Gunawan and Cheung Collaborate on Four-Course ‘Eat. Learn. Gather.’ Event that Underscores Importance of Making Informed Food Choices while Giving Back
Reconnecting people with the importance of embracing local, organic and sustainable food comes into clear focus when Chef David Gunawan of Farmer’s Apprentice and Owner Dan Cheung of Nourish Vancouver team up to present a one-night-only ‘Eat. Learn. Gather.’ event at Nourish, 3742 West 10th Ave. on Saturday, Mar. 4 at 6 p.m.
Limited to just 24 tickets, the event will afford guests a unique opportunity to interact with Gunawan as he demonstrates each dish prepared during the four-course dinner in an intimate chef’s-table setting at the Point Grey cooking school and café.
Tickets for the evening are available for $150 per person, with 100 per cent of the proceeds going to Project CHEF, an outreach program that partners with the Vancouver School Board to teach children in local elementary schools the importance of making healthy food choices and how to create, prepare and share meals in their own home. Since its launch ten years ago, Project CHEF has touched the lives of more than 12,000 children from Kindergarten to Grade Seven.
“This dinner unites Project CHEF and David Gunawan’s philosophy of diminishing our ecological footprint by making better local, sustainable and healthy food choices wherever possible and we’re thrilled to collaborate with David and raise funds for a very worthy cause,” says Cheung, who co-founded Nourish with wife Abbey Pires in 2015.
Much like the ingredients delivered to its door fresh daily at Farmer’s Apprentice, the four-course ‘Eat. Learn. Gather.’ menu will be informed by the seasonality for which the South Granville farm-to-table restaurant has become known.
For Gunawan, the exclusive event not only gives him a chance to highlight his locavore-forward principles of championing organic and sustainable providers but also — much like the mission of Project CHEF — engendering in his guests an abiding relationship with food and helping them to rediscover the intrinsic value of preparing healthy, locally sourced meals for themselves and their families in their own homes.
“I’m looking forward to helping our guests realize how easy it can be to forge a direct link to the narrative and intention behind sourcing healthy and organic ingredients they can find in their own backyard,” says Gunawan. “Our intention behind this dinner is to create a dialogue that allows people to connect with food and show them the ways and means to procure, prepare and present food in a very non-intimidating way.”F
‘EAT. LEARN. GATHER.’ MENU
Early Spring Vegetable Salad
Cacio e Pepe Pasta Workshop
How to Make Pasta Dough and Handmade Noodles
Kale Salad, Day Old Bread, Parmesan
Tickets to the ‘Eat. Learn. Gather.’ event are available for $150 per person plus tax and include a four-course dinner, beverage pairings and interactive cooking demonstrations. To purchase tickets, visit Nourish Vancouver’s website. Guests will be issued a charitable tax receipt for fifty per cent or $75 of the $150 ticket.
ABOUT FARMER’S APPRENTICE | The birthplace of innovative, artisanal and sustainable cuisine in Vancouver, Farmer’s Apprentice features ever-changing menus comprised of ingredients delivered fresh daily from local farms, pastures and providers and served in a casual, intellectually stimulating environment that encourages interactions between the chefs and guests. Launched in 2013 by acclaimed locavore chef David Gunawan, Farmer’s Apprentice was ranked No. 2 on enRoute Magazine’s annual list of Canada’s Best New Restaurants in 2014, and also swept the podium that year with nods for Best New Restaurant, Best Casual Restaurant and Restaurant of the Year at the 25th annual Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards.
ABOUT DAVID GUNAWAN | A celebrated champion of locavores and a staunch proponent of ecological gastronomy, Chef David Gunawan sharpened his skills in acclaimed kitchens in Chicago, Seattle, Vancouver and Belgium before opening Farmer’s Apprentice in 2013 and Grapes & Soda and Royal Dinette in 2015, each setting a new standard for sustainably sourced farm-to-table cuisine. His culinary approach is dictated by whatever fresh produce arrives at his door from local farmers each day. In 2016, Gunawan was named Chef of the Year at the annual Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards.
ABOUT NOURISH VANCOUVER | It was a labour of love for husband-wife team Dan Cheung and Abbey Pires. What started out as an organic salad delivery company in 2014, Nourish has grown to capture the attention of Vancouverites with its commitment to creating delicious meals with local, organic, seasonal ingredients. And, their mission was simple – celebrate high-quality, sustainable food and sharing it with the community.
3742 W 10th Ave., Vancouver, B.C. V6R 2G4 | Mon – Fri 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Sat & Sun 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | www.nourishvancouver.ca
ABOUT PROJECT CHEF | Cook Healthy Edible Food is an experiential, curriculum-based school program aimed at children in kindergarten to grade seven that teaches students about healthy food: where it comes from, what it tastes like, how to prepare it and how to enjoy sharing it around a table. Designed to immerse children in the process of cooking from preparation to clean-up, children gain knowledge about food; they discover the pleasure and satisfaction in creating meals for themselves and they develop the skills so that they can apply their new-found knowledge and abilities in making healthy food choices at home.