Six Ingredients for THE Perfect Evening Out with Dish ‘n Dazzle

Dish ‘n Dazzle is your recipe for Fun & Fundraising
[Vancouver, BC]: Dish ‘n Dazzle, one of Vancouver’s most-anticipated wine, food and cocktail events, returns to the Vancouver Convention Centre (999 Canada Place) on Thursday, May 18. Tickets are onsale now for $89 per person, exclusively online.
With a tip of the hat to the hospitality industry, the organizers offer six ingredients as a recipe for the perfect night out:
Wine: Each year, the BC Hospitality Foundation partners with a new wine country. This edition features Wines of Chile. Up to fifteen wineries from Chile will share the latest vintages for wine lovers. New for this year will be an exclusive “Pequeña table”, offering a chance to experience limited production wines from Chile’s boutique wineries.
Food: Up to fourteen of BC’s finest chefs and restaurants will be on hand to serve unique culinary creations, some of which were created just for Dish ‘n Dazzle. The complete list will be available soon at dishndazzle.com.
Cocktails: The evening’s signature cocktail competition invites six of the city’s top bartenders to craft all-new libations with a Chilean theme. Each bartender is competing for the coveted Derek Vanderheide trophy, named in honour of a dearly departed Vancouver bartender.
Music: The evening wouldn’t be complete without live music from celebrated Vancouver-based R&B and blues band Les Is More, who never fail to ignite the crowd.
Silent Auction / Prizes: The curated Silent Auction and Grand Prize Raffle is always one of the highlights of the evening, featuring one-of-a-kind items including hotel stays, adventure packages, and much more.
Fundraising: Dish ‘n Dazzle is the signature fundraiser for the BC Hospitality Foundation’s latest beneficiaries and scholarship winners. Funds raised from this event have helped support nearly 275 industry workers and students with more than $800,000 in financial assistance.
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90+ Winemaker’s Dinner Fundraiser at 9 Restaurant in Bellingham

If you are in Washington state, or a BC person going to WA on Saturday, Feb 25, and you like wine, you may want to attend this winemaker’s dinner at 9 Restaurant located at the North Bellingham Golf Course.  Here is the press release.

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90+ Winemaker’s Dinner Fundraiser

9 Restaurant at North Bellingham golf course

9 Restaurant at North Bellingham golf course

Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
9restaurant at North Bellingham Golf Course
205 W Smith Road

Reservations are available now for Whatcom Northwest Wine Festival’s second annual fundraising dinner. The 90+ Winemaker’s Dinner Fundraiser will feature five northwest wines—all 90 points and above. Award winning Executive Chef Nick Moss has prepared a menu to pair the unique wines with a festive five course meal. The night will be moderated by Dan Radil, also known as Dan the Wine Guy. Guests can also participate in a silent auction and raffle.

Reservations:

Reservations are required and made by calling 9restaurant at (360) 398-8300 extension 2.

Cost: $65 per person.

Fundraising will go to local organizations:

Growing Veterans, Lydia’s Place, Our Treehouse, Pass the Hat, and Brigadoon Service Dogs.

Whatcom Beer and Wine Foundation raises funds for human and social services non-profits in Whatcom County. The festival is produced by The Whatcom Beer and Wine Foundation.

Dish N Dazzle featuring Wines of Argentina – Get Your TIckets

Dish N Dazzle

When and Where?

Dish N Dazzle
Thursday, May 7, 2015
6:30 – 9:30 pm
Vancouver Convention Centre EAST in the Parkview Terrace

What is Dish N Dazzle?

This is a fundraising event for the BC Hospitality Foundation and will feature

  • More than 100 wines from Argentina
  • 14 of Vancouver’s best restaurants
  • A cocktail competition with 6 expert bartenders
  • A live Jazz Band – Les is More
  • A Latin DJ
  • A HUGE silent auction focused on hospitality, hotels & restaurants

The Wineries

Below is the list of wineries from Argentina participating in this event.  There are some great ones, like Catena, Colome, Graffigna and more.  Very exciting wines to try from these wineries.

  • Alamos Winery, Amalaya, Bousquet, Casa Bianchi, Catena Zapata, Clos de los Siete
  • Colome, Dona Paula, El Esteco, El Porvenir de Cafayate, Escorihuela 1884, Finca Decero
  • Finca Flichman,    Finca las Moras, Graffigna, Huarpe Wines, Kaiken, La Vuelta
  • Lagarde, Layer Cake, Marcelo Pelleriti Wines, Mascota Vineyards, Masi Tupungato, Pasucal Toso
  • Que Guapo, Santa Ana, Septima, Tamari, Tapiz, Tinto Negro, Vina Cobos, Vistalba, Zorzal Wines

What About the Restaurants?

Here are the participating Vancouver restaurants.

  • Aura at Nita Lake Lodge, Bistro 101 at PICA, Black + Blue, The Bon Vivant Group
  • Café Pacifica at the Pan Pacific Hotel, Chef Ann Kirsebom, CinCin
  • Donnelly Group, Forage at the Listel Hotel, Homer St. Cafe and Bar
  • Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House, La Grotta Del Formaggio, PIER 7 restaurant + bar

Do You Want a Discount on Your Ticket?

Tickets are $75 but because you are reading my article, use promo code WOA15 for $69 tickets.

More information on Dish N Dazzle is on their website.

Arts Club Theatre Company presents CHEFMEETSBCGRAPE!

ChefmeetsBCGrape

ChefmeetsBCGrape

If you have never attended the ChefmeetsBCGrape, now is your time to attend, to taste BC wine, taste fantastic food by our chefs, and help the Art’s Club Theatre Company!  Check out the announcement below. And buy your tickets!  There are multiple events.

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Vancouver, BC—The Arts Club’s ChefmeetsBCGrape fundraising series returns this September with three entertaining evenings that will feature fine BC wines and delectable cuisine pairings as well as incredible access to world-class winemakers and highly-trained chefs.

These events will be social, lively, and informative, and offer the perfect opportunity to showcase both the flourishing wine industry and innovative fine dining establishments in the province. All proceeds will benefit the Arts Club’s community engagement initiatives and youth-focused education programs.

The series opens with the ChefmeetsBCGrape Signature Tasting, which will feature an extensive selection of BC’s award-winning wines perfectly paired with dishes created by top BC chefs. The events continue with two more intimate evenings: the Uncorked Kitchen Party, a new event dedicated to the prolific Oliver and Osoyoos wine region followed by the decadent Mission Hill Family Estate Dinner. This final event will showcase reserve labels from the flagship Okanagan winery, accompanied by a menu of classic French-inspired cuisine.

DETAILED EVENT + TICKETING INFORMATION:

  • Presented in association with the Wines of British Columbia
    Wednesday, September 17, 7–9:30 PM
    : Chefmeets
    BCGrape Signature Tasting
    Vancouver Convention Centre East, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
    Tickets: $85 (Groups of 8 or more: $80 per ticket)
    To purchase, visit artsclub.com/events/chefmeetsbcgrape or call the Box Office at 604.687.1644Guests will have the chance to discover lesser known BC VQA wines, taste old favourites, and talk one-on-one with skilled winemakers. More than 90 BC wineries will be pouring in excess of 350 wines. In addition, chefs from 15 restaurants will put out their finest culinary creations in the hopes of winning the Best Plate Pairing and Best Overall Dish awards. A silent auction will offer travel and entertainment packages as well as wine lots.
  • Presented in association with Oliver Osoyoos Winery Country
    Thursday, September 18, 7–10PM
    : Uncorked Kitchen Party
    Westside Grand, 1928 West Broadway, Vancouver
    Tickets: $95
    To purchase, visit artsclub.com/events/chefmeetsbcgrape or call the Box Office at 604.687.1644Part-tasting, part-interactive cooking demonstration, this evening will centre around three top chefs, all based in the South Okanagan, preparing elegant tasting plates. Each dish will be expertly paired with exclusive wines, and 10 proprietors will be on-hand to explain more about the winemaking process. A pop-up tasting room will be stocked with labels from over 30 wineries.
  • Tuesday, September 23, 6–9 PM: Mission Hill Family Estate Dinner
    Bistro Pastis, 2153 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
    Tickets: $160 (with partial tax receipt)
    To purchase, contact specialevents@artsclub.com or call 604.687.5315, ext. 248The Mission Hill Family Estate is famed for producing award-winning wines in the heart of British Columbia’s pristine Okanagan Valley, one of the world’s most exciting wine regions. Featuring a four-course menu with wine pairings, the evening will be hosted by Steven Lane, Fine Wine Consultant for the winery, and include a chef’s demonstration by Bistro Pastis’ proprietor John Blakeley.

Wine in the Garden – A VanDusen Fundraiser with Bottleneck Drive Wineries

Wine In The GardenWe all love the beautiful flowers, trees and shrubs of VanDusen Botanical Gardens in Vancouver.  Here is a chance for you to support the Gardens and enjoy some wonderful wines from Summerland’s Bottleneck Drive.  I am not sure which wineries will be participating, but a few wineries from the Bottleneck drive include: Saxon Estate, Thornhaven, Okanagan Crush Pad, Sumac Ridge, and Dirty Laundry.

While strolling through the gardens you can hear Dawn Chubai sing songs from her new album.

The event details are below.

When:

May 29, 2014 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Where:

VanDusen Botanical Gardens
5251 Oak Street
Vancouver,BC V6M 4H1

Cost:

$75.00

Buy tickets at this link.

 

Web link to Bottleneck Drive Winery Association.

Get Ready for the Arts Club Theatre Company’s California Wine Fair

Arts Club California Wine Fair Ballroom Tasting

Arts Club California Wine Fair Ballroom Tasting last year

This is always a fun event.  California brings us big ripe fruit flavours, both for red and white wines.  For those of you who keep thinking about heavy oak, that is a thing of the past.  Many California wine makers use oak more delicately, or have unoaked versions of their wine.  You may be thinking Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, which are the stars for California, but California Pinot Noir is quite nice too.  And if you want a fun, jammy red wine, try a Zinfandel.  Below is the info for the upcoming Art’s Club California Wine Fair.  Get your tickets before it sells out!

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Vancouver, B.C.—The Arts Club’s California Wine Fair returns this spring with two distinct events for wine devotees: the large-scale California Wine Fair Ballroom Tasting and the intimate California Winemakers Dinner. These social and informative evenings are designed for guests to explore the abundant range of styles and varietals created across the Golden State by its prolific vintners. The fair is one of the company’s signature fundraisers, with proceeds benefitting the Arts Club’s community-based programs and youth education initiatives.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS + TICKETING INFORMATION:
 

  • Tuesday, April 22, 7–9:30 PM: California Wine Fair Ballroom Tasting
    Vancouver Convention Centre East, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
    Tickets: $89
    To purchase: visit artsclub.com/events/california-wine-fair or call 604.687.1644 
  • Wednesday, April 23, 6–9 PM: California Winemakers Dinner
    West Restaurant, 2881 Granville Street, Vancouver
    Tickets: $195 (with a $85 tax receipt)
    To purchase: contact specialevents@artsclub.com or call 604.687.5315, ext. 279

This year’s tasting marks the 34th presentation in Vancouver of the cross-Canadian tour, organized by California Wines. Highly knowledgeable wine producers from 115 wineries will pour over 400 wines to demonstrate the depth of diversity in the region. Wine enthusiasts of all stripes can sample the best California wines, including labels not currently available in B.C., and connect with vintners for advice on selecting, serving, and storing wine. The evening also includes an extensive silent auction featuring luxury travel, entertainment and cultural packages, and exclusive wine lots.

West Restaurant will host the California Winemakers Dinner, which brings together the award-winning duo of Executive Chef Quang Dang and Restaurant/Wine Director Owen Knowlton. They will showcase pristine regional ingredients in an exquisite multi-course menu of contemporary cuisine. Premium wine pairings include vintages from Edna Valley Vineyard, Ghost Pines Vineyard, Louis M. Martini Winery, and MacMurray Ranch that represent the Central Coast, Napa Valley, and Sonoma wine regions. Wine producers will dine with guests and talk about the culture of winemaking and share insights on new trends and technological advances.

CONTACT

Zoe Quinn, Publicity Coordinator: 604.687.5315, ext. 334, or publicitycoordinator@artsclub.com

High-resolution images are available for download online: artsclub.com/media. The username is journalist and the password is photos4media.

ABOUT THE ARTS CLUB
The Arts Club Theatre Company, now celebrating its 50th season, is the largest not-for-profit organization of its kind in Western Canada. Led by Artistic Managing Director Bill Millerd and Executive Director Howard R. Jang, it offers professional theatre at three venues—the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, Granville Island Stage, and Revue Stage—as well as on tour throughout the province.

Website: artsclub.com
Blog: blog.artsclub.com
Facebook: facebook.com/theArtsClub
Twitter: @theArtsClub
Instagram: @theartsclub

Rose Revival 2013 at Bridges Restaurant – Get Your Tickets

Rose revivalRose wine has been making a come back worldwide.  No more do you think of an off-dry white Zinfandel.  BC has many nice rose wines, as well as from around the world (France is big rose country).   Liberty Wine Merchants is hosting their 2013 Rose Revival, with proceeds going to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.  Read the note below from Liberty, get your tickets and have fun with rose!

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ROSE REVIVAL 2013

Monday, May 6th 2013
Bridges Restaurant | Granville Island
7pm-9pm

Liberty Merchant Company & Bridges Restaurant proudly present the 5th Annual Rosé Revival Tasting. All proceeds benefit the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (BC – Yukon). To date we have raised $11,971 for the Foundation.

Sensational Rosé wines along with delectable hors d’oeuvres, exciting door prizes and great company await you. Join us on Monday May 6th, 2013 from 7:00 – 9:00pm at Bridges Restaurant on Granville Island to celebrate pink wine and support pink ribbons.

Tickets are $29.99 and available at all Liberty Wine Merchants locations. For more information on this and future events, please visit http://www.libertywinemerchants.com.

Last Minute Gift – Taste BC 2013 Tickets

Taste BCAccording to a poll I watched on CTV News this evening approximately 40% of people still have not finished their holiday shopping.  So for those of you who are the last minute procrastinators, here is a chance for your redemption, and to help BC Children’s Hospital’s Oak Tree Clinic thanks to Liberty Merchant Company.  Here are details for the Taste BC 2013 wine, beer, and food event.

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Every January for 19 years, Liberty Merchant Company hosts a fundraising event to start the bar high for the new year. Liberty is once again recruiting British Columbia’s finest food and beverage purveyors for Taste BC: a fundraiser for the Oak Tree Clinic at BC Children’s Hospital.

BC Children’s Hospital’s Oak Tree Clinic provides specialized HIV care for infected women, pregnant women, partners, children and youth, and support services for affected families. Thanks to the generosity of companies like yourselves, the event has raised a collective total of $203,179 since 1995 to benefit the Oak Tree Clinic.

The 19th annual celebration of local food and drink takes place January 15, 2013 (4:30-7:30 p.m.) at the Pan Pacific Hotel in downtown Vancouver. Guests will taste, sip and experience BC’s finest wine, beer and spirits accompanied by tasty fare from our best local restaurants. Along with excellent food and drink, attractions include live music, door prizes, and a silent auction that rivals any other. Silent auction items include luxury items, local experience packages, destination packages and delicious products made by British Columbia’s own.

Where, When and Tickets

JANUARY 15th 4.30-7.30PM
PAN PACIFIC VANCOUVER HOTEL
999 CANADA PLACE, VANCOUVER BC

TICKETS $49.99 (ALL INCLUSIVE)
Available at Liberty Wine Merchant locations please visit www.libertywinemerchants.com
or call (604) 739-7801 for more information

Taste BC is an event that is not to be missed. Help support the Oak Tree Clinic while enjoying the finest B.C. has to offer. Tickets are $49.99 and available at Liberty Wine Merchant stores. For the most up-to-date information, please
visit www.taste-bc.com and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Sponsors

Taste BC sponsored by 102.7 the Peak, CTV, Edible Vancouver, Metro News, The Pan Pacific Vancouver Hotel and Precision Graphics.

Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Gardens Sparkle

December 7, 2012 was the opening night for the Festival of Lights at the VanDusen Botanical Gardens in Vancouver.  I had never been to the Festival of Lights but heard of it many times.  I am glad I attended this year, and may go again.  At the Festival of Lights there are lights choreographed to music on the hour and half hour.  There are also themed light areas within the Gardens, such as Gingerbread Wood.  If your fingers, toes, and nose gets cold, there are concessions where you can get a hot chocolate or hot spiced apple cider.  I did have the cider and it was nice to hold that warm drink in my hands as I watched one of the light shows.

The Festival of Lights has another purpose, other than to entertain you.  It is also to support the Make A Wish Foundation.  You can light a candle and buy a star shaped necklace that lights up, with proceeds to the Make A Wish Foundation.  I did both.  Following are pictures I took of the Festival of Lights, followed by my youtube video showing some of the choreographed lights.  If you have a chance please go to the Festival of Lights.  It is a lot of fun.

vandusen lights mushrooms 2012

VanDusen lights mushrooms 2012

vandusen lights  2012

VanDusen lights 2012

vandusen lights by the water  2012

VanDusen lights by the water 2012

vandusen lights gingerbread house  2012

VanDusen lights gingerbread house 2012

vandusen lights Christmas tree  2012

VanDusen lights Christmas tree 2012

vandusen lights with water reflections  2012

VanDusen lights with water reflections 2012