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What’s Good This Week April 26

Events in Vancouver

We’re back from our Okanagan getaway and seem to have brought the sun back with us! Perfect weather to check out indoor and outdoor events in Vancouver!
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The Greasy Spoon Vol 14. Featuring Trevor Bird from Fable Kitchen – April 26

An evening affair that will defy your preconceptions of diner food!The Greasy Spoon Diner was conceived by a group of passionate Vancouverites led by Mark Brand who hosts it monthly at his Save On Meats diner. It pairs a chef and his chosen team, often from many other kitchens, alongside a front of house team comprised of people from all sectors in our city. A new menu is created each month which fuses together fine dining and diner food to deliver a four course meal to remember. Proceeds from this edition will be going towards a great cause which focuses on hunger solutions: A Better Life Foundation.

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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 

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.

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.

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Siena – The Balls to battle Cancer – until May 12th 

Even the strongest man is sensitive and vulnerable in some parts. Balls-themed menu as a Men’s Cancer Fundraiser, featuring mouthwatering versions of Siena’s Arancini, Meatballs, Bocconcini, Burrata, Croquettes, Profiteroles and more!

$7.00 from the sale from each prix-fixe “Balls” menu goes to the Canadian Cancer Society, BC and Yukon Division, directed towards research and prevention of male cancers. The “Balls Menu” is offered in addition to the regular menu.

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Provence Poisson d’Avril until April 30

Enjoy Provence’s Poisson d’Avril menu and fish from their fishbowl to win great prizes and fun pranks.  Poisson d’Avril dinner menu ($56) with optional wine-pairing ($24). Every card contains a unique prize, so get ready to enjoy a great Ocean Wise meal and Go-Fish. Click for details

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Farmacie Dinner – April 28

The Pipe Shop on the North Shore hosts a plant-based FARMACIE long table dinner in partnership with Saje Wellness!

100% of proceeds will go directly to support Girlvana! Girlvana’s goal is simple; to teach teen girls the tools of yoga and meditation while providing strong mentorship with a raw and heartfelt approach.

The menu is curated by To Die For’s Erin Ireland featuring: Chef Karen McAthy of Blue Heron Cheese, Chef Marika Richoz, The Juice Truck Chefs Scotia Corinne & Alina Bobyleva and Kitskitchen. Alison Ramage of Design to Dine will be hosting a multi-sensory cocktail garden using goods from Rise Kombucha, Deep Cove Brewers, The Juicery Co., & Odd Society Spirits to name a few!

The place decked to the nines with help from MAIWA and Room 6, so arrive farm chic and expect to be wowed. Grab your tickets at FARMACIE.CA

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WINE FOR WAVES NARAMATA BENCH WINERIES SPRING WINE RELEASE IN VANCOUVER – APRIL 28 

The Naramata Bench Wineries announces their annual and much anticipated Spring Wine Release Event, WINE FOR WAVES, in partnership with the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise program. The event will take place on Thursday, April 28, at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver at 7 PM.

Enjoy the best  and newest wine releases from 26 Naramata Bench wineries while sampling culinary offerings from  YEW seafood + bar; Mosquito, Fanny Bay Oyster Bar, Vancouver Fish Company, Vancouver Aquarium; and the Naramata Bench’s own Hillside Winery Bistro,  Red Rooster’s Pecking Room Grill, and Upper Bench Winery and Creamery. Info and Tickets go to vanaqua.org/wineforwaves Time: 7:00 – 9:30 PM.  Tickets: $110.

All proceeds to benefit Ocean Wise.

 

What’s Good This Week March 21

Vancouver Events March 21-26, 2016

There’s brilliant sunshine blasting in through our windows today in Vancouver and plenty of distractions that could keep us from our many tasks! Here’s what’s Good This Week March 21.

Locals Only Wines, Meads, Spirits and Ciders at Edible Canada

Tuesday March 22 Trade: 12:30 – 2:00 | Public: 2:00 – 4:00 An afternoon exploring the diversity & creativity of our coastal producers. Meet the farmers, fermenters and distillers that define our cool climate coastal appellation. Info

Ugly Duckling Dinner at Royal Dinette

Cast-offs, offcuts and scraps considered the “Ugly Ducklings” of the culinary world get their moment once again on Tuesday, March 22 when Head Chef Jack Chen teams with visiting Galiano Island chefJesse McCleery. Tickets 

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CheckMate Winery at Blue Water Cafe

Wednesday, March 23 – CheckMate Artisanal Winery dinner at Blue Water Cafe. Five remarkable Chardonnays handcrafted by winemaker Philip McGahan with Frank Pabst’s masterfully prepared cuisine 1095 Hamilton Street, Yaletown 6:00 p Tickets $165.00 https://shop.checkmatewinery.com/event-tickets

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Sharpen Your Knives at Uncommon Cafe

Wednesday, March 23rd – Kitchen Skills Series cooking class: “Don’t Fear the Fish”, at the Uncommon Cafe. In this class, you will learn how to cook fish and seafood, and you get to eat all, with wine! To book, click here.

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Chambar to Stay Open 24hrs for #SweetRelief

From 4pm on Saturday, March 26 to 4pm on Sunday March 27, 100% of ALL sales at Chambar will benefit Universal Outreach in support of its Advanced Beekeeper’s Training Program and the Liberia Pure Honey social enterprise in Africa. 100% of ALL sales at Chambar will benefit Universal Outreach’s anti-poverty honey and beekeeping initiatives within Liberia. Interested donors can also pledge their support online at https://chimp.net/campaigns/sweet-relief.*

BC Distilled

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Saturday March 26 – Canada’s premier craft and micro-distillery festival, raises a glass to BC’s burgeoning distillery industry. The third annual festival, happening on will feature 27 BC-based artisan distilleries, offering attendees the opportunity to sample locally-made gin, whisky, liqueurs, vodka and more.

Fraser Valley Food & Gluten-Free Living Show – April 1-3, 2016
Tradex Exhibition Centre, Abbotsford, BC Website

A celebration of the abundace of local foods prduced in the Fraser Valley and beyond – with a focus on hard to find artisan gluten-free products sampled and sold by over 125 merchants in an environment encompassing under one roof celebrity cooking presentations, edible garden demonstrations, artisan outdoor living market, gluten-free cooking presentations, sausage competition, wine. beer, spirits tasting and food pairing seminars, cheese tasting seminars, local restaurant showcase and butcher ing technique demonstrations. Click here for a lists of the vendors.

Featuring on our Celebrity Cooking Stage:
Bob Blumer, Gastronaut, Food Network’s Surreal Gourmet
Hidekazu Tojo, Chef/owner, Tojo’s Japanese Restaurant
and many more chefs, authors, click here for full lineup and schedule

What’s Good – Restaurant Options for Dine Out Vancouver

Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2016 runs from January 15 to 31.

Dine Out Vancouver is upon us again and how I wish I could dine out every night and work my way through all the stellar menus. I’ve sussed a few out that look more than worthy of your dining dollar. May see you at any one of these during Dine Out!

CHICHA RESTAURANT

TOP value is definitely Chicha Restaurant, just off Main at $30. During Dine Out 2016 their menu reflects the regular share plates style dining experience. Dine Out guests will choose: 1. 1 appetizer each 2. 2 share plates each from the Entrée section 3. 1 dessert each. DEAL! 

APPETIZER Quinoa Salad ~quinoa, roasted red pepper, red onion layered with mango and avocado, huacatay Peruvian mint, lime, jalapeno vinaigrette, rocoto chili aoli (veg, gf) or Plantains with trio of Peruvian sauces ~fried plantains, huacatay Peruvian mint, rocoto and aji Amarillo chili aioli’s (veg, gf) or Aji Amarillo Seafood Chowder ~local assorted daily catch seafood, aji Amarillo chili cream chowder

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ENTREE
-choose two share plates from the following entrée section- Chalaco Ceviche ~local albacore tuna, wild sockeye salmon, Pacific Ling Cod, prawns, scallops, green tigre de leche citrus, fresh oranges, rocoto chili dusted fried calamari (gf) oBraised Red Deer Venison Neck and Chorizo ~slow braised venison neck and chorizo, Peruvian corn and grana padano cheese grits or Lomo Saltado ~med rare Bavette steak, Kennebec fries, onions, peppers, tomatoes stir fry, rich veal demi (gf) or/ Crab and Wild Sockeye Salmon Cakes ~served with Peruvian tartar and pickled cucumber and young coconut meat escabeche salad or/ Aji Panca Chili and Orange Glazed Baby Back Ribs ~served with double smoked bacon, green bean and red nugget potato salad (gf) or/ Chicharron Sliders ~crispy pork belly, glazed yam, aji Amarillo aioli, and salsa criolla sliders, rocoto chili dusted yam chips or/ Yucca Bola ~cassava root croquettes filled with asiago cheese, jalapenos, and scallions, sweet rocoto chili house made jelly, and Peruvian Huancaina sauce (veg) or/ Causa Verduras ~beet root whipped and chilled potatoes, lima bean puree, pickled beets, rocoto chili dusted yam chips (veg, gf) or Pollo Anticuchos ~aji Amarillo chili marinated chicken breast skewers, brown buttered fingerling potatos, trio of aji sauces (gf) or/ Tacu Tacu ~spicy butternut squash winter stew, crispy lima bean and rice cakes, parmesan, and fried quail’s egg (veg, gf)

DESSERT
Chocolate y Café Enamorados ~coffee and chocolate pot de crème, spiked rocoto chili whip cream, canela sugared plantains (gf) or Peruvian Caramel Shortbread Cookies ~lucuma fruit crème anglaise, fresh fruit or Specialty Coffee Drink ~bartender’s daily creation (gf)

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APPETIZER WildTale Corn & Seafood Chowder fresh wild seafood, spicy jalapeno fritterBC VQA Wine/Beverage Pairing:Synchromesh 2014 Riesling – Okanagan, BC – $10.00 or West Coast Caesar Salad aged parmesan, white anchovyBC VQA Wine/Beverage Pairing:Van Westen ‘Vivacious’ 2014 Pinot Gris/Pinot Blanc – Okanagan, BC – $11.00 or 

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Classic Prawn Cocktail poached tiger prawns, horseradish cocktail sauceBC VQA Wine/Beverage Pairing:Bartier Bros. 2013 Semillon – Okanagan, BC – $11.00 

ENTREE Blackened BC Snapper spicy penne alla “puttanesca”, basil beurre blancBC VQA Wine/Beverage Pairing: Synchromesh 2014 Riesling – Okanagan, BC – $10.00 or 

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Surf & Turf “AAA” alberta beef striploin, tiger prawn a la plancha whipped potato, café de paris butterBC VQA Wine/Beverage Pairing Osoyoos Larose ‘Petales d’Osoyoos’ 2011 Merlot Blend – Okanagan, BC – $13.50 or

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Duo of Yakima Valley Lamb roasted lamb sirloin, risotto of braised shoulder buttered asparagus, natural pan jusBC VQA Wine/Beverage Pairing: Osoyoos Larose ‘Petales d’Osoyoos’ 2011 Merlot Blend – Okanagan, BC – $13.50 

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DESSERT Bittersweet Chocolate Mousse housemade biscottiBC VQA Wine/Beverage Pairing: Burrowing Owl Coruja – $12.00 

SAI WOO – $40 – Chinatown

Head to Chinatown to Sai Woo at $40 for some unique bites in one of the most gorgeous rooms in the city.

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ENTREE – SPICED LAMB Pressed Lamb Neck, Squash Purée, Braised Shallot, Kale Chip, Sautéed Kale, Sherry JusBC VQA Wine/Beverage Pairing:Bartier Bros. Syrah 2011 Okanagan Valley or SEARED LING COD Pommes Purée, Potato Chip, Mushroom Jus , Seared King Oyster Mushroom, Confit JalapenoBC VQA Wine/Beverage Pairing:The Hatch Pinot Noir, Keremos Bench or LEMONGRASS CHICKEN Pandan Rice, Wilted Bitter Greens, Fried Egg, Pickled Cucumber, Bitter MelonBC VQA Wine/Beverage Pairing:Bartier Bros. Unoaked Chardonnay 2012 Okanagan Valley
DESSERT –  MANGO MOUSSE CAKE Purple Yam Jam, Coconut Sauce, Puffed Tapioca Pearls or CHOCOLATE PATE Dark, Milk, and White Chocolate, Almond Crust, Almond Bread, Kumquat Jam BAKLAVA Pistachio Mousse, Honey Rose Pearls, Phyllo Chip, Toasted Nuts

SIENA RESTAURANT

At South Granville’s Siena for $30 you can go Italian for a very reasonable price and they’ve got a fantastic wine list and are just small enough to give you that exceptional service.
ENTREE – Prosciutto-wrapped Natural Pork Tenderloin, with parmesan braised cannellini beans & apricot or Grilled Steelhead, with roast cauliflower purée, confit fingerling coins, peperonata or Caponata Ravioli, with tomato butter, pine nuts, asiago, crispy capers (V) or Mushroom Truffle Tagliatelle, with madeira cream, charred leeks, manchego (V)
DESSERT – Lemon Polenta Cake, with vanilla crème anglaise, raspberry coulis or Double Chocolate Torte, with blackberry chantilly, chocolate ganache
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ROYAL DINETTE

Another stell meal will be had if you head to Royal Dinette $40 on the corner of Dunsmuir and Howe.

APPETIZER
Kale, Crispy Vegetables, Nahm Jim, Aromatic Herbs, Pumpkin Seed or Octopus, Pil Pil, Chorizo Spices, Yukon Gold Potatoes, Sourdough or Lamb tartare, Mint emulsion, Hazelnut, Cured Egg Yolk, Grilled Bread

ENTREE Whole Wheat Rigatoni,
Smoked Mushroom, Grainy Mustard, Pickled Cucumber or Ling Cod, Octopus Consomme, Shellfish, Rutabaga, Olives or Short Rib, Ancient Grains, Radicchio, Preserved Peppers
DESSERT Dark Chocolate Tart, Beetroot Sorbet, Cocoa Nib or Candy Cap MushroomPanna Cotta, Grand Fir Sable, Preserved Summer Berries or Apple Sorbet, Honey Sponge Cake, Jasmine Tea, Tapioca
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EDIBLE CANADA

Uniquely Canadian bites can be had at Edible Canada for $30 in Granville Island.
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Royal Dinette Guest Chef Dinner with Chef Jonathan Tam

An extremely rare opportunity awaits you on Tuesday, January 12. Sample the cuisine of Chef Jonathan Tam, Head of R&D at Copenhagen’s Michelin-starred Relae, cooking alongside. Chef David Gunawan and his team at Royal Dinette. This menu is created with local items such as our West Coast Humboldt Squid, Sea Urchin and Sake Kasu,and looks divine.

MENU 

Snacks
Oyster, Buckwheat Crêpe, Turnip
Sea Cucumber, Sake Kasu, Preserved Radish, Sea Asparagus
Bella ‘West Side Keremeos’ Blanc de Blancs 2014
Main
Humboldt Squid, Black Bean, Ramps, Pork Fat
Movia Sivi Pinot Grigio 2010
Salt-baked Rutabaga, Roasted Pear, Fresh Cheese, Seeds, Smoked Maple
Four Winds Nectarous Dry-hopped Sour
Sea Urchin, Potato Purée, Almond Milk
Nikolaihof Vom Stein Federspiel Trocken Riesling 2011
Grilled Beetroot, Black Garlic, Goat Cheese
Frank Cornelissen Contadino #11
Chicken, Crispy Root Vegetables
Mas del Périé ‘Les Escures’ Cahors Malbec 2013
Lamb Neck, Cabbage
Mate Brunello di Montalcino 2010
Dessert
Elderflower, Apple Candy Cap Mushroom, Sunchoke, Huckleberries, Oats

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TICKETS
$175 per person, inclusive of beverage pairings, tax and gratuity. Seating is limited.

TRANSFORMING FOOD WASTE WITH “UGLY DUCKLING” DINNER

#NOFOODWASTED: ACCLAIMED LOCAVORE CHEF DAVID GUNAWAN AIMS TO TRANSFORM FOOD WASTE, PERCEPTIONS WITH “UGLY DUCKLING” DINNERS

Five-Course Menu Calls Attention to Sustainability Issues, “Trash Cooking” Concept by Showcasing Dishes Featuring Usually Overlooked, Often Discarded Offcuts and Outcasts

Royal Dinette Chef/Owner David Gunawan’s waste-not, want-not culinary values come into focus this fall with a duo of Ugly Duckling Dinners on Oct. 20 and Nov. 24 that will feature underutilized, often disposed scraps and offcuts.

Already one of Vancouver’s thought leaders in locally sourced and sustainably procured farm-to-table cuisine thanks to his award-winning restaurant Farmer’s Apprentice and natural wine bar Grapes & Soda, Gunawan now turns his attention to highlighting sustainability and food-waste awareness where the “ugly ducklings” of the culinary world will take centre stage on each plate.

“There’s a certain playful tone and dichotomy to the term ‘ugly duckling’,” says Gunawan, “But it speaks to the notion of transformation, and in turn, the notion of sustainability — to try and prevent waste by finding ways to use it in a more conscientious and efficient manner. We want to educate people about thoughtful food consumption and show them that they don’t need to throw these pieces away.”

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Gunawan’s Ugly Duckling Dinners take their cue from such acclaimed fellow chefs as Matt Orlando of Amass Restaurant in Copenhagen, Denmark and Dan Barber of New York’s Blue Hill restaurant, who hosted the zero-waste pop-up, “wastED”.

In similar fashion, Gunawan will transform a host of common cast-offs like stems, stalks, leaves, rinds and even coffee grounds into a delicious five-course menu designed to both inform and educate guests on the importance of making the most of what local producers, pastures and farms provide — Egg Shell-clarified Chicken Consommé, Baked Potato Skin Mousse and Coffee Ground-infused Ice Milk are just a few examples of what guests could expect.

Tickets
Royal Dinette’s Ugly Duckling Dinners take place on Tues., Oct. 20 and Tues., Nov. 24 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available online at www.royaldinette.ca and include a five-course menu with beverage pairings for $79 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

About David Gunawan | A celebrated champion of locavores and a staunch proponent of ecological gastronomy, Chef David Gunawan sharpened his skills at acclaimed kitchens in Chicago, Seattle, Vancouver and Belgium before opening Farmer’s Apprentice in 2013, and Grapes & Soda and Royal Dinette in 2015, each setting a new standard for sustainably sourced farm-to-table cuisine. His culinary approach is dictated by whatever fresh produce arrives at his door from local farmers each day, with Farmer’s Apprentice being named Restaurant of the Year and Best Casual Restaurant at the 2014 Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards as well as No. 2 on En Route magazine’s 2014 list of the Best New Restaurants in Canada.

About Royal Dinette | Located in the heart of Vancouver’s Financial District, Royal Dinette revolves around celebrated chef, David Gunawan’s signature focus on bringing together the best fresh, locally sourced ingredients for a true farm-to-table feast for the senses. With an ever-changing seasonal menu, fresh pasta, pastry and butcher stations and a bar menu offering an array of local craft beer, sparkling wine and handcrafted cocktails, Royal Dinette pairs the laid-back, informal atmosphere of a bygone diner with an elegant standard of service to bring quality, value and creativity of cuisine to a whole new audience.

905 Dunsmuir St., Vancouver B.C. V6C 2G2 | Lunch Mon. – Fri. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Dinner Mon. – Sat. 5 p.m. – late | L’Apéro Happy Hour Mon. – Sat. 4:30 – 6 p.m. | 604-974-8077 | www.royaldinette.ca | Twitter @RoyalDinette | Instagram @royaldinette