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Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House celebrates 25 years with a special Slurp & Swirl fundraising gala

Birthday bash to raise proceeds for the Vancouver Firefighters’ Charitable Society

Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House, Vancouver’s long-standing iconic downtown restaurant, is proud to host its eighth annual Slurp & Swirl™ – A Wine and Oyster Celebration – on Wednesday, November 10, 2010 from 6pm to 11pm. Co-presented by Mackie Research Capital Corporation and Kim Danielsen, the evening features complementary fresh-shucked oysters, sophisticated canapés and a varied selection of premium wine and champagne from around the world. Proceeds raised benefit the Vancouver Firefighters’ Charitable Society.

“We feel honoured to be able to give back to the community by supporting the Vancouver Firefighters’ Charitable Society – an extremely valuable organization in our city,” says Bud Kanke, Proprietor of Joe Fortes. “This year, Slurp & Swirl™ has special meaning for us as we celebrate our 25th year in operation. We thank everyone for their continued support and patronage and look forward to a very memorable evening full of philanthropy, good food and great entertainment – all things that define this annual event.”

In addition to the delectable flavours, guests will be treated to live entertainment including well-known impersonators of some of the finest musicians of the 20th Century and three alluring performances by the Candy Girl Cabaret Group. DJ Leanne will spin records all night long – balancing contemporary class with old-world glamour.

Guests have the opportunity to further donate to the Vancouver Firefighters’ Charitable Society through a variety of exciting auctions that guarantee luxurious and unique prizes. A balloon auction, silent auction, and live auction will feature works of art and sought-after products from local artists, companies and designers.

Tickets for Slurp & Swirl™ are $150 and available at Joe Fortes in-person or via faxed credit card information to 604.669.4426. Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House is located at 777 Thurlow Street in Vancouver.

About Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House (www.joefortes.ca)

Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House is a classic American style dining experience located in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Our dedicated hospitality team has been offering guests more buzz, more hospitality and more variety since 1985. No matter the occasion, Joe Fortes promises unsurpassed personal attention, inventive menus and a unique dining experience.

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The shuckers, the slurpers, and the swirlers are returning. The last two would be you, if you’re quick enough to get tickets to the 7th annual Slurp & Swirl™. This is voted one of Canada’s top 5 “Local Secrets, Big Finds” on Travelcity.ca. It’s one of those nights people remember fondly, if not entirely clearly.

Here’s the plan. First, Western Canada’s top oyster shuckers go shell for shell at this wine and oyster wingding supporting the British Columbia Professional Firefighters’ Burn Fund. Second, you slurp divinely soft, fresh, fleshy mollusks while making your merry way among tasting stations – and making grandly generous offers in the silent and balloon auctions and 50-50 draws.

Third, you’ll be totally primed for your inner dancing fool to bust loose when The March Hare cranks up at 9pm.

So, do good by eating and drinking well on Tuesday, Nov 10, 2009, 6 to 11pm at Joe Fortes. We are releasing the final 30 tickets, so call us now. Or ask our servers for more info on your next visit. Just say sslluurrrp. They’ll


Playing lead roles as swashbuckling oyster shuckers, our Executive Chef, Scott Pratico, and Executive Sous Chef, Curtis Webb, did star turns at the Vancouver International Film Festival Gala.

The duo shucked more than 1,000 oysters for the crowd of 1,200 at the event, for which Joe Fortes was one of five restaurant sponsors. The gala and their performances garnered rave reviews, but there’s no word yet on offers of roles for Pratico and Webb. Their agents say they’re looking for scripts that stretch them as chefs, especially ones involving intriguing appetizers, glamorous entrée and recipe theft.

Anything like that gathering dust in your drawer?


The act of surrender is especially sublime when one succumbs to a superior confection. It’s something Escoffier might have said, had he tasted November’s featured dessert: Chocolate Duo, a rich chocolate pate with cognac, macerated cherries, warm molten center cake and Tahitian vanilla gelato.

Check out Joe’s selection of delectable desserts.


Started thinking about Christmas gifts yet? Get a $100 in gift certificates at Joe Fortes and we’ll give you $25 to use on your next visit. A little something for them and a little something for you.

777 Thurlow Street (at Robson) Vancouver BC

604.669.1940 | info@joefortes.ca | www.joefortes.ca

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Slurp and Swirl at Joe Fortes

Tickets are already moving for our annual Slurp & Swirl™, a wine and oyster benefit evening supporting the British Columbia Professional Firefighters’ Burn Fund and one of the top events in the city – also voted as one of Canada’s Top 5 “Local Secrets, Big Finds” on Travelocity.ca!

As is tradition, there will again be matches between North America’s top oyster shuckers, sure to thrill and entertain. CTV’s Coleen Christie will be one of our judges this year and your emcee’s will be Breakfast Television’s Dawn Chubai and Riaz Meghji.

Naturally, the evening would not be complete without gratuitous opportunities to part with your money for a very worthy cause. Silent auction, balloon auction and 50/50 draws will be set against the musical backdrop of DJ Paul and later The March Hare Band.

Tuesday, November 10th, 6pm to 11pm. For tickets please call, email or inquire with your server on your next visit.