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Catelli, the Canadian pasta maker established in 1867 in Old Montreal, recently launched a new product line called Healthy Harvest Ancient Grains. It’s made with 100% Canadian whole wheat with five ancient grains: quinoa, teff, amaranth, millet and sorghum. I was invited to its launch event in Vancouver, over an intimate cooking experience with Chef Lynn Crawford.

Chef Lynn Crawford Cooking Demo

We got to taste-test the doneness of the pasta and find out what our preference was between 7-minute, 8-minute or 9-minute cooking time. For me, I thought cooking the pasta for 8 minutes would give me the perfect al dente texture without being too hard. Overall, the pasta texture is firmer than white pasta, but less grainy and more flavourful than regular whole wheat pasta.

Scroll to the bottom to find out how you can win a year’s supply of Catelli Healthy Harvest Ancient Grains pasta!

Taste test doneness of pasta

We also sampled the pasta with Chef Lynn Crawford’s marinara and pesto sauces. Now, if only I could get a hold of those recipes!

Rotini with Chef Lynn's Marinara SauceSpaghettini with Chef Lynn's Pesto Sauce

The cooking demonstration was quite interactive. Did you see my video of Amy Bronee from Family Feedbag jamming with Chef Lynn while making the pesto sauce? It’s all about the basil!!

Marc Smith of 30 Days of Adventures also got called up to help with plating the pasta dishes.

Interactive demo with attendee participation

At the end of the evening, we all had a chance to replicate Chef Lynn’s recipe of Chilled Noodle Salad with Ginger Wasabi Dressing. It was easy to make and tasted light and refreshing; it would be a great dish for the warmer days to come this summer. I’ll share the recipe with you at another time.

Joyce cookingWith Chef Lynn Crawford

Now is your chance to get your hands on some of these nutritious pasta! I’m giving away ONE-YEAR SUPPLY of the Healthy Harvest Ancient Grains pasta. Yes, one year’s worth of pasta! I’ve won a year’s supply of product before, and let me tell you, it’s a pretty sweet deal 🙂

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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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(Editor’s note: A joint post by Joyce and Frank. Enjoy!)

With the Olympics backdrop, many events are held in Vancouver to take advantage of that. We had the pleasure to go to an event that showcased the food and wines from Vancouver Island and Sunshine Coast. The event was by invitations only. Having the privilege to receive the invitations (as media) was a compliment to the website as well as to anyone who follows us. A few other fellow food bloggers were there too.

The event itself was held at Robson Square. (Joyce: We got to check out the digital gateway at BC Showcase which is currently not accessible to the general public. That was fun!) The Le-La-La Dancers opened for the event. Also mayors and various regional destination marketing organizations were there to promote their municipalities. Food wise, it featured (more…)

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