Spring 2014 – Food & Fun Events春日節目賀頌

Fairmont Hotel VancouverFairmont Hotel Vancouver celebrates 75th Anniversary

溫哥華大酒店頂樓宴會餐廳

www.fairmont.com/hotel-vancouver/dining   604-662-1900

Historic Hotel Vancouver celebrates its 75th anniversary with the return of the beloved “The Roof” Restaurant and Executive Chef Cameron Ballendine for a limited run until Fall.

Opened for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner now until fall when the nostalgic floor with the panorama view will become the dedicated venue for weddings and special events.

Vancouver Fashion Week – Presented by Cover Girl, Pantene and Olay

溫哥華美容時裝大展

www.vanfashionweek.com

March 18 to 24

6 days of spectacular shows featuring over 50 designers from 21 countries, including China will surely provide a truly international experience.

Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.vanfashionweek.com/tickets.html.

 

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, 2014櫻花盛開喜迎春

www.tourismvancouver.com

Cherry blossoms

1/ Sakura Night: 櫻之饌 A pink-tie opening gala showcasing the best of Vancouver’s Japanese cuisine. Attendees can sample delectable eats from  renowned restaurants: Tojo’s, Zen, Fairmont Pacific Rim’s Raw Bar, Miku, Seventeen89 and Zakkushi. The event takes place at Tojo’s Restaurant on March 30.

2/ Cherry Jam Downtown Concert: 櫻之樂章 Soak up live music, dance performances, Haiku readings  on April 3, from 12:00pm to 1:30pm, under the cherry blossom canopies of downtown Vancouver’s Burrard Station.

3/ Sakura Illuminatiion Tour:  夜燈櫻花巡禮 Discover the beauty of cherry blossoms at night and experience the beauty of cherry blossom after dark on April 4 at Graniville Island’s  Sutcliffe Park (7:30pm to 9:00pm), the event encourages attendees to revel in the beauty of an illuminated canopy of cherry blossoms brought to life by LED and patterned video lights.

4/ Sakura Days Japan Fair: 傳統櫻花慶典 Treat yourself to all things Japanese at VanDusan Botanical Garden on April 10th and enjoy guided walks through the blossoms, taiko drumming, martial arts performances, a children’s area and more.

5/ Picnic, walk or bike the cherry-pink way: 櫻花之旅 Use the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival bloom map to locate your favourite blossom variety and the whereabouts of city streets lined with blooming cherry trees

Latin Music, Salsa Dance and Great Eats 狂熱拉丁歌舞。甫芳斯田園美食

Provence Marinaside 1177 Marinaside Crescent, Yaletown 604 – 681-4144

http://www.provencevancouver.com

Cortino #2Cuban music virtuoso Gerardo Contino and his fiery ensemble Los Habaneros are making a very special two-day appearance in Vancouver on April 3 – Performance and Salsa dance lesson at Performance Works (Granville Island).

April 4 offers a much more exclusive experience. Eighty (80) people will dine and dance with Contino in the intimate setting of Chef Quaglia’s restaurant, Provence Marinaside in Yaletown.  The evening starts at 7 p.m. with a three-course dinner, then dance the night away and pretend you are in Havana.  Friday night’s dinner starts with Small Bites – a selection of appetizers served family-style on platters.  The two-day dance extravaganza is organized by Chef Allessandra Quaglia, owner of Provence Restaurants, also known as “The Dancing Chef” along with Maria Lorenzi of Màs Movement and Julio Montero¸Latin sensation - Singer Contino

Xishi Lounge brews Chinese New Year Afternoon Tea

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Words & pix: Stephanie Yuen 

中文博客:http://taiyangbao.ca/author/stephanieyuen/?variant=zh-hans

It could be because February is the prime time to celebrate Lunar New Year; could be this is how Shangri-la Hotel says ‘Thank you!” and “Happy New Year of the Horse!”, the graceful Xishi Lounge is treating those born in the year of the horse to a complimentary Afternoon Tea during this month of February, all you have to do is bring one or more friends belonging to other animal signs with you!

I’m sure you’ve been to this 5-diamond hotel at the corner of Georgia and Thurlow, but how often do you stop by the huge painting of Chinese calligraphy and give yourself a moment or two to drift into the free-flowing energy the painting is emitting?  This majestic painting has always been one of the reasons I choose to walk into the hotel via the main entrance off W. Georgian. The other reasons? To grasp the charming elegance of the hotel lounge and enjoy the view up the few steps leading to the greeting area of Xishi Lounge where the warm, calming and relaxing mood is waiting to embrace me!   IMAG0030Enjoying a cup of tea is, after all, the moment to relax your body and mind, ergo the mellow pace! Once seated, soak in the harmonious décor and soothing ambiance; do leave any worries outside and soon, you will not even notice the hustle and bustle of downtown.IMAG0032

Be reminded that “Afternoon Tea” is more than well, a cup of tea; do allow yourself ample leisure time, especially now at Xishi where Chinese New Year celebration meets ‘High Tea’. You’ll be glad to hear that this special “Chinese New Year Afternoon Tea” is served daily, starting at 11am to 5pm; meaning that you can turn the afternoon tea time into brunch or lunch! IMAG0035

Right now and till the end of February, with your selection of fine teas is the classic 3-tier full of  delights. Besides the orange and plain scones with jam and clotted home-made cream, you are going to be tempted by savouries such as BBQ pork brioche buns, juicy and crispy Duck eggrolls, Smoked salmon bagel and Curry tofu wraps. What about Coconut New Year cakes, mini egg-tarts along with Green tea opera cakes for dessert?  To finish (or to start for some), a bowl of Sesame Tan-ren in ginger syrup!IMG_6117

To top these off, there’s live Chinese music performance every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 3-5pm.  Info and reservation (highly recommended) – 604-661-3352

http://shangri-la.com/vancouver/

February means non-stop food, wine & fun

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This weekend – Granville Island

Jump onto the Olympic bandwagon at Edible Canada House

What better way to interrupt winter and celebrate Canada’s Sochi Olympic medal counts and our Olympic hopefuls?

First of all, the annual Winterruption Festival is taking place this weekend. There are numbers of activities for the whole family. Secondly, the iconic Edible Canada Bistro right in the Market (underneath the Granville Street Bridge in the heart of Granville Island) is hosting an Olympic-themed “Edible Canada House” and every Team Canada fan is invited! It is also family friendly with a play area and face painting by the Granville Island Toy Company.

Edible Canada House is featuring a number of live and pre-recorded Olympic events on three giant projection screens. Guests are welcomed party the night away while cheering on the nation’s top athletes. In true Edible Canada fashion, the theme will be quintessential Canadian.

There are of course food!  Besides an array of comfort food fare provided by Edible Canada such as cheesy perogies, multiple ‘Savoury Chef’ food stations showcasing classic Canadian such as bison chili, Alberta beef brisket & maple flapjacks and other late night snacks!

Granville Island Brewing is there to supply the craft beer; along with many other local wines and spirits being poured over the course of the weekend. Don’t miss Edible’s famous “Garnish Your Own” Caesar bar.

The event ran all day and into early mornings yesterday and will continue today Saturday and tomorrow Sunday with an amazing lineup of bands and DJ’s! Check out program details and ticket info: http://www.ediblecanada.com/tours-and-events/events/edible-canada-house-2014/#sthash.FArtt2Sv.dpuf

On February 27 – Market Restaurant at Shangri-la Hotel

French wine & Market pairing dinnerWinemaker Caroline Frey

To set your drinking palate into the French mode and get set for the International Wine Festival, why not pamper yourselves with a food & wine marriage made at Shangri-la Hotel?

Caroline Frey, winemaker for Domaine Paul Jaboulet Aîné and Château La Lagune, will host a special winemaker’s dinner that celebrates the Burgundy and the Rhône Valley of France, their history, their terroir, their exceptional people and their exceptional wines. The reception and four course dinner will feature some of the winery’s favourite wines paired with a MARKET menu. Tickets are $149 per person and are available by telephone at (604) 695-1115.

 

February 28 – Market lounge at Shangri-la Hotel

Cannonball Wine Gourmet Pizza & Wine Party,

Mirroring the philosophy of the Cannonball Wine Company from California, this approachable event is serious about quality, Cannonball winehonesty, and enjoying life. Hosted by CEO and Founding Partner, Yoav Gila, the event will take place in the MARKET lounge where for $35, guests will be treated to MARKET’s gourmet signature pizzas alongside Cannonball’s signature wines including their celebrated chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon. The event starts at 6:30 pm and tickets are available by telephone at (604) 695-1115

 

 

Wine Fest and More – You’re invited!

International wine fest 2013 David Niddrie pix

1)     VIWF Salutes French and Sparkling wines

The 36th Vancouver International Wine Festival, running from February 24, 2014 to March 02, 2014  will have 54 events of food and wine spreading out into 7 days. The theme for this year is France and the focus - Sparkling wines!

Total of 178 wineries from 14 countries will be participating and pouring over 1,000 wines at the general tasting session. 9 wine regions from France will be showcasing their wines. Come mingle with the vine stars and some of the city’s exciting chefs:

Theme Country Vine Stars: France

Michel Chapoutier, Winemaker, M. Chapoutier

Meet Michel Chapoutier in: Rhône Perfection: M. Chapoutier; Wine Tour de France; Meet Your Match; Insatiable Rhône      (at   Hawksworth restaurant, with chef David Hawksworth)

Etienne Hugel, Proprietor, Hugel et Fils
Meet Etienne Hugel in: What’s Trending in France? Masterclass; Iconic French Wines; France: Find Your Style

Thomas Perrin, Owner, Famille Perrin
Meet Thomas Perrin in: The Birthplace of Terroir masterclass; Iconic French Wines; 11th Annual Awards Lunch; Meet Your Match; Salut   Château Beaucastel (at Bistro Pastis with proprietor John Blakeley)

Sigfried Pic, International Export Director, Maison Louis Jadot
Meet Sigfried Pic in: Wine 305: Advanced Burgundy; The Birthplace of Terroir masterclass; Iconic French Wines; We Say Bourgogne;   France: Find Your Style; Nothing But Burgundy (at Le Crocodile with chef Michel Jacob)

Christian Seely, Managing Director, AXA Millésimes; President, Compagnie Médocaine
Meet Christian Seely in: Renaissance of a Top Château

Clovis Taittinger, Export Manager/Family Member, Champagne Taittinger
Meet Clovis Taittinger in: Wine Tour de France; All about Bubbly!Iconic French Wines; L’Instant Taittinger (at West with chef Quang Dang)

Philippe Zinck, Winemaker/Proprietor, Domaine Zinck Vins d’Alsace
Meet Philippe Zinck in: The Birthplace of Terroir masterclass; Wine Tour de France; France Bubbly Party

Rest of the World Vine Stars

Joe Giusti, Owner, Giusti Prosecco
Meet Joe Giusti in: All About Bubbly!

Matt Mavety, Winemaker, Blue Mountain
Meet Matt Mavety in: All About Bubbly!; 25 Under $25

Jak Meyer, Proprietor/Winemaker, Meyer Family Vineyards
Meet Jak Meyer in: Meet Your Match; Meyer Family Feast (at Brix   with chef Chris Bisaro); BC Paired: Indulge Your Senses

Barone Francesco Ricasoli, President, Barone Ricasoli
Meet Barone Francesco Ricasoli in: The Essence of Chianti winery   dinner (at Siena with owner Mark Taylor and chef      Jessica Howery); Dine Italia lunch (at La Terrazza with chef Gennaro Iorio); Excitement in a Glass

2013 wine festival glimpse

Besides general tasting, seminars, wine pairing dinners and luncheons events, new to this year’s wine festival are:

1. additional March 01 Saturday afternoon 3pm to 5pm general tasting session guarantee 30% less attendance so its easier to get to the booths.

2. 1 free ticket to the general tasting session if you book 1 night at one of 37 downtown hotels room through bevancouver.com or 2 tickets if book 2 nights.

Get your tickets early to avoid disappointment! For further information and tickets, please check out http://vanwinefest.ca

1)     Dinners with Sonoma County Vintners in Vancouver

Two exceptional Sonoma County winemaker dinners in   Vancouver.  Hurry up and get your   tickets as space is limited!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Reception 6:30, Dinner 7:00

1/ Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar will   feature the wines of Sonoma County’s Siduri Wines and Novy Family   Wines, hosted by Siduri Proprietor Adam Lee. Blue Water’s Executive Chef,   Frank Pabst, will prepare a special four-course dinner menu to match the   wines.

1095 Hamilton Street, Vancouver

Tickets are $165 including taxes   and gratuities: purchase yours by calling 604-688-8078.

2/ Brix Restaurant & Wine Bar will showcase Rodney   Strong Vineyards, Wine Enthusiast’s 2013 American Winery of the Year. The   Sonoma County region winery’s top wines will be presented by Winemaker Rick   Sayre and paired with an unforgettable four-course dinner plus reception. The   main course will feature three of Rodney Strong’s award winning single   vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons.

1138 Homer Street, Vancouver

Tickets are $110 plus taxes and   gratuities: purchase yours by calling 604-915-9463.

Sonoma County

Sonoma in the City Wine Tasting Event

February 5th, the Sonoma in the City event will give Vancouverites a taste of the region’s quality and diversity, with more than 20 wineries and their principals pouring classic California varietals as well   as some pleasant surprises.

List of participating wineries:

  • Davis Bynum
  • Dry Creek Vineyard
  • Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery
  • Foppiano Vineyards
  • Francis Ford Coppola Winery
  • J Vineyards & Winery
  • Jordan
  • Kendall-Jackson
  • Kosta Browne Winery
  • Kunde Family Estate
  • Laurel Glen Vineyard
  • MacRostie Winery and Vineyards
  • Novy Family Wines
  • Paul Hobbs Winery
  • Pedroncelli Winery
  • Red Car Wines
  • Rodney Strong Wine Estates
  • Schug Carneros Estate Winery
  • Seghesio
  • Siduri Winery
  • Thomas George

 

Dine Out Galore

Henry & Stephanie Yuen (Chinese blog – http://taiyangbao.ca/food/304664/?variant=zj-hans  )

No matter if you’re a foodie or not, you’ve got to know about “Dine Out Vancouver”! Being in its 12th year, the chance of you hanging out with friends or families in one or more of the Dine Out participating restaurants during the 15 days of Dine Out in past years should be pretty high.

The fact is, from 40+ restaurants to the astounding number of 263 today, and that media from as far as Britain is discovering how successful “Dine Out Vancouver” has been, and with the price tags of $18, $28 and $38 for a 3-course meal, we Vancouverites should be supporting this wonderful food & wine event. Besides choosing and dining in any one or two or more of the 263 restaurants, there’re dozens of fun-filled events which are hosted by some of the city’s who’s who characters. For instance, our very own Man About Town Fred Lee (CBC & The Province) will be conducting The Grape Debate 2014 on Friday, Jan 31 at the Vancouver Public Library. $38 gets you into the Debate, followed by wine tasting presented by Alumni UBC and the Wine of British Columbia.????????????????????????

We urge you to log onto http://dineoutvancouver.com , check out the list of restaurants from each group and the different events taking place between Jan 17 to Feb 02, and book your seats ASAP! Don’t forget to find out how you can win prizes – what about ‘Dine Out For a Year Contest?

We started riding the Dine Out waves by previewing these three restaurants.

A)   Roma BurgerYaletown, W. 4th,  River District$18  and  $28

Located in three different areas with distinctly different backdrops, you may feel like the three Roma Burgers are not related.  Well, their settings and ambiance do vary, but they’re offering the same Dine Out menu.  There are plenty mains to choose from for non-burger fans; such as the Fish and Chips and a Quinoa Burger for vegetarian which is amazingly delicious and well-structured! But I guarantee you will fall in love with those appetizers and salads. No one says you cannot share your fries, the wings and of course, keep those mini donuts to yourself!

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Drinks:  The mellow and fruity Prospect Winery Major Allen Merlot will not disappoint any wine sippers. Juicy, lengthy with subtle woody aroma, it does go well with the dripping burgers.  Most of the white wines are from our own backyard, plus a good selection of easy to please wine on taps. Craft beer fans can take a look at the black board for choices.

Our $18 recommendations:

The Fish Shack

Hapa Izakaya – Kitsilano

Luke’s Corner Bar & Kitchen

Memphis Blues

Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts – Bistro 101

Trattoria Italian Kitchen

       B. The Parker  $28

Another non-orthodox vegetarian restaurant in town whose slogan of ‘sustainable & sexy’ put them on the list of 2013’s new ‘hot spot’ in town.  Of course, Executive Chef Curtis Luk’s partake in the last Top Chef Canada had already given them the edge.  Everyone loves the fresh, local ingredients Luk sources and applies brilliantly.

 

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The plates are so beautiful, the flavour and textures so rich, the execution in fine details, so please do not consume them in a flash,  take the Cauliflower appetizer as a great example – do enjoy with your eyes and noses first, than indulge – you may easily forget what you’re eating are non-meat dishes. IMG_5969

Drinks: Out of the 4-page menu, only 1+1/3 belongs to the food section, the remaining spaces are all about cocktails and wines, a strong indication of how much attention is given to making sure diners enjoy their liquid food as much.  Cocktails with fun or fancy names are very tempting, but we found the Liquidity white, a BC Okanagan blend to be quite a palate-pleaser. Floral and refreshing, this  will pair well with most of Chef Luk’s vegetarian creation.

Our $28 recommendations:

Cactus Club Café (Bentall, English Bay, Park Royal, Yaletown)

Café Pacifica (Pan Pacific Hotel)

Campagnolo

Cibo Trattoria

Forage (Robson)

The Italian Kitchen (Alberni)

Le Parisien

Provence

Pastis

Pier 73

Siena

Tap & Barrel (Coal Harbour, Olympic Village)

C. Wildebeest  $38

Located on Hastings in the Gastown district, Wildebeest interprets the ‘wild’ in its name artfully.  Daringly created dishes served communal style put the restaurant onto the honour roll. It did not take long at all for Wildebeest to develop its very own image and secured its luring power.IMG_5972

From a simple salad such as the Wildebeest Salad with crunchy apple, winter herbs and frozen mascarpone; the Lamb Tartare dressed with heritage onions, horseradish emulsion and mustard seed gastrique; to the Roasted Chick’etta’ with winter squash and black garlic vinaigrette, the dining process is a sensational experience. Please note: Dine Out menus are individual plates.

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Drinks: Wildebeest offers an extensive wine list, including a couple of Junmai Sake. We thoroughly enjoyed what went into our glasses: Wildebeest’s own label wines, a red (Gamay & pinot Noir) and a white (Riesling, Gerwurztraminer & Pinot Gris) blend that match Chef Wes Young’s cooking style and food profile nicely.  A diligent collaboration with Road 13 Winery resulted in 50 cases of each blend. By the look of the crowds in the dining room, it won’t take long for Wildebeest to consider another new batch.

Our $38 recommendations.

Coast Restaurant

DIVA at the Met

Five Sails Restaurant

Hart House

Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House

The Keg

L’Abattoir

Pidget

Yew Restaurant + Bar (Four Seasons Hotel)

 

 

 

Tis’ The Season for Food & Fun

Ginger bread houssesHoliday treats #1

Words & Pix: Henry & Stephanie Yuen (Chinese blog: http://taiyangbao.ca/food/292275 )

If you happen to visit Hong Kong this holiday…

Check out 12th Hong Kong WinterFest that highlights “Wishes on the Wind” for the first time at Statue Square, Central.  Three dandelions, each measuring five storeys (15 metres) high, form the art installation. The artwork also consists of 18 seeds, scattered in different corners of Statue Square. This contemporary art installation representing the seeds of hope and good wishes amidst special music and lighting effects and lights up daily from 6pm during “Hong Kong WinterFest” with the lighting effects, in tandem with music. 
  
The Peak and Sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck: Love Christmas at The Peak invites all those with romance on their mind to visit and make the season special with spectacular day and night-time views. The Sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck will be staging a Christmas Party in the Sky, complete with those incomparable views.
 
Excursion to Ngong Ping 360 Glittering Christmas Village, a unique al fresco experience that includes a festively decorated village on LantauIsland and even carol singing for all on the spectacular cable-car ride. For more details and event listings: 
http://www.discoverhongkong.com/ca/plan-your-trip/latest-promotion/first-travel-hkwf.jsp 

Romantic holiday or family get-away to Ucluelet

Wya Point Resort, Ucluelet, BC ’s new year-round eco-luxury destination, is tucked into a lush coastal rainforest next to an exclusive beach is inviting  guests to ring in the holiday season with its West Coast Christmas package. This package includes a three-night stay in a luxurious beachfront lodge complete with a chef-prepared meal, wine pairings and a Christmas tree trimmed by Wya Point Resort’s very own elves.

On the evening of your choice, Wya Point Resort’s chefs will prepare a holiday meal with wine pairings, and will also deliver your feast right to your door. All you need to do is pour the wine, cozy up next to the fire, and bask in the warm glow of your twinkling Christmas tree while dinner cooks in the oven. At bedtime, snuggle up under luxury linens as the sound of crashing waves lulls you into a restful sleep.

Way Point’s “The West Coast Christmas Package” includes:

           - Three-night stay in a one- or two-bedroom lodge

            - Holiday meal for two or four

            - Wine paired with meal

            - Decorated Christmas tree to enjoy in your living room

Festival of Trees Celebrations
Four Season Hotel Vancouver lights up The 27th Annual Festival of Trees and transforms the Hotel’s first and second-floor lobbies showcases Christmas trees creatively decorated by various sponsors to raise funds and awareness for the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.

This charming display marks the start of the All trees will be on display in the lobby of Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver and in the Pacific Centre Mall located in downtown Vancouver until January 6, 2014.

Before or after you go and bewitched by the glittering trees,  don’t forget to stop by YEW restaurant and pick up one or more of their famous and highly-demanded holiday Stollen – Dense, rum-soaked and wrapped around a core of creamy marzipan, this much anticipated Christmas treat is back for a limited time only.  Once again legendary baker and former Four Seasons Vancouver chef, Gerhart Weitzel steps out of retirement and back into the kitchen with his decades-old secret recipe to bake thousands of this traditional delight.  Call head for orders of four or more – 604.692.4939.

Sutton Place Hotel’s Festival of Trees and Turkey-To-Go Dinner with all the trimmings 

Sutton Place Hotel, with a parade of creatively decorated Christmas trees also for the same good cause, is another great place to stroll around this season. Do check out their very popular Yuletide Brunch.  If you want to enjoy a traditional Christmas Dinner with all the trimmings and without all the work, the team of chefs here, led by Chef Alex Chan, will prepare a mouth-watering turkey dinner and have it ready for you to pick up. Available December 24th, 25th & 26th.

$350.00 excluding GST (Serves 8 – 12 people)
Approximate weight of turkey is 18lbs.

Dinner includes:
• Roasted Turkey
• Herb Stuffing
• Brussel Sprouts
• Ragout of Vegetables
• Mashed Potatoes
• Cranberry Sauce
• Turkey Jus
• Dinner Rolls
• Cranberry Cheese Cake

Orders will be taken until Thursday, December 20th at 12:00pm (while quantities last) 604.682.5511  http://vancouver.suttonplace.com

Tree Festival

Self-indulging, stocking stuffing, gift giving…

Dickens Lunch Buffet at Hart House Restaurant

Burnaby residences or their neighbours have been enjoying this holiday treat for years. This is the last week to indulge into the classic Christmas tables of traditional goodies. Don’t forget BurnabyHeritageMuseum is just next door! 604-298-4278  http://harthouserestaurant.com

David Hawksworth’s Bel Café   604-673-7000  http://www.belcafe.com

a mini Christmas tree made with macarons at BellaFor those coming in for a time-out from all the shopping and downtown activities, try not to come in full, leave room for all the devilish sweet temptations. Always allow time to sit down for a cup of artisan tea, coffee or even wine, what about a cup of Eggnog Latte?  Macaron fans please go with friends of families so you can finish the ‘Bel Macaron Christmas Tree’ all at once. Of course, you can take them home too, along with other take-home sweet treats such as the Bel Buche de Noel and the Bel Christmas Cake!   

Don’t forget, you can always go next door to the Cocktail Bar and start off with the award-winning Chef’s to-die-for snacks, perhaps a dish of DFC – deep fried cauliflower!Chef Hawksworth and his delectable DFC

 

Siena Restaurant is rewarding South Granville merchant shoppers with 15% discount this month till December 30th. All you have to do is show a purchase receipt when you dine at Siena Restaurant. This offer is available nightly after 7:30pm.  Enj0y all bottles of wine at 50% every Monday.

     Siena Restaurant: 1485 W. 12th Ave W, Vancouver. (604) 558-1485

Oyama fans beware! The Oyama Sausage Fast Lane at Granville Island is back by popular demand! If you have not yet done so, email orders online at moreinfo@oyamasausage.ca or call 604 327 7407 ASAP because quantities are limited! For entire pre-order, special pick-up spot set-up on December 22nd, 23rd and 24th from 9:00-4:00 at Granville Island’s entrance to Oyama Sausage. Please allow at least 2 hours notice and bypass the numbers and pick up at this spot upon arrival, someone will look right after you. Please remember to pre-order everything to use this service. Any add-ons require you to take a number, to be fair to everyone else. Please remain at our store when you take a number, do not leave. Otherwise, if we pass by you, you will have to take a new number when you come back.Oyama

Ready-to-gift BC VQA wines available at no extra cost in 10 participating BC Liquor Stores, from now until Christmas:

39th & Cambie 5555 Cambie Street, Vancouver
8th & Cambie 2395 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Alberni & Bute 768 Bute Street, Vancouver
Broadway & Maple 2088 West Broadway, Vancouver
Dunbar 3453 Dunbar Street, Vancouver
LynnValley 15 – 1199 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver
Northgate 103 – 3433 North Road, Burnaby
Park Royal 570 Park Royal North, West Vancouver
Richmond Brighouse 100 – 8100 Ackroyd Road, Richmond
Westwood 100 – 2748 Lougheed Highway, Port Coquitlam

 Check out http://bcwi.com to get more details.

12月3日 AM1470 摩登狄寶娜: 飲食博客beyondchopsticks節目筆記

1. Bald Eagle Viewing哈里信河禿鷹全接觸

a) 75-minute Eagle Expedition觀鷹河上遊

FraserRiver Safari Boat 1-866-348-6877 or 604-826-7361

Gather at集合地點: Kilby Historic Site – 215 Kilby Road, Harrison Mills, BC.

David & Safari River Cruise 

b) Pretty Estates Resort  (Sandpiper Golf Course)

Obervation Deck at the beach河岸賞鷹台

14282 Morris Valley Road, Harrison Mills, BC. 604-796-1000

http://www.prettyestateresort.com

沿著路牌指示,經過仍然綠油油的高球場,便可抵達河邊沙灘上的賞鷹台。1 eagle 2 seagulls asea

C) River’s Edge Restaurant at Pretty Estates Resort價廉物美質優高球場食肆

Cheap and good eats before and after bald eagle viewing

A cozy dining room offering homemade-style lunch and dinner using local ingredients.A hearty lunch at River's Edge

d) Rowena’s Inn at Pretty Estates Resort英式懷舊氣氛中嘆英式下午茶

Enjoy a relaxing afternoon Tea in an authentic English tea room.Rowena's Inn afternoon tea

2.  Oh Christmas Trees and Gingerbread Houses

IMG_5828a) Christmas Trees Festival: 聖誕樹為卑詩兒童醫院籌款爭妍麗

市中心兩間大酒店:

Burrard街Sutton Place Hotel

太平洋商場Four Seasons Hotel

b) Gingerbread Houses:

Burrard街Hyatt Regency HotelIMG_5811

3. 1001 Nights at Shangri-La Hotel香格里拉一千零一夜

1128 W. Georgia. 604-689-1120 http://www.shangri-la.com/vancouver

a) Marchants Market 迷你中東市集 – A mini traditional souq market featuring hand-made jewelry, custom-made Persian rugs; and seductive bags of sweets, roasted nuts, herbs, dried fruits and vegetables.  3 – 7pm weekdays, 1 – 7pm weekends.

b) Flavours of the Middle East at Xi Shi Lounge西施廊中東美食 – Popular items such as hummus, falafel, kibbeh and those with strange names such as baba ghanooj, tabbouleh, shish tawouk.baba ghanoushi

c) Live music and entertainment: 歌舞賀佳節

Monday to Saturday 5-7pm Traditional sitar and oud music星期一至六,五至七時傳統樂器演奏

Thursday evenings – Middle Eastern jazz-fusion music by Tarab, a Vancouver-based band. 星期四晚中東爵士樂隊演唱

Friday and Saturday nights – Belly dancers!!

星期五、六晚:風情萬種肚皮舞IMG_5786

Bravos

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

October Food and Wine Events

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1) La Table – A series of French communal dinners designed to evoke sharing, conversation and a sense of community.

Where: Le Parisien 751 Denman St.Vancouver B.C.

When: The inaugural La Table Choucroute Night. Tuesday, October 1 at 6:30pm

This evening will take guests on a taste trip to the charming land of Alsace. Diners will gather around one single long table and share in tarte flambée, warm apple strudel, and choucroute; the epitome of Alsatian cuisine, combining hearty German fare with elegant French cooking. 

Dinner will be paired with Gentil from the House of Hugel. This wine revives an ancient Alsace tradition of combining noble grapes to create a refreshing and spicy wine with finesse and body. Dinner is priced at $65 inclusive of tax, gratuity and wine pairing (an eventbrite service charge will be added at the time of purchase).  

Tickets: http://www.leparisienchoucroutenight.eventbrite.com

2) WEEKLY CUPPINGS at 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters

Where: 2902 Main Street at East 13th Avenue

Weekly coffee cuppings open to the general public. Coffee enthusiasts are invited to join the company’s staff to learn a little more about coffee sourcing and regions, and then do a comparative cupping with examples of 49th Parallel’s current offerings.
Cupping is a process that green coffee buyers, roasting teams and quality control groups use to determine quality and viability of a coffee. Where “tasting” is a more casual affair, cupping is a protocol with a 100-point scoring grade that systematically helps coffee professionals judge the quality of a coffee. The team at 49th Parallel cup at the roastery each morning to evaluate current production roasts. They also cup at origin with producing partners, again when a pre-shipment sample of a purchased coffee arrives, and also when a new shipment of coffee is received at the roastery.

When: 2 pm every Tuesday afternoon

Upcoming cupping on October 1: A rendezvous with Roya, also known as leaf rust. Talk about how this disease is affecting cup quality, and then cup unaffected and affected beans side-by-side so you can taste the difference.
Tickets: Must be purchased in advance at 49TH PARALLEL’S MAIN STREET CAFÉ 

3) Campagnolo presents Cerelia

Where: Campagnolo Restaurant – 1020 Main Street

An Italian celebration of harvest in honour of the final Main St. Station Farmers Market of the season. Guests are invited to gather around communal tables, and break bread with old and new friends while indulging in fresh finds, sourced that day, from the Main St. Station Farmers Market and a variety of other incredible suppliers. Produce will be harvested by local farmers which may include: Sapo Bravo Organics, Stoney Paradise Farm, Glorious Organics, UBC Farms,  Klippers Organic Acres, Sole Food Street Farms, Crisp Organics, Cropthorne Farm and Icecap Organics.

When: Wednesday, October 2. 6:30pm

Tickets are $59 plus Eventbrite service charge (tax and gratuity included). Beverages are an additional cost, but guests are invited to bring their own wine and the corkage fee will be waived. campagnolocerelia.eventbrite.com

4) Fraser Valley Food Show

Where: Tradex, Abbotsford

When: Friday-Sunday, October 4-6, 2013
The 6th annual Fraser Valley Food Show celebrates Oktoberfest with the 2nd Great Canadian Sausage Making Competition, 11th annual Master Chef Competition, and at least nine breweries and beer distributors participating in the popular Wine, Beer & Spirits Tasting Pavilion. The show features over 100 exhibitors in the food & beverage industry – many offering products from the Fraser Valley – as well as celebrity chef demonstrations, competitions, menu sampling, and tasting seminars.

a, 2nd annual Great Canadian Sausage-Making Competition 

When: October 5 : Sampling for the first 500 visitors takes place Saturday, October 5 at 11:30am. The sampling fee is 4 tasting tickets (or $2 each) and includes a glass of Erdinger Gluten-Free beer for adults aged 19 and older.

b. The 11th annual Master Chef Competition finals

When: Sunday, October 6 

Information and tickets: www.fraservalleyfoodshow.com 

5) Fall Okanagan Wine Festival, 2013

A 10-day celebration of earthly delights.

When: October 4th to October 14

Where: Various location

This is the only festival of it’s kind in North America, which is held during the grape harvest time. With over 165 events throughout the entire Okanagan wine region, it is the largest Okanagan wine festival.

It is also one of the best festivals to experience vineyard tours, lunches, dinners, unique events and the fall wine harvest celebrations. Events are focused on gourmet wine, food, arts and education.

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Phone250-861-6654

Fax250-861-3942

Toll-free800-663-4431

Website:http://www.thewinefestivals.com/

 

6) Tasting Plates Event

Where: West 4th (from Burrard to Vine),

When: Sunday October 6th, from 4-9pm

The event will feature Romers Burgers, O5 Rare Tea Bar and 6 more restaurants (to be announced soon.)

Tickets and details at http://tastingplateswest4th.eventbrite.com/
twitter @Vanfoodster and the event series @TastingPlates

Tasting Plates

7) BC Beer Awards & Festival

Where: Croatian Cultural Centre, 3250 Commercial Drive.

When: October 19, 1 – 6pm

The signature consumer tasting event of BC Craft Beer Month, it features both the craft beer festival and the BC Beer Awards ceremony. it features both the craft beer festival and the BC Beer Awards ceremony. The overall mandate of the BC Beer Awards is to celebrate excellent beer, judging each hand-produced, artisanal beverage on its own merits. Craft Brewers across the province are well-known for their innovation and creativity, something that the BCBA organizers are keen to help honour. 

 Craft Beer Tasting at River Brew Pub

Irish Heather Long Table series

New this year is the Hops Connect Hops Class, led by Danny Seeton, Education Liaison from CAMRA Vancouver. The one-hour session, which takes place the same day from 11am-12noon, will include samples, demonstrations and a Q&A with industry experts. Tickets for the Hops Class are only $10 per person, and only 50 tickets will be available.

Another new offering includes a unique VIP package for up to six guests. For $400 (+ tax), join a beer expert on a 90-minute fully-guided tour through the most interesting craft beer in BC. The package includes priority admission, tasting glasses and a custom tasting guidebook, tokens for all beer sampled on the tour, plus additional tokens for use within the remainder of the festival.

Tickets: $35 (+tax) exclusively via http://bcba2013.eventbrite.ca.

For more information, please visit BCBeerAwards.com or follow the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

8) Harrison Hot Spring Craft Beer Month

With three must-attend events over two days: Cask Night, Harrison Beer Festival and Oktoberfest Dance.

Where: Harrison Hot Springs

When: Friday, October 25th and Saturday, October 26th

Friday: Cask Night, a fun night of song and games with a warm and friendly British pub feel complete with evening piano music. Saturday, October 26th, beer aficionados will compare the finest crafted beers in BC (and one Ontario participant) at the Harrison Beer Festival. Saturday evening, the celebrations continue with the traditional Oktoberfest Dance.
Tickets start at $18.  Admission includes a complimentary sampling glass and three free tasting tokens. For information and tickets, please visit the Harrison Beer Festival website. http://www.tourismharrison.com
 

9) The Irish Heather Long Table Series

212 Carrall Streeet, Vancouver. www.irishheather.com

When: Every Sunday and Monday, 7pm

A dining event on a 40ft communal table that sits 40, friends and/or strangers! Guests get a meal and a beer in a communal setting, for $16. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten free diets available.

Reservation: reso@irishheather.com

September 2013 Events

With September finally arrived and kids back to school, the summer holiday season is over for most folks. Life is getting back to some normalcy!  In spite of this, the food & wine calendar is full again somehow. Here is a list of events for September – a delicious approach to the fall season when we celebrate another harvest and enjoy the fruits of the effort.

Fully loaded nacho  “MexicoFest 2013” celebrates its sixth year with 11 days of cultural activities, starting on September 5th and finishing on September 15th, 2013, for this occasion, featuring the paradise between two seas “Baja California Sur”.  All information regarding the Mexicofest is available in the Mexicofest’s website http://mesicofest.ca; mobile App as well as in the website of the Mexican Consulate in Vancouver. Over 15,000 people are expected to attend these events. Free public event taking place Saturday, September 7th from noon to 6pm at Vancouver Convention Centre, bring the famiy!

Traditional Mexican Cuisine as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity – as declared in December 2010 by UNESCO. MexicoFest 2013 honours this culinary traditions and for 15 days during the month of September; several restaurants in the Vancouver and Lower Mainland area will feature the delectable cuisine of Baja California Sur. All participating restaurants will include some specials in their menus so Vancouverites can sample the unique and rich flavours of this incredible region of Mexico.

Restaurants participating in the culinary celebration 2013:

Arturo’s Mexico to Go
W. Cordova & Howe, Waterfront, Vancouver
(604) 202-4043
www.arturos2go.com

Las Margaritas
1999 West 4th Avenue Vancouver
(604) 734-7117
www.lasmargaritas.com

La Taqueria
Cambie – 2549 Cambie Street  Vancouver,
(604) 558-2549

Hastings – 322 W. Hastings Vancouver

(604)568-4406

www.lataqueria.ca

 

Pamola Bakery & Deli
810 Quayside Drive New Westminster, BC V3M 6Z6
(778) 397-1677
www.pamolabakery.com

Ponchos
827 Denman Street Vancouver, BC V6G 2L7
(604) 683-7236
www.ponchosvancouver.com

Sal y Limon

701 Kingsway #5 Vancouver, BC V5T 2R7
(604) 677-4247

www.salylimon.ca

 

The Mount Pleasant 4th annual Autumn Shift Festival

When: Sunday, September 15 from 12:00pm – 6:00pm

             2pm: Smoking Sausage BBQ Cook-off  ($5 donation to the Food Bank)

Where: Main Street between Broadway and 7th Avenue.

What: Fun, free, community oriented activities focusing on sustainability, urban gardening, healthy living.  Free popcorns and cotton candies!!

Come forage with Forage & Fraser Common Farm

When: September 14 from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Where: Fraser Common Farm, the home of Glorious Organics

What: Join Chef Chris Whittaker of Forage Restaurant for feasting and foraging! Guests will forage through the bounty of produce at the farm, deliver their goods to Chef, who will then create a meal, accompanied by Gelderman Farms’ pork and two complimentary beverages for the 50 foraging participants. In a field, with live entertainment of the musical kind, and just picked freshness, this is the dinner to attend this summer.

Tickets for this interactive dinner are $70 per person and are available at www.frasercommonfarm.com

Galloway’s Cupboard Cleaning Sale

When: Month of September, 2013

Where: Galloway’s Specialty Foods Inc.

              Richmond: Alderbridge @ No. 3 Road

              604-270-6363   htto://gallowaysfoods.com

What:   25% off sale on all outgoing products – jams, baking supplies, cookies, bulk items and more to make room for a healthier store.

Chefs Signature Dishes Festival

Another of vancouverfoodster’s urban and upbeat food event. There are 15 Chefs participating in this dishes festival from restaurants in Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond and Langley. The Festival: Chefs create a must try signature dish (this dish can-not be on the restaurant’s menu, it must be a new dish created by the chef) to enter in this Chefs Signature Dishes Festival. The Chefs creation can be simple to fancy, using unique and innovative ingredients, any type, as nutritious or indulgent as he/she wants. Their signature dishes are expected to be creative and imaginative and to stay true to their type of cuisine or restaurant.  Foodies are invited to go check out these dishes and vote for your favourite!

All the details for the dishes festival can be found here http://vancouverfoodster.com/chefs-dishes-festival/    The hashtag is: #ChefsDishesYVR

 

Signature dish worthy?

Signature dish worthy?

September is Shellfish month at YEW seafood + bar

Seafood lovers and hungry guests are in for a treat with an array of seaworthy dishes to crunch, slurp and savour. Only around for a short time, the Shellfish Menu kicks off with sweet and sustainable Dungeness Crab, served with corn succotash and black pepper crème fraiche. Get to know this fall’s “It” ingredient: Humpback Shrimp. Acknowledged as the finest eating shrimp in the sea, we’re taking it up a notch by serving it “Popcorn” style; it’s a crunchy, gluten-free delight served with a bright punch of lemon mayo.  Totally addictive.

If seafood lovers’ mouths aren’t already watering, the savoury Seared Scallops are sure to please. These succulent bivalves are served with local Damson plums, yogurt, vanilla & prune compote and pine nut granola.  Follow it up with the BC Shellfish Stew, an inspired combination of ocean-friendly spot prawns, scallops, mussels and clams with bacon and spicy coconut in a vibrant lime and saffron broth.

The YEW seafood menu is complete witt a fresh new dessert, as Yew debuts Pastry Chef Bruno’s perfect Lemon Panna Cotta. Served with seed granola, BC Blueberry sorbet and Venturi Shulze Balsamic “Faux” Caviar, it’s the perfect finale to a shellfish lovers’ dream.  Menu price is $77, click here or call 604.692.4939 for reservations.

Those in the know can pre-purchase YEW’s seasonal monthly menus on Eventbrite* for $77, saving the cost of tax and gratuity.   Click here to buy yours now!

YEW’s featured drinks in September:
The Black Walnut Manhattan, made with Forty Creek  Single Barrel Whisky, Amaro and Black Walnut Bitters — an absolutely perfect pairing for a cheese and charcuiterie plate 

The Vancouver, a classic cocktail adapted from the SylviaHotel in English Bay Vancouver from 1955. Beefeater gin, Punt e Mes Vermouth, Benedictine and Orange bitters.

The Negroni, the Classic from Italy, made with Hendricks Gin, Campari, Vya Sweet Vermouth

Nicli Antica PizzaNicli Antica Pizzeria Presents “An evening of ‘beer and pizza’“

When: September 10th

Where: Nicli Antica Pizzeria in Gastown
               62 East Cordova Street  604-669-6985   http://www.niclipizzeria.ca

What: Nicli Antica Pizzeria is teaming up with Quebec’s iconic Unibroue to present an evening of ‘beer and pizza’ like no other. Nicli’s Chef Dave Tozer has created a five-course dinner that is sure to incite praise – be it in Italian (‘splendido,’ ‘fantastico’), French (‘magifique,’ ‘formidable’) or ‘Foodie (‘yum’). The menu features four pizzas plus dessert – each course carefully paired with one of Unibroue’s distinctive brews. The dinner is value-priced at $45

Celebrate: One Night in Argentina

When: September 25 (Wednesday) 7:00 – 9:30pm

Where:  Jewel Ballroom  - 4th Floor, 1495 West 8th at Granville, Vancouver

What: Over 35 Argentinean wineries will be featured at Vancouver’s Jewel Ballroom. Guests will get a taste of the vibrant Argentinean culture. A DJ will spin South American-inspired music surrounded by over 100 wines and authentic Argentinean-style bites. Attendees will leave with a list of excellent options for both entertaining and everyday drinking.

Tickets $49  (Please note: The promotional code ‘greatwine’ with your readers – it saves them $10 per ticket. Partial proceeds from the evening will go to benefit the British Columbia Hospitality Foundation (BCHF), which provides support to hospitality industry members facing financial hardship due to a health or medical condition.

Tickets and information:  www.winesofargentina.ca

Argentine main varietal - Malbec

Free Public Tasting of Argentina Wines: Wines of Argentina will be featured at BC Liquor Stores throughout the month of October 2013.  Consumers are invited to explore the diversity of Argentinean wines at FREE tastings held at the flagship BC Liquor Store at 39th and Cambie on Friday, October 4th (2:30 – 6:30pm) , Saturday, October 5th (1 – 5pm), and Thursday, October 10th(2:30 – 6:30pm).  A total of 32 wines will be on display at 75 stores around the province throughout the month.

BC Culture Days

When: Sept ember 27 – 29

Where: Various locations

What: Culture Days is a collaborative, Canada-wide volunteer movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. The first annual Culture Days event swept across more than 700 Canadian cities and towns during the last weekend of September 2010, generating an extraordinary amount of enthusiasm in the process! Once again, the event will feature free, hands-on, interactive activities that invite the public to participate “behind the scenes”, and to discover the world of artists, creators, historians, architects, curators and designers at work in their community.  

Information:http://bc.culturedays.ca