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When Bryan (the “beer guy”) isn’t writing about beer I put him to work as my camera man – so he and I were proud and honoured to represent VanFoodies at the 11th Annual ChefmeetsBCGrape while our fearless leader, Joyce, had other work commitments. The ChefmeetsBCGrape Signature Tasting is a fundraiser for the Arts Club Theatre to support the local theatre arts while showcasing BC food paired with BC VQA Wine.

Very “handy” third hand provided at the event

Very “handy” third hand provided at the event

The event started off with a bang with my favourite dessert of the evening (and, needless to say, favourite dish overall):

Chocolate gianduja pate with sour cherry compote

Chocolate gianduja pate with sour cherry compote, lychee foam and toffee brittle paired with Baillie-Grohman Estate Winery Pinot Gris 2014 presented by P2B Bistro & Bar

I’ve never had chocolate in a pate form before but let me tell you, it was smooth, creamy, not too sweet, and went beautifully with the toffee brittle crunch. The lychee foam and sour cherry compote disappeared behind the richness of the chocolate but gave it an interesting look with the white bubbles and pop of red colour. I found the white wine pairing quite surprising and would have preferred something equally as rich to balance with the chocolate/toffee flavours such as a Cabernet Sauvignon – the Pinot Gris was washed out by this delicious and delightful treat.

Now being Aussie I am a lamb fan (it’s a national Aussie meat) but I don’t find many Canadians who enjoy it. However, on this night, I only heard positive feedback from everyone I spoke to regarding this dish:

Sous-vide lamb sirloin slider

Sous-vide lamb sirloin slider, grey baby cheese, smoked tomato relish and beet chip paired with Upper Bench Winery Estate Grown Merlot 2012 presented by Provence Marinaside

The combination of flavours was well balanced with an equally balanced wine that paired very well with the strong flavours of the meat and cheese. (more…)

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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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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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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.

Last updated: April 26, 2012

April 2-30: New Veganminster Passport Event (Contest)

To promote New Westminster to be the Vegan Culinary Destination, a number of local businesses have partnered together to run a contest.

To enter, pick up a New Veganminster Passport at any of the following locations: Crepe Des Amis, Karmavore Vegan Shop, Coming Home Café or Shine Wellness Space. Then, visit any of the businesses listed in the New Veganminster Passport between April 2nd and April 30th and receive a stamp in your passport when you follow the instructions listed. The more stamps you collect the more chances you have to win!

Hand in your vegan passport at any of the drop off locations and you will be entered to win the prizes! The top prize is a vegan getaway package valued at approximately $450! For more information and for contest rules please visit www.thehungrytaurus.com/events.

At participating locations
April 2-30, 2012

April 30: Arts Club Theatre’s Food, Wine, Adventure Dinner

The Food, Wine, Adventure Dinner is hosted by Lise Asimont, the Director of Grower Relations at Sonoma’s Francis Ford Coppola Winery, with an Italian four-course menu in honour of the famous filmmaker’s heritage. The winery was recognized with the coveted USA Producer of the Year Award in 2011 at the International Wine and Spirit Competition.

This is part of Arts Club’s signature California Wine Fair fundraiser. The dinner is $185 per ticket. For tickets and information, call box office at 604-687-1644 or visit artsclub.com.

Q4 Ristorante
April 30 at 6pm
2611 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver (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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The Arts Club Theatre Company just announced the lineup of its spring 2011 Celebrity Chef Cooking Classes series. It’s similar to the Edible BC Market Dinner series, another great opportunity to meet some of the finest chefs in Vancouver and learn a few cooking tips and tricks from them.

Event Details

Aimed at all levels, each of these three-hour cooking class focuses on a specialty such as Asian fusion, seafood, and sustainable, local ingredients. Guests will discover expert techniques that can be adapted for use in any home kitchen, enjoy stories from behind the pass, and find out what fuels these chefs’ passion in the kitchen.

Cooking Class, Boneta. Photography by WorldExposure.com

Cooking Class, Boneta. Photography by WorldExposure.com

This series runs from March 30 to May 25 and helps raise fund for the Arts Club Theatre Company. Here’s the lineup: (more…)

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