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The W Network Series Come Dine With Me Canada is looking for foodies in Vancouver to join in the fun!

Come Dine With Me Canada is a half-hour series that follows five strangers as they compete to throw the perfect dinner party for their fellow amateur chefs. Throughout the week, competitors will take turn to host a dinner party to impress others with scrumptious food, sparkling decor and stimulating conversation. At the end of the night, each diner rates the party. When the week is over, the top rated host or hostess wins a $1,000 cash prize and bragging rights as the “host with the most”

Do you enjoy throwing parties at your home? Are you looking to test your cooking and hosting skills? Have you got what it takes to throw the perfect dinner party?

If you are interested, email comedinewithme@propertelevision.com. Every application is reviewed and carefully considered.


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I don’t really consider myself a celebrity-chef chaser; if I am, I would’ve tried all famous restaurants in town already. And I haven’t, far from it. However, this time around I wasn’t going to pass up the opportunity to try ensemble Restaurant & Bar, owned by the winner of Top Chef Canada, Chef Dale MacKay.

I was particularly interested in trying Dale’s food because of my following of the TV show. It feels like you know all these chefs so well after watching them on TV for several weeks. haha. And I’ve been rooting for him, for a BC chef to win this thing. Surely he didn’t disappoint.

On a Friday night I checked out the restaurant with several coworkers. We got there at around 5:00pm and it was rather quiet, probably because people were just starting to get off work. The traffic sure picked up from there, since it was almost a full house when we left shortly after 7pm.


The menu concept is basically modern French-influenced small-plates. Even though the menu is presented in such a way that there are dishes reminiscent of appetizers and some of entrees, ultimately they are about the same size. So I started with a cold soup, something I don’t usually order. The Dungeness Crab with Spiced Melon Soup was quite refreshing. There was a generous serving of crab meat sitting on top of the soup, which was just slightly spiced – kinda reminds me of a melon smoothie. It’s a good mix of sweet and savouriness.

Dungeness Crab with Spiced Melon Soup

Dungeness Crab with Spiced Melon Soup

For my next dish I chose the Black Cod with Thai Broth. (more…)

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I’ve been just informed about this foodie reality TV series that will be holding an open casting call this weekend. Here is some information.

About Recipe To Riches

This new original series offers ordinary Canadians with extraordinary recipes the opportunity to show off their unique culinary creations and vie for the once-in-a-lifetime chance to take their “Recipe” to “Riches.” The innovative series is set to air on the Food Network Canada and Global, and will be hosted by Jesse Palmer, football analyst for ESPN/ABC in the U.S. and for TSN in Canada.


  • Open casting calls in Vancouver on Saturday, February 12, 2011
  • 9am to 5pm at the the Hyatt Regency, 655 Burrard Street (downtown Vancouver)


  • Vancouverites with extraordinary recipes

How does the show work?

  • Canada’s culinary gourmands can enter their finest recipes in one of seven categories ranging from appetizer to entrées to desserts
  • Canadians can vote online to determine the ultimate competition winner after watching on as participants compete within their gastronomic groups

What is the sweet prize for flavourful fare?

The opportunity to see Canada’s favourite recipes developed into President’s Choice products sold at select grocery stores across the country. The winners of each culinary category also battle it out to win the ultimate grand prize of $250,000 – the largest cash prize in Canadian reality show history.

Auditions will also be held in three other Canadian cities, including Halifax, Toronto, and Montreal.

For more information about the audition process, or to register for your audition, visit: www.recipetoriches.ca

If you decide to enter, I wish you the best of luck – make Vancouver proud!

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