The Arts Club puts the celebrity in its special presentation summer cooking classes

Arts Club Celebrity Chef Cooking Classes. Photo by Sarah England

Arts Club Celebrity Chef Cooking Classes. Photo by Sarah England

Do you like cooking, or watching people cook, then eat?  I like both and was happy to see that YEW seafood + bar and La Quercia will be offering cooking classes in association with the Arts Club Theatre Company.  In addition, if you are a wine person like me, Mission Hill Family Estate will be providing the wine.  Eat and drink local!  Here is the announcement from the Arts Club Theatre Company. Enjoy!


Vancouver, B.C.—The Arts Club Theatre Company’s duo of July Celebrity Chef Cooking Classes will showcase sumptuous summer fare and fine B.C. wine. Top chefs from YEW seafood + bar and La Quercia move from the kitchen to the patio to demonstrate how to prepare refined menus with distinct themes. The first evening is dedicated to the art of the barbecue, and the second to delectable Northern Italian cuisine. The popular fundraising classes are held in private luxury homes in Vancouver and West Vancouver.

Sean Murray, Restaurant Chef, YEW seafood + bar

Sean Murray, Restaurant Chef, YEW seafood + bar

Sean Murray of YEW seafood + bar takes on grill master duties on Tuesday, July 23, to throw an elegant backyard party, featuring four courses served family style. The class will focus on professional tips and tricks for firing up the barbecue as well as interactive demonstrations on salad and dessert preparations. Murray has spent his career creating high-end dishes with an accent on local seafood.

On Wednesday, July 31Lucais Syme of La Quercia will create a rustic, regional Italian menu with a contemporary edge. His Kitsilano trattoria has built a reputation for updating traditional dishes and embracing the farm-to-table movement—recent accolades include Best Casual Dining Award fromVancouver Magazine and Best Italian Golden Plate Award from the Georgia Straight.

Lucais Symes, Co-Chef + Co-Owner, La Quercia

Lucais Symes, Co-Chef + Co-Owner, La Quercia

The class will begin with an olive oil tasting by Kelowna-based The Olive Oil Merchant, which specializes in importing superior quality olive oil from artisan producers in Italy.

Wine pairings for each dinner are provided by Mission Hill Family Estate, producing award-winning wines in the heart of British Columbia’s pristine Okanagan Valley, one of the world’s most exciting wine regions.

Both classes start at 6 PM and tickets are $125 each (with $50 tax receipt).

IN BRIEF: The Arts Club Theatre Company hosts summer Celebrity Chef Cooking Classes with Sean Murray of YEW seafood + bar on July 23 and Lucais Syme of La Quercia on July 31. Each evening features an interactive cooking demonstration of summer fare, served with wine pairings and held at private Vancouver area homes. For tickets, call Special Events at 604.687.5315, ext. 248, or visit


Since graduating from culinary school, Sean Murray has honed his skills in the kitchens of luxury hotels. He trained for five years under Ernst Dorfler at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver. Murray joined the Four Seasons Hotel group in 2002, spending six years in various international hotels and resorts, with his most recent position as executive sous chef at the Four Seasons Costa Rica. Murray returned to Vancouver in 2011 as restaurant chef under Ned Bell at YEW seafood + bar, where he brings his knowledge, skill, and enthusiasm to the restaurant’s modern seafood concept.


Co-owners and co-chefs Lucais Syme and Adam Pegg have created an exceptional brand in Vancouver, starting with their flagship restaurant La Quercia, renowned for its repertoire of simple, deliciously executed Northern Italian dishes. They followed up by opening La Pentola Della Quercia in Yaletown’s OPUS Hotel in 2012 to rave reviews. They also run L’Ufficio wine bar, adjacent to La Quercia.


The Arts Club Theatre Company, now in its 49th 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.
Twitter: @theArtsClub
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