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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

Taste Canada – Food Writing Awards 2013

marilyn smithCongratulations to the winners of the 2013 Awards.  Good to see our pal and Quinoa master Marilyn Smith in there.  All great books worth of a place on your shelf. GLV

Taste Canada the food writing awards drew 64 submissions this year, a brilliant snapshot of the vibrancy and diversity of Canadian culinary publishing.  The winners were announced at the well-attended Award Ceremony and Gala Reception on the 4th November at the Arcadian Court in Toronto, hosted by Stefano Faita of CBC TV’s In the Kitchen with Stefano Faita.


French Kids Eat Everything (And Yours Can Too). Le Billon, Karen. Harper Collins Publishers.

“The research is impressive.” “Timely and relevant for a whole new generation of parents;” “Delightful to read” – The jury


Canada’s Favourite Recipes.  Murray, Rose and Baird, Elizabeth. Whitecap Books.

“Recipes cover a broad-enough range of topics to keep the home cook riveted for some time;” “It covers everything you might ever want to cook, bake, preserve or sip and it reads in places like a diary.” – The jury

Toqué! Les artisans d’une gastronomie québécoise.  Laprise, Normand.  Les Éditions du passage.

”Je ne peux en dire assez sur ce livre! Une vraie beauté;” “Pour les recettes,  la dynamique inspirant, la progression des travaux fait qu’elles se réalisent sans anicroche” – Le jury


Burma: Rivers of Flavor.   Duguid, Naomi.  Random  House of Canada.

“A very in-depth cookbook that reflects a lot of research and time spent with locals;” “I have confidence in the authenticity of the information, recipes and ingredients.” – The jury


The Book of Kale: The Easy-to-Grow Superfood80+ Recipes. Hanna, Sharon.

“It has real personality and charm and the overall results are delicious.” “The book has integrity, heart and pure deliciousness.” – The jury

Cabane à sucre Au pied de Cochon: Le sirop d’erable. Picard. Martin. Restaurant Au pied de cochon.

“Brillant et original. Un thème qui est évidemment très proche du cœur des Canadiens;” “C’est un livre d’art”- Le jury


The Taste Canada/CBC People’s Choice Award was run as a contest at cbc.ca/books for three weeks, and offered the public a chance to vote for their favourite book on the Taste Canada shortlist, and win great prizes, including kitchen equipment from Zwilling J.A. Henckels, and cookbooks.   Thousands of entries later, The Vegetarian’s Complete Quinoa Cookbook by Mairlyn Smith, ed. and the Ontario Home Economics Association was announced as this year’s winner by Gill Deacon of CBC Radio’s Here and Now. 


ELIZABETH BAIRD:  Elizabeth Baird’s distinguished career in food began with an invitation from publisher James Lorimer to write a book about Canadian cooking. Classic Canadian Cooking, published in 1974, was her entrée into food writing.  She went on to work at various newspapers, but it was her work as food editor of Canadian Living Magazine – for 20 years – that truly made her a household name.  Along with magazines, there were other opportunities in radio and television – especially Canadian Living Cooks on the Food Network.  And then there were cookbooks, over 30 of them in all, most notably The Complete Canadian Living Cookbook. Elizabeth is the recipient of numerous awards and honours including the Founder’s Award from Cuisine Canada, a National Magazine Award, a Silver Ladle from the Toronto Culinary Guild, and she was also named the Women’s Culinary Network’s Woman of the Year. Most recently, she was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada.



Mère Emélie Caron is a prominent example of the many 19th-century women in religious orders who devoted themselves to feeding the poor with nutritious and tasty foods. She was the second mother superior of the Sisters of Providence, and hers is the only name officially attached to Directions diverses, a cookbook that was originally prepared for use at the sisters’ Mother House and subsequently became a standard kitchen reference at many of Québec’s Catholic institutions. First published in 1878, Directions diverses prompted eight editions up to 1913. Its recipes reflect the culinary tastes of the time, with the inclusion of English and American as well as French and traditional Québecois foods

HELEN GOUGEON – 1924-2000

Ottawa-born Helen Gougeon was a cookbook author, food journalist, and radio and television personality who was best known as an early advocate of ethnic cuisine in Canada and an enthusiastic promoter of regional Canadian cooking. Gougeon’s pioneering Cooking…with an Accent (1946) fostered Canadian interest in ethnic recipes long before the multi-cultural movement made this fashionable. She made Canadian regional cuisine accessible on a national scale by publishing recipes in her newspaper columns that had previously been known mostly through community cookbooks. Gougeon’s columns on cooking appeared in Canadian Living, the Montreal Gazette, the Montreal Standard, the Ottawa Journal and Weekend Magazine. Her broadcasting credits included the CBC television series “Bon Appetit”.

Taste Canada―The Food Writing Awards annually recognize and celebrate superior writing and publishing throughout Canada’s culinary world, both English and French.

Taste Canada―The Food Writing Awards 2012 Announcement of Short Lists

Taste Canada―The Food Writing Awards drew 73 submissions this year, a brilliant snapshot of the vibrancy and diversity of Canadian culinary publishing.  The winners will be announced, together with the names of the jurors, at the Award Ceremony and Gala Reception on Monday, 5 November, at the newArcadian Court inToronto.




Leslie Beck’s Longevity Diet.  Leslie Beck.  PenguinCanada

The Boreal Herbal.  Beverley Gray. Aroma Borealis Press

Unquenchable.  Natalie MacLean. Doubleday Canada Publishing Group

Genèse de la cuisine québécoise.  Jean-Marie Francoeur.  Fides

Une agriculture qui goûte autrement.  Hélène Raymond and Jacques Mathé.  Éditions MultiMondes

Revel 2012 : Guide des champagnes et des autres bulles.  Guénaël Revel.  Modus Vivendi


Whitewater Cooks with Friends.  Shelley Adams.  Alicon Holdings Ltd


Odd Bits.  Jennifer McLagan.  HarperCollins Publishers

Chef Michael Smith’s Kitchen.  Michael Smith.  Penguin Canada

L’univers gourmand de Jean-Luc Boulay.  Anne L Desjardins and Jean-Luc Boulay.  Les Éditions Transcontinental

À la di Stasio 3.  Josée Di Stasio.  Flammarion Québec

L’artisan culinaire.  Sébastien Houle.  Modus Vivendi


The Ontario Table.  Lynn Ogryzlo.  Epulum Books Inc

Made in Italy.  David Rocco.  HarperCollins Publishers

Market Chronicles.  Susan Semenak.  Les Éditions Cardinal

Asie: Un voyage culinaire.  Vincent Beck and Diem Ngoc Phan. Modus Vivendi

Su: La cuisine turque de Fisun Ercan.  Fisun Ercan.  Éditions du Trécarré

Stefano Faita: Je cuisine italien.  Stefano Faita.  Éditions du Trécarré


Preserving.  Pat Crocker. Harper Collins Publishers

We Sure Can!  Sarah B Hood.  Arsenal Pulp Press

Spilling the Beans.   Julie Van Rosendaal and Sue Duncan.  Whitecap Books

Nos 200 meilleurs desserts et biscuits.  Coup de Pouce.  Les Éditions Transcontinental

Saisis.  Louis-François Marcotte.  Flammarion Québec

Sous le charme des courges et des citrouilles.  Louise Gagnon, Louise.  Les Éditions de L’Homme


Taste Canada―The Food Writing Awards is an evolution of the former Canadian Culinary Book Awards.  These newly branded Awards will annually continue to recognize and celebrate superior writing and publishing throughoutCanada’s culinary world, both English and French, while acknowledging and respecting the authority and history of the original Awards.


Tastes of CCFCC Canada

June 12, 2011 – 5 pm – 10 pm

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beverage pairs for June 12, Tastes of CCFCC Canada

Celebration of Canada’s culinary identity with 15 chef stations, each paired with a beverage.

Oyster Bar, Martini Bar

Junior Chefs-two from each province, A Chef Mentor from each province,

Aboriginal Culinary Team – Chef Ben Genaille,

Guest Chefs –American Culinary Federation, and our Washington State Junior Chefs

Tastes of CCFCC Canada

The welcome reception features 12 food and beverage stations. Junior Chefs and their mentors create a taste of their region in Canada . Each province will host a food and beverage station., Guests will enjoy the flavours of Canada at this amazing reception. Included in the CCFCC 2011 are our guests from the World Associations of Chefs, and the American Culinary Federation. This is a chance to mingle with the best chefs, worldwide and taste the flavours of our future – $90.00 includes food and beverages, HST, and gratuities; open to everyone. www.ccfcc.eventbrite.com