champagne Reception and delectable canapés amidst the stunning backdrop of aquatic creatures followed by a collaborative Ocean Wise four-course dinner prepared by Vancouver’s top chefs, paired with premier wines and spirits.

Once-in-a-lifetime live and silent auctions will inspire you to support ocean conservation efforts while music and entertainment will transport you into the mysterious depths of our aquatic world. Online registration is now closed. Please contact us to inquire about tickets:
604.659.3473 | nightattheaquarium@vanaqua.org


Chef Chris Whittaker at Edible Canada on June 19

Chef Chris Whittaker of Forage Vancouver will be joining Edible Canada – June 19 in their 2017 Canadian Table Dinner Series. The evening, titled Celebrate: Foraged, will offer up five courses devoted to regional and sustainable foraged ingredients, paired with wines from Mooncurser Vineyards and cocktails from Wayward Distillery. The evening will run from 7 p.m. until late and will be hosted in Edible Canada’s glass enclosed demo kitchen, where guests can interact with the chef first hand.Chef Whittaker has made a name for himself in Vancouver by truly embodying his philosophies on sustainable cuisine. Whittaker’s philosophy is simple: respect our land and water. Use local suppliers: small farms and wild food. With this event, guests are invited to ‘taste the wild’.”Foraging is an important part of Canadian cuisine but many Canadians wouldn’t know where to start” shares Edible Canada President, Eric Pateman. “Our goal with this dinner is to educate our guests about foraging locally while being able to taste and experience the products that result.”

subject to changed based on availability of foraged products

Duck Egg Weed Tart Alpindon cheese, Saskatoon Berry Dressing
Potato and Sunchoke Wild salmon roe, nettle vinaigrette, sea asparagus, caramelized onion crema
BC Spot Prawn Dandelion ash cavatelli, crispy legs, prawn head hollandaise, crispy shallot
Turtle Valley Bison Butcher Board cat tails, burdock root, morel mushroom soil
Elderflower and Fromage Frais Cheese Puff ice cream, cordial, Whittaker honey compressed strawberries

Night At The Aquarium

A Spectacular Evening To Benefit The Conservation Of Our Oceans

Journey to an enchanting aquatic world at Night at the Aquarium—Vancouver’s most unforgettable philanthropic event of the year. Come face to face with some of the greatest mysteries of the deep while enjoying fine food, wine, exciting entertainment and incredible live and silent auctions.

We can’t wait to welcome you at this unique night dedicated to supporting the Vancouver Aquarium’s important education, research and direct action programs that affect the conservation of our oceans.

With the success of last year’s event in the stunning new space, interest for Night at the Aquarium has never been greater. Be sure to purchase your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

Thursday, June 18, 2015
5:45 p.m. VIP reception
7:00 p.m. Main gala
Vancouver Aquarium


VIP PACKAGE $3,000 for 8 VIP guests

INQUIRIES: 604.659.3473


Night At The Aquarium Gala Guest Support Vital Ocean Conservation Efforts

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This spectacular gala is the place to be for anyone who loves to eat or protect our seafood. GLV

With the addition of 55,000 square feet of amazing exploration space at Vancouver Aquarium this summer, the Aquarium’s signature fundraising gala, Night at the Aquarium, presented by PCL Construction Group, will be an event you won’t want to miss. Taking place on June 19th, Night at the Aquarium is a celebration of our oceans and raises funds to support the Aquarium’s conservation, research and education efforts, including its national sustainable seafood program Ocean Wise™.

Be among the first to experience the Aquarium’s expansive new venue, which will be the stunning backdrop to this year’s Night at the Aquarium. Vancouver’s top philanthropic and corporate leaders will be joined by passionate Ocean Wise chefs, like Executive Chef Ned Bell of YEW Seafood + Bar and Chef Rob Clark of The Fish Counter, as they delight guests with diverse culinary experiences.

Guests are invited to bid on unique live and silent auction items such as an unforgettable fishing and wildlife adventure at Langara Island Lodge. You will be whisked away on a charter flight to a luxurious four-night, all-inclusive stay where the best salmon and halibut fishing on a private boat awaits you. There are also once-in-a-lifetime opportunities such as accompanying the Aquarium’s head veterinarian for a day on his weekly rounds to get the clinical low-down on the animals under his care.

As a non-profit society, the Aquarium’s signature gala raises funds for critical programs such as its Marine Mammal Research Program, which conducts groundbreaking research on endangered southern resident and threatened Bigg’s (transient) killer whales and its Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, which rescues, rehabilitates and releases more than 100 stranded animals a year. Funds also directly support national direct action programs such as its Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup™ program which brings together 58,000 Canadians a year to keep shorelines free of litter and its national sustainable seafood program, Ocean Wise™, which helps to protect depleting seafood stocks.

What                     Night at the Aquarium signature gala supporting ocean conservation

When                   Thursday, June 19, 2014 | 7 p.m. to midnight

Price                      Main event: $300 per ticket

VIP reception: $3,000 for a reserved table of eight

Available at www.nightattheaquarium.org or 604 659 3527

Where                Vancouver Aquarium | Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC

Vancouver Aquarium 

The Vancouver Aquarium is a non-profit society dedicated the conservation of aquatic life. www.vanaqua.org

A Night at the Aquarium

night at the aquariumVancouver Aquarium’s  7th Annual Night at the Aquarium, presented by PCL Constructors, is set to make waves with Vancouver’s finest on June 13, 2013. The gala fundraiser celebrates and supports the Aquarium’s conservation, research and education efforts.

Join host CTV’s Mike Killeen, along with Vancouver’s finest chefs and restaurants serving exquisite Ocean Wise inspired creations paired with international wines. Bid on incredible live- and silent-auction items, from a sturgeon fishing trip with Rick Hansen to a unique sleep over with the Aquarium’s beautiful beluga whales.

The 2012 gala raised over $300,000 to support the Vancouver Aquarium’s conservation, research and education initiatives and programs. The goal for 2013 is to continue to raise these much needed funds to support and grow these important programs.

WHAT 7th annual Night at the Aquarium gala
WHEN Thursday, June 13, 2013
VIP reception starts at 6 p.m.

15 top Ocean Wise chefs creating tasting plates

Delicious desserts

International & local wines

Live and silent auctions and raffle

Live musical entertainment

PRICE Main event: $300 per ticket

VIP reception: $3,000  for a “virtual table” of eight

Available at www.nightattheaquarium.org   or by calling 604-659-3473

WHERE Vancouver Aquarium

Stanley Park, Avison Way,  Vancouver, B.C.


Vancouver Aquarium 

The Vancouver Aquarium is a non-profit society dedicated the conservation of aquatic life. www.vanaqua.org

Night at the Aquarium

Night at the Aquarium is the Vancouver Aquarium’s signature gala fundraiser to raise money to benefit the Aquarium’s many education, conservation and marine science endeavors. This high-profile evening will provide Vancouver’s philanthropic and corporate leaders with a unique way of experiencing the Aquarium as the magical backdrop for a splendid gala evening. Guests are encouraged to explore the galleries and enjoy a full evening of food and wine stations and live entertainment scattered throughout the Aquarium.

The Vancouver Aquarium is a not-for-profit organization. One hundred percent of all proceeds from Night at the Aquarium will go to the Aquarium’s education, research and conservation activities.

For sponsorship opportunities please contact nightattheaquarium@vanaqua.org

Participating Restaurants:

Sponsor “Spot Prawn” Reception 

Main Event

  • C Restaurant
    Ginger Cured Salmon
    Crisp lemon and ponzu emulsion
  • Chambar
    Moule Coquotte
    Mussels, white wine cream, smoked bacon cardons and spring onion
  • Curious Oyster Catering
  • East Coast Oysters on a Half Shell
  • Edible Canada Bistro
    Octopus Ceviche
    Cucumber, tomato, cilantro and venturi schulze verjus
  • Fraiche
    Manchego Puff
  • Hapa Izakaya
    Halibut Ceviche
    Konbu, mirin and Japanese chili on a wonton chip
  • Kale & Nori
    Fava Dumpling
    Caramelized vegetable consommé
  • Le Gavroche
    Smoked Duck Sausage
    Onion relish and micro arugula salad on toasted brioche
  • The Listel Hotel 
    Wild BC Pink Salmon Brandade
    Sloping hills farm bacon, oven-dried heirloom tomato, red fife sourdough and fava bean puree
  • Northern Divine Caviar
    Northern Divine Caviar
    Canadian black caviar
  • ORU
    Duck Confit Tarts
    Buttered leeks, white chocolate salsify and cocoa nib mole
  • River Cafe
    Giant Pacific Octopus and House Cured Bison Chorizo
    Gull Valley romano beans, breakfast radish and tarragon verjus vinaigrette
  • Terra Breads
    Pecan fruit crisps, sliced artisan-style bread, walnut loaf, pizza bianca flatbread and green olive loaf
  • Vancouver Aquarium Catering & Events
    Ancho Chili Spiced Pork Tenderloin Medallions
    Lemon grass fennel relish and arugula
  • West Restaurant 
    Slow Cooked Fraser Valley Pork Leg
    Shaved vegetable salad and lime essence
  • YEW Restaurant + Bar
    Crispy Asian Beef Taco
    Avocado, edamame, pea shoots and lime miso honey dressing


Participating Wineries: Sponsor “Spot Prawn” Reception

Teira Wines
Dry Creek Valley “Woods Vineyard” Sauvignon Blanc

Black Hills Estate Winery
Nota Bene

Main Event

Welcome Drink
Valdo Winery
Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Marca Oro

Segura Viudas
Brut Rose

Bodega Sottano
Malbec Reserva

Campo Viejo
Rioja Crianza

Chateau de Jau
Cote du Roussillon Rouge

Cono Sur Vineyards
Organic Cabernet Sauvignon/ Carmenere
Organic Chardonnay

Covert Farms Family Estate

Emiliana Organic Vineyards
Adobe Chardonnay
Adobe Syrah

Stoneleigh Vineyards
Marlborough Pinot Grigio

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 
Pinot Gris

Trefethen Family Vineyards

Other Libations

Bowmore Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
12 Year Old Scotch

Juan Santos Rum 
9 Year Old Rum Cocktail
21 Year Old Sipping Rum

Victoria Spirits 
Victoria Gin

Absolut Elyx


Top Table’s Spring Events Speak To Where We Live

Embracing The Land, and Our Community

Top Table restaurants and our chefs will be leading a number of exciting upcoming events that speak to our involvement with local farmers, ranchers, purveyors, wineries and breweries. And through other events, such as Dining Out For Life and the Red Cross Red Carpet Soiree, we’re also deeply engaged in our community. We invite you to join with us as we celebrate where we live.

Paris, in Love Gala at The Cultch  ~  Monday, April 4th

West’s Pastry Chef Rhonda Viani will be providing desserts in support of The Cultch’s fundraising gala event:Paris, in Love. The Cultch is one of Vancouver’s most diverse and innovative arts and cultural institutions. For tickets, visit thecultch.com.

Naramata Bench Spring Release  ~  Thursday, April 21st
CinCin’s Chef Todd Howard and Wine Director Sarah McCauley are excited to partner with Laughing Stock Vineyards in this annual event at The Westin Bayshore, showcasing barrel tastings from the wineries of the Okanagan’s Naramata Bench. For tickets, call 1-800-663-1900 or visit naramatabench.com.

Guest Chef Dinner at Mission Hill  ~  Friday, May 6th
Chefs Frank Pabst (Blue Water Cafe) and Todd Howard (CinCin) join Mission Hill Family Estate Winery Chef Matt Batey during the Spring Okanagan Wine Festival to present an exclusive multi-course menu expertly paired with a compelling selection of wines drawn from the Mission Hill Family Estate portfolio. For tickets, call 250-768-6483 or book online.

Driftwood Brewery Dinner  ~  Wednesday, May 11th
CinCin and Victoria’s Driftwood Brewery are collaborating to present a multi-course dinner and beer pairing during the Vancouver Craft Beer Week. Tickets and further details will be released on April 8th. For information about VCBW, visit vancouvercraftbeerweek.com.

Red Cross Red Carpet Soiree  ~  Thursday, May 12th
Blue Water Cafe is proud to continue its role as the Presenting Sponsor of the fourth annual Red Cross Red Carpet Soiree, which raises funds for the Red Cross of the Lower Mainland and promotes awareness of the countless Red Cross programs benefitting local, national and international communities. For tickets, visitrcsoiree.com.

Night at the Aquarium  ~  Friday, June 10th
As long-time Ocean Wise members, our three Vancouver restaurants—Blue Water Cafe, CinCin, and West—are proud to participate in this signature gala fundraiser of the Vancouver Aquarium, with all proceeds directed to the Aquarium’s education and conservation activities. For further information, visitvanaqua.org/nightattheaquarium.

Top Chefs for Mental Health  ~  Wednesday, June 15th
Our four executive chefs—James Walt (Araxi), Frank Pabst (Blue Water Cafe), Todd Howard (CinCin) and David Gunawan (West)—are proud to participate in this important event benefitting the BC Mental Health Foundation. For further information, visit bcmhf.ca/top-chefs-for-mental-health.

Chefs Across the Water  ~  Monday, June 27th
Blue Water Cafe’s Chef Frank Pabst joins other returning chefs from the 2010 Chefs Across The Water Series to present a collaborative seven-course dinner in the Hastings House Dining Room incorporating the best of Salt Spring Island seafood and livestock, as well as the freshest fruits and vegetables from Hastings House’s own country gardens. For further information, visit hastingshouse.com.

Outstanding in the Field ~  Saturday, July 9th + Sunday, July 10th
Outstanding in the Field is the wildly successful roving culinary adventure that travels across North America during the harvest season, celebrating food at the source. Our restaurants will be hosting both of British Columbia’s only events, with tickets just released on Sunday, March 20th.

Saturday, July 9th
Araxi – Chef James Walt @ North Arm Farm, Pemberton, BC
For tickets, visit outstandinginthefield.com (Araxi)

Sunday, July 10th
West – Chef David Gunawan @ Glorious Organics, Aldergrove, BC
For tickets, visit outstandinginthefield.com (West)


For a full calendar of upcoming Top Table events, please visit toptable.ca/events.

Night at the Aquarium

Date: Friday, June 11, 2010 Venue, Vancouver Aquarium Time: 7pm – Midnight Ticket Price: $250 per person (buy tickets online now!) Chairman’s Circle: $1,000 per couple (please call 604-659-3527)

For more than 50 years, the Vancouver Aquarium has been one of the community’s most unique special-event venues, providing guests with an entertaining and informative look at the often mysterious world beneath the waves.

On June 11th, 2010, we will present Night at the Aquarium, our signature gala fundraiser. One hundred percent of all proceeds will go to the Aquarium’s education and conservation activities.

Please continue to check back for more event updates.

Chairman’s Circle

Join us for an intimate evening of food, wine, and a special guest speaker at a private residence in Vancouver on Tuesday June 1, 2010. For the 2009 Chairman’s Circle, co-founder of Greenpeace and founder of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Paul Watson, shared his conservation hopes and fears for the future with guests.

Reception Date: Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Event partners and donors: Stuart Olson Construction, C restaurant, Mission Hill Family Estate Winery

Location: Private Residence in Vancouver

Ticket Price: $1,000 per couple (includes 2 transferrable tickets to June 11th gala event) Please note space is very limited. Partial tax receipt available.

For Chairman’s Circle ticket purchase, please call 604-659-3527.

Please continue to check back for more Chairman’s Circle updates.

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