Montri’s Back in Town

  September 8 was the grand opening of Thai Cuisine by Montri.  This latest incarnation for chef Montri Rattanaraj, is located two blocks east of MacDonald, at 2585 W Broadway in Kitsilano, ten blocks east of one of his former restaurants. The media were invited to see the new restaurant that afternoon.  We were served…

2014 Vancouver Book Award finalists announced

Five books that reflect Vancouver’s unique character, culture and history have been selected as finalists for the 2014 City of Vancouver Book Award.   The 26th annual City of Vancouver Book Award will be presented at the Mayor’s Arts Awards ceremony at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre on October 7, 2014.   The books…

Quails’ Gate Releases 25th Anniversary Wines

  Quails’ Gate Winery is pleased to announce the release of a new series of wines made to honour its 25th anniversary. The wines, which include a Chardonnay, a Pinot Gris, a Pinot Noir and a Syrah, were made in very limited quantities and will be available for purchase starting Friday September 12th only at…

Blue Grouse Winery is a Must-Visit this Fall

  Vancouver Island’s Pioneering Vineyard Awaits   The Story:   When visiting Vancouver Island, its unique and beautiful wineries are on a must-see list, with Blue Grouse Estate Winery leading the way. This September, Blue Grouse celebrates local wine and food at the Savour Cowichan festival, with complimentary tastings at the winery from Sept 26 to…

International Pinot Noir Celebration

  At the end of July, I was lucky enough to attend the International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC) at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon.  The 27th annual event was held over three days with many activities, including lectures, guided tastings, winery tours and a salmon barbecue.  Lectures covered subjects in geology, history, chemistry, and geography…

WINE WEDNESDAY – Wine Making Clubs

  As the end of September approaches, many men and women are busy checking their supplies, checking last year’s notes, cleaning equipment and getting ready for the upcoming harvest.  Who are these people?  They are home winemakers who are eagerly awaiting the arrival of this year’s grapes.  Some have put their orders in months ago…

Metro Vancouver Celebrates Canada-Wide Culture Days

  More Than 200 Free Events Throughout the Region   Metro Vancouver residents will join thousands of other Canadians in celebrating this year’s Culture Days, September 26 through 28. More than 200 free, interactive activities are planned throughout Metro Vancouver (see community highlights link below), inviting everyone to get involved with culture, heritage, the arts…

Twelfth Annual VLAFF Opening Weekend Reaches Record-Breaking Attendance

This past long weekend marked the debut of the twelfth annual Vancouver Latin American Film Festival (VLAFF), the largest festival of Latin American cinema in Canada. This year’s audience response has been unprecedented as the festival reached record-breaking attendance. The festival’s activities kicked off on August 28 with the opening film LION’S HEART by Marcos…

Vancouver Foodster presents the Fish and Chips Challenge

This is our first Fish and Chips Challenge featuring 7 restaurants in Vancouver, Langley and North Vancouver, that runs from September 4-26, 2014. The interpretation of fish and chips takes on different meanings in many cultures and you will find several variations in the fish and chip creations the chefs have entered into this challenge…

Slow Fish Canada Mystery Chefs Dinner

Mystery Chefs Host ‘Slow Fish’ Dinner  Well known chefs cook together to raise awareness for sustainable seafood   Lovers of seafood and social times are alerted to mark their calendars. On September 27 the inaugural Slow Fish Canada Mystery Chefs Dinner kicks off at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (PICA), and like-minded Vancouverites will…

An esteemed line-up of Canada’s top culinary talent unites for distinctive gala dinner

   Inspiring tomorrow’s culinary stars and raising funds for the Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship   A true all-star line up of Canada’s most revered chefs will assemble to judge the second annual Hawksworth Young Chef Scholarship competition in Vancouver this month. When judging duties are over, the celebrity chefs will join forces in the kitchen to cook a special six-course…

Tasting Plates West Van on September 23

  Tantalize your taste buds at several restaurants in the Ambleside, Dundarave  and Park Royal neighborhoods in West Vancouver.  This evening tasting extravaganza goes from 6pm until 9:30 pm and is presented by Vancouver Foodster. Each restaurant will be serving up Tasting Plates for guests to enjoy and you will have a chance to visit many different…

Summerhill Harvests Organic Chardonnay for Sparkling Wine

BC’s 2014 Wine Grape Harvest Has Begun   Fall has arrived in Osoyoos, BC, delivering a bountiful harvest for Summerhill Pyramid Winery. With a hot and dry summer season, Chardonnay grapes from the certified organic Sekhon Family Vineyard have ripened beautifully with a perfect balance of fresh acidity and flavour expression.   Acheiving organic status in…