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Here is a round-up of upcoming tasty food events happening this month. We’ll continue to update this post as we hear about new events, or after an event has taken place.

If you would like your event featured in this post, feel free to send us the details at vanfoodies [at] gmail.com for consideration.

Last updated: June 20, 2012

June 23: Pajo’s 25th Anniversary in Port Moody

Celebrate this milestone with Pajo’s at its Rocky Point Park location on Saturday, June 23. Free, fun activities for everyone: live music, bouncy castle, cake cutting, firetruck tour, prizes/contests, and more.

Pajo’s at Rocky Point Park
2800 Block Murray Street, Port Moody
June 23, 1-5pm

June 24: Greek Day on Broadway

Hosted by the Hellenic Canadian Congress of B.C.’s (HCC), this event is to promote the Vancouver Greek community’s established presence during the last 100 years and incorporating its rich cultural heritage that has spanned 2500 years of history.

It includes 23 food vendors, live music, dancing lessons, sampling Greek product, petting zoo, cooking demonstrations, artisan market, raffle and more.

For more information, visit the Greek Day website.

Entrance at Broadway & MacDonald Street
June 24, 11am-9pm (more…)


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Since I began writing for VanFoodies, I’ve attended a few cooking classes, dealing with different types of food in different environments.

I’m sorry to say this to all the ones I’ve taken before, this cooking class with Chef Bernie DesLauriers at Louis Gervais Fine Foods has been the best one so far. And here’s why.

Relaxed lesson

Lesson Plan & Wine

I don’t think this is too much to ask for. I want to be relaxed but still energetic when I sit down for a meal. After a day of work and a 2-hour cooking class, it’s usually not the case. However, because some of the prep work had been completely by the staff, and the demonstration and the cooking sections were evenly spread out through the night, I didn’t feel all that tired by the time I sat down to eat.

Snacks before cooking

Imagine yourself cooking at 7pm. It’s been hours after lunch, you are hungry, and you know you won’t be eating for another hour. That’s not something you want to put yourself through, especially if you are paying for it. They had just what I needed to keep my hunger at bay: a few choices of bread, some cheese and preserved meats. Nothing to ruin your appetite over.

Easy-going chef

Filleting Salmon

I can’t stress how important this is. (more…)

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Thanks to Vancouver Foodster, Mr. and I won a contest prize to attend a chocolate workshop at BETA5 Chocolates on Valentine’s Day. What a perfect way to spend our evening on this special day!

Beta5 Chocolates was just open recently in October 2011. It’s located in the industrial area near the Main Street skytrain station. The event started at 8:30pm and we arrived just after 8pm. We were greeted by Jess the co-owner and she graciously offered us champagne and a variety of chocolate-coated goodies, including pretzels, hazelnuts, ginger and espresso beans, as well as interesting items like chocolate covered frozen dried strawberries and mango-passion fruit caramels.

Chocolate goodies to taste

Chocolate goodies to taste

The workshop finally began when all 6 couples arrived. We first got to try chocolate chips from different countries, getting a sense of how the chocolate beans taste different based on their country of origin, climate, soil condition, etc. Some were bitter, some were a bit sour.

Chocolates from different countries

Chocolates from different countries

Then, time to make our own box of chocolate. (more…)

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The Arts Club Theatre Company just announced the lineup of its Fall 2011 Celebrity Chef Cooking Classes series. In May, Mr. and I were invited to one of the Spring classes and it was a ton of fun. We truly enjoyed Chef Ned Bell’s food and the warm hospitality of our host Leah.

Chef Ned Bell (right) and Host Leah

Chef Ned Bell (right) and Host Leah

Event Details

Each class is held in a gorgeous private home and features a three-hour interactive cooking demonstration. It includes a four-course dinner with specially paired wines.

Attendees invited to help with dishes

Attendees invited to help with dishes

This series currently is scheduled to run from Oct 4 to Nov 17 with more in the works. This is an event tailored to foodies while supporting the Arts Club Theatre Company. Here’s the lineup:

  • Tuesday October 4: Alana Peckham, Cru
  • Wednesday October 19: Shane McNeil, Bridges
  • Wednesday November 2: Dennis Huang, Gramercy Grill
  • Wednesday November 9: Jason Liezert, Boneta
  • Thursday November 17: Chris Mills, JOEY Restaurants

Tickets for each of these events are $125 per person and include a $50 tax receipt. For tickets and info, call 604.687.5315 x248 or email specialevents@artsclub.com. Further details can be found on the Arts Club Theatre Company website.

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Update: Chef Bell is now the executive chef of Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver.

Mr. and I received an invitation to attend one of the Arts Club Theatre’s Celebrity Chef Cooking Classes, and it turned out to be one featuring Chef Ned Bell. What a privilege it was! Chef Bell is the Head Chef of the new Rosewood Hotel Georgia, which is due to open in June. It was amazing that he took the time to cook for us at this event. I’m sure he’s quite busy preparing for the opening of the hotel.

Chef Ned Bell and Sous Chef Tyler

Chef Ned Bell (left) and Sous Chef Tyler

When I first learned of this event, I thought it would be similar to the Edible BC event on Granville Island. I was wrong. The event actually took place at a “secret location”, as we weren’t told the exact location until a few days prior to the event date. On the event day, we arrived at the beautiful home of one of the Arts Club Theatre’s director in West Vancouver. You just know there would be some really delicious food to go with the fabulous view from atop West Van.

Another component that’s out of the norm is that the dinner was not your regular sit-down dinner around a long dining table. The 30 of us were free to roam around over the course of dinner and we could sit anywhere from dining room to living room to kitchen. Patio would’ve been another option, but it was raining outside so we couldn’t take advantage of it.

Wine glasses

Wine glasses

Before we go into talking about the dinner, I must tell you that Chef Bell cooks with the motto “Globally inspired, locally sourced”, and we witnessed it throughout the dinner. And now, here’s Mr.s take on our dinner (along with extra commentary by me): (more…)

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