What’s Good This Week in Vancouver – November 13 Edition

What’s On Your Agenda Vancouver?

It’s been a busy week! I’ve been on the road at Christmas in November in Jasper, and researching a few other destinations. I’ll be glad to be home in Vancouver for a couple nights tomorrow and then off again to the Okanagan. Here’s a few suggestions for you in the meantime, more on the other adventures soon!

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The Woman In Wine at Legacy Liquor November 15

On November 15 from 5 to 7 pm French Wine Celebrity Catherine Mellot (www.josephmellot.com) will share her adventures in wine at Legacy Liquor Store in the Olympic Village.  This event is open to the public. To request your seat at the table please call 604 331 7900.


Mexican and Canadian Culinary Collaboration In Vancouver and Calgary – Nov. 21 and 23

The Mexico Tourism Board is presenting a special edition of the Gather dining series, with a Vancouver event at Fayuca on November 21, and a Calgary dinner at Pigeonhole on November 23.

Mexican chefs Jair Tellez and Hugo Duran will collaborate with their Canadian counterparts, Ernesto Gomez and Martin Vargas at Fayuca, and Justin Leboe at Pigeonhole, to create a five course dinner that brings together the flavours, indigenous ingredients, local produce and techniques of the two countries. As part of the cultural exchange experience, the Mexican chefs will get to visit markets, go foraging and meet local producers with their hosts to source the ingredients for each dinner. Also making the trip north will be Noel Tellez and Alonso Maldonado from Bichi, a Baja California winery producing natural wines using minimal intervention and traditional methods. A selection of the wines will be available as pairings at the dinners.

Tickets for each of the two dinners are $76 per person (inclusive of gratuity but not taxes) which includes botanas (pre-dinner snacks), three savoury courses and dessert. Each menu will be omnivore with a plant-based option, and will be developed by the collaborating chefs upon arrival in each city so that they can incorporate local foraged, farmed and wild products. Specially paired beverage selections, including Bichi wines, will be available at an extra cost. Tickets can be purchased online via EventBrite.

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St. Paul’s Foundation Celebrates 20 Years of Giving on Nov. 16th with Lights of Hope Celebration  – Nov. 16

Officially ringing in the holiday season in Vancouver, Lights of Hope will return to St. Paul’s Hospital on Thursday, November 16th. Switching on the 100,000 sparkling lights and more than 200 stars that make up the spectacular display, the community celebration marks the beginning of St. Paul’s annual Lights of Hope fundraising campaign which raises funding for the greatest needs of caregivers, patients, residents and loved ones across Providence Health Care’s hospitals and residences.

Bringing together thousands of British Columbians and tourists, the festive and family-friendly celebration will feature the official lighting of the display, fireworks, local choirs singing Christmas carols, hot chocolate and food trucks lining Burrard Street.

Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm, with lighting display and fireworks between 6:30 and 7 pm
Location: St. Paul’s Hospital, 1081 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC

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Dim Sum At The New Parq Vancouver

Artisanal Dim Sum is now being served at 1886, the premier destination for Asian fine dining at Parq Vancouver.

Available daily from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., the menu is ideal for business or social lunches and features 35 delectable small bites presented steamed, baked, fried, and in dessert fashion; including the XO Crystal Lobster Pan Fried Dumpling, Shanghainese Soup Dumplings, Barbecued Pork Puff, and Deep-Fried Durian Pastry. Dim Sum is also available during dinner hours: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. (10:30 p.m. on weekends).  Located on Parq Vancouver’s third floor, 1886 is drawing raves for its innovative Chinese dishes, impeccable service, and Instagram-worthy setting.



Chef/Owner David Gunawan and Chef/Owner Ryoma Matarai of Kitsilano restaurant Kinome Japanese Kitchen will combine their culinary talents for a special collaborative dinner at the award-winning South Granville dining room on Monday, November 20 at 6 and 8:30 p.m.

The celebrated Vancouver chefs will work in tandem to prepare a six-course, Far East-inspired menu featuring seafood dishes such as medai with grilled bone consommé and elephant heart plum vinegar as well as Chef Ryoma’s signature handmade lapsang souchong soba with mushroom consommé, served alongside a selection of wine and sake pairings handpicked by Wine Director Kieran Fanning in partnership with That’s Life Gourmet Wine + Sake.


sparkling reception with trio of zensai
burdock wrapped in salmon skin
kuri squash tempura
baked oysters, bonito butter, miso sabayon
Domaine André & Mireille Tissot Cremant du Jura Extra Brut Rosé NV, Jura, France

grilled bone consommé, elephant heart plum vinegar
Mitobe Shuzo Yamagata Masamune Junmai, Yamagata, Japan

Sieglinde potato, Dungeness crab with its consommé
Mitobe Shuzo Yamagata Masamune ‘Kimoto Akaiwa Omachi 1898’ Junmai, Yamagata, Japan

dorset lamb
cabbage salad, miso jus
Clot de L’Oum ‘La Compagnie des Papillons’ Rouge 2015, Côtes du Roussillon, France

handmade lapsang souchong soba
mushroom of the season consommé
Clot de L’Oum ‘Cine Panettone’ Blanc 2011, Côtes du Roussillon, France

baked quince
sake kasu ice cream, adzuki bean
served with tea beverage

Tickets to the Kinome collaboration dinner on Monday, November 20 at 6 and 8:30 p.m. are $162 per person all inclusive of wine and sake pairings, taxes and gratuity and may be purchased online. Each seating is limited to only 26 guests, so interested parties are encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment.