To Joe Fortes for giving back this Thanksgiving

The Executive Chef, Wayne Sych and Sous Chef, Ryan Green along with some staff volunteered their time cooking and serving  100-150 people a traditional Thanksgiving dinner to the Dudes' Club at Vancouver Native Health Society on Thursday, October 10th.Joe Forte giving back #1

The Vancouver Native Health Society Men's Group, The Dudes' (Downtown Urban Knights Defending Equality and Solidarity) Club began in August 2010 as a response to the overwhelming demand from community members for better health services for men.  There are many services for women and children in the Downtown Eastside, as well as patients with HIV or Hepatitis C, but very few, if any for men on the basis of gender alone.  In fact, men's health is still an emerging field of medicine that gets scarce attention.

To Prestons for ‘ Taste of Canada’  Comfort Food Menu

The official ‘Taste of Canada’ menu at Preston (CoastCoalHarbor) is an scrumptious way to salute and embrace some of the signature fares of other Provinces. Peace River Bison Carpaccio and Pierogies with crème fraiche of the Prairies; poutine and Montreal smoked meat of La Belle Province; lobster rolls and seafood chowder represent the Maritimes. Even the ‘Westcoast’ menu pays tribute to the beloved bannocks and the Island’s famous Nanaimo Bar. Great comfort food for the right season and reason!Taste of Canada - Maritime

To the new inductees of BC Restaurant Hall of Fame

The 9th Annual Awards saw some of my dear friends in the F&B industry going up the stage to collect one of the most prestigious awards in the province’s culinary world. 

To Julian Bond, a master chef of all trades; has put his distinctive marks in different corner stones of BC’s gourmet arena. One of the big-named chefs who introduced me to the fascinating arena of fine dining when Vancouver was about to make a huge splash in becoming N. America’s top cities to wine and dine, the very humble Julian who is every bit as passionate as day one when it comes to cooking, teaching and creating magic still impresses foodies like me!      

To Christine Coletta whom I’ve known since the mid-80’s when she started kicking up some serious ideas of making the then young and struggling BC wine industry work! This “Friend of the Industry who has provided exceptional support to the restaurant industry” should, if you ask me, be given a special ‘wine merit’ award!

To Joy Metcalfe whom I adored as a CKNW listener when I first entered the field and lucky enough to befriend when I become a media myself. Always warm and kind, Joy never ceases to show her genuine concern and support to everyone she meets! She is the most respected media personality who truly belongs to the community and any industry!   Joy Metcalfe - hall of famerTo Paul Smolen, the silent ‘giant’ who started his restaurateur life almost 4 decades ago, gives so much to the community but never claims credit in his work. Paul’s Hart House Restaurant also makes DeerLakePark a much more delicious place to relax and share a good time with friends and families.

Salutes also to the other inductees Ernst Dorfler, Caren McSherry, John Neate Jr., Wally Shaw, Sean Heather and Jeff Donnelly, for all your hard works and contributions to the restaurant industry and communities!

To the award-winning BC wines and wineries

Nk’Mip Cellars: One Gold winner (Qwam Qwmt Riesling Icewine 2012), three Silvers (Qwam Qwmt Pinot Noir 2010, the Winemaker's Merlot 2010, and the Winemaker's Riesling 2011), and nine wines named as Winners (Qwam Qwmt Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Qwam Qwmt Chardonnay 2011, Qwam Qwmt Chardonnay 2010, Qwam Qwmt Meritage 2009, Qwam Qwmt Merlot 2009, Qwam Qwmt Syrah 2010, Winemaker's Pinot Blanc 2012, Winemaker's Pinot Blanc 2011, and the Winemaker's Riesling 2012) in the 2013 InterVin International Wine Awards and named as one of the competition's Wineries of the Year for 2013. The results put Nk'Mip in the Top 10 overall for this year's competition.

The Steller’s Jay 2008 Vintage Brut has been announced as a Gold Winner The popular B.C. sparkler. The 2008 Steller's Jay Brut was one of only two Gold Medal winners in the category of nearly 50 entries, and the only traditional method sparkling bubble to strike gold at the prestigious 2013 InterVin International Wine Awards. 

Mission Hill Family Estate took on the best in the world and won top honours as ‘World’s Best Pinot Noir’ in the under 15 category at the Decanter World Wine Awards in London, England.  More than 14,000 wines from 61 regions around the world were entered in the competition in 2013. Mission Hill 2011 Martin’s Lane Pinot Noir won a coveted International Trophy - the competition’s top award, the first time a single wine variety (red or white) from any region in the world has won both a Regional Trophy for ‘Best Wine’ and an International Trophy for ‘World’s Best Wine’ at the Decanter Awards.

Joie Farm won 3 golds – 2011 “En Famille” Reserve Chardonnay” at the 2013 Decanter World Wine Awards. The 2011 “En Famille” Reserve Gewurztraminer won the “Best in Class Gold Medal” at the 2013 Los Angeles International Wine Competition; and the PTG garnered another Gold Medal at the 2013 Riverside International Wine Competition.Mission Hill World's best Pinot Noir

Joie 2011 En Famille C + PN









To BC Liquor Stores’s 'Best of BC' release

Every year, BC Liquor Stores carefully selects a small collection of BC wines which are in limited supply and high demand. In the interest of fairness to all of their customers, the whole selection is released at once, and this year's release takes place on Saturday, October 12, 2013 in SignatureBC Liquor Stores across BC. It's 'first-come, first served', so BC wine fans are encouraged to hurry down and snap up the very best that our province has to offer.

The 'Best of BC' release and province-wide BC VQA in-store wine tastings. Enjoy a glass of your backyard bounty this month! For details, log onto www.winebc.com