Belated Celebration of Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates 5th Anniversary

It was Vancouver Foodster‘s 5th Tasting Plate Anniversary on March 8, and Richard went all out to impress us with the participating downtown venues.  We started off with a sip of red and white Chilean wine at Marquis Wine Cellars.   A celebratory drink for a celebratory occasion.

Our Tasting Plates crawl took us to visit:

By the time I visited all the venues, I was thoroughly, pleasantly stuffed.

What did I get to Sample?

Marquis Wine Cellars

  • Terrapura 2015 Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon ($20.78 + tax) – A full bodied round, ripe, soft dark-fruited wine.
  • Terrapura 2014 Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc ($19.04 + tax) – Exhibiting lots of New World tropical and herbal character.

Both wines are reasonably priced at Marquis, and easy to enjoy.

Terrapura Chilean wines at Marquis Wine Cellars

Terrapura Chilean wines at Marquis Wine Cellars

Ten Ten Tapas

  • Octopus Conserva,
  • Mushrooms on Toast and
  • Salmon Mi Cuit

Ten Ten Tapas is a bit hidden at the base of the Burrard bridge along Beach Avenue, but should not be missed.  They created some very nice tapas for us to enjoy.  In particular, I really liked the Salmon with the dill, as those tastes always go well together.  The octopus was also quite nicely; not over-done which made it soft to chew.

Ten Ten Tapas Octopus Conserva, Mushrooms on Toast, and Salmon Mi Cuit

Ten Ten Tapas Octopus Conserva, Mushrooms on Toast, and Salmon Mi Cuit

Meinhardt Fine Foods

  • Roasted Cauliflower & Chickpea Salad- tahini, lemon, parsley, red onion
  • Mushroom Leek Soup- crispy leeks, cream, truffle oil
  • Prosciutto & Brie “Sandwich”- fig crostini, arugula, aioli
  • Zesty Lemon Bar- pate sucree base, fresh raspberries
  • Superfood SweetHARDT- vegan, paleo, chocolate heart

This was my last stop, and I was already stuffed from Patron Tacos & Cantina.  But nevertheless, devoured these tasty tasting plate dishes.  The food was all very healthy.  I really enjoyed the roasted cauliflower and chickpea salad.  Roasted cauliflower has such nice flavour combined with the texture from the chickpea.

Meinhardt Fine Foods Roasted Cauliflower & Chickpea Salad, Mushroom Leek Soup, Prosciutto and Brie sandwich, lemon bar and chocolate heart

Meinhardt Fine Foods Roasted Cauliflower & Chickpea Salad, Mushroom Leek Soup, Prosciutto and Brie sandwich, lemon bar and chocolate heart

Patron Tacos & Cantina

  • Sopecito – Handmade thick corn tortilla, topped with beans & shredded chicken. Garnished with green tomatillo sauce
    lettuce, feta cheese, sour cream and Pico de Gallo.
  • Flautita – Deep fried corn tortilla filled with our delicious “BARBACOA”. Topped with green tomatillo sauce, sour cream and feta cheese.
  • Enchilada – Corn tortilla with shredded beef. Topped with red sauce. Garnished with sour cream and feta cheese

This was probably my favourite stop during the Tasting Plates event.  I know good Mexican food, having travelled extensively in the Southwestern USA very often.  The food at Patron would measure up to any food that I have eaten in Phoenix, Tucson, or El Paso.  All freshly made sauces.  Not made too spicy so the gringos here in Vancouver can enjoy, but they do provide you with a variety of hot sauces to add the heat if needed.

Patron Tacos & Cantina Sopecito, Flautita and Enchilada

Patron Tacos & Cantina Sopecito, Flautita and Enchilada

Saj & Co.

Flowers (Breadbowl hummus salad with different flavours and different breads!)

Eating here I felt very healthy. The salad bowl was edible. Again more chickpeas; this time made into hummus.  Really fresh Middle-eastern food.  This place is very tiny so if you are going to go during the day for your lunch break at work, I’d suggest going before the noon-time rush.  The small, round chocolate cakes were also very good.  Not sweet.

Saj & Co. Breadbowl with hummus salad and chocolate cake

Saj & Co. Breadbowl with hummus salad and chocolate cake

Tartine Bread & Pies .

Apple Pie Three Ways:

  • Salted Caramel Apple
  • Dutch Apple
  • Blackberry Apple

If you like pies, then give Tartine a try.  I am partial to apple pies, so my favourite was the salted caramel apple pie, but all the pies were done very well.  I didn’t have time to enjoy them with a cup of coffee, but maybe on my next trip there on my own I will.

Tartine Bread & Pies Apple Pie Three Ways

Tartine Bread & Pies Apple Pie Three Ways

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.

Bici Gusti Returns to Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler

Do you like drinking wine?  Do you like cycling?  If so, the Bici Gusti at Whistler may be for you.  Check out the following press release for the race.  Cheers.

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Second Annual Luxury Culinary Cycling Event Kicks off the Biking Season
May 19 to 21 , 2017

 
Whistler B.C. –  Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler  is partnering with Bici Gusti to offer Whistler’s second annual gourmet ride. Presented by Jaguar Land Rover, Bici Gusti invites guests to follow their senses through a family-friendly long weekend where gourmet feasts, adventurous cycling, luxury and fun awaits. Set for May 19 to 21, 2017, the feel-good ride features a 70 km ride through the Whistler and Callaghan Valleys, delicious cuisine sourced within 70 kilometres (44 miles) of Whistler with a wealth of like-minded guests. The self-paced ride invites riders of all levels to enjoy themselves at their own speed.

This year, the event is adding more culinary power houses to this spirited weekend such as Ocean Wise Executive Chef Ned Bell, Four Seasons Resort Whistler Executive Chef Eren Guryel and team along with Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver Executive Chef Weimar Gomez and Four Seasons Resort Westlake Village Executive Chef Jose Fernandez to elevate the experience into an immersive one that delights all the senses.

The Forbes Five-Star Four Seasons Resort Whistler invites guests to escape any city stresses and settle into the alpine sanctuary for three rejuvenating nights of fellowship, fitness and amazing food. Participants are also encouraged to mingle with event special guests – Olympians Evan Dunfee, Nikola Girke and Steve Podborski.
Friday, May 19, 2017 – Relax
  • Bici Gusti begins with a relaxed General Manager reception at Four Seasons Residences Whistler.  Guests are invited to mingle and get a taste of SIDECUT Modern Steak + Bar.
Saturday, May 20, 2017 – Refresh
  • Enjoy a fun day that’s all about enjoying life.  This robust agenda includes an energizing spin class led by Eastwood Cycle, a rejuvenating yoga class and a hands-on cooking class as well as a “Rat Pack-themed” pool party and wine tasting evening.
Sunday, May 21, 2017 – Ride & Shine
  • Bici Gusti Gourmet Ride guests will cycle through 70 km of spectacular Whistler and Callaghan Valley scenery. The route has been carefully selected to allow all levels of riders to enjoy themselves and socialize. Riders will enjoy a gourmet rest stop complete with charcuterie and Italian essentials half-way through the journey. Post ride, cyclists will be toasted by beer from Red Truck Brewery and a barbeque at Four Seasons Resort Whistler. Guests can enjoy an afternoon rest before glamming up for the closing white-themed gala dinner. Prepared by avid cyclist and Ocean Wise Executive Chef at the Vancouver Aquarium, Chef Ned Bell, the gala dinner will highlight exceptional ingredients sourced from within 70 km.
Bici Gusti Gourmet Ride is the ultimate way to start the biking season and is designed for cyclists of all levels looking for an awe-inspiring gourmet food experience. This family-oriented weekend features kid-friendly events as well as child-minding services available on-site. Guests are also invited to contact the award-winning Spa to add on a relaxing massage, body treatment, yoga or fitness class. Advance reservations highly recommended.
Registration for Bici Gusti can be done online.
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About Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler:
Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler is one of North America’s top mountain resorts having been named Whistler’s only Forbes Five Star Resort. In addition to world-class skiing, this award winning Four Seasons Mountain Resort offers the ultimate year-round getaway in an enviable location, as well as fine dining, luxurious spa retreats and après ski offerings. With the Resorts’ signature amenities and renowned, personalized service, Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler is in a class of its own among mountain destinations.
As the world’s leading operator of luxury hotels, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts currently manages 103 properties in 43 countries. For more information on Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler visit www.fourseasons.com/whistler or stay connected on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
About SIDECUT:
Steak with an edge. Named for the curvature on the side of a ski or snowboard, SIDECUT offers a modern take on traditional mountain cuisine. Situated in the Four Seasons Resort at the celebrated alpine location of Whistler, the restaurant’s sleek wood interior offers an inviting setting where diners can cozy up to the open fireplace or dine on our sun soaked patio. At SIDECUT, steak is more than a meal, it’s an experience.

It’s Tasting Plates Vancouver 5th Anniversary! Get Your Tickets.

It is hard to believe that Tasting Plates has been around for 5 years.  It seems like only yesterday that Richard @vanfoodster started these very successful events, but it is true.  In addition to Tasting Plates he has also been offering Brunch Crawls during Dine Out Vancouver.  Congratulations to Richard on his ongoing success.  Come and enjoy the 5th Anniversary Tasting Plates with Richard, and of course me!  Here is the announcement.

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Join us and celebrate our 5th Anniversary of Tasting Plates and tantalize your taste buds at several restaurants in downtown Vancouver. This evening tasting extravaganza is on Wednesday March 8 from 6pm until 10pm and is presented by Vancouver Foodster.

Each restaurant will be serving up Tasting Plates and Tasting Cups 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: Marquis Wine Cellars – this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Tasting Plates Passports and menus.

Participating Restaurants and Establishments:

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Patron Tacos & Cantina

265 Robson Street

Tel: 604-558-3368

Web: http://www.patrontc.com/

Twitter: @patrontc

Instagram @patrontc

Cuisine: Mexican

Relaxed, modern eatery serving contemporary Mexican fare & specialty margaritas.

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Ten Ten Tapas

1010 Beach Avenue #3

Tel: (604) 689-7800

Web: www.TenTenTapas.com

Twitter: @TenTenTapas

Instagram: @tententapas

Unique small plates, entrees, cocktails & live jazz in a refined space with waterfront seating.

Tartine Bread and Pies

1069 Davie Street

Web: http://tartine.ca/davie-street/

Twitter: @tartinebnp

Cuisine: Bakery and eatery

Inspired and imagined by Jo-Ann, the bakery is simply an extension of her love for people and food. Muffins, breads, tarts and treats. Our menu is full of variety. We cater lunch functions with hearty sandwiches, soups, salads and pastries.

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Marquis Wine Cellars

1034 Davie Street

Twitter: @MarquisWineCell

Web: http://www.marquis-wines.com/

Cuisine: Wine store

For the wine collector or wine aficionado you can visit the cellar which offers high end bottles of wine from all over the world, perfect for that special occasion whatever that may be. The stores website is a valuable resource as well such as the information on Food and Wine pairing, personally I love the section showcasing the Best of BC that features wines from all over British Columbia.

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Meinhardt Fine Foods

609 Granville Street

Web: https://www.meinhardtfinefoods.com/

Twitter: @MeinhardtFoods

Instagram: @meinhardtfinefoods

Cuisine: Specialty foods

Meinhardt Fine Foods offers imported food products from around the world, including a large selection of prepared foods in the deli case.


Saj & Co.

813 Davie Street

Web: https://www.facebook.com/sajco

Twitter: @Sajnco

Cuisine: Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern

Home style freshly baked lebanese saj breads with a fine selected natural ingredient mixes blended live on the saj top.

 

Tickets:

Early-Bird Tickets: $35 per person before January 31, 2017.

Advance Tickets $45 per person after January 31, 2017

Regular $60 per person after March 1, 2017

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.

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.

Ancora Waterfront Dining Candlelight Champagne Dinner!

Vancouver, B.C. (September 14, 2016): Join Ancora Waterfront Dining and Patio for an intimate dining event this October, where guests will gather at the scenic waterfront location to experience a carefully curated selection of Moët & Chandon Champagnes paired with an exclusive five-course menu crafted by Executive Chef Ricardo Valverde.
Lauded as one of the top seafood restaurants in Vancouver, Ancora has wowed visitors and locals alike with its dynamic fusion cuisine that highlights West Coast seafood with Peruvian-Japanese accents. After a spectacular first year and range of awards – including being named among Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants and a recent nomination as one of Canada’s Best New Restaurants by enRoute magazine – Ancora has plenty of reasons to celebrate and, true to form, will do so with one of the world’s finest Champagne houses.
The glamorous anniversary dinner takes place on Wednesday, October 5, and begins at 6pm with a Champagne tower reception, followed by a communal-style dinner at the restaurant’s sleek long table. Led by hosts General Manager Andrea Vescovi, Restaurant Manager Kane Morgan and a Moët-Hennessy brand ambassador, guests will enjoy a selection of top Moët & Chandon bubbles (ranging from Dom Perignon to Moët Rosé Impérial), perfectly paired with Chef Valverde’s five vibrant courses.
“After such an incredible opening year, we wanted to treat our great supporters to a truly special night,” said General Manager Andrea Vescovi. “We take pride in our unique offerings – and what better way to showcase this than with a dinner featuring the Champagne house of Moët & Chandon alongside Chef Valverde’s inspired dishes.”
The 40-person dinner begins at 6pm sharp. Tickets are $200 per person (plus tax and gratuity), and include all food and wine pairings. To book, email info@ancoradining.com or call604.681.1164.
About Ancora Waterfront Dining and Patio:
Situated along Vancouver’s picturesque False Creek seawall, Ancora Waterfront Dining and Patio dishes up West Coast sustainable cuisine with Peruvian and Japanese flare. The former home of C Restaurant has been transformed into a sleek, modern fine dining space. Embracing the city’s stunning waterfront landscape, Ancora’s contemporary design features a subtle yet sophisticated mix of soft blues, sand-inspired neutrals and light woods. The comprehensive menu is built on the cornerstones of sustainable seafood, fresh and local ingredients, and uncommon international elements. The restaurant’s unique dishes combine flavours and techniques that embrace diverse cultures and show a deep understanding of the city’s culinary evolution. Guests can expect a mix of West Coast, punchy Peruvian-inspired meals, and artistic Japanese creations served fresh from the crudo bar. Ancoradining.com

SEMIAHMOO RESORT PRESENTS THE RODNEY STRONG VINEYARDS VINTNER DINNER

Rodney Strong dinner at Semiahmoo ResortWho: Semiahmoo Resort, Golf and Spa and Rodney Strong Vineyards

What: Rodney Strong Vineyards Vintner Dinner

When: Thursday, September 8, 5:30 to 9 p.m

Where: Semiahmoo Resort, Golf and Spa
9565 Semiahmoo Parkway
Blaine, Wash. 98230-9326

Cost: Dinner: $125 per person
Overnight stay: $439 for two

Details: For 55 years, Rodney Strong Vineyards have been pursuing the passion of winemaking deep within California wine country’s Sonoma County. Today, the winery continues to emphasize the art of winemaking, but with a modern twist.

Three families have contributed to the vineyards’ reputation for critically acclaimed Single Vineyard and Reserve wines, starting with Rod Strong who established the winery in 1961. At the time, it was the 13th winery in the wine industry in Sonoma County. A few years later, Rick Sayre became winemaker in 1979. Then came the Klein Family who purchased the winery in 1989 as fourth generation California farmers.

Today, Rodney Strong Vineyards still stands out as one of the best varietal wines in the area producing 12 wines utilizing the winery’s 14 vineyard estates. Among those varietal wines are Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Malbec, Meritage, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Port, Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah and Zinfandel.

Semiahmoo Resort’s Rodney Strong Vintner Dinner begins with Chef Bruno Feldeisen’s warm spot prawn Waldorf Salad with smoked ikura roe, paired with the 2015 Charlotte’s Home sauvignon blanc.

The second course features roasted Neah Bay sablefish with a cauliflower puree and brown butter, paired with the 2014 Chaulk Hill chardonnay.

The third course consists of Sage and Sky Farm lamb and black truffle meatloaf with sweet-onion soubise and fennel confit paired with the 2013 Symmetry Reserve meritage red.

The fourth course includes a carved Wagyu Beef tenderloin with black garlic, Foie Gras and rosemary jus paired with a 2013 Alexander’s Crown Vineyard Reserve cabernet sauvignon.

To finish the meal Chef Feldeisen will serve his homemade tiramisu ice cream with espresso sauce and pistachio meringue for dessert, paired with the 2009 A True Gentleman’s port.

BCWAS 8th Generation Vineyard Event April 21

Come out to the BCWAS 8th Generation Vineyard wine tasting on Thursday April 21 and experience more BC wine.  There are so many BC wineries around now.  I am in particular VERY interested to try their Riesling and Pinot Noir, as I did a BC Riesling Review last year, and this year I am now starting my BC Pinot Noir Review. Here is the tasting announcement from the BCWAS.

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Join us for a fun tasting with Stefanie Schales of 8th Generation Vineyard!

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        Photo credit 8th Generation.

When Stefanie and Bernd Schales decided to call their winery “8th Generation” they really meant it. Their families have been making wine in Germany since 1783 – that’s a lot of history!

Stefanie studied architecture while Bernd followed the family tradition by becoming a winemaker. He studied at the State Academy for Viticulture & Oenologie of Weinsberg in Germany, and went on to make wine in Germany, New Zealand and South Africa.

After immigrating to Canada from Germany, Stefanie and Bernd purchased their first vineyard, in OK Falls, in 2003. In 2007, they bought the winery in Summerland. Our BCWAS September bus tour has been there twice, and each time the stop was one of our highlights!

8th Generation makes Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Meunier Rosé, Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Syrah as well as two frizzante-style bubblies and their flagship Riesling.

Stefanie and Bernd with the 9th generation.                  Photo credit www.spiegel.de.

Stefanie is bringing 12 wines with her, so we’ll get to taste almost everything! 

Wines being poured include:

·         2015 Integrity frizzante

·         2014 Confidence frizzante

·         2014 Chardonnay

·         2015 Riesling Classic

·         2014 Riesling (Best Riesling in Canada at the All-Canadian Wine Championship)

·         2013 Riesling Selection

·         2015 Riesling Selection tank sample

·         2015 Pinot Meunier Rosé

·         2012 Pinot Noir

·         2014 Cabernet/Merlot

·         2013 Syrah

·         2015 RedOne

 

And because we know how much you love your wine and cheese, we’re also going to have a few platters from Les Amis du Fromage.

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The beautiful new tasting room at the winery..             Photo credit: 8th Generation

Date:  Thursday April 21, 2016

Time: 7:30-9:30

Place: our regular venue, De Dutch Pannekoek House, Vancouver Convention Centre West, located in the western corner, lower (seawall) level, near the Olympic Torch.

Price:  Members: only $39/ Guests: $55

Click here to sign up: http://www.bcwas.ca/latest-news/join-us-for-a-fun-tasting-with-stefanie-schales-of-8th-generation-vineyard

Directions:

Transit:  It’s a short walk from both Burrard and Waterfront Stations.

From Burrard Station: walk down (north) on Burrard to the new Convention Centre.

From Waterfront Station: walk west to the new Convention Centre.

You can either walk west along Waterfront Rd to the Olympic Torch, then go across the plaza towards the water and down the stairs, or, follow the seawall along in front of the Convention Centre until you come to the restaurant.

Driving: You can park under the Convention Centre West. Follow the signs for the seaplane terminal. Use the doors closest to the Tap & Barrel. Parking can be expensive, though. You may be able to find cheaper parking a few blocks away.

As always, we recommend that you take transit, and we will provide you with a free ticket home.

2016/2017 BCWAS membership: Join us now, and your membership is good until the end of March 2017. Only $40 for a whole year of our fun and fabulous events! Click here to become a member of the best wine club in town. http://www.bcwas.com/membership.html

Questions? Contact us at events@bcwas.com.

Please note: There are no paper tickets for our events. Once your purchase is completed you will be added to our attendees list. Please check in when you arrive.

Please make sure you have a safe way home. Take transit, call a cab, or ask a friend to be a designated driver. We will have free transit tickets on hand for those who take BC Transit home.

Please note that we are unable to provide refunds. If you purchase a ticket but cannot attend the event, please let us know with as much advance notice as possible and we’ll try to re-sell your ticket, but we cannot guarantee this.

BCWAS Covert Farms Wine Tasting on March 8 – Get Your Tickets

An announcement from the BC Wine Appreciation Society for their upcoming wine tasting downtown. Enjoy!

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 Join us for a unique tasting with Derek Uhlemann, Farm Chef at Covert Farms Family Estate Winery !

  

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 “Farm Chef” – now that’s a cool job title!  And Derek has some great stuff to work with at Covert Farms.

 All the produce – including the over 40 different kinds of crops and the wine grapes – is organic. If you visit during the summer or fall, you will find yourself bringing home not just wine but tomatoes, cucumbers, peas, beets, corn, peppers, onions, melons … whatever is in season. Oh – they also have bacon!

 

                                   

                                    Derek at the Similkameen BBQ King competition.     Photo credit Osoyoos Times.

 We are very pleased to welcome Derek to visit us here in Vancouver! He’ll be able to tell you all about the great line-up of wines he’s bringing with him, and you’ll be able to buy some, too.

 Wines being poured include:

2015 Sparkling Zinfandel

2014 Sauvignon Blanc Sémillon 

 Amicitia White Vertical (Roussanne, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon)

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–       2012

–       2013

–       2014

 2014 Rosé (Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah)

 2013 Amicitia  (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot)

2013 MDC (Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Syrah)

 

Barrel Samples:

2013 Zinfandel Grand Reserve

2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Reserve 

2015 Super Tuscan Grand Reserve

And because we know how much you love your wine and food pairings, we’re also going to have a few appies on hand!

 

Owner/winemaker Gene Covert with his 1952 farm truck.        Photo credit urbanmommies.com.

Date:  Tuesday March 08, 2016

Time: 7:30-9:30

Place: our regular venue, De Dutch Pannekoek House, Vancouver Convention Centre West, located in the western corner, lower (seawall) level, near the Olympic Torch.

Price: Members: only $39/ Guests: $55

Click here to sign up:  http://www.bcwas.ca/latest-news

Directions:

 Transit: It’s a short walk from both Burrard and Waterfront Stations.

From Burrard Station: walk down (north) on Burrard to the new Convention Centre.

From Waterfront Station: walk west to the new Convention Centre.

You can either walk west along Waterfront Rd to the Olympic Torch, then go across the plaza towards the water and down the stairs, or, follow the seawall along in front of the Convention Centre until you come to the restaurant.

Driving: you can park under the Convention Centre West. Follow the signs for the seaplane terminal. Use the doors closest to the Tap & Barrel. Parking can be expensive, though. You may be able to find cheaper parking a few blocks away.

As always, we recommend that you take transit, and we will provide you with a free ticket home.

2016/2017 BCWAS membership: Join us now, and your membership is good until March of 2017. Only $40 for a whole year of our fun and fabulous events! Click here to become a member of the best wine club in town. http://www.bcwas.com/membership.html

Questions? Contact us at events@bcwas.com.

Please note: There are no paper tickets for our events. Once your purchase is completed you will be added to our attendees list. Please check in when you arrive.

Please make sure you have a safe way home – take transit, call a cab, or ask a friend to be a designated driver. We will have free transit tickets on hand for those who take BC Transit home.

Please note that we are unable to provide refunds. If you purchase a ticket but cannot attend the event, please let us know with as much advance notice as possible and we’ll try to re-sell your ticket, but we cannot guarantee this.

Art Eat and Sip

Getting a Fill of Art, Eat and Sip on Granville Island

Art, Eat and Sip on Granville Island for Dine Out Vancouver has now passed.  I attended, along with a guest.  It was a wonderful night; missing the rain the day before, and what was yet to come.  Granville Island is an easy walk from one end to the other.  This evening we tried food to eat, wine/sake/spirits to sip, and art to devour with our eyes.  At the end of the event, all your senses were satisfied.  Below are a few pictures I took during the event along with a few of my comments.

The Signature Chili Squid was a great way to start the event at Dockside Restaurant.  The squid was nice and soft; not chewy.  The spice was not too hot, so everyone could enjoy it.

Dockside Restaurant - Signature Chili Squid

Dockside Restaurant – Signature Chili Squid

If you like spicy tacos, Off the Tracks Espresso Bar & Bistro has one made with slow cooked chorizo and yam.  I like spicy food and this rated 6.5 on my scale.  Other people marked it much higher.  If spice is not your thing, how about nice?  Their carrot cake with cream cheese icing was not too sweet, but full of flavour.

Off the Tracks Espresso Bar and Bistro chorizo taco and carrot cake

Off the Tracks Espresso Bar and Bistro chorizo taco and carrot cake

Have you ever tried sake?  Did you know we have a sake maker in Vancouver, that grows their own rice in the Fraser Valley that they use to make their sake?  Artisan Sake Maker should be proud of what they do.  Their Junmai Nama sake is very tasty.  If you like a restrained Sauvignon Blanc, you will like their sake.

Artisan Sake Maker Junmai Nama sake

Artisan Sake Maker Junmai Nama sake

There were more distilled spirits.  Liberty Distillery were offering their Endeavour Gin, Railspur No. 1 White unaged whiskey, and their Basford cocktail sampler.  The cocktail was very refreshing and I really enjoyed the aromatics of the Endeavour Gin.

Liberty Distillery - Basford cocktail Railspur No 1 White Whiskey and Endeavour Gin

Liberty Distillery – Basford cocktail Railspur No 1 White Whiskey and Endeavour Gin

Moving on to wine Liberty Wine Merchants was offering a Cellier de Monterail GSM red blend from the south of France and a white Les Mougiuels Picpoul de Pinet.  I in particular loved the ripe fruit flavours and soft tannins of the GSM.

Liberty Wine Merchants Cellier de Monterail GSM and Les Mougiuels Picpoul de Pinet

Liberty Wine Merchants Cellier de Monterail GSM and Les Mougiuels Picpoul de Pinet

A change of pace gave us beer, another taco, and milk chocolate salted caramel.  The beer, a Hey Day Hefeweizen and an Infamous IPA were from Granville Island Brewing, along with their Flank Steak taco.  The milk chocolate salted caramel came from ChocolaTas.  I am an IPA fan, and it really made a nice pairing with the milk chocolate salted caramel.  Give it a try!

Granville Island Brewing Hefeweizen and IPA along with ChocolaTas milk chocolate salted caramel

Granville Island Brewing Hefeweizen and IPA along with ChocolaTas milk chocolate salted caramel

On the art side, we have New Leaf Cerative Solutions, who were showing a printing technique (it looked like copper plate, using glass instead), Barbara Arnold, a painter who made some mixed media paintings that showed off Vancouver, Studio 13 Fine Art run by 3 artists that each has their own style to create paintings that grab your attention, and Dalbergia Wood + Fine Objects that creates wooden sculptures.  I did not take any photos of these artists work, so you need to go to Granville Island to see them for yourself.  Barbara Arnold did have The Lemon Square company at her studio offering us their bright citrusy squares to sample.  Bon Macaron had a selection of Macarons inside of New Leaf Creative Solutions also for sampling.  Both very tasty.

The Lemon Square and Bon Macaron treats to sample

The Lemon Square and Bon Macaron treats to sample