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What’s Good This Week in Vancouver Version 2017.0

What to do in Vancouver this week of January 2017

Is it just me or does it seem like the new year really starts in the second week of January? Last week wasn’t bad, it’s not like I ate a dozen donuts in one seating, I actually had some great gal pal time  and even planned my pre-wedding week away. I did try a new restaurant, and explored new cocktails and food, and even went for a couple runs. I just don’t feel I buckled down like I need to for 2017 business-wise I suppose. So, since my business is telling you what to do (or something like that), let’s get this week going with a few great events I’m giving the thumbs up to in and around Vancouver. Wishing you motivation and success this week! Please do the same for me?wine tasting

Best Sommelier of BC Competition

Monday January 9 at Rogers Arena (200 Level, Captain’s Lounge, enter via Gate 10, 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver),  at 1:00 pm you can catch the top three finalist competing in the practical exam that will determine the Best Sommelier of BC. There will be test on Sparkling wine service, Red wine decanting, Food and wine pairing, Menu correction and a Blind tasting of cocktails, red and white wines. It’s open to the public by donation. Later that night, the Winning announcement for BC’s Best Sommelier in 2017 will be announced at a sold out event at CIBO. I’m heading down to catch some of the action.

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Theater of Life at Vancity Theatre

MON JAN 9 – 7:00PM (Gala Launch part of Vancouver Italian Film Festival)
FRI JAN 13 – 6:30PM • SAT JAN 14 – 3:45PM
SUN JAN 15 – 5:45PM • MON JAN 16 – 6:45PM • THU JAN 19 – 6:15PM 
INFO + TICKETS | Website & Trailer

In an extraordinary soup kitchen in Milan, two vastly different worlds come together in a unique social experiment. Theater of Life captures the remarkable relationship forged between the finest haute cuisine chefs in the world, led by chief instigator Massimo Bottura, and the city’s most disadvantaged groups: refugees, recovering drug addicts, former sex workers, and a host of others with no place else to go. Monday Jan 9th Gala Launch Event: Doors from 6:30 pm. Reception – 6:45-7:45 featuring dishes prepared by chefs David Gunawan (Royal Dinette); Brian Luptak (The Acorn) and Robert Clarke (The Arbour). (Pay bar) 7:50pm Screening followed by Skype Q&A with Filmmaker Peter Svatek.


Psychonaut World Premier

January 10th, 2017 at the Cinematheque Theatre in Vancouver, BC you can catch Psychonaut, a sci-fi indie feature shot exclusively in the Vancouver area. Psychonaut is a psychedelic sci-fi indie feature about mind travel. It follows one man’s journey on a path of spiritual awakening through science and technology. Scientists who have been pushed into underground research facilities following government intervention, continue to work on discovering the inner workings of the human mind. But when a secret disc containing sensitive research is stolen, it’s a race against time to recover the disc before worlds collide, causing catastrophic consequences.

The soundtrack is provided exclusively by psychedelic band DRUGZNDREAMZ Watch the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/176829943 To purchase tickets to the exclusive world premiere of Psychonaut, click here

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Wild Rice DINE IN JAN 3 – FEB 12

Dine out Vancouver starts Jan 20 (book here quickly!), but you can already get some deals around town. Take a ride out to New West for a change and try the two course meal for $25, or for an additional $5, you can choose the dessert of your choice.


BOOK FOR Dine Out Vancouver

The good seats go fast so get booking for Dine Out Vancouver, Canada’s largest annual celebration of food and drink. This year there is 17 days of culinary events, prix fixe menus at 270-plus restaurants (at $20, $30 or $40 price points), as well as “Dine and Stay” packages and special hotel rates  January 20 to February 5. dineoutvancouver.com @DineOutVanFest #dovf

In addition to prix fixe dinners at more than 270 restaurants in and around Vancouver (many with suggested BC VQA wine pairings), food lovers can select from a roster of more than 40 events that include an Oceanwise Pop-up at the Vancouver Aquarium (sustainable, locally sourced menu paired with an interactive under-the-sea experience); a Robbie Burns Celebration (Scottish-themed feast at YEW Seafood + Bar along with a whisky masterclass led by award-winning bartender Lauren Mote and a special visiting guest who’s making waves in the spirits world); an Asian-inspired Lunar New Year feast at Heritage Asian Eatery (10-course, family style meal celebrating the Year of the Rooster); and more. Returning favourites include the Vancouver World Chef Exchange (welcoming star chefs from London, New York, San Francisco, Mexico City and Galway); a series of brunch crawls showcasing the most palate-pleasing haunts in Vancouver’s distinctive neighbourhoods; and others. And you won’t want to miss made-for-a-crowd experiences like the music-packed Tasters Tapas & Talent; a cozy Winter Beer Hall; Craft Beer & Tacos (a fan favourite pairing!) and more.


Campagnolo ROMA  will be pairing up with Odd Society

Delicious food and cocktails? YUM! Wednesday, January 11 Chef Jesse McMillan will be serving up six courses based on the hearty, rustic winter cuisine of Rome while cocktail pairings
will be designed using spirits from Odd Society.

Oyster – oaked mignionette

Winter Squash Salad – pumpkin seed vinaigrette, scamorza

Charred Cabbage – bollito misto, brassica brodo, sourdough bread

Squab – grilled radicchio, anchovy, squab jus

Goat’s Milk Custard – brown butter, peach, lovage

Baked Apple – pie crust, smoked anglaise

Tickets are $90 inclusive of food, beverage, and service and can be purchased by visiting http://romacollab.eventbrite.ca or by phoning the restaurant at 604.569.0456campagnolo

Les Dames Summerdine – A Few Seats Left + Online Auction

On Wednesday, August 12th join Canada’s largest concurrent dinner party as Les Dames d’Escoffier BC Chapter presents Les Dames Summerdine . This fundraiser takes place at thirty different restaurants, wineries, cooking schools and culinary venues across the province.


While most venues are sold out, seats in Vancouver can still be bought at Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks, where Chef Jennifer Peters of Nextjen Gluten Free will create a gluten free dinner.

Gluten-free pate choux filled with chicken liver parfait and glazed with a beautiful Moroccan spiced sour cherry jam from Dame Lee Murphy at Vista  D’oro 
Smoked Salmon Pate on Molasses Bread
Tomato Buratta Salad with Crispy Herb Pita
Dungeness Crab and Crepe millfuille
Organic Beef Flank, Wild mushrooms, Cavaletti Pasta
Pistachio Jelly Roll, Cherries and Pistachio sorbet

Wild Rice

Nearby in New Westminster at Wild Rice. It’s a quick sky train ride away too, don’t you know?

Amuse BLT, house smoked bacon chip, slow roasted cherry tomato, lettuce
Kale Caesar Tofu cashew dressing, fried chickpeas, house brined olives and red onion
Poached Egg 6 minute organic egg, taro nest, baby lettuces, beet foam
Free Range Pork F.V. tenderloin, leek ash, apple ginger jus sphere, arugula emulsion, pickled carrot
Crème Brulee Strawberry rooibos infused crème, basil cookies


Siena Restaurant on South Granville 

Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho parmesan crisp, pickled cucumber, saffron oil
Burrata Salad fresh figs, prosciutto, candied walnuts, UBC greens, masi balsamico
Grappa-marinated Sable Fish cauliflower puree, wilted UBC kale, potato and chive croquette
Honey Vanilla Panna Cotta fresh raspberries, almond cantuccini


Edible Canada – NOW SOLD OUT

Gazpacho – sumac, cold pressed canola, Vancouver island salt
Spot prawn – summer succotash, wild boar nage, sorrel
Agnolotti dal Plin – goat butter, borage, truffle
Heritage cap of beef – mustard green salsa verde, new crop potato, collards
East van roasters chocolate delice – stone fruits, crispy crunch, caramel ~
Two Rivers Meat co.
Organic Ocean Seafood
Hazelmere organic farm
Hannah Brook farm
Inner City urban farm
East Van Roasters

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Left Bank

tuna tartar, avocado, sesame, rice  crackers
scallops and prawns, farro risotto, beurre blanc, herb salad
braised short ribs, pomme puree, honey yams, natural jus
fresh fruit parfait, raspberry sorbet, fresh fruit, GF shortbread


Nicli in Gastown

Oyama Sausage Co salumi and The Farm House cheeses
with flatbread and BC cherry tomato jam
Chilliwack corn, Jolly Meats bresaola,
Hannah Brook Farm frilly endive,
The Farm House country blue
Pizza”Bianca di Prosciutto e Rucola”:
Fresh garlic, basil, Natural Pastures mozzarella di bufala,
The Farm House fermiere, Oyama Sausage Co Prosciutto,
Barnston Island Herbs arugula
Pizza “100-mile Marg”:
Roasted local tomato sauce, The Farm House fermiere,
Natural Pastures mozzarella di bufala, basil
Dolci “Peaches and Cream”:
Local honey panna cotta
with fresh Okanagan peaches and sage shortbread

Nicli Next Door

Nicli Next Door

Bread Sourdough and house-made butter
Antipasti: Antipasto board of salumi, cheeses, pickled vegetables
Primi: House-made tagliatelle with a primavera of summer vegetables
Secondi: Braised rabbit over creamy polenta with grilled asparagus
Insalata:Local greens, fennel, radish, elderflower vinaigrette, grana padano
Dolci: Cannoli, whipped ricotta, local fruit

summerdine local

In the Okanagan you can dine lakeside at Local Lounge and Grill, or…


among the vineyards at Hester Creeks Terrafina Restaurant. (menus pending).



Victoria’s Spinnakers is doing CRAFT BEER AND WINE PAIRINGS!!!

Chermoula marinated burnt eggplant Tree Island yogurt labneh pearls. pairings:  Stoneboat Piano Brut / Cascadia Dark Ale

Gulf Island shellfish a la basquaise The Whole Beast’s chorizo sausage, Dragonfly farm’s slow roasted tomatoes, Westwind farm’s grilled peppers
pairing:  Da Vin Foch Rose Sangria / Original Pale Ale

Aloo palak gone West Coast Wilbury farm’s hazelnut masala, roasted Haliburton farm’s new warba potatoes,  Eaglepaw Organic’s kale, fried house made paneer pairing:  Church & State Viognier / India Pale Ale

Yarrow Lake Duck Confit Moonstruck’s Blossom’s blue cheese croquettes, Saanich Organic’s pea emulsion, smoked Salt Spring Island shiitakes pairing:  Rocky Creek Pinot Noir / Bing Bang Theory

Choux dumplings, Saanich Organic’s blueberry & earl grey ice cream, lavender caramel sauce pairing: Sea Cider Black Applejack / Dunkleweizen

Hotel Grand Pacific Summerdine

and…The Mark at the Grand Pacific Hotel….NOW SOLD OUT!

Amuse Bouche
Milk Curd, Peas, Mint & Bean Salad, Guanciale, Pea Soup
First Course
Cold Smoked Salmon Ikura, Cucumber, Pickled Mustard Seeds,
Dill Yogurt Dressing
Main Course
Souse Vide Pork Loin Pork Cheek Tortellini, Corn Purée, Zucchini, Battered Apple Ring, Apple Cider Butter Sauce, Buttermilk Foam
Almond Brown Butter Cake Lavender Infused Cream, Fresh Berries,
Honey Tuille
Selection of Macarons, Truffles and Gelées

Multi-course dinners are  just $79 per person for dinner, including BC VQA wine pairings! www.lesdames.ca for purchase.

Les Dames Summerdine Auction

Les Dames are also hosting an on-line auction, now open and closing on the evening of Summerdine (August 12th) at 11:59 p.m. The auction prize is an Okanagan Weekend Get-Away for Two including:  two-nights at The Cove Lakeside Resort with a bottle of Bella Rosé Sparkling Wine in your room, dinner at Salted Brick, followed by cocktails at 27. Approximate retail value is $800. Auction link here. 

Les Dames Summerdine is a fundraiser to benefit the scholarship and community outreach programs of Les Dames D’Escoffier BC Chapter.  “This year we awarded more than $21,000 in scholarships to women of all ages and backgrounds so they could begin or further their education in the fields of culinary, beverage or hospitality.

Les Dames D’Escoffier is an international association dedicated to supporting the advancement of women in the hospitality and culinary domains as well as fostering industry excellence through educational and charitable activities.  Each year the BC Chapter produces events to raise funds in support of these endeavours.

For information on Les Dames D’Escoffier BC Chapter and updates on Les Dames Summerdine: www.lesdames.ca  and Facebook or follow us on Twitter @LesDamesBC / event hashtag #LDSummerdine

For information on Les Dames d’Escoffier International: www.idei.org

Wild Rice Celebrates Year of the Sheep

February 18 heralds the Year of the Sheep (also called Ram or Goat as the Chinese word is the same for all) or the year 4713 on the Chinese calendar. From February 19 through 22, Wild Rice will mark the occasion with feature dishes that have been created especially for you by Chef Todd. According to Chinese tradition, the name of a dish, or its ingredients, convey wishes for health, riches, children or prosperity. At New Year’s, such symbolic meanings are doubly important. On Wild Rice’s Menu, you’ll find these dishes wishing you good fortune:

lamb turnip cakes

Lamb Turnip Cake (Luo Bo Gao): Pan-seared turnip cake filled with shitake mushrooms, ground lamb, and accompanied by a citrusy house-made ponzu sauce. Turnip cakes symbolize good omens and the Shitake mushrooms mean ‘seizing opportunity.’ The dish includes eight cakes for only $10. The numeral eight is a very lucky number in Chinese symbolism because it sounds like the word for ‘prosperity.’

Roasted-Goat Curry Steam Bun (Shanyang Bao): Roasted goat, onions and pumpkin in a lighted curry sauce stuffed into a steam bun. The Bao is served with garlic chive aioli on the side and is priced at $12. The pumpkin represents ‘prosperity and abundance,’ onion symbolizes ‘cleverness,’ while the garlic chives symbolize ‘eternity and long life.’ The curry is orange/golden and that denotes ‘wealth.’

wildrice lamb potstickers

Lamb Potstickers (Yangrou Jiaozi): a favourite on Wild Rice’s menu, these flavourful, Fraser Valley lamb-filled dumplings are served with pea and mint puree.  Dumplings represent ‘wealth’ as they resemble traditional Chinese gold ingots. The word ‘jiaozi’ also shares the same pronunciation for an ancient Chinese coin. Peas, being ‘seeds’ convey the wish for ‘fertility’ and ‘many children.’ The green colour of the sauce symbolizes ‘new growth.’ A dish of these is priced at $12.

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Sesame Seed Balls with Mandarin Sorbet (Jian Doi): every Chinese meal ends on a sweet note. Red bean paste-stuffed Jian Doi are a traditional New Year’s treat as they convey so many auspicious meanings  – the golden colour symbolizes ‘wealth,’ the multiple sesame seeds mean both ‘wealth’ and ‘many children,’ the red bean paste is ‘good luck’ and ‘fertility.’ Mandarins represent ‘wealth’ because of their colour. A plate of Jian Doi with sorbet is value-priced at $5 – the numeral five meaning ‘completeness.’

As Chinese flavours are complex, co-owner Andrew Wong is always happy to help you select an appropriate wine to accompany your meal. Wild Rice also offers an extensive tea menu along with several appropriately named cocktails including the Wild Dragon, Lotus and Orchid. Especially for New Year’s Andrew has designed Lai See, a cocktail incorporating sparkling wine, ginger syrup and house-made fresh berry reduction ($8). Lai See are the traditional red envelopes given at New Year’s as well as wedding, birthday or special gifts throughout the year. Usually they contain money, chocolate coins or a gift certificate. They always contain wishes for prosperity and good luck.

From noon to 1 p.m. on Sunday, February 22nd, Wild Rice patrons will be treated to a special performance by the Mulan Dancers who perform classical Chinese dance in traditional period costumes. The performance is free and is included as part of Wild Rice’s Year of the Sheep celebrations.

According to an ancient Chinese proverb “good fortune of the mouth is no mean thing.” Give your year a lucky start by enjoying the Year of the Sheep specials at Wild Rice Market Bistro. We look forward to welcoming you.

Where to Ring in 2014 – Vancouver

lumberjackNow that we’ve almost got Christmas out of the way, it is time to think about New Year’s Eve plans.  While I have spent the last few years at home (don’t worry not ALONE) there’s a few spots that are VERY tempting and I may just hit the town this year (WATCH OUT).  Here’s a few I’d consider and you should too.

Mamie Taylors

The unusual theme of Lumberjack and Ballerina-themed ball at Mamie Taylors is sure to be unusual if nothing else.  Head to Chinatown and enjoy music, dancing, entertainment, hot and cold canapés, and an open bar (yikes)  with select cocktails, wine, ale and spirits.  Night starts and 8:30 pm and tickets are $100 all in. *Fancy lumberjack and ballerina dress encouraged but not required.* Tickets – 604-620-8818, 251 E. Georgia Street,  Vancouver ron@mamietaylors.ca


One of my very favourite Vancouver spots, Fable, is doing what they call an Inspiration Dinner.  A 5 course meal created by Chef Geoff Rogers featuring items that have inspired him throughout his career. Tickets are $125/person for the meal, which includes all tax & gratuities. Beverages extra and there are suggested pairings if you are indecisive. Long tables, 8pm doors, 8:30 dinner commences. Dinner  complete before midnight, stay on and ring in the New Year! Tickets 604-732-1322

A Preview:
Course1: Curry Cauliflower Soup
Course2: Bison Tartar
Course3: Ox-tongue Rueben Salad
Course4: Foie-ffles
Course5: ‘Coffee & Doughnuts’

salmon oystesrShangri-La Hotel – MARKET

New Year’s Eve Dinner – For the early birds, enjoy a three-course festive brunch for $49 per person, or a four-course tasting menu for $88 per person, available from 5pm to 7pm. For those who want to ring in the New Year in style, a six-course tasting menu is$168 per person, including a flute of champagne and party favours. New Year’s celebration seatings available December 31 from 9pm to 10pm.


6 Course Tasting Menu $168 per Person

Comte Cheese Fritters
Salmon and Oyster Tartar
Horseradish and lemon
Sea Bream sashimi on Warm Black Truffle Garlic Toast
Foie Gras Brulee, Kumquat Confiture and Orange Liqueur Gelee
Slowly Cooked Sable Fish, Potato “Noodles” With Crème Fraîche, Vodka and Caviar
Beef Tenderloin, Miso Butter and Roasted Brussel Sprouts
Champagne Truffle Cake with Orange Mirror
Mignardises and Truffles
Coffee or Tea


Executive Chef Wesley Young presents a four-course menu with optional complementary (not to be confused with complimentary) wine pairings. Tickets for this event are $69 each, with curated wine pairings available for an additional $69 – quite a deal for this calibre of food. Call 604-687-6880.


gastbyRosewood Hotel Georgia – The Gatsby New Year’s Eve Lobby Party

If you really want to real party, but stay classy, try a roaring twenties-inspired New Year’s Eve Bash. Entertainment includes The Malcolm Aiken Trio, Pandora & The Locksmiths and Skylab sounds, they’ll be burlesque, cabaret entertainers, a caviar bar, liquid nitrogen oyster station, midnight countdown and more. Doors open at 8:30 pm with tickets priced at $149 per person. Tables are available for an extra $75 per person, and VIP tables for an additional $2,000. www.rosewoodhotelgeorgia.com or 604.673.7031

forage8Listel Hotel and Forage

The Listel Hotel & Forage Restaurant have THE DEAL for you.  Get a $75  credit and enjoy a fabulous food and fizz in Forage when you reserve a deluxe Gallery Floor Room or Artist Series Suite AND

•    A $75 credit towards your room rate;
•    50% off overnight parking ($18 value);
•    Two glasses of BC bubbles at midnight;
•    Reception-style food in Forage from 10pm onwards featuring live, local music;
•    Late check-out @ 1:00 pm.
Additional Nights at $50 per night.
$199 based on single or double occupancy. Taxes and gratuities not included.
604 684.8461, email reservations@thelistelhotel.com, or click here.

2014NYE at CIBO 

Enjoy a 5 course dinner at Cibo Trattoria this New Year’s.


From 5 pm enjoy a limited a la carte and the special NYE menu.
Wine pairings also available.

From 9 pm – Ring in the New Year in Grand Style – Your evening includes:
Our special NYE menu
House made aperitif upon arrival (Barkeep Lauren’s amazing limoncello)
Flute of Champagne at midnight (the real stuff – sabred by Wine Director Steve Edwards)

5 Course Menu

local oyster, ikura caviar, lemon

bruschetta of buffalo mozzarella, prosciutto di san daniele, rapini, parmigianno
beef carpaccio, pickled ramps, horseradish, celery hearts, pecorino brillo

fresh spaghetti in brodo, rock cod, chili, garlic, parsley
risotto of foraged mushrooms, garlic, thyme, butter, parmigianno

pan-seared qualicum bay scallops, slow cooked fennel,
green chili and lemon zest salsa
grilled 45 day aged rib of beef, smashed root vegetables,
horseradish, aged balsamic

vanilla panna cotta, preserved summer plums
flourless chocolate cake, crème fraiche

add black winter truffle $25 /5 grams
add seared foie gras $25 /30 grams


nyeUva Wine Bar 

At Uva Wine Bar, celebrate NYE New Orleans style with  indulgent party favours,the James Danderfer Trio, mardi-gras beads, southern cocktails flowing, and passed midnight treats. $40 tickets

Sponsored by Southern Comfort, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, El Jimador Tequila, Finlandia Vodka and Woodford Reserve Bourbon

Wild Rice

New Year’s Eve Dumpling Platter for Two $40
2 glasses of Backyard Vineyards Brut
Duck Confit Potstickers
Siu Mai
Spring Rolls
Vegetable Potstickers

Seatings –  5 to 10:30 p.m. 604-642-2882

Quang DangWEST Restaurant
Chef Quang Dang prepares for a special five-course tasting menu, with wine pairings available, for what may be the most civilized New Year’s Eve gathering in town.








98 PER PERSON  604 738 8938


Head to Thailand this New Year’s Eve with Maenam’s  four-course dinner. Inspired by the flavours of Southeastern Asia, Chef Angus An’s celebratory menu features a selection of original creations alongside classic Maenam favourites. NYE celebrations may also  include exotic cocktails or wine pairings.

$60 per person. A vegetarian menu is also available. (604) 730-5579.


crab and pomelo betal leaf wrap
miang buo served with ikura, lime dice and ginger
chicken and prawn in golden egg nets

caramelized shredded coconut, kaffir lime leaf, coriander


hot and sour beef soup
dom yum neua
braised shank, Asian celery, fried garlic
hot and sour tamarind soup of grilled salmon
tom gati plah
coconut cream, tamarind and green mango


(for parties of 2 choose 1 salad, 1 stir fry, and 1 curry)

green mango salad with crispy soft shell crab
yum mamuang buo
toasted cashew nuts, sliced green mangos, lime zest
roasted pork salad
yum moo yang
chilli jam, crackling, young lotus

stir-fried lobster with black pepper
pad gung lobster
holy basil, fried half lobster, spicy and aromatic
stir-fried baby back ribs
pad prik king moo
wild ginger, green peppercorn, 3 flavour sauce

red curry of duck leg
geng pbet raised leg, kaffir rich curry, Thai basil
southern style seafood curry
geng gati
kaffir lime zest, young coconut, crab, mussels, lingcod


our version of ice coffee, served with crumble, vanilla milk
and condensed milk ice cream
Thai iced tea pannacotta
cashew praline, kalamansi jelly, orange dice

pentolaLa Pentola della Quercia

NYE menu will feature both family style platters and individual dishes. Highlights include a glass of Moet & Chandon Champagne upon arrival, caviar, vitello tonnato, lobster ravioli, Icelandic heritage breed lamb and celebratory dolci.

$55 per person*
7 course menu
Does not include champagne or caviar.

$90 per person*
10 course menu.

Call (604) 642-0557

For more information please call 604-694-2103 or emailinfo@lapentola.ca.
*tax & gratuity not included

OPUS HOTEL NYE sleep over rates from $289.Reserve Now


Ring in the New Year at Burdock & Co with a bright and bubbly four-course naturalist wine-focused dinner with an organic, locally-sourced menu by chef Andrea Carlson. With two seatings—6PM and 9PM—the dinner highlights a curated selection of unadulterated bubblies. Franck Peillot sparkling, Domaine Rolet Crémant du Jura Rosé, Camillo Donati Lambrusco and Marchesi di Gresy Moscato d’Asti la Serra are among the wines making an appearance at this exclusive celebratory dinner.

The four-course meal is priced at $65 per guest, with naturalist bubbly pairings available for an additional $45.


December 31, 2013
First Seating: 6PM
Second Seating: 9PM
$65 per guest, or add $45 with wine pairings

Franck Peillot Montagnieu Brut
Domaine Rolet Crémant du Jura Rosé
Camillo Donati Lambrusco
Marchesi di Gresy Moscato d’Asti la Serra

Wild Rice New West Celebrates 2 Years

Chef Todd BrightCongratulations to Wild Rice of their 2nd year!  This party promises to be tasty and charitable as $5 of each dinner goes to the BCHF. – GLV
Saturday, November 16 – New West’s 2nd Anniversary Party: Join us for a special evening as we celebrate our 2nd anniversary. It’s been an amazing two years. Every one in the River Market and the neighbourhood have made us so welcome.  In honour of this special evening, Chef Todd Bright has created a special Roast Dinner for only $35 ($5 from every dinner will go to benefit the BC Hospitality Foundation (BCHF). For this one night only we are also welcoming Guest Bartender Scott Marshall who’ll be mixing up Prohibition Era-style cocktails. Part of the proceeds from these will also go to the BCHF. Our regular menu and drink list will also be available. Cannery Row will be joining us to provide the evening’s musical entertainment. Don’t miss out on a great party – book your seats by calling the restaurant 778-397-0028 or emailing Lisa lisa@wildricebc.ca

Pemberton Prime Rib
smashed potatoes, shallots, cured olives, gemolata, gravy and horseradish crème fraiche

Chocolate Caramel Tarte
toasted pecans and whipped cream

News from Wild Rice

Summer is finally here!! Daily Drink Specials at both Wild Rice locations!!!
ALL SUMMER LONG: Both Wild Rice locations will run daily cocktail specials for $5 all summer long. Also, Wild Rice New Westminster will have a different $5 rotating beer tap every week! Pop-in to see what they are pouring!

New Westminster

Wednesday July 11: Wild Rice New Westminster is changing their menu over on this day! Come down and have a refreshing cocktail, on our warm patio with a juicy burger!

Mondays July 16 and 30: July Cooking Classes! Barbeque! First course will be fresh spot prawns tossed in Szechuan pepper with chilli and lime, second course is marinated coho salmon with scallion verde and sui choy spinach salad, third course is striploin steak with beer-braised onions and grilled potato salad. Dessert will be pavlova with fresh seasonal berries and chantilly cream! Classes are held Mondays in July, with the exception of July 23rd, and run at $55 per person and classes start at 6:00pm! Join Chef Todd Bright as he eases you into barbequing for the summer! For reservations, please email caroline@wildricebc.ca

ALL SUMMER: Our patio is open! Come sit down by the water as you enjoy some fun cocktails and delicious dishes. Reservations accepted. Please call us at 778-397-0028 or email Lisa at lisa@wildricebc.ca

Art: Wild Rice New Westminster is very lucky to play host, to some amazing black & white photographs by local artist Gabor Gasztonyi, in our dining room. Come in and check out his work while munching on some dim sum.


Fridays through July & August: Wild Rice Pender is partnering up with Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden for their Enchanted Evenings. We will be offering a $21 three-course menu with the Enchanted Evenings Concert Series. To reserve, please call Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden at            604-662-3207       ext. 209.

For more information about the menu, please call us at 604-642-2882.

Saturdays July 14, 21, 28: For the month of July, Wild Rice Pender will feature a different DJ spinning every Saturday night from 9:30pm til 1:00am. Come drop by for good beats with drink specials  running all night long. For more information, please email vancouver@wildricebc.ca

Dinner at Wild Rice – Music at Dr. Sun Yat Sen


Enchanted Evenings Dinner Packages are back for a summer of dining and musical pleasure. Offered in conjunction with Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden’s Enchanted Evenings Concert Series, the public can book a pre-concert dinner at Wild Rice (Pender St. location) followed by an evening of music at the Garden – all with one easy phone call.

The delicious combination is available every Friday night starting July 6th through August 31st and features a diverse line-up of musical entertainment including the hot Latin rhythms of Rumba Calzada, gypsy jazz with Van Django, the fusion sounds of Silk Road and traditional blues and gospel with Jim Byrnes. Price for the concert is a very reasonable $25 ($20 for Garden members). The full line-up with dates is available on Dr. Sun Yat Sen’s web site: http://www.vancouverchinesegarden.com

For concert-goers, a special three-course pre-concert dinner is available at Wild Rice’s Chinatown location on Pender Street – only a five-minute walk from the Garden.

Executive Chef Todd Bright has designed a flavourful menu designed to get your taste buds singing. The three-course dinner starts with a choice of Wild Rice’s modern version of Wonton Soup or Siu Choy Salad. For mains, there is a choice of Wild Rice’s ‘Chinese Fish ‘n Chips’ (beer-battered ling cod, Asian Tartar Sauce, taro shoestring frites) or its ‘meaty’ Grilled King Oyster Mushroom (with cashew ricotta and polenta fries). End dinner on a sweet note with a choice of either Water Chestnut Streusel or Chocolate and Taro Spring Roll.

The price for this special pre-concert dinner is only $21 (plus tax and gratuity) per person. As this special menu is available only to concert-goers, dinner reservations must be made by calling Dr. Sun Yat Sen Garden at 604-662-3207, ext. 209. Concert tickets can be booked at the same time. However, patrons will pay for the dinner portion of the package at the restaurant.

With a great deal such as this, you may find yourself singing “some enchanted evening” – just like Emile in South Pacific.

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Pacific Breeze Wine Maker’s Dinner

Tuesday April 17th at 6:30PM: Frank Gregus of Pacific Breeze and the team of Wild Rice New Westminister have colloborated together for an amazing multi-course dinner with amazing wine pairings!

Dinner will start with an amuse of pan-seared qualicum bay scallops, with five-spiced bacon, and cauliflower puree; paired with Pacific Breeze Pinot Gris

first course – kabocha squash and oyster mushroom ravioli served with creamy coconut and dill sauce; paired with Pacific Breeze Chardonnay

second course – venison and braised shitake mushroom sheng bao, with a vinegar caramel sauce; paired with Assassin Zinfandel

intermetso – lemon verbena sorbet

third course – szechaun-dusted beef tenderloin, tea-smoked potato puree, grilled asparagus and juicy prawn dumplings; paired with Killer Cab

dessert – late harvest riesling s’mores, pepper ganache, graham cracker, and a wine reduction; paired with Pacific Breeze Late Harvest Riesling

Dinner is $75 per person. For more information or reservations , please visit our website or email Lisa at lisa@wildricebc.ca.

Cooking Classes at Wild Rice New Westminster

April – Shellfish-themed cooking classes

Mondays’ the 16th, 23rd, and 30th: Executive Chef Todd Bright will start off the class by showing everyone how to shuck kusshi oysters and easily make your own red vinagrette to go with it. Second course will be pork and scallop steam buns with a dungeness crab aioli, followed by sidestrimp shrimp har gow with spinach and braised mushrooms. Then it’ll be a sweet finish of chocolate szechuan mousse and brownie. Classes start at 6:30pm and are $45 plus a cocktail. Seatings are quite limited, so make sure to call-in advance to book the Monday that you’d like.

For reservations or more information, please call Wild Rice New Westminster at 778-397-0028 or email Leann at leann@wildricebc.ca.

For more exciting events, keep on reading below!

Social Dining Comes to Wild Rice Downtown

“We’ve always served our dishes family-style,” says Wild Rice owner Andrew Wong. “The plates come out of the kitchen as they are prepared and placed on the table for everyone to share. Creating a ‘social dining experience’ is a logical extension,” says Mr. Wong of the new Communal Dinners coming to Wild Rice’s downtown Vancouver location.

Starting in April, the restaurant will serve a themed, prix fixe menu on the second Monday of every month. “We noticed the popularity of our platter dinners that we created for Valentine’s and Chinese New Year. There are other restaurants in the hood that have done well with the communal table concept, so we thought we’d give it a try.”

The first Social Dinner takes place on Monday, April 9th and is an OceanWise dinner of sustainable fish and seafood. The banquette tables will be re-arranged to create two large tables each seating 10 people and dishes will be served traditional Chinese style on large platters which will be passed down the table for all to share. The price for April’s dinner is $45 and includes a welcome cocktail at 6:30 p.m. with the actual dinner starting at 7 p.m.

Heather Giles, Restaurant Chef for the downtown Vancouver location has created a very tempting menu that starts with Steamed Manilla Clams in a white wine and lemongrass broth. The second course features BC Sidestripe Shrimp napped with silky cauliflower puree and crispy ginger. Herb-encrusted Sablefish on a bed of crispy polenta and accompanied by traditional gai lan is next up and the dinner concludes with Rosemary Shortcake with blueberry compote and maple candied salmon.

As is standard with all communal dinners of this sort, there are no substitutions to the menu.

As seating is limited to only 20, reservations are required and can be made by calling the restaurant at 604-642-2882.

Monthly menus for future communal dinners will be posted to Wild Rice’s facebook page and web site.

“It’s a very social way to dine, whether you come already as a group, or come on your own and meet new friends at the table. It’s the way Chinese have been eating for centuries in teahouses and restaurants. We hope our guests enjoy it.”

Wild Rice Vancouver: 117 W. Pender Street at Abbott on the edge of old Chinatown, 604-642-2882

Wild Rice New Westminster: 122-810 Quayside Drive in the River Market, 778-397-0028

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