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We were invited to the ChefmeetsBCGrape event back in June. Co-produced with the Wines of British Columbia, it’s a wine and food fundraiser for the Arts Club Theatre, celebrating the finest offerings of wine and food from across BC. I had a backlog of photos and posts to go through, and finally here I am to show you some mouth-watering photos from the event. Better late than never, right?

It was a sold out event with more than 500 wine lovers. Each of us went from station to station to taste dishes put on by 15 local restaurants, and sample wines from close to 100 BC wineries. You know there would be no shortage of good food and good wines.

A sold out event featuring close to 100 BC wineries

A sold out event featuring close to 100 BC wineries

Each of us was given an event guide, with a slot for the wine glass. What a great idea to free up our hands from juggling plates and glasses!

Event guide with wine glass holder

Event guide with wine glass holder

Participating restaurants included: (more…)

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For a team lunch, KB, AM, MP (yes a new member!) and I headed over to the p2b Bistro at Renaissance to grab a bite. It was one of my suggestions for lunch because I remembered the nice environment when we attended the Blue Ribbon Classics Menu launch last year, and the food was decent for a hotel restaurant.

Food

Turns out at lunch p2b offers a “In 30 under $20” menu, targeting business professionals with very little time to eat. It’s a two-course prix-fixe lunch menu (including coffee or tea) for $19, with a promise that you will be out the door within 30 minutes. Although we weren’t really in a hurry to finish lunch in 30 minutes, $19 is too good of a deal to resist. And yes, in the end, we all ordered from this menu.

Each table receives some Cheese Herb Bread. It looks really good, nice and puffy. We were wondering if it’s baked or fried, and as soon as we bit into it (or tried to rip it apart), we immediately knew that it’s fried. You can never go wrong with fried dough, but it did get a bit heavy after a few bites. The tomato chutney was a bit tart and helped cut through the grease in the fried bread.

Cheese Herb Bread

Cheese Herb Bread

For appetizers, I chose the Tender Baby Spinach Salad. It’s a standard affair with spinach, tomatoes and bocconcini cheese. The cheese is really soft, lacking the spongy texture that I usually taste in bocconcini, so I was slightly taken aback. (more…)

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We went to a launch event to celebrate the addition of the “Blue Ribbon Classics” menu to the p2b Bistro and Bar at the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside. The “Blue Ribbon Classics” menu is a collection of signature dishes by Eric and Bruce Bromberg, chefs and founders of the famous Blue Ribbon Restaurants. The Bromberg Brothers are known as the “Chefs to the Chefs” for their culinary excellence and chef clientele in their New York and Las Vegas restaurants, and they were recently named 2011 “Best Restaurateur” finalists by the James Beard Association.

The "Blue Ribbon Classics" Menu

The "Blue Ribbon Classics" Menu

So what makes this even more special? Vancouver is the only Canadian city selected for this Blue Ribbon-Renaissance partnership!

At this event we got to try every dish and cocktail featured on this menu. Here is the list:

Blue Ribbon Bites

  • “Northern Fried” Chicken Wings
  • Grilled Chicken Burger
  • Smoked Salmon Toast
  • Manchego and Mexican Honey Toast
  • Sauteed Calamari
  • White Bean Hummus Toast
  • Grilled Cheese Panini
  • Fried Rock Shrimp

Blue Ribbon Cocktails

  • Hummingbird
  • Michelada

At first glance, the menu looks ordinary. They are menu items that you can find at a lot of pubs and lounges. That perception stopped as soon as we tried them out. (more…)

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