Vancouver Foodster Sangria Challenge Award Winners 

The  Vancouver Foodster Sangria Challenge was a huge success featuring 9 sangria creations from restaurants around Vancouver, North Vancouver, Richmond and Langley. Each restaurant featured their sangria creation from July 9-30, 2015. Our media judging panel determined the ultimate winners of the challenge, and this was quite the task as each judge who tasted each creation with a rigorous…

Mike B Riesling: The Latest from Okanagan Crush Pad

Each year at the Vancouver International Wine Festival, the Sommelier of the Year is announced. Past winners have included, Kurtis Kolt (2010) Kurtis Kolt Semillon, Owen Knowlton (2011), Terry Threlfall (2012), Samantha Rahn (2013) Samantha Syrah, Mike Bernardo (2014) and Jason Yamasaki (2015). A part of this award includes participating in the Okanagan Crush Pad’s…

Avocado Showdown in Vancouver

Tuesday night I had the pleasure of participating in the Avocado Showdown in Vancouver held at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts. The goal for the competitors was to create a dish to showcase the delicious versatility of avocados. Specifically, avocados from Mexico, as they make up approximately 80% of the avocados sold in Canada. Attended…

BEYOND THE SEA: BOULEVARD KITCHEN & OYSTER BAR EXTENDS SOLD-OUT SUNDAY SEAFOOD BOIL SERIES INTO SEPTEMBER

With all seven of its inaugural Sunday Seafood Boil Series events in July and August already sold out, Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar is pleased to announce four additional dates to take place on their wrap-around outdoor patio this September, with tickets now available at www.boulevardvancouver.ca/events. Beginning at 6 p.m. on Sept. 6, 13, 20 and 27, Boulevard will…

Taste of Thursday Lobster Salad recipe Chefs Alessandra Quaglia and Sheldon Maloff – Provence Vancouver

LOBSTER SALAD   Chef Alessandra Quaglia and Executive Sous Chef Sheldon Maloff   Makes 4 servings Ingredients: Large pot of heavily salted water, with lid 2 whole live lobsters Large pot of ice water 8 asparagus spears 1 large heirloom tomato Salt and pepper to taste Champagne Vinaigrette (see below) Preparation: Cover and bring the…

Join us for the Finale to our Summer Wine Dinner Series

2nd Annual ‘Bottle Royale” Wednesday August 5, 2015   Reception: 6:30pm, Dinner: 7:00pm   Led by General Manager and expert sommelier Robert Stelmachuk, Cibo Trattoria is hosting its second annual  “Bottle Royale” comparative wine tasting dinner featuring a varied selection of 10 handpicked pours from B.C. and around the world.  The evening’s accompanying menu, carefully created by Executive Chef Faizal Kassam, boasts…

Cibo Trattoria Announces Second Annual “Bottle Royale”

Wine dinner series pits B.C. vintners against varieties from around the globe Wine connoisseurs can soon take a tasting tour of the globe’s foremost wine regions without leaving the city. Premier Italian eatery Cibo Trattoria is hosting its next edition of “Bottle Royale,” a comparative wine tasting dinner on Wednesday August 5th, 2015. A perfect night…

WIN A DREAM OKANAGAN WEEKEND THROUGH LES DAMES SUMMERDINE AUCTION

  Picture this – a well-appointed suite in a luxury resort with views over-looking Lake Okanagan and the mountains beyond, a perfectly laid table laden with beautiful food, champagne flutes sparkling with effervescent bubbles, the dark and vibrant seduction of a Prohibition-era speakeasy. What’s missing from this picture? You are! A fun-filled weekend awaits the…

Tasty Tomatoes Take Over Provence

Ahhh tomatoes – the ultimate summer food – ripe, juicy and brimming with sunshine goodness. Tomatoes are a passion for many people – including Provence Chefs/Proprietors Alessandra and Jean-Francis Quaglia. “We are fortunate to have so many heirloom varieties available locally,” says Chef Jean-Francis. “There isn’t any flavour that says ‘summer’ more to me than…

Now Open: Royal Dinette, David Gunawan’s Farm-to-Table Restaurant in Vancouver’s Financial District

THE ROYAL TREATMENT: CHEF DAVID GUNAWAN’S NEW FARM-TO-TABLE RESTAURANT ROYAL DINETTE NOW OPEN IN VANCOUVER’S FINANCIAL DISTRICT Locally-Sourced Menu, Casual Ambiance and Professional Service Come Together for Distinctive Chef-Driven Dining in the Downtown Core     Royal Dinette, a fresh new restaurant concept that brings authentic farm-to-table cuisine to downtown Vancouver courtesy of celebrated locavore…

Pairing for #TasteofThursday recipe Korean Galbi ‘Dog’ by Chef Alex Chen

With thanks to Boulevard’s Director of Operations, Steve Edwards, (also a certified sommelier) who has suggested a couple of beverage pairings which we’re sharing along with the recipe (see below): “To pair with Chef Alex’s Korean Galbi ‘Dog’, I would recommend something refreshing like a Stanley Park Pilsner. For wine, I’d suggest a lighter, earthy…

TORAFUKU ROARS ONTO MAIN STREET

The “lucky tiger” eatery by Le Tigre food truck’s duo official grand opening on July 24th     Le Tigre food truck owners Clement Chan and Steve Kuan officially marks their new territory at 958 Main Street on July 24, 2015 with the grand opening of Torafuku (Japanese for lucky tiger). The 2,200 square feet,…