BC Liquor Stores November Tasting Seminars with Special Guests

Get into the spirit of Christmas shopping by attending an educational tasting seminar at BC Liquor Stores at Park Royal or 39th & Cambie location.
39th & Cambie

LEMON HART & SON MASTER BLENDER EVENT

Tuesday, November 20th
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Ticketed $20

Join Lemon Hart & Sons Master Blender, Michael Booth, as he takes you through an exclusive educational seminar and rum tasting, showcasing aspects such as distillation, maturation, origin, and colour.  Lemon Hart’s Global Brand Ambassador will also be on hand to mix some exceptional rum cocktails featuring Lemon Hart’s newest rum introduction, Blackpool, an award winning single estate black spiced rum from Guyana.

SCOTCH WHISKY SPECIAL RELEASE TASTING
Wednesday, November 21st
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Ticketed $50

Tutored Scotch Whisky tasting with Stuart Brown, Diageo Whisky Consultant. Rare, old and unusual bottlings from famous and closed distilleries – this small, annual series of Special Release Single Malt Scotch Whiskies are limited editions, usually bottled at cask strength. They’re also some of the most sought-after whiskies in the world, though you definitely don’t have to be a collector to marvel at these magnificent, rare malts. Let Stuart Brown, Scotch consultant for Diageo’s preeminent release of the year guide you through some of Scotland’s most exceptional expressions of Scotch whisky.

Park Royal
SCOTCH WHISKY SPECIAL RELEASE TASTING
Thursday, November 22nd
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Ticketed $50

Tutored Scotch Whisky tasting with Stuart Brown, Diageo Whisky Consultant. Rare, old and unusual bottlings from famous and closed distilleries – this small, annual series of Special Release Single Malt Scotch Whiskies are limited editions, usually bottled at cask strength. They’re also some of the most sought-after whiskies in the world, though you definitely don’t have to be a collector to marvel at these magnificent, rare malts. Let Stuart Brown, Scotch consultant for Diageo’s preeminent release of the year guide you through some of Scotland’s most exceptional expressions of Scotch whisky.

Tickets may be purchased at any BC Liquor Store location. Please see Customer Service desk for assistance.

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9 Epic Reasons to Visit San Diego in 2019 +1

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.

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9 Epic Reasons to Visit San Diego in 2019

Visit San Diego

Visit San Diego

The nation’s 8th largest city, San Diego may be known for its great weather, beautiful beaches and laid-back residents, but this dynamic urban metropolis is hosting so many big sporting and cultural events in 2019 that visitors might forget all about its relaxed SoCal character and vibe.

From internationally competitive beach games and professional baseball to a top music festival and the world’s leading pop culture celebration, the following 9 events are certain to guarantee epic excitement for San Diego visitors in 2019.

  1. 250th Commemoration of San Diego
    During 2019, San Diego will commemorate its establishment as the first settlement of Alta California in 1769. The City of San Diego and Old Town San Diego Chamber of Commerce will mark the 250th commemoration with planned activities including monthly lectures, special events like a Founders’ Day Festival and other family-friendly activities held in Old Town San Diego. The first settlement of Alta California included Mission San Diego de Alcala and a neighboring presidio, originally built above the area now known as Old Town.
  2. San Diego Padres 50th Season 
    On March 28, the San Diego Padres step up to the plate for the Opening Game of their exciting 50th season against the San Francisco Giants, played in Petco Park in the heart of downtown. In addition to six months of baseball action, fans enjoy one of the nation’s top ballparks combining the best sight lines in baseball, magnificent architecture, a dazzling array of food and drink venues and breathtaking views of San Diego Bay and the downtown skyline.
  3. Fallbrook Avocado Festival
    To San Diego residents, avocados are more than just a trendy topping on toast, and the annual Fallbrook Avocado Festival, held April 14, is a delectable example of the region’s love for the fashionable fruit. Since the 1960s, tens of thousands of avocado lovers have converged in Fallbrook, located in San Diego’s North County, to sample avocados, check-out the crazy cooking contest entries, buy funky avocado-themed gifts and enjoy bands, live entertainment and friendly beer gardens.
  4. Chicano Park Day
    Located underneath the San Diego-Coronado Bridge overpass in Barrio Logan and designated a National Historic Landmark in 2017, Chicano Park is home to the world’s largest collection of Chicano murals. Held on April 20, Chicano Park Day is a free annual event celebrating the art and culture of San Diego’s Mexican/Chicano residents with traditional music, dance, a lowrider car show, vendor booths, kids’ arts workshops and more.
  5. San Diego Pride
    One of the West Coast’s largest Pride celebrations, San Diego Pride weekend, held July 13-15, features a colorful lineup of festivities including a headlining parade through Hillcrest and two-day festival in Balboa Park with exciting live musical performers like TLC and Kesha. San Diego Pride is the city’s largest civic event attracting more than 250,000 people annually. Additional events include the Spirit of Stonewall Rally, Pride of Hillcrest Block Party, SheFest, annual Pride 5K Race and an exciting calendar of Pride parties and dances.
  6. 50th Anniversary of Comic-Con
    Others will come and go, but the original Comic-Con started and remains in San Diego. The largest comics and pop culture event in the United States, Comic-Con International attracts thousands of artists, celebrities and fans of comic books, movie memorabilia and all things related to pop culture during July 18-21 to the San Diego Convention Center in downtown.
  7. KAABOO Del Mar
    Held Sept. 13-15 at the seaside Del Mar Fairgrounds, KAABOO Del Mar was created by music lovers for music lovers. KAABOO features seven stages and more than 100 musical acts, plus a dedicated comedy stage and food and beverages from local and celebrity chefs, craft breweries and local wineries. Past performers include the Foo Fighters, Imagine Dragons, Katy Perry, Billy Idol, Jewel, Blondie and Earth, Wind & Fire, just to name a few.
  8. ANOC World Beach Games
    As the epicenter of beach, surf and extreme sports culture in Southern California, San Diego is proud to host the inaugural ANOC World Beach Games. Held Oct. 9-15 along scenic Mission Beach and Mission Bay, 2,000 top athletes and teams from around the world will compete in 17 sports disciplines ranging from beach soccer and beach volleyball to kiteboarding and waterskiing to bouldering and skateboarding.
  9. USA Ultimate National Championships
    Elevating frisbee playing to a whole different level of sport, the USA Ultimate National Championships represent the pinnacle of elite ultimate frisbee competition in North America. Held Oct. 24-27 at the Surf Cup Sports Park in scenic Del Mar, 16 teams from across North America including Boston, New York, Seattle, Chicago, Austin and Vancouver B.C. compete to be crowned champions in three divisions: men’s, mixed and women’s.

+1 Take a short trip from San Diego to the Temecula Valley and sample their wines.   Try wines from Hart or Leoness and other
wineries.  I wrote an article about my visit to the Temecula Valley a few years ago.

FALL CORNUCOPIA ARRIVES AT HARVEST COMMUNITY FOODS

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.

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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

Whistler Remind You to Attend Cornucopia in November

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.

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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.

Dumpling Fest Vancouver on November 7 – Get Your Tickets

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.

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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.

If you haven’t been to our previous Tasting Plates events, Novus TV featured one of our previous events on City Lights (view here).

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.

Participating Restaurants/Establishments

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Hon’s Wonton House

25 E 2nd Ave, Vancouver

Web:http://www.honswontonhouse.com/

Instagram: @honswonton

Cuisine: Cantonese

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.

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Hey Dumplings!

208 Keefer Street, Vancouver

Web: http://www.heydumplings.com/

Instagram @heydumplings

Cuisine: Russian

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.

Bombay Indian Kitchen and Bar
1018 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
Web: http://bombaykitchenbar.com/
Instagram: @bombaykitchenandbar
Cuisine: Indian

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

Purchase Tickets Here: 

Tickets:

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.

TWB Bursting with Bubbles for Champagne Day

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.

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(Vancouver, BC) – As novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald once said “too much of anything is bad, but too much champagne is just right.” How lucky for us that October 19 is Global Champagne Day  – a day to raise a glass of the quintessential wine of celebration.  According to TWB-The Wine Bar’s Wine Director Joshua Carlson, “Bubbles turn any occasion, whether meeting friends after work or dropping by after the game, into a mini-celebration. They’re also very food friendly and go with everything from brunch to oysters to popcorn.”
Where better to celebrate Global Champagne Day than at TWB –The Wine Bar  and Provence Marinaside where they have 35 different bubbles on their wine list including 17 French champagnes. Prices for bottles range from $45 – $1,750.  If a bottle seems like too much of a good thing, you can always indulge your champagne passion with a glass or two. TWB has the largest selection of bubbles by the glass (35) including 17 French champagnes ranging from $28 for glass of Marie Demets Tradition Brut to $110 for the Louis Roederer Cristal if you are feeling very extravagant. Of course there are always non-champagne bubble options starting from $8 a glass./$45 bottle.
 In honour of Global Champagne Day, TWB and Provence Marinaside will be offering 25 percent off all bubbles (both glasses and bottles) on Friday, October 19. If you can’t make it in, they’ll be offering the same discount for their regular Sparkling Saturday the following day.

“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.

And don’t forget, Provence’s special three-course Taste of Yaletown menu starts this Thursday, giving you another tasty reason to drop by.

Whether you are in a celebratory mood, need a pick-me-up, or looking to unwind after work, TWB-The Wine Bar and next door Provence Marinaside have you covered this coming weekend.

All photos by Emrys Horton

Pick Your Poison This Spooktober at Vancouver Theatre Sports

If you like to laugh and enjoy a drink why not try a Vancouver Theatre Sports show this October?  Their press release is below.

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‘Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble.’ Shakespeare’s three witches aren’t the only people who know how to brew a mean concoction.
 
This month is Spooktober at Vancouver TheatreSports™ (VTS), and the company is presenting a ‘fangtastic’ foursome of appropriately spooky improv shows. As a ‘bone-anza’ for patrons, VTS Bar Manager, Paul Belsito has crafted three ‘boos-y’ Creepy Cocktails – potions and poisons in keeping with the ‘spirit’ of the event.  

  • Bloody Caesar – a Canadian classic, blood-red Clamato juice, vodka, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce garnished with olives and a lime wedge $8.75
  • Killer Kool Aid – perfect to accompany feature show Cult Fiction; will you be the first to ‘drink the Kool-Aid?’ – concocted from vodka, Amaretto, melon liqueur and cranberry juice $8.75
  • Witch’s Brew – a beer-based draught with Paul’s secret ingredients; eye of newt or toe of frog anyone? $6.75

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.

Crazy Rich Asians Feast at PICA (Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts) – Saturday Oct 20

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.

Vancouver Foodster announces the Pasta Challenge

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.

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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

Price: $22

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

Web: http://www.soprasottovancouver.com/

Instagram @soprasotto.vancouver
Orto Artisan Pasta

Orto Ricotta Gnocchi

Price: $25

Created by:

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

Web: http://ortoartisanpasta.com/

Instagram @ortoartisanpasta

 

The Italians Kitchen and Bar

Spaghetti Mare e Monti

Price:  $27.00

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

Web: n/a

Instagram @theitalians_vancouver

 

The media judges are:

Areta Wong

Blogger of Foodgressing

Twitter: @foodgressing

Instagram: @foodgressing

 

Tara Lee

Writer for Inside Vancouver and other publications.

Twitter: @VanGlutton

Instagram @vanglutton 

 

David Grange

Blogger for BCFoodieBlogger

Twitter: @BCfoodieblogger

Instagram: @BCfoodieblogger

Here is the full list of Pasta Creations in this years challenge
http://vancouverfoodster.com/2018/10/04/vancouver-foodster-pasta-challenge-3/

We will announce the winning restaurants and their Pasta creations on October 29, 2018.

Sip and Savour Presented by numpfer is Back to Raise Funds for BC Women’s Newborn ICU

A worthy event to help babies with the start of their lives.

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Join Top Restaurants, Bars, Breweries & Wineries for Third Annual Party at the Pipe Shop
November 19, 2018

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 numpferBC 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 KitchenMinami,  The ArborJuniper  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 FacebookTwitter 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.