Thursday, March 8th, 2012
Directly from the Variety - The Children’s Charity Press Release:
3rd ANNUAL FOOD FIGHT! THE BATTLE FOR BRUNCH
Feast and Fundraiser for Variety – The Children’s Charity
Burnaby, BC (March 8, 2012) – Food Fight! The Battle for Brunch, presented by Variety – The Children’s Charity and MarketPlace IGA, is back for the third year in a row! This fun and unique fundraising event brings together some of BC’s finest Chefs in a battle for your taste buds. Mingle with friends as you sample each delicious brunch offering and cast your ballot to declare one Chef the Food Fight champ!
This year, Food Fight competitors include: EBO Restaurant, Edible Canada at the Market, Save On Meats, Terminal City Club, The Abercorn Hotel & Restaurant, Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort and YEW restaurant + bar. One of three finalists for a 2011 Vancouver Board of Trade Spirit of Vancouver Award, Food Fight’s stellar lineup is sure to please so get your tickets early! A cash bar will be offering a variety of wines, champagne and other liquid libations.
Emceed once again by Vancouver personality, Fred Lee, this event also features a live and silent auction with great items from Skoah, Bard on the Beach, Everything Wine and many more! All funds raised by Food Fight benefit Variety – The Children’s Charity.
Tickets are $45 and available online at www.variety.bc.ca/foodfight.htm or by calling the Variety office at 604.320.0505.
What: Food Fight! The Battle for Brunch
Where: Terminal City Club, 837 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC
When: Sunday, April 22nd from 11am – 2pm
Thursday, September 24th, 2009
Directly from the Eat! & Drink BC Press Release
Eat & Drink BC! launches October 1st - Bring Your Appetite for the Best of British Columbia
September 21, 2009 - Vancouver, BC
The fourth annual Eat & Drink BC! program launches October 1, 2009, and promises to deliver some of BC’s best dishes. With over 150 establishments across the Province serving up BC’s best bounty, there is certain to be something for everyone.
This year’s program encompasses a wide spectrum of restaurants at a variety of price points throughout the Province. Restaurants will be providing either a 3 course menu at varying price points (under $20, under $30, under $40 or $40) or a BC Bundle - consisting of one or two uniquely BC items.
Eat & Drink BC! program now is in its fourth year, found itself in the unique position of having to decide to continue this program or not. Funding that had been provided by the government in past years was no longer available. When asked why the BCRFA felt it was crucial to continue this program despite the lack of support, Ian Tostenson, President and CEO had this to say ” The buy local initiative behind this program has multiple effects for the Province’s economy. Dining programs with consumer value drives much needed restaurant sales, chefs and restaurateurs support our local growers when they buy their product, and marketing encourages consumers to buy local whenever and wherever they can.” to not continue the program was not really an option.
The program was also extremely fortunate to have the support of previous presenting sponsor BCAA return, along with our gold sponsor BC fresh, and new sponsors this year Vincor and Pure Blue. “Without the generous support of our sponsors, none of this would be possible” says Sharron Tulk, Director of Marketing. “In this economy, we are so grateful that these companies see the value that this program has to offer. Supporting this program shows their commitment to being business leaders in the Province.”
To kick off the program and drive awareness, the Eat & Drink BC team will be hosting booths at BC farmer’s markets in North Vancouver, Kelowna and Victoria on Saturday, September 26th. .
Day : Saturday, September 26
Location: East Plaza at Lonsdale Quay, North Vancouver, 123 Carrie Cates Court
Day : Saturday, September 26
Location: Corner of Dilworth drive and Springfield Road
Day : Saturday, September 26
Location: 1330 Fairfield Road, Victoria
Directly from the Mission Hill Press Release:
Mission Hill Family Estate to host BC’s Premier Celebrity Chefs Okanagan Book Launch & Charity Dinner: Chefs’ Table Society, Vancouver Cooks 2
West Kelowna, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia (September 22, 2009) - WEST KELOWNA, OKANGAN VALLEY, BC - SEPTEMBER 22, 2009 - Forget what you’ve heard about too many cooks in the kitchen, Mission Hill Family Estate will host the official launch of the Chefs’ Table Society of British Columbia cookbook, Vancouver Cooks 2, with an exclusive reception and five-course dinner, October 9. Sharing the evening’s spotlight with Mission Hill’s Winery Chef Matthew Batey are four of British Columbia’s premier chefs, including: Pino Posteraro of Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill, Vikram Vij of Vij’s and Rangoli, Ned Bell of Cabana Bar and Grille, and Rob Feenie of Cactus Club Restaurants.
A reception in the Wine Shop will kick off the festivities, with an optional tour for guests of the underground Barrel Cellar. A sumptuous five-course wine and food pairing will follow in Mission Hill’s Chagall Room, named for the exquisite tapestry by Russian-born painter Marc Chagall that adorns the room - one of only 29 Chagall tapestries ever made.
Guests will enjoy a culinary homage to British Columbia with delicious selections prepared by the all-star chef line-up. The menu features cookbook-inspired dishes by the chefs paired with Mission Hill’s premium wines a sampling includes fennel marinated sablefish with Reserve Riesling, seared Qualicum scallops and squash ravioli with Perpetua, and south Okanagan Valley venison with Quatrain.
Completing the evening will be a special take-home gift — each guest will receive a copy of the Chefs’ Table Society cookbook, Vancouver Cooks 2 with the authors available for personalized book signings.
Later this autumn, Mission Hill will also be offering a special Chefs Table Society culinary workshop at the winery based on recipes from the new cookbook.
Chefs’ Table Society Book Launch
Reception and Dinner
Mission Hill Family Estate, Chagall Room
Date: Friday, October 9, 2009
Time: 6:30 - 11:00 pm
Cost: $175 plus taxes (per person)
Directly from the Tourism Whistler Press Release:
Whistler Spa Escapes - relax, unwind and rejuvenate in a picture perfect mountain setting
Whistler, B.C. - Relax and rejuvenate mind, body, and soul during Whistler Spa Escapes this fall. Ten participating spas in Whistler are offering visitors the ability to unwind and revitalize - and save up to 50 per cent on spa services and wellness products from now through November 2, 2009.
Combine these heavenly spa specials with exceptional accommodation rates, fresh mountain air, award-winning restaurants, a spectrum of shops and limitless activities - and you’ll want to get here fast, and then slow down.
Leave the stress of a busy summer behind and indulge in a variety of treatments and specials, including manicures, pedicures, facials, massage treatments, body scrubs and more.
Participating spas are:
Avello Spa & Health Club (at the Westin Resort & Spa)
Beauty of Whistler Esthetic Services
Blue Highways Shiatsu and Massage
Eco Chic Spa Whistler
Loka Wellness & Yoga (at Nita Lake Lodge)
Spa at Four Seasons Resort Whistler
Taman Sari Royal Heritage Spa
Vida Wellness Spa (at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler)
Vital Spirit Spa
A full list of specials and promotions is available by visiting www.whistler.com/spa_escapes/.
Spa Escapes has teamed up with VISA to offer a special promotion. Use your VISA to purchase a Spa Escapes service at one of the participating spas and you will automatically be entered to a chance to win the ultimate Whistler pamper package**. One grand prize consists of a half day spa treatment for two, a $150 CAD dinner certificate plus accommodation in Whistler.
Wednesday, July 29th, 2009
B.C. Day Weekend Ideas:
Summer Night Market will be open
Visit numerous Vancouver Restaurant Patios
Visit the World Police and Fire Games
Go to Granville Island:
Take Flight and Follow the Birds Around Granville Island This BC Day
Celebrate Our Province - Monday, August 3
Vancouver, BC (July 29, 2009): Granville Island is hosting its Annual BC Day Festival (August 3) with artists and artisans showcasing their wares throughout the Island with demonstrations and ideas to make your very own treasures. There is something here for everyone; bring the whole family and join our celebration of BC!
Get your Granville Island BC Day program - available throughout the Island - stamped from various stops and win an art card set. You can also drop your name in a ballot box for your chance to win a signed limited edition framed print (valued at $450) donated by David McCann.
Families will have an opportunity to check out the exciting Kids Market. Children visiting the Kids Market can register with ‘Child Find’, a unique personal fingerprint registry used for safety precautions, whilst browsing all the games and events to be found there.
Local Island restaurants will be showcasing their best BC selections with daily specials and the buskers will be out in full force to entertain and amuse.
Balloons, doggy treats, great eats and fun are all to be found on BC Day (August 3) at Granville Island.
See you there!
Granville Island Public Market and The Net Loft are open until 7 pm, seven days a week.
For more information about Granville Island events, visit www.granvilleisland.com.
Monday, July 6th, 2009
Directly from the VSO Press Release
VSO Appoints New Concertmaster
Vancouver BC – Maestro Bramwell Tovey and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra are proud to announce the appointment of world-renowned violinist Dale Barltrop as VSO Concertmaster, effective September 2009.
Originally from Brisbane, Australia, Dale Barltrop earned his Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Maryland, followed by a Professional Studies Diploma from the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with William Preucil, Concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra. Mr. Barltrop has been Principal Second Violin of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra since 2003 and Principal Second Violin of the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra in San Diego since 2005. He was also a co-founder and Director of the Philharmonia Ensemble at the University of Maryland from 2000 to 2002.
An accomplished violinist, Mr. Barltrop has won the Grand Prize at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in 2003, the Jules C. Reiner Violin Prize at the Tanglewood Music Festival in 2002, and First Prize at the University of Maryland Concerto Competition in 2000. He has been featured as a soloist with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra in the works of Bach, Locatelli, Piazzolla, Schubert and Vivaldi.
In commenting on his appointment, Mr. Barltrop said: “I’m honoured to be the Vancouver Symphony’s new concertmaster. I had the opportunity to tour with the VSO this past May and the music-making was inspiring. They are wonderful musicians and I’m very much looking forward to joining them and calling Vancouver my home.”
Maestro Bramwell Tovey was enthusiastic in his praise of Mr. Barltrop, stating: “Dale is an exceptional musician in every way. He is not only a tremendous violinist and great classical artist, he is also a devoted advocate of music. I was so impressed with his professionalism and skill on our Central Canada Tour and the weeks in which he performed with us at the Orpheum, and look forward to Dale joining the orchestra on a full-time basis. I am delighted that Dale will make his home here in Vancouver, and he will become an indispensable part of the music community of British Columbia.”
Equally enthusiastic was President & CEO Jeff Alexander, who noted: “We are delighted to welcome Dale to the VSO family. I know the entire organization and the Vancouver arts community will benefit greatly from his extraordinary musicianship and leadership abilities.”
As Concertmaster of the VSO, Mr. Barltrop takes on a position central to the artistic success of a symphony orchestra. The Concertmaster is the leader of the orchestra’s string section, and he will serve as the artistic “right hand” to Music Director Bramwell Tovey. He will in fact be the conduit between every conductor and the orchestra during rehearsals and performances. Mr. Barltrop will appear as soloist with the VSO on a regular basis, and be a member of every audition committee for future appointments to the orchestra.
In addition to his substantial artistic role, Mr. Barltrop will be active in the VSO’s extensive educational programs, serve as an ambassador of the VSO at public and private functions, and participate in various fundraising and social functions on behalf of the organization.
Directly from the Shadbolt Centre Newsletter
20th Annual Symphony in the Park
Sunday, July 12, 7:30 – 9:30pm
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra performs its annual free outdoor concert showcasing the beauty of Burnaby’s Deer Lake Park under conductor Evan Mitchell. This year features violinist Esther Hwang. The Royal Astronomical Society will also be on site, marking the International year of Astronomy and providing terrific star-gazing opportunities. Come early, bring a blanket and a picnic basket, and settle in for a wonderful evening.
25th Annual Burnaby Discovery Day Festival
Sunday, July 19, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Burnaby’s largest community grass-roots festival showcases a variety of organizations involved in arts and culture, heritage, sports and leisure. Visitors of all ages will enjoy music, live theatre, street performances, interactive visual arts activities throughout the day and special performances by Bobs and Lolo!
Live Nation Concerts in July
Virgin Festival ‘09
Saturday, July 25 - Sunday, July 26, 2009
Featuring; Our Lady Peace, Mute Math, K-OS, Ben Harper & Relentless7, Sonic Youth, Jarvis Cocker, De La Soul, Spinnerette, Plants and Animals, Furute On The Left, Awesome Color and many, many more in Deer Lake Park. Visit www.deerlakepark.org for more info.
Monday, May 18th, 2009
Directly from the Senova Press Release
Vancouver, BC… Recently returned from European travels, inspired and refreshed, Senova’s Manuel Ferreira will be preparing his take on paella at EAT! Vancouver - The Everything Food + Cooking Festival. Taking the International Culinary Stage at 3:15PM on May 23 and 24, Ferreira will present “Spanish Paella - A Palate and Eye Pleaser”. To coincide with the presentations and in celebration of the famous dish, Senova will be running a special $35.00 3-course paella menu from Friday May 22nd through Sunday May 24th.
Combining the bold flavours of seafood and/or meats with saffron rice, paella truly is a dish for all seasons and occasions. The Spanish specialty is easily adaptable to whatever ingredients are on hand, making it an excellent recipe to have in your repertoire. Be sure to visit the International Culinary Stage at EAT! Vancouver to learn Ferreira’s tips and tricks, and then stop by Senova to try it out.
Manuel Ferreira, owner of Le Gavroche Restaurant Français, was born in Portugal and spent his childhood in France, returning to his homeland for holidays. Wanting to draw on his Portuguese roots, and pay tribute to the warmer climates of the Mediterranean, Ferreira saw the perfect opportunity to open Senova. The warmth and hospitality of his homeland combined with the neighbourhood atmosphere of “The Boulevard” offers residents from around Vancouver the chance to enjoy food, wine and ambience of countries rich in culture and cuisine.
For more information or to make your reservation, please call the restaurant at 604.266.8643 or visit Senova at 1864 West 57th Avenue in Vancouver.
Directly from The Hart House Press Release
Vancouver, BC – Burnaby’s Hart House at Deer Lake is pleased to announce the dates for our summer garden party events. Each garden party starts with a casual tasting of wines from the evening’s featured region, held in Hart House’s elegant gardens. Guests may then purchase wines from the evening’s specially-selected wine list to pair with the al fresco dinner that follows. Live music and a spectacular view of Deer Lake will add to diners’ enjoyment of the evening.
The 2009 summer event schedule includes
Lobster Supper – Wednesday, June 17
Fresh Nova Scotia lobster is the life of our annual Maritime-infused party.
Wine sampling and live music help make this event a great way to welcome in the summer.
Italian Garden Party – Wednesday, July 22
Our classic Italian Garden Party features Mediterranean cuisine paired with premium Italian wines.
Guests are welcome to stroll around the beautiful Hart House estate lawn and gardens.
Evening in Provence – Wednesday, August 19
This is a celebration of the culture and flavours of Provence, France.
A sampling of French wines in our gardens is followed by a dinner featuring Provence-inspired cuisine.
California Experience – Wednesday, September 9
California’s world-class wines have earned a prominent place on the world stage in recent years.
Here’s your chance to sample some of California’s best, paired with exceptional cuisine.
All events start at 6:00pm. Reservations will be accepted starting May 21, 2009.
Lobster Supper - Wednesday, June 17 2009
$52 per person plus taxes and gratuity
Italian Garden Party - Wednesday, July 22 2009
Evening in Provence - Wednesday, August 19 2009
California Experience - Wednesday, September 9 2009
Above three are each $45 per person, plus taxes and gratuity
Hart House at Deer Lake
6664 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Reservations by phone only at 604-298-4278
Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009
The Burnaby Empty Bowls project will be on April 29, 2009. For more information please call 604-205-3000
Opus Bar is hosting a Green Room Session on Thursday April 23rd, 2009. The event features Heineken beer and multiple DJ’s.
Directly from the Caffe Artigiano Press Release:
Vancouver, BC - Caffè Artigiano’s Sammy Piccolo represented Canada this week at the 2009 World Barista Championships (WBC), held in Atlanta, Georgia. Beating talented opponents from around the world, Sammy won 2nd place in the coveted ad hotly pursued competition.
Celebrating its 10th year, the event welcomes gifted baristas from over 50 countries to compete for the annual title of World Barista Champion, during the SCAE Wonderful Coffee Event. Enthusiasts from across the globe took in the ultimate espresso experience watching live and via an internet live webcast.
Sammy is an unprecedented four-time World Barista Finalist achieving three consecutive 2nd and 3rd place finishes between 2004 and 2006. After spending the past two years focusing on his role at Caffè Artigiano and opening the Burnaby Café, Sammy decided to take up the challenge once again and following months of rigorous practice, Sammy delivered a polished routine, demonstrating his confidence, competence and great passion.
Directly from the Abigail’s Hotel Press Release
Victoria, BC… Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and if you have yet to plan a special treat for Mom don’t worry. Surprise the mother in your life with a day of pampering at Abigail’s Hotel. This package is available only on May 9th and includes premier accommodation, a spa facial or massage, complimentary appetizers at 5:00pm, plus Mother’s Day Brunch the next morning. Or opt simply to indulge mom with brunch, May 10th at Abigail’s Hotel. Offering two seatings (10:30am or 12:00noon) and the unbeatable price of $35 per person ($17 for those under 12 years of age), this brunch is sure to book up quickly. To reserve your Mother’s Day Retreat or a table for Mother’s Day Brunch, call Abigail’s Hotel at 1.800.561.6565.
Thursday, March 12th, 2009
There are a few days left in the Meinhardt Fine Foods annual sale.
Restaurant Connor Butler has a $45 pre theater 3 course menu on from 5:30pm to 6:30pm.
Andale’s Mexican and Athene’s Greek have special coupon deals.
Central Bistro has a free desert deal on until March 15th, 2009.
Nathan’s Grill has half price appys from 4:00pm to 6:00pm.
Hart House has a 2 course lunch special from $19 valid Tuesday to Friday.
Friday Buffets are back at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts
Sunday, February 15th, 2009
Directly from the WRA Press Release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 13, 2009
Nutritious Menu Options Continue to Trend Upward, Washington Restaurant Association Research Reveals
OLYMPIA, Wash. - As part of an ongoing movement, a significant number of Washington restaurants are continuing to include healthy choices on their menus, according to the results of the 2008 Washington Restaurant Association Wage, Benefit and Menu Survey.
“Health and nutrition continue to be growing cultural priorities nationally and in the Pacific Northwest, particularly,” said Anthony Anton, WRA president and CEO. “So, it’s no surprise that more than half of the restaurants in this survey indicated they were accommodating diners’ desire for more wholesome menu selections. It’s really a testament to how responsive this industry is to market demands.”
Fifty-four percent of quick service eateries said healthy choices had been added to their menus and 51 percent of full service establishments made the addition. Additionally, the full service operators surveyed estimated that roughly 30 percent of their menu options fell into the healthy category, according to the survey results.
The detailed report covers salary and hourly wage information for certain positions, averaged tipped wages, hiring practices, menu pricing and benefits information, among other valuable statistics.
The results were released this quarter, in partnership between the WRA and People Report, a marketing research firm specializing in compiling specific data within various industry sectors
The report is produced biennially and is a respected source of information on trends and changing economics in the region’s dynamic hospitality industry. This information gives operators a comprehensive look at how the industry is responding to particular issues, and serves as a roadmap for decisions involving salary, benefits and menu planning.
Visit www.WRAhome.com and learn how to obtain a copy of this invaluable report.
Directly from the Vino at the Landing Press Release:
VINO AT THE LANDING DEBUTS WINE “AHEAD OF THE CURVE”
New Wine Bar Welcomes Community
Renton, Washington, February 13, 2009- Vino At The Landing debuts to the public February 20th 2009, as Renton’s premier wine tasting bar and retail shop. Focusing on carefully selected, artisan style and value driven wines in an intimate and contemporary space . Vino At The Landing functions as both a tasting bar and retail store. Designed to create a fun and vibrant environment for both enthusiasts and novices, the dark wood custom-designed tasting bar is the heart of the enterprise where patrons gather to sample wines from the Northwest and beyond. Choosing from glass pours or themed “flights” of multiple wines, guests can taste and learn about a new region or wine grape with each visit. The retail portion of the store features a rotating selection of 150 wines, the majority value-priced at $30 or less. “We envision Vino at the Landing as the community gathering place,” says co-owner Rick McMaster, “where people can relax and enjoy the pleasures of wine in an environment designed to be comfortable and educational.”
Winemaker events and informal tastings will be designed to entertain, enlighten and educate. “We’re learning as we go too,” says McMaster, referring to his “all family” business partners, “so we appreciate the educational component of wine and want to make it as approachable as possible for our customers.” McMaster, an engineer by training and an avid wine enthusiast by avocation and his wife Andrea recently completed the 2nd-level certificate program with the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET). “We feel the best way to gain knowledge is to explore, so we’ve set up a program to make it easy and fun for our customers to do just that.” Weekly Friday evening tastings are planned with winemakers present so guests can have their questions answered in an intimate setting. In addition to the tasting bar and retail shop, Vino at the Landing will offer a menu of wine-friendly foods which can be enjoyed at the wine bar, in the cozy dining area or the fireside lounge.
Wine flights will be presented in custom wine “trees” with descriptors of each wine provided. Sample flights include: Ahead of the Curve: A tribute to Vino at the Landing’s Renton location with cutting edge wines, Worldly White: White grape varietals from premier growing locations around the globe, Old World Reds: showcasing subdued styles from classic wine regions and Seattle Artisan: Local artisan producers making great wines from the Columbia Valley. Themes will change regularly to showcase the wide range of wines available and keep the educational component fresh. All wines poured will be available for retail purchase. Retail wines are available to enjoy at home or in-store with table service for a modest corkage fee. Flights include a trio of three ounce pours and sixteen glass pours will also be available. A selection of craft beers and non-alcoholic beverages will be offered as well. Additional retail items like gourmet pasta, olive oil, chocolates, cheese and wine accessories are soon to follow.
Future plans also include the development of a wine club and weekly e-newsletter to keep customers updated with the latest wine arrivals, special events and other pertinent information. Warmer months will bring the addition of outdoor sidewalk seating.
About Vino at The Landing
Vino at The Landing is Renton’s premier wine bar and retail shop hailed as the “new community gathering place”. Offering 150 hand selected artisan wines, gourmet small plates, restaurant style seating and retail services. Vino at The Landing is located at 800 North 10th Place, Suite E in Renton and on the web at www.vinoatthelanding.com or by phone at 425-282-0382.
Thursday, August 14th, 2008
August 16th, 2008 is The Canadian Cheese Rolling Event.
August 30th, 2008 is The Sea to Sky Feast of Fields.
September 5th, 2008 is the 25th anniversary of The Whistler Golf Club. From the Press Release:
On Friday, September 5, 2008 guests will have the option of participating in a morning (8 a.m.) or afternoon (2 p.m.) shotgun start. For $79 plus tax, golfers will get 18 holes of golf, use of a golf cart, complimentary retro logo hat and a BBQ lunch. Competitions, lunch-time entertainment with one of Whistler’s favourite hometown performers, Guitar Doug, and 25 per cent discounts at the golf shop will round out the fun.
Tuesday, July 29th, 2008
The Opus Street Party is on Friday August 1st, 2008 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm and you can win VIP invitations by clicking here: Opus Street Party
The Okanagan Summer Wine Festival is being held on August 8th and 9th, 2008.
On August 20th, 2008 The Hart House Restaurant in Burnaby are featuring a culinary California experience. The cost is $45 per person plus taxes and tip.
The Sea to Sky Feast of Fields will be held on August 30th, 2008.
September 12th, 13th and 14th, 2008 is the Eat! Fraser Valley Food and Cooking Festival in Abbotsford.