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What’s Good This Week in Vancouver – May 11 Edition

Enjoy Vancouver This Week With These Tasty Events

What’s up for Vancouver this week? Lots! We are back in town and settling back in from our honeymoon and have plans to hit the Spot Prawn Festival on Saturday for our 2 week anniversary celebration (joking). There’s a ton of Mother’s Day Celebrations and I did an entire post here, and have some gift suggestions and a GIVEAWAY for a Philips Airfryer here, you can join Daniel Sedin and Canuck Place for a Blanket Fort or try out some new menu items at Lift.

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Spot Prawn Pop Up at Vancouver Aquarium

Ocean Wise® Executive Chef Ned Bell and Chef Rob Clark of The Fish Counter are kicking off spot prawn season with this first-ever collaborative dinner at Vancouver Aquarium’s Pop-Up café.

Join these top Vancouver chefs for a decadent five-course dinner with wine pairings as they put the spotlight on sustainable spot prawns.


Chilled Marinated Spot Prawns
Mango and Sweet Pepper Salsa, Spicy Crema
Chef Robert Clark
Sea Star Vineyards – Stella Maris, North Pender Island BC

Spot Prawn and Razor Clam Soup
Brown Butter, Lime, Smoked Vancouver Island Sea Salt
Chef Ned Bell
Road 13 – Chenin Blanc, Oliver BC

Spot Prawn Ravioli
Cowichan Pasta Co, Peas, Asparagus, Ricotta
Shaved Parmesan, Lemon and Olive Oil
Chef Ned Bell
Sumac Ridge – Un-oaked Chardonnay, Summerland BC

Sake Poached Spot Prawns
Roasted Northern Coho, Spring Radish, Black and White Sauce
Chef Robert Clark
Tantalus – Juveniles Pinot Noir, Kelowna BC

‘Sugar Kelp’ Chocolate Mousse
Blood Orange Marmalade
Chef Ned Bell

Spot Prawn Festival Vancouver

Spot Prawn Festival

11th Annual Spot Prawn Festival organized by the Chefs’ Table Society of BC.

Saturday, May 13, 11 am – 3 pm at  Fishermen’s Wharf, 1505 W 1st Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1E8

  • 11:00 am the Spot Prawn Boil service begins
  • 11:00 am demonstration cooking stage opens
  • 12:00 am Spot Prawn boats arrive to the wharf


Lift Has a New Menu

Executive Chef Soojin Park has just released a new menu at Lift, one of the most scenic restaurants in the city and highlights include:

Ahi Tuna – with mascarpone stuffed piquillo, summer vegetables and fennel marmalade
Mahi Mahi – with Hawaiian salsa, beurre blanc, carrot puree, roasted fingerling potato and vegetables
Pork Ribeye – with plum vinaigrette, onion velute, mashed potato, red wine jus

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Canuck Place to host Vancouver’s largest blanket fort at their “Best Day Ever” event 

On Saturday, May 13, Canuck Place will transform the corner of Seymour and Georgia with the construction of Vancouver’s biggest blanket fort that will span almost 2,000 square feet. Event attendees will enjoy interactive musical performances, childhood culinary delights (like Earnest Ice Cream and Mom’s Grilled Cheese), and family-friendly games and activities. There will also be special appearances by Daniel Sedin and beloved Fin. Ever celebrates the favourite ways that Canuck Place families spend time together, from quieter moments spent in the Canuck Place Hospice gardens to exciting adventures on recreation therapy outings. Join us on Saturday to reflect on and share how you would spend your best day ever.

Event:                   Best Day Ever Blanket Fort
Date:                     Saturday, May 13, 2017
Time:                    11:00am to 3:00pm

Location:             Outside TELUS Garden at 510 West Georgia Street (corner of Seymour and Georgia) in Vancouver, BC

Hashtags:          #BestDayEver #CanuckPlace
Daniel Sedin will be on-site at the fort and available for photos between 11:00am- 12:00pm to launch the event:

  • 11:00am – 11:05am: Ribbon cutting with Canuck Place child Charlie-Anne
  • 11:10am – 11:20am: Candid photos inside the blanket fort
  • 11:20am – 12:00pm: Photos and autographs with fort attendees

Fin will be there from 12:00-1:00pm and available for photos.

May 13 – EAT GRAIN pop up shop at MAIN STREET BREWING 12-6pm


Join EAT GRAIN for a FLOUR SHOP pop-up! Freshly milled flour has been available to orrder for select restaurants around the city, and now it’s available to you at the launch of Vancouver’s first micro flour mill with a pop-up shop!

There will be selection of freshly milled flours, along with sourdough bread and baked goods made exclusively with EAT GRAIN flour.

What’s Good This Week April 26 Edition – Vancouver Events

Vancouver Events We Recommend This Week

Currently nestled in the Naramata Bench, we are enjoying our stay at Quidni Estate Winery and are very reluctant to leave! We’ve had some great food here and tasted some amazing wine and beer, so stay tuned for a Penticton/Naramata travel edition. We’ll be up in Kelowna for the next little while arranging our wedding (3 more sleeps), but if we were in Vancouver, there’d be a few things we’d check out.


Stuffed Pasta from Scratch with Chef Romy Prasad At Well Seasoned April 29th

If you haven’t been to Well Seasoned in Langley you are seriously missing out. An amazing place to shop for all thing culinary and they’ve got some great classes this spring. Chef Romy Prasad is teaching pasta skills this Saturday!
You will be rolling pasta like a pro after this class! Once you have the basic technique down, you can create your own filling and sauce combinations. Let the FUN begin!• Roasted butternut squash ravioli with sage butter
• Portobello mushroom & spinach tortellini with a red pepper tomato sauce
• Cheese filled tortellini with porcini mushroom and pecorino sauceCall to book now: 604.530-1518 or email askachef@wellseasoned.ca
https://wellseasoned.ca/collections/cooking-class-vouchersabbotsfordMillions of multi-coloured tulips set to amaze at
Until – May 7

Tickets available online at abbotsfordtulipfestival.com
Visit website daily for updates on the status of our blooms!

Get ready to tiptoe through millions of tulips and be amazed by all the colour in the country at BLOOM – The Abbotsford Tulip Festival. Located just an hour outside of Vancouver, BLOOM is the ultimate springtime experience offering visitors a chance to marvel at 10 acres of rainbow-coloured fields and enjoy some wholesome springtime fun. The festival is scheduled to run from April 10th to May 7th, daily from 9:00 am to dusk.

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Parallel 49 Brewing Company Hosting Beer Garden & Brewery Tours for East Vancouver’s Hop Circuit Open House, April 30th from 1pm to 5pm

On Sunday, April 30th, Parallel 49 Brewing Company is participating in East Vancouver’s Brewery District Hop Circuit Open House. From 1pm to 5pm, Parallel 49 Brewing Company will be offering self-guided brewery tours and hosting a beer garden behind their brewery (between Triumph St and Pandora St.), with Parallel 49 Brewing Company brews available for purchase. Minors will be allowed in the brewery as part of the self-guided brewery tours.  Parallel 49 Brewing Company’s tasting room is still undergoing renovations and will not be open to the public during Hop Circuit.

This is the second year Parallel 49 Brewing Company has participated in Hop Circuit, an event dedicated to uniting Vancouverites and the “Yeast Van” community. Popular brews like Parallel 49 Brewing Company’s Craft Lager and Bodhisattva Dry Hopped Sour will be on tap.


Vancouver TheatreSports™ League’s (VTSL) presents Western World

We’ve seen this and it’s absolutely hilarious! Head to the Improv Centre on Granville Island and check out Western World, inspired by the HBO series Westworld.

Each night features a totally new ‘episode’ under the watchful eye and guiding mind of Robert (sometimes Roberta) Ford. Guests begin their Western World adventure with an orientation. “Who are these hosts? Where do they come from? What roles do they play? Where is Western World?” are typical of the many questions that only VTSL’s esteemed Guests can answer. Throughout the first half, Guests help craft the story-line that becomes the basis for the second half of the show. In this artificial world of improvised comedy anything can, and will, happen.

Join VTSL for an evening of ‘laughs without limits’ Thursday through Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm from April 6 through May 13 at VTSL’s home, The Improv Centre on Granville Island. Tickets on sale now.


Strange Fellows Brewery Dinner with  Tobias Grignon at Chicha – May 3

Super fun chef collaboration and beer pairing with Chicha restaurant, Strange Fellows Brewery and guest chef Tobias Grignon.

Tobias Grignon is currently the executive chef/ owner of Rabbits Foot Supper Club and chef at Edible Canada. He was formerly the opening and executive chef of Mamie Taylor’s and has been on the popular Food Network Chopped Canada.

Chicha Chefs, Shelome Bouvette and Allison Flook will be collaborating with Tobias on a five course menu and each course will be paired with a beer from Strange Fellows Brewery.

Wed, May 3, 2017 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM at Chicha Restaurant
136 East Broadway Vancouver, BC

The Menu

Reception with light snacks starts at 6.30pm
Penelope the Tart passionfruit sour cocktail
Rockfish ceviche- clams, cilantro, sweet potato, aji panca – Strange resemblance wild Saison
Crispy octopus- purple potato, cucumber, mizuna, amaranth, ponzu –
Strange Fellow’s pilsner
Pork belly and yuca, pickled ramps, puffed quinoa, spiced apple –
Guardian white ipa
Roast duck, broken duck leg empanada, rasins, pinenuts, plantain and parsley – Reynard oud bruin
Charred figs and rhubarb, bread and brandy ice cream, puffed cancha – Coup de foudre new world wild ale

Tickets are $76.00 plus taxes and gratuity CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS/

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Sip & Savour at Wine For Waves

Be the first to sip and savour Naramata Bench’s Spring Wine Releases. On April 28, this delicious evening of wining and dining will bring together B.C.’s best wineries and sustainable seafood restaurants. Taste Ocean Wise offerings, meet top B.C. winemakers, and bid on silent auction items including exclusive Naramata wines and wine experience packages.

All proceeds will benefit Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise program.

April 28, 2017 | 7 p.m.

Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver
791 West Georgia St.
Vancouver, B.C.

$110 + GST TICKETS Buy Now


Chef Ned Bell Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Wise Chef


Chef Ned Bell is on his way to Victoria this week to compete for the in Gold Medal Plates culinary competition and we posed a few questions in advance to get a feel for just what he might be preparing.

Chef Ned Bell

Tell us a little bit about your restaurant and/or style of cooking.

My Focus is on Wild Seafood from the Pacific Ocean, and responsible aquaculture, farming seaweeds, shellfish and fin fish in a responsible way from a clean ocean.  (Chef Neb Bell is at the Vancouver Aquarium)

Where do you eat in your city?

At home with my family, having 3 boys and a very busy wife keeps me close to the family table.

What would be your ideal food day? 

I am a very early riser, usually 4:30 am, and I travel a lot, so my fitness routine and my breakfast are always the same, no matter where I am, it keeps me on schedule mentally and physically. Breakfast and fitness set the tone for me for the day, after that, I will eat whatever I want as long as its healthy and of course indulgent.

What trend do you wish would die?

‘Trends’ in general, Everyone is trying to create the next cronut, lets focus on food as a pathway to health. I am not saying don’t eat your favorite things, but lets put more energy into eating well, then eating trends.

What trend/s do you wish would be next?

Food as a gateway to a healthy lifestyle, when I eat well and exercise, I rest better, have a happier clearer mind, and I am a better father, partner and son.

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What ingredient do you always have on hand?

Really Good Sea Salt, I never leave home without it. (Van Island Sea Salt)

What’s your go-to recipe when you’re eating at home? 

Kate’s (Ned’s wife) Turkey Spaghetti.

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What equipment do you wish you had in your kitchen?

My wife and I are renovating our kitchen at home, and I have lots of fancy kitchen gadgets at our Cookculture shops, so, honesty, I have all the kitchen equipment I need.

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What cookbook would you suggest for a gift for your foodie friends this year?

Well, My first Seafood Book is coming out in Sept of 2017, so I’d say that one 😉. (Can’t wait!)

Any hints on what dish you will be preparing for Gold Medal Plates?

Very fall, roasted, caramelized, foraged mushrooms from Tofino, elderberries, fish and lots of tasty business .


What wine/beer/libation are you pairing with this year?

2013 Canyon View Pinot Noir from Haywire

Who is coming with you?

Friends from all over, chefs from all over BC (Ross Derrick from the Table at Codfathers, Andrew Shepard from Vancouver Island Sea Salt, Matt Horn from Cowichan Pasta, Jed Grieve from Cookculture, William Beere, Sous Chef at Oceanwise).

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Night At The Aquarium

A Spectacular Evening To Benefit The Conservation Of Our Oceans

Journey to an enchanting aquatic world at Night at the Aquarium—Vancouver’s most unforgettable philanthropic event of the year. Come face to face with some of the greatest mysteries of the deep while enjoying fine food, wine, exciting entertainment and incredible live and silent auctions.

We can’t wait to welcome you at this unique night dedicated to supporting the Vancouver Aquarium’s important education, research and direct action programs that affect the conservation of our oceans.

With the success of last year’s event in the stunning new space, interest for Night at the Aquarium has never been greater. Be sure to purchase your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

Thursday, June 18, 2015
5:45 p.m. VIP reception
7:00 p.m. Main gala
Vancouver Aquarium


VIP PACKAGE $3,000 for 8 VIP guests

INQUIRIES: 604.659.3473


Sustainable Table at The Vancouver Aquarium

Food enthusiasts have another reason to rejoice this season – Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre’s executive chef Tim Bedford has created a contemporary, ingredient-led event to tantalize guests on February 20: The Sustainable Table.

The Sustainable Table is an unforgettable feast showcasing some of British Columbia’s finest local and sustainable ingredients. Working in collaboration with esteemed executive chef Rob Clark at this inaugural event, The Sustainable Table will take guests along an unexpected culinary journey amid the magical backdrop of the Vancouver Aquarium.

Sustainable seafood advocates Bedford and Clark will delight guests with progressive, ocean-friendly seafood dishes, prepared in signature West Coast style. Guests may look forward to six sustainable courses, each with its own story – highlighting Ocean Wise sturgeon, B.C. spot prawns and Humboldt squid, among other local ingredients – as part of the journey.

The Sustainable Table takes place on February 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Vancouver Aquarium. Tickets are $100 and support the Vancouver Aquarium’s conservation, research and education programs, such as its national Ocean Wise program. Tickets are limited and are available at vanaqua.org/sustainabletable


Spot Prawn Ring

Poached Sablefish
Butternut Squash and Celery Root

Albacore Tuna Tataki
Poached Green Onion, Dashi Broth

Pan Seared Humboldt Squid
Fresno Jalapeno, Chorizo Vinaigrette

Horseradish Roasted Northern Divine Sturgeon
Saffron Risotto, Forest Mushroom Cream

Dark Chocolate Pave
Milk Chocolate Foam, White Chocolate & Coconut Gelée, Burnt Orange Crisp 

Explore the Spooky Seas this year at the Vancouver Aquarium

Aquarium After HoursThis Halloween season, explore the spooky seas with the 50,000 mesmerizing and mysterious aquatic creatures at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre.

On Wednesday, October 29, join the Vancouver Aquarium’s next adults-only event, After Hours*, for a frighteningly fun evening as event guests enjoy special hair-raising programs such as Snakes on a Stage, a special appearance by Darth Vader at the Venomous Fishes dive show and a guest presentation by the Aquarium’s head of cetacean research, Dr. Lance Barrett-Lennard Killer Whales: Tyrannosaurs of the Sea.

Explore our galleries with a beer or glass of wine in hand as you learn about the spine-tingling creatures that call the Aquarium home, from venomous fishes and jellies, to bats, bugs, snakes and scorpions. You’ll also have the opportunity to get hands-on in our Wet Lab and to immerse yourself in the thrilling effects of our Goldcorp 4-D Theatre, featuring BBC Earth’s The Great Salmon Run.

Those in the Halloween spirit are invited to wear a costume** to the event and snap a “selfie” in our galleries with the hash tag #AfterHours for a chance to win a free pair of tickets to our next event. Prizes will be awarded for best costume, best group costume, and best aquatic themed costume – so get creative!

Tickets are available online only until 5 p.m. on October 29. Purchase yours early at vanaqua.org/afterhours to avoid disappointment, as the event often sells out well in advance.

The spooktacular fun doesn’t end there. Join us from October 30 to November 2 for family-friendly Halloween programming and activities for visitors of all ages, from the Creatures of Camouflage show and Halloween-themed face painting to the Sea Star Wars: Episode II show in the Pacific Canada Pavilion. If you’re lucky, you might even get the chance to see Darth Vader take the plunge and dive beneath the cool waters of the Strait of Georgia Exhibit.

Visit our spooky volunteer carts to learn more about bats, animal camouflage, and, if you’re up for it, bug eating. And throughout the weekend, don’t miss your chance to get in the spirit, dress up in costume** and celebrate Halloween with 50,000 aquatic friends at the Vancouver Aquarium.

For a schedule of daily programs and showtimes, visit vanaqua.org/experience/today.

After Hours is a 19+ event. Photo ID required for entry. No tickets available for purchase at the door. All ticket sales are final. Membership cards will be required for member priced ticket holders.

The safety of animals at the Vancouver Aquarium is our number one priority and as such, please ensure your costume does not include the following items: balloons, feather boas and feathers in general, straws/stir sticks, confetti, bubbles, sparklers, beaded necklaces (i.e. Mardi Gras beads), glassware (as props), or glow sticks.

The Vancouver Aquarium is a non-profit society dedicated to the conservation of aquatic life. www.vanaqua.org

Toast to the Coast

TTTC-web-graphic-2014Raise a glass to support the conservation of our oceans

Enjoy gourmet bites prepared by top Ocean Wise™ restaurants and taste signature B.C. wines during this culinary journey celebrating the conservation of our oceans at Toast to the Coast, presented by CIBC. This year there is more to sip, savour and explore than ever before at Vancouver’s favourite fundraising soiree in the newly expanded galleries of the Vancouver Aquarium.
An exciting new addition this year is the downstairs after party lounge. Snack on late night bites as you dance the night away to one of Vancouver’s most in demand live entertainment acts, Side One.

Get to and from the event safely with complimentary shuttle service courtesy of The Vancouver Trolley Company.

All proceeds support the Vancouver Aquarium’s important research, education and direct action programs that benefit ocean conservation.

This event has sold out four years in a row. Purchase your tickets early to avoid disappointment!

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Friday, October 17, 2014

6:00 p.m. VIP pre-reception*
7:30 p.m. Main gala
9:00 p.m. Exclusive lounge


$120 regular ticket

$1,200 VIP package (8 tickets)

Vancouver Aquarium’s 2014 Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown

chowder chowdownJoin The Movement For Sustainable Seafood At Vancouver Aquarium’s 2014 Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown on Wednesday, November 19, 2014.

Top Ocean Wise chefs compete head-to-head in for the title of 2014 Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown Champion: Vancouver. Taste all the delectable original chowders, paired with local craft beer, and vote for your favourite, all in support of sustainable seafood.

Please note: Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown is a 19+ event. All ticket sales are final.

After Hours at the Vancouver Aquarium

AfterHours_WebGraphics_150x100On Wednesday, July 23, 2014 from 6:30 to 10 p.m head to the Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park – 845 Avison Way for After Hours

Cost: $25 for non-members; $18 for members (prices include tax)

For more information and to purchase tickets: vanaqua.org/afterhours

Contact Information: Vancouver Aquarium at 604-659-3400

Details: Come celebrate our biggest expansion ever at the next After Hours, our adults-only evening where you can experience special programming and shows, interact with animals up close in our Wet Lab, and enjoy a beer or glass of wine – all against a stunning aquatic backdrop of an additional 55,000 square feet of expansive new spaces.

Avoid disappointment by purchasing your tickets early at vanaqua.org/afterhours.

The Vancouver Aquarium is a non-profit society dedicated to the conservation of aquatic life.

  • This is a 19+ event. Photo ID required for entry.
  • No tickets available for purchase at the door.
  • Membership cards will be required for member priced ticket holders.