BC Liquor Store e-News for January 2019

DEALS OF THE MONTH AT BC LIQUOR STORES

Start off 2019 with these amazing deals, limited time offers and new products! Our Savvy Savings has everything you need for entertaining, meal pairings, or even just sipping by a warm fire.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to save big. Drop by your nearest BC Liquor Store today and stock up! Some of our highlights include:

TARIMA ALICANTE MONASTRELL
Spain 895680 750 ml
Reg. $15.99
Now $13.99*
91 Points, Jeb Dunnuck – “The 2016 Tarima Monastrell offers more dark fruits, pepper, and earth in a rich, full-bodied, expansive, charming character. It’s another terrific value.” Only available at BC Liquor Stores!
ANGELO MONTEPULCIANO D’ABRUZZO
Spain 226098 750 ml
Reg. $11.99
Now $9.99*
This down-to-earth expression of Montepulciano is a great value. Aromas of black cherry, strawberry and plum accented by floral, herbal and spicy nuances flow to a smooth and well-balanced palate. Only available at BC Liquor Stores!
SMOKY BAY CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Canada? 799221 3 L
Reg. $31.99
Now $28.99*
This Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from South Eastern Australia is medium-bodied with soft tannins and notes of raspberry, blackberry, plum, pepper, vanilla and oak. Sip with steak or burgers. Only available at BC Liquor Stores!
ARTIUS CHARDONNAY
USA 188496 750 ml
Reg. $12.99
Now $9.99*
Chardonnay in California reflects the sunshine state that ripens this grape like nowhere else. So hints of tree fruits of apple, tropical notes like pineapple and light butter and spice round out the package. Only available at BC Liquor Stores!
TORRECORTA TERRE SICILIANE CATARRATTO PINOT GRIGIO
Italy 182202 750 ml
Reg. $12.99
Now $9.99*
This blend of Pinot Grigio and Catarratto, indigenous Sicilian grapes, has fresh and fruity aromas of pear, green apple and white peach. The palate is crisp with a clean finish. Only available at BC Liquor Stores!
BOLLA PROSECCO
Italy 226157 750 ml
Reg. $16.99
Now $14.99*
Appealing ripe fruit aromas on the nose with hints of apple, pear and peach follow through to a fresh and fruity palate. The fine streak of acidity injects freshness and length to the lively finish. Only available at BC Liquor Stores!
REFRESHMENT
SOCIAL LITE PINEAPPLE MANGO 
Canada 232884 4 x 355 ml
Reg. $10.79
Now $9.79*
Fresh cut pineapple on the nose leads to pineapple with a hint of coconut and smooth mango aftertaste. This is made from natural ingredients, unsweetened and only 80 calories. It’s a crowd favourite.
BEER
STEAMWORKS PREMIUM CRAFT LAGER
Canada 175370 12 x 355 ml
Reg. $19.99
Now $17.99*
Appealing to both new and experienced craft beer drinkers alike, this craft lager was steam-brewed and deliberately aged to create an easy-drinking and flavourful beer that is crisp, clean and refreshing. Only available at BC Liquor Stores!
SPIRIT
FIREBALL
Canada 642264 1.14 L
Reg. $32.49
Now $29.49*
Rumour has it Fireball was developed in the 1980’s after one the coldest winter in Canada. The smooth taste of whisky with the added kick of spicy cinnamon warms the senses. Try it in a hot beverage this season.

 

Vancouver Foodster’s Noodle Mania on January 16

Do you know someone that enjoys food but you don’t know what to buy them for the holidays?  How about a foodie experience?  Vancouver Foodster’s Noodle Mania has been happening for a few years now, and you get to try noodles made from Italian, Chinese, etc restaurants all in one night.  What fun!  Below is Vancouver Foodster’s announcement, plus how you can purchase your tickets online.  Enjoy!

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Join us and tantalize your taste buds at several restaurants in Vancouver between Cambie Village, Olympic Village, Commercial Drive and area! This 6th annual noodle tasting extravaganza is presented by Vancouver Foodster and Tasting Plates.

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Each restaurant will be serving up Tasting Bowls or Plates 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.

You may have a chance to taste all sorts of noodles from chow mein to spaghetti to mac & cheese, pho, pad thai, ramen and more. Touring many ethnic eateries and tasting noodle dishes including American, Chinese, Filipino, Hong Kong, Indian, Italian, Southern, Taiwanese, Thai, Vietnamese, and more.

See Richard Wolak (Creator/Founder of Noodle Mania and VancouverFoodster.com) on the Global TV Morning News Saturday Chef with Chef Ui Ratsomjit in 2016.

If you haven’t been to our previous Noodle Mania event, Novus TV featured one of our previous events on Food Finds (view here).

Visit each of the participating restaurants at your leisure by car or use transit.

Registration: Silk Road Tea – this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Noodle Mania passports.

Participating Restaurants and Establishments 

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Mangia Cucina & Bar

2211 Manitoba Street, Vancouver

Web: https://www.mangiacucina.com/

Instagram: @mangia604

Cuisine: Italian

Recently opened, Mangia Cucina & Bar serves Italian style ‘tapas’, wide selection of homemade pasta & risotto & stone-baked pizza. Chef Alessandro Riccobono is happy to share his love for regional Italian cuisine &, cook some of his favorite pasta specials for the local community. Situated in a heritage house in beautiful Mount Pleasant, Mangia Cucina & Bar offers the perfect opportunity to grab a quick lunch, go on a dinner date, indulge your happy hour cravings and even book the whole space for your next event. Open Mon-Sat, 11:30am-10:00pm.

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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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Viet House Restaurant

3420 Cambie Street, Vancouver

Web: http://www.viethouserestaurant.com

Instagram: @viet_house_restaurant

Cuisine: Vietnamese

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Silk Road Tea

2066 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

Web: http://silkroadteastore.com/

Twitter: @silkroadtea

Instagram @silkroadtea

Silk Road imports & blends organic, premium loose teas, & produces organic skincare, haircare & bodycare products.

More surprise restaurants will be announced prior to the event

Purchase Tickets Here: 

Tickets: 

Early-Bird Tickets: $35 per person through December 28, 2018

Advance Tickets $50 per person before January 13, 2019

Regular $60 per person after January 12, 2019

Note: Eventbrite fee and GST is extra on all tickets purchased online.

Ticket price includes tasting bowls or 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 and everyone is welcome.

New Year’s Eve Family Pizza Party at Rocky Mountain Flatbread

Are you wondering what to do with your family for New Year’s Eve, but can’t stay out too late?  How about going to a pizza party?  Here is an announcement by Rocky Mountain Flatbread.

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For Immediate Release
New Year’s Eve Family Pizza Party at Rocky Mountain Flatbread

Vancouver, BC – Rocky Mountain Flatbread is excited to celebrate New Year’s Eve in style with a pizza party for families! Festivities include pizza making for the kids, balloon twisting, face painting, dinner and an early New Year’s Eve count down.  New Year’s Eve parties will be held at the Rocky Mountain Flatbread Kitsilano and Rocky Mountain Flatbread Main Street restaurants in Vancouver.

On the menu:
•    3-course New Year’s Eve Dinner: select your favourite house made soup or salad followed by an artisan pizza and warm double chocolate brownie for dessert.
•    3-course New Year’s Eve Children’s Dinner: pizza making or pasta, drink and warm double chocolate brownie for dessert.
•    Gluten free and plant based menu items are available. Rocky Mountain Flatbread is nut free.
•    Tickets: $20 per child (age 1 and up) and $25 per adult. Tax and gratuity not included.

There are two dinner seating options available at 4:00 pm and 6:30 pm.
•    To reserve at Rocky Mountain Flatbread Kitsilano, 1876 W 1st Ave, Vancouver, call 604-730-0321 or email info@rockymountainflatbread.ca.
•    To reserve at Rocky Mountain Flatbread Main Street, 4186 Main Street, Vancouver, call 604-566-9779 or email info@rockymountainflatbread.ca.

About Rocky Mountain Flatbread
Rocky Mountain Flatbread takes pride in providing sustainably produced, local food that connects the farm, family and community. Visit our two Rocky Mountain Flatbread restaurant locations in Vancouver (Main Street & Kitsilano) or the original restaurant that started it all in Canmore, Alberta. Food court locations include Rocky Mountain Flatbread Express in Banff. For more information, visit rockymountainflatbread.ca.

DINE OUT VANCOUVER 2019 Festival Event Tickets AVAILABLE NOW

Dine Out Vancouver

Vancouver, BC, Canada (November 20, 2018): Get your stretchy pants ready! Dine Out Vancouver Festival’s event tickets are now available for purchase. Complementing the prix fixe menus at over 300 participating restaurants which launch January 7, 2019, culinary enthusiasts can choose from a range of unique culinary events happening between January 18 and February 3, 2019.

Brand-new for Season 17 is the Bauhaus Stammtisch, presented by Bauhaus Restaurant from January 20 – 24. Inspired by Chef Tim Schulte’s childhood memories of family dinners in Germany, guests will enjoy a delicious 4-course menu at a family style long table, with the option to add a BC and German wine pairing.

Also new is the Painted Rock Estate Winemakers Dinner, presented by Tuc Craft Kitchen and Painted Rock Estate. For one night only, John Skinner of Painted Rock Estate Winery will host a 4-course Pacific Northwest dinner, paired with some of BC’s best wines from his award-winning winery.

Learn more about Vancouver’s historic Downtown Eastside and rich culture at the Save on Meats Experience. Indulge in a special 3-course menu based on diner classics while learning more about the positive impact the diner has within the city.  

Take your pick of two new events, presented by YEW Seafood + Bar. At Vive La Vodka, enjoy a vodka tasting, oyster shucking session, martini and oyster pairing, small plates, and a preview of YEW’s soon-to-launch cocktail program. At Sweet + Simple, treat your sweet tooth while learning to make three delicious desserts: a chocolate souffle, macaron, and the Chef’s favourite seasonal dessert.

Returning favourites include Taste of the Market at Lonsdale Quay, a tasting tour through North Vancouver’s public market including craft beer, fresh seafood, artisan cheese and more; the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise Pop-up, serving delicious sustainably-sourced seafood dishes from Chef Ned Bell and team; Fanny Bay Oyster Bar’s Get Shucked Up, where guests will learn to shuck oysters from the experts; Maime Taylor’s Low Country Pig Roast, featuring a Southern-inspired, three-course long-table dinner, complete with a whole roasted sucking pig; and back by popular demand, don’t miss the opportunity to grab tickets for the Secret Supper Soiree. Be sure to check the Culinary Events calendar for even more exciting events, including a range of unique culinary tours, and the return of Street Food City from January 21 – 27 in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery on Georgia Street.

It wouldn’t be Dine Out Vancouver Festival without the ever-popular Vancouver World Chef Exchange, presented by Aeroplan. 2019 will welcome renowned chefs from international culinary hubs to produce a series of five collaborative dinners. Guests can expect carefully crafted tastes by featured chefs from Sydney, London, Montreal, San Diego, and Dusseldorf. Also returning is the Grand Tasting, which will kick-off the festival the Thursday night before on January 17 at the Rocky Mountaineer Station. This opening event will feature multiple restaurants, craft breweries and distilleries, and BC VQA wineries. Proceeds will benefit the BC Hospitality FoundationDine Out Vancouver’s official charitable partner.

Tickets for all events are available now starting at $31.55, so please your palate and purchase your tickets at dineoutvancouver.com/events.

Travelling to Dine Out Vancouver Festival from near or far? Take advantage of Air Canada’s 15 percent off discount code on Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge flights for all Canadian and select U.S. cities to Vancouver (use promo code DINEOUT2019). Participating hotels are offering special hotel rates starting at $89 CAD per night, plus a selection of “Dine and Stay” packages.

Key Dine Out Vancouver Festival Dates:

November 20, 2018 – Event tickets on sale at dineoutvancouver.com
January 7, 2019 – Aeroplan exclusive: The list of Dine Out restaurants and menus is made available to Aeroplan members, giving them a three-day jump start on securing a table through advance reservations. To get this perk, sign up for Aeroplan now.
January 10, 2019 – Reservations open and menus available at dineoutvancouver.com
January 17, 2019 – Opening night of the festival at the Grand Tasting at the Rocky Mountaineer Station, open to the public. Early-bird tickets are $89.00.
January 18, 2019 – Dine Out Vancouver Festival begins – dig in!
January 21 – 27, 2019 – Check out Vancouver’s favourite food trucks at Street Food City.

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About Dine Out Vancouver Festival

Produced by Tourism Vancouver, Dine Out Vancouver Festival is Canada’s largest annual celebration of food and drink. Attracting more than 100,000 locals and visitors, the festival takes over the city with 17 days of culinary events, prix fixe menus at 300-plus restaurants (at $15, $35, $25 or $45 price points), as well as “Dine and Stay” packages and special hotel rates. The festival promotes local and regional ingredients, BC VQA wines, and the city’s exceptional culinary talent. Dine Out‘s premier partner is Aeroplan; festival partner is the Wines of British Columbia; and preferred partners include Air Canada, OpenTable, Star Metro Vancouver, The Westin Bayshore, The Georgia StraightVancouver magazine, and Where magazine. Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2019 runs from January 18 to February 3.
dineoutvancouver.com @DineOutVanFest #dovf

December 2018 Special Events and Tastings @ 39th and Cambie BC Liquor Store

Here is your official insider invitation to some of the upcoming in-store tastings and special events happening at our store as we kick off the holiday season!

RUFFINO ITALIAN WINE TASTING  
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24 <this is close to December>
2:00-6:00 P.M.

Join us for a tasting event showcasing Ruffino Italian Wines to be paired with canapé style hor d’oeuvres.

Culmina Cabernet Sauvignon

Culmina Cabernet Sauvignon

CULMINA: PROPRIETOR IN-STORE TASTING
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 07
3:00-7:00 P.M.

Don and Elaine Triggs, former owners of Jackson-Triggs and owners of Culmina Family Estate Winery, will host an in-store tasting, personally greeting and pouring products from the estate for guests.

BELVEDERE BESPOKE 1.75 IN-STORE ENGRAVING
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 08
6:00-8:00 P.M.

Have your 1.75 litre bottle of Belvedere specially engraved just in time for the holiday season-a perfect personalized gift that will be cherished for years to come.

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.
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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.

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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.

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.