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Through the organizer of Dishcrawl‘s “A Taste of Vancouver’s West End” on June 19, I had a chance to meet and interview Chris Whittaker, the executive chef of Forage at the Listel Hotel.

Forage Vancouver

Forage Vancouver

Originally from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Chef Chris Whittaker has been in the industry for 22 years. Starting as a dishwasher at 14, Chris worked his way up and really enjoyed his journey growing as a chef. His experience working at the largest convention hotel in northwest Ontario allowed him to learn making everything from scratch, building a great foundation for what he has become to be.

Chris moved to the west coast in 1999 and worked for several large hotels and restaurants. In 2007, he landed a job at the Listel Hotel, a boutique hotel on the West End which strives to be the greenest hotel. Chris has been there ever since.

“I hunt, I fish, I garden; we keep two honey bee hives at home. We compost all food waste and we recycle. That’s also how I operate my kitchen. The progression of my career and the shift to local cuisine 8 or 10 years ago just made this a natural fit,” says Chris. (more…)


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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: May 25, 2012

April 23-June 28: Dine in Whistler

Similar to Dine Out Vancouver, participating restaurants of Dine in Whistler offers exceptional value through $19, $29, $39 or $49 menu. Enjoy a diverse range of dining experiences and menus – from soulful pub fare, to authentic ethnic cuisine, to unique and innovative fine dining – all while taking in spectacular natural setting of Whistler.

Some hotels also offer discounted room rates to those who are visiting Whistler for this event. More details can be found at www.whistler.com/dinein.

At participating restaurants
April 23-June 28

May 18-26: Vancouver Craft Beer Week

The third annual Vancouver Craft Beer Week has become a 11-day event, with 9 Headliner events, 6 Opening Acts, 36 Neighbourhood Gigs, and 12+ week-long specials dedicated to all things craft beer.

Ticket sales and event details can be found the VCBW website.

At various locations
May 18-26

May 18- June 2: Feast! Tofino

A 16-day-long series of culinary events to be held on the West Coast of Vancouver Island beginning on May 18, 2012 and culminating with the Tofino Food and Wine Festival, June 1-2, 2012. A collaboration between acclaimed local and regional guest chefs, restaurants, fishermen, foragers, farmers, accommodation, activity and tour providers, Feast! Tofino celebrates the abundance of available seafood and the sustainable “boat-to-table” practices commonly employed by the area’s restaurants and the Tofino-Ucluelet Culinary Guild.

There are a number of activities happening during that period, including “Dine About” prix fixe menus at $29, $39 and $49, Salmon Dock Festival (May 19) and Spot Prawn Dock Festival (May 26).

For more information, visit www.feastbc.com.

At participating restaurants and various event locations in Tofino
May 18-June 2 (more…)

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Would craft beer and spot prawns make a good pair?

You will have the opportunity to try them both next week!

Vancouver Craft Beer Week: May 10-16

To celebrate craft beer culture, local craft breweries and establishments put together a week full of activities to promote craft beer in Vancouver, including dinners, award ceremony and workshops.

Check out the Vancouver Craft Beer Week website for more information and to purchase tickets. A number of events are already sold out so be sure to act fast.

And don’t forget, please be responsible and plan your transportation ahead of time!

4th Annual Spot Prawn Festival Kicks Off on May 8

It’s that time of the year again. Just a few weeks ago I had the first taste of this season’s spot prawns and they’re just soooo yummy!! We had them two-way at home – sashimi and boiled – and we could taste the natural, sweet flavour of the prawns.

Spot Prawn Sashimi

Spot Prawn Sashimi

Boiled Fresh Spot Prawns

Boiled Fresh Spot Prawns

For the fourth time the Chefs Table Society is hosting the annual Spot Prawn Festival and it kicks off with a community event this Saturday, May 8 at the False Creek Fishermen’s Wharf. For the next 6-8 weeks, take the opportunity to visit the Fishermen’s Wharf and buy some locally sourced, sustainable spot prawns. They are really that good!

For more information, visit the Chefs Table Society’s website.

As always, happy eating!


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