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What’s Good This Week – February 22

What to do in and around Vancouver this week?

It’s been a busy couple weeks. We just got through another year of Vancouver International Wine Festival and were thoroughly impressed with the wines and the people we met behind them! Now we are onto the last week in February and I seriously can’t believe how fast the year is going.

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Best of the City – February 24 7-9 pm

I’ll be here with Les Dames d’Escoffier as we are raffling off a wall of wine! Please buy a ticket or five to support our initiatives if you are there! Vancouver magazine’s Best of the City event (formerly “Big Night”) includes Vancouver’s best chefs—Maenam’s Chef Angus An, CinCin’s Andrew Richardson, Blue Water Cafe’s Frank Pabst and many more! Taste our way through 10 amazing dishes, each paired with an award-winning wine or beer.

Where: Coast Coal Harbour Hotel, 1180 W. Hastings St.
Cost: $125 Tickets: Eventbrite

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BC Home + Garden Show, February 23-26 at BC Place Stadium

With Canada’s favourite home and landscaping specialists including HGTV Canada’s Bryan Baeumler, Carson Arthur, Mike Holmes Jr., and Tiffany Pratt, live cooking demos from Vancouver’s culinary masters, and more than 425 exhibitors and features designed to whip any home and garden into shape, there’s innovation, inspiration and expert advice at every turn. Five days only: February 22-26, 2017 at BC Place Stadium. Buy tickets online courtesy and save $3 at http://www.bchomeandgardenshow.com/

Please refer to the Cooking Stage schedule for a full list of presenters and presentation times.

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Healthy Cooking Classes: Whole, Plant-based, Delicious February 26

This series of classes is a blend of Rooted Nutrition’s Andrea Potter’s most popular nutrition-focused classes from the Eating Clean Series and of Guest Instructor Ellexis Boyle’s cooking classes. Ellexis blends her technique-focused baking classes from previous series into new ‘Plant-Based Baking 1&2’. These newly revised classes get to the heart of ‘how-to’ vegan and healthier baking for the home cook, both beginner and more advanced. Tickets

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Renaissance Vermouth and Tapas with Campagnolo and Odd Society – February 23

Campagnolo, Odd Society Spirits and local drinks expert Shaun Layton to present an evening exploring vermouth and tapas.
Odd Society’s cocktail lounge will pay homage to the delightful tapas bars of Spain with The Renaissance of Vermouth.

Guests will be greeted with a perfectly crafted aperitif cocktail, followed by a flight of vermouth, each one thoughtfully chosen by Shaun Layton. Enjoy vermouths from around the world and a selection of Mediterranean tapas prepared by Chef de Cuisine Jesse McMillan of Campagnolo ROMA. 

7:00pm to 9:00pm.
Tickets are $65 (inclusive of tax and gratuity) and can be purchased by emailing info@oddsocietyspirits.com.

Parksville takes the cork out for its 9th annual Parksville Uncorked Wine & Food Festival, February 23 – 26, 2017

We’ve checked this out a few times and highly recommend! Parksville. Parksville Uncorked Wine & Food Festival showcases BC’s wines, beers and cuisine at The Beach Club Resort and Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort for a decadent weekend. The ninth annual celebration takes place February 23 – 26, 2017.

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What to do in Vancouver this week of January 2017

Is it just me or does it seem like the new year really starts in the second week of January? Last week wasn’t bad, it’s not like I ate a dozen donuts in one seating, I actually had some great gal pal time  and even planned my pre-wedding week away. I did try a new restaurant, and explored new cocktails and food, and even went for a couple runs. I just don’t feel I buckled down like I need to for 2017 business-wise I suppose. So, since my business is telling you what to do (or something like that), let’s get this week going with a few great events I’m giving the thumbs up to in and around Vancouver. Wishing you motivation and success this week! Please do the same for me?wine tasting

Best Sommelier of BC Competition

Monday January 9 at Rogers Arena (200 Level, Captain’s Lounge, enter via Gate 10, 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver),  at 1:00 pm you can catch the top three finalist competing in the practical exam that will determine the Best Sommelier of BC. There will be test on Sparkling wine service, Red wine decanting, Food and wine pairing, Menu correction and a Blind tasting of cocktails, red and white wines. It’s open to the public by donation. Later that night, the Winning announcement for BC’s Best Sommelier in 2017 will be announced at a sold out event at CIBO. I’m heading down to catch some of the action.

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Theater of Life at Vancity Theatre

MON JAN 9 – 7:00PM (Gala Launch part of Vancouver Italian Film Festival)
FRI JAN 13 – 6:30PM • SAT JAN 14 – 3:45PM
SUN JAN 15 – 5:45PM • MON JAN 16 – 6:45PM • THU JAN 19 – 6:15PM 
INFO + TICKETS | Website & Trailer

In an extraordinary soup kitchen in Milan, two vastly different worlds come together in a unique social experiment. Theater of Life captures the remarkable relationship forged between the finest haute cuisine chefs in the world, led by chief instigator Massimo Bottura, and the city’s most disadvantaged groups: refugees, recovering drug addicts, former sex workers, and a host of others with no place else to go. Monday Jan 9th Gala Launch Event: Doors from 6:30 pm. Reception – 6:45-7:45 featuring dishes prepared by chefs David Gunawan (Royal Dinette); Brian Luptak (The Acorn) and Robert Clarke (The Arbour). (Pay bar) 7:50pm Screening followed by Skype Q&A with Filmmaker Peter Svatek.

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Psychonaut World Premier

January 10th, 2017 at the Cinematheque Theatre in Vancouver, BC you can catch Psychonaut, a sci-fi indie feature shot exclusively in the Vancouver area. Psychonaut is a psychedelic sci-fi indie feature about mind travel. It follows one man’s journey on a path of spiritual awakening through science and technology. Scientists who have been pushed into underground research facilities following government intervention, continue to work on discovering the inner workings of the human mind. But when a secret disc containing sensitive research is stolen, it’s a race against time to recover the disc before worlds collide, causing catastrophic consequences.

The soundtrack is provided exclusively by psychedelic band DRUGZNDREAMZ Watch the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/176829943 To purchase tickets to the exclusive world premiere of Psychonaut, click here

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Wild Rice DINE IN JAN 3 – FEB 12

Dine out Vancouver starts Jan 20 (book here quickly!), but you can already get some deals around town. Take a ride out to New West for a change and try the two course meal for $25, or for an additional $5, you can choose the dessert of your choice.

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BOOK FOR Dine Out Vancouver

The good seats go fast so get booking for Dine Out Vancouver, Canada’s largest annual celebration of food and drink. This year there is 17 days of culinary events, prix fixe menus at 270-plus restaurants (at $20, $30 or $40 price points), as well as “Dine and Stay” packages and special hotel rates  January 20 to February 5. dineoutvancouver.com @DineOutVanFest #dovf

In addition to prix fixe dinners at more than 270 restaurants in and around Vancouver (many with suggested BC VQA wine pairings), food lovers can select from a roster of more than 40 events that include an Oceanwise Pop-up at the Vancouver Aquarium (sustainable, locally sourced menu paired with an interactive under-the-sea experience); a Robbie Burns Celebration (Scottish-themed feast at YEW Seafood + Bar along with a whisky masterclass led by award-winning bartender Lauren Mote and a special visiting guest who’s making waves in the spirits world); an Asian-inspired Lunar New Year feast at Heritage Asian Eatery (10-course, family style meal celebrating the Year of the Rooster); and more. Returning favourites include the Vancouver World Chef Exchange (welcoming star chefs from London, New York, San Francisco, Mexico City and Galway); a series of brunch crawls showcasing the most palate-pleasing haunts in Vancouver’s distinctive neighbourhoods; and others. And you won’t want to miss made-for-a-crowd experiences like the music-packed Tasters Tapas & Talent; a cozy Winter Beer Hall; Craft Beer & Tacos (a fan favourite pairing!) and more.

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Campagnolo ROMA  will be pairing up with Odd Society

Delicious food and cocktails? YUM! Wednesday, January 11 Chef Jesse McMillan will be serving up six courses based on the hearty, rustic winter cuisine of Rome while cocktail pairings
will be designed using spirits from Odd Society.

Oyster – oaked mignionette

Winter Squash Salad – pumpkin seed vinaigrette, scamorza

Charred Cabbage – bollito misto, brassica brodo, sourdough bread

Squab – grilled radicchio, anchovy, squab jus

Goat’s Milk Custard – brown butter, peach, lovage

Baked Apple – pie crust, smoked anglaise

Tickets are $90 inclusive of food, beverage, and service and can be purchased by visiting http://romacollab.eventbrite.ca or by phoning the restaurant at 604.569.0456campagnolo
 

On February 1, 2015, Odd Society Spirits will release their first-ever Salal Gin

odd society salal ginOnce again, Odd Society Spirits looks to Europe for inspiration in an old but not forgotten recipe to which they have reinvented with ingredients and ideas from the Pacific Northwest. This time, the distillers have experimented with a traditional British liqueur called sloe gin to create a product that is completely unique to the West Coast of British Columbia. On February 1, 2015, Odd Society Spirits will release their first-ever Salal Gin.

With a mandate to source locally grown ingredients, Odd Society Spirits co-owner and distiller Gordon Glanz set out to find a berry that grows in abundance in British Columbia. Instead of utilizing traditional hard-tasting blackthorn berries, Glanz used salal berries harvested on the Sunshine Coast and Cortez Island.

“We tried Sloe Gin, liked it and wanted to make our own,” says Gordon Glanz, Odd Society Spirits founder and distiller. “Sloe berries don’t grow here in B.C. Fortunately, salal berries grow plentifully on the west coast and have the earthy taste we were searching for — like blueberries meet Italian spice.”

Handpicked salal berries were steeped in Odd Society Sprits’ Wallflower Gin for many months to create a brand new liqueur that is complex, sweet, tart and herbaceous, with a natural hint of oregano. It can be enjoyed as an aperitif or digestif on its own, on the rocks or with lemon and club soda to create a ‘Salal’ Gin Fizz.

With only 45 bottles of the inaugural batch available, curious drinkers will have one shot to get their hands on it. The Salal Gin is sold in 375ml bottles for $30 and can be purchased only at the Odd Society Spirits distillery located at 1725 Powell St. on Sunday February 1, 2015 from 1PM – 6PM. With a one bottle per person limit issued on a first-come, first-served basis, fans might want to get there early.

About Odd Society Spirits:

Odd Society Spirits is a small-batch craft-certified distillery located in the heart of East Vancouver. Dedicated to combining old world distilling traditions with new world ingredients and ingenuity, Odd Society Spirits has created a family of spirits that entice and intrigue.  Open Thursday through Sunday, the Odd Society Spirits distillery and cocktail lounge is located at 1725 Powell St .

Gifts From Vancouver’s Farmers Market #BuyLocal

There’s still time to put together some pretty awesome local-themed gift baskets when you visit this weekends Nat Bailey Winter Vancouver Farmer’s Market (10-2 pm Saturday). Why not grab some Copper Pot Preserves with their offers gourmet twist on old-fashioned homemade preserves such as jams, jellies and fruit relishes, using locally sourced berries and fruit, or Legacy Wood Crafts’ handmade cutting boards crafted from rare, salvaged Western Broadleaf Maple. For the chocolate lover on your list, Take a Fancy Chocolates and Sweets offers artisan chocolate made from fair trade organic cocoa beans, roasted, ground and refined in-house.

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From left to right: Key Lime & Mint Cordial (Frostbites, $14), ; East Van Vodka (Odd Society Spirits, $36-$44), ; Maple Cutting Board (Legacy Woodcrafts, $40-$80)

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From left to right: Lemon Blueberry & Spiced Lemon Marmalade (Kics Lemonade, $8); Garlic Dill Pickles (Klippers Organics, $8); Beef Jerky (Jerky (Baron, $5/5 for $20); Canned Tuna variety pack – includes regular, no salt, smoked, & in olive oil (Estevan Tuna, $6-$7.50); Lemon & Vodka Marmalade – featuring East Van Vodka (Le Meadow’s Pantry, $10); Cranberry Sauerkraut (Rooted Nutrition $9); Jalapeno Jelly (Three Feet Below $8); Kiwi Jam (Petkov Kiwi Production $5) ; Maple Cutting Board (Legacy Woodcrafts $40-$80)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

From left to right:  Lemon Poppyseed Soap ( $6.95/3 for $18); Brown Sugar Body Polish ( $16.95); Aromatherapy Roll-On in Exotica ($11.95); Bliss Body Butter ($16.95) All from Scentimental Creations; Shea Butter Hydrating Cream ($18); Relax Bath Salts ($12); Lemongrass Lavendar & Sandalwood Soap ($7.50), All from The Other Eden; Hand Dipped 100% Beeswax Candles (von Hardenberg Candles, $1.25-$8.00/pair); Maple Cutting Board (Legacy Woodcrafts, $40-$80),.

 

EAT.DRINK.PLAY. At The Firehall Arts Centre

eat drink playFood and Theatre unite at this annual fundraiser celebrating local food, drink and perfromance oon June 19th, 2014 from 7-10 pm with proceeds going towards helping the Firehall bring cutting-edge theatre and dance to Vancouver.

Thursday June 19th, 2014, 7-10pm
Venue: Firehall Arts CentreTickets: $31 regular/ $16 artists (includes food, drink tastings & drink on arrival)
Tickets & Information:604.689.0926 or www.firehallartscentre.ca

Check out 11 local restaurants – Lily Mae’s, Peckinpah, Cadeaux Bakery, The Irish Heather, Salt Tasting Room, Bitter, Hogan’s Alley Cafe, Deacon’s Corner, Mahoney & Sons, Elephant and Castle, and Scent of a Sandwich. Tastings of micro brewery Parallel 49’s seasonal offerings will be available, plus vodka and crème de cassis from Odd Society Spirits.

This celebration of all things local will also feature a ‘taster flight’ of live theatre, dance and music performed around the Firehall building including an acoustic performance by rising theatre star and three-time Jessie Award nominee Kayvon Kelly (Chelsea Hotel) and a performance by Proud star Emmelia Gordon.

To complete the evening, there will be a silent auction.

About the Firehall Arts Centre

Located in a heritage fire hall built in 1906, the Firehall Arts Centre produces a season of eclectic theatre, dance and interdisciplinary performances and hosts visual arts exhibitions. Each year the 31 year old organization stages over two hundred performances for an audience of 30,000 people