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Les Dames D’Escoffier – Holiday Suggestions Part Three

Les Dames d’Escoffier Dish on Holiday Gifts

Les Dames d’Escoffier‘s BC chapter members have many holiday suggestions for both consuming and giving. Click here for part one, here for part two and continue reading for part three!


Dame Mary Mackay – Terra Breads

Dame Mackay owns Terra Breads and we always stop in for the Pannetone, cookies and some gingerbread men at this time of year. Don’t forget to stock up on bread for stuffing, some crackers for the cheese plate and their lovely jams and sauces also make great stocking stuffers.


Dame Cate Simpson – Earls Cookbook

If you’ve dined at Earls over the years, which so very many have, this cookbook is a walk down memory lane.  The cookbook is $35 (with all profits to charity) and there’s a cookbook bundle with a $50 gift card for Earls and the cookbook for $75.  At Earls!

Dame Ann Kirsebom


Cranberry & Onion Confit with Grand Marnier 


Paris In A Chocolate  Luxury Gift Boxes – the perfect give for the person who has everything! Bespoke Grand Marnier® Ganache filled historic cachets. Both the conift and chocolate are availalbe at Gourmet Warehouse.

Dame Cassandra Anderton (me!) – some suggestions from my clients
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Home on the Range Organics – 235 East Broadway

Duck Pate, Artisan Marmalade, Maple Syrup, Gift Boxes full of all natural beauty products or culinary goodies are just some of the delicious things you’ll find here in Mount Pleasant. You can also pick up Hills Foods Meats here (Dame Tina Hills commpany), try some Kangaraoo sliders for New Year’s Eve!

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XFour Vodka three pack – Legacy Liquor 

Chocolate, lemon and blueberry for your holiday cocktaila, hostess gift or underneath that tree.

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Brockmann’s Crunchetti – Great stocking stuffers or additions to gift bags. Choices, Save On Foods, Urban Fare and more.

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Vancouver Food Tour Gift Certs – Still stuck for gifts for those who have everything? Give the gift of a night on the town with us! Availalbe in all sorts of denominations! http://www.vancouverfoodtour.com/gift/

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Dame Christa-Lee McWaters

Wine from Encore Vineyards – Evolve, Time Cellars and the McWatters Collection!

McWatters Collection

The McWatters Collection was launched in 2011 with a Meritage and Chardonnay, crafted from grapes grown in the south Okanagan Valley. These two flagship wines represent the entirety of the portfolio, and are a legacy to the McWatters name. Low production of these premium wines is determined by the yields in the vineyard.

TIME Winery

TIME Estate Winery launched in June 2013 with a small line of wines crafted by the vinifera grown in the south Okanagan Valley. The TIME portfolio includes both a red and a white Meritage blend, plus a few distinct single variety wines as our vineyard’s intentional moderate yields permit.

Evolve Cellars

Evolve Cellars celebrates the evolution of our British Columbia wine industry with a series of fresh, approachable wines. Bright and fruit forward, these wines are crafted from grapes grown on our estate vineyard and in collaboration with grower partners in the South Okanagan. Through Evolve we raise a glass to our continued journey, and what the next step may bring.

What’s Good In March

A Round Up Of What’s Good In March around Vancouver

VIFF presents Crushed

Her father’s death brings Elliot back to the family home and business, a 100-year-old vineyard on the brink of bankruptcy. Here, she unravels the mystery of his death by facing her own traumatic past. The film explores themes of loss, memory, and renewal, while paralleling the disintegration of a family with the corporate abuse of a landscape. This “environmental thriller” has been enthusiastically received by juries and audiences alike, screening at the Montreal, Napa Valley and Melbourne Underground film festivals.

Friday March 11th at 6:30 PM – Filmmaker in attendance
This film is followed by a ‘Whodunit’ Reception to assist in the investigation of women in genre. Donita Dyer reviews the film on Food and Wine Concierge herePurchase Ticket

Victoria Beer Week March 4-12 Every year we say we are going to get here, but alas! There’s still time for you though. Head over for a series of events highlighting a broad selection of BC craft breweries. The week is grounded in events that pair BC craft beer with local Victoria artisan food vendors, with a clear focus on showcasing quality BC craft beer and educating beer enthusiasts. Smaller tastings, seminars and micro-events happen at various venues throughout the week.

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Salt Spring In The City March 4-6 at Vancouver’s Heritage Hall at 15th & Main. The island’s bohemian lifestyle and fresh finds from from over 30 unique brands. From the modern to the rustic, chic to traditional — there’s something for everyone. Rumour has it there’s cider and wine!


International Women’s Day at L’Abattoir – Tuesday, March 8 6:00-8:00pm  Meet the female forces shaping Vancouver’s hospitality industry – An empowering panel discussion between some of the leading ladies of Vancouver’s hospitality industry. These high-profile women will discuss the challenges they’ve faced in getting to where they are now, as well as the positive steps they’ve seen taken in our industry.  Doors open 5:30-6:00pm, no latecomers Reception & cash bar 6:00-6:30pm Panel discussion 6:30-8:00pm Where: L’Abattoir Restaurant, private dining room (217 Carrall Street, Vancouver, B.C.) Cost: Entry by cash donation to a local rape crisis and transition centre ($15 minimum). How: To ensure a spot, please RSVP with your name and number of attendees to bronwen@labattoir.ca.

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Dining Out For Life THURSDAY, MARCH 10-  Dine out for breakfast, lunch or dinner at participating restaurants and support people living with HIV/AIDS right here at home.

From Whistler to White Rock and across the Lower Mainland, restaurant partners will contribute 25% of their food sales to registered not-for-profits Friends For Life and A Loving Spoonful.


Swallow Tail Supper Club – Saturday, March 12th – 6:30pm 5 Course Dungeness Crab Feast by Chef Jacob Deacon-Evans (Wildebeest/West) $69 3 Starters of fresh uni and octopus straight from the sea, followed by whole honey smoked Dungeness crab plus dessert.  It’ll be messy, decadent fun! – BOOK

Bombay Sapphire

3:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. at BCLDB 39th and Cambie
Discover the complex and refined taste of Bombay Sapphire and Bombay Sapphire East. This carefully crafted gin is perfect for blending in premium cocktails!
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17TH Annual Healthy Chef Competition Wednesday, March 16, 2016 6:30 PM at Hyatt Regency $90 The challengers will create, prep and dish up approximately 70 plates each including an entrée and dessert that includes the prominent use of fresh produce. BCPMA at 604-944-0179 or email info@bcpma.com.  Beach Grove Golf Club; EBO Restaurant and Lounge; The Arts Institute International Culinary Schools; Pretty Estates Resort; Torafuku;  Vancouver Community College; Wild Fig Restaurant (Executive Inn); The Hyatt Regency Vancouver and, new this year, White Spot.

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Swallow Tail Supper Club – Saturday, March 19th – 6:30 pm – TIKI inspired, tropical secret supper. Byo cocktails, they’ll supply the shakers. Escape the rain with Chef Jane Cornborough (L’Abattoir) $49

“poisson cru” marinated fish/scallop in coconut milk 2. lime and grilled cantaloupe, 3.  Lettuce rolls with sirloin and mango, spicy dipping sauce, 4.Tropical chicken roasted to succulent perfection 5. Pineapple upside down rum cake – BOOK

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BC Distilled 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.



Gifts for Foodies Featured on Global TV 2014

Each year we choose our favourite gifts for foodies and present on Global TV. This year the choices were so tough, as I only have six minutes, so with apologies to all of those who know how much I love and want them under my tree, here’s the list for this year.

We will also curate a list of best local sweets AND best local cookbooks for gifting so stay tuned. Comment below with your wish list foodie gifts. We’d be pleased to hear what you want!

Bellini Kitchen Master

Bellini Kitchen Master by Cedarlane Culinary $699

porthole infuser

Porthole Infuser $99

Temper Pastry

Temper Chocolate Pastry West Vancouver various chocolates and cookies


Presidents Choice pie plate, tea towels and pie top cutters $12/$5/$6


XFour Chocolate Vodka Cocktail $29.95 BC Signature Liquor Stores

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Chocolate Tasting Book from Eagranie Yuh $31.95 XOXOLAT in Yaletown http://www.xoxolat.com or www.bookstocooks.ca

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Modern Pantry Items various available at XOXOLAT

Deerholme Foraging Book

Deerholme Foraging Book by Bill Jones $29.95

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Dirty Apron Cookbook by David Robertson $34.95

Cookbooks available at Books to Cooks www.bookstocooks.ca


Xfour proudly Present: Xfour Chocolate Vodka Wrestling Ring!!

This Event happens on the 5th for PRIDE! You can come as a spectator or be part of the fun and get yourself, or your team in the Wrestling Ring for some Dirty Chocolate Vodka madness!!

♦$5 to Register as a Individual or as a Team – All Proceeds are Donated to the Gay Pride Charity

♦Round Robin Event♦Buy the Winner; $25 to Gay Pride Charity to Hose them or Lick them off

♦Winner to receive valuable prizes

♦Local dignitary judges

XFour Xoxolat Chocolate vodka scoring card:

Approved moves that are scorable up to 6 points
Back door – 2 points
Bottom – 1 point
Top – 2 points
Switch or reversal – 2 points
Getting out of a hold / escape – 1 point

Bonus points –
1 – outfit
1 – Sportsmanship
1 – best use of the XFour Xoxolat Chocolate vodka
If you loose your clothing you loose one point

Two Second Rule – all moves have to be held for 2 seconds in order to be counted!

Could be a total of 10 points!

♦Categories are: Men, Woman and Teams

♦People or Teams wishing to enter the Wrestling Ring, please contact Shirley at 604-249-0003

Sponsored by:

Xfour Xoxolat Martini | Vonalbrecht & Associates | www.vonalbrecht.com

Rules for Competitors of the wrestling event:

Matches will be 3 minutes long- all candidates are non professional- simply want to play around a bit. Competitors will enter the ring where there will be 8 litres of thick chocolate base used for the XFour Chocolate vodka, in the center. We anticipate that the first one down will have alot of chocolate all over their body and it will just get messy from there! The judging will be based on real wrestling moves: The Top, The Bottom, the switch and the reversal- I will post pictures of these moves. The winner of the match will wrestle the winner of the next match. Prizes for all, winners receive extra prizes by Clear Studio Design, Xoxolat chocolates, XFour Xoxolat Chocolate vodka and Steve Nash Fittnes World Sports Club. As this is a fund raiser, we ask that all winners will be allowed to have an audience member hose the chocolate off of them for a $25 donation to Vancouver Pride Society.

PRIDE has made the XFour Chocolate Wrestling a Official PRIDE Event.