Small Plates on the Lake at Shadbolt Centre for Arts – Contest and Tickets

The Shadbolt Centre for Arts is a jewel in Burnaby.  Tourism Burnaby is hosting this event, and it will be featuring Burnaby restaurants, as well as the beauty of Deer Lake Park and the Shadbolt Centre.  Hart House Restaurant is one of my favourite restaurants in all of Vancouver.  You can read my review of Hart House Restaurant here.  Burnaby is a beautiful place, it’s where I live, and I want you to experience it as well.  Event info, tickets, and a contest to win tickets are all below.  Enjoy!

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Small Plates on the Lake is Burnaby’s newest signature dining event.

Small Plates at Shadbolt Centre for Arts

Small Plates at Shadbolt Centre for Arts

Hosted at Deer Lake Park, in its inaugural year, guests should prepare to be dazzled by the intricate lighting and décor that will transform the South Plaza of the Shadbolt Centre for Arts to a majestic outdoor dining room.

Guests will experience an array of small plates created by the chefs of top restaurants in Burnaby, including Hart House Restaurant, Reflect Social Dining + Lounge and ebo Restaurant, all while dining on the plaza overlooking beautiful Deer Lake at twilight with a live jazz band playing in the background.

Where, When and How Much?

This ticketed event will take place on Thursday, August 27th, 2015.

Tickets are $55 each and are available for purchase through Eventbrite.

Discover the delectable menu items you’ll be able to taste at the event.

DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS MUST-ATTEND EVENT – BUY YOUR TICKETS TODAY!

 

Canadian Flavours Gala to Celebrate Canadian Food and Wine on April 30th – Contest

As part of EAT! Vancouver there is the Canadian Flavours Gala celebrating Canadian food and wine.  And I have a contest running where you have a chance to win 2 tickets to attend the Canadian Flavours Gala.  Information about the event is below, followed by my contest details.  Good luck and support this wonderful event.

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EAT Vancouver Canadian Flavours Gala

EAT Vancouver Canadian Flavours Gala

April 9, 2015 (Vancouver, BC) – Make space in your schedule for the Canadian Flavours Gala at Terminal City Club on Thursday, April 30 2015.  Guests will enjoy an evening with 15 chefs from some of Canada’s best-known restaurants, sampling delicious Canadian cuisine paired with spring releases from the Naramata Bench Wineries Association.

There is an impressive roster of critically acclaimed chefs and their restaurants participating at the event.  It includes Andrew Winfield of Calgary’s River Café, Nicholas Nutting of Tofino’s Wolf in the Fog (chosen by Enroute as Canada’s number one restaurant), and Jeremie Bastien of Montreal’s Restaurant Leméac.  From Toronto, both Chef Jesse Grasso of The Black Hoof – known for attracting movie starts to its nightly lineup – and Nick Liu of newly opened DaiLo will participate.  Two alumni from Food Network Canada’s Top Chef, Carl Heinrich (Toronto’s Richmond Station) and Connie DeSousa (Calgary’s Charcut Roast House), will also attend.  Executive Chef Ryan O’Flynn from the Westin Edmonton will recreate his winning dish from the 2015 Canadian Gold Medal Plates chef competition.

Local participants include Executive Chef Ned Bell from The Four Seasons’ YEW seafood + bar, Eric Pateman of Edible Canada and Bella Gelateria’s hand-made gelato, named the best in the world at the international gelato competition held in Florence, Italy.

The evening will include an exclusive Silent Wine Auction benefitting Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise™ sustainable seafood program, which will also receive partial proceeds from the evening.

Canadian Flavours Gala Event and Ticket Details

#CanadianFlavours
Thursday April 30th 2015
7:00 – 9:30 PM
Tickets: $125 available at http://eat-vancouver.com/canadian-flavours-gala/
Includes a complimentary ticket to EAT! Vancouver at BC Place, May 1- 3

Terminal City Club
837 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

Participating Restaurants:

Charcut Roast House and River Café (Calgary); The Westin Edmonton (Edmonton); Leméac (Montreal); Hillside Winery & Bistro, The Vanilla Pod and The Kitchen (Naramata); Wolf in the Fog (Tofino); The Black Hoof, DaiLo and Richmond Station (Toronto); Edible Canada, Vancouver Aquarium, YEW seafood + bar and Bella Gelateria (Vancouver); TIA Yukon (Whitehorse)

Participating Wineries:

Bench 1775 Winery, Black Widow Winery, D’Angelo Estate Winery, Deep Roots Winery, Elephant Island Orchard Wines, Hillside Winery, Howling Bluff Estate Wines, Kettle Valley Winery, La Frenz Winery, Lake Breeze Vineyards, Lang Vineyards, Misconduct Wine Co., Monster Vineyards, Moraine Winery, Perseus Winery, Poplar Grove Winery, Quidni Estate Winery, Red Rooster Winery, Serendipity Winery, Terravista Vineyards, Therapy Vineyards, Tightrope Winery, Upper Bench Winery, Van Westen Vineyards

About EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival

The 2015 EAT! Vancouver Food + Cooking Festival is a world class week-long food festival taking place throughout downtown Vancouver from April 26th to May 3rd, showcasing this city’s extraordinary culinary culture. Already the largest food festival in Canada, EAT! Vancouver, now in its 13th year includes hands-on workshops, collaborative chef dinners featuring top chefs from across Canada, Canadian Flavours Gala, a hospitality symposium, a pastry panel and EAT! Vancouver at BC Place, from May 1st to May 3rd .

www.eat-vancouver.com

https://www.facebook.com/eat.vancouver  https://twitter.com/eat_vancouver

About Naramata Bench Wineries Association:

A STORY IN EVERY BOTTLE
Along meandering country road with spectacular lake views is the Naramata Bench, one of Canada’s premiere wine regions and a top destination for wine enthusiasts. The renowned Naramata Bench Wineries are known for their quality wines, warm welcome, and exceptional wine events and experiences.

http://www.naramatabench.com

FB: naramatawines / T: @naramatawines

Contest

To get one entry you must retweet the following text using your Twitter account:

I want to win 2 free tickets to the Canadian Flavors Gala from @mywinepal Thx to @naramatawines @eat_vancouver #MWPcontest

You can also get an entry by posting a comment on this post, telling me which Naramata Bench winery you would like to try at this event.

Contest closes April 23, 2015 at noon.

Veuve Clicquot Launches “Yelloweek” In Vancouver

Are you a lover of French Champagne and of the arts?  If so, one of these Veuve Clicquot events may be of interest to you.  Read and enjoy!

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Veuve Clicquot Celebrates Yelloweek

Veuve Clicquot Celebrates Yelloweek

Vancouver, May 21, 2014 — Veuve Clicquot is proud to announce the Vancouver launch of Yelloweek, a festival-style ‘tribute to creativity’ showcasing gastronomy, arts, fashion and lifestyle.

Taking place from May 22-24 inclusive, Vancouverites are invited to explore and enjoy a series of creatively-inspired events spanning several categories, including: Yellow TABLE, Yellow BY THE GLASS, Yellow NIGHT and Yellow CONTEST.

Veuve Clicquot’s Yelloweek was created as a tribute to artists and artisans who push the boundaries of their respective creative fields every day much like Madame Clicquot did in her time. Overcoming countless obsta- cles, la veuve (the widow) Clicquot became one of the most successful women entrepreneurs of the 19th century and built a worldwide luxury brand, founded on artisan practices and uncompromising quality.

“Yelloweek reflects the legendary qualities of the Maison and the ‘joie de vivre’ the brand is known for around the world,” said Stephane de Meurville, general manager of Moët Hennessy Canada. “Festival-goers will experience the true essence of the Veuve Clicquot world – taste, innovation, glamour, refinement, celebration, heritage and zeste de folie.”

Events taking place throughout Vancouver include:

Yellow TABLE: an exquisite series of Champagne pairing dinners at some of Vancouver’s most iconic and innovative restaurants, including: Brix, Reflections and Oru

Yellow BY THE GLASS:Special Veuve Clicquot pricing will be offered at various restaurants, including: Reflections and Pacific Rim

Yellow NIGHT: an unforgettable late-night party at Cabana featuring DJ Marco Petralia will embody the zeste de folie spirit of Veuve Clicquot

Yellow CONTEST: an opportunity to take home a little piece of sunshine. Coal Harbour Liquor Store and Legacy Liquor Store will be offering a chance to win a beautiful Veuve Clicquot bicycle

For more information and a complete listing of Yelloweek events, please visit yelloweek.com. Facebook: Veuve Clicquot semaine Yelloweek / Twitter: @Yelloweekcanada #Yelloweek

ABOUT VEUVE CLICQUOT

Since its creation in 1772, Veuve Clicquot played an instrumental role in establishing and evolving the Champagne industry, as we know it today. Located in Reims, France, Veuve Clicquot prides itself on using only the most distinct grapes reflecting Madame Clicquot’s motto “only one quality, the finest.” Now, more than 200 years later, Veuve Clicquot Champagne inspires the world to “Be Clicquot”: modern, audacious and of premium quality. These values, set forth by the extraordinary Madame Clicquot, promise a remarkable experience with each sip of Veuve Clicquot Champagne.

Nicli Antica Pizzeria Introduces Appassionato Menu

Nicli AnticaHere is a chance to enjoy authentic Neapolitan pizza with a friend or significant other, and get entered to win a bottle of wine!  Info from Nicli Antica Pizzeria is below. Enjoy!

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(Vancouver, BC) – Everyone knows that the Italians are a passionate people – legendary lovers, great artists, superb wine-makers and amazing cooks who insist on only the finest ingredients. They don’t do anything by half measures and throw their heart and soul into the fine art of living well.

Margherita pizza at Nicli Antica

Neapolitan pizza at Nicli Antica

Starting Monday, March 3rd, Nicli will give you the opportunity to wine and dine like a true passionale Italian. Nicli is combining its amore of fine vino and Neapolitan pizza in a special three-course prix fixe Pizza Appassionato Menu for Two priced at $45. Each menu includes a shared antipasti, two pizzas and dessert. The Pizza Appassionato Menu is available only Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for either lunch or dinner and it will change weekly to reflect the seasonal availability of ingredients.

If that isn’t enough to set your heart a-flutter, each time a Pizza Appassionato Menu for Two is purchased, one name will be entered into a monthly draw to win a very special bottle of wine. Each month will showcase a different wine and the odds of winning depend solely on how many menus are sold during that month. March’s wine is a very special bottle – Flaccianello delle Pieve 2009 (100 per cent Sangiovese) which retails for $250.  The only stipulation is that the wine must be enjoyed with your next meal at Nicli.

Monthly draws will take place at 4 p.m. on the last Friday of the month and winners will be notified within 24 hours. Winners will also be posted to our Facebook page.

The inaugural Pizza Appassionato Menu for Two will be offered March 3-5 and includes:

  •  Antipasti (to share): Mozzarella di Bufala Campania, confit grape tomatoes, pesto, balsamic reduction with parmesan-oregano flatbread
  • Pizze (choose one of each option or two of one):Option One- pomodoro, grana padano, fior di latte, oregano, sliced red onions and Two Rivers dry-cured chorizo  Option Two: EVOO, grana padano, roasted red onions, gorgonzola, Serrano ham, arugula and a balsamic reduction
  • Dolci (one each): house made vanilla gelato with Sicilian olive oil and sea salt

Drop by Nicli Antica Pizzeria any Monday through Wednesday for lunch or dinner, indulge your love of pizza by ordering the Pizza Appassionato Menu for Two, and you could also win a superb bottle of Italian wine. Now that’s amore!

Multi-award winning Nicli Antica Pizzeria is the first VPN (Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana) certified Neapolitan pizzeria in Vancouver. It recently won Silver at the 2014 Vancouver International Wine Festival Wine List Awards,  ‘Best Pizza’ from the WestEnder’s Best of the City Awards and ‘Best Pizza’ from the Georgia Straight’s Gold Plates.

Win 2 Tickets to Sonoma in the City Contest

Napa Valley in California is very famous.  Most people know about their big Cabernet Sauvignons. But it’s next door neighbour, Sonoma Valley may not be as familiar to you.  In my opinion it is not as flashy as Napa, but produces excellent quality wines.  On Feb 5 an evening tasting at the Terminal City Club will offer wine lovers the chance to taste wines from over 20 Sonoma County wineries. The event will benefit the BC Hospitality Foundation’s fundraising efforts. Give Sonoma a try!  Details about purchasing tickets are below, but you also have a chance to win 2 tickets from MyWinePal.  In order to get an entry you can:

  1. Tweet “I want to win 2 tickets to Sonoma in the City tasting on Feb 5 from @MyWinePal. #sonomawine in support of @BCHospitality”
  2. Post a comment below, naming a winery that is located in Sonoma County.

The contest will close on January 30.  You will be contacted by MyWinePal if you are the winner.  If you are not the winner, you can still buy a ticket and use my promo code below for a $10 discount.

Sonoma in the City

Where, When, How Much?

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

6:30 – 9:00 pm

Terminal City Club, 837 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

Tickets $55; available here: https://www.eply.com/sonomainthecity

$10 discount with promotional code SCV14 makes them a great deal at $45

If you would like to learn a bit more about Sonoma County wines, please click on this link to a past article I published on Sonoma wines.

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.

Husband vs Wife a Friendly Chef Throw Down at Provence

Marinaside Patio Seafood Platter

Marinaside Patio Seafood Platter

Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus.  But does this also work for chefs cooking?  Let’s find out with the husband and wife chef couple from Provence Restaurants.  Details from this match up / throw down are below.  

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(Vancouver, BC) — On May 23rd Chefs Alessandra and Jean-Francis Quaglia will celebrate 21 years of marriage. Not only are they a couple, but they are also both chefs and business partners owning Provence Restaurants – Provence Mediterranean Grill in Point Grey,Provence Marinaside in Yaletown and the newest venture TWB – The Wine Bar next door to Provence Marinaside. While Jean-Francis is Executive Chef for all locations, he devotes most of his time to Provence Marinaside (P2) while Alessandra casts a watchful eye over Provence Mediterranean Grill (P1). Over the years a friendly rivalry has blossomed between P1 and P2 – each offering slightly different menus and completely different ambiance.
 
On May 29th, Provence Mediterranean Grill will be the site for Husband vs. Wife – a Chef’s Challenge. Who does the better halibut? Alessandra? Jean-Francis? You be the judge.
 
For this one night only P1 will offer a set three-course set menu for $50 (including tax and gratuity but not beverages). The first course is a choice from the restaurant’s antipasti case and dessert is Cherry Chocolate Clafoutis. It’s the main course where the halibut throw down happens. Two very different versions of halibut will be offered – one by the wife, the other by the husband. Guests won’t know who has created which to keep the competition unbiased. At the end of the evening Provence will tally up which main course sold the most and will announce the winner via social media and in its newsletter.
 
The idea came to Alessandra when the family (they have two sons who have grown up in the restaurants) was on a recent vacation. “We had many nights of cooking with the boys and a little competition developed to see who the best cook was. It was a lot of fun, so we decided to try it at the restaurant.”
 
At the moment, this event is planned as a one-off. However, if there is a lot of demand and the event quickly sells out; they may consider repeating it on May 30th and then doing a different competition at Provence Marinaside next month.
 

Get Your Tickets

When: May 29

Cost: $50 (including tax and gratuity but not beverages) per person

Tickets are available on Eventbrite: or  through Provence’s web sitewww.provencevancouver.com 
 
So join us for some ‘all in the family’ fun at Provence Mediterranean Grill on May 29th and you get to pick the winner. It’ll be a halibut of a good time.

#Win a $25 Gift Card from Rockford Grill #Contest

Rockford GrillThis is the first full week back at work for many people that had a summer vacation.  So to help ease your transition back to work than with a contest to win a $25 gift card to Rockford Grill (@Rockford_Grill on twitter) through MyWinePal?  To win this contest simply post the following to Twitter:

I want to win a $25 gift card from Rockford Grill @mywinepal  #contest  #Vancouver #MWP_contest

Only post your tweet once.

Here is a link to my article about Rockford Grill and what you can expect. Enjoy!

This contest will close at 6pm Vancouver, BC time on Friday, September 14, 2012. The winner will be drawn from all tweets received, and contacted by MyWinePal.