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On Nov 24, 2022, five Vancouver chefs competed at Great Kitchen Party‘s Vancouver Regional Qualifier held at Westin Bayshore. Vancouver was the final stop of nine competing cities across the country, spotlighting talented chefs from St. John’s, Newfoundland to the west coast of British Columbia. Each region’s gold medal-winning chef earns the privilege of competing for national honours at the Canadian Culinary Championship in Ottawa on February 3-4, 2023.

The five competing Vancouver chefs were:

  • Sandy Chen – Archer
  • Scott Korzack – Bacaro
  • Vish Mayekar – Caffè La Tana, Pepino’s
  • Bobby Milheron – Homer St. Cafe & Bar, Tableau Bar Bistro, Maxine’s Cafe & Bar
  • Thachaya “Mike” Tuangkitkun – Maenam Restaurant
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Canada’s first-ever, full-service Milk Bar is now open at Nordstrom CF Pacific Centre! I was one of the few lucky ones to get the first look.

Milk Bar Nordstrom Vancouver - Counter

Located on level one near the Vancouver City Centre Skytrain station, Milk Bar will delight customers with their full menu, including the beloved Compost Cookie®, Cereal Milk® Soft Serve, Birthday Cake, Cake Truffles and Pie. In addition to the grab and go offering, the shop will also offer cookie deals, cookie tins and Christina Tosi’s brand-new cookbook titled All About Cookies.

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Announced on Oct. 27, 2022, eight Vancouver restaurants were selected to earn the one-MICHELIN-Star distinctions, 12 received Bib Gourmand designations, and 40 were named as Recommended eateries.

“Our teams of inspectors genuinely savoured their dining experiences in Vancouver,” said Gwendal Poullennec, International Director of the MICHELIN Guides. “They were very impressed with the city’s gastronomic dynamism. The selection – from Stars to Bib Gourmands to the Recommended spots – are all appealing in their own authentic DNA, and very diverse offers. They all can be very proud of their entry in the MICHELIN Guide family, as we’re pleased to highlight them to our community of foodies and travellers.”

Published on Main, June 2020

The 8 one-MICHELIN-Star Vancouver restaurants are:

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Whenever we go on our winecation with our friends B&K, we always include a “fancy night out” with a wine dinner at one of the restaurants in the area. For our trip in June, I had my eyes on the 112-year-old Naramata Inn.

Two years ago, famed Canadian chef and Okanagan-born Ned Bell, his wife Kate Colley, and two business partners have taken over Naramata Inn and breathed new life into this heritage building. Naturally, the kitchen is led by Ned, who is no stranger to the Vancouver restaurant scene and local foodies. The menu is all about fresh, local, seasonal ingredients, and quality is basically guaranteed. And with that, it’s been on my radar ever since and now was the perfect time to dine there.

Food

The menu is a prix fixe 2-course or 3-course menu, and we all opted for 2 courses.

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Over a five-day winecation in the Okanagan (yes, we have an “official” name for our wine vacation) with our friends B&K, we visited a number of wineries, eateries and attractions in the area. One of which was TIME Winery & Kitchen in Penticton. Back in 2018, we had a tour of the winery prior to its opening, having the opportunity to speak with the late Harry McWatters and his vision for the urban winery. Fast forward to 2022, TIME has changed hands to Ron and Shelley Mayert, with the McWatters sisters continuing to manage the operation. B&K are wine club members there, and there are perks such as a discount on food and complimentary wine tasting. We ended up spending 3 hours at TIME, starting with a lunch.

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