November Events and Food Notes

1st Ever Local Pancake Challenge

When: Now to November 18

On-line vote-in: November 15 – 21

Result published:  November 22

What: Presented by Richard Wolak and Vancouverfoodster, chefs are invited to showcase their fun-filled, outside-the-box pancake creations.  These pancakes are now available on their menus throughout the promotion at brunch, lunch, dinner or on all menus. Each creation must contain a minimum of 3 local ingredients which can be fruits, herbs, vegetables, meats and seafood.

Who: The public is invited to try these pancake creations at participating restaurants.  keeping in mind this criteria - originality, creativity, uniqueness, traditional, non-traditional, price, value and most importantly taste.

Full detail: http://vancouverfoodster.com/pancake-challenge/

Movie for thought

When: November 1st (Thursday) 7pm

Where: Ridge Theatre, 3131 Arbutus Street, Vancouver, BC.

What: Movie, wine and appetizers, guest speakers and gift bags.

Who: 19+ to attend

Presented by Farm Folks City Folks and The World in A Garden, this fundraising event will feature

‘The Apple Pusher’ – an award winning film that follows immigrant street venders rolling fresh fruits and vegetables into marginalized neighbourhoods in New York as part of the city’s Green Cart Initiative. It also tells the real stories of immigrants tackling the American dream.  Movie trailer: http://www.applepusher.com

Tickets: $29.00




Sit, Stay, Sip

When: November 7th (Wednesdy) 6:30pm

Where: Stanley Park Pavilion

What: A wine reception and auction with amazing wines benefit Pacific Assistance Dogs Society (PADS) presented by Marquis Wine Cellars.

Who: Vancouver dog lovers looking to enhance their wine cellars and dog lovers.

Tickets: $95.00 www.marquis-wines-.ca/Sit-Stay-Sip.htm

A $20 voucher accompanies each ticket - and this voucher can be put toward silent and live auction items. What also gives this event a twist is that the ticket buyer gets to choose a bottle to go into the auction lots from a special list curated by Marquis Wine Cellars. The auction items include special wine lots and epicurean excursions, and can be scooped up at incredible value. What a great way to acquire some fine wines, and stock up before the busy holiday entertaining season.

Whistler Cornucopia 

When: November 7 – 11th

Where: Different venues at Whistler

What: Anything to do with food, wine, farming and cooking, and for many, winter-sports.

A gathering of chefs, winemakers, maestros of the culinary world and restaurateurs to mesmerize foodies, this 7-day annual event presents the newest trends, delicious news and inside scopes of the food and wine industry.

Info & tickets: http://whistlercornucopia.com/schedule

Please note: I'll be judging this year's "Chef's Challenge" to take place on November 7th & 8th at 10am at the Whistler Convention Centre, it's a free event, so drop by and cheer on!

2nd Annual Fishermen Helping Kids with Cancer Herring Sales

When: November 24

Time:   7am – 4pm (Or until the herrings are all gone!)

Where: Steveston Wharf

What: The fishermen will be bringing in some 50 tons of herrings. For $10, bring home 20 pound bag of fresh herrings.  All proceeds go to BC Children Hospital Association. Two chefs will be on site cooking up herrings and offer samplings by donation.

Goodbye and Hello

Goodbye to one of my favourites, Sanafir Restaurant on Granville and to the exquisite silk-road interior design, décor and artifacts.  And most sadly, goodbye to the one and only 3-in-1 courses in Greater Vancouver.

Hello to Fish Shack, a seafood eatery replacing Sanafir, officially opened October 24, another seafood restaurant under the Glowbal Group wing. Now Executive Chef Alfred Contiga (ex -SOCIETY Dining Lounge) is offering daily ‘Buck-a-shuck oysters’ (till 5pm) and Sunday Lobster and Crab Fest at $19.95, along with many other enticing seafood and non-seafood dishes.

Address: 1026 Granville Street.  Vancouver. www.glowbalgroup.com