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What’s Good This Week February 7

Vancouver Events and Happenings

I’ve been up at Kelowna Gold Medal Plates Culinary Championships this past weekend and was so impressed with the chefs and all their hard work, and have to give a big shout out to all the Okanagan college culinary students and recent grads who assisted them. What an hard working group of talented people! Congrats to Jinhe Lee of Foreign Concept in Calgary on the Gold. I’ll have a post up this week on the full competition.

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While in Kelowna I had some great family and friend visits, got my exercise, but didn’t really get out to check out any new spots in town, but sometimes (gasp) there are more important things in life…..I found my wedding dress here too.

Vancouver International Wine Festival

Coming up – Vancouver International Wine Festival

This is the week before the Vancouver International Wine Festival, so rest up and get your work done so you can explore and enjoy the festival events. Available events include the Thursday and Friday night tastings, and Saturday Day, and just a few more, details here.

Get to know BC Wine at the festival’s BC Wine Pioneers and New Kids, an evolutionary look at the British Columbia wine industry over the past 25 years.  See how industry pioneers and the new kids on the block are putting their stamp on making wine in BC. The tasting will highlight both BC’s core varieties and a selection of lesser-known varietals produced in BC. Friday at 5:15 pm.

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On February 9th, Vancouverites will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Canada’s epicurean history at a pop-up Edible Museum. 

The Edible Museum of Canadian Food and Wine will feature some of Canada’s most beloved foods and most awarded VQA wineries. Throughout the exhibition guests will have the chance to taste some of Canada’s finest culinary moments while learning interesting nuggets about our vast and diverse wine landscape. https://www.canadianfoodandwinemuseum.ca/

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Vancouver TheatreSports’ Throwdown International TheatreSports Festival (formerly called The Massacre) runs February until Feb 14th

The Improv Centre on Granville Island hosted local VTSL teams and international teams (from as far afield as Oslo, Norway and Mumbai, India) will be on from Feb 9-14. The last evening, February 14, sees the winners of the international competitions play with the local victors from the previous week in a winner-takes-all laugh fest.

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Dine Out Continues At Many Restaurants Around Town

Provence Marinaside –  You can enjoy a beautifully prepared 3-course set menu for just $40 with a superb BC wine pairing for $25 until February 9th. Click for details

Kala Malay Bistro – 3-course flavourful Malaysian-style cuisine for $30

WildTale – 3-course with delicious mains such as Salmon, Beef and Gnocchi for $30

Sequoia Group – Extended $30 Dine Out menu until
February 9th!

Bishops – Eat local and well at this West 4th favourite.

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“Ultimate Chocolate Lover’s” at the Uncommon Cafe – Feb 8th

Just enter code “save20” when booking here. In this class, you will learn how to prepare 3 luscious chocolate recipe, just in time for Valentine’s day! You get to eat all (or bring some home), with wine!!! For more info on this class and to book, click here.

Weekly Goods – Mexico Visits Vancouver, Cookie Classes and Christmas Wishes

Are you feeling as busy as we are? We haven’t even got our tree up yet, but we’re in full holiday mode. We’ll be heading to the Pan Pacific for the Christmas Wish Breakfast, taking some cookie classes and going out to get that tree this week, well, perhaps after the snow. What do this week!

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Les Amis du Fromage Pop Up – Dec 10/11

Les amis du FROMAGE will be hosting a pop-up shop in December. Local culinary legends Artisan Edibles and Chef Ann Kirseböm will be selling a full range of gourmet jellies, chocolates, chutneys, antipasti, and sauces. This unique holiday experience will prove a delicious destination for all your festive shopping needs.

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3 Days, 3 Host Restaurants, 3 Top Mexican Chefs

From December 8th through 10th, Sabores CDMX events (Flavours of Mexico City) will see three of Mexico City’s top chefs take over the kitchens of Vancouver restaurants to share culinary highlights from their home region. Chef Andrea Carlson’s Burdock & Co. will host Chef Mario Espinosa; Cacao’s Chef Jefferson Alvarez will cook with Chef Gerardo Vázquez Lugo; and Chef Tret Jordan will share the kitchen at Homer Street Cafe and Bar with Chef José Manuel Baños. Set menu prices will vary. For additional details visit www.saborescdmx.com, and to make reservations please call the host restaurants.

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Shiny, Fuzzy, Muddy December 10/11 at The Heritage Hall

The SHINYFUZZYMUDDY seeks out new artists each year, up to thirty guests are invited to exhibit and sell their work at this historic Main St. location. The common thread that ties the work together is the high quality of design, craftsmanship and material sensibility. Holiday shopping….check!

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The Uncommon Cafe Cookie Classes – Dec 14

Wednesday Dec. 14, 6pm – 8:30pm – Tickets

Don’t have time to bake this year? Or want to check out some different new cookie flavours or decorating tricks? Grab some friends, family or come on your own to get your holiday baking done all in one go! Don’t forget your Tupperware! Everything you make you take. Great for beginners – any levels welcome! $40 per person, $5 per child (max 2 per adult) The Uncommon Café, 477 Powell Street, Vancouver. Tickets.

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Pan Pacific Christmas Wish Breakfast – December 13

We’re so excited about this one that we’re staying the night at the hotel so we don’t miss it! Vancouverites flock to the Pan Pacific Hotel the annual Christmas Wish Breakfast, donating new, unwrapped toys to the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau, in order to make Christmas special for families in needs. Teenagers are in the most need of toys during the holiday season.

Come on down Tuesday, December 13, between 6am-9am, and contribute to our massive toy pile! For more details leading up to the event, be sure to follow along on Facebook , Twitter and Instagram. #PanXmasWish

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

Cooking Classes at the Uncommon Cafe

Why not take a Cooking Class to prepare for your holiday entertaining needs? You may even be able to cancel the caterer!

Learn to make choux pastry while sippping on some Champagne and
snacking on Charcuterie in Gastown with the Uncommon Cafe!

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November 14th 6pm & 8pm: UDS2; Choux, Champagne & Charcuterie Join the Uncommon Café for #UDS2. A French night in with Valentine Kitamura, owner and master cook of Tartine & Maple, for Choux, Champagne & Charcuterie.

You will enjoy a glass of champagne, gougere (cheese puffs), a demo on choux making where you will be creating your own personal choux dessert, and platters of charcuterie. French wines and beer will be available.

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November 25th 6pm – 9pm: Cooking Classes; Choux: The new craze straight from France is Pâte a Choux! Known to some of you as  “choux pastry”, they are a family of dessert, big and small puffs, all made with the same dough base, which we call “Pâte a Choux”. And what comes out from it? The possibilities are endless, but here are a few things we will learn: Gougeres (Cheese puff), Cream puff, Profiteroles, Chouquettes (crispy sugar top) and Eclairs!!! Sign-up quick!

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