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.

Bistro Pastis Celebrates 15 Years of French Fare With French Flare

In case you are up for some French food and support a great cause, why not try Bistro Pastis‘ 15th Anniversary Dinner menu?  Press Release below.

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Bistro Pastis

Bistro Pastis

(Vancouver, BC) – Fifteen years goes by in the blink of an eye, yet it is a long time in the restaurant world.  On May 7, 1999 John Blakeley opened Pastis on a quiet strip of West 4th in Kitsilano. The only other restaurant in the area was the iconic Bishop’s.  During the intervening years, Bistro Pastis has seen a lot of change – both within the restaurant itself and in the neighbourhood.  Pastis morphed from fine-dining to Bistro Pastis – a cosy and casual neighbourhood bistro, John Blakeley was knighted by the government of France and is now a Chevalier, and a vibrant restaurant scene sprung up along W.4th Avenue – attracting diners from across the city. During the 15 years, some of Vancouver’s finest chefs have headed the kitchens at Bistro Pastis – Dino Renaerts, Brad Miller and Tobias Grignon are all Pastis alumni.

To celebrate, John Blakeley has invited the aforementioned chefs along with current Executive Chef  Spencer Watts and Pastry Chef Heather Rumsby to join him in creating a very special anniversary dinner on May 7th.  Starting with Cocktails and Canapes at 5:30 p.m., guests will then sit down to a six-course dinner complete with wine pairings – each course designed by one of the five Bistro Pastis chefs plus a course designed by Mr. Blakeley. Mr. Blakeley also created the wine pairings to complement each course. Bistro Pastis wishes to thank the following wine agents, food distributors and suppliers for their generous support of this event: A & B Rentals, Charton Hobbs, Continental Importers, Fresh Point, Grady Wines, Liberty Wines, Mark Anthony Wines, Ponderosa Mushrooms, Select Wines, Seven Seas, and Trimpac.

This very special dinner is priced at $160 pp including wine pairing, taxes and gratuity with proceeds going to benefit the BC Hospitality Foundation. Tickets are essential and can be made by calling the restaurant at 604-731-5020.

For those of you who cannot join the restaurant on May 7th for its birthday dinner, Bistro Pastis is offering diners a special gift. From May 8th through June 8th, Bistro Pastis is giving a 25 per cent discount off the price of dinner (food and wine). “It’s my way of thanking our guests for their patronage over the years. Bistro Pastis really has become a family where staff and customers have come to know one another. To have thrived 15 years in Vancouver’s restaurant scene is a testament to the loyalty of our guests. It is a privilege to be able to thank them,” says John Blakeley.

15th ANNIVERSARY DINNER MENU – May 7, 2014

Cocktail and Canapes
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Brad Miller, 2002 – 2008
Terrine de Campagne Wagon Rouge,
Pickled Vegetables, Celeri Remoulade
Rosé Domaine l’Orangeraie Pays d’Oc
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John Blakeley, May 7th 1999 – present
Ma Surprise
Côtes du Rhône White Ogier
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Tobias Grignon 2011 – 2013
Seared Scallops, Boudin Noir, Cabbage Roll,
Apple Chutney, Pickled Fennel
Petit Chablis ‘Champs Royaux’  William Fevre
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Dino Renaerts 2001
Pan Roasted Haida Gwaii Halibut, Spring Pea Risotto,
Morel Mushrooms, Bacon Crisp, Lemon Beurre Blanc
Pinot Noir Valmoissine Louis Latour
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Spencer Watts 2014
Butter Poached Suckling Pig Rack,
Black Truffle Potato Cake, Cherry Brown Butter
Vacqueyras Domaine Perrin  
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Heather  Rumsby 2011 – 2014
Chocolate Soufflé, Tangerine Crème Anglaise
Pineau des Charentes

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

Cherry blossoms in Vancouver (image from Wikipedia Commons)

Vancouver’s Top Japanese Chefs Combine Forces to Support Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

Do you like Japanese food?  Vancouver is well known for our fresh and flavourful sushi and sashimi.  I recently was contacted about Vancouver’s first ever Sakura Night, being headed by Tojo!  Here are the details.  Get your tickets soon as I’m sure it will sell out fast!

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Gold-winning Tojo’s of Vancouver Magazine’s “Best upscale Japanese 2013” Restaurant Awards has combined forces with five of Vancouver’s top Japanese restaurants for the first ever Sakura Night (Sakura means cherry tree in Japanese), hosted by Tojo’s Restaurant on March 30, 2014. Tojo’s Restaurant, Zen Japanese Restaurant, RawBar at Fairmont Pacific Rim, Seventeen89, Miku Restaurant and Zakkushi will be creating seasonal dishes to guarantee an extraordinary standing dinner experience in the elegant ambience of Tojo’s.

Sakura Night Chefs

Sakura Night Chefs

This special evening event opens the 8th annual Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (VCBF) while creating delicious culinary memories of Japanese cuisine. Nobu Ochi from Zen will entice appetites with Ocean Wise-certified ingredients and RawBar’s Takayuki Omi will create sensory experiences for the palate with flavours of the Pacific Northwest. Daryle Nagata (Seventeen89) will tantalize taste buds with his combination of fresh and seasonal local ingredients, Kazuya Matsuoka will present Miku’s famed aburi (flame-seared) sushi and Masahito Iwamoto will be grilling Zakkushi’s mouth-watering yakitori skewers in-house, sharing the authentic cherry blossom festival experience from Japan with guests.

“We are so excited to be a part of the Festival and celebrate our cherry blossom cultural experience with the creation of Sakura Night ~ a new evening opening to the festival. It celebrates a very important part of our Japanese culture and gives our best local Japanese chefs a chance to share with pride their incredible food with Festival fans” Chef Hidekazu Tojo.

Sakura night chefs

Sakura night chefs

As Canada’s only cherry blossom festival, the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival is a charitable, not-for-profit society celebrating our urban nature and the fragile, fleeting beauty of the cherry blossom. Funds raised at Sakura Night enable the Festival to continue to deliver meaningful and accessible, quality programming to strengthen citizen’s connection and engagement in our diverse communities. VCBF speaks to multiculturalism, the arts, community engagement, and to the environment by helping to sustain and renew Vancouver’s cherry tree heritage.

Date:

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Time:

6:30pm to 9:00pm
Cherry Blossom Martini Welcome followed by a standing dinner reception

Place:

Tojo’s Restaurant
1133 West Broadway, Vancouver

Tickets:

 Limited tickets at $150 with a $100 tax receipt issued by VCBF for purchase at VCBF.ca

About the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival:

Vancouver’s signature springtime event, the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival is a month-long celebration of the cherry tree through unique cultural programming including the performing and visual arts, literary, film screenings, design installations, exhibitions, culinary and creative cultural arts. The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival is a charitable, not-for-profit society whose mandate is to sustain and renew Vancouver’s cherry tree heritage while educating and engaging community in celebration of the fragile beauty of the cherry blossom.

Did You Know October 20 is Wild Rice’s 12th Anniversary?

Wild Rice logoHave you ever been to Wild Rice downtown? It’s located just to the NW of Tinseltown by the Stadium skytrain station.  I’ve been there many times, including twice for Dine Out Vancouver.  I didn’t realize the restaurant has been around for 12 years now.  And they are having a special anniversary dinner.  Details from Wild Rice are below. Enjoy!
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Sunday, October 20 will be Wild Rice’s 12th Anniversary. We can’t believe it’s been 12 years since we opened our doors and were the first restaurant to introduce modern Chinese cuisine to Vancouver. How the hood and the local dining scene have changed! For this very auspicious birthday Chef Todd has created a special 12th Anniversary Prix Fixe Dinner – 4 courses for only $40 (including a $5 donation to the BC Hospitality Foundation). Check out the menu below and call us to make a reservation:
MENU
Sidestripe shrimp and crab sui mai
truffled honey
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Oceanwise tartare duo
Coho salmon, cucumber, chives and grilled lemon
Albacore tuna, longan, water chestnut and black vinegar reduction
Served with wonton crisps
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12-hour Braised Pork Belly
cauliflower puree, celeriac salad & kohlrabi kimchi.
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Lemon Tart
Mountain Berry Tea-infused whipped cream

 

Wines of Argentina logo

Win Tickets to the Celebrate Argentina Tasting

Celebrate Argentina

Celebrate Argentina

On Wednesday, September 25, 2013 Wines of Argentina will host Celebrate One Night In Argentina.  With DJs, a graffiti artist and more than 30 wineries, the evening will be a lively festival of modern Argentine culture.   The event will benefit the BC Hospitality Foundation’s Tip Out To Help fundraising efforts.  Enter the MyWinePal contest for your chance to win 2 tickets to the fantastic event.

About Argentina and Their Wine

Argentina is the fifth largest producer of wine in the world and produces about four times as much wine as Chile.  Spanish colonization in 1541 brought over Vitis Vinifera vines and the first record of a vineyard dates back to 1557 in Santiago del Estero. Vines came from different sources, including Italy.

The country is known for Malbec, Bonarda, Tempranillo, Barbera, Lambrusco, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Syrah and others. The most widely planted white varietals are Pedro Xeminez, Moscatel, Torrontes, Chenin Blanc, Semillon, Riesling, Chardonnay and others.

The Event: Where, When, and How Much?

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
7:00 – 9:30 pm
Jewel Ballroom
1495 West 8th Avenue (at Granville), Vancouver

Tickets $49; available through www.winesofargentina.ca
$10 discount with promotional code greatwine makes them a deal at $39

Contest to Win 2 Tickets!

Would you like to wine 2 tickets to this awesome event?  For your chance to win, do the following:

  1. Send out the tweet “I want to win 2 tickets to #CelebrateArgentina from @mywinepal”
  2. Post a comment below with your favourite wine from Argentina that you have tasted or your favourite grape from Argentina.

One pair of tickets will be randomly on September 23, 2013 from all entries, and the winner will be notified on Twitter.

BC Hospitality Foundation’s Tip Out To Help

The foundation, formed in fall 2006, was inspired by the desire to help long-time wine agent Michael Willingham with the money he needed for both a costly surgery and the rehabilitation time that would follow.

This desire to help Michael brought forward a need to establish a trust fund that could be used to help anyone within the food service, beverage, and hospitality industry who required extraordinary support due to illness or accident.

Read more here about the BC Hospitality Foundation.

Food Talks Vol 8

Vancouver Foodster's Food Talks Vol. 8

Vancouver Foodster’s Food Talks Vol. 8

Vancouver Foodster is prolific at putting on foodie events.  Upcoming is his 8th Food Talks.  This one features 5 inconic female chefs in the Vancouver lower mainland.  The talks are always interesting, and there is a Q&A period at the end where you can hear each of the speakers answer, and feed off of each other’s comments.  Quite entertaining.  Here is the press release about this event.

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Vancouver, BC –This is the eighth event in this Food Talks series! This edition of Food Talks features 5 iconic women chefs who will speak about their background and role as leaders in the food industry and community. This Food Talks event will also celebrate our 1st Anniversary of hosting inspiring speakers from our community.

Richard says “I created the Food Talks to educate people in our community about the food that they consume, it is about awareness as much as it is about lifestyle”; Richard also said “ the Food Talk is also a social gathering which is more than hearing great people talk about their passion, it is also a chance for the community to meet and mingle and ask questions from our leading panel of experts”.

Come join us to meet and mingle with other foodies, and to hear some enlightening speakers from the food community.

5 Speakers:

  • Chef Karen Barnaby
  • Chef Meeru Dhalwala
  • Chef Susan Mendelson
  • Chef Angie Quaale
  • Chef Merri Schwartz

The Evening

Enjoy tasty appetizers by the chefs at The Westin Grand followed by a wonderful line-up of speakers who will talk about themselves and their role as a Woman Chef in the Food Community. Following the speakers, Richard Wolak -Founder of Food Talks, will moderate a Q & A where you will have a chance to ask questions and engage with the speakers. There will be a draw for prizes.* Wine, beer, cocktails and other beverages will be available for purchase.

Growing Chefs is our designated charity, support their wonderful organization that educates children on the food community in the public schools.

Tickets

Advance Tickets: $30 per person
Regular Tickets: $40 per person after June 8th
Note: Eventbrite fee extra. A donation of $3 from each ticket purchased will go to support Growing Chefs.

Purchase tickets here http://foodtalksvolume8.eventbrite.com/

Full details of the event including the Speakers bio’s is here
http://foodtalks.ca/food-talks-volume-8-june-11/

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.