It’s no secret that me, like other Canadians, loves to travel. I have been to San Diego and SOCAL a few times and enjoy my time down there. I received this list of 9 reasons to visit San Diego by their Tourism Bureau. I’ve added another one at the end, being the wine lover that I am. I hope you enjoy the 9 +1 reasons to go to San Diego.
I just found out about Harvest Community Foods. They have both a restaurant where you can eat, plus you can get harvest boxes with fresh veggies delivered to your home. It looks really good, so I thought I’d pass along this press release about them along. Enjoy.
Chinatown grocer and café showcases seasonal share boxes and menu items
Vancouver, B.C. (October 29, 2018): Autumn’s colourful produce has taken over Harvest Community Foods, where community-supported agriculture (CSA) boxes are jam-packed with seasonal produce perfect for crafting cozy comfort meals. While visiting Chinatown, guests will be enticed by alluring aromas from the Harvest kitchen, where nourishing new menu items are available for dining in or taking out. Once stepped foot, shelves stocked with local products beckon food fans to browse at leisure. Whether picking up a curated share box, enjoying a bowl of warm ramen or perusing unique artisan goods, visitors are sure to appease all of their culinary cravings at Harvest.
Harvest Community Foods’ CSA program is thriving, and those who haven’t yet explored these crafty share boxes are encouraged to place an order. Each box is packed with seasonal fruits and veggies sourced from local farms, and the restaurant’s weekly newsletter carries simple yet satisfying recipes incorporating many of the featured ingredients. Harvest’s culinary treasure chests can be enjoyed year-round as a single purchase for one week, multiple weeks or an entire season. Boxes cost $33 each, and contain portions for two people. To place an order, catch a sneak peek of upcoming box inclusions, and browse recipes sourced by award-winning Chef / Owner Andrea Carlson, sign up for Harvest’s bi-weekly newsletter.
“Anyone who loves food will fall in love with our fall CSA boxes,” says Gabriella Mayer, chef / partner of Harvest Community Foods. “Each bag features a rainbow of colours, textures, and bold and distinctive flavours. This fall, our guests can expect delicious buttery squash, tart coronation grapes, earthy Chanterelle mushrooms, bitter chicories and radicchio. We’re excited to share all the ways people can play with these star ingredients!”
Those who prefer ready-to-go meals can drop by Harvest and ward off the fall chill with a selection of hearty and healthy bowls. Seasonal menu items include the ever-popular local squash ramen with miso broth, nori, scallions, radish and sesame; and the newly introduced roasted vegetable soba noodle salad, packed with vitamin-rich goodies like beets, carrots, squash, kale and parsnips. Diners can amp up the nutrition, and introduce healthy probiotics, with fresh on-tap kombucha. The house-made bubbly rotates constantly according to what’s in season, with fall flavours including coronation grape and spiced pear. Check out The Province to learn how to make Harvest’s signature rice noodles with hazelnut, smoked chili and greens.
After fuelling up at the café, guests may browse shelved provisions for local, organic and seasonal goodies. One such supplier is Cedar Isle Farm, whose organic grains and flour range from traditional rye to soft white spring wheat and hull-less oats and barley; grain crops are grown and cared for at the family farm in Agassiz, BC, and every product is certified organic.
Harvest Community Foods is open from Monday to Friday from 11am to 8pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 7pm. For more information, visit Harvestunion.ca.
About Harvest Community Foods
At its core, Harvest Community Foods is committed to bringing sustainable fare that is equally delicious and health-conscious to the local community. By carrying locally sourced produce, small-batch artisan products and plenty of vegan alternatives, Harvest aims to encourage Vancouverites to cultivate a close connection to the food they eat and the region they call home. The grocery and restaurant’s design achieves the perfect balance between rustic and contemporary, echoing the aesthetic yet approachable vibe of sister eatery Burdock & Co. Warm, welcoming and bustling throughout the day, Harvest is a place to gather and connect – a true cornerstone of the thriving neighbourhood in which it is located. Harvestunion.ca
It is not yet ski season in Whistler, but it is wine drinking season, so if you have some time to go to Whistler to enjoy Cornucopia, get your tickets. Here is the latest press release about Cornucopia. Enjoy.
|Whistler, B.C. – In just two weeks, Whistler welcomes its 22nd annual celebration of food and drink, Cornucopia presented by BlueShore Financial taking place November 8-18. With an abundance of dining events, tastings, drink seminars, and parties, there’s plenty to experience.
Local Whistler restaurateurs and visiting B.C. and Canadian chefs alike have created a diverse selection of cuisines in the paired-dinner events. From the festival’s extensive list of renowned winery dinners to a cocktail-paired dinner, brewery dinner and a roving, multi-station dining experience – the biggest question will be how to fit it all in?
Aura at Nita Lake Lodge is excited to showcase a special Sip & Savour winemaker dinner. Building on the success of its summer Sip & Savour Winemaker Dinner Series – this Cornucopia-inspired dinner is an elaborate six-course menu paired with varietals from 50th Parallel Estate winery. Alternatively, visitors can reserve for a three-course dining experience paired with Blasted Church wines available daily throughout the eleven day festival.
Quattro’s legendary fare will be on display at the Quattro Batasiolo wine dinner – Chef Jeremie Trottier will pair his classic Italian cuisine alongside legendary Barolo producer Batatsiolo winery.
What do the Okanagan, South Africa and Napa have in common? A vineyard from each region will be featured among the three winery dinners at the Bearfoot Bistro. Meyer Family Vineyard from BC’s own Okanagan region, South Africa’s Anthonij Rupert wines and Eisele Vineyard in Napa Valley will be paired with Executive Chef Melissa Craig’s seasonal fare. BC’s Hester Creek winery has chosen to celebrate its 50th anniversary with dinner at Caramba! Ticketholders can expect an evening of canapes, four-courses and some of Hester Creek’s finest varietals.
Il Caminetto makes its Cornucopia debut with three winery dinners and a new cocktail-paired dinner – Il Salotto. While sister establishment, The Cellar by Araxi, returns with the hugely successful Intimate Wine Dinner Series featuring six dinners to choose from including the celebrated Big Guns ‘Par Excellence’ showcasing the very best of Old World wines.
Continuing the intimate dinner theme, the private dining room of the Fairmont Chateau Whistler’s Grill Room will feature 10 impressive dinners. Taking place over each weekend of the festival, the dinners will include themes and wineries such as Small Farms, Liquidity and Lock & Worth.
Legs Diamond, located along the Upper Village stroll, is making its mark at this year’s Cornucopia with 11 dinners, one for every night of the festival. Guests can indulge in a menu of game, seafood and sweet treats all paired with BC wines.
Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler has partnered with its colleagues south of the border to bring two exciting dinner offerings. On the first weekend, patrons can experience a collective of steakhouse chefs from four of Four Seasons’ alpine resorts – Whistler, Jackson Hole, Vail and Santa Fe – for the Four Peaks Dinner by Four Seasons. From the sunshine of Los Angeles, CUT by Wolfgang Puck located in the Beverly Wilshire, a Four Seasons hotel, will be appearing for a one-night only experience on Friday, November 16.
For those looking for something more casual Savour at The Westin will servea two-hour multi-station dining experience including its coveted Poutine Bar, Truffle Mac n’ Cheese and more with BC and International wine samplings.
Last but not least – if local brews are more your flavour, you’re in luck. Blacks Pub has partnered with Whistler Brewing for a four-course dinner with seasonal beers. Coast Mountain Brewing and Hunter Gather Eatery’s ‘Cask N Brat’ – a showcase of bratwurst and festive cask ale for this Novemberfest inspired evening.
Who doesn’t like dumplings? They are made around the world. Some are boiled, others are baked, and some are fried. The fillings are varied. You can get vegetarian ones or ones filled with meat. Growing up in a Ukrainian family, we had perogies filled with cottage cheese and potatoes, or sauerkraut and potatoes quite often, and they are delicious. I even wrote an article about pairing perogies with Viognier. Here is the article on my perogie and wine pairing!
Vancouver Foodster is featuring dumplings in his upcoming Dumpling Fest on Nov. 7. I will be there. I hope you will too. Here is his announcement.
Join us and tantalize your taste buds at several restaurants between Olympic Village, Chinatown and Commercial Drive areas of East Van serving up different kinds of dumplings, from Cantonese soup dumplings, to Russian Pelmeni to Indian Kofta to Korean Mandoo and more. This evening tasting extravaganza is on Wednesday November 7 from 6pm until 10pm and is presented by Vancouver Foodster and Tasting Plates.
Each restaurant will be serving up Tasting Plates and Bowls for guests to enjoy and you will have a chance to visit many different types of restaurants throughout the event, meet some new food loving friends, meet the chefs, and learn about each of the participating restaurants.
Visit our Tasting Plates site and view our past events, photos and more!
Registration: tba – this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Dumpling Fest Passports and menus.
Hon’s Wonton House
25 E 2nd Ave, Vancouver
Since 1972, Hon’s Wonton House, situated in the heart of Vancouver’s Chinatown, has been creating and sharing traditional Asian Comfort Food with customers of all generations. Using rustic, locally sourced ingredients and time-honoured Cantonese recipes, customers can be transported through tastes and aromas back to the infamous and familiar wonton houses of the Guangzhou.
From hand-made wontons and Pan fried Potstickers, to well spiced and simmered broths and noodles, Hon’s flavor filled menu will not disappoint.
208 Keefer Street, Vancouver
Traditional hand-made dumplings with a delicious twist.
Hey, Dumplings! are Pelmeni- a Russian dumpling which means “ear bread”. Stuffed with meat or potato, the basic dumpling is boiled and served with a side of sour cream. But Hey, Dumplings! are more than your basic dumplings. Let’s eat some.
Serving authentic Indian cuisine with dishes from the Bombay region of India, with Malai Kofta our Indian dumplings.
More surprise restaurants will be announced prior to the event
Ultra Early-Bird Tickets: $29 per person before October 23, 2018
Early-Bird Tickets: $35 per person after October 23, 2018
Advance Tickets $50 per person after November 2, 2018
Regular $60 per person after November 4, 2018
Note: Eventbrite fee and GST is extra on all tickets purchased online.
Ticket price includes tasting plates at each of the participating restaurants throughout the evening. (Beverages are included at some restaurants which will be noted, you are welcome to purchase wine, beer, cocktails or mocktails at each of the participating restaurants).
Note: ALL Tickets must be purchased in advance online. All ticket sales are final. No exchanges or refunds; however you are welcome to transfer the ticket to another person for the same event if you notify us at least 48 hours in advance with name (s) of who will be attending in your place. Participating restaurants subject to change. Event produced by CMI Chat Media Inc. This is an all ages event.
If you enjoy Champagne, you may want to know that October 19 is Global Champagne Day. TWB at Provence Marinaside is celebrating with Champagne of course. Here are the details.
“Everything is better with bubbles… life itself feels a little brighter when you’re sipping something sparkling. It’s going to be a lot of fun offering so many selections to our guests. Our wonderful patio, the view over-looking the Marina, and a glass of bubbles, is just about perfect when it comes to making your day exceptional,” concludes Carlson.
If you like to laugh and enjoy a drink why not try a Vancouver Theatre Sports show this October? Their press release is below.
The Neil Macrae Bar & Lounge will also be offering its regular menu of wines, spirits and beer.
Get a group of ‘f(r)iends’ together and make a ‘zombie-line’ down to the Improv Centre. Treat yourself to a hilarious evening of meet, drink and be scary.
Creepy Cocktails are only available during the run of VTSSpooktober from October 9 through 31, 2018 at The Improv Centre on Granville Island. Show information and tickets for all VTS shows can be found at vtsl.com
About VTS’ Neil Macrae Bar & Lounge
Tucked away at the back of Vancouver TheatreSports™ home theatre – The Improv Centre on Granville Island (1502 Duranleau Street), the fully-licenced Neil Macrae Bar & Lounge is a convenient place for theatre patrons to meet for pre or post-show drinks. Patrons can also take their beverages into the theatre with them to enjoy during the performance. The Neil Macrae Bar & Lounge is open for theatre patrons Tuesday through Sunday evenings from 6:30 p.m. More information on Vancouver TheatreSports™, The Improv Centre and the Neil Macrae Bar and Lounge visit www.vtsl.com Vancouver TheatreSports™ appreciates the support of its season sponsors: City of Vancouver, CMHC Granville Island, The Georgia Straight and The Granville Island Hotel.
Vancouver, October 9th, 2018 – The Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (PICA) is excited to host a multi-course Crazy Rich Asian themed Singaporean pop-up dinner with Chef Regina Lee on Saturday, October 20th from 6:30PM to 10:00PM.
In celebration of the recently released and critically acclaimed Asian-American romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians, PICA will host a multi-course pop-up dinner inspired by the film and the foods of Singapore. Chef Regina Lee, a PICA alumna designed the menu and will lead the kitchen team. Born and raised in Singapore, Chef Lee’s cooking foundation comes from her deep connection to and knowledge of Asian foods, ingredients, techniques, and dishes. She is excited to bring the authentic taste of Singapore to Vancouver audiences.
Guests are invited to indulge in an evening of dining and music inspired by the energy and glamour of Crazy Rich Asians. The event will bring to life the mouth-watering Singaporean cuisine and extravagant fun depicted in the book and movie.
Festivities begin with a Singapore Sling welcome drink, followed by a multi-course meal. Five appetizers dishes, seven main course dishes, and five dessert dishes will showcase the diversity of South-East Asian cuisine and highlight regional tastes and flavours. Menu items include chicken and beef satay with peanut sauce, crispy fried wontons and rojak, a traditional fruit salad, as appetizers; beef rendang with coconut rice, seafood mee goreng fried noodles, and fried carrot cake as mains; and kueh lapis layered rice flour pudding, nonya kueh dumplings, and chocolate chiffon cake for dessert. Full menu is available here.
Dishes will be served as sharing plates and guests will be seated family-style at long tables of 8 to 10 people. PICA students will support the event as service and kitchen staff. From the menu to the music and decorations, the dinner is a tribute to Crazy Rich Asians and will bring people together over the sharing of great Singaporean food.
Date: Saturday, October 20th 2018
Time: 6:30PM to 10:00PM
Location: Bistro 101 at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts
Tickets are $128 per person (including a welcome cocktail, service charge and taxes) and are available online.
Special thank you to our seafood sponsor, FISH (Fresh Ideas Starts Here).
Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (PICA)
PICA was founded in 1997 and is located at the entrance of Granville Island, one of Vancouver’s most iconic tourism and hospitality destinations. PICA, an award-winning, world-class culinary training institute was recently recognized again as the Best Professional Culinary School in Vancouver in the 2018 Georgia Straight Golden Plate Awards. Offering everything from accredited, professional diploma programs in culinary and baking & pastry arts to certified wine education, casual cooking classes, catering and corporate events along with the popular student run Bistro 101™ restaurant and Bakery 101™ café, there is something for every kind of culinary enthusiast. PICA is committed to excellence and promises the highest standards of culinary education for professional and amateur training.
|Chef Regina Lee|
|Chef Regina Lee is currently the owner of Gaia Kitchen that creates healthy Asian meals for school children on the North Shore. She was an international health retreat chef for ph360, a personalized health company. She has produced and delivered live online cooking lessons for clients, authored an e-cookbook and conducted cooking lessons at ph360 international retreats. Chef Lee has been a cooking instructor while living in Malaysia. As a PICA graduate in both the culinary arts as well as the baking & pastry arts, she is also trained in holistic wellness and health coaching.|
Fall is here and you may start thinking of hearty, filling dishes, and glasses of red wine. Why not try out some pasta dishes from Vancouver Foodster’s Pasta Challenge? Details are below.
Vancouver, BC – Welcome to the Vancouver Foodster Pasta Challenge. Restaurants from all over the city were invited to enter their pasta dishes into this challenge, some of the restaurants have created a special pasta creation just for this challenge and others have entered their top choice off their existing menu. Each restaurant will be featuring their pasta creation on their menu from October 4-28, 2018.
Here are a few of the unique creations:
Sopra Sotto Pizzeria
Chitarrine e Tartufo
Created by: Chef Enrico Fratoni
Description: A tower of fresh “spaghetti alla chitarra” made in house, served in a delicious truffle sauce with a variety of mushrooms and topped with parmigiano.
Ingredients: Fresh Pasta, Truffle Sauce, Variety of mushrooms, and Parmigiano cheese
Offered: Every day during lunch and dinner
Sopra Sotto Pizzeria
1510 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 251-7586
Orto Artisan Pasta
Orto Ricotta Gnocchi
Description: Home made ricotta gnocchi, Haida gwaii chanterelles, proscuitto chips
Offered: Lunch and Dinner
Orto Artisan Pasta
1600 Mackay Rd, North Vancouver
Phone: (604) 929-0203
The Italians Kitchen and Bar
Spaghetti Mare e Monti
Created by: Chef Matteo Vincenzi
Description: Mare (Sea) e Monti(Mountains) a dish that combines flavours and elements from the sea and the mountains. Fresh mussels and clams, mushrooms, truffle pate served with handmade fresh pasta. Inspired by Italian culinary tradition.
Ingredients: Mussels, clams, mushrooms, truffle pate, cherry tomatoes, garlic, white wine, red chilli pepper, parsley.
Offered: Dinner daily Tuesday – Sunday
The Italians Kitchen and Bar
1220 Bute Street, Vancouver
Phone: (604) 559-5034
The media judges are:
Blogger of Foodgressing
Writer for Inside Vancouver and other publications.
Blogger for BCFoodieBlogger
Here is the full list of Pasta Creations in this years challenge
We will announce the winning restaurants and their Pasta creations on October 29, 2018.
A worthy event to help babies with the start of their lives.
Vancouver, B.C. – Sip and Savour presented by numpfer, returns for the third annual event to benefit BC Women’s Newborn ICU at North Vancouver’s Pipe Shop. numpfer founder, Sarah Robbins, continues to give back to BC Women’s Newborn ICU to express gratitude for the devoted care given to their daughter Charlotte, now 5, during her first days of life. After taking a year off to have baby number two, Sarah is back to pay it forward by staging the third annual “Sip and Savour” food and drink tasting event in support of BC Women’s NICU.
“We are thrilled to be back fundraising for BC Women’s through the support of our community,” says Robbins. “After having two beautiful girls, it’s clear that no two pregnancies or birth experiences are the same. Knowing there’s a place for advanced life saving care for women and babies when things don’t go according to plan is very comforting.”
Previous Sip and Savour’s events were very successful, raising over $90k to purchase both an incubator, and a phototherapy system for newborns suffering from jaundice. The generous support of individuals, businesses and non-profit foundations made this possible. The donation of time and resources including the venue, photography, photo booth, gifts, and food & drink all allow this special night to give a helping hand to brand new babies in need.
On Monday, November 19, more than 250 guests will join event host Tamara Taggart, along with numpfer, BC Women’s Hospital Foundation, and a host of local small businesses at the spectacular Pipe Shop in North Vancouver. Guests, sponsors and supporters will celebrate together with the goal of raising $50k to purchase a much-needed Maquet Servo-n neonatal ventilator.
For many premature and critically ill babies in the Neonatal ICU (NICU) respiratory support literally means the difference between life and death. The ventilator will replace obsolete respiratory equipment and meet increasing demands. BC Women’s can treat and care for babies born as early as 23 weeks GA. At this incredibly delicate stage of life, mechanical ventilation is a critical component of care – but can be hard on tiny lungs. The Maquet Servo-n has been carefully selected, after an exhaustive trial and testing process, as the ideal neonatal ventilator to meet the respiratory requirements of even the tiniest NICU patients. BC Women’s NICU leadership confirms that the Servo-n will provide vulnerable neonates with the support they need while protecting the lungs, brain and other developing organs.
Event-goers will have a chance to “sip and savour” from Vancouver’s most sought after food and drinks locales like The Mackenzie Room, TUC Craft Kitchen, Minami, The Arbor, Juniper and more. A silent auction featuring more than fifty items will further entice and delight guests – all for an incredibly worthy cause.
Katie Jameson will take to the podium at Sip and Savour to speak about the twenty-two days her family spent at the NICU. Katie is an owner of one of the restaurants involved in the night and says, “The Mackenzie Room is so proud to be part of Sip + Savour again this year, an event that is incredibly close to our hearts. Besides our love for sharing great food with new friends, we want to support BC Women’s Hospital in any way we can, we want to give back to the place that cared for our son so diligently and with such great love. Our first son Lochlan lived for twenty-two days in the NICU at BC Women’s, he received state of the art procedures, round the clock care from brilliant doctors and nurses and we as parents we talked to with such compassion that it felt like a home to us. Having a world class facility in our back yard of Vancouver is something everyone one of us should support.”
For more information on the event visit numpfer.com/pages/sip-and-savour or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and buy your ticket here. Those you cannot attend but still want to help can make donations to the BC Women’s Foundation by clicking here. Share your photos and follow along with event hashtag #sipandsavouryvr.