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Slow Fish – Slowing Down To Enjoy Sustainable Food

Chef’s Table Society Presents Slow Fish in the Kitchens of PICA

The Slow Food movement includes food from the land and also food from the Ocean. It’s a little more difficult to see the state of the sea and what lies beneath, but it’s equally important. For the third year a group of chefs from the Chef’s Table Society and sustainable seafood suppliers band together in Vancouver to present a Slow Fish Dinner, and this September 8 chefs cooked in 8 kitchens and paired their dishes all with salmon-safe local wines to raise awareness of the seafood we should be consuming more of if we want to save our seas.

Slow Fish PICA

Slow Fish PICA

Canapés Prepared by the students of the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts

dogwood brewing

The Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts has produced some of the best chefs in the city, and they cook along side the chefs and create the canapes for the evening. Dogwood Honey Lager was on tap for those interested in sampling some uber-local beer.

Chef Lisa Ahier Sobo

Chef Lisa Ahier SoboChef Lisa Ahier, SoBo Restaurant Tofino with her Gooseneck Barnacles, Fennel juice, Sweet Cipollini onions and Nanoose Garlic Chef Karen Barnaby

Chef Karen Barnaby

Chef Karen Barnaby, Albion Farms & Fisheries Pastrami Cured Pacific Provider Wild Salmon with fermented Brussels’ Sprouts

Chef Ned Bell

Chef Ned Bell Slow Fish

Chef Ned Bell, Ocean Wise/Vancouver Aquarium Humpback Shrimps Crudo, Late Summer Squash, Citrus and Sprouted Grains

Chef Sean Cousins Vancouver Club

Chef Sean Cousins Vancouver Club

Chef Sean Cousins, The Vancouver Club “Popcorn” Butter Poached Northern Divine Sturgeon, Caramelized Apples, Lovage Crust

Chef Meeru Dhalwala

Chef Meeru Dhalwala Slow Fish

Chef Meeru Dhalwala, Vij’s and Rangoli Spiced and Seared Ling Cod with Creamy Bengaly Curry

Chef Bruno Feldeisen

Chef Bruno Feldeisen

Chef Bruno Feldeisen, Semiahmoo Resort Geoduck, Charred Corn & Peach Salad, Avocado, Yuzu Olive Oil Emulsion

Chef Roger Ma Boulevard

Chef Roger Ma Boulevard

Chef Roger Ma, Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar Grilled Pacific Octopus, Heirloom Tomatoes, Puffed Quinoa, Lovage Mayonnaise

Chef Thompson Tran

Chef Thompson Tran  Chef Thompson Tran, The Wooden Boat Confit Kissed Honey Mussels, Vietnamese Roasted Peanuts, Scallion Butter Bella Gellateria

James Coleridge, Bella Gelateria Sorbet and gelato

Culmina Wine

Culmina Wine

Culmina Family Estate Winery

Haywire Winery

Haywire Okanagan Crush Pad

Inniskillin Wineries and Jackson Triggs Estate Wines

Kalala Winery

Kalala Organic Estate Winery

Sage Hills

Sage Hills Estate Winery

Seven Stones Winery

Tinhorn Creek

Tinhorn Creek Winery

Cibo Trattoria and Slow Food Fundraiser


Since opening in 2009, Cibo Trattoria’s, Executive Chef Neil Taylor has been a leading proponent of the Slow Food style cooking with his use of sustainable, organic and in season ingredients.  In a first for British Columbia, Cibo and the Slow Food Vancouver organization are pleased to announce an official partnership in their mutual commitment to the slow food philosophy.   A series of fundraising dinners (with partial proceeds going to Slow Food Vancouver) are planned with the first to take place on Thursday, June 14.  Tickets for the event are just $60.00 and the menu is a showcase for all that this movement embodies:


Veal crudo-shallots, capers, ramps, quail egg, parmesan


Leaves and herbs, shaved turnips, radishes, kohlrabi, grilled spring onions, buffalo ricotta


Agnolotti di guido-veal, greens, sage butter


Roast veal, vignole of artichokes, peas, fava’s, prosciutto and mint, roasting juices


Rhubarb fool, almond cookies


*Sustainable and organic wine pairings from Italy and Canada will also be available.


“For this first dinner we are featuring local producers Pitchfork Farms for produce and Six Masters Farm for the veal,“ says Taylor.  “They are wonderful suppliers who are truly committed to the slow food movement and you really do taste the results in your mouth – unbelievable flavors and quality,” continues Taylor.

Additional fundraising dinners are scheduled for August 23, November 15 and January 31.

For information and reservations, please call General Manager Steve Edwards at 604-319-4191 or email steve@cibotrattoria.ca


The Wheely Slow Cooking Tour

The Question: Where does your food come from?

The Wheely Slow Cooking Tour is serving up answers on April 19th at W2 Woodwards @ 7pm. The Wheely Girls will perform music and show footage from their tour. The night will end with a panel of sustainable food experts who will answer questions from the audience.

The panelists are Peter Ladner (author of The Urban Food Revolution) Lori Petryk (dietitian from Good for You Good for the Earth), Will Valley (urban farmer from Inner City Farms) and a Surprise panelist.

Facebook event page:http://www.facebook.com/events/268770713204619/

Apples for April page:http://www.facebook.com/events/177771262341289/ 




Slow Fish Series – Shellfish & Bivalves

Eva Cherneff Photography

Join Slow Food Vancouver Island & The London Chef for a series of Slow Fish Events celebrating our diverse coastal waters.

Thursday March 29th – Small Fish & By Catch

May/June date TBA – Sea Things

Time: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Location: The London Chef, 953 Fort Street (south side, between Quadra & Vancouver)

Event Style: cocktail style with small plates, full meal replacement, hands on learning, presentation & discussion.

RSVP – please book directly with payment to The London Chef. Note: spaces are limited, each class size is approx. 16 to 24 people based on program.

London Chef Phone: 250.590.1865 www.thelondonchef.com,

Slow Food Event Contact: Christine Smart 250.888.2583 www.slowisland.ca

Cost: $75.00 for non members, $65.00 for members (memberships available at the event) Slow Fish Series $210.00 non members & $180.00 for members. Tax and Gratuity will apply to above prices. Please note: series prices may be limited by availability.

Shellfish: Chef Dan Hayes presents a delicious small plate dinner and cooking techniques to honour our seasonal and local ingredients. Meet and taste your native oyster the Olympia, shuck a live scallop, crack a crab leg and mussel with your moules. Our guest Dr. John Volpe will speak about sustainable local choices, how the farmed shellfish industry is affecting our environment, and lead discussion about our local shellfish.

Small Fish & By Catch: Chef Dan Hayes celebrates the less known fish that are often forgotten or abandoned at sea. Enjoy an evening of discovery; skate, octopus, pilchards, dogfish, flounder and other treats fresh from the Sidney dayboats. Dr John Volpe will be enlightening the session with some serious insight into our fishing future and ideally what should be on our plates when choosing Northern Pacific West Coast fish.

Aphrodite’s loves Slow Food

September 23 to October 6 with special meal on September 28

To celebrate all that’s local, Aphrodite’s Café and Pie Shop will showcase food fresh from the farm.  Their Fresh Sheet will feature a three-course menu showcasing BC-grown ingredients.

Cost: $35, + $10 for a tasting of local wines.

RSVP:  call Aphrodite’s at 604.733.5808. 10% of the fresh sheet meal to the Fund. September 28 is a special benefit where you will meet the farmers who have grown the food on your plate.  And 100% to the Fund.


Terra Madre 2011 Fundraising

Appetizer Options:

Tomato and sweet onion salad with dill and garlic vinaigrette

Garden herb and hazelnut crusted goat fromage blanc with honey-garlic drizzle in a bed of local greens and house made artisan crisps

Crispy squash gnocchi with shallot, apple, and sage brown butter

Entrée Options:

 Roasted garlic, sweet onion and cauliflower “ricotta” zucchini noodle cannelloni with fresh tomato sauce and basil pesto (vegan)

Wild salmon with Dijon hollandaise and savory blueberry puree

Crispy skin chicken with roasted potatoes

 Suckling pig with stuffing and mignonette

Agassiz Slow Food Cycle 2011

A Slow Food Cycle Event
The date is set for 2011. See you on Saturday, July 23. 

We plan to start at the Fall Fair Grounds in Agassiz (FITNESS ACTIVITY CENTRE) after breakfast prepared by Kilby Farms and perked up with a Back Porch Coffee, leisurely cycle a self-guided tour around a 25 km flat route visiting farms and meeting farmers.  Stops feature special events, guided tours, samples, taste plates to purchase and a wide variety of fresh and food products available to purchase and take home.  The ‘shopping shuttle service’ is available as panniers only hold so much. 

Spend the weekend.

Enjoy great accommodations and romantic getaways in the area, from the Harrison Hotsprings Resort, to nearby Provincial and private campgrounds, to cozy bed-and-breakfasts (click on ‘Where to Stay’ on the left of this page). The following day, join us on the Chilliwack Cycle Tour where you experience new farms,  food offerings and spectacular scenery.

Tour Date: July 23, 2011 (rain or shine)

Times:  9am – 4pm (arrive and leave at your leisure!)

Start Location:  Fitness Activity Centre at the Fall Fairgrounds in Agassiz. Click on the Agassiz_Directions.pdf for a map to help you find the start location.

Price:  There is a charge for this event to offset the costs.  Net proceeds from this event, along with donations to our Terra Madre Fund, will go towards subsidizing the airfare for local farmers to attend Terra Madre 2012.   .

Click here to see the slideshow of the 2009 Agassiz Slow Food Cycle Tour.

Terra Madre Film and Reception

Friday, May 7th DOXA Documentary Film Festival opening night film is Terrra Madre. Buy tickets and for more information visit www.doxafestival.ca The opening night reception is organized by Slow Food with $3.00/ticket from the film and the reception going to our Terra Madre Fund.  The reception features appetizers and beverages donated from the following chefs and restaurants:

  • C/Nu/Raincity Grill
  • Savoury City Catering
  • Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown
  • Capers Whole Foods Market
  • Schokolade Cafe Artisan Chocolate & Cafe
  • Vine & Garden Catering
  • Subeez Cafe and Bar
  • Aphrhodite’s Organic Delights Cafe
  • R&B Brewery
  • Ethical Bean Coffee

TERRA MADRE directed by Ermanno Olmi, Italy
Friday, May 7 at 7:30pm
Granville 7

The Terra Madre (Mother Earth) conference is held in Turin, Italy attracting some 6000 delegates – activists and farmers from 153 nations to meet and exchange ideas, experience and plans for the future of food production and sustainability. Ermanno Olmi, now in his 70’s is free to reinvent the documentary form, which is exactly what happens in his new film, Terra Madre. Beginning with the conference itself, the film branches off into multiple narratives before the film gently settles on a remote Italian farm where something remarkable happens. A poem to beauty, food and the slow passage of time, Terra Madre is a ravishingly beautiful ode to the earth in all its fecundity and abundance.

May 7, 2010 at 9:30pm
Harrison Galleries
901 Homer Street

Join us at Harrison Galleries following the Opening Night Film, Terra Madre – and help us celebrate Italy and the Slow Food movement. Enjoy fine food and wine while gathering the hot buzz for the Festival!

Purchase Film and Party tickets ($35) OR Film Only ($15) tickets now.

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Terra Madre Doxa Documentary Film Festival

A restaurant placard, Santorini, Greece
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Announcing Opening Night Film – Friday May 7,  7:30pm – Granville 7

Doxa Documentary Film Festival

visit Doxafestival.ca to buy tickets and for more information

$3.00/ticket for the film and the reception being donated to Slow Food Vancouver for our Terra Madre Fund.  Slow Food is partnered with FarmFolk/CityFolk raising funds to send our local farmers to Terra Madre 2010


TERRA MADRE directed by Ermanno Olmi, Italy

The Terra Madre (Mother Earth) conference is held in Turin, Italy attracting some 6000 delegates – activists and farmers from 153 nations to meet and exchange ideas, experience and plans for the future of food production and sustainability. Italian filmmaker Ermanno Olmi attended the conference to document the event. Now in his late-70s, Olmi is free to reinvent the documentary form, which is exactly what happens in his new film, Terra Madre.  Beginning with the conference itself, the film branches off into multiple narratives, including a sojourn north to visit the International Seed Bank in Norway, and to farms in China and India. Interspersed with conference delegates offering insight and advice, the film then gently settles on a remote Italian farm where something remarkable happens. All the discussion pales before the simplicity of old fashioned farming. As the film moves from theory to reality—cycling through the seasons of planting, harvesting, cooking and eating—traditional documentary falls away, and a singular type of poetry emerges. A poem to beauty, food and the slow passage of time, Terra Madre is a ravishingly beautiful ode to the earth in all its fecundity and abundance.


Join us for a Terra Madre Celebrazione following the Opening Night Film for an evening celebrating Italy and the Slow Food movement! Enjoy fine food and listen to live entertainment while gathering all the hot buzz for the festival!
Harrison Galleries (901 Homer Street)
Purchase Film and Party tickets ($35) OR Film Only ($15) tickets now.  www.doxafestival.ca

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Naramata joins Cittaslow International

Discover Naramata is proud to announce that Naramata has been accepted as a member community of Cittaslow International.

Cittaslow (www.cittaslow.net) is an international organization formed in Orvieto, Italy in 1999 with the mandate to improve the quality of life in towns while resisting the fast lane, homogenized world seen in larger cities.  Celebrating and supporting diversity of culture and the specialties of a town are core Cittaslow values.  Born from the Slow Food movement (www.slowfood.com), Cittaslow’s main goal is to promote the philosophy of Slow Food to local communities and governments, applying the concepts of eco-gastronomy to everyday life.

In February of 2009, the Discover Naramata Board agreed, in principle, to pursue the accreditation of Naramata as a Cittaslow.  After a lengthy application and assessment process, Naramata was recognized as a member of Cittaslow Canada, after the first and only other North American member town, Cowichan Bay, BC, was accredited in July of this year.  The official declaration will take place in Orvieto, Italy on November 28, 2009.

Discover Naramata (www.discovernaramata.com) was formed in 1999 by Naramata area businesses with the mandate “to encourage visitors to experience the existing charm and character of Naramata, while encouraging and supporting local business initiatives.”  Discover Naramata represents the business community of Naramata and the surrounding area including wineries, farms and retail/hospitality/tourism related businesses.

For further information, contact:

Norm Davies, Director, Discover Naramata
Box 164, Naramata, BC, Canada, V0H 1N0

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Cowichan Bay slows down

From Tourism BC

Vancouver Island Village Joins International Cittaslow Community

In the seaside town of Cowichan Bay on Vancouver Island, taking it slow is a way of life – a dedication to the local landscape that has garnered the quaint community worldwide praise. Recently heralded as the first Cittaslow (pronounced Cheetah-slow) member in North America, Cowichan Bay joins 120 towns in 16 countries committed to putting quality of life first; Cittaslow towns, founded in Italy in 1999 and rooted in the Slow Food movement, aim to improve the quality of life for their residents, support local specialties and cultural diversity while preserving their rural lifestyle. Seems a natural fit for the village of less than 3,000, situated 45 minutes north of Victoria, where acres of greenspace give way to small and medium-scale agricultural operations and wineries, all within traditional First Nations land. In simple terms, you won’t find fast food or big box boys in Cowichan Bay. And with a bounty of some of the province’s hottest chefs, growers, winemakers, artisans and the like settled within a community loyal to local produce and their producers, a Cittaslow designation seemed the next logical step. Assessed and certified under six potential areas of excellence, including environmental policy, encouragement of local food and artisanal products and businesses, and hospitality and friendliness, the village sored a whopping 93 per cent, one of the highest rankings of all towns to apply for the honour.

We are very proud to have become the first Cittaslow in Canada and in North America,” says Mara Jernigan, Chef of Fairburn Farm Culinary Retreat and Guesthouse and current President of Slow Food Canada. “It shows a genuine commitment towards the rural and environmental nature of the area and the local production of high quality artisanal and organic food.” www.cittaslow.net

To read more story ideas from the Vancouver Island region, visit www.hellobc.com/vancouverislandmedia.

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