Spring Tables

Chef Alex inside Cache's kitchen

Cache` Bistro & Lounge

To make their first Spring season in Yaletown a special one, the newest French Bistro on Hamilton Street welcomes the warming sun by hosting a “Celebrate Spring” Wine pairing dinner on Wednesday, April 3. This $85 all inclusive 5-course dinner starts with a cocktail reception, followed by new vogue French dishes created by Chef Alex. An evening of food, wine and delicious conversations promise to swing everybody’s mood right into spring. For party of 6 or more, the price tag is $80pp. For detail information and check out the menu, or to book your table, go to their website.

1269   Hamilton Street, Vancouver. 604- 558-1269   www.cachebistro.com

Argentine main varietal - Malbec

April 17 is Malbec World Day.

It’s a day where Wines of Argentina serenades the flagship varietal - Malbec. Various tasting events are set up for wine drinkers to sip, swirl and then form their opinions on Argentine Malbec! As we all know, New World wines have been gaining their attractions for good reasons: be it on price, willingness by winemakers to explore and test the limit, non-conformity to tradition, exploring new terroir or going back to the roots to respect the land.  One key certainty is that New World wines are improving day by day. The value to price ratio is quite high resulting in more converts and consumers are more willing to pick a New World wine if the “rating” and wine awards credential is high. So mark your calendar to try some New World Malbec from Argentina and see why it is their flagship varietal! Do let me know your opinion on this varietal.

More than 20 BCLDB Signature Stores will be hosting tasting sessions on April 12 & 13 to give the public a chance to find out what Argentinean Malbec is all about. Besides these Signature government liquor stores, Marquis Wine Cellar in West End, Legacy Liquor Store in False Creek and Everything Wine Stores in North Vancouver, White Rock and Vancouver Island will all be hosting Malbec wine tasting events on April 13 Saturday from 2 pm to 5 pm to convert wine drinkers. The idea is that once you pick out your favourite Malbec, you can organize your own Malbec celebration any way you want on April 17 to appreciate this varietal.

BC Hospitality Foundation salutes Rodney Strong Vineyards and Hy’s Steakhouse    Rodney Strong Vineyards and Hy’s Steakhouse is teaming up for a winemaker’s dinner on Thursday, April 11 to benefit BC Hospitality Foundation. This winemaker’s dinner will feature 6 Rodney Strong wines from the 2007 to 2012 vintage. We got a chance to taste some Rodney Strong wines at the wine festival and this is a better chance to enjoy an in-depth understanding of their wines directly from winemaker Rick Sayre. This $135 dinner will benefit the BC Hospitality Foundation whose mission is to provide supports to those working in the F&B field or related to the BC hospitality industry. A not to be missed dinner for a worthwhile cause! Order tickets at htto://eventbrite.com

Naramata Bench wineries Spring wine release events

VICTORIA, Tuesday, April 23, UNCORK YOUR PALATE, at Crystal Garden, presented in partnership with the Victoria Conservatory of Music. Taste the newly released wines, sample irresistible tastes from sixteen of Victoria's finest chefs, and enjoy live performances from the talented faculty and students of the Victoria Conservatory of Music.

Proceeds to benefit the Victoria Conservatory of Music.

Time: 6:30 - 9:00 PM. Tickets: $95. Info & tickets go to http://vcm.bc.ca/events/uncork-your-palate/

VANCOUVER, Friday, April 26, WINE FOR WAVES, at The Four Seasons Hotel, presented in partnership with the Vancouver Aquarium in support of its national sustainable seafood program Ocean Wise™. Enjoy the best of the Naramata Bench wineries while sampling tantalizing culinary offerings with partner restaurants. Proceeds to benefit Ocean Wise™.

Time: 7:00 - 9:30 PM. Tickets: $95. Info and Tickets go to http://www.vanaqua.org/wineforwaves    #wineforwaves

Chef Brown's edible art

ORU at Fairmont Pacific Rim hosts the 15th Annual Chefs for Life Dinner

13 of Vancouver and Whistler's Top Toques join forces for The Vancouver Friends For Life Society

Vancouver and Whistler's Top Chefs join forces at ORU at Fairmont Pacific Rim on Thursday, May 2nd to host the fifteenth annual Chefs for Life Fundraising Gala.

With the combination of CTV's Coleen Christie as master of ceremonies and hosted by Fairmont Pacific Rim's Executive Chef, Darren Brown, the evening kicks off at 5:00pm with a Moet et Chandon reception, followed by a 12-course seated dinner specially paired with vintage wines to match the occasion. The evening's 'Finer Things in Life' silent and live auction returns with rare and fine wines, getaway trips to exotic destinations, luxurious city night packages and delicious culinary creations.

The Vancouver Friends for Life Society serves as a catalyst to enhance the wellness of individuals living with life threatening illness by providing complementary and alternative health and support services.

Chefs for Life 2013 at Fairmont Pacific Rim (1038 Canada Place Way) begins at 5:00pm, followed by dinner at 6:00pm. Tickets ($350.00 per person) are available by contacting Kim Osborne by phone- 604-782-1995 or email - chefsforlife@telus.net.

Provence - fish

Poisson d'Avril at Provence            

In France, Poisson d'/avril is an excuse to play a practical joke or two. People attach fish (usually paper cut-outs) to the back of their friends and family, who, unaware of the addition to their wardrobe, continue about the day with the new accessory until someone shouts 'Poisson d'Avril!' and the jinx is up. During April, some lucky Provence patrons will find a paper fish under their plate or taped to their back.  These Poissons come with a prize - perhaps a complimentary appetizer, meal discount, gift certificate or a copy of New World Provence by Chefs Jean-Francis and Alexxandra Quaglia; are some of the possibilities.

While there is something very fishy happening at Provence Restaurants this April, diners will agree that the Poisson d'Avril menus are no joke!

To check out the menu and make a reservation:

Provence Marinaside:

1177 Marinaside Crescent 604-681-4144

Provence Mediterranean Grill: 4473 W.10th Avenue 604-222-1980

Vancouver, BC